LYNAND62's SparkPeople Blog LYNAND62's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Starting Again, New Doctor and a Baseball Game! So, it's been a while since I last posted. But I'm doing well and moving forward! <BR> <BR> In May I had my gallbladder out. I had a 1" gallstone that had been causing me pain for a long time. It was time to say goodbye to that bad boy! I am feeling better and learning to deal with my new digestive system challenges. <BR> <BR> At my visit to my endocrinologist yesterday I found out that I have lost 7 lbs since my last visit about 3 months ago. Hooray! Now to go buy a pants won't... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:25:18 EST What a Week Last week I wasn't feeling well and decided to go to the doctor to see what might be going on. I've been having some upper abdominal pain and even pain in my chest. I've recently had an echo-cardiogram due to the chest pain and it came back showing no signs of heart disease so this time the doctor decided to go with an abdominal ultrasound. And this is where the fun begins. The ultrasound showed a gallstone. Now that didn't sound too bad to me, and the way the doctor explained it was that we ... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:22:02 EST Vacation is Almost Over and I'm Glad I've been on vacation this week. It's been a staycation, full of photo editing, watching Downton Abbey with my husband and crazy eating schedules. Most days we've eaten two meals: breakfast and dinner. I've tracked everything, but it hasn't felt "right" eating this way. I need to balance it out better, with smaller meals and a couple of snacks. <BR> <BR> I'm glad I'll be back to work on Monday. It will be nice to get back into my normal routine, get back to the gym and have things on a sche... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 23:03:46 EST Flexible Eating Blueprint I'm starting a new nutrition plan today called the Flexible Eating Blueprint. I will be weighing and measuring everything I eat and it is going to be tough, but it will make me more intentional about what I eat! Logging every single thing that goes into my mouth will be a little tedious, but it's better than out of control blood sugar levels and feeling sick. I've chosen to track on both SparkPeople and MyFitnessPal because my coach likes MyFitnessPal and I like SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> It's ... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:18:42 EST The Buck Stops Here. For the past couple of weeks I've been listening to Timeless Wisdom of the Traveler by Andy Andrews. I love anything by Andy Andrews, but the time spent daily listening to the CDs to and from work has hit me pretty hard, especially in the wake of my Type 2 diagnosis. <BR> <BR> The first decision is: The Buck Stops Here. It hit me hard because I think that, even though I've THOUGHT I was taking responsibility for my past, I have been blaming others for some of my failures. I've made excuses ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:17:50 EST Type 2 Diabetes...GAH!! I had a choice...I could have done better. But, I didn't. So am I going to beat myself up? No! Not this time. Not like every other time in my life. I'm going to forgive myself and move on. <BR> <BR> I got a call from my endocrinologist this morning with the news that I have Type 2 Diabetes. Not the news I was hoping for, but certainly not unexpected. I've felt pretty bad for the past two or three months so I knew something was up. I suspected that it was my blood sugar and I was correct. My... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 14:04:48 EST Disappointment and Renewed Commitment <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got on the scale this morning for the first time since before the holidays. I knew it was going to be bad, but I was still so bummed to see those numbers. I don't know why I do this to myself. I don't know why I eat until I'm stuffed or why I think I just have to have a snack that consists of two candy bars or a bag of chips when I'm really not at all hungry. <BR> <BR> It's frustrating. ... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:02:09 EST Holidaze Recovery So, the holidays were great. I was on vacation and house/pet sitting for some friends so I actually relaxed a bit and did some reading, watched some movies (oh how I miss Lifetime since we gave up our cable television) and crocheted about 5 items and started two more. <BR> <BR> Now the fun begins. I'm back at work and things are CRAZY!! <BR> <BR> Crazy is not good for me. Crazy makes me want to eat...candy...and popcorn...and drink soda. <BR> <BR> But I'm doing well. I have logged my fo... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 15:46:21 EST A New Year But the Same Me I decided that I would not make "resolutions" this year. Instead I will have goals and routines designed to help me achieve those goals. <BR> <BR> 1. Eat healthy food every day <BR> 2. Exercise at least 15 minutes a day, 5 days per week <BR> 3. Read completely through the New Testament <BR> 4. Save $1500 for vacation by June 1, 2016 <BR> 5. Declutter my house 15 minutes a day, at least 5 days per week <BR> 6. Read one book a month <BR> 7. Knit or crochet 2 projects a month <BR> 8. Journal e... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 11:54:15 EST Reward System and Celebrations I'm a celebrater! Lost 5 lbs? - Let's CELEBRATE!! Got a promotion? - Let's CELEBRATE!! Your cousin's nephew's sister-in-law is having a baby? - Let's CELEBRATE!! <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, most of my celebrations of the past have included food and lots of it! Eating out, baking a cake or having a family barbecue might have been my choices for a grand celebration. But that is the past. <BR> <BR> Nowadays I still love celebrations! They great fun and that I still want to celebrate all the litt... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:29:16 EST Don't You Dare! Note to self: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Because, yeah...that's been me. Even recently I've done this! But no more! <BR> <BR> Instead of complaining I will choose one of these options: <BR> <BR> 1. Walk <BR> 2. Pray <BR> 3. Do some leg lifts <BR> 4. Post on SparkPeople <BR> 5. Read a motivational story <BR> 6. Write down three things I love about myself <BR> 7. Give myself a pep talk! <BR> 8. Make a li... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:05:02 EST No! Try not! Do or do not. There is no try! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last night at martial arts class I kept saying, "I'll try!" But this morning I am not sure that trying is all that I want to accomplish! I want to DO!! I will do my best. It may not be perfect, it may look funny, but at least I'll be "doing" instead of sitting there and "not doing". <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning a little sore from doing my workout at martial arts....evidence that I actu... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:13:34 EST Hiding in a Cave? <img src=""> For months now I've been thinking about losing weight, thinking about taking walks more frequently, thinking about getting more fit and healthy...THINKING ABOUT but not DOING! <BR> <BR> I have essentially been burying my head in the sand or hiding in a cave when it comes to what I want to do and know I should do. I mean, seriously, I want to eat better! I want to exercise and strengthen my body. But ... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:19:44 EST Moving and Having a Blast Doing It <img src=""> <BR> A couple of months ago my husband and I starting taking martial arts classes. I wasn't that interested, but he was and I wanted us to find a way to workout together so I joined in. I am having so much fun!! It's hard work, but I'm learning a lot about myself through this experience and I'm determined to not give up! The best result I've seen so far is that my balance is much better and I'm a littl... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 23:23:43 EST I Did It!! Last year around this time I set a goal for myself to participate in the 2014 Bolder Boulder 10K. Three weeks ago I went online, signed up and committed to it, officially! <BR> <BR> Today, full of emotion and more than a little afraid of trying to walk a little over 6 miles, I set out to accomplish something that I wasn't entirely sure I was ready for. <BR> <BR> With my husband walking along side of me, I completed the Bolder Boulder in 1:55:35! <BR> <BR> I am elated, relieved and real... Mon, 26 May 2014 23:53:01 EST 10K, A1C and Me I recently went to the doctor for my yearly physical. Well, the results were not really a surprise, but they were not exactly what I wanted to hear. My blood sugar is high - 107, and my A1C is 6.2%. So I'm considered to be pre-diabetic. I will not have to take medication for now, but I MUST continue to watch what I eat, try to stay low on the glycemic index and avoid things that I love like chocolate, bread and potatoes. I also have to be more serious than ever about getting in my exercise ti... Sat, 24 May 2014 19:57:11 EST A New Week For Me I have a goal. I want to walk, run/jog, the Bolder Boulder. This means I need to train. This means I need to get off my backside and walk. There is no Facebook post, no game of CandyCrush, no television program or movie that is more important to me than reaching my goal! I've wanted to do this for YEARS! This will be the year I participate in this 10K race. I am competing against no one but me, but my lack of fitness is a formidable opponent. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:13:19 EST Fitbit I purchased my Fitbit in early 2013 with Christmas money. I've had a love/hate relationship with it. I love it when I use it. I'm more motivated, energized and optimistic. <BR> <BR> But, when I don't use it I hate it! It sits there in the drawer next to my bed mocking me! It screams that I need to get up, get out and get walking! It shouldn't be in the drawer, it should be on my person, racking up steps and motivating me to do just a little (or a lot) more. <BR> <BR> I got it out of the ... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 16:56:12 EST Merry Christmas! I haven't been as on top of things as I wish. I've over indulged and have not exercised much lately. Once again, no good reasons, I just haven't done what I know I need to do. <BR> <BR> I'm struggling a LOT with sugar right now. It's not the holidays, though it doesn't help that exposure to sugary treats is magnified this time of year. It's just me. <BR> r <BR> I feel stuck. I feel frustrated. I feel embarrassed. <BR> <BR> I want to do the right things for my health, but I haven't been. ... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:32:33 EST Make No Excuses and You'll Have No Regrets! On September 12th, at 2:00 in the morning my husband and I were evacuated from our Lyons, Colorado home because of an immediate and certain threat of flooding. I had no idea how my life was about to change. I had no idea that I would never get to go "home" to that home ever again. Once I realized that fact I guess I kind of lost it and quit taking care of myself for a while. So now my pants are getting tight around the waist and my fear of mirrors is back. <BR> <BR> But today is a new day. ... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 10:29:18 EST So Frustrated With Myself! Why do I make such horrible food choices? This morning - a 580 calorie Honey Bun. And for lunch - 660 calories worth of garbage at Burger King!! So I have a maximum of 310 calories left for the entire day. UGH!! <BR> <BR> I rationalized those purchases (can't believe I paid MONEY for that junk!)!! I made it okay in my head to eat that bad food. and consciously made the choice to eat badly. Now I feel like the junk I put into my body and what's worse is that it didn't even taste that good! T... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 16:18:34 EST No Excuses! NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, GIVE UP! I ended up taking two recovery days this week, but I was determined to get out and get my walk in tonight. I bought some new shoes today and at 6:00 I put them on and out I went. I stopped a couple of times for a breather and to snap a couple of pix, but then started back up and finished my 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> I exceeded my plan by 30 minutes this week, and I think that's okay. I'm not injured or hurting so it's all good. My shins didn't hurt as much tonight as they did on Thursday when I... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 21:13:07 EST Recovery Day <img src=""> <BR> I feel like I should be out there. Training. Walking. Exercising. But I've over done it the last few days and my coach said I need a recovery day. So I'm listening and doing what he says. <BR> <BR> I feel guilty for not going out for my walk. But if I injure myself I've got a much bigger setback than a recovery day. <BR> <BR> And...I have BOWLING tonight, which is always great activity. I'm trying to stand through t... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 17:52:03 EST A Little Too Much! I'm one of those All or Nothing kind of people, especially when it comes to exercise. I go gung-ho for several days and then end up sore or injured and then can't work out or walk for a while and then end up giving up and dropping out altogether. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's 40 minute trot left me really sore and aching last night and I realized that I need to step back a little and just do what the plan calls for. My coach is knowledgeable and I must trust that he knows what he's doing! He's trai... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 10:52:10 EST Day 3 <img src="">I have a yellow Post-It on my monitor at work with a red 3 in the middle of it. It's day 3 of my new program and I'm happy to report that I'm ahead of the minutes of walking my coach scheduled me for. I'm trying not to over-do it, but it feels good to get out and be a little bit active, even if it's just walking. <BR> <BR> Today I headed out for my walk and saw a co-worker heading out to do the same. She asked if I wanted to... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:23:58 EST I've Got a Goal and I'm Not Giving Up! For a good portion of my life I've been giving up, on myself. There were several reasons for giving up, but, in truth, none of them were very good. Okay, so they weren't really reasons...they were excuses. I'm tired of making excuses why I can't do things. It's time for a change, I'm ready for a change and I'm committed to making this change. <BR> <BR> My boss is a running coach and an ultra-marathoner and when he first started here (one year ago today, August 20, 2012) he said that if anyo... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:01:08 EST Nice Day Today I had a good day today. I was productive at work and that's always a good feeling. I'm still not sure what my fate will be with the layoff coming at the end of this month, but I'm confident that I will be okay no matter what. I'm trying to stay positive and focused on doing a good job. <BR> <BR> I've also had a good eating day. I'm within the calorie range allotted for the day and I tracked everything I ate today, including the 12 oz Dr Pepper I had at dinner with my Jimmy Johns sandwich. I... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 21:09:57 EST Serenity I spent four whole days worrying about something that I had no control over. I prayed, I cried, I fretted and stewed. I made some assumptions that turned out to be incorrect, too. <BR> <BR> Did it doing me any good? <BR> <BR> Not one bit. However, it caused me a lot of stress, which we all know isn't good for us. <BR> <BR> Thankfully I didn't do a lot of stress eating, but the damage was done in other areas. <BR> <BR> I need to work harder to find ways to combat worry and stress in my... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 16:55:41 EST It's not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. I remember one Sunday afternoon when I was in 6th grade I was up in my room trying to find a way to make my thrift store wardrobe even a little bit stylish. I had on a button down shirt and I had tied it a little above my waist. It wasn't high but I knew when my dad yelled for me to come downstairs that I needed to untie it and FAST. I couldn't get the knot out, and he yelled again so I went downstairs as I was. He took one look at me and when into a rage, yelling at me saying I looked like a... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 17:19:04 EST Staying on Track Tracking what I eat really helps me to stay within my calorie range. I have to be careful not to leave myself short at night as that's when the cravings really pop up and I'm more likely to blow it if I went overboard during the day. <BR> <BR> It seems like it's easier to log my food during the week when I'm at work than it is on the weekends. I think we run around too much!! Still, I have my Spark app on my Kindle, so I really have no excuse. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling a lot better today than... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 20:43:36 EST Why Can't I Get This Right? Really I know why. Because I keep giving up on myself. Because I don't love myself enough to believe I'm worth it. And because I'm lazy. I tell myself it's too much work to fight against the other person in my house on the healthy eating issues. <BR> <BR> So I eat too much fast food, make excuses for eating chocolate and feel extremely guilty. <BR> <BR> I know, it's my responsibility to make good choices and to exercise. The excuses have to stop! The guilt and procrastination have to stop... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 19:52:31 EST I Wish That Wishing Worked! Sometimes I wish that wishing for something like a trim, fit body worked. But it doesn't. And I guess that's fair, but I still wish... <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> At a very difficult time in my life my cousin once said to me "You eat an elephant one bite at a time." That makes sense to me...I didn't get this way over night and I'm foolish to think that it could go away quickly and without hard work. Oh, and here's another wish...I wish getting heavy and out of shape was as hard work as getting ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:32:41 EST It's Friday!! It's Friday and this week has been hectic with Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, back to work and bowling tonight! <BR> <BR> The week was good...great, even. It was lovely to have so many of our family packed into our sardine can of a home, bonding over food, gifts and holiday cheer. But I also breathed a huge sigh of relief as they filtered out the door, taking the noise with them. I love holidays, but I think I prefer more one on one time with my family members! <BR> <BR> My eating this week... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 12:52:01 EST No Excuses! I'm sure there are other blog posts with the same title. I'm sure there are other people out to get healthier and more fit. I'm also sure that I'm not the only person who has struggled with excuses. <BR> <BR> My excuses: <BR> <BR> I'm too tired. <BR> <BR> I don't have the time. <BR> <BR> I don't feel like it. <BR> <BR> My back (feet, legs, etc) hurt. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to log my food intake because I've really blown it today. <BR> <BR> I WOULD have exercised if I had gotten ... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 13:53:24 EST