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Stop the Shaming (August 4, 2014)

Monday, August 04, 2014

"There are 1,440 minutes in a day, can't you spare 30 of them?"

This is what I remember of a video/article ad that just whooshed by on my start page. I did not go to the video/article; the ad disappeared before I could move the mouse to get to it.

The impression I got, based on the background photo of a thin woman staring at her wristwatch, is: this video/article is about how easy it is to fit in 30 minutes of exercise a day if only we manage our time better.

As a matter of fact, for some of us with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities, or are overwhelmed with family responsibilities, or are being abused by unconscionable partners, or are working three minimum wage jobs that still don't pay enough for either utilities or rent -- that amounts to shaming, not inspiration.

How about "There are 1,440 minutes in a day, enjoy as many as you can"

Encouragement, not shaming, is how people get out of unacceptable situations.

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WOUBBIE 8/5/2014 7:13PM

    I totally agree with you. I like FlyLady's perspective better. If you don't have time to do much, then just "hit a lick at a snake." Yeah, I know. Southern-speak, y'all!

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Update July 29, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

About six weeks ago, doctor dx'd zenker's diverticulum, among the most severe dr and radiologist (?) had ever seen. No wonder i've spent my whole life feelng like something is stuck in my throat and avoiding eating as much as possible. Dr rx'd nexium, i got the generic version. Six weeks later, it is in fact helping with the extreme heartburn that prevented me from getting more than an hour's sleep a day for the last year.

A month ago, doctor dx'd fatty liver, wanted more heart testing and gave no indication of what to do re diet. So, i researched and decided to try lchf. Once again i am trying to eat more food than i've eaten as an adult, going from 600 calories on an average day to a goal of 1200-1600, as much fat as possible which is completely the opposite of how i've eaten for the last 30+ years.

Not gagging as much when i eat now, but the zenker's still causes a lot of coughing towards the evening most days.

Lost six pounds, gained back two. This is exactly what happened when i tried weight watchers. One of the ww advisors was quite supportive, told me how ww is trying to figure out how to help people who have undereaten for years. Then this advisor changed schedules and the only advisor there when i could attend (after work) kept telling me i just wasn't trying hard enough.

This time, i hope to push through the gain-lose-gain seesaw because even if i can't lose any weight, i hope to get the fatty liver under control.

Had bloodwork taken today and hope the dr's office calls me with results although they won't call unless there is a problem. So, no call = no problem and no problem = no dr's appt.

Would be nice if i could lose about 60 lbs but even with adding back the two pounds, i am now able to wear a ring i haven't been able to wear for a year. Waist measurement increased slightly so i hope that comes down in time as well.

Expect to be able to take walks when i move, which won't happen until the house is sold, and that won't happen until i can get it on the market. Hope to get it on the market by the end of August. It has been a long, painful, expensive process and it isn't over yet. The goal keeps me going, a little bit each day :)


Busy Day, Nov 12th

Friday, November 12, 2010

A rare day off work, in which I managed to walk for 60 minutes and somehow consumed approximately 200 calories more than yesterday.

For me, increased calories is a good thing. My goal is to get to at least 1200 a day, most days.

It is always easier for me to find the time & energy to eat when I am not at the office. Part of that is the need to carry to work everything I'm going to eat in a day, and the length of my day is a little unpredictable.

I do love a challenge!


Remembrance Day 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Back to Spark!

Still working painful amounts of overtime, and while I appreciate the cash, I really need to take better care of myself.

Over the last -- year? -- I returned to my life-long pattern of eating too little and my weight continued to fluctuate.

Here's to a new chapter in my life, where things continue to get better.

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CROSHAY 11/11/2010 5:36PM

    Hi G1NNY7, and thanks for responding.

Too true about time for oneself -- and I am the only one who controls that :)

Maybe I can be a friend who eats too little: Am up to 308 calories today, and my usual is around 600, so I'm taking baby steps to improve (as I did previously).

Let's both care for ourselves, so we can care for others, and be the best we can be.

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G1NNY7 11/11/2010 4:51PM

    I am new here -- I hope it is okay to try to be encouraging whilst trying to be funny. I wish I had only friends who ate too little! I might could learn something from them. Hope you have time for yourself soon, it is really important.

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Short Story July 19/09

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Nasty storm last night, the second worst I've experienced since moving to Edmonton. No electricity for 12 hours. On the plus side, the loss of power means I couldn't get much done at work today so I didn't go in. On the minus side, not going into work today means I'll be putting in massive overtime Monday through Thursday. On the plus side, the electricity is back so I can now find the light bulbs I need, to replace the ones that blew up/stopped working during last night's storm.

And I seem to be one of those people who must restrict fluid intake, rather than drink eight or more glasses of water a day, to give my kidneys a rest during menopause. Wow.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend and will enjoy the upcoming week!


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