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Blood sugar detox....hummmm

Monday, May 19, 2014

Well, I'm kinda sorta doing the 10 day blood sugar detox...grains aren't all the way out the door yet. I really like the protein smoothie for breakfast--berries, seeds, avocado, lemon, nut butter, almond milk. Been doing spinach-based salads at lunch; almonds for snacks. (This evening's snack is hummus and pretzels though). A friend and I are sharing the book, so I'm trying to get the crap out of the kitchen and make a more conscious effort to eliminate sugar from my diet. I'm also picking up the activity a bit more--1+ hr cutting grass; 3 mile walks at a good pace... Baby steps. When I start my new job, I'm not going to be able to graze on stuff quite the way I do know, so I need to get my sugar balanced so it doesn't seem like it's tanking a lot....

plodding along....

  
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KALIGIRL 5/20/2014 8:24AM

    here's to baby steps!

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And the chaos continues...

Friday, May 09, 2014

I am truly amazed that I've stayed within a 5 pound range over the last few months!

My schedule at work has been all over the place: days and getting to leave at a normal time, days that end up lasting 15+ hours, 12 hr night shifts. New computer system went live this past Sunday and there's been a mess of prep for it as well as being there for support this first week while the nursing staff nuts up trying to adjust to it (it was an 18 month deployment done in 5--don't ask me why 'cos I've got absolutely no clue whatsoever). The vendor has supplied a lot of tech support, but because they're not clinical it's a bit more frustrating working on the flow and where to chart stuff.

I'm getting married in June and my fiancé and I are working on wedding plans--good thing we're going the informal-ish ceremony and pot-luck reception! Still haven't gotten invites out yet. He just started a new job 3 weeks ago that's 90 min away.

I'm starting a new job in June--a fixed schedule at last!!!!!!! I haven't had one since I left Tacoma in 2008. It's an hour away for me, but my fiancé has a house within a couple miles so I can stay there the nights before I work. I'm going to try to continue with my current job for a while, but there will definitely be some limitations on the hours I work!

So, with all that going on, we're looking for a house that's closer to where we both will be working. His brother's taking over his and I need to sell mine. Joy! Ugh! Not much planted in the garden this year…might not get much more planted. We'll see.

I'm 90+ days with no refined sugar/artificial sweeteners. I'm trying to incorporate more veggies and healthy snacks. I'm still struggling with bread and cheese. I'm off meat completely and actually don't miss it a bit.

I think that's about it for now. I'm working on reducing the number of irons I've got in the fire with extracurricular stuff. The lawn takes about 4 hours with a push mower, so that's 4 days of good exercise!

Plodding right along….

  
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AJDOVER1 5/10/2014 4:30PM

    you ARE amazing! Best wishes to you

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DCWILLIAMS831 5/9/2014 2:13PM

    Reducing the "irons" will allow you to focus more on your personal goals.

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Checking in...

Monday, November 18, 2013

While cleaning up the loft, I found one of my old Weight Watcher weekly journals that was actually unused! I tried to scan it, but there seems to be a disconnect somewhere. I ended up printing out a tracker I'd generated that also has a daily task list on it (including exercise, meditation and sleep) so I printed several of those out to use throughout the week. Easier to track if I can keep it with me on my clipboard. I'd initially generated it to print out and use on one page of my 2-page-a-day planner to see if I could consistently use it…(I was using a month from last year's whose dates matched for one of the past months). Did work out too well. Too much stuff to carry. The smaller tracker I printed out (front and back, 2 per page) is working out much better.

The comment about imagining maggots and other bodily fluids on sweets is definitely working. Malted milk balls look like deer poop (the basket was in front of me in a meeting today). So far so good.

I've been fixing my lunches and snacks for the next day before I go to bed. It's a lot easier to grab and go if I'm running late.

I did some cleaning and straightening over the weekend; got some stuff put up/taken down/put together than I've been meaning to do for at least the past 6 months. I like being able to sit at my desk and look up to see pics from Antarctica that an old friend took; beats looking at the speakers that were put up but never hooked up that my old roommate left behind (he's still working on getting stuff out--I've just consolidated most of his stuff into his old room).

I've been taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Things are getting weird at work so the walking's been good. Another co-worker has turned in her resignation. I know I'm going to be picking up some extra shifts; I just don't know if it'll be day shift or night shift. It's only a $48 dollar difference between then so it really doesn't make any difference. I've got enough to do that I can always work a couple extra hours during the day to make up the difference.

I know this is a bit rambling, but it's just how it's coming out.

I'm just taking it one day at a time….

  
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EARTHSEAME 11/20/2013 3:00PM

    emoticon You're making progress!

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KALIGIRL 11/19/2013 8:40AM

    Here's to taking it emoticon @ a time!
emoticon on packing your lunch and snacks!

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DEB62BIE62 11/18/2013 10:03PM

    Thanks for sharing. You are going to do it. The stuff about seeing maggots etc., is disgusting, but whatever works. emoticon

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NEW_PARADIGM 11/18/2013 9:52PM

    You're finding a momentum, even among life's 'happenings.' Way to go!

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Just checking in...

Thursday, November 14, 2013

This sugar addiction has to go! Two days no processed/added sugars or artificial sweeteners. It's too easy to grab candy or donuts or whatever other sweet munchies are sitting around at work…especially when I'm stressed.

What used to work before…
1--food prep for the day and having healthy snacks with me ready to go for when I got the munchies
2--keeping a container of chopped veggies and a container of mixed greens in the fridge with some blackbeans or rice on hand for a quick meal hot or cold.
3--getting up in the morning and hitting the treadmill for a couple miles

Obstacles…
1--time management or lack thereof.
2--too many irons in the fire
3--not enough sleep
4--odd/irregular hours at work

Goals…
1--simplify…reduce number of irons in fire, ditch what's not important
2--food prep and snack planning
3--take a walk when stressed as opposed to reaching for something to eat
4--drink more water
5--remove the clutter!
6--get enough sleep

Yes, easier said than done. I've done it before, I can do it again! There are simple things I can do to start out that will help reduce clutter, stress, and that feeling of being overwhelmed. One of the simplest is putting stuff back where it belongs rather than leaving it on the table or desk. Another is fixing my lunch and snacks the night before so they're ready in the morning.

Onward ho!

  
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CORKYTHEMOM1 11/16/2013 10:46AM

    emoticon Kim! I have missed you! There is no doubt in my mind that you will achieve each goal. I'm right by your side, cheering you on.


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KALIGIRL 11/14/2013 8:06AM

    Sounds to me like you are on your way!

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NEW_PARADIGM 11/14/2013 7:50AM

    Great plan! Right in there with you on rebuilding momentum.
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PICKIE98 11/14/2013 7:41AM

    How about picturing those sweets with maggots or any kind of gross thing, embedded into them? Picture somebody sneezing all over them and leaving gross stuff behind.. Who knows, maybe.....

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RIDLEYRIDER 11/14/2013 7:26AM

  Great goals!
I feel so much better when I don't consume sugar. emoticon

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Stress...eating is not the answer!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

I stress, I eat. I really want somethng to gnaw on. I want something sweet (ice cream and chocolate have done me in this month). I've managed to avoid fast food, although I've had to make a very conscious effort a couple times. It's all emotional eating. No doubt about it.

Fiscal funks. Yep, been having a lot of those lately. I've found ways I can cut back on expenses and stuff I can sell if it comes to it. I was looking forward to a good pecan crop this year, but with all the rain at the beginning of the summer, it doesn't look like there'll be many at all. The pomegranates did well, though. Short term pain will yield long term benefit. It'll be okay.

I've actually gotten out and gone jogging a few times. It helped a lot. The last time I got all cramped up which reminded my I'd slacked off on jogging last summer. Gotta get that checked out.

Emotional eating is what got my weight gain started and kept it increasing. I spent some time the other night making a list of all the things I could do to relieve stress that didn't involve eating or any other unhealthy obsessive behavior. I'm considering OA--I've heard they've got a good program for emotional eaters.

In the mean time, I need a plan. Gnawing on carrots better than fireballs. Keep the smoothies stocked up in the fridge. Make some batches of air-popped popcorn to have handy. That'll at least give me something healthy to graze on. Journaling -- what are the triggers, stressors, etc. Explore the emotions. Phone a friend. Learn from the experience of others.

There are solutions. They require action. They work. Support from others will both help guide me as well as hold me accountable.

The good news is that I haven't resumed all of my bad eating habits. I'm still staying away from processed foods (except for the sweets); with the exception of the past week, I haven't actually bought any sweets; still following vegetarian diet; still buying primarily organic.

I have yet to get into a regular routine. A variable work schedule does kinda make it difficult. Haven't made much progress with reducing clutter either. Early morning project instead of playing sudoku (I've already deleted the games off my phone) can be tackling one area at a time, taking stuff I'm not using to donate or recycle. Just keeping the kitchen table cleaned off with be a big help!

Baby steps.

  
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KALIGIRL 10/1/2013 3:59PM

    Here's to the baby steps and each of your accomplishments!
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-WISPY- 9/29/2013 11:36PM

    Thanks for sharing. It is always good to know that we are not alone in our struggles to deal with that four letter word FOOD. :)

Not sure what plan you are on - but low carb definitely helps me with the cravings. I tried the Spark plan but I was constantly craving with all the carbs. Also drinking decaf coffee seems to have helped me. Now that I am used to it, I even enjoy it.

We can do this.

Hugs Wispy

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