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I'm Back from Vacation!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Hi everyone! I've missed you.

I've read emails, and tracked workouts on my app, but that's all the sparking I've done. I am looking forward to touching base with you all again.

Hawaii was wonderful again. My son and DIL are doing a fabulous job with my 20 month old granddaughter and while we were there Steph had an ultrasound and found out they are having a boy! We can't wait! Next time we go see them they will be a family of 4! They are coming here in Feb or Mar, and the baby is due in June. We will go back in August if we can stand to wait that long!

For exercise, we walked to my son's from the hotel all but the last day when he had to pick up us and our luggage. He was 1/2 hour walk away, but we also did lots of walking during the day.

One day we hiked up a steep climb to see a waterfall. It was a muddy path, part of the way (my first mud-run!) Great workout. Beautiful scenery.

Another day for exercise I took a swim in the ocean. There was a pool at our hotel, but I never used it (what a shame!) because we left the hotel every morning before it opened and came back after dark every night.

And one day I did a great 15 minutes of continuous ST. That was at the very beginning of the trip, when I had great dreams of being steadfast with my workouts. The best thing I did was walk, and that was usually with my husband who walks so fast I am always pushing hard to keep up. Makes for a great workout!

Eating was interesting. I enjoyed my food so much more this trip because I'd decided not to track (too hard anyway with all the eating out we did...between 1/2 to 2/3 of the time we ate out) My son likes to introduce us to new cuisine. So often my husband and I would order something to share and my son would order something else he'd like us to try and we'd have a bite of that too. You'd be amazed at all the Asian foods you can find there. Not so amazing when you consider the cultural heritage of Hawaii. I think my favorite new experience in food was eating Korean bbq. The bad part that was oh so yummy was how my son planned a new sweet treat for each day. A Taiwanese dessert was particularly yummy. It was Snow Ice, which is almost like shaved ice milk/cream. They had all kinds of fruit flavors, and chocolate, but my choice was the gingerbread flavor. They have a beautiful presentation. Mine came piled high with a candy cane leaning against it, and a butter icing drizzled on it. I comes with pretty little bits of gelled fruit. almost too pretty to eat. I did take a picture, but I'm terrible at posting pictures on here. If I can figure it out I'll post a pic later.

So I've told you about exercise and about my eating exercise, now what I'm not going to tell you is how much weight I lost or gained. I know it will be in the gain category, that's definite because I feel it in how my clothes fit...at least they still fit! I will not weigh myself for about a week, so I can lost the flying bloat, and the sodium bloat, and get on with eating normal and exercising a bit more for the next week. (at least as normal as the holiday will allow.) Within the next week I'll also have to allow for a holiday, but that can't be as hard as my last 10 days was on my efforts. I hope I'm not going to eat my words on that!

Well, it's good to be back, and I'm looking forward to being back on SP!

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LARISSA238 12/21/2012 9:43PM

    I'm glad you had a good time and your family is doing well. It's good that you are waiting to weigh yourself... I went on vacation and when I came back I weighed right away and I was up 7 pounds. I lost that eventually, but it took a couple of days. I hope you have a Merry Christmas if I don't talk to you before then!

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POPSY190 12/21/2012 2:09PM

    You had a wonderful time, which is what a holiday should be. Worry about weight afterwards!

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SHERIO5 12/21/2012 1:46PM

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I am so glad you were more relaxed this trip! Whet fun you must have had with a 20 month old! I think that is such a fun time in life!

I would have enjoyed trying new foods as well..what a treat!

Enjoy your holiday season! Good to have you back!


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_JODI404 12/21/2012 9:48AM

    emoticon back!! Sounds like you had a really wonderful trip!! And it really sounds like you ENJOYED yourself a lot more this time!! I think letting go of the tracking reduced a lot of stress!

If your clothes are fitting, I think you will be fine! Take a scale vacation to get back to normal. You are right ~ travel alone will have water weight/bloat. No need to upset yourself with seeing that on the scale... give it a little time to get back down.

I'm really glad you had a wonderful time and enjoyed the family time, and let yourself experience those new foods that you wouldn't have available to you at home. I can tell your son enjoys sharing that with you.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!!

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Alleviating Boredom

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I have to keep my life kinda low-key to help prevent the mood-swings that come with my bipolar disorder. Keeping stress away is challenging, but I've become quite good at it. I have to consider the stress factor whenever I start anything new in my schedule.

I've been contemplating what I should do differently with my time, since I'm feeling some periods of boredom. I feel like so much time and energy is focused on food and exercise. I work 9 hours a week and spend one morning a week with my daughter and her kids. I go to church on Sunday mornings and I spend an hour journaling every day. Maybe a half hour Sparking each day, too. 5-7 hours of exercise a week as well. I read for 3 hours a day on average. I love to read.

I'd been considering signing up for a clay studio class. I used to throw on the wheel, and would like to do that again. My only problem is I end up with lots of pots, cups, and plates with few people to give them to. Where do you store such things?

OR I love learning and my husband often encourages me to take classes at the local U. I've done classes recently and discovered that 2 classes at a time works for me. When I did 3 classes plus a lab, I was overtaxed. Problem is, I don't have any goal to shoot for in taking classes. (no ideas on a degree or second career...I'm a career Mom...what should I do NOW?)

I also have the beginnings of a book about my struggles with bipolar and BPD (borderline personality disorder). Bipolar tends to run in families and I want to have an account available for future family members who may need some encouragement and insight into the disorder. I want to give them hope.

Life is too short to be spending so much of my mental energy on food and my body. I will always have weight as a concern, I'm finding out that maintaining takes as much striving as weight loss does. But I don't just want to finish my life with the legacy of a healthy body. Isn't life more than the body?

I kinda am leaning toward the option of writing for a while. Now I just need to figure out how much time I want to devote to writing each day. I believe this will give me focus and keep my interest a while each day...enough to help with my boredom.

Thank you for listening to me while I sort this all out. Writing helps me think. And in writing this down I can see that writing about my bipolar experiences might be an important thing for me to do.

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POPSY190 11/26/2012 2:20AM

    Sounds good - useful for both you and your family to do the writing.

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SHERIO5 11/25/2012 5:53PM

    It sounds like you were able to sort through your thoughts while blotting..so writing seems like a great fit for you! emoticon

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SHERIO5 11/25/2012 5:44PM

    I think you've got it figured out! It can be hard to find balance in our lives... emoticon

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_JODI404 11/25/2012 4:36PM

    Writing sounds like a great plan for you. Try it out and see if it is helpful.

I need MORE time, always struggling to get everything to fit in, even with planning.
Having time to fill is definitely a blessing-- at least to me it would be.

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LUCINDARW 11/25/2012 1:18PM

    Wow the idea of taking classes is a great way to fill your time plus learn something! I also like the idea of going back to work with clay. There are so many things you could make and if you can't use it donate it to a Thrift Store. Somebody will treasure it and give it a good home! As far as the degree just take your first 2 classes while you think about the wide open field you can explore! Have fun and the choices are yours! Lucinda

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BLUE42DOWN 11/25/2012 12:43PM

    Writing sounds like a great thing, because sometimes even if we're writing for others we learn something for ourselves in it.

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-AMANDA79- 11/25/2012 11:41AM

    When I don't exercise I am more prone to depression and anxiety. Time well spent in my book!

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SCOTMAMA 11/25/2012 10:34AM

    I like to have more than one thing going on at a time so I don't get bored and in a rut by doing just one single thing. So I recently completed a completely hand sewn applique quilt. I have a blog on it somewhere. It kept me busy for hours on end, and I would go from reading to the quilt to exercise, etc.

I like to write also, but find I haven't been doing it as much lately as for the past two years I've taken up Genealogy. You might try that. It's always good to know your family background. Just go to Ancestry.com to see what you think.

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NUTRON3 11/25/2012 9:16AM

    Keep writing!!!!

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LABRATIAM 11/25/2012 9:13AM

    Sounds like you have got a great plan! I have started crocheting again and it seems to help me to keep focused and keep from getting board and over eating.

Like HDHAWK said, do what interesting to you right now. It's good to have options!

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HDHAWK 11/25/2012 9:01AM

    I say do what you're most interested in right now. You have several options you can go to later if you want to. I get so stressed by work sometimes, but I need to get back to scrapbooking because I enjoy it so much. I don't have any hobbies I'm doing right now. Let us know how it goes!

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A New Modified Workout Schedule?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thirteen days later and I still can't take walks. What a nuisance this sprain has become.

I am eating mid-range, which isn't causing any problems with the scale...yet. I could be doing some strength workouts and even chair cardio, which I did one day. I just am rediscovering my lazy bone. If I could get out and take a walk, I'd be more motivated to do ST. That's what usually helps. I need to get crackin' and get out the weights.

It's just that I'm feeling so relaxed since I don't have my workout schedule screaming at me. Maybe I should make a new, "easy does it workout schedule" that will get me some structure while I wait for full mobility?


EDIT: I just talked myself into a 30 minute intervals ST workout...I got sick of hearing my complaining about not being able to do my regular workouts! The workout felt great and now I'm going to write out a little schedule for myself...

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_JODI404 11/18/2012 11:51AM

    So glad you were able to get back on track without aggravating your injury!!

Writing out a plan is a great idea too though. Some days you need to push hard, and some days you need to listen to your body and go lighter. It can't be all or nothing... must have balance and flexibility.

So glad you are healing well!!

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SHERIO5 11/16/2012 7:43AM

    It is easy to let working out slide when you focus on what you can 't do....I know I would always be telling myself "why bother?"...or "it only will burn a fraction of my usual calories"....or "if I only have 10 minutes what's the point?"... but as you know the point is you are an active fit person now! Fit people focus on whet the can do! It sounds like your schedule will help you to to that..so emoticon

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JOANOFARCTIC 11/15/2012 11:33PM

    Looks good - injuries are such an inconvenience :(

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BABY_GIRL69 11/15/2012 9:18PM

    Well that's great but don't over do it... I am working out to a certain degree but my back is giving a few pains. I just try to make sure I do some sort of back stretches & cool down longer....You take Lori we don't want you to release....

God bless & enjoy everyday!


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LARISSA238 11/15/2012 7:14PM

    Good for you! I'm glad you got out there and did some ST. I haven't been feeling well, and I'm trying to figure out new ways to exercise as well. Let me know how you are doing!

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RDGISME 11/15/2012 6:32PM

    emoticon on getting in the "plan B"!! I often get sick of my own complaints, too!

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GOTTAPLAN4U 11/15/2012 5:19PM

  They say.... Even a tiny little bit of activity is better than nothing.
Keeping your eating moderate is a great accomplishment. It is not easy to do if you are laid up. Congrats on that.

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BOBOBOBBI 11/15/2012 4:58PM

    Way to go!!! :)

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BLUE42DOWN 11/15/2012 3:43PM

    An "easy does it workout schedule" sounds good - great for any situations where the normal routine can't be done. I have, even though I haven't really had to use it, alternatives planned - because (as the cliche goes) "A failure to plan is a plan to fail".

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Comfort or Discomfort?

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

I'm sitting around this week, nursing that silly sprained ankle. But I want it to heal up nicely so I don't easily re-injure it when I get back to taking walks. The swelling is going down now. I'm trying to keep my mind active so I don't think about food. Yesterday was good in that regard. I stayed under the calories I need for getting no exercise.

I've been seeing the scale creep up after the binges I've had. Yesterday, and already today I've kept in mind the thought,"I don't really get comfort from food. Overeating only brings me DIScomfort. My feelings about myself are positive when I am successful at keeping my calories in check. That's when I go to bed happy with what I've accomplished that day."

Here's to another day of true Comfort.

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POPSY190 11/7/2012 3:22PM

    I fell and sprained my ankle last night and your blog is a timely reminder to me to avoid the comfort eating binges, especially as my activity will be less for a while. Thank you for this and I hope you are out walking again soon.

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BABY_GIRL69 11/7/2012 2:38PM

    Wonderful!!! I hope you feel better... I actually had my first bouts with back spasm & let me tell you they are not fun....YIKES!! So I feel you pain & I did eat the cookies & had ice cream with whipped cream today but that's because I wanted a little bit of this and a little bit of that....

God bless, take care & continued success!


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_JODI404 11/7/2012 1:08PM

    Great job in taking good care and letting your ankle heal properly. The down time is hard.... but VERY worth it for good healing.

Hope your recovery goes quickly!
Take care!

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SHERIO5 11/7/2012 10:44AM

    I am glad your ankle is healing. I like your positive head talk...I have been doing similar talks to myself.

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/7/2012 10:33AM

    Nice job on coming up with self-talk to address urges to overeat. Hope your ankle heals quickly!

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Being Foolish and Carefree Can Lead to Pain!

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Ok. Not such a smart move!

My daughter's family has 4 kids' bikes and a razor scooter. The two kids, my daughter's BF and my hubby and I were fooling around on them. I'm thinking I'd try to burn off a few birthday cake calories. I ended up with the 8 year old's bike ( she's the size of a kindergartener) going down hill was fine, but coming back up I couldn't get the pedals to move, picture me trying to ride with my butt up in the air... and I lost control. Pitched off the bike, heard popping in my ankle, and flew through and landed on the bottom barbed wire of a fence. Not rusty at least. I heard my granddaughter yell from the other end of the road , "Are you OK gramma!" She told me later that she was shaking when she saw me fall, poor kid!

Well, trying to be tough for my audience, I hopped up and walked ever so gingerly back to the group. I didn't tell anyone about my ankle but they had to see me limping. They were mostly concerned about what the barbed wire did to me. We hung around outside for a while. When we finally went in (I couldn't wait to get off my foot) I had my daughter clean up my back. Then I sat down. After a little I asked for ibuprofen and told her I sprained my ankle. (I repeatedly sprain this ankle! Darn!)

We're on our way home, a 2 1/2 hr drive. Fortunately I have 3 ice packs in a cooler so I'm icing the softball size lump that has formed. I know; RICE. I'm working on that.

So Be careful when you want to get exercise...be adventuresome, but be smart!

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SHERIO5 11/4/2012 9:22AM

    Oh ouch! Sometimes the little girl in ya just has to come out and play huh?

Take care of yourself...maybe get the ankle checked? Softball size swelling doesn't sound like a sprain....

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NUTRON3 11/4/2012 5:40AM

    You poor thing

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LUCINDARW 11/3/2012 11:51PM

    Hope you have a fast recovery! We learn as we go who would have thought that you would have an acident? Get well soon! Lucinda

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MERRYMARY42 11/3/2012 7:50PM

    I had almost the same experience on a bicycle, I ran into a concrete wall, luckily I hit my side not full front, I guess I forgot how to ride a bike, but I wont forget again, hope you are doing well.

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BLUE42DOWN 11/3/2012 6:51PM

    Ouchies! Take very good care of your ankle.

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LARISSA238 11/3/2012 3:01PM

    *hugs* I hope you feel better soon! Having a sprained ankle is no fun. Heal fast!

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