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9/29/16 3:20 P

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Sherwood, I feel for you. I HATE colonoscopies, especially the prep!!!!! You deserve to be grumpy!
Mnnice, get all those tests booked. I have to book my colonoscopy too, ugh!
Forgot to mention that yesterday morning, quite out of character, I jumped on the scale right out of bed, but remembered to hold a pair of jeans, since when they weigh me at the clinic I am usually in jeans. Anyway, I had gone from 64 to 61.7 kilos!!!!! So I am curious to see what I will weigh on their scale today when I go in for my medication. I had breakfast at around 7:45 and like the crazy person that I am, will not eat until after I get weighed. Should be interesting...just have to watch it after the weigh-in. Still crazy after all these years....
Good news...got my tomography re-booked for tomorrow at 5:00 thanks to my terrific doctor. Maybe we will finally figure out what is going on.
Here's to good test results and staying on track....












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9/29/16 12:31 P

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MNNice- 9000 steps is no small feat. It couunts. And get that colonoscopy scheduled.

I am a grump and it is only 9:30 a.m. A long day is ahead. I'm rethinking whether I will be able to go for a jog or not. My energy is fading fast.

It is a beautiful fall day here. Supposed to get up to 70. Rain on Saturday. Oh goody! Just when I want to do my long jog. I ate too well last night and my weight was up this morning. But today will take care of that.

Be well, team! I'm thinking of you.

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9/29/16 8:54 A

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Oaxaca, hoping you will soon be comfortable and smiling with those new "choppers"! Sherwood, I need to get my colonoscopy schedules this Fall also -- I am on an every 1 to 2 year schedule with that due to my cancer risks. Also need to get my physical and mammogram yet this month. I think I better put this on my to-do list to get done today! We are moving along getting things done (inspections, fix-ups, reports, etc.) for the cabin sale. I am going to miss relaxing on that porch, but it is just time to let it go and move on to new things. Had another good day yesterday with meals, but my only exercise was walking to/from work and back and forth to the courthouse, since I had choir after work, but I still got in almost 9,000 steps. Off to work now!

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9/28/16 10:15 P

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Good evening, team. Good to hear that things are moving in the right direction for you both. Persistence. Diligence. Commitment. Those are my mantras.

I had a busy day today. First meeting was at 7...ended the day with a physical therapy session followed by a 4 mile jog in our beautiful 73 degree late afternoon. Then a little more work, then grilled a sausage on the barbeque and ate my last meal for the next 36 hrs. Ugh.

Wish me good speed through my prep day tomorrow and my colonoscopy Friday at 7:30. I am gritting my teeth and steeling myself for this next 36 hours. I won't eat many calories or much sugary stuff tomorrow at all. My plan is to steadily drink coconut water throughout the day as it agrees with me, has good electrolytes and I need that. Then we'll see. Still haven't made any jello. But have both beef broth and chicken broth ready when I want to taste something meaty. The prep consumption starts tomorrow evening into the wee hours of the morning. Good grief. But I have no plans for work after noon tomorrow, just because.

Take care! I almost forgot- weight loss continued this morning. I was down to 158.6 this morning. I just don't want to overeat once I come out of my liquid diet on Friday. That's my challenge.


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9/28/16 4:51 P

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Mnnice, good to hear you have had some good days and see some progress....and so nice to see your post again! But darn that new computer monitor!!!!!
I did hang in yesterday and have another on track day behind me....feels good. I saw the dermatologist this morning, and soon will be off to the dentist to hopefully have the permanent teeth screwed into the implants and get rid of this uncomfortable plate in my mouth.
Still raining every day....finally....
Let's finish off the day in a positive way!












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9/28/16 8:53 A

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I realized why I don't have as much time to post -- I got a new monitor at work and it's VERY large -- too easy for my boss to see when I'm sneaking some time on the internet! Haha! I've had a good couple of days and am feeling good this morning. Weight was down a little and I feel a little energetic. Will keep striving to stay on track!

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9/27/16 5:00 P

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Mnnice, what a wonderful surprise to see your post! As Sherwood said, you sure are one busy lady! But please, please, come post more often, even if its to say hi and nothing else. And maybe those couple of minutes will help you get more even with your eating and exercise....a little motivation.
Sherwood, great that your weight is going down...hooray! Stay strong!
I got through yesterday on track. It wasn't easy, but I didn't slip. Today I got up early to see about the tomography appointment. And I was right about waiting...they gave me an appointment for Oct. 25th! But they also gave me the name of the doctor in charge and when and where I can find him. And my doctor is going to speak to him as well, to see if they can fit me in earlier. Fingers crossed.
Again, today is not easy as I am very tired, lunch ended up being too late, and so my system is off schedule. But I can get through today....it feels too good to be eating properly to mess up now...I just have to hang in.
Hope everyone has a nice, relaxing evening.












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9/27/16 1:05 P

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MNNice...good to have you checking in. But good grief, it sounds like you are super busy. Weekend grandma to 3 little ones, cabin prep, an extra job, all your volunteer activities...and life, too. We will be here for you, when you can drop in. But do make it a point to drop in, whenever. And stay for as long as you have time.

I got up very early this morning...around 3. My husband was restless until he left for the airport at 4...and then I got up for an hour because I couldn't sleep. But then slept in til after 7. Only to miss a meeting which then got rescheduled. Sigh.

Nonetheless, my weight dropped again. 158.9. Even though I had wine with dinner last night, I ate early enough (and it was healthy---butternut squash and chicken sausage and sauteed mushrooms...and some chocolate for dessert).

Today I have a session with my personal trainer, work, and I hope to get a jog in, too. It is cloudy. And even though my fitbit says I got 8 hours of sleep, it was interrupted by an hour+...so I don't feel quite as rested. But when I went to bed last night I felt good--no aches or pains...and that was welcome (and a surprise).

Here's hoping you can avoid the food Oaxaca and not have to wait too long for your scan.

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9/27/16 8:49 A

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Time just keeps slipping away -- I don't know why there isn't enough time in a day anymore! Am I slowing down that much??? It's been busy -- I've got a home transcription job to finish, we have an offer on our cabin so are busy getting details nailed down and ready to move things out, plus I spent Friday night and Saturday watching my daughter's foster kids while her and her hubby went to foster care training required for their licensing. Wow, that wore me out! I'm not used to little ones, much less three at a time! I do the same this weekend. I continue to have ups and downs with my eating. I really need to get back to strength training! I will never stop coming to this team to post - even though I know it's sporadic - I will continue to hang in there! Oaxaca hope the hip pain can be resolved! Sherwood, you are doing well! Keep it up, teammies!

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9/26/16 8:42 P

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You sound really good Sherwood.......Yay!!
I am on track....today has not been easy, feeling like I want to grab something out of the fridge every 10 minutes, but I am holding my own, and soon we will have dinner. But it will be light. I had a big lunch...no "bad" food, but was generous with my protein. That's fine, but it all has to balance out at the end of the day.
I get my requisition for a tomography of my hip tomorrow. I just hope I can have it done right away and not have to wait. Waiting is something you have to get used to if you live here in
Mexico.
Looks like for now we are a two woman team Sherwood. I really wish Mnnice would come back to us, but in the meantime, we carry on.
Have a good evening, and stay sane!













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9/26/16 12:32 P

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Good morning, team. Oaxaca...you detected that I was feeling a bit down in yesterday's post. But today is another day and I am feeling positive and committed. After I post here I am going out for a short jog....then have a dermatologist's appointment at 11:15. It is our last hot day of the season, I am sure. Supposed to get up to 86!

I plan on tracking everything I eat. And will have the luxury of eating whenever I want Tuesday and Wednesday because my husband will be out of town. And Thursday? Well...I am not going to slug down gatorade. My body won't tolerate sugary stuff. But I have coconut milk which is good for hydration...and a few calories. My plan is to also make some jello (sugar free)...just so I can pretend to have some volume of "stuff" in my stomach on Thursday.

We are tough! Let's do this.

My weight dropped a bit- 159.6 this morning. Got in a good night's sleep, too.

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9/25/16 11:41 P

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Its late and I'm pretty tired....but wanted to post and let you know I am on track and have committed myself to no more food until breakfast tomorrow. So its been a good weekend.
It has been raining like crazy since the afternoon, and the forecast calls for more of the same for the next few days...but part of today was sunny and lovely, so can't complain.
Toughen up Sherwood...you can do this!
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9/25/16 10:27 P

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Oaxaca---I ended up with some chicken rice soup, a glass of wine and some chocolate mousse for dinner. Not the best. And I gained some weight this morning. But life goes on.

Today was a lazy day again. We went to pick up some wine from the wine club we belong to (and had some tasting), I took another long nap, and for dinner had a healthy sweet potatoes with onions, fresh garlic from the garden and turkey meatballs. Along with a glass of wine and 2 chocolate truffles from Israel. Lunch was chicken salad. Breakfast was a lox omelette with light mozarella cheese. I did OK on my eating today. But I have to really watch what I eat this week as I am on a low fiber/no whole grains/nuts or seeds diet this week. I have to avoid things that make me gain weight---no white rice, crackers or stuff like that if I can avoid it.

My massage therapist gave me a giant pumpkin today. So I am going to figure out how to make pumpkin soup/stews.

Let's have a good week, team!

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9/24/16 11:01 P

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You certainly deserve lazy after a 7.5 mi. jog Sherwood. Glad to hear you are enjoying the day and doing well....and hope you figured out something good for dinner.
We had a really lovely dinner out last night, and I was thrilled to see seared tuna on the menu. It was delicious, and of course, not something that causes concern in terms of calories. So it was a good day. And today has gone well also...dinner turned out to be some "grazing" but there were no disasters. I tracked everything and I've done fine.
Talk about lazy though....I slept until 11:00 this morning! But it was glorious! Then I looked after some errands and did some grocery shopping.
Well, so far a good weekend....let's keep it that way!













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9/24/16 8:15 P

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Good evening team. A lazy day here (afterI finished my 7.5 mile jog). It started off cool and foggy...but the day has ended with clear skies and into the mid 60s. A perfect fall day.

I took a long nap, watched some football, caught up on a TV show I watch...and have just hung out today. Very relaxing. Now we'll have to figure out something for dinner.

Tomorrow I have a hair appointment and a massage. And it is supposed to be in the mid 80s. So we have another couple of warm summer-like days ahead. Life is good. My first meeting is at 7 a.m. Monday, so it'll be back to work next week, wrapping up preparations for my trip. But I'm sure enjoying the weekend. Eating sensibly. But I have to figure out what dinner will be. Not much in the house...

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9/23/16 4:21 P

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Sherwood, you know with daily weigh-ins that there will be those fluctuations for whatever reason. Personally, it would drive me batty, but that's me, Just stick to your plan of eating and you will find success. Its odd, when I have had colonoscopy, I don't remember having a week long eating plan to follow...I'll let you know soon, as I am overdue.
I got back down to business yesterday, and feel much better for it. Just finished a really good lunch, and tonight it looks like we are going out to a nice restaurant...no special reason, just gonna do it..
On the Living Binge Free Team, the only other team I am active on, there is a place to post a commitment around food. For example, you can post "no more food til dinner" or " no eating again until breakfast tomorrow." I find when I make use of this tool it really helps me at night, so that is something I am focusing on.
We are finally getting the daily rain we were waiting for all summer. My plants are very happy, but I admit I do miss the sun.
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Good morning, team.
A rainy night and now a cloudy, windy, cool day here...highs only in the 50s. Fall happens fast in the Pacific Northwest...although we have three days in the 80s starting Sunday....

I have to readjust my feelings, too, Oaxaca. You stayed even with your weight over two months of bedrest. I think that is actually quite an accomplishment as your metabolism must've slowed down, too. Today? My weight was up 1.3 pounds from yesterday (I have to constantly deal with these fluctuations)....I don't exactly know why. But I ate just on plan. And today I have to start eating for my colonoscopy---which means no whole grains (or things like quinoa) or cucumbers or tomatoes. I may cheat, just for today and finish off those tomatoes from my garden...but I have to eat low fiber for the next week---no grains, no seeds or nuts. I will have to work hard at not going crazy with other carbs. I know I can do it, but it makes me slightly grumpy today.

And for that mood, I have to keep it in check and just do the right things. Keep tracking. Keep a positive attitude. Exercise, be kind to myself....and not feel a bit angry at having restrictions on what I can eat. So be it! I am tough and will not let up on the weight loss progress I have had.

My goal tomorrow is to have a long run of 7 or 8 miles. And a 3 mile jog sometime this afternoon. It isn't rainy, just cloudy and windy. So no excuses!

Have a good weekend, team!

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9/22/16 4:29 P

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Good for you Sherwood, doing really well...give yourself a pat on the back!
Ugh, last night another binge. And I know now, too late unfortunately, two reasons that might have pushed me to disaster. I got weighed, and expected a low weight since my clothes are pretty loose...I was using my belt to keep my jeans in place. But my weight was the same as 2 months ago. Secondly, I prepared an unusually heavy dinner of steak, salad, vegetables and baked potato. Like a good little girl I weighed out 4 ounces of meat and ate 1/2 of a potato. I felt hungry after, so had a mini sugar free yogurt. Wouldn't a little more meat and a whole potato have been more satisfying, and surely would have been a better choice than a binge. So I keep on learning.
Today so far so good, and I'm not letting myself go into the doldrums. But 2 binges in a week is not at all good. Access to the kitchen is not on my side.Time to really check my goals and build my motivation.












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Good morning, team.
I am wondering what they do to ease the pain if you have calcification, Oaxaca...I hope the pain lessens. I had a good session with my PT yesterday. He focused on my achilles and exercises. When he does that STEM treatment (scraping) it is painful...but it feels better afterwards. My exercises are important. I need to do all those stretches every day while traveling (assuming I am not sleeping in a tent!) too. That's something to remind myself of.

My back and hips are tight...I think that is due to all my plane and car sitting. Hopefully it will get better over the next few days..the PT is going to focus on those areas on next week's visit.

Today I weighed 158.1. Continued progress! I'll take it. I have been eating light. I haven't tracked, but just watched what I eat. No grains. Zip. Last night's dinner with friends at a bar was a glass of hard cider, a small sausage, and some fries. And some chocolate nuts I brought back from Israel. Nothing outrageous. Small portions. Lunch was an energy bar. Snacks were 2 handfuls of nuts and a banana. Breakfast an omelette and tomatoes. Since I know all this I really should try to enter it in and see how many calories I consumed.

Keep up the good work. Enjoy the day! And check in when you can.

Cheers,
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9/21/16 7:17 P

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So glad to see your post Sherwood. My you have been sooooo busy. And weight- wise you are doing well. Bravo for you! Hang on to those goals and keep up the good work!
I am on track and aside from my left leg, am feeling good. All of my jeans are loose, so that is making me feel good too.
I will yet again see my orthopedic doctor hopefully tomorrow. We spoke yesterday, and he mentioned it might be calcification around the bone near the prosthetic hip piece that is making the bone poke the false hip. Probably he will send me for another study, I imagine an MRI. But on the other hand, the pain is lighter today than it has been, so heavens knows what is going on. I guess time will tell.
I see another new client tomorrow...it feels terrific getting back to some work again. I was really feeling like I was stagnating.
Mnnice, hope you are doing well and that we will hear from you soon.
Have a good evening everyone.













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9/21/16 5:17 P

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Good afternoon, team.

I am sorry I haven't been able to post over the last few days...but I have been out of reach of the internet. Last Friday we drove 10 hours to Burgdorf HotSprings north of McCall Idaho...and then spent all day Saturday thru Sunday morning crewing the IMTUF (I'm tough) mountain 100 miler for my daughter (she and her boyfriend both entered the race- she finished, he dropped out after *only* 88 miles). She did very well. We slept in a very cold tent Friday night, Saturday night in our car, and Sunday night back in a much warmer tent. Then drove home all day Monday. Tuesday I was busy with work and, well, it is already Wednesday and I just haven't taken the time to post.

I think we need to hang together as a team. And we need encouragement. Oaxaca, glad to see you are getting around, doing things, and reining in your binges. You've come a long way from being bedridden. And MNNice, sounds like you are super busy, too. I think getting meds right might make a big difference in your metabolism.

I know I have made significant progress. I weighed 158.9 this morning. Yay, me! Been carefully watching what I eat and avoiding all grains this week. Next Friday I have a colonoscopy (no fun!). And then October 10th I travel again. This time I'll be gone for nearly two weeks to London and Germany, then back for just a day or two before I go to a conference in Illinois. Then the weekend in the Denver area where my daughter is giving a TEDex talk (she wanted me to come see her). So I have an extremely busy October. I am enjoying a beautiful day here. Just got back from a jog, now go to my Physical Therapy.

I have a goal of continuing to lose a pound or two each week I am home, and staying steady when I travel.

I think of you two teammates often. Take care! And I will check in tomorrow.


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Glad to see you here Mnnice, but sorry you are struggling....hopefully the doc. will put you on those meds again, and that with your new attitude they will help.
I had a binge last night after doing well for awhile. And with the risk of giving too much information, I had really bad diarrhea this morning, so, well, I guess enuff said. Anyway, I am not going to stress over it, but instead get right back on track. I have work today, and also some other appointments, so I will be occupied and thinking of a lot of other things besides food.
Let's make it a good day!
P.S. I have decided I will only post here after I see someone else's post for the given day. Hopefully we will soon get our old rhythm back instead of disappearing.

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A quick good morning before I head to work! The weekend was not so good, and the scale went up, but I'm working to turn that around this week. I have to go in for my annual physical sometime soon and I think she will not be happy with the weight gain! I am going to discuss going back on a medication I had been taken off. It is a diabetes-type medication that I do believe it helped my metabolism, and since going off of it I have gained over 10 pounds. But I try to stay positive and focused on getting back down to a healthy BMI!

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Just a quick note to say I am doing fine....I think soon this team will be gone...not enough action here.












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It's awfully lonely here.....
I am on track and feeling pretty good. Still have some pain, but not too bad.
Hope you are enjoying the weekend.












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Wonderful to hear from you Mnnice....and glad to hear that you are starting to do better and feel better.You are so busy....and in comparison, I felt like I was busy just going to the hairdresser and buying some groceries. But this first week out of bed, everything feels like I'm doing a lot, but I am so happy every moment just to be active.
I had a slip last night, but the positive thing is I was able to stop it. I tallied the damage, and thankfully I was only over around 200 on my allowed calories. And I didn't get into any sweets either.
I'm still feeling good about being free of those binges, and again today my pants fit much better than they did. With my being called fatso so much in my youth it makes me so happy to look at my reflection and like what I see.
Sherwood, did you go right off to your daughter's activity, or did you decide to pass? Hope you are doing ok.
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I'm happy to report it's been a good week. While the weight loss hasn't been more than a few ounces, I haven't gained, and I FEEL better - not so bloated and stuffed. I've been eating carefully and mindfully for the most part. It's been another busy week, as I picked up an at-home transcription job, am back to choir rehearsals on Wednesdays, and this weekend is our annual Walk of Hope cancer awareness event, and I have become even more involved in the Big Stone County Cancer Support Group since my own cancer diagnosis. Hopefully next week things will finally quiet down a bit! My feet are better - not really painful but especially the left one feels very stiff - probably arthritis. Busy weekend ahead, and we have a couple nibbles on the cabin, so although we have mixed feelings about selling it, it would be nice to not have to take out the dock, winterize it, etc. We shall see what happens! Plan to get in lots of walking tomorrow at the cancer walk!

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Hi gals....I am doing fine, and feeling much better....that patch for pain is really working. What a relief! The nerve study took about an hour....basically for me it was an hour of changing position and getting electric shocks....I looked at the report but really didn't understand it. I'll leave that to my doctor. After the appointment I met an ex-student of mine who is in town from Mexico City. We had lunch and did a lot of catching up. It was really a nice afternoon.
Last night I managed to stave off a binge. I was feeling really hungry, and battled with myself as to whether or not I should get out of bed to get something to eat. I finally did, and I fixed a nice healthy snack, and then went to sleep. Feels like a real victory....and I even stayed in my calorie range!
Sherwood, I guess you are back home now....and still dealing with jet lag...hope you are doing ok.....same wish for you Mnnice.
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What a wonderful experience you are having Sherwood! And that you met up with someone you could really relate to...everything sounds terrific! Have a safe trip home, and hope you recover from the jet lag quickly.
I have been busy today...first and foremost I got my psoriasis nails covered and fixed...during all the time in bed the artificial nails wore off, and my nails are definitely not nice to look at. So glad that is done. Also went to the market and stocked up on fruits and vegetables. When I got home I had lunch and then put together some vegetable soup that is simmering on the stove now. Whew! For me, that was a lot after so long in bed. I do have pain, but I guess I am just accepting that every step is going to hurt for awhile. But now I am lying in bed with the computer balanced on top of me....and a measured out 4 ounces of white wine on ice...the ice is uncouth, I know, but I love white wine on ice, and it sure lasts longer too!
Aside from the pain I am feeling pretty good and so happy I am staying on track...it really feels wonderful. And this is my third mobile day, and even though I can now go into the kitchen whenever I choose, I have managed. And I am doing a lot of talking to myself to continue to be sane around food. Fingers crossed!
Mnnice, thinking of you and hoping you are well...hope to hear from you soon.
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Hello from Jerusalem! My last day here. I have been very busy teaching this workshop...and dealing with jetlag. It also turns out that another consultant who I vaguely knew (but actually worked with a little) is here at the same hotel and teaching a class in the room next to mine. We bumped together by chance but have been having great conversations/going out to dinner in the evenings and talking about many things---including food and eating and weight loss (he has lost over 50 pounds in the past year or so eating very carefully and not eating carbs so frequently...it isn't quackery...and he is very much into researching explaining what he is doing and how certain people's metabolism is different in different ways, etc. So among talking about technical stuff and travel experiences, we've also had very interesting diet/food discussions.

So this has been an unexpected (and pleasant) surprise. Last night we went to dinner and discovered a very nice "meat" restaurant where we had carapaccio that was wonderful as an appetizer and then little small plates of hummus, olive tapenades, etc on a freshly grilled flatbread, plus I had steak for dinner with grilled vegetables (couldn't eat all of this) that was simply excellent. And it is just a small restaurant where we were the only customers talking to the owner and chef. A pretty amazing find. Most days I don't eat so much, having salads and eggs in tomatoes or an omelet for breakfast....but that is all good and tasty food. I'm enjoying my food experience in Israel a whole lot. We'll see what I weigh when I get home. I fly out tonight at 11 p.m. and 23 hours later I get home.

I am so happy to hear that you are waling and mobile, Oaxaca. I do hope you can figure out how to manage the nerve pain. That is no fun. But keep moving, and enjoy the fit of your clothes.
MNNice, hope you are hanging in there.

Take care, team!

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I can finally walk around! Seems the issue with the pain in my leg is a nerve problem...so some of my meds were doubled up, and I have to go for a special nerve study on Thursday. I am happy to be out of bed, but the pain is no fun. At least it seems the fracture has healed.
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Yesterday I was last, today I'm first.....I am using just my cane starting today, and my doctor sent me for x-rays. I will see him later, and hopefully get some feedback on why my one leg is still hurting me so much. But what a treat to be out of the house!
I am happily on track, and did notice when I got dressed today that my clothes are fitting looser! Succcess! emoticon
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Great to see post from both of you! Sherwood, hope the jet lag passes quickly. Sounds like you have seen so much already. And your eating looks very well planned...kudos to you!
Mnnice, welcome home. I hope life quiets down for you. I am sorry you are having problems with weight gain. Hopefully now that things are settling you can get down to business.
I am on track and in a bad mood. Tomorrow is the end of bed rest, but since I still need pain meds, and still have a little pain with them, I'm a little worried as to what comes next. All depends on the doctor tomorrow.
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Back from Kansas City after a very long 3 days. It was good that all 6 of the remaining siblings were able to make it to the funeral from Minnesota and AZ, but it was a rough time. I didn't terribly eat, but I continue to gain weight - coming home with 2 extra pounds in 3 days. Of course there was no exercise. I really need to figure out something to get the weight off. My metabolism is zero! Anyway, Sherwood, I've had friends with thyroid problems and it does take a while to get things adjusted. Enjoy your trip to Jerusalem! Oaxaca, hoping you will soon be up and around! Beautiful day here and I need to just take things easy. I finally had a good night's sleep last night! I did return to the news of yet another funeral to attend, as an elderly uncle (he was 97!) passed away yesterday. I also picked up a short at-home transcription job which I'll need to start working on tomorrow. Take care, team!

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Good afternoon, team, from Jerusalem.

Oaxaca, hang in there! I will check in daily. I have plenty of weird sleepless time to do so.

I arrived in Jerusalem after a 14 hour flight to Tel Aviv, then a 1 hour wait at passport control and a 45 minute drive to my hotel. Got in and went to bed around midnight here. Got up at 5:30 and checked my mail/read the paper....and then after a nice breakfast (healthy!) I went out and walked around old Jerusalem. Saw the Tower of David museum, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the West Wall....walked and walked...had an espresso, then headed back to the hotel. I have dinner tonight with a colleague. I will try to stay awake until then, but we'll see. I may go hang out by the pool. It is warm (too warm to walk around anymore) and I am sleepy. Just made another espresso in my hotel rom. Had a packet of nuts (210 cals) a hummus cup and some baby carrots and jicama, and I'm gonna call that lunch. I need to eat light, drink plenty of water, and more water. Got 6 miles of walking in today so far. So that's good. Now if I could feel slightly more awake, that'd be good. But it is 10 hours time difference....and so it is in the middle of the night back home (I will stop thinking about that).

Take care! I'll check in when I can.

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Here I am all alone....I guess Sherwood is now jet lagged and Mnnice on her way back home. Wishing you both well.
I am doing fine, just totally sick of being so immobile, but Monday marks the end of the penance.
Working toward another on track day....












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Off you go Sherwood...happy travels!
I am right back on track, thank goodness. I am trying to consciously commit to no kitchen trips late at night. Another team that I post on has a place to make hourly commitments, and using that helps me when I remember to do it.
Monday will be the end of the prescribed bed rest. Without the meds, one leg still really hurts, so will see what that is all about.
Clearly I have no real news...just want to stick to clean eating, and focus on getting rid of the pain.
Thinking of you Mnnice....
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Heading out this afternoon...a long flight is ahead of me...

Woke up and now just a few small items to take care of before I go. I have ready my airplane food: hummus and baby carrots. An apple. And some nuts in packs so I can only have just one pack at a time. And my water bottle. So I am set.

My plan is to go for a jog this morning...not a long run, but a jog. The long run will not happen this week. Oh well.... my weight was 159.4 this morning. Just fine as I didn't jog yesterday (instead ran around doing errands for hours, saw the eye dr, etc, painted the last bit on our deck, many errands....)....

I will be in touch when I can. Take care of yourselves, team!

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emoticon Congratulations Sherwood! This success should help you stick to it during your trip. Have a safe, comfortable flight, and post if you have a chance. Enjoy!
I had a binge last night....I kind of felt it coming all day. I felt very tired, lonely, bored and depressed yesterday, and my addiction got the better of me. Thankfully I ate healthy food, just too much, so at least I don't feel ill today. And I am grateful that it has been quite a while since this has happened. So today its back to sanity. Hubby is home, which helps a lot.
I also think maybe there was some self destruction involved, since looking in the mirror before my shower yesterday I could see that my body is thinner...and happy as it made me, also I felt the fear of "What if I mess up now?" Anyway, enough analyzing. Today is today, and so far, I'm doing well.
Again Sherwood, I wish you a great trip...it sounds pretty exciting! And treat yourself well.
Have a good evening all....

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Good morning, team!
I did it...weighed 159.1 this morning. Progress. At last. I have been totally avoiding any grains since Monday. And for some reason my weight is just dropping. I suspect it may have something to do with my thyroid. The latest bloodwork showed that I now have too active a thyroid....and so my doc is having me switch to the lowest possible dose. This seemingly happened over just the last few days...but I can tell that I feel a bit hyped up/anxious. I had chalked it up to my flight/trip tomorrow...but probably not. I feel as if I have drunk a half a pot of coffee when I wake up.

I guess it is pretty hard to adjust thyroid meds and that it takes time. So it goes. I also have been religious about taking a full hour before eating or drinking anything after taking the pill in the morning...and so, it has time to take effect. That probably has made a big difference, too.

I will fly out tomorrow afternoon. Excited. And today I go shopping for airplane food/snacks so that I am not tempted by anything and am entirely self-sufficient. Nuts in small packets (so I only eat one packet) from Trader Joe's. Hummus cups and carrots. That's that. And I *will* drink plenty of water.

Cheers and I'll be thinking of you, team!

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MNNice...so sorry to hear about your younger brother. This is a time to be close to family...and I offer my sincere condolences.

Everything going on with our weight and food is such "small potatoes" compared to this.

Today I woke up feeling like a new woman. I think that eating no grains really helped. And I lost a pound and a half overnight. So who knows? Maybe I will make my goal of 160 (but if I don't, it will not be for lack of trying) before I step on the plane in two days.

I have 28 people I will be teaching next week. A big crowd (I expected 20). So I will have to be prepared to do group exercises/debriefings instead of having everyone share their work. I'm up for the challenge. It will be nice to be a tourist for a day in Jerusalem, too.

Take care, team! I am thinking of you!

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Mnnice, I am so very sorry to hear of your brother's death...you have been dealing with so much loss, my heart goes out to you....please take care, have a safe trip to Kansas City, and know that my thoughts are with you.
I am doing fine with my eating, and oh boy, its already Wednesday! Soon, I hope, I'll be out of this darned bed!
Let's be thankful for what we have in our lives, and not complain about problems with food....that is manageable if we really work at it.












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Just a quick post this morning. Still having trouble making a plan and sticking with it -- just have kind of been eating whatever I want - too many things going on that disrupt my "schedule", and without structure, I don't do well! Will be away until Sunday now. Will leave first thing tomorrow morning for Kansas City for the funeral of one of my younger brothers who passed away Sunday. He was only 2 years younger than me and this is going to be a tough one... . Will check in next week when I get back. Hang in there, both of you! You're making progress, Sherwood, and Oaxaca only a week to go to get out of that bed!!

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If nothing else, I am well rested today. I slept until noon! I feel like a queen!
I could have gotten in trouble last night, but ended up with a snack that quieted the urge...Whew!
Today starts week 4 of bed rest, and then we'll see what's next. The pain is still there, so who knows what lies ahead.
Sorry about that 1 pound up Sherwood. Hopefully when the stomach ache goes, that will go too.
Obviously I have no exciting plans for the day. Probably will watch a few episodes of Narcos on Netflix to pass the time. But the day will go quickly since I slept away half of it!
Feel better Sherwood, and have a good day.
Mnnice, hope you'll be back soon.












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Well...another day, another challenge. My weight is up a pound! And it is rainy and blustery today. We'll see if I can go outside later or whether I do the treadmill. And, I haven't felt that well today. A little achey stomach this morning. I suspect it is because I ate some gluten free bread for lunch yesterday. It doesn't sit well with me sometimes.

Let's hope the day gets better as it goes along!

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Glad to hear you are feeling good Sherwood, and you are so close to your pre-travel goal...stick with it, you might even surpass what you are working toward! You mentioned my determination in your post....I have so many negative feelings about being very overweight as a child and adolescent, that it is true pain when I am "off the wagon" eating uncontrollably. I guess I hit bottom and was there for a very long time, so its a very big deal for me to eat sanely, and very very painful when I don't.
I am doing well with my eating lately. Yesterday I had a very high protein lunch and really had very little appetite for anything later in the day, so just had a nibble for dinner. I was quite low on calories, but I didn't wake up feeling ravenous. And that was a good thing, since I had to go in early for lab tests. I am supposed to still be on bed rest, but this was a lab appointment arranged through the public health insurance here, and it is a pain to get an appointment. So I went, struggling with my walker. But now I'm in my cozy bed on a chilly rainy day. And I will stay here for the rest of the day.
I cannot get used to the fact that we are already in September...the summer months really disappeared....
Hope its a happy, on track week for everyone.


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Good morning, team.

Oaxaca, your determination and will power amaze me. You set yourself goals and try to do your best to keep them, in spite of all your health issues. One more week of bedrest. Sounds like you have a week's challenge ahead of you!

Good to hear from you, MNNice.I think that birthdays and anniversaries only come around once a year....other holiday excuses (or excuses to indulge are just that---indulgences that require discipline). We don't need nor can tolerate "treats" every day. I have to tell myself that.

Yesterday's jog was quite challenging for me as it was a bit showery in the morning and I had to deal with aches and motivation. But I did it! 11 miles. 5 on the track, then 6 on Fanno Creek trail which is a wildlife corridor through Tigard and into Beaverton. I took a nap. Stretched. Rolled. Iced. And feel just fine today. Did some last bits of painting on the deck (we pulled up the blue tape and it pulled up some of the paint). Now all that is left are some window trims that require spray painting and more taping. My husband says he'll take care of that.

5 more days until I get on the plane for Israel. Still hoping to break that 160 pound goal. Weighed 160.8 this morning. Dilligence. Tracking. And exercise!

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I d idn't feel well at all yesterday, but managed to stay on track, and I woke up feeling very relieved that I did.
Tomorrow is the end of week 3 of bedrest, and then one more to go...then I can find out if life gets normal again, or if there is more to come....I still need my pain pills, and that is discouraging. But we'll see....
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So great to hear from you Mnnice...and belated happy anniversary! Enjoy the cabin, and your walking. Hopefully with the new week coming you will be able to use your motivation to get back to your goals. You've been through so much, it time to take care of YOU.
I gave myself permission to go over on calories last night and had some yogurt with honey and a cranberry nut bar. But that was all, no searching for more sweets or whatever to stuff in. But I have to be careful to not let this become a habit, but rather a very once in a while thing. I still have some weight I want to lose, so that means sticking to my calorie allowance.
Hope your rolling and stretching has helped and that you had an enjoyable run today Sherwood.
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Hi, team! Sherwood, I'm with you on the stretching, rolling and icing of the heel, but both of my feet have been good the last 2 days. This morning I ordered a new pair of Vionic walking shoes and a pair of Dansko sandals to slip on around the house. Don't like spending so much money for expensive shoes, but if it fixes my feet, then I'll do it! My daughter & son-in-law have taken in 3 foster kids in the past couple weeks -- a 4 yr old boy, and 4 and 6 yr old girls who are sisters. I've met the little boy and he is a good little guy. The girls I have yet to meet but look forward to it! We went out for a belated anniversary supper last night to an Italian restaurant, and the creamy sauces and pasta weren't scale friendly! But in about an hour we'll head for the cabin for the long weekend and I will get some walking done! And yes, I am excited to retire now that I've set the date. Life is too short -- I've just buried a brother 2 years older than me, and my younger brother by 3 years is in hospice care. I want to have time to enjoy retirement while in good health! Oaxaca, hang in there on the bed rest! I'm struggling with the weight but feeling motivated to turn things around!

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Oaxaca...glad you got some relief from the boredom. It is always nice to visit with a friend.

I just got back from a late afternoon jog. It wasn't fun as my heel bugged me and I felt downright sluggish and things aren't feeling aligned... That'll reinforce that I should not jog late in the day. Morning time (or noon at the latest) works best for me. I will once again ice my heel, do plenty of stretching and rolling...and then see whether I am up for a long run tomorrow or not. I can wait until Sunday. I also may try to go run on the boring track as it is very flat and I can stop at any point.

My weight was 161.2 this morning. Progress is slow. I hope to be close to 160 before I step on that plane next Friday. We'll see.

Have a good weekend.

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