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Staying on track...and proud of it!

Monday, August 15, 2011

I was on vacation last week. Vacations are notorious for ignoring diets and indulging in those "forbidden" foods and beverages. Everyone has used the excuse from time to time of "I'm on vacation so it's okay to indulge myself". I've done it myself a dozen times or more. Last week was no different in the justification departments, but the choices were so much better this time!

I not only kept my sugars within limits, but I also didn't gain any weight! Instead of chips, I reached for fruit. Instead of eating out, we cooked in every single day. Though I have to admit the cooking in was a lot easier as we were 18 people in the house, and we all took turns cooking a meal or two. I made a pulled pork (I make my own BBQ sauce) one night and I made pancakes (gluten free even) one morning.

I had thought the cooking for 18 was going to be a nightmare with all the dietary restrictions. Two of us are diabetic (Type I and Type II), one is pre-diabetic, 2 have celiac (the person with Type I also has this), one is allergic to garlic, another to cinnamon, one person has IBS, and you get the picture of how difficult it could be. However we all worked together to make it work.

We even spent a day at a waterpark and brought coolers with lunches, drinks and snacks. Everyone kept it relatively healthy (there were cookies in there, but if you keep to a serving size and count them, it isn't so bad). All in all, a very good vacation!

Oh...and the bonus was hitting 250 fitness minutes too! emoticon

  
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STARMIZER2000 8/15/2011 11:27AM

  good job

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It's all about perspective

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

I finally got away from the work stress. I spoke with my boss yesterday afternoon, and he spoke with the people placing pressure and explained to them that they were not helping me at all. I have a wonderful boss in that regard, and I am happy to work for him.

I visited the nutritionist today, and the visit went well. I am down 12lbs since I started using Sparkpeople, and she said I am on the right track. My A1C is maintaining at 6.0 (down from 6.4 when I was diagnosed with Type II), and she loves my daily glucose readings.

We talked about increasing proteins, since I am not getting anywhere near enough, and some things I can do to get it in. One thing we discovered is that my meat portion size is not enough. I'm eating about 1oz of meat at a meal. I need to be eating 4oz to get the proteins I need. 4oz though is alot, so rather than trying to cram it in all at once I am going tobe slow building up to it over the course of the next two months. My goal this time is to get my daily protein intake up to 60mg per day.

She noted that the biggest reason I am struggling with my weight loss goals is a combination of low vitamin D (I actually got tested for this), and the fact that my daily caloric intake prior to joining this site was woefully too low. It's made my metabolism sluggish, and fixing that will take time. I've made great improvements in that department (I'm up to between 2000 and 2300 calories a day now), and with the wonderful nutrition tracker I am making far better food choices!

I also should note that I have increased my exercise! I blogged about this before, but I am actually quite proud of getting in over 250 minutes of exercise last month! I'm going to try to beat that number this month!

I really feel that this is all finally coming together for me! It took something drastic for me to finally get off my duff and do something about my health. From where I am sitting, I can tell you thinking you are doing the right things and knowing you are doing them is entirely different. It's all a matter of perspective.

  


Someone PLEASE make this craziness stop!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Stress is just getting worse and worse. Work stress is at max. I was at work later than my normal shift, and would have stayed even later than I did if I hadn't promised my daughter I'd take her to the ball game. As it was, I sat at the park running priority lists in my head the whole time. I didn't even sit under the scoreboard like I normally do. We left the game before it was over, and missed a spetacular bottom of the 9th where our home team pulled off a win. When I was driving home, my stomach felt off. I got home and was completely sick. I chalked it up to ballpark food. Only I am not feeling better today. I feel even worse.

Everything feels 10x worse today at work. I am taking a few minutes to write this, when I probably shouldn't be. And to prove my point, I was just handed yet another high priority item, so I will be taking my migraine, chest pains and stomach pains and going back to work.

  
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FLEURRR 8/3/2011 11:28AM

    If you are having chest pain you might be having a heart attack, get yourself checked out!

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MISTERBALDY 8/2/2011 6:50PM

    Sorry to hear...

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ALASKALILLADY 8/2/2011 4:19PM

    So sorry to hear you are struggling. I am in the same boat you are for sure though!

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Someone PLEASE make this craziness stop!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Stress is just getting worse and worse. Work stress is at max. I was at work later than my normal shift, and would have stayed even later than I did if I hadn't promised my daughter I'd take her to the ball game. As it was, I sat at the park running priority lists in my head the whole time. I didn't even sit under the scoreboard like I normally do. We left the game before it was over, and missed a spetacular bottom of the 9th where our home team pulled off a win. When I was driving home, my stomach felt off. I got home and was completely sick. I chalked it up to ballpark food. Only I am not feeling better today. I feel even worse.

Everything feels 10x worse today at work. I am taking a few minutes to write this, when I probably shouldn't be. And to prove my point, I was just handed yet another high priority item, so I will be taking my migraine, chest pains and stomach pains and going back to work.

  
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WAYSOFGRACE 8/3/2011 11:39AM

    Thank you very much to both of you for your comments. I very much appreciate them. :-)

No heart attack...just anxiety. I went home, and played a mindless video game for a bit and felt much better before I had to go to bed. I also spoke with my nutritionist about better ways to cope this morning and she gave me some good ideas.

I am going on vacation in 2 days. I definitely will be using the time to de-stress!!!

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FLEURRR 8/3/2011 11:26AM

    If you are having chest pain you might be having a heart attack! Get checked out!

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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 8/2/2011 6:07PM

    I'm so sorry stress is compromising your life right now. It's so hard to back away from the stress. A couple things have helped me along the way. Perhaps one of these ideas will help you, too.

In the middle of the chaos I remind myself: no one can make me feel a certain way - my reaction to situations is a choice I'm making - I'm doing this to myself. This reminder helps me drop my shoulders down from ear height to where they belong! That forces many of the upper chest/shoulder muscles to relax. Close your eyes for a moment and take a deep breath. Amazing how much tension will bleed off.

I don't like the using the phrase meditation because it conjures up pictures of monks 'ohm'ing. Instead, I consider it quiet time. I spent quite a bit of time with a clinical hypno-therapist in the past and I learned about breath exchange and body balance. That means to do correct breathing for relaxation you have to not only breathe out the stress but also breathe in the calm to keep yourself in balance. So, I say to myself 'breathe in calm (deep breath); breathe out tension (deep exhale)." As I breathe in, I imagine a peaceful lake and when I breathe out I imagine black tar flowing from my mouth. The next cycle is a bit slower, less deep breath and so on until your brain and body have slowed down. Some people swear by the 4 seconds breathing in, 4 seconds hold, 4 seconds breathe out to help regulate the speed.

Since I have to think my way through the process, my mind is too busy chattering about all the stressful stuff giving me a mental break.

I do this exercise before I even get out of bed. I think through my day's agenda then calm myself down before I get up and tackle it all. I do this periodically throughout the day as needed - but at least twice more. Sounds stupid; really helps.

Hope you get over this rough spot soon!


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Effects of Stress

Monday, August 01, 2011

People react differently to stress from each other. This is not something everyone realizes. Some people eat when they are stressed, some lash out, others put their noses to the grindstone. I have one of two reactions to extreme stress. I will either become a fixated cleaning machine, or I will get physically sick.

Last week was stressful. I have a job that can be quite busy in and of itself. Add to it the poor planning on the part of the people I support, and it can hit epidemic proportions in the tug of war over who is going to get priority. As of this writing, I have no less than 6 people all vying to be higher on the priority list (I'm blogging on my lunch break to catch a breather). I have stress at home. I have a 17 year old who has realized recently that I am not a taxi service for her and her friends. I have bills I need to pay, with no idea how I am going to get that accomplished. I have a friend who right now is angry with me for something I wrote that didn't come out the way I intended (I tend to think in one language, and type in English, which doesn't always come out well). I have a mountain of work, appointments to keep, places to go, packing to do (I'm going on vacation for a week on Friday), laundry to be caught up on, another daughter who needs stuff for college (she leaves at the end of the month), a car that was stuck in the mechanics for a week which slowed everything down, etc. You get the picture. BIG BALL OF STRESS. Normally I'd clean, probably lash out because of perceived lack of help (I'm not completely rational under stress), and just whip it all into shape. Not this time.

This time I got sick. I got REAL sick. Asthma due to stress is a hazard for me, despite the medications I take. I got laid out for 2 full days, which put me behind at work and at home. I fulfilled obligations this past weekend that I had made, though one of those obligations (a bbq at a friend's house) saw me physically there, and sleeping on someone's couch. I am not processing my carbs properly, and it's resulting in me needing to sleep alot more than usual. One hotdog at the bbq yesterday, and I slept for 1.5 hours after it! Not happy making.

I have too many things and too many people tugging at my available time. I keep hearing things like "if you cared you'd make time to...(insert exercise, talk to me, cook a meal)". That just adds to my stress levels. I really need to get away on this vacation before I put myself in a hospital. Everything I worked so hard for the past two months is disintegrating right before my eyes.

I am only one person. A human being with thoughts, and feelings, and limits to how much she can do or take. Right now, I need a vacation to get back on track, which strikes me funny as most people need to get back on track AFTER a vacation. Guess I'm just backwards emoticon

  
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IOEINC 8/1/2011 4:20PM

    I feel for you. I was stressed today (although no where near the amount of stress you are under) and it really affected my blood glucose. At 2PM I was at 120 and that was before lunch and I am never that high at that time of day. Just keep remembering that you are only one person and cannot do it all. I normally just ignore everything around me but tI wasn't able to do that today. And I wasn't even at work today!!. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
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