Monday, October 22, 2012
While what I did about a year ago used to work I have slowly slid away from many of the good nutritional, living, and exercise habits I had slowly instilled into my lifestyle during my first year of Spark.
Although that is a bad thing it is also very empowering to acknowledge it and even more so to say "this has got to stop and we are going to slowly get you back to where you were by making small, yet consistent choices.
Some of my goals were so vague it would be easy to fool myself into thinking they were good choices.
Take for example my goal to eat breakfast. Well, that is kind of vague isn't it? It didn't entail where breakfast was to be eaten nor what was to consist of. Last night I set our table, set up the coffee machine, took out two whole wheat english muffins, placed a jar of peanut butter on the table along with a banana. I also had 22 almonds in a bag and an apple and a large water bottle (the latter stuff came to work with me) to eat thoroughout the morning. I feel good and John ate breakfast with me. No more bagels and muffins at McDonalds or Tim Hortons.
So, my mini goal this week is to do this every night before bed. Have breakfast thought out, planned ahead and bring fruit to work with me. Sounds so simple because it is so simple! Who would have thought!
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Well, the past weeks are ones I wish I could just erase from my memory but alas that is not the case. I've been sick off and on and have been to the doctor too many times and have been prescribed too many medications. This ended up with a five hour stint in the emergency department on Thursday night where they believed I had a blood clot! Turns out I didn't but I wasn't getting enough air so I was hooked up to four masks to help me breath and have been sent home with asthma inhalers and more prednisone. Turns out the antibiotics were actually doing me more harm than good and I was heading to very dangerous ground.
Anyway, I was treated so well at the hospital and I had a young female doctor who went over my medical history. Since I am not a smoker and never have smoked (well, except for the time when I was twenty two and stole a smoke and nearly choked to death on the fumes!!! - which taught me two important life lessons - don't steal and don't smoke!) she asked if I had any other health issues. I mentioned depression and then I piped up "well, I know I am overweight" and she said that most patients won't acknowledge that at all. So I went further and said, actually I am morbidly obese according to my BMI and she smiled and and said, let's leave it at overweight instead of labelling yourself.
Wow, that really struck me. Yes, if you go by my BMI alone (I am 5 ft 6 inches) and weigh 234 pounds I am morbidly obese. But that is putting a label on me which in itself makes it harder to break free from. So I told this doctor about Spark and how I was trying to change my life around. She was so pleased to hear this and was very encouraging. I told her how good I felt last year when I was exercising a fair bit through walking and I was eating much better and she asked what it would take for me to get back to that point and I said, not much, really.
"NOT MUCH REALLY"? But it is true. I could begin to walk again and I know from experience it won't take me long to get into the groove. I drink my water now (yay!) and I do know the basics of eating healthy.
I left the hospital feeling like a $100! And, I've continued to feel that way. I went out on Friday and stocked up our freezer and fridge with healthy items. I am going with my husband and dogs for a walk today, I am cooking a huge turkey and roasted veggies today (I will freeze leftovers), I am excited to be going back to work and I am excited to be back on Spark. YAY!
Look forward to catching up with all of you!!!!
P.S. I am not spell checking because my computer locks up everytime I do and I lose what I have written...time to bring it in to be serviced I think!
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