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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Last night I was on the one part of my job that I just do not enjoy. ORDERS....

We put in the dr's after they've seen the patient and I do not enjoy it one bit and to boot we have a new system that I've only had the privelege to be on once or twice because were so busy that it was next to impossible to sit with someone to learn it.

I felt so like a fish out of water. But I plugged away. The kicker is I am in the same spot tonight and tomorrow night! Tomorrow night I'm on my own, as in Fast Track you are the only clerk that is sitting in front of the dr. At least we don't see too much in the way of orders in that section!

Years ago I had an email or read an article about hanging your worries on a tree. I have used that for a long time when the going gets tough. That poor tree next to the drive has a lot of worry hanging from it! The concept is to stew about a situation for 10 minutes or so, I use the if I'm not over it by the time I drive home it goes on the tree.(25 minute drive) So if I have worries or ill will towards a co worker, and we have a couple that are just snobs, then I touch that tree on the way to the front door and walk away from the hurt, stress, anxiety that is caused by the situation.

Sooo....I am praying that the next two nights are as easy as last night was and that we don't have people that need the ER! But if they do, I'll just calm myself down and forge ahead and pray for 12:30 am to come so I can clock out and go home.

Have a great weekend....hope your weather is as springtime warm as mine is

Terri

  


Challenge conquered for one day!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Yesterday Mom took me to my dr. appointment. Being a diabetic, she had to get up earlier and eat earlier than normal. She knew she would have to eat after I was finished with my appointment. She wanted Bob Evans.

I went into a slight panic, so new to a new lifestyle, here I was facing a restraunt menu. I realized how much easier it is to eat at home where you can control things and have ready access to nutrition counters.

I am notorious for being the last to order anyway because I can't make up my mind, so I am looking and looking at the menu, not much info on those things as to calorie count, fat, etc. Then Mom pointed out the light section in the middle.

I really wanted the fresh spinach salad, but with my coumadin all wacked out I knew that wasn't an option. Then I seen this spinach omlet....had it sans the spinach, so it turned out to be an onion omlet, lol. Then to add insult to injury, my Mom decides that she wants the deep dish cherry cobbler for dessert! I told her I would pass, didn't have the desire for dessert. Besides had a 1/2 oz pack of strawberry jam on my dry wheat toast, that was my dessert. :)

Low and behold, the calories, fat etc was listed, so I'm digging for pen and paper to write it all down so I could log it in to Sparkpeople!

Good thing we don't eat out often, I would be in a panic each time by wondering if I got the numbers right when I plug them into here.

Then later in the afternoon I go grocery shopping. That is going to be a harder task now as well. I was forever reading labels and trying to find stuff that wouldn't blow the calorie, fat count but would fill me up. My girls and grandaughter were wondering if we were ever going to leave the grocery. Then we usually just do the self-check out, yesterday they were saying and steering me to the cashier! They were actually ready to leave the store and fast!

I am excited, I got my American Heart Association low fat, low cholesteroal cookbook today. I can't wait until my days off next week to fix some of the recipes.

Have a great day!

Terri

  
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RIVERLEAF1772 3/12/2011 9:34AM

    I always have the same problem at restaurants and I love to eat out. I think you made the best choices you could! The AHA cookbook is a good one!

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AGOLDENHEART 3/12/2011 12:49AM

    You did very well! emoticon

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Dr report

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Had my follow up visit with my dr. this morning.

Back to the business of getting my INR back on track with my coumadin. Staying the course with the other meds to prevent heart disease. Discussed the anxiety/sleeplessness, keeping an eye on that and seeing if some changes on my part help before trying medication. I feel like a huge burden has been lifted off my shoulders.

Back to work tomorrow night. Heading to the store later for more heart healthy food so I can make it and pack my lunch to avoid the fried food in the cafe.

So far I am on track with my food etc. Will get my walk in at the store since I need stuff on both sides of it. Wouldn't you know it, when I get cleared for exericse the weather turns cold and snowy....but that's ok, I am still walking. Indiana weather is so fickle this time of the year.

Here's to happiness and healthiness.....CHEERS!!

Terri

P.S. Toasted with water

  
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FAT2FIT1959 3/10/2011 2:03PM

    Thank you so much!

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THEEXERCISER 3/10/2011 1:41PM

    I am glad to hear that everything is on the right track!

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Portion Control

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Today was a great day in the eating department! I am going to be within range on everything I believe and still have wiggle room for a snack of fruit if I get hungry later.

I cut back on portions...that made a huge difference. I am learning that just because it says a portion equals 1/2 cup, I don't have to eat a half a cup. Usually I don't want the portion size anyway. So I cut them in half.

This is going to be my first job and my job will be my second job! Lot of planning is going to have to happen, but I can do this! I even got my water in and then some.

I also thought it would be in my best interest to take a sweatshirt with me and my walking shoes, I can throw my bag in the car, put my shoes and sweatshirt on and take a spin around the parking lot before I leave. Also decided to park in the furthest parking spot away from the building in my section. Good thing the hospital campus is large, when I get my stamina built up I'll be aiming to walk the perimeter of the hospital before leaving. Might even have to incorporate a few stairs on my lunch break later on as well.

Here's to many years yet to be lived!

Terri

  
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FAT2FIT1959 3/9/2011 6:45PM

    Thank you for the encouragment LBRYSON26!

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LBRYSON26 3/9/2011 6:29PM

    you go girl you can do this!!!!



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This is tough

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The lifestyle change is hard. I went over calories, fat, everything yesterday. Maybe I need to change one meal per day. I don't know. I don't want to fall into the mentality that I take a pill for my b/p and cholesterol so it is ok to continue to eat the way I have been.

I return to work Friday night and it will be 1000 times harder to get the right stuff in me. With that added stress. What to do, what to do?

  
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FAT2FIT1959 3/9/2011 6:50PM

    Thinagin2,

I am using the tracker! It is such a handy tool for me and it keeps me honest and provides great feedback!

As soon as I am cleared with my dr., which I hope is tomorrow, then I will incorporate exercise as well.

It's a win/win situation!

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THINAGIN2 3/9/2011 2:30PM

    You can track it all on the SP food tracker! Plan ahead and pack your lunch before going to bed if you think that you will sleep all day. You can store it in the fridge until time to go to work. Don't forget some fruit in your lunch.
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FAT2FIT1959 3/9/2011 11:33AM

    Thanks ladies!

My challenge is working 3rd shift. Most of the time it won't be a problem because I cook supper before I take my evening nap, it's the 12 hour nights when I sleep most of the day so I can get through the night.

Also, my diet is more of a heart healthy diet. I have coronary disease and this is new to me. Used to I tracked calories, proteins...now I am having to track fat and sodium.

I'm not giving up, that isn't an option for me. It is just frustrating that I thought I did well. I have a low cal, low fat cookbook heading my way from amazon, I'm sure that will help with this change as well.

Have a great day!

Terri

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MAXIE56 3/9/2011 10:09AM

    You can do it, using the food tracker before you go to work lets you pick what to take with you for your food intake during the day at work, that is what works for me.
Don't beat yourself up when you slip, just pick yourself up and try again, you can do it I have faith in you.

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LGOLDY2 3/9/2011 8:05AM

    Look at the sample meals here on Spark People so you can get an idea about how much to eat. Don't give up!

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MEANCARLEEN 3/9/2011 8:04AM

    emoticon...take one day at a time. Perhaps you should plan out your meals ahead of time so you know that you wont go over.

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