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Happy new year!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Today my sister (visiting from California) & I took a brisk walk from my home all the way to Evanston, about 5 miles. Our destination was Barnes & Noble, so that I could get a copy of The Spark using the coupon we had been provided. It went perfectly! We made it in a little over an hour, & when we entered The Spark was at the top of a display right in front of the door--couldn't miss it.

Also my stability ball & Leslie Sansone video arrived today. I'm all set for the bootcamp!

Best wishes with all your resolutions & dreams for this year!

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GETHEALTHY231 1/2/2010 4:16PM

    I'm so glad so many positive things are working for you. Keep working toward your goals. God bless!!!

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SHANSHE 1/1/2010 4:41PM

    That's AWESOME! Great walk for you and sis too!

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BABY_GIRL69 12/31/2009 11:23PM

    Happy New Year! Glad you are comin prepared!

Blessings & Hugs!


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RBNSMI 12/31/2009 10:09PM

    Good for you. There is nothing like quality time with your family. Happy New Year to you

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I'm doing it

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I have joined the official January bootcamp--& I ordered a stability ball (which my physical therapist highly recommends for ongoing shoulder & upper-back exercises, & which I also need for bootcamp exercises) & a Leslie Sansone DVD (so I can do vigorous indoor walking this winter).

My weight is higher than it has ever been except when I was pregnant many years ago. The shock of that number is a needed kick in the butt for me, as in the winter I look pretty good in my clothes (summer is another story) so if I'm paying attention only to the mirror when I'm fully dressed I might continue drifting. Sleep seems to have evened out again; getting back into a regular cardio routine should help me maintain it. (Thanks for your book recommendation, Claudia--I'll probably order it from the library soon.)

Now I have just gone to my notification page & turned off notifications of new topics in the bootcamp message board, as people are ignoring Coach Nancy's repeated requests not to start new topics for self-introductions. I guess everyone is too excited to pay attention. emoticon

Bootcamp starts January 3! My new fitness stuff should arrive before then. I'll be READY!

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SHANSHE 12/31/2009 5:53PM

    How great that you are taking positive action to take care of yourself this winter and avoid the slippery patches outside, etc...

I may join a boot camp challenge sometime, not up for it right now though! :)


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PJBOKC 12/29/2009 9:02PM

    Blessings to you Ruth in your renewed efforts to be healthy!

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CTEMPLE 12/29/2009 4:17PM

    Good decision Ruth, when we get too heavy a blindness comes upon us and we don't see ourselves properly and tolerate it until the weight is so high that it takes a lot longer to loose. The idea is not to stray to far, 2kg is my maximum (after reached my goal with SP) I still see myself OK, but I know what is coming so I put the brakes. I never want to have to loose 30 pounds again it's too hard.
Good luck with the bootcamp and thinks about how good you will look and feel in Summer!

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CZARINA_TV 12/29/2009 1:55PM

    Good for you! Just keep at it...

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We already knew it; here's more evidence

Friday, December 18, 2009

High-fructose corn syrup really is nasty stuff:

And some fun news for me: one of my poems is going to be posted on the sides of buses in a suburb north of Chicago throughout September 2010! Isn't that cool?

My main struggle with physical life these days continues to be insomnia. It's not constant, but it is recurring much more often than it used to. There are some issues medicine can't solve . . .

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RASLALIQUE 1/5/2010 2:57PM

    Wow! Congratulations on your poem being featured on the buses. How wonderful!

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CZARINA_TV 12/20/2009 9:11AM

    Wow! That's so cool that your stuff will be on busses. Take pictures! The subways here have a few psa series that are bits of poetry and good quotes and I always like seeing them over yet another ad.

That's a scary article. HFCS is in so many products... I'm glad I have ammunition next time my dad says that HFCS is "just sugar". To me, it's always been a signal that the food in question has too much sugar, especially if there are three or four sugars listed.

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CTEMPLE 12/19/2009 4:10AM

    Congrats about the poems you'll have to run with the camera along the bus!
Insomnia, the story of my life. Have a look at " Insomniac" by Gayle Green, very useful.

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My life this past fall

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

It was hard. My daughter-in-law lost the baby at 9 weeks (actually the doctors said he/she had died at 7 wks), which made us all very sad. I took a personal day to spend with my son & daughter-in-law while her body was in the process of expelling the fetus. It was a precious, low-key day. When the expulsion actually happened a couple of days later, they were able to identify the placenta & tiny fetus, & they buried it next to a peace lily, with prayers & scripture.

I'm so proud of them for knowing how to take care of themselves pastorally in the midst of the pain.

There have been other hard things; my husband is STILL without work & is having anger issues. I have to pray a lot & stay vigilant: if he gets abusive I'm outta there. I hope, hope, hope it won't come to that.

Shoulder news: I'm nearing the end of PT & it has made an AMAZING difference. Happily, I was scheduled again with the same PT assistant I worked with after my fall on the ice last winter/spring. She's really good. I have nearly my whole range of motion back in that shoulder, & my shoulder, upper arm, & back muscles have gotten much stronger.

I will need to keep doing the exercises as close to every day as possible until I have 3 weeks pain free. Am getting close to that, as now I generally have only a bit of residual pain. After that pain-free spell, I will keep the exercises permanently as part of my upper-body routine 2-3 days a week.

Still working on my poems & manuscript, & gathering info about various small presses that might be interested in publishing them as a book. That is one of the most rewarding parts of my life.

I just had a wonderful lunch (homemade baked beans, baby carrots, two clementines) & am optimistic about getting into the groove of the "No S" system. We'll see how it goes . . .

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SHANSHE 12/31/2009 5:50PM

    Thanks for the update and I am sorry about the sad things going on in your life. Here's to 2010 and a better New Year!

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PJBOKC 12/29/2009 9:15PM

    Ruth, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandchild. Yes, it sounds like your son and his wife were in touch with their feelings, and did one of the most recommended things - they made some memories of their baby. I've worked for years in OB nursing, and it's not that common to see couples be in harmony with their grief. I know they'll remember those moments for the rest of their life. I said a prayer for them just now.

So glad to hear your shoulder is well on the way to being mended. PT is a very good option, and you're so smart to keep up the strengthening - that's key to continued relief of symptoms and prevent reinjury.

Praying for your situation with your husband. I know that has to be so difficult. emoticon

Good to catch up on you.

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CTEMPLE 12/3/2009 5:42PM

    Sorry about all the bad things, Ruthie I hope it he sky opens up for you again.
Claudia emoticon

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STEPHANIEDIAN 12/2/2009 9:41PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss Ruth, and I hope things with your husband start looking up. You've hit a tough spot. keep going with the PT exercises! Spark Love. Stephanie

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CZARINA_TV 12/2/2009 9:41AM

    That sounds like a rough fall... Any one of those things would be tough to go through. Take care!

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SUPERMOM17 12/1/2009 3:30PM

    Dear Ruth,
I'm so very sorry to hear of the loss of the baby. My prayers are with you and your family.

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A mnemonic system

Monday, November 30, 2009

"Mnemonic" meaning something like "easy to remember because of its sound" . . . From a 43Things user I just happened onto

The "No S Diet": basically it's no snacks, no sugary foods, & no seconds, except (sometimes) on S days (Sat. & Sun. + "special days"--family birthdays & holidays)! Isn't that brilliant?

Of course "no snacks" contradicts what we're frequently advised here at SP (2-3 healthy snacks a day, or 6 small meals). But it's consonant with what my husband's doctor has urged on him, & with my own experience. If I'm snacking between meals, I nearly always end up eating more. I don't have blood sugar issues that would require me to snack, so it makes sense to just (for the most part) cut them out.

I really, really don't want to go back to food tracking, because it takes SO much time, especially now that we are cooking new, from-scratch foods at home a lot. Going by a simple, easily rememberable rule of thumb like this is much more doable.

Oh, & the No-S system does involve exercise. Read about it at the link if you're interested. The guy is hilarious, & he makes a lot of (common) sense.

I'm going to post separately about my life in general. Briefly!

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SHANSHE 12/31/2009 5:47PM

    That IS a much more simple way of looking at it!

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CTEMPLE 11/30/2009 11:29PM

    Good to hear from you. For me only tracking works and it's time well spent!

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CZARINA_TV 11/30/2009 9:11PM

    Oh, and it's good to see you here again!

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CZARINA_TV 11/30/2009 8:52PM

    No S? That's pretty much how we ate growing up. We had dessert once or twice a week. A snack was more like a piece of fruit or a cup of juice when we got home from school. We had chips and cookies around the house, but we weren't supposed to dip into them before dinner and you're full anyway after dinner. No S sounds perfectly reasonable to me. I have rollercoaster blood sugar, but I've discovered that three yogurt raisins will convince my body that food is on it's way. Three! It definitely doesn't take a bowl of ice cream...

I've "tracked" without using a comprehensive tracker before. It's like that budget assignment where you write down everything you spend -- you usually clamp down on those five dollar lattes when you have to write down that you spent five dollars on a latte. Maybe you should just write out your meals and keep it at that. If you need to know what something really has in it, go right ahead, but otherwise you're just writing it out so you have to look at it. As long as you're keeping an eye on the things that you're eating and making healthy decisions, don't worry about what you do and don't do... Some day you'll have a slow hour at work and you can look up everything you ate. Until then, just keep track in a way that makes sense for you.

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