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Tortoise Crosses the Line

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tonight's strength training workout was a tough one. After sit-up surges to get our heart rate up , we did pyramid sets. Three weight-bearing exercises, doing 10 reps each, then 9 reps each, then 8 reps each, on down to one rep each. This is done continuously without rest breaks, as quickly as can be done with good form. You're trying to improve your speed and form. Then planks and more surges.

We had more than 20 people in the room. The first guy to finish is not overweight but comes with his wife, which I applaud. He finished the central pyramid set in 8 minutes. I was the very last person to finish. It took me nearly 16 minutes.

I chose to feel proud of myself because I did my best and I executed every rep as instructed. No cheating. It took all of my determination and all my reserves of strength, but I finished. I know for a fact some people just slacked off, once the early finishers clocked in.

I have a sense of accomplishment because I gave it full effort and I accomplished the goal. I did not accept a flicker of embarrassment that everyone else was done and waiting a minute or two on me to complete my sets. They were cheering me on and very supportive.

I told myself, I am getting it done. I am doing the work. There is no shame in being a bit slower. There is joy and a sense of reward in crossing the finish line, even as the slowest participant. Tortoise is okay.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/19/2011 11:27PM

    No shame, only pride. You rock!

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NANCY- 2/18/2011 8:14AM

    Well Done!!!

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BLESSEDMAZARS 2/17/2011 11:37PM

    You may have come in last, but you DID finish! Good for you!


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ELSCO55 2/17/2011 10:07PM

    emoticon It's good to be a tortise.

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ABETTERSOUL 2/17/2011 10:06PM

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STRNGNGRNDED 2/17/2011 10:06PM

    emoticonThe tortoise won the race! LOL ;-)

Way to go!


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Motion and Emotion

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I've been trying an idea I heard from Slenderella: to process stress or emotional tides by walking, or, if necessary, pacing inside.

I must admit I was skeptical about the pacing. But I really needed a specific behavior to replace anesthaetizing myself with food. So I tried it.

Pacing works. I sometimes add spells of breathing exercises and relaxation patterns (left over from Lamaze classes where I first learned). But adding the pacing helps so much.

Isn't it great that an old dog can learn new tricks?!

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AMARAN 2/20/2011 9:25AM

    Great idea! Isn't it amazing how God made our bodies!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/19/2011 11:39PM

    Thanks for the idea.

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NANCY- 2/17/2011 4:34PM

    Who's an old dog????
Certainly not you!

It is wonderful that we can share what works for us with our friends. Glad that it works for you.
I may give it a try but think I need a slight bigger home to pace in. ; )

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BLESSEDMAZARS 2/17/2011 8:49AM

    I had quite the busy day yesterday and also heard about a death of a dear one. Though I was at peace and still blessed, my heart was heavy. I walked for an hour, just put the music on and praised God, even cried a few tears. It helped! Now I can face today with an even bigger smile!


Great jobs on the pacing!!

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STRNGNGRNDED 2/16/2011 7:34PM


I recently finished a book by the author Richard Carlson that explains stress all in our mind, we can control it and it isn't caused by outside events as we've led ourselves to believe. The stress comes from our reaction to the outside events in our lives.
Sounds simple right? Tell that to our brains. LOL So you've done a good job doing something to distract the mind from stressing.


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A Bite that Speaks

Monday, February 14, 2011

My mid-teen daughter invariably leaves a little bite of food on her plate. She learned this from my oldest daughter. One of her older brothers, with his morning fruit juice, habitually leaves a centimeter in his cup.

At first it annoyed me. My husband and I were both raised by frugal survivors of the Great Depression, in large families of modest means. That don't-waste-a-morsel mindset is hard to shake.

Then for a while that bite tempted me: it's too small to wrap and save, so if I hesitate to throw food away . . . No! Beck helped me last year to stop grazing off my kids' leftovers.

Recently I have been able to get a little more objective. I relaxed a bit and listened to what those lumps on the plate after a meal are telling me.

That little bite has a powerful message to me day after day. It has been speaking to me, waving a signal at me, even before I verbalized the message. It is a silent sign that food intake can be managed intentionally, thoughtfully.

As young as she is, my daughter is not mindlessly stuffing her face. She rationally decides when to stop. God is so merciful; this girl watched me eat emotionally for so long, but she is making healthy choices in spite of that.

That leftover bite is my daughter (and son) saying, "I have enough to eat. This is a reasonable amount of food for me. I can stop right now and choose to be satisfied."

What a blessing to have this little visual aid tickling my consciousness, a quiet reminder that eating can be undertaken with calm consideration and control. If my kids can do that, I can do it, too!

Okay, now true confessions. You will laugh (or possibly snort). I have a little plastic popsicle-maker tray on the door of the freezer. I usually pour that ounce of juice into it.
Old penny-pinchers are hard to reform. At least I didn't drink it!

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ID_VANDAL 2/16/2011 12:01PM

    Really a well written blog Freelady, You certainly captured what a lot of us our age went through _ clean that plate or they'll be no desert or there are kids down the street that would fight over what you're wasting!! Or my favorite - there's not enough left to save so you just as well finish it!

I really like what Moonshadow said - that really hits home with me - so much I'm going to say it again.
" BUT when it comes to food on my plate, I've realized that if I'm eating it just to avoid the "waste" of throwing it out, then I'm treating my body like a garbage can. The food IS wasted either way."

Great job!



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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/15/2011 5:06PM

    emoticon blog! emoticon

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NANCY- 2/15/2011 10:34AM

    I loved this beautifully written paragraph:
"That little bite has a powerful message to me day after day. It has been speaking to me, waving a signal at me, even before I verbalized the message. It is a silent sign that food intake can be managed intentionally, thoughtfully"

You have helped me change my feelings and thoughts of how wasteful... to a sign of intake management. Hopefully I can retrain myself to listen to my body's signals.
If I do not want to be wasteful that bite can be composted for a garden of luscious fresh veggies this summer. : )
Thank you so much for sharing.

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GATOR12 2/14/2011 8:28PM

    Wow, so glad to hear from YOU and all the other frugal people out there. And I felt so alone!!!!

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MOONSHADOW145 2/14/2011 7:27PM

    I am very frugal too-- here's MY confession: whenever I chop veggies I keep the peels, ends etc and throw them into a big bag in the freezer to add to chicken or turkey bones when making stock/broth.

BUT when it comes to food on my plate, I've realized that if I'm eating it just to avoid the "waste" of throwing it out, then I'm treating my body like a garbage can. The food IS wasted either way.

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STRNGNGRNDED 2/14/2011 6:59PM

    You're so right about this! Children naturally know to listen to their bodies; eat when they're hungry, stop when they're full. It's a beautiful thing. emoticon

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MAMASUDS 2/14/2011 4:17PM

    You ladies are great! I have a fruit container in the freezer for those little pieces of "imperfect" fruit left in the bottom of the fruit bowl or those unrecognizable fruits that make the journey to school AND back in a lunch box. At the end of the summer, they find thier way into "Fruitpunch Jam" - a favorite in our house. - So thankful that the Lord kept me from the finishing habit of finishing off the lunch boxes when they come home at the end of the day - I know way too many Mamas who feel they have to "clean up" that lunch box. Thanks for the encouraging reminder that I don't have to do the same.

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FITJANE 2/14/2011 2:42PM

    Great! I can TOTALLY relate to how you feel. I also need to work on"stopping right now because I am satisfied"....usually
I finish the whole thing and feel stuffed. Ugh.
Here is my confession. I keep a plastic bag in the freezer for the extra couple tablespoons of veges at the bottom of the serving bowl. When I make soup, I throw the contents in. :)

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Nugget Nosh

Sunday, February 06, 2011

I have been enjoying Kashi "7 Whole Grain Nuggets" which has sesame in it also. The serving size listed is 1/2 cup, but it's so filling I eat less. I always put diced apple in it with a little milk, plus often a few pecan halves. I find it a breakfast treat.

The variety of textures and flavors is very pleasing. Plus it takes a long time to chew, which also triggers satiety response.

A half cup has 7 g protein and 7 g fiber, 3 g sugar and 1.5 fat. Not a perfect food, but an enjoyable alternative while trying to rehab my carb fixation.

I have noticed that since I cut out most sugar and most refined carbs, I am able to notice the good taste and subtleties of more moderate items like this.

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ID_VANDAL 2/13/2011 8:36AM

    I've had good luck with other Kashi products but I've never tried the 7 Whole Grain Nuggets. I will certainly put that on my list of things to try.

I agree with you about being able to taste food once you get rid of the sugars and refined carbs.



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SLENDERELLA61 2/9/2011 7:08PM

    Great! You are definitely making progress! Way to go. I may try your treat as well. Thanks for sharing. -Marsha

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NANCY- 2/7/2011 8:36AM

Sometimes less is more.

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    It certainly sounds like a perfect food, I need to try this! I like adding a few nuts to my cereals also; there is so much added flavor it is well worth the extra calories. 7g of fiber is quite a gift.

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STRNGNGRNDED 2/6/2011 2:23PM

    It was a surprise in my family too to find the good taste/flavor in foods that we hadn't enjoyed in a long while, because of the mask the bad foods put on our taste buds. We also noticed, like you, that we eat a lot less of the good foods, because it fills us up so much quicker. emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/6/2011 10:29AM

    I love Kashi products but unfortunately don't buy them much because of the cost.

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Shushing Self-Sabotage

Saturday, February 05, 2011

I've been feeling very thankful for how my SparkFriends are helping me remember principles from the Beck Diet Solution.

I thought about blogging on this, but I realized I would be embarrassed to admit that in shuffling desk items and bookshelf contents I lost my copy of The Beck Diet Solution.

I heard the thought start in my head, "You are so . . . " and called out, "No!" Then I quickly said to myself, "You are a strong, competent person with many good qualities. You are working on being more organized, and you have made tremendous progress."

Thanks be to God! This time I didn't let it get very far. Identify self-sabotaging thoughts and tell yourself the truth . . . .

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THEADMIRAL 2/6/2011 5:04PM

    emoticon emoticon That's the way to do it! Stop that "stinky thinking" before it finishes!

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NANCY- 2/6/2011 8:08AM

Between what is posted on the team board and members blogs I have found that I am able to revisit the 40 days.
Yes the book would be nice, does your local library have a copy?
What is the best is countering the negative thoughts.
You are Awesome!!!!!

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JUNEMONKEY 2/6/2011 7:46AM

    That's awesome! I admire you for your ability to do that! Rock on!

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CYCLINGSANDY 2/6/2011 6:03AM

    Yes! The importance is recognizing where the negative self-talk comes from and it is not from God! He loves and believes us to be worthy of great things. emoticon

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GATOR12 2/6/2011 12:46AM

    Negative self-talk is one of the things that can defeat me in a minute. Good for you for halting self and telling it like it is!!!

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