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I'll admit it, those changes kicked my butt!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

When I last posted I was just starting a new contract almost 2 hours from home. All the things I feared came true. 3 1/2 hours driving each day on top of 8 and 9 hour work days made it really difficult to eat right and exercise. It also didn't help that the facility I work at likes to have a potluck at least once a month and co-workers/patients are always bringing in goodies. Needless to say I have gained all the weight back and feel terrible. That 13 week contract turned into 7 months and finally I agreed to come on permanent. Don't misunderstand though. I love working there. The people are awesome and they made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Now I really have to figure out how to conquer my eating and exercise habits. I will probably be at this job at least a 1 1/2 to 2 years until my husband finishes school. I welcome any suggestions!

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GOLFGMA 12/30/2013 9:14AM

    If you don't have time to exercise you should work most on the diet. Packing your healthy lunch could be a start and get your co-workers involved . Maybe some of them need to be healthier. Invite one or more to a challenge and introduce them to SP. emoticon

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KRISTISTEVENS 12/30/2013 12:17AM

    I totally relate to your long days and commute. I started a new job about 1 month ago and have 1.5-2 hours each way. I plan this to be temporary meaning we are going to have to move. I just figured out that the drive is a trigger for me and that I have been stopping at gas stations or fast food to get munchies for the trip. So I am going to focus on getting healthy munchies and putting them in portion controlled snack baggies to take with like almonds, a string cheese, carrots, and whatever else I can think of that will satisfy but keep me on the right track.

I too have 2 small children that I would like to be more energetic for and be a good example to. Good luck! I know we can do this if we stick to our commitment and keep pressing forward!

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Adapting to Changes

Sunday, March 31, 2013

I am a travel therapist. I get a contract to work in different nursing homes for 13 week assignments. When I renewed my dedication to getting healthier and losing weight, it was at the beginning of a new work assignment. I was fortunate that it was a job close to home. This allowed me to be home in time for dinner and allowed me time to work out. Starting tomorrow I will have a new assignment in a different town. This will be almost a 2 hour drive to work and and 2 hrs back home. This most definitely change my daily routine, but what will it mean to my healthy lifestyle?
Will I still have time to work out during the week?
Will I have the energy to work out?
Will I be forced to eat dinner on the way home from FF?
Will I snack in the car on the way home and eat a regular meal later in the evening?
I use to drink lots of water on my drive to and from work. Now I will be traveling country roads with no where to stop and tinkle (lol). Will I still be able to consume 6 or more glasses of water a day?
Questions. Questions.
I have already been trying to prepare. Keeping a case of water, protein shakes, and protein bars in the car for traveling. I would really like to avoid FF if all possible. I plan on trying to work out in the evenings when I get home. I thought about packing dinner with my lunch and then just eating dinner at work right before I leave. These are all ideas I'm starting with to try and maintain my health and weight loss efforts. I realize I will have to continue to adapt until I get a system that will work for me. But just wondering...anyone else have any suggestions?

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AHSOKA70 4/3/2013 10:18PM

    You are welcome for the support! It is good to hear that you are doing well with the snacks. It has to be tiring, so maybe concentrate on exercise on your days off, and don't stress if you can't work out when you get home. Getting a good night's sleep is super important too. Hang in there.

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SEAFLOAT 4/3/2013 7:10PM

    So far so good as far as the meals and snacks go. I've been putting good use to those leftover hard boiled eggs from Easter! That has tied me over for the drive home and then I eat dinner when I get home. I haven't felt much like exercising after getting home though. I rode my bike for about 15 minutes monday. No exercise tuesday. Getting ready to do the Wii fit in just a few minutes.
Ahoska70-this contract is 13 weeks unless they cancel it early for low census. Thanks to you and Sumay for the support!

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    Yes - what's available at convenient stops - even places like Walgreen's leaves a lot to be desired. We went walking this weekend and I wanted to bring a healthy snack on the trail in case anyone got hungry. I went straight for the nuts - because they're healthy, right? Nope. They were full of hydrogenated oils (which are a big no-no). So - I need to remind myself to buy those large bags from Costco - which are nothing but Almonds and roast them myself. We also buy a large bag of Almonds - Walnuts and raisins. We used to also buy craisins until I realized how much sugar they add to it (which is totally unnecessary). We mix those together (and other dried fruits would work too) and eat them as a snack whenever we get the munchies. It only takes a small amount to satisfy. Sometimes, if I'm craving chocolate - I might also add some dark chocolate chips to the mix.


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AHSOKA70 4/1/2013 8:39PM

    Such a long commute there and back. Is this a long-term contract?

I think the key, like Sumay said, is packing healthy snacks and meals. Think of how much healthier they will be than anything you could pick up at FF or at a convenient store, plus think of the $ you'll save. I sometimes look for a snack after work at a convenient store, and there is nothing good! I pick up nuts usually, but even that comes in huge pouches.

This isn't going to be easy, but planning will help you keep moving forward. You've come so far already, so keep on going!! emoticon

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    I think it's good that you are asking these questions now - before you start. Usually people just feel bad - after the fact - and get mad that they didn't make plans. Great job tackling that one!

When I have things like doctor's appointments - I try hard to think ahead of time. Why? First of all the food options are crappy - and second of all because I don't want to waste time. So - if we are going to be out during meal time - I bought a nice little medium size family cooler and I fill it with healthy snacks. Things like a yogurt for each of us - carrot sticks - celery sticks. I learned this from a friend. Whenever she went out with the kids she would bring in the car a small jar of peanut butter - a small jar of jelly and bread. However, we try to make things different.

You need to be careful of protein shakes and protein bars - not sure if you know. However a lot of them are more unhealthy than eating a snickers bar. They have a load of corn syrup in them and relatively little protein. So - make sure you choose a healthy one.

One thing we learned recently - we used to buy sub sandwiches from Safeway locally. They were on sale once and the bread was so much better than Subway (for example). Now - all they do is cut up an entire loaf of French Bread and make it into a sandwich (but they don't put on a lot of veggies). I got inspired - and instead (when we go out) I get a loaf - pile on lettuce (or spinach) - cucumbers - tomatoes - a little lunch meat (I actually recently found one with no nitrates in it) and some slices of cheese. I then cut it up into servings for each of us. You could do the same - or just buy rolls/bread from a bakery and make sandwiches. For some reason - it tastes so much more delicious when you put in on great bread! This saves us money - is easy to put together - and we don't eat unhealthy.

If you want more of a dinner - you could also make some soup to bring with you as well. I have also brought salad as well. These are things you could easily put together - and there is also the old standby of bringing leftovers to heat up if you are going to eat before you leave.

As for the water - I really cannot help you there as it is a problem for me as well. When we go out - dh is always telling me "drink more water." However, I don't want to stop at every nasty bathroom to go - so I limit what I drink when we are out and about. When at home - I gladly chug it down.

If you are able to take a break where you work - why not walk around the premises to get in some exercise during the work day. If you only worked out on Monday - Wednesday and Friday - perhaps you now need to work out for less time but each day of the week.

Also - if you want to eat dinner with your family when you return home - but you are worried about having cravings for fast food - why not pack a small cooler bag with something special (a small bag of strawberries - grapes - a small bag of nuts or pretzels) - change it up once in a while so it doesn't get boring for you.

I know you can still be committed to this change you have made. Asking the types of questions you are asking now - shows that. I guess it is good that this is happening now - so you can build healthy habits and make sure you have a plan in place when your work does take you further from home.

I believe in you.


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HELP! I'm having a bad week!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Saturday was my daughter's birthday party and the start of some bad behavior on my part. I thought I could handle some snacks at the party and not go overboard. When I went overboard, I thought well I'll get back on track tomorrow. It wasn't that easy. Family came in from out of state and stayed with us. Between the party and the junk food in the house for out of state family, I have been unable to control myself. Family is now gone but I still can't stop snacking. I have purged all the junk food from the house, but found myself craving chips so bad I stopped at the gas station on the way home and got some.
HELP! I feel outta control and I'm afraid I will undo all my hard work. emoticon

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BEACH_NUT 3/21/2013 9:29PM

    You have received some wonderful advice / comments!

Women's Health Magazine had a helpful article: "Stop Cravings: Healthy Foods That Satisfy Salt and Sugar Cravings" [
.perhaps you may find something useful from it.


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SPSPSP1 3/20/2013 11:14PM

    1) Notice that these situations (family visiting, etc.) are triggers.
2) Explore why these are triggers.
3) Be kind to yourself. Beating yourself up hasn't worked for you so far, right? So why not practice kindness and understanding for this part of you that is trying to protect you in its own distorted way.
4) Keep on trucking!

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SEAFLOAT 3/20/2013 8:55PM

    Thanks everyone for all the helpful advice. Just what I needed!! This is why I really like Spark. Great people and great support!
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AHSOKA70 3/20/2013 8:41PM

    We've all been there, and there's some great advice here from your Sparkfriends. I would add to focus on how absolutely great it feels to see the scale go down. I see on your ticker that you've lost about 24 pounds so far - that is AWESOME! The top of your page says "Determination", and that's how you lost those 24 pounds - through hard work and determination. You can do this - you already have, so you can keep going!! emoticon

Thanks for stopping by my page earlier today!

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CHERYL_ANNE 3/20/2013 7:55PM

    You picked yourself up, you dusted yourself off, you sent out the alarm, and you're getting back on track.

You're a emoticon

You can do this!

Crisps (chips) are a huge trigger food for me. I understand the feeling!

Whenever I am going to be at a gathering-type situation, I make up snacks for myself ahead of time. Little snack baggies of 14g of raw/unsalted almonds (half a portion), 3 ounces of baby carrots which I cut in half), section a whole orange, 15g gluten free pretzels (half a portion), etc.

Whatever healthy snacks float your boat, make them ahead of time so you can eat while the others are eating.

I also make sure my 24 ounce Nalgene water bottle is filled and before the gathering, I drink an 8 ounce glass of water.

It might help if you monitor how much sodium you're taking in on the nutrition tracker over the next week or two because salt is an acquired taste and it might help you resist craving chips or other salty foods.


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ACTIONHEROFOX 3/20/2013 7:40PM

    Okay! I get this! I do!

I honestly go through the same thing. My whole family loves sweets, but that may be an understatement. I get asked at least 2x a day if I want to partake in the num-nums.

These are my solutions.
1. When an opportunity presents itself count to 30 and then ask yourself are you sure this is what you want?
2. When you are having an absolute craving and cannot stop the munching - pick up the phone and call a buddy and explain the situation.
3. Take a minute for yourself. This could be a walk, a hot bath (or shower), or whatever you enjoy.
4. Get a hug. I know, it sounds weird but hugs no matter if you are giving them or getting them seem to make it all better.
5. Make sure you're getting enough water into your body!

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MYBULLDOGS 3/20/2013 7:24PM


i have not gained a pound in over a year.

i gave up sugar and grain products and lost 44 pounds at age 61.

my sister lost 105 pounds at age 63 by walking 15000 steps a day and has not gained a pound back either in over a year


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STR458 3/20/2013 7:03PM

    okay- breathe!

whew... one meal at a time
down as much water as possible
until you can't stand one more drop
then... get up all night long for potty breaks...
because tomorrow instead of greased up calories
you watered down the pounds-

believe me- the inconvenience of all the water weight will be worth it for obvious reasons emoticon

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Slowing Down

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I have been really dedicated to losing weight this year. The first month and a half everything was going good. I was losing weight and being more active. It was really paying off and I was excited. Then things began slowing down. I kept gaining and losing the same pound. It was very frustrating, but I refused to give up! I decided I needed to change things. What? I thought I was just figuring this weight loss stuff out.
I really didn't want to lose momentum and I wanted to keep making progress. I talked to people and searched the internet of what I should do. It sounded like I was hitting a plateau but I wasn't sure because I just started in January. Surely it was too soon for a plateau. I decided I would take some advice about what to do when hitting a plateau and see if it would help. I figured changing my routine couldn't hurt. It seems to be working. The weight loss is coming slower now but at least I'm not gaining and losing the same pound now.
What I've learned is that life is always changing and we have to adapt. This goes the same for our weight loss and lifestyle. Giving up is not an option this time!

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SEAFLOAT 3/16/2013 6:03PM

    Thanks everyone! emoticon

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GOLFGMA 3/15/2013 6:57AM

    We all go through this and you have the right idea. Don't give up. It will happen if you stay committed and eat right and do the exercising. emoticon

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E1SPAG 3/14/2013 9:15PM

    Good for you! Hang in there and you will get moving in the right direction again!

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ROOTIHAUSMAN 3/14/2013 9:12PM

    I agree giving up in not a choice. I feel your pain. been at a stand still for a while on losing even though I am exercising and eating right most of the time.

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Two Years Later

Thursday, February 28, 2013

It's been 2 years since I updated my blog. I figured it's about time. Since then I have graduated college and I am now working in Occupational Therapy. My husband has joined me in getting healthy and active. We have made it a family journey. Our girls are learning to eat healthier and we are active together. Some of the activities we enjoy together are biking, walking, skating and Wii Fit nights!

I wish I would have stuck with it more 2 years ago. I had lost some weight then and I did keep it off. Unfortunately it was such a stressful time in school that I just couldn't focus on school and losing weight. I think getting settled into my career and truly being happy there has allowed me to now focus on being healthy. I can't say what it is that made me ready to do it this time, but I do know that I feel good about it. I really feel like I can make it happen this time. Wish me luck!

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    I, for one, am glad you are back! You have truly accomplished a lot - so don't feel bad about it. Now is the time for you to take care of yourself - and it sounds like you are all doing a great job!


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PIXIE-LICIOUS 3/1/2013 9:52AM

    That is great that you are getting healthy as a family! emoticon

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CHERYL_ANNE 3/1/2013 9:01AM

    There's definitely something to be said about being settled both physically and mentally so that you have the chance to gain a new perspective on future accomplishments.

Today is my six month SparkVersary on my second time round @ SP. I've done so many things differently this time and enjoyed success because of "where my head is at."

I wish you all the best on your journey to becoming the healthiest you can be and also much success!

You can do it!


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