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Spark Solution Challenge, Day 2

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Feeling much better today. Started off with the oatmeal, almonds, and blueberries (no sugar for me, brown or otherwise), but did not do the lunch or dinner. For lunch, I had the same as yesterday (turkey/swiss on whole wheat). For dinner, a friend took me out to McAlisters, and I had half a baked potato with angus beef and cheese, and half a chef's salad. Yummy. For snack, greek yogurt and raspberries.
I stayed under 1500 calories total, under 150 g of carbs. I also went swimming for 25 minutes. After swimming, my blood sugar was only 84, and a few hours after dinner, it was only 128. I think this is the first day in quite a while that I was able to keep my blood sugar under 150. Very happy about it!
I just haven't really gotten into the strength and stretching. Everything else is going well.

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PATSYB7 6/27/2013 7:43PM

    Great job--keep going!

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PINKEUROGIRL 6/26/2013 12:55AM

    Great work!!

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Spark Solution Challenge, Day 1

Monday, June 24, 2013

Got off to a good start - even though I accidentally switched meal plans and made the oatmeal today instead of the spinach scramble. I can only recommend it (I love oatmeal), and I didn't put any milk or brown sugar in it, so I can only imagine how good it will taste if you do.
Lunch went well; I'm not feeling so good today (probably the heat), so a sandwich was light on my stomach. I just did a basic turkey, swiss, wheat bread sandwich; haven't bought lettuce or tomatoes yet, and I completely quit using any kind of mayo, light or not. Instead of pretzels with lunch, I'll have a big helping of carrots in a little while - less carbs, more vitamins. I'm like Bugs Bunny, I'll eat those things raw.
For dinner, I probably won't cook, don't think my stomach can handle the southwestern thing tonight, but it's definitely going on the list of recipes to try. I'll probably just have another sandwich and an apple. I'm just hoping I'll feel well enough by tonight to get some exercise in - hopefully swimming, if not, a walk.

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PATSYB7 6/25/2013 7:18AM

    Hope you're feeling better!
I'm off to the doctor's today for my annual physical. I'm down a few pounds from the last time I was in there.
Have a great day.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

I just realized that, if I'm going to participate in the Spark Solution Challenge, I'll have to cook, which means I need the kitchen functional. It's been shamefully neglected the last month or so. Especially the fridge needs to get cleaned out. So this challenge actually pushes me toward one of my other goals: getting organized!

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SUSANBEAMON 6/24/2013 1:30AM

  it's funny how wild things can get in just a couple of weeks.

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LADYBUG_KOOL 6/23/2013 10:06PM

    Do I ever understand the part of not being organized doesn't help keeping my Blood Sugar under control. Starting at the fridge is great. One other problem I have is remembering to take my BS before I eat. I'm going to get together with you on getting more organized. Exercise is a new thing on my schedule for me too. So this is a start of a challenge for me. emoticon

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50SGRANNY 6/23/2013 2:10PM

I know what you mean. Fortunately for me, my fridge is already cleared of unwanted items. Unfortunately for me, I'm nearly out of food and can't afford to go shopping yet, so I'll be starting the challenge a bit unprepared. But that's not the worst of it, since I will also need to modify most of the workouts due to my sprained ankle.

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No more perfection

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Our YMCA offers free fitness classes on weekday mornings on the local Riverwalk during the summer, so I went for yesterday's Zumba class. I've done Zumba before, but only a few times. The class was an hour long, but after about 30 minutes, I was done.
It wasn't my body, actually, that gave out, but my brain; while trying to figure out the steps, I was also trying to figure out the Spanish lyrics, and that resulted in overload. Probably the strangest reason ever to end a workout.
Anyway, in the old days, I would have beaten myself up over not finishing the class session, but now that I'm doing SP, I know every little bit counts. I did 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, and that's great! Next week I'll try for 45, and the week after I should be able to hang in there for the whole hour.
I did go to the pool in the afternoon and swam for 35 minutes, so I burned a lot of calories. I already lost a pound since yesterday. :-)
I've realized that I get a lot farther if I don't try for perfection, just small steps at a time.

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KNITTY_JESS 6/22/2013 11:43PM

    I have no rhythm, so I get it. You're right though, any little bit counts.

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MOVEITMARY 6/22/2013 10:42PM

    Half a class = 30 minutes of moving = GOOD.

Next time... it doesn't matter if you don't know the moves, just march (or samba) in place, it still burns calories!

A little piece of Susan Powter wisdom... ;)

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CHICKPEA23 6/22/2013 1:50PM

    Sounds like you have an awesome attitude! I've also noticed that my brain and body start to have a hard time keeping up with Zumba choreography towards the end of the class, especially when it's an unfamiliar routine or song. Great job and I hope you continue having fun next time!

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Back in time for the Spark Solution Challenge

Friday, June 21, 2013

For those of you who were wondering where I've been, I posted a picture that pretty much sums it up. As any teacher knows, the last couple of months of the school year are simply about survival and making it to vacation. I had a good school year, the kids were relatively good, but still, once spring break hit, we all were pretty much done.
So I didn't keep up with my SparkPeople activities, but I tried to eat more or less healthy and go swimming a few times a week. I didn't lose any weight in the past 2 months, but I only gained about one or two back, and that might just be normal fluctuation. 15 pounds lost since November, not bad.
I had blood tests and went to the doctor; except for my triglycerides (too many carbs), all is well. My A1c, which tells you how well you've been managing your blood sugar if you're diabetic, is 7.2; the goal is 7.0 or below, and in November it was 7.7, so I'm almost there; cholesterol is fine, too. Surprising considering how crazy the last couple of months were. If I can do that well under stress, I should do awesome during the summer. Except for a one-week, 2 hr. kids' class, I'm not working; I've decided that money is nice, but my health is more important. If I'm down to my goal weight by next May, I might teach summer school next year, but definitely not now.
I've decided to join the Spark Solution Challenge; I might not be able to follow all the meal plans, but I'll definitely be able to do the exercise. Who else is participating?

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PATSYB7 6/22/2013 5:59AM

    You are so right about the survival mode of teachers! You did well maintaining your weight. I'm looking forward to summer to try some new Spark recipes. I'm doing the challenge. I'm browsing the recipes and making my shopping list so I'm ready! Have a great day and keep Sparking!

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