Monday, July 23, 2012
This is the third book I set myself to read during my healing from foot surgery. The opinions are solely my own.
Ms. Roth has been there. She is, or has been, an emotional eater and is very emphatic with we who suffer as well. I could not find academic credentials for her, she teaches and runs workshops. I did not visit hr website. What does she say?
Ms. Roth's advice is of the "give yourself a break" category. Forget scales, or "calorie counting" (her words) and even exercise if you want to, just be very aware when and why you eat, and you will reach some weight that you and your body is happy with.
Now, I am not being (too) sarcastic. I read these self help books--an activity I used to eschew like poison--because they usually have something to give to me. And this book does as well.
One of Ms. Roth's messages that resonated is stop eating as if you will never be able to eat the food again. That is, if you want cake, and chips, and ice cream (there are no "bad foods" in her world view) go ahead and eat them with the idea in mind that you can go right ahead and eat them in the next minute, or hour, or day, or week, and so on. This will likely minimize binging. There may be some lack of reality here, such as having dollars to purchase what you want, but the book seems to be aimed to an educated and reasonable well-off audience.
Another message is eat what you really want, or else you will you eat what you don't want and then go ahead and eat what you do want anyway. Again, socially, this might be awkward, as your family lets say sits down to a three course meal and you sit down to a pint of ice cream (or to nothing at all if you don't want to eat at the pre-ordained suppertime). But, the idea of trying to put off binging by eating something else resonates with me. With me, it doesn't work.
Ms. Roth provides many helpful hints and brief exercises that are understandable and doable. She addresses areas such as family of origin, social eating, exercise, the concepts of wanting, needing, and having.
So, this book is not psychological, or Freudian, but pretty much common-sensical. It is kind, and forgiving, and she writes like she knows you. There is value in this.
The book is of fairly small dimensions and on decent quality paper with a reasonable sized font. Easy to hold and carry around.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
This is a difficult journey, Sparkfriends, and I roll along with it as best I can.
I have one more week until my second visit to that lovely place I have already blogged about, the Fracture Clinic. I do believe the pins will come out of my foot, and the bandage will be diminished or even done away with all together. But, I am not so sure that I will be allowed to drive or walk on the treadmill. I am working on accepting this, so as to avoid some possible serious disappointment. But hey, the pins will be out. I am going to take them home, and use them for key holders or maybe costume Jewellery.
The finger surgery went well, the stitches have already dissolved and aside from some swelling it is fine. The locking action is no longer there, no more arthritic node bump. It is a bit stiff but is getting better. I watched the surgery, it is cool to see the tendon move up and down as you move your finger. Well, what did you expect from someone who gets excited about titanium sporks?
Working from home is going great, and I am almost finished reading a book that I will review in a blog.
Sometimes the days go slow, and sometimes the pain and discomfort are a bit difficult to bear. I go on SP multiple times a day, find it and you, my Sparkfriends, very supportive.
And so the recovery goes, one day at a time.....
Have a good one, everybody!
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Sixty-four. I can't believe I made it this far! But here I am.....and some thoughts, in no particular order...
First, and I hope you will forgive this feisty old lady, a bit of "when I was your age".
I was born in the first half of the last century, a time of optimism that led families to create the baby boom generation. This has been fortunate for me, my generation carries the strength you can have in numbers, I had a secure and meaningful career and will end up with an indexed pension.
But, I was born before the polio vaccine was invented. I knew people who had polio. Families, if they could, got out of the cities for the summer to avoid the children becoming ill. One of my earliest school memories is being lined up in the gym, given a needle, given a lollipop, and being sent into the auditorium to watch cartoons. That, my Sparkfriends, was the polio vaccine.
And technology! When I was in university, I wrote my papers on a portable manual typewriter. My DH had a Smith Corona portable manual, it was built like a brick you-know-what, we still have it and it still works. I took a programming course and we entered our programs onto punch cards and gave them to the geeks who guarded the IBM 360, which filled a room. I typed my DH's PHD thesis on an IBM Selectric, which was top of the line.
Okay, enough of memory lane.
What have I learned? Keep growing and learning. Do kindness. Do volunteer work. Don't sweat the small stuff. Follow your passions, or at least one or two!
And it is never too late to change your life After gaining and losing and losing and gaining for decades, I had my aha moment in May 2009. I was 61, almost 62. And, no matter how late in your life you may start, no regrets about what went before. Look forward!
Birthday presents? In September, when I will be celebrating my two year maintenance anniversary, I will fulfill my creative side with a new guitar. For this birthday, I chose to honor the geek/nerd that I am. So, I have asked for, and it is in the mail, a high tech purse specially designed to carry an iPad. And a spork. Not just any spork, I have a plastic one and have broken another plastic one. Google spork if you don't know what it is, best utensil ever if you carry all your food with you.
No, my Sparkfriends, not just any spork. A TITANIUM spork! How cool is that?
Have a good one!
Monday, July 09, 2012
Well almost. Surgery was on June 11.
I thought I would provide an update. I have also come across a few blogs lately from those considering these kinds of procedures, or who have to have them, so this may help.
In no particular order....
Complications. I am apparently allergic to ibuprofen, and developed a lovely (but not itchy) rash. So I had to stop it, and in order to manage on Tylenol arthritis alone and not kill my liver, I am dealing with more pain and discomfort. And, the area of my foot and lower leg that I cannot get wet developed a lovely condition. Alcohol application and cortisone cream are keeping it under control.
Healing. I still have the pins in and am still wearing the walking boot--see picture on my page. But, the foot feels better, more normal. The bones are knitting for sure.
Activity. Ah, this is interesting. I arm cycle 20 minutes a day. I do upper body weights 3times a week, my own workout, no more workout videos. I do both of these in the basement and watch recorded shows, mostly extreme makeover.
And, I have started walking outside every day, about a half mile. Don't tell my surgeon! I use the cane for support and as a visual symbol to others to be careful near me. I go at a blazing two miles an hour! I am passed by bicycle riders, joggers, walkers, strollers, and little old ladies. Wait! I am a little old lady and am being passed by my peeps!
You have no idea how good this feels. My legs have that lovely ache of a workout that helped but did not create injury. And, this morning, I saw a fox trot out of the wood lot near my home, take a drink from a puddle left by a sprinkler, and then trot away. Priceless.
And, I am getting to my workplace at least once a week, with lifts from helpful colleagues. Today we stopped at a grocery store! How wonderful! I used a shopping cart as a walking aid and walked around! I bought some greek yogurt! I felt like a human being.
Guitar, working from home, and "serious reading" continue.
Now, just as I am feeling better, I go for more surgery next Monday. Not big, local anesthetic. I am having a trigger finger released and an arthritic node removed. Essential for keyboarding and guitar.
And in a couple of weeks I am having a tooth capped.
Whoo-hoo, bring it on! It is the summer of repair and restoration. All for the good!
Thursday, July 05, 2012
This is the second of my four "serious reads" whilst recovering from my foot surgery. I found out about this one right here on Sparkpeople. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
Dr. Gould is a psychoanalyst. This form of therapy and the theory behind it are not my favorites--the cognitive-behavioral stuff just makes a lot more sense. And I was not entirely pleased by the double meaning title. Shrink as in both lose weight and get analyzed. Cute.
But, to be fair, emotional eating is likely, at least for some of us, pretty deeply rooted in early life experiences. So, I kept my prejudices in check and read it.
It turns out that for me some of the concepts make sense. Dr. Gould says we binge to put ourselves in a food trance so we do not have to face difficult emotions and situations. Fair enough.
He goes on to Identify some of the left over and inappropriate feelings from childhood that can cause emotional eating--feelings of powerlessness, self-doubt, frustration, lack of safety, rebellion, and emptiness. One of his interesting pieces is that he personifies our inner voice that keeps us eating emotionally as a character called Harriet. So far so good, I was able to identify some of those feelings in myself and I could relate to Harriet.
Dr. Gould then goes on to give a number of activities that can be used to address these leftover feelings. I assessed them to be too complex to do on one's own. I think this kind of change takes real in person therapy.
Dr. Gould also states he has a website where you can do the program on line.
Conclusion? Give it a read if this kind of thinking matches your worldview. You will likely get something out of it.
Technically, the font size is fine but the paper is of a poor quality.
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