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Catching up

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

I'm so remiss about blogging! But partly that reflects being busier with regular exercise--which is GREAT.

The blisters (see last post) fortunately didn't bother me for more than a day, once they were covered with band-aids. I have been continuing to do fast/boosted indoor walking with Leslie, & my weekly time logs are steadily inching up. Now it's time to return to walking outside, as the weather around here is BEAUTIFUL--as long as we're not having thunderstorms. Which I love too, but they're not very conducive to outdoor walking.

I don't think I netted more than an inch or so lost during March, & my weight essentially stayed the same. So I do need to step it up: I'm adding just 5 minutes to my daily cardio, & I'm being stricter with myself regarding the no-Ss (eating), especially giving myself less leeway on weekends.

The Big Mysterious Hard Thing in my life is finally about to come to resolution, at a meeting this coming Saturday (April 10). After the meeting I'm going to have dinner with my kids, to tell them what's going on, & then I'll focus on updating other family members. I will find time to blog about it soon thereafter, I'm sure. Holy Week was especially poignant this year, & I felt very blessed by God & my church community. It gives me strength & comfort to know my little life-story is part of a much bigger story. Christ is risen!

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SHANSHE 7/10/2010 2:18PM


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GETHEALTHY231 4/7/2010 2:25PM

    He is Risen Indeed!

What joy to know this truth - gives us hope even when life is hard! God bless - enjoy every day in His name!

My prayers are with you for Saturday and with your family as this is resolved and you move forward. Move forward in Christ!

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CZARINA_TV 4/7/2010 9:04AM

    It's been really wonderful to get out and take walks with our new warm spring weather. Get out there more! It's so nice to be outside after a long, slow winter.

April 10th is our first game of the year -- I'll be cheering you on too!

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CTEMPLE 4/7/2010 2:22AM


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TINKMCD 4/7/2010 12:33AM

    Good job on exercising consistently--and on planning to add only a manageable bit this month.

Will be thinking of you on Saturday. May the outcome of that meeting be the best possible result for all concerned.

Blessings on you, dear Ruth!

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BABY_GIRL69 4/6/2010 7:07PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYes He arose! emoticon Dee

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Monday, March 29, 2010

It's so weird to get blisters for walking in comfortable shoes!

I did loads of fast walking these past three days--home (w/ a stop at the market) from the mechanic's on Saturday, nearly 2 miles; all the way from church to the library in Evanston on Sunday, 3.25 miles; back to the mechanic's before work this morning to pick up my car, nearly 2 miles.

Yesterday (the longer walk) & today I wore my trusty Skechers, & by the time I was halfway to the mechanic's today I was practically limping. Fortunately there are band-aids in our supply cupboard at work; once here I took some to the bathroom & put two on the bottom of each foot. Ouch!

I guess I need either new Skechers or at least pad inserts to cushion my feet more.

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SHANSHE 7/10/2010 2:14PM

    ouchie, did you need new ones or pads?

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GETHEALTHY231 4/1/2010 1:07PM

    You may want to try different socks! I switched to a different type that has moisture wicking and voila! They conform to my foot better and less moisture - so they don't move as much and cause friction.

Keep walking, girl! You are doing great! You must be loving these warm temps and sunshine! It is amazing here - but blustery! I'll take it and enjoy God's blessing!

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CHRISTYK08 3/29/2010 9:49PM

    emoticon to hear about the blisters. I hope that they heal soon. emoticon

On the other hand, emoticon job on doing so much walking!!!

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CTEMPLE 3/29/2010 5:23PM

    emoticon Claudia

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Watch out for number 8! Go for 9 instead.

Friday, March 26, 2010

From today's Chicago Tribune:

"Many of our foods are now genetically modified. Genetically modified (GM) foods have to be considered "substantially equivalent" to be deemed safe, but many researchers have questioned this standard. Some GM foods contain proteins that humans have never consumed before, and the long-term effects are unknown. Other health concerns include the potential for allergic reactions and antibiotic resistance.

"So how can you tell these GM foods apart from organic or traditional varieties? All produce has a four-digit code on store labels, but GM foods have a fifth digit -- an eight -- added to the beginning of the code as a qualifier. The best way to get the most nutrients and avoid GM foods is to buy organics, which also have a fifth digit in their codes -- a nine at the beginning."

Rest of the article is here:

The article's main point is that we should be eating LOTS of raw foods. During the winter that conflicts with eating seasonal produce (many of the root veggies that last over the winter need to be cooked). But in the Northern Hemisphere we're about to enter the Season of Raw--I'm so happy!

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SHANSHE 7/10/2010 2:07PM

    the only problem is this... I cannot afford the organic produce...

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CHRISTYK08 3/29/2010 9:52PM

    I've heard about GM foods, but I didn't know about the codes on produce. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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CZARINA_TV 3/28/2010 10:53PM

    That's great info! I'll keep looking for the 8. Thanks a bunch...

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FAITH222 3/26/2010 3:04PM

    Very Interesting! I had no idea about the numbers meaning whether or not they are organic....Now I know...Cool.

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One precious inch

Friday, March 12, 2010

I haven't lost any more weight yet, but another inch has come off my waist since I measured at the end of January! Woohooo! I'll update all my measurements at the end of March.

I've been having some insomnia again. Sooner or later my body was bound to react to the tension I'm living under. Once that's resolved (the timetable is being decided in the next few days), I expect my sleep to return to normal.

Despite the insomnia & missing cardio some days, I'm managing to keep up with my weekly exercise goals. I'm just exercising longer whenever that's possible. I'm also upping the intensity--which is why today my glutes & upper thighs are a bit sore.

Last night I had the privilege of leading a poetry workshop with survivors of sexual assault & abuse, at a center where my daughter-in-law is doing an internship. The women were very receptive, & we had a good time.

I'm in a dark time, but morning is coming!

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SHANSHE 7/10/2010 2:06PM

    Yay on the inch and the workshop sounded amazing.

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CHRISTYK08 3/18/2010 5:39PM

    So good to hear from you and it sounds like you are making progress. Losing the belly fat has been the hardest for me and I need more to go away! emoticon

I'm glad that you were able to share your skills and insights with others. That in itself can be a healing experience.


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CZARINA_TV 3/13/2010 9:03PM

    Good job with those inches Ruth! You know, if you can keep going even when the rest of your world is so tough, you'll have it made when everything else gets better. I haven't been able to keep up my ideal schedule, but I've still been doing enough. Enough is the key.

Be well, take care of yourself and just keep plugging away at it!

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CTEMPLE 3/13/2010 8:59PM

    Congratulations dear Ruthie and aren't dark times good for poetry?
Claudia emoticon

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GETHEALTHY231 3/12/2010 3:59PM

    Yay! - an inch off is awesome! Have to love those burning muscles - good reward for hard work!

So, did you share with the women how to put their perspective into words through poetry? Is that what the workshop was for? How great that would be! I love using the arts to work through life! There are so many different aspects of expression in the arts, and it is so helpful to use! Thank you for doing that. I'm sure it is so beneficial for everyone!

God bless!

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Personal March bootcamp

Sunday, March 07, 2010

This month there doesn't seem to be an official bootcamp, so I decided to design my own!

As I said in my last blog post, some very hard stuff (which I'm not free to share) is going on in my life. Instead of comforting myself with chocolate & other easy fixes, I want to express care of my body & enjoy the good feelings that come with mastery. Mostly I need to remind/reward myself about nutrition & strength training.

With food, I want to reestablish the "no-S" practices: no sugary foods, no seconds, no snacks, except (very moderately) on S-days (Saturday, Sunday, other occasional special days). I'll keep track of my adherence to these through "other goals" here at SP.

One specific subgoal is that I want to do batch cooking with legumes every week.

I'm keeping a resistance band at my office, & I will return to doing at least one short SP video routine with it each weekday as one of my "get up & move" breaks. For a while I was doing this, but lately I've been forgetting, so time to regroove my brain & rebuild my strength.

I want to plan some specific rewards for compliance/progress, but I need to think more about what those might be. Will post about that later--& hopefully I'll blog much more regularly to celebrate my progress that way too. In the meantime, off to the kitchen to see what lovely bean dish I can make for this week!

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SHANSHE 7/10/2010 2:03PM

    I know I am MONTHS late, but those were awesome goals, and I am sure you did awesome!

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GETHEALTHY231 3/10/2010 2:03PM

    Great goals! Focusing on you creating healthy habits is a great way to deal with life when it gets hard - and I know you have had some challenges! God will see you through, and you will be able to handle all of this so much better with a healthy mind, body, spirit than with too much or wrong foods! Keep on going - you are worth every effort you make for a healthier lifestyle! God knows your worth - he created you!

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CZARINA_TV 3/8/2010 4:02PM

    Those sound like great plans Ruth! Just keep going... I really feel accomplished after I do my strength training. Focus on that feeling and remember that you need your own quiet time to take care of yourself too.

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CHRISTYK08 3/7/2010 9:33PM

    Great plans! I don't have specific rewards set up for myself either. Usually I consider time here on SP as a reward. emoticon

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CTEMPLE 3/7/2010 7:08PM

    Good plan Ruthie, we're here for you!
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