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This and That.....not so good but not so bad.....

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Not the most original blog title, I know, but it is descriptive of what I want to say.

Well, where to start.

I have been on vacation from work for a week, which I spent cleaning (for Spring and for Passover), preparing for the Seders, and walking an enormous amount (especially yesterday; we were guests at a Seder and it ended after midnight) and we walked home for about three miles!

So, my legs are sore, my hands are sore, my carpal tunnel syndrome has worsened, and my stomach is upset as Passover food is not the easiest to handle. I have wrecked myself up a bit, but it will heal. Also, I have gained a couple of pounds (yes, I weighed myself), which I have to remove from my life. This holiday is unusual because there is prescribed eating of certain foods....

And, last week, I saw a plastic surgeon about my right hand ring finger. It has an arthritic node and a locking tendon. The Doctor drained the node, and I will have surgery (minor) for the tendon in mid July. Again, Canada....you wait for specialized care for non-life threatening conditions, but you do not pay a penny. So, guitar continues every day, but only for 15 minutes.

And, tomorrow I go to see an orthopedic surgeon...enough already. My right foot has a bunion and a really bad hammer toe (and I never wore high heels) and it needs to be fixed. Now, this one scares me. I have already had this surgery on my other foot, you are pretty much barred from treadmill etc. for six weeks, and I am 1) concerned about losing fitness levels and 2) gaining weight. But I have to do it, I cannot even wear comfortable shoes with any degree of comfort anymore.

So, while I am thankful that my real health is fine, I am having lots of mechanical problems with my body, so to speak, brought on from decades of living and working, and playing....

I will cope.

About weighing myself...I got a really good idea from Oohlala53 (hope I spelled that right, credit is definitely due to you).

She weighs herself for a week straight at the beginning of every new season, takes an average, and then does it again 3 months later.

For me, it will be the fiscal quarters, I guess I have been in management too long :-).

So, no complaints, just an update.

Hope all are well and have enjoyed Passover/Easter/Spring Break! Here in Ontario, where I am a quasi-governmental employee, we have Easter Monday as a holiday, so one more day and then back to work!


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ROCKMAN6797 4/10/2012 8:06AM

    I am now even more impressed by your daily steps, you really are pushing through your ailments. I hope you upcoming doctor visits result in good news.
Finally, good for you for coping, life can be full of up and downs but the ride is definitely smoother when we learn to cope with these highs and lows.

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DDOORN 4/9/2012 2:36PM

    Great to hear from you as always!

I have a touch of arthritis hampering the fingers on my right hand...thankfully not the left! But it still gets clunky and awkward when I try to fingerpick on the left. Finger joints tend to lock into place when they bend more than 90 degrees and it takes a mildly painful POP to unlock 'em...ugh!

But we keep playing on nonetheless, eh? :-)

Don

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MEDDYPEDDY 4/9/2012 2:48AM

    Interesting tid-bits from your life, hope everything works out. I am thinking about weighing in but don´t want the disappointment. I have bee exercising a lot and eaten more better than bad but I can´t feel any change in my body so I do not think I have lost any.

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I have weighed myself for the last time for a good long while!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Not forever, of course, because everything changes, but I have taken the leap!

I kid you not that I am one of those unfortunate people who has an unhealthy relationship with her scale. You know the type, the number is down, she is walking two feet off the ground; the number is up, she is walking to the cupboards and fridge planning a 4,000 calorie day. yuck!

I have said it before, the scale is a trickster. I do love to measure things, but I am sending the scale out the door because it does not accurately reflect what I eat, what activiities I do, and my sense of well-being.

So, I did some editing today, set my current weight as my goal weight and do not want to think about it for a good long while. Like all of us in Level 4, I do get the check-ups from Sparkpeople about how I am doing, which asks for my weight. I will see about that one when I get the next notice to check in.

And the scale? A lovely electronic model, by the way, that measures one tenth of a pound increments.... it has been relegated to my guest bathroom. Under the counter.

Wish me luck, Sparkfriends, this feels like the right thing to do!


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OOLALA53 4/3/2012 9:46AM

    I committed on my last birthday to weighing roughly at the beginning of each season. I weigh for one week and average the 7 days' results, recording that around 4 times a year. It ends up keeping me more honest in my habits because I'm thinking more in terms of what is going to be in my best interest overall rather than what can I get away with and still weigh less?

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YAMAHA49 3/19/2012 2:17PM

    Bonita: I've been catching up on some of your blogs. You are one witty lady! We also seem to have a lot in common: you lost 100 lbs, I have 100 lbs to lose! You are near retirement, I retired early a year ago (long story). You love music and play guitars. I love music and have a lovely nylon string Gianinni that my husband bought me 20 years ago which I used to love to play. Bilateral carpal tunnel has severely limited that however. You are interested in volunteering and I do a lot of volunteering since retirement! I'm glad my moniker caught your attention.
Some day I'll share with you how I came by it. Meantime, keep on blogging! I love your perspective!

Blessings, Yasha


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DDOORN 3/19/2012 10:13AM

    You keep coming up with great challenges for yourself...! Way to SPARK! :-)

Don

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ROCKMAN6797 3/18/2012 6:31PM

    This sounds great, I love that you measure your health in other ways! The scale should not rule our lives!

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PUDLECRAZY 3/18/2012 5:16PM

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That's what I did!

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JITZUROE 3/18/2012 4:23PM

    It DOES sound like a good plan! All the best to you beautiful!
Bren

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TUANLILADY 3/18/2012 3:08PM

    I hear you. I'm in the same boat, and have asked my DH to hide the scale so I can't seek it out until April 1. I'm hoping every 2 weeks will show progress - or not. I don't think I could go a month, but might have to change that thought!

Good luck with your plan, and thanks for posting this subject.

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What's Important, or not, at least to me....I think

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Boy, how is that for a definite title?

Kidding aside, I have been on an interesting journey for the past couple of weeks, and while I have been at all my usual places on Spark, I have not blogged.

I did want to share what I have learned....

This list is working for me, maybe some sparks will resonate with you...

The SCALE is not important. It is a trickster, ridiculously sensitive to all kinds of matters that have nothing to do with wellness, including, er, your system's regularity. I still weigh weekly, but am working towards stopping.

How your clothing fits is important....

And, how your body looks is important.... these two measures will let you know what you need to know.

How you give your body NUTRITION is important....if you eat on plan, you will reach your goals!

Especially if you include FITNESS. And I don't mean crazy exercise! Cardio and weights are important and should be done if you are able. But the most important thing is MOVING. And not to a new home, ha-ha. Keeping active, using a pedometer to measure steps (if you are of the numbers persuasion).

Now, ACCOUNTABILITY IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

To yourself the most. To your loved ones who rely on you, you are accountable to work towards wellness. Let's add your city, or town, your country, the planet. Do something good for someone each day. Love the planet!

And be accountable on Sparkpeople. Find a way that works for you, heaven knows there are a wonderful lot of choices, and use it!

Now, here is a not-so-secret. ACT POSITIVELY, AND YOU WILL BE POSITIVE! This works, would you believe it!

So there it is.

Now, an update on my guitar/iPad story.

Sometimes things just have a synchronicity that lets you know they were meant to happen.

About a week ago, I was able to significantly increase the gigs on my mobile data plan for a very small increase in price.

And, a few days ago, after the new iPad model was introduced (it gets to Canada next week) the older stock went on sale at the stores for 25% off. Would you believe it? On an Apple product? To make a long story short, I am now the proud owner of an iPad 2, and have enough data to use it even at home (we are hard-wired for computer, no wireless).

This is my 18 month maintenance present to myself, I do believe I have a decent chance of making it!

2 year anniversary, new guitar!

Thanks for reading this, Sparkpages. Thanks for your continuing support, your humor, and your darn good advice!


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JITZUROE 3/15/2012 5:48PM

    Great blog Bonita!
Great points to focus on too, thanks for the reminder!
Holding myself accountable for things like what I put into my mouth is HUGE for me (as I think you already know). Along with being my own worst crisitc, these are definitely 2 big ones I need to improve on.

Thanks!
Bren

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ROCKMAN6797 3/12/2012 12:51PM

    Fantastic blog Bonita! I feel the same way as you do, once you are close to your goal weight, the scale is not a good reference point to use rather, as you say, the way your clothes feel on you, how you feel, etc is vastly more important! I have continually attempted to impress this on fellow SparkFriends, especially when they blog about the scale not moving. I am so pleased that you have arrived to this "truth!'
Congratulations on your iPad2! My mother loves hers! Her poor computer is collecting dust as she uses her iPad exclusively! Can't wait till you blog about your 2 year gift to yourself!

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DDOORN 3/11/2012 7:57PM

    Great truths you speak! And such a sweet reward! :-)

I've seen others with their iPads and they sure are something! Looks like using one of those would be VERY habit-forming...! $$ way to tight to consider one here but I could see it happening in the future maybe...?

I'm totally content with my Yamaha. The only time I could see myself pining for a new guitar would be if I ever got into performing and wanted a classical that would plug in.

Don

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PUDLECRAZY 3/11/2012 6:43PM

    I completely agree about what is important!

Great news about your iPad! I'm a little torqued because I just bought the iPad 2 for DH's birthday in January at full price, but I am so happy that you were able to get one at 25% off. I am tempted because it would be nice to have one to record tricky guitar techniques my teacher shows me and because it would be nice to have when I travel this coming summer.

How exciting about your upcoming new guitar. Have you decided which one to get?

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/11/2012 6:13PM

    excellent blog, your statements really ring true.

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THE_HERMIT 3/11/2012 4:54PM

    Congratulations on your decision to focus on how life fits rather than how life weighs, I too wish to focus on this concept of how my clothes fit more so than my weight on the scales. I keep telling myself muscle weighs more than fat anyhow.
'and the idea of a new guitar as a present for achieving your goals is great. Also good is the fact that you managed to get an ipad 2 for 25%off.

I would be interested to know what you think of it as a product as I have wondered what would be the value of one to me. I have a laptop, but want something lightweight for uni lectures and the laptop battery seems very heavy and only has a lfie of 2 hrs compared to the life of the ipad which i understand is ten. before recharge.

can you use it to type word documents?
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The story of a misplaced sock...and of not binging.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sunday was interesting.

So, I was doing the laundry, and folding, and realized I had lost one of my workout socks. Now, this is no ordinary sock. It is one of a pair, clearly identified "L" and "R" (how cool is that?) made with technical wizadry and quite pricey!

I was upset. Now, we know that socks have a tendency to disappear (probably get tired of being stepped on lol). Since I do my laundry at home, husband offered this helpful advice "It's in the house." Thanks. A lot.

The air in the house is pretty dry by this time of the winter so I sent the static cling route. I examined every piece of clothing I had folded, inside and out. No sock. I unfolded a fitted sheet three times. No sock. I looked in the hamper, the washer, and the dryer. No sock.

I put a bunch of steps on my fitbit running up and down the stairs looking for the darn thing, but still...

So, I had to give up the chase, prepare some dinner, etc. I have to say that Sunday recently has been DANGER TIME for me, when I want to binge the most. I got through dinner, and managed the need to binge, and went to sleep. After checking a few more places, unsuccessfully, for the darned sock (that is a term of annoyance, not its condition lol again).

Would you believe, I woke up a few hours later with my stomach growling and the urge to binge as strong as ever. Deciding I was not in my right mind, and that was easy, I just went back to sleep.

Monday morning--urge to binge gone, feeling virtuous, and still no sock. Emptied the dishwasher, made my lunch and snacks, worked out, with another pair of my high tech babies on my feet, a more cooperative pair I might add. Getting ready to shower, I took one more look at husband's t-shirt, looked inside, and out fell the !!!******@@@@@%%%% sock (feel free to use your imagination here).

Leftie has since been reunited with righty and is in my drawer ready to be used in its proper rotation.

What am I trying to say here, I am not sure. Never give up is one thing, I guess. Binging will not help you find your sock (or deal with other issues or anything else for that matter) and should be eschewed as a solution for anything. Perseverence pays off. And maybe Einstein was a little bit wrong when he said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Albert, the static cling wore away a bit overnight and made the sock respond to gravity. Gravity! Static cling electricity charges! Physics! I LOVE this!


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DDOORN 2/17/2012 9:34AM

    Good deal, standing up to the binge urge! Your DH and I share those wonderfully helpful comments when it comes to looking for something in the house...lol!

Don

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BILLTMAN 2/15/2012 8:09AM

    I am a general contractor who quite often gets a job remodeling areas that include the laundry room in peoples homes. You wouldn't believe the number of single socks I find under and behind the drier as well as lodged in the vent. Oh, and money too, coins, dollar bills etc. So it is true, the drier does eat socks.

Happy for you though, you found your sock.

Have a great day, you and your socks.

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KANOE10 2/15/2012 7:10AM

    Cute blog. Good for you staying binge free while hunting for the elusive sock.

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AANGEL3 2/14/2012 6:38PM

    My dryer eats socks.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/14/2012 4:29PM

    I hate losing sox. Especially my FAVORITE WORKOUT SOCKS.

I recently started having an existential crisis about mine, too. I've had them for a couple years (they're 100% polyester and bulletproof) and they're finally starting to give at the toes.

So I went online to get more and THEY HAVE STOPPED MAKING THEM.
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(probably because they lasted so well no one was replacing them. LOL)

So I had to order a few more pairs, and discovered that Pearl Izumi makes all kinds of pretty, girly technical socks. So now I have lots of pairs of fun socks that match my workout gear. LOL

But there's still one missing from the old set, and yes, it's bugging me a little. LOLOL

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And yeah, OMG I totally get that about the binges, so kudos for going back to sleep and avoiding it.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/14/2012 1:14PM

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So glad that your perseverance paid off and your pair is now whole! Have a great day today!

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THE FACE-OFF, er, that is, between me and me.....and me.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sounds a bit crazy, no?

Okay, here is the story.

March 19, 2012 will be my 18 month maintenance anniversary. That is, I hope it will be considering.....

Since my one year anniversary on September 19, 2011, I have been on a roller coaster, not one of my designing and certainly not to my liking. Binging, while not regular, has served to get my weight up a couple of pounds above goal. Now, my clothes still fit, even those tiny size 4 skirts, and I have put on muscle, but what I am talking about here is behavior, not the scale.

I thought that part of my coping on this maintenance journey would be to get myself a nice present (with thanks that I can afford one). An iPad to continue my tech journey, or maybe a nice hybrid nylon string guitar, not too expensive, but one to use for song accompaniment. With pegs for a strap. Classical nylons don't come with those, you know, they are played sitting down.

I got this far and then said to myself, who am I kidding? I am using lots of good techniques to manage Binging Bonita (ooh, I like that, my evil identical twin :-)) but can I say that I am out of the woods? Nope. Will I binge again, you betcha.

So here is what I am doing.

I have put myself back on a weight loss ticker with the goal of losing 2.2 pounds by March 19 2012 to get me to 111. Less than 111 would be better, but hey, I'll live with the palindrome (just love those palindromes!). No 111, no iPad or guitar.

Even with Binging Bonita coming to visit every once in a while, I think I can do this.

So, follow my ticker, I weigh in on Sundays, and see if Gadget Girl (one of my nicknames) gets her iPad or Guitarwoman buys a sweet new axe.


NOTE: the techniques I have used in this blog, especially my evil twin Binging Bonita, are ones used in Michael White's Narrative Therapy and others. You take the problem, and objectify it by taking it outside yourself and giving it, so to speak, an existence of its own. It becomes easier to understand it, and deal with it.


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MEDDYPEDDY 2/10/2012 7:43AM

    Who is the twin that is not evil Bingeing Bonita? Maintenance Mary? Skinny Sophie?
I loved the idea from "Michael White's Narrative Therapy" - in swedish the evil twin would be "Hetsätar Hedvig" with her wonderful twin "Sunda Sara"(sunda means sound or healthy, not skinny...) I want to play with that for a while...thanks!

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THE_HERMIT 1/24/2012 6:30PM

    Bonita you write with wit, the twins need to work together to achieve the goal and is one i am sure you will reach. I agree with puddlecrazy and am totally biased on the subject, get the guitar. emoticon

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DDOORN 1/24/2012 8:32AM

    Kudos to jumping on these changes before they gain traction & become entrenched!

Sounds like a terrific battle plan! :-)

White is one clever fellow!

Don

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PUDLECRAZY 1/23/2012 7:07PM

    Get the axe! I have heard that the next generation of iPad is coming out this spring, so it is probably worth waiting for the new one to come out before purchasing one. I just bought one for my husband's birthday, and am hoping the next generation iPad will be out by my birthday in June.

What guitars have you been looking at?

Here's to your palindromic goal!!!!

I'l be watching your ticker.

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ROCKMAN6797 1/23/2012 1:06PM

    Love the technique!
Looking forward to watching you reach your goal Bonita!

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