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My big ideas

Sunday, January 06, 2013

I've been taking pictures of my food in addition to tracking it. Call me a slow learner; I had no idea it would keep me so much more accountable! The extra handful of popcorn or piece of chocolate or whatever I eat at night without tracking because I don't feel like it adds 150 calories to some of my days.
I can now stop misplacing blame on my body for not cooperating with my half hearted attempts at weight loss, and instead, maybe I'll actually lose more than 5 pounds this year. Not that keeping 35 off isn't a huge accomplishment for me, but I have 30 more pounds to lose and it would be more helpful if it took less than 6 years.
A number of very kind friends have been asking how things in general are going, so for those interested...
My Smartest Ideas of 2012:
1) Moving to the city from the island. My bff/housemate is wonderful and easy to live with. I have access to everything without a car. I ride my bike everywhere. If I don't feel like riding in the rain, I can hop on Seattle's great public transportation system. I love not feeling so trapped and isolated on the island. I'm actually having quality time with my sister on the island this weekend. It's a beautiful place to visit and then leave.
2) High Impact Interval Training. How about being Arthritic, Asthmatic, Chronically Depressed, Overweight, and Doing It Anyway! The 3 years it took to build up to it and figure out what modifications work best for my body was all worth the time and effort.
3) Decreasing my wheat consumption. I'm pretty sure I'm allergic to it, because it flares up my arthritis and asthma too much. I'll build up to eliminating it entirely.
My Big Ideas for 2013:
1) Staying off anti depressants. It's been over a year since I quit taking them. I can't say it's been easy. Almost every day, I question if it's time to start them back up. PTSD can be debilitating when you least expect it and I never know quite how it's going to impact me, but as long as I remember it's temporary and that I'm not a Bad Person, I seem to get through it. It also helps to think of kittens. I'm partly being a smart ass, but seriously, I can't remind myself enough that I've spent several years and thousands of dollars in therapy already, where I've already done the hard and serious work, so it's ok to lighten up a bit. Now that I live closer to more people and more sources for FUN, it's easier to get me and my bad mood out of the house. Antidepressants will always be an option, but for now I'd rather see if I can get used to asking for other support first, which is going well so far.
2) Physical relaxation. I'm giving myself until Jan. 31st to come up with a plan to counter the intensity of my workouts with a source of relaxation for my body at least twice a week.
3) Less sugar. I've cut waaaaay down, but I give myself treats more often than I should.
4) Revisiting my motivations for improving my eating habits once a week.
Thanks for reading if you've gotten this far. I hope you're all having a great start to your new year!
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    Sounds like you're doing well. I'm trying to cut down my wheat consumption too. I'm sure we eat too much of it.

    Your plans for 2013 are great!

    1564 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    Great job kid
    1568 days ago
  • BREW99
    emoticon True motivation!
    1569 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Sharon, you have some really good things to say. Things you'e learned and plans to try out to see if they 'fit' you. I'm happy for you that you haven't had to go back on antidepressants but are open to the idea if it comes to that.

    Great idea to plan relaxation to counter the HIIT. And speaking of that, I'm in awe that you do HIIT. emoticon

    1569 days ago
  • NEWNAC304
    I never thought of taking pictures of my food. It sounds like it's working for you.
    1569 days ago
    This sounds great!

    As for relaxation, I can't remember if you do yoga, etc., but have you tried tai chi? Or qi gong? SP had a qi gong video the other day that looked fantastic. I might try it tonight.

    A massage is another good option! Sauna? All of the above?
    1569 days ago
    Taking pictures does really work :-)
    You did have some fab ideas in 2012 and 2013 looks like it's going to be awesome!!
    1570 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    I too find it is those "sneaky" little bites that add up to a lot more than we think! I think you are onto something with the wheat-I noticed a big difference when I went off it with this diet I am following and now that I have eased up some I can feel a difference in how I feel. I keep reading that over the past 20-30 years they have changed our wheat so much and that is what is making such a difference. I want to try to eliminate it as much as possible too. Do you find if you go without the sugar that you have withdrawals? The 1st 2 weeks on my diet I had horrible withdrawals-it was as bad or worse than when I gave up soda! I have cheated some the past week or so so now I guess I will have a mini withdrawal as I get back on track. After being sick, nothing tasted right and I was trying to get anything that tasted good! Not a good reason!!!!
    Good luck as we venture forth into the new year-we can do anything we set our mind too!
    1570 days ago
    Wow, these are fabulous! Good for you for such great decisions.
    1570 days ago
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