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What is Normal

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"You're tough on yourself" was a comment I received on my last blog. Perhaps I am. Personally I prefer gentle encouragement from others.... not a drill sargent to help me push beyond boundaries. Most of the time I am gentle with myself too. But I also realized that what I had thought was normal is not. So what is normal in regard to eating ... who decides?

I'm feeling a bit under the weather and am thinking about crawling under the covers.

  
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FITJANE 2/25/2011 12:19PM

    I always look to you for encouragement, and came to look at your blog. Let me give you some encouragement and a pat on the back. You are always so encouraging and motivating. Enjoy
your "day off" to recharge!

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 2/24/2011 4:31PM

    You have been giving, giving, giving and doing, doing, doing for others. You are due for a day off to rejuvenate. It is good that you recognize that.

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ID_VANDAL 2/24/2011 1:26PM

    Sorry you're not feeling well but like FreeLady says - no junk food under the covers!!

I think that maybe you don't give yourself enough credit. If you go back and read your blogs as if you didn't write them you would see this incredible strong lady taking consistent strides forward. Sure that inner voice is always there to sabotage us if we let it but you win most of those battles.

So I say just keep doing what you're doing and listen to you voice. If it starts to go negative then find a way, thought, or something to turn it around. Remember just look for that 1% improvement.

Later,

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andal

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FREELADY 2/23/2011 9:46AM

    Just remember---no junk food under the covers!

Just teasing . . . we do need to take the pressure off sometimes. It is good to feel the liberty to give yourself a break.

As you have advised me in the past, it's a balancing act. Sometimes I gotta seize a little sternness to nudge myself to do something that has a big payoff; sometimes that's the kindest thing I can do for myself.


Things will look different when you're feeling better. You are sensible and competent . . . ideas will fall into place for you, I am confident.
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WATERMELLEN 2/22/2011 8:09PM

    I am glad that you are gentle with yourself most of the time -- and getting some extra rest may have been just the gentleness you needed today!! I agree with your comment on my blog: looking for the positive (firmer muscle, etc) is always a helpful strategy for dealing with discouragement. Thank you!!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/22/2011 8:04PM

    Coach Dean has a great three-part series of Spark articles on What is Normal Eating? If you are interested and can't find them, SparkMail me and I'll try to send you a link. -Marsha

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SM-ARTGIRL 2/22/2011 6:45PM

    I call creeping under the covers "doona diving".
I wrote about it in my blog: " I am an emotional sleeper"...
Actually believe that, for me, it is caused from too much thinking and not enough action.
I feel like jumping Into bed today, I am physically tired and worried about my elderly mum, BUT: I am dressed and heading out for a run as I train for my first 10 k race this April 9th.
I am running for my life!
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Responsibility

Sunday, February 20, 2011

"It is what I made it. And I'm the gal whose gotta deal with it." -WATERMELLEN

Her Oh, Well: Beck Day 22 blog www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4031889
really made me think after my Saturday of mindless munching.
What did I do to tame the werewolf within ....
not a thing.
FREELADY's "Can't Have Both" blog www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4031235
spoke of irresponsible eating.
Dreaming of fairy tales and a visit from the slimming fairy
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is not going to happen unless...
"I" make it happen.
I need to be responsible.

I have played the blame game.
I chose to be seduced by the corporations and the junk food.
I succumbed to temptation.
I choose to do nothing.

I am not being too harsh... I am just stating facts. Sometimes reality bites.

My mantra is going to be:
It is... what I make it.

I need to focus on solutions.
Look for solutions, instead of blame.
Practice patience with myself.

'Performance often dips when new skills are first practiced. When this happens there is often a desire to return to the old ways-especially when looking for a quick fix. Learning new skills takes time. Mistakes truly are wonderful opportunities to learn. When we remember this, we don't get discouraged as we wait for the long-range results (the harvest) of learning and practicing new skills.'- Bill Scott

  
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SM-ARTGIRL 2/22/2011 6:36PM

    I really love this attitude you are embracing Nancy!
The one person I have any control over, is myself.
The one responsibility we have entrusted to us is to nurture ourselves: our spirits, minds and souls. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 2/21/2011 1:20PM

    Great blog, Nancy, and just what I needed to hear. I'm off to check those blogs you've linked to.

I've been playing the blame game as well and...it's not getting me ANYWHERE!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 2/20/2011 8:42PM

    It is great to remember to give yourself time and space to learn. I fail an doing that a lot of the time. I am learning. It is great to be on this journey learning with someone else. emoticon

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ID_VANDAL 2/20/2011 7:37PM

    Hi Nancy,

Remember - anything worth doing is worth doing badly - for a little while. Meaning performance does dip when you are learning something new but practice - practice - practice!!

You will get there.

Vandal

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WATERMELLEN 2/20/2011 12:26PM

    I came to your page to thank you for your kind kind comments on my "oh well" blog -- and am so honoured that you've mentioned it here as well.

You're tough on yourself; and Beck is tough with these cognitive strategies; and I'm just reminding myself (in keeping with FREELADY's blog) that it is also tough carrying around those extra pounds I don't want.

Thanks again. I needed that reinforcement and I appreciate it more than you probably realize!!

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The Full Moon and "Werewolf Syndrome"

Friday, February 18, 2011

As darkness of the night sets in and the full moon rises ... the werewolf seeks its prey. Suddenly it pounces and snatched the ice cream from the freezer and slips away to devour the ice cream.

Oh how I could identify with that. Could it be that I am a werewolf??? Alas yes I am.

So many things written about diabetes also apply to to life in general. I did not have diabetes when I first experienced the Werewolf Syndrome. I came across an article called "Taming the Werewolf Within" (which was adapted from "Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can't Take It Anymore," written by William H. Polonsky)

What can unleash the werewolf ....

* stomach hunger - not eating enough food during the day
* eyeball hunger - eating unsatisfying food during the day
* evening boredom - not being stimulated at night
* unconscious eating - absentmindedly eating while doing something else
* difficult emotions - stress eating, angry, sad, lonely...


The good news is that on page 76 Dr. Polonsky lists seven silver bullets to tame the werewolf within.

1. Adjust your home environment to support your efforts.
2. Plan a more stimulating evening.
3. Unchain your overly restrictive daytime eating.
4. Schedule a regular evening snack.
5. Seek out alternative methods for overcoming difficult emotions.
6. Reach out to your friends and family.
7. Increase your eating awareness.

Do you have a werewolf within you?
What are your triggers?
What coping strategies would you try?

  
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JIBBIE49 2/18/2011 1:45PM

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 2/18/2011 9:46AM

    Great advice. I am learning to do some of these things. It really helps. I notice that on days that I kind of graze instead of a full meal I don't feel satisfied even if the food should give me joy in my opinion. I guess it doesn't any more. I am learning and we will get this.

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TWOTIMESS 2/18/2011 9:46AM

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Great article! I don't have a werewolf appetite, thank goodness! The full moon affects me in other ways, LOL! Howwwwl!

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FREELADY 2/18/2011 9:41AM

    Wow, I sure can identify.

"Plan a more stimulating evening." I had never thought of this . . . just considered the evening wind-down time. But I think planning ahead for absorbing distractions is going to be just my ticket.

Thank you for passing on to us this rich resource. Great job being so self-aware!

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Dinner Observations

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

With SparkPeople and Dr. Beck's guidance changes have fallen into place.

Here's what I noticed last night.
1. Assess serving size and portion it out.
Just because it is in front of me, and delicious, does not mean I have to consume it all in one sitting. (Hubby ate all his and was very uncomfortable.)
2. If you are not hungry, you do not have to eat. (it can be boxed for later)
3. Put the fork down when you have had enough.
4. Food was not the primary focus, my dinner companion was. Before it was all about the food, eating out is a rarity so food WAS the focus. Now food is not on the pedestal anymore.
5. Look for healthy choices. If you look you will find them.
6. Really taste your food. Is what you expected?
7. Having an app, drink and dessert is not required. I usually choose only one or none. Last night a dessert was shared... but we did not finish it.

During dinner I noticed all these changes and how different it was from from focusing just on the eating. I am not a Conehead in restaurants anymore.

What may have helped is that I wasn't ravenous when we went to that wonderful restaurant.

  
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ID_VANDAL 2/16/2011 11:53AM

    All of these comments focused on how well you are doing and that you are leading by example. I agree!1

The best way to lead (whether you want to or not) is by example and what you outlined in your blog is really focused.

I really need to start following your excellent example!!

Thanks for the blog!

Vandal

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 2/15/2011 1:23PM

    You are quietly leading us by example and consistency. I appreciate you.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 2/15/2011 12:33PM

    You are a great example. I want to be like you when I "slim up" emoticon

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FREELADY 2/15/2011 11:28AM

    You express this so well. It helps me to see it outlined specifically.

Great blog. Thank you!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/15/2011 11:09AM

    Wow, what a great job. What's really important is that you are NOTICING the changes you have made and GIVING YOURSELF CREDIT.

I have not evolved nearly as much as you during the past year. I've focused way more on the exercise and eating end has not changed a whole lot.

Needless to say that doesn't work. I can't possibly exercise myself out of a lot of what I'm eating...I'd be running a marathon a day!!!

WTG, Nancy.

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Monday- in French, 'mon' means my

Monday, February 14, 2011


Today is Monday- in French, 'mon' means my...so from now on Monday is dedicated to me.

No, I am not a narcissist. However we do need to care for and be kind to ourselves. Putting others needs ahead of your own, when you are a caregiver, is natural. But we tend to forget about our needs.

Today I will ...
♥ Purchase only healthy food at the market.
♥ Fit in fitness.
♥ Make healthy choices at the restaurant.
...because I am so worth it.

(`v)
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..*) .*)
(. (. (..`*
Happy Valentines Day!
What will you do to show that you love yourself?
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FLUTTER-BY)L( 2/15/2011 12:35PM

    Oh I love it. That could revolutionize the Monday experience. Keep moving forward and you will get there.

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FITJANE 2/14/2011 2:53PM

    Enjoy "your" Day!!

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FREELADY 2/14/2011 1:00PM

    Great perspective.

You have a knack for putting things into words so that it really grips me. Memorable.

Thanks!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/14/2011 9:51AM

    I'm giving myself Day 3 of no sugar. Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day.

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DEVRIES51 2/14/2011 9:15AM

    I love it, why hasn't someone brought this to our attention sooner. You are a genius. Starting today (and every other week) I will make Monday My-day to start out healthy for the week. I may make it till Wed. or Fri. or the whole week regardless I will start out with me and my health as #1 every Monday!

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MARCYNA 2/14/2011 8:46AM

    Mon jour..I had never thought of it!!!!Brilliant, thanks for sharing emoticon

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