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26 August 2015

Weigh-in: 169.2 lb lost so far: 10.8 lb still to go: 20.2 lb Diet followed 100%
   (7 comments) on diet teskandar's own diet   losing 0.7 lb a week

18 August 2015

At this point in my journey to better health, I had hoped to be at least 5 pounds lighter than I am now. In the past this would have discouraged me to the point of giving up. It didn't take much. This time though, I've added regular exercise into the equation. I've learned there is more to it than just pounds lost. Yes, yes, I "knew" it before: muscle weighs more than fat, the body can get smaller but still weigh the same, water weight can fluctuate pounds in a day... I saw that for myself when I dropped 4 and a half pounds in a day! Even then I couldn't really accept that I was succeeding if the scale didn't reflect it. But other things were happening instead. I have a laundry basket half full of clothes that have literally fallen off my body. I "felt" more solid, not as wobbly and squishy, if you know what I mean. This last weekend I went clothes shopping and the items I purchased WERE A SIZE SMALLER. So yes, I haven't lost as many pounds as I wanted to, but I am succeeded in getting healthier. And that my Buddies, is the real point of this journey.
Have a great day everyone.

15 August 2015

We spend a lot of time on here talking about calories, carbs, fat etc. Today I want to talk about sodium. I have had blood pressure issues in the past. Fortunately I was able to get it under control with diet and exercise, no pills. Now it's something I always have to keep in mind, ESPECIALLY when eating out. So today I promised my DD a day of fun and shopping which includes lunch at her favorite restaurant, Pei Wei's Asian Diner. For those of you who haven't heard of it, it's PF Chang's "little brother". Being a responsible eater, I looked up the menu online to plan what I would order so I wouldn't blow my whole days eating. OMG the sodium levels blew my mind. I mean I knew it was bad, but my favorite meal had over 4000 mgs! That's 2-3 DAYS worth for me usually. In one entrée!! I found one entrée that was under 1000 mgs, so that's what I'm having. This is a really popular restaurant, always packed with people and take out orders. I know that ultimately, we are responsible for what we eat and drink everyday, but would it hurt these restaurants to offer some choices that haven't been turned into poison with sodium? I suppose not, as long as people remain unaware or don't care. Let's just pop a pill instead and be done with it. We've become a society of people who accept that diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease etc, are a natural part of aging. Some of us may be genetically predisposed to a disease and for them, thank goodness there is medication, but the rest of us can fight back by being aware of what we are eating, avoiding the really unhealthy dishes and moving around more. I know, easy for me to say but knowledge really is power, the power to change our future. Let's give it a go, shall we? And maybe, just maybe if enough of us avoid these unhealthy restaurants, hit them where it hurts, some of them might join the future and offer better choices. Ok, rant over. Thanks for reading.

14 August 2015

Weigh-in: 170.4 lb lost so far: 9.6 lb still to go: 21.4 lb Diet followed reasonably well
   (5 comments) on diet teskandar's own diet   losing 0.3 lb a week

13 August 2015

Hello all! I've got plumbing problems today. Makes me want to chew the furniture.... or cookies! Ahhhhh! Don't worry, I won't fall into the cookie jar (which is actually empty right now), but the stress does make me want to stuff my face. Will that ever not be the case? In all honesty, probably not.
I got up early and had a terrific swimming workout for an hour. We had a storm a couple days ago and my son "the pool boy" is out of town so it took me awhile to get all the debris out. While I was doing that I was attacked by fire ants! Those little so and so's! They really hurt! I got in the pool and took a few of them down with me! >:)
I tried something new today. Every morning The first thing I do is drink coffee. Then afterwards when I swam I got terrible acid reflux and of course had to pee. So this morning I drank a half cup of water with a squeeze of lemon and waited till afterwards for my coffee. I still had energy, though part of that might have been the fire ant thing, and no acid reflux! And no getting out of the pool in the middle of a workout to pee! I'd say the experiment was a success. It's good to be flexible sometimes.
I think I'm going to weigh tomorrow even though my "official" day is Monday. I've been plateaued for 3 weeks and I'm getting anxious to see some progress again. I really want to get under 170. It's a big deal for me.
Thanks for reading. Everyone have a wonderful day!

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