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DASH update

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Well it's been almost 4 months since Terry and I started the DASH diet. I contracted the norovirus 4 weeks ago so I was very sick for five days. after that I just haven't been wanting to diet. I just want to eat real food. I asked my hubby if he wanted to start over on phase one to get back on track. He said: I'll think about it and let you know. he's been cheating as much or worse than I have.
Why does this have to be so f-ing hard for us? I keep telling myself I've got to stick with it to the letter for at least a year. just one year and try to lose just one pound a week. that's 52 pounds! but my pep talk isn't working.
Well at least spring is finally here and I can get outside and garden. in fact it looks like it's going to storm tonight. so I better post this before we lose power.
bye for now.

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MSUEQUILTS 5/19/2014 3:30PM

    I just found your blog! So sorry for the delayed response. First of all, I hope your health is improving each day.

Next - I know about DHes. I clear out all the stuff that I don't want. Then if he wants something else, he has it in his office or at work. I don't worry about him cheating because that is his choice.

I was on Spark Coach for awhile and was dismayed about my weight - not losing the amount I wanted, regain.... You know the drill! They suggested that I make something else my goal. So I chose to go down a pant size, do DASH, and walk 5 times a week. I lost 30 pounds and have kept it off. I would like to lose another 40, but that is not my goal.

BTW my DH hasn't lost much, but I keep setting the example.

You can do this!

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JEWELS571 4/23/2014 7:58PM

    Take the bull by the horns Vi, get all the crap out of the house that doesn't need to be there and replace it with the phase one items and start! Don't ask him, just say, well vacation's over, time to get back on track. He will follow, he is just waiting on you to lead him! Promise!

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DASH update

Sunday, February 16, 2014

I've been on the DASH diet for 44 days now. I'm actually doing it for 2 people because my hubby is doing it also. So it's planning and preparing for two every day day in day out.
I'm getting burned out!!!!
He has lost 32 lbs so far. I've lost 18.
He set up an area in the basement for exercise. We've gone down there once in the last two weeks since he did that. As you can tell we aren't exercisers.
I did ok for a while but have been really craving something the last couple days. so I have been eating on the sly so Terry doesn't see me. usually after 10pm. usually pb&j on rye crackers. mostly because we only have healthy choices in the house. so no chips or chocolate bars :-(
Maybe I'm feeling deprived. this is supposed to be a complete lifestyle change. The biggest is that Terry and I have breakfast together every morning, mostly because I do ALL the food preparation so he has to. so he doesn't have to do anything but eat what's in front of him and he loses weight. (something that really bugs me)
I also think I have cabin fever. This winter is getting really old. I'm tired of the cold freezing temps! I'm ready to get outside and work on my garden.
Well I think I'll get a another cup of coffee. Maybe do some sewing on a quilt project I've been mostly ignoring for two months. I don't know.
Lets see how things are a month from now. I'm hoping to be at least another 7lbs down.

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MSUEQUILTS 2/16/2014 8:24PM

    Congrats on your 18 pounds! That is totally awesome!

Boy I have cabin fever also!

Men always lose weight faster! That's a real drag! Would it work to have him chose some meals according to DASH? Have him help you with the planning?

Remember, that if you are hungry on the DASH diet, you can have other snacks. No guilt please!

Once I made a goal to be fit and be healthy instead of a number, I have been much happier and feel better! You can do this!

I am a quilter too. I will be sending you an invite to Quilt and Lose. Hope you join us!

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KTISFOCUSED 2/16/2014 2:43PM

    Wow! What a great weight loss though. I'm jealous but proud of you!!! Hang in there. It is a man's world sometimes, isn't it?

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NH_MOM 2/16/2014 2:13PM

    Guys seem to lose weight faster than women, but I suspect it's b/c they really do eat more junk than we do. Ok, not every guy is like that but it sure would apply to my hubby. Just stick with it and know you are trying to be healthier. Of course eating on the sly isn't going to help. Try drinking a cup of water and waiting before you snack. It may make you feel fuller and then you won't "cheat". Maybe you need to change the "diet" plan if you're not feeling full enough or satisfied. Anyway, I hope you hang in there and lose your next 7 lbs like you want.

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Dashing into 2014!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

This year is the year of the Dash Diet. Couple weeks ago on PBS we saw a program by a dietician about the dash diet. This was a diet developed to help lower blood pressure and level blood sugars in diabetics. It also happens to cause weight loss! So we bought the book and are gearing up to get started.
Oh yeah WE are doing it together! My hubby has reached the point where he is willing to work on weight loss with me. He has a muscle disease and in the last year went out of remission and had to double his chemo and go back on prednisone. This caused a lot of weight gain he is now over 300 lbs. next week he has to go in for a sleep study because the dr is concerned about his weight gain. (50 lbs in the last year) I've always wanted him to work on this with me but he had to come to this point on his own. I need the help and support. I also really want to help him.
I cleaned out the fridge today and bought some things we need but tomorrow we are going to sit and plan some menus together. Then shop for the rest of what well need.
This is also my last vacation day. I've been off for a couple weeks. A much needed rest.
Here's to 2014 and learning to get healthy!

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JEWELS571 1/2/2014 2:13PM

    Together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it, this is what you have always wanted! When you are menu planning talking about goals. Women lose slower than men, talk about that. Rather than setting # of weight loss for a time, maybe you could work on percentages or something. I would read up on couples doing this together, so you will be better prepared for challenges you may face. He will learn more through tracking foods and exercises about what works best for him, but baby steps!!! This is going to be a great year for you support and encourage him. You will both lose more quickly is you commit to exercise, so plan walking dates, start small, but if you both want to go further do so. I am super excited for you!! I love that you are planning together! Great start! 2014 watch out, Vi is on a mission!!!

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JELLI-LEAN 1/1/2014 12:51PM

    Vi ~ So happy that you two can do this together, sorry that the conditions are not better for your hubby, but eating healthier cant make things worse. It helps with support. 2014 is going to be your year! Happy New Year!!!

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KTISFOCUSED 1/1/2014 8:16AM

    Here is the answer. You and hubby can do this together, supporting each other and celebrating each others' successes. 2014 is going to be our year, that's what I say. I will be glad to support you too. Let's do it!! emoticon emoticon

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Back at the start page

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I say I'm back at the start but I don't know that I have the motivation to start over.
Back to my start weight. In the years since joining SP I have lost and gained the same 30-35 lbs at least 4 times.
I've read lots of articles here and in magazines about people who've lost 100 + lbs. I want to be one of those people!!
Most of those people say they did it by running. I can't run!
I know I have to find my own way to do this but I'm out of ideas as far as food (I refuse to eat meat people! Anything but that!) and exercise? I don't know how to find something to do that I will stick with. I don't like formal exercise. I like to garden and sew. But even gardening this summer was very hard as I've gained back enough weight that I can barely move. So what to do.
I know every one is an individual. Can't compare myself to others.
I'm 53 years old. 53. And 275 lbs.

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A10TIVTRTL 12/15/2013 11:33PM

    I suffer from depression, too, and this is a tough time of year for it. Know that you are not alone. Write to me if you want to.

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TUDAFD 11/19/2013 9:59PM

    Hi. Maybe you could try a stair stepper. That's what I started with and I'm still using it. It was really hard for me at first because I was so out of shape but you could aim for 5 minutes and just work your way up from there. One nice thing about the stepper is that you can watch TV or read a book at the same time. I like to walk and garden, too. I also walk or run up and down my staircase. I also use the nutrition tracker to track everything I eat. I hope some of this will help. emoticon emoticon

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JEWELS571 11/14/2013 3:17PM

    Have you considered getting the spark gadget? I use a fitbit and if it ever breaks I'll get the spark one, since I saw someone washed theirs and dried it and it still works! That is amazing! What I like about fitbit is a little competitive thing, between myself and the people that I am friends on the site. I am encouraged to get more steps in because I want it to cross over 10,000 steps every day! I'll even go for a short walk of an evening if I see I am just a tad behind someone. As for running, I have lost 23 lbs since I began running, however, I lost the majority of the weight from walking, some from zumba, but mostly just good old feet to the pavement! That being said, never say you CAN'T do something, I saw people your age and older and probably close to the same weight jogging, slowly, but jobbing the same half marathon I just completed.

What do you do for protein and when/why did you give up meat?

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KHADEEJAH1 11/13/2013 12:17AM

    Don't be to hard on yourself. I don't know anyone who at some point in time hasn't thought they were out of options. Gardening and sewing, well that's my thing to. I ride a recumbent bike. Sometimes I walk. You can't run, but can you walk? Just take baby steps. Add a little more each day. Maybe you could go to the Y and wade in the pool. There are tape that teach you chair aerobics. Don't give up. One day we will be reading your Spark success story. emoticon

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 11/12/2013 8:03PM

    If I can be of any help, please let me know.

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USMAWIFE 11/12/2013 7:16PM

    I am a bit older than you and trust me I know how you feel

for me I was doing so well and then a doctor stepped into my life and thought she knew more about my meds than I did, changed them and I gained back 35 lbs which I can't get rid of no matter how hard I try.


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waiting for rain and Junk Jaunt!

Friday, September 27, 2013

It's late evening and I'm waiting for it to start raining. I love rain in the fall. The weather man says its supposed to storm tonight.
I'm looking forward to going antiquing with hubby tomorrow. In Nebraska the end of September we have Junk Jaunt. 300 miles of garage sales. This will be my first time going and were only going to go To a few towns. Which is fine by me. I'm always looking for gardening or sewing stuff. And this is at least a way to get out of town!
Work was long and tuff this week and I need to get away.

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PENNYPEARLS 9/27/2013 10:43PM

    Oh that sounds like so much fun!! emoticon

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