Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Someone posted something on Facebook the other day about how being obsessed leads to success. It got me to thinking about how important obsession is in the weight loss game. I slowly became more and more obsessed back when I lost 178 pounds, each day finding more methods to fuel the obsession--Sparkpeople, Weight Loss memoirs, Low-Calorie Recipe Websites, Weight Watcher Magazine, and Weight Loss Blogs. There is so much available today to help up along the way. I just wish there was more support for Maintenance, but I have been able to find a few things.
Slowly over the years of maintenance, I became less obsessed. I quit coming to Spark quite as often, quit reading the motivational blogs there and elsewhere, quit subscribing to Weight Loss magazines, ran out of weight-loss memoirs to read, and the worst, starting binging on low-cal snacks. I would eat four and five of them at a time....and that adds up to 30 pounds gained over six months.
So now that I am back in the grove for the last couple of weeks (and down 7 pounds!), I am working on getting obsessed about the whole weight loss thing again. It's coming back, slowly, I am out every morning walking. Yesterday I had some shopping errands to run, and consciously parked far away from each store to get in extra steps. Last night I told Du I have close to 7,000 steps in for the day and needed to do some extra walking to make 7,000. He suggested a walk down the road after supper, which I always love. I ended up getting over 10,000 steps in for the day, which is a good amount for my arthritic knees. It felt GOOD! I feel good to once again be eating right, walking and seeing the scale go back down.
Maintenance is as hard as I knew it would be. No longer do people compliment you on your weight loss, it's an accepted fact, even though you are working as hard on maintenance as you ever did losing weight. You now have a closet full of pretty new smaller clothes, and are growing used to the freedom of being able to walk wherever you want, fitting into a normal sized world is no longer a BIG DEAL. You grow complacent. The obsession is hard to maintain, just like the weight loss is, but it is essential for success.
So I'm back to reading lots of blogs to stay motivated and inspired. I got rid of all those boxes of 100-calorie snacks and stocked my fridge with fruit and veggies. It's a great time of year to get back in the weight-loss mode, as produce is readily available....at produce stands which are springing up all over town, in our own garden, and even at the supermarket, where prices are lower and produce is usually from local growers. Yesterday I stopped at a produce stand, bought tomatoes, corn, cantaloupe, and peaches. I have a watermelon in my fridge already, and also some Bing cherries and grapes left over from our party on the Fourth. We picked one almost-ripe tomato from our own garden last night, I am excited to let it ripen in the window for a day or so, then slice it up and devour it. Tomatoes from the garden are one of my favorite things. I eat a lot of corn on the cob in the summer, I spray it with a little "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter," and an ear comes in at about 100 calories. Delicious!
Obsession--I'm working on it!!
Day 89 -- Driving home from bowling Monday night, there was a thunderstorm, but the Western part of the sky was pretty clear and a double rainbow resulted. Got some bad pictures of it with my cell phone. It was much more beautiful in person!
Day 90 -- After our walk last night, Du & I checked out his garden and sure enough one of the tomatoes was almost ripe enough to eat. We picked it and it's siting in my window, finishing the ripening process. I was impatient! But as you see, there's more tomatoes coming soon!
I can't believe my "100 Days of Happy" challenge is almost over. I have really enjoyed it. It's fun to find happiness in the everyday-ness of your life, and I have come to realize there is much in my life to be grateful for. With a cancer fight on our hands, it's good to stay positive and strong, and my "100 Days of Happy" is sure helping me with that. When it's over in only 10 more days, I may start all over again!
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Du and I went to Ruby Tuesday for lunch today. I always order the sliced sirloin Petite Lunch Plate, it comes with delicious mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli, for a grand total of 360 calories. I love it, and although the portion of steak and potatoes is quite small, it's pretty good for a lunch. I try to fill up on the broccoli, which while edible, is not my favorite veggie!
So today, they had a new promotional menu, and I saw they had a new appetizer called "Thai Phoon Shrimp." The description read: "A half pound of tender, crispy shrimp tossed in a sweet and spicy chile sauce." Now I wondered about the "crispy" part of that description, thinking that probably meant they were fried. So I got my iPhone out and checked their nutritional guide. https://www.rubytuesday.com/assets/menu/pd
f/informational/nutrition.pdf WOW--the shrimp is only 269 calories. I figured I could get a salad bar with it, and be set.
I got to reading however, AFTER I ordered, while the waiter was still at our table taking Du's order, and the fine print, off to the side, states: 4 servings per appetizer. They're called "shareable appetizers," and each of the 4 portions is 279 calories. I almost ordered a 1000+ calorie lunch! YIKES. Quickly I changed my order to the sliced sirloin.
I know that mistake happens quite often. I am always checking the caloric content listed on the side of boxes and cans at the grocery store when I'm shopping, and have finally realized it's necessary to check for portion size per calories listed. Usually the calories listed are NOT for the whole can or box, but for only a small portion. I remember back when I still was working, one of my friends grabbed a sweet treat from our candy drawer (it was on the honor system), and checked the calories. "Only 135 calories for this," she proudly stated. I looked at it, and said, "No, it's 135 calories for only 1/3 of that treat." She had no idea. Unless you are a true calorie-counter, you can get easily fooled. I am a calorie counter from way back, and I almost got fooled today. That fine print, on an iPhone is REALLY FINE and my eyes aren't that great anymore, but I caught it just in time.
Monday, July 07, 2014
What a busy weekend! It was such fun, and yet it's a relief that it's all over. We hosted a group of friends and family on the Fourth for our annual party. Since we took the pool down, it was necessary to find other entertainment for the kids (we had 12 children here, 11 of them were aged four and under), so Chris (youngest son) and I went out on Wed. and bought a trampoline. Du & I spent that day and the next one putting it all together. Du did the bulk of the work and instruction-interpreting, while I was his trusty aide and all-around go-fer. At one point, the instructions said it would work best if there was three people doing a certain step. I figured with Du & I, we had about 1.5 people (I was the half), but we got it done. I also got bitten by about a million mosquitos before I asked Du to spray my back. It's frustrating to have all these bites where I can't even reach to scratch the itch! I've been buying the drugstore out of hydrocortisone cream, and still it itches!
Day 83 -- Du was particularly sad that we had to take down the pool. Even though he can't swim with his catheter, he knew how much our kids and grandkids loved it. Plus it was a ton of work taking it apart and getting it hauled away. On the plus side, he got $20 for scrap metal from the pool from the metal recycling place. Even though the purchase of the trampoline led to much work, putting it together, I am happy to have bought it, I know the grandchildren will love it. It got a lot of activity at our party on the Fourth. Unfortunately, although I grew up always wishing I had my own trampoline, and loving every chance I had to jump on one, now that we have one, my knees won't allow me to jump on it. As Chris suggested, I could sit on my butt and jump that way.
Duncan going swimming in our old pool last summer.
Unfortunately the winter was just too much this year for our 30+ year old pool.
The pool is gone.
This is our new pool!
The trampoline will go where the pool was.
Day 84 -- When we bought the trampoline, we also bought a small wading pool for Juno to play in. She stuck her paws in, and basically thought it was just a big old drinking bowl. We threw a tennis ball in the middle and she worked and worked until she got ahold of that ball, it was like bobbing for apples. That dog makes me so happy!
Juno finally got the ball, and was she ever proud!
Day 85 -- Mia (granddaughter) got her early on the 4th of July, so was the first one to try out the new trampoline. Of course we had to see if Juno liked it too, especially after Du saw a video of a Bulldog who could do flips on a trampoline. I don't think Juno will be doing backflips any time soon, but she didn't seem to mind it too much.
Day 86 -- So many images of a wonderful Fourth of July spent with family and friends. It was a great day, I made a relish tray of my favorite veggies and a low cal ranch dip, as well as a beautiful tray of fruit (I should have taken a picture--I had Bing cherries, strawberries, fresh pineapple, cantaloupe, watermelon and delicious black grapes!) I also made a seven layer taco dip, and I did have a little bit of it with some Tostito chips. Other than that, I tried to eat healthy, and while the scale didn't show a loss, there was no GAIN! And that is a good thing!
My middle son and I (photo taken by his 4-year old daughter, Mia)
Sweet Noah and his Mama
Oldest son Mark and his family
Skinny (sorta) youngest son Chris. He has lost over 30 pounds, and is on his way to his goal, to get below 200 pounds. He weighs 208, and has decided when he gets below that magic 200 pounds, he will reward himself by buying a new truck. GO CHRIS!!! He got lucky and was off work for the Fourth of July for the first time in three years! So happy he got to celebrate with us this year!
Du & I. I can't help but hope for another year where we can host the 4th of July party, I know we won't be able to do this forever, but every time Du agrees to do it, it makes me feel like he is still well enough to do all the work that is required--cleaning up the yard, the garage, taking down swimming pools, putting up trampolines, and then of course, the clean-up the next day. To be honest, Chris did most of the cleaning up, which was really nice!
Day 87 -- Baby Noah was baptized yesterday and his parents hosted a luncheon afterwards. It was a great day with all of our family there, as well as Laura's family (who also come to our 4th of July party). They are a great family and I am so lucky that both my daughter-in-laws are so wonderful and their families are great too!
Oldest son Mark and youngest son Chris dressed like twins yesterday. I joked that they are my twin sons, born 13 years apart!
Noah & I, at the celebration party. Being a grandma is great!
Day 88 -- This morning Chris got me motivated to go out and take a walk before it hits the 90's (predicted high temp for the day, which is better than the 100 we hit yesterday). It was a great walk, temps were still in the mid 70's, so quite pleasant and of course Juno had a great time, smelling all the odors along Saddle Creek Trail. I've already got 3,500 steps in and it's only mid-morning!
It was a great week and weekend, and I still feel motivated by my Dietbet to keep working on dropping these pounds I seem to have found. I am down about 7 pounds--and that is a very good thing!
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
We finally got to see a local Oncologist yesterday. He doesn't think Du should start chemo now. I was disappointed and relieved at the same time. I have done quite a bit of reading on various prostate cancer treatments and most doctors recommend delaying chemo as long as possible, due to its harshness. It was a little frustrating not to be given a chance to try the latest treatment, and yet we both went away feeling a little more optimistic about Du's cancer.
The oncologist, Dr. Avery (he is VERY young) explained that in this very pure clinical trial they had done, testing the use of chemo immediately when cancer has spread instead of waiting until the shots were no longer effective at keeping the cancer from progressing, the results could be skewed because of the variety of cancer in the men taking part in the test. He thought Du's cancer wasn't bad, even though his Gleason score is an 8 (on a scale of 1-10, meaning it is aggressive), because his latest scans from April show only two very small spots of cancer in each of his hips, in his illiac bones. He also mentioned how Du is 16 months from diagnosis, and these men started the chemo IMMEDIATELY upon their diagnosis.
Dr. Avery told us of pills they give now in addition to the shots, when the shots are no longer stopping the cancer's growth. They give these pills for a year, before starting chemo. Sometimes they do chemo at that point, and then there is yet another pill they give. Dr. Avery kept emphasizing how every man's cancer and body are different. He also mentioned radiation again, since Du's spots are so small. He thought radiation might be effective in slowing the growth too. He will talk to Du's Urologist, who has always been against radiation. Dr. Avery said radiation is as harsh a treatment as chemo. But Du is willing to do chemo or radiation or whatever it takes. I am too--if it can give us more time. When Dr. Avery is talking about being on a pill for a year, here and there, I'm thinking, "That sounds like we've got some time left." And....that to me....is the best news of all. We are to get more scans, he doesn't think every six months is often enough. Du had scans at Cancer Treatment Center of America (CTCA) in April. Dr. Avery doesn't think much of CTCA, as I told Duane, I'm sure most local doctors don't like them. They are competition. He also didn't give much credence to the supplements Du takes, mostly on the recommendation of CTCA. Dr. Avery said that exercise would do more good than any supplements. He also discounted any exercise Du might get at work or around the house, which we both think is ridiculous. Du had a pedometer on his phone in the "on" mode for just half a day at work last week, and walked 4.5 miles in just over 4 hours. He is also constantly up and down on the Press that he runs, and lifts paper and large heavy boxes constantly. The last few days he has been cleaning up the yard in preparation for our party Friday, including taking down the pool. Talk about exercise! I couldn't begin to do the work Du does! The doctor felt Du needed to do cardio three days per week, and squats and lifting the other three days. I think Du already does more than that. I'm not sure this doctor has ever walked a mile in Du's shoes, or anyone's shoes who has a hard physical job. You can't tell me a person who is constantly on the move for 8 hours every day at his job, doesn't get a lot of exercise! I have a feeling Dr. Avery is unaware that there are jobs out there that require much exercise, and Du's job is one of those. As Du told the Dr., when he gets home from work, he is exhausted and has no energy left to formally "exercise." Du's job is vastly different from a job where you sit at a desk/computer all day, the kind of job I had, or a job where you simply walk from exam room to exam room, seeing patients all day long. Not sure if that young doctor is very wise about the world yet.
And....we are not giving up on the supplements, although we probably won't return to CTCA now that we have a local oncologist. As I said, we liked some of what Dr. Avery said, were disappointed in some of it, and frustrated by some of his suggestions. I'm sure if you went to three Oncologists, you would get three different treatment plans. I also really feel that within the next year or two, giving chemo immediately upon diagnosis of Stage 4 Prostate Cancer that has spread, will be the standard of treatment.
On to Happier Topics....
Day 79 -- My sweet pets were napping on my lap, and as usual, Juno's tongue was hanging out. My kitty, Naymar, (named because as Du and I were messing around with a Voice Text App on his new iPhone, I spoke the words, "We should name our kitty." Voice Text translated my words as, "We should Naymar kitty." So NAYMAR it is!!) was examining Juno's tongue, as if to say, "What is this sticking of out that dog's mouth?" These pets bring me so much joy!
Day 80 -- Shopping at the Mall (and getting some walking in on a hot day), I found shirts to give my two grandsons to wear on the Fourth of July (to go with the dresses I got the two granddaughters). I think everything is so cute!
I love buying clothes for those kids and can't wait to see them wearing their outfits Friday!
Day 81 -- Du & I went out to Denton (nearby small town) for supper Monday night. Service was horrendous, I finally had to ask a waitress (who was ignoring us) for menus, and the food took forever too! We were both busy cleaning and getting the garage, house and yard ready for the party Friday, and hoped to get home after supper and keep working, but the restaurant took far too long. When we got home, we just went to bed. However, on the way home, Sirius radio (we have two favorite stations, '70's', and 'Love Songs.' The Love Song station played "Come Saturday Morning,"
by the Sandpipers. It is from the movie, "The Sterile Cuckoo." We saw and loved this movie when we were dating back in 1969, and the song brings back such sweet memories.
Day 82 -- I delivered the grandchildren's clothes last night, and DGD Amber sang the song, "And Bingo was his name." It was delightful, I took a video of it with my camera, but for some reason, the video won't download onto my computer, so I had to come up with something else for my "Happy" of the day, and once again reverted to my pets. Du had noticed Naymar cleaning Juno yesterday, and snapped a picture. Juno seems to be enjoying having her head licked clean.
Du said our pets remind him of a brother and sister. They do. Sometimes they get along, other times they fight and Juno, as the bigger brother (even though she's a girl), can be a bit of a bully. Naymar is amazingly tolerant. But they always bring such joy into our lives, and for them I am very grateful! Right now they are both laying on the couch, sleeping together.
Ain't they sweet? I love 'em!
Friday, June 27, 2014
I've been doing pretty well this week, back on my journey. I'm eating less and moving more--the old tried and true formula for weight loss! I got my Fitbit re-synced (took some doing), and now I can access my stats on the computer dashboard that is part of the Fitbit. I also downloaded a couple of Apps for my phone: Map My Walk (which I already had signed up for evidently--just never used), and Pedometer. It's interesting to see the differences between my Fitbit, Pedometer, and Map My Walk. Of course since Map My Walk is guided by GPS, you need to be sure to turn it off when you are driving somewhere, plus I don't always carry my phone around with me all day, especially if I have no pockets. Tuesday, I walked 1.5 miles down the road, before Chris (son) got home from work. When he got home, he wanted to go out again, so I walked with him. I continued to stay active throughout the day, grocery shopping, etc. and ended up with over 10,000 steps that day on my Fitbit. The next day wasn't as good, with only 6,000 steps, then yesterday I got over 6,000 again. I didn't "formally" take a walk yesterday, but spent two hours at the local enclosed mall, (I went out there specifically so that I could walk in the heat of the day), and the steps added up. I had heard that exercise when you have arthritis is the best thing--seems to be working for me. However, sometimes at night in bed, my knees are very painful after a busy day, so I take a couple of Tylenol/acetiminophen in the middle of the night. I try not to take too many, since all the aspirin I used to take gave me an ulcer, and I know Tylenol can do bad things to your liver. So I am very careful.
Today will be a busy day--Lunch with Du, which we do every Friday, then this afternoon, my niece is coloring my hair. The roots are showing way too much, and I have put it off for too long. With our Fourth of July party coming up, I need to get my hair done. I wish I had time to lose the 30 lbs. for July 4, but I'm on my way. Back at our party in 2010, I was on my journey, and had already lost close to 100 lbs., but no one could really tell I guess because no one said anything.
I remember being so proud that I could fit into this 3X top I found at Shopko. It was my first experience in years, being able to find clothes at a store that FIT!
The following year, I was happily at my goal weight, and stayed there for the next two years. This year, I am in the process of getting back to that goal, after losing my way for a few months. Losing the weight has sure made preparing for the party and hosting it much easier, when every movement no longer leaves me gasping for breath. I'm still putting off the cleaning I need to do however, losing weight won't change the fact that I hate housework!
Rain today, so not sure how I will get my steps in. I bought some clothes at Penney's yesterday and although I liked how they looked on the hanger, I didn't try them on, and when I got home, didn't like how they fit, so I'm going to take them back sometime. Perhaps I could go today, between my lunch and hair-do appointment, and do some walking out at the mall again. It is really a good place to walk! Plus I got to see some sand sculptures of local buildings and people!
I liked the print on this top, but when I put it on, the stripes are crooked, and I didn't like it. They also had this style (which I love) in solid colors, might exchange it for a solid, turquoise or orange.
Like my grandson Duncan, I am a fan of the color orange and liked the lace on the sleeves. But it's tight on my batwing arms and I'm afraid those sleeves will ride up, exposing all that excess flesh up there. I thought it would look good with this long skirt.
There's some orange at the bottom of the skirt. I thought I would try one of these long skirts, I see them in ads all the time, but haven't seen really seen that many women actually wearing them, and not really sure that I would ever wear it. This skirt is slit up the sides, which I didn't notice until I got home and tried it on, clear up to the knees, so it wouldn't cover up my fat upper legs all that well anyhow. Plus, since I am so short-legged, it is too long. I can't shorten it, because then you wouldn't see the orange at the bottom, which is what I liked about it. When I tried it on, I rolled it up at the waist, but then you can't tuck the blouse in. Do you wear blouses tucked in with long skirts? I don't even know, but I'm afraid it's going to have to go back too. Maybe I can find a different style...I am still intrigued by these long skirts.
This is the one top I liked after I tried it on. It kind of combines feminine with sporty, with the knit fabric and stripes and the lacey insets on the shoulders. I'm a big fan of lace! I think I'll keep this one.
Day 75 -- Du got a new cell phone, a SMART phone for the first time. My oldest son put the MLB app on it for him, and now he can check on his KC Royals, no matter where he is at. Plus he installed the Map My Walk app, and in just one 4-hour period at work, he walked over 4 miles. WOW! He always said he has to walk a lot at work, now I believe him. I knew he was on his feet all day! I hope all the activity he gets at work helps keep him healthy longer.
Day 76 -- We went out for dinner after bowling Monday night with son and his family. I had the chicken fajitas at Chili's. It's what I always get when we go there--I don't eat the tortillas, or sour cream they serve with it, and only use the pico de gallo on my chicken, onions and peppers. It is delicious and pretty healthy I think. Amber (DGD) was playing with Noah, and leaned over and gave her little brother a very sweet kiss. It was a lovely moment, glad I had my cell phone camera ready!
Day 77 -- I had to brag about my steps, so posted a picture of my Fitbit!
Day 78 -- Today I posted a picture of Du in his new Bulldog shirt. I ordered it on-line and LOVE IT! When Juno saw it, she went crazy. She was sure we had gotten a new dog for her to play with. It was great!
It's been a good week. Du is starting to feel better and I am back in the groove and taking this weight back off. I feel good about losing weight--proud of myself again--instead of embarrassed by my lack of self-control. #100HappyDays
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