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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Its been such a long time since I posted last. I just noticed that the last post was April 15th, of 2013!!! WOW!

I have been listening to my body recently... trying to figure out what is going on, or how I can be successful. Last month, DH and I decided to join Lifetime fitness. He was all for jumping all the way in, feet first. Bless him! He has not complained about the money or going, or anything really. We have both done the metabolic testing, and then we joined fitness classes. Mine is Team Weight loss, and DH is going to Team Fitness. Both are at the same time, and its been a good motivator.

My Team Weight loss instructor is wonderful. Inspirational, able to push, but compassionately! I have worked harder than I ever have... running up to 3 minutes, and working at at Incline Level 15 on the treadmill. Sometimes I burn between 750 and 825 calories in a session. But, no weight loss yet. I know that repairing muscles hold on to water and that muscle weighs more than fat, but at the same time, I have not yet felt my clothes fit better either.

I have been battling my plantar's fascitis... Heaven knows, these poor feet don't want to work that hard. But, I have been working at stretching and trying to cause some healing naturally. But, today, I was really thinking about it, and what I am feeling is inflammation... every where! My hands, my feet, my legs, my knees, my gut (dealing with a bit of IBS lately). I know that being obese is like being in a constant state of inflammation and the hormones and neuro-messengers are not good.

I am preparing to work with a nutritionist (RD) and I think it may even be time to think about food allergies. At the very least, I want to avoid foods that promote inflammation and increase foods that help to inhibit inflammation. At this point, its no longer about losing weight, but actually feeling good!

  
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--CHERYL-- 7/2/2014 8:52PM

    emoticon Burn those calories gurl!! You've got some great numbers going on; the nutritionist will definitely be a BIG plus, too.

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LANCER1984 7/2/2014 12:53PM

    Glad you are back!!! Inflammation is also an issue for me so I take some supplements to help. I am also seeing an RD and she has had a lot of good input into my eating habits. I think i also needed to address some of the health issues before I could really focus on the weight loss issues. They seemed to be a big hindrance to me sticking to my exercise plan.

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Another Day of Tragedy

Monday, April 15, 2013

My heart bleeds for the events at the Boston Marathon today. As yet, there is still no link to responsibility, but I struggle with the concept that there are those of any race, creed, or background who believe that this is a legitimate way to express themselves.

I, at first, was just thinking that this is another tragedy that while is horrible is happening somewhere see. Then, I read the Facebook post by SparkPeople wishing their members who may be running, that they are save as well. It made me realize while I'm still working to get my 30-50 minute walk in each day, there are those who have trained for this for so long. There may even be many first-timers who started out nearly as unfit as I, and have worked themselves through so many stages of getting fit, culminating in what should have been a euphoric day of accomplishment... some of those first timers may have been in the back half of the race and not been able to actually complete the race. I hope that they all come away with a great sense of accomplishment. My thoughts and prayers are with all how died, those injured and all those who were witness to such a horrible event. emoticon


Review of my Rules:
RULES to LIVE BY (Goals):
1. Weigh at least once a week.
2. Record my food daily.
3. Commit to at least 10 min of activity a day and recording it daily.
4. Start working on increasing nightly sleep to 8 hours.
5. Avoid processed foods, especially when cooking at home.
6. Drink at least 8 glasses of water, I know it works.
7. Write on this page at least twice a week... will work to keep it three times.
8. Find time to spend in prayer daily.
9. Find time to be mindful, relax, and review the success of the above plan.
10. Be honest with myself on keeping to these rules.

  
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MARYELLEN301 4/15/2013 8:31PM

    I, too thought about those who were there for the first time and would never have the chance to finish the race. I think about all the time spent in training and building up to this one great event, the money spent on entry fees and in many cases, transportation and living expenses while there. Of course those who were injured as well, but to have hopes and dreams dashed in a moment by a sicko is unfathomable.

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SWTBELLA 4/15/2013 7:42PM

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USMAWIFE 4/15/2013 7:26PM

    Praying for all those involved. They do have a person on interest in custody but wondering if it is because he is on middle eastern descent and when folks saw him running (like everyone else was doing) they stopped him and call the police

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BLONDIE218145 4/15/2013 7:23PM

    They won't get us down tho, right? Whomever did this I mean. I pray, I am praying and I will from now on! emoticon

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A Good Start to the Week

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

I thought that I should do a quick entry. My last entry was on the 5th, and my goal was at least two entries per week.

Today was warm, and while the pollen count was at record highs, it was tolerable. I stayed inside most of the day, and that helped I'm sure. This evening, I thought i had better run to the store, and on the way there, I passed my park. I spontaneously decided to stop and take a walk. I told myself I'd do at least only 15 min, and then reassess. My knee is still a bit sore, but I tried to be very thoughtful while walking and keeping my knees well-aligned while walking. I was so proud of myself, I completed 25 min, and then went to continue my errands.

It was a lovely spring day today, 81 degrees, I think. Our house is still 76, but I'm finding that the ceiling fans are pretty effective, so I have decided to avoid using air conditioning as long as I can. During the morning and the evening, I kept the door to the screen porch open to get some fresh air. The only problem is that for some reason there are no screens on any of the regular windows, so i can't open a window in the bedroom or anywhere upstairs to air things out. This is a little disappointing, but I'm surviving so far. I know that I'l probably have to use air conditioning for the upstairs later in the week.

Review of my Rules:
RULES to LIVE BY (Goals):
1. Weigh at least once a week.
2. Record my food daily.
3. Commit to at least 10 min of activity a day and recording it daily.
4. Start working on increasing nightly sleep to 8 hours.
5. Avoid processed foods, especially when cooking at home.
6. Drink at least 8 glasses of water, I know it works.
7. Write on this page at least twice a week... will work to keep it three times.
8. Find time to spend in prayer daily.
9. Find time to be mindful, relax, and review the success of the above plan.
10. Be honest with myself on keeping to these rules.

Doing pretty well with #1,2,5,7 and 8.
3. I have be increasing my daily activity every day, but its not yet everyday. I will work to make it everday this week.
4. Sleep is still quite difficult, and I know part of it is a new house thats undergoing a remodel, and having Hubby away so much. I am working to be consistent with 6or 7 hours.
6. Water has been a struggle, initially, it was because they would turn off the water for many hours each day. Not there's not excuse, so each day, it become a new struggle.
10. I have to be very careful about measurements for recording food. I am trying to be conservative about my estimates. I don't have all my tools here yet.

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CHERIJ16 4/10/2013 1:29AM

    Your rules are great! Congratulations on getting that walk in. emoticon

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Progress and Knee Pain

Friday, April 05, 2013

I was feeling quite lazy today, and trying to talk myself out of going for a walk. I have had a problem knee in the past and get it back in shape through physical therapy. Then, after a while, it gets painful again and I need to exercise it to strengthen it.

But, today, it was sunny and nice, and I was driving by the park, thought I was running an errand and going to the grocery to pick up some things. Instead, I spontaneously turned into the park. There are two sets of trails, one, much shorter then the other. As I was pulling into the park, I intended to do the shorter trail. I felt so good, and while my knee was a little sore, it seemed to get better as i kept walking. I used the longer trail. The sun felt so good. Lately, when I walk by myself, I have been using the time to say a rosary. I have found it a wonderful combination.

After my walk, i went and ran my errands. I noticed that my knee was stiffening, so I came home and iced it. I'll stay off it the rest of the evening to give it a rest. Then tomorrow, I plan to start some exercises for it and I'll try to do a little shorter walk. Ice it again I'm so frustrated that I'm motivated to make a change and doing a pretty good job of keeping to my rules, and my knee is holding me back a bit. i guess its a good reminder that i need to make these changes. For all those years, I never noted any limitations from my extra weight, I could do the hiking I wanted, and swim, walk, etc. Now, I notice limitations daily and struggle to do what i want. But, I can do this!!! I will do this.

Review of my Rules:
RULES to LIVE BY (Goals):
1. Weigh at least once a week.
2. Record my food daily.
3. Commit to at least 10 min of activity a day and recording it daily.
4. Start working on increasing nightly sleep to 8 hours.
5. Avoid processed foods, especially when cooking at home.
6. Drink at least 8 glasses of water, I know it works.
7. Write on this page at least twice a week... will work to keep it three times.
8. Find time to spend in prayer daily.
9. Find time to be mindful, relax, and review the success of the above plan.
10. Be honest with myself on keeping to these rules.

I need to concentrate on #4, #5, #6,

Have a great weekend everyone!
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SUGARSMOM2 4/6/2013 11:22AM

  Hope your knee feels better . pain is not a good thing . more sleep will help but not take away the pain . Beautiful pictures the sky looks so pretty blue .

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/6/2013 3:27AM

    you are doing great love and definately on theright track.just see how far you have come.40lbs down that is awesome love.i love all your goals and like you i really struggle with the sleep.keep on keeping on.and thanks for dropping by my blog love.know i am always here for you if you need help and encouragement.you can do this. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINOVER 4/5/2013 10:00PM

    Hope your knee feels better tomorrow! I like your list of rules. They are all good ones!
Glad to hear you enjoyed your walk today.

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Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

It's early in the day, but, I feel so joyful that all my decisions have been mindful and in line with my 10 Rules.

While we are in the midst of this remodel, Saturdays have been the day of exploring for Hubby and I. Typically, we still have workers in the house on Saturdays, but usually, its only one or two, and our contractor is here as well. So we feel comfortable going outside. Our initial plan had been to go to downtown Atlanta, but our contractor had been telling us that we need to go to the Buford Hwy Farmers Market. We had thought that it would not be very interesting, but we decided to go anyway. What a find! It was awesome... so many fresh vegetables and fruit. And from so many different cultures. We were able to find Asian vegetables, and greens that are central to Bengali food, as well as all the local choices. We were even more pleased to see the fish selection, so many choices, and so fresh... there were even fresh water shrimp from Bangladesh, and Hilsha Fish, a Bengali favorite. They had an entire meet counter that was Halal (like Kosher, only for Muslims), and yet in all the perfect Western cuts, meaning that not only was there meat for curries, but also French cut lamb chops, and roasts. This is so exciting because typically when we have Bengali guests, we don't know how seriously they observe the laws regarding food. So we always want to offer Halal meat or poultry, so that we can honor their needs. And in fact, while my husband will eat fresh meet from an American butcher, he is so pleased to have Halal food. Most Halal meet stores only offer meat cut for curries, or ethnic foods, so its often to cook traditional American dishes with it. This new discovery offers us a whole new world of opportunities for entertaining, and it also offers us a huge variety of choices to eat a more vegetarian or fish- based diet for ourselves. So yesterdays outing was a huge unexpected success.

This morning, has also been good. We slept in, which is very important because during the week, we find that we have to get up early and have everything ready for our contractors and his workers. Once we were up, I started a load of laundry, getting our bedding washed and then starting on other clothes. We had a nice relaxing breakfast, and while Hubby was having his morning coffee, I got ready for Easter Mass. It was the first time in maybe 28 or 30 years that I bought an Easter Dress, and wore it for Mass. Typically, in Oregon its still cold and rainy, and its just not necessary to wear a dress for Mass. But, once we moved here, I found that not only is attendance up, but its also common for people to dress up more. I like that. I really like the idea of dressing in something that i never wear anywhere by God's House. It makes it so much more special or meaningful, an acknowledgement of the sacredness of what I am doing... it adds to the worship. This is a very different frame of reference than I had before. I used to have a totally different view... I thought that it was good that God accepted you as you are, and therefore you came to his house as you are. It's probably that they are both ok views, but just reflects the different person that I am now.

Well, this has been wordy... I'm headed to go out for a little walk.

Easter Blessings to all my friends and family, and to anyone who is reading my page. Have a great week! He is Risen!
Lori
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