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Well...Hello Again!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Okay, so much for trying to fly solo with no accountability...

Nearly a year and just over 15 lbs later, I have decided to reset. Not likely that I'll be able to spend a great deal of time on SP this go round, but at least I can still log and get back in the swing of eating mindfully.

The exercise has taken care of itself, as I'm ballroom dancing...often going dancing 3-4 times/week. But, the eating has been almost uncontrolled at times. I was just getting into a comfy 10 before letting go, and now, my 12's are VERY snug. But, I have nothing larger now, and refuse to buy larger, so it's either stop it now, or go naked. emoticon

Life has thrown a multitude of curve balls at me this last year...but none are overwhelming. It's just laziness that got me where I am now.

So... emoticon

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WEBEZE 1/15/2014 1:14AM

    Welcome back. I gained 20 while you were gone. (Quit smoking) I am in the same boat as you. My 12's have gotten really snug and I refuse to buy bigger. We will get it back off. emoticon emoticon
Resetting sounds like a good plan.

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Wendy's, Chick-Fil-A, Popeye's, Turtle Soup & Dark Chocolate

Saturday, February 16, 2013

No...not all today. :) Here are some snapshots from this past week.

Life doesn't move with smooth regularity, and I sometimes find myself in a pickle, without having gotten the expected time to prep food for work. Although burgers & fries are NOT the healthiest thing around, I do occasionally opt for something like that if such a situation presents itself. A few things (besides salads) that I've found that are workable (and affordable), if I've got the room in my ranges, are the Double Stack at Wendy's, the Chargrilled Chicken sandwich at Chick-Fil-A, the Bean Burrito at Taco Bell (gotta go real low on sodium otherwise, or it'll make me swell like 3 water balloons!)

Then, sometimes, when you get to chill with your bestie, sans kids, you just gotta splurge. Even with the following meal at Popeye's, I still stayed within all my ranges yesterday (except sodium): Shrimp Tackle Box (8 large fried, butterfly shrimp, small cajun fries, biscuit, drink). If you have Popeye's where you are...try this! Really! Even if you only eat half! It's that good! SP has the numbers for each of these items individually in the food tracker.

Mardi Gras night, I went out with a friend to dinner and to hear a local band called, "Bag of Donuts". Had a really good time. I had left myself room for a reasonable restaurant meal and a beer, so I wasn't terribly concerned until I looked around. The only things I was seeing on tables were various versions of fried seafood, and other seafood swimming in cream sauces!!!!! Started getting scared, but then I remembered what family owned this place (they have a rep for amazing & varied foods) and scanned through the menu. Found a 6oz hamburger steak w/sauteed onions, served with salad & side for only $8.99. Was thinking of the shrimp & squash side when I saw the soups...they have turtle soup at Speckled T's! I substituted the turtle soup for the side (paid only $1 more), and enjoyed my lovely meal (all the salad, all the soup and half the meat). When I entered it all later, I was very pleasantly surprised to find I was within all my ranges (except sodium, grrr). The soup added a lot of protein, too.

There are times when a girl MUST have chocolate. I'm the oddball to whom this rarely happens. But, this week, it has happened a few times. For just these times, I keep Lindt Excellence 90% Cocoa bars. A serving is 4 squares, but I rarely eat more than 2, often only 1. And I could easily go weeks without even thinking about this lovely, intensely dark chocolate. However, in the past 7 days, I've craved chocolate 4 times: once I made a double-sized hot chocolate, added half and half and a splash of vanilla; once, I just had a normal cup of hot chocolate; once, I made the hot chocolate, added decaf instant coffee & my vanilla protein powder (don't do that, it didn't turn out well at all...shoulda thought about the fact that the hot liquid would COOK the protein...bleh...ended up pitching it). But, today, I double-dipped, so to speak. Yes, I did have my 90% this evening (2 squares more than sufficed), but earlier, I mixed a hot chocolate packet into a large cup of coffee. And each of those days (but the double-sized day), even with these treats, I stayed within ranges.

These snapshots will show, I hope, that having treats (I had more this week than my norm - hormones are very active at the moment...) CAN fit into a healthier lifestyle. It just takes some research, a willingness to get something different at familiar eateries, a little planning, etc. And well, just figure out how to fit in some chocolate. Trust me. :)

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LINWASH23 2/16/2013 2:33PM

    Wow, great plan of action for restaurant eating. The sodium will get you in most reataurants. Good job. emoticon

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WEBEZE 2/16/2013 2:08AM

    I so agree. Treats can be enjoyed. For me it is not all or nothing so I make sure I have some wiggle room in the daily/weekly totals to indulge once in a while. Though I really have to be careful on the sodium, the one area I tend to go overboard on quite easily.

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STEPH-KNEE 2/16/2013 1:30AM

    I love it, with a little planning, a little substituting and using everything you have learned, treats out can happen and not derail you! Great job setting an example for all of us. In the past I was one of those people who would say "I HAD to go out to dinner so OF COURSE I had too many calories" but I too have realized it's just not true. The sodium usually does suffer, but when we are in our other ranges I think it is a true success. emoticon

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Unexpected NSV

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Last night's blog entry describes my newest physical challenge...bit o' pain there as well. Tried to throw some humor into it...lemme know if I failed miserably when you read it. ;-)

But, one thing I didn't touch on was the NSV that was confirmed when I visited the doc yesterday.

For about a month, I've been noticing (or imagining - I wasn't sure) that my forever tight & tense shoulder & neck muscles were feeling more "normal", not taut like a violin string. Not knowing if I was seeing something for real, or just hoping this was the case, I wasn't saying anything to anyone.

Carrying stress & tension in my neck & shoulders has been a lifelong activity for me, so much so, that the chiro always had difficulty adjusting my neck. It was always a fight, and he could never quite get it to adjust the way he wanted. last adjustment was nearly a year ago (before SP).

At yesterday's doc visit, while I was in pain (still am), he adjusted my neck and upper back. He was working my neck to relax it before yanking, and both moves he did resulted in a full adjustment with no fight. In a surprised tone, he said, "That was beautiful!"

As I thought about it later, it dawned on me that my "imaginings" were actually real, and I'm learning to not carry as much stress in my shoulders & neck. It must be the exercising helping with this...which I never would've done consistently if not for SP.

I'm not exactly unhappy about this turn of events...

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WEBEZE 2/6/2013 3:12AM

    Awesome Have not been to chiro in years, but know what you mean about the body fighting the adjustment.

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LINWASH23 2/5/2013 3:26PM

    Great another benefit of SP emoticon I am emoticon at the doctor's comment. I can't say tha I have ever heard a doctor say that. I am glad that you are feeling better. emoticon

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 2/5/2013 10:47AM

    That's wonderful! I love noticing little things like that in my body.

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Rib-End Dysfunction

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

No, it's not about a dysfunctional fear of running out of BBQ ribs...wish it were!

An hour or so after I got to work today, I turned to answer the phone and immediately sucked my breath in sharply as it felt like someone was jabbing a pencil in my upper back. Since that didn't actually happen, I figured something was wrong. (Of course, someone jabbing a pencil in my upper back would've also indicated something was wrong, but I digress...)

The long and the short of it is that a long rib got the short end of the stick today as it shifted position against its vertebrae ever so slightly and caused all sort of inflammation and nerve irritation in my upper back. The nerve involvement is felt up my neck, across my shoulder and down my arm. Yay. (Like how I used all those directional modifiers?)

Chiro says no running for now, so my play date tomorrow morning is canceled. He also says to "rest" as much as possible for a week or so ("Ice is your friend."), and nothing strenuous with my arms or upper back, so my house-cleaning job on Wed is canceled. So, not only am I out $50 for the visit (really did help, but it'll still be a few days before the irritation subsides), but I'm also losing $50 for that job. Plus, I had to take over an hour off my regular job to get to the doc in the first place. (The boss was great and covered for me, but I'm still out a C note for the week.)

So...this'll be interesting. Very few movements are comfortable right now. About to hit the hay with an ice pack. Hope it sorts itself out quickly.

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LINWASH23 2/5/2013 3:38PM

    Rest is good, take care of yourself. emoticon

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GOODGALLEFT1 2/5/2013 10:22AM

    Feel better soon and try not to overdo it!

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WEBEZE 2/5/2013 2:10AM

    Rest up and feel better soon.
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Some Things I'm Learning

Monday, January 28, 2013

Okay, so every now and then, you have to stop and think about what you've learned. Here's a brief list of things that have been impressed on my mind lately.

1. I need to eat more fish. emoticon

2. Pre-packaged fish has some truly viable options, such as: Crown Prince No Salt Added Sardines & Polar Smoked Kipper Snacks (can I use brand names?). Both of these are low in sodium for packaged fish, and the kippers in particular are VERY yummy.

3. In a pinch, some of the Bumblebee Sensations tuna w/crackers are workable, though higher in sodium than I'd prefer, and the flavors are just "okay". Nothing to brag on here, but useful if I have to grab something quick or for last minute changes to plans.

4. I seriously lack motivation to get up early to exercise all by myself. My stated wish is to be up early, walk or run or do something before getting ready for the day. Only...the alarm goes off and I roll back over. Would really love a partner to get up and go do things with - meeting someone else who's relying on me would get me up and out. (This lack of motivation is part of my indecisiveness about registering for the Crescent City Classic pace is very different than everyone else I know who is going in it, and I would be "alone", even lined up in different starting groups. That right there is almost a deal-breaker in I really want to train hard for 2 solid months to run alone, to not have someone I know and trust alongside me through the route?)

5. Having a hunk of king cake early in the day is a bad leaves me with sugar cravings that cannot be appeased, and a hunger (from taking in mostly carbs, not enough protein) that won't go away. Couple that with going to a double parade, and there being only junk food available (cotton candy, snowballs [better than snocones], fast food, etc), and it amounts to a rough day on the food tracker (though I walked a lot, danced a lot, got hit on [yep! :-D], etc.).

6. I waste way too much time. Not much to be said on this one, except to affirm its truth.

So, there you have a tiny little piece of my mind...hope it doesn't mess you up too much. ;)

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LAHUDSONCHEF 1/30/2013 10:11PM

    Nikki, they are often higher in sodium, but the ones I buy are not...I can spend 30 min in front of the tuna section at Wal-Mart, trying to find something I'd consider eating. I finally found these 2 that I mention in the blog, and there is a very low sodium canned tuna, too...can't remember which brand right now, but the label has a lot of gold on it, and it actually has "Very Low Sodium" on the can.
The kippers are really, really good, if you like smokey flavors. But, if you don't get the Polar brand, you'll end up with 3x more salt, or more.
Now, I'm gonna get on wi' my bad self and go be sexy. (Nobody around to hit on me tonight, tho, darn!)

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NIKKICOLE83 1/30/2013 4:54PM

    Look at you getting hit on! You are just to sexy for your own good! I actually prefer to run by myself. It gives me time to be with my own thoughts. However, I prefer to walk with someone else. Weird, I know.

I have never gotten into sardines or anchovies and they actually scare me. I hear they are pretty salty too.

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WEBEZE 1/28/2013 10:12PM

    I eat fish quite a bit, but like you find it hard to take to work for lunch. I usually eat it at home.
I understand how you feel about the 10K. When my walking buddy backed out on me last fall to not do the 5K with me, I talked my hubby into going last minute so I wouldn't be alone.
The mardi gras party sounded like fun. Don't worry about messing up food choices for the day. Tomorrow is a new day.
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LINWASH23 1/28/2013 1:13PM

    I agree about the fish and it just kind of happen for me two months ago to eat fish two days a week--I usually eat salmon because it is easy to prepare and I buy the individually packed ones from Walmart. So two day, I do not have to wonder about what I will eat.

You will be surprise if you decide to try the walk out, there will be someone there that your can partner up with. I usually go along to do things that my friends are not interested in and I always end up with a partner. I learned to do that when I goat a divorce about 20 years ago.

About the king cake, there is always tomorow. emoticon

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LAHUDSONCHEF 1/28/2013 1:02PM

    Yeah, I plan on fresh/frozen, too...but it's not practical for carrying to work, when I often can't reheat anything. I go for salads a lot, and something canned works really well if I can control the sodium.

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SQUIRRELLYONE 1/28/2013 12:51PM

    You'd be surprised how easy it is to make fresh fish a part of your day too :) You can get frozen filets from Walmart preportioned in about 4oz pieces and you can poach or bake them from frozen and add them to dishes (I'm partial to salmon pesto pasta with goat cheese and frozen veggies :) ).

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