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First weigh in on new Spring Challenge

Sunday, March 25, 2012

First week and I am down all of one pound.

I do, however, feel pretty good, despite the pollen count, which is way up there. Woke up with my nose slammed shut and had to take a Zyrtec. First time in years. I can BREATHE! Maybe that is why I feel better? Oxygen? hahaha... maybe?

I did try the BMI calculator, as someone suggested, and apparently my intake could stand to be a few hundred calories higher, and theoretically I'd still lose weight - but boy I don't think so. At least not until I get more active. I did up my calorie count back when I had hit a plateau two years ago, and it helped a lot, though. I don't want to get my metabolism lower, especially with already being hypothyroid since childhood. I need to boost it up.

Did a lot of walking today because we shopped at two different big box stores, and a little local shop, and we were out all afternoon, so I know I got quite a few steps in. I need to remember my pedometer. Parked way the heck at the back of the lots, as far from the doors as possible, so we got in some extra steps that way, too.

The concrete in stores like Costco really makes my legs hurt. I think it's the varicose veins more than anything. I do wear compression hose but they are knee high. I can't seem to find thigh highs big enough. Muscles spasming, too, though. I have some spinal arthritis and there's a pinched nerve sometimes and I get some numbness occasionally and shooting pains and my legs don't work as well when that's happening. I'm going through that right now. But I'm still able to walk. *counts blessings*

Double count of blessings there. I chatted with a friend of mine, a real life best friend from years ago in the little town we lived in, in Ohio, last night. Hadn't spoken to her for years although we'd emailed. I do miss her. She's always trying to see the upside. She's ten years younger than I am and she's been in a nursing home for years, now. Had an auto accident as a teen and I guess some doc missed a cervical nerve compression that started as a result, and worsened with arthritis in her forties, and she's been gradually losing control of everything from the neck down. Finally they figured out why. She hasn't walked in many years and has bed sores. Yesterday they got her up on some hoist that she can hang from and "walk" and it takes the weight off her legs, and so she can now move and improve her circulation. I am SO very thrilled to hear this. What a wonderful blessing. She is SO excited and I am excited for her. So hopeful they can fix her neck nerve and she maybe can walk again! She's been getting PT to relieve the pressure on the nerve, and has more movement now than she did. It's just such a blessing. Pray for her, if that is something you are comfortable doing. She's a wonderful person.

Today, we did shop at a small natural foods store that makes their own fresh chicken sausage daily, and I got some of that and cooked it for dinner. The boys got jalapenos and I got apple. Yum!

I also picked up a largish stainless steel steamer and pan on sale. I just wanted a steamer plate to put in my bigger pans, but they didn't carry them anywhere we were today. Not even Walmart. I've been reading where microwaving causes more loss of nutrients in veggies than steaming, so I am going to switch back to steaming. I wonder why that would be? Oh well. Roasting is still supposed to be good, though usually that's better with a smidge of oil, which I am trying to cut down on. Maybe a little spritz of Pam?

Speaking of food, the Mug Muffin recipe experiment is going on, still. I've been tweaking. I like it. It does not upset my gastritis nor my phantom gall bladder pangs. I don't usually get hungry again afterwards for a full four or five hours, sometimes six or seven, but I don't feel bloated. It gives me lots of good omega 3's and fiber, too.

So far, if anyone is interested in trying it. Not bad at all. That or I'm getting used to it.

MUG MUFFIN

Chop 1/2 an apple finely and zap it on high in the microwave for one minute.
Spray the inside of a large mug with PAM (I use a ten ounce one that is narrower on the bottom)
In the mug, mix together with a fork:
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
2 tsp ground cassia cinnamon (good for you!)
1 tsp ground ginger (optional)
2-3 single serving packets of Stevia (I use two)
1/4 tsp baking soda (the non aluminum kind tastes a bit better)
a few nuts chopped finely (optional)
To that add:
1 tsp either coconut oil or olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
1 large egg
The chopped cooked apple bits that have cooled
Mix vigoriously until blended. (Kids could do this themselves, even. Might be fun!)
Make sure you mixed in everything from the bottom of the mug!
Cook at 1 minute ten seconds on high in the microwave.
Dump it out onto your plate. It comes out easily.
I cut it in half and drizzle on a teaspoon of maple syrup, then eat.
You can butter it or whatever. It tastes a lot like a bran muffin, which I like.

Yeah - a whole pound lost the first week is a bit discouraging, so I need to go get a pound of butter and look at it, so I feel like I accomplished something? ROFL! I have been really religious about my measuring and tracking and exercise - except for a slip yesterday where I didn't do the rebounder because I talked to my friend too long, but I'm not feeling any guilt over that. Oh well... I've definitely put in time today that may make up for it?

Hope everyone is having a SPARKin good weekend!
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  • WENDYSPARKS
    Glad you lost a pound....better than gaining at least.

    Wendy emoticon
    2303 days ago
  • MARTHA-ANN
    Congratulations on the pound loss, all loss is good loss!
    I forgot my pedometer while we were away this week-end but did put an awful lot of steps in.
    Good news for your friend, I hope she finds some relief with the new activity.
    2303 days ago
  • GRACIELA_ELENA
    Glad to hear you had a good catch up with your friend and she is doing better. Good for you for all the walking...I had been using my pedometer each day but seem to have misplaced it...will go look for it now. Thanks for the reminder and keep up the great work!
    2303 days ago
  • DONNAKOVAC
    Hooray for losing a pound and hooray for your friend able to find some improvement! It seems like already prayers are being answered for her! (^_^)

    Keep on Baby Stepping - you can do it!!!

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    2303 days ago
  • TORTILLAFLATS
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on shedding another pound!

    Gail
    2304 days ago
  • JILL313
    I celebrate every pound I lose as have so much before I reach my big WL Goal. I'm really happy for your WL Sue. Sounds like you had a good day and I envy all that walking you did as that is what I dream about doing. Thank God your friend is finally healing with better treatments than before. I will keep her in my prayers. My sons have terrible allergies and wake up with them. Benaydrl made them too sleepy all day so I ordered some generic Claritin from Amazon and they were less than $20 for a year's supply so I hope it will help them. We're supposed to have a 70% chance of rain here but now the sun is out so I don't see that happening anytime soon. Enjoy your Day!

    Love,

    Jill
    2305 days ago
  • IOWAGRAMMA
    WTG on the weight loss this week, Sue! That's awesome and I know how hard it is to take those pounds off!! Hugs, Jeannie
    2305 days ago
  • ONEKIDSMOM
    I read your post and was going to say how glad I was they are finding some hope / alternatives for your friend. It's hard when someone our own age or younger has physical challenges beyond the beyond... this qualifies.

    I'm right there with you with the allergies... gave myself a Benedryl at bedtime last night... been popping Zyrtek off and on all week. Welcome to Spring.
    2305 days ago
  • HICKOK-HALEY
    That's sad about your friend, but glad she is getting new treatment. I will be praying for her! I get muscle cramps in my feet sometimes, as I have RA. Most of the time I do fine though, so I can't complain. The natural food store is a plus. Sounds like you enjoyed your day!
    2305 days ago
  • 1COUNTRY_GAL
    I am so sorry about your friend,glad she is getting some care she deserves, emoticon I have varicose veins too.That recipe sounds interesting,just may have to try it.Thank you for sharing. emoticon emoticon Diana
    2305 days ago
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