Sunday, March 13, 2011
Life is getting hectic around here - nothing wrong, but time is getting short... I am about to get completely wrapped up in business projects and I don't think I'm going to have much time for sparking. My SparkMail is hooked up to my normal emai account, so if anyone needs or wants to get in touch, they'll be able to.
But don't worry, I WON'T be taking a health break - I plan to continue the healthy eating and will be getting in some exercise, even if it stops showing up in my stats. I'll have no choice - things just starting heating up last week, and I missed several days of exercise, and my husband threatened to call my doctor and tell on me! So he's got my back! :)
Hopefully I'll be able to pop in once in a while... and once I get things squared away (soon, I hope!) I can spend some more time here... but work's gotta come first...
Take care, everyone and have a great spring! And a great summer, too, just in case I'm still busy then!! :)
Monday, March 07, 2011
My ducks started mating yesterday! They only do that when they think spring is coming (unlike chickens who are more like us humans in that department). That also means eggs are coming soon (since ducks only lay eggs from spring through fall), so I'll be able to finally stop buying eggs at the grocery store - all my chickens are geriatrics, so they've been on strike since late summer.
Anyway, happy soon-to-be spring!!!! :)
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Some of you know that I gave up diet coke a couple weeks back... I'd just read an article that said it MIGHT cause strokes - since that's what got my Dad, I decided I'd better hedge my bets for avoiding a stroke by dropping the soda - I dumped it cold turkey and haven't drunk a drop of the stuff since. I'm still not past the craving stage, but I've been holding firm.
Since quitting, I keep coming across articles that support the wisdom of my decision... here is one:
It's entitled, "Can you get hooked on diet soda?" and the general concensus seems to be "yes," though they don't yet know why. It seems to be more than the caffiene. That seems true for me - I gave up diet soda, but not coffee or tea - despite adding a cup of coffee to my daily intake, I'm still feeling a little more run down than ususal, but at least the headaches are gone (so maybe withdrawl is almost over!!).
And the article goes on to list all the problems that diet colas may cause: "Whether you feel dependent or not, drinking too much diet soda might be risky in the long run. In recent years, habitual diet-soda consumption has been linked to an increased risk of low bone mineral density in women, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. What's more, a growing body of research suggests that excessive diet soda intake may actually encourage weight gain. " 'Nuff reason to stay away from the stuff! :)
Another article that I found through Sparkpeople seems to support the diet-soda-causes-weight-gain theory:
The article states, " there is a growing body of research that seems to suggest that high diet soda consumption is associated with a higher risk of obesity and may surprisingly carry an even greater risk of obesity than drinking regular, full-calorie and -sugar drinks." Again, the researchers don't know why they're seeing these results, but I don't think I need to know WHY diet cola causes the problems it does... it's enough for me to know that it DOES somehow cause problems. There was once a time, a very short while ago, that I not only thought diet cola was harmless, but was even good for me, since I was using it to replace the calories I might have consumed instead... though now that I think of it, a late afternoon drink of diet coke often ignited a binge for me... hmmmm...
After all - many years ago, doctors actually thought cigarette smoking was a harmless, even healthy, habit.... the more we know, the healthier we become....
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
So I've been doing really well - and doing really badly - and doing really well - and doing really badly!! As some of you might know, I've been dealing with a hurt back for the past month or two. Before going to the doctor (o.k., DRAGGED to the doctor by my husband!), I was alternating sticking to my proper eating and exercise plan for a week or so and get down to 144 - and then my back would start killing me and I'd stop exercising, and then I'd feel sorry for myself and start stuffing my face and get back up to around 148 - and then I'd get scared and start behaving myself again and get BACK to 144 - and repeat... darn it, I would have been at my goal a couple weeks ago, if I'd just stopped the stress-pain-just feeling sorry for myself eating!!
Things have been going better since my doctor sent me to a physical therapist - I saw her three times (at very reasonable rates - important since I'm a self-pay person)... she massaged the affected area, ultrasounded it, shocked it with some electric gizmo, and gave me a bunch of exercises to do at home... so I've been doing them (EVERY day, except yesterday, that I'm getting to), and you know what? The pain is gone!!! My weight's still doing the up and down bit, but I've only been getting to 146 before screeching into a U-Turn.
Yesterday was the tail-end of another U-Turn... 144 again... 9 pounds to go!! And then... I went nuts - it started with a handful of tortilla chips, followed up by 5 Triscuits, at least a cup of peanuts, a few walnuts, a bowl of honey-nut cheerios, and 2 trick or treat sized bags of M&M's that were still hanging around from last Halloween.... all BEFORE dinner!!! Dinner was at LEAST four servings of spaghetti and sauce with parmesarn cheese... and I was so grumpy, I didn't even do my exercises. At least I'd had a normal lunch and breakfast... but BOY, did my stomach yell at me last night!!! Monster acid attack as my poor belly attempted to deal with the mess I'd thrown at it. And the really stupid thing is, I have NO idea what set me off. I hate negative emotions, and rarely discuss them with anyone... very often I don't even acknowledge them myself. My husband's sometimes noticed that I look upset, but when he asks me what's wrong, I have no idea... I didn't even realize that I was upset until he mentioned it. I suspect yesterday was one of those times - when I feel angry, sad, disappointed, whatever, I tend to try to drown the emotion in food. Which is really, really stupid.
Well, I'm back on the horse today - this morning I was three pounds up, but after, you know, a very large "download," things were back to normal. Now I'm determined to keep it that way! One of my Spark Friends (you know who you are!) had an impressive vent on her blog today - she was upset that she'd shared her negative feelings, but she made me realize that that is EXACTLY what I have to do to get this emotional eating under control. I have to acknowlege my negative feelings, and I have to VENT them somehow, instead of piling a bunch of food on them. I know the chemicals from the food have the power to make my emotions feel better, but once they wear off, the problem is still there, and I have a tummy ache on top of it as well! So no more of that. My belatedly decided goal for this year is to find some way to express negative feelings without punishing my poor body! And to stop this stupid yo-yoing.
And, just for good measure, give up the diet soda I've been swilling (I just read an article that says it MIGHT cause heart disease - but the researchers aren't sure if it's something in the soda, or the possiblity that people are ordering diet coke with their pizza, burgers, or fries) - it CAN'T be good for me, and the green or black tea I plan to have instead ARE good for me.
I guess that's enough self-improvement goals for one year. :) Here's to no more late night belly aches (and more belly-aching!)!!
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