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I Want, What I Want, When, I Want it .... (insert stomping foot here)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

If I were a child today, my age would be anywhere between 3 and 6. Seriously!! And, my theme of the day would be; I Want, What I Want, When, I Want it .... (insert stomping foot here).

Needless to say, it's been a little crowded in my head today and old urges keep popping up. So, I've been a little busy tending my own needs today so that I can keep that wee one in check.

I think the urge to eat a piece of chocolate has been brought on by my senseless need to "foodicate" (ya, I made up a word) a few things. Is chocolate going to make my mystery foot pain go away? Let me check - NO. Is chocolate going to make my slight headache go away? Let me check - NO. Is chocolate going to make the small amount of anxiety go away about the 5K race? Let me check - No. Is chocolate going get me to that healthy place? Let me check - No.

It took four days for my body to recover from the bad choices I made over the weekend - FOUR Days! Will one piece of chocolate help, no. Will it cause me to binge on more sweet treats? The probability is greater than not. So, why give in to that senseless urge to eat a piece of chocolate that calls my name from the other room?

That wee one is now screaming in the back of mind, BUT I WANT, WHAT I WANT WHEN I WANT IT. AND I WANT CHOCOLATE! PLEEEEAAAASSSSE!

My response, "OH CALM Down, this too shall pass. You will live another day if you eat a few pieces of dried apricots and not the chocolate."

She responds, "RUDE! Hmph."

The struggle ends here. No chocolate, not even a nibble. A serving of dried apricots will have to do and bit of banana too.

  
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DRAGONFLY1974 5/28/2010 1:55PM

    I'm going to play devil's advocate! I eat 1 oz of dark chocolate a day.

http://longevity.about.com/
od/lifelongnutrition/p/chocolat
e.htm

here are the highlights:

Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. These benefits are from flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries). Flavonoids also help relax blood pressure through the production of nitric oxide, and balance certain hormones in the body.

Studies have shown that consuming a small bar of dark chocolate everyday can reduce blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure.

Dark chocolate has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) by up to 10 percent.

Chocolate also holds benefits apart from protecting your heart:

it tastes good
it stimulates endorphin production, which gives a feeling of pleasure
it contains serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant


Dark chocolate has far more antioxidants than milk or white chocolate. These other two chocolates cannot make any health claims. Dark chocolate has 65 percent or higher cocoa content.



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MRSSHAUNA 5/27/2010 8:28PM

    Too funny and all to true! That sounds like an argument I have had with my inner self one too many times!!! Stay tough emoticon

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TREEFROGLADY 5/27/2010 7:01PM

    I don't know if you are avoiding chocolate, fat, sugar or whatever, but wanted to let you know that Wal-Mart has a 90% COCOA chocolate bar. It's not sweet tasting at all. Here is a link:

http://www.lindtusa.com/pro
duct-exec/product_id/216/nm/Exc
ellence_90_Cocoa_Bar

The page above has a PDF with nutrition info. A whole serving (4 squares) had 3 g of sugar, so 1 square would have less than 1 g.

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LISALIVING1980 5/27/2010 6:57PM

    lol i'm glad you didn't give in....keep up the good work! :)

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Confessions, lessons, test and picture - OH MY

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Confessions first because they cleanse my mind:

1) I did not workout over the weekend
2) I hung out with a friend and made choices that were not right for my body - YUCK
3) I ate and ate and ate - the wrong foods for 2 days - eeewwww
4) I napped on Sunday because I could
5) The upcoming 5K race is somewhat overwhelming
6) I dislike when people feel sorry for me because I watch what I eat & read a nutritional guide when at a restaurant
7) I love and hate potato chips - I've eaten too many of them over the past month
8) I bought new clothes over the weekend, I bought XL shirts off the rack at Macy's

Lessons second - I keep learning and relearning:

1) I learned, again, that just because I want to doesn't mean I should
2) Workout - whether I want to or not
3) This journey I'm on is mental AND physical
4) Think before acting
5) Anything is possible
6) When I don't eat enough during the day I'm bound to eat anything at night
7) My body will rebel if feed foods I'm intolerant too

A test because the Doc said so:

I finally swallowed hard, shut my eye and ordered the test my Doc wants me to complete. It's a home test .... that involves time alone in the bathroom - I won't go any further it would be classified as TMI for REAL. In the end, the Doc will have so much more information about my system that we can move forward. That makes the four days worth it.

A picture of me because I feel beautiful today.

  
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DIVALOUNGER 5/26/2010 2:27PM

    You are totally beautiful! So there is an analogy here! I went to a voice lesson yesterday---I am having a difficult time wrapping my head around just how much physical work it is for me to sing WELL. So, in approaching practice---I must go to that level everyday---when I don't for a day or two, I notice it, when I don't for longer than that, they notice it. When I do it everyday--whether I feel like it or not----the next day is easier--and I am an adult. I will either do it or not--the choice is entirely mine--- emoticon

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DESERTFLOWER8 5/26/2010 1:32AM

    KT-
1. you ARE beautiful
2. I know which 4 day test you are talking about ;)
3. every confession and every lesson you listed, i echo..(except confession number 8-that is but a dream for me right now..but that you got there makes me happy!)
4. you are awesome!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 5/25/2010 7:52PM

    You are beautiful :) I like your lesson #6. So true.

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My Bucket List as of June 6, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

My Bucket List as of May 24, 2010

Adventure:
White Water Rafting - COMPLETED
White Water Rafting in the Grand Canyon
Snorkel - COMPLETED (1994 & 2008)
Scuba Dive
Skydive
Parasail
Zipline
Hike the Grand Canyon
Snow Ski - COMPLETED
Walk on a glacier - COMPLETED
Attend the Olympics
Go whale-watching - COMPLETED
5K Race - COMPLETED JUNE 5, 2010 (Official time: 49 min. 34 seconds)

Travel:
Get wet at Niagra Falls
Grand Canyon
Australia
New Zealand
Scotland
All 50-States (18 and counting)
Ireland
Italy
Scotland
Jamaica - COMPLETED (2008)
Paris, France - COMPLETED (2003)
Brussels, Belgium - COMPLETED (2003)
Amsterdam, Nederland - COMPLETED (2003)
London, England - COMPLETED
Victoria, British Columbia - COMPLETED
New York - COMPLETED (2007)
Cruise - COMPLETED (2005)
Cruise around the World
Fill the Pages of my Passport with Stamps
Visit Katy, Texas

Education:
College Degree - COMPLETED (2000 & 2005)
Real Estate Agent License
Learn Sign Language

Personal:
Get Married - COMPLETED (2008)
Make Goal weight & maintain for a lifetime (IN PROGRESS)
Own Property
Live Debt Free
Tattoo #2
Belly Dancing Class - COMPLETED (2010)
Zumba Class
Cooking Class
Find Birth Parents/Family
Receive a huge Bouquet of Roses at my office from someone I love
Shop at Tiffany & Co. on 5th Avenue, New York - COMPLETED (2007)
Start a blog - (STARTED IN 2009)
Photography class

The list continues to grow and I've enjoyed completing items on the list.

  
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THISTLEGIRL 5/25/2010 4:17AM

    What a great idea! Keep up the good work!

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LUNADRAGON 5/24/2010 7:48PM

    Great ideas, nice progress!

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MKPRINCESS007 5/24/2010 7:00PM

    Nice list! You are so fortunate to have traveled so many places! I have been to the Grand Canyon......however, I have not rafted it, or hiked it, or anything ambitious like that. i am sure you will love it there. One of my fav places.
Way to go!

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FIT_BY_2012 5/24/2010 6:58PM

    emoticon These are great!

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JIACOLO 5/24/2010 6:57PM

    Good luck on checking the many items off your list!

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Eating out

Friday, May 21, 2010

I have a girls day out planned for Sunday and we are planning on going out for lunch, SIGH.
Why the sigh? I'm so looking forward to a day spent with the girls but the eating out is such a chore. I've been looking around on line for places to go and I've been struck silent that many places don't have nutritional information available and those who do are really, really scary!!

I mean really what do they do to a baked potato to make it 440 Cal. or a piece of fish to make it over 1200 Cal.? REALLY?! It's no wonder I eat at home. Many of the main's have calories that are equal to what I eat in an entire day! Amazing.

I think we are going to go to the Elephant Bar (unless I find a miracle place) - I can piece together a lunch that won't blow my calorie bank or make me eat salad only.

I can do this .... knowledge is power!

  


I MADE WEIGHT! I MADE WEIGHT!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Yup, I lost weight .... I went from 238.5 last Friday to 235 today! Standing in all my glory this morning I was smiling ear to ear - excitement surged through my entire body. I even told the little voice in the back of head to shut up when it started whispering about not making weight for the new health insurance ... the physical was to follow about an hour after my own weigh in. I didn't want to hear it - I was going to celebrate my moment regardless!

The physical was to take place at 8:30 a.m. at my office (lucky for me they come on site to do their thing). I arrived via Cloud 9! 8:30 came and went, then she phoned to say her prior appointment ran late. Sigh. In short, she arrived closer to 9:30, my first reaction was to postpone her again but something in the back of my head said to get it done.

I got a little surprise that helped ease a little more of the stress ... When she measured me for my height she asked what I thought, I said 5'4 without hesitation - nope I am 5'5. WHAT?! SERIOUSLY?! This is a whole new game now. That height and my current weight means I passed that part of the test for the new insurance company. I was all smiles for the second time. YES!

In addition to my height and weight she also took my blood pressure (122/70 - perfect). She drew blood and took a urine sample away for testing. I get those results in about 10 days. Yes, I'm requesting the results for my own records and to pass along to Doc.

Unless something else brings up a red flag I should be approved for the different health insurance.

The pressure has been lifted, I made weight! I made weight!!!

  
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DESERTFLOWER8 5/21/2010 8:19PM

    Oh my gosh, KT! That is just fantastic news~(both that you grew an inch emoticon, and re the insurance)!! Honestly, your insurance story has been haunting me since I read it! Your numbers are fantastic..WAY TO GO!!!!

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MANLEYSANDY 5/21/2010 7:53PM

    Congratulations on your hard work!!!

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