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Interruption and small victories

Thursday, February 14, 2013

This last week has NOT been good for Sparking - exercise and healthy eating: my husband had one or more TIAs which involved 2 ambulance call outs, 2 separate hospitals, a stay in the stroke ward, a change of medications and some extra ones and my taking over all driving for a month. At the same time we had plumbers and electricians in the middle of their work so had to arrange access for them, make decisions about fitments and such like. On Tuesday night it was out to the airport to pick up relatives who were staying briefly en route to some adventure tours. I had to cancel my osteo exercise class for the week and just didn't have the time and energy for my daily walk, plus I didn't do my ST homework or spend much time on SP.

When I'm tired I usually reach for unhealthy food and this time I resisted, even with the excuse of visitors to feed. It was easier because it's summer here and the fruit and vegetables we grow provide healthy snacks. I probably ate too much but it was the right stuff.

Although I didn't do my usual exercise my fitbit tells me I achieved a respectable step count and even went over 11,000 one day - so at least I kept up a certain level of activity.

The support from SFs was helpful, especially so because I neglected them for a week but they still did their best to let me know they were there for me.

I now look back on the week and see that the last 18 months on SP has changed, hopefully permanently, the way I deal with stress and disruption. This is more important to me than what the scale says - a few kilos can be dealt with but instinctive reactions are much harder to adjust, and I think SP has me well on the way to more effective stress management techniques.
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    Popsy I am so sorry for your hubby's strokes, how scary. Is he back home now and doing okay? You absolutely had your hands full with all that going on at once! Kudos to you for for handling it so well. Hang in there sweety! Hugs
    1853 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Your story is incredible! I congratulate you in staying true to yourself and I am SO happy your hubby is feeling better. You have had a LOT of severe stress and you are doing it right! God bless. Love, Chelsea emoticon
    1856 days ago
    I hope that your next week is smoother. You and DH will be in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon
    1856 days ago
    First I hope you and your husband are both getting some well deserved rest. The fact that you resisted among all that other stuff says something great about your journey. At some point it is about changing your lifestyle not the scale and it seems to me that you are well on your way to that. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1856 days ago
    You are handling yourself brilliantly! Huge success!!

    I hope your husband is doing well today.

    1856 days ago
    Knew about the TIA - but not that you had electricians/plumbers and visitors all at the same time! Whew....Very very impressive given all of that to not have reached for the easy things....
    1856 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    Both of you, be well!

    Excellent results, under stress.

    1857 days ago
    You have handled yourself beautifully! That's the way to do it: to handle so much stress by taking care of yourself as well as all the other things that must be done. emoticon
    1857 days ago
    emoticon It sounds like you are doing well with the food and exercise despite stressful circumstances.
    1857 days ago
    Just sending you lots of hugs, Penny!!!! And get well wishes to Peter!!!!!
    1858 days ago
    I hope Peter is on the mend now Penny.
    It takes a lot out of a loved one to see their partner go through so much and it is at these most stressful of times we need to take a step back and remember to take even more care of ourselves and NOT resort to the biscuit barrel or sweet jar.
    And you did it emoticon Keep taking care of you and your lovely man emoticon emoticon
    1858 days ago
    1858 days ago
    I'm so impressed that in spite of all that stress, you didn't turn to food. My husband has cancer and I've gained 18 pounds since his diagnosis two 1/2 months ago! I keep turning to food through this crisis and it's making it all worse. You inspire me to find the better way and get back to caring for myself.
    1858 days ago
    Well done Penny .. You have proved you can deal with stress and not look for food ..
    I hope Peter is feeling much better now .. and will continue to improve ...
    So proud of you my friend, and love that you are feeling so good ..
    We are always here for you ...
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    1858 days ago
    You are doing a great job considering all you are dealing with. You just proved to yourself just how strong you are when you didn't reach for the "junk food" when you were stressed! emoticon You have indeed changed your lifestyle. You are healthy and strong! emoticon Keep it up because YOU are WORTH it!
    1858 days ago
    I am glad that you've got fitbit, at least, fitbit really tell you that if you are moving or not and if not it will encourage you. Sorry about your husband's stroke. But Hope he is ok now. WTG for NSV. And you did not care for Junk food even you were tired.

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    1858 days ago
    WTG on those NSV emoticon you sure have had a rough week
    1858 days ago
    Those non-scale victories are delicious!
    1858 days ago
  • FITKAT62
    You have coped extremely well during all that stress. I wish I had your willpower!
    1858 days ago
    HUGE Victory!!!! Even with all the stress and unexpected chaos, even with not being able to exercise and eat the way you normally do, you did what you could and you stayed on track as best you could.

    That is a MAJOR lesson for all of us to learn. We have embarked on a LIFESTYLE change--and chaos and unexpected things and sicknesses and visitors, etc. are going to happen to us. What we're learning is how to be disciplined and not derail when things out of our control occur.

    Thank you so much for sharing this!
    1858 days ago
    It is a very big accomplishment to be able to deal well with stressors! I look forward to being in your shoes. I think I'm on my way there and by the time I've been with SP in July, I hope to be able to say what you did! Congrats!

    I'll say a prayer for your husband!
    1858 days ago
    sorry about your husband, hope all is okay now. Well done for what you did achieve while this was going on. Also not to mindlessly eat. It is surprising een if you do not do actual exercises what you can do when not realising it. Like the 11,000 steps.
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