Judy, when you finally find out what's going on within your family, just take a deep breath. One way or the other, it'll work out. You can only do so much. Offer help if you can, but otherwise you'll just have to send good thoughts their way and hope for the best.
Judy, sorry to hear about your cold sore. Perhaps it's the oranges you have been eating with your breakfast? That's the only thing I see that you've changes now that the weather has gotten cooler. I know you are trying to boost your Vit C because of cold season, but maybe it's wreaking havoc on your system. If it's the citric acids that are doing it, perhaps you could try one of these others... http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/vitamin-C.php
Breakfast coffee 2 eggs 1 pc wg toast w/ 1 tsp preserves
Lunch 1/2 lg tomato topped w/ drained wp tuna and 1 Tblsp sharp cheddar...broiled till melted 1 C vegetable broth
Dinner Bangers n mash ( 1 chicken sausage, 1 C mashed sw potatoes, drizzle of brown gravy) peas n carrots
PM snack 1/2 c unsw apple sauce 1 rectangle cinnamon graham cracker 1 c unsw vanilla almond milk
In an article I found on Fitday.com daily fluctuations are explained like this...
Weight fluctuations are normal, and they happen to everybody. They can be caused by many different factors, such as consumption of a big meal, excess salt intake, water retention, constipation and hormonal changes. One thing you should know is that the extra weight that you see on the scale does not come from an increase in body fat; it can be water, waste products or other substances that are temporarily present in your body. Most dietitians tell their patients not to weigh themselves everyday, because they may see their weight fluctuate daily and lose faith in their weight loss program
** So we should all be aware that those ups and downs on the morning weigh ins aren't , necessarily, something that we can control. It's just our bodies reacting to or trying to process what has already been ingested. What's done is done and can't be undone. We just sorta have to have patience and faith that by doing our very best and sticking to a healthy program, we and our scales will once again be on speaking terms, if not a full blown love affair.
Suggestion here, if you are one of those people who "panic by the pound" , it may be in your best interest to do weekly or even bi weekly weigh ins. If you can't stand to watch the fluctuations, then you may quit before you really get started.
Depending on what is going on with your body at any given time, you may see as much as a 5 lb weight gain overnight. FIVE POUNDS! Now, even I would start laying little gold bricks if I saw that much of a difference, but before you hit the panic button , throw up your hands and say "What difference does it make?" and indulge in a 6 course breakfast followed by a couple of bags of pork rinds..... stop and think. If you have followed your journey's plan, done your daily exercises, drank your water, over the past few days, then you couldn't possibly have eaten the extra 17,500 calories that it would take to really have gained those 5 lbs. So don't crash and burn, especially don't Crash (diet) to lose the extra weight. Your body is trying to catch up. It is metabolizing . It is doing it's job.... don't panic. If you really want to be "proactive" about helping your body rid itself of the excess.... drink more water over the next few days. Perhaps you are bound up and don't even realize it yet. The extra water will help move things along and extra hydration in your cells will help flush other stuff like extra sodium which you may have unwittingly consumed which is making your body retain water. Yes , yes; drink more water if you are retaining water. Doesn't make a lot of sense unless you google why (which I almost insist that you do) but it works.
Above all, stay with your journey. Even if you don't see a huge weight loss you know that by eating better, healthier foods, you are doing your body good. You will feel better.
The deal and the downfall of morning weigh ins is that everything that you eat or drink right before going to sleep will show up on those scales. We all know that water is calorie free, right? But I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that if you drank a bottle or two of water right before bed, even if you tinkle first, at least half of those 16 oz (1 lb) will show on the scale. Your cells absorb about half so you can't "flush" the rest away. So there's a 1/2 lb weight gain on that weigh in. But , if you eat, oh say, 6 corn chips or even one of those chips ahoy cookies, which weighs about 3 oz and has WAY more calories than water, probably won't show up on that morning weigh in. The deal is that if your caloric intake is up by 3500 calories for the week, you'll be seeing a real , honest to goodness gain of a real pound on the scale. The daily fluctuations, though frustrating, don't really show what's what if you are eating within your caloric boundaries and doing your required exercise.
From a metabolic standpoint, there is really no reason not to eat food in the evening. A calorie is a calorie regardless of when it is consumed. A morning calorie is metabolized in basically the same way as an evening calorie. However, eating in the evening is a problem for many, not because of the way food is metabolized, but because of the quantity of food that is often eaten. ***************
The biggest reasons for a nighttime cut off time, for eating, is that when you are tired, your resistance to binging goes down. Just like driving a car, operating heavy machinery, or drinking heavily, if you eat when you are tired, you are flirting with disaster. There are also the problems associated with gassiness and indigestion (acid reflux) which can seriously depreciate your quality of sleep, perhaps even the quantity of it if it's bad enough. Also, if you get into the habit of not eating after 7ish, you are more apt to drink more water, which is always a good idea. BUT if you have a dinner time that is later, like a lot of people in New York, it doesn't mean that you are going to gain weight. As long as you have allotted for those calories in your daily plan. They also have the added advantage of walking after meals out, mainly because the traffic is so bad.
As habits go, though, it's probably better all around to have a planned cut off time that you can adhere to. Try to shoot for a cut off that is 2-3 hours before your bedtime, and break that nasty habit of snacking in bed! It's a hard one to break. But keeping the sanctity of your bed as a place to sleep/have sex/or rest, will keep your eating routines more in check.
********************** No walk today. Went to bed with sore hip. woke up same. Perhaps the pool later today for some light PT.
Gage, reportedly, slept first night in his crib in his own room...and slept better. They all did. Things are looking up.
Helene, not quite 1.5 miles. But I did deviate a bit and also walked the bayou bridge that spans the runoff area. Most of the tornado dmg went on a path straight toward the bridge so I had to see for myself that it was still intact. Thankfully it is. But that detour gave me maybe another 1/5 of a mile, across and back. So, 1.2 miles today give or take.
Many of us have to deal with chronic pain. It's pretty bad when you have so many bad days that , when it happens, you actually are surprised to have a good day.... or even a good, relatively pain free hour. If you suffer, you know what I'm talking about. When it's difficult even to drag ourselves out of bed, it is almost impossible to bring ourselves to consider exercise. Right? Well, therein lies the rub. If you exercise, even a little bit, you will relieve some of your pain. Chronic pain works against us on so many levels. Our bodies, our minds, our moods... everything ends up being tied to how bad our aches and pains are in the morning. Unfortunately, that is the WORST time to evaluate and thereby determine how the rest of our day should go. After lying, prone, 4-8 hours (or more) our bodies "seize up"... all the muscles and tendons that we haven't kept warmed up with movement get so tight that it makes us achy. That first step is a bitch, right? Well, we need to rethink how we greet the day. If you don't have to run right off to the bathroom for your morning tinkle, try a few light stretches to warm your muscles before you rise.
Do some circles with your feet, working those ankles.
Then do some "pointy toes" , point your toes to the foot of the bed, hold to "5" then point them as far back toward your knees as possible and hold for a count of 5.
Then throw those covers off and raise your straight leg off the bed 4-5 inches. Alternate legs and do a set of 3 each.
Then do some very slight knee bends. Nothing deep. Just raise your leg straight, then bend the knee a bit. Alternate legs and do a set of 5 each.
These are very light stretches that will help you all day long. Doing these before you rise will give you a sense of accomplishment and will raise your spirits while flexing those troublesome joints,all of which will help with the daily chore of coping. Do this set again just after you get into bed at night. This will help relax you . Breathe evenly while doing these. Deep breaths in through the nose, out through the mouth. Make no mistake. Even though these are simple stretches, they still burn calories... are considered exercise. But the main point is to just be doing something to ease into and out of the day on a positive note.
******************* Reported to me this AM, Gage isn't sleeping well at night. I think all of us are suffering from their move. The rhythm of the house is off. So we, here, are staying up later and have disturbed sleep. They have new apt surroundings and sounds to deal with. Let's just say, "it's not good right now".
We did go for our walk this AM, though. Lots of dmg from the tornado that hit. Many lodge pole pines fell and had since been cut up and dragged aside the trail. Pretty chilly though today so I had Gagey wrapped up like a papoose. I, on the other hand walked in a cap sleeved tshirt because I sweat like a racehorse. XP Not smart, I know, "Fool's Weather". Anyway, Gage is sleeping so hard right now, he's snoring! Amazing what a little fresh air can do.