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2/11/10 11:16 P

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I was kinda proud of myself this afternoon when my husband and I visited a McDonald's...after being stuck at home from snow for two days. I should have ordered a small fry, but the medium was just a habit. The salty fries just didn't appeal to me, even after trying some sweet and sour sauce.

I switched out my salt shakers with the sea salt. No one at home can tell.

I'm just not getting enough veggies. I've bought the lima beans, kidney beans, and have ideas on how to put them in my diet, but actually cooking them is just getting to what I should do. I'm either afraid to make them and then they taste crappy and I throw them out or something. I'll motivate myself somehow.

I have some blood tests coming up at the end of March...I want to see my HDL come UP. It's supposed to be 60 and mine is 40. At risk for a stroke, they tell me.


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2/9/10 3:04 P

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I have been tempted lately. Sometimes I find that I crave salt, carbs or even sugar. But, then I have to ask myself how I would feel if I had any of those and of course the answer is always lousy! Too much salt and I am nauseated and dizzy for the next couple of days. With the carbs or sugar, I just feel miserable. I am not immune to craving these items, just have to keep reminding myself why I can't have them. So just thought I would state how I feel sometimes and that while I am tempted, I try to remember why I am having to watch the items in the first place and how I would feel afterwards if I gave in.

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1/31/10 11:46 P

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I keep some hummus in the fridge, along with some low salt whole grain tortilla chips and/or pita chips available or even some veggies for the hummus. I have low salt/low sugar peanut butter at all times, plus some low salt bread/crackers, swiss cheese (one of the lowest sodium cheeses), cut up cooked chicken breast, and so on. Thankfully hub's and son's go to snacks don't tempt me. Just the thought of feeling sodium overload with them or having a sugar spike is enough to make me skip them.

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1/29/10 3:31 P

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For snacks, I try to keep low calorie, low salt, and high fiber quick foods around like Kellogg's fiber cereal bars & pop tarts. Also, I keep jello cups & hunt's pudding cups in the fridge.

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1/28/10 9:45 P

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speaking of the "go to" snacks...we have three areas in the kitchen that are kinda split up. One is for my husband, one for everyone, and one for me. It just seems that one for everyone and my husband is always more full than mine.

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1/28/10 2:46 P

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Sounds like you have a plan of action and are well on your way to great things!

I have a 7 year old who likes to have the occasional chips, sweets, cookies, ice cream, etc. So I have it in the house 24/7/365....plus hubs tends to snack on these items too! At first I was bothered by it, but now if I get tempted I go to my 'go to' snacks, the healthy version of things.



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1/27/10 9:45 P

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Exercise is my problem area. I belong to the Y and was going 4-5 Xs/week till my Mom moved in with us. Now I never seem to find the time, though I COULD, because she can get through the morning on her own, and my husband is usually home in the AM, so I don't have to worry about her. But, if one thing gets in the way, I don't go. I'm trying to go 3 Xs/week, but I never seem to reach that number.

Also, Mom likes her cookies and ice cream. She doesn't overdo it, but that means they're in the house all the time, so I gained 20 lbs in the year she's been here. One week ago I got started on a "NO SIMPLE SUGAR" regimen. So far it's going well, I've lost 5 lbs! And my sodium level has been really good, about 1500mg/day. Speaking of that, today I discovered the GOYA brand of kidney beans comes in a low sodium version! 110mg/1/2 cup. I made chili with that and NAS tomatos (Stop and Shops store brand, 20mg/1/2 cup). I usually buy the dried kidney beans and cook them up, freezing what I don't immediately need, but this was quicker. And not bad, sodium-wise.

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1/27/10 3:28 P

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1/27/10 3:21 P

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Thanks for the ideas about the dumbbells and bicycle thingie as my job is all done at my desk at home on my PC. Now, to get relly busy on the sodium. I have cut it in half and am trying to stay at 2300 or below consistantly. The Doctor said to get down to 1700 mg. That'll take a bit, but I will get there...Alan

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1/27/10 3:07 P

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Good suggestion on the water! I keep a water bottle handy with me at all times! I try to drink extra water when taking my medicine too. If I get tired of drinking the water, I will use some crystal light for flavor or use some decaf tea, which can count towards water intake.

As for exercise....it is easy to make excuses, I do it all the time myself or when I get ready to do my exercises, my son (7) causes some mischief or wants me to do something else. I sometimes have the best intentions, but then find them going right out the window. So here are a few things that work for me, maybe they might help:

- Make a schedule of exercises and vary it throughout the week. Give yourself small rewards for your accomplishments.

- If you cannot exercise 30 or 60 minutes at one time, break it up into 10 minute sections throughout the day. Ten minutes here and there is better than nothing and makes a world of difference energy wise.

- You might first feel a lack of energy and have to push through to get the exercises done, been there myself and sometimes still go there. But, once you get on a regular schedule, you will feel your energy pick up within a couple of weeks and find that your body actually craves the exercise.

- Make exercise fun. For my family I bought a dance mat that plugs into the TV and we get exercise from dancing and get our heart rates up. Other my son and I put on music and see how silly we can be dancing. We also do games of tag in the house and the backyard, with our dog too, and follow the leader, which usually includes marching around the house or in place. Dance and walking are great forms of exercise.

- When at the computer, I have a small bicycle pedal thingie, not sure what to call it, but will sometimes be cycling while I am typing. Also, I keep some small dumbbells by the computer and while I am reading articles and such here on Spark or other websites, I am doing strength exercises with my arms or doing some leg exercises, like seated leg extensions and so on.

As for me...the calories are in check, as well as the sodium, though I sometimes go over on the carbs, which I would like to do better with. The exercise, well I am good with the strength training, though not so great with the cardio the last couple of weeks. I had to change my medicine for my Meniere's (inner ear issue throws off balance and causes dizziness), so cardio is a bit tough right now until the new medicine kicks in. So trying to figure out what I can do that doesn't cause too much head movement and more dizziness, so far only getting in some cycling from time to time, but needs improvement!

-Cindy-
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1/27/10 2:09 P

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Still struggling with exercise. Always seem to be tired or able to find an excuse! Still doing good on calorie and nutrition tracker except sodium. MAWINGS, I keep a mug of ice water at my side for most of my waking day and a bottle of water in the car. That helps me get my water. Good luck with that. I understand the stepdaughter as I had 2 stepdaughter & 1 stepson. But with time, they all call me dad know. Good luck and hugs.

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1/27/10 12:22 P

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Hmmm.... emoticon

I really dislike my midnight schedules...I get so tired and have no motivation to do anything....even exercise...sometimes would rather play on the computer and play games instead...

I can't seem to get to more than 4 cups of water daily...even though I buy water from our boss...she charges on a quarter for a bottle and I always buy two at a time and hardly get them down in one night...

frustrated that stress at home is interfering in my life and trying to dig my way out...it's mainly my relationship with my stepdaughter...

I need to eat more fruit and vegetables at dinner at work instead of going over to their frozen yogurt stand and cakes and pies stand....





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1/26/10 5:03 P

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emoticon I confess that I still struggle to force myself to exercise! I can't say that I find it fun. Necessary, but not fun!

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1/26/10 3:33 P

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Not happy with last week. Not enough exercise & too much sodium. Did maintain calorie intake, water intake, but that's the only good thing!

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1/26/10 1:14 P

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I saw a member, on another team, create a topic admitting his detour or mishap for a day. He had over eaten, gone over his calorie, carb and other counts and said he felt more accountable and in control of things if he confessed what he had done. That got me thinking that maybe a topic like this would be helpful.

So please feel free to use this area to discuss whatever you are feeling you need to discuss. It can be that you didn't get your full amount of water in, that you went over on calories, sodium or whatever that day, that you didn't get the exercise you wanted done, or whatever. If it helps you feel better and puts you back on the path you need to be on, then by all means, feel free to confess/vent here.

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