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Learning a lesson

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I am not a happy lady, I am lying in bed, having had a horrible night, and morning, because of food poisoning. We had mussels last night, and one must have been off. Without going into too much detail, for those of you of a sensitive nature, let's just say that the water is only now staying down, and having been a mum I know how to treat what could be considered as a grown ups equivelant of nappy rush.

I had plenty of time to think, becasue I didn't dare go to sleep, and in anycase, I was just too sore.
I thought of all my friends and family who are undergoing chemeo at the moment , and how awful it must be to get the sickies, even if it is long term good. Of those, I thought of those in remission, Choc, and my niece, Charlotte, I thought of Joyce, second round of cancer, and this time it's terminal...... I thought of all those people I don't know who are suffering in one way or another.
And I had another strand of thought.
What is food poisoning?And why does the body react in such a way?
Well, duh, it's sort of clear, the body is trying to get rid of the poison as quickly as possible. In a sense, a very real sense, I abused my body last night. I fed it something toxic; really toxic!
And my body rejected it.
I thought of other things that I feed my body, that maybe aren't so toxic, that the response is not immediate elimination......and excess is included here. I thought about what is good for my body, and what isn't (oh we had the classic "moules frites" so double whammy)
So whilst it was really really horid, I'm not going to be completely negative, I learned a lesson the hard way.
I need to respect my body a bit more.

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/14/2010 7:32PM

    i think it was great that you were so sick and still thought of others. we all could learn a lesson and treat our bodies better more vegetables and fruits and grains less snacks caffeine and soda. i am sorry you were so sick and because of no fault of your own. now everyone who reads this will think to take care of their bodies better emoticon

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MAUIMA 10/13/2010 5:04PM

    Kelpie- Loved this blog...
Listening is so hard in the noisy environments in which we live...
well said...
Kay too...Listening to aches...body is telling us something.
Like fatigue...time to rest!
Thanks Kelpie.

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ARCHIMEDESII 10/13/2010 10:26AM

    Food poisoning is the worst ! This is not your fault !! Food poisoning can happen to anyone. I ate some bad salmon one day. I was doubled over sick for three days. I have never had anything lay me out flat the way food poisoning did. So, do take it easy, just lay in bed and rest. Try to drink if you can. You're going to be very dehydrated.

If you can, have someone buy you some fresh ginger. Chew on the raw ginger slices. That will help settle your stomach. Ginger is good for digestion, upset tummies and motion sickness.

Feel better soon !! But yes, food poisoning is just awful.


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KAYOTIC 10/13/2010 9:51AM

    Food for thought, so to speak...I'll have to keep the "toxic"food concept in mind when making my choices, and also "respecting my body" and in more ways than just eating! I WILL listen to the aches and pains as well!

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SLARTYB 10/13/2010 3:14AM

    If nothing else - food poisoning is certainly a quick way to lose weight!


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SCREWIE 10/12/2010 6:37PM

    That sounds terrible. I hope you recover soon.


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GOANNA2 10/12/2010 4:50PM

    I agree with Lindypaints and will have to start treating my body with respect.

Great read and you have such a great way with words.

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SEAWAVE 10/12/2010 9:28AM

    Loved reading this. Going through chemo (I had mine Jan-June this year) is what convinced me to start on this journey. Getting chemo is a toxicity that was an informed choice. I realized that the toxic foods I was eating were uninformed and totally under my own control. Seems foolish in hindsight to not have noticed it before!

By the way, if it can be of any encouragement to your friends/family going through chemo... Because I had inflammatory breast cancer, chemo was before the mastectomy. The path report from my mastectomy showed 'no evidence of disease' so chemo does work. Also, if they are nauseous and not holding anything down, I found coconut water (make sure it's the water, not the milk!) very helpful in keeping my electrolyte balance.

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SHERWOODCYCLER 10/12/2010 9:25AM

    Yep. It is the only body we have.

IF we don't give it respect, no one else is likely to....

Hang in there (I can only empathize as I had a flu shot reaction Saturday night. I didn't sleep well, but fortunately only my stomach churned and had pains...not much else...knock on wood)...

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LINDYPAINTS 10/12/2010 9:04AM

    Thanks for a great read - I think I need to do the same thing. Of all the things I have done with and to my body, treating it with respect is not high on the list! You have made me think!

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Progress of sorts

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The scale is not showing a huge difference; however, Jacques says he can feel the change.

Many years ago, when I was quite slim, my then toddler said "Mummy's got a wobbly botty" well, it wobbles a lot more now......but hopefully it's beginning to firm up a litte. No pictures here!

What I am doing is trying to incorporate as many random acts of fitness into my day.

At the moment, as I am typing, I have my legs crossed at the ankles, and I am rocking gently; I then do it the other side.

One of my problems is shin splints, I have huge calves

no, not this kind(this is why some people have problems learning English)

a bit more like this
where I would really like to be like this

Now, working my lower leg muscles will help, and I can do all sorts of things sitting down
I can do alphabet toes

I can do seated leg extensions

I can do my kegels

(believe me, the other images were not suitable for a family site)
and I can quite simply pull in my tummy.......looking forward to it being like that really!

And all of these are just sitting down!
I'm sure that there are more......I'm having fun finding them!

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SCREWIE 9/28/2010 1:54PM

    I love the idea of random act of fitness! I try to do it myself but I don't always remember (except the Kegels that I do almost without realising it).

I have to think of something to do for my arms and tum, as my legs are ok with all the cycling, walking and squats. Or rather, *I* like my legs, not sure others would agree :D

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/27/2010 6:44PM

    i love this getting exercise in when you are supposed to be resting is supper. i always walk on my toes ,people tell me my calves are great. i think it is part genetics and part of all the walking i do at work. i also only have two big toes on each foot the other two toes are small like my pinky toe.great calves but messed up feet. we are all born different we have to make the most of what we got. emoticon

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/25/2010 2:03PM

    You have huge calves ? Join the club. I can't even begin to tell you the problems I have trying to buy fashionable knee high boots !!! I swear, shoe designers must be using storks are their models !! Who has legs that skinny ?

Here's the thing, I'm not fat. I took off the weight and have kept it off. However, I am now very athletic. As a result, I have powerful legs aka muscular calves.

I gotta tell you, I do love having sculpted looking legs. I'm bummed that I can't wear fashionable boots. But if the trade off is losing the strength in my legs to get skinny legs, I'll keep my big (sculpted) calves.

Who wants skinny chicken legs ?? NO !!! We want strong calves !! I'll bet your calves aren't fat. I'll bet they're strong !!

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KAYOTIC 9/25/2010 1:18PM

    Oh, I have large calves too! (the second kind, not the first!) How I longed for those slim, feminine kind, but now I've come to appreciate my calves for what they do for me, hike up those hills with speed and ease, pump those bike pedals, climb those mountains! (now if I can just get my feet to cooperate, I'll be unstoppable!)

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One week on (almost) and some new concepts

Sunday, September 12, 2010

This week has not been bad, I have stayed within my calorie range most days, and even those that I didn't I recorded. That is a big change, because I was having to actually face up to my sidetrackings

Now, I like the word sidetrack, because it is not as negative as some others, such as failures

or disapointment
or disaster

No sidetrack has a different ring to it, if I am sidetracked it doesn't mean that I won't reach my destination, it means that it will take me longer

I don't actually stop and give up, I keep going, and I might even have some interesting experiences on the side track,

So my road may be long and winding,

however, I'll keep going!

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KAYOTIC 9/12/2010 1:25PM

    I like that, sidetrack, not necessarily a bad thing....maybe it's a learning thing!

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/12/2010 12:08PM

    like your attitude good blog.

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GOANNA2 9/12/2010 9:30AM

    I agree with SCREWIE. Go the Sidetrackers.
I always love your blogs because you are so clever.

Thanks a bunch.
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SUZIEGREY 9/12/2010 6:16AM

    That's a great way of looking at it. As you say, sidetracking doesn't sound negative and how many little gems have we all discovered when we've been sidetracked.
Thank you.

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SCREWIE 9/12/2010 3:39AM

    You've said it: sidetracking will make your journey longer, but it will also make it a lot more interesting.

Sidetrackers R Us :D

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A new way to count?

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

I started again, again on Monday....this is Wednesday....that makes it day 3, no? Well, yes, because 1+1+1=3. That's not rocket science, it's not even maths, it's basic arithmetic, just addition, and single digits, the singlest one in fact.

However, I have a little problem with see, any time I "fall off the wagon"
slip up
or am, for example just plain ill
I have to return to go,
back to zero
or whatever!

So I've decided to do it differently, every day will be ONE and sometimes it will be today it will be one plus two, because I have had two successful days....and it will always be plus, because I will always put whatever streaks I have had in, just to remind me of what success I have had... so...let us imagine, that I have 2 weeks, and then a little hiccup, I'll start at one again, plus a zero, plus the 14 for the previous streak.....and zero plus zero always makes zero, so it doesn't change the principle when I start again. So I might end up with 1 plus 3 plus 14........

Anyway, there is a certain logic to it, at least to me.
I'll just see how it goes now!

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    I like this way of counting. Everyone is always so excited on day one.

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CJKOMODO 9/9/2010 6:24AM

    Great positive attitude. I like your way of thinking!! emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/8/2010 7:21PM

    i love your logic it is tied to a positive attitude and a need to succeed emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOANNA2 9/8/2010 5:09PM

    Great to see you back and I love the cartoon and your positive attitude.


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SCREWIE 9/8/2010 12:11PM

    That's a streak of "keep going despite the hiccups". There's no 0s there :D

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LINDA! 9/8/2010 9:14AM

    Good luck on your journey!

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KAYOTIC 9/8/2010 9:11AM

    I like it! And I love that cartoon too....

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AKASHA66 9/8/2010 8:43AM

    Just a titch complicated, but if it works for you.....most of all, don't get down on yourself, just keep right on going.

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STARGLADE 9/8/2010 8:32AM


That has been one of my all-time favorite cartoons FOREVER! (Or at least however long it's been since I first saw it, I think it was in one of my mom's Good Housekeeping magazines.)

And good for you, shifting your perspective on counting!


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JAZZYJAS 9/8/2010 8:06AM

    count all successful days -- no need to start over.

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ANDREWMOM 9/8/2010 8:05AM

    I fit works for you to find the success... good luck!

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The skinny vibes challenge is to write about a holiday...well, my previous post gives one example. However, I did have an earlier one too, just me and Jacques
our tent in a camp-site with lots of room

and hammocks

and healthy lunches

and miles of beaches....

and waves to play in

time to relax

and in Scotland, well, family and friends

and more beaches

highland games


beautiful scenery

there is more, however, I must get on!

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L*I*T*A* 9/4/2010 11:30PM

    what a great adventure........
thanks for sharing your great pictures.......
blessings and hugs..............lita

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/22/2010 11:27AM

    thanks for the gorgeous pictures of scotland and its beaches i have never been . great blog thanks for sharing emoticon

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GOANNA2 8/17/2010 5:09PM

    I was in Scotland over 30 years ago and it still looks wonderful .
I would love to have been there and France looks wonderful.
You had so much fun, good fo you, I am envious.
Anna emoticon

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READNKNIT 8/17/2010 3:30PM

    They look like fabulous trips! I've never been to Scotland but would love to go there sometime!

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SCREWIE 8/17/2010 1:11PM

    Oh dear... I so envy you! I can't make up my mind if I'd rather be in the first or second holiday... I think I'd go for both :D

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