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The beast in me!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I had errands to run today. I went to the farmers market this morning & bought a lot of veggies & fruits. I also purchased a walking tape. Also ran to the grocery store. Well, I let myself get hungry this afternoon...that's because I didn't plan ahead & bring a snack. Although, I did have my water w/me, thank goodness! At least I kept hydrated! I learned today that I need to plan ahead & pack a fiber bar or a piece of fruit and/or piece of cheese in my purse so I won't be sooooo darn irritable! Geeshhh! I notice that when I'm hungry...I get horribly irritable, cranky, & tense! I felt my jaw, neck, & shoulder muscles tighten up something fierce! Oh, I hate when I get that way! Yes, being that hungry just brings out the "beast nasty" in me!!! Well, the beast was subdued when I finally ate lunch...and then all was well w/the world once more! Whew! I didn't like dealing w/that beast at all! So, I gotta do better & plan ahead! Ya know, it was exhausting fighting that thing! And.....this evening.....I used the walking DVD for my exercise! Yep! Me...old lady, walking! Step by step...kick by kick. There I was with my walking shoes on...walking! I have to say...It felt pretty good! Except, well...my left hip started hurting me some. Uh, don't think I warmed up enough. And foolish me... I did the 500 steps walk in 5 minutes segment first. (eyes rolling) & then I did the 1 mile walk. But all in all...today was a pretty good day! Well, we'll see how things are going tomorrow...'cause it's weigh in day!

  
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GESHANNON 8/17/2010 7:50PM

    Good Luck on your weigh in tomorrow. I've had that beast come out in me before too! I've been better about packing a snack these days thanks to the help I get on SP and reading blogs like this! emoticon

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Day 3 of blogging...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Well, got called into work today. Had a good day. Only thing is that I did not plan well for my lunch meal. Everything turned out okay though...I did good. I'm going to have to plan better...& get myself to the grocery store tomorrow. Hubby helped & went to get a few things so I could have veggies at dinnertime. I was able to have salad but not much protein for lunch. I'm getting all my water in though....it's getting easier. And the BIG news today is.....I went walking! Yep! Walked 20 minutes w/hubby after dinner! And, I'm feeling pretty good about it! Actually, I was feeling a bit tired & sluggish. But ya know what? I told myself, "you get off tha big ol' butt of yours & get walking!" And by golly, I went walking!!! Nice, brisk walk too! Weathers a bit cooler & less humid, so....it went well! Well, I'm going do some research on walking here on SP to see if I can do some tracking, so I stay on task! Gotta keep it going! So proud!

  
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MOM2BSA 8/17/2010 5:56AM

    GREAT JOB!!! When you can start telling yourself to "move", you're going to win!

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BEARDMUSIC 8/16/2010 6:58PM

    Sounds like your off to a great start. emoticon

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Keeping it going!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Here we are...day 2 of blogging! (Deep sigh) I've been keeping my food log & keeping on track. Plan to research fitness stuff today & try to drink all my water. Still excited. Still feeling anxious. I have to say that getting feedback from all the spark folks has been amazing...and a little bit daunting. What I mean is that I feel all these eyes upon me...well, not literally, but...you know. I could take this to mean that I have ALL this wonderous support! Yes, but...then I have all these people who'll know if I slip up. Don't measure up... don't get it right. I know, I know. It's not about perfection. It's about doing what is right for my body...for my mind. I have a problem with needing to be "perfect". Ahhhh....now that's something. that "perfection" thing. Gotta think about this a bit. Okay, so today is going to be a GOOD day! I'm going to the ballgame w/hubby & the girls. Keep positive! Looking forward!

  
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MOM2BSA 8/15/2010 9:55AM

    I assume we all feel like you do at certain points - like if we blog and post, that people will notice when we don't. I've been away for 7 weeks or so because I'm getting my knee injury healed.....but, I'm still tracking my food and have maintained my weight. As BREWMASTERBILL said, track, track, track....that's one of the things that been so successful for me.

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BREWMASTERBILL 8/15/2010 9:03AM

    I was overwhelmed when I first started this. Diet is 90% of winning this battle. If you do anything at all, track, track, track and focus like a laser on your calorie range. You can forget everything else until you nail that goal. I did this so that I didn't feel so overwhelmed. Tracking is a bit of an unnatural skill to me, so it took some time. Once I got that down, I started introducing more of the process. More water, a little exercise, etc. As long as you're creating the calorie deficit, you're going to lose.

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My very first blog!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Well, this is my first blog, ever! I'm both anxious & excited! Not sure what I am doing, but....I think it's much like keeping a journal, & I know I can do that! Okay, so I joined SP on Wednesday. Felt very overwhelmed! So much so that I almost didn't return. But, I know I need to do this for me. I'm overweight. I've been diagnosed with diabetes, and I'm on medication now. All not good! I told myself I'd be off the medication when I first started. Um, didn't happen. Got used to taking the med & now, well... it's the status quo. Not good. I've started documenting what I eat each day. It's a bit difficult because I can't always find exactly what I eat on the lists that pop up. So, I've been improvising & finding items close to the food item I need. It's working out okay. The tracking of food is going well. I visited the farmers market & have incorporated more veggies into my diet. Also going well. I feel more in control & I'm feeling empowered! Now, let me premise this by saying I haven't, as of yet, had to deal w/any stressors since Wednesday. I know me....I'm a stress eater. We'll see what happens when a little stress is thrown my way! Okay, so....food stuff is going okay. I'm logging on daily & it all feels right. I have a issue w/drinking my water & exercise still. I'm trying to get motivated in that direction...but I need to be patient & give myself time to acclimate. I know I should only weigh myself one time per week...but I sneaked a peek this morning...I've lost 2 lbs! Oh yeah, well...it's water weight, right? But I'll take it nevertheless! I'm feeling very optimistic & motivated! And, I just completed my first blog entry!

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RGDSGAL 8/14/2010 7:51PM

    good job.....way to go...........

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LINDALEE14 8/14/2010 5:18PM

    My first blog was only a few sentences. I'd say you're going to do just fine.

You are really doing great and it looks like you have a good plan. If you plan ahead for your stressful times, at least when they happen, and they probably will, you will have some strategies in place.

Welcome to the world of blogging! emoticon

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MISSY455 8/14/2010 2:07PM

    You have already made some great choices to help you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Congrats!!! The nutrition tracker can be frustrating when you are looking for a specific food. I think finding the closest is a good idea, especially if you don't have time to enter all the nutritional information from food labels yourself.

Best wishes on your journey!
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VAMANOS 8/14/2010 2:03PM

    Congratulations on your first blog! It can be anything you want, including a journal, which is more or less how I use mine. At first it can be intimidating knowing that others may read it (as you can see from the previous comments), but soon you'll see it becomes a conversation with others on this journey with you. You'll get good advice--I second what everyone here has said--and bad. Some people post nutritional or other health opinions that aren't necessarily mainstream, so be sure to get information from more sources if you see something that interests you but sounds extreme.

emoticonto the shared journey. emoticon

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AZGRL68 8/14/2010 1:55PM

    Hi!!

I felt the same way about the website, there is sooo much information and we want to get it all at once... I've been here a little more than a month and I decided that I was just going to take my time in getting to know the rest of the links on the page.... you won't be using this page just once, so, why the rush? use the food log, it helps you a lot!! I'm finally starting to get more comfortable about knowing how much carbos/protein/fat to eat... it won't happen in one day.. :) take your time, I know it can be very frustrating at times, but you will get the hang of things...you made the right decision in joining... :)) welcome!

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AZGRL68 8/14/2010 1:55PM

    Hi!!

I felt the same way about the website, there is sooo much information and we want to get it all at once... I've been here a little more than a month and I decided that I was just going to take my time in getting to know the rest of the links on the page.... you won't be using this page just once, so, why the rush? use the food log, it helps you a lot!! I'm finally starting to get more comfortable about knowing how much carbos/protein/fat to eat... it won't happen in one day.. :) take your time, I know it can be very frustrating at times, but you will get the hang of things...you made the right decision in joining... :)) welcome!

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AZGRL68 8/14/2010 1:55PM

    Hi!!

I felt the same way about the website, there is sooo much information and we want to get it all at once... I've been here a little more than a month and I decided that I was just going to take my time in getting to know the rest of the links on the page.... you won't be using this page just once, so, why the rush? use the food log, it helps you a lot!! I'm finally starting to get more comfortable about knowing how much carbos/protein/fat to eat... it won't happen in one day.. :) take your time, I know it can be very frustrating at times, but you will get the hang of things...you made the right decision in joining... :)) welcome!

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AZGRL68 8/14/2010 1:54PM

    Hi!!

I felt the same way about the website, there is sooo much information and we want to get it all at once... I've been here a little more than a month and I decided that I was just going to take my time in getting to know the rest of the links on the page.... you won't be using this page just once, so, why the rush? use the food log, it helps you a lot!! I'm finally starting to get more comfortable about knowing how much carbos/protein/fat to eat... it won't happen in one day.. :) take your time, I know it can be very frustrating at times, but you will get the hang of things...you made the right decision in joining... :)) welcome!

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THINLIN07 8/14/2010 1:33PM

    When I first joined I was overwhelmed trying to understand everything. I am glad your sticking it out as it becomes easier as we go along. I still do not track my exercising even though I do exercise. All the best on your journey

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MOM2BSA 8/14/2010 1:30PM

    Congrats on joining SP! I've been here 7 months and have lost 45 lbs. Please know that you can add your own food items as Favorites so you can easily pick from them. On the Add Food screen, there is a button on the top right that says Enter Food Not Listed. Then you can add in your own food items from the label you have. Sometimes, I find food that other people have added, but I always double-check the first time I select it that the nutritional information matches my label. Sometimes, the portions are different, sometimes people mistype info, others leave all the vitamin info off the entry as well. I also learned when entering my food to include the serving size in the description. For example, I'll put "Meijer Select Kidney Beans (1 serv= 1/2 cup)". Then I know when I pick it later on from my favorites list, what the actual serving size it. This also works great for when you enter in your own recipes.

Keep your chin up, drink your water and you'll start feeling good about yourself!

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SHANNYBEAR13 8/14/2010 1:29PM

    I am glad that you came back. I have not been on here for that long and at first this whole website felt overwhelming. I could not figure out how to navigate around or anything. Just keep playing around with it. Sign on as much as you can and just browse around on the site. There are so many good tools and I still dont know how to do everything!
I hope this site can serve as motivation for you as much as it has for me!

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