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Sometimes we all need a little outside help!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Recently I had an annual health check-up which I get because of the medications I'm on. It wasn't good news hearing my cholesterol had gone from 6.2 to 7.1 on the UK scale nor that my weight had snuck up 11lbs in the last year. However I was mightily relieved that because my blood pressure was fine and I don't smoke then I am not considered to need statins yet, something I am keen to avoid if I can because of the side effects. I have noticed that I have gotten into a habit of having several cups of tea a day and each time having biscuits/ shortbread with them. It sounds so simple but I honestly believe this was the main culprit as my diet is quite consistent and hadn't changed much in the last 12 months. I am going to get some outside help though, in a few months time I will be referred to our local health service's "Weight Management Service" which is a group support environment meeting every 2 weeks and supplemented by a little time with a dietician. I think it offers some of the benefits of Weight Watchers in terms of social support but is free and impartial so I am hoping that being with others on the same journey, physically present as well as online, will add to my motivation. I don't think there's any shame in admitting sometimes we are not getting the results we want left to our own devices and seeking a little outside help.

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SALLY5577 9/10/2014 3:55PM

    They say small changes can have a big effect. Change the time you have your cuppa and don't buy your favourite biscuits. Buy something from weight watchers selection and try to have every other cup of tea without a biscuit until you manage to have one with none. It's a long haul and if you accept that it will not happen over night it's easier to cope with. Check in online every day too. It's amazing the difference it makes recording everything you eat.
Good luck. emoticon

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    Ah, shortbread. What's not to love? Eggs, salted butter, sugar, white flour. It all seems so delightfully innocuous until someone gets hurt! Maybe make it a once-a-month thing?

Good luck with your new group. I imagine it will be very helpful to have that support system in place.


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Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

"Fall down seven times, get up eight" is an old Japanese saying which I guess means that even if you have failed several times, keep on trying. That is what I need to do. It's a bit embarrassing to think that I was first on this site in 2008 and have been back several times since, but my weight is more or less what is was before. I couldn't even say the system as failed as I have never given it a proper try. So despite past lack of effort I am back giving things another go. I took the teeny-tiniest action tonight by buying a pedometer from Ebay. There are lots of great fitness trackers, things like Fitbit and Sparkpeople's own new one, but I didn't want to chance buying something expensive and then not using it. So I am starting simple and hoping that just seeing a motivating number to write down (at this moment am not even worried too much about accuracy, just seeing progress at all) will get me moving a little. I really don't want to be looking back on this blog entry in a year's time with nothing changed, I don't need massive success right away I just really want that feeling of finally moving in the right direction on the scales. Wish me luck! (Yes, I know we make our own luck, but all the same)

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MIA-MORSEL 10/17/2013 5:46PM

    Good to see another fan of pedometers. Hi there! emoticon

I've been using mine for 9 weeks now and it's definitely my best incentive, by far. I began with just 2000 steps and within 3 weeks I was happily doing 8000, which is 3 miles, 6 days a week. Most were clocked up as I walked up and down my garden path because I was afraid of getting backache or sore knees when far from home. I seldom experience aches now and thoroughly enjoy walking.

My 3 mile walk burns 333 calories so it's vital to carefully and honestly track your meals, water and workouts and to stay within your calorie range. Very soon you'll find the whole thing fun.....honest!!

Let me know how you are getting on. emoticon

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Felt so good to eat some proper healthy food!

Thursday, April 04, 2013

I am just starting out on my weight loss journey so haven't yet go those first thrills from exercising and seeing the scales change. And I first joined Sparkpeople a long time ago (2008) and did nothing then, so I am not getting too excited until I trust myself that I am going to stick with things. However I am feeling more optimistic this time partly due to getting more involved and logging on for several days straight, listening to the Audible audio book of "The Spark" which is like a voice in my ear telling me all good stuff, and I felt proud of keeping a food diary for a week which may seem easy but as we all know "Things which are easy to do are also easy not to do" (Jim Rohn). I have an appointment tomorrow with my doctor's practice nurse to discuss the diary and get her suggestions for changes I could make. However I have already thought of one myself. For a few years I have got a big giant grocery delivery from the Tesco supermarket near me, roughly every two weeks. As you can guess with it being so infrequent I could only order a few fresh items since these lasted a couple of days and there was limited room in the fridge. However I have decided now I am going to make the false economy of saving on delivery charges and just get a weekly delivery, so I can have more healthy stuff. So my latest shop arrived yesterday and included 3 side salads, cottage cheese with pineapple, brown bread, little snack boxes of raisins, almonds, and other healthy stuff and more importantly NO frozen pizzas, chocolate or crisps. Today I had a delicious tortilla wrap with turkey, low-fat cheese and salad and it felt GREAT to be eating proper food not just frozen ready meals. Just now I had a little afternoon snack of raisins and almonds where I might have had tea and biscuits in the past. I know it will take time before any changes are reflected on the scales but I am feeling a boost to my self-esteem just from having bought one week's worth of health food and I am pleased that after my previous false start this time at least I am starting properly with a serious intention to lose weight and have fun doing it!

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SCAREWALDORF 4/4/2013 3:10PM

    The audio book sounds like a great idea! Where did you get it from? I'd love to be able to Spark whilst I jog.

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KA_JUN 4/4/2013 12:46PM

    Sounds like a reasonable and doable plan you've set up! Your goals are worthwhile, go for it! emoticon

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