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Muchos Nachos Not-so Great!

Monday, August 03, 2009

I was thrilled to be able to play golf yesterday -- it was nine holes only, and with a power cart: but still! Beautiful evening, best company (my husband); and we stopped for a glass of wine on the patio of the club house afterwards. "Let's get some nachos, too" he suggested. And I agreed.

A huge heaping plateful of them. Ooey-gooey with lots of cheese, jalapenos, chopped sweet bell peppers, onions: and yup, inhibitions loosened by the wine probably, I ate way way too many.

Dutifully logged them into my nutrition tracker, blowing my targets for calories (natch) and fat (natch); still under for the day on protein and carbs (surprisingly). It's the first time since May I've been significantly over nutrition goals so I didn't worry too much about that. More amused with myself than anything else.

But -- I really really can't eat that way anymore. Up during the night, parched with thirst from all the sodium and a pretty upset tummy.

Didn't weigh myself today: quite certainly up with "water weight" from the sodium but can't have put on any "real" weight since a pound would require 3,500 excess calories and I was way under that.

But with the interrupted sleep, queasy tum and raging thirst that "treat" was not terrific. And I don't think I'll be tempted by nachos again anytime soon. Nachos not-so great. A useful reminder: There are better ways to celebrate than food.

  
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DBCLARINET 8/17/2009 12:23AM

    That sounds exactly like the kind of day my husband would talk me into, huge plate of nachos and all! I can't face plugging all of that into the nutrition tracker. I know it was bad, and for some reason I just can't bring myself to face the full-on assault of numbers. emoticon

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NGALAX 8/10/2009 6:32PM

    We all must have one of these moments (or more) along the way. You need a slice of refreshing Watermelon after that!

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WACHSC 8/3/2009 10:18PM

    I guess all of these things are signs of nurturing better health habits and choices.
Glad that you got to play golf. I'm actually missing the course a bit since we returned from vacation, but the wedding planning is fun too.

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THATCARRIEGIRL 8/3/2009 8:40PM

    Isn't it funny that at one time you probably would not have noticed any ill-effects of all that sodium and fat? It's great that now your body knows the difference between what you want to eat and what you should eat!


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JOPAPGH 8/3/2009 7:40PM

    If that is the first time you have fallen off the wagon since May, you have done very well indeed.

Deep fried food no longer agrees with me either.

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JIMBOUCHIE 8/3/2009 7:28PM

    We all learn by our mistakes. Let the hubby know what it did to you and maybe next he'll forgoe the Nachos.

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Persistence

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I'm enjoying the thoughtful comments on blogs from SparkFriends and in particular the message boards in my new At Goal and Maintaining team.

It's very helpful to be part of a community of people who are trying to be healthy, know it's not always easy, expect setbacks but are by and large persistent in pursuing their goals.

I have a lot to learn here and I'm enjoying it. In a former career I was an art history teacher and of course one of the great architectural accomplishments of Western history was the building of the Gothic cathedrals. A process of trial and error, with spectacular failures when early efforts at building those soaring Gothic arches frequently unsuccessful. Gothic cathedrals were largely the product of anonymous and communal effort by people from all walks of life -- peasant through kings. And none of them was ever completed.

The internet generally -- Wikipedia -- and sites like SparkPeople make me think about those anonymous and communal efforts to create something inspiring -- beyond the abilities of any one of us individually.

  
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CHRYS13 7/29/2009 9:57PM

    Beautiful analogy. Thank-you! Yes, we all need each other.

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THATCARRIEGIRL 7/29/2009 9:07PM

    Excellent analogy. If you think about it, even when we reach our goal weight, the process is not completed. It is a lifelong endeavor, and while it may get easier over time, I think we have all learned that those unwanted pounds can sneak back up on us in a flash if we do not guard against them.



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WACHSC 7/29/2009 8:43PM

    Loved the way you tied SP to art and architecture ! Thanks for putting this into words.
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Beginning the Work of Maintaining

Thursday, July 23, 2009

So far, I'm not getting much of a sense of how many calories I need to eat to maintain weight loss . . . so I'm just sticking with the programme for now. I don't want to be gaining weight, that's for sure, particularly since I'm still not able to be back into a full exercise programme because of residual post-treatment skin chafing. And I would not mind losing a few more pounds, so I'm just experimenting a little.

But: I'm feeling very optimistic that the skin (although still pretty red) is healing. There are no more broken or open areas. And my energy levels, although not back to normal by a long shot, do seem to be on the upswing: I slept pretty much all last weekend but have been working fuller days this week than last. One more hospital checkup next week and then I think I'm done.

There's a wonderful sense that I'm "coming out the other side" of a six month ordeal. And it's nice to be doing that at target weight, able to wear stuff that was not comfortable at all in the spring.

  
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SERENE_ME 7/29/2009 9:19PM

    Welcome to the wonderful world of maintenance!!! I actually don't find it much different from weightloss - I tapered off losing weight for the last 5lbs (took about 8 weeks) then simply stopped losing about a pound from goal. I've been maintaining that since early April.

You've been through a lot - to lose weight during radiation treatments is very impressive
- you'll have no trouble getting the hang of this maintenance gig.

One day at a time Ms Mellow - ODAAT! emoticon

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DSHONEYC 7/28/2009 10:18PM

    I was quite surprized to see our friendship had "broken up"....I am not as adept at this as you are...don't know how to send "goodies" and have wanted to send you the energizer bunny. Tee Hee!
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DSHONEYC 7/24/2009 12:36PM

    Dear friend, this is great information for me. Thanks for sharing. Wish I had been able to combine weight loss with my own 6month ordeal. No time like the present to "get with the program, eh?"
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MARTANYDIATORRE 7/23/2009 11:10PM

    You are such an inspiration

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GOAL MET! GOAL SET!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I was thrilled today to step on the scale and see 154.5 flash up. Tried the scale in four different spots on the floor: yes, really true, no wavering. Last weigh-in 157 and now I'm down below the 155 goal weight.

So now I'm rethinking: is 155 the right goal? Or do I want to take it a little lower -- say the 150 I'd reached and maintained in 2001?

But what is absolutely clear to me: the MAIN goal is Main(tenance); I never ever want to permit my weight to creep up again.

Thanks, SparkPeople, for a fantastic site. And thanks, Spark Friends, for all your support: you are an amazing group of people.

  
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DARLENA3 7/21/2009 11:44PM

    You are the amazing one!


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JOPAPGH 7/20/2009 9:38AM

    How did I miss this? Congratulations! Best of luck with maintenance.

Today was my weigh in and I also hit my goal weight, although mine did benefit from repositioning the scale.

So did you find a good group for maintenance?

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DSHONEYC 7/19/2009 7:54PM

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I am so happy for you! Keep on doing what you have been doing. The goal met isn't the weight so much but the lifestyle of balanced living and health.

Someday..........I'll join you!

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MARTANYDIATORRE 7/18/2009 6:07PM

    I do the same

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ORIWOO 7/18/2009 12:31PM

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Way to Go !!! Stand tall, Be proud.

Lori

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MARSGIRL23 7/18/2009 11:37AM

    WOO HOO!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

What an exciting journey to be on now... MAINTENANCE! emoticon I'm hoping you'll stay on the Spark People site and remain an inspiration for us!! emoticon

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FLOWINGWATER 7/18/2009 10:04AM

    Yay!!!! I'm so happy for you!! Congratulations!!! All your hard work has paid off!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Good luck on your future goals (whether it be maintenance or another 5 pounds). It's a lifestyle change so just keep doin' what you're doin' and maintenance will be a breeze!

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Sparking for Two Months

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Reading JOPAPGH's blog reminded me: I've also been at SparkPeople for two months as of yesterday, July 10. I've used the nutrition tracker every day for every meal and only been a little less diligent on the exercise. Meaning that although I have recorded all that I've done, that exercise has been less than my pre-SparkPeople exercise routine. That's because during the past two months I've also completed radiation treatments which have slowed me down. For years I've been going to the gym 4-5 days a week, generally 40 minutes of cardio/500 calories plus abs and stretching every day; and upper body weights on alternate days with lower body weights. Treatments have slowed me down on that (fatigue plus fairly extreme skin burning) and the side effects are expected to peak about 10 days from now, then taper off over the following month or two. As energy rises, I'll be stepping up my exercise to my former levels and then beyond, I'm sure: I love that endorphin high and have had to restrain myself to accommodate the medical realities (and the chafing!).

These treatments made it the best possible time for me to embark upon Spark. During the two months, while dealing with the radiation, I've taken off 14.5 pounds of the 17 pity party pounds which had limpet-like attached themselves around my middle (mostly) after my February diagnosis. I've got 2.5 pounds to go, and even though they have been very very slow to budge they will go too: I am confident! I am determined!!

I've lost 2.5 inches around my waist and am comfortably back wearing my size eights (the 10s were getting a big snug before). Had a lot of fun "shopping in my closet" and received quite a number of compliments: the 14.5 pounds does make a difference to how I feel as well as how I look. Today I've celebrated my two month anniversary by treating myself to a StarFrite kitchen nutrition weigh scale to make absolutely sure that the 1 oz of cashews or 1 oz of cheddar I've been charging myself really has been 1 oz: and actually confirmed that my eyeballing has been pretty darn good! (It's a pretty nifty gadget and I've been wanting one for a while . . . comes programmed with a ton of foods with their calorie/protein/sodium etc and others can be added.) Also got some low-tech measuring spoons and measuring cups to reinforce the accountability..

SparkPeople: What an amazing site. I've counted calories before (of course) but the Nutrition tracker is a very handy tool. I like the "food group" feature since I tend to eat big multi-item salads every day for lunch, adding a different dressing and low-fat protein source to each one. I like the "favourites" because I do tend to eat a lot of the same foods (in rotation) over a week. I particularly like the nutrition breakdown: that I can, for example, look at what I've already eaten by mid afternoon and decide that I need to increase protein, increase fat, back off on carbs etc etc before the end of the day. Love the daily "report" feature. Love the Fitness trackers. Love the teams, the articles, the message boards, the blogs, the trivia questions (even though I am not very bright about these) -- most of all love SparkPeople: your warmth, your support, your humour, your commitment to health, energy, and engagement with life.

Thanks, everyone!

  
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IMAGINE_IT 7/14/2009 4:47PM

    Love your Blog!! I have been following your progress almost from the beginning..because you found me somehow and left one of your kind and wonderful messages on my page... emoticon i may not always respond..or come by as often as i should...but i do watch you.. emoticon from afar...lol..not in a spying way of course!!! emoticon
You have been doing amazing..and it shows..and i am really proud of you..and to me you are inspiring..and motivating..and i am proud to have you as a friend emoticon emoticon

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DSHONEYC 7/13/2009 5:09PM

    Way to go! Your retrospective blog was inspiring. Keep on blogging! emoticon

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ANIMEMOM1 7/13/2009 4:23PM

    You have been a wonderful inspiration for me as well. You have done fantastic with extra barriers that would crumble so many. Above an beyond losing the weight, you have helped keep yourself healthier to help you through this and be around for all those who love you and look up to you. Keep up your good work. Congrats on your new addition. My scale was a eye-opener. I remember saying..."That is all the chicken I GET?" Thank goodness I have learned and am now pretty good at eyeing it-though I still weigh every chance I get.

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THATCARRIEGIRL 7/13/2009 1:47PM

    You have done a great job - and not just with yourself but with being a motivating factor, at least for me. That's the best thing about SparkPeople - there is never a shortage of people willing to offer support and encouragement, because we ALL need it at some time or another. You've been a big source of that for me, and I am thankful for that.

I bought mysef a digital scale about a month ago and I don't know how I survived before! Well, I know how I survived before - I didn't cook and I didn't pay any attention to portion size. It's definitely nice to know exactly how much I am putting into my mouth now. Well, sometimes!

Keep up the good work - those last few pounds will disappear before you know it!

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NGALAX 7/12/2009 5:01AM

    I think you are amazing. I love your approach.Yes the Spark tools are great aren't they? Before Spark I didn't pay attention to food groups I just ate what I fancied. I wish you all the very best on your Sparkaversary and in the future! emoticon emoticon

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JOPAPGH 7/11/2009 3:37PM

    Your results after two months would be consdered great. Considering your circumstances, they are amazing. I am glad to hear the next couple of months will only get better and better.

I have been a big scale user from day one. Since I am a mega data nerd I gravitate to weighing things in grams. Makes it tough when I travel because I can't guesstimate portion sizes and weights very well.

Keep that laser beam focus on your goals,

John

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