Energy

As you will see by my soon to come updates, I have been working on me.

I am now pressing hard to work out daily, and to eat right daily. Yeah, I don’t always make it, but, you gotta try, right?

My spouse has had some major health issues this year, and was recently told that she was “this close to being totally disabled”.

This was a wake up call for me. I realized that I had a choice. I could do all I can to get stronger, to take care of myself so that I can take care of this family, or a could wither, struggling to take care of myself, much less the challenges she will face. My son is only a teen, and I don’t want to put him in the situation to take care of us both, so I had to stand up.

My game plan is to beat the Fibro, the arthritis and hip surgeries. To beat the migraines and the high blood pressure. I need to be strong enough to take care of a sick wife, to spend long hours in the hospital at her bedside, and still have the strength to smile through homework help with the kiddo.

Basically, I need to get my cape out of storage, get it ironed, and learn to wear it, full time!

I know lots of you do this very thing, day after day. You have ill spouses, special needs children, mothers and father who don’t know who you are anymore. You work your asses off every day to bring light.

I read your stories, I cry with you. I also learn from you.

I learn how to be strong from you too. Since I have started working out, I have met lots of strong men and women who’s stories would break your heart, and yet, they lift me up, and I learn how to live grace, and how to be the strength my family needs.

So, this is where you find me today. Let’s move forward together, stronger, smarter and healthier.

 

Sitting, too long!

This is a quick post, mostly so I remember to look at these.

Work EZ Standing Desk

If you have an opinion, please, please share. I think I need one that can be quickly converted from sitting to standing, so that I can get used to it. Always up might not work for me, and always down isn’t.

Tell me, it standing really better for us? What about production workers, ticket takers, and all the others that stand all day long? Don’t they suffer foot, leg, hip and back problems?

These “desk raisers” costs anywhere from $120 to $400 dollars, and my budget is very limited, so let me know your experiencing with these!

Jorc

p.s. Just found this article, Sitting at work is bad, but is standing actually better? I don’t know what to think yet, but it’s focus is not on either, but on movement!

J.

FittyBitty and The Abascal Way

I really like this little thing, and the software that goes with it. I got it for Christmas, and we are finally beginning to relate!

I have decided after a year of the Abascal Way that I need to modify it. I do believe it has helped a lot with various types of inflammation, but it isn’t helping me lose weight. Primarily because you can eat as much as you want. Well, that for one reason or another has me “maintaining” weight. Not much excitement after the initial big weight drop. Some say that I’m at the weight I’m supposed to be, but my jeans would argue with you about that.

So, no processed foods, but back to calorie counting. The thing I love about the FitBit, is if I lay around all day, it give me a smaller amount of a calorie allowance. If I work my butt off, it adjusts my allowed calories for the day, upward! Work more, eat more!

I love that I can make food and exercise choices that keep me burning more calories than I’m eating!

Jorc

p.s. Now, I’ve lost my FittyBitty charger, and have to spend this pay periods allowance on a new one. Boooo. 😉

Happy New Year, 2 months late

Well, I’ve had my healthy lunch, and was just browsing blogs a bit and came across Big Jew on a Diet. I laughed at his most recent post about Justin Beiber’s dick, but after scrolling down a bit, I came to the same conclusion that he did.

I didn’t meet my weight loss goals last year.

Oh, I did for a time, but then as outside influences dragged me further and further off center, I let them. I made excuses, I did not always try my best, and here I am, fighting the same battles.

Here is a partial list of the goals I had for 2014:

Personal

Reach and maintain 145 pounds

Work out twice per week

Write 1 poem per month

Work on power of attraction

Find ways to be a better wife

Yoga

Stop taking hydrocodone (almost there, maybe twice a month)

Wean off blood pressure meds (nope you read the post about Anaphylaxis?)

Wean off zolpedem

Start Toastmasters

Write thank you cards every time

Travel to switzerland (That one I did!)

Work

Get raise (Did this!)

Make a gameplan for job growth or new job (and this!)

New resume

So, as you can see, I didn’t exactly nail it. I’m keeping this list and adding for 2015, Take a water color class.  I know, everyone else did this 2 months ago.

I get it, I’m just slow getting started this year. LOL.

Jorc

just tired

I am writing this morning as I am late for work. I always seem to be running, so I put the brakes on, if only for a few minutes, to take a little writing therapy.

It’s really hard to diet right now. My motivation is low. My temperment is bla. I’m not really sure why. That is why I’m writing. I’m thinking, “maybe if I put it out there” it will be the little kick I need.

So, what can I do about this today? Hmmm.

1. Get off my butt, make a heakthy snack for later and get to the office!

2. Jump into everything at the office with great enthusiasm. Quit moping and whining and do this.

3. Come home tonight and GET ON THE ELLIPTICAL! Energy makes energy. Exercise clears the cobwebs and adjusts the attitude.

4. Get real sleep! That’s right, go to bed tired!!!

Alright everyone, have a great day. Let’s MOVE!!!!

Jojo

Diet Post

Hi Everyone,

Last week was supposed to be about artificial sweeteners, but I didn’t focus very well on that.  I focused primarily on my anniversary and left the rest to take care of itself.

Of course, the effort I put in is a direct correlation to the results I get out, and last weeks effort was plenty obvious! ;-(

For anniversary, and it was a simply wonderful anniversary, I indulged in food and drink that I had given up 3 months ago. The scale wasn’t the worse indicator of this indulgence. The migraine Friday (the first since I went on this diet) was the final straw to prove there are just some foods and drink I need to stay away from, regardless of weight loss. The bigger health picture suffered.

The great news about this week was my meeting with my doctor, who says, because of the weight I have lost and the efforts I have put in to this point, I can start reducing certain medications that I have to take on a daily basis. I have to do this under his supervision, but I am on track.

If you ever watch shows like The Biggest Loser, you see most of the time people can improve their health tremendously by losing weight and exercising regularly. This is one of my biggest goals of 2014, to reduce or eliminate a lot of the medications I have to take, especially those for high blood pressure.

This weeks focus is going to be to simply tighten up my calorie counting and see some results. Weight wise, this week was a break even, with no loss or gain.

Hope you all have a great week on the scale!

Jojo

 

Monday update, maybe she has lost it?

First, I got my keyboard working, so It’s a lot easier to post now.
Second, I just had a few things that I found interesting and wanted to share.

The first article is about coconut oil. I am just learning to use this stuff, so this was useful:
4 awesome ways to use coconut oil

And this is a really good one! 10 causes of Fibromyalgia your doctor doesnt know about. There were some very interesting points if you suffer from Fibro.

Lastly, I came home and worked out. I spent 25 minutes on the elliptical, at a fast 60 rpm’s for most of it! My spouse wanted to know why I worked so hard, but honestly, it was the music. I found a really motivating soundtrack that took me away. She is right though, the Fibro will flare tomorrow, just wonder how much. I’ll just have to suck it up because that was the best workout I’ve had in weeks!

Keep working toward your goal!

Artificial Sweeteners

Hi everyone! You might have noticed this weeks post is late. The reason it’s late is I got a bit distracted with a birthday present yesterday and just didn’t get to it.

I received a new tablet for my birthday. I have had a tablet for the last couple years, but it is one that did not have very much functionality and so in order to make it work I had to hack it.
The android operating system was a bit unstable and unpredictable, so I spent all day yesterday playing with features on my new one instead of doing my diet post.
Last week was not a very good diet week. I had days where I pigged out on things that were not appropriate and then ate too little the next day in order to make up for my behavior the day before. I know a lot of people actually diet this way, but I want to keep a healthier lifestyle approach. Yesterday I packed extra healthy snacks so I would have plenty of healthy choices at the office.
This weeks focus is going to be on artificial sweeteners. I declared yesterday that I would never have another artificial sweetener in my body ever again, until this morning when I got my coffee and realized that honey in my coffee does not taste right, so this weeks focus is reducing the amount of artificial sweeteners until I find a suitable substitute.
I managed to lose .80 pounds last week. That’s almost almost a pound. I wanted to say a pound, but almost a thing is not a thing.
If I lose any weight next week, then I will finally break the 160 mark. Is is my imagination, or does this seem to get harder the closer I get to goal weight?
Thanks everyone for reading and have a great week!
p.s. Did you notice there was no mention of exercise? Gotta fix that….
Jo

New year, new leaf!

Hi Everyone!

I turned over a new leaf (again) a couple of months ago, but haven’t been blogging about it. Now it’s time to get things caught up!

I don’t plan on posting a quit meter very often, so I’ll catch you up, then leave it for special occasions.
1 year, 7 months and 15 days. This one is in the bag!

I have been posting a weekly diet post on Facebook, but I’m bringing that back here.

I didn’t weigh-in last week or post last week, because I wanted to take a break. I think it allowed for a little reflection on the holidays and what is going on with my body.

Sugar, sugar, sugar. Sugar is bad. Duh! I ate a lot of sweets over the holidays, always my downfall, but I have honestly never reflected on how it effects me. I think for every bite of chocolate came hours of craving for more. During the weeks I’ve been “good” I have had few cravings, and a normal hunger response. The first few days after my last “sweets fest” saw intense cravings for sweets and was hungry all the time.
Now that I have reasserted my eating plan, I have felt a lot better with less cravings.

Lots have folks have asked me why I am dieting. First, selective clothing choices can hide lots of extra poundage, and I was heavier than I looked. Second, one of my 2014 goals is to maximize my health. In 2013, I was diagnosed with hypertension. Already dealing with Fibromyalgia and degenerative joint disease, the high blood pressure diagnosis was a clear signal that my body needs a change. For 2014, working with my doctor, I intend to remove as many of the contributing factors to these problems as I can. A friend described it very well, “Take the blood pressure drugs and eat the mashed potatoes and gravy, or stop eating the mashed potatoes and gravy so you can stop taking the drugs.”

I have been reading a lot about foods and am slowing getting rid of the foods that cause or contribute to inflammation and high blood pressure. I have also decided to add three foods to my daily diet. These foods seem to have amazing benefits for the body, and I plan on reaping some of those.

I won’t list all the benefits here, Google is much better at providing this info than I am, and even a quick search for each of these will be an eye opener.
The first, coconut everything. I buy whole coconut and toast my own and drink the fresh coconut water inside. Coconut oil, extra virgin cold pressed, is helpful inside and out.
Second is Kefir. Yep, your bodies ability to process nutrients is just as important as the nutrients themselves.
Last, and this is the one with the biggest bang for the buck, Chia seeds. This one is good for everything, and may be a big weapon in the blood pressure fight if all the hype is true.

So, that is where I’m starting the new year. Better food and more exercise for better health in 2014!

I’m 1.4 pounds lighter than last weigh-in, and just a little smarter (I hope). Who is with me? Let’s make this year amazing!

Jo