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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

The physio really got his elbow into me. And I feel so much better for it.
He has also strapped my lower back ahead of a training ride tomorrow - fingers crossed that I goes OK. He said he would call me on Thursday to see how the ride goes. Now that is good service!
He has instructed me to do some hip flexor stretches . . . and see him again on Monday.
A couple more treatments, and some more strapping before the race (next Saturday) . . . and I hope to get through OK.

Reluctantly I had to take my 3 y.o daughter to the appointment. In some ways I think it is good for kids to have to wait around for their parents sometimes (we do enough running after them - and they need to cope with not being entertained ALL the time). . . but she is only 3, and I was worried that she might detract from the session. Anyway - I took coloured pencils & paper and some grapes in a tub to provide distraction . . . but she sat quietly, and then fell asleep on the floor! Flat out on the carpet! Oh to be 3 years old again!!

  
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HM_JACKSON 2/6/2013 5:39PM

    Ha that is great (about your daughter falling asleep). I too drag my kids everywhere. Others probably think I am a wierdy but that is just how it is.
Well keep with the doctor recommendations and get yourself ready. You have a big race to run!

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KELTIC-CARA 2/6/2013 3:44AM

    Sounds like you are being well looked after, excellent. Children will do the opposite, you think they need to be entertained and they fall asleep, such is life

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SHEILA1505 2/6/2013 1:24AM

    Glad that you had a good session with the physio

I quite agree with you about the kids having to learn to fit in with parents - I had 3 and no family here to step in and take over. In ones or twos, or as a group, they had to adapt and I am sure it has turned them into the great independent adults that they are today. If it wasn't appropriate for them to be in the Doc's office, then they had to behave themselves in the waiting room. There were consequences if they didn't, so they rarely made any problems.

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How a positive turned my day around

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Remember I fell off my mountain bike about 2 weeks ago?
On my own, in the Aussie bush and I went right over the handle bars. I had plenty of time to register that 'this is going to hurt" before I hit the ground. And guess what? It did hurt.
Fortunately nothing was broken - except some skin. And a few big & beautiful bruises.

I was able to get back on my bike and ride home, and I went on another ride a few days later, but I wasn't feeling it. Too quick on the brakes, which actually makes for a more wobbly, unstable ride.

On the weekend I went to ride some of the race course. On my own again. I wasn't feeling terrific - not sure why.
It started with a 10km solid climb on a gravel ride. I nearly ran over a brown snake (the most poisonous in Australia) then I kept getting bitten on the back side by march flies. It seemed really hard! Every obstacle was a challenge, every stick was a snake.

I started the decent, and it was going ok, until I realised I had lost my cycle computer. It must have dropped out of the holder, somewhere in the last 2km (since I looked at it as I made the top). Terrific, I thought. I knew I should have stayed in bed!

For those who don't know, the computer pretty small - about the size of a medium coin. I had to try to look for it, even though there was lots of debris on the track - small rocks, leaves, sticks etc. What were my chances?

Slowly I climbed back up the decent - stopping at any little obstacle that might have caused a little bump which might have knocked it off. All the way to the top - nothing.
Of course, when I started to descend again I was going much faster - and I reasoned if I did not find it going slow, I was not going to find it on the descent. I gave up.

I came to a tight corner and slammed on the brakes - and instantly thought 'It could have fallen off here" - I looked down (still at speed), and there it was!!!

You should have seen the change in my attitude. I was having the best day. My confidence was high, I loved it. Every uphill was a chance to really work my legs. Every obstacle a fun opportunity. Stopped looking for snakes, and the march flies could not keep up!!

  
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PATTYKLAVER 1/23/2013 8:06AM

    Glad for the little things that keep us going.

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PHEBESS 1/21/2013 3:26AM

    It's the little things, isn't it?

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KELTIC-CARA 1/21/2013 3:02AM

    It is amazing how one small things can make a big difference, a lucky day in every way, especially the extra fitness.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/21/2013 12:49AM

    Hooray!!! I'm glad you found it, and that it turned things around for you! :) Because...yeah otherwise, that sounds miserable, between snakes and bugs and gravel and so on. I get really nervous riding on gravel. What fantastic luck/logic in finding the computer, though...that's awesome!

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I went for minutes today without even thinking about food.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I might have even got up to an hour. Without thinking about food once. I have got to tell you that I feel free.

Intuitive eating is really starting to agree with me.

  
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A*L*P* 1/18/2013 7:55AM

    Love it! So glad you're working it, girl!

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PATTYKLAVER 1/17/2013 8:04AM

    Good job!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/16/2013 1:06PM

    What a great observation!! You really are making progress and observing it! Good for you.

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WATERMELLEN 1/15/2013 8:02PM

    Fantastic! So glad that it's working for you, and freeing too!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 1/15/2013 6:17PM

    That's interesting.....I personally have never noticed how long or short a time it is that I might go without thinking about food. I definitely would take your observation as a sign of progress also!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/15/2013 6:16PM

    Woah, that's awesome! (no sarcasm, either)

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PHEBESS 1/15/2013 4:56PM

    Isn't it wonderful?!

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Thinking like a thin person, or using intuition.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I was thinking this morning about how reading Beck's book about thinking like a thin person had a negative effect on me. The book had some real pearls of wisdom, some of which I still try to remember in my daily like - but overall, looking back I think I did not cope with it as a lifestyle choice for me. It was after this that I felt the most out of control.

Now I am trying to practice Intuitive Eating, and I was reflecting this morning on why I feel so much happier and relaxed, and a realisation came to me.

Beck tried to teach me how to think, whilst Intuitive Eating just teaches me to think.

How I think is personal to me - it takes into account all my history, personal experience, personality, upbringing etc. Sure, I can adapt how I think, but I am not sure I can turn the process on its head.

What is important is that I think.

  
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PATTYKLAVER 1/13/2013 1:45PM

    Sometimes a concept in a book is all wrong for us. But it's got you thinking, and that's a good thing. Go with what you feel is right.

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MANDELOVICH 1/12/2013 10:26AM

    Interesting. I found Beck too focused on the negative - dieting is hard, too bad, get over it, all that talk made me turned off. I like Renee Stephen's approach to focus on the pleasure of feeling well, eating well, exercising - that that path makes one feel better over time so it's actually easy.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/12/2013 8:02AM

    I understand completely. I intuitively know what I should eat, but it has never stopped me from ignoring it. I need a different kind of help with that.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 1/12/2013 7:10AM

    I never read the book by Beck, but agree with your conclusion!
Seriously, the premise is a little goofy.........that thin people think alike and that's what leads them to be thin?

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IMREITE 1/12/2013 2:16AM

    We like to search for the one size fits all ideas and programs, but the fact is how we live our lives is a personal thing and we need to think and act in a way that works for us as an individual.

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JANTWO 1/12/2013 12:45AM

    I agree. What is important is that you think. Great blog!!!!

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Mindful & Intuitive Eating

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Today I joined the Mindfulness Eating Challenge. This seems to me to be very strongly aligned with Intuitive Eating.
Today I feel like I did really well trying to be more aware when I am eating or deciding what to eat. Something I want to continue to improve.

Sitting to eat, with food on a plate where appropriate.
Assessing my feelings before I & during eating.
- am I hungry (or tired, bored, thirsty, unhappy)?
- what do I feel like eating?
- am I being influenced by others' eating?
Thinking as I eat about the flavours, textures, temperature of the food, my surroundings etc.

It sounds simple - but I find it a challenge to remember to think about what is important to me during the day - and get to the end of the day before I think properly.

Definitely a work in progress.

  
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BRENDAJBENTLEY 1/9/2013 3:40AM

    Have you read the book Intuitive Eating? It's a great foundation. I love mindfulness / mindful eating - the intuitive part takes a bit more work really because it's about trusting yourself to know when you are hungry (for reals) and when you are satisfied (not full!) also the distinction between emotional / biological hunger and feeding your non-biological hunger in more nourishing ways.

I've recently wrote a book about addressing the underlying emotional / psychological side of this it's called Eat, Guilt, Repent, Repeat.

Once you get this - it's life changing - because your awareness spreads into every area of your life!

Good luck,

Brenda

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ROSELYNN5 1/8/2013 9:32PM

  I have really been trying this week to be mindful of what I am eating and only eating till I am satisfied. I knew I had made some progress when I ate half of what was on my plate and saved the rest for another meal. This was a big step for me.

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HHB4181 1/8/2013 10:18AM

    That actually sounds really hard....

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MANDELOVICH 1/8/2013 9:28AM

    I have a daily intention to eat seated, slowly and mindfully. I'd love to join this challenge. Is it on SP?

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/8/2013 8:57AM

    That would be a challenge for me too. Things to think about before diving into a box of wheat thins or carton of ice cream.

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PATTYKLAVER 1/8/2013 8:00AM

    Sounds like a challenge I need to take. I'm not always mindful of what I eat.

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NELLJONES 1/8/2013 7:33AM

    One of the advantages of planning is that eating must be mindful in advance. The only thing I DON"T have to think about is what's for dinner. I've already done that.

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A*L*P* 1/8/2013 7:17AM

    Mindful eating has aways been a challenge for me. It is a good thing to work toward, however! Good for you!!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 1/8/2013 6:40AM

    Sounds like an excellent thing to do!

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