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Samantha - Bilingual Health Educator Apr 13, 2013 (07:45 PM)  

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Hi redrose, 


Great work! It sounds like you have made some amazing healthy lifestyle changes! Good on you!
Thanks for sharing your progress with us!


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redrose Apr 13, 2013 (07:29 PM)  

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Stopping smoking is the most important change that I have made followed by moderate exercise and a sensible diet. I have improved my blood pressure so much that I do not need blood pressure medication anymore..Now I just need to loose some weight and everything will be great..and Maybe a tuck here and there too..Just kidding about the last part..
 
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redrose Mar 23, 2013 (10:23 AM)  

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Thanks Ashley!
 
I am not sure?
I stopped eating white flour, white rice and white potatoes except for on rare occasions or when needed for medicinal purposes and started eating more whole grains, lean proteins, and fruit and vegetables most of the time..I cut way back on sodium and I do my walks as often as I can. I take healthy snacks with me when I leave the house so I will not be tempted to eat junk or at restaurants if I start feeling tired and hungry..One other thing I am trying to do is to be mindful of what I am doing  and to make sure I am not over doing it with any one thing and to do make sure I remember to do everything in moderation..It is not anyone thing that will take off the weight it is a balanced combination of diet, exercise and rest that works best..and most importantly.
"No more all or nothing thinking" for me, ever again ..
 
Well long answer I know but that's it in a nut shell for me, for now. It wasn't easy and it is taking some time for me to figure out what I need and what works for me..
 
 
Taking time to relax for now..
Red..
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Congrats Red!


How were you able to achieve this? What did you change?
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redrose Mar 22, 2013 (11:05 AM)  

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5 pounds lost over the last couple of months..
 
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redrose Mar 06, 2013 (09:57 AM)  

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Good Morning Ashley and Good Question!
Thanks me making me think so that I can remember what I have learned..
 
1. Eat mixed meals to keep blood sugar level more even.
 
2. Exercise to help cells doors open so they can receive glucose.
 
3. Make sure that you get enough restful sleep and if you have sleep Apnea get treatment.
 
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Glad to hear Red!

What were the top three learnings you are taking away from the class?
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redrose Mar 06, 2013 (12:49 AM)  

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Went to a pre-diabetes education class tonight. Gots lots of info. glad I went..
 
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redrose Aug 18, 2012 (10:08 AM)  

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Pretty good Ashley! Thats about how long my usual walks are..
Thursday I did my walk and than came home and spent 2 hrs working on and fixing yard in the 92 degree heat with high humidity..When I got home from my walk at the lake I noticed that the gardeners had been by..They had gouged my front yard all up again with their mower and the week before they pulled up a bunch of my lilies, Thank God I locked my gate to my back yard before I left this time..
Anyway needless to say we made a call and fired them..and they said they wanted to be paid..We told them no way..So it was good bye and good riddens to the gardeners..I only hired them because I felt I needed help after my kidney surgery until I could heal and because of some heart and blood pressure that I have..I though I might be here alone doing all the work by myself..I probably still need a gardener but these were not the ones I needed...It ended up causes me more work in the end.
 
Man this getting older is a pain..Needless to say I was very tired yesterday..so I spend the day cooking some dried beans from scratch and made some vegetarian chili..I am working on learning how to cook for a low sodium diet..So it was a very lazy day and I made some progression on that front..Today my be a lazy day too..I am still a bit tired... More progress..I should get out for a walk today before it gets to hot..We will see....
 
Sorry this is such a long post but I just needed to vent a little today I guess..
 
Taking it one day and one small at step at a time..
That's Making progress
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Nice work Red! What's the plan for today? How are you feeling after all that walking yesterday?
 
 

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redrose Aug 15, 2012 (11:32 PM)  

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Like wise Ashley...Thank you..
Your positive energy is always appreciated..

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redrose Aug 15, 2012 (02:20 PM)  

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Progress...today...
 
60 min of Cardio today..2.81 miles walked..average 2.71 mph..5949 steps..and its still morning yet.
 
Keep Moving Every day Everyone.......
 
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Beautiful!
 
Swimming in the Bay sounds wonderful; thank you so much for sharing this. You inspired me today.
 
I have been so amazed to see how much you have evolved and how it seems your true self seems to be shining through more and more. I can clearly see you are on the right path - just keep going. Following your intuition is always a good idea.
 
 

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redrose Aug 13, 2012 (01:28 PM)  

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Hi Ashley,
Thanks for the help and input this morning..with the smart goals and all..
As for having a lot going on and how I feel about it..It is a bit overwhelming at times. I have been through a lot since January with various health issues coming to light and am doing my best to wade through it all and do what is best for me..It is my life after all not anyone else's..I do remind myself of this often..I do get down about it but try to look at the good side of it and the daily accomplishments I am making..and how much I enjoy these strides forward...Like going to the beach and swimming in the bay free style and with my boogie board and noodle..This was something I really want to see if I could do again after the kidney surgery I had on April 30th..I felt so good about myself and so good inside Saturday while swimming at the bay..
I am making progress and I didn't let all the setbacks I have had this year, set me back..I went out and took a chance and did what I wanted to do..I am really very proud of myself in this regard..So when I get to feeling a little down I remember my swim in the bay and how I didn't let these changes I am going through get me down..I just think I need to go with my gut feelings about what I need to do to get well now and I will be ok..I will get there as long as I listen to myself...
 
Taking it One Day at a time..
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Hi Red,
 
Sounds like you are doing great.
 
It's true processed foods have a ton of salt in them, salad dressing especially. It's always better to make your own and not that hard with a little oil and vinegar.

When it comes to the medication I can't really comment but make sure you keep your doctor is updated on anything you decide to do.
 
To answer your question abotu SMART goals, the acronym SMART is broken down as follows:
 
S - Specific - Be sure that you specifically outline what you want to accomplish. Breaking large goals into small steps helps too.
M - Measurable - Be sure you are able to measure if you achieved the goal or not. For example, a certain number of pages read, a certain fear level reached at a specific situation, a certain amount of time spent working on the program etc.
A - Achievable - Ensure your goals are realistic and attainable. It can be overwhelming and demotivating if goals are too difficult to reach. Start small.  
R - Resonant - Make sure you are excited about the goal and that you will feel accomplished when you achieve this goal. Goals that are not resonant make it difficult to work towards.
T - Time Stamped - Make sure you give yourself specific deadlines when you want to goal to be completed.
 
It looks like the goals you have are pretty SMART as they are 
 
It sounds like you have a lot going on. How are you feeling about everything?
 
 

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