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Fruit, Veggies, Oatmeal, and Blizzard

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The blizzard triggered one of my migraines, so I didn't go to the pool as planned, but spent most of the day on the couch, waiting for the meds to kick in, then sleeping. Feeling much better now. On the upside, I ate healthier than ever; I was out of almost everything, so I ate what was in the kitchen: oatmeal, blueberries, apples, grapes, and a steamed veggie mix I had in the freezer (potatoes, squash, carrots). It was good. I did have more carbs than I'm supposed to, but since most of them came from healthy, high fiber stuff, I think I'll be okay.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 2/26/2013 10:46PM

    Great for you!!!!! Stock up foods. Oatmeal - I'm making some tomorrow instead of soup. What a great idea! Frozen berries to go in it. Thanks for encouraging me without even trying!

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MPETERSON2311 2/25/2013 4:34PM

    sounds delicious!

I hope your head feels much better today.

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MOVEITMARY 2/25/2013 3:59PM

    Glad you are feeling better, and that you had some good food on hand for the blizzard. Take care.

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PATSYB7 2/25/2013 6:00AM

    Hope that migraine goes away and that today's a better day! emoticon

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Free Massage!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Going to the 2-hr. diabetes education session was definitely worth it. The speaker had been diagnosed with Type 1 as a teenager in the late 60s and later became a nurse, then a diabetes educator. She was very motivating and gave us some valuable information.
Then, the director of the local massage therapy school gave a speech on spirit, mind, and body - nothing I didn't know already, but it was nice to hear it summarized. He had brought some of his students who needed field hours, and they gave us free 15-minute chair massages. That helped my stiff shoulders enormously.

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SUSANBEAMON 2/24/2013 12:27AM

  i learned to do massage at college. the football players who dated some of the girls in my social group taught all of us, so they could get extra massages.

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MOVEITMARY 2/23/2013 11:48PM

    Mmmmm I want a free massage too. Lucky!!!

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HOCKEYFAM23 2/23/2013 11:23PM

  Glad you enjoyed the "mini-massage".....any massage is a great feeling!

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Anorexia Demons raise their ugly head

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Okay, I might be the only person in history who is truly overweight and worried about anorexia. Fact is, when I was a teen, I was significantly underweight. The doctor told my mom I had to gain at least 20 pounds. I was pretty much anorexic; I simply quit eating for days at a time, and I didn't get hungry.
Things would have gotten bad, but my grandma and aunt sat me down and told me they were concerned. They had never heard about anorexia, but they simply told me I was not eating enough, and that I had to eat to stay healthy. Since they were the two people in my life whom I was closest to, I did. I was still skinny, but at least I ate.
I think that's why the weight snuck up on me; I never, ever had to watch my weight. Once I came to America, different things happened that helped me get a much better outlook on life, and I started to enjoy food. And being surrounded by all that variety of food around here made it easy. Plus, I was at minimum wage for 7 years while I was waiting to get the Green Card, and I was not allowed to work somewhere else because I was restricted to a work visa, so whenever someone fed me, I ate as much as I could, because I wasn't sure where the next meal would come from.
To make a long story short, for 30 years, my goal was gaining weight, not losing it, and that's why it didn't alarm me when I gained.
Anyway, now that I'm overweight and diabetic and need to lose weight, I am able to turn the old switch in my brain from my anorexic days. I can look at food without it having any appeal to me. I noticed the past few days I was way below my recommended calories on SP - not a good thing, because in the long run it will put me in starvation mode, and I won't lose weight, not to mention the health issue.
Last night I panicked, because at 8 p.m. I had only eaten 800 calories, so I ate too much pizza, making my sugar spike - and I ended up having too many calories. I really need to find the balance where I find food appealing, but don't eat too much or too little of it. I've been in both extremes, and it seems I can still flip that switch from eathing nothing to eating a lot at random. It's crucial that I find a happy medium.

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MPETERSON2311 2/20/2013 12:53PM

    I worry about anorexia too, and I've never been at a normal weight. I think its because the same thoughts and negative mentality affects being underweight AND overweight.

I also worry about the eating too few calories because you're right, then your metabolism stops and goes into starvation mode. If you are able to find the balance, I would love to know what works for you.

In the meantime I can say, I understand, and I'm here for you.

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SUSANBEAMON 2/20/2013 1:00AM

  our relationship with food is difficut. we need it to live, but sometimes it becomes the enemy. we need to call a truce and make a meal plan we can live with. pick one day a week, plan the menus for the week, make out the shopping list, get the food, and then stick to the menus.

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TKLBRIDGET 2/19/2013 12:37PM

    My mother was over 300 lbs for most of her life and had an emergency where 3/4 of her stomach was removed. As a result she lost a lot of weight... wonderful... and then way toooo much weight as she has practically stopped eating. It's hard finding the strength to stop eating unhealthily, but to eat enough for good health and well being. Speaking for myself, I love food too much to go without if for long, so my struggle has been stopping at my calorie allowance. I wish you the best during your journey. Don't give up, you are worth the effort!

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VEG_GIRL04 2/19/2013 12:33PM

    It's such a hard switch to flip - but usually the hardest part is recognizing what you need to do. You have already faced half the battle - you know your issues, now just have to perfect facing them.

Best thing you can do is preplan. If you do - you won't end up low or high on your calories. On days where I'm afraid I'm about to do either - I pick out my meals and log them as soon as possible. If I have a high calorie breakfast - I automatically make sure I can keep myself on track for the rest of the day. Maybe even go a step further like some do on here and plan your meals for the week.

Also - be mindful of the emotional reasons you might be eating. That has really opened my eyes to calories, weight loss and weight gain being more than just physical.

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EXATHLETE 2/19/2013 12:29PM

  Wow, that is amazing that you were able to recover and live a more balanced life. I am not an expert but I think because you have this 'will power' to be able to look at food and not need to even touch it or try it you have the opportunity to make you body and mind super uber healthy by planning ahead. If you make meal plans for yourself for the right amount of calories for the day and week you will not only lose the weight but discover that you are eating healthfully! That is my only advice...plan ahead!

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Monday, February 18, 2013

I finally had a Monday off again and went to the low-impact Zumba class in the morning. This time, I did even better than a few weeks ago. I was sweating and my heart rate was up, but I was nowhere close to exhausted. I guess all the swimming and walking are paying off now. I realized I'm very good at picking up the choreography and rhythm, and the variation keeps my brain busy, so I'm not getting bored. I doubt I'll ever be graceful, but stranger things have happened.
My school district and the health insurance are sponsoring free Zumba classes for district employees, starting next Monday in the afternoon. Now that I've tried the low-impact Zumba and it was almost too easy for me, I've decided that I'll definitely sign up for the 12-week class.


Sore, but Walking

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I am so sore from yoga! Especially my shoulders are hurting, which shows where I need the most exercise. Even my ribcage is sore, so I probably need to work more on my breathing.
Anyway, I dedided to give my upper body a break; my legs are fine, probably because I've been swimming and walking a lot, so I walked around the lake behind the apartments, about 3 miles. It was very nice and peaceful, I even ran a few yards here and there. I saw a hawk gliding right over me, a Northern Flicker, and lots of other big and small birds. It was very peaceful. Afterwards, my sugar was down to 98!
I ate a sandwich and took a well-deserved nap.

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HDHAWK 2/17/2013 9:54PM

    Sounds like me. I did kettlebells for the first time yesterday and was very sore today. I did get a walk in though. It's our only decent day for quite a while so I wanted to get outside.

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