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Three and a half Weeks into Foot Recovery and Eleven Pounds Gone...

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Yesterday went very well. When I first got up, I weighed myself and found I had lost 11 pounds in almost four weeks! I grabbed a pair of corduroys that were too tight last Spring and they fit! - Yayyy. My plan post-surgery is working! The first thing my mom said when she walked in was "You lost weight". YES!!

Yesterday, I consumed 1222 calories and was in NYC for the day. I went a total of 14 blocks on my knee scooter. It turned out to be a nice little workout on my arms and upper body - the roads and sidewalks are on the bumpy side up there! My mom and I went to our favorite french restaurant for lunch (Pergola Des Artistes on 46 Street & Broadway). I enjoyed salmon with dill sauce - which was a very light sauce- and string beans and baby carrots. One of the things I love about french restaurants is the fact that they serve small portions. I did enjoy 4 ozs of red wine with my lunch, and did not eat any bread. Yayyy!

We saw "Sister Act" on Broadway. It received the 2011 Tony for Best Musical. The music was excellent and it was pretty funny. We also saw a lot of NYC marathoners walking around Times Square. I found myself imagining how it would feel if I was getting ready to run it - so exciting...maybe I will make it a 2013 goal after I complete the Disney half marathon next fall!

We then had 45 minutes to grab dinner to go and get back on the bus. We went into a Food Emporium. They have every type of food imaginable for every type of appetite and diet. Lunches and dinners were made up in to go boxes - from sushi to chicken and potatoes to casseroles. It was amazing! I knew I had extra cals at lunch, so I bought a ReadyPac spinach dijon salad (which I take to work quite frequently) and a container of fresh cut pineapple, strawberries, and kiwi. I felt a great sense of control and excitement that I had hit on all the nutrients I needed for dinner and had stayed in my calorie range. I scooted by all the desserts - AND they did look good.

We got home around 8:30 PM. It was a long day out for me, but I did really good. My foot never swelled up or hurt.

So ... I am so thankful that I planned ahead. I joined SparkPeople in February 2011. I have read countless articles on focusing, planning ahead, eating in moderation, and healthy foods. I have logged all of my running miles, exercise minutes and consumed foods. I think all of this, with the support and inspiration of all of you, is helping me to reach my goals.

Thank you!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

INFLATED 11/7/2011 11:00AM

    I agree with the comments made. I am neither disciplined nor consistent.

You are doing an excellent job of reaching your goals. I like to fell like I am competing when I set a goal. I get on a kick to do something, then fizzle out.

I haven't made any close friends since moving here, so getting to know my neighbors better was a real treat for me. I understand that people are busy with their jobs. I am home alone all day and miss hearing the phone ring or having a chat across the back fence.

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THISISIT-PA 11/6/2011 4:44PM

    I love New York! But I haven't been there for years. I'm only 3 1/2 hours away so there is no excuse. I think I'll make a Broadway show one of my rewards.You've inspired me. emoticon

I continue to admire your planning skills and your ability to stick with them! emoticon


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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 11/6/2011 4:25PM

    WOW!! You really are doing a great job! You have definitely learned alot from this site, but continually keeping up the practice is key. You are very disciplined!! Congrats on your weight loss too, I hope I can be even half as disciplined as you have been. But you really are an inspiration! You definitely don't have to backslide just because of surgery and down time!! Thank you!

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    It sounds like you had a wonderful day. I admire that you were able to stick to your eating plan despite all of the temptations. You are amazingly disciplined!

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Quick blog...

Friday, November 04, 2011

My mom is coming over to visit and I do not want to be on the computer while she is here, so I am writing this half way through my day. I am getting excited for NYC tomorrow, it should be crowded with all the marathoners. I wonder how many of them are Sparkers!

Calories are going well -- 713 right now. I have eaten a good breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. I still have dinner and a night time snack left for today.

I worked 6.5 hours today, got an early ride home with my son when he was done classes. I picked up the house a little bit when I got home. My husband is doing a really good job with it, I just have to get one of my boys to sweep this weekend. I am keeping up with my husband and my wash. The boys do their own - their wives will thank me some day!

My foot was a little sore on top today, I don't think I wrapped it right after my shower this morning. I re-wrapped it this afternoon, it is doing better.

So, that's it - nothing exciting - which is fine with me - I like it calm!


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GMAN1952 11/5/2011 9:01AM

    Enjoy her visit, mine is gone and I miss her very much.

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INFLATED 11/4/2011 5:54PM

    Have a good time!

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 11/4/2011 5:19PM

    Enjoy your moether's visit. I wish I could visit with my mother again for even five minutes.

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There's Always Tomorrow...

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Only ate 846 calories today -- didn't eat enough calories at dinner. I had steamed shrimp and steamed broccoli out at a restaurant. I did good with all my snacks, breakfast and lunch. I didn't get home until 9 PM and I was filled.

Oh, well, as Scarlet O'Hara said "There's Always Tomorrow" - gotta love her!


On a good note, I got in 20 mins of exercise between work (which was full time) and going out. I was going to finish my workout when I got home from the restaurant but "Person of Interest" was on - my husband and I love that show! It is too intense to watch and work-out at the same time. Now it's 10:10 PM and I am going to get ready for bed. I did get a little bit of walking in today going to and from the restaurant and my foot is doing pretty good; it didn't swell up too bad.

I am getting excited for the weekend! I am going on a bus trip to New York City with my Mom Saturday to see a play on broadway (I forget which one) and lunch. I am going to take my scooter so I can get around a little bit. I love Times Square and all the people.

It is so nice to be able to get out again!


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FITFORMYFAMILY 11/4/2011 11:15PM

    My husband is watching Person of Interest on Hulu as I'm writing this. emoticon I like it, too, but am only halfway paying attention.

Your Saturday sounds wonderful! I hope you have fun!

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INFLATED 11/4/2011 12:04AM

    I really liked what you wrote on my page about God supplying for your business so that you could keep your workers employed.

I pray you have a safe trip and an enjoyable time in New York. Thanks for the idea about putting spaghetti sauce aside for myself. Lately, anything out of sight is out of mind and I am stumbling more and more trying to remember names of places and people.

I asked my doctor to check me for Alzheimer's since my Mom has it. She said she could, but there was a strong possibility if I did have it, that my insurance might drop me. I know when Mom was seen by a visiting nurse to assess her dementia, she gave her a blank piece of paper and told her to draw a clock on it. Mom drew a circle about the size of a quarter (coin) on the paper. The nurse told me that for some reason, people with Alzheimer's never use the whole paper to make the circle.

I did remember that I bought two yams and I cooked one in the microwave and had it with salt and pepper, honey and margarine. It is like a dessert like that. I have a cauliflower and broccoli crowns too that I may cook when we have chicken.

Comment edited on: 11/4/2011 12:06:38 AM

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ANDRE_CSPRINGS 11/3/2011 10:32PM

    Good focus, way to go! Your attitude inspires others!

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Day 20 of Recovery and a Better Calorie Day...

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

I consumed 1183 calories today and did upper and core body chair exercises for 85 minutes before going to work this morning. It felt good to start the day out that way. I am walking on my foot a little bit now. It feels a little bit odd (still swollen). I am still using the walker a lot.

My son dropped me off at work, so I made sure to pack my lunch and afternoon snack ahead of time. I didn't want a repeat of yesterday (not enough calories)! I packed a Lightlife Smart Dog (veggie dog) for my protein at lunch -- I love them! Yesterday I didn't drink much water (drank a ton of chinese tea), so today I made sure I consumed a lot of water at work. It really fills me up.

Now I have to work on my folate intake. I am eating at least 1 cup of broccoli per day, but it is not enough. I am always "under folate" on the SparkPeople daily nutrition summary. I also eat spinach salads. Still can't seem to get enough folate!

Tonight I participated in the weekly SparkPeople LiveMind meeting. It helps to keep me focused during the week and has now become part of my Wednesday night routine. We go over visualizing our goals, woohoo moments, and a new topic/ideas each week to help us reach our goals. Some participants have been participating for a while, other are just starting out. I am learning a lot from everyone. It's pretty cool.


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DETERMINED_SOUL 11/3/2011 12:42PM

    You are doing great! It's amazing how well you are recovering and still staying on track; it is very difficult for some people and you make it seem so easy. Kudos to you!

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INFLATED 11/3/2011 4:13AM

    You are doing well.

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Day 19 of Recovery and Too Low on Calories...

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I consumed 1013 calories today. I missed eating a fruit at breakfast. I had to get a blood test (for cholesterol) this morning and didn't eat my cereal until 10 AM. I had a good lunch and ate the orange I was supposed to eat for breakfast as my afternoon snack. I was also supposed to eat a dairy or protein for my afternoon snack and did not. I had brought cottage cheese, I still felt filled from lunch. So, the bottom line is I got behind on eating and never quite caught up!! I did eat a good dinner and nutrisystem dessert. I also did not drink as much water as I should have today. I worked from 10 - 4:30 today. I have bottled water in my office. I drank A LOT of hot tea instead. (No sugar, so it wasn't too bad).

Sorry if this is bouncing around, I am analyzing it so I eat at 100/150 more cals tomorrow.

Stay Sparked!!

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52WEEKSLAURA 11/2/2011 2:28PM

    I am trying to eat a big breakfast so I can start working out around 11am instead of 8pm. I have more energy at 8pm than at 11am as it is now.

Thank you for the breakfast ideas Inflated.

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INFLATED 11/2/2011 12:22AM

    I eat a large breakfast every day. I like eggs, toast and coffee. I sometimes put onions in the eggs and make an omelet, or leave out the onions and put salsa down the middle of the omelet before folding it over. I add cheese on the inside of it at times too.

1/2 bagel with cream cheese or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Different breakfasts for me.

My calories build up quick.

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