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so after 5 plus years.....

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I guess I think more. I know more about what to do. I have kept some good friends I know mainly online. Interestingly, while I have gained some weight back I am not that far from my original goal (and I am fairly far from where I started). So I took time and thought about what was healthy for me. What irritated me. What are my habits when I am a happy person I like and that people like to be around and to work with.

I need some exercise. I need some silence. I need alone time. I need some vacation. I need time alone with my husband away from home and others. When I eat better that is good, but I need flexibility. I remembered a few papers on healthy BMIs and reread those and what had published since. Looking at those I decided I am not aiming for the 120lbs, or even the 130s. I am aiming 150-174 lbs. From a mortality stand point that makes sense. I also think it is achievable (and in fact I am there already).

But while at times I am ok with my body other times I only see flaws. Those flaws were why I was not happy at times with my body at 135 or 145? I was happy last time I was in the 140s. Shape matters to me. Moving regularly for joy of moving, not purely exercise, is a help. 144 on me can be a size 3 or a 10. It is not even size, though, it is how clothes flow and look. It also is liking my movement and play, and that helps me work well.

But I can overdo so how to balance time, stress, cardio, ability to carry out activities? I would like to walk more, and hope to add that in the Spring. For now I will have other activities I am ramping up.

I will turn off my blackberry and try to not check work email from home off hours. I am reading non-work and non-news. Listening to the radio, but also other music.

I have a plan, am updating my trackers, and will reassess April/Summer and see if I am still in my range and keeping my promises to myself, promises I seem to be willing to break. I already planned a vacation that will be overlapping a second work event so vacation might be canceled. We will see how it works.

This time I am focusing on the small change I liked and maintaining not 'improving'. Improving was great, do not get me wrong, but it was not sustainable to get to what I was choosing. It was not for me. Luckily I had changed enough behaviors that where I maintained by accident was ok. So focusing on happy. That is where I find the space to do great things.

  
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TARABEAR 1/12/2012 12:25AM

    Good blog. It's good to hear how you process all this. Quite insightful.

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NOTBLUSHING 1/11/2012 10:21AM

    Word.

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PHEBESS 1/11/2012 9:42AM

    Happy is important!!!!

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JLPNURSE 1/11/2012 6:13AM

    Very thoughtful

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Been too long, but today I am outraged: growing vegetables

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Oak Park, MI has threatened lady with jail for growing veggies in her front yard. t.co/X6q3zIg tinyurl.com/3ef8yzm

Yes, seriously. After the city dug up her yard instead of replanting grass (which perhaps the city should have done?) she put in raised beds and put in a garden. Vegetables are not inexpensive. By gardening in the front yard one can be social. This lady and her family are showing how to tend to something so it will grow and produce. Can you do that with flowers, sure, but vegetables and herbs are lovely too and provide more nourishment to the homeowner. Perhaps a kid will get his or her first taste off the vine? We live at a time where we fear people stay inside attached to electronics, do not eat nutritious food, are overweight, plus the US White House has a garden, and I think these gardens look well maintained, and the plants are suitable for the environment and location. At least this looks better than my yard and I have not been ticketed for anything. I suppose my neighbors are nicer or really do not care that much.

Near Detroit I would think they might have other 'unsuitable' things to deal with. Guess this one was something they felt they could handle.

Goes to court July 26 supposedly. Lady says she is fighting and demanding a jury trial. I hope her neighbors who support her break ground themselves.

  
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PHEBESS 7/10/2011 12:02AM

    How ridiculous!!!!

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NOTBLUSHING 7/9/2011 11:19AM

    And yes, the city should have replaced her front yard after destroying it. No doubt, it would have been cheaper than a lawsuit.

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SECRETFUN 7/9/2011 10:37AM

  Good points notblushing (and imeatingwell, yes, I agree that I assume there was at least one complaint).

The code's interpretation is pretty wide open it seems, but one never knows the full truth. I am interested to see what the courts have to say. In general I wish more people had interesting and healthy surroundings.

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NOTBLUSHING 7/9/2011 10:00AM

    As a home gardener, and a City environmental representative, I see this type of situation a lot.
Municipalities do have a right to write and enforce codes, and likewise, residents have property rights. I BELIEVE IN COMPROMISE. Refusing to bend makes you an asshat, no matter which side you're on.
The city can "throw the book at her", but they'd better rewrite the book to spell out this code. As it's written, it is open to interpretation, and IMO the homeowner is within her rights. At most, she's guilty of not observing common sense. A front yard is a visually public area and subject to legal scrutiny.
The city now has a public relations nightmare. They need to drop it.
However, I see a very unfortunate bigger issue:
"I have a bunch of little children and we take walks to come by and see everything growing. I think it's a very wonderful thing for our neighborhood," said (a) neighbor.
This statement kind of makes it sound as if this is the only green plant material growing in the area, or that no other front yards are worthwhile to show to and discuss with the children.
I'm always extremely saddened that for most people, the word "garden" has ONE meaning. It means growing edibles. We are not communicating the importance of growing ALL KINDS of plants (plants in general) to young people. The garden this homeowner has created is more self serving and less environmentally friendly and environmentally efficient than it COULD be. A dense, diverse, ornamental garden could easily provide superior environmental benefits, yet nobody thinks about marching their children out to show them how to do this.

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IMEATINGWELL 7/9/2011 8:35AM

    I agree with you, but it may be her neighbors who reported her. I don't think that police generally do such things unless there are complaints.

But, as I said, I agree with all that you said.

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BUTTERFLYAT38 7/9/2011 8:33AM

    emoticon unreal!

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Week 7.5? 1?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

So what happened in a month? Two people in my life died and work is hyper. Plus many people came for the funerals and one last visit. Only one person is still here who does not normally live here. Soon a new normal will be arriving although so are the holidays and they are never 'normal'. plus other potential time demanding situations are lurking. But this week we kind of woke up around here. Suddenly it is chilly, and food has rotted. Today I started to smell again. Literally.

I have a big stomach! Lots of people brought food to the place we were eating, which was good since we regularly had 14-20+ mouths to feed. But it was usually comfort foods which is code for not so good for you (typically; but my thanks to those who chose otherwise). Those fruit (not flower) baskets are pretty great though. Little kids think half cantaloupe spears on a stick and strawberries on a stick are the coolest things ever.

I had a few days in a hotel. Brought my workout clothes and shoes. Once saw the gym from an elevator. Slept as much as I could when I was not working. Although I did walk over 4 miles in the park one day, to reflect and say I saw something other than a hotel. Then I flew home and told someone it was ok to die.

So rededicated to being rededicated to being rededicated?

I have done better at not overeating typically I guess. Not drinking enough water, but that has meant not enough fluids period I suppose. I will declare this not good but better than drinking all high calorie items. While I have not really lost much except for when I could barely eat, I have not gained tons more. Must keep up that trend through the end of the year and beyond. I bought tight jeans because I wanted a treat. They fit with a bit of muffin top, but the size up I can be pantsed in. So clearly time for those ab exercises to join more consistent walking!

I did get new socks and running shoes although the shoes are black and I am not so sure about that. Make me think of Grandma or teen.

ORIGINAL GOAL: 14 pounds down by the end of the year is the rough plan, but the over all plan is happier and healthier. So many around me are ill, work is full, and other things are too, so what can I control the best? Myself, and doing that will help me do everything else, clear my head to be smarter, etc.

What have I done this week? Got a massage and bought a better fitting pair of work out pants. Made lunches for work. Got 7+ hours of sleep most nights. Kind of pathetic but ahead of the curve.

  
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PHEBESS 11/12/2010 11:41AM

    Just sending you lots of hugs.

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NOTBLUSHING 11/12/2010 9:24AM

    I hear you about TIME constraints ruining the exercise schedule!!!!!!! emoticon

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JLPNURSE 11/12/2010 6:23AM

    You've had lots going on! I think the massage was a great idea. Something healthy for yourself that helps you get back in touch with your body.

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Week 3: new realities

Sunday, October 10, 2010

What did and did not work in weeks 1 and 2? I made my plans right before a cross roads for several family members. Now reality has shifted a bit. What I realize looking back at two weeks is I still need a new HRM and new socks and running shoes. I do not have bands and likely will not get them for a while to come. I dislike the stair thing even for a minute. I need to have a plan that can be done basically anywhere and without a mat or equipment and perhaps with 20 people milling around, and I better do something early even though I need to run to work or an appt because who knows when I will get home at night, and if I will get home, and how much my feet, brain and soul will ache by that point. Plus usually my stomach is too full at the end of the day to lay down and exercise much, and I am struggling to stay awake to digest.

ORIGINAL GOAL: 14 pounds down by the end of the year is the rough plan, but the over all plan is happier and healthier. So many around me are ill, work is full, and other things are too, so what can I control the best? Myself, and doing that will help me do everything else, clear my head to be smarter, etc.

Week plan:
1 day: consume under 1700 cals
5 days: consume under 1950 cals
1 day: consume under 2500 cals

1 day stairs
5 days Go Time
4 days mat work

Plan for Week 3:
Monday 10/11:
Consume under 1950 cals
10 wall sits []
20 wall lifts []
20 passes standing on each leg throwing/catching ball []
20 ball/ankle lift exercises [DONE]
20 bridges with pillow between knees [DONE]
stretches including ankle on knee[]
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes []

Tuesday 10/12:
Consume under 1950 cals
10 wall sits []
20 wall lifts []
20 passes standing on each leg throwing/catching ball []
20 ball/ankle lift exercises []
20 bridges with pillow between knees []
stretches []
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes []

Wed 10/13:
Consume under 2500 cals []
10 wall sits []
20 wall lifts []
20 passes standing on each leg throwing/catching ball []
20 ball/ankle lift exercises []
20 bridges with pillow between knees []
stretches []
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes []

Thur 10/14:
Consume under 1700 cals []
10 wall sits []
20 wall lifts []
20 passes standing on each leg throwing/catching ball []
20 ball/ankle lift exercises []
20 bridges with pillow between knees []
stretches []
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes []

Fri 10/15:
Consume under 1950 cals []
10 wall sits []
20 wall lifts []
20 passes standing on each leg throwing/catching ball []
20 ball/ankle lift exercises []
20 bridges with pillow between knees []
stretches []
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes []

Sat 10/16:
Consume under 1950 cals []
10 wall sits []
20 wall lifts []
20 passes standing on each leg throwing/catching ball []
20 ball/ankle lift exercises []
20 bridges with pillow between knees []
stretches []
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes []

Sun 10/17:
Consume under 1950 cals []
10 wall sits []
20 wall lifts []
20 passes standing on each leg throwing/catching ball []
20 ball/ankle lift exercises []
20 bridges with pillow between knees []
stretches []
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes []

  
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PHEBESS 10/11/2010 9:15AM

    I hear you on the exercise. I've gotten into a routine of half my ST in bed before I get up, half in the shower. By the time I've finished my "toilette" I've also finished my ST. Crazy, but it works.

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UPDATE: Week 1 and 2

Sunday, October 03, 2010

WEll, I wrote this, and started up, and the next day a family emergency arose again. They tend to do that these days. So there will be a lot of "not done" below. But there is also quite a bit of "done" and I am reworking week 2 to make it more realistic for current reality, although that may too change by the end of the week.

ORIGINAL GOAL: 14 pounds down by the end of the year is the rough plan, but the over all plan is happier and healthier. So many around me are ill, work is full, and other things are too, so what can I control the best? Myself, and doing that will help me do everything else, clear my head to be smarter, etc.

Week plan:
1 day: consume under 1700 cals
5 days: consume under 2000 cals
1 day: consume under 2500 cals

Plan:
Sat 9/25:
Consume under 2000 cals [DONE: actually, I believe it is under 1700 even if I counted right]
set up treadmill [DONE]
try out treadmill for 5 minutes min [DONE]
10 wall sits [DONE]
1 minute step ups [DONE]
20 ball/ankle lift exercises [DONE]
20 bridges with pillow between knees [DONE]
1 round upper body band exercises [not done; need to find those bands....]
stretches [DONE]
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes [DONE]

Sun 9/26:
Go to grocery store; prepare meals/snacks for week [not done; fam emergency]
get new HRM [not done; fam emergency]
Consume under 1700 cals [DONE]
10 wall sits [DONE]
1 minute step ups [not done]
20 ball/ankle lift exercises [not done]
20 bridges with pillow between knees [not done]
1 round lower body band exercises [not done]
stretches [DONE]
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes [not done]
ankle circles, heel rasies etc [ADDED; DONE]

Monday 9/27:
Consume under 2500 cals [DONE]
15 wall sits [?DONE?]
30 wall lifts [DONE]
20 ankle lift exercises [DONE]
20 bridges with pillow between knees [not done]
stretches [not done fully]
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes [well, there was some walking at high speeds, but not for dedicated exercise]

Tuesday 9/28:
Consume under 2000 cals [not done, but close; under cals Sun and Wed though]
10 wall sits [?done?]
10 ankle lifts [DONE]
20 ball/ankle lift exercises [not done]
20 bridges with pillow between knees [not done]
1 round lower body band exercises [not done]
stretches [partial done]
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes [much shorter although may add up to 20 min total]

Wed 9/29:
Consume under 2000 cals [done, esp after vomiting perhaps]
10 wall sits [no, ill stomach]
20 ball/ankle lift exercises [no, ill stomach]
20 bridges with pillow between knees [no, ill stomach]
1 round upper body band exercises [no, ill stomach]
stretches [no, ill stomach]
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes [again, if one adds it up maybe but not dedicated]

Thur 9/30:
Consume under 2000 cals [not sure; was not counting; possibly]
10 wall sits [DONE]
20 wall lifts [DONE]
1 minute step ups [not done]
20 ball/ankle lift exercises [not done]
20 bridges with pillow between knees [not done]
1 round lower body band exercises [not done]
stretches [not done]
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes [not done]

Fri 10/1:
Consume under 2000 cals [not done]
10 wall sits [not done]
20 wall lifts [not done]
1 minute step ups [not done]
20 ball/ankle lift exercises [not done]
20 bridges with pillow between knees [not done]
1 round upper body band exercises [not done]
stretches [not done]
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes [not done]

Sat 10/2:
Consume under 2000 cals [doubt it but not sure]
10 wall sits [not done]
20 wall lifts [DONE]
1 minute step ups [not done]
20 ball/ankle lift exercises [not done]
20 bridges with pillow between knees [not done]
1 round lower body band exercises [not done]
stretches [not done]
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes [Did ~10 minutes]

Sun 10/3:
Go grocery shopping; cook meals/snacks for week [not done fully]
Consume under 2000 cals [DONE]
10 wall sits [DONE]
20 wall lifts [DONE]
1 minute step ups
20 ball/ankle lift exercises [DONE]
20 bridges with pillow between knees [DONE but no pillow]
1 round upper body band exercises [not done]
stretches [DONE]
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes [DONE! 40 min!]

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Monday 10/4:
Consume under 1950 cals [probably done]
1 minute step ups [not done]
10 wall sits [not done]
20 wall lifts [not done]
20 ball/ankle lift exercises [not done]
20 bridges with pillow between knees [not done]
stretches [not done]
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes [DONE]

Tuesday 10/5:
Consume under 2500 cals [maybe]
1 minute step ups [not done]
10 wall sits [not done]
10 ankle lifts [not done]
20 ball/ankle lift exercises [not done]
20 bridges with pillow between knees [not done]
1 round lower body band exercises [not done]
stretches [not done]
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes [not done]

Wed 10/6:
Consume under 1950 cals [maybe]
1 minute step ups [not done]
10 wall sits [not done]
20 ball/ankle lift exercises [not done]
20 bridges with pillow between knees [not done]
1 round upper body band exercises [not done]
stretches [not done]
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes [not done]

Thur 10/7:
Consume under 1700 cals [not sure; doubt it; but I did hit this Sunday]
10 wall sits [DONE]
20 wall lifts [DONE]
1 minute step ups [not done]
20 ball/ankle lift exercises [not done]
20 bridges with pillow between knees [not done]
1 round lower body band exercises [not done]
stretches [not done]
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes [not done]
ADDED: 20 passes standing on each leg throwing/catching ball

Fri 10/8:
Consume under 1950 cals [did not pay attention; probably about right but may have gone over]
10 wall sits [not done]
20 wall lifts [not done]
1 minute step ups [not done]
20 ball/ankle lift exercises [not done]
20 bridges with pillow between knees [not done]
1 round upper body band exercises [not done]
stretches [not done]
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes [not done]
ADDED: 20 passes standing on each leg throwing/catching ball

Sat 10/9:
Consume under 1950 cals [did not pay attention; probably done]
10 wall sits[DONE; 20!]
20 wall lifts [DONE]
1 minute step ups [not done]
20 ball/ankle lift exercises [not done]
20 bridges with pillow between knees [not done]
1 round lower body band exercises [not done]
stretches [DONE]
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes [DONE]
ADDED: 20 passes standing on each leg throwing/catching ball

Sun 10/10:
Consume under 1950 cals [DONE]
10 wall sits [not done]
20 wall lifts[not done]
1 minute step ups [not done]
20 ball/ankle lift exercises [not done]
20 bridges with pillow between knees [not done]
1 round upper body band exercises [not done]
stretches [no done yet but will do by bed]
walking (dedicated, any speed): 20 minutes [DONE; did 50 min]



  
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JLPNURSE 10/4/2010 6:14AM

    If you miss a day due to family stress, don't beat yourself up too much. But YAH for you for taking some positive steps for you.

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PHEBESS 10/3/2010 6:48PM

    I hope your stomach has settled down - and stress really takes its toll on you, so be good to yourself.

Lots more hugs!!!!!

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