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New Mindset

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Wow! Last week was like a nightmare that I couldn't seem to wake up from. I am feeling better now and I wondering if I was not getting enough of some nutrients. I am doing a 5k program that is a bit more intense than I normally run and I had cut back on the whole wheat bread I normally ate.

So, I started to add more grains in the meals I prepared and now I feel better. I have not been tracking my food, but I think I better get back to it. I am going to use this program called Diet Power - it is one I can use offline and it tracks the micronutrients as well as the macronutrients and offers advice on what to eat if I am lacking in one, plus it takes into account the exercise I eat over time and advises how many calories I should be eating on a day by day basis.

Arby's has a billboard that says "Good Mood Food Ahead" - not that I'd agree that Arby's is a healthy or even good choice (we knew someone who worked at a meat packing plant and said that the "meat" used was the undesirable stuff - whether or not that is true, I don't know but I do know that I have often felt sick after eating there) Back to my blog - I think there is a connection between what we eat and how we feel.

Here is something I experienced one time, I got into an argument with one of my daughters and it left in a bad mood, I was angry and I could not shake it. Then I went to get my sister for our weekly walk and I was in such a bad mood that I suggested before we started our walk I "needed" to get some chocolate. So, we went to the store that had the good stuff, you know like $17.00 per pound. I bought 2 pieces, ate them and actually felt something in my brain and guess what?! Instant mood change.

Coincidence? I don't know. But to me, it is a testimony that the foods we eat can make a difference in how we feel.

  
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KELLEEH 9/6/2011 9:33PM

    I completely agree that food can affect your mood! I say we should use that fact to our advantage!

I'm glad you're feeling better now.

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WITCHYWOMAN45 9/6/2011 4:38PM

  It's been known since Roman times that wheat produces a euphoric effect similar to narcotics. I suspect your chocolate incident has the same path....all three (wheat, narcotics and chocolate) stimulate the pleasure center of our brains causing the change in mood by increasing endorphin release and other brain chemical changes.
The reverse is true also, taking an item out of our diet can help stop or lessen mood swings. For me, taking wheat and gluten out of my diet entirely leveled out my moods trememdously. The moods weren't the reason I eliminated those items, allergy and intolerace was, but the resulting side effect of being in a more stable state mentally was welcomed.

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LIV2RIDE 9/6/2011 11:24AM

    I found that when I eat a lot of bread and pasta (even whole grain) I feel fluffy and bloated. But when the whole grains I eat are brown rice, quinoa and the like I don't feel as off. I've now started limiting my bread a lot.

I read Dr. Neal Barnard's book Breaking the Food Seduction. He has a whole section on the addictive qualities of chocolate.

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I love it when....

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Just got back from my morning run and I enjoying the fact that I jogged about 1 mile without thinking my legs hurt, my hands are numb, my shoulders are tight, I can hardly breathe etc.

I love it when I just sort of zone out and then when I come back to reality I realize how far I went.

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KELLEEH 9/4/2011 11:35AM

    That's awesome!

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SWAN47 9/3/2011 11:15AM

    emoticon That's a great feeling. Have a wonderful weekend full of healthy food, exercise and fun... emoticon

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SUETEA 9/3/2011 11:15AM

    Yeah! Well done you! I just love it when that happens - just doesn't happen enough does it!
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OMG!!!! I lost 10 pounds

Friday, September 02, 2011

I just reviewed my page and came to realize that I actually lost 10 pounds since I started with Spark People back in April.

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BARBAELLEN 9/4/2011 8:11PM

    Do I ever understand how exciting that is!!! Looks like we both joined SP on the same day and are realizing the same rate of return on our efforts! Only difference is, I've got to do it all over again to be where you are! Congratulations!
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SUNNYH99 9/3/2011 8:18PM

    Good for you! I just saw this and I'm very happy for you! That's significant and worthy of a emoticon!!!
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LETYAK 9/3/2011 12:13PM

    awesome job!! congrats!!

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KELLEEH 9/3/2011 12:03PM

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Congratulations!

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TOASTIE 9/2/2011 10:56AM

    way to go!

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I think I'm liking this plant-based diet

Friday, September 02, 2011

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Weight this morning is: 125.0 pounds I had listed 125 pounds as my goal weight because I am maintaining my weight and I went below the original number and because I have the ticker on my page I kept getting an error message, so I listed 125 so I would not drop below it. But, today I actually reached it and I was not really trying to reach it.

I have reached this twice in my adult life and it feels good to me. I attribute this to my not eating as many processed foods. In August, I went on a no candy bar challenge, I ate some candy a couple of times, but noticed that when I managed to get by without eating any for a week, my running improved.

I started focusing more on eating foods as close to the natural state as possible following principles I learned from reading Joel Fuhrman and John McDougall's books. I started to add more potatoes to my diet and found that I am actually craving sweets a lot less now.

My hubby made some chocolate covered walnuts the other day and I took a small bite - months ago I would have had a hard time stopping, but I did not really like the chocolate that was on them. Wow! Me not liking chocolate!!!

I am definitely learning that the more I change my diet and lifestyle, the more I benefit. I remember back when I started my weight loss journey and dropped the first 15 pounds, my husband commented on how much lighter I seemed on my feet as I walked. Now, I am able to run a 5k without stopping to walk if I put my mind to it. I am running a longer distance than I was a year ago.

Yeah, me, a runner. I was on the high school track team and I couldn't run fast enough to compete so I went to throwing the discus instead. I always hated running, now when I get frustrated, I like to go and run off some of the negativity.

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Please, feel free to comment on my blog and tell me how the change in your lifestyle has benefited you.

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JBROOKS 9/21/2011 7:52AM

  I am on day 3 of McDougall's 12-day program and I like it too! I get a little panicky when I get hungry, afraid I won't have anything to eat, but then I look at the various menu options he has listed and I have lots of leftovers. I'll be okay! You'll be okay! keep up the good work!

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LIV2RIDE 9/2/2011 9:50AM

    emoticon I know that I for one feel so much better being plant based. I have found that I'm craving sweets a lot less these days. It could be because I can't get enough fruit this summer. I'm so glad eating plant based is working out for you. I've always thought it was all about education. The more you know the more you want to improve what you put into your body. The better you feel the more you want to continue with it. The more improvement you see in your fitness level and health the more it motivates you to continue. Good for you!

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Shadow Runs

Monday, August 29, 2011

I am on week 3 of 30 Day Fastest 5k training plan and today was shadow runs. This is where I picked a starting place and then ran for a 5 minutes and then rested and then turned around and ran back to the starting point. The goal was during each of the run segments to get back to where I started before the 5 minutes was up as if I was racing my shadow.

I enjoyed this run and my average speed during the runs ranges from 6.0 to 6.6, which was great since I misjudged how far I thought I could run when I picked my starting point and ended up going down this hill, which meant that when I turned around I had to run up the hill.

This particular hill had taken me over a year to run up without stopping, but I decided to go for it and much to my surprise, I found that not only was I able to run up the hill but I was able to adjust my pace and keep on going once I got to the top. In the past, whenver I made it up the hill I had to stop and catch my breath before I could continue.

The shadow beat me on the uphill runs, but only by 15 seconds. On the fifth run, I was tired but instead of wanting to quit and walk, I thought I want the full time to rest and so I ran hard to get to the finish spot by the time the 5 minutes were up. I cannot recall if I actually made it or not, if not then it was only by a few seconds.

I am finally seeing some improvements in my running!!

  
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KELLEEH 8/30/2011 7:51PM

    Way to go on conquering that hill! Good for you! I need to get a few more 5k runs in, and then maybe I'll take at look at the fastest 5k training plan. Sounds like fun!

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