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Tracking Nutrition for my 100 Days

Monday, June 13, 2011

In thinking about my 100-day challenge, I realized that it will be a lot of experimentation on my part, trying to consolidate the lessons Iíve learned over the years with the perspective that SP has given me and my new metabolism since cancer. It is likely that the particulars wouldnít work for many people. Nevertheless, Iíll be blogging both for my own purposes (for my own clarity and later perspective) and for anyone else out there who may be interested. This is how I think it works for a lot of people who are striving to regain health and wellness: trial and error, figuring out what works for yourself!

One thing Iíve learned is that the food tracker is not currently as useful for me as it once was. The sodium, potassium, etc. arenít reliable measurements for a variety of reasons (I donít add salt when I cook, potassium isnít listed on labels so I canít add it when I do add food, etc.) For me, at this point it isnít about weight loss and/or calories, itís about the lethargy I feel after overcarbing, or the bloating I feel after eating too much gluten, about how energetic I am when I eat well all day. I need to listen to myself for that, and the tracker is both distracting and time consuming in my current context.

Iíll still be logging my food list, but in a portable journal that combines food/meds/exercise/how I react. I also think that the simple act of counting my freggie and water servings is motivating for me, so Iíll be using the quick tracker for that (SparkStreaks!).

Iím still working on the rest of my goals and strategies, but this one was a big realization for me so I thought Iíd share.

Have a good week everyone!

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RUTHXG 6/15/2011 11:44AM

    I'm so glad you're figuring out what tools/practices are most useful for you in these circumstances.

And every time I read your blog I enjoy your articulate thoughtfulness, smart lady!

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SGILBER6 6/14/2011 7:38AM

    I don't use the tracker either- I like writing everything on paper where I can flip through and see everything in one book when I look back at what I've been eating. We all have to do what works best for us!

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KELPIE57 6/14/2011 2:57AM

    Quite right, do what is best for you!

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/13/2011 7:58PM

    AMEN~ You are so right. We are each individuals and need to decide what works best for us.
Each body reacts differently to different things.

SO I'm right here with you, knowing emoticon

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JULIEANNCAN 6/13/2011 5:32PM

    Sounds like a great idea! I look forward to seeing what works for you and might try out some of the things myself! :)

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KRISTA64 6/13/2011 4:49PM

    I think that figuring out what works for oneself is half the battle!! Problem is once we figure it out life throws us another curve just to keep things interesting. Thats when we grab the catchers mitt and come up with a new plan always staying in the game!!! Keep up the great work emoticon

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 6/13/2011 1:12PM

    Great! Do what works for you!

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PINK-SOLDIER 6/13/2011 10:11AM

    emoticonSuper Idea!!! emoticonThis may be a team challenge soon. All the emoticon

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NUTRON3 6/13/2011 9:02AM

    You have a great week too!

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Coming to you on June 17th...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

My 100-Day Challenge

Friday, June 17th will be 100 days from my 50th birthday (September 24th). Iíve been having problems with goals that are too mid-term, and my part-time return to work has made lack of energy an issue again (and Iíve had to slow it down and delay full-time return by at least a month.) I need to get back into gear, so Iíve committed myself to my very own 100-Day Challenge. Of course, if anyone else wants to join me with their own goals, Iím more than happy to have company!

Until June 17th, Iíll be making sure Iím ready with the right food stocked up, the right mind set, strategies to address problems I may run into. Because my mid-term goals always seem to be blocked by events (toe operations, Tamoxifen, etc.), Iíve decided that for 100 days I will focus only on the current week and the current day. Thatís it. No forward planning, no thinking about what Iíll be able to do once Iím healthier, whatever. Small baby steps. Laser focus. Acknowledge and reward small successes.

"To reach a port we must sail. Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift." (FDR)

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BELLEFAITH42 6/13/2011 2:26PM

    Great idea to take the time to properly plan and prepare for your 100-day challenge. Wishing you all the best!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 6/13/2011 1:07PM

    Sounds like an awesome challenge!

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JUSTYNA7 6/13/2011 8:11AM

    Nice analogy. I think of sailing and tacking into the wind... you can't just go one direction but have to go back and forth to get upwind, and yet... against the odds you can sail against the wind. I hope soon you will find yourself in an easy channel soon sailing WITH the wind, no luffs, no dead space, just the luxery of chopping through the waves. A titanic moment of arms outstretched and leaning towards something magnificent! It will come!

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JMCADE 6/12/2011 8:57PM

    Great challenge. I want to be more consistent with my exercise so maybe this will be my goal for 100 days.

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FITGRL124 6/12/2011 1:59PM

    Excellent plan!! emoticon

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JULIEANNCAN 6/12/2011 11:54AM

    Great plan! I wish I could commit to that. Returning to work has been difficult for me as well. I wish you all the best and know you can do this!!! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/11/2011 4:07PM

    Ah, sounds like you have a workable plan


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SPARKCHANTAL 6/11/2011 3:00PM

    hello seawave, we've been 'drifting' pretty close to each other but haven't yet met directly; kelpie caught my attention with some great jokes she'd posted somewhere, and i'm also a spring 5%-er (cat).
100 day challenge? you're on. after doing the math, this will bring me to 2 weeks before my 57 1/2 th birthday, and will be perfect for losing 7 or 8 kgs, or let's just say 10 kgs as of now.
when i started sparking, i intended to drop molecules with as little stress as possible, no counting little things you can't see, for example, so doing it day by day sounds just right. i'd like to aim for a pound a week, or a kilo every two weeks. and enjoy life as much as possible in the meantime.
sound ok to you?

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So THAT's where it comes from (points...)

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

I know the source of my relationship with food.

A bit of background. I started a migraine on Friday, and it held on through the week-end and Monday. It wasnít huge pain , but it was lots of nausea and light sensitivity and sensitivity to movement. And what did I reach for? You know it. Food. Not just food (which, you know, I DO eat every day), but ice cream and chips and chocolate. Iíve been mulling over WHY ever since.

Iíve always known part of it works (the neurologist says the ice cream thing helps through the same process that gives you brain freeze when you eat it too quickly). Clearly part of it (that would be the part that isn't ice cream) is ďcomfortĒ.

Strangely enough, Iíve expressed it a few times in posts or blogs, but I guess it never really sunk in until I read MKPRINCESS007ís blog ďIt is never too lateĒ. Go read it. Itís short, insightful and to the point. You don't even have to go searching... just click on the link below!

In any event, I realize that so many people around me, meaning to do good and following medical advice at the time, conspired to make sweets especially ďcomfortĒ for me. I was diagnosed with hypoglycaemia when I was two after two weeks in hospital for a myriad of tests. Medical advice at the time was that I eat sweets when I felt ill. So there were always chocolate bars in the fridge for me (especially in case I woke up in the middle of the night sick), and if we had run out it was spoonfuls of corn syrup. When I hit my teens (aka puberty), my teachers saved their Halloweíen, Easter, Valentineís and Christmas chocolates for when I felt ill. A full drawer in each of their desks.

I guess I come by my ďchocolate is comfortĒ script honestly!

That being said, this is the first time I actually put two and two together. Believe it or not, Iím generally known to be an intelligent person, but for some reason Ė I guess because itís such a part of me now Ė I never realized how far back my lessons went. Now that I know precisely (because Iíve always generally known there was something there!), I need to develop strategies for when Iím not feeling well. Because, letís face it, when I feel like $hit and can barely see or stand straight, Iím not going to be thinking rationally or focusing on whatís healthy. So, for my Top 4 List of today:

(1) Strategize, for home, errands and work, and find something healthy that works!
(2) Sew buttons on my sonís shorts (who, apparently, wore them half the summer last year without buttons, using the belt to hold them up) Attendant to that will be teach my son how to sew buttons, but that wonít be today since heís at school, then getting ready for a 3-day canoe/camping school trip
(3) Make marinated salads, that will last through the week-end
(4) Tackle my desk (this is a multi-day project!)

Happy Hump Day!

MKPRINCESS007ís blog

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/11/2011 2:42PM

    sugar is brain food, you know

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KELPIE57 6/9/2011 4:32PM

    Great blog, great insight

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JULIEANNCAN 6/2/2011 1:05AM

    So glad you were able to gain that insight! It sounds like you have a busy day. I hope you made some time for fun! :)

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/1/2011 8:57PM

    YOU GO GIRL! Isn't SP Wonderful! emoticon

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MKPRINCESS007 6/1/2011 8:28PM

    Oh wow, I feel so honored that you put my blog on your page and found some insight to yourself through my situation. That makes me feel amazing!

After reading your experience, it is so true that we both learned these lessons for different reasons, but it all boils down the same...........unhealthy view of food.

So glad you were able to glean something from me, and I most definitely did from you.

Friending you, hope that is cool!

Have a great evening


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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 6/1/2011 1:03PM

    Thanks for sharing that blog and your insights. Good luck on your goals today! emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 6/1/2011 9:43AM

    Guess finding the triggers for your migraines are next then you won't run for the chocolate. Of course when I have a migraine I always eat a small piece to help me, guess I need to figure that out too.

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    Thanks for sharing your lessons! Have a wonderful 'hump' day!

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Pressing the re-start button on yesterday

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Well, yesterday was a write off. I started a migraine which, since chemo/radiation, doesn't come with tons of pain but does come with dizziness, light sensitivity and oodles of nausea. Ugh. I still have it a bit (4/10, if the doc were to ask), so I'll likely have to take it easy today. Today's Top 4 List pics up from yesterday's, but I'll probably send DH to do groceries alone instead of going myself.

My Top 4 List:
(1) Menu, grocery list (send DH to do groceries)
(2) Sort two work boxes, pack to return to work
(3) Exercise (even something mild is better than nothing!)
(4) Meditate/appreciation

Aside from that, I'll be putzing around, trying to declutter a bit. It's rainy outside so I can't work in the garden, but I may sit on the porch with a book. At least it's quiet when it's rainy - no whipper snappers or gas mowers in the neighborhood!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/31/2011 2:11PM

    Hope you feel better. Do what you can! You inspire me daily, emoticon

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KALISWALKER 5/30/2011 6:22PM

    I hope you got out and enjoyed your book!

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JULIEANNCAN 5/29/2011 1:46PM

    Hope you're feeling better! emoticon

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KELPIE57 5/29/2011 10:55AM

    Take care, and take the time, and enjoy that book.

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SLS-NY2IN 5/29/2011 10:48AM

    You are very inspiring!

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Getting to my "new normal"

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Review of Thursday:

Meals... Breakfast, lunch and supper were as planned, except I had cauliflower instead of Brussel sprouts.

Exercise... Fail. No exercise at all. Very tired all day (perhaps because I hadnít slept all night???)

- Made a rhubarb-apple compote in the slow cooker, with rhubarb from the garden and a $1 bag of apples from the day-old shelf. It was high time I went out and picked that rhubarb!
- Clear out three boxes of stuff, including a full box of things I brought back to work yesterday!
- My ďnapĒ turned into a three-hour sleep! So I didnít make our lunch, we ate out (but ate the same things I had planned to make).

Review of Friday:

Meals... Again ate as planned for breakfast and lunch. We had take-out for supper Ė Lebanese rice, fatoush, chicken. Healthy enough except (probably) for the sodium.

Exercise... Another fail. Iím realizing that I donít have enough ďspoonsĒ to exercise and work these days, and get everything else done that I need to do. Iíll have to figure something out to make this work better.

Activities ... A very full workday requiring heavy concentration. I did some great writing and editing, and got sent to a meeting at the last minute and was able to not only keep up with the discussion, but contribute. Not bad after being away for 1.5 years! Iím happy to see that I have very mild ďchemo brainĒ thatís managed by lists to help me focus and remember, BUT I did use up too many spoons and was exhausted last night. Still feeling it today.

And here, I have to apologize to Team StarFish, because I have totally neglected logging anything onto the points thread this week. My head was totally not there this week, and I wasn't tracking things at all. emoticon Promise to do better this week!

emoticon Todayís Plan

Breakfast Ė a kinda fried rice with eggs and veg. Black coffee.
Lunch Ė will be making a broccoli raisin salad, and I have some cooked chicken in the fridge. Supper Ė Pork chops on the BBQ with veg, and a bit of rhubarb compote as a 'salsa'

My Top 4 List:
(1) Clean out fridge, in preparation of...
(2) Menu, grocery list, groceries
(3) Sort two work boxes, pack to return to work
(4) Send bday notes/cards

Also, although the doc said my Vitamin B12 was fine (but was worried that my thyroid wasnít functioning properly, until I pointed out it was removed in 2006), I double checked my bloodwork report. Vit B12 is shown as being ďinsufficiencyĒ (not as low as ďdeficiencyĒ, but also not ďsufficiencyĒ), so Iíve begun to take Vitamin B12 in the morning. They say that you see results within a few days, so Iíll assess next week-end if itís helping or not.

I'm also realizing that I'm adjusting to my "new normal", if I can put it that way. I'm still not juggling my spoons as well as I could, but I'm determined to get back to being as active as I was before the two cancers, but I'm realizing I'll have to adjust my thinking about how, and especially how soon, I get there.

On my way to having a great week-end! I hope you are too!

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RUTHXG 5/29/2011 1:25AM

    You really are doing well. I'm so glad you are getting back into the swing of work & finding that your brain isn't too fuzzed up. It does take time to build up strength with this addition to your schedule, though, so be kind to yourself. We are not blaming you for not having the wherewithal to exercise yet--or for not always keeping up with tracking. Little by little!

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DRB13_1 5/28/2011 12:45PM

    "New normal" ...what a good term!
A little progress every day...

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KELPIE57 5/28/2011 12:00PM

    I don't like the word fail, you are doing so well everywhere please, don't put yourself down. Remember you only have so many spoons, and you can't use them all up! You are doing GREAT!

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