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I Know How I Got Like This , Now To Fix It!

Friday, May 31, 2013

My youngest son is getting married June 29th. Last weekend I took his kids shopping for shoes for the wedding. I could barely walk. I had to keep sitting down because my lower back hurt so much. I know what is wrong... it is all the extra poundage I am carrying coupled with the fact I have not done any exercise in a long time.
I fell last September and landed hard on my knee twisting it and wrenching it badly.
When my son told me he was getting married and when, I decided okay, time to get a move on again even if my knee is sore. I will take it very slowly on my stationary bike. Problem was, I couldn't get my leg up over the bike to use it. I asked my husband for a new bike, one that had a lower leg lift to it, so that I could get on and off it . I am still waiting.... what else is new. Twice now I have seen this bike on sale for half price and both times have said something to no avail.
My knee is a bit more solid now. After the shopping fiasco, I came home determined to get back on my bike again.
Well I was quite the sight getting on the bike lemme tell ya. I had to lift my leg up enough that I could put my knee on the seat, then reach down with both hands to bring my foot up and push it to the other side. Okay, I got on the bike, now I can't get my right foot in the pedal, the left one went in okay. I pull my left foot back out and manouver my right foot in and then turn the pedal enough that I can get my left foot in again. Slowly I begin pedalling. I made it to twelve minutes and that was more than enough for one day. That was monday.
I am proud to say I have been on my bike every day since and today got up to 18 minutes even though by then end it was more than enough again. I have 28 days and I have to be on my bike every single day for the cardio and also for the benefit to my legs and lower back.
At this point I am not even caring about food intake at all, it is the exercise that is the most important to me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEKSUNSHINE 6/1/2013 4:20PM

    Good for you!

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ONTHEPATH2 5/31/2013 4:02PM

    Congrats for not giving up!

Girl, I can see you getting on that bike. I have a knee injury, so I know what you are talking about. You should see me try to get on the Harley! I have to get on first and scooch back. When I get off, I put my good let down and lift my bad one off the seat til I can get it on the ground. When I get on my bike outdoors, I lift my leg over with my hands - but I get on!

Keep pedaling. Good things will happen. You will be glad you did!

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EJENKINSB 5/31/2013 3:59PM

    Congratulations! Take it one step at a time, and you'll reach your goal!

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Healthier Choices

Monday, May 09, 2011

I have gone to fast food places many times and ordered food that is supposed to be a healthier choice food for myself. At Wendys, I will order a plain baked potato, a small chili and a side salad. I have to watch the person doing the baked potato..... When I say plain, I don't want that butter stuff squeezed on like they do on a plain potato.... that is not plain. My entire filling dinner comes in at less than what the calories etc are for a single quarter pounder.
I take my small chili and pour half of it over my baked potato and the other half over my salad... skip the dressing, it isn't necessary. The results are as follows:
small chili = 220 calories, 7 grams of fat, 35 mg cholesterol,870 mg sodium, 22 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 6 sugars, 18 g protein
Garden Side salad no dressing = 25 calories,0 fat,0 cholesterol,30 mg sodium,5 g carbs,2 g fiber,3 g sugar,1 g protein
Baked Potato = 270 calories,0 fat,0 cholesterol,40 mg sodium,61 g carbs,7 g fiber
3g sugars,7g protein
Dasini water = 1 sodium

My total dinner is 520 calories,8 g fat, 35 mg cholesterol ,941 mg sodium, 87 g carbs, 14 g fiber, 12 g sugars, 27 g protein

Now let us compare that to what would normally be bought....
1/4 pound single burger with cheese =550 calories, 28 g fat, 90 mg cholesterol, 1220 mg sodium, 43 carbs, 2 g fiber,10 sugars, 31 protein ( I did say my total meal would be less than a single burger)
medium fries with ketchup = 430 calories,20 g fat, 0 cholesterol, 600 mg sodium, 57 carbs, 6 g fiber,3 sugars, 5 protein
medium coke = 260 calories, 10 sodium,70 carbs, 70 sugars

Total meal = 1240 calories ,48 g fat, 90 mg cholesterol, 1830 mg sodium, 170 carbs,8 fiber, 83 sugars, 37 protein..

Sooooo if I choose the regular meal I am within my caloric range of 1200-1500 calories ( as long as I don't want to eat for the rest of the day). I am well within my carb and fat goals however the protein I will consume is too low for the day.... if I have anything else to eat that contains lots of protein, I will wind up being over on sodium and calories for the day and possibly fats and carbs too.... Nutrition wise , there isn't enough on a hamburger to make up even one vegetable for the day.....whereas if I choose my baked potato, salad and chili meal, I have plenty of room for at least two more satisfying meals in the day plus snacks and I will have consumed a minimum of 5 vegetables in that meal alone.. 2 for the large potato, 2 at least in the salad and at least one more in the chili with the tomatoes in that..
Well I know what my choice will be.... what would be yours?

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SEKSUNSHINE 5/9/2011 2:01PM

    Great choices!

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KNITTABLES 5/9/2011 1:49PM

    What a great choice and so much better for you.

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SALDABA6 5/9/2011 1:17PM

    Oh it is really good, and very filling too I find emoticon

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    What a great idea--to put chili on a baked potato. I had never thought of that. I LOVE baked potatoes, but never eat them, because of the calories, especially when I go out. At home, I could spray on some of the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter non-calorie spray, and I bet it would be good. I haven't done that yet, and I don't know why. But when you go out, that spray is not available, and the thought of a completely dry potato is not very appealing. Now I know what I'm going to eat next time I go to Wendy's. Thanks for the great tip!

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Weight Tracker

Thursday, September 16, 2010

First of all I would like to say hello to everyone and let you know I have returned after a long hiatus. Kudos go to all that have remained and worked on removing your excess poundage and the successes you have entailed emoticon emoticon
As those of you who have read my older blogs are aware of, I set my goals to ten percent of my body weight and that is how I successfully removed 64 pounds. I concentrated only on smaller amounts, leaving the big picture behind. The problem was though, that my weight tracker was always showing the big picture. It served as a constant reminder of just how far I had to go. Even though I felt much better and could get around a lot easier with some of the pounds gone, I felt I was never going to get to the end of the tracker. It loomed large before me and I was unable to get past it.
Well I have returned. I have also managed to put on 15 pounds , ten of it during the past couple of weeks. I have been emotional eating again and I am very well aware of it. This tells me that I have learned a lot. I know how to stop it.
Upon my return, I changed my weight tracker. Now it only reflects the short term goal and not the long term anymore. I find it much easier to concentrate on short term and allow the long term to take care of itself. I know it will. Each short term goal is part of a long journey and I can do it. I already have done so much.
I plan on continuing with the short term goal of ten percent of my current body weight, however my first goal is five pounds more than that.
I have successfully been able to keep off 49 pounds and that is a lot.
I am proud of myself for coming back before I allow myself to get completely out of control again, before putting back on all the weight I worked so hard to remove. I realize that I am basically starting over with my exercises. One cannot stop exercising for a long period of time and expect to pick up where they left off, it doesn't work that way.
The journey continues onward and downward emoticon

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46SHADOW 2/5/2011 8:12PM

    Like the strategy!Everytime I bike,I hear your encouraging words.

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RANDOMKINDNESS 12/22/2010 8:42AM

  emoticonI relate to your blog completely. This is a journey of discovery for me, and with each 'wrong' turn, I've come away with more understanding of what makes me overweight, what works and what doesn't. I'm so happy to meet you - you're strong & resourceful and I KNOW that you'll do it! And you're so brave to restart during the holidays!!! I'm impressed. Stay strong! emoticon

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KNITTABLES 9/16/2010 9:29PM

    I too am so glad you are back. It is great to take things on one short goal at a time and not get overwhelmed or frustrated. Good for you. Success is just around that corner.

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SEKSUNSHINE 9/16/2010 5:38PM

    Glad you are back and that you know what you need to do. You have done a terrific job on this journey that we started together. Hope you can stay with it and have even greater success.

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WISEONE68 9/16/2010 4:57PM

    Glad you are back!! Take it one step at a time and you will achieve ALL your goals!! emoticon

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My Review in Pics

Friday, February 26, 2010

Okay so it has been quite a while and quite a few pounds that have come off and yes I still have such a long way to go. Here goes.
This pic is of me about 9 months before I started on SP. I am not sure of my actual weight at that time but I ballooned up to 265 some time after this was taken

I had a few pics taken in between but this is me again after taking off 39 pounds. Weight here is 226

Now I am close to onederland but not close enough emoticon My current weight 202. I have now removed 63 pounds.

Oh wait now these clothes are a bit loose on me....

Onward and downward!! emoticon

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RANDOMKINDNESS 12/22/2010 8:42AM

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SUNSET24 5/31/2010 3:36PM

    WOWWWWWWWWWWWWw what beautiful photos!!!!!!!!!!

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ARKANANGEL 3/3/2010 6:54PM

    Way to go! keep up the good work! I avoid the camera, but your pictures are an inspiration for me to show my progress (at least to myself). emoticon

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SUSAN134 2/27/2010 2:15PM

    Deb, these pics are great and I find them so motivating for me! Thank you so much for posting them and Congrats on a job VERY well done! YAAAAY you!!!!!



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KNITTABLES 2/27/2010 2:13PM

    Looking good, keep it up. Thanks for posting the pictures

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SEKSUNSHINE 2/27/2010 6:18AM

    You look fantastic! I thought maybe you got lost in the Canadian wilderness, I hadn't seen you around for such a long time.

Keep up the good work! emoticon

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LORETTA24 2/27/2010 6:10AM

    Isn't it wonderful the way you feel when you realize your clothes are becoming too big? I love it! Keep smiling sunshine. It only gets better, even if you relapse for a day or few, it gets better. emoticon

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MINNA72 2/27/2010 5:47AM

    Awesome job! The difference is amazing! Congrats!

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46SHADOW 2/27/2010 4:24AM

    yah! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLOVER110 2/26/2010 10:40PM

    Wow! You can really see the difference. Good for you! emoticon

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What I am up to

Friday, January 29, 2010

The last two weeks have not been great. Yes I started off the year wonderfully......and then......A very close friend of mine who has been sick quite a bit since last September, finally revealed to me that she has cancer. Stomach cancer no less, stage 3B. She doesn't sleep at night, never has, but that is okay, I don't either. So every night near midnight my phone rings. And we spend the entire night talking. I listen while her pain increases. It is not good. She has been going for radiation five days a week as well as chemo once a week. She has been throwing up blood. She has had nosebleeds. Since she is already paraplegic her nurse comes in many times a day to look after her. She has no family.
I have stayed up and we have talked about many many things, but the question keeps coming up"Do you think I will make it? Do you think I will beat this?" In all honesty I do not think she stands a chance, however I try to stay positive by making jokes and singing to her. I do not lie and tell her she will make it for I cannot know that. Nor do I tell her she won't make it. I simply tell her let's take one day at a time. She shows me her fears and her weakness and vulnerability. I show her love. It is all I have to give her and I do it very willingly.
I do not wish anyone to feel sorry or sad at this blog. I am just simply having to write at the moment. It helps me to put it on paper so to speak.

I got a call this afternoon from her. She was frustrated with the results of her tests. Her heart is taking a wallop with these treatments and the cancer has increased by 2 cm over the previous testing done two weeks ago. Her meds have been changed to hopefully help decrease some of the vomiting. She keeps me informed on what is going on and asks my opinion. I am catching myself saying "we" instead of "you". I only know one thing. I will be there for her as long as she can talk to me and will think about her even when she cannot.

For those of you dealing with any form of cancer or other illness, my heart goes out to you. I admire your strength and your courage. For those of you not having to deal yourself but having a friend with illness, reach out to them any way you can. Do not try to make them feel as if they are less than they are. They are strong courageous people and deserve your love and a shoulder when necessary. Just be there for them. They need to know you love and care about them. They do not wish to be treated differently than they were before they were stricken with illness. Most do not want your pity, but would really appreciate support and understanding.
Blessings to all

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PEWILK 2/18/2010 3:28PM

  A true friend bears witness. You are a true friend.

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ARKANANGEL 2/4/2010 1:11PM

    Bless your heart, Debbie! Life throws us surprises all the time, and sometimes they're not the best. I just joined the Natural Healing team and maybe you can get some tips from them to share with your friend. I, personally, believe that this seaweed called Limu Moui has something in it called fucoidan which has been proven to burst cancer cells.. but people are reluctant to try natural things when they're on so many meds. Also, I'm a believer in raw food for healing.. wish I was there go fix her a big green smoothie!
Hang in there, and don't forget to focus on yourself! If you don't get your 10-min in to get your heart rate up, you will feel depressed.. I know, it happens to me everytime I skip a day.
Prayers going up for your friend and you! You are there for her and doing just what you should.. Try not to neglect yourself in the process. emoticon

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46SHADOW 1/30/2010 7:46AM

    Best wishes to you and your friend as you are there for here. emoticon

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SUSAN134 1/29/2010 11:35PM

    How fortunate your friend is to have you as she deals with this terrible illness, and how fortunate you are to be there for her and in the process learn so much about love and life.

Not an easy road, but you my friend are travelling it perfectly. Just to 'be there' is so important.

Hugs to you and your friend.

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LORETTA24 1/29/2010 10:48PM

    You and your friend are in my prayers. emoticon

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SEKSUNSHINE 1/29/2010 10:05PM

    You are doing what friends do, listening and supporting. You and your friend are in my thoughts. emoticon

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