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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I forgot to write about part of the motivation I received on my trip a week ago. I got on the plane and ended up with the middle seat. My seat belt was almost all the way extended and I fully took up the seat. The skinny people on either side of me drew themselves in away from me. They never spoke to me the entire trip. I tried to make myself as small as possible but it just would not happen.
When I saw one of my old high school friends I was shocked at how tiny she was. I remembered that I was once about the same size as she was and we often traded clothes. I realize that things are different now. I am on several meds that cause weight gain. Diabetes makes it harder to lose weight and so do my mobility issues. It is just hard to manage life in a larger body.
On a much happier note, I have done well with avoiding dairy and sugar. I think that it has helped my inflammation levels a lot.

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GRLTAZ 11/21/2014 8:39PM

    As you lose weight, get those healthy habits in place, you will feel better and better. Keep pushing ! It was a great NSV, just to see your feelings for what they currently are. emoticon

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TWESTEN1 11/20/2014 12:20PM

    Oh hunnies, I feel for you. But like Nora said, a lot of times we assume people are thinking the worst... and likely they weren't. You are beautiful & you are special and focus on that and remember that.

And congrats on cutting out the dairy and sugar. Sure hope that helps with the inflammation & the weight loss.

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STILLMENEWBODY 11/20/2014 9:46AM

    I am sorry about your travel experience. Then, running into an old friend and recognizing you are no longer the same size, reflecting on what used to be and what is today is emotionally draining. I AM PROUD OF YOU are taking action and focusing on making small changes here there and everywhere. Eventually you will see a whole new you, the you that you strived to be physically. I wish you well and congratulate you on your determination.
One more thing, often we think people are thinking things that they are not thinking at all. We are imposing our thoughts onto them because we aren't happy with our own situation. It is a natural behaviour. Who knows....the person on one side of you might have people contact issues or anxieties about talking to their neighbour, the other might be menopausal and over heated and can't stand the thought of the body heat exuding from just don't really know why certain behaviours occur. Unless we point blank ask.....we are drawing our own conclusions. Something to think about..right! Have a funtabulous day!!!! emoticon

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CBRINKLEY401 11/20/2014 9:39AM

    You are working hard to get healthy. Don't let the actions of other people get to you at all!
I believe in you. emoticon

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    Good work on avoiding foods that give you inflammation. emoticon You know that people on planes are usually stressed out and when the majority of humanity is stressed, they tend to act in self-interest....sigh. Thanks for reminding everyone how stupid that looks.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

I went to Seattle with my daughter last week. We had a great time. I saw a couple of old friends who I haven't seen in almost 30 years! We walked a lot and ate great food. My daughter had an interview with a med school to become a naturopathic doctor. She was accepted! She is very excited. This will be a great fit for her. I am a bit sad because she will be living across the country. She is vegan and has been about 2 years. I used to be vegetarian so I have supported her lifestyle. I met a man at the university who became mostly vegan and very health conscious after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 3 years ago. Yeah, pancreatic cancer 3 years ago! That just does not happen! We got talking about nutrition and why he eats the way he does. We talked about all my crazy stuff. He suggested that I try getting off sugar and dairy because they cause inflammation. Well, I have read that many times but this time it sunk in. So, for almost a week I have really been eating more healthy, eating less and avoiding sugar. I think it has helped some. I only needed 1 rest day after our trip. In the past, long drives can do me in for 3 days or more. Maybe eating better has something to do with it. I am going to continue this and maybe my body will start doiing better.

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GRLTAZ 11/14/2014 11:31PM

    Good job. Learning again is sometimes all we need to recommit to our health.

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    Wow, that was quite a conversation. Good luck to your daughter! And to that man in beating the odds...! I can kick sugar but dairy is a hard one. But sugar is HUGE!

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TWESTEN1 11/13/2014 7:13AM

Wow - congrats to your daughter! That is awesome!!!

And great for you too with the change in eating - I bet it will make a big difference. Especially cutting out the sugar. It is amazing how if you cut sugar, within days old cravings are gone & you just really crave the healthier foods. So nice you were able to feel better after just 1 rest day! That's a bonus too.

Glad you enjoyed the trip!

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CBRINKLEY401 11/13/2014 12:31AM

    Good for you cutting out the sugar and eating more healthy. Glad you were able to recover quickly from this trip.

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Fighting for and against my body

Thursday, October 23, 2014

If you have read some of my blogs, you know that I have some physical issues which get me from time to time. Well, these issues have been getting worse. I am sometimes torn between giving into the pain and taking it easier or fighting against the pain and making myself do more. I have found that I need to pace myself and not do too much any one day. It will take me down a day or two. Today a storm front is coming in and I am pretty miserable. I went back to the knee doctor Monday and had injections in both knees. The swelling is down quite a bit nw. I saw a new neurosurgeon Tuesday. He found that I have inflammation like bursitis in my sacroiliac joints, too. He gave me injections in both hips for the bursitis. I will go next month and have injections in my spine and SI joints under sedation. The last spinal injections did help some. My feet felt quite a bit better. I am feeling frustrated with my weight. It seems to be just bobbing back & forth between 5 lbs or so for several months. I tried avoiding wheat products to see if that would help with inflammation & weight loss. I didn't feel much difference. I am on a Facebook group for chronic pain & back problems and one for fibromyalgia. Several people have sworn that eliminating wheat, dairy and sugar has helped them immensely. I would like to try this but making a huge lifestyle change like that will be really hard! I love cheese, bread, ice cream, flour tortillas, half & half in my coffee and so many other yummy things like that! I need some strong will power for this! The extra weight I am hauling around only makes my conditions worse. I guess after writing this, I realize that I have to make some serious changes to get serious results. I am going to start doing a bit more planning for meals and making foods that will help reduce inflammation and weight. I may make mistakes and reach for those comfort foods now and then but, it will be okay. I am going to start expecting things to turn around! I am worth the effort.

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GRLTAZ 10/26/2014 6:00PM

    Sorry to hear about your continued struggles but like someone already said, You are worth it! It can be frustrating trying to find what will work and as always, what worked for one may or may not work for all. Just keep trying. The paleo diet, clean eating diet or south beach diets may work for you, but you will not know unless you try. I am experimenting with the south beach diet now to see if it helps my blood sugars. Time will tell. I really want something that is easy to do, that I can do for life, and this is sounding closest to what I may need. I hope you find what works because getting the weight off definitely helps. ((hugs))

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    Maybe you can try eliminating one thing for a week (like wheat or dairy) and see if it helps without eliminating all of it? Good luck with this. Giving up foods is hard, but being free of pain would be really sweet.

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TWESTEN1 10/23/2014 2:55PM

    Yes, sweetie - you ARE worth the effort. I'm truly sorry that you are having to deal with so much pain in your body. It's very hard to exercise when everything hurts. Such a battle with trying to lose weight then. I sure hope the injections work and give you some peace.

Making big food changes like that can be very hard, but maybe if you set a goal - promise to stick to it for a month and see if you have good results. If not, go back to what you like. It may surprise you :) Again, easier said than done, for sure. I wish you the best!

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CBRINKLEY401 10/23/2014 12:52PM

    Best of luck. I hope you find some relief from the pain. I've heard that avoiding dairy and wheat do help to, but like you I'd find it so hard to do. A friend has managed and it has helped immensely. There are many gluten free and dairy free recipes on SP (the 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies are amazing according to my friend), and the stores are carrying more Gluten Free items as well, and I believe the price is going down somewhat since it is getting so popular.

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Weigh in day

Friday, October 17, 2014

I have been doing the Biggest Loser Fall Challenge. I am on a really great team, the Grey Wolves. It has made me get moving more and question what I am eating. Today was weigh in day and alas, I am stuck! I know what part of the issue is. I had a bit of a flare up this week. That causes a lot of pain and extreme fatigue. Sometimes I know that I absolutely have to rest. I had 2 days last week of barely moving. I am going to have to adjust my diet because this weight has to come off! I do not want to be battling my body. I have to nurture and care for myself. A negative energy/attitude is not helpful. I enjoy exercising. It makes me happy that I can do more than I thought I could. My body is changing because I have lost inches and my clothes fit differently. I just need to figure out what I need to do to make some progress. I know one thing is my sleep. I do not sleep well. I will sleep 2 hours and wake up for 3 and sleep again (sometimes). Last night I had 2 hours of sleep. I know that has to be part of the problem. I am on meds that will increase weight but I cannot change that at this time. I know what should be done. I just have to do things that will help me get to my goal. First mini goal is that I want a weight loss next week!

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WINDYCITYCYNDEE 10/19/2014 11:09AM

    There was something in the water this week. I did lose another bit, but I didn't feel as motivated about it--instead of feeling energized, it felt like a bit boulder that I had to move with the tracking and exercising. It would have been easy to cave and go back to my old habits. I think it's the middle of the challenge; it's like midterm blues. Rest up and get ready for the finish line.

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TWESTEN1 10/17/2014 1:47PM

    Wow - you definitely do need to get more sleep! Battling a flare up sounds no fun at all. I hope you're feeling better now. I truly hope you can find a way to get the sleep your body craves - Im sure that would help with the weight loss. Either way don't let a bad week get you down. We all have them. Hang in there!

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STILLMENEWBODY 10/17/2014 10:04AM

    It seems there are a handful of Grey Wolves questioning their actions or non actions of the past week. I gained 1 pound. That being said...I know why so I have to suck it When we are doing all the right things and we aren't losing it can be frustrating. Yet, we cannot expect that we will lose weight every week! It is not a reality. We have to look at the big picture, review where we started, how far we have come and when is enough, enough. So sweet lady, a new week has started and we all have an opportunity to make it a great week, right! GO GREY WOLVES GO!!!!!

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Scale Woes and Worry and Joy and Satisfaction

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I wrote a little pep talk on the Grey Wolves message board last night about not letting that darn scale define you or make you upset. The scale is just a messenger of what you are doing and how it is affecting your body. I knew that I was really writing it for me! I have had days of getting on the scale and being so happy that it was going down! I have had days that I was really disappointed and upset that it was going up or staying the same. I weighed in this morning. It went up by a pound. Well, that is disappointing for sure but, looking back at my week, I can see that I did not track my food a couple of days. I have had a lot of fibromyalgia and arthritis pain and fatigue this week and my exercise was down. When the pain goes up, I tend to snack more. I guess I think that will relieve the pain but it really does not! :) So, I know where I need to pick up the pace a little and where I need to write things down. I am not going to beat myself up but rather I will take this as a little lesson and I will do better next week! emoticon

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CBRINKLEY401 9/23/2014 1:25AM

    Good for you! Recognizing what is happening is half the solution. Don't give up!
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SPARKASAURUS 9/20/2014 10:31AM

    of course you can do it! emoticon and you're gorgeous regardless! you got this emoticon

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QUEENSUNSHIN3 9/18/2014 7:36PM

    I'm also shrugging and throwing some shade at my scale this week. The scale never tells the whole story. Tomorrow is a chance to start again, fresh with a clean slate and a good plan, and it looks like that is what you have decided to do.

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LIPISONO 9/18/2014 1:26PM

    That's a great attitude to have! Sometimes we just need to take a moment and recognize where we went wrong and how to fix it. It sounds like you have a very good plan in place to get back on track! I hope that the pain and fatigue subsides for you. Just keep on keepin' on! emoticon

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