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Diabetic Rant

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Diabetic Rant

So this holiday I met with my sisters. I have eight of them. I’ve left the nest so long ago, it is a shock when I return.

We ate at Friendly’s. For those not from the Midwest, Friendly’s is a “friendly” ice cream store that also sells crappy meals -- whom those in the know on would know better than to eat. It’s a greasy-sandwiches-with-sides-of-fries kind of place. My niece (who is not a kid) got extra cheese macaroni (-heart-attack-waiting-to-happen meal) from the kid’s menu followed by a triple scoop sundae with syrup topping and crunched up candy. I drank coffee. Black.

When I was a kid, I was rural poor. Rural poor is not a bad thing. Mom canned and the kids helped. I was not introduced to fast foods as a child because it was unaffordable. I only had “pop” at church functions when it was provided by the church, and Mom never bought chips or nutrient wasteful food. We from immigrant background. We NEVER took “handouts”. Mom knew how to cook one chicken breast and some veggies to create a meal for twelve. Amazing woman.

Friendly’s was a treat that the oldest sister introduced me to when I was ten and she was 22. She was a good big sister. She gave us her time and generosity. She wanted to share what she could finally afford so her younger sisters could relish a rare indulgence. We could feel middle class for a moment. It is with this history that we took my oldest sister back to Friendly’s. She is nearly blind. She is diabetic. Two other sisters announced to me they too were diagnosed diabetic and two other sisters were as well. ?WTF? The nurse sister who is diabetic blames it on diabetic genes and NOT behavioral accountability. I know better. It is diabetic behavior. She even told the other sisters that my mom’s history of diabetes was ‘because she had so many babies.’ This is false. These 3 women—all with known diagnoses of diabetes—sat there and ATE at FRIENDLY’s!!! I have known them my whole life and know how they eat at. I am stunned. They are stuck in a time warp. They CAN change. I’ve shared information about sparkpeople but none of them have checked it out. Today, one of the sisters (again) said she might.

This problem is not unique to my family. It is all of our families. It is very important for each of us on spark people to keep committed to our journey, keep talking about sparkpeople, keep living the lifestyle so those around us witness the transformation. I know no better way to get our nation out of the obesity mess it is in.

Let’s do it!

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SERENE_ME 1/4/2011 4:17PM

    Oh my - how I can relate to this "rant" - it could be my family you describe. We have rampant hypothyroidism in my gang (me included) - all of my siblings have it and all, but me, blame their weight issues on it! My sister and brother are diabetic but, because they control it with medication, it doesn't exist to them - they are cured! It scares me half to death because I love them all so and don't want to lose them.

I feel sad for your nurse sister though - she knows better and it must take deep denial to pretend otherwise!

As Don said, we are swimming upstream against a tide of food factories and drug companies that tell you that you can eat whatever you want in whatever portion you want because there's a pill for you to fix the problems you create by doing so.

Let's keep swimming though!

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DDOORN 12/30/2010 9:10AM

    It is utterly AMAZING how widespread and prevalent notions such as your sister's can be...! We have our work cut out for us, don't!

Of course we're only swimming upstream against a bazillion advertising dollars which tell us to "have it OUR way"...SWIM ON nonetheless!


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Conference Mode

Thursday, December 02, 2010

I was going to add this to a discussion thread but it was too long winded:

I do abs daily and commonly do calves 2 or 3 days in a row. This week is an example of why.

I’m at a week long conference in Chicago. The West building at McCormick place is secluded---so I did 3 sets of one leg calf raises on steps. I also did triceps dips. (LOL-business attire and all. But this is really away from the crowds and nobody saw me.) Today and tomorrow, I’ll do calf raises—but will not allow myself to do dips until tomorrow so that I rest the shoulders.

Back at the hotel, I did abs already. I suppose the reason I fall into daily ab and core work so easily is that in my 20’s I was on my college taikwando team and we did daily core. Thirty years, 4 kids and a whole career later, I’m feeling like I’m “back home”—the muscle memory is still there! I feel better, function better with this regimen. It ‘s not difficult—just two minutes of some lower abdomen, upper abdomen and oblique work. It’s like brushing my teeth or stretching. Do I think this will overtrain my abs---no way. I don’t worry about resting the ab muscles for 24-48 hours like I would the upper extremity because the muscle connects to itself along tough fascia—no synovium, no joints, and great blood supply for recovery—really nothing to worry about.

The general rule of resting 24-48 hours is excellent. I adhere to it mostly. But for me, daily ab work rocks as well as my frequent calf-raises. Those are the only two groups of muscle I confidently work for days in a row.

EVEN BETTER ACCOMPLISHMENT THIS WEEK: I’m surrounded by lots of food during this conference. I LOOK at it completely differently than in my past. When I see plates of carbs—I’m seeing plates of refined flour and have NO INCLINATION to eat that way!!! I packed protein bars to split during the day. I eat out at GREAT Chicago restaurants and order protein and fibrous veggies—salad and broccoli—and enjoy every bite! I do not like what they serve at the food courts. When I see what other attendees eat—I have no desire for their type of food. Cool, huh?!

I’m lovin’ the lifestyle!!!!

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GO-LOEW 12/3/2010 12:20PM

    You must feel very good that not only are you not eating all the junky food, but that you don't even want to eat it. That is huge! Keep up the good work and you'll go home slimmer.

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JLITT62 12/2/2010 12:29PM

    I, too, strive to work my core about 5 days a week. A different workout every time, varying from maybe 5 - 20 minutes tops. I agree with you 100% And I see a difference when I don't work them that much, also.

Good job on finding healthy restaurants to eat at -- it isn't easy!

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DDOORN 12/2/2010 12:10PM

    Congrats to resisting convention temptations...! Sounds like the SPARK way of life is taking hold! :-)

Spent my childhood in Chicago...been a long time since I've been there.


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Good Thanksgiving

Monday, November 29, 2010

I ate barely any dessert over Thanksgiving weekend!! I LOVE my new lifestyle. The dessert treats were not even on my radar screen.

I DID enjoy roasted veggies. I diced a rutabaga (white turnip) and included it with yams, onions & potatoes. It did not go over well on T-day. But the NEXT day, I put leftovers in the crockpot and created the best ever high-protein –with-complex carbs turkey stew and the rutabagas were cool. EVERYONE loved it. I made a first batch Friday and called it Turkey Stew. It was thick and tasty. I took my spices with me from home and added whatever. The next day, Saturday, I was down to less meat. That day, I made “Parsley Potato Soup” using a masher that made it more of a potato soup based concoction. Again, it was a big hit.

Grandma is almost 90 and is adorable. She needs to feel that she is doing everything herself—as she always has done wonderfully in the past. The young adults are benefiting from being able to come over free of worries and get good eats without cooking themselves. Grandma feels In the thick of things. It is keeping the family together.

We walked after dark on Thanksgiving night. I was going nuts by the time I was able to get to the Y. But I made it—during the OSU Michigan game on Sataurday when I had the Y nearly all to myself!! (The game was still playing on the big screen—but I got my exercise in ).

So, it was a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m probably up in weight from sodium, but not from desserts. That’s great. All in all, this has been a wonderful healthful fall through Halloween and Thanksgiving. I do not have to cook for the masses this Christmas. I will be going to other houses and do not have to bake cookies. My family will have enough of that stuff from events we attend without any need for them being in my home.

It’s good to get back to Monday!

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_RAMONA 12/1/2010 4:42PM

    {{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}

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JLITT62 11/29/2010 7:34PM

    Sounds like you're going to have clear sailing thru the holidays.

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DDOORN 11/29/2010 6:36PM

    Kudos to your healthy, happy Thanksgiving!

Spending time with family is what it's all about!

PLUS of course our OWN time for working out! :-)


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TXDREAMSPINNER 11/29/2010 2:16PM

    Sounds like you did wonderfully!

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Fabulously Fit

Monday, November 22, 2010

Fabulously Fit

It is interesting to me that Frank Zane credits his drive to perform bodybuilding with a deficiency. He opens his book, Fabulously Fit Forever, explaining his observation than many bodybuilders he knows had fathers who were unavailable emotionally or physically—himself included. He believes object-loss identification, the need to be ‘more of a man’ to identify with the missing father, drives success.

Interesting take. Interesting that a NEGATIVE is turned into a POSITIVE. No blame. No excuses. I give him a lot of credit. This guy is a world champion—and he opens his book so HUMBLY?! Would I be willing to do that? (only a person with lots of confidence could).

How can I achieve POSITIVE from the NEGATIVE in my life?

One thing I notice about my drive to work out, my need to succeed, and my joy of dripping sweat: I CHERISH THE FREEDOM AND TIME I PUT INTO THE GYM. No kidding. I witness snide comments about gym time. I retaliate. I spent a LOT of twenty years raising kids, doing career and NOT getting to a gym. I spent a LOT of time in a fast-paced, the-buck-stops-here decision-making job with no time to eat, pee, sh** or take a phone call. The fact that I have time to go to the gym now has been EARNED. I APPRECIATE WHAT I HAVE. I THANK GOD IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO RECLAIM MY HEALTH.

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ALYFITN 11/27/2010 5:08PM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Everyone, for your positive comments and encouragement. I'm out of town for T-day, am chief cook for a family gathering, and am sneaking away a couple hours today for YMCA time in Columbus, Ohio. Yay!! I would have never done that in past years. But I have, I feel great, I have leftovers in the crockpot to keep the family Happy--and I can return to the clan in a very good mood. God bless everyone over this holiday weekend!

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JLITT62 11/24/2010 8:02AM

    Never apologize for your gym time! It is what keeps you being nice to others, and if they can't see that, too bad for them!

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KARDUH114 11/23/2010 11:44AM

    awesome!! great blog

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DDOORN 11/23/2010 10:01AM

    Great job of keeping your focus on YOU!

One of the most generous things we can do for those we love is to take the BEST possible care of ourselves.

This is how we can MAXIMIZE what we can offer others!


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BANDMOM58 11/23/2010 6:42AM

    Totally understand, I am finally making myself a priority. I am trying interval training and will see how that impacts my weight loss when I weigh in 11/30. Keep up the good work.

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FITCHICK421 11/22/2010 10:10PM

    Well said! :)

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CAROLYN1213 11/22/2010 9:30PM

    Woooooo! Hoooooo! I stand on my chair and applaud you my friend! Sweat it out! Do your thing! I love it!

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Finish with Dignity

Friday, November 19, 2010

I told Kxxx how strong she looked crossing the half marathon finish line. When I complemented her the day of the race, she said she felt like crap. Today, I learned she thinks, too, about how she looks in a race. She said her goal is to finish each race – “with dignity”.

That is exactly what I saw in her. Her posture was perfect, tempo even, stride perfect and breathing rhythmic. She LOOKED better than most the runners. I want to run like Kelly. I’m getting there. As I work on my core muscles, I feel them kicking in while I am doing cardio—and activities of daily living. My transformation is showing. I don’t know why I never thought of it before—but everything comes from the core. So why not exercise the core?? I skipped core earlier—just focused on cardio to burn the calories, then on arms and body parts as I learned the weight lifting. But I was missing a focus on the core. Now, I’m doing daily abdominals, back, obliques—and feeling stronger than ever. When I run my 5ks next year, I will finish with dignity. I will have straight posture and good form, rhythmic breathing and a big smile (well, maybe not all the time.) I will start small, run daily even if it is to the corner and back and build my endurance s…..l…..o…..w…..l……..y. It’s my way.

I interviewed Kxxx following her phenomenol half marathon performance. She runs the Boston Marathon Monday April 18, 2011. She’s one of my Y instructors—and teaches as many as ten a week. Her training schedule is tempo run (for example, in her ten mile run, mile 9 is 8:26—the same as mile 2). Her long run is 15 to 20 miles. Her short speed run is 4 miles. She uses a Polar and says something I noticed in myself in my own workouts. She may have a run that she feels was fantastic—until she looks at the numbers on her Polar. The body will fool you! Measure and record!
Kelly used to run daily and believes that gets you no improvement over what she does now: quality runs. Each run has a purpose.
For me, each workout needs a purpose. Even if the purpose is calorie burn, it needs to have purpose.

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DDOORN 11/23/2010 9:59AM

    Good for you to have a mentor to emulate!

You are sounding so FOCUSED! Kudos to YOU!


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SUNSET24 11/22/2010 8:19PM

    emoticon that is awesome how each workout should have a purpose. YOU are incredible! emoticon

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MARCELLA2012 11/19/2010 8:07AM

    This blog is inspirational. Thank you!

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