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Saturday, January 29, 2011

I have not been very focused on eating healthy or exercise this week.

Husband had minor surgery on his wrist on Weds. He's cranky & the house is a mess (he usually does the dishes). Youngest Daughter turned 17 Thursday AND got her driver's license, followed by her father inexplicably telling her she can't drive the car he bought for her to drive. This car was also his excuse for shorting my child support. I could live with it if she would benefit in the end, but this is not OK. I think he's having trouble letting the baby venture out of the nest, but now I have to do battle with my ex--either hand over the keys or catch up on the money you owe me (and I'll buy her a car, he owes that much). Sigh!

There has been pervasive drama at work, on multiple fronts, and I am again encouraging a group of co-workers to consider unionizing. I would spearhead it myself but realistically my health & energy level (plus planned surgery) wouldn't allow me to finish if I started. People are being treated horribly, other people acting horribly (to the point others can't do their work), and factions are forming. Sigh!

Anyway, I somehow lost a pound this week. I'll take it with gratitude--maybe stress is calorie burning?

Hubby is getting better, birthday goodies are gone, and I'm staying away from as much of the drama as possible. I'm going in to work today to make up the time I missed for Hubby surgery and it will be nice, quiet, productive time. My favorite!

This new week I'm getting back on track. I've figured out a breakfast that works for me, take an orange every day for a mid-morning snack, and have either chef's salad or a Lean Quisine for lunch. I need quick, easy, routine to get out the door for work so dinner is where I get my variety. Hopefully next week will be a 1-2 pound loss and so it goes (away).

Tomorrow I'm finally going to try water walking again. I'm going to cut it to 10 minutes. If that wipes me out like 15 did last time, I'll tell the doc I gave it a good try but my hip is too far gone. Less than 10 minutes is just not worth the hassle to get there. If I can handle the 10, I'll stay there through February then try adding a minute at a time. I think it's a reasonable plan and I like that I've set out some guidelines for myself.

So, here's to a good week coming up!


Learning All the Time

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A while back I learned that I really don't like mass-produced bakery cakes. I've been eating them at parties for years and somehow never noticed! I've decided not to eat them any more. On the other hand, the scratch yellow cake my daughter made the other day--wonderful! She made cupcakes & baked huckleberries into each one, then dusted them with powdered sugar. THAT I would definitely have again. Yum! emoticon

Saturday I had a hypoglycemic episode in the grocery store. This happens rarely, and always has to do with me taking diabetes meds then skipping a meal. I know better, but occasionally on weekends I get busy and forget to eat... Naturally thin people never believe in a fat girl forgetting to eat but it happens. Honest! emoticon

Rather than fall over in the check out line, I asked my beloved to grab me a Pepsi. I hadn't had any pop since before joining SP in December. I enjoyed it as much as possible under the circumstances, but did drink only enough to make the world stop spinning & threw the other half away.

The trouble is, I was hungry & craving carbs for the next 3 days. I had a yummy & sensible dinner out with a friend, then came home & ate (but did not enjoy) most of a box of mac & cheese. I ended up 500 calories over on Saturday, about 400 over on Sunday and 200 over on Monday.

It seems that Pepsi is poison, at least for me. I was a carb craving maniac for 3 days and gained 2 lbs.--all over 1/2 of a Pepsi! I know this isn't rocket science. I'm just writing this down to help me remember next time a can of Pepsi calls my name.
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DOWNTOWNJEN 1/27/2011 12:31AM

    Hang in there - I find the longer I'm active on SP, the more I learn about myself and the more "in balance" I become.

Don't fret the weird weight fluctuation - you know what to do to stop this from happening again!

Rock on!

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Better Day

Monday, January 24, 2011

Today WILL be a better day!

My breakfast was reasonably balanced, my tea should alleviate my caffeine-withdrawl headache soon, I'm dropping the daughter off at school then headed for the ferry.

One of the things I LOVE about my part time job is that they pay me to drive to see clients in "remote" areas. My Chapter of the MS society covers most of Washington along with Alaska and Montana (don't ask me why). I haven't talked them into a field trip to Alaska yet, but today I'm going from my home in Snohomish Co. (north of Seattle) to Port Angeles. I get to ride the ferry then drive over to the Olympic Penninsula--on the clock! Then I get to help a lovely woman sort out some things that are troubling her and head home--still on the clock! Along the way I get time alone with my thoughts, get to listen to what *I* want on the radio, etc. Doesn't get much better than that!

I will be eating lunch out today, but I'm bringing along an orange to snack on in the ferry wait line or on the boat, and I had great results making healthy choices when I met my friend for dinner Sunday so that doesn't worry me. I can do this! But first I need to go find some more caffeine...

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NOMOREBREAKS 1/26/2011 10:31AM

    What a nice job! :)

We have family up in your area (I'm in northern Oregon). It's so beautiful there!

Hope your day really was amazing.

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 1/24/2011 10:54AM

    Your job sounds great, and very fulfilling. You are helping people who really need help and that's wonderful! Good luck on your weight loss goals. I too have bad hips (and knees and shoulders). Since I am now below 200 lbs. (after starting this weight loss journey at 328 lbs.) I should ask my doctor about surgery, but it is sure scary. The hips really bother me in bed, and even sometimes when I'm sitting in my recliner, so I know it's probably time to do something. Keep working on the weight loss, I brought an orange with me to work today too. I bought a huge bag of beautiful big very orange oranges at the store Friday for only $3.99. I'm going to enjoy every single one of them!

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Can I go back to bed?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I had a GREAT time last night catching up with an old friend. Good conversation, great food, nice place. (I had baked halibut and asparagus rissoto.) I even got a new haircut earlier in the day that I like. So why do I feel so crappy and cranky today?

The last couple of days I have had minor binges on, of all things, Kraft Macaroni and cheese. I'll admit I enjoyed it the first time. Friday, we (I) again failed to plan for dinner, the cupboard having gotten a little bare before payday plus being tired at the end of a hard week, and we had a package of the new Kraft with breadcrumbs. It was salty but I actually enjoyed eating all 800 calories.

Saturday I had a good day diet-wise, even with going to a restaurant for the first time since starting this weight loss adventure. Even with having a hypoglycemic episode in the grocery store which led me to putting a box of Twinkies in my cart and then drinking 1/2 a Pepsi in the checkout line because it was either that or (literally) fall over. I KNOW that my diabetes meds don't allow me to skip both mid-morning snack and lunch, but I was busy!

So... I come home from seeing my friend and have about 300 calories to spare. I decide eating a Twinkie would not be the end of the world. OK, maybe 2 wouldn't be the end of the world either. Hubby and I stay up late talking and decide we require a midnight snack. He decides to prepare Mac & Cheese and I decide to help him eat it. He eats very little because of his lap band and, well, you can see where this is headed. And the fact that it didn't taste good didn't stop me one bit!

So this morning I wake up with a headache. And berating myself that I've been too afraid to go back to the pool for more water walking. (It's a week after the pool and I can just now say I've finally recovered.) And then I discover he has prepared a gigantic all-carb breakfast despite me going on every day about how I can't manage to eat enough protein. Seriously, even in a binge I would not chase hot cereal with 5 pieces of toast! He did include some cantaloupe, which was nice, but of course his feelings were hurt when I didn't appreciate his efforts by eating every bit. And then I'm both annoyed at him and annoyed at the waste of food. So then he's annoyed at me, and shit rolls downhill and he yells at my daughter. Can I go back to bed?

So what I think I'm going to do IS go back to bed for maybe 1/2 hour. Then I'm going to get up, take a shower, and see if the Y has lap swim later in the day. I don't think they do but I'll check. If not, I'll try to get home in time to hit it tomorrow after work. Then I'll touch base with clients I need to call and/or see tomorrow. THEN I'll do some meal planning so I don't get stuck in this same spot next Friday. Oh, but first I need to hug my daughter emoticon

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EMMASB 1/23/2011 4:58PM

    Wow - sounds about right. Food adventures huh! The fish sounded lovely btw. I get the hypo stuff too- i drink a vit water and eat the Marble Colby individual cheese sticks in the store and pay for the empty wrappers at the check out....on good days- on lousy days its cookies or goldfish.
Congrats for hitting Reset.

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Water OUCH! Walking OUCH!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

emoticon Hubby and I threw on our swimsuits, with clothes and coats over them because, well, it's winter, grabbed our coupon for 5 free passes, and headed for the Y. (I'm not joining because it would so not be cost effective, as you're about to see.)

We checked in, went to our respective locker rooms and hit the pool. Thank goodness they have actual steps--I'm not sure I could have done a ladder and I definitely would have had trouble on the way out.

I was in the water walking area, getting lapped by the octogenarians. Some of them smiled and I think one said something supportive, but she went by too fast to tell for sure. But I held my head up and pushed as hard as I could. That meant 15 minutes. Which was too much, by the way. We got in the hot tub (thank God) for 10 minutes then back to the locker room. If my cell phone hadn't been dead I might have called 911 to help me shower and get dressed. So what if it's not an appropriate use of the emergency response service?

It's 6 hours later and I can hardly walk. Worse than my usual can hardly walk. One of my daughters came to visit (the one who works full time while attending college in another city, and her apt. is up 3 flights of stairs so I never see her). I wanted to play Wii with her but just didn't have it in me. So she had to settle for quiet, immobile conversation. And getting pans from low shelves for me when it came time to start dinner.

We have 4 more passes that are good through the end of the month. I'll be back in a couple of days, which buys me time to find somewhere more affordable to torture myself. Man, what I won't do for a new hip!

P.S. I went to log my very first cardio fitness minutes on SparkPeople and was disappointed to find the closest activities listed were "walking" or "water jogging." I don't believe my 15 minutes of water walking is receiving the respect it deserves! emoticon

P.P.S. I was exaggerating for comedic effect, which apparently failed. Next day, I'm sore in my legs and back, but now I know what my starting point is. 10 minutes, not 15!

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JUDYGREG 1/18/2011 4:48PM

    I have not yet been brave enough to face the pool!
Good for you!

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ZESTYLADY 1/17/2011 8:59PM

    What fun you had! Way to go And I love your acerbic sense of humour!
I often have trouble entering stuff accurately on Spark so have decided to just track stuff in the note section...which is huge for a perfectionist like me!

My favorite pool moment is when you can;t tell your cane from everyone else's in the pile by the pool at the senior's section (I am 56 and really hate being outrun by seniors in the pool)

Keep on keeping on!

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GIZMO-G 1/17/2011 8:03PM

    Diane, the same thing happened to me with my knees. I was positive I could manage my arthritis with exercise and therefore wouln't need surgery emoticon I came out of the pool with more pain than when I went in emoticon I'm hoping the pool will help with my rehab now that I have 2 good knees emoticon Take care and be patient with yourself!

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JUNEBUG1944 1/17/2011 7:42PM

    You did great! Instead of water walking, can you go into deeper water and move your legs while sitting on a noodle? I overdid the first time back in the water, too. I was so excited to get in that I stayed way too long and paid for it the next day. The first time I tried to swim laps, I couldn't even do one length (half a lap)! I'm at six months now and can swim a mile (70 lengths) with no problem.

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BOOMAC1961 1/17/2011 12:01AM

    I think you need to give yourself a break! You did great! The first time I got on the recumbant bike a few months ago I could barely do 5 min and I have 2 good hips. I am now up to just over 20 and need to get more consistent with my exercise!
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PUGRAD1995 1/16/2011 9:27PM

    Ah sweetie, you did Great! But you did too much. I was doing 20-30 minuted before my knee replacement and the first time after my surgery I barely could do 10 minutes. It is amazing how much the water pushes back and you don't even realize it.

i was told for 10 years that I couldn't have a knee replacement until I lost 100 pounds. Fortunately, I went to another ortho group for my back and their doctor had a different philosophy. The nurses in rehab said I was the 3rd really large person he had done surgery on-the other 2 were guys who were doing great now. They were very impressed with his work. For me, he asked that I build up strength in my legs (i.e. water walking) and worked on walking more. After a year he wanted to do the surgery. I hadn't lost much weight, but I had gone from 2,000 steps a day to 4,000 steps per day and up to 20 minutes in the pool. I had my knee replacement in August and I now am up to 5,000 steps per day.

He went through all the risks, including higher infection. I did lose more blood in surgery and was down to a 7 g hemoglobin which is about when they want to give blood. I chose the iron pills instead since I was doing well otherwise. But it did leave me tired.

I now have to deal with back problems, but the knee was a good deal. I hope you get what you need soon too!

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