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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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Off the Bike and the Wagon

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Sunday my best friend and I rode our mountain bikes along the river trail. I was having a great time; we saw osprey and deer. On the way back, though, I suddenly lost balance and realized that I was going to fall. Luckily, there was a patch of dirt and weeds on the side of the trail, so that's what I steered for and crashed on.

A lady walking on the trail had just stepped to the side for me and came running to my aid; the poor woman probably thought she made me fall somehow. I didn't really know what happened, because I grew up riding bikes, and I hadn't fallen since I was 12 and tore a big hole in my brand new jeans, upsetting my mom very much.

I knew right away I wasn't hurt, other than scrapes and bruises, but all joints were functional, so I jumped up and saw the lady pick something black up off the trail. At first I thought my cell phone had fallen out of my pocket, but then I realized it was a pedal. The crash wasn't my fault at all, the pedal had broken off!

While my friend inspected the bike and bent the front wheel back where it was supposed to be, I started feeling woozy and sat down for a while. Then, I was okay to walk the bike back to the truck. I was thanking God and St. Anthony for keeping me from getting hurt any worse; I could have easily broken or sprained something.

My friend tried to fix the pedal, but it was completely stripped. While I was at home putting neosporin on my scrapes and ointment on the bruises, he went to Walmart and exchanged it for me; it was still under warranty, and the model was discontinued, so he was able to get a brand new Schwinn for me (purple to match my bruises), only having to pay $26 for the difference instead of the $50 something it would have cost.

The last three days, I went to work, even though my neck, left shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee were bruised and hurting, but at least I had a story to tell my students when they asked what I did during spring break. Afterwards, I just went home, put more ointment on, and slept, then vegetated on the couch.

The last two days, I craved fast food, so I went to Sonic. I knew I wouldn't be able to resist less than healthy food, so my fous was damage control. I managed not to order the footlong coney dog, even though it called to me; I stuck with the small one. Yesterday, I opted for the breakfast steak/egg burrito; way too much fat and calories, but at least low carbs. Both times, I ate the sweet potato tots; sweet potatoes at least are better for blood sugar control than regular ones. (I can only recommend them, they are addictive.)

I decided not to feel guilty; a few days without much movement and too many carbs and fat are probably part of the overall thing, if I'm into this healthy lifestyle thing for the long haul.

Today I made up for it. Oatmeal, blueberries, glucerna bar, lean cuisine, spinach/egg soufflee, lean pocket. Granted, it was mainly packaged food, because I don't feel up to shopping/cooking yet, but it's a big step up from the last couple of days. Then I walked around the lake behind the apartments. 3 miles in 1 hour. It was fun, and my hip didn't start hurting until the last half mile. I did get a couple of blisters somehow, but they're not too bad.

My bruises range from yellow to purple now, but they're slowly healing. And I'm back on the wagon.

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MPETERSON2311 4/6/2013 7:27PM

    feel better soon!

You are listening to your body and it is saying to rest- no guilt in that!

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OBIESMOM2 4/5/2013 3:13PM

    OUCH! Glad you weren't seriously hurt.

I took a tumble on my bike. I didn't realize those disc brakes stop FAST! I came out of a mostly deserted subdivision a bit too fast; a guy in a pickup was pulling in a bit too fast; over the handlebars I went. Scared that poor guy half to death. I was more embarrassed than hurt, but I do have a nice road rash scar on my elbow.

Sonic? Oh, I just have to have a Chicago Style dog every few months!

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MOVEITMARY 4/5/2013 3:03PM

    I'm glad you are feeling better. Might as well get back on the bike, you won't be due for another big fall for another 20 years or so... ;)

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PATSYB7 4/5/2013 5:53AM

    Glad you weren't seriously hurt! Heal quickly and keep Sparking!
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