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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Whew! I'm back at 149 already this morning--that's a relief. It's funny how one's body settles at a certain weight sometimes for weeks on end; apparently my body has chosen 149 for the time being.

Last night my husband & I reviewed the coming week, & we have a houseguest arriving Sunday night plus evening events Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, plus special responsibilities at church a week from tomorrow. Most of the events are at 6:00 or 6:30 p.m.--that seems to be the preferred time here in the city, which puzzles me because there's no time to eat supper beforehand. Anyway, I'm going to try earlier-than-usual-to-bed so as to get to work an hour earlier than I normally do, all next week, so that I can also leave earlier to make it to these events.

I'll probably be too busy to blog much, & I won't have time to exercise beyond walking. But it's going to be an exciting week (nearly all the events are Colombia-related), & I will be back soon!

  
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YAHTZEELOU 4/16/2008 12:42PM

    I hope your week is going great!

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PJBOKC 4/13/2008 11:38AM

    I'm sure it was a relief to see 149 on the scale.

You sure do have a busy week this week. I think you can use your commute walkiing for legitimate exercise.

Hope to hear from you on the team site if you have time this week.

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SHANSHE 4/12/2008 11:46PM

    Good job Ruth.. it may have just been bloating, ya know???

Sounds like you have a busy week and it also sounds like you are making that extra effor to take care of you during the week, so you go girl!

Shannon

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Too many treats

Friday, April 11, 2008

I got on the scale today & was up 3 lbs, into the 150s. I've been allowing myself extra sweets too often, & last night I made whole wheat pasta with tuna & had seconds even though I wasn't actually hungry. My belly is sticking out a bit more than it should too. So it's time to start tracking my eating again. (I like the updated SP nutrition tracker--it seems a bit faster than it used to be.)

I'm also going to try harder to get to bed by 10:45 too, so I can get up & exercise more often.

  
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PJBOKC 4/13/2008 11:34AM

    You're doing a great job at keeping track and taking action to maintain your weight loss. Will be so glad when I get to that points. You're an awesome role model.

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Self-talk & lying

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

On Sunday I was listening to Radio Lab, a public radio program. The topic was deceit in various forms. My attention was particularly caught by the segment about lying to ourselves. Researchers have developed a test to gauge how much a given individual engages in self-deception, at least in a positive direction (answering no to "have you ever wanted . . ." questions about common negative human impulses such as wanting to kill someone).

A psychologist used this test with a team of swimmers who were all going through the same training, & she found that those who DID lie to themselves according to the test were the most successful in qualifying for an elite swimming competition. Apparently these people were also the happiest & most positive. Isn't that wild?

Here's the link:
www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolab/episodes
/2008/02/29


I hate lying. If I find out that someone I've considered a friend has lied to me (& especially if I learn that they have a general problem with the truth), I instantly feel distanced from that person, because I can't trust them. There's no basis for relationship at that point. And over the years I have valued avoiding denial & telling the truth to myself, even when it's painful. I would be a lousy, sentimental poet if I were unwilling to face pain & ugliness.

But I also value positive self-talk & practicing happiness. So I've been mulling over the results of the study & trying to make sense of them. Jesus tells us that the truth will set us free, so I will continue to prize it. In fact, when I'm going through hard times I am greatly helped when I focus on things that are true AND positive.

Maybe I'd be MORE successful if I used the self-talk of athletes & salespeople (I am the best! I can do anything I want to do!), but that rings hollow to me. I'm going to stick with self-talk that is both positive & true, such as: I am a daughter of God. God is always reaching out to me in love. I can do anything I am called to do, in God's strength. Oh, & very important: God provides me with a community of hope--others to love me & learn with me. I am not alone.

  
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PJBOKC 4/11/2008 12:02AM

    Ruth, I share your value of the truth. And I've always felt exactly the same as you if a friend is untruthful or deceitful to me or to anyone else for that matter. I have a friend who says if the snake will bite you, it will also bite me. And I've used a similar statement as you - if we're not able to be truthful and upright in a relationship, there's no basis for a relationship. I feel if someone won't talk about a situation and put the truth on the table, trust is compromised.

I agree about the positive thinking as a child of God. And when you stay in His word, and talk with Him in prayer it's so easy to think positively because the evidence of His love is so obvious when we're keeping that relationship strong. I'm doing a Beth Moore study with the ladies from our church in Arizona. The study is titled "Living Beyond Yourself". It's about the characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit. We hear about those scriptures so many times in our life and that Beth Moore is so God gifted in packing a powerful, and deep punch in her studies. This week we were on the characteristic of "Faith". One of the scriptures that was so "eye opening" to me was the story of Elisha's servant being fearful of the army surrounding them (II Kings 6: 8-20). Elisha prayed the servant's eyes would be opened. God opened the servant's eyes and he saw God's Heavenly army around them. So our self talk is Faith - knowing that God is always there working in our lives, protecting us, providing for us. Living in relationship with Him and in His TRUTH is awesome!

Ruth, you have your Faith exactly where it should be! You go girl!!!

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SHANSHE 4/8/2008 3:04PM

    Ruth,
The radio show is downloading for me to listen to at this moment. However, I must agree with you that lying to ourselves almost seems worse than lying to others in a sense. Lying or deceiving is wrong period and it is hard to justify something that god condemns and that may be why you are having trouble dealing with this "study."

Do not get me wrong, speaking positive things is good, my pastor says we need "God esteem" rather than "self-esteem." The things you put at the end of your blog are so true, we are a child of the KING! the Most High. I think we should always be aware of our human-ness or frailty, without Christ, we are nothing and can do nothing. So, i think you are correct in saying that we should be upfront and honest with ourselves about our short-comings, but in the same breath, we can say, "God, I do not have the strength to do this, but in YOU I can do anything!"

Thank-you for sharing!
Shannon

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Willpower, blood sugar, & the brain

Friday, April 04, 2008

I just read a fascinating article in the online New York Times. Apparently willpower (our capacity for delayed gratification & self-discipline in working toward goals) is governed by a particular part of the brain, & we can increase it through practicing self-discipline!

It is wise to begin by focusing on just one goal at a time, though: if we try to start an exercise program at the same time as trying to quit smoking, we're more likely to fail at either or both.

BUT as noted above, our capacity grows other time, so researchers have found that the person who loses weight often also succeeds in getting finances under control & achieving other goals.

I find it fascinating that employing willpower depletes one's blood sugar. No wonder it's hard--& no wonder we should eat a number of small meals each day while we're working on losing weight (or trying to achieve any other challenging goal, for that matter). You can read the article for yourself here:
www.nytimes.com/2008/04/02/opinion/0
2aamodt.html?em&ex=1207454400&en=0ca7a
89030aadb0d&ei=5087%0A

  
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PJBOKC 4/10/2008 11:31PM

    This is a good article and you really did a great job of summarizing our application. We have to start with small steps. I remember the article "2 steps forward and 1 step back". It would be great to make constant forward progress, but that's just not life, and we have to make our goals manageable. So many of the things we either learn or confirm on Spark People are along the same lines of this article - getting enough protein and the right carbs, and eating small, frequent meals - AND we're human.

Thanks for the article, and the reminders.

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SHANSHE 4/4/2008 4:07PM

    Ruth,

WOW! Talk about an eye-opening article, that is AWESOME!!! It makes soo much sense too and I see myself in it so much.

I still do not know the best course of action for me, but I will keep praying and doing the best I can, that is all God asks isn't it?

Shannon

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A thank-you to my body (& to its Creator)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Yesterday I had a wisdom tooth out. Though impacted, it had not caused problems till very recently: in early March one corner of it erupted from the gum! (Exclamation mark because at my age I had not expected my teeth to continue migrating.)

My dentist referred me to an oral surgeon who uses local anesthesia for extractions like this. Years ago when I had two other wisdom teeth out, twilight anesthesia was used. Local is less expensive & worked really well for me. The doctor explained everything well & called me at home in the evening to make sure I was doing OK.

I rested yesterday afternoon/evening, reading on the sofa most of that time. And today I'm back at work & feeling practically back to normal! I've taken a couple of Vicodin preventively today, but I'm thinking I may not need to finish off the prescription because I seem to be over the pain already. My cheek is only slightly swollen & the bleeding seems to be done. Of course I'll continue the preventive antibiotic the surgeon prescribed, though.

I'm grateful to my body for its ability to recover so quickly! And for the strength to run: yesterday morning I ran to the neighborhood grocery to get yogurt & applesauce so as to have something soft & cool to eat postsurgery, & then I ran to the train, & from the train to the surgeon's office. I would guess that within another day or two I'll be well enough to go out for another run too.

I thank God for designing our bodies with the capacity to heal.

  
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PJBOKC 4/10/2008 11:20PM

    Yeah God for your healing! Glad this went well for you.


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SHANSHE 4/3/2008 3:37PM

    WOW!!! That is so awesome! Glad to hear you are recovering well and doing good! That run sounds good... I am happy for you.

Glad to hear you still plan on coming to KY someday!
Shannon

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