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Down a size!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Yesterday I decided to put on a nightgown that I hadn't worn in a number or years-I was chilly and the flannel nightgown looked so inviting. I checked the size tag and saw that it was a size smaller than I usually wear. I held it up and looked at it (especially the midsection) and decided to try it. My mother gave me this nightgown and I loved it but it was just too small to be comfortable so I didn't wear it very much. The moment of truth-I decided to try it on and-IT FIT! I was so tickled that it felt sooo comfortable and it made me realize that I have lost some weight in my midsection. I don't personally own a scale so usually the only time I get a weight is when I go to the doctor for a check up (now every 6 months). I am due to go back in April. At the time I realized that the nightgown fit and was comfortable I knew I had to post this "success story" to Spark People. I know now that I MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT!

  
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ROSIEPD 1/21/2013 2:41PM

    Awesome! Keep doing what you are doing!

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KIMBERLY19732 1/21/2013 1:57PM

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HEALTHYMOM131 1/21/2013 1:24PM

    It is a great feeling when you can wear your favorite things again. I think you have the right idea about not weighing that often. It can really mess with your head.

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Sodium in food

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Last night my daughter and I went for dinner to Red Lobster and had what I thought was a healthy meal. I even said to my daughter "I know I'm going to go over on my calories with this, but I don't care." Those words will haunt me for a long time. Yes my calorie count was over my limit for the day but imagine my horror when I saw the amount of sodium I had ingested during the course of the day-9000 mg.! I swear I am not one of those people who automatically salts everything-in fact I can't remember the last time I used the salt shaker. I am trying to overcome this but I am finding it even more difficult than watching my intake (I am diabetic) and other nutrients (fats). I have become a real label reader of late and have actually put things back on the shelf because the sodium was too high. Any suggestions, encouragement, advice would be appreciated. Thanks! emoticon

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/21/2012 3:01AM

    I very rarely eat out anymore as it is too difficult to manage the sodium count in the foods unless I eat salads minus the dressings. I a, experiencing extremely high blood pressure along with hydrocephalus. Seven BP meds isn't helping lowering it under 190/72. Sometimes it is over 206. Getting excited about seeing the brain surgeon...hoping he can do something to remove the blockage to the brain when I see him on June 11. Will still have to watch the sodium intake. I have to say I have come a long way from my childhood when I loved, LOVED, eating rock salt every winter. Now I stay away from all added salt as sodium occurs naturally in many things anyway. Fresh or frozen helps to keep the sodium count down. No prepared or canned foods without washing before fixing.
Have a great week.

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BIBS4664 5/20/2012 2:08PM

    I too watch my sodium. Sometimes I am able to check out the restaurant's menu before I go. I also use the one cheat treat and let it go. Drink your water and exercise helps to get the fluid movin our of the body.

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TEENIEME3 5/20/2012 12:08PM

    I know exactly how you feel! I have done the exact same thing! Literally, dinner at Red Lobster with My Daughter! (lol)
It was really awesome meal until I got home and figured out what exactly I ate! Then....the guilt hit!
But....I chalked this meal up to my one 'cheat meal' for the month and got through it.
You can too.
Just don't dwell on the past, always move forward...no looking back!
You can do it.
Live for today!
Good Luck! emoticon

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JESSIG5 5/20/2012 12:07PM

    The sodium more than anything is what gets me. I have trouble meeting my other guidelines, including calories some days yet the sodium is a problem. I have changed to eating as many fresh items as I can instead of canned or restaurant food. Any recipe that I cook I use an herb/spice seasoning with no sodium in it. Flavored vinegars, garlic and onion are also good to add taste without the salt. However, restaurant food will always be a problem. It is critical for me as I have high blood pressure.

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LUCYGODDESS 5/20/2012 12:05PM

    If you pull up their nutritionals before you go next time, there are several options of things you can get that are lower calories and fats...usually my sides I get are a baked potato with only a side of pico de gallo for it...no butter no sour cream and a side of asparagus (extra charge but so worth it) or steamed broccoli or a side salad with low fat italian dressing. NO CHEDDAR BAY BISCUITS but if you must nibble only one...ONLY ONE! Also prepare in the day earlier for this yummy meal by eating low calorie low fat. As far as sodium not sure...but I look for the low calories, low fat.

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Lab Work

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Got my lab work back today. Everything's good except my triglycerides are a little elevated. My doctor suggested I try 2 Omega-3 capsules per day (I'm already taking one at his suggestion) and to decrease my simple sugars (I didn't think I was using any, but whatever). Am still having trouble with the amount of sodium I'm taking in daily-thank heavens I'm not one of those who reaches for the salt shaker automatically. A1C holding steady at 6.6 emoticon

  


YIPPEE!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Today I went to my regular doctor appointment and guess what-he told me I lost 10 pounds since my last visit 3 months ago! He shook my hand and said he was proud of me. He said he could see the difference in my appearance (though I don't see how!). He also drew some fasting lab work and will send me a copy of the report with his comments on them in the mail. I don't anticipate any problems there. I will be curious to see what my A1C is. He also told me I could eliminate one of one blood pressure medicines (which I had done 3 months ago due to foot swelling so bad I couldn't get a shoe on). My blood pressure was fine today. I go back in three months on account of the timing of my prescriptions (due to expire end of August). I was stalking to him about Spark People and how much I attributed the program to my success. KUDOS TO SPARK PEOPLE! Shirley emoticon

  


Weigh-In Day Tomorrow

Monday, April 02, 2012

Tomorrow will be the first time I have seen my doctor since I started on my "journey". I must admit I am a little nervous about the scale. I haven't fully utilized the program as I should have (no exercise or workout due to my knee problems) so I guess I will just have to "wait and see". I have made a few slips along the way and I know that I need to change my attitude toward food especially in terms of "treats". I have and have had for such a long time a terrible sweet tooth. I should know better given my family history. My mom's doctor (many years ago) thought she might have had a stroke because she was on diabetic meds at the time rather than insulin. She is currently in a nursing home and her sugars are doing well she tells me. Also, I had an aunt that died from the complications of diabetes but before she died she was blind. I remember her just like it was yesterday saying to me "Oh if only I could see". So at least I still have my sight and my sugars are in good control. But the weight issue continues to "hang" over my head. "Tune in tomorrow" for the latest of my news. emoticon

  
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SUZICANDO 4/2/2012 12:14PM

    Baby Steps! Our journey will take sometime but you'll get there in your own time. Hope things went okay at the doctors.

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