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Dedication, but not perfection.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I might be a little more dedicated than some, but then my need is greater too.

At 210 I was a heart attack in the making. Genetically speaking, I was on borrowed time. Both my parents started their heart problems at age 57-58 and I was already 56 and getting heart flutters.

I am built like my Dad (his life is in mortal danger if I ever go bald) and he had 3 heart attacks and at least 1 mini-stroke. I made the decision, lose the weight or face the consequences. I simply cannot afford his medications and wouldn't want to be on them even if I could. He takes a dozen daily.

My mother passed away in 2004 and I have had quite an education in doctors and medicines since I had to start helping my Dad on a daily basis. I now have 2 seniors that depend on me daily and no time for poor health. (My Ray is 87.)

So I came back to SparkPeople and started doing the Spark Program. I knew I had to get 45 lbs off at the minimum to be able to maintain what I believed I could handle, 165. I found the Spark Program to be so easy on me that I changed my goal to 148, 135, 130, 125 and now 119.

I am blessed with a walking partner that needed to walk daily even more than I! So we talk non-stop every day it doesn't rain and walk 4-5 miles. I get up at 5am to be able to walk with Cathy at 6am during the summer months which have already started here in Mississippi. Dedication.

Just dedication, determination, devotion and a bit of effort on my part.

Except for yesterday!

This is actually sort of funny.

Well, my weigh-in day is Sunday. Dad's freezer quit on him and I had a 5 lb bag of shrimp that had thawed and he was afraid to use it. So I cooked it all at once. That wasn't the bad part. I ate about a pound of shrimp, 48 shrimp more-or-less with 1/8 cup Shrimp Sauce. Nope this still isn't the bad part.

I was well within my calories! Yahoo! I was going to get through this unscathed!

Yeah, right. Now the bad part. I used Zatarain's Crab Boil. Uh huh. Good old Zatarain's 100% salt it seems, my sodium in the Zatarain's was over 5000, lol. So I went up 2.6 lbs and poor Ray went up 2.7 lbs just since yesterday!

I know it is temporary but today is my weigh-in day and today I am up from last Sunday. So, I fall down and stand no more in the "Last One Standing" competition in one of my teams. I only hope the weight goes down again this week. I never understand why we can gain overnight but take weeks to lose it again.
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GRALLEN 5/18/2009 4:09PM

    One thing about you. You gain a little and you get right back on track to "fix it". Some ppl would give up and say oh well.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 5/18/2009 9:04AM

    Thanks Linda! It just proves that you're human and that you struggle here and there along the way with the rest of us. But, you are alson devoted and committed to your goal (s) and you will get to your destination because of your determination. Go Linda!!

I'm glad you shared with us!
Laurie

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_VALEO_ 5/18/2009 3:58AM

    Thanks for sharing the moment it clicked for you. Sometimes, we need dramatic events to go forward and change our life.

Damn that 48 shrimps and that Zararain! Lol
You know the saying with cakes: 2 seconds in the mouth, 2 years on the hips!
I'm sure it won't take you that long to get rid of this sodium and the extra weight, and the next weigh-in will be good.
To eliminate the sodium, have some herbal tea with cherry stems. Birch juice is great too!

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MSLZZY 5/17/2009 9:51PM

    As dedicated as you are, I have no doubt that the "sodium gain" will disappear much quicker than if you had eaten 5000 of anything else! Hang in there!
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JERSEYGIRL24 5/17/2009 9:30PM

    Linda,

You will never cease to amaze and inspire me. I also feel that I was a health disaster waiting to happen. I could write the line about my dad's medications. I don't want to go into it now (maybe that's a subject for a blog entry of my own), but you certainly did the right thing in taking the bull by the horns. But you really did it big time. emoticon

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SPARKLESSENCE 5/17/2009 9:14PM

    I feel so uplifted by this blog entry of yours, Linda...even if the sodium content was a little high :) You don't know how much you inspire me! We're the same age, and we're both motivated by medical problems...or potential ones. I love that you've got a good walking partner...and for 4-5 miles, too! I'd hazard a guess that despite your genetics, your ticker's going to keep on ticking like the Energizer Bunny's. You're taking such wonderful care of it! All the best - Sara emoticon

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FORMYDARLINGS 5/17/2009 8:27PM

    Poor you!!! I hope the salt was the only ill effect you felt. 48 shrimp!!! That's a whole lot of shrimp for, can I say it?, a shrimp like you! hahahah LOL. I could never plow through that many. Maybe they were just little guys, I hope! Don't be too sad Linda, you will lose that salt weight quickly, as only you know how. I'm sorry about falling down in your contest but try again, there's always another challenge going somewhere. Take care and keep walking,

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SPARROW147 5/17/2009 7:49PM

    It is amazing how salt can make your weight go up in one day but take days to get rid of. That happened to me last week. Thank goodness it was right after my weigh in. Thanks for sharing that story. You are the best!

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 5/17/2009 6:53PM

    Dedication, but not perfection, AND STILL LEARNING!!

Great story and advise.

It just shows no matter how much good we do we can ALL learn from our mistakes/ do-overs!

Thank you dear friend, for sharing.
Another day in the life of us losers and learners. I guess I'll never get a job for the voice over on Day's of our Lives, LOL



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MARTY19 5/17/2009 6:24PM

    You forgot to add motivator, role model, friend. You are all of these as well. Yuo show by example what 1 person can accomplish.

Hugs,
Marty

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