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Monday, August 11, 2014

I have been so, so achy lately and it has seemed more muscular achy than skeletal achy. I think I know why.

This is what my walking shoes look like. It's no wonder I hurt. I knew I needed new shoes for quite a while. I did buy some earlier this week and today I finally switched out. This is what the new shoes look like. Lots more bottom to them!

I should know better!

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CLUMBOY 8/27/2014 6:54AM

    hey--great that you figured it out! its amazing what a fresh pair of shoes can do for your body mechanics.

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GINIEMIE 8/12/2014 10:23AM

    As soon as I get rid of the painters I'll go through my fitflops-it's what I wear the most of, and I tend to hang on to them for too long. My knee has been bothering me-I think you've pointed me in the right direction. That and I can't walk on our slanty sidewalks anymore-I need to walk on the road, which is less strain on me.
Thanks my friend.
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EABL81 8/11/2014 10:47PM

    Enjoy them!

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DDHEART 8/11/2014 7:16PM

    Been there done that...I know you know better and this just proves that when you're busy you're human! Keep this in mind...Janet first then, dad, mom, husband etc. LOL

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CATANTIGO 8/11/2014 6:59PM

    Wow, I think the new shoes were overdue. Sure glad you switched over. Now no more achy legs.

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MOM2ACAT 8/11/2014 4:22PM

    I'm bad about hanging on to old shoes when I should throw them away, even when I get new ones to replace them!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 8/11/2014 3:56PM

    I didn't realize that worn out shoes could make you achy. Thanks for learning the lesson for me! Feel better soon!

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MNTWINSGAL 8/11/2014 3:51PM

    I'm so achy all the time too. But I do a lot of walking in flip-flops. Oops -- I KNOW that's no good for me! Maybe I need to learn a lesson from you! Hope the new shoes make you feel 100% better!

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WOLFRUNNERONE 8/11/2014 11:01AM

    I'd say you were do for a new pair ! I agree , new walking shoes make a huge difference. emoticon

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ODAT1117 8/11/2014 10:29AM

    Isn't it funny when we don't even listen to ourselves?!!

I'm glad you switched out your shoes, you crazy suponator, you!! ;-)

I hope you feel better soon!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I was at a funeral on Saturday, for my last uncle. I saw a woman there who seemed vaguely familiar but I couldn't place her. Well, it turned out to be my cousin's wife and she has lost ALOT of weight. I had heard that she was using MedFast (or is it MediFast?) and it obviously has worked for her.

I made a point to tell her how amazing she looks and we chatted a bit about where she's at in the diet now -- maintenance. She commented on how hard it can be to keep those sometimes foods on a sometimes basis. I have been thinking about that sometimes idea. I eat a fairly healthy diet and I have been eating below my calorie range for quite awhile now BUT those sometimes foods have come to mean sometime during each day. I need to work on expanding that timeline to at least sometime during the week. My doctor would say -- you don't need them. True, I don't but I want them. I at least need to learn to want them fewer times.

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MARBEALL 8/7/2014 9:46AM

    Janet, sorry that you have lost your last uncle. emoticon

Thank Yiu for the reminder about sometimes food. It is great that you already are having OMAT success in August.

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TEALHAWK1 8/1/2014 12:49PM

    sorry about your uncle. And yes this is a good reminder for me as well

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GINIEMIE 7/24/2014 11:16AM

    Sorry you lost your last uncle, I'm down to two aunts-one a blood relative the other the precious 86 year old wife of my youngest uncle who passed in 2011.
Good for your cousin, she lost the weight and is trying to keep it off. You and I, and apparently some of the rest of our friends are struggling with those sometime foods becoming habit.
I need to get off the sometime tracking habit and being more consistent all the way around. There are a few things that are regulars in my diet that should be sometimes-but I try to manage that w/in calorie allotment-that is when I remember/bother to count.
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DDHEART 7/24/2014 9:41AM

    Ah....this is such a truth!

My maintenance turned into a bit of a gain last winter since I was used to enjoying those sometimes things every day when I was able to burn the calories walking and running...sadly, I didn't see that sometimes shouldn't happen when the exercise is missing. Now I am maintaining the extra pounds because....frankly, I want those sometimes things all too often. Habit.

Thanks for putting these thoughts out here it has me thinking that I too need to allow myself those things once a week instead of once (or more) a day.

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PATRICIA4472 7/24/2014 8:34AM

    A good reminder. Thank you, Janet.

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MNTWINSGAL 7/24/2014 1:08AM

    Interesting way of looking at this! I too eat the right stuff most of the time....unfortunately often it's followed up by some of the bad stuff. Maybe making my "sometimes" further apart would be a good idea for me too.

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CATANTIGO 7/23/2014 7:53AM

    Sorry to hear about your Uncle. Those sometimes foods just seem to be a great reward to ourselves. I guess we really need to find a nonfood substitute for that little treat or two. emoticon

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EABL81 7/22/2014 11:04PM

    So true. I've been in maintenance for a little over a year now, and it's been a bit of a battle lately. At first I seemed easy, but then I started to relax a bit too much, and it's been tough to rein myself in. Recently I went on a trip that turned into a two-week binge. I'm now paying the price. I think we just have to realize that "getting it right" is a matter of trial and error. The first one of us that figures it all out can clue in the rest of us!

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ODAT1117 7/22/2014 2:58PM

    Hey there! I totally agree about the sometimes foods. Mine EASILY creep back into sometime every day. It's not what I want deep down inside but my immediate wants can easily override my long term wants. :-)

I heard this really great piece of info the other day that might help. It's about something called 'urge surfing' and can be applied to just about any situation. So, urges or thoughts or feelings only last a short while. I think what I heard was that the initial thought only lasts 10-20 seconds in most cases. So, if you can ride out that initial thought then you just keep riding the wave and surfing until the wave subsides. Try googling 'urge surfing' and you might find some good ideas. Just being aware of it is already helping me. :-)

Hang in there, Janet!! And I'm really sorry to hear that this was your last uncle. :-( My only aunt passed away last year and I don't have any uncles so I can relate to the "last" one passing. It's sad and a big loss.

Take it all one day at a time my friend!! :-)

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/22/2014 12:32PM

    I hear you. I do not eat the 'sometimes" food as often either, but I hope the days get further and further apart. Glad your Aunt is doing good. Hope your doing fine as well, since losing your Uncle.

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LOSER05 7/22/2014 11:09AM

    sorry about your uncle emoticon

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Went to the doctor

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

My goals were to

1) have lost 18 pounds. Didn't happen.

2) have a cholesterol level below 200. Well, I'm at 201 and HDL is at 68 so I'll take this one as a win.

3) have a blood sugar level below 100. Didn't happen. I can't seem to make any headway on this one. I have been at 105, plus or minus three for ten years now. Don't get me wrong -- I'm happy that it isn't worse but wish I could get it to go down.

Very sad news though -- my doctor is retiring. She was my third try after the last doctor I liked and, although she wasn't perfect, I appreciated her emphasis on diet and exercise. I will miss her.

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GINIEMIE 7/13/2014 7:26PM

    Blood sugar is stable, cholesterol is relative-sorry doctors. My Steve used to point out to me that the ratio was as important as the numbers and few doctors inform or educate on this. I believe that cholesterol has many influencing factors and those MUST be taken into consideration.
As far as weight loss goes-have you gained, are you maintaining or staying in a narrow range-all is not lost. Possibly you are where the good Lord needs you to be, not the health charts-or maybe you and I should buckle down and shed at least 10 of our desired goal
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LOSER05 7/12/2014 10:14AM

    Congratulations on your Great check up, and I'm sorry about your dr. and I know exactly how you feel about that one. its hard to find a good dr in the first place then they retire, that happened to my Son his dr retired from medicine but got a job with the higher ups in administration. emoticon

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CATANTIGO 7/12/2014 8:50AM

    I would call that a successful visit. We are not perfect people so our tests will all turn out differently. But overall you did get great results. Sorry to hear about the retiring Dr. though. It's tough to find a new one, but it could turn out better. Sending good thoughts your way.

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MICKEYMAX 7/11/2014 10:57PM

    There were definitely some positives there! Do you ever lift weights or do strength training - I found it to be a good way to keep my sugar in check! Best wishes!

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WASCALLYWONE 7/11/2014 11:11AM

    I need to find another doctor, too; one closer than 150 miles away~ Good luck to us both! I think the results of your labs, etc. are excellent!

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CLUMBOY 7/11/2014 6:53AM

    hey--sounds like overall it was a good visit. the paradigm about cholesterol is changing--so I'm not sure I would regard that as a negative. the blood sugar issue is so very difficult--I have several friends who are experiencing the same thing. its very hard to try your level best and not have the results reflect the effort in the way you would like. I agree though that sometimes not getting worse is a victory in itself.
sorry to hear about your dr. retiring--hopefully you will find a new doc that you like just as well or even better.
have a great Friday!

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DDHEART 7/10/2014 10:02AM

    We always want just a bit more don't we?

Holding the BS at level is good...ok...you can still try to improve this.

Chol....not bad...yours and mine are about the same, total just over the magic number but HDL nice and good which changes the perspective of the total. Keep up the good work and maybe next year.............

The weight...well, I know that's disappointing but you need a goal for next year anyway right? LOL You can do it!

When our beloved Dr. retired, I accepted his very young (SIL) replacement and was a little nervous about him since he walked into the room looking to be about 15 years old LOL but he has turned out to be a good fit for us and since he's so young, he shouldn't retire before we don't need him anymore and shouldn't move either since his wife and kids will want to stay near her parents. I hope your next Dr turns out to be a good fit and who knows, maybe you'll have someone who offers you a new perspective toward your goals.

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EABL81 7/9/2014 11:09PM

    Finding a doctor you're comfortable with is so hard! I'm sorry that yours is retiring. Congrats on your test results - all and all, you seem to be doing well. You improved on one measure and held the other in line, so that's good. The other will give you something to aim for, for the next time!

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ODAT1117 7/9/2014 6:58PM

    oh MAN!!! I hate when you finally find a good one and then they retire. Dang it!!

So, CONGRATS on that cholesterol!! WOO HOOO!!! And.........congrats on not getting the sugar any higher. I mean, really, it usually keeps creeping up so all that work you are doing is keeping it down. THAT is awesome!!

And the weight..........um, let's just say that it's all muscle weight okay?? he he......probably is........for real!!

Glad you got come good news on your annual visit!

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MOM2ACAT 7/9/2014 5:11PM

    It's hard having to change doctors when circumstances like that come up. I would ask her for a recommendation, and I would also ask the office staff.

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/9/2014 3:17PM

    maybe ask your doctor for a suggestion . Good job with the numbers emoticon emoticon

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IMAVISION 7/9/2014 1:07PM

    Wishing you every success in finding the right doctor for you.

My doctor is younger than I am by some fifteen years --- still, she plans to retire early (told me that thirteen years ago, when we first moved to this city & I "found" her), so I know that, in all likelihood, I will face the same concern you are faced with sometime in my future. There is another doctor in the group that I have my eye on, as a possibility replacement, when the time comes!

Enjoy this day, Teammates! God bless us all in distinct & wonderful ways!

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Intuitive eating

Friday, June 20, 2014

or mindful eating, whatever term you use, is not for me. At least not yet. Not in the near future either. I always think I should eat. Perhaps I need to start at a more basic level and just admit to myself how hungry I am each time I reach for food.

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MARBEALL 7/14/2014 1:16PM

    Intuitive eating doesn't work for me either. My intuitions about food are so off. That's why I binge. Asking why I'm eating now is a great question. I will try that strategy. Thank you all for sharing. emoticon

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ODAT1117 7/3/2014 7:50AM

    HA HA!! I love your "I think I should always eat". So true!! I find that I live in the "what if" world. What if I get hungry later? What if I get hungry in the middle of a meeting and I can't eat right then? What if my blood sugar drops?? And on and on.......... :-)

I had a new thought the other day. Whenever I want a treat or sweets, I thought maybe I should ask myself "Why?". Why do I want that sweet treat? I think I should also ask myself when I think I should eat "Why?". Why do I feel like eating right now? Is it because I"m truly hungry or am I bored or anxious or what?

I think that gets to the heart of intuitive and mindful eating. Really, it's about assessing and thinking before doing. I am going to start asking myself those questions more frequently. :-)

Just some thoughts............

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PAYLAY1 7/1/2014 6:59PM

    Emotional eating has always been a weakness. I will have mindful eating a goal. What a waste when I eat something so quickly. I don't fully appreciate it.

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MNTWINSGAL 6/23/2014 1:53AM

    Janet, I accidentally got unsubscribed from your blog -- but I've just now caught up. Too many thoughts to respond to, but I really enjoyed the reading, and look forward to more!

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PATRICIA4472 6/21/2014 7:43AM

    They say that it's the first step.... when you reach for that food, actually take an assessment of which "hunger" you are feeding. I read a book on Mindful Eating (I think I had an old blog on it when I made my quilted art piece, "The Goddess of Mindful Eating").... and the author talked about eye hunger, mouth hunger, stomach hunger, heart hunger.... etc. If I'm going to eat it, it's a good thing to assess which part of me I'm actually feeding!

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WASCALLYWONE 6/20/2014 11:04AM

    I think the first step is that cognitive moment of hunger. Too many times, I eat just because it's time, or just because it's there, or "just because!" Hang in there, Janet!

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IMAVISION 6/20/2014 10:48AM

    It should be easy --- shouldn't it? emoticon

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DDHEART 6/20/2014 9:19AM

    I have to say i'm like you but I have kept one aspect of intuitive eating that I think is very worthwhile. That awareness of really how hungry I am or why...I am reaching for food and then trying to focus on what I am eating, the appearance, smell, taste texture. Too often, I can eat and later not even remember what I ate instead of having a pleasant experience that sticks with me. A great example of that is the rainbow fruit you brought to the get together. I can still see that beautiful platter and can almost taste it still and just picturing it brings me a certain satisfaction.

I need to work at taking some time to create memorable foods and maybe even the prep will be a part of the action of eating. Yup...today is a good day to try that I think.

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CATANTIGO 6/20/2014 9:03AM

    Sounds easy, but why isn't it?

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GINIEMIE 6/20/2014 7:34AM

    I know what you mean, I'm tracking but I'm regularly going over and I've got to stop nibbling or at least clean some veggies to eat.
We'll make it-eventually.
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My Morning Walk

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Most days Molly and I go to Wildwood Park to walk. We can walk any where from 60 to 90 minutes depending on where I go. Sometimes I stay within the park and sometimes I go out by the armory and airport and/or Main Street and/or the swimming pool. It depends on how much time I have and what I feel like doing. It also depends on when we go because if it is too hot and sunny, I try to keep my dog with the black fur coat from spending too much time in the sun.

This is what Charlie does while we are gone.

This is Molly, ready to go. She has to wait until I say "free" before she can leave the car.

Molly comes to see the squirrels.

The zoo is small and has North American animals. We can't go in this part.

We walk around the upper pond.

Then we walk around the big animal pens.

The elk.

These pens are empty now but the zoo staff shifts the animals around as necessary.

This is Molly being naughty. She has decided she gets to meet anyone behind us so she waits for them to catch up.

The buffalo. The new baby is in the picture too. We were there the day it was born but the buffalo were clearly agitated by our presence so we moved on.

The deer. That isn't an albino deer -- just white.

Nelson, the wolf. He lost his partner last year and is getting on in years himself. He used to rush the fence when we came along. Now he often doesn't even get up though sometimes he'll walk the fence line with us.

We walked through the woods today which isn't very scenic. Sometimes we see deer, turkeys and foxes but mostly it's just chipmunks and squirrels. It is quiet and peaceful and we weren't bothered by bugs at all today.

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LOSER05 7/12/2014 10:17AM

    poor Nelson emoticon .
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JLPEASE 6/17/2014 12:58PM

    What a great walk!

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ALEXSGIRL1 6/16/2014 7:31PM

    wow what a lovely place you get to walk by love it and also good with walking a hour or more a day woohoo

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IMAVISION 6/16/2014 6:41PM

    I so enjoyed this blog, Janet!

It was nice to share in Molly's & your walk.

How come Charlie doesn't walk with y'all? Is he too old for long walks?

Be blessed!


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CLUMBOY 6/16/2014 7:19AM

    beautiful walk! what a treat for molly--all those animals to sniff and woods to cruise. there is nothing that makes you feel as good as a great walk! have a lovely day!

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CATANTIGO 6/15/2014 7:19PM

    What a lovely walk we just took together. Thanks for posting such beauty.

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DDHEART 6/15/2014 9:09AM

    Thanks for taking us along on your walk...can I log the steps? LOL

I couldn't help thinking that Charlie was just posing for the camera and once you and the camera were gone he was up and snooping in the kitchen. LOL

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KAYDE53 6/14/2014 10:43PM

    Looks like a very beautiful walk, enjoyed your pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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GINIEMIE 6/14/2014 8:52PM

    Oh I love your and Molly's walk Janet. Molly wasn't being naughty, she was being sociable-you weren't in that mindset though.
I'd love the walk in the woods, but do you have to drive there?
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EABL81 6/14/2014 8:13PM

    Lovely walk! Molly is a good companion. I went for a walk in Wildwood Park today, too - same name, different location :-).

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PANDABEAR42 6/14/2014 11:47AM

    loved your walk and the photos. Thank You for sharing. i think the walk in the woods is beautiful being surrounded by the greenery. BEAUTIFUL!!!!
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TRAVELGO 6/14/2014 11:41AM

  Beautiful dog!

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BEACHLASS 6/14/2014 11:19AM

    Thank you for allowing us to come along on your beautiful walk!

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AZMOMXTWO 6/14/2014 11:15AM

  great pictures and a lovely place to walk

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