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I'm a weeble!

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Remember those toys: “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down”. Well, that’s me. I’ve been a weeble for the past few months, wobbling but not actually falling down. I was trying to think this morning what changed, and the only thing I could think of was that we got rid of the TV/cable. Well, that’s counter-intuitive to me; you would think I would be more active.

Wrong.

I realize now that most of my bad guys are traps that I’ve created myself. For example:
* The computer – spend much too much time on it, and we now watch tv shows on the computer, watch lots of you tube, etc.
* Seating – whether it’s a chair, the sofa, whatever. Sitting for more than 30 minutes at a time means not moving!
* Liquid calories – For some reason, I’ve fallen into drinking juice instead of eating fruit with lunch, or doing both which I’ve learned is WAY TOO MUCH SUGAR for me. Other calories I drink are a protein shake after I exercise, but this is experimental at this point. I’m trying to find a way to steady my glucose levels so that I’m not zonking out after going to the gym. Ok as long as I don’t forget those calories! So, anyway, back to my “no liquid calories” rule in 2013 (except for the protein shake).

The way I’ll battle my bad guys? The usual, which boils down to “do good for myself”. Drink more water, more often. Do small bursts of exercise. Brush and floss my teeth (discourages additional eating). Plan ahead and eat healthy meals and snacks. Attend to my living space.

Counter the sitting at work: Get up and walk around the floor. Go downstairs or upstairs to go to the washroom. Stand instead of sit when I’m reading documents. (Explore having a “standing” station). Sitting on my ergo “kneeling chair” at work for some of the time. Stealth exercises when I go to the washroom, at the copier.

Counter sitting at home: Sit on my ball when at my home desk. Stealth exercises when I go to the washroom. Walking to pick up the mail. Walking to the grocery store, the library, the drugstore.

Unresolved issues: Mostly my medication, which was changed and is causing me even more pain in the ankles and heels, and now hip and pelvis. Will be speaking to the onco this week about trying something else.

So those are my quick thoughts this morning. I hope to be back to Sparking more often in 2013, and wish everyone all the best for the New Year!
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JUSTYNA7 1/11/2013 10:23AM

    Love the title. La la la la but they don't fall down... Ah... memories. You have to admit they were cute. YOU are cute. OK, to work.

Great blog and great plan. Saying it outloud is the start.

First thing that came to mind is the stabilizing of glucose. Mmm. I have had a couple of lows lately and a fellow member recommended "Extend" bars which have been designed for diabetics. I found mine at Loblaws in the diabetic section. Not cheap. I think they go on sale sometimes. May not work with your food sensitivities. 5 g fibre; 11 g protein; 150 cal, They end up only having 1 net carb which is pretty impressive. They claim to be able to stabilize your blood sugars for up to 9 hours!
Ingrediants for this package include: soy protein isolate, cornstarch, arabinogalactane, milk protein isolate. I have no idea what these all mean.... but those are claimed to be the medicinal ingredients. Then there is malitol, peanut butter, chocolate, sucralose as the main other ingredients. Other flavours would vary. I am curious about what makes this bar "last". Sugars and starches of course digest quickly... fiber helps slow down digestion... protein takes longer to digest... and fats take the longest. I'm told on the website the bars are meant to help fats NOT be stored and in the process they reduce hunger and therefore assist with weight loss. Lots of big claims for this expensive little "snack". I am trying them before bed but may use one before exercise as that is when I'm tending to get my low. I am all for protein shakes to help the metabolism rev up but I need the fiber too so it doesn't happen too quickly. Juice for me is not just about the calories but the sugar spike then low that follows it. You know a lot about food so I'm just sharing my thoughts to see what triggers with you.

Moving is great especially to break up not moving. I find when I'm in pain I just want to stay still. So pain management is important and also seeing a benefit towards the pain when you are moving. If the moving makes me feel better then I am more likely to do it. I think I move enough between errands and cleaning here that USUSALLY it is not a problem. In fact I have sort of rolled my eyes at the whole "fitbit" craze on one of my teams. They have finally set up a thread for it as I was getting annoyed that that was all anyone was talking about..... but it does give you feedback for how much you are moving. For some people they seem like a really good reminder. Personally I would leave mine off, on the dresser, or drop it in water.... but it might be a thought.

So much right now is about mindfulness. Being aware of what we are doing or eating at any one time, I am starting an elimination diet Monday with a few foods and am wondering how NOT drinking coffee in the morning is going to affect me. I have been grumpy this morning already just thinking about it, lol. My next guest has a lot of food issues and I'll be doing all the food for the week. Her boyfriend is doing an elimination diet for the week so I figured the timing is good for me too. Jennifer has agreed to do ti too!!!! I'm hoping to figure out what causes my skin to be dry and maybe find something that helps the pounds slip away. Hahaha... reminds me of something I read... let me see if I can find it...



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KELPIE57 1/11/2013 9:37AM

    Glad to see you back, and I'm sure that you'll work out the right way for you!

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KASEYCOFF 1/6/2013 2:42AM

    All of which goes to prove there's never an easy answer - if only there was one thing we could change that would do the trick--! But it always seems to be a mix of several things. I guess the good part of that is we don't have to do a major overhaul on one aspect of our lives. Instead, we can take little steps, chipping away here and there until we find a mix that works.

Keeps us busy, ain't, lol...
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