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    SERENE-BEAN   32,042
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Day One (Plus 50)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

As of yesterday, I had successfully Sparked for fifty days, this time around. emoticon Fifty days of logging in; forty-eight or so of tracking every bite and every minute of exercise. I feel good about that accomplishment. emoticon

Yesterday, I also got news from my doctor that she wants me to change medications in a way I don't want to do. emoticon I'm generally a pretty compliant patient, but she wants me to stop the meds that keep my chronic pain under control, because they don't play well with the blood thinners she wants to put me on.

I said no. emoticon

Or at least "not until we find something else to handle the pain." emoticon

And I got super-serious about protecting my heart as well as I can. emoticon

In the past, I've done a food plan that really helped my cardiac and inflammation numbers. It takes some thought and planning, but I realized something: this past fifty days has been PERFECT PRACTICE for a meal plan that takes some thought and planning!

emoticon I'm ready for this! emoticon

emoticon So here I am, on a new Day One (or Day 51, whatever), and I'm serious about stepping up to the next level. Here are my new goals, and my new plan -- not a whole lot different form the old ones, but significant enough that I need to go change my SparkPage to reflect it.

emoticon NEW GOALS (and one old one):

1) In 6 months, I will be off all my blood pressure medication and still have optimal blood pressure, i.e. less than 120/80. (Let's say June 1, 2014)

2) By 1/1/2014, have a fasting blood sugar in the 90s. (It's around 106 now; not bad, but not good enough.)

3) Walk a 5K in less than an hour by 3/1/14.

emoticon NEW PLAN:

1) Keep my SP tracking the same (using SP's recommended calorie ranges), but go back to the eating plan that helped before: vegan, no added fat, mostly whole foods.

2) Move step goal to 12,000 per day, and get that in at least 6 days a week.

3) Add more exercise: Strength training 3 times a week, and at least one 30-minute fitness class (either online or at the gym) once a week.

Do you know how serious I am about this? I actually JOGGED a little bit today! emoticon I mean, it was just a tiny bit -- first 40 steps, then 60, then the next time 100 -- but I did it, and I *LIKED* it! This is amazing to me, because my motto has been, for as long as I can remember "I don't run unless someone's chasing me." emoticon

Change is afoot, SparkFriends. Watch my dust! emoticon
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PENNYPEARLS 11/26/2013 10:23PM

    Sounds like you are on a great streak with your tracking. Having goals is also great. Keep it up! emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 11/26/2013 6:52AM

    I hope your doctors are paying attention to ALL you are doing since everything you are doing will definitely CHANGE your lab work numbers. I have read it here over and over, how people don't need blood pressure meds after a while because of losing weight and exercising. I hope your doctors SUPPORT your efforts. I DO!! emoticon emoticon

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GLMOM2 11/26/2013 6:50AM


I will be here cheering you on along the way! emoticon

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MOTHEPRO 11/26/2013 6:15AM

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INNERJETTIC 11/26/2013 1:17AM

    I am so rooting for you. I believe you. You are going to nail this, girl!

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