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This is me--- and one more charm to add to the charm bracelet of rewards!

Monday, March 01, 2010

Taken in a suburb of Montpellier in my favorite top.

One more charm today-- one more kilo gone, yippee! I have resolved myself to this losing a bit more than a pound a week, for about a kilo every two weeks -that's 2.2 pounds about every two weeks. Not super fast but plenty acceptable if I can keep it up. That makes a bit more than two months and a bit more than ten pounds gone.

Today's charm for the bracelet is a small silver fleur de lys. When I became French, I thought about tattooing a fleur de lys on my shoulder like Milady, the bad girl in The Three Musketeers, this is less permanent!

I went through a few days last week of absolutley starving despite being at the high end or even a bit over on my calories. I've decided to try for more protein, one of my weak points and see if it doesn't help. I'm not a vegetarian by any means and I'm a devoted lover of beans in all forms, but protein remains hard for me to hit. I am more of a vegetarian than I thought, it turns out, after these past two months of tracking, we eat several vegetarian meals a week. Not planning to stop that, but adding more chicken and fish to the week too.

Hope everyone is doing well!

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NATHELESS 3/9/2010 10:54AM

    Congrats on earning another charm!

I've cut back on my meat intake and find that yogurt and cottage cheese are good ways to get in some more protein.

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CHAMBY1258 3/1/2010 9:28AM

    I like the idea of a charm bracelet for a reward. I think I will use your idea to help me as well.

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    Woohoo Way to go... You aer doing emoticon Keep it up...

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AKASHA66 3/1/2010 8:55AM

    Please, use the charm bracelet idea! I'm very motivated by visual things and this was the most visual-with-me-all-the-time thing I could come up with.

This charm bracelet stopped me from buying a package of red licorice this am, I kid you not...such power!

The next charm I want is a more expensive one, today's was on the inexpensive side, so I have motivation to be extra good.

I put $ away from little things I don't do, like buy the licorice, and this finances the charms.

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LMURRIETA 3/1/2010 7:57AM

    I love your idea about the charm braclet...I may have to use it. emoticon

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Tracking food for the entire week in advance

Monday, February 22, 2010

This is the town in France where I live.

Just as an experiment, I have decided to plan, and track all of my food for the week in advance. I often do it with exercise and manage to stay honest, and I have already done it with a few days in advance a week, but never the entire week.

I'm hoping to save a lot of time and some $ too by using leftovers more efficiently.

I have built a bit of a cushion to add an extra snack into each day if I want. About 150 calories, if I don't use it I will be within the zone, and if I do, I still will.

If this works, it would indeed save a lot of time as it took me about 20 minutes to track everything, as opposed to about 20 minutes a day.

One thing that is definitely working is slowly building up a store of 'meals' that I go back to again and again, then just copy from one day of a previous month to another on another month. As long as I don't repeat too often, I don't think my husband knows what I'm doing.

I saw a report of a woman who had meals planned for a year and saved a fortune because she was able to take advantage of sales and always knew what was coming up. I'm not ready to go that far, but if I can manage a week, that would definitely be a step in the right direction. It should also help me be motivated to use food from the freezer, something I need to do in the next couple of months, empty the freezer.

Does anyone else track for a week at a time?

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TRACEE5 2/22/2010 9:46AM

    I don't but it sounds like a great idea!! Let us know how it goes! Your town is beautiful!! You are so very lucky!

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Plantar Fasciitis

Friday, February 19, 2010

This is Kew Gardens in London. Despite an unreasonable amount of walking in London, 66 km in 3 days, no plantar fasciitis problems then.

I'm still at the end of the second major go of plantar fasciitis in my life. The first time I was in my 20's and I think it was probably brought on by wearing bad, silly, etc shoes, as we will in our twenties. It was a bad memory that forever changed how I thought of shoes. I don't think I've worn a pair of fashionable shoes since. Never longer than to go out to dinner. The PF was really bad and long to get rid of. I was in clunky black orthopedic shoes, or New Balance tennis with green spenco shoes soles in them for a long time--6 months? More? It eventually went away with just the change of shoes. I wasn't doing a huge amount of exercise in those days, so it wasn't brought on by exercise, I think.

Now, about twenty years later, it came back. In August, just following a trip to Turin Italy which did involve a lot of walking and in sandals. Good sandals, with excellent soles, but this time I learned, and it scared me, according to the podiatrist, general dr and shoe shop person, if we want our shoes to really maintain their good qualities, we need to change them every 6 months. They all agreed. I was furious. Since the age of 20, I have been in Mephisto shoes and sandals, expensive insoles and New Balance tennis shoes, all at top prices, trying to stave off the PF. And, technically, I should be tossing them after 6 months of wear. The Mephisto shoes cost around 150 euros a pair, sandals, around 100 euros a pair and New Balance tennis shoes, I wait for sales at around 60 euros a pair. A small fortune.

It wasn't even like I was over walking in Turin, we did walk, but I am very used to walking, it is my primary form of exercise, so I do seriously have to think about the shoe question.

I was so mad I packed a bag of my shoes up and took them to both the dr and podiatrist who both accused me of spending too much time in flip flops and high heels, nothing could be further from the truth. They both had to admit, I had exactly the right shoes, but that keeping them for 1-2 years was too long.

Bad news. More $ will have to be spent on shoes. I got rid of everything I knew I should and put Spenco soles into everything I thought I could get away with. That will be the plan from now on. The podiatrist hand made me a pair of special soles, but honestly, I think the Spenco ones are as good or better and 1/10 th the price.

Now dealing with the PF which I have had since August....it is getting better, and I think it is the combo of time and spenco insoles. I have spent almost every moment since August in tennis shoes because the insoles fit in them. Using sandals like Birkenstocks with the extreme footbeds at home and not bare feet was the only thing that gave me relief in the beginning. Put on the Birkenstocks sandals= instant pain relief.

This attack of PF was much worse than the first. I almost couldn't walk. SP flew out the window as I went from major daily exercise to not being able to walk without wanting to cry in a weekend, for 6 months. No exercise, it was impossible, I just tried to get myself to work and that was it. Regained a bunch of weight, of course too.

What the French doctors recommended--complete rest.

I took anti inflammatories for quite awhile and that may have helped in the short term, but not the long term, and caused other problems too.

Massage felt pretty good, but was also at times very painful and had no lasting effect.

Couldn't do complete rest, I live in the city, have to walk to work and work full time. I did spend as much time off my feet as possible though.

I spent about two months with a physical therapist for this problem and I'm sure that did no good at all.

I bought a couple of books on Amazon that were helpful to know I wasn't alone but none of their suggestions was a miracle cure.

All the info on the web tells you to do about the same things, and none of them really worked for me.

Holding on to your toes and stretching them over the back of your foot and holding it may have helped some but wasn't a miracle cure for me.

Time and decent shoes and insoles, the only things so far that have helped.

I have to come to the conclusion after all this, and both attacks, as I REALLY want to finda solution to this if there is one, anyone who has had PF NEVER wants it again, that pretty much, 6 months are going to be necessary before starting to feel better, shoes are crucial and Spenco insoles are my friends.

If anyone out there has anything to add or any PF solutions, please comment.

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COLE771 2/19/2010 9:53AM

    Thanks for your PF blog! I'll subscribe to it and wait for the "cure" to be posted! Ha ha! I guess we both know it's something that doesn't go away fast and is easily provoked to recur!! Our stories are very similar. When I was younger, it was probably due to poor fitting shoes or heels. I definitely couldn't wear tennis shoes to my office in those days. Now, I work in a very casual setting and can get away with casual shoes. However, I do have to wear heels on the days I wear a dress! :)
I just bought some Shape Ups and while they don't say they are for PF, they seem to put alot less pressure on my heels so I like them - so far.
Thanks again for bringing up this subject - some people look at me like I'm crazy and made the whole thing up! I hope they never have to experience the pain of PF!!

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DARKTHOR 2/19/2010 3:14AM

    You should check out the Vibram Five Fingers. They're supposed to do wonders for these sorts of things.

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JMATACZ 2/19/2010 3:08AM

    You poor thing!!! I feel your pain, I had PF really badly when I played basketball in college...had to ice them down before and after practice and then the massage afterwards was EXCRUCIATING!!!!

There isn't a one size fits all treatment plan either, totally depends on the individual and your level of activity and body type.

Hang in there, I know its frustrating and debilitating but hopefully you will find a podiatrist or specialist that can help you.


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Slow and steady will have to win the race for me!

Monday, February 15, 2010

This photo is one of my favorite places in the world-- the Fontenay Abbey near Montbard, France.

I always tell other people that 'slow and steady wins the race' it is my first and no doubt, best, piece of advice. Time to take it to heart for myself.

I have lost 1.8 pounds in the past two weeks. I think it is better to weigh, for me, every two weeks rather than weekly. Weekly might just be discouraging. I use the WiiFit, so it all keeps track for me. 8.8 pounds lost total since restarting. 4 charms on my charm bracelet of rewards.

Now, the logical me knows that 1.8 pounds is just about the perfect rythym of loss in two weeks, not too much, not too fast. If I can keep this up over a year, it will be very interesting.

My lack of patience frustrates me.

On the other hand, there is now NO pair of jeans in my closet that doesn't fit. They all fit again or are slightly too big. Some difficult Levis now fit again like a glove. That is a major accomplishment.

Considering I'm not willing to decrease calories or increase exercise, yet, this is where I am. Eventually, the plan will be to slightly increase exercise, but not yet, I'm still getting back into it and above all, trying to avoid injury, that was the pits.

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PAMNANGEL 2/15/2010 3:31AM

    Good plan. You'll reach your goal before you know it.

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Charm Bracelet Motivation

Monday, February 01, 2010

With the new beginning to weight loss, I figured I needed a new way to reward myself, as I was not being very serious about it last time. One good thing I did last time was to put a pebble for every pound lost in a clear vase and gazed on my success.

This time, a variation on that idea, much more expensive, but even more visual.

I bought myself a silver Thomas Cabo bracelet with some xmas $ when I restarted. It is an old fashioned charm bracelet with add on charms. For every kilo lost, that's 2.2 pounds, I get another charm to add to the bracelet which I am wearing daily. I get to see my progress in silver.

I got the bracelet when I lost the first kilo and attached was an open circle charm. The next kilo got me a four leaf clover charm. Today, with 3.2 kilos total gone, I get another charm, which I will walk into town this afternoon and pick out.

Should I go for symbolic charms or just ones I like, or a mix?? We'll see. Any opinions?

***Today's charm is a silver seahorse.

Valentine's Day, another kilo gone and another charm added--this time I had the husband chose it to do double duty as a Valentine's Day gift-- he got a fancier one than I would have picked, a small silver cross with black crystals set into it--a bit gothic, but a nice addition.

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TUESDAYS 2/1/2010 6:01PM

    Lovely idea. I was doing something similar with Pandora charms....but my charms were few and far between when I fell off the bandwagon! Love to hear about your success...and see you still here. emoticon~Glenda

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NATHELESS 2/1/2010 1:50PM

    Great idea! What a great way to have a beautiful reminder of your goals and accomplishments!

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KIMCATUS 2/1/2010 10:14AM

    Ooooh what a wonderful and permanent idea!!! I think you should get ones you like....they will always be symbolic like JOY said....

Woo hoo for you!

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AKASHA66 2/1/2010 4:28AM

    JOYATLAST--by all means, use the idea! And I think you are right, no need to be totally symbolic in the actual charms, having a new one at all is symbolic of another kilo gone so I should have things that make me happy regardless of the shape. I am getting ready to go out on a walk that leads me to the shop!

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JOYATLAST 2/1/2010 3:16AM

    What an excellent idea! I love it. Nobody likes symbolism more than I do, but I think I would get a mixture.

I have been looking at swimming and cycling jewelry to commemorate my milestones. I haven't settled on anything yet. Mind if I share your idea?

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