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It's over!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Well, the excesses of the birthday are over. I knew it would happen, I approved it for myself. That burger, with brie, pear, and caramelised onions, and those sweet potato fries. Yum! The excess came in calories, in fat and in sodium (but, yet again, not enough potassium!)

I wonít do anything like that in a long, long time, so I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Today, Iím back on plan. Itís encouraging that the scale went down yet again this morning Ė I expected it to go up with all the sodium.

I got 30 minutes of free weights in yesterday. Those are getting easier and easier, and I've pretty well recovered full range of motion in my arms. Today will be cardio (likely the stationary bike, as itís raining outside and I seem to be fighting a cold), and focussing on getting the food set up properly for the week. We didnít pick up fresh food mid-week last week, and I missed my fresh fruit. Weíve been going through fresh fruit like crazy since I put out two fruit bowls instead of keeping it in the fridge. Iíve come to realize that I enjoy the fruit more at room temperature than cold Ė another change for me, as it used to be the opposite.

Being on sick leave right now affords me the luxury of really spending time on re-learning whatís good for me, and Iím taking full advantage of it. Radiation therapy starts next week, and after that recovery Iíll be returning to work. Iím determined that Iíll be going back with good eating and exercise habits firmly in place!

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JUSTYNA7 9/27/2010 8:59AM

    I collect all the fruit that looks a little sad and pop it in zip lock bags for the freezer for later use (smoothies or homemade sorbet).

You sound like you had a great celebration. The works? My daughter's favourite.

Hey, another 100 day challenge person! I really need this and am determined to do my best at it. I know life happens but life is my downfall. I want something stable to fall back on rather that let everything fall apart. I think blogging every day will really help and logging my food is a great motivator for making healthy choices. I'll add you as a friend and keep up on your 100 days too!

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GATOR12 9/25/2010 12:09PM

    But it was a special time and you enjoyed the special treats and the time w/loved ones. You are doing lots of things right. We have to LIVE in this world and enjoy it!!!!

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JOCALAT 9/25/2010 9:12AM

    Sounds like a good plan...I too am enjoying my leave for 4 weeks to recup...trying to eat better and exercise everyday...getting into a routine....

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I'm a believer in SparkPeople!

Friday, September 24, 2010

I just realized that yesterday was my two-week anniversary of joining SparkPeople.

When I first read about it (via someone at 3FC), I thought it sounded too good to be true. Weight tracking, nutrition tracking, goal setting, exercise tutorials, community support Ė sounded like one well-rounded site, and all for FREE! Couldnít be!

Well, this doubting Thomas is a believer! Since joining on September 9th, Iíve learned (and am still learning) about the following:
ē nutrition and through my personal study of the reports how I metabolize food;
ē how to set realistic and attainable goals (especially useful as I havenít yet finished my cancer treatments, and tend to overdo things when I have good days);
ē new exercises and ways to sneak exercise into my day;
ē the strength of community support and knowledge sharing has been re-confirmed...

...and so, so much more! So thank you Chris Downie for your generosity in developing this site and offering it to the masses. Thank you also to those who have made the journey, come to a satisfactory level of weight/health, yet continue to share their stories and so inspire others like me who are just starting out; and thanks to all the other members out there who have the courage and openness to post their questions (no matter how silly you may feel it is), their mistakes and lessons learned, and their successes!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

UP2ME_CC 9/24/2010 9:24PM

    Nice post! emoticon

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COMPUCATHY 9/24/2010 8:09AM

    Yeah...this really is an AWESOME site. I build websites...and I'm impressed. You are in the right place, my friend. You joined SP on my 2-month Spark-versary! I began 7/9/10. And it's been wonderful. As of today, I've lost 22 lbs...all with SP. I have used their nutrition tracking and stayed within my calorie range about 99% of the time, tracked my exercise here, and found friendship and support...all for free. That's really incredible! I'm glad you are enjoying the site and wish you a speedy recovery. I'm impressed that you are here and working on your goals while recovering. That's very commendable. Hope you have a good Friday and great weekend! Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 9/24/2010 8:06AM

    Have fun with FS. You get out of it what you put into it.


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