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A promise to myself.

Friday, January 31, 2014

I have had a difficult time adhering to my food and exercise plans since just after Thanksgiving and as a result have gained back weight. This alone is enough to depress me but also my knees feel the added pounds and I get out of breath more often. I find that setting a certain date or event as my goal doesn't work for me, neither does competing or being in a race with someone else as to who can do better. Such gives me anxiety and I rebel instead of striving for the goal. I have read where others have the same response so i am not alone. I am striving to stay on track to lose weight and improve my physical health, but I will not feel compelled to discuss my "numbers" here on SP unless i want to, and will not feel guilty for not participating in competitions. Yesterday I promised myself to take better care of myself, not the first time i've made such a promise but I am praying to do a better job of keeping it this time.

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GRANJERRY1 1/31/2014 11:24PM

    Barbara, my dear girl, firstly a tight tight hug to you. I know exactly how it feels as I went through that in Nov and still see hardly any progress, so I celebrate every small little thing I can.
No point in stressing yourself by competing against someone doing better than you. You are You and we all love you for who you are. This added stress could only become an impediment to your weightloss. So just relax.
Take one day at a time. Just strive to make your today healthier than your yesterday, 10 calories lesser and 100 steps more each day.... You do your best and The Lord will do the rest. Don't stress if you don't achieve your goal today, we'll try again tomorrow, but don't ever give up. Keep moving that's my advise to you as I did fight the same situation & gave up 20 years ago and see where I am today.
Remember all of us are cheering for you & you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Hugs, prayers & blessings

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IOWAGRAMMA 1/31/2014 5:21PM

    Everyone has to do whatever works for themselves. I do join challenges, but they are challenges for myself and not a competition with anyone else. That serves no purpose for me. I just strive to improve myself and while I want to be supportive to others, I'm not in competition with them--ever! Do the best you can in whatever way works for you! That's what it's all about!! Wishing you all the best!! Jeannie

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WHYNOTJ1 1/31/2014 1:14PM

    I understand, Barb. I'm definitely not one for competing with others and sometimes dates have that effect on me, too. Hang in there. Do what works best for you!

I was glad to see your post. I'm glad you checked in!

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MARILYNROBERT 1/31/2014 1:00PM

    Hey Barb, you know I understand. I took down my weight tracker because it 'weighed' on my mind so heavily. I need to emphasize the positive and that wasn't doing it for me.

We love you as you are and we'll love you as you are in the future too. Move when you can, try to pick healthy choices most of the time, and treat yourself as a cherished friend. Your ARE a cherished friend emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CALLIECURTIS5 1/31/2014 12:22PM

    I do understand...anything I can do to help encourage you? emoticon

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Pushing myself to get out and be more active.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I signed up for a drawing class in my community, today was first class, and we sketched from a photo. i chose photo of my granddaughter Izzy when she was maybe 3 mo old. I have not taken drawing classes ever but I enjoy doodling and drawing so hope to learn correct techniques. But more importantly, it is getting me dressed and out of the house early as opposed to staying home and on ipad or in front of tv all day. There are a couple more things I have committed myself to doing because I enjoy them and want to expand my knowledge but also to motivate me to be more active. I retired 2.5 years ago and used my bad knees and "I worked hard all my life and deserve to sit and relax" as excuses for being sedentary, but I am making 2014 the year to change from "stay-at-home and do nothing" to "get-up-and-get-it-done" or something close to that anyway. :-)

So here's to making 2014 a year of new promises to be fulfilled!

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MARILYNROBERT 1/31/2014 1:04PM

    Barb, during my time of 3 knee/foot operations in less than 3 years, I couldn't be active a lot of the time. I made great use of chair exercises and like them so much that I still use them. Esp since I'm a computer addict...I'll just find some of Coach Nicole's chair exercise videos and will do one when I think I've been sitting too long. Of course, I'm still sitting when I do the video but it makes me feel better to do something active, while sitting. emoticon

My friend Barb, the ARTIST emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 1/18/2014 6:06PM

    Oh, what fun for you! How is it going? Are you enjoying it? I don't draw or even pretend to, but I've seen some of the things people have done when taking classes and it is amazing. Good luck on that, and good luck with your plan. Lifestyle changes are sometimes hard and sometimes harder, but if you find things you enjoy doing, it makes it much easier. I don't do much TV, but it is awfully easy for me to sit and read...also not much good for me. Wising you much success! Hugs, Jeannie emoticon emoticon

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GRANDMAWESE 1/17/2014 8:42PM

    Best thing for us retirees is to get up and do new things. Good luck with your art class

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CALLIECURTIS5 1/14/2014 11:17AM

    I am always in your corner. I am here to help motivate you any way I can. I am impressed with your 1st sketching project......You should be proud in making a commitment to these new goals. Blogging about them is a good reminder. emoticon emoticon

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WHYNOTJ1 1/14/2014 7:31AM

    Go you, Barb! I think, with such a great commitment to making healthy changes, that you will get to enjoy trying all sorts of new adventures! Woohoo!

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JAOTAO 1/12/2014 10:55AM

    Sounds like a great plan! I'm also pushing to get out more. I support you in enjoying your activities!

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GRANJERRY1 1/11/2014 11:30PM

    Dear Barbara,

So good to read this blog and you have all our support to get up and get-out and do stuff. Wishing you the best with your sketching classes and here's too much more activities…..

Hugs, prayers & blessings

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144AUTUMN 1/11/2014 11:30PM

  You can do it!!!!

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Eating Healthy while Traveling

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Last night was my first weigh in following a 6-week road trip, and I lost 8 pounds, bringing my total weight loss to 11 pounds. I have been up and down weight wise in the past year but this is my lowest weight In a year, Woo Hoo!

These last 6 weeks taught me that I can eat healthy in restaurants and in people's homes if I just try....DUH! The first week we were with friends In their home and I ate pretty much like usual; processed foods, bread, snacks, and salads with bottled dressings. I had been dealing with water retention for several months and by the time we began our 2nd week of the trip, I was severely bloated, even though I was on water pills with the dose doubled per my doctor's instruction. In an effort to reduce the bloating, I decided to limit my intake of salt and processed foods. i was worried about how I would do this but it turned out to be quite easy.

Most of our meals were in restaurants and I began scrutinizing my options of what to order, and then requested dishes with dressings on the side and hold any cheese, croutons, olives and deli meats. I stuck with mainly salmon and chicken on salads, and vinegar and oil as my dressing when possible. Breakfasts were usually poached eggs with tomatoes and other vegetables, or scrambled eggs with vegetables; no toast, no meat, and no fruit juices. Still had my coffee with half and half. When with family or friends in their homes, I let it be known that I was salt sensitive and if something was being planned that I could not eat, I made sure there was plenty of salad and a couple of boiled eggs or canned chicken available for me. In the past, we would always have snacks to munch on while driving but this time, I rarely had snacks, sticking to my 3 meals a day. While I would have found this to be extremely difficult to follow in the past, this time around it was not difficult for me. Having the bloating to overcome was certainly an incentive for me but as the days passed, I realized I wasn't hungry between meals, each meal was delicious to me, and I felt better. This gave me the determination to continue and be consistent with my choices.

Everyone was happy to help me eat the right things. I didn't make a big deal out of it, I didn't whine about what I couldn't have, but I was clear and consistent in what I did eat which made it easier to stick with my choices and allowed everyone else to feel comfortable eating what they wanted to eat in front of me.

I've been home almost a week and for a couple of days allowed myself some bread and used bottled salad dressings, and my bloating returned. So no more bread and no more bottled dressings. I know what I need to do so I will do it because I know it works for me. I don't expect to never have bread again, but I will be selective and have it a lot less than I used to. Same with other foods... Nothing is totally off my plan but I have become picky about what and how much I will eat. And I will be in better shape for it.

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CALLIECURTIS5 8/8/2013 9:00PM

    Sounds like a great plan for you ...and I know others are very supportive. You did a fantastic job and on vacation, to boot. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
8# is really good. emoticon

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BARBFROMAZ 8/7/2013 1:43PM

    Thanks, Kitt, I feel like a winner!



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KITT52 8/7/2013 1:21PM

    wow great are a winner at this healthy life style journey...

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covered up my emotions with food tonight!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I joined TOPS tonight . I ate dinner before I went, dinner was a super large banana smoothie made with yogurt and a packet of Carnation Instant Breakfast, and for good measure I added in Peanut butter...3 tablespoons! I realize now that I was reacting to joining TOPS, and ate my Last And Final Supper beforehand. Not a good thing. I had lost a total of 4 pounds last month, which was very dismal conidering I have a lot to lose and still trying to lose just the first 10 pounds! So I suck up my smoothie and off I go to an evening TOPS meeting where I join and weigh in....and learn I have gained 4.5 lbs, gained back the 4 I took off plus found an extra half pound! Okay, maybe I can justify a tiny bit of the gain due to my edema and the fact that I ate just before weighing in, plus it's at the end of the day, not first thing in the morning. I know that intellectually but still very disappointed. So what do I do? Did I come home and plan my meals for the next week? Oh no, that would have been the smart thing to do but I adid the opposite, I ate the equivalent of another dinner, a really large dinner! My total calories for today is 2,747. I have to say my hunger is satisfied but of course now I'm mad at myself.

I am babysitting my 7yr old granddaughter tomorrow, and will stay on my foodplan as much as I can. Tomorrow night we are going out to dinner, another challenge for me. Saturday we leave on another 3 week road trip, Yikes! I will continue to check in while on the road and report how I'm doing.

I am glad I joined TOPS anyway. And when I return home, will be weighing in every Tuesday.

Now to plan my meals!

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NANCYPAT1 6/20/2013 12:33AM

    This is often a challenge and also reflects that you may have some emotional work to do to conquer the emotional eating. You can do this. You didn't quit - just had a bump in the road. When you get back on track and start making your healthier choices a bit more often, you will be happy to have TOPS and SP here to offer support and encouragement. Nobody claims this is easy.

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BELDONDOG1 6/19/2013 3:47PM

    Barb, you can believe me that all of us has done this while on the Spark Journey.
Most of the times I have gotten up, brushed myself off and continued on my happy Spark way. But then there times that I did as you did, made it worse by eating more--and what did it prove, nothing. Just got myself a little more agitated and had to lose the same weight over (and over) again. Think we would learn, right. We will. None of us are perfect, but we're not stupid enough to continue to do the same thing over and over again, are we? As far as I'm concerned, the vote's still out on me, I sure hope your vote is in! (hugs) Noel

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CALLIECURTIS5 6/19/2013 8:43AM

    OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH, Barbie.....I am soooooooo sorry emoticon

I am here for you, ALWAYS

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KITT52 6/19/2013 6:28AM

    each day is a new day....a chance to do better... a clean slate...

have a healthy day

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TORTILLAFLATS 6/19/2013 1:23AM

    Focus, Get a mindset that you are going to get on plan and make right choices no matter what.. We take our eating to lightly, and then, as you said, get mad at ourselves when we blow it. This really is a matter of life or death, Do we want to live? The food and the emotional stress is very bad for our health. I am talking to me to We need to do this for ourselves. Love yourself,

Gail emoticon

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FENWAYGIRL18 6/19/2013 12:58AM

    I feel for you we all have these lapses of judgement and it usually involves going on the dreaded scale. I'm sure a lot of it was having that dinner before you went I'd eat light maybe a yogurt before going and then have a healthy dinner.
We all slip and fall its how we react to the fall, do we stay down? or get up? I believe you'll get up and make smarter choices tomorrow its a new day and just look and that grandbaby that's crazy about you and make smart choices for her so she'll be able to enjoy you for years and years.
Believe in yourself and make sure you track EVERYDAY on here that's the most important thing.
YOU NEED TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you know you can do this , you just need to believe.
Weight comes on fast but is tough to get rid of but go for a nice walk with your grand daughter tomorrow, its the little things that add up and become healthy healthy routines.
Good luck on your journey! Hope you don't mind I added you....

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MCJULIEO 6/19/2013 12:46AM

    You CAN do this!
We're rooting for you!

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Happy Father's Day weekend.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

This has been a great weekend for both me and my DH. He received calls from all of his 4 children (living out of state), a text from one of the grandsons, and a visit from my daughter and her daughter. I have done well foodwise all weekend (last weekend I blew it) even though we went to breakfast and lunch out. It is so much easier to eat what I know I should eat, especially when I am prepared with the right kind of food on hand and vegetables/fruit cleaned and cut up. My edema is better too, not completly gone but much reduced. I spent part of this past week sewing mermaid tails for my granddaughters, and posted a photo of one of them in her tail today. Making tops to match. Fun!

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CALLIECURTIS5 6/17/2013 8:32AM

    Great job! I love the mermaid tail and I know the girls do too. You are the BEST grandma! Congratulations on the good food are on your wayyyyyyyyyy.

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KITT52 6/17/2013 6:14AM

    wow the tail are so cute....she is a cutie as well

Have a healthy week

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