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Sunday, April 29, 2012

I've updated my "About" section on my main Spark Page and figured I should post it here, since I've been mostly absent from activity of late:

I had an endometrial ablation in November and since then I haven't been able to shove the scale below 138. It's not heartbreaking or anything, but dang it's annoying. On the plus side, I've been holding steady at 138 - 142 since then, with just the standard hormonal fluctuations (the ablation doesn't erase those!).

So at the moment, I'm maintaining. And that's a good thing. I'm playing with how many calories I can eat to hold at this weight, and I think in some time I'll power off the last 10 lbs, but since my body seems to want to stay this weight right now I'm going to honor that rather than frustrate myself endlessly at the scale.

I've started belly dancing lessons, and after injuring myself with my resistance exercises I'm also getting back on track with those. Love of cardio remains elusive. I am sick unto death of my exercise bike, but it's the only exercise I can do that won't make my knees scream in protest. So I'm struggling with that and trying to tell myself that belly dancing counts as cardio... but I know better. Oh well. It's all a process.

On the plus side, I'm down to 2 Diet Cokes a day. As a 12+ can per day drinker, that's pretty amazing!

So that's where I am right now. It's not awesome, but it's not terrible either. And as I said, this is all a process.

The whole lack-of-Diet-Coke thing is pretty impressive for me, too. I've been eating more whole foods over time, and when I actually looked the sodium levels in pre-prepped foods like soup and the like, and saw how it fit into the actual recommended levels of daily sodium intake, it all really hit home. Sure, soups with sausages aren't saintly as far as sodium is concerned, but I can stay between 1500 and 2300 grams of sodium easily when I'm the one doing the cooking, even with sausage. Usually I'm below 1500.

When I eat out, it's flatly impossible.

So today I'm spending prep-time making some reheat-and-eat breakfast sandwiches (in the style of Egg McMuffins, only with sprouted grain buns, egg whites, and cheddar cheese) rather than grabbing breakfast on the run. It doesn't take that long, and it's certainly a sight cheaper than the $4.25 or so a day would be at Subway, plus the sodium is far, far less.

At any rate, that's where I am right now. Still tracking, still moving, still here! Keep sparking, all :)
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    Go, YOU!!! It's nice to have you back active! I know it must really be difficult with children in the house, also. Again, go, YOU!!

    See you Thursday!
    2153 days ago
    So good to hear from you! Sounds like you've come to terms with your weight as it stands right now. Listening to your body is a good move. I wish you luck as you seek to figure out your calorie range.

    2154 days ago
    Congrats on the diet coke thing!! I have cut back, but I'm still doing way too many. Hope to follow your lead.

    Your attitude is 100% right. In fact one food plan I followed a while (I think it was Curves food plan) recommended taking a few weeks to a few months to eat super healthy and enough. They called that a metabolism tune up (or something close to that.)

    And you do look great right now and I bet your health and blood work are all good. If and when you want 10 more pounds off, I'm sure you'll do it. -Marsha
    2154 days ago
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