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Day 1 of 8 cups of water

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I rarely drink much water and after a couple years of seeing the recommendation, I decided to work on this yesterday.

Perfect day to do so as I had a lot of indoor activities and wouldn't be distracted.

Basically I lined up 4 tumblers that hold 2 cups and sipped throughout the day.

It wasn't difficult although I did use the bathroom very very frequently. I was surprised that I began to notice how thirsty I really am. The 8 cups didn't make me feel bloated.

Also woke up twice more during the night to use the bathroom.

I'll give it a try for a couple more days to see if the night time nature calls stop.

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EILEEN828 8/21/2014 10:37PM

    Great goal, I'm working on the same thing myself. I've often confused hunger pains for thirst pains. I even used to crave drinking alcohol mainly because I used to always make my drinks with a lot of ice cubes, I even used water and bitters for my mixer. All I really wanted was the water because I had limited access to it all day at work. I'd come home parched. I'm thinking of getting a pretty glass beverage dispenser to help me and use lemons and limes and mint, etc. for some additional flavors. I read your previous blog about making your own exercise video, I think that's GENIUS!

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WOUBBIE 8/17/2014 12:49PM

    One thing I've noticed over time is just how many times I mistake thirst for hunger. Because I've never really liked drinking water and used to get most of my daily liquid from food, I would end up grazing all day on food that I wasn't really hungry for in order to get enough water!

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DYANNE4293 8/17/2014 12:39PM

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I just realized I have the technology to do my own exercise video

Friday, August 15, 2014

No ... they won't be shared.

My wrists gave up the good fight a long time ago. I stopped enjoying yoga classes because so many of them include too many downward dogs -- a painful pose for me.

I always do better with a voice telling me what to do.

I realized that I could assemble my own collection of do-able yoga poses, turn on my video camera, add some music, and make my own video.

None of the poses that hurt me. All of the poses that really help and in the time frame I need to take.

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WOUBBIE 8/15/2014 9:17PM

    What an awesome idea!

I put together a YouTube channel of my favorite Zumba music - none of my own moves, but some older routines that are hard to find these days.

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What a stubborn notch!

Monday, July 28, 2014

A couple weeks ago, I blogged that I was approaching the 150 pound notch on the scale in the fitness center. The following week my weight went up. Entirely my fault.

Last week was a good week and as I stepped on the scale this morning, I put the weight into the 150 pound notch hoping it would swing downward, indicating that I would need to sue the 100 pound notch.

It settled exactly on the center!

I am relieved that it was going in the right direction again, but how close.

Maybe I should have removed my socks, but this is a public gym and common sense dictated I not risk athletes foot.

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EILEEN828 7/28/2014 3:09PM

    Ohhhh I so know what you are talking about. I'm at the cusp myself and for some stupid reason this is usually the point where I slip up. You KNOW that this is just a mental milestone. Some how you have to change that thinking. This is not the threshold, five pounds lower than that is the threshold, this doorway isn't really there and so therefore can not hold you back. Does that make any sense to you? You are not entering a new land, it is the same and now is not the time to set aside your awareness, thinking you are safe, just yet. Stay vigilant to what works, set your sights further down the road. Sorry for all the analogies, it's what I'm learning to do myself and it's kind of how I view it. It's a mental trick for myself since I seem to have problems with the doorways. emoticon

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Hurry up and wait! The perfect snack disaster for me

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This summer has shown me a snack pattern I didn't realize I had. I'm a project manager by craft, so I spend a lot of time with a task list making sure the next person/company/event is ready to go.

I'm dealing with an unplanned project right now at home. A flood that has destroyed a bathroom has been further complicated by the fact that I own what's inside the room, but the Home Owner's Association owns what's inside the flooded walls and beneath the flood floors.

So between waiting for the HOA Chief Engineer to do his magic, them wait for my contractor to show up, then working with the homeowners above and below and everyone's personal schedule, I spend a lot of time waiting to open the door, make a call, wait for a call, return the wrong item to Home Depot.

I'm at home and there's my fridge. What have I been doing? Opening it up and eating.

I haven't decided how to work with my revelation, but I do know that I've got to replace the waiting time with something other than eating.

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EILEEN828 7/25/2014 5:21AM

    I'm sure you have some small entertainment activity that you could engage in while you are forced to wait. Make it something you enjoy instead of trying to squeeze in a chore. Backup plan is have a bowl of prepared fruit to eat, like melons, pineapple, cherries, or grapes. So if you find yourself getting a chill from standing in front of the refrigerator with the door open, you'll be able to have a predetermined treat instead of succumbing to grazing, and you can get out of there without having to deal with frostbite. emoticon

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HMBROWN1 7/22/2014 8:18AM

    Could be the stress of the situation also. Stress is a super bad factor for bad eating. Best wishes with the renovations!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

I got news this morning that someone who had caused a traumatic event in 1963 dropped dead from an aneurysm.

I hope that most of their negative power over me left years ago (therapy does do miracles), but everyone once in awhile when I looked in the mirror I could still hear their voice saying, "no one will love you ever."

The event had its positive effects in my life. I made sure my children never heard that same voice; I am now teaching a grandchild the same lessons I've learned.

I was an outstanding practitioner of my chosen career thanks to an ability I learned early: staying calm when the awful actually happens.

Today, however, I am singing, "Ding-dong the witch is dead; ding-dong, the wicked witch is dead."

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HAWKTHREE 8/5/2014 7:11AM

    I loved your phrase "milestone period."

I am ever so grateful for the other adults in my life who nurtured me to normalcy without ever knowing what had happened.

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EILEEN828 7/18/2014 3:25PM

    You did a great job of turning a bad situation into a character builder for yourself, not all people can do that. It's going to feel like a new era to you, a weight will be lifted, and you can continue to be proud that you overcame such negativity. I hope for continued positivity for your life going forward. Give yourself some special nurturing and attention right now, during this milestone period and then let it all go. emoticon

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