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Thursday, October 02, 2014

It's been a while since I have logged into Sparkpeople. I have been sick and in the hospital.I guess I don't have Celiac after all. I have two bleeding ulcers which kicked into overtime and I ended up in ICU. I knew I was sick, I just didn't know why. Taking care of two handicapped children, now adults for over twenty years have taken their internal toll on my body and normally my stress levels are high anyway. I just never thought about it. My highest weight was 360 but today it is 266 and going downward once more. Food is not such a problem anymore; eating right is. No more sodium at all. Blood pressure coming down to a normal reading and weight dropping. So much salt in processed (canned, frozen ) foods. No crackers, no chips, no salted nuts, it all adds to a high blood pressure. I also have to limit water. First time I have ever heard of this. I can only have 22 ozs of fluid a day plus meds. I met all kind of angels in the hospital and they are all doing their best to help me. My doctor is the kindest of all. While I was "out of it", in ICU, my ICU nurse sang to me "Happy Birthday". I was in ICU on my birthday.

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COMPCHIC52 10/3/2014 2:29PM

    Happy Belated Birthday emoticon emoticon Sorry you been ill. I know my mom takes a can of like peas or corn whatever and drains them then washes them off in a colander then adding her own spices and liquid. That's what I been doing too. even if a can says low sodium. emoticon

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DTHOR6 10/2/2014 3:52PM

    Bless your heart. I hope you are starting to feel better. I have never heard of only 22 oz to drink a day either.

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PERSISTENTTIM 10/2/2014 12:15PM

    I hope you fall is great and healthy!

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Excercise is no longer something I fear.

Monday, February 10, 2014

I have been exercising everyday with a base of 10 minutes and then I add to that. I really like it. I think how I can add to it and what I can do different on the next day. What I don't track is biceps curls that I do and leg stretches and things like that. I am getting ready to start daily walking and this time I want to do it and not stop. So I am working up to it. I am adjusting my calories because it seems I am more hungry as I exercise more. I have cut back on the salt and the sugar and the white flour products. I don't miss them anymore.
I just keep doing the babysteps and it is working for me. Once in a while I have a treat, chocolate but not every day. Oh, I have Healthy Choice Fudge Bars (Ice cream) but they are only 100 calories for one and that satisfies my sweet tooth craving. I am changing myself one day at a time. Much love to all and lots of hugs. Laura

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Great job!
Wishing you continued success!! Every step takes you closer to your goal!

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    The more you exercise the more calories you need to burn fat and not muslce. Sounds amazng. I actually want to start waling again. If it isnt too cold i may walk 20 min to the bus station

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JOHN_SKIM 2/10/2014 11:43PM

  Hahaha... I do not like the rest days as well. Oh well... just trying to keep balance ;-)

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JUJUMILLER 2/10/2014 10:49PM

    This is great news!
I too, HATED to work out, now I HATE my rest days!
It is sooo true that exercising is addictive!


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Super Sunday

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Well, I finally did it. I went outside to play with my dog, Jasper and he was so overjoyed to see me up and around. I walked, on purpose, and he was so grateful. He had so much happiness to have me with him outside. It was like it was His Christmas. He wants so little of me and gives back so much. This was my first walk. And it was actually fun.

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    So happy for you!!!! Our fur babies are soooo awesome! You are too!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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.DUSTY. 2/3/2014 3:35PM

    emoticon emoticon
Like with most all of us once we know we can do it one time we can do it again and again:)

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    That is so sweet. My dog is the same heloves it when i take him for a walk

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New Calorie Range

Thursday, January 30, 2014

I have been given a new calorie range. It is between 1200 and 1500 a day. Does this seem a little high? I have a very difficult time losing weight and although my clothes are baggy and loose, I think it is because I stay at the low end of my calorie range. Can you lose on 1200 calories a day? I am kind of scared to try. What if I start gaining again?

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    1200 is the minimum a woman should have a day. So dont worry. You can also increase your exercise.

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ADZY86 1/31/2014 7:15AM

    Wow I definitely couldn't lose on just 1200 calories a day...because by the 5th day I'd be so starving I'd probably end up eating about 5000 calories!!!
Eating too little can really slow down our metabolism and make it even harder to lose weight, which is definitely the opposite of what we want. Do you work out? Check your BMR, how many calories you burn doing exercise, and decide your calorie range based on that. Good luck whatever number you choose.

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    Have you looked at what your estimated BMR is?

Most women need at LEAST 1200 calories. I can't imagine eating less than that on a regular basis.

Take a peek here:

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.DUSTY. 1/30/2014 11:23PM

    "Can you lose on 1200 calories a day?" Are you serious?

Who gave you this range?

I guess if you gain you could always drop it down to 500-600 calories a day:)

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Somedays are better than others.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Spark Coach wanted me to blog of my beginnings of being overweight (fat). It's been a long time for me. Sorry if I depressed anyone. I tried to keep it not so depressing. I have battled this for such a long time. I only know that I want a different lifestyle. One that includes activity and friends and maybe, going back to school. I still love to learn. I have been seriously looking at my mistakes and praying for "Discerning eyes to expose my repetitious failures." And I have been seeing myself more and more clearer and some habits that comforted me were really me punishing me. Eating junk food or using food as a sedative when life hurts is no longer acceptable to me. I have changed. I have stopped drinking Diet sodas. They are not healthy and loaded with chemicals no one can pronounce.
I read every label before I eat it. Especially salt and sugar and what other things its loaded with. I tell myself, "Don't eat Trash!" I consider junk food trash, not healthy. Somedays I might slip up, but I never give up like I used to." When the going gets tough, the tough get going." As my grandfather would say. I am also going to find the humor in all of this. That's just a goal. I think losing weight should be fun. And I am going to find ways to make it more fun. God bless you for taking the time to read this. Much love.

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    It's good to look at ourselves realistically and weigh the good and the bad. Overall, we will probably find that when we actively pursue something, there is more good than bad.

We don't have to be perfect. We just need to do our best.

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PERSISTENTTIM 1/23/2014 9:26AM

    Good for you! I can totally relate to using food when depressed and as a way to avoid life. Just keep praying, believing and you will persevere. Have a great week!

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    It is nice to see how you are doing and working so hard to makke sure you give your body what it needs and trying to keep out the chemicals. You are doing so great ...we are not striving for perfection just better

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IMAVISION 1/23/2014 12:42AM

    You sure are making wise choices on how to best succeed on this wonderful journey of self-discovery & change of poor habits.

I wish you success upon success!

God bless!

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NAILDVA 1/22/2014 10:50PM

    This should be fun we are creating new lifestyles for ourselves. And you are absolutely right junk food is trash and we shouldn't be consuming it! Healthy clean eating is the way to go. Thanks for your blog its given me something to think about.

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