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Thursday, August 18, 2011

So I've been doing the primal thing for almost 2 weeks. I have to say, I'm pretty surprised how much your diet effects your overall health. I mean, I know we've all heard that but to see it in practice is quite impressive.

Case in point, I have arthritis. At 29 I think I'm pretty young to have to deal with the sore joint issues. But since cutting the high amounts of sugars and grains that are typical in the SAD I've seen significant improvement in inflammation. Significant like I just noticed that I haven't had any hip pain. For me that's major. My hips hurt almost all the time.

Also, I was on migraine meds for almost a year. I had headaches of some degree daily. Since changing my diet I've had one. That was yesterday which I believe was my episode of "carb flu."

Speaking of yesterday, it totally sucked. Because I had gotten past the 1 week mark I thought I was home free without having to experience the "flu." Boy was I wrong! When it hit, it hit hard. I seriously felt like death warmed over yesterday. I ate some cantaloupe. Then I ate more cantaloupe. Then I ate cake. Seriously counter productive here. But the way my body responded to the sugar/carbs was crazy. My energy came back immediately but I still had the headache. Then the low came back. That insulin spike didn't last long. So someone suggested I eat some salt. I wasn't convinced this would cure the ick I was experiencing. I mean, I salt my food but a little goes a long way for me. But man! An hour after sprinkling some kosher salt on my tongue I felt great again. The assumption here is I was flushing my body of electrolytes. I was drinking lots of water because of the cut in carbs.

Moving forward, I feel much better today. I'm ready to correct my nutritional cliff dive I had yesterday. I may even do a little yoga before my HIT tonight.


It's been a while....

Thursday, November 05, 2009

...since I blogged last, but I gotta do this week's challenge and tonight seemed blog-worthy.

So my goal a few months ago was to be able to jog (not run) a mile nonstop. While I didn't jog the mile nonstop, I did jog around 2 miles in 1/2 mile spurts. I can't stress enough how HUGE this is for me. My knees hurt, but I'm so keyed up from the adrenaline rush that I can't sleep. I'm so amazed at how far I've come in just a few months. I remember doing 1 jumping jack would get me winded. Now I can do at least 30 before needing to stop.

I'm just so proud of myself I could burst! Even though that would be gross...;)

I'm happy!!!!!!

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TRICIASHELL 11/6/2009 11:10AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!! emoticon I'm SO proud of you! I HATE jumping jacks!! My husband always makes fun of me when I do them (with good reason!)! The running is amazing! I'm still just a walker...I need to get some new shoes before I can run...but I'm planning on doing the C25K program when I do. Keep up the great work...I'm so excited for you...and that you're a part of our team!

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I'm feeling GREAT!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

To those of you that wouldn't let me quit a few weeks ago "THANK YOU!"

I don't know, maybe it's the runner's high I'm coming off of, but I feel great. The last few days my calories have been on point, I haven't felt the need to binge or dive head-first into the ice cream box.

Tuesday night after my run I felt like I was going to die and that I would never run a full mile. Well, tonight I didn't run that mile, but I could talk through the 1/2 mile I did run.

It's starting to feel like all the pieces are falling into place. Mentally, I'm there!

The next challenge is to stop letting distractions equal excuses for falling into old habits.

I still need your support, but for TODAY this battle is WON!

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BLONDEMAMA88 5/15/2009 8:34AM

    That's SO great. I love reading this.

Just one day at a time :) Keep it up!!


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It's not over yet!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Thanks to those who responded to my blog the other day. It really helped put things in perspective. Sometimes its easier to confront things when you're honest with other people about them. It's easy for me to lie to myself and think that I can learn to be happy with the way I lose control with food. But that's an outright lie, and it's something I'm going to have to struggle with every day, probably for the rest of my life. And the sooner I accept this the better for me, mentally and physically.

I did GREAT today. I got in two walks, ate sensibly, and even though I spent a LOT of time on the computer I got lots done around the house. I'm happy with ME today!

The trial going forward is to harness this optimism and tap into it the next time I'm feeling like life is a run-away train and the only thing I can do to cope is find refuge in food, laziness and self pity.

The best thing to tell myself is what I've titled my SparkPage: "I'm gonna love ME!!"

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MELO32981 4/28/2009 9:22PM

  Great job today!

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Am I ready to quit?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

So for the past 3 weeks I think I've given up! That's terrible! I was doing so well!

I don't know what happens to me. It seems like every time I start feeling good about my progress (for some reason always when I get to the 10 lbs lost) I want to quit. Why is that? Why do I give up so easily?

I liked the way I felt. I wish I could lose more quickly, but when I started this time I told myself I was in it for the long haul. That no matter what I was going to do it and this was it! I was going the slow and steady route. And I did for 2 months. And now, I've gained 4 lbs.

It doesn't make me happy. I beat myself up every time I put something in my mouth. Then I reprimand myself at night. Every night before I go to bed I lay there thinking about how poorly I did that day and how tomorrow's a new day and I'll do better. But I never do. I never get around to doing that extra walk, or taking my kids to the park. I just laz around the house doing nothing.

I'm not depressed; at least I don't think I am. I love my family and I'm very blessed. I just hate the way I look. But for some reason I don't seem to want to do the work. That's just pitiful!

I'm a head-strong person, most of the time. When I make my mind up to do something I usually see it to fruition. But this one obstacle in my life seems unsurmountable.

What am I doing wrong? Where am I slipping? Why do I keep sabotaging myself?

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MELO32981 4/26/2009 8:34PM

  I know what you mean. I joined Sparkpeople, and have been doing well, but it's always around that 10 lb mark that things just kinda... seem overwhelming. Stick with it though!!! You can do it, just because you've gained some back, doesn't mean you have to start over from the very beginning. Weight loss is a very difficult thing to do, so don't be too hard on yourself! Suggestion: Plan out the night before what you are going to eat... (maybe you do this already) but that really helps me when i'm struggling.

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PILATESWOMAN 4/26/2009 1:46PM

    I saw this post, and I had to write to you! You are NOT failing, you are human like the rest of us. Even if you do have that moment of weakness, you have the right idea, get back up and dust yourself off and try again. I found that for me, instead of trying to tell myself, ok, I can't have that, that, that or that when I first started, I allowed myself to have a little bit of a cookie (say half) as a snack. As time went by, it got easier. I won't lie and say that I don't still get cravings for sweet stuff or carbs, but when I do find myself getting a craving, I have just a few bites and then it's gone.

As for getting down to the park, do the best you can, whenever you think about it, gather the kids and go, as long as there's nothing else going on, of course! You can also just go outside and walk through your neighborhood or to somewhere like a nearby library and do story time there.

Another thing I found, is that if I weigh myself every day, it will only frustrate me, your weight will fluctuate a little every day, just go with a weekly weigh in and measurement check.

Most of all, I want you to remember, you are NOT a failure!! If you need someone to talk to or to help motivate, or even reccomend some good (and fun) workout DVDs, let me know! I can tell you right now, Denise Austin is GREAT!!!!! I just don't want to see you just quit, you can do it!!! emoticon

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