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two year spark anniversary

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

So its been two years since I joined spark.

Although I did not achieve all my goals, I am healthier now than I was then.

My weight is a little lower.
I very rarely drink diet soda, water is my standard drink now.
I became more active, then slowed with my injury but am improving once again.
I make a lot better choices with foods.
I've gotten back into gardening.
I have a much better support group now with my spark friends.

Looking back, two years doesn't feel that long. Its amazing to think of where I can be in another two years. With the healthy changes I've made, and those I'm making, I could be in maintenance mode and feeling good about myself. Sounds like a good two-year goal to me.

  
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NHES220 7/9/2014 6:19PM

    Happy Sparkversary! It's always good to look and see how far you have come on the journey and reflect and know that you can reach your goals!

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Zombie mode today

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

So my back started acting up yesterday, and I ended up having to take a muscle relaxant for spasms. I only took part of one because they hit me hard, but I'm still in zombie mode today. Good thing is that zombies can still walk, or shuffle.

Tonight is my night to do the exercise bike again. We have a recumbent bike in hopes that it will give me more support for my back. But honestly, with the way I feel, I don't know if I'll get on it. I'll make sure I do my walking so I get my exercise, but I'm trying to add in the bike a few times a week to add more intensity to my exercise.

Tonight is also my cooking night. I have a baked chicken recipe from Jamie Oliver that I'm going to try. But wow, looking through his cookbook, he is not concerned about calories in this one. Granted, this recipe is chicken and potatoes, but still I'm cutting down the serving size and increasing the green veggies to balance it.

I'm also going to try to add one crockpot meal per week. I was doing it for a bit, but so many of the recipes I found included cream of mushroom soup. I know some people like it but my mom cooked with it too much growing up and I can eat it. I need to research some recipes with more fresh items. If anyone has a good site or book, please share.

  
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NHES220 7/9/2014 11:56AM

    I am not a cream of mushroom soup person either! I do a pulled chicken recipe that I found on SparkPeople and Potroast one that I do with stew meat. My sister has made the salsa chicken one from SparkRecipes. My recipes are on my Spark Page if you want to check them out. Sure hope your back is better, that is no fun at all. Hang in there!

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MARF226 7/9/2014 11:10AM

    Sorry to hear your back is acting up. It's important to get your exercise, but it's also important to listen to your body and rest if it needs rest.

As for crock pot recipes, this site has lots of suggestions: http://greatist.com/health/healthy-
crock-pot-recipes

But this is probably my all time favorite crock pot recipe (I tweak it a little for my own taste, adding more garlic and Italian seasoning but it's pretty delish as is) - http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com/
2014/03/cheesy-crockpot-chicken
-cacciatore.html

Hope you feel better soon!

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And up and down again

Monday, July 07, 2014

It was a bit of a crazy week and weekend. I visited my sister and her family. it is a very different dynamic than mine, so didn't make the best choices diet-wise. The good thing is they don't have a fenced in back yard, so many dog walks. Unfortunately I can't record my steps because I forgot my fitbit there. Oh well, I'll just have to make sure I keep track of my minutes.

My weight is up again, which I'm not totally surprised about considering the weekend. However, it is up a lot more than I expected, I don't think I gained 7 lbs in one week. I suspect one of the weights is incorrect.

I'm not going to stress about it though. I'm back home, where I feel much more able to make my healthy choices and deal with things. My husband and I had a good talk on the drive home about changes we want to make. We are going to alternate nights on the exercise bike and try to fit in a good sized dog walk each night. I started cooking more recently, so just need to keep that up.

I am craving a milk shake right now. Specifically chocolate. Instead I'm going to have a hot chocolate that I dump a lot of ice in. Its only 80 calories and usually calms the craving. Tonight's dinner will be tuna and veggies. Tomorrow is grocery shopping but I haven't decided what to make yet. I have a new Jaime Oliver cookbook that I need to flip through.

  
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NHES220 7/7/2014 6:56PM

    Great that you both talked it over and have a common goal! I would guess you may also have some water retention and you'll see the weight come down. It's hard when you are out of your own environment, but sometimes it helps you see your own goals more clearly.

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N2IT4LIFETODAY 7/7/2014 6:22PM

    It is so hard to stay on our program when we are away from our familar places. I do my best when I am home. Any change in that can mean disaster so I can relate to your weekend. I would not worry about the weight. Like you said that is too drastic a change for such a short period of time. It sounds like you and your husband are ready to get back on track and you have a good plan set. I believe as we get more accustomed to our change to living a healthy life style, dealing with being in a different environment will get easier.
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Feeling good today

Friday, June 27, 2014

So last night was my cooking night. I cook every night, but one night a week I get to do a more complicated meal. I tried to make Saag Paneer last night (Indian spinach and cheese dish) but my paneer didn't turn out. So I used chicken and it was really tasty.

Today is Friday emoticon Tomorrow is my son's birthday party, so we are having fun planning for that. The weather isn't great but I can go over and walk in the hospital.

I'm actually looking forward to my weigh in tomorrow. Even with a few unplanned dietary indulgences, I did well with choosing healthy foods this week. I also did well with my walking. I am also going to measure my hips and waist. I'm not looking so forward to that, but I know its a good measurement to track.

Hope everyone has a great Friday and weekend.

  
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MBUICE 6/30/2014 8:06PM

    Sorry your recipe didn't quite turn out. On the bright side, you were right to look forward to your weigh in, awesome job!!!

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Better prepared today

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Today we are having a birthday party at work. Every month my department gets cake to celebrate everyone who is having a birthday that month.

I planned a small piece into my plan today, so I know I can have it. Plus I am having a nice salad before the party to help fill me up and resist the temptation to go back for more.

I'm a little behind on my steps today. I usually do a 15 minute morning walk but we had a great thing at work today. A local television station here hosts a cereal drive every year for hungry children. Our department collected 4225 boxes and we turned them in today. We all got together to pack it all up and load it on the truck. We completely filled the truck! emoticon

I am so proud of my work for participating and collecting so much.

  
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CMFARRELL36 6/26/2014 6:01PM

    emoticon on both your forward planning and your cereal box lorry-load.

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NHES220 6/26/2014 12:14PM

    Wow, good for you guys for filling the truck! That is wonderful. I volunteer at a local food pantry and we help out an amazing number of families. They are open for distribution 4 days a week and on a typical Saturday we will distribute food to 100 families. People like you make it possible! Way to go on the planning today!

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CAROL494 6/25/2014 12:05PM

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