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10 days of disruption

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I was out of town this weekend, visiting friends. No chance to work out. Now my week is being thrown COMPLETELY off by my college-age daughter and her girlfriend being here. I'm thrilled to bits that they have come to visit, and we are having a wonderful time, but it is making life challenging. I was planning to work out this morning, but last night they decided to abandon the guest room in favor of the bed in the family room, where they could watch TV as they went to sleep. Which is fine, except that it's the room with all my exercise equipment. So no workout this morning. Plus we ate out last night.

I get thrown off when my routine is interrupted. They are here until Thursday, and then we are off to a convention through the weekend, so I'm pretty much off-kilter until next Monday. I am trying to focus on maintaining through this week, and not using it as an excuse to go off the rails. Nevertheless, I'm up a pound and a half. Tonight we are eating in, and though it's a steak night, I will keep my portion small and eat veggies, which I am making in abundance. It will be all restaurant eating from Thursday through Sunday morning. It's going to be tough.

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EUPHRATES 1/22/2012 5:49PM

    Hang in there hon...just have a plan in place, and back up plan, and a back up to the back up plan just in case.

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WAYSOFGRACE 1/19/2012 12:33PM

    These things can and do happen to us. Make the most of the time with your daughter and her friend. If you can't get to the equipment, go for a walk outside instead. Finding the work around can be daunting, but I have faith in you and the path you are on.

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WOLFWYND 1/18/2012 6:30PM

    emoticon emoticon I wish you well.

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JLITT62 1/18/2012 6:15AM

    There's always a solution. You've just got to want it bad enough to find it!

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HONBAD 1/17/2012 2:18PM

    I'm in the same boat! With my grandma's passing there were lots of family get togethers and eating out. And I am going on vacation Thursday to next Tuesday so it will be rough! I feel like I was doing really well for so long. Figuring out how to deal with these interuptions from our good habits and recovering from them has to be part of the process!

I wish you the best with doing what you can in the meantime!

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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/17/2012 11:46AM

    I have faith that you'll do great. I try to order everything vegetable-rich in restaurants, and remind myself that someone else gets to do the chopping and cleaning up after. Then it feels almost as luxurious as having some kind of really rich food.

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AHNAZEE 1/17/2012 9:23AM

    Life just seems to keep happening, huh?

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Thanks for all the good sleep wishes. I made the drive to Michigan without trouble, and then slept like the dead when I got to bed. Yay!

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HONBAD 1/16/2012 12:02PM

    Glad to hear it!

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MISSG180 1/15/2012 9:07PM

    No, there was very little snow where we were.

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MARIE405 1/15/2012 7:14PM

    Wow I am South of Detroit. Did you get the snow

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MISSG180 1/15/2012 6:38PM

    I was North of Detroit, but only for a meeting.

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MARIE405 1/14/2012 12:27PM

    Where r U in Michigan. I live in Michigan

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Snow and insomnia

Friday, January 13, 2012

A bad combination when I have a three hour drive tomorrow.

The not sleeping is getting frustrating. I don't know what's up with this.

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HONBAD 1/14/2012 10:52AM

    Have you tried meditating? When I can't fall asleep, I always give it a try. I'd say it works for me about 95% of the time.

I just breathe in while thinking "in with the good" and when I exhale, I think "out with the bad" and I clear all of the other thoughts from my head. If you are constantly saying those things over and over and really concentrating on them, it isn't possible to be thinking about other stuff. I usually find I am having issues falling asleep when I have a lot on my mind - be it good things, or bad things!

I hope you are able to find a good solution for it. Missing out on sleep is not fun to deal with.

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K1TT3N 1/13/2012 11:22PM

    Sorry you did not get to sleep , hope the drive went well

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SUNNYDAZE9 1/13/2012 11:14PM

    I hope you are able to find the comfort of some relaxing sleep.

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Gluten hysteria - pushback

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

In the long quest to find The Answer To All Diets, people rush from one fad to the next, one year embracing cabbage soup, the next eating nothing but bacon and steak. One year gulping down juice fasts, the next eschewing fruit entirely. We want the golden ticket, the easy fix. And every guru who comes down the road with proclamations of the One True Way leads people in his or her path, the newest Pied Piper.

Eventually people grow tired of eating in the prescribed way and drop out of the parade, feeling like failures. Then the voices of science and reason begin to penetrate the insanity, and most people return to their previous weights, discouraged and cynical, but waiting for the next bandwagon to jump aboard.

Currently, that bandwagon is gluten. Gluten is the Great Poisoner of People. We're told that the staff of life is EEEEEVIL, and that we can all be thin if we just stop eating bread. People are swearing off gluten left and right. Gluten-free substitutes crowd the grocery shelves.

Now, there is no doubt that certain medical conditions preclude the ingestion of gluten, particularly celiac disease. But for people without that disease, scientists are now warning that gluten avoidance may be bad for their health. This article from the Atlantic Monthly warns that cutting gluten out of our lives may lead to other deficiencies. www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2

Now, some people DO lose weight on a gluten-free regime, but that appears to spring from a general improvement in their diet: less fast food, more fresh fruit and veggies. The elimination of bread isn't the key.

So once again, it's sensible eating that makes the difference. Not some secret ingredient. There's no magic bullet.

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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/15/2012 12:07AM

    Yep yep yep yep yep.

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HONBAD 1/12/2012 10:07PM

    I'm a dietitian and I have worked with a dietitian that has Celiac disease. She is very opposed to people following gluten free diets if it isn't absolutely necessary. When she was diagnosed, she gained 100 lbs - a small bit from the reversal of malabsorption that goes along with the disease, but she feels mostly from the increased caloric density of most of the gluten free alternatives. All of the non-wheat flours have more calories per gram. She also commented on the psychological effect of feeling deprived from missing some of your old favorite foods and trying to fill that void with endless amounts of replacements that aren't what you actually want.

I really think many people's GI issues stem from constipation. There is also a definite tie in of emotions and mental well-being to your bowels and their habits. I think it is easy to have a placebo effect when it comes to stomach issues. And I have dealt with plenty of GI distress in my day. I have had the whole array of fun GI procedures and testing. So I've walked in the shoes, lived with all the lovely symptoms, AND got the degree in it! MissG is right!

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MISSG180 1/12/2012 9:39PM

    Because the French, who eat more bread than anyone else, and white bread at that, are such fat, unhealthy people.

Or, not.

I'm unconvinced by gluten as the culprit. A lot of unhealthy eating, yes. But not gluten, not for most people.

Comment edited on: 1/12/2012 9:41:35 PM

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AUDIOAMBROSIA 1/12/2012 11:26AM

    I'm sorry, but I strongly disagree w/ this assessment -- I have known a LOT of people who don't do well on gluten that aren't diagnosed w/ celiac and have had weird symptoms disappear when they avoid it. I think it is wrong to speak about what will or won't help other people unless you've lived in their shoes and dealt w/ their symptoms. As far as avoiding gluten causing nutritional issues, that is garbage. It is not at all hard to meet requirements and never touch grain.

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TATTER3 1/11/2012 6:40PM

    You are so on point!!! There is a health center in town that focuses on 1 problem a week and a lot of people have adopted the cry of "that's bad for you!!!"I could LOL at some of the forbiddens....but life goes on. Keep Sparkin'!!!

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HONBAD 1/11/2012 11:38AM

    OMG I LOVE YOU!!!! You have no idea how much I hate diet fads. But this one is really annoying to me - probably because it does seem to be the most popular at the moment. And because it makes my job harder. I feel bad for people with actual Celiac disease because it makes them look like part of the nut jobs.

Vegan will be the next one. This is the one I have family members doing at the moment. And making their young children follow. And as much as I believe in being vegan for animal rights (if that's your thing), I completely reject the idea that you must be vegan to be healthy or that it is a cure all for heart disease, autoimmune disorders, cancer, [insert every terrible health condition here]. No doubt most people can and probably should cut back on animal products, but 100% avoidance of any food is just lunacy to me.

You know what those crazy diets all do? Make you cook your own food. Avoid eating out at restaurants. Shop for ingredients while looking closely at the labels. Eliminates most of the processed junk available. Those are all things you should be doing already for just general healthful eating!

Just eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Uh, I hope my Michael Pollan book is ready for me to pick up from the library soon!

Thank you for this blog!

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LADYIRISH317 1/11/2012 10:49AM

    Amen, sister!

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Don't be derailed by the scale

Monday, January 09, 2012

Last Sunday I did the "walk of shame weigh in" after the New Year's Eve party. As I suspected, the scale was up - back up to 282.4, rather MORE than I expected.

I briefly considered panicking, running around like a headless chicken and changing my diet plan. But instead I took a deep breath, calmed down, and continued on my path of whole food eating and working out.

Today I weighed in at 273.2, down 9 pounds from last week, and down 3 pounds from 10 days ago. I didn't mess up my metabolism with untenably low calorie intake, or overstress my body with unfeasibly extensive exercise. I just stayed on my path. And it worked!

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EUPHRATES 1/10/2012 3:39AM

    THAT's telling the scale who's boss!

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TATTER3 1/9/2012 4:58PM

    Yea you!!! Keep Sparkin'!!!

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BLUE42DOWN 1/9/2012 2:41PM

    emoticon job! Sounds like a lot of that MORE was water, which balanced out with the better eating. Very well done for sticking to just doing things properly in a healthful manner.

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IWILLICANIAM 1/9/2012 1:04PM

    That is so cool!! I would have ran around, and been like OMG!! I am gaining again!! But it sounds like your plan worked out awesomely! I am going to keep that plan in mind if I start gaining again!! :D Congrats on the 9lbs!! :D

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THOMS1 1/9/2012 10:29AM

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HONBAD 1/9/2012 9:48AM

    That's awesome! Keep to your plan! It is hard not to flip out at the scale. When I feel the urge, I just tell myself I'm not going to let myself get on it as often if I can't handle the natural ups and downs.

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NANCYBOAT 1/9/2012 8:20AM

    Woo hoo - that's **great**!!!!!

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