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Be a detective, not a judge

Saturday, August 28, 2010

That was the message in one of the daily emails I get today. What a great message! Wish I'd thought of it!

The meaning is that whenever you get off track, off plan, whatever you'd like to call it, examine what's going on instead of telling yourself what a bad person you are. Judging yourself only makes you feel worse, but trying to figure out what's going on, what triggered you, what you should be doing -- now that's the way to grow.

We all get off track at times, so just remember to be a detective!

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HEYRED221 8/28/2010 9:59PM


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LIBBYFITZ 8/28/2010 5:41PM

    Definitely agree with that one! emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 8/28/2010 5:35PM

    I love it. I think this sums up why this time has been different than all the other times I've tried to lose weight. I'm being a detective, not a judge. Great advice, thanks for passing it along!

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KARBIE18 8/28/2010 12:44PM

    Love it! Great advice! I'll definitely try to remember to do this.

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Bad runs happen

Friday, August 27, 2010

And I suppose it's just another notch in my "real runner" belt.

Despite the fact that I destressed after my parents left, Wednesday night DH discovered that the computer he has the MagicJack on (aka our phone) had a virus. He informed me of that in the middle of the night, waking me up, when there was nothing I could do.

I wanted to run yesterday, but even before that little episode I knew I was just way too tired for an early morning run and I didn't lay out my clothes. But I was still determined to run.

In fact, even tho I have yet to actually sign up for it, my next race is in 6 weeks so it's time to start some training (which is why I won't finish up Insanity, but I'll probably still use the workouts from time to time.

I decided to run indoors instead, on the treadmill (I watch the Today show, which I've taped earlier, while I'm on the treadmill). And I decided to do a "long" run (long for me, that is). Because:

a) You should run longer than your race so that the race doesn't seem so difficult when you do it

b) I want to attempt a 10k next year

Since I do everything slowly, I don't just jump into a 10k lightly. I'm pretty sure I've picked out my race -- more than a year away! -- and I've got to start working on running longer distances.

I sat down at runnersworld.com and determined what pace I needed to run at to finish my upcoming 5k in the time I have in mind, then set the treadmill a bit slower than that.

Trouble started about 20 minutes into the run when I started to experience stomach pains. I guess my stomach didn't like the very large salad I'd had for lunch -- it's been a long time since I ran after lunch. I had to stop to use the facilities.

Unfortunately, when I got back on, the stomach pains hadn't subsided and I had to stop again in another 20 minutes. At this point I'm thanking my lucky stars that I'm running inside and not outside. This pitstop did the trick, altho I did decide to end the run just 5 minutes early so I didn't get to my goal of 4 1/2 miles (a 10k, for those that don't know, is 6.2 miles, give or take).

Don't laugh at me, all you long distance runners! But I've got more than a year to work up my mileage (and my pace).

I also did run/walk intervals. I haven't decided yet whether I'll take walking breaks in my upcoming 5k. Part of me wants to to see if it actually helps my speed -- but the weather is almost sure to be much cooler, so it's not really a fair comparison.

So there you have it -- I (mostly) finished my run, despite annoying stomach upsets (don't know how I would've done it had that been a real race), so I suppose that makes me a real runner.

Except I still don't really feel like one . . .

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TEMPEST272002 8/27/2010 12:30PM

    You know you're a REAL RUNNER when... you can tell the difference between a good run & a bad!!! emoticon

Good job on getting in the run, even if you had to push yourself to do it! I agree that the big salad was probably the culprit in your "bad" run. I have to eat at least an hour before I run or I find it very uncomfortable!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/27/2010 12:28PM

    Good job on getting in your run. A bad run is better than a good day at the office - haha. Hope you have a great weekend. You'll be ready for a 10K in no time flat. Keep up the good work. I'm cheering ya on.

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FRECKS96 8/27/2010 9:17AM

    We've all been there! A bad run is never fun, but it makes the good runs feel that much better! Congrats on pushing through and finishing what you did. You'll be ready for a 10K long before your race!

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Comfort foods

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I wanted to clear something up about yesterday's blog -- a lot of people seemed to think I was frustrated by my Dad's eating. Now, there are many things about my Dad that are frustrating -- and not just to me, to my DH too -- but I don't really care that much about what he eats.

Oh sure, I'd love to see him eat healthier. But he is an adult -- and then some! -- and it's his choice. And at 84, he's unlikely to change anytime soon.

I get frustrated by DH's choices because I live with him, and I can see how they effect him. I do have some control over what DH eats, as I make the majority of his meals. And yesterday was a total success! Mikey liked it!

I made a vegetarian potato leek gratin in the crockpot (would've been vegan minus the parmesan) and then some vegan stuffed mushrooms I plan to serve this weekend. And he actually cleaned his plate! Woohoo! Made me very happy.

I had to run to several stores food shopping yesterday morning, then took a short nap with the dogs, and then did some YBB. I realized how much I'd been missing YBB. Felt much more destressed afterwards!

I chose to eat a few comfort foods yesterday. I think the key here is that I chose, consciously, what I wanted.

I wanted some chocolate oatmeal for breakfast, so I had it. Definitely hit the spot, especially with our cooler mornings lately. For lunch I had one of my favorite veggie & cheese sandwiches from the coop. I rarely shop there now, so I rarely have them, but they're oh-so-satisfying. And I actually had some chocolate dipped strawberries as a snack in between.

No, it wasn't the healthiest day of eating, and I didn't even make a salad with dinner so no greens all day (and I did miss them) -- but it wasn't terrible either. And I tracked it all, ate it all mindfully. Today it is back to healthier choices.

Eating healthy isn't about eating healthy all the time. Food shouldn't be the enemy. Sometimes it can be comfort. It's about balance over time.

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EOSTAR_45 8/26/2010 3:12PM

    I think that is key--CHOOSING. We often do things on autopilot. I have struggled with emotional eating and when stress becomes too much, I so go on auto pilot and just begin mindlessly eating my comfort foods telling myself that I need this, I deserve a treat since my day, week has been so tough.


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SHEILA1505 8/26/2010 10:15AM

    For an unhealthy day you made some pretty healthy choices


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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/26/2010 10:11AM

    emoticonIt's all about balance. Hope you have a great day today.

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The poster child for an unhealthy lifestyle

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Yup, that's my Dad, who once again has managed to anger & frustrate me beyond imagination in just 2 days. It is, frankly, quite mind boggling that he's made it to the ripe old age of 84. I suppose I should be grateful -- hopefully since I take much better care of myself, not only will I enjoy a long life, hopefully I'll be in better shape at his age. You never know, of course, things happen, but I'm still hopeful that that will be the case (altho still concerned about DH).

He is vigilant about doing his "exercise" every day. The same thing. Over and over and over. Mostly flexibility & ST. They get almost no cardio at all, and haven't for years. Small wonder that they have so much trouble walking. It never even seems to cross his mind that maybe he has so much trouble walking because he never does it except when he wants to see something.

And then there's the eating. Talk about no delayed gratification! He was "suddenly" hungry at almost 1:30 pm yesterday. So I made him some pizza -- I don't do it in the microwave, I heat it in the oven, because it tastes so much better that way -- so it takes a little while.

I'd given my mom some tortilla chips with her lunch. She didn't like them (they're food should taste good sweet potato chips -- sorry, they didn't rate the sweet potato crinkle chips -- and they were good). She didn't like them. Said they were tasteless (my mom does not aggravate me the way my dad does, but she is very critical and difficult to please -- she did really like the double chocolate mate tea I gave her, tho).

So I gave my Dad a chip to try. He liked it, naturally. The next thing I know he's in the bag of chips, even tho his pizza is just about ready. Who eats chips before pizza, I mean really?

He just give the least bit of thought about what he's eating from a health standpoint (hmm, reminds me some of DH), and he's got to have what he wants when he wants it (geez, no wonder I have so much problems with foods myself considering my role models).

In fact, after dinner, he wanted to go out for ice cream. A bagel with cream cheese for breakfast, pizza (with baby carrots due to me) and some chips with lunch, chased by some cookies, fries with dinner, chased by some ice cream.

I didn't have ice cream, since we're having company this weekend and I'm planning on making a rich dessert. My Dad wanted to know why I didn't like ice cream? Didn't I ever eat it? Doh, yes, I do eat it (but I am not the ice cream fiend he is, thankfully), but I think about what I eat and try to balance it out and I don't use "I'm on vacation" as an excuse.

They actually came up this time because my dad had a doctor's appointment in Albany. He has to come back in a month. Which just happens to be my husband's 50th birthday. And quite frankly, it isn't only me they annoy the heck out of. There's been just a little too much togetherness lately --3 visits in the last 3 months, about to be 4 apparently -- and they were trying to get us to come down over the Jewish High Holidays which are in just another couple of weeks! I told them no, and then they went and asked DH behind my back. Thankfully he is leaving the next day after Rosh Hashanah and just coming back before Yom Kippur which gave me a reason to say no.

And in other venting, my Dad complained because he had to pay $13 for a tour of an old farmhouse for the 3 of us. Hello, you guys cost us about $200 (not to mention the mental angst) when Chester ate poison at your house, but I didn't hear any offers to help us with that bill.

Ok. Trying to let it go now.

I guess my point is that if you should watch naturally thin people to see how they eat, it's not such a bad idea to observe someone who isn't naturally thin and observe them, too -- and then do the opposite!

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FRECKS96 8/25/2010 9:11PM

    So sorry you've had to deal with so much togetherness lately. I do know how stressful that can be. Take a deep breath, try not to think about next month and enjoy the time you'll have alone to regroup.

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HEYRED221 8/25/2010 4:11PM

    I feel ya! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 8/25/2010 3:26PM

    Parents can be so aggravating! Since I can barely endure the occassional 5 min phone conversation with my folks... well, I can hardly give advice to others! Remember to breathe... and keep your eyes on your own plate!

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THEATRE1SM 8/25/2010 8:38AM

    I have had a really hard time accepting a) my parents are still adults even though they may make childish decisions and b)their choices are exactly that - theirs. I can't change them or their habits. I can offer healthy alternatives and ask questions but I can't change them. I just have to stay sane for myself.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/25/2010 7:05AM

    You sound frustrated. The way I look at it about your parents eating habits is simply this... They are too old to change. My inlaws (both mom and dad) are in very poor health with heart conditions, the doc said no salt. Well that was short lived, pass the greasy bacon and salt please. They figure they have lived this long the way they were eating before so why change now. I can totally see why they think this way. They figure why not have the greasy cheeseburger anyway. Sad, but true. My BFF gma used to drink a double martini everyday and she would always say, "when you live to be 94 yrs old you can do whatever you want". I kinda agree with that.

But in the meantime, we should keep ourselves healthy because we know better. Hope this helps to know you're not alone in your way of thinking. Just focus on the healthy YOU !!!! emoticon

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KARBIE18 8/25/2010 7:03AM

    Yikes! That would be hard to watch, but ultimately it's his decision. Have you ever just come out and told him you were concerned about his eating? Or would it just fall on deaf ears?

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Swimming makes me feel thin

Monday, August 23, 2010

It seems so bizarre -- something that involves wearing a bathing suit, which isn't the most pleasant thing for most of us, myself included -- does make me feel thin. That buoyant feeling of the water.

I have loved to swim since I was a very young child. Must be the Aquarius in me -- altho sometimes I think I should've been born under Pisces, the fish. It was one of the few sports I was good at. Altho I swim slowly, as I do most things.

Swimming, for me, is very zen. I enjoy the process, not just the end result, as with running. Running is hard for me, and maybe it always will be. I enjoy how I feel when I'm done with a run, and that's why I do it (that and the efficiency of it). But I simply enjoy swimming.

I swim breaststroke almost exclusively. It's the one I went to state finals with (altho didn't win anything there). I was actually quite shocked that I earned points quickly for my simple breaststroke; I wasn't expecting that.

I also spend some laps using only my arms -- I can pull myself thru the water using only my arms. And I spend some laps using only my legs -- altho I found I had to move my arms a bit to stay afloat when using only my legs. At home I have swimboards, but I didn't bring them with me.

The muscle underneath my right butt cheek that is so very tight loosens up quickly with swimming. It's great cross training for running. Unfortunately, I have nowhere to swim at home. I hadn't been swimming in probably a couple of years.

There is a place not too far away, a gym -- and children's center -- but supposedly it has a good pool and it has a nice calendar of classes for adults, too (yoga, zumba, etc.) that I've been eying for some time. I at least have to investigate it and see if I can figure out if somehow we can swing it. If I wasn't already paying for WW it would probably be easy, but I can't give up WW either.

The moral, I think, is that exercise is what works for you. You might or might not enjoy the process, but you've got to enjoy how you feel afterward or you won't make it a healthy habit. It could be walking, running, dancing, hiking, playing a sport, playing with your kids, whatever -- just make sure it's something that makes you feel good. Preferably during, but definitely afterwards.

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 8/25/2010 8:27AM

    I love swimming. The feeling of the bubbles. Water swishing. Thoughts moving...

Ok, you run, you swim, do you ride a bike? You could do the title 9 tri with me in a year!!!! We could make a spark team!!!!
Just more food for thought where you are foodie, is that what you called it?
:) Jeanne

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TEMPEST272002 8/23/2010 11:02AM

    I share your love of swimming. My parents used to joke that I could swim before I could walk. Not true - but close! I feel very lucky that I have a beautiful lake to swim in (FREE!). I think it's important to remember that "exercise" isn't just fitness classes & gym memberships. My fitness is FUN - hiking, swimming, kayaking - and that makes it really easy to keep up with my fitness routine.

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KEAKMAN 8/23/2010 10:24AM

    "Exercise is what works for you" I LOVE it!

We all need to keep on searching for the thing or things that work for us. And for some of us, we will need to find new things as the old ones pale. It doesn't matter so much WHAT we do, so long as we do it!

Oh, and on a side note...I thought of you when we got our annual health insurance enrollment info. I guess our insurer is feeling the bite of obesity-related disease....starting in October they will pay for WW for the year. All I have to do is sign up and go. Wish your would do the same!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/23/2010 7:11AM

    Glad you've found something you like to do. I hear swimming uses alot of different muscles, it's the best overall workout. emoticon

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KARBIE18 8/23/2010 7:05AM

    Glad you enjoyed your swim. I love to swim, too. I would love to get a pool someday, but it's not in the budget just yet. In the meantime, I only get to swim a couple times a year. But when I do, I try to never touch the bottom or the sides, forcing myself to tread water or swim to keep myself above water. It's great!

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BESSHAILE 8/23/2010 7:02AM

    Funny you should bring up swimming since that is just what I plan to be doing this winter. I finally popped for a swim cap and goggles so I don't come home with chlorine hair and eyes and today is my first day back at the pool.

I live on the river and play in it often but I seldom swim in it. That is a much more social activity with tossing children and diving underwater to grab people's legs. The pool is where I can actually put in some laps. See ya at the other end.

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