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Que sera sera

Friday, July 04, 2014

The good news is I'm scoring pretty high on my anatomy tests. The bad news is I misinterpreted something I thought I heard the teacher say and have lost some credit on homework assignments. So I guess we'll see what he meant about attendance and participation at the end of the term. But I can kind of see the light at the end of the tunnel for this term.

My plan for spending these two weeks prepping the house for sale has not gone so well. Each day seems to fill up with other stuff. We may have a party in a week or two, though, so that should require some focus in that direction. Well, life is too precious to spend much of it in regret. Moving forward and hoping for the best may sound naive, but I really am working my assets off.

I have a physiology test on Tuesday but I feel pretty well in control of that.

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JUMPINJULIE 7/17/2014 12:43AM

    You can do it.

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CETANISTAWI 7/6/2014 1:46AM

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NILLAPEPSI 7/5/2014 8:34AM

    I took an anatomy class in high school & loved it!! I liked that class so much that I still remember a lot of what I learned (that was nearly 30 years ago - how time flies). I'm sure a college course is much more in depth. Hopefully you won't get dinged too badly for misunderstanding. I'll say a prayer for you.

Good luck getting the house ready. That's such a huge job.

Hang in there & keep smiling!! emoticon

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AJDOVER1 7/4/2014 10:36PM

    Best wishes to you! I hope the instructor doesn't understimate the value of your attendance and participation.

Let us know how the physiology test goes!

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SUGAR0814 7/4/2014 7:05PM

    Good luck on your upcoming test. You'll do great. emoticon emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/4/2014 3:24PM

    You can do it!

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GLORIAMAJDI 7/4/2014 1:05PM

    I agree, no regrets! I am not one to sit back to think of what could have been. I think about the present and plan for the future, so good for you for moving forward. It will all work out. Good luck on your exam on Tuesday!

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MTALLON8787 7/4/2014 12:15PM

  Don't worry the attendance/participation grade is normally a give me.

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June in review

Monday, June 30, 2014

It's been a while since I've done a month in review, but I did turn 44 this month, and I guess that sort of thing does always make me think a bit. It's been a couple of months since I decided I am fine with maintaining at 160. I kind of worried that when I stopped wishing I weighed less, I might start weighing more, but I seem to be hanging in at the same spot. I'm still eating about the same and working out about the same, so that totally makes sense.

I do keep meaning to do more cardio than I do. I had a thing going a couple of weeks ago when I was watching youtubes about the nervous system. It's kind of fun to look back and realize how much I've learned, though I need to learn a lot more before my second round of exams. My anxiety settled down pretty well, and my sister shared a talk she gave in church that got me thinking about what's important in life, which was good.

I got a couple of projects done around the house, less than I might but it is what it is. The idea is to keep moving forward, right?

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JUMPINJULIE 7/17/2014 12:42AM

    Happy Belated Birthday.

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TINAJANE76 7/2/2014 9:35PM

    Happy Belated Birthday, Tricia, and congratulations on reaching that point in maintenance where you feel like you can actually exhale. Good stuff!

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GLORIAMAJDI 7/2/2014 9:58AM

    Good job on moving forward Tricia, and fantastic about maintaining your weight!

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AJDOVER1 7/1/2014 1:34PM

Let's keep moving forward!

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NILLAPEPSI 7/1/2014 6:54AM

    Hope you had a great birthday!!! emoticon emoticon

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PMRUNNER 7/1/2014 6:30AM

    Happy birthday! Sounds like you have a good balance and attitude now, hope you sustain those!

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SUGAR0814 7/1/2014 12:22AM

    Happy Belated Birthday! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/30/2014 10:53PM

    Happy belated birthday!

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80 Maintenance weeks and my curious lack of heartburn

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I'll bask in a full ticker while I can, before it throws another chunk on there. Not sure if it goes to 100 or 120 or what. Or if it changes tomorrow or next Wednesday.

I was having severe anxiety last night, verging on anxiety attacks, though I guess it may have been a stomach bug. Someone was telling me about getting all emotional and then having a migraine. This morning my stomach was so wound up, I couldn't tell if I was hungry or not, and now later my stomach just doesn't feel hungry. I probably broke it. But at least I'm not anxious!

Yesterday in physiology we discussed referred pain and sleep in the course of discussing the peripheral nervous system. Apparently heartburn is referred pain, where a couple of nerves from an organ and from the skin share pathways and since we very seldom need feedback on our internal organs, the brain interprets the pain as coming from the skin. Now I've never had heartburn (5 pregnancies, even) and I used to think science should study my stomach when I pass on. But it's likelier I just lack good fat breakdown enzymes. So I don't get heartburn up top, but I am pretty sensitive in my intestines when the excess fat arrives. I even went to the hospital a few times when I was fairly young, complaining of pain in my abdomen. They're always like "yeah right, sorry we can't do much about that."

I used to think I was lactose intolerant, but since monitoring calories (and usually fat by extension) it's been super less frequent. Add that to the absence of heartburn, and I'm thinking its the enzymes.

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JUMPINJULIE 7/17/2014 12:41AM

    Good info.

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AJDOVER1 6/27/2014 11:23AM

    how funny! I've never thought about my lack of heartburn -- even through pregnancies.

Congratulations on your 80 weeks!

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GLORIAMAJDI 6/27/2014 9:44AM

    80 weeks is awesome, congrats! Hope your tummy and anxiety are relieved quickly!

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NILLAPEPSI 6/26/2014 7:31AM

    emoticon 80 weeks! Wow!!

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SUGAR0814 6/25/2014 11:25PM

    Hope you feel better! emoticon

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NICKYCRANE 6/25/2014 5:39PM

    Congratulations on your 80 weeks!
Hope the anxiety subsides. I am prepared for a sleepless night tonight before women's group tomorrow. Dn't know why I get tense before something I really enjoy...

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BRAVELUTE 6/25/2014 3:45PM

    I think it's a real hard thing to figure out IF and WHAT is causing the inflammation. I DO know that when I crave cheese, milk, or orange juice, I don't allow myself to eat them unless I am looking for BIG TIME TROUBLE in my gut.

At other times, I can have a small amount once in a while, say one serving, once a week.

And my allergist said that the allergy tests for food are really designed for the life-threatening types of reactions, not the type where you gain a pound a day, from reaction to something. So I don't think the medical community has figured this out yet.

Perhaps we should be test cases?? Or else you could be the one to figure it out and help all the rest of us here on SP.

PS Congratulations on the 80 week maintenance. I seem to be maintaining a steady weight gain.

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With a twist

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

In anatomy class I learned that biceps flex and supinate, and here I've just been flexing as straight as I can this whole time! To supinate a biceps curl, you start with the dumbbells on either side of you like you're on parallel bars, and as you raise them you turn your hands so they wind up side by side like your gripping a chin up bar.

I'm also working my rhomboids more on my lat rows. I don't know if I could tell you what that involves, though. I think it's a little more subtle. I've just been tensing various muscles all week as I've been studying them. Being really careful not to get too crazy, though. Pushups are still just pushups.

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JUMPINJULIE 6/23/2014 9:24PM

    Great info thanks.

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AJDOVER1 6/19/2014 11:30AM

    interesting twist....

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NILLAPEPSI 6/18/2014 7:09AM

    Great info. Thank you!

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SUGAR0814 6/17/2014 11:57PM

    emoticon Thank you for the info!

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GLORIAMAJDI 6/17/2014 10:54PM

    I would love to learn more about our muscles and how to work them! Pretty awesome that you are studying them and learning all of this stuff!

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TEMPENATIVE 6/17/2014 6:32PM

    Thats really cool! emoticon

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Thoughts on breaks

Sunday, June 08, 2014

When I went back to school last fall, I decided I wouldn't study on Sundays. And it really seems to benefit my studies. Refraining from doing school work for the one day renews my motivation so I'm champing at the bit on Monday morning.

But today I realized how much I need a day off so I can think about my personal and spiritual life. These aspects of life require thought and creative energy the same as school does. I also like to cook things I may not usually take the time to cook during the week, which is kind of creative. It's a bonding exercise for the family.

I used to take break days from dieting. But that was back when I was losing weight, having a calorie deficit every day, And they got less and less. I think I always tracked, but ate as much as I wanted. Then I ate an extra 500 calories, and later 300. Then I did calorie cycling for a while, moving toward knowing how to eat a maintenance level. I've sometimes thought about going back to calorie cycling, but it's kind of taxing mentally.

So the question is, what kind of things are good to take a break from? I think as a "recovering compulsive eater" it's kind of dangerous for me to take a break from eating on point. If it were hard work, I might be renewed by a break, but eating the right amount is not hard work.

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CETANISTAWI 6/14/2014 3:40AM


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JUMPINJULIE 6/11/2014 4:44PM

    Maybe a day off from working out everyday. Sounds like your doing awesome though.

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AJDOVER1 6/9/2014 6:01PM

    It seems like much of my routines and habits lend themselves to daily adherence. I allow myself to have an occasional treat, but I can't see taking a day off from healthy eating any more than I'd skip a day of brushing my teeth. I haven't been on a regular school schedule in quite a while, so I don't have built-in breaks. Maybe it would help me to look at things differently....

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/9/2014 2:21PM

    This week I took a break from everything on Sunday. I cannot believe how renewed I feel today. Lesson learned! Thanks for putting this into perspective. I thought I was slacking, but I see the value.

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GLORIAMAJDI 6/9/2014 9:20AM

    I find that so much of this is now incorporated into my lifestyle that I find it hard to take a break from anything. But breaks are definitely valid and necessary. It is not just for the physical aspects but for mental aspects as well. The danger for me is liking the break too much and not starting it back! A day can turn into days, days into weeks. But you have been doing this a long time, I think that you can manage a break from time to time.

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NILLAPEPSI 6/9/2014 8:21AM

    I take an exercise break on Sundays.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/9/2014 1:20AM

    Mostly I just try to take a break when I know I'm planning on having a bigger meal (thanksgiving, ect) my otehr meals are just small, and then I allow myself to have a bigger meal for the planned one.

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SUGAR0814 6/8/2014 11:52PM

    Good for you!! emoticon I take a break from exercising on Sundays. Sometimes I find it hard to start back on Mondays, but I remind myself how great I feel afterwards. emoticon

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