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My Plateau ALMOST Did Me In

Friday, September 16, 2011

It's been about three years since I started this journey. Prior to about five years ago, I'd never had a weight issue. But then, tons of things changed. And so did my body. It took me awhile to fully realize, despite buying clothes in larger sizes, that I had too much of the wrong things on my bones - like fat.

Okay, so three years ago I did a couple of months of NutriSystem and after two months took off about 30 lbs during the ensuing six months. Then around 2.5 years ago, I arrived here at SP. Despite my best efforts, I haven't been able to drop any more weight. I have called it my "forever plateau" and it almost did me in. (I will soon blog about my year of emotional eating following the deaths of 10 loved ones in the past four years.)

I started to think, why bother? If I'm not going to lose anything else, why should I keep trying?

Well, there are so many other benefits besides what the scale says. (and I haven't used that in about six months) 1. Staying healthy, 2. Feeling fit, 3. Keeping a routine that resembles a healthy lifestyle, 4. Stress relief through exercising, etc.

I refuse to let this plateau sabotage my efforts. HOORAY FOR ME! (I think I'll now go give myself a big goodie) (A spark goodie, that is.)

Wishing all a great day.

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JLITT62 9/16/2011 2:40PM

    Now you've gotten inside MY head! Yes, it's so worth it, even on the days I want to stomp on the scale & go running screaming to the nearest bakery . . .

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SKYEFYR 9/16/2011 2:26PM

  Great attitude. And I'm proof of why we don't go away. When I stopped trying I gained a ton of weight. Okay, maybe not a real ton, but some days it feels like it.

You're always a winner in my book!

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NATPLUMMER 9/16/2011 2:13PM

    There are plenty of other benefits. I feel you on the plateau.

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KARENE10 9/16/2011 12:14PM

    You are right about all the other benefits!

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JESS0107 9/16/2011 10:18AM

    Just hang in there. There might be many reasons that this plateau wants to hang around you. Just keep up the great work that you are already doing!!

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WELLNESSME09 9/16/2011 9:41AM

    emoticon emoticon keep up the good work!!! it will pay already has. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLACKROSE_222 9/16/2011 9:35AM

    That is fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing your positive outlook!

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Floaters vs. Sinkers (Indelicate topic, but part of good health)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Last blog, I talked about how naked I feel when my tongue is critiqued for health issues as I stick it out for a group to see and photograph.

Another topic that is strange to discuss is specifics on regularity. The Chinese doc at the acupuncture clinic wants to know how often a patient poops. Not only that - size, shape, color, etc. It feels kinda strange to talk about it, but it tells them a lot about what's going on in your plumbing.

The other day on the radio, they said that if yours floats, it means that you are not eating healthy enough. I thought that was interesting.

Regularity is a very big part of good health, although not often discussed.

Wishing all a good day.

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ABB698 9/16/2011 2:15AM

    Funny you should mention this, I was just thinking that no one talks about this, but it is an important marker of your lifestyle/diet. I remember taking a health class in college, where a whole chapter was dedicated to poop and some kids thought "eww" but it was very enlightening. Dr. Oz just had a show about it too. He said it should be "s" shaped too. LOL
Everyone Poops! :) (there is really a book called that, I used to read it with my kids when they were potty training. It showed how all animals, bugs, people....EVERYONE poops!)

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SKYEFYR 9/15/2011 3:47PM

  Ew.... What a sh*tty topic! emoticon

Ironic, but I had a conversation with my dr about that very same topic today. What is it with us!?!?!?!?

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NATPLUMMER 9/15/2011 1:29PM

    Good to know that I'm eating heathy ;-)

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NANCYRUBIO 9/15/2011 12:20PM

    Great blog. Guess I have some work to do--I don't have sinkers. Thank you for letting me know. If you have IBS, this is a welcome subject. emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/15/2011 11:26AM

    I just make sure that I'm really finished when I go. emoticon

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JESS0107 9/15/2011 10:36AM

    Very interesting!!!

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PURPLEBABYBEE 9/15/2011 10:33AM

    Interesting but I really don't check to see if my are floaters or sinkers. My children on the other hand at 2 and 4 are fascinated when they go.

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"May I Take A Picture of Your Tongue?" she asked.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

When I recently went back for some acupuncture treatments, I smiled when the graduating acupuncture practitioner/student asked that question. "Sure, as long as I get the proceeds if you use it in an ad campaign," I joked.

Seriously, they take a photo to track progress from when you start your sessions, until the series is finished. Not just progress, but changes. It's funny how naked you feel when folks are gathered around looking at your protruding tongue. It tells so much about your health and you can research it on the internet to get a feel for how it goes. Just be careful 'cause a little info is not necessarily completely accurate.

While "reading" the tongue, the acupuncturist looks for things like color (light pink to bright), coating - color, thickness, and area it covers, cracks (where and how deep), etc. It's pretty interesting, and I've had wonderful outcomes with acupuncture.

Had thought about this topic for awhile, and just wanted to share. The next one will also be a result from my experience there.

Wishing all a good day.

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SKYEFYR 9/14/2011 3:13PM

  Hmmmm.... Maybe I should be asking my friend who's an acupuncturist what "geographic tounge" is a sign of and if anything can help it. (Unfortunately, she's up in Brooklyn and a 3 hour trip minimum to see her, so I can't do it on a regular basis.) Wonder what she'd say....

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/14/2011 2:20PM

    Hope you see great improvements!

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NATPLUMMER 9/14/2011 10:31AM

    I'm glad the acupuncture is working for you.

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CATLADY52 9/14/2011 10:23AM

    I hadn't given much thought to the idea of the tongue being a signal of something out of kilter with the body but it does make sense. And, of course when we were young the doc's first words were "Stick out your tongue and say ahh". emoticon
Makes sense now. emoticon

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My New Walking Poles

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

For the past year or so, I've been looking at walking poles online and pricing them. Last year on SP, I posted a blog asking if anyone uses them when they walk and only a couple responded yes.

In my own neighborhood, I've only seen one person use one pole while walking on the nearby sidewalks. What these do is add challenge to the aerobic aspect and I've always been intrigued but decided I didn't need to spend the money on something I don't know if I'll use.

A couple of weeks ago, I was meandering around Marshalls and lo-and-behold in front of me-walking poles! And in pink psychedelic designs. And at a price that was very reasonable to try them out.

Of course, they now have a home and the next step is to use them. I'll look totally ridiculous, but that never stopped me before. (smiling) If nothing else, they are pretty. If they work me harder while walking, that'll be even better. We'll see what the future holds.

Wishing all a happy day.

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TRACYZABELLE 9/14/2011 7:37AM

    If I ever start walking outside I will use walking sticks~~

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ABB698 9/14/2011 1:44AM

    Yea, I'm curious how they work too. Been eyeing them at Marshall's for a while, and last week, I got a pair for $2 bucks! Haven't tried them myself yet, I really only needed 1 (which is why I was stoked they were only $2), I wanted it to use in Mission Trails, I've seen way too many snakes on my hikes there. Let us know how you like them, and what they add to your workout.

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CATLADY52 9/13/2011 5:02PM

    Let us know how well they work out. emoticon

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JLITT62 9/13/2011 4:37PM

    Let us know how they work for you!

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/13/2011 1:53PM

    My wife has expressed an interest in me getting her some....let me know how they work out

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SKYEFYR 9/13/2011 1:40PM

  I want to see pics of you with them!

You'll have to give us a review too!

And look at the bright side. You're reach just extended a couple more feet, so if anyone laughs at you, you can whack them with a pole! :-)

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/13/2011 11:57AM

    I've been interested by them least they will help keep muggers away! Good for scary dogs too. LOL

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JESS0107 9/13/2011 11:05AM

    I need to find me one!! I know that it is also good to have one just in case of a dog or a kidnapper.

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AMARILYNH 9/13/2011 10:58AM

    We bought some at Wal-Mart in Arizona when we were hiking in the National Parks - they are very helpful on steep paths and we saw lots of people using them. I've never tried them walking in the neighborhood so please do let us know how you like walking with them, ok?

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NATPLUMMER 9/13/2011 10:52AM

    Good luck!!! Let me know how they work out. :-)

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SPOKENWORD 9/13/2011 10:45AM

    That's awesome! Good ole Marshall's! I can always find a great find there! :)

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Ponderings During - and Preparation After - The Big Power Outage

Monday, September 12, 2011

This week, I am buying more items to update my emergency kit. Lantern, stove, mini-generator, etc. An ounce of prevention, etc. etc.

While sitting in the dark last week and gazing at the starlit sky, I was reminded once again of how fragile life is and we humans are dust in the wind, totally vulnerable.

The stores were picked to the bone, and my fave grocery store was completely closed. Where would food come from if there was ever a major earthquake or similar calamity? I smiled to think how lucky are those who have gardens and can eat off their land. Mine? Hard as concrete - no earthworms, no nothing.

Overall, the outage was a great reminder to not take things for granted. The first thing I blogged about was the loss of internet and joked how that seemed like the end of the world. But the reality went much deeper than that.

Time to bring my survival kit to the next level and get these new items.

Wishing all a good week.

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NANCY- 9/19/2011 9:05AM

    Being prepared makes a difference. What kind of mini-generator are your getting?
It is amazing how dependent we are on having power.

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ABB698 9/14/2011 1:49AM

    We have a 5th wheel trailer we camp in, and I've always said that'd be our solace in an emergency, and sure enough, we were the cool ones with A/C and power and a working fridge. It was nice to know we still had comforts, the one thing I did realize though, is cash. I don't carry cash, but in a situation like this, my debit card wouldn't do any good, would it? So make sure your emergency kit includes some cash, you never know....
Glad you fared well through it. The stars were gorgeous that night for sure. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/12/2011 4:54PM

    I've been thinking about creating an emergency kit. I have lots of food in the house and try to keep a case of bottled water on hand at all times, but don't have a flashlight or radio that would last very long.

I bet being able to see the stars was awesome. emoticon

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SKYEFYR 9/12/2011 10:12AM

  Funny how alike we are thinking again.

When Irene came through we stored gallons of water because the supermarket didn't have any left. Every container we could find was filled, and kept till we were sure the rains were over and the water had peaked (because the local water company is right on the river, and if it overflows, our water is "bad" for drinking).

Needless to say, having all these containers was a PITA! (We eat breakfast and lunch in the kitchen, but dinner in the dining room - so they had to be moved every day!) We were just saying yesterday that we need to just grab a case next time we go to BJ's and keep it in the basement so we have one less thing to stress about. I also want to dig out my camping equipment and move it to a more accessable area. I'll feel much better once I do!

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NATPLUMMER 9/12/2011 10:08AM

    Good idea. I should check out my emergency kit.

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