Friday, October 21, 2011
Hooping, vloging, sharing, encouraging. All of that seems to be the theme of spark people. They won't let each other stay down. They pluck themselves up off the ground, share their failures and successes with ease, and help all of us forgive ourselves. All with a sense of humor and self-deprecation.
Thanks folks. This site is what keeps me going during a wicked tough plateau.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
When I was a stay-at-home mom, homeschooling 3 children from preschool through 8th grade, housekeeping, scheduling appointments, chauffeuring, baking, and cooking every meal all week long with VERY rare meals out I longed for the days when things didn't have to be made from scratch. I hankered after restaurant meals. I was elated by invitations to other people's homes for a meal.
Now that I am a 60-80 hour a week teacher with three grown children who eat willy-nilly and scattered from my table, I have had my fill of restaurant meals and packaged, frozen garbage disguised as food. I make meals as often as I can (sometimes I would rather not eat than cook, because I am exhausted after a 16 hour day).
And I LIKE my food. It is fresh, it has flavor, it is tasty and colorful. I ADORE baking, though I am mostly afraid to bake too much anymore (did I tell you I LOVE my baked goods?).
I love picking what I will eat, not what some other non-creative person chose to incubate.
Hmmmm! All those years ago. . . who'da thunk?
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Well, I thought I was over the flu. We had to rescue our camper from frosty heights, clean, winterize, and store it away. So, I scrubbed and helped burn a lot of brush (burns calories like you wouldn't believe!--pun intended).
In the middle of burning brush I felt nasty. Sure enough the stomach began to roll and for another 24 hours I was in misery.
My problem is, how do I eat right? How do I measure any success this week, since I am still feeling a little weak? Do I exercise and bring on another bout? Do I give it a week of recovery? I can't count the weight lost, ARGGGHHHHHH. Because it will come back when I eat regular meals again.
I hate when our health goes south.
On the upside, I am slowly getting rid of pills!
Saturday, October 08, 2011
I am down the ten pounds I had gained with sodium inattention. You can bet I will be more vigilant now. My BP is back to normal, no palpitations either.
I also lost an additional 4 oz, but I think that is temporary. I spent 24 hours with a nasty stomach flu.
Sunday, October 02, 2011
Okay, so I had gained ten pounds in two short weeks (which seemed like a lot even for me) and I couldn't figure out why. I have gained 20 pounds in two weeks before that was totally accountable. It involved an ugly public break-up with a boyfriend at the age of 17 and a green iced sheet cake-the entire green sheet cake in one night.
I hadn't been drinking my 8 glasses of water because I had been substituting 8 glasses of tea and some coffee instead. It is chilly here! And I hadn't been breaking much of a sweat during the same routine workout. I figured that could account for a pound or two, but the other eight sounded suspicious. Tumor, alien abduction with implants (heavy ones). Yep.
No, probably not. So I used all my investigative powers (I used the reports section of my spark pages) to determine what was different.
Well, imagine my surprise to find that I had eaten more than my daily allowance of sodium for 12 of those 15 days!! No wonder my ankles rivaled an elephants (sorry to all figure conscious elephants). No wonder my BP suddenly rocketed into the 140/85 zone for the first time in months!
So, I am watching my sodium diligently. Drinking my water (all eight glasses with some herbal tea). I am exercising until I sweat, maybe not prodigiously, but did I mention it is chilly here?!
And in the past 5 days I have dropped 8 of those 10 nasty pounds!
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