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Great report at dr visit!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

:-) I actually looked forward to today's checkup. I printed up a few of my SparkPeople trackers to share with my doctor to show her what I've been doing that accounts for the 15 lbs I've lost so far. Of course, it didn't look that way on her scale. I had to confess that I had GAINED weight since my last visit during a very stressful time, but had lost it all and then some. It really makes me feel good to have a doctor who listens and thoroughly looks through my trackers so she can make recommendations. I'd had a question awhile back about my supplements and tracking them. I'm happy to report that my nutrition tracker is looking so good, I can drop some of the extras--and their extra calories. I'm definitely aimed in the right direction now!

  
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CHATTYKAY 10/20/2011 8:40AM

    Way to go!!! And she said...???? I'm sure that made your day!! I'm proud of ya!! emoticon

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BLESSEDGMP 10/19/2011 10:06PM

    I always hate stepping on that doctors scale but for my appointment in December I want to be 15-20 lbs lighter and surprise her! I am glad you had a great visit, Have a great rest of the week.

Pat

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SHESLOVIN 10/19/2011 9:24PM

    Congrads!!! Way to go!!! emoticon

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NEW JOB - NOW WHAT?

Monday, October 17, 2011

WHOOHOO! After being out of work for 18 months, I have a job, starting tomorrow! It sounds like just what I need, number of hours, similar work, etc, but I'm out of practice! This will mean a whole new routine, including packing lunches. I need a strategy to stay on track. Here goes.

1. Went to the grocery store and stocked up on healthy packable lunch and snack items. I want to go prepared for hunger fits and have good choices at hand.

2. Got a great idea from someone else about planning and entering the day's food ahead of time, then adjusting later if I need to. That will save me time--and help me plan.

3. Taking it really easy on other activities this week while I'm adjusting to a different routine. I don't want to start off feeling overwhelmed and therefore vulnerable to overeating.

4. "I will with God's help" - Book of Common Prayer. I will go daily, asking for divine assistance, remembering that I am a loved child of God who desires only my good.

5. Which brings me to gratitude. THANK YOU for the opportunity and ability to work when so many others can't. Let me never take my blessings for granted.

  
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CHATTYKAY 10/20/2011 8:43AM

    So how is the job going??

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BLESSEDGMP 10/18/2011 8:55PM

    What a blessing. I think your plan of action is great. Once you get settled in maybe weather permitting you can go for walks at lunch. I usually keep some low calorie low sodium soups in my drawer for emergencies along with a couple of those healthy choice dishes that don't need to be refrigerated.

I hope your first day will be a great one and you will love the job and make some life long friends and that you have a sweetheart as a boss.

Hugs, Pat AKA Blessedgmp


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EXERCISE RESISTER SNEAKS IN SOME FITNESS!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Count me in among the Exercise Resisters. I'm sure there are plenty of us out there. I'd rather read a book anytime. But...SIGH...that won't help me reach my goals, and somehow, I just don't think "3o min - read book" is going to cut it on my fitness tracker, alas.

However, I have a great book (there I go again; you can tell I'm a self-confessed bookaholic), put out by Reader's Digest called Stealth Health. It's full of inspiring ideas about how to sneak fitness, better nutrition, and all sorts of healthy habits into your daily life relatively painlessly. I'm a creative person who'd rather make something--and make a mess in the process--than clean the house. Daily emails from Messies Anonymous (yes, there's a 12 step group out there for just about anything you can possibly think of) keep reminding me to put things away, done or not, and do all the little things that make the difference between my house and my mother-in-law's immaculate home.

YES, the housework I'd rather not do certainly counts as exercise. Likewise yardwork, which I really REALLY don't like--see yesterday's blog, WHAT'S WITH THE YARDWORK??? Somehow, if I look at it as free exercise, I'm much more likely to get at it, with benefits to me, the yard, and the house. You know how it is, once you get on a roll, it's a little easier to think that other things are do-able, such as the easiest strength training routine I could find so I'm at least doing SOMETHING, which is more than I was doing before SP. Like Messies Anon, with enough repetition, it might get to be a habit before I notice! I hope it does!

  
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FLA-1956 12/13/2011 1:15PM

  Thanks. I'm going to look for the book and see if it'll help any.

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LILYYELLOW 10/22/2011 8:02PM

    Thanks for directing me to this post! I really like your blog and can relate to what you write. I'm going to check out the Stealth Health. It reminds me of, and I can't remember where I read it or what its from - Life Gym -- which is about not needing the gym because it's all there in your daily life!!

I didn't know about Messies Anon but I used to do Fly Lady and get the emails from her!! I still use a bunch of the things I got used to doing in that system - 27 fling boogies, five minute hot spots! emoticon

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ELSCO55 10/17/2011 10:37PM

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BLESSEDGMP 10/13/2011 9:45PM

    I have a couple of cook books by the Sneaky Chef that tell you how to sneak healthy stuff into your dishes. I need to sneak some exercise into my day two. Does going up and down the stairs a dozen times a day count LOL..

Pat AKA Blessedgmp

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WHAT'S WITH THE YARDWORK???

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Heavy yardwork is figuring large in my fitness tracking. So what's with the yardwork? My husband works long hours and simply hasn't enough time to keep up with it, even though he's a passionate gardener, and I'M NOT. The gardening genes missed me entirely. Can't even grow a houseplant, and what I don't kill off, my cats do in; one eats them, the other plays with them.

So...how did I get into this? A summer of extra work and lots of rain have played havoc with the yard, especially the back which kept getting put off until he got "a round TU-IT." You know, one of those things you never seem to get. Anyway, I looked out the kitchen window at my hardworking spouse and decided to give him a hand. I may not know the difference between a weed and something he wants to keep, but I can put brush piles into trashcans. I filled one can and went inside. This is SO not my thing. But it helped him, made me sweat, and made one little patch of yard look better. I figured I could stand at least a little of this daily, so, resisting all the way, I've been out pulling weeds, at least the ones I'm really sure are weeds. How is it that they thrive where grass doesn't? For two weeks, we've had the trashcans full for twice a week pickup, and the results are satisfyingly visible. Like lbs, I'm not looking at how much remains to be done, just taking pleasure in whatever small patch I've cleared today. I've made it plain that I expect lots of appreciation to encourage me to keep at it, and I've tried REALLY hard to do it with a minimum of complaints and negative comments, though I don't always succeed. As I pointed out to him, I haven't said nearly what I'd like to. So SABLENESS has morphed into the reluctant yard service. Someday I might actually like it.

  
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BARBARAWEBSTER 10/23/2011 3:08PM

    I've always loved yard work. Nothing like getting your hands dirty to help you appreciate the hot soapy water of washing dishes! LOL emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POETLKNG2LOSE 10/12/2011 3:58PM

    I do the yard work too as far as raking leaves is concerned and mowing . Though my daughter did some mowing this summer. Did some raking today for a half hour. It all counts as exercise. Keep At it.

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CHATTYKAY 10/12/2011 11:52AM

    Enjoyed this blog!! Made me laugh, which is always a good thing! I do almost all of our gardening and yard work, and enjoy it, but ours is not a "finished yard" - probably as many weeds as real grass - but we live way back off any public roads, so no one really sees it but us, and it constantly is "out of hand", but you got it right, don't worry about what needs yet to be done, but revel in the progress made. ...just like the pounds! emoticon emoticon

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HUNGRY AS A BEAR!

Monday, October 10, 2011

I AM HUNGRY! Since starting 55 days ago, this is the most tempted I've been to head for the pantry and eat ANYTHING. So what am I doing instead?

1. I'm noticing with surprise that I AM doing something instead. I'm not in the kitchen, I'm not eating.

2. I know that waiting 90 min till the next meal is not fatal. And now 45 min have passed since I became aware of my hunger.

3. I'm taking a moment to be grateful that there IS food in the pantry and refrigerator when it's time to eat....

4. I'm thinking of Pema Chodron's book, The Places That Scare You, and how she suggests simply noticing and being with whatever is going on in me without judgment. "Hm. Yes, I notice that my stomach is saying I'm hungry. Hm. I notice that I really really want to eat something NOW. Hm--and this is a BIG ONE: I REMEMBER THAT I HAVE CHOICES. I DO NOT HAVE TO MINDLESSLY, COMPULSIVELY EAT ANYTHING AT THE MOMENT OF A CRAVING. The fact that I'm typing and not eating affirms my power of choice.

5. I went looking for the community support NEED HELP NOW, took awhile to find it, and responded to a few other people's posts instead of focusing on myself, which is when I decided to blog about what's going on with me right now.

I have less than 30 min to go till lunchtime, and I'm going to drink another glass of water. But I'll take my glass with me to anther room so I won't stay in the kitchen.

6. Smile.

  
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LADENTISTA 10/30/2011 8:45PM

    This was a very helpful blog. I am going to keep it in mind for sure, as i get back on track

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BARBARAWEBSTER 10/23/2011 3:21PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You were right! I loved it. In fact, I copied your list into my stress journal. I especially like the reminder that I have choices! You are awesome. Thank you. emoticon

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ELSCO55 10/13/2011 7:06PM

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BACKTOTEN12 10/10/2011 9:25PM

    You are awesome! I especially like #4. I think I'll write it down and try it our myself. Sounds like something I could put to good use. thanks for the awesome blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOATGIRLJM 10/10/2011 12:04PM

    Wow, good job. emoticon

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SAINTBERNARD6 10/10/2011 11:53AM

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GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!

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