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MICLWILDE's awesome blog about guilt-free foods

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

ERLYWA shared a blog written by MICLWILDE about enjoying food guilt-free. He made the most excellent point that ALL foods should be guilt-free. Even when foods are not enjoyed in moderation, there is no point in associating guilt with the food and causing emotional stress because of it. Just a great blog.

Here it is:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4740301

  
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GEMINIAN1 2/18/2012 11:19AM

    That was cool.
Thanks for sharing.


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DDOORN 2/17/2012 9:38AM

    Yeah, finally caught up with it! :-)

Don

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NANCYBOAT 2/16/2012 8:54AM

    Great blog - thanks for sharing

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JILLYBEAN25 2/16/2012 12:25AM

    That was a good share!

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CANNIE50 2/16/2012 12:14AM

    thank you, Erin

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/15/2012 9:24PM

    It was a great blog.

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The Week in Review: Gettin' Good

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
- Goethe





Last Tuesday, for the first time ever, I felt completely relaxed during my lesson with Jeff. I guess this tells you how long it can take me to get comfortable with a new situation, given that I started taking lessons last June. That is 8 months of feeling incredibly uncomfortable--and continuing to show up anyways. It is strange how we can tolerate something unpleasant for an extended period of time as long as we know, whether consciously or unconsciously, that it will get better and be good for us in the long run.

I had been in a bit of a funk for a few weeks, and needless to say, skipping out on the gym was not helping. Out of nowhere I had gotten this feeling that I didn't belong there and so I seriously slacked off on going. Last week, I decided to stop wallowing in the negative and try to focus more on the positive. GEMINIAN1 had commented on my blog last week that she tries to stay realistic and how the word "negative" can mean different things to different people. I totally agree with her on being realistic, and I usually am a reasonable person who can objectively observe positive and negative aspects. But over the past several weeks, I've been lying to myself with negative thoughts, like that I will never succeed and that people don't like me. These negative thoughts were feeding into each other and the thoughts continued to get further from the truth.

I knew there was only 1 thing that would truly and effectively pull me out of the funk, and that was to get my butt to the gym. Exercise aside, I missed my gym buddies and trainers. I went last Monday and of course my trainer Nate gave me crap about missing a lot. I can't really define what my problem was, but I still didn't feel very relaxed being there. I reverted to feeling fat and awkward, like I shouldn't be there working out with all those fit guys. Luckily, there were some of my favorite guys at Jiu Jitsu that day. I was getting ready to roll with one of the guys who I hadn't seen in a while, and he said, "I heard you're getting good!" I asked who said that, if it was Bob, my Jiu Jitsu BFF, who compliments everything I do regardless of how good it actually is (kind of like my mother). He shrugged and said, "I don't know...everybody's been saying that."

Well, if I needed a confidence boost, there it was.

Nate also asked me if I was planning to compete in the next Submission Hunt, which is a large grappling tournament in the Twin Cities. I asked him when the next one is, and it is about 5 months away. So, regardless of how much weight I lose by then (although I would be THRILLED to lose about 40 pounds by the competition), I plan on competing and am going to train hardcore accordingly. No more disappearing from the gym. Whatever hesitation was inside of me needs to stay gone, and so far, my excitement for going to Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai is back.

I've also had a revelation with my diet. SMILINGTREE had mentioned a while back that she was going to try to eliminate wheat from her diet, and it got me thinking at that time. I had always associated wheat sensitivity with digestive problems, which I did not feel like I had, so I never thought I might have a problem with wheat. However, the scale has been absolutely stagnant over the past few months. Despite my mixed martial arts workouts and strength training and eating within my calorie range, the scale has not budged. I have been having long plateaus throughout this journey. I am truly an advocate of slow weight loss, but there is a point where even the best of us get pretty frustrated.

I started to think about how I was eating when I lost weight before (and felt GREAT), and it was while I was on the old Core plan from WeightWatchers. The Core plan focused on whole foods. Just by the way the Core plan was set up, I was eating virtually no flour or wheat products (pasta, breads, etc.), but lots of fruits, veggies, oatmeal, legumes, brown rice, and tofu as staples. I lost weight fairly easily and felt very energetic. Reflecting on my current food tracker, I had been eating some sort of bread and/or pasta product almost every day. Even though I was eating good bread (Ezekiel) and having reasonable portions of pasta, I now think I have a sensitivity to wheat. Last week, I went back to eating the way I had on the Core plan, and I lost 4 pounds. I saw my waistline visibly shrink as the bloating went away. I must have been retaining a ton of water. I have also had a very persistent skin rash that is now clearing. In any case, I am going to continue to avoid wheat and see if that keeps my weight loss going. I don't think cutting out wheat is a magic bullet for weight loss, but I suppose if someone has bloating and water retention from being sensitive to it, it could explain the unwavering number on the scale.

I am also going back to cutting out dairy completely. Dairy was not a staple in my daily diet like wheat products, but I still feel like crap if I eat cheese (the only dairy product I typically consume). I have been wanting to get back to eating vegan again, and the occasional pizza or cheesy pasta dish are the only dairy products I would eat.

It's amazing how little things, like a supposedly healthy grain, can be so hard to pinpoint as a problem. This process is truly nonlinear. ERLYWA had an awesome picture in her blog that so perfectly sums up this journey, I just had to steal it as a reminder to myself.



Image from http://healthesolutions.com/2011/10/03/wha
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I've come to realize that I have become the person I was seeking to be by losing weight. I certainly haven't gone in a straight line to get to this point as it has taken several years to pinpoint so many things. I have found that the most effective tool I have learned to utilize is not diet or exercise--but patience. Patience has given me a way to keep things in perspective and to step back and find the solution to problems (because the solutions are there). Patience has lead to boldness that pushes me through uncomfortable situations. After sticking it out for a long time, I'm truly gettin' good now.





"Because in the end, being a bad-ass isnít about beating others Ė itís about testing yourself, and in the process, finding yourself."
ĖLeo Babauta (Thanks to SKYWATCHERS for the quote)

  
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GEMINIAN1 2/18/2012 10:53AM

    emoticonHi Erin emoticon
Glad to hear that you had a relaxed lesson with Jeff.

I guess we were on the same page.
I had a couple week funk myself.
I am very glad to hear that you're not lying to yourself anymore.
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SMILINGTREE 2/16/2012 4:04PM

    You know, for a couple of months, I avoided wheat pretty much altogether. And I lost a few pounds. But it is HARD. And we were traveling a lot, which made it much harder. So, I haven't really stuck with it. And I haven't lost weight. But then, I also haven't been working out as much...

I don't know if you read the post where I explained why I tried avoiding wheat or not, but you might be interested. I read an interview with a cardiologist named Dr. William Davis, who wrote a book called Wheat Belly. Here is his blog (which I don't find nearly as interesting as the interview was, but I can't remember where I saw that, of course):
http://www.wheatbellybl
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Glad to read you are feeling better about things and that you are back at the gym. It seems that practicing martial arts brings you a great amount of happiness.

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CANNIE50 2/16/2012 12:03AM

    My doctor wants me to give up wheat for a month and see if some of my health issues get better - I think you are very right about the bloating/weight retention. I love what your workout buddy said about everyone saying you are getting really good and I am really glad to hear that you are going to compete. Yay!!

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1HAPPYWOMAN 2/15/2012 2:00AM

    Erin got her groove back! WOOT!
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I'm amazed that you kept showing up for your lessons when you didn't feel comfortable. That shows what a persistent woman you are. Also, I guess you knew Jeff was the right teacher for you, because you've learned so much from him -- and not just musically.
Congrats on using your keen analytical mind to root out some foods that have been holding you back. It can be tough to make big dietary changes (I'm discovering this as I try to give up dairy....Mooo, it's hard!)
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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/14/2012 10:15PM

    Good job. I also have to avoid the wheat and gluten.

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DDOORN 2/14/2012 10:10PM

    Sooner or later, moving our bodies pays off...sometimes it's like banging one stone on another a whole lotta times before the SPARKS fly, but they will. And this time seemed to work in SPADES for you! Moving physically so often helps to get everything else in gear too!

Keep at it...and don't be too critical of your playing...I just bet you are WAY more awesome than you think you are! :-)

Don

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JILLYBEAN25 2/14/2012 5:57PM

    I'm glad the scale finally moved again for you!

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ALISHAB3 2/14/2012 5:54PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I so look forward to your blog posts. You are so inspiring!!!!

I also do best with whole foods. The rash is a common wheat allergy problem. I don't lose weight when I'm eating dairy either.

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EMFRAPPIER 2/14/2012 12:53PM

    Fantastic blog! I can't wait to hear about the competition! Love the picture and the quote at the end, too. emoticon

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KKINNEA 2/14/2012 12:36PM

    Nice - you'll have to let us MN-ers know about your competition if it's open to the public so we can cheer you on!

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EMRANA 2/14/2012 11:52AM

  LOVE this blog! I love the image of you competing in five months and being the athlete that you already are. So happy that you're back in the gym again ~ where you *do* belong.

It's great that you're discovering what works for you nutrition-wise too. I know I am not celiac ~ been blood tested ~ but I know it's harder for me to lose if my bread/pasta intake gets too far up. Your core diet is what works best for me too.



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28 Day Boot Camp Review!

Monday, February 13, 2012

I was very excited to be offered to receive the new 28 Day Bootcamp DVD with Coach Nicole. She is trainer who is very positive without being over-the-top chipper, which is extremely important to me in workout videos. Sure enough, the Bootcamp DVD follows suit and she is encouraging and very pleasant to watch and listen to. There are several workout options to choose from, including cardio and toning (and 1 in combination), with shorter and longer options. She has good modifications for various levels, with 2 exercisers with her in the video. Coach Nicole stresses the importance of good form and gives form pointers on the exercises, which is great because some of the moves are pretty challenging. The timer at the bottom of the screen shows the time left in the segment, which is very handy for having to know how much energy to conserve and gives that mental push to get through challenging exercises.

One of my favorite features about this DVD is the unique clickable calendar. The calendar feature makes it easy to navigate through a month-long plan and provides several premix options to use as stand-alone workouts in the future. Having preset workouts makes the program more interesting and also takes the brain work out of workout planning. The workouts go from being shorter to longer, and some are cardio only, toning circuit only, and some combine both. I think this is perfect for beginners, who may be especially prone to getting bored by doing the same workout every day and may feel overwhelmed by starting an exercise program. Major kudos for the clickable calendar!

While the Bootcamp DVD is great for beginners, I don't think the exercise intervals are long or intense enough for an intermediate or advanced exerciser. An intermediate exerciser may find the program useful to get some fresh ideas for exercises to incorporate into training circuits, though. This program is most appropriate for beginner to advanced beginners and will help build muscle endurance. Some of the moves require a bit of coordination, so I would recommend that a beginner take their time getting acquainted with the moves. Once familiar with the moves, then people can really push themselves through the intervals. Beginners have very fast exercise adaptations, meaning that doing anything new will cause them to progress, but people will eventually want to incorporate heavy-weight strength training into their program. The Bootcamp DVDs can certainly be used for cardio at any point in someone's program, especially if very light weights are used.

Overall, I would recommend the Bootcamp DVD for beginners to advanced beginners who are looking for a solid introduction to circuit training. Advanced people may want to consider wearing weighted gloves (0.5-1 pound) to up the intensity. Of course, Coach Nicole's refreshing personality and approachability makes this a great first workout video for people, and will hopefully bring them over to SparkPeople if they haven't checked it out already. Most people are probably aware, but the DVD can be purchased at Target, and doing so earns major SparkPointage.
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*I received the Bootcamp DVD free of charge from SparkPeople, and have not been reimbursed in any way for this review.

  
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ANGELWENDYMAMA 2/13/2012 2:24PM

    Hmm.. Thanks for the review. I wonder how they picked who would get to review it as a lot of my friends got it. Anyhow, congrats on getting that opportunity! Good review. This is also the first that mentioned the calendar and first to put in perspective what level of fitness was needed.. I think I'm a beginner to advanced beginner. I used to do 2 hrs of TV fitness shows a day several years ago so this might be good for me.

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SHFELKEY 2/13/2012 9:31AM

    Thanks for posting your review of the DVD! Keep on Sparking!

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CATS_MEOW_0911 2/13/2012 9:14AM

    BENIBEX, yes, I do think some of the moves are a little too complicated for the average beginner. I realized I forgot to put that in there--it's added now. I think they would have been better off either making the intervals longer and aiming the DVD towards intermediate to advanced exercisers, or that they should have stuck with more basic moves for beginners.

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1HAPPYWOMAN 2/13/2012 1:38AM

    Hi Erin! Yours is the fifth review I've read about this DVD, but it's the first one to mention the clickable calendar...and yours is the first review that made me think I might want to try it. I think it's because I liked the idea of being an 'advanced beginner.'
It sounds better than 'beginner' but is still an accurate portrayal of my experience level!
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GAMMALEAK 2/13/2012 1:37AM

    One complaint I heard about it is that Nicole tends to switch things up too fast or incorporates moves that are a little too "complicated," that is, they require more coordination than your average beginner might have. Any thoughts on that?

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The Week in Review: Stealing from a SparkPal

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

My good SparkFriend MUSICALLYMINDED (Tracy) posts blogs about the good choices she's made. Her blogs make me realize how quickly positive choices can add up. I was going to blog about all of the poor choices that I had made this past week, but decided to take a cue from Tracy and focus on the positive. As a matter of fact, I won't even mention the ways I've screwed up over the past week, and I'll leave them where they belong...in the past. I feel like I have been feeding too much negative energy (both literally and figuratively) and I need to channel some major positive energy to push me in the right direction. I need to forgive myself for doing myself wrong and build up some positive Spark again.


So, positive choices I made this past week (and accomplishments):

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Ate lot and lots of fruits and veggies

emoticon Exercised consistently

emoticon Played some awesome jazz duets with my partner

emoticon Studied some meditation methods

emoticon Got lots of sleep

emoticon Drank lots of water

emoticon Drank lots of green tea





My goals for this week:

emoticon Track my food honestly, whether it is within my calorie range or not

emoticon Prepare healthy and satisfying meals

emoticon Practice meditation daily

emoticon emoticon Practice yoga or Pilates daily

emoticon emoticon Get to Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai at least 3 times

emoticon Strength training 3 days

emoticon Practice saxophone at least 30 minutes a day


So, here's to creating a better week with a more positive outlook.




"Without forgiveness life is governed by...an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation."
-Roberto Assagioli (fitting quote from SparkPeople's "Healthy Reflections" e-mail a few days ago)

  
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MUSICALLYMINDED 2/11/2012 10:56AM

    Thanks for the shout-out! I don't think we're ignoring the facts, I just think we're focusing on the good things we did. What's the point in going over every mistake you made this week? Focusing your brain on the good things makes it more likely for you to repeat them.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/8/2012 7:22PM

    Great idea. We need to all do the same and start a trend.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/8/2012 3:26PM

    You got it goin on, Erin!
I think the positive is the way to go and what to remember!
You are one busy awesome Lady!
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GEMINIAN1 2/8/2012 3:20PM

    I just thought of something.
"Pessimistic verses Negativity"
Just a quick thought I had.
(Am I being anal with words now? Yes! LOL! Over thinking this? Yes! LOL!)
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GEMINIAN1 2/8/2012 3:11PM

    emoticonHi Erin emoticon
AAAAHHHHHH!
The word 'Negative'; how do I define you?
And I don't mean; how do I look you up in the dictionary?

My Husband and I used to go back and forth on if I was being Negative.
I loooove to talk Politics/Food Laws/Etc. and he would accuse me of 'being Negative' and I say, 'no, I'm stating FACTS; I'm sorry if it's not rainbow and sunshine'. This went on for a couple of years and now he accepts that I'm just talking and trying to be educated, not the black cloud bearer.

Anyway, I really struggle with this word because *I*, often, just feel that people need to "vent" or need to "state facts", NOT that "they're negative".
I often view other people, and myself, as a Realist or being Realistic, not negative.
I guess I need to work on being "positive"?
I don't know? See? (I just think, "I'm Realistic".)
Sorry for being all negative on your Blog, if that's what I'm being?
LOL!

emoticonon all of the positive choices you made last week.
Well, here we are trying to make it over the hump of the week; I hope that you're doing great and continue to do so.
Cheers ... to feeding the positive ... emoticon
Love the forgiveness quote.
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1HAPPYWOMAN 2/8/2012 12:51AM

    It seems like so much of this Spark journey is about picking ourselves back up and starting again, and again, and again! I'm so glad that you continue to take care of yourself, that you keep trying new things and persevere with your plans.

I hope you have a wonderful week.
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EMRANA 2/7/2012 6:45PM

  YAY for focusing on the positive!

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JESSICA2140 2/7/2012 3:24PM

    I love the idea of focusing on the positives! It's SO easy to get bogged down in the "failures" and get off track because of them...much better idea to be positive about how great you're doing!

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APIRLRAIN888 2/7/2012 3:09PM

    Great job

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 2/7/2012 2:53PM

    Awesome choices Erin!
I love that about Tracy's blogs too.

Have a Sparktacular week!

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KKINNEA 2/7/2012 2:33PM

    Nice, I'm finding weekly goals help me too!

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SPOONGIRLDEB 2/7/2012 2:09PM

    I know EXACTLY what you mean! I posted a blog just last night that was along the same lines...I had planned to write down all the crap things that I've done or have been done to me...but just thinking about blogging them seemed to do the trick, so I didn't have to write down the negative stuff! My goal for tonight is to write a POSITIVE blog and put down some goals as well. The past is the past....

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JSALERNO 2/7/2012 2:04PM

    emoticon Great Job!

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The Week (and Month) in Review: This plan will self-destruct in 5...4...3...2...

Thursday, February 02, 2012


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The month of January started out very strong--I felt in control and like I could truly keep up the momentum I had built. Then, come mid-January, we (finally) got a blast of truly wintery weather, and my arthritis flared up with it. Between being stiff, sore, and achy, the cold made me want to snuggle under the blanket with something warm and chocolatey. I still did a lot of my martial arts classes and stayed consistent with activity, but off course had to back up a little bit because of the arthritis. And then my eating went downhill. I had several binges. I weigh as much now as I did mid-December.

If I'm honest, I actually actively CHOSE not to make good choices. There were no particular stressors leading me astray. At least with stress and other strong emotions, I feel as though I am just coping with overeating. My joints were a little stiff, but not painful to the point of being truly stressful. I couldn't identify what triggered me to binge, but the urges were irresistible, and I caved frequently.



My January plan:


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The urge to binge comes out of nowhere, when I am in any mood. It seems I am just as likely to binge when I'm having an otherwise good day as I am when I am very stressed about something. I know I have made progress--the binges are less frequent and usually less severe in the amount I eat, but I still cave to emotional eating far too often. A friend told me about how meditation has helped him learn to focus and has even decreased pain. He is much more even-keeled now.

I started learning how to meditate a few weeks ago, using DVDs from Rodney Yee and Maritza ( www.gaiam.com/product/meditation+dvd
+gift+set.do
) and some downloads from iTunes. I have been trying to do some every day. I have a long way to go, but it does really help. It has decreased the racing around in my head significantly. I have still been overeating, but am much more conscious of the urges. I've been able to, a few times, re-channel that focus from the meditation session and quiet the urges. I look forward to delving deeper with meditation and doing it on my own without a DVD or audio.

I purchased a book quite some time ago titled "Enough!: The Buddhist Path to Finding Release from Addictive Patterns" by Choyni Taylor, but never picked it up. I started reading it this week and I can already say that I highly recommend it. The book discusses how meditation can be used to build mindfulness, introspection, and equanimity (or "non-judgmental thinking"). Not only are these skills be developed through meditation, they can be enhanced during "emergency" situations. The book also discusses forgiveness and denial. I'm glad I started reading this now because it will deepen my understanding of meditation as a tool to not just decrease stress, but to stop it in it's tracks by having a neutral reaction to stressors.

I have also started working on my sci-fi novel again. I had a few ideas that rolled around in my head, but couldn't find how to fit them in. I have had floods of ideas over the past week or so and have actually sat down to do some writing. I hope to write a couple hundred pages over the next few months.

I have been practicing my sax a lot more over the past few weeks, and it is paying off. I think meditation may be helping stay a little calmer when I'm playing, too. Last week I played the best I ever have at my lesson. My teacher Jeff and I played some jazz duets, and people in the shop complimented me on my way out. It is the first time that I have been complimented on my playing since I started re-playing (well, except for my mom, but she doesn't count).

My plan for February is to focus on choosing to meditate whenever I feel a craving for a certain food or the urge to binge. I don't want to meditate as a distraction, but rather, to start to more deeply understand why I get these urges in the first place. I hope to deepen my mindfulness and focus this month, and start to get a better grasp on overwhelming urges to eat.

  
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SMILINGTREE 2/7/2012 9:21AM

    My January followed roughly the same path as yours, minus the martial arts work outs...And my weigh in at at the end of January was higher than my weigh in at the end of Dec. Oh well. Onward.

It is not really surprising that meditation seems to be enhancing your creative endeavors. It's almost like you "make space" in your mind or something when you meditate. I so admire the fact that you don't use lack of time as an excuse. You want to do something, you make time for it. It's inspiring.

Thanks for the update, and the inspiration. Make February fabulous :)

ps. I'm calling BS on the thing about your mom. It totally pisses me off when my girls say that compliments from me "don't count." Of course they do. I wouldn't give a compliment if they sucked at something. I'd suggest a little more practice.

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CANNIE50 2/3/2012 3:24PM

    Hi Erin: It makes such perfect sense that meditation would be an antidote to binge-eating since, when I binge, it feels like I am in a bit of trance (as a Sparkler above put it so eloquently - "disassociative eating". It is definitely a quiet but firm voice in my head that prevents binges - a quiet "no, that is enough". PS Compliments from mothers DO count, in my humble opinion. I think daughters, in particular, tend to outsize any hint of motherly criticism yet downplay motherly compliments, a practice I, as a daughter, am working on discontinuing. Just a thought.... So, grab hold of February with both hands, Erin, and kick January to the curb. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/3/2012 3:00PM

    I meditate but need to do it more consistently. I'm going to check out this method.

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DDOORN 2/3/2012 8:27AM

    Good for you to "dig in" and come up with some great resources & strategies, ala meditation & writing...sci-fi...how about that? You have so many talents! I used to read sci-fi all the time as a teen and in college took a stab at writing poetry, sci-fi & other stuff. AND you're keeping up with the playing too...whew! I have a hard time doing so many things at the same time...if I was the circus juggler spinning plates on sticks I would have a train wreck of debris scattered 'round me tackling so many things as you do...lol!

Don

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 2/3/2012 2:31AM

    That is awesome that you are using meditation. I have been hearing for years of how beneficial it is. I have tried it in the past but wasn't very good at quieting my mind. I should probably try it again.
Congrats on your sax playing!
I have no doubt that you will rule February!

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APIRLRAIN888 2/2/2012 4:30PM

    You can do it

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/2/2012 1:03PM

    You got it Erin! Look how you came up with a great positive plan to help yourself, in a great example of being your own best friend! Terrific! I want to add a book for you to check put on meditation. It is called "Real Happiness: the Power of Meditation A 28 Day Program" by Sharon Salzberg. It is actually an interesting easy read and comes with a CD to use as an example of meditations. I took Transcendental Meditation (TM), when it was popular, and I love Sharon's book even more. It's the best I have ever read/done regarding meditation. It is about $10. I thought you, or anyone else, might be interested. I do think meditation is an excellent way to cope with many things, from stress to giving yourself a stronger creative process!
The very best of luck. We are all on this journey together!
Love,
Mary
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ALISHAB3 2/2/2012 12:35PM

    I highly recommend meditation. I have a book called "Yoga for depression." by Amy Wientraub that you may find illuminating. It wasn't very expensive, unfortunately, Borders went out of business, so you will probably need to get it on Amazon. I also use a free guided meditation podcast called "healing journey." I like to do that one before bed. It helps prevent nightmares.

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KKINNEA 2/2/2012 11:47AM

    Great resources, I'll have to check those out. Let's make it a great February!

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HIPPICHICK1 2/2/2012 8:11AM

    Honestly, it sounds like you have picked yourself up, dusted yourself off and you're ready for a spectacular February.
My partner and I are studying Buddhism and frequently listen to Dharma talks or Zencasts. They're free!
www.zencast.org/

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EMRANA 2/2/2012 7:26AM

  Meditation is a truly beautiful practice. At the very least, I meditate before I go to bed, to clear my head and put myself into a peaceful state to drift into sleep. It enhances the quality of my sleep.

I've been a regular meditator for many years, though I hadn't thought to use it to avert a binge. I have been looking for a part of my yoga practice to use for that purpose ~ well, really, to use before eating anything, so that I don't go into dissociative eating mode as I am prone to do.

Congrats on the sax progress! YAY!

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EMFRAPPIER 2/2/2012 6:11AM

    I struggle with binge eating and have always found Buddism to help in those times. My binges are very rare now because I am mindful of my feelings and triggers. I'd like to get more into meditation. It sounds lovely. Congrats on getting back on track. My January looked a lot like yours, and I am trying to get back to healthy me. I love that you're a writer! I had not written anything for months and was feeling pretty low about it, but I have also just started writing again. It is such a great stress reliever! Congrats on getting complimented on your playing! I hope February is great for you!!

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1HAPPYWOMAN 2/2/2012 1:59AM

    It's so wonderful that you're trying meditation as a way of curbing emotional eating! I still find it extremely difficult to identify binge trigger thoughts, because it seems like a binge is preceded, for me, by a state of non-thought -- as though I'm just viscerally reacting to inchoate stressors. But I've figured out a few of my triggers, and hope to identify some more.
I'm so sorry that your arthritis has been giving you pain. But good for you for continuing to do all those things that you love: writing, playing sax, and kicking butt! emoticon

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