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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I have lost 30 pounds. I went shopping today and bought new jeans and black dress pants in size 18 (instead of 20). I have lost 4.5" off my waist and 2.5" off my bust. New clothes are really a confidence booster. I feel so much better. Not as fat as I was feeling in my baggy clothes.

  
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CINDHOLM 9/17/2014 6:24PM

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Frustrated with Annual Physical

Saturday, August 09, 2014

I've worked hard the last four months for good results at my annual physical. The good news is that my blood pressure and HDL (bad) cholesterol numbers were low. This is what I needed to pass (along with sugar level) so our insurance rates don't double next year.

The frustrating news was that the other cholesterol numbers, especially the triglycerides, were very high. Instead of reporting to my doctor how well I've been doing with eating healthy and exercise, she proceeded to lecture me about having too much sugar in my diet. Although sugar is listed on nutrition labels, it can not be tracked on SP. I not only wasn't aware that I was getting too much, but I don't even know how much I can have.

Instead of having Total & Fiber One cereal to get my iron, fiber and calcium, along with orange juice and a fruit for breakfast .... my doctor recommended I have eggs, bacon and a multivitamin. For lunch instead of having hummus & flatbread, she recommended salad or wrap of turkey and cheese. She described it well by thinking of the perimeter of the grocery store being 3 walls of produce, meat, and dairy. Buy those and stay out of the middle of the grocery store that contains all the prepared foods with sugar. It's a whole new way of thinking for me and will take some adjustment.

  
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KELLIEBEAN 8/9/2014 9:50PM

    Well you got some good news at your visit so congratulations on lowering those numbers. That took hard work and you did it.

So the not so good news on the sugar. It's an eye opener and now you are armed with new information so you will tackle that issue no doubt.

Keep moving forward!

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GR8TAWK 8/9/2014 1:03PM

    Sorry about your not so good doctor's visit. It is best to shop the perimeter of the store, the bad stuff is in the middle. I recently experience the same type of doctors visit. I was told my numbers are very good but was "scolded" for gaining 2lbs in four months. Don't get discouraged, stay focused and you will see results. emoticon

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AJR2013AJR 8/9/2014 12:45PM

    Sorry that your doctor did not see your hard work. I like the idea go staying out of the middle rows in the grocery store. If you like cereal and juice in the morning, you might want to throw in a handful of nuts. It sounds like a bad idea to add calories, but having protein in the morning works for me. A nutritionist told me that many years ago. Her theory was to try to eat the same number of calories and protein for each meal. I eat sandwiches for breakfast now, though, and I skip the juice. Good luck!

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Streaks & Weekly Goal Review (June 15-21)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Trying hard not to get discouraged this week because I gained a pound ... and can't pinpoint why. I worked hard all week to do everything right. Guess I'll just have to try harder next week.

8 hours of Sleep - 7 days
Get at least 100 Spark points - 4 days
33 mins of exercise (normally on treadmill) - 7 days
Get 3,872 Steps - 5 days
8 glasses of water - 6 days
Stay within my Calorie range - 5 days
Stay under 2300 mg of Sodium (HBP) - 5 days
Have 5 fruits & veggies - 7 days

Total for the week - 46 out of 56 or 82%
a little lower than last week but still not bad ... I need to keep trying

Changes for Next week:
*Raising workout time on treadmill to 34 mins
*Keeping the Step goal at 3,872 since the two days I missed I was really close. I have a timer set for 4:00 to check my steps and get on the Wii Fit Free Step if I haven't made it.
*Changing the Spark points goal to getting the triple spin, which means at least 25 points. I've stopped doing some of the things that give points because it was too time consuming and I'm wanting to accomplish other goals in my life as well.

Streaks:
Exercise at least 30 mins - 15 days (Longest 116)
Log in and spin wheel - 36 days (Longest 101)
Get 3,872 Steps - 0 days (Longest 55 with 4076 steps the lowest day)
Eat 5 fruits and veggies - 7 days (Longest 53)
8 glasses of water - 5 days (Longest 45)
Stay under 2300 mg Sodium - 1 day (Longest 45)
Stay within 1360-1710 calorie range - 1 day (Longest 14)
Get 8 hours of sleep - 9 days (Longest 9)

  


Weekly Goal Review (June 8-14)

Monday, June 16, 2014

I have been tracking 8 goals. Last week, while I was on vacation, I met 55% of them. This is I met 87% with 2 days at 100% (meeting all 8 goals). Here's the summary of each daily goal.

8 hours of Sleep - 6 days
Get at least 25 Spark points - 7 days
32 mins of exercise (normally on treadmill) - 7 days
Get 3,333 Steps - 7 days
8 glasses of water - 6 days
Stay within my Calorie range - 7 days
Stay under 2300 mg of Sodium (HBP) - 3 days
Have 5 fruits & veggies - 6 days

Total for the week - 49 out of 56 or 87%

Changes for Next week:
I'm raising the Spark points to 100 since I seem to get that many anyway
I'm raising the exercise to 33 minutes
I'm raising the steps to 3,872 each day, since that was my lowest all week. I've set my tracker to that number and will check it at 4:00 and if all the lights don't go on, I'll get up and get more steps.

I lost 6 pounds this week ... but when you subtract the 2 pounds I gained on vacation ... and then divide it by the 2 weeks ... it's still the targeted 2 pounds per week.
1st month I lost 7 pounds
2nd month I lost 7 pounds
3rd month I lost 4 pounds so far

  
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CRAZYWRITER 6/18/2014 11:56PM

    Way to go! You are doing great! Keep meeting those goals. You got this :)

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