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12/16/14 10:47 P

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I am gearing up for the 5% challenge that starts mid January. I've been visiting pages of people who have requested different teams to try to find the team that would best fit me. I prefer a team with people who have a similar amount of weight to lose. Since I've gained so much weight after each surgery and life-changing thing (loss of those dearest to me, downsized at work) in the last ten years, that will not be easy. I hope to lose some pounds before the challenge starts. I'm starting to track nutrition and fitness again. I used to be in the habit of tracking regularly. Now it seems an effort. It will fall into place if I keep at it.

I strongly believe diet affects arthritis. When I overeat or eat too many carbs or sweets, my bones hurt and movement is heavy and I feel sluggish. When I eat lightly, my clothes feel looser and I move more freely. I feel taller and lighter when I eat right.

My knee has been keeping me awake, and waking me up when I do get to sleep. I can't stay in the bed very long. I get up and apply Icy Hot pain relief cream which makes my knee feel like it's disappeared. I use Tylenol Arthritis or the generic equivalent on days that I know I have a strenuous amount of walking to do. Why do I wait until four in the morning to take Tylenol and finally get some sleep?
Doctor took me off pain meds and wants me to only use Tylenol. Sometimes it's not effective. The pharmacist says it doesn't have an anti-inflammatory like Motrin. I asked about Aleve. I have heard that taking Aleve will make my blood pressure meds ineffective. The pharmacist did not think it would hurt to take Aleve. The side effects listed for ANY med scares me away from using them, so I'm trying to find the right time to try Aleve. My sister (who passed away a year ago) used Aleve for pain. Nothing bad happened to her because of it. What a wimp I am.

I slept fairly well from 4:30 AM to 9 AM this morning. Took a refreshing nap late this afternoon, not quite an hour, and slept well! It's not even 11 PM, and I'm ready for bed again. Took Tylenol with the night meds so I will get some sleep tonight.

I usually wait until I'm dead tired so I'll fall asleep quickly before my brain is notified that I hurt. That means going to bed at 3 or 4 in the morning, getting back up around 8.
It works since I now take naps. I never used to take naps but the wound care doctor said I have to put my feet up every day if I want to stay out of the hospital. Putting my feet up means naps!

I'm trying to go to bed around 10:30 PM now. Sleep is as important to health as diet and exercise. They go hand in hand.

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11/13/14 7:47 P

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I stayed home with the dog today. Sis met a friend for lunch.
After spending a lot of time looking for an apartment for my niece's friend, it looks like they got one today. It won't be ready for a week because it needs some maintenance. He's been sleeping on our couch so he's glad to have a place. My heart broke to think of him sleeping on a park bench in this weather.
Years ago when I read the Scriptures about helping the poor, I didn't personally know the truly poor. Oh, I worked with people who abused credit and kept themselves on the verge of poverty. I believe in the work of the Salvation Army because they help those in need in our community. They were my hands, working with the poor.
With the change in the economy the last decade, there have never been so many friends and family that are homeless or a step away from being homeless. I don't understand the younger generation who expect their parents and grandparents and assorted relatives and friends to bail them out while they are not willing to take whatever work they can get. We finally realized we are enabling their bad behavior. If they have money for drugs and tattoos, why are we paying rent and car and insurance payments and buying groceries? Because it's easier to pay the rent than have them living here with us. It leads to bad feelings when they overstay their welcome. We've not done them any favors by not making them stand on their own feet. Now we're broke and they haven't learned anything.

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11/2/14 11:23 A

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I've been re-reading my blogs from 2008 when I was losing weight. So inspiring. The biggest things I did was staying close to calorie range, not eating after supper, and getting enough sleep. I can do that again.
Do what I can do and don't worry about what I can't.



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10/23/14 9:25 A

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When I weighed in Monday, I was down four pounds. It's still gone so this is good.

Since then, my appetite has slowly disappeared. My tummy has been upset the last couple of days.




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10/21/14 12:09 A

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I remember another challenge I did. On the Butterflies team on the 5% challenge. Was that Quarterly?



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10/20/14 5:43 P

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I belong to a team, 100 Pounds in One Year. That's not unrealistic when we have a lot to lose. 25 pounds a quarter. 8 and a third pounds a month. Whether you hit the goal or at least make some good strides in that direction, it's worth it.
The team used to have quarterly challenges. Even though I didn't make goal, it was good to check in and see how close I came. The team seems to be inactive now.

Another team, the Done Girls, had a wonderful challenge about 5 years ago. I lost 45 pounds during the challenge...until someone made the remark that it would be nice if I let someone else come in first. I never got back on track after that. Stupid thinking. I try to encourage others when I do a challenge.

I do best when I encourage others. I can create my own group of friends whom I encourage regularly, notice their successes, become a cheerleader. It's good to surround oneself with people who are determined to succeed, who get back up when they fall and keep moving on.

I could look for a challenge in the Spark challenge section but only if it's a team effort so it's a win/win effort for all. It's best to stay away from challenges that pit members against each other, with winners and losers. I do not have to lose more weight or inches than anyone else on the team. I want us all to win.

Right now I'm in a very bad place weight-wise. I need to break out of this and take control.



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10/18/14 1:56 P

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I was looking back through my picture files a couple nights ago and started feeling sad. There were a lot of pictures of Dad in the first few years. How I miss him.

2010 was a turning year when he became sick in October. For three months I stayed with him most of the time, sleeping in recliner in his roomt, while he was in and out of the hospital and rehab facility. He never was the same after that, so we both lost our independence and stayed at home for the next two years until he went to heaven.

I was surprised how much smaller I was in the pictures in 2010. I acquired horrible eating habits from the three month stay at the hospital and rehab center, eating out of vending machines. Too tired to pack healthy meals when I went home each day for a shower. I can see the difference in my size in the pictures at the end of 2010. It was not good.

When Dad was alive, I got up everyday and kept going, doing what was necessary. During all the years of being the sole caregiver for my parents, I had to stay healthy. In 2011 my sister moved in to help and she was not in sympathy with my ideas for maintaining a healthy life for myself. Both of us gained weight.
After Dad passed away, we both felt so incredibly tired. I stopped taking care of myself and have still not got back on track. My own health issues have multiplied, and I needed a caregiver for awhile.

It's not going to be easy to turn this around. Sis' doctor wants her to go low carb. That's good news for me. Will she do it? Regardless, I need to get back on track and stay there.



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7/3/14 4:33 P

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I fell in May while on vacation and broke my hip. I am still doing home care (nursing and therapy). I am so fortunate to have maintained my weight, being so sedentary during this time.



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2/23/14 2:24 A

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Mary, how are you doing on your goal? Your upcoming vacation is a good stimulus to keep you motivated.
I chose ten pounds a month because I'm lazy and it's easy to do without making major changes. At my size, the pounds should come off much more quickly than that if I really put effort into it...but I'll be happy with ten pounds each month for this whole year. It's better than all the jack rabbit starts and stops I've done in the past, always regaining what I lost.
January I made the ten pound goal. We are nearing the end of February and I have four more pounds to lose to make goal. I weigh daily so it''s interesting to see a pattern. Slightly up and down, more down than up, sometimes dropping rapidly for a few days, while still doing the same things I did all month.

I love low carb but it's been hard to do it by myself since Sis and I eat one meal together every day. Now she is ready for low carb and I'm dithering around, noton board at all. What's with that? I always do fantastic when I do lower carbs.



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2/11/14 10:48 A

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I decided on my own that I want to lose an average of 3lbs per week over the next 12 weeks--in other words about 12lbs per month. I don't know if I can do it. 10lbs is a great doable goal. I'm so inspired that you were able to stick to the 10lbs!

My goal is to TRY to drop 35lbs by May 5th because that's the day my roommate and I have chosen to go on vacation. I'd like to be able to wear a bathing suit as we're going to the Gulf Coast. I'll be happy just to wear shorts.



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1/31/14 2:31 A

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This is cutting it close. My goal this year is to lose 10 pounds a month. I lost a little over 11 pounds this month...until this last week of January where my weight is bouncing up and down. Today I was up, only 9 pounds lost. But there's still Friday to find out whether I offically make it to 10 pounds for the month.

Ten pounds is just a goal. A number to aim for. If I don't make it, I still did good. I weigh less than I did at the beginning of the month.
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1/27/14 9:44 P

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Late night me-time. I wanted ice cream but I am visiting Spark now and found the inner strength to stick with ice water. Four days until the official monthly weigh in for me.

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1/25/14 2:30 P

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Down 10+ pounds in January. I have made small changes. I must be content with my losses. My jack rabbit starts in the past have not augered well for the long term. As I shared in my blog today, I could have lost 52 pounds a year if I had consistently lost 1 pound a month. I joined Spark in 2006. I would have been at maintenance years ago. Instead I have gained and lost and gave up too many times and weigh a whole lot more than when I started.
I have to get past feeling like a failure when I don't have all my ducks in a row. This is not an all or nothing journey. That does NOT work. THE SPARK said that the most successful Sparkers are those who get back up when they fall down and keep going. Persistence, not perfection.
I can't change what happened an hour ago or this morning, but I can control what happens right now.

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1/16/14 1:30 A

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After lingering around one pound lost for this month, the scale finally started moving down. As of Tuesday, I've lost 4 pounds this month. I not only have to continue losing, but keep off the four I have lost. Keeping them off is the hardest part for me. I keep losing the same pounds over and over.



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1/13/14 3:22 A

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My post just disappeared. How does that happen?

I've been floundering and clueless with no plan in place. This morning I realized that my weight is down 1.6 pounds this month so I am moving in the right direction. Maybe this will be a journey unlike my past success. Since Sis came to live here, all my plans have gone out the window. We've both gained too much weight since she moved in. I may have to make gradual changes, and get control of the things that are mine alone to do.

I've been going to the wound care center since Thanksgiving. They are doing leg wraps/ unna boot. Sis is so good to help with the home care part.
I need to work on reducing the swelling in my legs. That means going to bed at a reasonable time. It is 3:20AM as I write this, and this is normal for me to be up this late. I do take naps now during the day and sleep soundly.

I've been wheezing badly this winter, and not getting around well. I am the only one that can take charge and help turn this around.

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1/13/14 3:14 A

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I thought this post had disappeared so I re-entered it. It won't let me delete one of them, so I erased this one.

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10/29/13 1:31 P

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I was in the hospital again for a week. Fluid is gone. I hope the infection is gone. On ten days of home antibiotics now. My legs swell as soon as I sit up even an hour. I can't stay in bed all the time! One of my legs still has stiffness and burning in the ankle. I suspect I may have two problems, and that this stiffness and burning may not be related to the infection as we once thought. They ran so many tests, all negative.

I'm a little discouraged right now that they can't find a solution. The infectious diseases doctor told me that once I have this in my legs, it will recur. I asked what I can do to change it. He said there is nothing. It isn't happening because of anything I am doing.
The swelling originates in the lymph system. I've had that for years. There are steps I can take to help with the swelling. They are not terribly effective. Nothing short of sleep helps the swelling go down.

I had an EGD outpatient surgery on Oct 16. Trapped air bubbles. I should have learned to burp on command like kids do. Diagnosis is Reflux. I already knew that. I've been on Omeprazole for awhile.

Every time I eat, I feel uncomfortable. It's 1:30 in the afternoon. I finally ate a yogurt, and now feel like I'm going to blow up. I certainly ought to be losing weight through all this.
A lady from church is bringing supper: baked chicken and mashed potatoes.

My weight went up over 10 pounds the week before I went in the hospital. Fluid retention. That is gone. So far I show a total loss of 7.2 pounds for October (subtracting today's weigh in from Oct 1st weigh in). That doesn't take into account the weight gain and loss this month.

I joined a low-key challenge on one of my support groups to lose 25 pounds this last quarter of the year. That goes right through all the big-eating holidays. 25 pounds in 3 months is 8.4 pounds a month, so I'm really close to target.

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8/6/13 3:16 A

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Today I had an appointment with the orthopaedic surgeon. He injected steroids in the shoulder that is stiff and uncomfortable.

Some of the grands were here today to help clean out the barn. It is really looking better.

Tomorrow is the last day for the anitbiotics. Yay, no more metallic medicine mouth and other nasty side effects. No more medication to counter nasty side effects. Now if other parts would heal before we go up north...

Tomorrow is the first day of a round of lymphedema therapy. When I did it last year, it involved massage of legs and belly to help eliminate fluid.

In the afternoon, I take puppy to the doggy groomer. I'm glad he doesn't mind going there. She makes him so silky and smells so good.

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7/23/13 11:11 P

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Now I know why my weight was up when I posted the last entry. I lost 10 pounds of fluid the first 24 hours in the hospital. They haven't weighed me since then, so I hope when I go home and weigh that the trend has continued. Love those nice surprises!



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7/17/13 8:23 A

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My weight is up again but this time it's not as depressing because today is the day Sis and I start our low carb diet. That's mostly meat/protein and veggies for me, with a little fruit. For her, it also includes lactose free and gluten free. The big difference is that I can eat any cheese. She is not giving up fruit.



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6/28/13 1:59 A

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It has not been going well here at all. Not feeling well or getting around very well.

I started reading THE SPARK SOLUTION. There is a two week plan in the book. That seems like a good starting point. The color pictures of the meals look appealing.



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6/16/13 12:26 P

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Montezuma's Revenge the first day of vacation. No, it's not the water. I am drinking Ice Mountain bottled water, same as at home. I have not felt like eating at all. That's a change for me! Puppy is not eating since we came here. I am catching up on my sleep!
Spent time on Facebook and played some computer games. Quite a vacation, haha.



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I hope your trip is filled with joy, peace, and rest!



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6/10/13 11:55 P

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Going away this weekend up north. Maybe it will give me time to get organized and help me get a head start on reinstating some of the old healthy habits I've misplaced.



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6/9/13 2:37 P

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Tired and too full again. Nap time. How do I get off this merry-go-round? I can only dream how wonderful to report feeling energetic and limber and healthy.



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5/24/13 4:56 A

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Posted a new blog about my 7th Spark anniversary in April this year. It's honest and uninspiring, so I deleted it from my Feed so fewer people will read it. I wanted to say what I said, for myself. Sometimes the realness that I post here doesn't reach my blogs. Few people read my journal.

Only one day in the last four was within the calorie range. However, I am coming closer to staying within range, and definitely cutting out extra snacking calories that I would have consumed a week ago. That's progress.
When I don't measure the food exactly, I estimate on the high side when I log it. Most people underestimate, and that works against them. I would rather estimate high and go over my goal, because that stops me eating sooner. It will work FOR me.

Exercise is non-existent. Mobility is very painful. I can't stand or walk very long. My family doctor took me off prescription pain medication in 2010. Tylenol Arthritis is not effective. I will have to resort to sitting down exercises, and the old Physical Therapy bed exercises.



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5/22/13 11:08 P

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Yikes, weight is up today. Is this my highest weight ever?
I weigh 113 pounds more than I did in Fall 2002.
I have had both hips replaced since then. That gives me even more reason to lose weight, to be kind to these new hips and keep them working well. Instead I've gained 84 pounds since my first hip replacement in January 2004.

I've eaten two meal each day this week. Calories were good Tuesday. Calories were terrible today because I ordered pizza for unexpected guests. Still only two meals for me.

Tomorrow is a new day. I must use Joyce Meyers method, asking before every bite, "Is this necessary?"



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I'm getting alarmed that the pain isn't letting up after a few days of taking it easier. This is like the pain before a hip replacement. If I stand long enough to prepare a meal or do dishes, the joint locks and the pain is intense. Then I have to sit or lay down. I never know when I stand up if I'll be able to walk or hobble around. I've had five hip surgeries. I do not want to go through that any more.

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We worked for a couple hours at the mission warehouse today, packing food boxes. I didn't think I could do it, but I did! We ran errands, went to the post office, the dollar store, and the gas station. Later today we visited a neighbor and then my niece's family. My body hurts so bad, arthritic joints locking up, but wild horses could never drag that admission from me. I think I did good today. It's 2 AM, and I should be tired enough to sleep.
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Sick again. Feeling miserable. Third time around for bronchitis this year. Coughing until my sides and head hurt. It has affected my appetite. I am not eating good at all. Not eating meals, then munching. Drinking lots of fluids. Not getting enough sleep.



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Going back to low-carb did not get any farther than menus and grocery shopping. I still haven't started! We have gone out to eat too many times. Too many meals on the run. Too many unexpected blips in the schedule so that I was not at home to eat when I expected to be home.
I feel too full. I do not like this feeling.



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I am going back on low-carb eating. I have the menu plans I used in 2008 when I lost 43 pounds. I bought groceries, mostly from the fresh produce section.



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Last week was stressful. We almost lost my oldest sister again. Her heart is worn out. Her heart and lungs were badly damaged by chemotherapy and radiation years ago, and have only been operating at a fraction of what is normal. In February she found she had blood clots in the heart because it cannot pump like it should. Her Coumadin, hemoglobin and BUN tests were way off last week. They gave her 5 units of blood and 2 of plasma. It's only a matter of time before she fails again.
It is a four hour round trip drive to the hospital. I was so tired that I stayed home on Easter. I was glad to escape dinner invitations. I feel a little stronger this morning.

Saturday, I went with the sister who lives with me and her daughters to Cracker Barrel for a late lunch. I only had a protein shake for breakfast so I would be hungry enough when we went out. It was nice not to feel comfortably full when we left the restaurant.



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3/29/13 2:38 A

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I posted a blog a little while ago with a Spark poster that said Losing weight is hard. Maintaining weight is hard. Staying overweight is hard. Choose your hard.
There were some nice comments posted. One said she had not thought of it that way. That made me see it in yet another light. We think staying overweight is easy because we can eat what we want and not deliberately exercise or get enough sleep. Basically, we can do whatever we want. But when we have to carry all this excess weight around, it's hard. When we can't easily buy clothes to fit, and when they don't look good, that's hard. When the excess pounds limit us from doing what we want, that's hard. When it saps our energy and leaves us tired, that's hard. When the excess weight wears away at our body's functions, that's hard. Excess weight affects our muscles and joints and organs. Being sick is hard.
So, yes, eating whatever we want, and never spending a moment on planning, that is easy. It's the consequences that are hard.
That's where I'm at now...paying the piper for the fun times. I don't like it.



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I'm not sticking with it very well (see last entry). I'm making some progress. It's not all or nothing. I will keep trying.

I have not felt well the last few months. I used to love to grocery shop but now I procrastinate. Not enough energy. Maybe the arrival of warmer weather will help.



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Today's weigh-in is the highest I have ever weighed. What am I going to do about it?

1. More fruits and vegetables. Today is grocery shopping day anyway.
2. Food planning and menus! I can be flexible but I do best with menus.
3. No eating after 7PM.
4. Healthy fluid intake.

I promise myself I will never see that number on the scale again.

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I watched an episode of Food Hoarders on television today. Shocking how much one can accumulate, especially once there is so much clutter that one can't locate the food or cooking dishes they need.

I've thrown away more food than I should. Remember the commercial where the lady tells the grocer to only bag part of her purchase because she will be throwing it away. Then the man flips some of the meat he is barbecuing into the garbage can because they won't eat it all. I can't remember what product they are selling...maybe a food storage system or something.

I think I started buying too much when I had my first hip replacement because I would not be able to drive for six weeks afterwards. My sister or brother were good to pick up a few fresh items like milk and bread. I had stocked up before my surgery.

I have a big country kitchen. It is full of dishes and appliances. There is a refrigerator and freezer in the room in the basement where I store home canned fruit. There is limited pantry space so the food overflows into other areas. It makes me feel unorganized. I want to remodel the kitchen but that's an expensive project so it's on hold.

I save money when I use a menu-driven eating plan. Then I only buy the food I know will be used that week. Winging it always leads to more expense and more waste because I buy anything that I think we MIGHT use.

One other source of frustration is the Nutrisystem boxes of food. We are no longer actively on the plan but they sent more than we can use in the time frame we were supposed to use it. We like the protein shakes. The personal pizzas are easy to make.

I make one cooked family meal each day. The rest of the time we eat what we want when we want, including anything in the Nutrisystem boxes. Can you believe it has a one-year shelf life? The granola is the only thing that tasted old to me. I like to mix a small packet of Nutrisystem granola with Greek yogurt.

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I posted a blog today about an Eating Raw poster my cousin posted on Facebook. She has successfully fought cancer, totally changing her eating habits in the process. Even now while in remission, she remains committed to those good habits.

The poster says: Every time you eat or drink you are either feeding disease or fighting it.

When I read that, I experienced my own epiphany. This has been a long, hard winter. I have not felt well for some time. No energy. Catch every germ that comes around.
I've gained a lot of weight over the last nine years, and even more during the last two years. I am not sleeping well. Eating habits changed for the worse when Sister moved in. Retiring and staying home to care for dad put an end to structured exercise. The medical ailments are stacking up. I wonder how long I will keep dodging the big bullets, every time a test comes back. I am tired of not feeling good.

Every time I eat or drink I am either feeding disease or fighting it.

I saw another poster that said Healthcare reform starts in the kitchen, not Washington.

I need to make sweeping changes. I alone am responsible for me.

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This has been a long hard winter. I haven't been on here in months.
I was sick most of January, coughing until my sides and head hurt.
February was MRIs of left shoulder and right wrist. Fracture above the wrist. Lesion and bone spur in shoulder.
I had a nasty reaction to a 15 day regimen of antibiotics in February. Sometimes the cure is worse than the original ailment. Stopped the antibiotic on Day 9 of 15.
March was bronchitis. Coughing, coughing, coughing. Ribs and head hurt. More meds that helped me start to feel better, but adversely affected blood pressure.

All this is past. I am starting to feel better. Take a deep breath. Think through where I want to go. Set goals. Map a plan to get there. Plan menus. Live again.

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Oh Annie, I'm so sorry you're going through all of this! The pain, the surgeries, the not sleeping, the stress from family. I can only imagine what it's like.
Father, I ask right now for Your hand of mercy and healing in Annie's life. She's Your daughter, Lord. She loves You. I am asking that You will bless her and show her how much You love her Father. Ease the pain Lord. Grant her restful sleep. Open her niece's eyes to Your love and help her to make wise decisions that will bless You and Annie. Give the doctors wisdom to know what the problems are and how to treat them. And mostly Lord God, remind Annie of how much You love her.
In the Name of Jesus the Christ, Our Savior forever. Amen.



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More drama. Second time she moved back home this year. She thinks she's not being independent if she lives at home. She does not show good judgment in her choice of roommates or friends.
Thank goodness that everyone goes to work and leaves me in peace and quiet...except the dog and the birds.

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Colonoscopy on Monday. Not looking forward to it, especially the prep the day before.

I tried to see my doctor re the dizziness prior to the colonoscopy (with "conscious sedation") but he is out of the office for another week. Referral to the emergency room for anything urgent. I don't think dizziness qualifies as an emergency.
I am almost convinced that the dizziness was related to stuffy sinuses. Tropical Storm Sandy made my whole body ache, and my sinus were not draining like they usually do. Now that we are past the storm period, I'm getting back to normal and the dizziness is almost gone.
The assistant from the office that scheduled the colonoscopy listened to my concerns about the dizziness, and said the "conscious sedation" will not affect me adversely because of the dizziness. She recommended going ahead with the test. I am inclined to agree with her.

We went to a bruch buffet at a restaurant this morning. I am full! I think I will start the colonoscopy-clear liquid prep diet for the rest of today instead of waiting to start tomorrow.
Time for a nap now. emoticon

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I've been experiencing dizziness at different times the last few days. It happens after I lie down on the bed and when I get up from the bed. I sit on the edge of the bed until I'm sure I'm strong enough to be steady on my feet. I'm not getting up quickly so that's not it. I notice it at random times throughout the day. It's enough to disrupt what I'm doing, and frightens me a little. I thought it may be related to stuffy sinus.
WebMD says it could be allergies, flu, related to nausea and vomiting, dehydration, a drop in blood pressure or irregular heart rhythm, etc. I am trying to drink more water and get enough sleep.



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I am not going to eat food that doesn't taste good. Yes, it is wasteful. Wearing these extra pounds and paying with my health is more wasteful. I will continue to try to make good use of my resources, but I am not going to clean my plate if food doesn't taste good

This morning I warmed up two smaller multigrain pancakes. A couple days ago when we were at Bob Evans, I ordered them, thinking they would be similar to IHOP's harvest multigrain pancakes. They weren't. I warmed up the leftovers for breakfast today. They were just as dry and tasteless as they were the first time. I threw them away. I am not a garbage can.

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New mattress set was delivered today. Oh my! So after about 5 hours of tossing and turning and throwing off covers, I finally got up at 12:45 AM. I may be back to sleeping in shorter increments until I get used to the bed. I intended to sit in the recliner and read myself back to sleep, but the lure of the computer was stronger.

I am keeping track in my scheduler each day that I don't have fast food or eat in the evening. Those are two diet busters.
Doing this is helping me be more conscious of how many times I think of fast food when out in the car, even when I'm not hungry and it's not what I really want. It's quick and easy and convenient.
That happened today after I picked up my car at the garage. It was after 5:30 PM. I didn't have supper yet. I was thinking KFC barbecue chicken sandwich...but realized fast food wasn't really what I wanted. Anything in the fridge at home would have been just as good and fast. So I went home and added veggies to the leftover hamburger helper for supper. It wasn't what I really wanted either but it was there. Now it's gone. Not sure if I really saved any calories.

I tried one of those green smoothies today. Another Sparker was all excited about it. She said after three days, she has more energy and feels great...spring in her step, not wanting sweets, etc. I don't want something that tastes like veggies. How does V8 add veggies to their fruit drinks and make it still taste fruity? I only added a little spinach. It turned it green. It smelled like spinach. The taste wasn't too bad, though I could taste the spinach. I won't add spinach again. I should have started with carrots. They are frequently added to the commercial veggie-fruit drinks.



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At the risk of sounding whiny, this creaky pain I've had this week is only the harbinger of what I will be like when winter sets in and turns me into the Tin Man.

The pain in my back gets worse as the day goes on. Meds don't help. Crying doesn't help. By nightfall, the only relief is sleep. I haven't slept regular nights in years. Why do I fight sleep and stay up half the night? When I get enough sleep, the swelling in my legs goes down. I usually wait to go to sleep until I am dead tired so that I fall asleep quickly before my body registers the new pain of being in bed. My legs hurt. My knee hurts. I sleep on my side, with that knee resting on a pillow. I am NOT a back sleeper. Just laying on my back long enough for the MRI had tears escaping down my cheeks.

Among many things the spine doctor told me, he said the pain that starts halfway up the back and radiates to the right side is a rib dysfuction. After searching out info on the web, I disagree with him. I DO wonder if it is related to the scoliosis that makes me lean to the right when I'm on the computer for extended periods...which is where the pain intensifies at night. I bought a new heavy-duty ergonomically correct desk chair last year. Because it is extra wide, I lean. I sit forward. I lean back. I lean to the right side. I can't get comfortable. Where the low back pain resides when standing, it feels odd when sitting in the computer chair...not pain, but more like a hard core that shouldn't be there. Np unusual growth showed up in the tests, other than vertebrae issues and the umbilical hernia.

How am I going to make it through winter?

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I'm working on the pre-challenge assignments for the 5% Fall Challenge that starts this Saturday. I caught up with all my Done Girls birthdays and Done Girl of the Day stuff. I'm set up for the challenge on 100 Pounds in One Year to lose 25 pounds this quarter October through December 2012.

I prefer working from menus, so I will work on those tomorrow. I would like to go back to low carb only, but I still have a lot of Nutrisystem stuff to use. Looks like I will be doing Nutrisystem, adding fruits and veggies. Maybe I can start the new year with low carb.

Three problem areas to work on are unplanned eating out, unplanned snacking, and late night eating. It's back to what I've said so long ago on my Spark page: Portion control. No eating after supper.



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I am so excited! Sis' doctor gave her a list of fruits and vegetbles she can eat, and foods to avoid.. It's my old low carb plan that I wated to go back to. I lose a lot of weight doing this plan. I don't have my old menus so I will have to make up my own. I love it! Thank you, Doctor.



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Our 5% Fall Challenge will be starting soon. I chose the Beautiful Butterflies team again. This will be my fifth Challenge with the team. I was wondering how much I would have lost if I had lost my 5% each time AND KEPT IT OFF. I would now weigh 60.4 pounds less than my starting weight for the first challenge one year ago (Fall 2011). Why do I keep regaining what I work so hard to lose? Because I haven't made it a permanent lifestyle change. Persistence ALWAYS wins.

I visit other Sparker's pages and am in awe at some of their progress. I am ashamed how the numbers on my ticker bounce up and down. I am not going to keep doing this.

What changes am I making?

1. Limit visits to restaurants to times when I am going out to eat with someone else. For how long? Is this a permanent change I can live with? If I make the change for the challenge but don't make a permanent change, I will regain the weight! I like going out to eat. I like to try new restaurants. Maybe I need to think about WHY I am going out to eat so much. It is sabotaging my weight loss. I like to cook. I like to try new recipes. When I was working I planned and followed menus. It worked. I had something to look forward to. Now when I think about going home and cooking something, I don't have a plan and it's easy to get something ready made when I'm too tired. That's where planning and prepping comes in! I am responsible for what I eat. I could do this if I really wanted to. So there's the second change.

2. Plan menus. It goes without saying, that will take care of portion control. I am thinking of stopping the Nutrisystem because they send way more than I can eat. I'm wondering if most of it doesn't fall into the "processed food" category. I still have to buy fruit and vegetables while on Nutrisystem. I would like to go back to 4-5 helping of fruit and veggies a day. In fact, I felt my absolute best when I was going a modified low carb. That would be the ultimate plan for me, loaded with veggies. I am currently low on protein and high on sodium, rarely within the recommended ranges. I would like to take more control of those areas. My blood pressure will thank me.

3. Prep food. Make meal preparation as easy as possible. One Sparker recommended prepping veggies as soon as she did her grocery shopping. That worked well for me when I did it.

4. The next problem area is not having something cold to drink when I'm away from the house. My water/vitamin water/flavored water starts out cold. My coffee starts out hot. They don't stay cold or hot. Someone suggested carrying a cooler with me. Yes, that requires a little more work and time. Isn't it worth it?

5. When I was most successful, I didn't eat after supper. I wasn't hungry then. It was just a bad habit, always wanting to be munching. I still drank water, and occasionally, herbal tea. Now it's hit and miss. I munch more times than I don't. If I want to see progress, I will go back to doing the things that brought me success before. That means no eating after supper without a very good reason.

6. Water is not a problem for me. I like our water. Perhaps I could increase it above 8 cups since I have so much to lose. Based on my weight, that would be about 20 cups. Not going to happen, but I could increase beyond 8 cups. One Sparker recently posted about losing 5 pounds the week she started drinking the recommended amount, which I assume she meant 8 cups. Water is important to weight loss.

7. Get enough sleep! While I am better than I was all the years I took care of my parents, I am still inconsistent. I've started taking naps, which I NEVER did. If I get more sleep at night, everything works better. I feel better. We know our weight loss progress is affected by our sleep. The goal will be to go to bed at 10 PM since I try to leave the house by 5:45 AM. That allows for 7 hours of sleep.

It's 9:55 PM. I am off the bed:)

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Tonight I feel optimistic about making whatever change is necessary to get back to a place of improving health. The key is in the planning. I've been thinking about the blog I wrote earlier this week about strategy vs willpower. Willpower does not make lasting changes. Strategy does.
How does that translate into action? It's not a simple one-time thought process to compose a strategy that will cover every event. I need a plan to make me successful with this hectic schedule I am on.

My ticker is not moving. That must change. This is not a healthy weight to maintain, and I've been here for over a year, starting when Dad was so sick in October 2010. I buy larger clothes every so often. Not good.
I do not want to regain one single pound I lose ever again. Get off the yo-yo. If I can just learn to hang on to each loss! It is possible.

With all these medical appointments, my weight will become an issue sooner or later. I want to do something about it NOW. ME, I want to do it. Only bad can come from hanging on to these pounds. Only good things can come from getting to a healthy weight. The rewards will amazing.

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I received a chatty 3-page report from the spine/rehab doctor. It's a copy of the report he sent to my family doctor and the orthopaedic surgeon who referred me to him. At least I know he was listening to me since he included things we talked about.
I received the MRI report and a copy of the lab results. Scheduled for the EMG in Sept. They haven't called me to schedule the pulmonary function test for wheezing.

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MRI of back. One hour of pain, laying on my back. Hip and leg burning. Tears sliding down my cheeks. Can't move for one hour. So stiff I had trouble getting off the table when the MRI was done. Why didn't I take pain medication BEFORE I went? I've had MRIs before. Don't know if I will ever put myself through that again.
Still weepy afterwards. The scary part is how I am falling apart. Still hurting when I was standing in the checkout tonight after stopping to get bread. My niece said it looked like I was ready to cry. Really? No, I did not cry in the check out line. She noticed my walking seemed painful tonight.
I REALLY MUST GET INTO SHAPE!!!



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It's amazing isn't it? How our bodies can tell us what they need if we will only listen! I think you're very wise to know what has worked in the past and what will work in the future.



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Hey Annie, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to read this.

I have to say how much I admire you Annie. Yes, you have health issues, but you are not afraid to go after them with all you've got! I love how proactive you are. I can understand how the possibility of diabetes on top of everything else can feel overwhelming. Frankly if I had half the stuff you've gone through in the last year, I would have been overwhelmed long before now!

So, about the diabetes--first of all , there's no guarantee that you have it. Secondly, my roommate has it and it's not that hard. She doesn't count carbs, all she does is to make certain that she doesn't eat something that contains more than 6 grams of sugar. For instance, if she wants a piece of candy, she buys sugar free. Other things are a little trickier, such as buying peanut butter or salad dressing. She always checks the grams of sugar per serving on those to make sure she's within the 6 gram range. There are things she can no longer have such as fruit juice, alcohol and doughnuts. Other choices are whole grains over white flour, etc. But, she's done so well with controlling it that she doesn't even need medication for that any more.

You are a strong, active woman (yes I know that you've been temporarily derailed by your situation, but I believe your nature is active), and I have no doubt that you can and will overcome anything that is attacking you. In Christ you are MORE than a conqueror!



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Doing good on exercise and eating today. Need to put some conscious effort into going to bed earlier.

I had several really good weeks when the 5% challenge started, followed by the last two weeks of screwing up...all started by messing up a perfect plan by trying to add Fiber to meet that week's challenge. Fiber be hanged. I have no problem with regularity, so I'm going to go back to listening to my body. This is the first really dynamite-good day I've had in two weeks. Already my clothes feel looser. Mobility improves immediately when I eat sparingly.
I feel more emphatic than ever that diet affects arthritis. If I eat too much food, or if I eat sweets, I pay for it, especially in slower and even painful mobility. That's experience talking, not any scientific data I've read.



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Trying to get my brain around all the medical stuff that's gone down this week.

1. I had the usual physical therapy twice a week to strengthen my core muscles and legs.

2. After eye exam and laser procedure in the office on Wednesday, eye surgeon said changes in my eye indicates diabetes. He wrote a note for my family doctor to do testing.

3. My appointment with the spine specialist was two days later. I knew from the 10-page questionnaire I received prior to the appointment that this would not be a normal doctor visit. One of the pages was all psychological stuff, like mental outlook, and how pain (real or imagined?) has affected my life. Coming from years of working in the medical field, I was on to them right away. Can't slip nothing past me:)

Since the appointment my brain's whirling, trying to take it all in. No conclusion yet. It's a good thing he will be sending me a written report because, for a reasonably intelligent woman, I was having trouble taking in everything he was saying. He was moving so fast and in so many directions!
He said he is a rehab specialist, not just there to treat back pain. He saw something right away after I stood up (with difficulty) to how I moved my leg when I first stood. Made me walk down the hall. Pressed all along my back, looking for hot spots. Sit down, and manipulated legs in different positions, asking about levels and location of pain. Repeat from laying down position. Then roll on one side, then the other, and repeat process. I walked out with a follow up appointment with the Interdisciplinary committee and tests ordered for Lab, Radiology, MRI, EMG, and can't remember what else.

He asked how my hip replacments have affected my life. I said they are never as good as the original equipment, which he said should be the opposite, that most people are ready to dance and take up running after the replacements.
He came to the conclusion that I am a normally athletic, active woman prior to hip replacements, and we need to get back to that level...based on my love of traveling, and a snippet about me panning for gold in Alaska about ten years ago, and that I used to go to the gym everyday for at least an hour a day and loved the treadmill (which I can not do since my first hip replacement because I walk too heavy now). I do not see myself as athletic or active. I went to the gym for my health. I continued to go because it made me feel so good and look good. I would call myself sedentary, preferring curling up with a good book over being outside.

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Someone posted a picture of empty Adirondack chairs with the words, "You don't know the value of your parents until you see their empty chairs." That made me cry. I miss Dad since he went to heaven three months ago.

I changed my Status to "Ain't Misbehavin'" last night. Isn't that the truth? I know I HAVE to do this for my health. Feeling sad about it.

Today is garbage pick up day. I added an extra bag, cleaning out part of a cupboard and the freezer section of the refrigerators. I need more fruit and veggies, sigh. Bought some nice looking tomatoes at a farm roadside stand today. Bought a beautiful green pepper yesterday. Posted a thought-provoking blog about unhealthy salads on my Spark page during the night. (Went to bed around 3 AM. Feeling too sad to voluntarily sleep. Woke up at 8 AM so I could get dressed and drive 30 miles to take my niece to work this morning.)

I need some ideas for tidying up my spice shelf. I have a lot of spices. I tried the spice racks they are advertising on television, but they are too tall for my shelf so I took them back to the store.

I've been trying to do one project on the house every year. I was trying to keep the repairs to minimal fuss while Dad was alive. Now that he's gone, I am thinking of bumping up the kitchen to the top of the list. I have a big country kitchen with fireplace. It has too many built-ins. How can such a big room be too small for two people to work in? It is too full. Wish I could find the original blueprints. I think it had a peninsula with sink that could be accessed from the eating area or the other side. An island would leave more walking space but less cupboards. I have three generations of dishes and gadgets and some appliances. All the Tupperware and Rubbermaid containers I've accumulated in my life take space. No, I don't use them every day but there are times I am glad to have them. Love the small containers to make individual servings of jello concoctions. I don't think there will be room for all my cookbooks in the kitchen.



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Lost 16 pounds during the first two weeks of the challenge. Then came the week of counting fiber, and I ate more as I tried to increase fiber. Big mistake. Now I am wandering in la-la land. Need to stop this and get back on track, my way.

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This part I am not ready to share in a blog so that's why I'm burying it in my journal. Only a few of my good friends seem to wander over here.

I had a follow up visit with the eye doctor today. After examining my eyes, he asked if I was diabetic. No, I'm not. (Diabetes does not run in my family either.) He said I need to make an appointment with my family doctor to be tested again, and wrote a note for my doctor, explaining the change he saw in my eyes that led him to suspect diabetes.

I find that alarming. I have enough other health stuff going on. I've been so thankful that diabetes is not one of them.

I've been reading a little bit about it since I got home today, and copied off some recipes. I think the Nutrisystem is based on the Glycemic index (Isn't that what they say on their commercials on tv?) so if I stick more closely to that, will that help? It certainly will help me lose weight better than I've been the last week.

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Second bit of news from my eye appointment today:
The eye doctor told me last time that 30% of the people who have cataract surgery have halo-ing. I see halos around lights. It was a bit disconcerting when driving at night but I've become used to it.
He told me the scar tissue can be fixed with a laser procedure in the office. Today I watched the short video about the procedure, Yag Capsulotomy. A patient in the video mentioned cloudiness.
After the cataract surgery awhile ago, I seemed to see better. I was surprised that the testing today showed so much cloudiness. I was not able to read many of the rows of letters that I had read before. I had been reading a book while sitting in the waiting room. That always affects my vision. My eyes don't adjust as quickly as they used to when I change from looking at a book to looking around the room. The same happens when I am on the computer for lengthy periods. I just thought that was the issue.
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No loss this week. Down a total of 16 pounds in the three weeks of this challenge.
First week goal was exercise and water.
Second week goal was exercise and eating within calorie range.
Third week goal was exercise and fiber.
Fourth week goal is exercise and breakfast.



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I'm off to another jack rabbit start. That usually does not bode well. Slow and steady is better for the long haul. It's within my grasp to turn this amazing start into the beginning of something awesome if I persist. I plan to do just that. I am eating what I want, within reasonable limits. I am waiting to eat when I get home. It takes very little food to feel comfortably satisfied. Eat when hungry. Stop when approaching full. Make healthy choices most of the time. Pay less attention to man-made recommended levels and more attention to body comfort levels. Use common sense!



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Maybe if I whisper this, I won't jinx myself. I did it! I did not exceed calories for two days! It used to be a walk in the park, but for the past year and half everything has been upside down, including my eating. Since Dad passed away two months ago, I've been trying to get organized and back into healthy living. It has been a struggle. Felt like falure!

It's the second week of the 5% challenge. One of our goals was to stay under the calorie limit. I did ok on Saturday. I did not do well Sunday through Wednesday, I know it's possible to eat healthy when dining out. The problem is my dining out was usually unplanned and pushed me over every day. For now, I think I'll forego eating out when I'm not dining with others.
FINALLY on Thursday I got it together. Ah, the sweet pleasure of success. Maybe I can do this. It's taking some tough talking.

I'm hoping that two wonderful days will be enough to have a better weigh-in than I had last Saturday.



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Thanks, Allie. I am looking forward to this challenge.



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congrats on the starting the 5% challenge!

"...dietary protein proved to be so powerful in its effect that we could turn on and off cancer growth simply by changing the level consumed" Colin Campbell, The China Study


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Since starting the 5% Summer Challenge, I am more consistently trying to add different kinds of exercise into my routine. Doing good on that.

Working on getting more sleep. I read an Spark article tonight on metabolism that has a section of sleep's effect on weight loss. I may blog that tomorrow.

Eating right? What can I say? I am discouraged that this is not falling easily into place like it has in the past. I've been over on calories several days. Today I worked harder to keep it healthy. Mornings are usually good. It's the period between lunch and dinner that gets murky. Today I planned a single serving of broccoli for mid afternoon. Then I got into some unplanned eating.
When I finished logging the nutrition tonight, it was within that calorie range. How can that be when I feel stuffed? It could be because the majority of the calories were after lunch, instead of spread out during the day. It could be because some of the afternoon calories were not as healthy as I would have wished. It could be that I am just beating myself up again when I shouldn't. It should be that I should go back to intuitive eating, waiting to eat until experiencing stomach-hunger and STOPPING WHEN APPROACHING FULL.
Afternoons are a problem for me. Feeling full makes me feel like a failure. We haven't even had our first week's weigh-in for this challenge, and I am assuming the worst.
I need to work on this. Planning is part of the key to feeling successful.

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I just moved the entry below to a blog. I will try to blog regularly during the challenge.

The 5% Summer Challenge started yesterday.

I entered my weight on the appropriate place and figured the 5% goal weight. I also added what the target weight is for each week of the challenge. Let's me know how near or far I am from achieving my goal.

Exercise is a part of the challenge every week, so I logged it and then recorded it on the challenge. We can only record up to 120 minutes each day for the challenge. That doesn't mean we can't log more in the Fitness Tracker. Yesterday I only had 30 minutes. Today I exceeded the 120 minutes but I didn't do it all at once. I am trying to move more, breaking it up into manageable segments.

The special component we are tracking on the challenge this week is water intake. Max limit allowed on the team tracker is 10 cups per day. I can make 8, but 10 is a stretch. Did it yesterday but I was up three times in the night, even though I drank more than half in the morning. I have trouble getting to sleep so I'm not fond of getting up for any reason at night. It is not a problem to consume extra water because I truly am thirsty. It's been said that we are already dehydrated if we experience thirst. I like water. How many times have I said it's the best part of the meal? Good country well-water is so refreshing, in my opinion.

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Jibbie, I agree with you about locking the doors because you don't want anyone walking in. Dad's caseworkers from the home care agency wanted me to wear a medical alert button because if anything happened to me, Dad would not be able to call for help. With the house always locked, it would have been difficult for emergency personnel to get in!

My niece did not move in with us. She is still in the lovely apartment with the same roommate. Things settled down a little afterwards. I am still driving the half hour there most days to take her to work, then doing it again later to take her from work back home. Now that her roommate is working at a better job, my niece doesn't get access to the roommate's car like she used to when the roommate was laid off. Because of credit problems from college debt, she hasn't been able to get a car yet. I've told her that she needs to have transportation of her before winter. I do not want to go out when the weather is bad. I love her dearly, but I've already put in my time of driving in winter on bad roads all the years I worked. Now is the time to enjoy some of this early retirement.





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Glad ur DD didn't get hurt in that accident. I bolt my screen door in the front of the house as I don't want someone to walk in. It is rather a pain sometimes for the family members, but I don't care.
Watch the HBO Documentary "THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION" which has 4 parts on youtube, as you will see how you are right that you need to take care of your health now.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pEkCbqN4uo



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Lot of drama this week. My niece borrowed her roommate's car to visit us and do laundry:) She had started to put her things in the car, getting ready to go home. She came back in the house to say good bye and get the rest of her things. The car was gone when she went back outside. No, the keys were not left in the car, but her purse was! The car had been repossessed because the roommate was behind two payments. After making the payments and paying the extortion-impound fee, we got the car back.
The next day she was in a slight fender bender with the same car. At an intersection someone hit her and pushed her into the car ahead. Only minor scrapes on the bumper. She was ticketed because the roommate did not have insurance. So we bought insurance, and paid the tickets the next day.
Now roommate wants her out of the apartment, so we will try to move her today before she goes to work.

In the middle of this, I had scary chest pains. I felt calm during everything that was going on, even when having to drop everything and go to her on short notice. I think the lack of sleep was the culprit. I have skimped on sleep for years. It caught up with me. So I made myself get more sleep. Seven hours Thursday night, eight and half hours Friday night. I feel better today. No pain at the moment.
I know I must lose this extra weight, too. I've been saying that for years, knowing at some point there will be no return to good health if I don't. The last year and half, my life has been outside of my control...and I ate. It was not easy taking care of Dad as his health deteriorated. All this stuff that accumulated in the last year and half has sucked the life out of me. Sis moved here to help me, so all her household stuff is here. I haven't dealt with stuff that accumulated over the last year and half. I feel unorganized, inside and out.
Dad's room is clean, and feels big without the hospital bed. I must clear his clothes out so niece can have his room.

We live in the country. It's quiet and peaceful here. I stand on the porch and hear the birds and the frogs. It's a safe oasis in a crazy world. To have someone steal her car and we not even hear it happen, has rocked that sense of security. The repo-people are professionals, used to sneaking in and out...but so are professional car thieves. It destroys the idyllic sense that it won't happen here.
My brother use to gently poke fun at me because I always bolt the screen doors, even when I'm home. My sister brought her own sense of paranoia when she moved in last year, wanting the curtains pulled at night. That is because of things she has been through in her life that I never experienced. She keeps her car locked, even when parked in the attached garage. Now she has me doing it, too.
I bought adorable tiny multi-colored dog-paw-print on white fabric, so she could make curtains to hang in the garage so no one can tell if we are home or not. For years, someone was always here because of Dad. It's mind-boggling to be able to go away whenever we want to without making arrangements for someone to be here. The curtains look very nice in the garage.

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Had to reschedule the dog's appointment with the groomer. Niece called and needed a ride to work. Another friend who lives in the opposite direction, needed something at the same time. Full afternoon.

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Good news. Sis' oncologist does not agree with the first opinion that the cancer is back, after being in remission for so many years.

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I am down five pounds this week, after following the Nutrisystem plan most of the time.



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John Donne
Meditation 17
Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

"No man is an iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee...."

Tonight my heart is sad and tears run down my cheeks. There will be many more tears along this path. I've been here before.
She said she wins either way. If she lives, she wins. If she goes to heaven, she wins.

No man lives forever.



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Winds have been howling today. Sounds like a train coming through. Makes me a little nervous because tornadoes sound like trains coming at you.
The good part is that the wind will dry up the water from the rainy days we had earlier. River is high again. No More Flooding!!
My yard turned into a pond, deep enough to attract Canadian geese. Posted a pic to facebook.

I was hoping to get a good start on this new eating plan before the Spring challenge starts. Two weeks to go. I'm expecting outstanding progress this time. Getting my ducks in a row.

After midnight. Time to get ready for bed. Dad will wake me up a bunch of times before seven. I think being tired is a part of a caregiver's life. So glad Sis moved back to help.



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Most of our Nutrisystem stuff has arrived. I've been overwhelmed trying to figure this plan out. Since I'm the cook, I need to know what to make and when. I've got the codes down now. Sis and I've been unpackaging and rearranging. I did not expect the big styrofoam package that needed to go in the freezer.
It's for 28 days. That's a lot of processed foods. It's probably a little over half the food we will be eating, along with the stuff I have to get at the grocery store.
Sis and I laughed for at least five minutes over the tiny packages for breakfast. I'm wondering if the granola is even a half a cup. The pancake is the smallest pancake I've ever seen. We make up for the tiny food with a protein drink every morning. The Spark People menus give me way more food. I don't think the Nutrisystem plan takes into account how much participants weigh or how much they expend in exercise when calculating the calories. It looks like a one-size-fits-all plan.
It's very expensive. We will give it out best shot and learn what we can...and hopefully be much smaller at the end of the 28 days. Next month we will be able to choose what we want or don't want. Sis is allergic to chocolate, and there is a lot of chocolate stuff in the box: choc shakes, brownies, choc chip cookies. They must feel everyone who is overweight loves chocolate.

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Another successful day. I made it through Day 3. I get hungry about an hour or two before supper. After I dropped my niece off to spend the night with her grandmother, I thought about McDona'ds but stayed strong. It's hard to be strong when the supper menu is not something I look forward to, but I did it. I ate a cracker sandwich when I got home, and came out beautiful on calories for the day.



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I had been slacking off and regained weight. So I started over again on Monday. Sis started with me. Tuesday I noticed how much easier it was for me to get up from chairs. I've been struggling to get up. Sugar/sweets consumption affects arthritis. There is definitely a connection for me. After not having sweets on Monday (except Splenda in my coffee), I could tell a difference in my mobility.
When I stand up I feel more slender. When I sat down last night, it surprised me how fat I felt around the middle, Michelin Man style.
When I've strung together some good days, it takes me by surprise when I have those feeling-fat moments. Realistically, I have a lot to lose so it will be a long time before I am anywhere near looking as good as I feel.

My car seat has very good back support that I need, but it also compresses my middle. If I felt a little hungry before getting into the car, the compression makes me feel full and fat.



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Sis is going on this journey with me. She has gained weight since moving in here. Lot of sitting when you're a caregiver. One of us has to be in the room with Dad.
We've ordered Nutrisystem core plan, but until that arrives we are both eating from the Spark menus. I am trying to keep them interesting because she's picky. Salmon is on the menu today. How should I fix it that she will like it? I only get one chance at this before she won't try it again. I have a Spark recipe, World's Best (and easiest) Salmon. It's marinated in real maple syrup and so tasty. Will she like it? Some people do not like sweetened meats. She's not much of a meat eater at all.



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Moving this entry to a blog.

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Going strong on not eating after 7 PM. Scale is moving down again.
I'm working on getting more sleep. Will also be watching food portion sizes.



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Doctor said don't diet, just eat smaller portions. Sparker Mary asked how I was going to do this.

I'm still trying to make healthier choices, and especially lower carb. Carbs are still higher than I'd like.

The other change I made this week is getting back to basics that have always been in place when I am most successful.
One of those keys is not eating at night. Since Sis is here, we no longer have regular meals. I used to stop eating after supper. Now I just make the cut off 7 PM since we don't eat supper most nights. I'm doing well so far this week. We'll see what happens at weigh in on Saturday.



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I changed my profile picture. We are the Beautiful Butterflies in Winter on my challenge. I imposed butterflies on a winter picture I took last year after the ice storm. The sky is so blue. The sun is shining, making the ice on the tree limbs sparkle. Then I turned it into a sphere, to give it extra dash.
I also imposed butterflies on a picture of myself but it's hard to tell exactly what it is when the picture is reduced small as a profile picture on this site.
You can see both pictures, enlarged, under my Photos.



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I am looking for a different picture for my avitar but without success. It's almost 2 weeks past Christmas. Time for something new. Wish I could find something inspiring and fresh.
I looked for butterflies, too, since I'm on the Butterflies team on the 5% Challenge. I've looked for snowflakes and snowmen, since it's Winter. Everything is copyrighted. Guess I'll have to shoot something original if I can.



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We've been eating leftovers this week from our Christmas buffet. The food is not low-calorie, except the raw veggies. My weight has gone up this week.

My uncle's funeral was yesterday. I was looking at my cousin and thinking that we eat well.

Dad told my sister (who is 40pounds less than me) that she looks well-fed. With dimentia, he could have said fat, but I'm happy he hasn't been abusive like some people with dimentia become. One day when I was laying in the recliner, he said I looked like I was getting bigger:)

He was skinny all his life, eating healthy. He was an organic farmer and ate organic and health foods. Caring for Mom took it's toll, and he was an unhealthy 120 pounds when she died 6 years ago. He is inactive now, and has gone from 153 last February, to 194 this Fall. He doesn't realize this, so he still makes comments about being glad that he has never had a weight problem.
I think it's how Sis feeds him. Our other Sis, who doesn't live here, says we need to not feed him this well. He eats a very good breakfast (usually banana, yogurt, oatmeal or pancakes, juice, and his pills crushed in pudding). He may eat one more light meal later in the day: soup or half a sandwich. He's not into snacking. He only drinks fruit juice, which has to be thickened so he doesn't choke. It's a good morning when he feeds himself. Sometimes he refuses to eat or drink at all.

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I've had a very bad weekend. Well, the weekend wasn't bad. The problem was me. I let myself down, eating way over on calories for three days. The reward is a hard bloated belly again. Now I need to lose 9 pounds to reach 5% goal for end of Challenge, instead of 2 pounds this week. I'll do what I can.
There will be times like this. Hopefully, not often.I think this one started after reading how someone lost weight here (110 pounds in 2 years) but designed her own plan, including fast food and whatever she wanted to eat, paying little regard to healthy. One good thing came from reading how she did it. Life me, she didn't eat after a certain time at night. She credits that with most of her weight loss. I am most successful when I practice portion control and don't eat after supper. Two very simple ideas that uncomplicate the whole process of getting healthy. I exercise and try to make healthier eating choices. I try to get enough sleep. I am not always successful at those, but I can be successful at portion control and not eating after supper. So I am getting right back into those two basics today. It works for me.

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Today has been hard. I am not hungry but I want to eat. I've come too far and I am not giving in. Down 26 pounds since Sept 9, 2011, but it's not official until weigh-in on Saturday,



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I am planning to win the 25-pounds-lost award by weigh-in this Saturday. I am on a roll and hanging on. No snacking. Eating three meals a day. No second helpings. We use generous size salad plates for our meals. It helps with the calories.

Yesterday was different. Unusual meals. People coming and going. Niece brought sandwiches and snack cakes for lunch. I ate the sandwich and skipped the snack cakes, yay! I had an apple with my sandwich.
I was low on fruits and veggies yesterday. I've been trying to have more because this week is freggies week on the 5% challenge. My high this week was 8 in one day.
After logging yesterday, I still came in at the low end of the calorie range, so I'm pleased with that. I expected I would because I controlled quantities of what I ate.

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Still going strong. Down 7.5 last weigh-in. Down 2 more pounds since then.

The biggest change I've made is eliminating snacking, except an occasional cup of tea or coffee. Ice water is the drink I reach for most of the time.

I am sticking to my original plan of portion control, including no second helpings.



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I did it! Thank you, dear Lord, for helping me be strong when I need to be, to get a jump start on this journey again.
I had a fleeting thought yesterday about making Sunday a free day, but that is how I backslide. It is too discouraging to see bigger numbers on the scale again. My weight is still dangerously high. My blood pressure has been in the higher ranges even after taking my meds. So I am setting a new goal, to lose 3 more pounds and reach a number ending in 10. It will take 14 pounds to reach another major milestone. No letting my guard down now. No more yo-yo.



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Expect big things. I've been piddling along much too long. I've been on Spark over 5 years. I weigh more than my starting weight. I am in a lot of pain. My weight is at a dangerous high. I am so done doing this. I am moving down and not looking back.

I am on a roll. Day 3 of near perfection. Low end of the calorie range. I am expecting a great loss when I do the official weigh-in Saturday. I need a great loss to catch up to my 5% challenge weight goals. I am so going to do this.

I know how easy it is to get off track once I deviate from my strict plan, so I must guard against doing that. At this point, I can't afford a lot of flexibility.

Persistence, not perfection. I've said it a million times, and I mean it. The Sparkers who win are the ones who get right back up each time and keep moving in the right direction.

When I screw up, my motivation takes a dark dip. That is what I would like to avoid. I know that I can still get back up and keep moving, but I am so much stronger if I don't take those detours. Every time I say yes to good choices and no to bad choices, it strengthens me.

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Another perfect day. Watch them pounds melt off:)



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