Monday, May 16, 2011
One of the BEST weekends I've had in ages!
And now I must get to bed!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
MTULLY recently blogged about Robert Lustig on sugar. And the other day a RL friend promised to forward to me a NY Times Magazine article pulling together the evidence that sugar really is a toxin. I just finished reading it, & as I'm up past midnight, I'm going to count this as my blog for Wednesday 5/11.
Here's the article:
It's long & somewhat technical but quite compelling. The author cites a number of investigators & clinicians (including Lustig) working on the effects of high fructose consumption (which means either or both refined sugar & HFCS). It's NOT just the calories, nor is it just the carbs. He explains how our elevated levels of sugar/HFCS consumption may well be related not only to obesity & diabetes but also to fatty liver (metabolic syndrome), elevated cholesterol, heart disease, & cancer--especially breast cancer. It's pretty persuasive.
The good news that I glean is that when people who have metabolic syndrome (which is common with obesity but can occur among lean people too) reduce their sugar intake or eliminate it, the fat in their liver decreases & the syndrome goes away.
Now I need to figure out whether it's necessary for me to avoid sugar altogether or whether I can keep eating it at a minimal level. Claudia (CTEMPLE) has eliminated sugar from her diet & is seeing some really great effects. I'm going to take this seriously & start by monitoring. I think most days I don't have much sugar beyond the honey on my cereal & the little piece of Colombian chocolate I often eat in the evening, but sometimes it's quite a bit more. I'll add a little "sugar report" to my blog posts for the next week or so & see what it tells me.
To be continued!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
1. I can get my new project at work done EARLY. I began serious work on this book this morning, & it's so clean that I'm just breezing through. Such a contrast to my two recent projects, which were horrendous messes & couldn't be done by their deadlines!
2. I can get all my grading done in a reasonable time frame. Last night I played word games for a while, stalling--it just felt overwhelming to plunge in. But I finally made myself do it & got most of one person's work marked up. I do like teaching, & this kind of grading is a means of teaching--I make tracked changes "on top of" the student's editorial changes, & I inserted lots of comments explaining why I changed something or why the student's editing was off. I'll be working on it tonight too, & Wednesday & Thursday nights, & I expect to make good headway.
3. I could & did get my work office cleaned up yesterday! A lot of projects were piled up on my desk because I needed time to clear shelf space for them, which involves sorting through old projects to keep/file a few necessary pieces & recycle the rest. It was LOVELY to come in this morning & find everything tidy.
4. I can get back into the rhythm of morning exercise. I had been skipping it because I needed every spare minute to catch up on my work project--but that was temporary, because my body really does crave exercise. Yesterday I shredded, today I took a fast 2.5-mile walk. I'm a little sore, but it feels great!
5. I can be frugal. Instead of driving to St. Louis on Friday, I'm going to take the Megabus! It costs $60 round trip, which is less than I'd be paying for gas, even though my little Honda gets good gas mileage. This will also give me an extended time to read & work on a poem or two. Win-win!
Monday, May 09, 2011
All the prayer & caring yesterday really helped, as did finishing a proofreading project, Mother's Day calls from both of my kids, taking a two-mile-round-trip walk with a friend to deliver the project, continuing the visit with her over tea at home, & getting an interview edited before bed. Then I slept long & hard, which is always lovely.
This morning I did the 30-Day Shred. Oh, & I'm down 0.8 lb since Saturday--that helps too!
This week will be really busy. I need to make major headway on grading my students' final projects--fortunately grades are just pass-fail, but I do have to give each of them enough written feedback to make the exercise a learning experience. Friday straight from work I'll be off to St. Louis for belated Mother's Day, my son's birthday, & my monthly dose of Bea snuggles. So all the grading, or the bulk of it, has to be done before the weekend.
So 5% challenge (exercise, good eating, blogs/comments), regular work, grading: that will be my week! I'm going to just set the divorce mess aside & not worry about when papers will be served & such. Being busy will help me not to fret.
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