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Whoever said maintenance was hard...

Sunday, March 17, 2013

They sure hit the nail on the head! You know what a sad part of it is? I am no longer getting continual compliments on how great I look. How vain is that? As I was losing weight, I was complimented every time I turned around and that motivated the heck out of me. I really need to get over that.

We got back from vacation Friday and I did horrible with my eating! The past couple of weeks have actually been horrible. I am up to 139.4 lbs. 10 lbs up from my lowest. UGH! I know, though, that if I eat right for just a few days, 4-5 lbs will come off quick. But I am not going to jump on the scale until next Sunday.

The good thing is DH for some reason is totally jumping on the PALEO wagon. Yesterday he baked, BBQ'd, smoked all kinds of meats for us to eat throughout the week. He went grocery shopping with me and we went nuts in the produce section and came home and chopped and stored many different fruits and veggies. It is so much easier to do this with him!

I am being affected by the government furlough that is impending. I am going to lose 1 day a week, therefore my paycheck is going to be cut by 20%. I am a little stressed, but I am trying to have a good attitude about it. I mean, heck.... 1 day off during the week? Esp. over the summer? I might not have any money to do anything, but there are plenty of things to do that don't cost any money. The extra time with my teen boys can be a blessing. As a family we are looking at ways to cut costs. Tomorrow I am turning in our cable and DVR boxes. We signed up with Netflix and HULU for $16 a month. This should save us over $100 each month. This whole ordeal is also making me feel grateful for what I do have. There are some coworkers who are married to other government workers, so they are both taking a hit! There are single people who live paycheck to paycheck, and single Mom's. Some are having to take part time jobs just to make ends meet. And all I have to do is cut cable, curb my clothes shopping for a few months, buy generic, etc.... I am really blessed.

Another issue in my life that is stressing me out a bit is my health. I am still having pain in my elbows and wrists along with numbness in my hands. It got really bad last week while on vacation (in which I used food to soothe the physical pain I was in :( ). But for some odd reason the past 2 nights the nighttime pain has been minimal??? It figures since I FINALLY got an appointment with a neurologist on Wednesday. But, during the day my hands are going numb while doing simple things like driving or drinking a cup of coffee. And plus during the day I have general "ache-y-ness" in my elbows, wrists and fingers. Feels like what I would imagine arthritis to feel like. But I have been XRay'd and they did not see any arthritis. So hopefully when I see the neurologist I will be having symptoms that I can complain about. It took me months to get the appointment....

Well, I am off to church this morning. DH is working today so I hope to be able to come home and spend some time on here catching up with my old and new SparkFriends! God Bless and y'all have a great week!
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FEELINGFITERIN 4/1/2013 9:02PM

    I know what you mean about maintenance- it was so nice hearing compliments- keeps you motivated to continue!

That stinks about your job, but sounds like you are handling it well by cutting back on other things... Have you read "Total Money Makeover" by Dave Ramsey? It's an excellent book on budgeting, and will help you stretch your money a little further.

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HOLLYM48 3/19/2013 6:57PM

    Hi Helen
First thanks so much for stopping by my blog!
Maintenance will be hard but you are up for the task! You have done so great and are into so many great forms of exercise, it is just another journey you will take!
Hang in there. You might want to have your cervical spine checked for a disk that is causing the numbness in your hands. I hope they find something that is easily fixed and you are feeling 100% soon.
You do have a great attitude about the cutbacks, it does suck but 1 extra day a week off sure does sound nice for a while.
Keep up the great work, you do look terrific!
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KBRADFORD88 3/19/2013 5:33PM

    Good luck with your appointment. My son has arthritis and it is found quickly with a simple blood test. There is some factor that they look for. I pray you find answers and soon.

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KANSASROSE67 3/19/2013 4:33PM

    It's so good to hear from you! You have the right attitude about the cutback in your hours. I have always worked 34 hours a week and though I don't make as much, the extra day each week is so precious to me I wouldn't trade it for anything! I've passed on several job opportunities that would pay more just because I don't want to give up that time.

I hope and pray that your appointment gives you the answers you need to get treatment and relief.

Good job for DH on the healthy eating bandwagon. Mine is moving SLOWWWWLLLYYY in the right direction.

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ORCHIDLADY56 3/18/2013 9:13AM

    Hang in there, Helen. Hoping you find answers to your wrist and arm issues.

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IBSHAUN 3/17/2013 12:35PM

    Oh yeah, maintenance stinks. I have been terrible at it! Good luck on your appointment - hope you get some answers!

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1LADYMYSTIC 3/17/2013 11:33AM

    Not to sound weird, but maintenance stinks. =P Well, I suppose it is far more stressful and confusing than losing weight, or that's how I've found it. Losing the vanity motivation (and that is quite a bit of motivation, even if we don't realize it) kind of helps us find different sources of motivation, such as actually doing a workout because it is fun (I rediscovered my love of jogging and racing this way). I'm really sorry to hear about the numbness and pain you're having. As a diabetic, I know what it's like to lose feeling in my feet, but your symptoms seem alarming. I am praying that your visit to the neurologist is productive and that you can figure out the cause and a remedy for it. Don't let food be your comfort (even if it sounds good at the time)! You can do this, little lady! You're still a very inspiring person, and I love to read your updates on your journey.

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PJBONARRIGO 3/17/2013 11:07AM

    It's good to hear from you! The numbness in your arms sounds pretty scarey, I'm glad you have an appointment to have that checked out. It's nice to have DH on board too :-) emoticon


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MISHKIN 3/17/2013 11:06AM

    glad to hear you are seeing a neuro. numbness is no joke. i have nerve damage to r hand from badly herniated disc in neck required a 6 hor operation replaced disc w/ piece of my hipbone.

i think using the nutrition tracker is key for both losing AND maintenance; great tool!!

God bless you, i wish you all the best!

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ELRIDDICK 3/17/2013 11:02AM

  Thanks for sharing

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