SLENDERELLA61   165,370
SparkPoints
150,000-199,999 SparkPoints
 
 
SLENDERELLA61's Recent Blog Entries

Mind and Heart Open

Thursday, June 27, 2013

I just read a blog that touched me greatly and taught me, too. This struggle is really, really tough for many people. You would think by now, with more than 5 decades of fighting obesity and binge eating, and currently feeling rather victorious, I would know all there is to know about battling overeating. But when I read with my mind and heart open, I find new perspectives and idea gems:

* Binge eating is not about food; it is about trying to feel better.

* The desire to binge eat comes on suddenly; physical hunger develops slowly.

* Physical hunger is satisfied by eating; emotional hunger is not satisfied by any amount of food.

Now all three of those statements seem obvious, but they were eye-opening to me when I read them. And each suggests ways to improve my relationship with food and my relationship with myself.



  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CINDYW1102 6/30/2013 2:30PM

    Such a simple but wise explanation of what each of us battles daily!
Thanks for sharing! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 6/29/2013 5:35PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MRSBETH99 6/29/2013 7:47AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GABY1948 6/28/2013 4:09PM

    I'm about your age and as long as I have battled binge eating I have NEVER quite seen it in this light either. THANK YOU so much for sharing this with us!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FROSTY99 6/28/2013 2:20PM

    So very obvious, but we don't always want to acknowledge the obvious. Thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNERRACHEL 6/28/2013 9:53AM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing those truths.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MEXGAL1 6/28/2013 9:17AM

    oh how very true.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MISSUSRIVERRAT 6/28/2013 7:32AM

    That first one definitely hit me. Would be helpful to think about what feeling we are trying to cope with, what feeling we are trying to create, and find a more positive way to get that good feeling.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 6/28/2013 7:28AM

    That was an eye-opener. Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BESSHAILE 6/28/2013 7:11AM

    And what a joy it is to learn new tricks. Keep on keepin' on.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DESERTJULZ 6/28/2013 12:21AM

    We learn so much from each other.

Report Inappropriate Comment
COCK-ROBIN 6/27/2013 11:04PM

    That is SO true! And thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOYINKY 6/27/2013 10:17PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONEKIDSMOM 6/27/2013 9:25PM

    Totally agree, with all three. As you say, they are obvious, but it took me decades to learn how true they were for ME.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/27/2013 8:59PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDA! 6/27/2013 8:39PM

    Reminders really do help me.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEXASFILLY 6/27/2013 8:36PM

    O yes! Very good insight indeed! It's not about the food. It's about trying to fill a void in the soul. So thankful to be free of binge eating one day at a time. *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NATPLUMMER 6/27/2013 8:22PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LITTLERLINDA 6/27/2013 8:22PM

    Thank you! It's not the food that is so hard to overcome, it is all of those negative emotions. For me, it is so much easier to stuff down those emotions or fill my mouth instead of talk. That of course leads to much of my weight issues. Thanks again for the reminders! Keep going strong!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 6/27/2013 8:16PM

    These three points are new to me too and really resonate.

I can never eat enough to feel better -- I'll only feel worse if I don't stop eating.



Report Inappropriate Comment
MJREIMERS 6/27/2013 8:14PM

    Sometimes we need those reminders and eye openers. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
REFFIE1 6/27/2013 7:53PM

    Definitely food for thought. I always find it hard to separate real hunger from craving or emotional eating. I don't think over the years I have really listened to my hunger cues. Geneen Roth has written several books on emotional eating and they are really excellent. Thank you for sharing what you learned with us. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Filling Breakfast

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Something different for breakfast that is fast and really, really filling:

Quaker Oat Bran (hot) Cereal, .5 cup microwaved in 1.25 cups water for 3 minutes, stirring half way through. Top with 2 T wheat germ and 2Tground flax seeds. Can add fruit and/or nuts. Soy, almond, or skim milk is a good addition, too.

Love a filling breakfast!!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GABY1948 6/27/2013 6:20PM

    Sounds great! Thanks!

Report Inappropriate Comment
AQUAGIRL08 6/27/2013 5:42PM

    Sounds interesting!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NATPLUMMER 6/27/2013 2:23PM

    Yum!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NYARAMULA 6/27/2013 1:47AM

    Sounds great, thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 6/26/2013 11:54PM

    Sounds delicious. I think I will be trying this as soon as I buy the oat bran.

Report Inappropriate Comment
COCK-ROBIN 6/26/2013 11:05PM

    Yum!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 6/26/2013 10:46PM

    This sounds just terrific. I'll have to try it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNERRACHEL 6/26/2013 10:29PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEXASFILLY 6/26/2013 9:40PM

    Mmmm~ 'n there's something comforting about warm food in your tummy. Thanks for sharing~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DONNABRIGHT 6/26/2013 9:40PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 6/26/2013 9:14PM

    Always loved oats for breakfast! Enjoy! Sprinkle with blueberries for an antioxidant fruit boost!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LALMEIDA 6/26/2013 8:36PM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


A Couple More Things Jeff Galloway Said

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Jeff Galloway said in his presentation a couple weeks ago that if you are unable to complete half or full marathon training as written (illness, emergency, life, etc.), that when you start training again you should walk the full scheduled amount, but just run-walk-run the amount of your last workout. In his example, you had run-walked-run 4 miles (after warm up) but then missed two weeks. The scheduled workout for the date is 7 miles. He suggested you warm up and run-walk-run 4 miles and then walk the additional 3 miles and consider yourself back on plan. I hope I never have to use this technique, but it seems like a sensible way to restart.

He also said that there are two ways to approach hilly race courses. One is to train for hills and the second way is not to train for hills. He suggested that if you don't train for them, you simply walk more on the hills. He even commented that he knows people who have achieved a personal record by walking more on the hills and running more on the flat areas. Because I believe my injury was related to overdoing hills, I'm glad to know this option. Perhaps something in between, like a little hill training and a little more walking on the hilly parts, ought to work. The Lakeland half marathon I signed up for on November 9th has a hillier course than I had hoped.

Although I'm not planning to run in Denver, I thought it was interesting that Jeff Galloway said that people who run in our heat and humidity usually don't have trouble running in altitude. He said that the effect of altitude on the body, although not exactly the same, is similar to running in our climate.

My half marathon training has just started, but is going well. The Galloway program I am following has a lot of cushion. It could be done in about 3 months, but we are starting 5 months out. I ran one half marathon last year; plan to run three of them in the next 9 months. Looking forward to them!!!



  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TERESA159 6/28/2013 12:06AM

    More power to ya! I cannot even imagine running a half marathon. Jeff G does know what he's talking about. You are rocking the running thing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
AQUAGIRL08 6/27/2013 5:42PM

    Sounds like great advice from someone who knows what he is doing. You will do a great job, there is no doubt in my mind!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DELPHYNE 6/27/2013 9:34AM

    That is great advice. Thank you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLGIRL1234 6/26/2013 6:42PM

    Wish I would have known about how to start back up after a couple weeks off last month. I am currently training for my first half right now (Rock N Roll Chicago 7/21) and when I got to the week where I needed to do 9 miles, I did and then got really sick for two weeks with a horrible hacking cough. I was completely freaking out about the training. I wasn't sure what to do when I picked it back up (by the way I am using the Jeff Galloway method too) so I felt it out and just picked up with the training (maybe not the smartest decision but I did the 12 miles perfectly that week). It was a little hard especially coming off from illness but I am glad I feel like I didn't miss a beat.

Also, Living and training in Florida I hope that the humidity and heat runs will help me in Chicago next month. Who knows.

Comment edited on: 6/26/2013 6:42:58 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
MEXGAL1 6/26/2013 6:08PM

    Miss Marsha, so glad you found this program as it sounds like such great advice.
Cheers
Sallie

Report Inappropriate Comment
NATPLUMMER 6/26/2013 11:59AM

    Solid advice.
I am planning to do some running in Denver in August...I guess we'll see how that goes ;-)

Report Inappropriate Comment
GABY1948 6/26/2013 7:43AM

    You are doing GREAT! So glad things are getting back on track for you. I never realized that running is such a science!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 6/25/2013 11:24PM

    You are going in to this prepared and ahead of schedule. Let's hope nothing derails you. You have worked hard for this.

Report Inappropriate Comment
URSALILAH 6/25/2013 9:42PM

    Great info about hills. Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
COCK-ROBIN 6/25/2013 9:32PM

    Wonderful!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 6/25/2013 9:28PM

    Sounds both sensible AND ambitious!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNERRACHEL 6/25/2013 9:02PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thank you for sharing this information! I have wondered what to do if training got interrupted.

I am training for a half marathon in November. Starting at week 1 last week following Jeff Galloway's training plan. My dad is also training for this race--his first half marathon--and following Jeff Galloway. So good to hear this information. Also, training for hills is interesting. I suffered a lot of injuries in the past and I know that I messed up my knees in 2 very hilly races that I pushed myself to run (had done hill training but it may have been smarter to just walk them).

Thank you for sharing!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 6/25/2013 9:01PM

    That is very interesting about training after an injury that you start back where you left off. I wouldn't have thought that very wise.. Much common sense about dealing with hills. They make such a huge difference. I always feel it when I go to my Mom's and have to deal with the steep hills up and down the riverbank after being so used to the flats where I live.
Both the heat and the heights would get to me as I live at sea level and its a moderate climate tending toward cool here. Its a great country to be motivated to workout to keep warm though ;) I really don't know how anyone can run at high heat and humidity. You certainly have my great respect!! You are just awesomesauce!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONEKIDSMOM 6/25/2013 8:22PM

    Ambitious we are, yesssss!? I've got three planned, two back to back... and that silly mandatory OT. Whatever... I will not give up being active. No... matter... what! Nor shall you!

Recover, rest, run-walk-run! Gooooo, team! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/25/2013 8:17PM

    Well, I'm not so sure about the altitude comment. The one marathon that I had big trouble with was Ogden (Utah), which starts at 5,000 feet or so. I didn't think the altitude would affect me, but it sure did. (and I had definitely been training in the Texas heat).

We go to Santa Fe every summer for a week (7,000+ feet). I definitely have to take it easy for several days. Drinking lots and lots of water helps.

Oh, and I got a terrible sunburn in Ogden.
emoticon
I hope that the problems you had with "too much, too soon" with the hill repeats don't make you swear them off entirely. Done properly, there's nothing better for you.

Comment edited on: 6/25/2013 8:18:58 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment


Natalie Wins!

Sunday, June 23, 2013



That's Natalie with the cast of the Aristocat. She loved the play. And that stuffed animal she's holding? Believe it or not she won the drawing! She also won a dozen donuts a week for four weeks. Oh, well. We'll all survive.

I need to hurry to go pick up the girls now. I already got in a 110 minute walk this morning!!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WATERMELLEN 6/25/2013 8:06AM

    Very sweet!

And as for the doughnuts? " I don't do doughnuts" was one of my early mantras and I'm betting yours too.

Thanks for that trophy goodie! Nice to be back from my short break . . .

Report Inappropriate Comment
AQUAGIRL08 6/24/2013 5:03PM

    Natalie looks so cute! Good job with the walk!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HAKAPES 6/24/2013 1:34PM

    Super! :-)

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 6/23/2013 10:42PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FROSTY99 6/23/2013 8:25PM

    Way to go Natalie. I am sure this picture will bring back many memories in years to come.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARGARITTM 6/23/2013 7:20PM

    How sweet - don't you wish they would have prizes other than unhealthy food though.


Donut as reward??????

Great picture

Report Inappropriate Comment
PMFISH 6/23/2013 1:44PM

    Always a thrill when you win something. She will remember the cat much longer than the donuts. Wish I could do 1/10 of the walking that you do. Always impressed by your accomplishments. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 6/23/2013 1:21PM

    Sweet photo!! Congrats to Natalie!! How odd to win doughnuts! I am sure her parents will enjoy them in their rush to work!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DONNABRIGHT 6/23/2013 11:58AM

    Doughnuts are always a welcome gift to a food bank - they don't get things like that very often! Not being a doughnut person I'm not sure I could get through one week of them let alone four! I'm sure winning was a big thrill for Natalie - congratulations to her.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GABY1948 6/23/2013 11:25AM

    emoticon and congrats Natalie! Enjoy your day!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEXASFILLY 6/23/2013 11:25AM

    How fun! Congratulations to your Natalie~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NATPLUMMER 6/23/2013 11:25AM

    Yay!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MJREIMERS 6/23/2013 11:22AM

    emoticon She is so cute! As for the donuts, one won't "break you," but make sure and stop at one!!! emoticon This would be a good case for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOYINKY 6/23/2013 10:27AM

    What fun! Building great memories; even the donuts. Morning/evening walks are becoming necessary here too; days have gotten too hot and humid to enjoy them unless I head out to a shaded trail.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDAKAY228 6/23/2013 10:19AM

    Oh how cute and congratulations to her!!! Donuts????

Report Inappropriate Comment
MEXGAL1 6/23/2013 10:15AM

    cute cute....but donuts????
I am in Florida now....thought of you. too bad you are an hour from where I will be otherwise I would say we could meet.
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

Report Inappropriate Comment
CELIAMINER 6/23/2013 10:10AM

    Congrats to Natalie; I'm sure there are plenty of people hoping she will share! And glad you got your walk in...nothing stops you for long!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONEKIDSMOM 6/23/2013 9:26AM

    Hopefully your family will help defray those dozen donuts by passing them around so nobody gets too many! LOL.

Congrats to Natalie, and a great photo... so cute!

Report Inappropriate Comment
COCK-ROBIN 6/23/2013 9:20AM

    Wonderful!

Report Inappropriate Comment


Details

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Enjoyed a 5 mile run with my Galloway group this morning starting at sunrise. The Program Director adjusted the group assignments and I'm now in the fastest half marathon time improvement group. The middle group, where I thought I was being assigned, is now set for run 1.5 minutes/walk 1 minute. My group runs 2 min/walk 1 min, so I'm glad I'm in that group. And my new shoes, with the appropriate orthotics (refer to yesterday's blog), are absolutely awesome! Next week we are scheduled for a 6 mile run and I expect no problems.

After the run I hurried to the Watermelon Series #2 5K and got there just in time to snap a picture of my nephew finishing. He was disappointed because his time was slower than for the #1 race of the series. It was extremely hot and humid, though. I was proud of him. This was his eighth 5K in 6 months. I feel good because I doubt he would have started running if it wasn't for me. He went home and showered while I went back to Starbucks to sip a little coffee with my running group and get my new Galloway shirt. I then showered at the YMCA and met him for a Weight Watchers meeting.

After that it was shopping and before long hubby and I will be going to a party tonight. Tomorrow I have both grandkids 9:30am-8pm. Next week I work on Tuesday and have kids Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. I'll get my three runs in, too, and some cross training. It's a full and good life!! I am grateful.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AQUAGIRL08 6/24/2013 5:01PM

    It sounds like a full week ahead! I hope that you had a good time at the party!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NATPLUMMER 6/23/2013 11:25AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNERRACHEL 6/23/2013 12:15AM

    Love your active lifestyle, positive attitude and constant reaching your goals. Great job on getting faster, staying healthy and promoting a healthy lifestyle for those you inspire! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
COCK-ROBIN 6/22/2013 10:44PM

    Wonderful!

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 6/22/2013 8:26PM

    Here is to new shoes fitted properly and a running group that will give you the challenge you want!
Have fun at the party!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOYINKY 6/22/2013 7:32PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 6/22/2013 6:21PM

    As busy as you are, you still fit those runs in quite nicely. Great!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOOKAPHILE 6/22/2013 6:08PM

    Sounds like you love nearly every minute, too! Congratulations on making the group you wanted to be in. Also for finding out the shoes are great!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/22/2013 5:32PM

    I think you will like 2/1. Of course, I'm biased because that's what I used to train for my first marathon.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FROSTY99 6/22/2013 5:26PM

    Yeah for the shoes-all is great when we use things properly-ha ha.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONEKIDSMOM 6/22/2013 5:20PM

    emoticon emoticon Glad the shoes are working out well, and woo-hoo for the 2-1 training group.

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 Last Page