Sunday, May 19, 2013
Today on Spark Coach I was challenged to eat a meatless meal. Sounds easy, right? Well it was for me as I ate a breakfast without meat. I had greek yogurt for protein and it was filling. I might have two meatless meals today. Beans are good for you and another form of protein. I will have to see what I have to eat for dinner in the line of beans.
It is still raining on and off here. Gloomy day. Makes me restless. I want to get out and walk, but not in the rain. Well, guess I will have to use my resistance bands and watch a Coach Nicole video!
Hope you all have a very nice Sunday!
Friday, May 10, 2013
On Fridays I volunteer at my local National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Billings); I am also on the Board of Directors and have a mental illness myself. I see some blogs with people talking about Depression or Bipolar Disorder. I rarely see anything about my disorder. I have the label of Schizoaffective Disorder-Bipolar Type. Notice I did not say I am Schizoaffective. It is just a label for my illness like Diabetes is a label for a disease relating to blood sugar levels. Mental illnesses are brain disorders and definitely medical disorders. They can not usually be cured, but can be controlled with medication. The reason I say that is that some people are able to stop taking medications for Depression after taking it for awhile. Unfortunately there are those of us that must take it for the rest of our lives. Me included.
I have been mentally ill since I was 14 years old. I am now 50 years old. The biggest lesson I have learned is that I must be consistent on taking my medication. The second is that I must get 8-9 hours of sleep a night. The third is that I need a good diet with healthy foods including fruits and vegetables. Whether fresh, frozen or canned. The canned I buy low-sodium type. The fourth lesson I have learned especially since starting SP is I need to exercise everyday at least 10 minutes or more. I was doing water aerobics, because I have osteoarthritis in my knees and my spine. I did that for 4 years at least 3 times a week. Then I gave up my gym membership, because I didn't go as much in 2012. On February 1st, 2013, I started a walking program. The Shape Up Montana program was very beneficial to me. I walked 200 miles from Feb. 1st through May 1st. What an accomplishment for me! I had a partial knee replacement in Feb. 2010 and I wasn't able to walk more than 10 minutes at a time for 3 years. It took me awhile, but I am up to 1 and 1/2 miles in 30 minutes now. Wow! I am so shocked I am able to do it!
I love to walk early in the morning when there is no traffic noise and hardly any people out and about. I see lots of bunnies as I live in Billings and there is a lot of them here!! Not really sure why in a city this size there are so many, but we do have lots of green grass and trees. So they always can find something to eat.
I felt it was really important to get this message across to the SP community. There are mentally ill people in many families. In fact the statistics are 1 in 5 people are mentally ill.
I bet you know or have a loved one, friend, neighbor or have met someone with a mental illness. You may not see it on the outside, but the stigma associated with mental illness is so rampant that many people are glad it doesn't show!! Why? People don't understand the illnesses and often think we are violent people, because of all the recent shootings and tragedies around the country and world. I will tell you it is very hard to get treatment in many locations. The lack of psychiatrists in Billings alone is terrible. They all have waiting lists and they are long lists of people needing services. And in most places it is hard to be hospitalized against your will unless you are a danger to yourself or others. You also must go through the Emergency Room to be admitted. It often takes up to a day to get admitted. Sometimes it is shorter, but I have know people that have waited that long in the Emergency Room.
So I hope you have a better understanding of those of us that deal with mental illnesses. You never know who might have one, because it doesn't show on the outside. Maybe that is a good thing. Maybe not. I guess it depends on the person and how open they are about their illness! Me, I choose to educate people where ever I go, so someday the stigma now associated with mental illness will be lessened or gone! I wish it would be in my lifetime. I am not sure it will. But I can keep talking about it and explaining it to others in hopes more people will understand that it is a brain disorder. A medical illness in my/our brains.
If you get a chance there is a good movie out about mental illness. It is called "Silver Linings Playbook" directed by David O. Russell. It tells the story of Pat Solatano played by Bradley Cooper, a man with bipolar disorder who returns to his parents home after many months in a mental hospital following a meltdown after the break-up of his marriage. He is determined to reconcile with his wife. Go rent the DVD. Look for it on Netflix. Look at Redbox. I looked at a local Redbox in Billings and it wasn't listed yet. I am going to try Netflix or buy the DVD. I think it is worth it!
Have a nice day! Remember, everyone is struggling with something. Be kind and smile. That might be the one thing that brightens their day!! Thanks for reading!
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Today's challenge from Spark Coach was to use the hunger scale to rate how hungry we were before we eat anything and what our emotions were contributing to the hunger.
1) Starving, weak, dizzy
2) Very hungry, cranky, low energy, a lot of stomach growling
3) Pretty hungry, stomach growling a little
4) Starting to feel a little hungry
5) Satisfied, neither too hungry nor full
6) A little full, pleasantly full
7) A little uncomfortable
8) Feeling stuffed
9) Very uncomfortable, stomach hurts
and (10) So full you feel sick!
Can you think of a time when you really felt like a level 1. You might have felt like you were going to faint and really needed to eat. I would imagine your blood sugar was a bit low, too. I was out running errands and shopping with a friend today and she was feeling this way after a light breakfast and 2 hours of running around with me. We ate at Subway. We split a foot long smokehouse barbecue sub on wheat bread. We each put our favorite toppings on it. And of course it is Thursday, so free cookie day. Good or bad, nothing is off limits for me. That 210 calorie double chocolate chip cookie really hit the spot. We had been grocery shopping and looking at all that food made me hungry. I was only at a level 3, but Linda has diabetes and I knew she shouldn't wait much longer.
As I am typing this it is pouring rain outside! (Sorry got side tracked!)
I was satisfied after lunch. A level 5 and it lasted until 4:30 pm when I had a silk fruity and creamy strawberry non dairy yogurt cup. It was really tasty. I would say I was at a level 2 at that point before I ate. I like to eat my dinner a little past 6 pm and then I have a snack before 7 pm. This was a challenge from the other day to not eat after 7 pm. Mostly they were talking about sitting in front of the tv or computer and mindlessly eating. Anyway, I have been trying this no eating after 7 pm. Not too hard if I go to bed by 10 pm. And it is better for my acid reflux to not eat 2 hours before going to sleep.
It is 5:45 pm now and I am at a level 4...just starting to feel a little hungry. My stomach isn't growling yet, but I know I need to eat within the next half hour or I will over eat.
I usually eat 6 small meals a day, unless I go to Subway or Pita Pit. Then I don't eat as many meals. Don't feel guilty about eating at those two places. I get plenty of meat and veggies. The pita pit might be better, because it is on a pita with less carbs. Oh well, those are my two favorites right now. I rarely go to a sit down restaurant. Just eat at home if I want something like that. I usually only eat out at my favorite places listed above when I am out and about at lunch time or when I am with a friend and we haven't seen eat other lately. Then we can catch up during lunch!!
Not sure what I will have for a snack tonight. I have a few pieces of red licorice left and that might be it. I bought a couple dark chocolate candy bars today, but not really in the mood after the cookie at lunch! That was enough chocolate for the day.
Well, guess that is it for my eating today. I bet we have all been about a level 10 on a holiday like Thanksgiving or Christmas. I know I have. How about you??
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