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Water, water, everywhere, and not the kind you drink

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The trip to Omaha was an adventure. Water standing in fields, sloughs where there haven't been sloughs before, roads under water in ND, more water in the fields and lots of road construction or work on bridge decks along most of I29 in SD, and even more water held back by Hesco barriers in IA, thanks to rain and the Missouri. We were less than 30 minutes from our destination when... a detour around the rising Missouri just north of Council Bluffs. The detour took us about 60 miles out of our way. We managed to get there anyway. Five inches of rain the first night we were there. It's like the rain follows me!

Two days later, I discover that rain was pouring back at home. I quickly loaded up for the return trip. Nine hours later, I got home just in time to discover the first evidence of water in the basement. It got worse after that.

I am thinking of going on strike.

And, maybe I'll stop drinking water, too.

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SOLUCKY12 6/28/2011 10:39PM

    I'm from Omaha and we had so much rain Sunday night, they cancelled our church annual fireworks. Then when I looked at my basement floor carpeting, it was wet. I found out there is a hole in my chimney wall that might be the reason for the water. I vacuumed with a rug shampooer which took up some water. Then I got out my fans and my neighbor's dehumidifier for the second time this year. The first time a water pipe broke attached to the water heater and the basement was full of hot water. That happened right before I flew to Phoenix.

I''m not sure where you're from, but I sympathize. I feel fortunate to only have minor problems compared to so many. Let me know how you're doing. emoticon

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NATURALLYJEN 6/28/2011 9:26PM

    Yep, I live in ND not far from I-29. Wet, wet, wet. Then I tell myself I could be in Minot where it is wetter, wetter, and wetter.... We'll all have to see what late summer brings. I hope that your basement is ok.

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NMMAMA2011 6/28/2011 7:00PM

    Ugh. I have heard about all of the water because our friend lives on the I29 corridor and has to stay home to monitor her basement all summer. I am glad you got there okay.

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GEMINIAN1 6/28/2011 4:19PM

I'll keep you in my thoughts.
Rain rain go away, right? Right.
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WORDLILY 6/28/2011 12:42PM

    Yeah, the flooding is bad. I read today that it should get a little better though, now that irrigation "season" has started here in Nebraska.

Sorry about your basement!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/28/2011 12:12PM

    Oh this sucks so badly! First 60 miles out of your way, and now this basement thing at home? Ugh. It's really amazing how the weather gets distributed sometimes isn't it? I know that they're having the same flooding issues as far away as Vermont, where a friend of mine has been stuck trying to pump out her basement for the last month! I hope your issue doesn't last so long and that the rain quits soon (or at least comes to South Texas instead).

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PARASELENIC 6/28/2011 11:44AM

    Oh, hon. I'm sorry. Maybe build a bonfire in the back yard and do a tribal dance, casting the water from your basement?

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AFITONE 6/28/2011 8:39AM

    Wow...what a frustrating situation. I hope it resolves itself soon. Take good care of yourself during this difficult time. emoticon emoticon

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TURTLERAE55 6/28/2011 12:49AM

    Did you drink your water while you were on vacation?

Things will get better. Just hang in there.
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Are there plateaus in Omaha?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I'm on day five of that dang plateau. But, when I pulled on my jeans this morning (the ones I haven't been able to wear since February), they were not as form fitting as they were last week. No lost pounds, but obviously I've lost inches. I'm okay with that!

So, when I (finally) took my measurements last week (ouch), I noticed something that I'd never noticed before. My right leg is bigger in every measurement, hip to calf, than my left leg. I wonder if I am a freak of nature as well as disturbed. Probably. LOL.

I have high hopes for myself this weekend when I take a quick trip to Omaha with my father, who wants to visit his older brother before the Lewy-Body disease completely takes over my uncle's mind. Sad. Anyway, this trip is not coming at the best time, diet-wise. I'm trying to nurture myself through this rough patch, but I know what it means to go to visit relatives. They seem to think they need to fix really high calorie meals and desserts. I'll probably end up eating little and doing a lot of estimating as far as calorie consumption goes. But I'm be hoping for sensible and healthy things that I can fill up on and that will help me to continue on my way. Also, I'll be spending 16 hours in a vehicle over the weekend when what I'd really like to do is get in my workouts. I'm going to disappear for a while each day and walk. At least I can do that for myself. Even though this is inconvenient, I'd do anything for my dad, so I'll make the best of it and get back on the straight and narrow once I return.

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ANDREA409 6/26/2011 4:14PM

    My left leg is about 1-2" larger circumference-wise than its right counterpart, at both thigh and calf. I've read it's pretty common, but no one seems to know why.

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GEMINIAN1 6/24/2011 10:59PM

    Hi fellow 'right leg is bigger than the left' friend ... lol.

One piece of advice I could give would be to watch the portion sizes.
You know what I mean?

I hope you have a great and safe trip.
Make some memories ... :-)
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BTW: I like the title of your Blog.
Are there? Who knows, maybe not?

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POOKASLUAGH 6/24/2011 2:25PM

    I was worried about my 7-day trip to Baltimore when I would be eating in restaurants 3 times a day too, but estimating the calories worked out pretty well. I think you'll be fine. Make sure to take some stops on your 16-hour drive and spend 10 mins or so walking around to get in some activity! That'll definitely help.

Congrats on the pants!

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EVOLVEFISH 6/24/2011 1:19PM

    Sheesh. Thanks for reminding me that I actually DO have control over my own life and choices. Where the heck was my head? Oh yeah, it was stuck in the past.

These are the days when I really, really, really like SP. When others, like you, help me to see that I don't always have to do the things I have always done. Thanks, doll. I feel way better!

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JESSICA2140 6/24/2011 12:09PM

    I'm going to visit family next month, and my plan is to hit a grocery store on the way into town (BEFORE I even get to their house) and load up on lean cuisines and fresh fruit and veggies. You can't be shy when you're trying to reach a goal...and it's taken me a really really long time to realize that if anyone has a problem with you trying to better yourself, they can just go kick rocks! I've also come to the conclusion (yesterday in fact...isn't it funny how things always kind of roll together?) that food pushers don't really care if you eat, they just want you to tell them how wonderful their food is so THEY can get a little self esteem boost. (I don't necessarily think there is anything wrong with the need for the approval of others, as long as it doesn't mess with my goals.) Anyway, I figured out last night that if you give one of these people LOTS of compliments about other things, they stop pushing their food on you...case in point, Momster-In-Law tried to force me to eat brownies last night, so I made a big deal out of her presentation, the work she must have put into them, "oh, by the way, your roses are looking really nice in your garden", etc. She put down the plate pretty quickly and looked just as happy as if I'd eaten her fricken-fracken brownie, so we both won!

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The dreaded plateau

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's here already. Dang. I expected it about week 7 or 8, not in the 5th week. It's not just a plateau, either. So far this week, every day the number has gone up by half a pound. I doubt that I am retaining water in half-pound daily increments. I also doubt that I am gaining half a pound of muscle a day.

I am not consuming more than I am burning. There are days when I eat toward the top of my calorie range, some when I just meet the minimum for calories, some when I'm in the middle of the range, and there were a few days a couple of weeks ago, when it was hot, when I wasn't all that hungry, so I was below my minimums for a few days. Also, I don't eat the same things every day. So, it's not that my body has adapted to my food choices.

I change up what I do for fitness activity every day, but one thing that tends to be part of my routine Monday-Friday is the elliptical. I love it. Love it. Love it. Love it. I would rather do that for and hour or more every day, but I don't. While I do spend anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes on the elliptical, I also do Pilates, or use the treadmill, or get outside and walk, or ride bike, or use the rowing machine, or mow the lawn. I don't do the same things day after day. I do different strength training every day, as well. Some days I concentrate on upper body, other days just on arms or just legs or just core. I use machines, and free weights, and balance ball. I also have physical therapy exercises that I work on every day. What more can I possibly do to keep my body guessing and cooperating?


So, I'll just keep plugging along. I'll keep burning those calories. I'll keep nourishing my body, mind, and spirit. I'll keep drinking my 8 or 10 glasses of water a day. Eventually it's gotta change. Right?

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GEMINIAN1 6/23/2011 10:52AM

    Right. emoticon
I can't really give any advice on what happens to my numbers on a daily basis. The *most*, *most* I weight in is every Friday.
However, I think that you have the right idea; just don't give up and keep plugging along.
You can do it ... :-)
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POOKASLUAGH 6/23/2011 8:43AM

    I feel your pain, but it *could* be water weight. Really. About two weeks ago I went through a dreaded four days in a row of 2 lbs a day weight gain. 8 lbs in 4 days!!!!! I knew it wasn't my food or fitness causing the problem. It could only be water. Still, I was really freaked out. But it flushed out a few days after that. Maybe yours will too. Give it awhile before you make changes if you know you're doing things right. It will work itself out. :)

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AFITONE 6/23/2011 8:38AM

    Hang in there! Focus on what good you are doing for your body by eating healthier, listening to it's needs, and giving it movement...I know its frustrating when the dang scale doesn't appreciate our hard work and give us what we want...I'm there too...but I know that the positive impact you are making on mind,body and soul is so worth it! emoticon

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EVELYN5877 6/23/2011 4:12AM

    Try not to take what the scale says too seriously, so many things can give it a wobble. Go by your clothes and your inch tape. I have more or less plateaued for the last month, but on measuring myself I have lost another centimetre off my waist, and the trousers which had NO chance of closing are now doing up. Even though I do have to lie down still. Lol, hang on in there sister, your doing great. What is an elliptical?

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JMGLEN62 6/22/2011 11:48PM

    Hang in there. I've been on at a plateau for awhile. I usually eat at the low end of my calorie range so up trying to up by having a protein bar after workouts. We'll see. Good luck busting through! emoticon

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NMMAMA2011 6/22/2011 11:45PM

    I know it is frustrating. believe me, I am right there with ya. As long as you are tracking accurately, just keep at it and you will get results! Great job doing what you are doing!

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Don't punish your legs for something your mouth did...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

You can't lose weight without exercise. But I've got a philosophy about exercise. I don't think you should punish your legs for something your mouth did. Drag your lips around the block once or twice.
~ Gwen Owen

At the end of this day I feel like I should take that advice.

I didn't go over on calories today. And, I am not currently hungry, so no problem there. But, I went to see my dad, in a little town about 80 miles away. This little town has no healthy place to go out to eat. So, I should have just fixed dinner at his home, but, no. We went to Pizza Ranch. I had the lettuce and fruit from the salad bar, and a side of green beans. But, that wasn't enough. Oh no. I had to eat a piece of taco pizza. Ugh. It wasn't even that good. I ate it anyway. Then, we went to my aunt's apartment. Another aunt and an uncle joined us. Auntie E had made rhubarb upside down cake. And, of course, I just HAD to have some. With real whipped cream. By this time I felt like absolute crap and I had a fair case of indigestion. At least I stopped eating at that point.

I learned something. I really should drag my lips and tongue around the block a couple of times when I eat things like that, especially when I know that I have sensitivities to white flour and sugar. I'm still paying for my lapse in judgment over 6 hours later. I learn this lesson repeatedly. You think I'd learn...

When #2 daughter and I returned home, all of the doors were locked. Because we'd taken my daughter's new-to-her car to visit my dad, I didn't have the garage door opener with me. So, now what? Brand new doors. Locked tight. Patio door? No go. So, I had to slit the screen of the (screened-in) patio to unhook the lock to get in the only door that wasn't locked. Then I went to work with the duct tape. Ugh.

So, there I am trying to tape the screen to the wood so that I could keep some of the state's mosquitoes out of the patio. Pissed as can be. Taping. Mad at myself. Mad at the doors. Mad about some other things. Mad. Mad. Mad.

Then I brooded around the house for a while. Ate a little, but felt VERY sorry for myself. Guh. I could see a binge coming on. So, I went for a walk. Complain, complain, complain. Grumble, grumble, grumble. About 15 minutes in, I didn't complain or grumble anymore. I finished my walk and sat down to do some SP blog reading and corresponding so I could get away from the (pity) party. That was the smartest thing I did all day.

it's a good thing that tomorrow is a different day. I suspect it will be better. That is usually the case.

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EVELYN5877 6/23/2011 4:20AM

    I can't stand pizza, but the upside down cake- I'd have had at least two slices. If it's not a thing you do daily, or people you see daily, the risk of hurt feelings is too great a price to pay to refuse someones cake. You can start again today, happy in the knowledge that your aunt is happy too. Locking yourself out is much better than being burgled! Think positive!

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JESSICA2140 6/20/2011 6:26PM

    one piece of taco pizza and one piece of cake are always better than 10 pieces of pizza and 10 pieces of cake...
I can't have pizza or cake (or more specifically, icing) because they trigger binges in me, too. Way to go, stopping that binge!!

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GEMINIAN1 6/20/2011 1:06PM

    I too love the title.

I would be mad as *#@^ if I locked myself out too. You're not alone there and I *am* sorry that, that happened.

Despite all of the in-between stuff.

I liked how you turned it around in the end.
Walk and Spark ... :-)
I'm giving you a standing ovation.
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KAKIPOPUP 6/20/2011 5:35AM

    Tomorrow IS another day - good for you to stop where you did -

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JESSICAKES88 6/20/2011 3:26AM

    a walk can sure cure a lot of problems can't it!

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MOTIVATED@LAST 6/19/2011 11:52PM

    Love the heading!

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MELITOD 6/19/2011 11:43PM

    hey at least you are venting in a blog and not putting food in your mouth! Good choice to look at the situation and the emotions!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/19/2011 11:27PM

    I had a day kind of like that too. It happens sometimes. Tomorrow you can start over. :)

btw, I really miss Pizza Ranch. We had one where I lived in Wisconsin and I haven't thought of it in years...

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LANDGUPPY 6/19/2011 10:35PM

  Everyone has issues about which they have trouble learning lessons. You just keep reminding yourself you really do know what's right and do better next time!

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A day off

Friday, June 17, 2011

I've been so busy recently that I tire myself out by the time when I usually sit down and write and then I don't want to blog. Tonight is no different, but I decided to write anyway.

Yesterday I took a day off from food tracking. It felt so darn good to be less vigilant. I needed a day to ... re-energize? Maybe. Relax? Definitely. Direct my attention elsewhere. Yes. More importantly, I wanted to see what would happen, to see if I'd binge, eat mindlessly, overeat, make unhealthy decisions. Today, I did track yesterday's food. Turns out I know how to maintain my weight! With the physical activity factored in with the BMR, I consumed about as many calories as I burned. All in all, no harm, no foul. I'm happy about those results. But, I was pretty low on fruits and veggies. Not so happy about that. Still, I gave myself the latitude so I could learn some lessons (like I don't eat enough fruits and veggies if I'm not doing the accounting).

There are times when I am absolutely obsessed with how many calories are going in and how many I am burning off and whether there's enough protein, fat, and carbs. I think there's a little fear there, too, like somehow if I don't do the daily tracking, stay within my calorie limits, eat the proper amount of everything, and get in every last minute of physical activity then I have let myself down. I am learning to rein myself in when I get worked up like that. The world is certainly not going to end if I am not perfect along the way. It disturbs me that my thinking has become so rigid.

I have no intention of stopping this journey. I was back at it again today, and all has gone well. I realize that the consequence of yesterday is that I probably won't lose two pounds this week. I am willing to deal with that. I am not racing to lose weight. Instead, this time I am checking things out along the way. I really want to make this lifestyle change more exploratory, more intentional, and more personal. So far, I think I'm doing okay. A few experiments along the way can help me to reach my goal in a healthier way and with a better long term plan.

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AFITONE 6/18/2011 10:15AM

    Hi! Its hard to learn to trust ourselves around food...to trust that our body can tell us what it needs and when it wants it and that we could maintain our weight that way...I've been there before so I know its possible...the body is amazingly efficient...if we can just get ourselves out of the way! Great experiment! You are on your way! emoticon

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SWEETMOMMY41 6/17/2011 10:02PM

  it sounds like you needed the day off.i am glad to hear that you are back at it and that you are not giving up. have a great day!

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