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Through the Storm

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Well, those holidays were brutal. Not only was it the holidays but we had our daughters wedding to attend and we had 4 weeks with house guests. Blessed beyond measure in all of these things. But....my eating and activity was atrocious. I have now topped a new high as far as how much I weigh. As a result i ended up in the ER yesterday with out of control blood pressure again. They injected me with 3 different drugs and consume 2 others before they could get it to stop climbing. Sent me home with 3 more prescriptions to add on top of the 3 I already have. One was a sleep aide. I did manage to get 8 hours of sleep for a change but the BP is still elevated today. Scary stuff.

We have been 3 weeks with gluten free eating. Neither of us have a gluten intolerance but everyone is telling us how this is the answer. I'm kind of tired of everyone having the new answer to this problem with obesity. I'm pretty sure that way back in my donut craving brain there is a message that keeps trying to scream past the tofu and wheat free products that if I would just eat more fruits and veggies, lean meats and consume less fats and sugars and move my sizable posterior that things would improve. The voice kind of sounds like my sweet, departed grandmother. I always used to listen to her. Probably should start to do that again.

I joined Weight Watchers again yesterday. Double up on accountability? Couldn't hurt. It was either that or I was going to call NutriSystem. This seemed like a btter idea.

I am going to treat this like an addiction and just try to get through one day at a time. I need to make it through today.

  
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MSLZZY 2/8/2014 9:34PM

    You've had a lot of stress and things pulling you in many directions. Now that life has settled down, you can concentrate on you. HUGS!

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NHES220 2/8/2014 1:45PM

    Sorry you are struggling. I am kind of hitting a plateau and I am starting a new program for me. You may want to check it out. It is the Metabolism Miracle. It is low carb, but it really focuses on people with insulin resistance and it seems to make sense. It is for people who cut calories and still really cannot seem to lose the weight. It is written by a dietician who worked with people who cut calories and exercised but still struggled and then she ended up in the same boat. I am starting it on Monday. I'll let you know how it goes. Hang in there and hope you are doing better!

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RICKI157 2/8/2014 11:42AM

    Listen to that voice in your head, I think it is right. emoticon emoticon
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DEB62BIE62 2/8/2014 11:01AM

    So sorry to hear about your experience. Stress can certainly sabotage our efforts. I'm sure that you will get things under control. Keep blogging, and tracking and you can exercise by walking. I bought a Leslie Sansone DVD and it helped tremendously. emoticon

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Stumbling

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Well I may have returned yesterday but I sure did stumble throughout the day. The morning started out strong enough but by noon I was struggling bad. By days end I had neglected food tracking and was just plopped in front of the tv snacking hating myself the entire time. I just felt so hungry. I tried drinking water when I felt like that but the hunger just got worse. I started giving myself little things to settle the hunger down but before I knew it I was just going full blown binge. HELP....what does one do when one is genuinely hungry?

  
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CAKAROO 11/23/2013 9:14AM

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DS9KIE 11/22/2013 7:07AM

    Make sure your eating plenty of fruits and veggies...cause hopefully when you fill up with the healthy foods you may not be hungry for the junk food. Well thats the idea anyway. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARROW_45 11/21/2013 11:59AM

    First, may I say, I feel your pain. I have lived the scenario you described many times. Of course, when you are hungry you should eat. Hopefully, most of the time we make positive choices with food/drink but there will be times we don't! Eating more than we should or binging on goodies can be fixed. JUST TRACK IT AND MOVE ON! Please don't allow it to become personal. There is NEVER a good reason to feel bad feelings toward yourself. Talk to yourself like you would a cherished friend or family member if they were feeling the same thing! Thank you so much for sharing this experience, you inspire me!!
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RICKI157 11/21/2013 11:57AM

    Try planning on your tracker for the next day the night before. Plan your meals and 2 snacks that stay in your calorie goals. Space it out so you are eating something every 3 to 4 hours. Maybe that will help.
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NHES220 11/21/2013 10:00AM

    Make sure it is something that is not a processed carb. Sherylp461 had some great ideas. Also, do some exercise, I am usually not hungry after a walk.

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SHERYLP461 11/21/2013 8:25AM

    Have the original fast food on hand, apples, bananas, carrots, pears......this always stops me cold. I can take an pple cut into slices and a tablespoon (no more) of peanut butter and feast. It satisfies all, sweet salty usually the binge food flavors.

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Lost My Way....Again.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Well my status had shown I had not been here for 47 days. In that time I managed to lose some more weight....a total of 18 pounds. But then....disaster. I could not stay focused and on track. As a result I have put all my weight back on. Not sticking with SparkPeople and the accountability and support it gives me, is one of the biggest mistakes I've made recently. Do you know why I ended up walking away like I did at first? The points. The silly points. While here I lost focus enough that I was wanting to make the points more important than the lifestyle changes. I don't know if that makes sense to anyone or not. But I had one month where I was number 1 on the leader board. As a result it became a game. A game. It isn't supposed to be a game. I am supposed to be here to improve my health.....that is not a game. That is serious.

So...this time. I'm ignoring the stupid points. The only numbers I am caring about is that my fitbit starts showing activity. That my calories are within range and that the scale or my measurements are going down. And I'm no fool. I know with the holidays upon us...this is going to be a very hard task.

I will trust in God and lean heavily on Phil 4:13 in the days ahead.

  
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BOBSALABAMAGAL 11/21/2013 7:22AM

    WOW!!! All I can say is WOW. Thank you all for your support and encouragement. You have me crying. emoticon

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SRIVERS1 11/20/2013 9:21PM

    I am very proud of you! It is not about Points! It is about Your Health. Welcome back!
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Keep up the great Work. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help!

Sandy

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GRANDKATZ 11/20/2013 2:38PM

    Good for you to realize and return. Been there, and back again too, also ignoring the points. Points are not what it's all about. emoticon

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DARLENEK04 11/20/2013 12:47PM

  Everybody stubs their toes now and then.
The important thing is you get back up and start doing right again.

The points are a game to me, it is a challenge daily that I do to keep
me working out, eating right and so forth.

It is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change kiddo.....

Get busy and take care of you,

DArleneK

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QUERISTCHIUN 11/20/2013 11:32AM

    I don't think there's anything at all wrong with making it a game. Heck, the points are what keep me motivated! Try not to be too hard on yourself, and find a balance of what works for you. If the points motivate you, then by all means, workout because it gets you points! I know that I should go for that walk or get my cardio in, but sometimes I just don't feel like it. Knowing it will help me get points for my team or help me level up gets me off the couch! Nothing wrong with that!

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RICKI157 11/20/2013 11:05AM

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NHES220 11/20/2013 9:42AM

    Welcome back! The Fitbit number and the number of calories are two great areas of focus! If you can focus there and work those numbers you will be successful! Those are my areas of focus too as they are the ones that will drive the number on the scale down!
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DISKATDREAMER 11/20/2013 9:06AM

    Been there way to often. Glad that you are ready to get back on track!
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SHERYLP461 11/20/2013 9:05AM

    Right it is not a game and you are a wise woman to have acknowledged that face, you will accomplish much.

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RIDLEYRIDER 11/20/2013 7:17AM

  Never, never, never give up! emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/20/2013 7:05AM

    Been there, done that! emoticon emoticon

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September

Monday, September 30, 2013

It hasn't been easy but I got through September almost intact. My emotions are a bit fragile but I am still here. And I am 10 pounds lighter!! The doctor warned me that at my age it was going to be tough getting the weight to budge.

With the support of a wonderful place like SP and an awesome God who loves me no matter what....I can continue on each day.

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/2/2013 11:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on the great job you are doing and on your ten pound weight loss!!! SP is great but our God is an AWESOME God for sure!!!
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Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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Menopause Isn't For Wimps

Thursday, September 19, 2013

I know they are always saying that once you get into your 50's that it is harder to lose weight. I think a large part of that is this thing called menopause. Great googily moogily. I have been in such a mood the past few days. I just want to rip heads off. And this is NOT who I am. My husband has been timidly coming in the door at night to try to feel out the situation before stepping all the way through the door. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if one of these times he comes in waving a bag of Oreo's and if I bark he will throw the cookies in and make a fast retreat.

I ordered some Estroven and that should be here tomorrow. I am hoping that will help ease some of the menopausal symptoms I am dealing with. The sweats have been brutal...and especially with living in Alabama. Yikes...spontaneous combustion anyone? I do not remember the last time I slept through the night. So of course that means I deal with fatigue a great deal of the time.

Is there a reason the fat wants to stay attached to my body? I mean seriously...feeling like I do I don't even want to be in my own skin so why would the fat want to hang around? With menopause I can break into a sweat and increase my heart rate just sitting here typing out a blog post. No workout clothes or exercise gear required. All is provided by the fleeing estrogen that is the only thing that doesn't want to stay with this body.

I can't be sure because menopause has also swiss cheesed my brain...but I'm pretty sure puberty was easier. emoticon

  
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DS9KIE 9/19/2013 10:57PM

    emoticon emoticon hang in there, you will feel better soon

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JANETELIZABETH1 9/19/2013 5:58PM

    I know how mean that menopause is...well was for me!! 10 long years but there is hope, it does pass and I'm sure it will come your way too.
Sorry you're suffering bad, I can pray for you!
Hugs
Janet

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MSLZZY 9/19/2013 2:27PM

    Puberty was not necessarily easier. We are just too old to remember LOL!

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IMSAFEINHISARMS 9/19/2013 1:22PM

    It hasn't put a damper on your sense of humor (smile)!
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RICKI157 9/19/2013 11:19AM

    LOL I have the same issues. My Brian has learned to just walk away and go to another room when I am having one of my 'moods' as he calls them. I started menopause in my late 40's and still have hot flashes but not so bad at night.
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