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After the bummer visit with the podiatrist earlier this week when he made a remark about exercise, I was not looking forward to the yearly visit with the gynecologist today. Surprise, her scale weighed me (fully clothed) at 4 pounds less than my home scale. Has that ever happened for anybody at any doctor's office?

Nothing is every straightforward with the gynecologist. I have two appts later this month: ultrasound, and biopsy. Mammogram is in the Fall. I do not like going to the gyn.

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My sister called several times today. She is still in the hospital. Her pain seems to be more under control but they are weaning her off narcotics. They've started her back on fluids by mouth. Her husband brought his supper of chicken and peach cobbler from the cafeteria to her room. She said it looked so good. Maybe she'll be able to keep real food down soon. She has a regimen of chemo and radiation this Summer.


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5/6/15 6:34 P

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Met sleep goal. Plenty of walking (for me). Near calorie limit. Had a late lunch/early supper so won't be eating tonight. Drinking water.

Clothes feel looser. I just bought a few more outfits this size last week so I would have clothes for vacation next week. I may not be wearing them long...and that makes me happy.
Walking better today...after morning and afternoon dose of pain meds. I only do that when I have a day away from the house.

Went to the village post office this morning. Hair appointment at 3 PM. Then Taco Bell for late lunch/early supper. Grocery shopping at the super big Kroger. I've heard it's their biggest store. Has a jewelry store inside. Pharmacy. Bakery. Small serve yourself restaurant, including some hot food. Starbucks coffee shop. Sells some clothes, household goods, dishes, candles, personal grooming section, books and cards, as well as food. Three aisle section of organic, special needs foods (gluten free, etc).
Day started out gloomy but sun is shining now. Window open. Birds singing.



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Another good day. Enough sleep. Moderate exercise. Did not exceed calorie limit. Did not snack after supper. Good water intake.

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I followed the breakfast plan on my menu. Usually it lists eggs OR sausage, not both, along with tomatoes, green pepper slices or an ounce of cheese. Since I had eggs and sausage, I skipped the green pepper and cheese. I won't do eggs and breakfast meat on the same day again because it seemed to start the day too heavy.

I had an appointment with the podiatrist. Today the new girl asked questions no one asks during my regular visits, like height, weight, history of other illnesses not listed on my chart already. Today the podiatrist asked if my other doctor had told me to walk to lose weight. He has never discussed my weight before.
It took away some of the inner satisfaction I was feeling about the weight I lost this year and the winning cycle I've been on lately. Yup, I'm still overweight, even after losing a few pounds. Maybe I should go hide in a hole until I get to a healthy weight. Does being less than perfect diminish me as a person? Definitely not!
I know I am going to receive the same attitude when I see the gynecologist later this week for my yearly appointment.
What does it matter if I have their good opinion? I KNOW I am doing something about it. Is it too little, too late?
I feel bad that I let myself get overweight. I feel good that I'm doing something about it.

After I left the podiatrist office, I picked up lunch at Checker and went to the park. I didn't order a sandwich. I had medium fries, medium soft drink, and dessert. Halfway through eating, I realized it was heavy and making me feel uncomfortable so I wrapped it up to take home for another time (or not). It put me over on calories today.

Was my choice of lunch a subconscious response to the visit with the podiatrist? Even the word "diet" makes me want to eat.
To tell the truth, I had been thinking of the fries and funnel cake at Checker a couple days earlier for lunch but wasn't near a Checker or Rally store, so had a terrible calorie overload at Steak and Shake (burger and shake) that day. One was last week and one was this week. I rarely eat fast food anymore. Eating fresh, healthy food at home is better.

I have had funnel cake three times in my lifetime: once at a fair, at a small town festival, and at Opryland park. Each time my friends and I walked along, nibbling on one funnel cake. Those are happy memories. It was sad that funnel cake is only available at festivals and fairs.
When I saw it on the Rally menu recently, it made me happy. It's a petite version of the real thing. Somehow it doesn't taste as good as I remembered. The flavor reminds me a little of the churros that Taco Bell had for a short while. Most food tastes better in anticipation than in reality. It makes me feel sad and wise to say that funnel cake is better as a memory.

I am totally back on track. I don't like feeling uncomfortable after eating, so this is a no-brainer.

I picked up some groceries and went to the post office. Back home, I put the groceries away and pitted cherries. I like fruit with yogurt. Then Sis came home from the groomers with our little guy.

After that we went to the phone store in the city to find out why Sis' phone won't charge. Then we stopped at another store so I could replace our cross-cut shredder that refused to work today.

Back home, Sis made cheeseburgers (no bun) and I cut up Roma tomatoes for supper. Yes, that's on my healthy menu. If she wouldn't have given me grief about not eating, I would have skipped supper after the extra calories from lunch.

I've been losing a few ounces every day lately. I don't expect to see that on the scale tomorrow!

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5/3/15 11:12 P

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Looking at the three goals posted in the last post, I am almost there. Calories good. Had small, healthy snacks today. Now to go to bed before midnight. Appointment with podiatrist in the morning so I definitely need to get my feet up long enough tonight to reduce swelling.

I am doing so well. I say that almost in a whisper because I've had terrific streaks before that I did not stay consistent with.
I have a friend who quit smoking. We went through all the ups and downs of attitude during that time. He made it. A few months later he went back to smoking. He is a caregiver and had a patient who smoked the whole time he was there. He told me that at least he knew now that he could quit if he wanted to. I snorted in disbelief. Why would he give up after all that hard work?
Thinking about my inconsistent lose and regain weight streaks, I have to backpedal on my words. I am no better. I work hard, lose weight. I think nothing can derail me. Well, now that I've been doing this since 2006, I know everything can derail me. I am not invincible. So I almost whisper when I say that I am on a winning roll.
If I can turn this into a lifestyle instead of a menu to follow. I know that I have to lose this weight to improve mobility. Arthritis is trying to win but I will do everything in my power to give my body a fighting chance. That means losing the weight.
When I get bored or just don't feel like staying with this plan, especially when the night munchies hit, I remind myself how painful each step is. How hard it is to stay in the bed at night because of the pain in my legs and shoulder. How hard it is to run errands. Sometimes it is hard to get up from the chair, walk to another room. How hard it is to go to the kitchen to refill my water glass. How long I have to stand to feel balanced enough to take a step without falling. Sometimes I feel better when I keep moving. I move better when the hot sun warms my bones. Other times I have to sit down before I finish a task. I have to sit down in the middle of preparing a meal or washing dishes. Most days I have to take breaks while cleaning.
Each pound I lose makes it a little easier. Each loss decreases some of the pain. I may never be free from the ravages of arthritis but I will never give up.

I've gained weight with each surgery, with each injury and limited-mobility-recovery period. I don't know when that will happen again. No one knows what tomorrow will bring. I was being careful when I broke my hip last summer. It happens.

So that is what is keeping me moving ahead when I don't want to eat healthy. I am not making the progress I expected. January had enough good to merit losing 25 pounds. February, March, and April were wobbly, almost a wash, so that I am starting May at only 24 pounds down for the year.

I had planned for this year to be different. I thought I had found the key that would make me a different person. This is going to be a lot of work, occasionally punctuated with some bright and happy. It is fun to weigh in when I know the scale is going to reward me. It is fun to realize my clothes are looser. It is fun to FEEL thinner. It is fun to walk without pain. It is fun to be able to get up from low chairs or beds. It is hard to say no to nighttime munching. It is hard to get enough sleep. It is hard to consistently embrace a healthy lifestyle.
I saw a poster that said something like this: It is hard to be overweight. It is hard to lose weight. Choose your hard.

I want it to be fun! I must look for the rewards. Today my clothes feel loser. Right not I feel strong against temptation. Today the scale was down a little.

I once blogged that we should be able to daydream about the results of our goals, and that if we couldn't get excited about that then maybe we should rethink our goals. I still believe that to be true.
Visualization. What will my life be like when I am at a healthy weight?
I read a Spark article today about plastic surgery to lose the excess skin after losing weight. One Sparker was quoted in the article that she felt like a failure because every though she had lost the weight, she didn't like how her body looked with the extra skin.
That means I have to be realistic about that I will look like at a healthy weight. I won't have the body I had when I was 20. The end goal cannot be based on looks only. It has to be how I will feel being lighter and perhaps more mobile. I should have more energy. It should give me hope. Maybe I'll be able to accomplish other non-health related goals and feel less overwhelmed.

I cannot give up what I've started this year. I am going to do this. Make hay while the sun shines.

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Yesterday I had fresh coffee just before going to bed around 5:30 AM. Woke up before 9 AM. At 11:30 AM I had lunch with sister (asparagus and a ground chuck patty with cheese). Later a friend asked if I could come over. We ate at Arby's around 4:30 PM (beef & cheddar sandwich, med curly fries, med Jamocha shake). Around 7 PM I had chicken salad (chicken, onion, classic whip) over 1.5 cups of lettuce.
That was 2174 calories (not counting snacking!) and over my 1820 calorie limit.

I only have three goals:
1. Stay within calorie range, aiming for lower carb.
2. Don't eat after supper. It's habit, not hunger.
3. Go to bed by midnight. (I have a doctor-ordered nap during the day.)

Thursday I was up till 5:30 AM working against a project deadline. I should have finished earlier in the week. Woke before 9 AM. I did not get a nap during the day. I indulged in late night snacking Wednesday night and Thursday night. I went to bed this morning at 2:30 AM. Woke around 7:30 AM and feeling more rested.
I violated every single goal. Is it a surprise that my weight is going up? My losses for my 5% challenge have been minimal since we started the quarter this month. I gain and lose easily, probably because I have so much to lose. I lost 3 pounds on this challenge. I am 1/6 of the way to goal, deadline May 30. Normally I would be almost half way there by now.
I will renew my commitment to that goal. I have goals that will enable me to achieve that. I have a menu plan in place. I am consistent with my meals (and all wrong with my snacking).
I feel good physically and emotionally when I follow the plan. I feel awful and hurt when I don't.
Walking is hard at any time, but every pound past healthy creates undue burden on my body. I've had to use the walker more regularly when I go out. The therapist said my fear of falling holds me back.
I wear gripper socks when I walk around the house. The podiatrist said I should never go barefoot, and I'm sure the socks would not meet his requirement for footwear. When I wear shoes, it feels awkward and clumsy. I need to replace the New Balance with light weight shoes. I feel safer and walk better in gripper socks.

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On our 5% challenge we are reporting points for exercise, tracking nutrition, and using smaller dinner plates. Each week something drops off the list of what we are tracking and something else is added. Smaller plates is new to the list.
This one is easy. I purchased new dinnerware several years ago because I didn't think the old ones were microwave safe. The new dinner plates were so much bigger than what we were used to so we used the oversize salad plates. They are much smaller than a dinner plate. Just right size for us. We are satisfied with a full plate and don't really think about how much less we are eating.

I am past my birthday celebrations now so I must get seriously back into a consistent lower carb menu. Food should not make me hurt. This has been a crazy week. Following my menu for most meals but munching and snacking, especially late at night. Oh my crazy late night life. Maybe I need to go to bed earlier even if I don't get everything done. I can't tell you how many times I've fallen asleep sitting at my desk. Going to bed at 4 AM or later. Getting up at 8 AM. Of course I take doctor ordered nap most days. I set a Spark goal of going to bed by midnight but it doesn't happen. Right now it's 12:10 AM and I haven't even started my work for today because I've been away from the house most of the day.

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4/10/15 10:01 A

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Before Easter there was a commercial with the song, Here Come's Peter Cottontail. I haven't heard that song in years. It brought back memories.
My first day in school, I wore a pink flowered dress that my mother made for me. My cousin and I rode the big bus. She sat next to me at the little table in class. I met a fellow student, Peter Cottontail. I was so disappointed to find out much later that his last name wasn't Cottontail.
I have the scars where a dog bit me that year. I was terrified of dogs for years afterwards. (Now I adore most dogs.) Usually when a child is bit, they have done something to the dog. This was no exception. While Dad talked business to the farmer, I played nearby with the dog. I ran round and round and round him in circles as fast as I could, patting him each time. He put a stop to it by clamping down on my arm with his teeth. They said they looked up when I screamed, and the dog and I were rolling down the hill. The poor farmer's wife said he was a good dog and had never done anything like that before. I had stitches and a sling for my arm.
The next day in class the kindergarten teacher gave me special help as the class made shaped tulips out of construction paper. It was so much fun and I was sorry when she had to move along to help other children.

I grew up on a farm with a diet of fresh veggies, fruit and meat.
It wasn't until I became an adult and worked with folks who did not eat healthy, that I developed bad eating habits. It matters who your friends are. Their habits can rub off. They came to work prepared to eat. I learned about junk food that I had never had before.
When I showed up with an orange for lunch that first night, someone asked where my lunch was. Well, who eats a big meal in the middle of the night? I ate supper with my family before I came to work. I thought an orange more than adequate for a midnight snack.
Looking back on a picture of me at work then, I don't even recognize that thinner person was me. What did I do to myself?
I would have stuck to healthier habits if I knew then what I know now.

We can't undo the past but we can change the future.

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Healthy eating. March was up and down. I weigh 1.6 pounds more today than I did on March 1. It could have been much worse! That drops it to 20 pounds lost this year. (I lost 25 pounds in January-February, by eating lower carb.)

I pulled out the Atkins books and decided to follow their menus for a few weeks to get back on track. I completed Day 2 today.

I can't eat as much food as they have on their menu. More about that later because I think it's important that I try to eat enough so I'm not hungry.

As I log everything in the Spark nutrition tracker, my carbs are coming in higher than the ones on the Atkins menu. It's the little things that put me over (my dressing vs their recommended dressing, etc). My carbs are still lower than what my old way of eating. As long as I'm losing weight and inches, I'm not going to get hung up on the carb number. They try to come in around 20, and that's hard to do.

I don't know if I can do this many salads, sometimes twice a day. It doesn't have to be the main entree. My choice if I want meat and a side salad and veggies, or if I want to put it all together into a big salad. It takes a little more planning and prepping to avoid making a last minute salad every time.

The menu plans have 2 snacks, one between breakfast and lunch, and the other between lunch and supper. This week it's a tomato and piece of cheese, or pepper strips with ranch dressing, or celery and cheese. One day it's half an avocado with creamy Italian dressing.
I am not fond of avocado but I will try it again. I hate the mushy texture so I tried to pick ones that were firm without being rock-hard. There must be a knack to eating avocado, just like one learns early on to eat olives and pickles and drink coffee and tea. I like those foods.
Maybe I should try dishes in restaurants that have avocado in them so I can see what they should taste like instead of muddling along on my own. Most low carb menus list avocado because it's a healthy fat so I need to learn to like them, just like I need to get over my dislike of cooked cauliflower.
Some of the pizza recipes with grated (or riced) cauliflower used in the crust look delicious. With enough melted cheese topping, it might not be too bad. It might taste different all crispy in a crust.

Tomorrow we plan to eat at a steakhouse restaurant. The Atkins menu calls for steak or hamburger, mixed greens, avocado and vinaigrette. That should fit right into the plans. I am looking forward to it and will try to make wise choices. Already looked up the restaurant menu online.

Last entry here (2/28/15) was about getting more fiber. Ironically, the last two days my fiber following Atkins has dropped to 7 g Monday and 11 g today.
For now, I must concentrate on getting the inches and pounds down to a more healthy level. My immediate goal is to get back on track, into a routine, where good choices are automatic.

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I've been eating higher fiber for the challenge, but oh my! the side effects. This is not sustainable. They warn that one can be constipated if one does not get enough fiber. Even though I am usually way below the recommended fiber range, constipation has never been a problem. Now my gut feels like it's exploding and sometimes I'm unable to leave the house. I think I need to find a better balance, maybe work in a little more fruit and lessen the amount of grain. I've become used to the taste and texture of the Kroger high fiber (9g) bars but they may be the culprit. I look forward to a bar with a cup of decaf in the morning while checking out Spark. The bars are addicting!
It's a flashback to when I had an hour drive in the morning. I'd pack up my thermal mug with black coffee and grab a Nutrisystem breakfast bar and listen to some great music on the journey. It turned a tedious drive into an enjoyable ride...a bit of me time, alone in the car while the world raced by.

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I did it! 30g of fiber on Wednesday! And still within calorie range.

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Still working on getting enough fiber. Spark healthy range is 25 to 35g fiber per day. Most days I am around 11g. During this challenge, I made it up to 23g one day.

I could get in extra fiber at breakfast so I read labels and bought a couple of cereals that are higher in fiber. Found some interesting ones in the organic section of the grocery store.

Spark had Fiber One (1/2 c=14g fiber), All Bran (1/3 c =14g fiber), Kashi (3/4 c=8g fiber). My favorite Raisin Bran, 1c = fiber. I get the Raisin Bran Crunch. Shredded Wheat is only 6g fiber for 1c. Wheat Chex (1c), Bran Flakes (3/4 c), and Grape Nuts (1/2 c) = 5g fiber. Cheerios (1c), Wheaties (1c), and Granola (2/3 c) = 3g fiber. Special K has 0g fiber.


Kroger has high fiber breakfast bars, 9g fiber...but also 9g sugar. I tried the caramel oats bar. Too much sweet on an empty stomach. I felt sick. Guess these can only be consumed with a glass of milk or cup of coffee or tea.

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They have added dietary fiber to the challenge for the next two weeks. That has been in the back of my mind, that I needed to do something about upping my fiber. Problem is that the foods highest in fiber, like beans, are considered starchy and fattening. I did best on the two days I had chili con carne, and one day when I had baked beans. My total fiber so far this February has been a whopping total of 143 grams of fiber, for an average of 11g a day. The recommended range on Spark is 25 to 35g a day. We can post up to 35g a day on the challenge. I will have to work on this.

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My niece is here tonight. She said she'll be glad when we stop doing the low carb and gluten free thing because she misses having us order pizza. We made the pizza with cream cheese crust. She liked it but I thought it was nasty. Now I have an upset tummy.

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Yesterday I was in the higher part of the calorie range. Today I was over about 300 calories. This morning I was back to Monday's weight. I must eat better if I want to show any loss on Saturday's official weigh in. I feel better when I stick to the plan and stop when approaching full. The high maintenance dog and I were alone most of the day so I snacked through the afternoon instead of preparing lunch. Winging it does not work for me. No gold star for me today, lol. Supper was on track. No night snacking, so good there. See, I am changing. I was right back on track with supper.

I had celery last night, trying to up my veggie count for the day. It talked back to me all night. I like celery, so what's with that? The last two times I had a salad with iceberg lettuce, same thing happened. The taste and smell were unpleasant. I like salads. My friend said I might be coming down with something. I thought it might be raw veggies but I had raw cucumbers without a nasty reaction.

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I followed a modified Atkins plan in 2008. The menus were prepared by a dietician so it wasn't a true Atkins plan. She limited fats, substituting turkey bacon for bacon, ground turkey for ground beef, and so forth. In less than 4 months, I lost 45 pounds. Then the site I was using discontinued that plan. (They offered a variety of the popular weight loss plans with menus and changed it from time to time to add whatever new diet had grabbed the public's imagination.)

I'm sorry I didn't keep those menus. When I got serious about weight loss, I stumbled around trying to create my own low carb menus, eventually giving up for various reasons. I do best on a menu-driven plan. I know what I'm going to have for the week. I look forward to delicious meals. I save money at the grocery store because I buy what it needed for the menu.

Last weekend, I had a light bulb moment. I checked if Spark Nutrition Tracker would let me access my eating from that period. It did. I copied off a month or so of what I had recorded in the Tracker. I don't think carbs were tracked by the Tracker then but they are listed now, or maybe I didn't notice. It didn't matter because I was following the menus and losing weight. Someone else had already done the calculations to make it low carb, or so I thought. I suspected they were not true Atkins but they worked.
Atkins aims for 20 carbs a day. Some other plans aim for 40 carbs a day. Looking at the Spark Nutrition Tracker, I see that most days back then were way over that amount of carbs.

I remembered the menu had odd breakfasts. Occasionally there were eggs and sausage or bacon, but mostly it was cucumbers, tomatoes and cheese for breakfast. Lunch was mostly salads with chicken or tuna or veggies. Supper was meat and vegetables, sometimes a salad. The menu was big on chicken thighs with skin. I prefer white meat, no skin.
I switched lunch and supper, and usually had the salads for supper. I still prefer to have the heavier meal at midday.

It was a liberating moment, reading what I recorded in the Nutrition Tracker in 2008. It really wasn't Atkins or even "low" carb. It was lower carb, and that is exactly what I'm doing now. I don't care if it's not in 20-40 carb range. It is still lower carb than what I was doing when I was gaining weight!
We have cut out bread, crackers, chip type of snacks. We are eating some fruit which is high in carbs, and veggies and protein.

The second thing I realized when I read the Tracker is that I don't want to eat like I did on the Atkins menu in 2008. An occasional tomato or cucumber is fine, but not daily. I do want to eat them a little more often than I have so far this year. It's a good way to get the veggies in since I'm having trouble reaching the 5 fruits and veggies a day goal.

The light bulb moment was realizing that the Atkins menu in 2008 wasn't perfect low carb. Since then I felt like I was lost and struggling and never quite creating the perfection of that old menu plan, but I am doing just as good on the eating plan I have created for myself in 2015. I don't have to follow that old menu to lose weight.
I try to stay near or under my calorie range.

This week I was looking online for the formula that tells how many calories we must consume each day to be a certain weight. Years ago it was an eye opener to plug in how many calories it took to maintain my current high weight. I couldn't find the simple formula online. Now it's all a series of calculations to figure BMR, etc, etc. On the Mayo Clinic website I was able to pop in my current high weight to see how many calories to maintain at that weight: 2200 calories a day. Then I did it again to figure the calories at my ultimate goal weight: 1700 calories a day.

I thought the calorie range that Spark set for me was high and had just dropped it to 1200 calories a day. After seeing this, I put my calorie limit back up to 1650 per day. It's a guideline, a tool, a target, and not something to make me feel bad if I happen to go over once in awhile. Most days I will be under 1650. In fact I'm closer to the 1200 many days.

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I discovered today that I have access to anyone's nutrition plan who has made them public. I thought I had to go to their home page. Once into someone's nutrition log, there is a button to click on to visit more nutrition logs. That is so helpful for viewing how successful Sparkers are eating.
My trackers used to be public until I started doing badly. Now that I am on my way to success again, I want to eat in a way that my trackers will be a good example for anyone wanting to lose weight.

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I'm excited about being down 28.4 pounds this year. The dramatic drops have slowed to smaller losses. I think I had more faith at the beginning of the year than I do now, especially as I read about other Sparkers plateaus or reasons why they aren't losing. I am not other Sparkers. Each of us have our own unique journey. I cannot let what is happening to them undermine my own success. I need to find the people who are steadily plodding along, their weight loss graph a slow and steady downward line, quietly doing what they need to do every day.

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So many times I read postings about why someone hasn't been able to achieve their short term goals by the deadline. They sound like excuses. I've done that myself. This year I'm giving myself permission to stop doing that.
We do whatever is high on our priorities. I must keep losing weight and inches very high on my priorities. I must think about it. I must focus everyday on my short term goals. I must think about them at night when I'm in bed. I MUST think about them before I eat.
That sounds all consuming. Who wants to think about food all the time?

Exercise we do once or twice or however we've decided, then check it off the list for the day. Sleep will follow once we go to bed. We don't have to keep reminding ourselves throughout the night of the reason why we are there.
Now eating,on the other hand, is something we think about during our waking hours, and occasionally at night. It can't be done once and checked off the list.
The first step is an eating plan. How can our eating help us to live healthy? We must eat enough to stay strong and energetic. If we eat too much, the balance goes the other way, making us weaker and sluggish. We need enough calories to fuel activity. We need to stop eating when still slightly empty so our body can consume the fuel we have stored away for years. That is the key.
How much is enough? How will I know when I reach that point?

1. The nutrition tracker is a helpful tool to determine a calorie goal for the day. It helps us determine to avoid going over that goal.

2. We have to listen to our bodies' signals of empty and full. We have to fall in love with that slightly empty feeling. We have to avoid being stuffed, just like we would avoid a virus. It is better to err on the side of not eating enough. We can remedy that when we become aware we are truly stomach hungry. We won't die if our stomach growls. Someone told me that a growl above the waist is hunger. A growl below the waist is the body processing what we have already eaten. It's been so long since some of us experienced true hunger that we worry about recognizing it once we decide to wait for it before eating.

3. We have to deal with the emotional issues that surround food. WHY are we eating when we are not hungry? For pleasure, boredom, stress, fear, anger, hurt, loneliness, or many other reasons. There are more effective ways of celebrating positive emotions and dealing with negative emotions. Adding food to negative emotions does not solve the problem, and creates yet another problem that may consume years of our lives as we deal with the fallout of overeating.

4. We think it is wasteful if we don't consume the food we already have in the pantry or on our child's plate. We turn our bodies into garbage disposals to keep from wasting any food.

5. How many times have we thrown things into our grocery cart because we might need them or they are on sale? Since we don't have a plan, we don't really know what we need so we stock up for every eventuality. When we plan a healthy eating plan, we buy what we need to eat on plan. We save money and don't waste food. News flash for people who think eating healthy is more expensive: You save money because you are only buying what you are going to use. INDYGIRL has told us that a veggie tray at the grocery store may be less expensive than a meal at McDonalds. Does that put the price into perspective?

6. Most of us have enough food in our homes to assure our next meal. The food is not going away if we don't consume it now. We won't starve.

7. When we are enjoying something delicious and reach that full-enough feeling, we can put the rest away and enjoy another time. What a concept!

8. We have to keep our food varied. Be creative with food. Having a meal planned that we are looking forward to can stop us reaching for something else before meal time. After all, you wouldn't stop at McDonalds on your way to a Thanksgiving dinner, would you?

9. Stay hydrated. We confuse thirst with hunger. Those "hunger" pangs will be less often if we stay hydrated.


Addendum about exercise: We need to change our thinking so that it encompasses more than just the prescribed routine of purposeful movement once or twice a day. We need to think about moving more all the time. Take extra steps. Find reasons to move. Don't ask your spouse or child to get things that you should get up and get. Run down to the basement or upstairs for the item you needed instead of postponing it until you are already upstairs or downstairs. You will forget what you needed by then anyway. Look for ways to move on purpose throughout the day. Do a little more cleaning. Don't leave everything to be done tomorrow.

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This past week I cleaned up my friends list on Spark. Some of the people had deactivated their accounts, and it took me a little bit to figure out how to remove them since I couldn't go to their page and remove them as friends. I left a few friends on from years past for sentimental reasons, hoping someday they will become active again. There were less than 30 people left on my list.
Now it's time to find friends who are actively losing weight or have achieved their goal. I am amazed how many people are not really doing anything weightwise here...just like me over the years. Worse than that, I was a yo-yo, up and down with my weight, ultimately weighing more than when I started here. Too many excuses. The title of my blog would be, "Why I Would Not Want Me for a Spark Friend," if I were to write it. I need to surround myself with positive friends who are committed to reaching their goals.

Why is 2015 different for me than the previous years here at Spark?
1. I am committed. I have to do this for my health. I want to be mobile and independent.
2. I am learning self encouragement. I've always encouraged everyone else. It's time to use some of that magic on me. There is power in self talk, especially words said out loud. We all like to hear, "You are doing great."
3. I have the tools I need. I have a plan for eating, exercise, and sleep. Spark is the icing on the cake, but even without Spark I would do this. The Spark community makes it easier and more enjoyable. I enjoy the support and accountability.
4. I embrace self discipline. Self discipline is the vehicle that will make my goals a reality.
5. I realize I CAN do this. Others have. Why not me?

I am doing this for me. I will not let snarky comments from anyone derail me this time.


*** Posted part of this as a blog today***

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I've had a very good day. I stayed on track with eating, on the lower side of calories. Not too full. I walked for about 90 minutes. I can't wait to hit the scale in the morning.
I've been thinking it out, how much I can safely lose a month, and where I will be each month, how much I might weigh by my birthday, and how much better I should be moving by the time we start our annual treks up north this Summer, even what I might be able to accomplish by the end of the year if I stay strong and committed. I realize our bodies don't always lose pounds and inches by our timetable, but at least I will give it every inducement to comply with my schedule.

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I've been feeling fuller than I like after eating the last couple of days, so I need to rethink my choices. It's probably eating foods that a little higher in carbs: fruit or vegetables that are too starchy. It's really discouraging to feel full like this. Each night I feel discouraged but the scale still smiles in the morning so I'm still moving in the right direction. I need to make better choices that leave me with the slightly-empty feeling. That makes me feel better about myself.

If I don't get to the store tomorrow, I plan to make baked white fish and green beans tomorrow.

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Recap of January so far:

First (3-day) week of January: Aiming for lower carb. Down 8.4 pounds.

Second week of January: Down 9 pounds on Saturday morning but resolve starting to unravel.

Third week of January: Did not start well. Very tired, followed by being emotional. Brain fog: why am I doing this? Up 9 pounds for the week.

Fourth week of January. Hunkered down. Did serious low carb induction meals. No late night snacking. Down 10.4 pounds for the week, making it a total of 17.8 pounds down so far this month. Another full week to go in January.

When I successfully and religiously ate low carb in 2008, someone in my Challenge group made a discouraging comment about my steady weight loss...about letting someone else in the team come in first. I chose the wrong time to be sensitive and became very silent for the rest of the challenge. Stayed strong even on vacation, but did not have access to healthy food for the 10 hour trip home and ate badly on the way home (only snack food available until we finally stopped to eat supper 7 hours later when I was ravenous and tired). It was downhill from there. Dumb to give up, I know. Successful Sparkers are the ones who get back up and keep going after a bad day.

I'm not giving up this time. I joined a challenge because it helps motivate me. It gives me strength, support, and clarity. But I am losing weight for me, not the team. This is really about me reaching my goals.
My goal for this 8-week challenge is to weigh 18 pounds less than when I started. That's very doable. For the challenge, I'm down 8 pounds. Only 10 more pounds to go over the next 6 weeks.
That goal is a team goal. I am looking so far beyond that, thinking out my year and what I would like to weigh by each event. Sometimes our bodies don't lose weight on our schedule but I will give it every opportunity to do so.

In my break-out small group in this Challenge, only two people lost weight the first week of the challenge. That was my bad week, too. This week it looks like a few more people lost a few pounds but some are struggling. Who knows why? We've all been there. Maybe our head is not quite ready to do this yet. Maybe life has thrown a few unexpected things at us. Maybe we are tired and discouraged. Maybe we're having trouble breaking with bad habits. Ultimately it's up to each one of us. I hope I can be an encouragement.

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Today we went to a buffet restaurant for a late lunch, his choice of restaurant. I thought it out ahead of time, planning what I could have that would fit with my plan. I mostly had meat and fresh stuff from the salad bar. The only variation from what I planned to eat was 3 sweet potato fries and a small lemonade. He brought me a sweet treat from the chocolate fountain. He said that little bit wouldn't hurt but I said I really didn't want it.
I was not stuffed when I left. Since the portion was a little more than I usually eat, I counted that as my lunch and supper. Remember, I'm trying to eat less!
Toward evening I had a small plain jello. I haven't been eating sweets so after a few bites, my stomach was telling me this was not good. I remember that feeling from when I successfully did low carb in 2008. I think I'll avoid sweet foods for now.


* * * Posted part of the last section of this in a blog * * *

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

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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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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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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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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, not on board at all. What's with that? I always do fantastic when I do lower carbs.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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