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what you allow

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I truly believe this...if we allow ourselves to eat what we want just for one day then this will continue. I've proved it the first time I was here on SP and then the holidays hit and I decided that eating what I wanted a few days wouldn't hurt but it continued and continued until I was back to a higher weight than what I was when I first started..

I came back this January 2012 with determination to do this and do this right this time around and know my weak points. I know I can't allow myself one minute or one bite of something I know will lead me to the same old thing..So far I'm doing well but know when the fall comes and I am wanting all the good yummy comfort foods then it will be a struggle. So I will be updating my goals here every week if I can remember.. emoticon

So today my goals for this week are to stay below the 1400 calories even though I'm allowed up to 1600..I will continue to eat a lot of fruit.
I will continue to walk at least 20 minutes a day.
And I still haven't added the arm exercise so that is going to be added starting tomorrow morning..

Next Sunday I will tell you how I did with these goals.

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IMREITE 7/27/2012 12:55AM

    we had a potluck at work. i only grabbed a little of some favorites and grabbed some fruit and veggies. when i came home i was tempted to go for fast food. but i decided i could get back on track at the very next meal. no reason to wait until the next day. i will get back on track the next meal or stack.

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ABRANDNEWME09 7/23/2012 3:31PM

    Thanks for sharing!


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MCJULIEO 7/23/2012 11:15AM

    Good reminders... thank you!

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FLEURGARDEN 7/23/2012 10:22AM

    Great words of wisdom. They hold true in so many areas of our life.

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WAYSOFGRACE 7/23/2012 9:19AM

    You've got the plan, you've got the motivation, and you've got support here! I see success in your future!

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CAKAROO 7/23/2012 7:50AM


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NIMAWEYGH 7/23/2012 3:09AM

    It all sounds like something YOU CAN DO. If you have faith in yourself anything is possible Barb. Like you I to must get back on some kind of plan starting tomorrow and was up this early thinking about it.

I know that tomorrow is back to the gym and swimming for me.
1500 calories or below and back to tracking on here.
Positive attitude towards myself with no guilt. That will sure help me out.
And to let go of some of the other stressors in my life. You know the big one I am talking about.................ha

I believe in you gal. Always have, always will. emoticon emoticon

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MISSY455 7/23/2012 1:37AM

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LEANJEAN6 7/22/2012 9:08PM

    emoticon---Keep counting those calories and you WILL be successful!

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JAMBABY0 7/22/2012 9:01PM

    Good luck.

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Tea and Hope

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Kind of a mix here today..I love my tea and know there is hope in what I'm doing here getting healthier and losing weight.

I weighed today and down by pound and half..this week so thrilled about that. My blood pressure is running well on new meds..in fact a tiny bit low so if it isn't high then I'm happy and isn't too low I'm happy.

I'm still concerned about my liver functions. I did read up on some of the meds I'm taking and thinking it is high time to get off the prilosec..from what I've read you shouldn't be on it longer than 14 days at a time..I've been on it for years..so as soon as all the good fresh veggies and fruit are over, then I'm going off them..I will do it gradually and probably won't be able to eat much so this may be a good thing and a very good thing when the cooler weather comes in the fall..I won't be tempted by all the good holiday foods that are so fattening for me.

The temps were cooler today but still triple digits but wind has blown and humidity is lower but still don't like getting out in the heat of the day. So I've completed some projects...3 Halloween aprons which will go on etsy and have the base of my papermache horse done..now have to finish it up with paperclay.

But all in all I'm in a better frame of mind today as I've set the goal for getting off the prilosec..it will get better..and I still have my tea.

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MAZACK 7/22/2012 8:26PM

    It may be time for me to review all my meds again. I know some have some bad side effects but it is hard to know if it is the meds or the medical promblems I have even if I don't take meds. I also have taken for some for years that say only take for a few weeks. Espically the ones for reflux and gastritis.

You are doing great with your weight loss. I seem to be stuck at one level.

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MCJULIEO 7/22/2012 3:55AM

    Congrats on your progress... what an encouragement!

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Mix of feelings

Friday, July 20, 2012

I have such a mix of feelings today. I'm proud of myself for losing what weight I've lost and for watching everything that goes in my mouth and for stepping up in exercise....but....

don't know if it is the heat as we have had a high temp of 106 today..We ran a fan outside for our outside dog yesterday but today we put them in the laundry room which has a/c..poor things are suffering.

Don't know if it is because I'm not sleeping well (also probably due to the heat)

My back has hurt an unusual amount lately..and I put up 22 pints of tomatoes today which aggravated it more..

Or more likely the things I'm feeling is due to the medical test reports. I've had a bad liver count for 2 years now. About 4 years ago the doctors tried to put me on meds for cholesterol and I had very very bad leg pains but my liver counts were ok then..and I went off the meds then. I have been on priolsec for year due to ulcer and acid reflux from too many rhumitoid meds I've taken over the years..Well 2 years ago I had a terrible time with my stomach and they tested my liver functions and it was way off..they did ultrasound to check the gall bladder and liver and thankfully no gall stones but that might have been better to have had rather than an enlarged liver..was told it was probably just a fatty liver from being overweight..well in the meantime they changed my BP meds and failed to notice that it had a diuretic in it which causes a terrible cough in me. so coughed for a solid 2 years..just got that taken care of by having them change the BP meds back to the dose without the diuretic and my cough has disappeared..but when I went to the clinic last week to get the BP meds changed, they decided to run another liver and cholesterol panel..well cholesterol is up and the liver functions are up...and this is after losing this 20lbs..I'm so upset over this..I go back in next Thursday and know they will set up another ultra sound..which know it will show the same thing...not sure there is much they can do for the liver..I'm wondering now if I need to get off the prilosec..I asked them before about it but they say no stay on it..but know most meds go through your liver and are processed there..I do know too that if I do get off the prilosec that I will get terrible acid reflux and won't be able to eat until my stomach gets back somewhat to normal..I guess I would lose more weight that way..I'm really just weeping over this..thought if I lost weight and got more exercise I would begin to see a difference in my health and instead it has gotten worse.. emoticon

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CAKAROO 7/21/2012 12:44PM


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MISSY455 7/21/2012 3:20AM

    emoticon There are some different choices in medications that work like the Prilosec, with different side-effects. Hopefully, you can work with your doctor to find something that helps without aggravating you further.

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MCJULIEO 7/20/2012 11:46PM

    Oh dear, the body is a complex thing, isn't it?
Hope you can everything sorted out, and start feeling better soon...

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hair cut

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Several people asked to see my hair cut..it really isn't much different than it usually is as I keep it this short in the summer..and it had gotten raggedy and scraggly so was needed. Also I can tell from this photo the weight loss. See the comparison here. . And this photo shows my hair needing a cut..but this was me 20lbs heavier..there is a difference.

I've been rather tired lately..think this triple digit temps and high humidity is getting me down. I've not slept well either..and still sticking to my routine as usual..Usually I have the sleepless nights when there is a full moon and why I wear a sleep mask..but I've just been aching more than usual which I usually don't ache that much in summer. I need some energy..

O and found some almond butter I think I can eat in place of the peanut butter which upsets my tummy..and not as many fat grams or calories..Also when the weather is cooler, hubby fires up the huge smoker and smokes turkey breasts and ham so have thawed some of the turkey out to give me a protein boost that I need.
But overall I think I'm healthier now and doing much better..I just want to keep it up.

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MISSY455 7/20/2012 2:13AM

    You look great! You can really see the weight loss in your face :-) Love the haircut too!

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NIMAWEYGH 7/20/2012 1:12AM

    OMGoodness I love the new do Barb. And WOW you can sure tell the difference in the 20 pounds. With the temps we are having a 20 pound loss sure makes a difference there as well.


Keep up the wonderful work emoticon

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MCJULIEO 7/19/2012 10:52PM

    Definite difference... Way to go!
(and I like your haircut!)

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ANGRITTER 7/19/2012 8:05PM

    I can definitely tell the difference - in your hair and your body, especially your cheeks and neck. i can only hope that after I lose the first 20 that my neck will look as presentable as yours does. I think it is the least favorite part of my body. And my feet are my best.

Isn't that sad? I can't wait until something other than my feet are my fave. Of course, I have pretty nice legs if you like the squat German type - very muscular and tight, but a little flabby at the thighs. (I broke my leg last week, so it will take longer now.)

But we do what we can do to fix what we have to work with. Anyway, I love the summer cut and think you are beautiful!

Take care,

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LITTLEMERED 7/19/2012 8:02PM

    It looks very nice!!! Beautiful!

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SLUNDQUIS 7/19/2012 7:55PM

    Isn't it funny how the little changes become permanent and you still don't feel like you are missing anything? It's what life style change is all about.

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Chef Sonny

Sunday, July 15, 2012

I'm so blest to have a husband who is so versatile. He can do so much around the house..He has completely remodeled our house and keeps everything in working order. He has build a new gazebo area this summer like a pavillion over our firepit (which he also built). and he has built alot of our furniture..

When we first got married (over 33 years ago) he and I enjoyed cooking together. He was not used to eating good fresh vegetables as his mom raised him on beans, potatoes and fried meats..Since we married, I've gotten him eating all kinds of veggies and he loves them. We combined families and raised 3 sons together and so it became a necessity to have a garden. I learned to canning and freeze our produce for winter use as the boys were eating machines. Well gradually over the years the pounds crept on and my RA kept me from being as physical as I had been..
Well several years ago, when we both retired, we decided to only grill our meats and to steam or grill our veggies..it has made a big difference in both our weight. Of course you know men can drop the weight off faster than women and has always been the case with him..
Well the last 2 summers he has taken to doing some canning and freezing of his own..it used to be just my job..so thought I would put up a photo of my young looking old man preparing okra for freezing and for our lunch today.

We are forever young!!!

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/18/2012 10:23AM

    Aw that's so sweet! Could I ask what you do with okra? I've only tried it one way (boiled to death) when someone made it for me and I HATED it, but my boyfriend loves it so I'd like to cook it for us.

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ACYCLINGMIND 7/15/2012 6:45PM

    That's a beautiful thing, isn't it? I moved in with my dad for a summer. At the beginning his standard vegetables were broccoli, potatoes and carrots. He shopped only at the grocery store. Now we go to the farmer's market weekly and eat everything from zucchini to cucumbers. They may seem like normal veggies but they weren't to him! I love it when people branch outside their normal and experiment with new things.

I'm impressed you have your own garden - how much more fresh and local could you possibly get? And tasty, too!

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ROOTIHAUSMAN 7/15/2012 6:43PM

    Congrats on being together for 33 years! I hope you continue to enjoy being forever young! Hope you have a wonderful week!

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