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I Stopped Wokking and Walking and Look Where I Am Now!

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Ever have one of those big "duh" moments sidle up to you and poke you in the behind with a little stick? I used to cook fresh veggies with a Chinese wok and I used to walk around on my lunch hour at work. And I felt pretty good and even lost a few pounds.

Then for a while I didn't do anything about my eating habits/diet/exercise. Gained a bunch of pounds, made my doctor mad, made myself mad. I did Nutri-System for about 4 months until the flavor ran out of it. Now I'm contemplating Weight Watchers again but my budget is on a respirator and may flat-line any minute. I guess I always return to WW because it is familiar.

Soooooooo...SparkPeople is looking mighty good again (why, oh why do I always leave and then come back? When will I learn to just stay here?). The SparkPeople program may be free but the folks here are priceless. Nice folks, lots of encouragement, good ideas shared...pretty good for free.

I think tonight I'll surprise my husband Tom and pull out the wok. Let's hope he won't need a respirator too!


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MJ-SHE-BEAST 10/4/2013 2:52PM

    The wok is a great healthy eating tool! A tiny bit of Pam spray or a dab of sesame oil, garlic and some reduced sodium soy sauce, a small amount of thin sliced chicken, pork, beef or seafood quick cooked in the wok, set to the side while you stir fry those veggies and then add everything together for a healthy, happy, yummy dinner.

I think you come back here for the judgement free, welcoming atmosphere. I know I do! We all struggle. Some do better than others, some don't do well at all, but we all stick together and understand. That's the spark difference!

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HEIDIJUNEBUG 10/4/2013 2:50PM

    Hey there, just saw your blog on the S.A. team feed. You can do this. The weather is getting cooler now, so take advantage of that and go for a walk. Lunch hour walks are great for so many reasons (other than exercising and burning calories they are relaxing and usually leave me feeling refreshed to tackle the afternoon and also curb my afternoon munchies). The wok is an awesome idea. Go for it. You have been there before and it worked, so get back to it. emoticon

Comment edited on: 10/4/2013 2:50:29 PM

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TAICHIDANCER 10/4/2013 5:33AM

    Here's to Wok's, stir-fry, and a healthier tomorrow! emoticon

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I Don't Want To Go Down That Road

Monday, September 30, 2013

My last blood tests from my doc were not good...high cholesterol, and now I'm pre-diabetic. Oh boy. I watched my dad suffer from diabetes and I don't want to go down that long road.

I am currently on the Nutrisystem program and at first it worked pretty well; I've lost 23 pounds. But 4 months in the food tastes bland and I long for a fresh turkey sandwich. After much thought and research I am going back to Weight Watchers. Yes, it costs money and time and energy...but so would taking care of diabetes everyday. I have come to think of Nutrisystem as a help in jump starting my weight loss efforts and Weight Watchers will help me the rest of the way. Sometimes its not about only one plan or one way. Sometimes you have to cobble things in life together to make them work in the end.

Nutrisystem was the first step on My Staircase of Life. Weight Watchers will be the second riser. Not sure if I'll have a little staircase or one that stretches to Outer Mongolia but you can only do one step at a time anyway.

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GOULDSGRANITE 10/1/2013 9:45PM

    Good luck with ww.

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How Much Does An Excuse Cost?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Excuses are like being nibbled by ducks. At first it feels kinda good but then excuses can start to stress you out, make you feel uneasy, and cause you embarrassment. I mean, how many times can you say "I'll start my diet tomorrow " in front of your family before they give you the "Yeah, right" look.

So far excuses have cost me a fortune in ever bigger clothes and ever less mobility (if I get any more immobile I might as well BE the couch). Excuses have now cost me my other knee. I had one good knee going for me and now its gone. Right now I'm using a cane to get around. That's what arthritis and being WAY overweight does to knees. Excuses have cost me more in medical care, time lost at work, less socializing and even walking with my wonderful dog Sookie. Excuses have caused me to feel depressed, frustrated and ugly. Excuses have me running wild on the internet checking out weird shake diet programs and pre-packaged cardboard diets. All of which cost more than they are worth.

I see the new Spark book is coming out on May 7, 2013. Its on my list and my finger is poised to press the button to purchase.

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JENSTRESS 4/23/2013 3:54PM

    Everyone has an excuse, but you can do this. Excuses cost you a lot, but let's see what really moving and making smart eating choices can GIVE you. You can do it!

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Until It Clicks and Sticks

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Today, again, I was at the hospital ER with my 79 year old my dad. He has fought two rounds of pneumonia since mid-September and has been in/out the hospital and rehab center. I couldn't help but think if my dad had not been a heavy smoker most of his life and had had a better diet and exercise he might not be in ER today. (He's got COPD, diabetes, heart problems etc).

I am standing where he stood when he was in his fifties. I am faced with a very important choice. Either eat the broccoli and get the exercise now or end up like my dad is right now in a few more years. Something about being in hospital ERs makes you think.

The past 6 months have been stressful for me, a bit more than usual. After much hunting we moved out of an apartment into our own house. The move was not smooth. I had started the fall semester of school, my mom needed help and support with my dad, my commute time/distance doubled, there has been tensions at work...I didn't know where things were in the house or in which box. To cope I just ate whatever my hand could reach for; mostly fast food or junk.

Change will have to come. So far this way is not working. Send up some prayers for me that my "inner coping mechanism thingy" recharges and I get back to the head of the trail again. I am going to keep trying until it clicks and sticks with this weight loss thing.

emoticon = not good emoticon = very good

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GODIVADSG 12/3/2012 8:57AM

    Life can be so stressful... I am an RN and I have to say that the hospital has been one heck of a motivator. emoticon emoticon emoticon . I don't recall who said this but it sticks in my mind... fall down 7 times, get up eight....

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 12/2/2012 10:52AM

    p.s. How about joining us next Saturday for a stroll on the Riverwalk to look at holiday lights and get in some fresh air and walking? Details on S.A. team page!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 12/2/2012 10:51AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your dad. Sometimes it takes the illness of a loved or ourselves to "wake up" to some cold, hard facts. We are going to die. Sooner or later depends on US. For me it was a heart attack at 50.

I'm glad to see you back on track and getting serious again. I've missed you!

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Back In The Saddle Again

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Hello Fellow Sparkers and Sparkettes!

Since December 2010 I've been messing about trying to lose weight, trying to get motivated to lose weight, alas without much success.

I honestly have not watched what I ate or tried to exercise in the last couple of months and the results of those choices show.

Now my poor habits are threatening not only my health but my spouses health, my job performance and the quality of my life. I feel bummed, doomed and despairing. I even considered joining a paid program of weight loss again.

I've decided to remount the beast of weight loss by coming back to Sparkpeople and getting my commitment to a better weight and health back in my heart.

I have the Spark cookbook, I have the measuring cups: I must unbum, undoom, undespair and start again.


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JUDITHANNIE 11/8/2012 3:58PM

    you can a will do it with the help of your Spark friends emoticon emoticon

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 11/8/2012 3:24PM

    You can and you will. I've missed you. These past several days, actually weeks, have threatened to undo me. But...we can't give up or give in. It will happen if we want it enough and we are ready to reach for it and grab it. Here's to us!

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