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I'm going to make it

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

I am losing weight. These are the same pounds I have lost a few times before, but I refuse to get discouraged. People CAN lose weight & keep it off, & I'm going to be one of them.

That's an internal discourse for me these days, so I decided to make it public here. Nothing creative or novel about it--I just need to stick with the trajectory I'm on & enjoy the process. I'm down 17 pounds from my high about a year ago! emoticon

I'm editing a book whose author clearly thinks that long-term weight loss is not possible. I'm going to disprove that position, & I'm not going to become fixated on food & calories & fitness in the process. I can take good care of myself without becoming obsessed.

Something new that's related to eating, finances, & general well-being: it looks as if soon I'll have a housemate! Susie is losing her current housing situation because her apartment mate is getting married in October. She's job hunting & living on savings, so I would charge her only a token $$ rent--& she would pay me the rest in the form of housecleaning & organizing. I need help with this SO much! Susie is a soil scientist & is very interested in gardening & cooking & eating low on the food chain; there would be no conflict over my choice to eat mostly beans & lentils for protein. She asked kinda hesitantly about vermicomposting kitchen waste, which she has gotten into--& I told her that our building already does it! More generally, I think our tastes & interests are pretty compatible. She likes cats (my daughter's kitty lives with me). She's interested in other cultures. She's quiet & considerate. We go to the same church. Yeah, I think this is going to work--really well!

And I'm going to stick with the weight-loss journey, & I'm going to make it! Are you with me?

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SHANSHE 8/6/2011 2:44PM

    I'm with you... I know I will make it someday!!!

Sounds like things are looking great in your world! YAY, on the roomate!


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RUNNERRACHEL 8/6/2011 1:05AM

    I'm with you!

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GREAT on everything you said!

I'm so glad to hear about your house mate situation. Sounds like a perfect match, very compatible. I'm happy for you! And you'll be helping her out as well. I think you will be a blessing to each other!!

Yes, we've gained and lost and gained again, BUT THIS TIME WILL BE DIFFERENT!

We agree! Declaring it is powerful and helps us stay accountable. It's the extra bit of motivation we need sometimes to help us stay on track, committed and determined!
And don't be afraid to ask for help. We all need extra reinforcement!


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CZARINA_TV 8/4/2011 9:46AM

    I know this sounds annoying, but definitely spell out the exact amount of cleaning and helping that you want. Everyone has a different set of things that make them feel like their home is clean. I remember that a friend of mine had a roommate who thought clean was when everything was picked up and surfaces were clear, but my friend thought clean was when you spent three hours on Saturday morning getting into every little corner and doing a serious deep cleaning. It's annoying to spell those things out because you want to believe that everyone is on the same page, but it'll be worth it long term.

Good luck! She sounds like a great roommate!

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CARLYG8 8/3/2011 12:25AM

    This sounds like a win-win for everybody involved. Love it!

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JECKIE 8/2/2011 7:44PM

    Go Ruth!

That sounds like the best kind of roomie situation. I hope it works great for you guys!

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KAREN_NY 8/2/2011 7:04PM

    Taking good care of ourselves without becoming obsessed: Sounds Perfect.

And congrats on the 17 lbs -- WOOHOO crew for sure! I have a similar objective ... every summer I lose weight, and every winter I put it back on. I'm like a bear that way. This is my year to be more like a... what?... bird? LOL!

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SUZBOISANNE 8/2/2011 6:26PM

    I am with you and I know you can do it. So There!
You go girl!! emoticon emoticon

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 8/2/2011 5:55PM

    I'm with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to be!!!!!!!

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BEATLETOT 8/2/2011 5:46PM

    She sounds like another YOU! How cool is that!

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5% Challenge keeps serving me well

Friday, July 22, 2011

Thursday, Friday (today), & Saturday of this week I'm away from home & also away from my office, teaching an intensive advanced-editing course at the U of Chicago's Graham School. Because of the 5% Challenge, I have successfully avoided several pitfalls:

1. the muffins, bagels, sweet rolls set out for our class's continental breakfast--I eat my usual nutty muesli at home in the morning, then add a banana & a half-cup of OJ from the breakfast bar

2. candy bars in the vending machine, though I was sorely tempted today

3. pizza & other high-cal options in the NBC cafeteria at lunchtime--yesterday I got good stuff at the salad bar, today (because that was pricey) I brought lunch from home

If I didn't have to weigh in tomorrow morning, I might have indulged in all these ways, telling myself that it's an OK exception because the class lasts just three days. This challenge is SO good for me!

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SHANSHE 7/28/2011 12:08PM

    Soooo glad the challenge has helped you stay on track! YAY!!!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/24/2011 3:26PM

    That's so great!

emoticon on passing up all those choices.

Great job on making healthy decisions away from home! It's challenging and you're doing great!

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CZARINA_TV 7/23/2011 12:39PM

    Good for you! I have a hard time backing away from free muffins and candy...

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CTEMPLE 7/22/2011 7:57PM

    Great Dear Ruth!

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KAREN_NY 7/22/2011 6:59PM

    Excellent! And I agree... this challenge is so good for helping us know which indulgences are worthwhile and which ones aren't, lol!
Have a lovely weekend!

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  Saturday weigh ins keep me accountable as well. emoticon Congrats on making good choices!

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JECKIE 7/22/2011 3:08PM

    I was just telling someone that I love how accountable the 5% challenges keep me! They really are helpful.

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BEATLETOT 7/22/2011 2:27PM

    I know...the LTGL bonus of staying in your calorie range has really helped me out this week, too! I really think I might pull off my 5% this time around!

And it also serves me well, because I met you on it!


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Vacation pics!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I had a GLORIOUS family trip to Medellin, Colombia, earlier this month. You want to see a few little snippets, right?

Here I am in the beautiful botanic garden:

Homes of displaced people clinging to a mountainside--the colors make clear the amazing spirit of these folks who have suffered so much:

More permanent homes on another steep slope--we visited my adopted daughter's birth family near here:

A lovely waterfall above the city, Tequendamita:

And finally, my sister & I overcome with joy at the announcement of our brother's engagement to a woman who is just as lovely inside as out:

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CZARINA_TV 7/23/2011 12:46PM

    What beautiful pictures!

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SASSACAIA 7/22/2011 2:50PM

    Looks like it was a wonderful trip!! Thanks for sharing the pictures. And happy news for your brother!!

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SHANSHE 7/21/2011 12:16AM

    Wow, the pics are amazing and congrats on getting a new SIL!

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AMYLONGHORN 7/20/2011 9:29PM

    You look soooo happy and relaxed in the botanical garden! Thanks for sharing your pictures with us...looks like an AMAZING time and so glad you were able to go and enjoy yourself!! Congrats to your brother...I love weddings!!

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CTEMPLE 7/20/2011 9:15PM

    Great about your brother!

A lot of poverty in Medellin as everywhere else in SA.

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ASHLEYVRONEK 7/20/2011 7:47PM

    Looks like you had such a great time! These are some beautiful pictures.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 7/20/2011 7:07PM

    Looks like a wonderful trip!! You look great!

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BIGTOSS03 7/20/2011 6:49PM

    These are some lovely pictures. A good vacation is a great way to relax and revive oneself. I am looking forward to my vacation as well. Although I won't be going anywhere outside the USA this time. I however did enjoy all the countries I visited while in the service.

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 7/20/2011 6:48PM

    Beautiful pics.

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Lentils: best protein choice for your health & the earth's health!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Have you seen the Environmental Working Group's list of protein sources? It analyzes their carbon footprint. An Eating Well editor/nutritionist further analyzes these foods in relation to the amount of protein they deliver. Here's her short list of the 5 worst & 5 best:

And here's a (sort of) slideshow analyzing all 20 "meats & other protein" sources:

Dried lentils & beans & (organic hormone-free) milk are the very best!

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CZARINA_TV 7/23/2011 12:48PM

    I still love cheese, but this is another reason to eat less of it...

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KAREN_NY 7/21/2011 4:31PM

    Cool! Thanks for sharing! I wonder how much I mess it up when I add feta. ;)

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MTULLY 7/21/2011 1:15AM

    Great article. I had a general idea of the environmental impact of certain foods, but this article gave me more substantial information. Very helpful! Thanks for sharing.

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SHANSHE 7/20/2011 2:46PM

    Thanks for the info! how are you?

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 7/20/2011 11:29AM

    Thanks for the info! I love beans!

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We love it here so much

Monday, July 11, 2011

Some of my sibs & I are talking about buying a family home in Medellin! And I am thinking very seriously about retiring here, especially if my daughter settles here (she is looking into a study program followed by mission work here).

I wouldn't own a car, just walk & take public transport & get occasional rides from friends/family. No snow/ice to slip on. It could be truly wonderful!

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SHANSHE 7/20/2011 2:44PM

    Sounds amazing!

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BETTERJULIA 7/13/2011 11:22AM

    That sounds so lovely!

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AMYLONGHORN 7/12/2011 10:48AM

    I wish I could even CONSIDER what I'm going to do when I retire...such a long ways away for's almost depressing to have 40 more years of work ahead of me! LOL Hope you had a GREAT trip!!!

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BEATLETOT 7/12/2011 8:26AM

    I have a not-so-secret desire to buy my mom-in-law's house from her in Lima, let her live in it rent-free until the inevitable happens, and retire there myself. I really enjoy it. I bet Medellin is beautiful. Maybe someday I'll go to Colombia. My husband and I were just talking last night about how it's "my turn" to choose a destination. Part of me wants to go to Germany, but part wants to see Tokyo.

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CTEMPLE 7/12/2011 1:22AM

    Dear Ruthie got unsubscribed from your blog.
Re Medellin, I'm sure you'd find a lot of colombianos that would swap places with you. The grass looks greener....

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MTULLY 7/11/2011 11:47PM

    Sounds wonderful!

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