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Much Calmer Today - and Learning About Myself

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I'm a little embarrassed about my blog rant last night. I am usually such a calm person who just goes with the flow. Except when I'm really hungry, apparently.

I have learned some things though. One, even if I'm very hungry and having trouble getting myself fed properly, I'm not gonna starve to death for heavens sake, so I can just chill out and get through the situation the best I can. That means I can get through the situation without overeating or eating the wrong things, as I proved to myself last night.

Another thing I learned is that even very good tools are not perfect, so I gotta learn to use those tools effectively for my situation, and just get over the fact that they don't always behave the way I'd like them to. This is not my toy box, it is my tool box; I am not playing games, I am working toward a better future for myself. The food tracker, while not perfect, is a good tool that I can use to help myself along.

I thought it was kinda funny that they announced a big change to the food tracker this morning. I read about it, and I'm not sure that it would make any difference with the specific problems I have, so I'm going to work with the old one for now.

The payoff for all my trouble last night happened this morning when I measured my blood glucose. First thing in the morning it usually runs anywhere from 160 to 210, but this morning it was 117! That's darn near normal, boys and girls! But wait, there's more! The scale also smiled down on me with a 4 pound weight loss. Even if it's just water weight, I'll take it. It really motivated me to pick up where I left off yesterday and make sure I stay within ranges today.

I decided to deal with the food tracker in this way:

I have a favorite breakfast that fits beautifully within all the category ranges, so it will be my breakfast of choice. For the rest of the day, I will divide the rest of my total calories in half to use for lunch and dinner, and just forget the snacks all together. I can use the daily totals at the bottom to keep within daily limits.

Problem dealt with - moving on!
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TERRIJ7 7/15/2013 12:39AM

    Way to go and great attitude! Sometimes we all just have to blow off some of the frustration, but then it gets better. I love that you came back and shared what you learned through the ordeal! That's what is supposed to happen here at Spark! We share and help each other with the difficult stuff and celebrate over the good. Great job, Faith!

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LECATES 7/11/2013 7:11AM

    Great news on the weight loss and the blood sugar count---you definitely did something right. When you are new on Spark, the food tracker can be a nightmare as we all tend to eat different things all the time---until you get a bunch of food on there, it is frustrating---I often use what is close to what I ate---and some things you just can't track---say going to a church dinner as you have no idea what the person put in the dish and you take a dab of this and a dab of that---those kinds of days I generally did not track. Have you watched the tutorial on using the food tracker? wish I could post a link but I have issues with that.

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SWEETNEEY 7/11/2013 5:27AM

    emoticon Sometimes ya gatta let ya hair down and express yourself.

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LINDIEMAE 7/10/2013 11:34PM

    Excellent, now see, if you had not had your rant, that might not have occurred !! Good going and good for you for utilizing the "tool" your way... I often put part of breakfast down as a snack because I do have it later. That is when I have my yogurt and blue berries with flax seed.

I am using the new tracker to see what it will recommend but I need time to gather the information so don't switch over yet.

So far there's nothing different about it I will see something different tomorrow when spark tells me how much I should have ate for how active I was or was not !! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ILUVTTV 7/10/2013 8:39PM

    Woo-hoo on the blood glucose and the 4 pounds down! Also great that you are finding out about yourself! Everyday provides us with a learning experience (or two or three or...)! Keep up the good work!
Anne

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