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I Need Help

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Ok, Sparkfriends... I've got myself into more than I can handle lately. My life has been a complete disaster (and this includes two car wrecks and a subsequent near-death-experience just in the last week and a half, along with all of the financial repercussions). I've blogged a little bit over the last couple months about some of the other problems. And I don't want to bore you all with details now. But please know that 'it's' been bad, and it's had a negative impact on just about every aspect of my life.

I've been working on the home situation (making sure family and finances are ok) but for the health and nutrition aspects, it's time that I came on here and put some serious effort into getting back on track. I'm at a point right now where I can (and should) make more time for Spark. In fact, at this point I NEED Spark!

Just to ease your mind, my family is ok. Here's a pic of me and my little mini-me's (wearing Pink Floyd T-shirts, big sunglasses, and flip-flops like their mommy)

Here are some bad habits I've picked up over the last couple months that need to be addressed:
~ Snacking on junk food at work
~ Not getting enough sleep
~ Eating junk food when I get home from work in the morning

Night shift workers are notorious for picking up such terribly unhealthy habits, which probably is what leads to the 10 year decrease in life span. I've vowed to do my best to avoid this statistic so I need to nip this in the bud... now!!!

What works best for me is accountability, so I'm going to try to blog every day this week. Here is what I packed for lunch tonight. I am NOT PERMITTED to eat any more (or any less) than what I have here. If I eat less, then it increases the chance of binging when I get off work.

So here's my food for work (lentil soup, avocado, pineapple)

I work for the next three nights. The rules are:
~ Prepare my meals and avoid the patient pantries
~ Go to sleep immediately after my shift
~ Avoid snacking and last-minute trips for junk food on the way home from work in the morning.

I truly believe that if I can just have one good week this week, then the scale will go back down. I'm up to 142.2 lbs... though I'm positive a lot of this is stress-bloat and water-weight from the snacking on gluten-laden junk food

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WORKNPROGRESS49 5/7/2013 11:07PM

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COFFEE_123456 5/7/2013 7:32PM

    Sorry to see that the night shift isn't working out - I've been reading your blogs for a bit but never commented... love the Pink Floyd t's!

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OOLALA53 5/6/2013 8:48PM

    Wow! A near-death experience? I want to read that blog. Glad everyone is safe, but sorry for the aftermath.

Sounds like you have a plan, though as far as I'm concerned, the weight gain is secondary to the fact that the snacking and eating less quality food was increasing. That can't leave you feeling vital, which is goal number one, no?

I know you already know that quality food on a routine basis is probably the best antidote to stress. But we have to include ALL the foods we continue to enjoy until we truly don't enjoy them anymore.

I know you will get back on track. Be safe!

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ALLIEALLIE2 5/6/2013 11:39AM

    Sending you lots and lots of sparkalicious vibes!! Your kiddos are too cool in the picture by the way. emoticon emoticon

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CAMAEL100 5/6/2013 9:00AM

    Glad to hear everyone is ok! That is a great picture of you and the girls. Isn't it great to be wearing clothes that they can copy you and have fun with you in.

It can take time to settle into any new routine and you have done great in my view. Now that you are ready to get back to your plan, you will get there again. It is not like you have gained any huge amount!!


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ASHMOMOF4 5/6/2013 8:39AM

    You can do it!!!

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BOOKWORM27S 5/6/2013 8:10AM

    That is a wonderful mommy/daughters picture! I'm so glad everyone is ok!

Now that you've indentified your downfalls, and you have a great plan in place... I know you will get right back on track. Writing down your plan of action makes it so much more powerful.

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EILEEN828 5/6/2013 3:19AM

    Hang in there emoticon Be good.

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DSJB9999 5/6/2013 2:35AM

    Stay Strong! emoticon

Great planning emoticon emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 5/6/2013 1:26AM

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TRENTDREAMER 5/5/2013 11:26PM

    Glad to hear that you and yours are OK.

Congrats on your progress since starting on SparkPeople!

Best of fortune to you this week. The night shift is a hard one from a health perspective. You can do it.

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GODS_TEMPLE 5/5/2013 9:26PM

    I'm praying for you. emoticon emoticon

You've been here before, so you know what to do. Just stay strong...and stay away from the junk food like it's the plague!!!

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    Stay strong! You OWN this week of good eating. Make it happen!

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CIZETHEDAY124 5/5/2013 8:03PM

    I came across your blog from the Yoga Lovers team. I'm sorry to hear about your stress lately. I work in healthcare too and I understand how that can be a lot to handle at times. In addition, I'm really sorry to hear about the car accidents, etc. I tried to find more info in your recent blogs but didn't see anything. Either way, I'm sorry. ((((hugs))))

You look like you've made great preparation for the week and that's excellent!! You can do this!


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THE70SNUT 5/5/2013 7:41PM

    I know how hard the night shift is. I'm a 911 dispatcher and we work 12 hour shift, a month of days and a month of nights. I'm lucky in one aspect it's 5-5 on both so when I get off at 5am there's nothing open except grocery store and I'm too tired to get out of the car. If Mickey D's or something like that was open, I'd be screwed!

Good luck you can do it. Deep breath and reboot!

Jump on whenever you need, we are all here for you!


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RUNNERRACHEL 5/5/2013 7:26PM

    Sorry to hear about the car accidents! I've been in some and I know how destructive they can be. Thank goodness you and your princesses are fine!

Habits can be made one step at a time. Refocusing on your eating while at work and sleep habits is good. You can get through this difficult time. Hang in there. emoticon

We are here to support you and know that many people care and are praying for you! Many who've read this blog will be doing so, including me!
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COLLEENMV 5/5/2013 5:55PM

    Let's have a good week together! I had a BAD binge last night and need some help too. I wanted to have a binge free month and feel very disappointed that I blew it. We can do better though! If I can get a 7-10 day streak of doing what I know makes me feel better I will be on a roll.

I will be checking your updates and food logs everyday when I check in to spark. I hope you will keep me on track too!

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FEARLESSNOW 5/5/2013 5:49PM

    You need to do what you can to make yourself feel good. Whenever you think about it, run through a list of everything in your life that you are thankful for and you love. Once you get yourself feeling a little better (even if only for a few minutes) things will become more able to bare. Good luck. emoticon

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ISLAMOM 5/5/2013 5:41PM

    Praying for stay strong! You can do this! You've already accomplished so much! You are an inspiration to me! emoticon

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TEMIWUMI 5/5/2013 5:35PM

    Praying for you that everything works out fine in all areas of your life, then you can focus on you. Good luck, I used to work night shift too, am now doing 4-12, which is not any better either, but at least I sleep for about 5hours at night. Just change what you can, and manage what you cant change.

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MYRTROSE 5/5/2013 5:26PM

    You are absolutely right. One good week will cleanse your system.
I know it's hard, I'm surrounded by junk all day. I've done the night shift and the swing shift thing too. Your body doesn't know when to eat, sleep, go to the bathroom, etc.
You're on the right track. Just be super strict with yourself about following a schedule. Sleep can be a real issue, just make yourself lie down even if you're not sleeping.
Good luck babe...You can do this!

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