Sunday, April 21, 2013
I was reading one of those articles where you have to scroll over/ they present one piece of info at a time (I hate that format, by the way:). Anyway, I always read the comments on articles because I think they offer interesting -in a positive or negative way- insight into what people are thinking.
So today, I clicked on one of those health tips articles: http://www.myhealthnewsdaily.com/2061-11-s
and was reading the comments. My main takeaway was - I wonder if the average person understands research? Some of these things are a little counterintuitive (but not really if you follow obesity research - none were new ideas), but if something was counterintuitive or contrary to someone's anecdotal evidence, then the person completely dismissed the findings, picking and choosing which they "agreed with." I went to a research-oriented university and worked in research for many years, so it's hard for me to think back to what I would have thought before that experience... I think it's good to have a healthy amount of skepticism, especially with small studies, and/or new things found only in one study so far or only in animal studies, etc. But even when it's something that's been found again and again in large and/or replicated studies, so many people are quick to completely dismiss it. How can we ever grow as individuals and a society if we can't look outside of our current knowledge and beliefs to consider new information?
I guess it just makes me kind of sad.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
I really like being a community team member - it helps keep you plugged into SparkPeople and it's good motivation to check in with and reach out to a wider net of people.
Writing in my blog once a week has definitely been a struggle though. Maybe it's PTSD from all of the essays, etc. that I've had to write throughout my academic career:) Not only is writing a struggle, but it really brings out the perfectionist in me in a way that I don't like (not to mention that it's SO time consuming!). I guess I need to figure out how to be ok with whatever I put out there and STOP EDITING again and again to get the wording just so. Blah.
So, weight loss. I desperately need to lose weight. I've always just wanted to be healthy and happy with how I look. But now that it's a possible health issue as well, I NEED to lose those extra pounds. And yet, this has not been extra motivation that I thought it would be (of course, it doesn't help that I can't exercise at all)... I recommit every single day to eating the best that I can, and I do, until I get home late at night. I guess I just really need to go straight to bed, even though there's still a few more hours of work that needs to be done. I think I'll take the strategy of going to sleep as soon as I get home, and then waking up an hour or 2 earlier in the morning to get the things done that I would stay up even later for. No one needs to stay up until 2-4am anyway!!!!
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I was just thinking how, when I was a "success" story, so many fellow SparkPeople stopped by to comment on my weight loss, congratulating and praising me. Not that it wasn't awesome (it was:) but it just reminds me to make sure to pay attention to people who are struggling (and especially who are silent) as well as letting people who inspire me know that I am in awe of them. It's great to get that external validation for so much hard work, but it's probably even more important to reach out to other people too. I need to make sure to not just click on people's profiles because I'm amazed by their before and after pictures (which is usually the only time that I click to see someone's SparkPage). Maybe I'll make a goal of stopping by 1 person's blog/ SparkPage from one of my SparkTeams each day.
Just wanted to write this little reminder to myself:)
Saturday, January 26, 2013
This week was a family vacation with my boyfriend's family. I took the approach of trying to eat as I imagine maintenance looking. I was fairly successful but gave in to some of the bags of chips and cookies that his family bought. While I was disappointed that I didn't say no entirely, I made steps in the right direction by avoiding them for the most part.
The main negative was falling behind in school and board review (I knew this would happen). I miserably failed a quiz the day that we got back (granted, our flight was a few minutes late and the car was dead when we got to the airport...so we were about an hour and a half late in starting the 3 hour drive home from the airport - so didn't get home until 1am). I'm also pretty scared for my 8 hour test Monday that I'm now underprepared for. Trying to closely stick to my diet and control what I can control (and need to stop procrastinating by being n SparkPeople and get back to studying!!!!)
Saturday, January 12, 2013
So I started school back up this week. I'm trying to incorporate studying for boards with regular studying and doing extra work because I'm going on vacation next week and missing a bunch of required things =way more work:(, plus it's the week before a test which is when I usually study a lot more than normal. Anyway, this has resulted in waking up at 6am everyday but still not being able to go to sleep early (1am-4am) and only getting 2-4 hours of sleep. I've actually been pretty good about avoiding my late late night when I should be sleeping but am not and snack cravings, but Thur/Fri I baked and cooked for a friend's bday party and totally ate multiple cupcakes and dip. I need to learn to not taste when I bake/cook! I also drank and had other food and cake last night. It was definitely a night of "oh well, I'll start again tomorrow" - which is my problem entirely. My bf finally quit smoking on New Years, cold turkey with no plan (statistically, not setting himself up for the highest chances of sticking with it, but it has worked for people so I didn't argue with it). Last night, his friend (who supposedly isn't a smoker) had him come out and smoke with him, and he totally smoked. It's almost the last straw - I've waited for 5 years (I told him on our 4th date, that if our dating ever turned into anything I wasn't ok with him smoking) and he FINALLY quit, only to be smoking again. I also don't understand his friend - why would you peer pressure your friend into smoking when you know he's trying to quit? Yeah we're all adults, but it's so not helpful. After the party I said that I couldn't believe he smoked all night, he said "well, you're eating." Which was pretty mean. I feel really tempted to tell him to find a new place to live and then eating healthy will be super easy without all of his junk food in the house. Errr,
I stopped by the gym to drop something off and ran into the wellness director. He said something about running and I made a comment that it's too icy. He said "I don't know, I don't make excuses, I just go everyday." I responded "but it's so dangerous" and he just repeated himself. I thought it was a bit harsh but thinking about it later I have to agree with him, and maybe I needed to tough love. I make so many excuses. Yeah, they're all valid, but they're still excuses. Hopefully this week will go a little better.
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