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PMS and chocolate binge... any suggestions

Thursday, November 04, 2010

My day was going reasonably well until after I cleaned the entire house. I was home alone and chocolate was calling me. I usually only eat dark chocolate and only one square a week. PMS is a horrible thing. This is all new to me. I have never experienced this before the summer. I had a procedure called and ablation done and this was going to help eliminate all periods or at the very least make them bearable. Well it is quite the opposite for me I am a raging bitch, severely campy and as ravenous as they come for the week before the TOM. I had never been like this in my 29 years of experience so why now? How can I get through this? I am miserable and feel sick to my stomach. Just for the record I had 7 small bite size halloween chocolates. I will count them but it sure does burn my butt!! I have to really exercise to work off the extra junk today. emoticon

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WILD22 11/7/2010 1:23PM

    thank you for all your suggestions everyone. I am going for a long hike today with the dogs! I will be drinking my water and eating many small meals throughout the day. I would try the nutella but I hate the taste :( I will also try looking at it like "if I can just make it one hour" and go from there. I will also look into cutting out foods one at a time and see if any of them might be part of the problem. I do soak in our hot tub to try and relieve some of the cramping. It must be easier being a man, lol emoticon

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KELI-RHODES 11/4/2010 8:50PM

    Awwwww. :( I'm sorry you're feeling so down. :( I'm sending you a private msg too, but also, I have found I crave sweets like MAD (and I`m not a sweets person) at that TOM, and the more sugar I eat, the worse it is. If I do something - anything - to avoid getting it into my system the raging insanity that I become isn`t so bad. Neither are the cramps. I try to drink a ton of water, and eat very frequent small meals so I never feel hungry enough to justify snacking. (ie. snacking on chocolate) And even though I feel like ass, and am sore, I make myself workout. Or even walk, and then have a really hot shower and I feel a million times better!

Midol doesn`t hurt either! ;)

Feel better!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 11/4/2010 5:26PM

    I'm not sure I have any suggestions but I can relate to the raging bitch part of TOM. The Mr really hates that time because I'm unreasonable, unbearable and down right nasty.
The obvious question, "have you talked to your doctor about the new symptoms?" If not, do.

My physical symptoms stopped when I stopped eating a number of foods: dairy, soy, eggs, gluten, sugar and soda. I stopped eating those foods because my body can't process them but this side affect is fabulous.

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FLIGGACHICA 11/4/2010 4:10PM

    I working through my craving today, by just telling myself if I can make it through just one more hour with out it. Eventually the day will be over, right. If not, a protein bar works. I also am reading a really good book to get through this & trying to stay busy. I want to finish the book today & return to the library today, I'm on page 193 of 250. I also need to get my w6d2 of the c25k in. emoticon

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ZARAMUNI 11/4/2010 3:27PM

    Sometimes when i crave chocolate really badly have a teaspoon of nutella. It kills my chocolate cravings in its tracks. I'm not sure if it's very healthy though. Hang in there, you'll get through this trying time =)

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Well tonight I had every intention of writing a blog about my improvement in the idea of Thanksgiving dinner. I had two big dinners to go to this year for thanksgiving. Last night I went to my parents and over ate slightly and felt crappy. Tonight was at my in-laws. I ate everything I wanted in such moderation that I am pleased with myself. I acknowledged that there were a few poor choices last night. Instead of feeling guilty and then just giving up, I tried my best tonight to make some adjustments. Instead of standing in the kitchen and nibbling while drinking wine. I had two small glasses of wine and two snack sized desserts. I then realized what I was doing. I was starting to repeat the same mistake I make at every gathering. I think all these years I fooled myself into thinking that I was only having a small little tasting of all the pre-dinner snacks. Both our families have never put out a fruit plate or a veggie trap for appetizers. It is always chips, cookies, brownies etc. From today on I will bring my own veggie tray or fruit tray to the family functions. Something just clicked for me tonight. All of a sudden I feel better and stronger because of the realization that I am in charge of my own health. If there is not a healthy alternative I can always bring my own and enough for everyone else too.

Now onto my run OUTSIDE in the dark. I will have to start by admitting that I am frightened of the dark and always have been. I choice to run with my 6 month old puppy. He too is afraid of the dark. Murphy was great. He only pulled 3 or 4 times then he ran right beside me. I think we both just had to find our comfortable stride. I planned on running just a short distance because it was so dark but I never hit my stride yet so I had to continue. I ended up running 3km. woohoo!
My next run outside will be a little further but I will have to start out maybe at dusk. Yes that 's right I said next time. I do love it. There is a nature trail just up the road from me so I think I might try that. I will also have to figure something out for carrying a water bottle. I was so thirsty. My mouth felt like it was full of saw dust and I could hardly swallow. I tried chewing gum today hoping it would help the moisture issue. It did help a bit, but was far from desirable. I made it home to write about it so it was maybe not as bad a s I made it sound but I will have to work out the kinks as I go. As I said earlier Before I would have let this stop me from pursuing running outside or what ever exercise I needed to get out of. I have so many excuses. I could write a book about all my excuses because there were so many. My motto remains as, no more excuses! and I mean it. Tonight I learned something new. I can do whatever I put my mind to. I conquered the dinner table, the dark and running outside. I think that is enough for one day. Don't you?

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WINE4GIRL 10/29/2010 7:51PM

    How impressive! Good for you and the puppy! Isn't it fun to have those "Ah Ha!" moments?!?!? emoticon you do inspire me!

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CIVIAV 10/11/2010 12:45AM

    And what a Thanksgiving it was!

Good on you...

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KELI-RHODES 10/10/2010 11:29PM

    Go you for running after a turkey dinner!!! I don't think I could do that!

I too run in the dark, and am afraid of it as well. I WISH I had a dog, but we can't get one because of our hectic schedule. (SOmeday I will have a big doggie!) I find sticking to street lit roads makes me feel better, and busier roads! Happy running!

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True to myself

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Well today I have decided to be true to myself. I am going to start by saying that even though I have been tracking my nutrition and tracking my fitness, I have not been trying as hard as I can. I am making a pact with myself to try my very best every day. I f I make a bad decision it is just that, a bad decision. I will just pick myself up and keep going. This weekend I just completed W9D3. So why do I feel so bad. Well let me start by saying that over this weekend I have made more than one bad eating choices. Instead of stopping myself after the first wrong choice I figured oh well I have already blown it for today so what's the difference. I made even more bad decisions to day at a birthday party with tons of good, bad food. My stomach hurts tonight as a result.
On a positive note I did get lots of exercise this weekend. I completed my 3rd, 30 minute run. Although my pace isn't going to have me breaking any speed records I can say that I can run for 30m minutes. I am very happy to say that I had a very good run today.
I started off running a fast pace for me (4.9) and finished my run today at a pace of 4.4. Today was by far my personal best. I do however have a few complaints about this. I would love to run outside but my face gets so red that I am sure people would think that I was going to have a stroke. I sweat like a pig as well. Neither one of these I am comfortable with. I am hoping that the sweating will decrease as I get more used to running. Please someone tell me that this dream is an attainable one!!
I also face the fact that if I am seen running by the wrong person I will be in jeopardy of losing my career and everything else I have worked so hard for. You see I was injured at work almost 4 years ago. I am currently in negotiations of returning to work but on permanently modified hours and modified work. I do continue to have a tremendous amount of pain and have been disappointed to have to increase the amount of narcotics I am on, but I find running has given me the courage to push through the pain and try new things. I have a new found confidence, that everything I try I can do. It may not be right away. It may not be in the traditional way but come hell or high water, I will get it done.
So this blog started off by me expressing my want and need to be "true to myself". I think it has covered several different thoughts but the one constant is that I can do this. I am aware when I have lapses in good judgement. The big difference is that from this day forward just because I make one bad choice doesn't mean that I have a free [pass to ruin the hard work I have been doing. So in the future when I eat something that is loaded with sugar, carbs and or fat, I will not follow that up with oh well I already screwed up today I might as well eat all the bad things I can get my hands on. I am human and it is okay to make mistakes. I am, from this day forward going to learn from my mistakes. I will take with me the knowledge that I can do better.
I am not perfect! Anyone who believes that they are always right, have never taken the time to learn from their mistakes.

It's funny I do feel better and I think that I will sleep better now that I have gotten all that off my chest. I will have to blog more often.

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KNISLEY96 9/27/2010 9:17AM

    You are awesome! I have found that recognizing what the "bad decisions" are is a huge first step towards not making them, at least not making them as often until you are not making them at all.

My suggestion for the running outside is to try and find a running/walking trail or a high school track to run on. I started out on our high school track. I was usually the only one there, so I didn't have to worry about people watching me. If you are able to discover a place that is fairly secluded, you may not have to worry so much about who is going to see you. Just remember to always have cell phone with you when you are running outside by yourself. Safety first!! Keep up the good work!!


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Frustrated with meeting nutrition levels

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I am so frustrated!!! I have increased my exercise amounts and intensity . Now I am finding it very difficult to reach my nutritional levels. I know that I need to do this but I was just getting good at meeting the levels after 4 months of practice. Now with increasing exercise I am back to where I was, not eating enough. I have read and re-read some articles on why I need to eat more but I am finding it very difficult. My family is being very supportive and trying to help out as best as they can. I have been doing most of the cooking so I am giving a great deal of thought into dietary needs. Oh how I wish I had a personal chef and a personal trainer....

Now to end my rant on a positive note I ran tonight for 30 minutes!!! Although I need to speed up a little I think I am doing very well. Only 2 more runs until I graduate from my 9 week program. I will continue to run to increase my time as well as my distance. I have discovered that I am really, really enjoying my runs. I have to run on the treadmill because of nosy people watching my every move and attempting to get pictures of me (and not in a good way). I have made a commitment to run in the St Patrick's Day 5k in Toronto with my friend and have told family that I am going to do it. I have lots of time to practice and decrease my time. I do realize that it is somewhat harder to run outside because of the propulsion of the machine. I can't wait to do this run. March can't come soon enough. Crazy but true.

Tonight I am truly proud of myself but still a bit frustrated!

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KNISLEY96 9/22/2010 2:25PM

    Good for you! I finished C25K a few weeks ago, but I'm still not up to a 5K yet. I'm just proud to be running for 30 minutes! I ran in a 2 mile fun run on Saturday, and finished in 22 minutes....a personal best! Keep up the good work!

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What a perfect day

Monday, July 19, 2010

My day started off pretty slow. I got up and ate with the kids. I tried very hard to keep my eye on the clock to let the puppy outside to do his thing. The kids wanted to help let the dog out with me. I thought that after 14 weeks old the puppy would be able to go outside practically on command, so I let the kids have more responsibility with the puppy. Well that didn't work out very well for me because the kids didn't watch him when they take him out. They would go and play on the swing set instead of making sure he peed. They would come back to let me know that the dog can go back in the house. Both times I let the kids take the dog out he came in and within 20 minutes he peed on the floor. I made lunch and ate with the kids. I was frustrated by this morning's events. So, instead of eating I decided to go downstairs and do my boot camp video. I felt so good after the video I decided to do my W2D1 of C25K. I ran following W3D1 and felt fantastic like I just had my but kicked.In a good way not like I thought I needed to quit. I came up from downstairs and went to figure out my how far I ran today and realized I made the mistake I made with the running times. Even though I did well and felt good running today I will be doing W2D3 and continue out the week. I have decided that I feel better when I am more active. I am ready to make this my new lifestyle. I also met all goals doing the nutrition tracker feedback. I felt even more energized so I started weeding some flower beds and trimming my shrubs. I did some before dinner and some more after dinner. In total I worked on some of my gardens for 2 hours. If we have good weather I would like to finish the rest of the gardens tomorrow. That will probably be at least 2 hours work again. I love working in my gardens and getting my fingers (gloved of course) in the dirt. So all around it wasn't a perfect day but this was the closest I will come. Today many goals were met. I came out on top and know I have more confidence in reaching my final goal of maintaining. emoticon emoticon

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JSCHARF 7/19/2010 10:15PM

    Good for you! emoticon

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