Welcome back, I just got back, was on here 2008,lost some weight, now through menopause. ready to take off the extra pounds I put on, this is the place to do it, Good luck in your weight loss journey. 973 days ago
Okay, so I didn't notice you were gone because I didn't notice you were here in the first place, so I hope that gets me off the hook for not noticing (and you thought you were rambling). I've done the same thing with still logging in and keeping it in the back of my mind without doing anything about it. My wake up was a little more violent in the form of Doc telling me about the Diabetic blindness and amputations I was headed for if I didn't stroke out from high BP first. He got my attention. I used the same approach you're using on my second try. I just keep adding little bits here and there and I've come back nicely over the last couple years. I had regained seventy or so of the over one hundred I lost and now I'm down about fifty-five from that high point. My DW and I are both doing pretty well and are in no hurry this time, but it's working. She is post-menopausal and hates Coke Zero (which is the only Coke product I can drink) because she says it tastes like regular soda which she doesn't like anymore because she's used to diet. Maybe try that unless you're anti-artificial sweetener? (I figure the risks from their use is less than the risks of obesity?) Anyway, I feel your flippin' pain and enjoyed your vlog. Hang in there!
EILEEN828 So happy to see that you're getting back into Sparkpeople vlogging. I think it's pretty common to go back and forth in the participation effort. That's what makes Sparkpeople so compelling, it's there at your speed and always available whether you're just coasting or steppin' on the gas.
I wish I had some good tip for headaches/ migraines but I don't other than to focus on getting enough water. My rule of thumb is to drink half my body weight in ounces of water. Eight ounces in a cup, so for me that's about 11 cups a day. Since there's no way I would be able to stick to counting them, I use the pitcher method. I have a clear glass pitcher that holds 10 cups, and I leave it on the table so that I can visually see my progress over the course of the day. Plus if you fill it the night before the chlorine in your water will evaporate making it healthier for you. Seems to taste better too.
Talking about cutting out soda, my experience was that I used it mostly as a mixer for alcohol so I was trying to quit two things at once, which as you know was hard to do. That is until I really focused on replacing it with water. Over time I was shocked to learn that my alcohol/ pop "cravings" were actually cravings for water. I always used ice cubes in my drinks and when I got home from work where I wasn't drinking anything all day I'd be dehydrated, and a tall drink was practically mandatory. Of course alcohol is dehydrating in itself so you can see I wasn't doing myself any favors.
My point is that the pop and alcohol taste craving was totally tied into my need for hydration. When I was thirsty I wanted that sweet taste, that's what my brain asked for because that's where I got a lot of water from. Finally realizing that I made sure to drink water first before those other things. It made a huge difference, especially if I drank a large amount of water at that point because if your thirsty that means you are already in a dehydrated state. Hence the beauty of having the pitcher of water telling me when to drink all day not just when in body panic mode.
When I was full of water my craving for alcohol and pop went away. Currently I don't drink either except for every once in a while as a treat sort of thing. I'll go months without and then pick it up again for a short while. I always feel its a mistake though so I stop. Also when I drink now I use water for my mixer with maybe a splash of lemon or lime. So no more pop. In fact when I taste pop now it always seems to be sickly sweet to me.
Hmmm, obviously I've gotten myself into a tangent here so I might as well get off the podium. These are just my observations for what I learned the long, slow, hard way. They might help you too. Any how it's great to hear from you again. 1007 days ago