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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I have lost 2.2 lbs in 3 weeks. Not impressive but I get what I deserve. I am in the same place I was 3 weeks ago.
Today I was put on BP medication, no questions asked. That hit me like a ton of bricks. I am a walking time bomb, ticking. The heart attack trinity. High BP, smoking and morbid obesity.
I have to change this and I have to start now. There are some easy changes I can make beginning tomorrow morning. I will start by taking my BP twice a day and recording it for my GP. I will start taking my BP medication to lower my BP. I must quit drinking diet coke. I will lower my coke to 2 bottles a day for 3 days, then to 1 bottle a day till it's gone, then no more diet coke. I will increase my water intake as I lower my soda intake.
I can do a better job of eating healthy.SOmetimes, like today, when I eat junk, I don't track my food. Ignoring what I eat does not change the poor choices I have made. I already prepare a healthy menu weekly with lots of variety and a good nutritional balance. I must be more diligent about sticking to my menu and eating the healthy choices I have planned and shopped for. That said, a treat once in a while, will not destroy all my hard work. DH bought me an Easter Cream egg for this SUnday, Easter. I am going to enjoy that gooeyness.
Now my exercise. I tell myself that all I can do in a day is walk for 13 minutes. Not so! There are lots of seated workout videos available here at Spark and on the Chair Exercise Team. Beginning tomorrow, I will do 1 video a day as well as walking. SLow increases in strength and endurance will help with both weightloss and confidence. I expect so little of myself. I can do more and do a better job of being consistent.
Finally, SMoking! My doctor insists that I quit smoking right now. My life depends on this. It is not an easy fix. I bet if they said I would lose my left hand if I continued to smoke, that I would be willing to give the hand up. I am that addicted. I can quit. I KNOW I can. I will quit. I must. I have chosen April 10th as my date to quit. I can spend the next 2 weeks preparing my mind for becoming a non smoker. It is the hardest thing there is for me to do and I need time to prepare and look forward to a healthier life.
These changes I will make in my lifestyle over the next 2 weeks.


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MSEMBERSTORM 3/31/2013 10:23PM

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SWIMLOVER 3/28/2013 6:21AM

  emoticon emoticon You have a good plan and I know you will make it!

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JMC155 3/27/2013 8:49PM

    You have a plan, one that will work. Remember to give yourself credit for the little things. I hate to admit the amount of Diet Coke I use to drink, to give you an idea dcoke57 is a login that some people know me as. I was totally soda free, till I gave up smoking now I have about 3 bottles a week and those are at work. If I have to go pay 1.25 for one I think twice about it. You can do this, there is plenty of support here for you.


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MARY0825 3/27/2013 1:17PM

    You can do this! I was a hardcore Diet Coke drinker - I don't want to even say how much I drank each day. I'm now down to one each morning and drinking water the rest of the time. I probably should give it up altogether but I am really proud of where I am now and don't feel deprived about it at all. So, just believe you can do it and I know you can. You have some solid actions steps too so you are on your way!

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GRAMMAKARMIN 3/27/2013 9:11AM

    Gini, it is such a huge step to acknowledge the cold hard facts and start making steps to correct what needs changing. Kudos to you for setting up a plan to get yourself in a place of good health! It is a lot to take on all at once so don't beat yourself up for not being perfect. Just remember each good choice is going to kick out an unhealthy one and those baby steps are going to add up to a healthier you in no time! The chair exercises added to your walking routine is a fantastic idea! emoticon

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    You've got you schedule very full I see. Try not to be so hard on yourself at first.
I agree with the doctor about the smoking. I was put on Zyban for 3 weeks is how I finally quit. It's suppose to be a 3 month or more plan to follow on the medication but I started having allergic reactions after 2 weeks and could only make it 3 weeks on the meds. That was enough to keep me on track. The first 2 weeks are the hardest and the 3rd week you are on the other side but still very weak. I did a lot of sleeping the 3rd week but with ANY addiction you will have some down time when your body and mind have to blend back together. It was enough though and I was able to go on from there...... 9 years this August 20th and I smoked for 30 years 1 - 2 packs a day.
My husband was able to make it on the meds for 3 months and he has been clean for 9 years August 2nd. He was a 2+ pack a day smoker. There are instructions, CD's, and even relaxation music to help you through their program. Plus you have a 1-800 help line if needed. I never used the help line...... If you need to talk then message me.
Good Luck my friend!

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MSLZZY 3/27/2013 7:49AM

    Sorry about the new meds but this is a real wake-up call. But you are strong and I know you can do this-for you and your family. Time to really buckle down and take care of yourself. You are worth it! HUGS!

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    Gini, you know what you need to do and you have a plan!
A loss of 2.2 lbs. in 3 weeks is great!
Love the idea of a walk with Leslie and also seated exercises. That was a great idea!
You can change your lifestyle gradually! Keep us informed!

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LYNNWILK2 3/27/2013 2:14AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss.
Keep it all simple, in your head and in your workout... make a schedule if you need to,
The doctors feedback is important and in your best interest! And you can do this, you quite smoking for a month, you felt your energy come back and your strength.
Make the changes slowly and with actions that are intentional and thought through. You've got my support, you know that.
You've got a great plan to build on, you've committed to the basics, you're written about the life you want to have, now it's just about getting there.
AND never discount the great things, you've not only lost weight... YOU'VE LOST WEIGHT!!! that's a big thing.

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MICHELE142 3/26/2013 11:23PM

It's hard to accept anyone telling you that you have got to do this or ............. Stick with that plan an put your best foot forward and do it! Know to that this time next year you will be a much Healthier person. emoticon


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IOWAGRAMMA 3/26/2013 11:08PM

    Oh, Gini...I hear you. It is such a long, long road filled with lots of pot holes and sometimes it seems impassable. The good thing is that we aren't giving up on ourselves. I would hate to think that my family would have to put something in my obituary that said "She was a great person with lots of love and humor to share, but she ate herself into her grave." I tell myself that sometimes when the going gets rough. You do have a plan. You can do it. You have the knowledge and skills and I think you will be successful. Now all it takes is for you to think so, too!! Love, Jeannie

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