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Back to basics

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Awesome day yesterday. Had community support. Had BREAKFAST- Kashi Go Lean Crunch is my new favorite cereal! It's a miracle food for me- I remain full all morning, which means later lunch with a smaller meal. Healthy dinner.

  
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CHACKER2 5/10/2012 10:52AM

    Eating healthy always makes dieting easier. When I don't eat right I always eat more.

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TV Challenge-

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I came to the realization that watch entirely too much television! Ironically, I came to this conclusion when the DirecTV box died and I went into withdrawals.

Without realizing it, I had gradually slipped into a habit of watching 2 to 3 hours of TV every day. (I have this luxury because I have no children, and my spouse is currently in school- there's lots of 'me' time to spend.)

The call of the big, beautiful flat-screen T.V. that was recently hung in our bedroom, the T.V., combined with a long day at work had me completely convinced that I needed to lay down after work to relax. 'Relaxing' led to channel surfing.

Before I knew it, it would be 7:30 pm and I would lament on all of the housework, or other things I didn't get done.

At first, I was pissed off that the box broke, and I ORDERED my husband to call and have the box serviced. Well, ya.... that didn't happen. And to his credit, I am so much better off.

With the magical two hours that I now had free, I am spending my time getting so much more done. House work. Yard work. Laundry. Stretching. Exercise video clips. Meaningful computer time. Spark People searches online. Cooking!... making things from scratch ( to date, that would be Banana Bread, Mushroom Soup, Potato soup, Pizza, Pizza dough "chips", Bruschetta, tender steaks). Hell, I even cleaned my own car out instead of paying for the service at work!

It's been about two weeks without television, and I am feeling really good on the direction that I'm moving in.

Now, I will admit- my computer activity has increased. I search more- I read more on random things... and yes... I facebook... but I would rather do these things, as they lend so much more opportunity to interact with others. My house is clean and organized, which does something to my brain. My gardens are getting lots of attention.

I am now committed to watching just one hour of TV per week, which includes a standing dinner appointment with friends.

I hope after reading my testimony to the benefits of T.V., you feel inspired to cut back your T.V. time. I'd love to hear from you!

  


And then there were 5 Runners...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Just following up to last post. We ended up with 5 runners! The fifth kicked all our butts because she had been in a running club, but it was so motivating to have someone to chase.

Side Note: I finished second. :)

  


Learning what 'SPARK PEOPLE' means in the real world.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The title of this fantastic website we all use takes on different meanings to different people. I learned this past week that my actions and examples can truly light the fire in someone else, and one person has suddenly turned in to four.

I have been getting up at 5:30 to run a 3.5 mile course before work. I'll be honest- I run a course hoping other co-workers will see me out there before work, and perhaps ask to join me. Thus far, it has not happened, but that's okay... it's just one small joy/motivator along with many others.

A couple of coworkers got together last week and we went for our first group run. I am hoping to see this yield a long-term program, and eventually take hold as a wellness program within company. I have a good "in" with the HR department... that's me. :)

  


Less Common Signs of Dehydration

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Signs of dehydration showed up in two unexpected places this week- at the doctor's office and when getting a pedicure.

For those of you that have ever had a uterine ultrasound, you know that you must chug 32 ounces of water within a 15 minute span, and then HOLD IT for about an hour until your bladder is full. Then the technician will proceed to push on your bladder. Yes, it is a good time.

In my case, the tech said my bladder was mostly empty and that I would have to drink more water or wait. WHAT???!!! How could it be possible that 32 ounces was not anywhere to found.

After discussing the issue with the technician, the facts hit me over the head... I was clearly dehydrated and my body was keeping it for itself. Since then, I have been drinking the daily allowance (only a couple of days), and I am still not having the need to pee like I expected. It's been a clear sign that I was not doing my body right.

As for the pedicure, well, my feet are peeling. I looked it up on the AKI (the all-knowing internet) and it shows as a possible sign of dehydration as well.

So, let my little story be a warning to stay aware of the signs your body gives you regarding your water intake. They may not always be the most popular or commons ones, but they are certainly there!

  
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MADYANKEE 3/29/2011 11:51AM

    i have to watch out for this and I commonly start working, get involved and all of a sudden it is 5 or 6 and I have not eaten or drank anything all day. emoticon

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POINTAFTER 9/6/2010 10:37PM

    Wow, that's fascinating! I've had uterine ultrasounds, and if they told me I had to drink more water I think I'd just burst!!!

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JUSTSLS 9/6/2010 12:41AM

    I will share this with my daughter, her feet are always peeling too.

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PK2H2000 9/5/2010 10:02PM

    Great info, and oooh so true.

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