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Donut Demons and Foot Fiends Be Gone!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I am so grateful to Spark People for still being here this time around. With the resources I have found, I am making changes in many aspects of my life
I'm getting a top-notch nutrition education.
I'm planning nutritious menus for the whole week.
I'm losing weight and eating more that I ever have before, especially while on a diet.
I'm forming habits with a very good chance that they will be long lasting.
I'm looking for ways to bring variety into my cooking and exercising.
I'm in training for a 5 K walk and today walked 2 miles, further than I've ever walked at one time before.
I'm looking for ways to turn those little negative voices around and send them packing. And that's why I'm writing.

Those little voices pop up usually when I'm driving by Dunkin' Donuts or when I'm exercising. This week I deep-fried the donut demon. And this morning I kicked the foot fiend.

I do have something wrong with my left foot. I have an appointment with a podiatrist next week. But when I set out to walk on Friday, the pain eased up and went away. This morning as I started my 2 mile training walk, it started up again. I was ready. I figured if it was going to show up, it would be when I was going to walk further than I ever had before, at one time.

Sure enough. It started sending sharp pains down the top of my foot. I told that foot fiend it would need to go somewhere else because I was not the complaint department. I focused on posture and walking with good form like in one of those SP videos I watched. I focused on my surroundings. It was a beautiful morning, long shadows, everything was fresh.




When I noticed the 2 sandhill cranes, my foot quit hurting and I really enjoyed my walk.

Don't know where that imp is going to pop up the next time, but I am ready for it. No imp is going to undermine everything I have accomplished.

  
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HHLTD1 9/17/2012 3:24PM

    Good for you with the donuts. I have my own demons mostly in the chip category.

When it comes to your feet though you can't be too careful get it checked. I once had shoulder pain and kept putting off seeing a doctor. When I finally did they sent me to physical therapy and had the pain gone in just a few weeks and I had been suffering for over a year.

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PKBOO3 9/17/2012 2:46PM

    I'm proud of you walking even if it hurts. I too am having foot problems. I'm wanting to start a new challenge of a virtual walk/run. But I'm going to wait until I come back from my vacation in October. I probably should see a podiatrist myself, but when I think I might call one, my foot seems to feel better. Not 100%, but still better. So I may give it some time before I make an appointment.


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BRAVELUTE 9/17/2012 9:34AM

    Kiwiann, I know I would have loved having you for a student!

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KIWIANN 9/17/2012 9:03AM

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Great list, and great job deep frying the "donut demon" and kicking out the "foot fiend" Those are two accomplishments worthy of praise!!

emoticon And you write beautifully!! I think I would have loved having you for a teacher! emoticon


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CHRISTINASP 9/17/2012 6:16AM

    A great list!

I'm glad you are seeing a podiatrist. Please be careful with your feet. Don't ignore pains unless you're sure that's the best thing to do... I ignored pains and it got me a chronic foot problem.

The walk sounds lovely.

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CHANGING-TURTLE 9/16/2012 10:38PM

    good for you. My foot hurts when i start out some times and i get shin splints when i walk fast but i just keep going
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Pinwheels

Saturday, September 15, 2012


Would you rather eat this at a brunch,

or this:



You essentially have the same ingredients, though I did add cherries. I think they added visually, AND nutritionally.

But most of all turning the fritata into pinwheels with a flatbread made me feel like I was eating delicious party appetizers. I felt no pangs of guilt. I knew I was getting great nutrition from every corner of my plate.

I think I have the food thing down, though I sometimes have difficulties eating everything that is on my nutrition tracker for the day.

Now, if I could only find the key that would transform exercise from fritata to party pinwheels!

Lookin' forward to next week's training for the 5K Your Way. Yesterday, I walked 1.75 miles at one time, further than I had ever walked at one time before. Every other day is going to bring an activity that I've never done before . . . if my left foot doesn't rebel.

How can I turn this into a pinwheel? Find a shady park with well marked walking trails. That would be a pinwheel!! Or I could use my imagination and imagine walking in a cool place, possibly the Outer Banks or Hilton Head Island, along a hard packed beach with waves crashing and a sunset to die for.

I've got it. Get the ear buds and charge the IPOD!! Music is my spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down!! emoticon

  
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DS9KIE 9/22/2012 2:17AM

    yum

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KIWIANN 9/16/2012 8:46AM

    We all crave beauty in our lives - turning your plate into a work of art and "beautifying" your exercise time are great ideas!!
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NANCYRUBIO 9/15/2012 11:34PM

    Goodness does that look good!

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PMFISH 9/15/2012 11:16PM

    Looks very appetizing.

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The Empty School House

Wednesday, September 12, 2012



School is starting without me. My "nest" is empty. I have migrated to retirement and the flight there was rather bumpy. But the birds who learned in this classroom had an education unequaled in any high stakes classroom.

Here is a sampling of their rigorous curriculum.

Science: Principles of Flight
Art: Principles of Design
Math: Priciples of Engineering with the final exam being construction of a nest capable of withstanding 70 mile per hour winds
Home Ec: Application of Principles of High Energy Nutrition
Social Studies: Application of Principles of Global Navigation
Life Skills:
1. Principles of Abandoning that which has served its purpose
2. Physical Fitness and Aerobic Flight
3. Healthy sleep patterns
4. Caring for one's family
Music: Lead singer in the Dawn Chorus Fanfare in Praise of the Provider
Philosophy: Finding your place in the Circle of Life, because soon, a new set of eggs will grace an identical nest and the students will become the teachers.

I think we could learn a few important lessons from the birds.

  
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DS9KIE 9/15/2012 1:45AM

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KIWIANN 9/12/2012 9:46PM

    There are lessons to be learned all around us if we take the time to notice!! Thanks for sharing your Empty Nest lesson - your blogs always make me smile!!
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Movin' On with a Little Less Baggage

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I was doing the 27 Fling Boogie, a quick procedure from Fly Lady to clear the clutter from your house. I was focusing on my master bedroom. I took care of everything in a huge packing carton living in my closet.

Then the top drawer yielded lots of old things: a coupon for Atkins Endulge Bar from 2004, a manual for my 2001 Corolla (Camry and Prius since that car), and various other things.

Then I emptied the top drawer in the chest of drawers. 3 sizes of underwear, all in a jumble. All purchased as I gained weight from 2007 - 2011 from the abdominal surgeries and 4 years of steroids during chemo.

Then on the drawer liner I noticed 4 round sticky radiation markers. You get those on your tattoos before each treatment so that they can be sure you're lined up properly to zap your wonky cells.

I wanted to think they had just stuck to underwear or something and 4 out of many wound up in my drawer. But I had to be honest with myself. I had probably kept them as a souvenir. At least I had forgotten about them, and now, they're in the trash where they belong.

So, a few tears fell for me, the one who felt she needed a souvenir of radiation. But they didn't last long when I saw the list of 35 things I had flung on my Boogie.

And that makes me wonder if somehow, I'm holding on to this extra weight as a souvenir of LIFE. I can't imagine what event it's a souvenir for, but I'd prefer a coconut from Hawaii or a hunk of wonderful cheese from Switzerland!

Tonight, after shining my sink, I'm going to redo my SP Visualization, add some pics of souvenirs from Hawaii and Switzerland and a trash can with symbols of the cancer journey in it because maybe some small part needs reminding that that is all behind me.

How about you? Are you holding on to an event for dear life, when your life would really be richer, happier, lighter, if you let it go?

I believe we are not meant to allow those emotional and physical booboos of the past go on hurting us.


  
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IMREITE 9/13/2012 12:51AM

    it always feels great to get rid of old clutter.

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DS9KIE 9/12/2012 5:11PM

    great job

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KIWIANN 9/11/2012 10:18PM

    emoticon De-cluttering on the outside and the inside!! Great Job!!

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POORGIRL_DIET 9/11/2012 8:59PM

    Love that hun, out with the old in with the new. I was also holding onto old clothes that I thought I may have well needed again instead after seeing your blog I bagged them up and will be ready for the charity shop tomorrow. Thanks for making me see sense

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NANADERRICK 9/11/2012 7:20PM

    Love that Fly Lady!! I believe you are on the right track now missy!!! Let go and clear that clutter, move on, enjoy life, go for it!!! You Rock!!!

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Let the Sunshine in!

Sunday, September 09, 2012

It was rainy, dreary. Unusual for Florida but I needed something to brighten my day.


Now that's what a Full Plate Diet of Fiber looks like!! And you were expecting tree bark and sawdust.

I'm calling it Sunny Coco-Fiber Bean Stew. Because I'm on the Coconut Oil AND Fiber band wagon. Very Awe-Inspiring, right?

Feast your eyes and travel around my plate: Pistachios in the center, then Coco-Fiber Bean Stew, oranges, tomatoes and onions, mini sweet pepper wheels, kale chips, and 7 Sweet Potato and Cinnamon Crackers and 2 Multigrain Flax Seeded Flatbread Crackers.

I know, I know. 479 nutritious calories and 17 grams of fiber. Just look at the plate. 1 serving of fruit. 3 servings of veggies, 1 serving of beans, and 1 serving of grains. And I left the grains for last, giving all the rest of the fiber a chance to make me feel full.

I wasn't doing too much focusing on how full I felt, however I DO feel full now. I am NOT interested in thinking about dessert.

And I wasn't too focused on whether the foods were anti-angiogenic, however the beans, broccoli, oranges, tomatoes, onions, peppers, kale, sweet potatoes and cinnamon in the crackers, and flax in the flatbread crackers are all on the anti-angiogenic foods list.





What was I focusing on?
All the color.
The different textures: crunch of pistachios and mini sweet peppers and crackers . . .
The different combinations and there were many possibilities. That would make a great math problem: How many different combinations could you make with 2 different ingredients on your fork? 3 combinations?
Salty vs. sweet, though there was very little added salt, and the beans had been drained and rinsed well.
Raw vs. cooked
And through it all, there was a slight . . . mellowness?? which I'm blaming on the coconut oil. I had put only 1 tablespoon in the bean stew which made 8 servings. So there wasn't much in my one serving, but it was noticeable and seemed to help everything combine in a tasty lunch that I plan to repeat.

It was easy, too. The Bean Stew was a leftover, count the pistachios, and measure out the chopped veggies.

Full Plate Diet www.fullplatediet.org/
You can download a free electronic copy of a book that outlines this diet, with lots of great visuals.

Dr. Li: Can we Eat to Starve Cancer? www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/william_li
.html


Full Food List at Eat to Defeat:
www.eattodefeat.org/pages/11/the-ful
l-list.html


Coconut Oil
www.coconutresearchcenter.org/

  
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IMREITE 9/11/2012 12:39AM

    definatly a plate that will keep your tastebuds busy and occupied.

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POORGIRL_DIET 9/9/2012 9:29PM

    well done, I also love your plates too

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SLUNDQUIS 9/9/2012 3:24PM

    yea!

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