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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Yesterday I managed to follow most of my success strategies. emoticon

It's been raining (YAY bye bye drought!), so my activity has been limited to grocery shopping and extra trips up and down stairs doing laundry. Better than nothing as my couch keeps calling to me to come sit by the fire....

Managed to stay away from sugar and sugary carbs... emoticon and weight dropped significantly in one day! emoticon Dang water weight, but still like lower number.

Self care better~ got some decent sleep by keeping my bedroom just above icebox temp and used small fan (dang hot flashes!) emoticon and I got new glasses! emoticon They are dark pink all around frames with sparklies on the frames. DD#3 says I look like a librarian. Hmmm I LIKE librarians!!! They are way different from my rimless old ones....gotta keep up with new styles!

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2HAMSDIET 12/18/2014 6:16AM

    emoticon I love your new glasses.

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TIME4CARRI 12/18/2014 1:41AM

    Your'e adorable!!! I love the glasses.

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ARAZA30 12/17/2014 8:00PM

    Good for you! Only you alone can make changes happen! Be persistent and be consistent.

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ANNABELLISABEL 12/17/2014 7:14PM

    One day at a time is all we can do! Good job in avoiding the sweets and carbs! They are lining my office everywhere so I know how hard that can be!

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Note To Self: Remember Your Daily Success Strategies!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I've been struggling since Halloween. On the Gastric Bypass Team page I found a thread about "Holiday Strategies". Made me realize just how far I've gotten from my DAILY success strategies. So to remind myself:

+Constantly sip HOT, low/no calorie drinks

+Make (and eat) weekly staple pot of soup (beans, veg or other broth based)

+DONT buy crackers/breads/carbs (including candy/cookies, etc.) that I eat until I throw up

+Control portions by using small dishes/utensils

+Only have ONE serving

+Protein first

+Daily Vitamins & Protein drink

+Check in with SP: Read & Post

+Daily weigh in

+Walk (more than just to the mailbox and back!)

+Wear 'fitted' (not tight) clothes (banish the baggy sweats)

+Self Care: some level every day - make up, hair (bye bye dark roots!), pedicures, bubble baths, pleasure reading/ internet surfing (luv Pinterest kitties), retail therapy (try-on clothes sprees. I'm not buying until my current clothes are too big.)

WOW! I've gotten SO FAR AWAY from my program! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Back to Basics!

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TIME4CARRI 12/17/2014 4:05PM

    These are all great and I had to get back to basics myself. I totally agree with doing nice things for ourselves. I have only recently learned how valuable that is in the journey.

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SMILINGEYES2 12/17/2014 1:31AM

    Love your plan for success. Best wishes. emoticon

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SHARON10002 12/16/2014 11:30PM

    These sound like good strategies for anyone. Stay focused and I know you'll get back into the swing of things.

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2HAMSDIET 12/16/2014 7:22PM

    emoticon Your focus on the steps will get you to your goal. emoticon

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ERIN_POSCH 12/16/2014 12:26PM

    wishing you much success on your journey... great stratagies... stay with it!

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 12/16/2014 11:38AM

    Those are great strategies. I didn't have surgery, but could sure take a page from your book.

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ANNABELLISABEL 12/16/2014 10:23AM

    Good luck! I am only 3 months out from surgery and I find that as soon as I have a cracker or some sort, it doesnt fill me up (ie cracker dipped in spinach dip) usually I get the full signal so quickly but for some reason or another, crackers just don't do that for me.

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What To Do When My Jeans R Getting Tight

Friday, October 17, 2014

I'm feeling a bit bloggish today. A first for a long while. So some random thoughts:

This title came to me and I liked it. Don't know if what follows relates, but it captures one of my concerns this week.

Also this week I had the first primary care dr physical since 2011. emoticon I've switched to a woman dr ('DO' not 'MD' but don't know what DO stands for) 10/24 is my 2 yr follow up appt with my surgeon. Stressing about not being 184 or less, but trying to convince myself that whatever my weight is on that day, it is WORLDS BETTER than where I started!!! (296)

Anyway, she's abt 15 years younger than me and GREAT!!! Patient, asks lots of questions and actually LISTENS to my answers! emoticon emoticon

Altho my weight was up (196 with clothes and shoes), my bp and other vitals were GREAT! emoticon Since I started my journey with HEALTH as my priority and goal, I decided overall, I deserve a emoticon .

This week my food has been better, liquids up. I need to get my walkin' shoes on tho! emoticon Sleep hasn't been so great. 3 nites laid awake for HOURS before resorting to 1/2 Ambien. Probably due to my guilt and resentment about a work task that I've been procrastinating about....Resolved it yesterday, but still needed help to catch 4 hours of shut-eye....

Wed did some batch cooking again after scoring some outrageous deals on ground beef & tomato sauce. Huge pot of meat sauce (for pasta yesterday and chili today), sloppy joe and taco meat. With weather cooling, I'm gearing up for a nice pot of bean soup. My past success was grounded in beans, rf cheeses, nf cottage cheese, Premier Protein drinks, Dannon lite & fit greek yogurt, sf jello & sf puddings. GOTTA get back on that wagon for losing those pesky grief-induced poundage. SLAP my sneaky hand hard when it sidles over to the open cheeto bag on dd#3's lap...

Did I mention I now cook gluten free? DD#1 is GF. Fodder for another blog... emoticon

Happy Friday Dear Sparkfriends!!

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BESSHAILE 11/11/2014 6:39AM

    My dr. is also a DO which is a good thing since i've had some bone issues over the past few years. He's so much younger than I that it's hard not to chuck him under the chin. LOL.

So. We will all make the effort to eat more healthy food and move our healthy bodies. Right?

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SHARON10002 10/19/2014 11:27PM

    I had a similar Dr about 5 years ago. She was both an MD and a DO. Here's the difference:
"A doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) is a fully trained and licensed doctor who has attended and graduated from a U.S. osteopathic medical school. A doctor of medicine (M.D.) has attended and graduated from a conventional (allopathic) medical school.

The major difference between osteopathic and allopathic doctors is that some osteopathic doctors provide manual medicine therapies, such as spinal manipulation or massage therapy, as part of their treatment. "

I liked the fact that she combined what I felt was the best at the time of Eastern medicine and Western medicine. She also used many different alternative and manipulative modalities, and acupuncture. All of these combined were successful in getting me from being in chronic pain all of the time to pain free for most of the time, (meaning I felt that my pain was no worse or frequent than that of an average person), and at that point I stopped going.

Good luck with her guidance and healing . . .

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2HAMSDIET 10/18/2014 8:05PM

    Sounds like you have a great dr. I hope you get all caught up on your sleep emoticon emoticon

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My 2 Year Surgeversary!!!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I celebrated my 2 year surgiversary on 10/8 emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm pondering writing a blog, but meanwhile, I'm still trying to wrap my head around all the changes and 'stuff' I've been thru in the past 2 years.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

My lowest weight was 184 (I'm 5' 8 1/2") and wore a loose size 10 and actually zipped up a size 8 jeans!!! emoticon

During the stress of my dad's final illness and passing last Nov, I gained and now hover between 189 - 194.

I'm trying to get back into my 'zone' where I write here a bit every day, eat reasonable portions of healthy food and walk every day (I was even jogging a bit!!!!) Binge eating is decreasing and I MOST of the time I'm making good food choices again. Baby steps.....

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MJREIMERS 10/12/2014 3:44PM

    Hang in there!! emoticon

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CLYNNTHOMAS 10/12/2014 10:44AM

    Woooo Hooooo! Congratulations on your Surgiversary! What an incredible journey!

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MRTHING2000 10/12/2014 6:56AM

    Grief and stress is a beast. But now that you realize your triggers you'll move forward with decent progress. You'll get there. Don't give up

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2HAMSDIET 10/11/2014 10:44AM

    emoticon Don't give up the dream baby steps are how all journeys are taken.

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NSVs Galore and it's only 8 a.m.!!!

Monday, July 07, 2014

Some bad life drama is going on around me, but I am focusing on my positives. emoticon Enough time to whine and vent blog later!

Today I've had at least 4 NSVs (non scale victories) and it's only 8 a.m.!!! emoticon

So it's Monday and I pop awake at 4:45 a.m. thinking DH is gonna be late to work. emoticon He is EXTREMELY punctual about work and commitments. If he isn't 30 min before start time, he considers himself late. Then he is a GRUMPY BEAR the whole day!!! emoticon emoticon Fortunately he's not late. Unfortunately, he's got a stomach bug and called in sick. emoticon

I'm having my HOT tea and HOT skinny mocha routine emoticon browsing SP, trying to clear my cobwebs. Thinking about my 4 day streak of walking/jogging emoticon (Miracle!!!) and dreading the thought of getting out there today. emoticon Didn't walk all weekend and ate freely all weekend, mostly restaurant meals. Made good choices, just felt like I was CONSTANTLY eating emoticon I can see the results on my stomach....Don't want my head to pop off, so stayed away from the scale. emoticon emoticon

Anyway, enough of the dreck back story - on to the NSVs! emoticon

- As I was dreading away, I opened a SP email message that said I got a goodie. While I REALLY APPRECIATE all the goodies sent by my SP friends, this one from CHYNNA brought a smile, a tear and got me to get my rear out the door! She and I started on SP and WLS journeys about the same time and went thru the same challenges together in spirit.
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- I told myself since I didn't walk/jog for 2 days I only 'had' to walk 20 min and no jogging. I ended up walking farther than ever 35 min and jogged 150 steps. emoticon

- At jog step #150, the trail intersects and 3 walking ladies stepped in front of me as I slowed to a sweaty walk emoticon One lady turns and says to me that I can run ahead of her if I want. I felt like I was huffing & puffing like a train and about to collapse into a sweaty heap and pass out. Apparently I LOOKED cool, calm, in control like a 'professional runner' who could easily keep going but only stopped because of them. emoticon emoticon emoticon I was like "WHAT??? She's talking to ME?? WOW!! emoticon and smiled to myself all the way home emoticon .

- Passed neighbor of 20 years who is a 'regular' neighborhood walker. She didn't recognize me at first, then told me I look GREAT! emoticon

Having all these NSVs so early will help me get thru this Monday filled with pesky monthly routine, boring work tasks emoticon

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CLYNNTHOMAS 7/13/2014 9:19AM


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What a wonderful blog, so pleased for you!!

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2HAMSDIET 7/7/2014 4:22PM


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WOUBBIE 7/7/2014 1:16PM

    NSV's for the win!!

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