Saturday, September 08, 2012
I'd avoided her for weeks. For a while I didn't see her, hidden away so it was easy for me to forget about her. I had a feeling I knew what she'd say when I saw her again, and I just wasn't ready for that. Not that she's mean or anything, but she's honest with me. Sigh.
Then I saw her again. I just wasn't ready to communicate though, feeling pretty fragile from moving, unpacking, learning a new house and area. So I continued to avoid her, although I could see her out of the corner of my eye every day. Then an emotional switch flipped yesterday and I felt it was time...
I got on the scale and she told me the truth. Doggone, why does she always do that?! Well, now we're working together again. I don't like what I saw this morning, but it gives me knowledge and courage to face the truth and
And I'm going to do just that. I'm thankful for my bathroom truth speaker!
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
The wonderful news is that my sweetheart continues to be cancer free. It affects our daily life (he needs daily lymphatic massage, he has to wear compression garments, MUST wear sunscreen, etc.), but life is good. We have much to be thankful for from God.
We've moved closer to family in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. We're enjoying life in a real house and living in a college/beach/biking community. However, it doesn't feel like home yet, it feels like an extended vacation. Eating and exercise have been difficult and I've been eating emotionally for over a month. Seems silly after being strong during the crisis with cancer earlier in the year, but maybe the move and the continued non-sale of our Virginia condo has tipped me over the edge.
So, we're in a new area, new house, it's an adjustment after living in Virginia most of our lives. Health is good (Yay!), but the eating is not healthy. I've started focusing on the first step of Spark People's ten step plan to overcome emotional eating and on leaving trigger foods out of the pantry. Right now.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
I'm happy that I finally made progress in the right direction according to my friend the scale this morning. I watched my sodium intake and even then it was a struggle, but I did much better than the previous week. I avoided land mines like my favorite light salad dressing, popcorn (sigh) and cut down on the turkey sausage we like for breakfast. I also mixed up my exercise throughout the week with vigorous walks, Coach Nicole's workouts (whew!) and a couple of my golden oldies, like The Firm and Kathy Smith. I set up a reward system for my weight loss and this week I get a manicure!
I especially pleased with how I managed my food this week in light of the discovery that my sweetheart had melanoma on his foot. He's had several basal skin cancers, but this is a first for us and it's been one shock after another as we visited the surgeon, oncologist, and plastic surgeon. We're waiting for the surgery date and it's the elephant in the living room. We don't avoid talking about it, we're trusting God in this situation, but the elephant hasn't budged. I haven't turned to emotional eating, nor has my sweetheart. After his surgery is scheduled, completed and we learn whether the cancer has spread, will be the next test of our healthy eating lifestyle.
All in all, the very best thing I can do for myself and my sweetheart is to keep us focused on good exercising habits and healthy food. And, of course, remember that our times are in God's Hands (Psalm 31:15).
Saturday, February 18, 2012
The year didn't start well nutritionally since I was on a month long vacation in January. The extra 4 pounds that I've been carrying around found an extra six pounds to partner up with because I struggled the entire month to get good nutrition and daily exercise.
The good news is that I've been eating and exercising much better and I began to see improvement on the scale every week in February. This morning I mournfully saw that I had lost ground and gained back a pound. I'm sure you can identify with my disappointment: I've been faithfully exercising and planned healthy meals every day this week.
Aaaah, but DID I plan healthy meals every day? I noticed that my nutrition tracker revealed that my sodium intake has been off the charts just about every day this week. In fact, I've been puzzled about why I've been feeling tired and headachy over the past couple of days. So, I printed off the wonderful nutrition reports that Spark People makes available for us every day. And there was the evidence: yep, I'd been consistent all week long...lots and lots of salt in my food -- and I USUALLY watch that number like a hawk because I know high sodium intake is bad, bad, bad.
New plan for next week: exercise faithfully and avoid those foods that have been tripping me up. That means looking at the numbers before I add them to my menu plan and it also means there's one or two items that will be thrown into the trash (sigh, I hate to be wasteful BUT) shortly after I post this blog. If I'm getting too much salt, so is my sweetie. He trusts me to provide healthy food for both of us and I am hunkering down to battle the hidden salt in our nutritional intake.
Okay, I feel better now...well, not entirely because I still am processing all of that excess sodium (water! water!), but now I think I understand what happened to my weight loss for the week and it can be fixed. Now that feels GOOD!
Monday, December 26, 2011
It's been a long time since I last blogged. I guess that reflects how busy 2011 has been. I've had some physical challenges this year, but what bothers me most as I finish up 2011 is the lack of definite goals that I had. That has affected my conditioning and my weight. I have experienced a yo-yo five pound gain/loss for most of the year and I don't like it a bit. I also don't like that I didn't achieve any healthy goals of long-distance walking or biking this year. So what's a girl to do? Close the books and start a new ledger!
Here are my goals for 2012:
1. Strength training at least twice a week.
2. Cardio exercise at least 3-4 times a week.
3. Drink 8 glasses of water each day.
4. Eat at least 2 fruits every day.
5. Eat 2 servings of vegetables every day.
6. Do better with iron level.
7. Do better with fiber level.
8. Journal on a consistent basis.
9. Include healthy snacks in the meal plan and abide by them.
1. Exercise at least 1000 minutes
1. Go on a bicycle camping trip.
2. Participate in at least one biking century with my sweetie.
3. Attain 4 miles in one hour by walking/jogging.
4. Participate in at least one walking or running event.
I'm really going back to the basics with a little zest thrown in for good measure. I also intend to set up a new reward system for my exercise, which has been working for me for the past month. Plus, I'm going to work on a reward system for my house blessing every week. I'm the only one bothered by dust, etc. in my home
but I want to be more consistent. Others have used the reward system technique and, since it's working with key areas of my physical exercise, I want to extend that to other areas.
This is a lot for the 2012 books! So on top of the "ledger" will go two of my favorite Scripture verses: Deuteronomy 6:5 "Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength" and Matthew 6:33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Now everything is in the right perspective for me!
It's a plan! Happy New Year, Spark Family!
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