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How is that working for me?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

It's a powerful question, isn't it? I sometimes ask it of others who tell me they are doing something they're not happy about.

Well, Sparkies, i've been awake since just before 3am and it,s all my own fault.

Yesterday was a big day at work, I worked from 8 am through til 6.15 with two breaks, on etwenty minute breaks, one ten, and today will be similar.

I didn't then go straight to the pool for a swim, which is my schedule for after work Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Why? Because I felt like taking a break, and being outside. So did DH, he had a gruelling work day too. On the way up I visited with my chickens for 20 minutes or so, and watered the garden, so by the time I got to the house I had decompressed a bit.

We had chicken, salad, fruit, yoghurt, and with our meal, and after, a bottle of wine. It was a nice meal, it was a treat to compensate for the hard day.
Did it work? Yes, at the time, we had a few laughs.
But now I am awake. It was the lack of exercise, and mostly, the wine.
So how is that working for me?

Not so great.

I know, if we had gone to the pool, the exercise would have decompressed us.
We would have been late home, and maybe eaten too late, but probably eaten less, and I would be asleep right now.

I wish I could say, lesson learned, but I can't be sure of that. I can say, I'll do better next time.

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WATERMELLEN 11/27/2014 8:13PM

    Oh well oh well: next time, I tell myself!!

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DECLARE74 11/27/2014 6:44PM

    Well I know exactly what you mean - but we do what we feel is best in that moment with the knowledge at hand - will you do better next time YES - will you achieve perfection - nope

Keep strong, you (as am I ) are a work in progress

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DOGLADY13 11/27/2014 4:25PM

    Yeah... I've been there. I just get up and read on the couch until I doze off again. I no longer stress out about insomnia and for the most part, I'm happier for it.

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AUDISP 11/27/2014 4:04PM

    Sometimes you just need to do what feels right. Just because you didn't get to the pool won't make or break you. You are doing a great job! The chickes help you decompress and the garden always needs water. Both good things.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/27/2014 10:15AM

    Each day . . . a day to get it better.

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Upping the exercise

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

And have hurt my foot. I don't recall doing it, but for the last nearly week my left foot has been gypping me. I got DH to look at it tonight, and he says it is all bruised along one side.
I guess if the bruising is visible, it is close to being gone. And it's a relief to know it is just a bruise not some internal structural niggle.

So I swam today instead of Zumba. I wanted to do two Zumba sessions this week but might just have to hold off until next week. Wanting to up my land based exercise as when we go on holiday I'll be walking more.

Raining here, work tomorrow, an early night for me.

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WATERMELLEN 11/25/2014 6:13PM

    Good for you, swimming instead -- and thanks for your comment on your Beck pre-read: yup, I do find it ridiculously tough grrrrrrrr.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 11/25/2014 9:45AM

    Do you remember hurting it? Hope you feel better soon.

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VEG954 11/25/2014 9:15AM

  A bruised anything can be limiting.
We need both feet to do Zumba plus many other activities.
Take care of yourself.
We need you!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 11/25/2014 7:37AM

    Good you can swim as a back-up !

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1CRAZYDOG 11/25/2014 6:43AM

    Hope that foot feels better!

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DOGLADY13 11/25/2014 6:33AM

    Good going on Plan B! I don't like sore tootsies - seems everything hurts when your feet hurt. Where is your vacation?

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Plan B. Report on fasting day

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Well, that was different. I have done a lot of 500 calorie days over the last year or so and they have worked very well for me. But this felt really different, and I enjoyed it.
My low cal days before were weeks with restricted foods, and I found them easy to do. Until I didn't. But this Fast Diet day really mixed things up and DH & I really liked it.

The noticeable difference was that tomorrow I could eat whatever I wanted. I could feel little girl Fif go, OK, when I said 'no' to myself, 'tomorrow if you want it then, just for today no snack'.

And the day felt like a normal day in the life, not time set aside. The Cura is something for which I have to prepare and clear the decks, I say no to social occasions around food for extended periods of three to six weeks. That is a blessing in some ways but it is quite demanding, and my body does rebel.

So this feels like a refreshing break!

And I found counting my fast from 2pm to 2pm quite pleasing, too.

This Saggitarius likes having another string to her bow.

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    I'll never be able to join a 24 hour fast. I need the morning food...type 2 diabetes is haunting me and until I get a grip...
However, I find that I have my good oatmeal at 6 am and have not had lunch, only my tea break. No calories there. By dinner I am not so hungry and can have a small meal. I might try to do this more often to reduce my stomach filling need.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/23/2014 5:08PM

    Definitely do what works for you! AND makes you feel well. That's what's important.

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TRESSWANN 11/23/2014 4:19PM

    Awesome that you can do it. Is the Cura like a paleo diet?

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DOGLADY13 11/23/2014 1:56PM

    Good for you. You amaze me with your determination and restraint. I'm quite capable of rationalizing all kinds of sabotaging behaviors. You, my dear, are really something else. Go girl!

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WATERMELLEN 11/23/2014 1:01PM

    There are a number of "intermittent fasters" on Spark People . . . and I agree, it's another strategy.

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WETPTARMIGAN 11/23/2014 11:34AM

    Glad fasting works for you--it just makes me tired and cranky, so I have to find a emoticon nother way.

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Plan B, the Fast Diet

Friday, November 21, 2014

In the event yesterday did not make it to the work do, I had to work instead.
Not to worry, DH & I went to a favorite place and had some yummy plates. No dessert though. This morning all set to go for a swim but the pool is in use for a swim meet.
I suggested the other pool as plan B but DH didn't want to, so we went out for breakfast instead. Then did a heap of Christmas shopping, which is a great feeling. Picked up some cocoa husks for my chickens, and put it in their nesting boxes. Perhaps their eggs might end up tasting of chocolate?

Then started cleaning out The Cupboard, which I have been dreading since September. Having a break at the moment, but it isn't as dreadful as I thought it would be. I'm putting aside some things to take on holiday, so this is the best time to be doing this particular task.

I haven't been Becking as I thought I might, but I am skimming the book, and have been following Watermellen's blogs. So, I have a diet plan B, and that is the Fast Diet. I just read the book and I like what I read, and today I am doing a fast day, starting at 2pm and ending at 2 pm. I hadn't thought of doing this before and I like the idea of starting after lunch, we'll see how that goes.
DH is doing it with me, it's nice to have company.

I am using the FitBit food tracker although since my fitbit went on the blink I haven't been tracking my exercise.

Beck, like everybody, says track your food. I guess I am going to have to get with tracking my food, at least when I do my Fast days.

Oh well.

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    Tracking helped me before and I HAVE to do it again!

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DOGLADY13 11/22/2014 1:32PM

    I watch in amazement at people who can fast. I've said it before, the tribe would have put an arrow through my head early on because of my wigginess when I don't eat enough.

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WATERMELLEN 11/22/2014 9:49AM

    Intermittent fasting works for lots of us . . and can help kick start too!!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/22/2014 8:00AM

    Hope your chickens like the cocoa husks. HMmmm . . . wouldn't be all bad if the eggs had a faint chocolate taste!


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This time of year

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Our end of work celebration is scheduled today, they took a chance and decided on an outdoor BBQ but I don't think the weather will be kind today. The default is next week.

I have been worried about going away, how my chickens will cope, but I have made arrangements for their care so that is a load off my mind.

We are hosting a Christmas celebration in our shared holiday home, with the family, including children. I have been fretting about this but now I am putting that energy into planning and making lists.

This is a time of year when food flings itself in front of us. Yesterday my colleagues in another team sent an ILLUSTRATED invitation to partake of chocolate, so even my email inbox is not safe! But I resisted, with a chuckle.

My preferred method of releasing weight is very stringent caloric reduction, so it's been a bit all or nothing. But my plan for coping is to keep up the caloric reduction for as many days as I want, and to judiciously sample the foods as I wish. So far that is working for me, I still am eating reduced calories, and though progress down has slowed, I am not going up, and am on a downward trend. I am treating this next month as time to do the best I can without stressing. So I am making the most of opportunities to eat and exercise in a healthful way. That includes some socializing, and I'm just going to do what I can, no days off, but all day every day won,t be a day on, and that is fine with me.
I have ordered the Beck workbook, that will be my project til it is done. I'll be working through it while on summer holiday, and on getting my fitness back up there. Next year will be the big push to get to goal, and I'll work out a doable schedule during my holiday which starts next month.
It's a plan.
Gotta have a plan!

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BOHEMIANCAT 11/21/2014 9:39AM

    Sounds like a good plan. This time of year is a mine field of sinfully delicious goodies!

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    Here is a virtual high five for a shared endeavor of releasing those calories. I am looking forward to some continued (however slow) success!

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DOGLADY13 11/20/2014 7:03PM

    Oh yes... the food binging begins. I am able to avoid some of it because my family is hundred of miles away and I am not at all the food fests. Nevertheless, work and social life throw lots of obstacles in our way. Having a plan to handle it is half the battle.

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WATERMELLEN 11/20/2014 6:04PM

    Sounds like a super plan -- and you've got summer plus Christmas in your part of the world at the same time! Which has to be challenging.

(Gotta tell you, I NEVER feel like the "maintenance queen": but thank you!!)

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VEG954 11/20/2014 5:17PM

  Sounds like you have a plan to follow.
It is important to cut yourself some slack and enjoy yourself.

My family visited me, all four of them, for two weeks.
I decided to enjoy the family and cheat in moderation.

Gained 5 to 8 pounds.
When I waved goodbye to them it was time to get back to SP.
Have lost all but 1 - 2 pounds.

Maintaining my weight loss doesn't include deprivation; just a good plan.
This is what I do and it works.

Take time to enjoy the family.

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DECLARE74 11/20/2014 4:39PM

    It is a struggle with Summer entertaining, Holiday season and family commitments ... in saying that try to focus on all the beautiful aspects of it rather than the food, I love this time of year but i has been hard getting others to understand the food is not the occasion and vice versa

Happy chickens are a must - glad you have a care plan for them

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1CRAZYDOG 11/20/2014 12:40PM

    Glad you've got your chicken's care planned. That has to be a huge load off your mind for sure.

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WETPTARMIGAN 11/20/2014 11:32AM

    Congrats on a realistic, do-able attitude and plan. That's what gets you to your goals. emoticon

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