Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I've lost the Spark mojo, my friends...& I've been mulling it over & over in my head, trying to make some sense of it all! You all know I've worked so hard on this journey to be where I'm at in life! And I have no just cause for why I'm at this juncture! No reason at all! So here's the way it is!
My original plan was to get my weight down before my 40th high school reunion (June 2011) & get off the diabetes medication I started on February 2010. I accomplished both! I just completed my annual blood work w/my doctor a couple of weeks ago...& from a health perspective, all is well!
HgA1C is 5.1! (NON DIABETIC level!)
Cholesterol is 188
Triglycerides are 62
HDL is 72! (excellent!!!)
LDL is 104 (could be a little better, but not bad!)
Thyroid levels are perfect!
I've not reached my goal weight...but I don't seem to care much! And even though my BMI says I'm still overweight...I'm not feeling it! Could I be thinner? Absolutely! Do I want to? NOPE! I'm just not there! I have NO desire to be in teeny-tiny sizes! Not my thing! I feel physically fit & clothing fits fine! So, no problem!
I exercise 120 mins a day...6 days a week! I do it because I need to keep my body in good working order! I do ZUMBA twice a week & DRUMS ALIVE once a week! I run 2-3 times a week & walk daily! I train w/kettlebells 3 times weekly! I do cardio/strength classes a couple times a week, when I feel like it. I occasionally use the elliptical or treadmill at the Y, but prefer the outdoors when weather permits! And well, let's face it! I live in SW Florida...so weather permits often!
I eat healthy MOST days! I cook low fat meals & try new recipes ALL the time! I've incorporated healthy desserts into my meal plans so I don't feel deprived! I've enJOYed peach crisps/cobblers, baked apples, & pumpkin pudding most recently! I fear trying things like pastries yet...'cause I know me! Portion control is a BIG problem I want to avoid w/these goodies! I still struggle w/staying in range w/the carbs...& I know it's my cross to bear! I've increased fiber in my diet & consume plenty of fruits & veggies! I'm still drinking the water daily & plan to continue! It's important when you live in a tropical climate, to stay well hydrated! So all is well!
Now let me just say that I applaud all whom have strived to achieve goal weight! You're an inspiration to many! I'm not advocating that it's not important to set goals or attempt to reach goals! They're important! I guess what I'm saying here is that achieving my goal weight just isn't important enough for me, at this moment! My lab work tells me I'm healthy! I feel physically fit! It's enough for me! What's important is that I've changed my life for the better by having lost the weight & have begun a journey of weight management & physical fitness to remain healthy & fit! I have well-being! Now, that is what's important!
My weight's been fluctuating within a 6 lb range...& although I prefer it be a bit more confined to a 2-3 lb range, I'm not complaining! I'm concerned that we're entering the holiday season...& I'll be visiting up north for Christmas & New Year! I know my exercise routine will be disturbed & cut in half for about 2 weeks! Now that's NOT a good combo...less exercise & more eating! Yikes! I'm working on a game plan, as we speak! Gotta be prepared, by golly!
I'm giving myself permission to just be, for the moment! I'm hoping that after the holidays, I'll be reSparked & ready to tackle a challenge! I hope you're all well, my friends & preparing for the upcoming holidays, as I! You're all very important to me & I want to continue supporting & encouraging each & every one of you to do your very best! I thank you kindly for always being here...& you can count on me to be there for you too!
I love you all!!!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Hello My Friends!
Well, so much has happened! I'll keep it brief...just want to keep you all in the loop!
First of all! Hubby had surgery yesterday & is doing okay, although it wasn't without complications. Let me give you a quick history run down...
He had stomach discomfort which started last Monday. On Thursday, he tells me about it...cause it's really bad & cause he started having chest pain. So, off to the ER we go & they admit him for observation overnight. The pain subsides & they rule out a heart attack & send him on his way to follow up outpatient with doctor & tests. Well, he remained in discomfort & was unable to eat w/out pain. So, he stops eating... was miserable all weekend, as was I! I took him to a walk-in urgent clinic near our home on Monday...& they saw him right away! The doctor orders a CT Scan w/contrast & they identify the problem! He had numerous gallstones...& his liver & pancreas & gallbladder were all inflamed & he's got an infection & is jaundiced, & labs are a mess (as you can imagine)! So, he was immediately admitted to the hospital! They had to tend to the infection first, then remove the stones, & then the gallbladder! They removed the stones on Wednesday & he was supposed to have a laproscopy procedure to remove the gallbladder yesterday. Well, they had to cut him open to remove it cause doctor said his gallbladder was in horrific shape...very swollen & damaged...so they had to go in & retrieve it! He's gonna be in the hospital for a few days now...& recovery will be slow. He wasn't a happy camper last night, let me just say! He's okay though.....thank God!
I'm doing okay! I've not been eating, not exercising, not sleeping ...& I've been a bit worried. I'm also keeping everyone back home apprised of what's been happening & it's been exhausting. I need to take care of myself so I don't get sick! I plan to do better beginning today. I'm gonna go for a short walk before I get to the hospital this morning & have a good breakfast...
I hope you're all well! EnJOY the day in good health, my friends!
And THANK YOU for keeping hubby & me in your thoughts & prayers!
You are loved!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Yep! That's right! I'm telling ya, my friends! This is me looking out over the expansive highway! And I'm strategizing what I should do next! Ya see, my weight's plateaued & I'm feeling frustrated! And I hate it when I feel this way! So, I've gotta take action!
First of all, let me explain! I made up a list of what's working for me...& what's not!
What's working is...
-daily exercise (90-120 min of something every day)
-strength training w/kettlebells 3 times weekly
-8 to 10 cups of water daily
-nutritious meals prepared by me at home
-healthy choices MOST of the time
-5 or more servings of fruits & veggies daily
What's not working is...
I do fine for most of the day! See!
Breakfast consists of yogurt, blueberries, flaxseed, & walnuts.
Lunch is a large salad w/everything in it but the kitchen sink! lol
Dinner varies but I cook low fat & wholesome. Everything from scratch.
Snacks are usually greek yogurt, fruit bars, fruit, peanuts, & occas. pretzels or popcorn.
My problem area? SNACKING at night!
My solution? A game plan! And here it is!
I plan to lose 2 lbs in 1 month, beginning 9/14/11 & ending 10/14/11.
-Weight & measure all that I eat!
-Exercise 90-120 min daily! In some form or fashion!
-Stay in the 1500-1800 calorie range daily
-Strength training 3x week
-LIMIT night snacking by......
being mindful - keeping a journal & document what I eat after dinner
& log it publically! No exceptions!
-I plan to do NON-EATING tasks in the evenings at my discretion to keep my hands busy! I've just started a jigsaw puzzle last night!
-Weigh in & report progress every Wednesday!
I know I CAN do it!
Now, I know many of you've been wondering why all the doctor appointments & medical tests & such these last couple of weeks. Well, I'm having some medical issues with a prolapsed bladder. I've had two previous surgeries...& it's highly likely I'll be having a third. I'll know more tomorrow, as I'm seeing a surgeon in the morning. It's been difficult for me to exercise as much as I've been with this problem & I need to do something. It appears that surgery is my only option at this time, so...I'll keep you posted! We shall see what we shall see! One day at a time my friends! One day at a time!
Now, I hope you're all well! I've begun working off those 2 pounds, by golly! Yesterday went well.....& I'm on day 2! And I've got Chef Meg's Slow Cooker Lasagna in the crock pot for dinner! Yummy! I'll let ya know how it turns out!
Saturday, August 27, 2011
I was so afraid to face the number on that scale this morning, my friends....& for good reason!
Yikes! I'm up 5.6 lbs!
Well, whatcha expect, I tell myself! I've NOT been tracking & my exercise was cut in half. I WAS mindful MOST days...& I did maintain eating 5 fruits & veggies daily! Oh, but that eating out will getcha every time, by golly! I found it so difficult to maintain portion control & choose wisely at restaurants, at times! And oh my! So many choices!
Well, I'm not fretting! I've re-activated Operation "Get Back On Track"! And I'm well on my way to getting back to normal! I've planned my meals for the week & went shopping! I've eaten a health & nutritious breakfast & lunch, & have planned a wholesome salmon dinner for tonight! I did run for 30 min & walk for 60 this morning! Day 1 is going splendidly, I must say! And what goes up....MUST come down! I guarantee it!
And Woohoo! It feels so GOOD to be back in my routine!
I'm setting my weight ticker back to 0 & will weigh in every Wednesday to measure my progress! I'm so excited to be getting back on track! And I know I CAN do it!
I hope you're all well! EnJOY the weekend & stay healthy & strong my friends!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Hello My Friends!
I'm doing well & I'm missing you all! Just wanna let you know what's been happening & what's going on!
First of all, I want to & give lots of to all that have sent flower goodies & have kept our family in your thoughts & prayers! I feel the love! It's times like this that make one take pause & think about what's really important! Family & Friends!
This is my father-in-law & mother-in-law, Edmund & Virginia at a past Christmas Party. My father-in-law was 84 years old when he passed after a long illness. He will be missed!
And for all of you that don't know.....my in-laws live in a suburb of Cleveland, OH.
Hubby is doing well, thanks for asking! And my mother-in-law has LOTS of family, friends, & neighbors looking after her...& is doing quite well! We're staying w/her at the moment....& making sure she's eating. She & my father-in-law had been married for 62 years & she has quite an adjustment to make w/his passing! I do believe she's gonna be okay though! She's in good health & has her wits about her...& she's a trooper! God bless her!
We've been to a pre-season Brown's game & went to see the Lake Erie Crusher's play! and we're going to take in an Indian's game tomorrow! We've been hanging w/family every moment we get & gettin' in lots & lots of HUGS w/my grandchildren!!! Hey, it's ALL good!
We had intended to leave Ohio today & head back to SW Florida but hurricane Irene is heading straight for Florida, so we've decided to delay our return & stay put for the time being! Better safe than sorry! As the week progresses, we'll decide when to head back! We're not in any hurry though!
I've been keeping up my exercise...running & walking every morning. But I'm only doing 1 hour vs 2, & I've not been tracking my foods (by choice). I can't wait to return to Florida so I can get back to my routine! I miss my exercise classes & strength training, & cooking my own meals. Eating out is NOT the best of circumstances, as you can imagine!
Alright my friends! I hope you're all doing well! I promise I'll catch up w/you all when I get back to Florida! I'm missing you!!!
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