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Weekend lessons...

Monday, November 05, 2007

Why is the weekend so freaking hard to keep tracking and stay within points/ranges? Why??

I find it so incredibly frustrating. This last weekend was Bad with a capital B eating-wise. I think there was very little I ate that wasn't fried up until Sunday. Sunday I ate a super healthy dinner but it doesn't undo all of Friday and Saturday!

Although, I have to say that one thing I'm learning about my habits on the weekend is that they are at least much more balanced. I eat heavier, but I'm also often way more active than I used to be. Saturday, Peggy and I walked all over downtown Vancouver and Sunday, Jon and I were out for the day and did tons of walking (and I made sure we walked a brisk pace, to get some actual exercise benefit).

I think living in Vancouver has really helped me health-wise. Being in a big city means I take public transportation and walk sooo much more. Living in the 'burbs in Washington State I just used to drive everywhere, even the mailbox! *blush*

So the lesson I've learned, at this point, is that on the weekend, I need to watch my eating more, and also pat myself on the back more for the extra activity I get in! :)

I guess in the end it all balances out...

  
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TERJEGOLD 11/5/2007 4:56PM

    And I'd take cardio health over weight loss any day of the week. Cardio health will pay off big time over the decades in terms of improved health. Weight loss will too but not to the same extent, IMO. Good job!

On the weekends, I notice my life is less structured and if I'm bored, I reach for food. My trick is to reach for a bottle of water with lemon. It delays the eating and helps me stay on track. Boredom is a horrible thing!

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Honouring a US Veteran

Thursday, November 01, 2007

For the Veteran's Day challenge at Spark People, we were advised to blog about serving in the military. This is not something that has touched my life personally as much as it does many peoples'.

My Step-Dad (the father I was raised with) is a veteran of the Vietnam War. All I know of his experiences are that they severely traumatized him. I don't know much about his service, nor of the service of others' in my family.

I wanted to honour a Vietnam Veteran but am not in communication with my Step-Father, so I did my research and located a shared story on www.americanprofile.com that I decided to post. This story was shared by Richard Policz, Rank: Specialist 4 Class who served in the 101st Airborn Division of the Army. (original content at http://wwww.americanprofile.com/veterans/a
rticle/23789.html):

"In July of 1970 my company was to assault a hill called 805. It was July 12. I remember the day well. It was my 21st birthday. We took the hill without any opposition. Thought we had it made. Not hardly.

That night the North Vietnameese hit us hard. They threw a lot of stuff at us. Rpg's small arms fire and mortors. We had no casualties, but about a dozen of us had light wounds. I was one of them. Just a small piece of shrappnel in my arm. Not bad enough to leave the field.

We got hit every night after that. We had to hold this hilltop. It was vital ground. The enemy wanted this hill so they could use it to mortor Firebase Ripcord. The second night was a very bad night for us. We lost twelve men that night. My side of the hill was hit pretty hard. One of the men killed was my friend and platoon sargent. I carried his radio. His name was Jim Hembree. He was the 2nd platoon Sgt. Our First platoon was in trouble,so Sgt Hembree was taking a few of our men to help out our First platoon. They had lost their platoon leader. He was shot by a sniper. Normally my job was to be with my Sgt. I was his radio man. I started to go with him to help out. He told me to stay in my foxhole. I guess he gave his life to save mine. A few of the men he took with him were also killed."

  
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TERJEGOLD 11/5/2007 11:55AM

    I know what it's like to have a parent who is unable to talk freely about their military experiences. It is often a life changing experience for them and many are unable to share it. Thanks so much for sharing the story you found.

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HUSKY_HANK 11/1/2007 3:07PM

    Wow thanks for sharing this story with us

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Moving Slowly

Monday, October 01, 2007

Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
- Chinese Proverb

Do you ever get frustrated because things are moving too slowly in your life? Many people don't realize that building a foundation for success does not happen overnight. It is a slow process in which you are constantly working and learning. After all, that foundation must remain strong, even in times of failure or crisis. This takes time! You may have to remind yourself that "failing" is only failure if you quit; otherwise it's a learning opportunity. So don't worry if your life seems to be moving in slow motion. Concentrate on building a solid foundation and learning from your back steps.

~*~*~*~*~*~

This was today's quote of the day message from Spark People. I found it incredibly appropriate given my struggles for the past month + with my weightloss efforts.

On one hand, I am enthusiastically applauding myself for only a 2.3 (or slightly higher when we get to this week's weigh in) pound gain over the past 5 weeks or so of being 'off program'.

On the other hand, seeing how long I let myself stop making my healthy lifestyle a priority is a little frustrating.

But, I learn more every time, and I think that is a HUGE success. Before, 5 weeks of not counting points and/or tracking calories etc on Spark People would have ment at least a 1-2lb gain *per week*.

While I steadily gained weight during this 'off period', I gained VERY slowly. When I ask myself why, I realize that while I may have not been counting, I didn't revert (too much) to old awful eating habits. Yes, I had McDonalds a few times. Yes, I was ordering too many Lattes from Starbucks. Yes I ate really crappy chinese food and ordered a big meal from Ihop and Denny's.... but ... it was balanced (in a way) because I didn't STOP eating healthy all day long at work. I still got my 8 glasses of water in most of the time, and once physically recovered from my car accident (for the most part) and once I had my vehicle back to tote extra stuff to/from work, I began doing yoga 5 days a week at my lunch hour again.

So, no... I haven't been perfect, and the scale shows it. But every time I get 'off' my diligent program, I find the weight coming back on more and more slowly.... and I know that is a result of my lifestyle *change*. I'm always going to have periods where I don't eat like I would 'prefer' to be on program, but what matters most is that more and more 'changes' are sticking and becoming permanent. And as time goes on, I become more and more armed for these periods where life takes me for a bit of a ride.

And that is pretty darn kick-ass! :)

  
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MARGO1966 10/17/2007 3:47PM

    Hurray for you, for realizing just how huge a step it is that you continued to make some healthy choices while 'off the program.' I'd say that means at least some of this stuff has become a lifestyle change for you, rather than a temporary diet. You're doing great! Keep up the hard work!

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Today's 1 Day Challenge: Blog

Thursday, September 06, 2007

I think I'm going to try to post each day (or each day possible) the 1 day challenge, whether or not I'm doing it, and what the results were or my thoughts on it.

Ironic - today's is blogging! Hah! Killing two birds with one stone here!

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I feel like a big baby. I'm sick with a cold or flu of some kind and I HATE HATE HATE being sick. Add to that, my back is still recovering from a recent fender bender and the emotional overload I've been dealing with of late and you have a recipe for healthy lifestyle DISASTER!

Luckily, I've kept mostly focused and I'm really proud of myself. While I haven't been 'exercising' since the accident per se, I have deliberately NOT gotten a rental car and taken public transit and/or walked to get what I need while my car is in the shop. The result has been a lot more 'little' activity in my day to day life while I'm healing. It may not be much but it helps, certainly.

Peggy (my wife) and I walked all over downtown Vancouver last weekend and when we both really wanted gelato early this week, we walked over a mile each way to get to it. So no, not perfect, but it's definitely a sign that I'm headed in the right direction!!

For the L-Cafe challenge, the goal is to get 30-90 mins of cardio to earn points for your team. I can't exercise in this condition, but if I'm physically well enough, I'll drag Peggy out for a nice walk this evening to do my part. Honestly, I feel like I'm worsening as the day progresses so I'm not overly hopeful of my condition by the time I get home this afternoon/evening, but we'll see.

I've been making some fantastic foods lately! Last night I made my family pita bread pizzas (whole wheat pita bread as the 'crust') with a homemade pizza sauce, light sharp cheddar finely grated (covers more area while using less cheese), onions, sauteed mushrooms, and turkey pepperoni!

I also took the time to make a home made pesto sauce last night. It may be a lil' high in fat but it's healthy overall and a little bit flavours a LOT of pasta so we'll be having that tomorrow night for dinner. :)

I love cooking and/or coming up with yummy and creative but HEALTHY meals!!!

  


Greetings from the Abyss

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Food can be so comforting can't it?

It's hard for me to stay focused on eating precisely within my points or calorie ranges and getting all my exercise in when life throws me a curve ball (or in this case, a flood of curve balls).

I'm dealing with facing gigantic emotional issues and childhood stuff, and recently was in a car accident which left me physically ok, but the muscle soreness (soft tissue injury) has been a slower recovery than I would have liked.

Between the two, I stopped tracking my food, and stopped exercising almost completely for well over a week.

I'm back on track, sort of, but accepting of my limitations. The one pledge I've made to myself is to TRACK my food, even if it's not within ranges, because I know that's a huge key to success. I also know that if I have to write it down, I'm less likely to go too crazy overboard.

I'll be incorporating more really good cardio, strength, and yoga again soon. For now, I'm focusing on doing what i need to do to feel safe, comforted (not binging but not denying myself treats either), and sane while I deal with my stuff.

That said -- I'm hoping the current L-Cafe September SuperHero challenge will bolster this effort and help me keep or re-start some healthy routines while I muddle my way through this.

And, as always, I'm incredibly grateful for my weightloss buddy - even when I'm off, being accountable to one person makes a huge difference and reminds me that this is not some short term journey, it's forever.

~o

  
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TERJEGOLD 9/5/2007 3:41PM

    You go, girl! Feeling sore and yucky is no fun at all. Try to comfort yourself with a hot bath, a massage, a good book or movie or a walk if you feel up to it and try to keep your mind off foods. Perhaps finding a comforting (icy cold or pleasantly warm) calorie-free beverage would provide the comfort you are needing as you heal. Just remember you are the Princess of Power and you can do anything!

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HUSKY_HANK 9/5/2007 2:04PM

    I find focusing on small goals help me reach my larger goals. I hope this challenge helps you get back on track.

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