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I’m leaving, on a jet plane…

to Canada!

Mom, Chrissie and I are set to fly out of OKC tomorrow afternoon, arrive in Toronto at 11:00pm tomorrow night, and return on Sunday.

I’ve not ever been to Toronto and am so excited. We’ll also be visiting Niagra Falls.

I’ll have photos to share when I get back… and daily points/food journals to post (yes, I’ll be tracking points even when out of the country).

See you soon!

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this ‘n that

When I weighed in on Saturday morning at WW, I was down 5.8 pounds from last Sunday when I started eating the WW way. Yay me! I was so excited. Still am, actually. 🙂

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Today, a coworker said, “You know, if you drink too much water, it can cause confusion.”

Huh?

I guess the body can have problems if we drink too much water, but I think it would have to be measured amounts of multiple gallons.

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Today, I called an insurance company where representatives generally give their first and last names. It’s not a dinky insurance company where everyone goes by the name Sue Blue. Anyway, the guy who answered told me his name is South Central Miro.

I cannot begin to imagine what his parents were thinking.

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Bon Jovi will be in Oklahoma City on April 15! YIPPEE!

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Monday, 29 October 2007
Food Pts
3/34 c honey nut cheerios w/ milk & banana 2
coffee mixed with cocoa 4
ham sandwich w/ mustard 2
cheese stick, chips (ruffles light), grape tomatoes 3
progresso soup 0
now and later candy 2
peach 1
cheese stick 2
1/2 c rice 3
stir fry w/ chicken and shrimp 6
tortilla chips w/ salsa 1
Totals 30
Daily Activity Log

coming soon…

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Sunday, 28 October 2007
Food Pts
beans & beef nachos 8
1 c milk w/ 3/4 c honey nut cheerios 4
zucchini/pasta sauce/mozz cheese 3
5 wheat toasteds crackers w/ 1 wedge laughing cow cheese 3
ham sandwich 3
light ruffles 1
grape tomatoes & baby dill pickles 0
fudge pop 0
2 english muffins 2
hb pattie 4
baked tostitos w/ salsa 1
   
   
Totals 29
Daily Activity Log

coming soon…


Saturday, 27 October 2007
Food Pts
Red Beans (no rice) 3
10 tortilla chips (not baked) 3
turkey sandwich 4
light ruffles 1
vegetable soup 2.5
grape tomatoes, baby dill pickles 0
baked tostitos & salsa 1
fudge pop 0
beans/cheese/beef nachos 8
Totals 23.5
Daily Activity Log

coming soon…

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Today I used some of my weekly points allowance…. so I’m trying to not let myself feel like I was cheating. The points are there to be used sometimes, right?

Tomorrow morning is my first WW meeting. I’ll be there bright and early, getting registered and weighing in. I cannot wait! 🙂

I was thinking about this today…
Want to know what sparked me to begin this journey again?

My closet has sliding doors – mirrored doors – that cover one wall of my bedroom. Last Saturday I was sitting on my bed, looked up and wondered who that fat lady in the mirror was. After a second, I realized it was me. Ick! That fat lady does not look like I feel. That look did it. I found my WW books and decided to start the next morning. No looking back.

And here I am.

Friday, 26 October 2007
Food Pts total
B-wrap with turkey, cheese, mustard 4 4
S-coffee mixed with cocoa 2 6
S-cheese stick 2 8
S-chex mix (2/3 cup) 2 10
L-wrap (one point tortilla, grilled chicken, lettuce, tomato, bell pepper, dressing) 7 17
L-chocolate delight 5 22
D-Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich 11 33
D-medium fries 10 43
Totals 43
Day 6 in Week – Weekly Points Remaining (of 35): 16
Check off your waters ??????
Activity Log
Coming soon…

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journal

Today I was starving all day long. I had pains in my stomach for what seemed like most of the day and felt like a bottomless pit was inside me.

Seriously.
All. Day. Long.

Oh well, maybe that means I was burning off some fat!

I’m really looking forward to signing up with WW on Saturday, having my official weigh-in and attending a meeting.

Thursday, 25 October 2007
Food DU
2 slices bread 2
1 tbsp peanut butter 2
1 tbsp jelly 1
coffee mixed with cocoa 2
1/2 cup coffee mixed with cocoa 1
cake with icing (1/3 slice) 3
cheese stick 2
grape tomatoes 0
red beans & rice 6
salad with dressing 1
cheese stick 2
red beans (no rice) 3
1/2 serving spaghetti w/ sauce 4
Totals 29
Daily Activity Log

coming soon…

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diabetes in the news

I just read an article titled,

“Activists Fight to Rewrite Disability Act,”
by Joseph Shapiro

at npr.org. It’s about a Wal-Mart pharmacist in Nebraska who was fired because he is diabetic. He wears an insulin pump like DD(age11) does. I’m appalled that things like this are still going on.

Discrimination because the man has diabetes and needs to eat his lunch all at one time (when his insulin bolus is at work) and not grab bites to eat between customers? Really? Is the Wal-Mart store manager(or whoever the pharmacist’s boss is) from the dark ages? Good grief.

I support the work that the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) are doing to educate the public and to find a cure for Type I Diabetes. Hopefully my daughter will not ever be discriminated against like this.

Read the article here and let me know what you think.

Do you want to write a letter to a Senator or Representative to ask for support of the ADA Restoration Act? Look here for the list of Senators and Representatives by state. The ones who are in bold type are already co-sponsors of the act.

Edit: I’ve written letters to all the Senators and Representatives from Oklahoma. Would you consider writing to those from your state if you live in the United States? Thanks!

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a book review

Last week, I received a book in the mail to review from Turner Publishing Company.

Historic Photos of Oklahoma City
by Larry Johnson.

I grew up in Southeastern Oklahoma, Broken Bow to be exact, and moved to the Oklahoma City area in my early 20’s. I had not seen photos of the area in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s as the city was being built. It was interesting to see what has changed and which landmarks are still standing. I enjoyed seeing the clothes that people wore in the photos and kept thinking of how hot the women must have been in humid, hot Oklahoma during the summers in their long dresses with petticoats, boots and hats.

The photos of horse carriages parked along side cars in the street of downtown Oklahoma City, the buildings and the trolley are some of my favorites. I also appreciated the photos of slogans and advertisements on storefronts.

One thing that really stood out to me were the photos of Native Americans. Seeing the photos, knowing that their land was taken, that they were driven from their homes, and that some of them are my ancestors was sobering.

Historic Photos of Oklahoma City is a beautiful book that I would recommend.

Larry Johnson will be signing copies of his book at the Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City on October 25, 2007 at 6:30pm. He will also be at the Oklahoma City University Library on November 3, 2007 at 1:00pm.

If you are in the Oklahoma City area, why not stop in, say hello, and pick up a copy of the book? You’ll be glad that you did.

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I’m happy to report that my scale showed a loss of 5 pounds this morning.
That’s 5 pounds I’ll not ever see again.. good bye! 🙂

Wednesday, 24 October 2007
Food Pts.
B-2 slice of bread 2
B-1 tbsp peanut butter 2
B-1 tbsp jelly 1
S-coffee mixed with cocoa 2
S-grape tomatoes 0
S-1 slice of cheese 2
L-spaghetti squash 0
L-salad with dressing 1
L-2 meatballs 4
L-1/2 cup pasta sauce 1
S-94% FF popcorn 1
D-Red Beans and Rice (6 pts per serving) 8
S-tortilla chips with Salsa 3
Totals 27
Daily Activity Log

Coming soon…

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accountability

After reading a lot of weight loss blogs lately and noticing that quite a few of the bloggers who have kept it off or are sticking with it/losing tend to post their daily food intake on their blog, I’ve decided to take the plunge.

I found a template for keeping a tally of daily points used and will be posting each day to keep myself on track. When I start the weekly meetings, weigh-ins and exercise, I will post progress in the template. I’m not posting how much water I drink on this template, but have found one that has a spot for counting glasses of water and flex points used.

I’m not sure that I want to have a weight loss ticker up at this point. I do like to see recipes, food photos and photos of each month’s weight loss progress. It’s encouraging. So those things may be coming in the future.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Food Pts
B-smoothie with 1 cup berries, 1/2 C cranberry juice, 1 scoop protein powder 5
B-coffee mixed with hot cocoa 2
S-apple 1
S-1 slice of cheese 2
L-salsbury steak, mashed potatoes, carrots, black bean/corn/red peppers 7
S-94% FF Popcorn 1
D-3 oz grilled chicken breast 3
D-1 c couscous with bell pepper, onion, garlic 4
S-one serving tortilla chips 3
S-salsa 0
Totals 28
exercise
coming soon…

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measuring food

DD(age 11)’s blood sugar numbers have been running a little higher than normal lately. About a week ago, I watched DD pour a bowl of cereal and asked her how much she’d poured. She said, “One serving.. one cup.” When we measured it, it was 1 1/2 cups. She’d have only given herself insulin to cover one cup of it if I’d not noticed and asked about it. Hours later, her blood sugar would have still been over her target range and she’d have had to give herself extra insulin at the next meal to compensate only to have it happen again at the next meal and so on. It’s a vicious cycle.

That was an a-ha! moment.

For the past week, I’ve had DD measure each food or drink she has. She’s been surprised to see the actual portion size versus how she had come to think a portion looked. Her blood sugar levels are back in range and I’m glad.

We’ve learned a valuable lesson. Once in a while, it’s good to go back and measure portion sizes again. As we are creatures of habit, I tend to have the same foods, drinks and snacks around most of the time. It’s easy to think that we know how much one portion is because it was measured once, several months ago, and we see it all the time right?

Without realizing it, we may be eating quite a bit more than one serving. Isn’t that what’s happened around the world with bigger portion sizes with packaged foods and foods in establishments?

Adding a little extra doesn’t look like it makes any difference, but it does. It matters with calories, carbohydrates, blood sugar, and our overall health.

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Monday, 22 October 2007
Food Pts
B-2 slices bread 2
B-1 egg 2
B-1 C 2% milk
S-1/2 slice cheese 1
L-Spaghetti squash 0
L-1/2 C pasta sauce 1
L-2 meatballs 4
L-salad w/ dressing 1
S-coffee w/ hot cocoa 2
S-apple 1
S-1/2 slice cheese 1
D-3 oz grilled chicken 3
D-1 C couscous 4
Totals 26
exercise

coming soon…

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Sunday, 21 October 2007
Food Pts
B-1 slice bread (<3g fiber per slice) 2
B-1 egg 2
B-1 C 2% milk 2
L-grilled stuffed burrito (yikes!) 15
L-iced tea 0
D-1 C One Pot Dinner 6
D-cornbread muffin 3
D-salad w/ dressing 1
Totals 31
Daily Activity Log

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Weight Watchers

Today is my first day of Weight Watchers. Well, my first day for the second and last time.

One day I will have before and after photos to post here. I am eagerly anticipating that day. 🙂

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