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Teeter Totter!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Teeter, Totter!!

That's what I feel like I'm doing. First, I get the nutrition plan going great, weight coming off, but not working out like I should minimum 30 mins a day. Next month, I have the working out going great, then I start giving into cravings and binges or I get sick! My Mom always said, "every time you start loosing weight you get sick". So, for this nutrition plan I tried to make sure I took my meds like I should and get as much rest as possible. I'll be darn if I haven't been sick.

When I'm not feeling well, I noticed that I'm fatigued and too tired to workout longer than 30 mins. That 30 mins consists of walking the dog 2x a day for 15 mins. No cardio. When I'm feeling the lest bit better, I'll add on a chair exercise. When I'm feeling really good, I add on a cardio!

I've also noticed that when I'm not feeling well, those cravings start! And I mean strong cravings. I usually want ice cream or potato chips. So what I've done is purchased Weight Watchers ice cream. Varieties of it! Sandwiches or Carmel/Fudge bars! They are so delicious and really satisfy the ice cream cravings! Yum! But I haven't found anything to substitute for the chips yet and I'm wondering why I crave salty chips.

I'm purchasing a blender so that I can make protein smoothies. I tried the Pea Protein Powder for awhile and it did take away the cravings and I was full longer but...... I didn't have a blender and couldn't mix it well so I stopped.

I've said all of this to say, I'm still a work in process.....I'm trying......maybe not hard enough all the time but I'm not giving up. I'm going to keep dissecting this until I figure out what works best for me. This time, I've got that STAYING power. I just need to FIGURE it all out! Balance it all out!

One day I can move from the teeter totter over to the rock wall and climb to the top!!


P.S. I've gained 6 lbs but it ain't over!!!
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SPRINKLECHEZ 3/4/2013 6:15AM

    Tony I wanted to check in and see how you were doing. I have been down the road - although I don't experience hunger in the traditional sense anymore since that hormone secreting "Fundus" of my stomach went out with the other 85% they took out. We are all works in progress, the important thing to remember is we are progressing, sometimes fast, sometimes slow, but you, me, our SparkFriends - we're fighting the good fight to save our lives and regain healthier lifestyle choices that will be with us for the rest of our lives.

Early after my surgery I found the idea of eating yogurt regulary yucky and settled on Blue Bunny Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt - little fat - lotsa flavor - totally sabotaged my first three months of weight loss with the stuff. I was getting carbs and some protein, and not much else. That, and I found Twizzlers were a cure all for when I was having bouts with throwing up - think twice about the choices you make, I wish I had - the Twizzlers combined with the Yogurt spiked my sugar levels and threw my water balance and hyrdration levels out of bounds and my blood pressure was all over the charts.

We didn't get this way overnight, nor can we fix ourselves with a wiggle of Samantha Steven's nose in Bewitched - but by paying good attention to our bodies signlals, needs, and water level, you can "BeSWITCHED" back into a pattern of healthy food sources, water level and exercise.

Honestly I crave salt all the time, principally because I don't get any unless I eat something canned, processed or sprinkle some on my food. You think you crave potato chips - salty snacks - for me, I was never s huge snack chipper besides the requisite Tortilla chips which go bad long before I ever finish them. What I really craved was SALT period! Salt is an essential nutrient to help not only neuronetwork firing properly - but keeping water balanced and stored correctly for when you need those reserves. It's natural to crave salt - just choose wisely and how much you need to achieve your own personal balance - or as I like to call it MeQuilibrium .

I am so proud of how far you have come and am blessed to have to have you in my life - and to share our journeys with each other and the SparkWorld. Keep blogging and stay in touch - "Sprink"

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JOYINKY 2/24/2013 7:59PM

    "One day I can move from the teeter totter over to the rock wall and climb to the top!! "
And you will!
You relate a familiar pattern! Ice cream, I can't keep in the house; even WW wouldn't last long, if it was here it wouldn't be for long. It's not low calorie if you eat the whole package! That said, I do enjoy it out occasionally and have been known to occasionally buy a pint for a splurge, not even once a month. My ice cream substitute is partially thawed frozen berries. I enjoy vanilla greek yogurt too. My chip substitute is pretzels; for some reason I can have a normal portion of pretzels and stop. I even knock some of the salt off as I'm snacking on them. As far as the fatigue; I've found that greatly improved when I increased my protein. When I tracked on SP I found I was around 60 grams a day and my range was 60-180. Being at the low end of any range doesn't seem like a good idea to me. Now I shoot for at least 100 grams a day and it has made a difference; so much so that I continue to count protein grams as well as calories. Over all, I don't forbid myself anything but I have tried to find acceptable substitutes for my "trigger" foods. My one RULE is no mindless eating. I can have what I want but I have to count the calories--every day. That's been years now and it's worth it. If I have a gain, I know why and what I have to do. You will find your balance; just keep looking until you find what works for you. emoticon

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