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Saturday check in

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Today's gratitude: My partner is home after 10 weeks of caring for her mom going through chemo. Also grateful her mom's tumor has shrunken, means the chemo is working!

Today is the start of the 5% winter challenge and I'm STOKED! This challenge is all new to me, but it's fun and inspiring and i'm sure i'll figure it all out as we go.

My goal is to go from 244 to 232 in 8 weeks. that's about 1.5 pounds a week, and I feel optimistic!

The diet from the doctor is going great, I lost 5 pounds last week! I'm noticing it's much harder to follow it on days off tho - eating when I should and being able to eat what I should requires some forethought, for sure! Thank goodness for Whole Foods, if I don't get my lunch packed or can't go home, i can go there and get protein and veggies for lunch easily.

I got a cold last weekend. It was pretty gnarly...but I thought by Thursday I was doing well enough to teach my dance class and then the private student I had. Ahem, wrong. by the time the night was over, I was sweating buckets (not in a good way) and literally trembling on my feet and the next day i could tell I was right back where I was earlier in the week - a lil relapse. That's never really happened to me before, now I guess I know it's possible. I'm thinking i'm going to take it easy this weekend and save exercise for Monday's scheduled classes. I don't want to go backward on getting over this cold again!

headed into finals week...can't say I feel terribly prepared. but I will do my best and it will all work out. I'm going into it with an A in literature and a high B in math, can't end up too bad!

have a great weekend!

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RJANE40 12/6/2010 7:56AM

    So happy she's back!!

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GR8VIEWS 12/4/2010 11:20AM

    Hope you get to feeling better this weekend. My thought? Gives you time to enjoy your partner and get prepared for the challenge!!!

Thanks for suggesting being Spark Buddies during the challenge. I'm grateful to be your buddy and look forward to sparking each other!!


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PRYDEQUEEN 12/4/2010 10:50AM

    Love your Spirit! Enjoy your weekend! I hope your cold dissolves soon!

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Challenge Assignment #3: Why do I want to lose weight?

Thursday, December 02, 2010

1) I want to live a long, healthy life where I am active - not stuck in a broken, obese body.
2) I want to be able to dance without huffing and puffing!
3) Look better in dance costume.
4) Be able to do active things with my kids and someday my grandkids.
5) Be a role model for my kids.

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GR8VIEWS 12/4/2010 11:23AM

    Here's to a Long and HEALTHY, ACTIVE life!!! emoticon

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ACROSONIC 12/3/2010 6:17PM


Go Spirits!

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FUTUREHOPE49 12/2/2010 5:11PM

    Congratulations on doing your 3rd assignment for spark spirit. Good goals. I have done mine on the spark spirit site.

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MINIDRIVER63 12/2/2010 9:33AM

    Excellent reasons! Now, print your list and hang it in your kitchen so you'll see it every day.

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SANDY3169 12/2/2010 9:06AM

    Very nice thoughts and goals. I will be here through your journey.

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LADYSHEL 12/2/2010 9:05AM

    These are all wonderful reasons. I really like #2 and #3. To improve my self-confidence and to look "hot" again :)

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Spark Spirit 5% Winter Challenge

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

This is my blog entry for the 5% Winter Challenge Team declaring my goals and committment:

1) I will log a minimum of 30 min cardio 5 x a week during the 8 week challenge.
2) I will strength train 2 x per week of the challenge.
3) I will follow the low glycemic index diet given to me by my doctor daily, with 4 meals outside those limits to account for the holidays.
4) I will log every bite I eat.
5)I will blog a minimum of 5x a week during the challenge.
6) I will honor my team mates by participating to the fullest extent of my abilities each assignment given during the challenge, as well as work on building relationship with my team mates.

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ACROSONIC 12/3/2010 6:10PM

    Great goals! Go Spirits!

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FUTUREHOPE49 12/2/2010 5:08PM

    Hi fellow team mate,
Your goals are looking good. Hope you meet them all on the challenge.

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DRC2009 12/1/2010 3:40PM

    Welcome to the challenge! Great goals. Good luck! emoticon

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ILIKECACTI 12/1/2010 11:28AM

    Great goals! Good luck on the challenge :)

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MARYANNGI 12/1/2010 10:36AM

    Great goals! Love the background.

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GRAPHICKAT 12/1/2010 8:56AM

    Had to chuckle when I saw your spark background. Go to my spark page and check it out! Great minds think alike!


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Thoughts on food

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

When I saw the doc yesterday and she put me on The Diet...I felt confident. Heck, if I could do that stupid medically supervised fast surely I could do this, eh?

Then I got to thinking about bread...and potatos...and rice...and sweets and thought "I'll never do this" and what did I want, and want RIGHT NOW??? all of the above. But I did not "go there" and I got through it. Today, so far so good. Had a lil mishap thinking chobani greek yogurt with fruit "really wasn't bad compared to plain" - um, yes, it was, LOL. But it was a "learning opportunity" and I'll move on and sin there no more.

If the doc is indeed right...and my body thinks pretty much any grain/so-called empty carb equals a donut and needs to be drenched with insulin...then a lot of this makes sense. Surprisingly so.

Frankly, this is far less restrictive than what I've done to myself untold times! I can have fruit...I can have some healthy fats...I can have all the veggies (that are low glycemic index) that I want. Way better than some things I've done to myself!

I'm tracking, and it seems like a lot of food...this 6 small meals a day thing. In reality, I'm still eating around the same amount of calories...but they are coming from different things - not breads, not starches, not sugar. My fat intake is right on the money with the tracker indicators.

So why am I freaked out that I'm eating wayyyyy too much?

Probably because for years I've skipped a lot of meals and I'm used to barely making my calorie intake for the day. Yeah, I'd read all those things about not eating enough and thought, whatever. Now I have to wonder....

It will all be interesting to see how it comes out in the wash....

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GR8VIEWS 12/4/2010 6:23PM

    Hmmm... Low glycemic diet sounds interesting. I'll have to look into it, though right now my PCP wants me to track only carbs. I'll see her again on Monday and will probably get more or different instructions.

Keep up the new lifestyle if that is the one that makes you feel good!

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ACROSONIC 12/3/2010 6:07PM

    emoticon Don't give up and in a couple of months your health is going to be so much better!

Go Spirits!

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MINIDRIVER63 11/30/2010 4:55PM

    A friend lost a ton of weight and kept it off with low glycemic index eating! He was flirting with diabetes and heart disease, and he's now very healthy. Keep us posted on how it goes -- I hope your cold's getting a little better!

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Insulin resistant, estrogen dominant...and sick

Monday, November 29, 2010

Went to the doctor today, been waiting for this appointment for 2 months with a specialist in hormone/metabolic issues. It gave me hope, and i'm cautiously optimistic.

She said by looking at me she can see I'm having problems with insulin resistance/metabolic syndrome (and I'd heard this before, but no one told me how to deal with it). She said she is also testing me for estrogen dominance and more specific thyroid stuff than I've been tested for in the past.

Put me on a diet - Low glycemic index, low (not no) fat, and I will see her in a month. God knows, if I could do a supervised fast for 3 months and live on shakes, i can do this!

And, i'm sick as a dog. Chest/head cold. I've been up now for a few hours and i'm exhausted, so that's it today. Hopeful. hopeful is good.

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SHAR140 11/29/2010 9:29PM

    Dislike! IR sucks, but once you get that under control, you'll feel TONS better! I am IR myself and am on meds....that and better control over what I eat now makes a huge difference in how I feel.


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KALISWALKER 11/29/2010 3:50PM

    I hope you start feeling better soon!

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WANDAC2013 11/29/2010 2:26PM

    I hope you feel better soon.... emoticon

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NBJAGGAL 11/29/2010 2:26PM

    good luck with new doc

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TERRYT55 11/29/2010 2:16PM

    Feel better soon! I hope this new doc is able to help you.......

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