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Revised plan

Monday, October 29, 2012

It started Saturday night with a barbeque party. I did manage to keep my choices under some control but the chicken legs were just too good to pass up. Sunday was hard. The problem is making chicken enchiladas and not nibbling. Then there were the pumpkin mousse cups with whipped cream. And the salami is still in the refrigerator. At least there was broccoli and spinach salad for dinner.
I love food. There is no way around it and I get such entertainment from cooking. Oh well going home and will go back to the exercising and watching what I eat closely. Still thinking about the CHO numbers. Maybe just giving in and taking medication would be better.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/29/2012 7:09PM

    I love food and love to cook but think it's important to fix healthy food for my family and friends as well as eating it myself. So I would revamp the recipes to where I could eat them as well. I have used recipes for things like the chicken enchiladas and pumpkin mousse that are diet friendly.

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BATCHICK 10/29/2012 1:05PM

    Just get back on your plan. We all make poor choices (the weekends are so much harder for me) but people who are successful don't stop there. They get right back on track!


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Day 7 and holding on

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Telling people you are watching what you eat gets really boring. So I just keep reviewing what I am supposed to eat and then work around what is available. At least there are vegetables and quinoa around to make a salad. But the visit to everyone's favorite Mexican restaurant is difficult. First it is more southwestern "gourmetish" really good but not the traditional food. So the choices are hard, fish tacos seem to be a decent choice. The chips on the table are too hard to ignore. The tacos are good, even eating around the tortillas, the rice is tasty and the beans are ignored. The next day the scale is up a pound. Just going out raises the number, probably too much fat and salt. So today is better, but there is Italian salami, harder to resist than the chips. Sadly, there is another party tonight. Have to keep vigilant without whining or being a bore.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/27/2012 10:51PM

    You certainly are exposed to a lot of temptation. I feel for you. I love Mexican food and Italian salami.

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Travel Challenges

Friday, October 26, 2012

Away from home for the weekend and I stopped at the health food store and picked up some salads to take to the airport. There are too many temptations and I find that it is better to be prepared. It worked pretty well and I managed to avoid a lot of bad foods. This last year I have been working on getting over things like french fries but I still love a McDonald's hamburger. Thank goodness I don't have any problems with ice cream but cookies are almost impossible to pass up.

Will keep on this path for a while longer.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/26/2012 10:13AM

    I love salads if I can find a dressing I like. Too often it is all about Ranch. I like an occasional french fry and burger. Sometimes a a cookie too but I love ice cream.

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Cholesterol Demon

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Last year my cholesterol numbers rose above the minimum. I thought that I was doing good but not good enough because the numbers have not budged. So for two weeks I am following the Spark food plan. The major changes are reducing the amount of meat and increasing the amount of oatmeal, reducing the amount of margarine I use and increasing the amount of fruit, and finally eliminating full fat cheese. I love cheese, wine and coffee. Reduced fat cheese is just not the same but I am willing to do this for two weeks. The wine and coffee stay. I have lost another pound so this may work out. I have added interval walking every other day. So three days down and 11 to go.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/25/2012 12:37PM

    I'm a retired coronary nurse. I don't worry much about total cholesterol as it is not a true indicator of heart disease risk. Most of the cholesterol in your body is manufactured by your liver, only 15 t0 20% of it comes from food. C-reactive protein is a much better indicator of heart health. The important things to concentrate on your lipid profile are your HDL, triglycerides, and HDL/LDL ratio. The best way to lower cholesterol is to not smoke, limit alcohol, exercise, lose weight, consume omega 3 oils, get fiber, and cut back on the worthless carbs. Coffee drinking raises cholesterol.

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KACEYSW 10/25/2012 12:04AM


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Future planning is hard

Saturday, October 06, 2012

My mom is in an assisted living facility and has been having trouble adjusting. It is getting better but watching her makes me realize how hard change is as you get older. I find that inertia really sets in and it is easier to just stay with things the way they are. Unfortunately everything is always changing and all of a sudden you find yourself surrounded by new issues. Keeping healthy is just the best plan and I am really using the Sparkle to keep me motivated. But staying involved is important and I find that I use excuses to be less involved. Not good, because being social is another way to stay healthy. At least the weekend is nice and planning to have a fun Sunday.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/9/2012 10:56AM

    I like routine and have a problem with change as well, but you are right, it is inevitable and those who do best are those who are flexible.

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TEACHING1ST 10/6/2012 6:04PM

    My mother volunteered for asst. living within 6 weeks of my dad moving into an Alzheimer care unit in the same facility. She's remarkably resilient and has made lots of friends and does a lot of things that we've never seen her do before. I hope your mother will take a chance and join in some of the activities. Our quiet, sedentary mother, now 91, came into her own once she was free of 'responsibilities.' Hugs to both of you as you go through this next phase of life, Sunny!


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