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Warm Day

Friday, January 03, 2014

Today is supposed to be 20 degrees ABOVE zero. It is a strange world indeed where that is something to be excited about. I have some stuff that needs to get done in the garage, so this afternoon when we are closer to that promised temp, I will turn on that nifty new garage heater and see if it can get to a comfortable working temp. I tried the other day when the thermometer in the garage said -9 and after an hour and a half it only warmed up to -4.

Hubby wasn't happy when I told him the plan to go on a 2-week trial of the no-starch diet again. He'll get over it, I hope. Deep down I have this nagging feeling that it is going to be what works. That should be a good thing, but a lifetime without starch does not warm the cockles of my heart. If it is the magic key, I am prepared to make that decision and wage the war to stay with it.

I watched Lord of the Rings last week, and I have been thinking how this war I have to wage is similar to Frodo's journey. In the beginning it seems like it should be a fairly easy endeavor, inconvenient at the worst. But as you keep going unexpected things crop up that it make it unpleasant, difficult, and painful. Every one more horrific than the last. By the time you get to the point where you can throw the ring in the fire (or bad eating habits), it takes every ounce of being that you have. When that part is done, there is no going back. Sure they went home, but it wasn't the same. The people around them didn't comprehend what they had been through and it would have been futile to try to make them understand. I think I have always been looking for an easy way, or for someone to take me by the hand and lead me through. This time I am looking at it differently. At the end of Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo realizes that he has to do this on his own. Of course people still help him in different ways, but he is really on his own. He is making the decisions, and he is walking the path.

That is where I am at right now. I have made the decision to do this. I am on my own, and I am going to see it through.


The Diet Decision

Thursday, January 02, 2014

I have been contemplating this for months now. I am thinking about returning to the no-starch diet. It is hard to stay with, and even harder if you take fruit off the menu. I have been trying to resolve the reflux issue first, so that I could eat fruit when I went off of starch again. Now, I'm thinking about giving it a try, even without fruit, for a couple weeks. If I get better then I will know that is the key, and I will have to stay with it. If the reflux doesn't get better, then I will have to push to see what else it could be. I have an appointment with the doctor, so I am going to see what she has to say on Monday. Besides, there is still some yummy, starchy food around from the holidays that could get cleaned up by Monday.

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CHERIJ16 1/3/2014 9:56AM

    I hope everything works out for you. emoticon

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Reset Day

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

This is the big reset day, one that most people observe as a day to start over and create new habits.

I printed the vision statement that I wrote in October and am committed to following the plan at least half of the time emoticon Of course today my biggest obstacle to a fresh start is that my husband is home and we're out of our normal routine, so tomorrow will be the real reset day.

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FRAN0426 1/1/2014 5:03PM

    I'm with you about today being a relaxing day--everyone needs to relax and do something you enjoy like reading, watching TV or doing very little.
I" may do some exercise later today, Hope the new year is one of the best years for you. Continue striving for what you seek.

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MOM2ACAT 1/1/2014 4:57PM

    I like that way of looking at it, as "reset day"; I haven't made any new resolutions, but I am continuing to work on my goals and with a new year, that gives me a push to work harder on them.

Happy New Year, and there's nothing wrong with taking the first day of the year to just relax!

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Two steps forward, one step backward

Thursday, December 19, 2013

So after having my light bulb moment a couple of days ago, I totally blew it off yesterday. Not that I didn't get things done, but I worked on something at the bottom of my priority list. I guess a day like that now and then isn't so bad, but I hope to make them fewer and further between.

My supper did not agree with me. The reflux was worse, the coughing was worse, and I had sores on my tongue again. Today I am back to milk and cheese trying to get it under control. The Digestive Clinic sent me a letter saying that the biopsies showed that I did have mild reflux. I still don't know what to do. Guess I'll just keep plugging along.

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MOM2ACAT 12/19/2013 5:22PM

    I think tracking the foods to see which ones are causing the problems is a great idea, as KATTREE said. Has anything been suggested as far as medication to get it under control? I am on Protonix for mine.

That's ok to just do the things on the "bottom" of your list, at least it's something! I know on my bad days, I feel better if I get a few things done, even if they are just minor accomplishments.

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KATTREE 12/19/2013 4:43PM

    Hopefuly tracking your food will help you to identify which foods are giving you problems. Also make sure you don't lay down right after eating let the food have some gravity to help it along. Hoping that your Christmas is a good one.

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Light bulb moment

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Obviously, I have never been very successful at weight loss or getting healthy. I suppose somewhere along the way I accepted it as just how I am. And yet I keep trying. Something wrong with that thought process.

Since I wrote my vision statement and made my checklists, I find that I can get a lot more done in a day than I ever thought possible, just by doing the next thing on my list. Even on days when I don't feel well at all.

Last night, while writing in my journal (the last thing on my checklist), I realized that if I could achieve any degree of consistency with working my checklist every day, I could actually achieve my goals, including losing weight. I suppose that should have been obvious sooner, but it wasn't. Sometimes things seem harder than they really are.

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CHERIJ16 12/18/2013 12:53PM

    Good for you and thanks for reminding me how important it is to have a plan or a list for the day. I tend to get off track without that too. emoticon

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LESSME10 12/17/2013 4:20PM

    Wow, you know sometimes it is just the things that seem like they should be obvious - that take the longest for us to realize! Good for you - now that the light is on - keep it on and keep moving. Just a bit more movement each day with eating a bit better each day - you will see results. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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