just rambling re: weight, diet and exercise

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   Posted 9/21/2009 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
It is official, after a week of holding steady, I have lost all of my pregnancy weight from #3 (#4 came off pretty easily once I started). So, that makes 50 lbs in 2 1/2 years, yeah me!! To lose all of the remaining weight from #2 (who is now 6 1/2), I still need to lose 30 lbs. I don't think that will happen at my age and health status, but I will be more than thrilled if I can lose another 15-20 lbs. And you know what? Fibro has actually made me more fit than I have ever been. I never used to exercise and went on crash diets to keep my weight down. yeah

For those doing the high protein diet, how are you doing? As well as exercise, I have been following a low carb diet with always at least a little protein for every snack and meal. Ok, not religiously, that why it took me so long to get to this point, but that's ok. It's a lifestyle change, not a diet. Today I made a huge salad, I always make extra for dh and I to have on hand for a few days. He's gone for 3 days on business, but I still made the same amount. Oh, that and a full pot of coffee this morning. I was good though, I didn't drink it all. Anyway, I make my salads with romaine and baby spinach. Today for lunch I added ham, cheese, and a hard boiled egg, yummy! It's even yummier with bacon, but my mouth can't handle the hard chunks and the chewing right now. Facial pain is a great diet aid. tongue

My knee is still on the fritz and refuses to bend nicely. So I've been trying to stay active by walking. Today it's cold, damp and rainy, so I took out my Wii Fit again. I like it for when my fibro kicks my butt and I can't do my regular workouts. I was on it for an hour, alternating between the stepping, hula hoop, and boxing. I know, too long, but my stupid face kept zapping me. And while I was on it, I could put it out of my head. So now, oh yeah, my whole right side is sore and is wanting to stiffen up. My bum knee is on the left, so I compensate by using my right side much more. Hmm, that reminds me, my right quad is much more defined than my left. I know I count on it more, but it is 1/2" bigger. So I started to wonder, is my right leg really getting that much bigger (muscle, not fat) or is my left leg starting to atrophy? Stupid anxiety... and no, I will not look it up on the net. devil

I wonder if I can use up all the smilies today? I'm bored. Dh is gone, the older kids are in school, and youngest is napping. So that's why I'm so talkative. Hey, be warned, it said in the title I was rambling! nono

Tomorrow I have a doctor's appointment. I am going to take the plunge and ask for a referral for a massage. (With the referral, I can put it on dh's health plan). I went for physio in the spring, and it really helped loosen my neck and with my frozen shoulder. But my upper back and shoulders seems to be getting even tighter than usual. Much more sore than it has been before. I don't know when I'll actually get around to going, but I promised myself to see if a massage will help before Christmas. idea

so.... come ramble with me! Let's talk health smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 9/21/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried making a salad with spinach, dried cranberries, mandarin orange slices, and a little balsamic viniagrette?

If you like spinach, you might like this:
Take spinach, baby carrots, garlic cloves
Mince garlic
Saute everything in a little olive oil until the spinach is wilty and the carrots are slightly soft.

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   Posted 9/21/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
good for you! yeah
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   Posted 9/21/2009 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
whitechocchip, mmmm, both those recipes sound so good. I was halfway through my salad today when I realized I should have put apple in it. I love putting fruit in my salads, but never tried mandarin oranges. I'll have to give that a go.
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   Posted 9/21/2009 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Mamanan, just be careful what fruits you add because of the sugar/high carb count. Strawberries are low and so are blueberries and both so good for you. Not sure about cranberries. I've been doing low carb now for a couple of months, but I have to say, I have not been religious about it, went on induction for four weeks and then craved the heck out of fruit, so bought a lot of strawberries and blueberries and definitely overdid it. Also bought the pork rinds which have zero carbs, but do have high fat. It's always a balance, you know? But honestly, I do believe I feel somewhat better when I eliminate the high carbs, the breads, pretzels, white flours, sugars, etc. I think it does have an effect on me, even though I really have a deep love for breads. But I tell myself one day I will have bread again. Not for a lifetime, but I will allow myself bread, when I know I am under control and can handle buying a small loaf of it to munch on.
I LOVE salads too. A great dressing is a ceasar dressing and wouldn't you know it, I can't think of the company that bottles and labels it. I'll have to get back to you. It has zero carbs and it is SOOO good!
be well

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   Posted 9/22/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey mamanan, good job smilewinkgrin .  Isn''t wii fit fun? My neighbor has one. I love the boxing,
it is a great cardio workout when you go for the knockout. Hulu hooping is fun too.
Stepping is ok when you are not fibro fogging, I always mess up the steps. shocked
It is wonderful you are going to get the massage, how relaxing and you deserve it. turn
You are making some healthy choices that are going to help you feel better.
I have been losing a few pounds by watching my serving portions. I don't deny myself a
cookie if I want one, I just don't grab a handful anymore. If someone tells me I can't have
something I begin to crave it. When I shop, I do read labels and try to make healthy
choices. A diet shouldn't feel like a diet, when I finish eating a meal I don't want to feel
hungry but I don't want to feel like a stuffed pig either. Everything in moderation is
working for me. Lean proteins, fruits and veggies, limited refined carbos and lots of
water makes me feel good. I try to watch the salt, retaining water hurts!
After reading your post, I feel like excercising. Keep up the good job!

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   Posted 9/22/2009 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Great job!! I don't really diet ever, i gained ALOT of weight when they talked me into trying respidone... I've lost it now again thankfully. I do basicly what crazykitty does when i eat, but i try to always use my chopsticks, not only does it slow me down so i can better decide when i'm at the just right full lvl. The added bonus is i keep a little extra coordination in my hands they so love to get stiff.

You guys are making me want to run out and go get exercise too!!


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   Posted 9/23/2009 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Good for you Mamanan!!! I have been making a concious effert to add more protein in my diet and I've been doing well with that.  I have a very limited diet with all the digestive issues so can't eat all the salads and foods that are best for you. Having had to give up the gutens has stopped me from eating all the junk food I was eating so it hasn't been a bad thing. I have 10 lbs to lose and I will be happy with my weight.
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