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Mind over Body

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Well. I may not be able to be clever but I can be glad because I'd forgotten about the mind over body articles and happily today I found them again - because I need them more than ever now that I don't have the Pump It Up option to torch calories at the gym.

(obviously I'm still having a hard time accepting this, since I keep talking about it.)

And isn't it funny that if you get a little health problem in one area of your life you can start feeling aches and pains and such in other areas? I've been feeling a little off ever since Saturday but it's very difficult for me to know for sure if I'm really feeling off or if I'm psyching myself up to feeling bad. which reminds me of a very funny book : The Hypochondriac's guide to life. And Death. by Gene Weingarten

A soulmate who read too many news articles about illnesses till he finally got one and learned to be ... post-hypochondriacal.

The truth is - I have sort of given myself this week off - to Be Off, if I want or to just fritter around. I go to the GP doctor today and I'll feel guilty for wasting his time and maybe we'll just shrug our shoulders and suck it up. The specialist I saw about this in 2007 basically told me to go home, live well and prosper. But he is not the one with my problem. I am.

But I still do have a mind, if a slightly impaired one, and it can have top spot in the hierarchy of my life. I just have to listen to it ... and when the words Sugar or Cheese float across its fertile plane I don't have to respond to them.

got to keep remembering - Do I really want this or am I just bored?

Happy Thursday

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MOTHERBEAR4 1/21/2010 11:22PM

    Now a days - could be anything! Not getting enough Vitamin D from the Sun, etc.

Just read that Spark Blog about sitting too long can mess up you metabolism. Did that study include SLEEPING! Guess I am going to move every few minutes every waking hour - so fat in the blood stream doesn't get stored in the fat cells. Does Fidgeting Count!!!

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WEDDWT 1/21/2010 2:38PM

    emoticon responding to Sugar & Cheese! Easier said than done.
What helps me is to focus on the foods I can say Yes to. And to keep plenty of them around. Focusing on what I am denying myself just makes me want it all the more. Did someone say deep dish?
Hope your GP was helpful.

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DAYHIKER 1/21/2010 10:47AM

    Um, isn't that Live long and prosper? emoticon I hope that whatever is going on can be treated or fixed and that you will get a good report from the doctor. There are always new things being discovered from year to year (or month to month!) and I hope you can soon get your life back to "normal."

Sorry I missed yesterday's blog somehow! emoticon Cindy

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JLITT62 1/21/2010 9:03AM

    Don't forget to HALT before eating. Are you hungry, angry, lonely, or tired? If the answer is anything other than hungry, don't eat! Of course, bored fits in there very nicely too.

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MSLZZY 1/21/2010 8:19AM

    You are not bored, just "off". Come back home and put your wandering mind at ease. Research new exercises and find something that excites you. Good luck with the GP doctor. Maybe he'll have some good advice! emoticon

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Life takes a turn

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

And I have to go with it.

It turns out I have a health condition that has a direct impact on how much and what sort of exercise I can do. That condition rose its ugly head on Saturday and gobsmacked me hard, leaving me reeling and a little ... well ... I suppose you'd say emotionally wobbly.

Of course, this sort of thing happens on weekends, doesn't it? Not Monday when you can call your doctor and ask "what is going on?"

It doesn't help when you finally get him and he says "I have no idea."

I am being packed off to a specialist and we will plot our course of action but in the mean time - there is to be no more vigorous exercise. Pleasant walks but nothing that pushes the heart rate up too high.

And that means all weight loss has to come from mind over mouth choices. Nutrition packed calories are even more important than ever before. Not for a while - if ever - will I have the easy option of burning off that extra snickers bar. (I wonder why I always use snickers bars as an example, when I don't particularly like them. I just like their name, I guess.)

High calorie burning exercise has always been my ace in the hole when it comes to weight control and I am sort of resentful that this appears to be denied me. Still and all. I am determined to wring the profit out of this situation. I have long wondered if Yoga can help me change my mind about eating as well as keep me strong and flexible. Perhaps the universe is telling me YES.

After all the medical guys give me the thumbs up on this - I will start the new journey - down the new road that life has opened up for me.

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MSLZZY 1/19/2010 10:47PM

    Life happens so meet it head on with a positive attitude. Do your research and find activities you can do. I'm sure SP has something to fit the bill. Take care!

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JLITT62 1/19/2010 12:10PM

    I am sorry to hear that your exercise routine is being derailed. I know I rely a great deal on exercise, too, but not completely -- you can't exercise yourself out of weight gain.

Walking, even non-brisk walking, is still great exercise. Do you think it will be ok for you to strive for 10,000 steps a day?

And I love yoga. There is a whole world of yoga varieties out there, too. Something for everyone.

Good luck on your journey, my friend.

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WEDDWT 1/19/2010 12:04PM

    As the unexpected news of your "finite-ness" sinks in, just be open to accepting the truth. If we reject it, it just drives us crazy, or we become angry all the time because we cannot do what we want to do. As you said, we can choose to be flexible.
I am sorry you hit a bump in the road, but I know you can adapt and continue to succeed in reaching your goals!

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MYFEETHURT 1/19/2010 8:48AM

  Gosh, I'm sorry to hear this. Knowing you you will make the best of this situation. In the meantime...enjoy those pleasant walks. Let us know what you find out. emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/19/2010 7:53AM

    Just remember that strength training increases muscle, which burns more calories - there's more than one way to skin a cat (with apologies to all the cats in my life.) emoticon

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KENDALL7261 1/19/2010 7:47AM

    The turn in the road has come, you are now on a different path of your journey. One step at a time, you will do this.

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Bar those Bars! Nutrition Bars, Energy Bars, Power Bars

Friday, January 15, 2010

I am suspicious of things called nubrition bars.

Ever since I joined SP Iíve been working on ways to eat healthy delicious food. Ever since January I have eaten only food or not-food. Iíve eaten fruits and vegetables, meats and cheeses, milk and whole wheat bread and I have also eaten candy. But I knew it was not-food Ė it was candy. Nothing ersatz Ė nothing called a food product Ė and nothing that refers to itself as nutrition. As I read somewhere on SP Ė if my grandmother (who was a pretty savvy chick, btw) wouldnít have known what it was, I havenít eaten it.

Till today that is. You know the story. Early morning appointment. No time for breakfast. 10 minutes to dash into either a MacDonaldís or a grocery store but not both. I chose the grocery store and bought a packaged nutrition bar.

Iíll admit Ė I picked the one that looked the most like a gooey snickers bar. There wasnít a lot of choice Ė evidently the granola type bars were on a different aisle. And Iíll admit it was tasty. And its caloric content was okay though I didnít think about how high fat it might be. I really bought it by the photo. It looked like candy and it tasted like candy.. sort of.

But it didnít taste like food. Hereís a picture of its nutrition label and honestly Ė the first thing on it Ė which means the biggest component of this nutrition bar is something called poly dextrose.

Iím no chemist but I know poly means many and dextrose is sugar and I regret that I didnít have a slice of my own home made bread instead.

This is the first thing Iíve eaten since January 1 that I didnít take both pleasure and satisfaction in. Oh the chocolaty gooey taste was a momentary pleasure on my tongue. But the satisfaction of eating Food that I cooked myself or selected from a menu in a restaurant that cooked Food just wasnít there.

Lesson learned?

I donít like nutrition bars or energy bars or even oatmeal in a bar bars. They donít bring the kind of pleasure and satisfaction Iím looking for in my meals. If I am going to have hurried mornings Ė which even I, with the worldís most accommodating schedule, will have Ė I need to come up with some quick, on-the-go breakfasts made of real food. Because eating is too important to me, too precious Ė too much fun!

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ELLENB10 1/16/2010 2:57PM

    I'm with you - Keep it simple. I like the saying about your grandmother, too! I'll have to remember that. If I am ever in a jam and need to buy a protein bar, I will read the label first, but I'd just as soon grab a banana or apple and head to work.

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DAYHIKER 1/15/2010 6:31PM

    I do keep the Kashi Trail Mix bars in my "goes everywhere I do" small cooler bag but otherwise I don't buy them though some of them look good. I am a real food person, too. It satisfies more! emoticon

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MSLZZY 1/15/2010 5:33PM

    I don't buy these bars, as a general rule. I do have one box in the pickup in my winter survival kit. But after this blog, I sure hope I don't need to eat them.
Maybe I can donate them to a good cause. Any suggestions? LOL!

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  Those kinds of bars are scary, aren't they? Who comes up with these ideas about putting creepy things into people's mouths?
Sometimes I see people at the checkout with whole carts full of non-food. :-/

I must say that I am very thankful for Larabars and Nectar bars, as they are just fruit and nuts. They've saved me from non-food when I travel and:
A) a cooler/larger bag was not a possibility,
B) company or circumstances won't allow me to choose the eating venue, or
C) a sign says "outside food" is not allowed.

Keep it up with the real food! emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 1/15/2010 5:23PM

    I think it just comes down to reading labels and being selective. It's the same with the 100-calorie snacks that are everywhere in the stores - most of them are empty calories with minimal (if any) nutritional value.
I try to keep 100-cal. packs of almonds in my car to tide me over until I get home. If I know I'm going to be out for a while, I also toss an apple or pear in.

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LEONALIONESS 1/15/2010 5:08PM

    I'm with JLITT, there are some bars that are definitely real food. Lara bars are a great example. They are just raw fruit and nuts, no added oils or sweeteners. Most flavors have less than five ingredients. My favorite is the cherry pie- it's just dates, dried cherries, almonds. Bam. That's it.

I will eat something more candyish if I'm craving chocolate AND need a protein boost. The Clif Builders fulfill my sweet tooth while giving me a nice big chunk of protein. I figure if I'm going to eat something sweet I'd rather get some calcium, iron and protein at the same time rather than eat candy.

Usually I make my own stuff, I'm vegan so that's sort of par for the course ;), but I will grab one of the bars we sell at Whole Foods on occasion. I'd rather eat my homemade almond milk/coconut milk ice cream or a gooey homemade lowfat, lower sugar brownie for my sweets, though! We definitely agree there.

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JLITT62 1/15/2010 4:57PM

    I actually do like some bars, but nothing like what you ended up with this time. And I keep them on hand -- they can be real life savers.

I like Larabars, Clif Nectar Bars, Pure Bars. Those have very few ingredients -- and what is in them is real food.

I also enjoy some of the Raw Organic Bars. If I'm really craving something sweet, I might go for a Luna Bar, but I eat them less & less these days.

I think it's all about having the right stuff in place before you run out of time. And smoothies (if you make them ahead of time) can be a great breakfast. Which is why I enjoy my blender bottle -- I can just shake them up in the morning without waking up DH.

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JEANK206 1/15/2010 4:53PM

    I have found a protein bar I really like. My weight management doctor got me on them. They have about 270 calories, but 30 grams of protein, and best part....... they taste good, there is double chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, and yogurt peanut butter.
It is called Premier Protein and they are sold at Costco

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BESSHAILE 1/15/2010 4:36PM

    no it's not that I can't find nutrition in a bar - I don't find pleasure and satisfaction in them. They're just not the sort of thing I want to eat anymore.

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MARIEBART 1/15/2010 4:21PM

    I think if you are selective you can find fairly healthy bars. They can come in handy when your option is to eat on the run or skip a meal.

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Don't wanna take a Day Off!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

So. I know that when you are working out you should take a "Day Off" and I have scheduled that for Thursdays during this bootcamp month. The offical bootcamp instructions are to do 30 minutes of cardio / 5 days a week. I know it's okay to do more than that and many folk here do!

I'm ... well, not quite a newbie, but certainly I'm a advanced beginner-bie. I do think my body is being pushed harder than it has in many years. I am definitely NOT interested in an injury - think how THAT would stall my fitness efforts! And I know the purpose of the day off is to give all the stretched (which means slightly torn) muscles to heal and strengthen. I know that a day off is just as important to fitness as all those days on.

so why does the idea of taking a day off frustrate me. My body has that edgy jumpy feeling that it just wants to jump up and start moving! It reminds me of those kindergardeners I was talking about the other day.... hard to pin them down.

More than that. I am salivating at the opportunity to lift heavier weights more times next Tuesday! I am chomping at the bit for it.

There's just this hunger to use my body and I must give the bootcamp process credit for engendering that in me. I have to tell you - more than any other change I could be experiencing, this is the most welcome. It is all part and parcel of a communication between body and brain that is long overdue.

I can think of nothing more natural than for those two B's to work as a team, giving me a healthy productive happy life. Body tells Brain "I'm hungry" and Brain asks body "What do you need?" and Body says "calcium" and Brain goes down the list of calcicum rich foods and finds a match with what's in my refrigerator.

Oh Dear. that last paragraph reveals to you how really weird I am - splitting myself into a trinity of self, body and brain. ahh well. I guess I've spent too many years breaking big tasks into small action steps.

Ha! And I've spent entirely too much time meandering around with this blog post too. So, pulling myself back to the original theme - I am going to take a walk today, and to do the Thursday bootcamp workout, but it will be the easy gentle walk, not the pump it up walk of my Days On.

Happy Friday Eve to you all!

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BESSHAILE 1/14/2010 9:03AM

    I love you guys. I was going to go in to the gym anyway and burn calories but you ARE right. Those muscles deserve agentle stroll - not a busting bustle.

Heart you heart you heart you

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MSLZZY 1/14/2010 8:28AM

    Sounds like you've got an excellent plan in mind! Go for it and have a Sparktacular Day!

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CANDICANE32 1/14/2010 8:09AM

    Take your day of rest. If you must do something, a leisurely walk is best. Make it a long leisurely walk. I have been where you are with exercise and was terribly afraid to take a day off but I did it and my body released more weight when I did it. I love your attitude though (and the way you split yourself into 3). Have a wonderful day!

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I had to be the grownup

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Yesterday was the first time since Christmas that I have knowingly gone over my calorie limit- by only 200 calories, mind you, but still - over. The big ticket items are unknowns ... my own home made half/half whole wheat bread ... I will have to punch that recipe into the tracker so I can be more accurate, and the hamburger I had last night for dinner. cooked at home the pacakge says 250 calories per 1/4 of the package. I didn't weigh it out but I know I ate more like 1/3 of the pacakge . Oh. And the peanut butter at lunch. Lean meat might have rung up a bit fewer calories there.

And it was all mighty good. I am really pushing myself... nudging might be a better expression but increasing either the minutes I'm active or the weights I'm using and that makes me hungry for protein. And most of the time, when I was hungry I'd find myself thinking "what nutrition is my body asking for right now?" which is a very very good thing. I truly do believe I made the right choice to eat a little more. I stopped when I was full which was when dinner was over and felt simply wonderful.

Then something happened that I have to find a place for in my mind.

After an hour or so I began to want to eat something deserty - pudding, maybe, or even one of those really delicious oranges we have. I wasn't really hungry - not the way I was earlier in the day when I was fueling instead of snacking. I was slightly bored. I was not quite warm enough. It was getting close to bedtime but not there yet. I couldn't seem to settle to any craft or book or hobby. And it was then the snacking bug bit me. And it nibbled away for a good while. I finally had to sit down and tell myself "Bess you are going to HAVE to give this one up and go to bed without satisfying an urge. It's not a need because you truly aren't hungry. So this time, the answer is No."

In short. I had to be the grownup. And my inner brat was sulky but she didn't throw a tantrum - she obeyed.

Because she trusts her inner parent? Because she wants to be a good girl? Because she wants to grow up to be pretty and slender? Probaby that one most of all. But the trust thing is there too - and rather than calling her a good girl, I would say she wants to Do What's Right.

I have never been attracted to Bad Boys or badness even, though a little naughty hint now and then, accompanied by a twinkling eye and a kind heart, is okay. But rebellion for rebellion's sake or to prove that nobody can push me around really isn't much a part of my personality - wasn't much even when I was a teen. This is where I really AM a Virgo and in fact, I'm glad of that.

So, doing the right thing usually feels good enough to cancel any embarassement or frustration or anger. Usually - I am no saint by a long shot nor even a goody two shoes. But for the most part I like to be glad of my choices and I'll admit it. I am glad of last night's choice to Not Snack.

I hope this doesn't happen too much though. It is much easier writing about it than having to do it. I hope I can either eat enough nutrition in few enough calories that there's room at the end of the day for a worthless but tasty treat. And I hope that I don't really want a worthless tasty treat too often. I can do some denial but I might get cranky or quit if I feel I have to do too much of it.

so - that's the progress report from Bess - that and on the exercise front I increased my weights yesterday with the upper body workout AND did the whole routine correctly. Last week I was bumbling around on that ball. this week I have an idea how it works. And how much I have to stabalise my innards if I'm going to stay on the thing. And I have a short term goal of getting to 8 lb weights (from 3 lb) over the next month or two.

I am discovering with the free weights that they are actually easier than the machines. What a surprise. but I can make fine adjustments to the positions of arms and wrists and shoulders with free weights that help with little personal quirks and old injuries.

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 1/13/2010 8:48PM

    Funny, positive attitudes like yours is exactly what I am looking for. Thank you for sharing your "inner brat" with us!

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NIXIE27 1/13/2010 9:19AM

    LOL, I am having a really good laugh right now, and I really needed that. TY. "My inner brat" is exactly how I feel!
You also started me down the raod to some heavy thinking. I expect my children to behave, follow the rules, not be "brats" basically, and to work at their goals and dreams. So how come I can't seem to expect my inner child to do the same? She is a spoiled rotten brat, and I, I know it is time to get some control over her! (and myself)
My self loathing pity party has now cost me all of my losses. I did a check up weigh in this morning, and I have re-gained the weight I had lost. That is a hard blow, but one I am used to.
No more. She can sulk all she wants, she will thank me for it later.
And thank YOU again for helping me realize that! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 1/13/2010 8:11AM

    Funny, the other day I was really hungry -- like, an apple would be satisfying -- only I didn't want an apple. I'd already had plenty of fruit. I don't remember what I ended up eating.

It's a big accomplishment to be able to determine when you're truly hungry & when you're satisfying a craving. Most of the time I get it. But sometimes it's still a mystery.

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LARSIL 1/13/2010 7:58AM

    Good for you, Bess!

My "inner child" has magificent arguments with my "inner parent" more times than I'd care to admit. (OK, so I'm over 50, and I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.)

Good job, and great writing! That post was an inspiration for the rest of us!


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MSLZZY 1/13/2010 7:41AM

    That poor inner child will just have to sulk on occasion LOL! You did the right thing but stopping the snack attack before eating mindlessly. If I really am feeling snacky, I eat a low fat yogurt with or without fruit. A little sweet that won't break the bank but it has protein and helps keep me from reaching for more. emoticon

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