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No more teens, meals planned, and ooooof

Monday, March 12, 2012

No more teens! I started relatively young - though I managed to avoid the "teen mom" distinction by turning 20 a few months before my oldest was born. Her half-brother was born 20 months later and his sister was born 13 month later.

So here I am 42 going on 43, and my youngest is 20. I have no more teens!

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Of course, I think the funniest moment of the weekend came talking to my DDa about her cousins. (My DS and DDa are the eldest grandchildren on both sides of the family.) Her closest in age cousin is 3 years younger than her. In doing the math, she came up with 17 and suddenly said "Dannnnng, I feel OLD!"

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Sunday after I got back from the gym, I settled down with SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker and started plugging in the food I already had at work and home. Turns out I can get by without buying any groceries. (I usually get enough to last a little longer because of past issues with late paychecks and because if one thing tastes awful or goes bad, I'm not out of luck.) Already had my quarters for the laundry, so no stress there either.

AND ... I had totally forgotten about my savings account until I logged into Mint to rework my budget for March. Oh, hello there. Of course, my first reaction was to laugh at myself. My second was to say "Nah, not important enough." Since I already gave DS and DDa the heads up it would be off for a few days, I don't see it as vital. (I don't have a landline, but I do have internet. The phone's wifi connection should still be good too - and since both they and I have routers with wireless and our light rail trains offer wifi and their school offers wifi, I think we're set.)

The other thing I discovered is that I need to resubmit my federal taxes. Something didn't match (the previous year's numbers that they ask for as part of the electronic signature). I just don't check that email often enough.


It's funny, but something I realized about me this weekend is that I don't play head games about whether I'm going to get to the gym. I do play head games while I'm there to push for the time I want, increase my resistance or speed, add a little more weight and push for my full set of reps.

And while I have the inner emoticon whining about this or that hurting, being tired, I also have an inner emoticon reminding me that I've gotten this much done, what's five more?

Years ago I had some physical therapy for some sort of nerve pinch - the place was called MORE and they had T-shirts with the phrase "Just five more!" on them. When you have a therapist pushing you to do five more crunches, and then five more, and then five more, it does get to be a running joke. Had me giggling at the Personal Trainer when he said it. (Well, he said three, but still!)



The ooooof is TMI, so turn back now if girly talk isn't your cup of tea (though this isn't particularly gross =P ).


Ooooof is the best way to describe Sunday. Time changes don't get me at all. TOM does for one day. I don't know if it's how I'm eating / losing weight / working out, my age, someone around me I don't know about ... but I've gone from my usual cycle which was more like 31-32 days between to a mere 24 days between. This does NOT make me happy.

Thankfully, I don't deal with PMS, but usually the first or second day of the actual TOM is seriously draining physically. My lower back especially hurts, my joints ache, cramps are constant, I don't feel like eating much and my digestion seems off, and I'm tired and almost spacey. Literally I say it drains the life out of me that one day. The next day I'm back to normal or pretty darn close.

So I woke up late, got breakfast and crawled right back in bed. I got up again around 2:30 because I knew I needed to get to the gym before they closed. (Thought it was 5 pm - turns out it is 6 pm. But better I didn't put it off longer.) Man, that was the LONGEST 40 minutes on the Recumbent Bike EVER.

I actually put my towel over the display at one point because what felt like 5 minutes was only a minute passed. Each ten minute segment was head games of "that's enough, let me get off now" and "no, we're here. we're doing the full 40". (Hence the earlier inner demon, inner cheerleader comment.)

Got home, climbed back in bed for a while, got needed things done (cleaned room, got some receipts dealt with and scrapped, laundry, eating), then crashed early for me.

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SIMPLY-EVA 3/15/2012 9:35AM

  Hi!, so was it the phone you were going without? Just curious as I missed that part. I cant wait until my nest is a bit emptier. I was going to downsize my tv channel plan to the most basic family package but DD and DH both watch something on a channel that is not offered to us on that other package. I wouldnt mind if DH had to go without but dont want to hear DD complain and whine. Its about all I can take these days without wanting to yell "Just grow up already!" . This fall cant come soon enough. She goes off to college then.

As for the other stuff, when I turned 40 things down yonder started to get weirder. TOM would show up between 20 and 24 days apart and then sometimes it seemed as though i had it twice a month. It was awful. I had a procedure done to fix that and now at 43 its back to normal but only lasts 2-3 days at most. It is totally draining though for a whole week before. Anyway, starting a spreadsheet to track when and how long each time is will help the Dr a whole lot so this may be a good idea.

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AMYTRIPP 3/13/2012 8:07AM

    Isn't it a riot to hear a young 'un call themself old? LOL

I'm at the point where I'm pretty well ready not to have teens anymore (my younger son is almost 17). The drama, the angst... oh my! emoticon

I'm sorry to hear your TOM is coming more often. That just doesn't seem fair, does it?

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TIFFY0906 3/12/2012 7:10PM

    I don't have TOM anymore since I had to have my "lady parts" except ovaries removed 3 years ago (I was sad about it then but don't miss any of that now).

I remember when I did have TOM how hard it was to workout so you getting out and working out anyway just shows your determination and will.

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SHERIO5 3/12/2012 7:09PM

    Good for you struggling through, but completing your workout!

Being a woman/girl stinks sometimes, though it has it's's good to let yourself get some extra sleep or give yourself a little TLC sometimes during TOM...

Hope you are back to your usual self now!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/12/2012 5:23PM

    They say the closer we get to menopause we can have more or less periods. You are still young yet but you never know. Perimenopause can last for years.

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TXWINS 3/12/2012 3:48PM

    Speakign of TOM, mine has gone from every 28 days like clock work to every 25 days. Like you, I am not a happy camper. LOL. Guess it is all a part of being a woman.

Good for you getting to the gym and working out. Keep up the good work!

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SUE_2U 3/12/2012 3:37PM

    emoticon Congratulations. All adult children was a big milestone, for me. I have to laugh at your DDa thinking she's "old." I remember when my DDa turned 21. That was a big deal, inside, to me. If they didn't learn it, yet, then they just have to figure it out themselves. I'm done lecturing, unless they ask.

"Just five more!" I need a cheerleader sometimes. That or learn how to cheer myself on.

As for your, er... problem... emoticon well, for me, something changed about every seven to ten years. You could just be going through that. Still, the crampy bit is in your way. Have you heard of starting to take ibuprofen a day beforehand? It helps with the hormonal triggers that cause the cramping. Does work for some. Not everyone.

Just keep on with whatever you are doing. Spark On. emoticon

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RAE_LEIGH22 3/12/2012 3:29PM

    Last week you were saying you haven't been getting enough sleep -- at least you have now! But hey, you did great at the gym. I know it was tough, but you did what you needed to do!

By the way, my mother REJOICED when I turned twenty!!

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Whoopsies and tiredsies and more randomness

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Two weeks ago I popped in and got an eye exam. I knew I was slowly becoming farsighted because things with very small print got blurry pulled closer instead of clearer. I've also had a slight astigmatism since I had my nearsightedness address with an experimental procedure - since released - known as corneal implants. While I can see and read within more than acceptable limits, I'd like to see without the slight strain it involves.

Now, frames have definitely gone up in price since I last had to wear glasses (15 years ago?) and there was no way I was buying those two weeks ago with rent and storage and bus fare and more all end of month costs. So I put it off until today and, being DDa's birthday, we planned to have her help me pick out frames then go to see The Lorax.

(I don't have any insurance at all, so this is purely out of pocket expenses for me.) Perhaps I should have had them quote me frames + lenses + transitions (what makes them darken outside, lighten inside) beforehand, perhaps I should have decided I wanted more cushion, but I didn't. I had enough for those, groceries, and the movie.

Or, as our change of plans went, dinner instead of movie. Movie is put off. That's not the whoopsies.

The whoopsies was realizing that today being the 10th, my next paycheck on the 16th ... I had completely forgotten the cell bill comes due on the 13th. Eh-heh ... WHOOPSIES. I've texted DDa and DS and let them know we'll be without service from the 14th to the 16th, but I just felt so silly for thinking that was further away.

The tiredsies (okay, silly made up word, I know) is because I was expecting to be sitting through a movie. Instead, plans got adjusted and rearranged such that we wandered a good bit at the mall, wandered a good bit more, then I walked my DDa home. Pedometer called the total 10.5 miles, but that does include the gym - treadmill and elliptical - and general walking in the morning which was about 1/3 of that.

I did do a bit of calf stretching while waiting on the bus home and am icing and elevating my foot now. It's not badly sore or anything, but I could definitely feel the pull in the last bit of walking to get home. I wouldn't have tried the treadmill today if I'd expected to also be on it so much the rest of the day.

And one bit of randomity. One of the health food stores in the mall has a machine out front that can check body stats for a dollar. My DDa had done it earlier and we went back for me to do it later.

Weight: 208.5 lb (fully clothed)
Height: 5' 8.0" (not sure if it includes shoes or subtracts - usually I'm 5' 7.75")
BMI: 32 - Overweight (duh?)
Body Fat: 34% (hand holds to measure this)
Body Fat Mass: 71.2 lb (making my lean mass 137.3)

Weight compared to my home scale which I measure nude first thing in the morning is close enough to be comparable taking clothes into account.

Body Fat % my scale uses feet pads and, I already knew, runs high because of that. (Maybe things like calluses and temperature - but 44-45% doesn't match up with most of the Body Fat % calculators that have me put in measurements either.) The gym's hand version had also put me somewhere around 34-35%.

For my height, my ideal weight range is usually listed as 125 to 165 pounds. Which amuses me to compare those numbers to that Lean Body Mass of 137.3 because with 0% body fat, I couldn't reach the low end without lose notable amounts of bone and muscle mass. I'm not silly enough to even WANT that.

(( IMPORTANT: I don't quite buy into that number though. I'm going to guy my body fat % is actually a little higher. Why? Because with a Lean Body Mass of 137.3, I would have to weight 169 - 174 to be in an 18-22% body fat range, considered healthy. I know that I haven't built up that much muscle yet, so I'd wager the hand measuring tool is underestimating the amount of body fat. Playing with numbers for me this is like daydreaming about how I'd spend $20 million if I won the lotto - fun, but nothing I plan my life around. ))

LOL, just realized I missed getting credit for this blog on the 10th. It's only 11:45 am here and the time change won't occur until 2 am (which will become 3 am). So why can I spin for "tomorrow"? Because SparkPeople rolls over nightly on Eastern time. I've noticed that before because I can't check my streaks after 9 pm or they show as one less than 100%. On the East Coast, it is already 2:45 am sprung forward to 3:45 am. Which is then adjusted to my Pacific time and assumed to be 12:45 am.

Good night Sparklies!

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SCMAMAJONES 3/12/2012 12:20PM

    I am not impressed with body fat testing. Reliability is questionable, since I can use my hand-held scanner ten times in a row and get different results each time, and validity is questionable since you can get completely different percentages from different metrics. So the ones that use your feet are different than the ones that use your hands. I've also heard that the hand-held one is good only for upper body (because the circuit completes through our abdomen and doesn't go farther down) and that the feet one is good only for lower body for the same reason -- the circuit completes at the abdomen and doesn't go farther up. Since I don't have one in the scale, I can't verify that one way or another. Skin-fold measurements will be even more different. For me, getting into clothes that I couldn't wear before seems to be the best measurement.

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PARASELENIC 3/12/2012 11:21AM and

they are the only places that I get glasses. I usually buy four or five pairs, all for well under onehundred dollars. Whatever ones I don't like, I just donate to the american legion (they have an eyeglass charity for poor countries.)

yes, you don't get to try on the glasses first, but they are good and cheap and very accurate. Totally recommend both of them.

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SHERIO5 3/12/2012 9:31AM

    I don't pay too much attention to the body fat % stuff...because there is such room for variation...but it is interesting to compare.

Sorry about the happens...hope you have an awesome week!

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AMYTRIPP 3/12/2012 8:13AM

    Financially - it's always something, isn't it? And it seems like the months fly by way too fast.

Interesting on the body fat testing - I didn't know there was such a range of potential error.

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SPARKFRAN514 3/11/2012 11:58PM

    You are brave to do the body fat test the scales scares me enough emoticon

I know glasses are costly i am like you no insurance as well think it will be something people will be dealing with as time goes on. You got a lot of walking in so that was a good thing
Hope you have a land line and not just cells. hope dinner out was fun you didn't tell us. enjoy your new glasses emoticon Glad you had a good week end have a good week keep sparking emoticon

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WHQPHQ 3/11/2012 3:54PM

    Urgh I can't find a way to get my body fat assessed accurately. At the gym they have a hand-held one, I used it but the instructor said the figure given is usually wrong (reassuring).

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PAULSSHAR 3/11/2012 12:02PM

    What a day! It's funny how plans can change. Hope your foot doesn't give you too much grief today.

Do you have access to Clearly Contacts website? For your next pair, check them out. They have very good deals on frames, especially if you're a new customer. We tried them out for the first time this year, and I've never been happier with a new set of glasses. My prescription was bang-on, and they threw in a bunch of extras.

Congrats on the low weight!
I have a generous amount of scepticism when it comes to the other numbers, too. They can often be misleading. Example: my hubby's BMI cites him as obese; but they don't take muscle into account. Since he is very muscular, but on the shorter side (body builder), the numbers are all off. Don't fret...body beautiful is not in the numbers, it's in how you feel.

Here's to a satisfying week ahead!


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KANOE10 3/11/2012 10:34AM

    I hear you on the cost of glasses. They are expensive! Good job of dealing with change and staying healthy..Those weight charts and stats are confusing and offer such a wide range.

Have a great day and good job of staying on track. emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/11/2012 10:01AM

    I'm not so fond of the body fat thing on the scales. I got one and truly thought I'd be under 30 percent but it puts me at between 31 and 34 depending on the day. I'm 5'7" and around 140. I do have extra skin. I wonder if that effects the numbers. Either way I'm trying to get the fat number down. emoticon

I hope the cell phone people give you grace for a couple of days and don't turn your phone off. emoticon

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-SONIA- 3/11/2012 8:36AM

    Great job with the 10.5 miles! Pedometers are the best!

I'm 5'5" -- and my goal weight is 145 -- putting me at the very top of a "healthy" BMI. An extra 3" should definitely count for adding 20 to make 165 a good goal weight. (Or even 170-175, if you account for a very low body fat... Those numbers seem so weird to me sometimes...) I know I was down to a size 10 pair of jeans at 165, so for someone 3 inches taller, that would be more like a size 4 or 6 (which is TINY!!) I'm aiming for an 8 -- someday -- in the not-too-distant future ;)

I try not to daydream about it too much, though. I like the LOTTO comparison! LOL

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LGAR519 3/11/2012 7:47AM

    You know what they say, " the best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray" or something like that. Anyway, sorry you missed the movie. I understand about the glasses deal. I've worn the same frames for years. Eye exam, new frames and new lenses would bankrupt me!!! Hubby and I are in a 5 week payday mode. When we have to stretch to 5 weeks instead of 4, it's rough. I've already gotten bills that come out of the next check so they will have to wait! Sorry about your cell phone service!

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RICHOJOHNSON 3/11/2012 5:59AM

    Just keep on keeping on I reckon is the key

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AHTRAP 3/11/2012 4:26AM

    Seems like the site also works with central time, as that's where I am, and I can gain points for a given day right up until my midnight. Odd that it doesn't do the same for pacific time, unless I'm misreading what your trying to say.

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Don't focus on what you CAN'T; find what you CAN

Thursday, March 08, 2012

At the gym on their "Bally TV", one of the things mixed in with everything else are inspirational quotes. After a few days I've seen and read them all, but for some reason one of them struck me again tonight in a different way than I've thought about it before.

I think it may have to do with something I wrote in response to a SparkFriend's blog that was still somewhat fresh in my mind. (Had to do with doing what we can right now rather than focusing on the mountain we need to climb and the cliffs we can't possibly imagine being able to scale.)

== Self-discipline is easy when you believe that you can do it. Clear your mind of can't. -- Samuel Johnson ==

Normally I hone in on that word I like so much - believe. The strength of my belief that I am able to do is what allows me to do so much.

Tonight I caught on the word can't and realized I've been skipping over the second sentence as not being necessary or not important or something.

"Clear your mind of can't" just sounds too ... something. If I can't do something, how am I supposed to just clear my mind of knowing I can't? In a way it is negating the reasoning of the person who believes they can't without providing any solution other than "believe you can". And while I think believing is important, I don't think it magically overrides natural law.

Of course, what it really depends on is what we're saying we can't do.

I can't fly by flapping my arms. No amount of believing I can will change that.

I can't go to the gym right now. STOP!

Now, wait just a minute. What's stopping me from going to the gym? I have feet. The gym is not that far away. I can put my sneakers back on and walk it in half an hour. It is not impossible. Why am I saying I can't?

The problem lies in my failure to clearly identify what it is that I can't do. I know I actually CAN get to the gym, but it closed at 10 pm and won't reopen until 5 am - and it's 1 am right now (.... go to BED, BLUE! Dagnabbit!) What's the point of getting to the gym? It's doing a workout. So CAN get to the gym is true, but CAN get a workout at the gym at 1 am is not. No amount of believing will get me a gym workout right now.

Now that I have my can't statement straight, I can turn things around. I don't clear my mind of can't. I clarify exactly what it is I can't, then turn it around and look at what I can. The reason for wanting to get to the gym would be to do a workout. But workouts don't REQUIRE the gym. Nor do workouts have to be done immediately if I plan tomorrow better.

* I can find and do a workout video in my room right now.
* I can play music and dance energetically.
* I can set my alarm an hour early and go to the gym before work.
* I can work out longer at my next workout.
* I can eat less this week based on how many calories I failed to burn.
* I can plan ahead so I won't get to 1 am and still need a workout in the future.

Some of those aren't the best or even good options for a variety of reasons. It's 1 am. I should be sleeping. No workout is important enough to get an hour less of sleep for me. But unlikely as I am to pick those choices, they are things that I can do.

In fact, there's a lot more that I can do than those I've listed. As long as I sat around telling myself "I can't go to the gym right now", nothing was accomplished. Once I clarified what it was that was impossible to do, I opened my mind to looking for what was possible.

This made me think of the Sherlock Holmes quote: "How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?"

If we clarify our can't to be the impossible, we can look at the possible and the improbable, and find the truth of what we can.


Oh, and since it wasn't at all obvious, that was just an example. The gym for me is right next to my bus transfer point coming home from work. The only day I had an issue, I'd forgotten to pack my workout shirt and the sweater I had on wasn't workable. Home is 15-20 by bus, so I just went home, changed clothes, and went back and got my workout done. I've accidentally gone one stop past and walked back. Really, there is NO legitimate reason I should ever be saying "I can't get to the gym" in my current circumstances.

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SPARKFRAN514 3/9/2012 3:45PM

just needed to re subscribe to your blog

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TIFFY0906 3/8/2012 10:05PM

    I love this post - emoticon

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SASSYLJB 3/8/2012 9:37PM

    For me Can't is a word I have to work with, I tend to use it as a crutch, and your right believe is not a magical word, I can believe it works for me. See I used can instead. LOL

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SPARKFRAN514 3/8/2012 9:06PM

    As always a great blog leaving me with a lot to think about. I can always think a reasons not to go to the gym that way i leave the word can't out of the sentence.
my favorite is they tell us to take a rest day to allow our body to repair its self. I have assigned a day so i know when it is and i don't just pick one because i don;t feel like going. thanks for giving me something to think about as i soak in the tub. emoticon emoticon

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SABLENESS 3/8/2012 8:12PM

    I've had an ongoing thing with piano students. They're welcome to tell me "I can't"--as long as they add "yet", and then start from where they CAN.

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SHIROIHANA 3/8/2012 6:57PM

    Exactly-- the hardest part about weight loss is believing in yourself enough to do something about it. We are our own obstacles and it's up to us to get away from the "can't" and go with the "will do".

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SUE_2U 3/8/2012 5:19PM

    Good work with that inner dialogue demon. I have him, too. Or her. I'm hearing my worst enemy and it's me!

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WHQPHQ 3/8/2012 3:40PM

    Love this post!

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GRLEGRL9 3/8/2012 3:01PM

    I love that quote! I am adding that to my list. I wish I had read this blog before I ran earlier today. I got too into my own head about everything and stopped shorter than my goal. I have also been disappointing myself with working out less than I should. Your blog really helped put things in perspective. emoticon
I just need to change my attitude and look for opportunities.

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RAE_LEIGH22 3/8/2012 2:32PM

    That's awesome! You're doing great.

I totally agree with AMYTRIPP - it really does come down to choices. I can appreciate how you didn't have what you needed and you went home and came back. When we do things like that, even if we haven't met our goals yet, we're already at success.

I think it's great how you stopped and thought about your choices. One of my favorite people talks about "contrast versus clarity." Once you know what you DON'T want, it's much easier to figure out what you DO.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 3/8/2012 2:30PM

    Thinking in positive terms is always great. Something I don't always do though. emoticon

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LGAR519 3/8/2012 2:18PM

    Due to age and physical limitations, there are things I can't do. I would like to eliminate "can't" from my vocabulary but I can't! But I am trying!

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PARASELENIC 3/8/2012 12:22PM

    If I'm in an insomnia place, I find that a good pilates or Yoga video can help-- not full on cardio blast or anything, but some movement to get you back into the body, you know? And one less hour of sleep for me would happen anyway-- possibly longer if I'm fretting about how much I should be sleeping. A little 1/2 hour pilates can distract me enough to make me realize how tired and sleepy I really am, whereas no activity could mean no sleep at all... Just what works for me....

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PAULSSHAR 3/8/2012 11:25AM

    Good motivational post...thank you!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/8/2012 9:25AM

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AMYTRIPP 3/8/2012 8:44AM

    Like everything in life, it comes down to choices. Sure, you can sit and stew about not being able to go to the gym at that moment, or you can get up and do something different (or go to sleep in your case). I think we all need to find our way around 'can't'.

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-SONIA- 3/8/2012 8:40AM

    I like thinking in terms of positive words, too. CAN CAN CAN!! There's so much we CAN do!! emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 3/8/2012 4:38AM

    Way to go! emoticon

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Continued flavor experiments with Protein Powder

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Ongoing from my earlier blog on the Protein Powder I've purchased:

== Experiment #3 - mixed with strawberry yogurt (6 oz container) ==
This didn't taste too bad, but was an unexpected consistency. I don't think I've ever put yogurt in a blender before, so the whipped nature of it kept throwing me off. I may try this again but stirred in a bowl rather than mixed in the blender.

I somehow expected this, being a milk product, to better mesh with the taste the protein powder has. It didn't seem to do so as well as I might have expected.

This one I think I'll tinker with a little - more yogurt, not blended. There is the possibility, though that the faintly sour taste of yogurt (even fruit-blended) may still clash a little with the powder. (Which might be why the orange juice just didn't go well.)

== Experiment #4 - mixed with Low Sodium V8 (8 oz) ==
Oh, GROSS. Ewwwww. Let's just forget I thought that would be worth trying.

I honestly had the idea that veggie juice is pretty strong in flavor and would therefore cover up the powder. Instead, the two flavors clashed horribly. This one was finished off with the vow to never ever try it again.

== Experiment #5 - mixed with apple juice (10 oz) ==
Well, not bad at all. This one I'd call a definite success. Yes, I could tell the powder was mixed into it - just a hint of the taste with each bit I drank. But it didn't stand out or clash.
Guessing here, but I think a big key is that apple juice is so naturally sweet.

I did find that like the orange juice, the initial blending made this very foamy. With the orange juice, I was drinking the juice below and letting the foam settle. With the apple juice I waited maybe half an hour after blending for the form to fade away before drinking. I don't think that would make an appreciable difference, but *shrug*.

I also used apple juice that wasn't chilled. All the other items had been in the fridge, but the Apple Juice was just on the shelf. I don't think that appreciably affected the flavor, but it might have helped with allowing the powder to dissolve / blend more cleanly.

I'm already thinking ahead with plans of apple juice and cut up strawberries for a tasty variant.

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BWGIRL36 3/14/2012 3:01PM

    I love your experiment blog! I have tried Unjury Chocolate and liked it with milk and peanut butter or coffee and peanut butter.

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ACURVYLADY 3/13/2012 10:06AM

    Right now my favorite is 2oz of pumpkin spice. 6 oz nonfat milk, protein powder, 5 ice cubes and cinnamon in a blender. emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 3/13/2012 1:25AM

    I just buy the vanilla flavored whey and add the flavors you get in the baking aisle.

Some of my favorites are:


You can also add some instant coffee grains for coffee flavor.

I like to mix it with nonfat Greek Yogurt for a high protein pudding-like treat.

I also get the fruit-flavored Syntrax nectars. Those are tasty mixed with applesauce, but I don't do that very often because there's so much sugar in the applesauce (not added, just came along with the apples)

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SABLENESS 3/8/2012 8:10PM

    I use almond milk and strawberries. It helps. I've never encountered a protein powder that tastes irresistible and dissolves really well. I use mine, currently chocolate hemp, when I'm really rushed and need to get some protein down fast.

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WHQPHQ 3/8/2012 4:47AM

    Thanks for doing the experiments so I don't have to! =)

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SUE_2U 3/7/2012 10:11PM

    I vote for the apple... but then that is a lot of sugar. I usually add supplements to smoothies. Have you tried that? emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/7/2012 6:36PM

    The V8 juice sounds so yucky. Mostly because I can't stand V8. emoticon Sounds like you are having fun experimenting.

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BUSYBEE37 3/7/2012 5:05PM

    LOL, this reminds me of the time I mixed a chocolate powder. I got the bright idea to use hot water and the jello shaker. Well, the top blew off of the shaker as I was shaking it up. it splattered the wall, my desk, the computer. What a mess.

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RAE_LEIGH22 3/7/2012 4:49PM

    Look at YOU with all your experiments! It's always good to test things out first.

I gotta say, that whole V8 thing does sound pretty gross. But hey - you gave it a try, didn't like it, and you found something else. The apple juice really does sound good. I like how it didn't foam like the orange juice.

I wonder if the fact that the apple juice wasn't refrigerated had anything to do with the taste.

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SHIROIHANA 3/7/2012 4:33PM

    Thanks for being the guinea pig. emoticon
I never would've imagined trying the powder with the V8, that is a first. Thanks for letting us know about mixing it with yogurt, I would've imagined that to be the winner.

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PAULSSHAR 3/7/2012 4:06PM

I cringed with you as I read about the V8. (I'm glad you took that one for the team.)

Funny thing, I was thinking of your protein powder experiments yesterday while I was eating my yogurt, and idly wondered if you'd tried that too.

I can hardly wait to find out how the strawberries & apple juice taste with it. I'll be watching for it!

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TIFFY0906 3/7/2012 3:59PM

    Great info - when I use to do protein mixes I had to experiment until I came up with something I liked. But looking at your experiments it gives me some ideas as I am thinking about adding a protein mix back into my nutrition. Thanks again for the info and posting your experiments.

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ICANDOTHIS1968 3/7/2012 3:55PM

  Thank you for sharing your experiments! I saw online somewhere a recipe for a homemade energy bar that used protein powder.

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LGAR519 3/7/2012 3:28PM

    I put my protein powder in my breakfast oatmeal. Not bad.

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What Do You Believe to be True About You?

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The title of this blog was inspired by an article in an ezine called MediaTapper that discussed internet hecklers or trolls. (
- the last few paragraphs specifically)

This question also applies to our journeys of self-discovery. Finding the answer(s) can give us far more strength to continue forward toward a better and brighter future.

I've mentioned in a blog some time back that I feel our beliefs are extremely powerful. A case in point - scientific studies with placebos in the control groups have found that some of those who believe they are being given a drug to help with a symptom and, further, believe that it will help can feel significantly better ... even if all they took was a placebo.

But not everyone given a placebo does so. It takes more than just saying, or thinking, that we believe. It takes a deep down REAL belief that it will change and can be changed and that this is what will bring about that change.

So how does this apply to us?

How many of us have a negative voice track full of reasons we'll fail? Do we panic as we near a milestone because we're going to quit just like always? Do we face a family dinner or weekend with resignation because we're going to overeat and be unable to say no? Does making time to workout make us selfish and a bad parent? What are some of the things that negative voice heckles us with?

Quoted from the article referenced above:
== You see in order for a negative word to hurt us for the long-term, we have to buy it on some level. ==

Now, imagine for a moment if your negative voice started in with "You're an alien from Denebria II who was exiled as a criminal. You've murdered millions and tortured thousands more. You're evil and despicable." Would that hurt us? Would we even listen further or just start laughing or trying to figure out when our negative voice went crazy?

Next imagine something you absolutely 100% know is true about yourself, a positive thing. For example, I'm very independent. If my negative voice started in with "You're such a weenie. You dump your problems on everyone. You can't handle anything on your own" ... it would get nowhere. There's absolutely nothing in that for me to buy into, nothing I believe about myself that matches up.

Last, think of something that negative voice repeats often that actually hurts, that really bothers you, or even that you've accepted as true. "You'll never have a man in your life who puts you first. They'll show up for a good time, but you're not a keeper and they'll always find someone better."

Wow ... OUCH!

Why does that bother me so much? What is it that I believe that gives rise to those fears that my negative inner voice spouts? Do I believe I am flawed in some way? Do I believe I am not deserving? There is some wrong belief in there, a deep-rooted poisonous plant, something I need to carefully dig out by the roots.

There are also positive beliefs that can be found and nurtured. What do I believe to be true about me? I am unique (weird, one-of-a-kind), I am independent, I am a thinker, I am active, I enjoy gaming and reading. There are plenty of reasons I am a keeper; I just haven't found the right man yet who appreciates all of me.

Now the heckles from my inner voice have lost most of their sting. I know the absolutes are faulty, I know the belief I have that it is playing on is irrational (even if I haven't rooted it out yet), and I know and believe enough in myself to let the negative talk go and move forward. By examining what I believe about myself that allowed that heckling to get to me, I've made progress. (Much more remains to be made. Let's not mislead ourselves that we'll spot the troublesome belief and root it out immediately. It takes real work - but work that can be done with eyes open.)

So the next time your negative inner voice starts in with its heckling, take a moment to think about WHY the particular comments bother you so. What is it that you believe deep down that gives the heckling a "ring of truth" and allows it to bother you? Knowledge of that belief can give you the power to change and grow.

What do you believe to be true about you? (In fact, what do you WANT to believe to be true about you? Plant some new positive beliefs and nurture them!)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GRLEGRL9 3/8/2012 3:21PM

Another emoticon post! I have been working through this area as well and you provided interesting ideas and thoughts that are so helpful! I really liked your suggestion to plant positive thoughts in your head on what you want to believe about yourself. emoticon

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ALYSSA40 3/7/2012 11:12AM

    Great blog! I do believe that in order to make a change and find the True "You", you must not just believe it, you have to take the actions that back up the belief! I love this!

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FITKIZ 3/7/2012 11:09AM

    My inner critic is beginning to lose most if her sting. Mostly because as I do more for myself, I see that all that was beautiful about me isn't gone. It might have been hidden. It might have been buried. But, it was never gone. The greatest evidence for me is that despite all of the times I've failed, messed up, and stumbled my husband has never left. He wouldn't have stayed if there was nothing of me left to love.

Even when those niggling doubts hit on just enough truth to sting, I can still say, "Shush, you. I'm busy working on it."

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WOMANOBRONZE 3/7/2012 10:35AM

    And there's a lot to be said about accepting those things we don't like about ourselves that are unlikely to change.

For example, either through a lack of proper child rearing or borderline Asberger's, I have the social graces of a duck. Not knowing the right thing to say or do, invariably being honest or saying what's on my mind, when just shutting up is the appropriate thing to do. Or blurting out what I'm thinking without regard for the consequences.

[Fortunately, I get by at work because I'm in an engineering field and many of my co-workers have the same personality deficit, (i.e. bad with people, good with numbers).]

With time, I've just learned to accept that I'm somewhat of a social clod and am learning to love myself the same way you love watching little kids try to play baseball with over-sized bats and whiffle balls. Yep - I fall down trying to run around the's just me.

I firmly believe that it is our imperfections that make us interesting -

A perfect world is a boring world.

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    emoticon I'm so glad this caught my eye today. It's something I really needed reminding of. Thank-you!

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TIFFY0906 3/6/2012 6:48PM

    This is an awesome blog that makes you think its time to get to the root of those fears the inner voice is trying to hold us back or make us feel guilty.


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-SONIA- 3/6/2012 5:29PM

    "What do you believe to be true about you" is one of the first lesson's in Oprah's new Life Class. I'm not sure if you're into Oprah or not, but I love her. There were a few free Oprah shows on my On Demand cable. (I only pay $10 a month for the most basic of basic cable, but a few of those Oprah shows have made it worth every penny! Plus PBS for my son...) Anyway... It's something I've been thinking A LOT about lately, so I thought it was neat to see this as your blog title. Thanks :)

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QUASIOR 3/6/2012 4:10PM

    I have started reading "the happiness trap" - i've done mindfulness before, and this is the exact direction that book has gone! Now only to make it happen....
the book is worth a read and if you can do the meditation like mindfulness it can work for you, it's worth it too!

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LVMAMAW 3/6/2012 4:05PM

    Interesting...thanks, I needed that today! emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 3/6/2012 3:54PM

    Love your blog today. So true, negative voices can derail the best of us.

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LGAR519 3/6/2012 3:47PM

    I believe that I was a good nurse.
I believe that I take care of my Mom the best I can.
I believe that I will lose the weight this time and keep it off!
I have to constantly fight this inner voice that tells me all my failings and calls me names. It would be terrible if my inner voice was right.

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RAE_LEIGH22 3/6/2012 3:20PM

    What an interesting blog! Everything you say is true. Your thoughts are inspiring and motivating and they really make you think.

I like the idea of how things that you don't believe about yourself really won't bother you. It is always the most hurtful when it hits home ...something that YOU believe about yourself.

I have known since I was a young child that I am highly intelligent. If someone called me stupid, I'd say, "Um, okay?" But if someone pointed out that my stomach is bigger than my boobs or that it's a shame that such a pretty girl is so heavy (both have been said to me) that would be detrimental to my self-esteem. And it was. Those words go through my mind every day.

Everyone has feelings and your blog really made sense to me.

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KATHUGGS 3/6/2012 2:45PM

    Every time I have a negative thought, I'm going to repeat it to myself but starting with, "You're an alien from Denebria II who was exiled as a criminal". This made me smile and would definitely help squash the bad thoughts. I needed this! Thanks!

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FUCHSIAGAL 3/6/2012 2:35PM

  Interesting stuff to think about. Thank you!

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JESSERS22 3/6/2012 2:19PM

    Wow! I needed this today...I love your blogs! Thanks for posting! emoticon

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SUE_2U 3/6/2012 2:17PM

    This sure hit home, to me. It's my inner voice that is, in the end, my worst enemy.
Thanks for sharing this. You sure aren't alone.
We're strong. We know it. But sometimes I know I sabotage myself.
Yay, you! emoticon
"Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women." ~ Maya Angelou

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WHQPHQ 3/6/2012 2:15PM

    I've been working on managing my inner negative voices. I tend to believe negatives and dismiss positives. I am learning how to rework my negative thoughts and memories and focus on creating a positive future. This is all easier said than done.

Thanks for this inspiring blog

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SASSY5468 3/6/2012 2:04PM

    Wow, you really put yourself out there! That is so wonderful! Thank you for sharing this with us. I also have those little gremlins in my brain that like to nag at me. As far as weight loss is concerned, they're not bothering me, but they're there about other things. I will use this on them. I have a secret weapon! :)

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/6/2012 1:15PM

    Interesting emoticon

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