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Friday, October 24, 2008

I don't know what it is about colder weather. My body seems to think it is going into hibernation mode and I seem to get more hungry. I have really struggled this week to keep the calorie count within my range of 1200-1500. It has been hitting in the higher ranges than I would like. I've upped my exercising and know this has alot to do with it as well. I'm not noticing any weight loss either. I think it is my time to hit a wall. Another bad thing is I love all the "comfort" foods this time of year. Sweet potatoes, chili, soups, potatoes, pumpkin pies and peanuts in the shell. I'm trying to find ways to make these lighter and not as heavy as I used to make them. I've learned to make my fruit pies now with Splenda so that helps but still they are higher in fat than I would like. I know I'm really going to have to watch myself through Thanksgiving. My daughter-in-law loves to cook, especially bake so thankfully she will handle most of the cooking this holiday season. I'm also looking at buying healthier Halloween candies like the fruit roll ups and gummys instead of the regular high sugar, high fat things. I may even buy pencils and hand out. But I have learned through this summer that there are definitely things I don't need to keep around my house like chocolate candy!!! I have found a "guilt-free" chocolate frozen fudge bar with only 60 calories so let that be my chocolate treat. I still have a long way to go and hopefully I won't fail during this time of year. Another main problem is with colder wetter weather, I do not like to move much. Joints just don't seem to work as well, but I am going to really make an effort to get out an walk. Walking, I've found, is peaceful and theraputic and I really enjoy it!! Still don't like basic exercising but am trying. Hope to make this a really fruitful holiday season.

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BGGARDEN 10/26/2008 7:27PM

    I keep a little sampler of dark chocolates in my china cabinet just for those special days that I need a bite of sweetness. I think we get cravings for a reason. :-) NOW THE Reece's Peanut Butter stash has to go!!! I did hide those in my husbands office so I couldn't get to them as easy. I can't wait till the Halloween season is over. The extra sugar candies are usually gone by then!

You have a wonderful blog - Thank you for sharing your challenges. I look forward to your next blog.

Happy Autumn !


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CARLI_MAE 10/25/2008 10:55PM

    Okay, mystery solved. I was wondering what I was missing in the general chat. Pep talk? What pep talk? Is Barb feeling bad? ok -- if it's any consolation I've been fighting hybernation mode too & not very successfully. I hope you saw my clarification on the board about not being worried about Bambi ... LOL .... I may be a die-hard liberal, but the only hunting I object to is the inhumane kind and that directed at endangered species. So it really is the bug bites I'm afraid of ... hahaha.
Mmmmmmm ... I love sweet potatoes! They're not that high in calories, either, as long as you just bake them and eat them plain ... if you hit a good batch and bake them long enough, they're plenty sweet without adding butter and making them candied.
I also have a mini-challenge strategically planned for next week to keep our grown-up hands out of the children's candy ... hahaha (I know, I'm such a meanie, but you know I just want to help y'all). Anywhooo, if you don't see a new post for it, remind me will ya?

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MYMISSY 10/25/2008 4:14PM

    Barbara instead of making fruit pies, make them in the fruit crumbles....that way you cut out a lot of the pastry. I occasionally make crumble, not too often though now as pastry really upsets my acid reflux with in a few hours of eating....you could also just have the fruit part and put in on frozen yogart, that's yummy. What ever the Season brings to you, enjoy and do not stress out too much, we are all beginning to make much better choices at least 90% of the time, which is a good thing. emoticon

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sometimes we have to take a step back and look at our priorities in life. I've made "getting healthier" a big priority in my life. I've also learned to look at was is the most important thing that is worth using my time for. Some things are necessary. And the time spent in these necessary things is a given. But then the left over time we have, do we use to the limit or do we waste that time with the trivials. I decided many years ago when I was told that I have RA that I was not going to let it get the better of me. I have it and I have to live with it so get on with life. I did away with so called friends who were wasting my time with their gossip and their pettiness. I kept the friends who were true friend and that were happy and made me happy. Those that moan and groan are not worth being around. I just don't like being miserable with them. Then I started concentrating more on family and the things I like to do. I also have the personality that if I start something, I like to go at it whole hearted and to the finish. I went into the sparkpeople plan this way. I joined a few teams and then added a few more. I finally realized this past week that I needed to prioritize this area of my life as I was spending more time on these teams than I should have. I also had joined some teams that I was not being as productive as I should have been. So if I was on your team and you don't see me there now, it may be that I dropped that team. I am doing this to make myself healthy and more fit and can do it better without so much time being spent on this computer. So if you wonder why then this is the reason. Like I said sometimes you have to stand back and take a look at what is really important in your life. Also with the holiday approaching, I'm spending more time with my family and doing the fun things I so enjoy this time of year.

So you might want to take that step back and ask yourself what is the most important things for you to do with your time and energy. Hugs!

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MYMISSY 10/17/2008 4:24PM

    Well written Barbara, so glad you have found your space, a nice feeling isn't it. It will do us all good to just step back once in a while and look at what we are doing, where we are, who we are with and where do we want to go. I believe at this time in our life we should make what we want as a priority and go for it. You never really know what is round the corner, life is prescious, live it, enjoy it, share it and best of all not to worry about it. I like your "HATTITUDE" as the Red Hat Ladies would say. emoticon

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Friday, October 10, 2008

LIMITS---Iíve learned this by joining Sparks. I now know my limits and what I can and cannot do. I know exactly how far to push my body before it becomes a chore. I know that I get bored easily (ADHD adult) so I have to change up my routine. I have started this with little steps and gradually add to it as I progress.

I started small with counting calories. After a month of this with weight loss, I added the walking. Well with the RA I have I had to start with baby steps and walk short distances, but I would walk a few times a day. We live on a hill so now I can manage to walk an entire mile and sometimes 2 on my good days. Half of that is walking up my hill and other half walking down. When I started I could barely make the round 1 time which is a quarter mile. Now I can do 4 easy and have begun a 5th and sometimes up to 8 rounds. And doing it this way with my plans now to add the exercising part, has made such a difference.

I reach a plateau and stay there a week or 2 and then will be down a pound down. I feel Iím building more muscle tone now so know muscle is heavier and I keep that in the back of my mind. I have gone down 1 size and more and now feel Iím probably down 2 sizes. Iíve only bought 1 pair of (1 size smaller) pants and am continuing to wear the older large ones most of the time as they are loosely comfy and people comment more about the weight loss.

Also I reward myself each month with a full body massage which is as cheap as eating out at a fancy place or buying more clothes or candy etc. It is my incentive to keep at it. If I lose 1 pound that month then the massage is on, if not then I donít. And it seems I always show a loss each month. It may not be much and it may be slow but I'm sure the turtle wins the race.

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GRALLEN 10/14/2008 1:25PM

    Wow Barb! You are doing GREAT! Those baby steps can pay off and you are proof of that. Keep up the good work.

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COOP9002 10/10/2008 9:00PM

    You're doing great in taking these "small" but significant steps to make progress in your journey. Stay the course, and you'll be excited with the results.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

I've joined the Biggest Loser Challenge Team for 12 weeks and am hoping it will push me off this plateau. I'm excited but a little confused at all the posting and what all we are supposed to be doing but hopefully will get caught up soon. I've upped my walking and have added some core exercises. I really hate just exercising. I love the walking and look forward to it each day and try not to miss that time to comune with nature and God.

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the weather and all the fall colors. Our trees haven't changed much and won't until November but since my oldest granddaughter has a birthday on Halloween, I buy some kind of Halloween decoration each year. I've been going for more of the old time ones like I remember from my childhood.

I'm also busy working on some handmade Christmas gifts. I'm making sock monkeys for the 3 granddaughters I'm closest too. We rarely see the other 3 who don't live near. We are planning a family get together sometime in January, so will just do gift bags for those. I'm picking up things at the Dollar Stores. We have a new step grandson and I'm really finding it hard to get him something as he gets so much from his other side of the family. Our son and his new wife are expecting so he will have a younger sister to share with now. I've found some really nice baby things at some resale shops but I've given it to them already. I did get a victorian doll buggy with a pink flamingo to go inside, since they are doing the baby's room in that theme. Rather cute and unique I think.

My calorie counting is pretty well down on automatic for me now. In fact at times I'm finding it hard to make the low end of the range. Sometimes it is under so I keep the 100 calorie packs handy for just such days. I feel I get a treat those days.

Well off to bed to get those 8 hours of sleep in.

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GERRI/POLLYANNA 10/8/2008 4:11PM

    Good luck on your Biggest Loser Challenge emoticon

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TABBERDOODLE 10/8/2008 9:55AM

    emoticon on meeting your nutritional goals! I still find it difficult not to overeat sometimes. I love to hear sucess stories. It motivates me to know that eventually all my good habits will be a way of life instead of a chore. Keep up the hard work!

Good luck on your Biggest Loser Challenge!

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October starts a new month!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

September is almost over and October nears. I'm determined to make it through the fall and winter holiday seasons sticking to my diet and exercise. So I've decided to make posting to my calorie count and fitness count a regular daily event. I've done well so far with 30 pounds gone. But I would like to see more progress now that I'm beginning to reach a plateau. I've bonded with many of my teams and think this is a big help. I've grown and have been asked to take leader positions in 2 of my teams. I just hope I can do everyone justice and help lead the way.

Autumn is also my very favorite season of the year. The color changes are so cheery and it seems I get an extra burst of energy this time of year. The sun is out the majority of the time and I think I thrive on sunlight. I almost dread going into winter with the cloudy wet and cold days we have. I think it would be worse if I had to endure snow alot. We have relative mild winters with maybe one or 2 snows that last a day or 2 or we get ice but nothing like the 2-5foot snows they have up north. I'm thankful for that.

I'm also taking on getting my website running and posting more of my things there. I also plan to concentrate on my online craft magazine that I help out with a friend in Texas. And I also have a new granddaughter on the way. So I have alot to look forward to in addition of being healthier and a better me.

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BGGARDEN 10/4/2008 8:01PM

    How was the first week of October?? You need to blog it because I LOVE hearing from someone who loves to create things like I do!

Do tell what your craft magazine URL . I have a desk full of scrapbooking that I promised my MIL I would get done for her. I still have to finish the book I started from last Christmas. I like to collage the cards we are giving with photos from the season. :-) I am seamstress.... of sorts. I am starting a new Childrens' clothing line as well! BUSY BUSY MOMMY here.... Happy it is time to put the garden to sleep!

Happy weekend Dear friend.

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NIMAWEYGH 10/2/2008 5:20PM

    I know you can do this Barb. You can do anything you set your mind to.
I love using the calorie and fitness trackers and have since the beginning.

Like you Autumn is my favorite time of year. I just tend to do better in the weight loss area at this time of year so I hope that continues.

You are doing a wonderful job for us on AR Ladies.

Keep up the Great work.

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ZMONEY 9/30/2008 1:19PM

    You can do it!

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