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Back to the real world of taking care of my body!

Monday, July 08, 2013

Those who know me know my husband has been struggling with health problems for months and that has been worrisome for me. Without going into details about his health I'll just say it seems the doctors didn’t know what to do to help him. Fortunately, he has been doing much better the past week and that is helping to turn our lives back to almost normal again. I haven’t been able to get on my teams regularly as I love to do, but I’m slowly getting back to doing that again also.

What those months did to me was drastic or should I be honest and say what "I" did to me was drastic? I finally got on my scales this morning because I KNEW I had gained weight and I had to know how much! I’d been sitting a lot, keeping the house quiet for hubby, and of course my backside broadened with being so sedentary and when I just sit, I eat!! I could tell I was getting bigger by how snug my clothes were feeling on me but I would not get on the scales because I didn’t want to see the numbers . . . kind of like the ostrich, I kept my head buried in the sand. This morning I got brave and stepped on them! OH MY I surely did gain!

It’s time for me to get my head out of the sand, get myself back to the real world again and start taking better care of myself. I wasn’t showing any respect for my body by filling my tummy non-stop. Though I tried staying with good food, I ate too much. And yes, you can eat too much of any kind of food, even the good stuff . . . it's all about portion size.

So from today on, I’m going to take charge of my body, going to treat it as the temple it is and only put nourishing food in it, in the right amounts. I’ll get on my exercise bike faithfully and will try hard to get out walking the stores . . . I mean the inside perimeters of the stores, not browsing and stopping to shop!

I need all the encouragement I can get from my friends and also daily pep talks to myself. If you have any advice, any tips, any suggestions, please feel free to share them . I’m a good ‘listener’ and I take everything said to me, to heart.


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    I am not sure if you are an oatmeal eater, but oatmeal in the morning stays with a person longer so you eat less throughout the day. Also, beans are great during the lunch meal to keep you feeling full, and can be thrown on a salad.
    I am doing both of these, and they are very beneficial to the weight loss!

    Good luck,


    1749 days ago
    I'm glad to hear Rolly is better, and that you have more 'me time'. Health is always a work in progress... emoticon emoticon
    1750 days ago
    Glad to hear that things are getting back to normal. Makes me happy that Rolly is feeling better, for that makes you feel better, too.
    It sure is normal for weight gain, under the circumstances.

    I know you,Gloria and you will take the Bull by the horns and get back with the program!
    Great! I am your emoticon !!

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    Remember you said that your butt gets numb on the bike? I read that you can make that better, by adjusting your bike differently. Maybe you can look that up? Hope it helps.
    1750 days ago
    Way to go. You can throw all of the stress from caregiving into your new resolve! The human spirit is remarkably resilient!
    1750 days ago
    Glad you are back. emoticon
    1750 days ago
  • POPSY190
    Anxiety and fatigue seem to increase appetite enormously. I, too, am in the process of getting myself back to healthy habits. emoticon emoticon
    1750 days ago
    So glad to hear Rolly is better. Yes, some of us fall back into our old habits when stressed, certainly I do. My DH was in the hospital last week and while I spent all days at his bedside (not even thinking about food), once in the car on the way home it was all I could think of. And I was not thinking healthy. Why do we do this when we know better? One day at a time we can get back on the spark wagon. Lets do it!! emoticon
    1751 days ago
    So good to hear Hubby is doing better!
    Just keep making one step at a time!
    It's great to have you back!
    1751 days ago
    Irene, been there and done that. I weighin tonight at TOPS and am afraid of a gain. I am a stress eater, and I weigh in at TOPS tonight. I am afraid of a gain, but I am going to face it (have no other choice, as I am the Chapter's Secretary) and should set a good example.

    1751 days ago
    That is wonderful news that your hubby is doing so much better now.

    Those are some great motivating quotes there. You can do it!
    1751 days ago
  • JOHGLO2011
    So glad your husband is doing better and that you are ready to start taking care of yourself again. :) The journey back starts with one step and you have already done that! Best wishes to you this week!
    1751 days ago
    I am glad your hubby is doing better. I have been a caregiver in the past, and I know how easy it is to forget about yourself while taking care of someone else. It is very important to remember to keep yourself healthy or you will be no good to others. You have to remember also to exercise since it is good for stress. Just a good walk works wonders. I hope your hubby continues to improve. emoticon
    1751 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/8/2013 10:41:41 AM
    First off, I'm glad that Rolly is doing a bit better, I have been praying for you both.

    Second of all, I love your positive attitude. Don't worry that you gained some weight. Just get to work doing what you KNOW will help you take the weight off again. Focus on your health first and foremost. Thats what works for me. I'm here if you need support.

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    1751 days ago
    Gloria, if you are doing it, I will jump on those old scales too. I will get back to caring for me.
    I have not faced the scale for more then 9 weeks?!?!?!?!

    We can do it Gloria, we can.
    I like this one -- Make one healthy choice, then make another.

    Hugs Mary
    1751 days ago
    Stress does this to us from time to time--I know it does to me. The important thing is that we have the knowledge to stop the slide and get back on track. Today is the best day to incorporate that knowledge! Let's go for it! emoticon
    1751 days ago
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