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A chilly, snowy run

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Well, maybe not so snowy by my spark buddy's DDHEART's standards, but it was close to the run that wasn't. Altho I was always going to run, inside or out -- but I was considering pushing it off til tomorrow (again!) -- nothing like a good argument with your DH to get you out of the house.

It was a bit of a frustrating run, as the path was covered in snow in places -- and icy underneath -- causing me to either have to slow down or walk. More walking than usual.

I was not the only runner out there. In fact, there were even walkers out there. And lots of people walking their dogs. At home, even DH was out walking the dogs -- which totally shocked me -- I'm sure he didn't walk them very far, but he did at least do it. Without my having to ask.

Land of the midnight sun. Well, at least it reminds me of someplace like Siberia or Sweden. One of those days were everything is just grey.

I was out for 90 minutes . . . it wasn't that cold, just below freezing. And it was just flurrying, no real snow. I don't really know how to explain my relationship with running . . . I don't love it, but I sure do it a whole lot. It's efficient. I like how I feel when I'm done. And in this instance, I had some hot cocoa and a protein brownie waiting for me in the car. It still takes my legs forever to warm up! Even with silk long underwear. I want DDHEART's hot tub. Or at the least a whirlpool bath.

I said I was going to continue to lose this holiday season. It is apparently not meant to be. All I had to do was lose a couple of pounds over the next couple of weeks & I could even get to move my ticker. And yes, there was 2 lbs at today's WI -- only in the wrong direction. I totally don't get it. I ate much worse the week before last week's WI and lost a small amount of weight -- I definitely wasn't an angel this week, but I was much better, only to gain almost 2 lbs!

Well, it is what it is & all that crap. Go have some hot cocoa if you're feeling all chilly after viewing this. I know that sure hit the spot in the car (and was still piping hot in its thermos!).

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FRECKS96 12/23/2010 11:23PM

    That's great that you got out and ran. I'm aiming to get one in tomorrow. And yes, frustration/annoyance/anger, all great motivators.

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HALFFAST 12/23/2010 11:16PM

    What gorgeous scenery you have there! I'm sipping on some hot cocoa before heading to bed. Nighty night :)

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TEMPEST272002 12/23/2010 9:22PM

    Thank you for sharing your run pictures with us. I love seeing where other people run. My favourite is the midnight sun pic which reminded me of somewhere I once lived.

I also ran in the snow today, but your path looks a little more difficult. I had 10 inches of soft packed snow - but I'd rather that than icy patches. This was officially my last "run" - and now I'm switching to snow-shoeing.
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DDOORN 12/23/2010 8:45PM

    Yep, had my chilly combo of Nordic walking, jogging and walking...got too slippery for the poles at times so I jogged, walked when it looked too slippery for that...can't say I had a great time, but it wasn't bad either. Just got 'er dun. :-)


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STIPER23 12/23/2010 5:42PM

    I have the same relationship with running. A protein brownie? That sounds yum!

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NATPLUMMER 12/23/2010 5:38PM

    It's very snowy and cold by my standards. Great job on doing your run today instead of tomorrow.
Good job DH for taking the dogs out...that should get him out of the doghouse, yes?
You certainly do a lot of running for somebody who doesn't love it. I do like it and it is efficient.
Cocoa emoticon and a protein brownie emoticon (sorry no brownie emoticon so you get chocolate instead). They are definitely a great incentive ;-)
You do look nice and bundled up.
I'm sorry about the 2 pounds...you know it's probably not real, just a fluctuation.

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JAMIESTITES 12/23/2010 4:56PM

    I'm glad to see that the 2lbs didn't get you down. It sucks but you'll get it off. I myself don't run in the snow for some reason I'm too afraid I'll slip and fall. So you're doing soooo awesome good for you. Oh! and YUMMY COCOA emoticon emoticon

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Stop beating yourself up. NOW!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Maybe you're sailing thru the holiday season, continuing on your healthy lifestyle journey, dropping weight as usual.

And just maybe you're human like the rest of us, and:

You're fallen sick and fallen behind
You've let exercise go in favor of your to-do list
You've imbibed a wee too much of all the goodies

Do you know what puts on more weight than any food you will ever put in your mouth? Guilt! Yes, stress can indeed cause you to gain weight (of course, those missed sweat sessions and extra sweets contribute, too).

This blog has been rattling around in my brain a while, but this morning I just happened to read this:

"The most important approach to true health and longevity is to be gentle and love ourselves. Diet is far more than what goes into our mouths. Peace of mind is the most profound and pervasive medicine. Loving your body is the most fundamental foundation for health. Attitude and intention are portent food for thought. Thoughts are potentially as toxic as any subject. Visualization is a powerful tool. What we focus on grows stronger. Love breeds life, health and balance."

Which says it all better than I could ever hope to.

I definitely struggle with this. A LOT. Sometimes I get it right -- and sometimes the guilt creeps in. And I always struggle when it does. Now I just need suggestions about letting go of the guilt!

Oddly enough, this is part of what I love about TLC's "What Not to Wear": it's all about loving the body you HAVE, not the body you wish you had.

So if you've been less than perfect lately, realize that you're just human -- and let go of the guilt. Then let me know how you did that!

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HEALTH4LYFE 12/23/2010 12:05AM

    Great blog once again. We treat ourselves so much worse than we would our friends and family. By loving ourselves more, it can be a win win situation!

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DDHEART 12/22/2010 5:04PM

    The last two episodes of What not to wear that I saw were especially good demonstration of the whole letting go and seeing the real person and here's more...being willing to put that person "out there" all reasons that I like that show too!

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DDOORN 12/22/2010 3:49PM

    Thank you for such an important reminder...! I'd love to know where you picked up that paragraph!

What helps me is to remember those peak moments of yore when I felt really, REALLY FINE! This reminds me that I have the knowledge, skills and power to reclaim that feeling for myself again and again!


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SHEILA1505 12/22/2010 11:34AM

    Yes! This is so very true

As you may have noticed from yesterday's status, I have doubled up on gym classes to compensate for holiday cancellations - and last night I went on a mountainside hike and rock scramble (something I haven't done for over 20 years) and then in today's classes I was sluggish and couldn't keep up. I stopped beating myself up when I suddenly realised that it's hardly surprising and it's just as well that tomorrow will be my be-gentle-to-myself day :)


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DEE797 12/22/2010 9:54AM

    Another great blog. You have a wonderful insight into blogging about things that matter most. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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KEAKMAN 12/22/2010 9:49AM

    Once again another great blog form the wisest lady I know in New York (and a bunch of other places as well!)

Loving the place you are in, and the body you have, doesn't have to mean "giving up" or "settling". Love and accept who and what you are, and then, in an effort to make the good even better, work to improve it. And remember that perfection is probably not attainable (for most of us!)


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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/22/2010 9:42AM

    Peach of mind? Love it! Don't you hate it when spell-check can't pick up typos?
Seriously, you're so right. Here I am with an extra 5 lbs I wish I didn't have, but loving the strength I've developed over the past year. I'll get to those pounds eventually, but in the meantime, I'm enjoying the new me.

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HALFFAST 12/22/2010 9:31AM

    Thanks Judy, I really needed this today. I've been in a funk lately and don't know what to do. I think its the holidays stressing me out because after the move I don't have the money to do my usual holiday shopping. I'm still not where I need to be mentally but at least I haven't gained any weight! And I haven't even been running because it's been so cold here. Must stop beating myself up and just recommit to what works for me.

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NATPLUMMER 12/22/2010 8:05AM

    I just try to remind myself that I am human and I will make mistakes. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/22/2010 7:57AM

    There's really no secret or easy answer to letting go of the guilt. Self punishment and negativity are definitely NOT the answers. I think sometimes we tend to like to pity ourselves and wallow around in unnecessary guilt - it's human nature, but at what point is enough, enough?

Just remember life is about learning - learning to let go. This is a "learned" attribute, it's different with every individual, you just have to march on and leave it behind. No simple remedy, you just have to find what works for you, but love yourself in the mean time while we all figure this out. emoticon

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MISSFORTE 12/22/2010 7:49AM

    Wow this made me feel a lot better thank you for the insight! Merry Christmas!

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What gift are you giving YOURSELF?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Oh, we all know by now that we ought to be on our own lists -- preferably first on our own lists. But the thought came to me the other day, just what gift am I giving myself when I make poor eating choices?

Less energy?
Tighter clothes?
Poor health?
Wanting to be invisible?
Poor self confidence?

The list could go on and on, but are any of these things you want? Didn't think so.

Of course, thinking of the negatives in your life never got you anywhere.

You have to focus on the gifts you WANT to receive. I read somewhere recently that losing weight shouldn't be the goal, losing weight ought to be a byproduct of reaching another goal:

Lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, etc.
Running faster
Doing more pushups, situps, using heavier weights, etc.
Cute clothes
Lots of energy

Keep in mind your goals over the next few days -- better yet, put up some visuals somewhere -- and give yourself the gift of a healthy you.

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EOSTAR_45 12/22/2010 12:22PM

    Good question indeed. I love your intro--when we make poor food choices, what gift are we giving ourselves. I want to give myself the gift of being healthy and living a healthy life. And if that is the case, my choices need to reflect that. Of course weight loss would be a most welcome byproduct. I like that and will keep that in mind as I set goals for 2011.


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DOGMOMMA2THREE 12/21/2010 6:43PM

    I loved this blog! I'm trying to give myself the gift of health as diabetes really runs in my family. I know there might be genetics involved but my weight and lifestyle are things I can change!

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 12/21/2010 10:46AM

    Wonderful thoughts on the REAL goals we're going for when we want to lose weight. Thank you.

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NATPLUMMER 12/21/2010 9:30AM

    Thank you for this reminder of what's really important.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/21/2010 8:49AM

    This year, some core strength and some speed for me, please....

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KEAKMAN 12/21/2010 8:46AM

    You've already seen my list for Santa. What IS on your list???

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SHEILA1505 12/21/2010 8:12AM

    :) I have aced your health priority!!
Went to have glucose, cholesterol and BP tested the other day - just to make sure - and everything perfect! I was so chuffed and then I found some lovely new clothes in a Sale the other day - expected to pay the marked price which was already a quarter discounted, and ended up paying next to nothing for linen pants - was R230, then R170, finally R75 - nice one!

BTW US$1 = +/- R7 or R7.50 depending on forex


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KARBIE18 12/21/2010 6:41AM

    Definitely WILL lower my cholesterol. And I'm already being rewarded with the extra energy (most days!).

I've rarely bought cute clothes for myself - never wanted to call attention to myself. But I am ready for a change in that area. Wish I had a personal shopper, though, because I don't know if I'd recognize stylish if it slapped me in the face!

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Changing tastebuds one person at a time

Sunday, December 19, 2010

It has continually amazed me how my taste buds have changed over the last 20 years. But what's truly astounding is how my husband's taste buds are slowly changing. Either that, or I'm just slowly wearing him down.

You know how most couples fight over money? I swear we fight more over food!

Anyway, I was catching up with some old Oprah episodes, and on her favorite things episode she had mac & cheese, which I haven't had in forever. And yeah, suddenly I wanted it. But I sure didn't want to make it from scratch, even tho I did actually have the ingredients on hand. I remembered that I had some whole wheat, healthy mac & cheese packages squirrel'd away.

I made one. This thing has been sitting around here for months, because I really don't eat that crap anymore -- even when it's organic, no trans fat, real cheese, blah blah blah. And when I sat down to eat it? Nope, it really just didn't cut it. I ate maybe half of what I'd planned to, and then I cajoled my husband into a taste. Because I thought he might actually like it -- closer to Kraft Mac & Cheese (without the nasty ingredients).

And sure enough, he thought it wasn't bad. Compared to what he normally eats, that's almost healthy! So it won't go to waste, I'll give it to him for lunch, even tho he doesn't need the sodium.

I was still hungry, so I finished my meal with some healthy pancakes I had on hand. Weird, I know, but it worked for me.

Today I am not craving mac & cheese anymore. The power of a visual! Cause like I said, I could make it from scratch, and I make a good mac & cheese. I have a great big hunk of raw cheddar in the fridge, don't ask me why. Cause it was there. Not really sure what I'm going to do with it.

So far this week I'm doing much better on the BLTs (as in fewer), but even so I know I'm not eating as healthy as I could be. I've got a while til my next WI, OTOH, so maybe I can get motivated to clean things up. It's not that I'm eating terribly, it's just that I'm not making as healthy choices as I could -- simply because I've been feeling lazy. Of course, then you get into the catch-22 of non-healthy choices making you even lazier . . .

So today I will do yoga and drag DH & the dogs around the neighborhood. Tomorrow I will run, whether on the treadmill or outside. And I will tell myself that I have the energy to do what needs to be done.

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KEAKMAN 12/20/2010 8:31AM

    It IS amazing how we change what tastes "good" as we change what we normally consume. Glad to hear that DH is changing for the better, too. I will never forget last Christmas and eagerly awaiting some old favorites made by Mom, only to discover that many of them are now to fatty or too salty or too something for my taste. (so I am going to experiment on Scott's family this week and see if I can turn them into healthy versions that I still like!)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/20/2010 8:26AM

    Mac and cheese doesn't do it for me. But plain cheddar, that's another story. Better yet, a nice ripe smelly French cheese.....

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/20/2010 8:18AM

    I had a craving for mac and cheese on Saturday, I was food shopping and passed the mac and cheese, they have a new kind out that you baked with breadcrumbs on top. I said to myself, OOOOHHH I just have to buy this, will make a great dinner. But before I threw it in the cart, I read the calories per serving - 230 per serving - NOPE, NOPE, NOPE, put it right back on the shelf. No mac and cheese for me. I settled for a serving of baked frozen french fries instead. emoticon

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 12/20/2010 7:17AM

    I'm jealous of the cheddar in your fridge!

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NATPLUMMER 12/19/2010 1:44PM

    I actually prefer the boxed mac and cheese to the real stuff. The real kind is too creamy..I don't like cream sauces. I do have some real stuff that my brother made, though. That's what I'll be having for lunch today (husband is at a meeting and will be having pizza).
Today was my yoga day, too.
Good job on the BLTs. So far I've been good today, but I'll be baking some pumpkin muffins later...we'll see how that goes.
Have a great run tomorrow!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 12/19/2010 12:35PM

    The mac and cheese sounded lovely all the same! I'd love to have some right now but I'm having a turkey sandwich instead. Funny how your tastes change. I'm one of these really weird eaters...I crave things and eat it a lot over a short period of time and then I don't want to see it for a few years! Right now I'm on a pizza kick which my family laughs at because I don't even like pizza usually!

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MACKANDME 12/19/2010 12:25PM

    I think they get used to things and if these things are healthier...super!

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BABYSOX 12/19/2010 12:23PM

    I agree that our taste buds change. I think that I eat healthier, I am learning to actually taste the food. I don't want to waste calories on things that I do not enjoy. Great blog.

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Death by a thousand bites

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I am quite sure there are spark buddies out there who can relate to this one. In general, I eat pretty healthy. But it's the little things that trip me up:

Portion sizes
Not moving enough outside of exercise
BLTs (bites, licks & tastes)

I think it's those last 2 that really stands in the way of me finally pushing thru to my GW. It's probably all 4, in reality, but today we're talking about that last one. That list is really more for me than anything else.

Yesterday was one of those days. I was HUNGRY with a capital H. Yes, I was tired, too. Yes, I ran, but it was only about 4 miles -- which once seemed undoable and is now completely doable.

I was well hydrated. In fact, I've recently noticed that sugar has a tendency to make me very thirsty. I tried out sports beans for the first time, and I do think I like them, but boy was I thirsty for the rest of the day. So far I've tried out blok shots, power bites, dates, and the sports beans for fuel during longer runs (altho yesterday's wasn't really all that long).

I like the blok shots, but they are kind of big. I really like the power bites (chocolate, of course), but they are also big and rather difficult to chew. The sports beans are just the right size. I'm not even into jelly beans -- never eat them -- I prefer my sugar with chocolate -- but I really liked them.

I'm not completely off track here, you just gotta stick with me. I've also experimented with some stuff I probably shouldn't lately: chef jay's protein brownie (OMG, really good) and the triple threat power bars, which are like candy bars. I can definitely see those things being a slippery slope: I save them for long run days -- more than an hour -- but truly, they're highly processed and do I really need them? The answer is probably no. I could make something healthier.

Anyway, after my run yesterday I was very hungry. I'd made a healthy recovery pudding (basically a fruit smoothie without any liquid), but I was still hungry after that -- and still cold! -- so I had a protein cookie with my tea.

And I didn't track everything. Until later. In the end, I was well within my range for the day. But it's those untracked foods that normally slip me up. Why is it that I fear writing everything down sometimes? The guilt from making less-than-healthy choices? Fear of failing?

I have been super tired lately. Not sick, just totally unmotivated to move (altho obviously I still do) and totally unmotivated to tackle my chores (not doing quite so well with those). I haven't pinpointed the cause yet. The short, dark days? Too much sugar? Too much pasta?

Just the effort of changing in and out of 20 billion layers all the time can keep me from doing what I really ought to be doing.

Last week there were a lot of unrecorded BLTs. I was really hoping to get control of them this week and see what the new Pointsplus plan can really do for me. It seems like an awful lot of food -- how in the world can you lose weight eating all of that food? And yet even with my BLTs last week, I still lost .6 pounds. But people are doing so well, even those like me that are close to their GW -- how well could I do if I made better choices?

So last night, after dinner, when I was STILL hungry, I had 2 clementines and an apple. Gotta love free fruit! Which worked for me, and helped me to turn down the popcorn DH made.

It isn't TOM or anywhere near it so that does not explain the hungries.

Yes, it's a totally random and rambling blog, and it was mainly for me to get out some stuff.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/18/2010 10:11AM

    I am in total awe of those who can do BLT's. In fact, I cannot even wrap my mind around the concept for myself. Perhaps one day. (smiling) Have a fun weekend.

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NATPLUMMER 12/18/2010 9:38AM

    It's funny that you mention it, because I was HUNGRY all day yesterday as well. It's weird how some days are like that. I wish that once in a while I'd have the days were I wasn't hungry...that doesn't seem to happen to me.
I do my best to track the BLTs. But sometimes I don't. I do think that's one of my biggest downfalls.

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KARBIE18 12/18/2010 8:58AM

    Ramble anytime!

I truly believe that you have to eat to lose, but I know there is a limit. But, whenever I DO lose, it always involves eating more, and different foods than I usually consume. Weird. I have heard really good things about the Pointsplus plan, so I look forward to reading about how you do. I've been eating really well since I got my bloodwork back (fear is a great motivator for me), but I wanted you to know that I have to share the credit. I think of you every time I start to indulge in a B, L, or T!

I think your lack of energy and hungries probably do have to do with winter, and the shorter days. It's so very common at this time of the year, and it can't just be a coincidence. And I hear ya about putting on all those layers - it sure can be a pain! But it sounds like you're pushing through it - 4 miles?? That's fantastic! Go you!!

Love clementines! Yum!

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