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A Hidden Blessing?

Sunday, October 07, 2012

This week, I joined the Overeaters Anonymous team on SP. (Does that make me not anonymous?) I have never properly dealt with my emotional issues surrounding food. This is modeled after the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, so the first step is to take a fearless inventory and admit that I am powerless over this. I did that earlier this week and have been thinking about what it means to be "abstinent" in terms of food. One cannot go without all food after all.

Subject to change, I think abstinence will mean different things to me depending on a given situation. Thursday, it meant walking past the chocolate cake. Success. Friday, it meant not eating the less-than-the-best food choices my friend offered to share with me. Partial success.

Since learning that my LDL ("bad" cholesterol) is slightly higher than it should be, I have determined that I will really work on losing this tonnage. I am closely watching sodium (and I blew it today even without having a diet soda!) and I am cutting way back on animal protein and cheese for the next couple of weeks just to see what happens. I love cheese and I am having a caffeine shortage headache to boot! Coffee and tea do not take the edge off in the same way a soda does.

In my mind, the OA thought process and the LDL discovery dovetail nicely. The LDL number is like a kick in the rear. I walked today for over 30 minutes. I walked to the local Home Depot to pay my bill. It took me 14 minutes to walk there and and 14 back, even though I walked faster on the way back. That meant I needed to do a little more walking to get to my 30 minute minimum. I ended up walking 36 minutes. My lower back was sure sore and the last bit was really a challenge. Walking is not always this hard. Blame it on the weight. That step, distance and time total did not include the grocery shopping in the morning. The step count is not what I want, but I obviously need to work back up to 10K on a daily basis. I have to because I don't want to cut my life short nor do I want to lose any more abilities just because I am not taking care of this body of mine!

Thank you, SP family, for your support. It has been a rough journey for a while now!
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TEENY_BIKINI 10/13/2012 6:45PM

    That's great. I've heard great things about OA. Rock it!

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DEBBYNATION 10/8/2012 8:15PM

    U CAN DO IT! I KNOW U CAN!

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WONDEROONA 10/7/2012 11:19PM

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CMRAND54 10/7/2012 8:32PM

    It sounds like you are back on track. I know you can do it!

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ANNE1123 10/7/2012 12:52PM

    I think it's really brave of you to take the step of joining an OA group. It will give you resources and perspectives that you didn't have. You will get a lot out of it and I wish you the best. Have a good week, Anne

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ANDASI 10/7/2012 7:45AM

    I agree with Linda walking on grass is much much easier on the body. I myself walk at the nearest park on grass.

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ANDASI 10/7/2012 7:43AM

    Exercise is so great for the mental, emotional, and spiritual well being especialy walking it is meditative and stress releasing. It also uses up a good chunk of the day where we might be doing something less healthy in place of walking.

I adore walking especialy in the fall with the coolere weather it energizes me and propells me ot keep walking further and faster. The one thing i have found to be crucial fro my walking is a great pair of shoes the better my shoes are the better my walk feels.

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_LINDA 10/7/2012 1:27AM

    Maybe its time to gt that pedometer on. I wish you didn't have to walk on cement though. That is tough and gets my pain flared up every time. I am struggling with my back too, and that is the pain that keeps waking me out of my sleep. I think if my hip gets replaced that pain will vanish like it did before. But the bottom line is I can walk father and a whole lot easier on soft grassy or dirt trails, not to mention the peace and tranquility of getting close to nature. far better then a noisy, polluted city. Can you walk in some nice park areas? It would be far more pleasent..
Wishing you all the best with this new team and focus. I am sure you will get all the fabulous support you need..
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LADYPIXEL 10/7/2012 1:05AM

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One of the best things about a 12-step program is the support. It's the same here as it is in any other group... the support's phenomenal. You will do well, I just know it! :)

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