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Thanksgiving and Beyond

Monday, November 29, 2010

We had a great Thanksgiving even though it was "kidless". DSiL had been away for 3 weeks of a 6 week training and only got to come home a few days over Thanksgiving so we let them have family time to themselves. DS went skiing with friends. So DH and I had Thanksgiving with a couple that come up to our area of the mountains every weekend. She made the Turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. I made the butternut squash soup, roasted root vegetables, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie pudding (all Spark People recipes...and no one noticed or at least they didn't say Eewww. emoticon). It was a different Thanksgiving but it sure made us thankful for our cabin and for our friends.

I left on Wed at 188 and returned this morning at 188. 3 pounds up from my low, but I'll take it.

Since I've been home I made Crab Chowder for lunch and a Turkey Chili for supper. Again SP recipes. I love my new hobby of low cal, low fat and low salt cooking.

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DDOORN 12/1/2010 1:37PM

    "low cal, low fat and low salt" = High LIFE! :-)

Don

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KOFFEENUT 11/29/2010 9:33PM

    Sometimes our blessings aren't the ones we were looking for, but are still awesome - from the non-traditional Thanksgiving gathering to the weight maintenance, it sounds like you had a TERRIFIC holiday!

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CARLANNIE 11/29/2010 7:22PM

    Those all sound great! Nice to make new traditions.

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AELARLEE1 11/29/2010 6:04PM

    Good for you!! I don't have the time I would like to cook and I love to play with new recipes. If you come across one that is a "don't miss" let me know.

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Injury is a Pain in the Butt!

Monday, November 22, 2010

My DH and I are thinking about getting a Wii Fit for ourselves for Christmas. Our Senior Center has a Wii Fit activity every Thursday so I went and tried out the Bowling. I enjoyed myself even though I didn't really move much or burn many calories. The big surprise was that I twisted funny and pulled my hamstring. I started stretching it ASAP but hurt it more over the weekend when we went on a vigorous mountain hike and I slipped while climbing some rocks. More stretching, heat and Ibuprofen. This morning I started week 4 on the c25k and dropped my glasses from the elliptical tray. As I stopped and reached down to get the glasses....you guessed it....I pulled my hamstring some more. I've been uncomfortable all day but I'll just keep on with my stretching, heat and NSAID. It's really frustrating to hurt myself in such a gentle activity.

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DEEO12 11/28/2010 9:38PM

    The wii left me sore the first time I used it. I had to work my way up to using it. Hope you heal quickly. emoticon

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VEGGIE_POWERED 11/25/2010 9:25AM

    I am very sorry to hear about your injury, but I must agree with AELARLEE1 and think you should switch to ice. Icing begins by reducing swelling in the area and relieving pain. After the cold compress is removed, the veins overcompensate and dilate. Once that happens, blood rushes into the area and brings with it the nutrients necessary to heal the injured area.

Naturally, you should check with your doctor, but I have had success icing 3-6 times daily for 15-20 minutes. You should never ice longer than 20 minutes to avoid frostbite in the area. I'm a big fan of the reusable ice pack with the fabric like outer layer - you can apply them directly to skin and hold them in place with an ace type bandage. Also, if taken care of they will last you for years and if you just keep them in the freezer they are ready to go right when you are injured.

Injury is a pain, but the better we take care of them, the sooner we are back up and around. I had to heal a stress fracture over the summer - it was terrible watching great day after great day go by without biking, running, walking the dogs, and having to drive everywhere...ugh. But I knew that by giving my body ideal healing conditions I would be back to doing what I love doing sooner than if I pushed it and mucked up the healing process.

Take it easy and take care of that hammy - you'll be back to 100% sooner than you know!
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AELARLEE1 11/23/2010 11:43PM

    Hey Dearie! So sorry to hear about the hamstring. You should try ice rather than heat. Move gently and rest for a few days. After a couple of days stretch gently. I am a big believer in NSAIDS too.

Take it easy!!

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ETAGGEL 11/23/2010 11:33AM

    So sorry to read of your injuries. It must be painful. But keep up with the stretching! Hope you are better soon

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LOULOUBELLE2 11/23/2010 9:40AM

    That sounds Ouchy, You'd better take better care of yourself...Or at least I hope you do. Keep on with what your doing and I hope that it heals in time to enjoy Thanksgiving.

Let me know how you like the Wii Fit if you decide to get it. We to have been thinking about it, but haven't bought one yet. We really don't feel like carrying it back and forth to AZ.

Have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING and be careful not to re-injure that hamstring again.

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CARLANNIE 11/23/2010 9:35AM

    I have noticed that the movements are more jerky on the Wii fitness games than if you were doing the same thing in real life. Not sure why. Take care and baby yourself for awhile.

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HINOTO 11/23/2010 12:19AM

    Oh ouch! Take it easy Nancy!
The Wii is a lot of fun. Even of you don't burn a ton of calories, it gives ya something to do! Bowling is really fun :)

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MACILINN 11/22/2010 11:01PM

    We use our wii fit as a fun thing to do with family also, it doesn't seem like much ex to me either, except the hulahooping! That will make you sore! I am an avid tennis player and have been told more people get tennis elbow from Wii tennis more than playing the real game! Our fam has Wii bowling tournaments every X-mas eve! I pick names and we all take our turn, the top 4 go for a championship round. Everyone loves it!

Injury sucks! It has been 3 wks for my broken toe to mend, and it is still swollen and sore, but... today I played my first day of 3 sets and still won 2! woohoo! going back full time in Dec. Come hell or highwater! ~Maci~ You be careful!

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DEE107 11/22/2010 10:02PM

    0uch hope you feel better soon

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SMILEYBEE 11/22/2010 9:52PM

    Ouch! Sorry to hear your hamstring is giving you trouble. Do you ever think (like I do) that the devil is trying to sabbotage your efforts to be healthy with sore knees or pulled hamstrings or what have you. I've been dealing with feeling a little off balance for a month or so now, but the doctor hasn't found anything to worry about ... so I just keep on keeping on.

I enjoy our Wii Fit, but only seem to use it when the family comes to visit. That's one of the activites we have planned for this coming weekend while the kids are here,

Have a warm and cozy Thanksgiving ... may God bless and keep you and heal that hamstring!

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DDOORN 11/22/2010 8:28PM

    Keep up those stretches...best thing for those "ouches"!

Have a super Thanksgiving!

Don

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OURELEE1 11/22/2010 8:20PM

  Sorry to hear about your hamstring. Things can happen so fast. Rest and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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I'm Warmer Now!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Our local Farm and Home store had a 25% off sale today so DH and I went and had a look. I bought a pair of size 14 flannel lined jeans, a size large long underwear top and a large flannel jacket for less than $50. Hopefully, I'll be warmer at the cabin this winter.

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WISLNDR 11/22/2010 6:25AM

    Ooh, flannel lined jeans! I used to have some that I bought on Ebay in my old size; I wore them until they wouldn't stay up anymore. I guess I'd better go shopping!

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AELARLEE1 11/19/2010 4:08PM

    I LOVE flannel lined jeans! I had a pair when we lived in NE Montana and they were a life-saver. We are a warm 12 degrees today and I could use a pair again :)

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ETAGGEL 11/17/2010 12:53AM

    You solved the problem!!!!


Phyllis

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MACILINN 11/17/2010 12:16AM

    I have never heard of flannel lined jeans, that must be a cold weather item. Brrrrr. We are still hanging out at the beach in swimsuits here! Hope size 14 is a lower size for you. It's great when we go down sizes! woohoo Daisy!

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DEE107 11/16/2010 10:54PM

    smart thinking

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KOFFEENUT 11/16/2010 9:31PM

    Now THAT'S a healthy solution! (I'm hoping as we get further into the winter we'll get acclimated to the cold - that part of this is just the transition from fall - but I'm not optimistic!).

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Anybody Else Cold?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I love being smaller, but I have noticed one bad side effect. I am cold! I just canít seem to get warm this year. I know I am 60 pounds lighter than I was last year at this time and assume it is because I donít have all the padding to keep me warm. I know I am not anemic because I have had a physical and my blood count was good. So thatís not the reason for my being cold. I am dressing in layers and keeping sweaters and jackets within easy reach at all times, but I am cold. It is especially bad at the cabin at night when the wood stove goes out overnight. We have a huge comforter and I wear sweats over my pjís but I wake up cold. I get up and light the fire after putting on my fleece bathrobe and wait for the cabin to warm up.

Yesterday it was 30 degrees at noon when I went for my walk and 28 and snowing when I returned an hour later. I love walking in the mountains but I hate being cold. I was in winter clothing including flannel lined jeans. In fact it was hard to walk I was so bundled up. But I was still cold.

I am hoping those of you who lost their weight more than a year ago will tell me it gets better as you get used to having less insulationÖÖ.Please!

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RURAL3 11/22/2010 8:40AM

    It doesn't get better. Just bundle up and cuddle. Just make sure that your upper bottom layer is not real loose. That helps me most. And congratulations on that size 14 emoticon

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CARLANNIE 11/17/2010 9:09AM

    Hey there - in your blood work, did they check your thyroid? I will email you a link that talks about body temperature regulation and low thyroid activity, which can lessen with age.

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ETAGGEL 11/16/2010 1:26AM

    It is a common problem as you see the previous comments. I feel the same thing. Another problem I had before was my rear end got sore if I was sitting on a hard chair, something I had never experienced before I lost the weight! lol That got better!!!!


Phyllis

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WISLNDR 11/15/2010 8:21PM

    I can't be sure yet because it's been a delightful fall. So far, so good though; I'm not overly cold . . . . . YET. Time will tell.

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AELARLEE1 11/15/2010 12:41PM

    I can relate! Although currently being cold isn't my problem, but when I lost 15 lbs. some time ago, I got really cold, all the time!! It makes hot flashes fun :)

Enjoy the layers is about all I can say. I wasn't down on the weight enough to know if over time things regulated better, but believe they might.

Smaller is better in layers too!

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LKWQUILTER 11/15/2010 7:10AM

    I have noticed the same thing and was beginning to think it was just me. lol

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GATOR12 11/15/2010 1:06AM

    I'm cold but temp has really dropped here too; from high in 67-72 to highs this weekend in low 50's. Brr=rr. Chilly wind too!! Wrap up in layers if you have any hormone issues like this 60 year old!! lol Brenda

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DDOORN 11/14/2010 9:22PM

    I notice the cold more when I'm idle. However I still get pretty warm when I start moving. For instance biking on a chilly morning I'll feel the cold initially, but it isn't long before I start shedding my layers if I'm wearing them. Which is why I tend to underestimate how many layers I need...hate the nuisance of dealing with extra clothes! :-)

Don

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CMRAND54 11/14/2010 9:10PM

    I've noticed the same thing this fall, after losing almost 70 pounds. I guess the fat padding was keeping me warm before.

We have a down comforter on the bed in the winter, and that keeps me warm at night, but sitting in my chair in the evening, I definitely get cold, and I'm cold in my office at work.

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LAURELSPARK 11/14/2010 8:50PM

    I am also always cold. Just the other day I was commenting to my husband that I can understand why people move to Florida.

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EDWINA172 11/14/2010 8:16PM

    No, it doesn't get "better". I'm still cold, and getting colder. I'm not anemic, but I'm a lot smaller. My body fat percentage is much less. I live in the mountains also. I wear lots of layers and sweaters. I can't believe the difference. I used to be outside in just a t-shirt in 40 degree weather without a problem. I'd even be perspiring!
I wouldn't give it up for anything. Being healthy and having less fat is worth all of the layers.
My husband and I have even joked about moving South. Have a great weekend and stay warm:)

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RECOVERING

Monday, November 08, 2010

Recovering from Compulsive Overeating is a lifelong task. I am ready to assume it. I have been binge free for over a year. When I've slipped it has been minor and for short periods only. I have gotten right back on track. What is different now?

Yes, I have Spark and that makes a HUGE difference, but there is something different in my mindset. I can feel it ebb and flow. Most days I am filled with a desire to live in a healthful way and to not make food the center of my life. Other days I can feel an "I don't care" attitude. Where does that come from? How can I keep it in check? I'm doing ok now and have been for a year, but I don't want to slip back. My recent slips, minor at that which put me up 6 pounds in a week pointed out to me how ready my body is to go back to obesity. I have trained it well over the years. I feel sure of my mind strength today, but what about tomorrow? I know I need to press on "one day at a time" to be successful. I need to preservere slowly, steadily, calmly. I think I let myself get panicky by staying at the same weight for so long. Really, what is wrong with staying at the same weight for years if that weight is 185 and not 270. I plan to relax and practice acceptance. Not stop eating and exercising in a healthy way, but accept each day for what it is. I love being in the 180's. I WILL relax and enjoy it. I love being healthy. I WILL relax and enjoy it. I love cooking healthfully. I WILL relax and enjoy.

I will remain diligent but calm. I AM recovering. I WILL NOT go back.

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ASHLEEWEBART 11/9/2010 4:51PM

    I truly understand. Each day is a new one, and you seem to be doing very well. What we are learning now, will hopefully make us stronger and more prepared when we do have a day in which we feel "I don't care" even though we do care!

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AELARLEE1 11/9/2010 2:04PM

    Sometimes we just need to recommit in a blog emoticon

Keep exercising and focused on being healthy and over time you won't gain but lose a little more.

You are always such an inspiration for me!!

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DDOORN 11/8/2010 10:55PM

    Although many lament the woes of the "dreaded plateau" I think there is MUCH to be said for being able to maintain the loss of weight which more and more of us are able to accomplish!

Yet slips happen, vigilance is always needed...!

Don

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CARLANNIE 11/8/2010 4:06PM

    Hallelujah for being at ease with yourself! What a great place be - enjoy th 180's and discard the "I don't care" attitude for one of self love. You deserve a healthy life, and you are living it - if you find yourself derailed, just jump back on and enjoy the ride! (((HUGS)))

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SMILEYBEE 11/8/2010 1:57PM

    You've come a long way Nancy and I don't believe you will ever allow yourself to go back. I suspect everyone has those days they think "I don't care" ... I know I do. But the bottom line is that I do care ... and so do you. I believe our saner selves will win out and keep us on track!

Relaxing and enjoying sounds great! Go for it!

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JRSWHIMSY 11/8/2010 12:48PM

    I can sympathize, I get that "I just don't care" attitude a lot. I'm trying to be more consistent with tracking. I'm also averaging my calories by the week so I can see how one or two bad days really affects me.

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MELTING2SVELTE 11/8/2010 12:16PM

    Great post, thank you for sharing.

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ETAGGEL 11/8/2010 11:10AM

    Well done! There is a lot to be said about the power of positive thinking!

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