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Blessed to Be Me

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I was just thinking about people who are short. And thinking about people who are physically unable to do much exercise. And thinking about people with thyroid and similar issues. All of these people are still suppose to eat 1200 calories a day? I bet if they take one bite not on their program they are either going to go over their calorie range or not meet their nutritional needs. That has to be hard-hard-hard. I am blessed to be 5'6" (or a hair under) and very blessed to have the health to run and workout hard!! I get to eat 1510-1860 calories. And I lose just a little bit-- suppose to lose half a pound a month per SP -- when I stick to that amount.

And then I think about tall people. And people with fast metabolisms. And athletes who need big muscles. And I wonder how the heck they can eat enough and not get too much sodium. I struggle to keep my sodium down to 2300 mg per day, and I know 1500 mg would be better at my age. I find I can't eat much bread or butter/margaine and have to watch the cheese and cottage cheese and delicious convenient low calorie deli meats and, of course, restaurant meals and processed foods. Boca burgers and peanut butter are good, but sources of sodium. My 3 servings of milk per day uses up a significant portion of my sodium allotment. I use olive oil and vinegar to keep from getting the sodium in the salad dressings. And trying to make soup or spaghetti sauce or vegetables taste good without much salt is dificult. It is one reason I tend to eat too much fruit (more than 4 servings per day) because it is so low in sodium, not to mention delicious. So I feel for those who need to eat a lot of calories, especially if they already have high blood pressure.

So today I am being thankful that I am me; thankful that I don't have to be hungry when I eat healthy; thankful that when I am careful I can meet all my nutritional goals.
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PEGGYANNSCH 2/18/2013 7:28PM

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WATERMELLEN 2/18/2013 10:59AM

    Learning to manage the metabolism (and the personality, and the hair texture, and the situation) that we have: yup, that's the wisdom that comes with a few decades, I'm thinking!

We are blessed to have you, Marsha. You make me think and reflect, and I'm grateful for that.

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MAGGIE101857 2/18/2013 7:47AM

    Both you and Barb hit the nail on the head - we have to work with what we were given - in my case "hearty Irish stock" and find the right balance, which seems to change as much as we do!!!

Happy Monday!!!

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-AMANDA79- 2/17/2013 12:21PM

    Great blog. I've been thinking about these things more and more lately. To appreciate my strengths.

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STRIVER57 2/17/2013 8:44AM

    i'm 5'0 ... but these days i like my body anyway. great attitude!

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DSSECRETS 2/17/2013 7:57AM

    Yesterday we took our granddaughter to the Gasparilla kids race. At 6, her group did 1/8th of a mile, and she ran the whole way. We were so proud. Waiting in line for the face painting, we watched the older kids run their races. The oldest kids competing yesterday (9 and 10 year olds) began their 1 mile race. Then I noticed one of the kids competing was on crutches - not from an injury. It looked like a permanent situation. It was so inspiring to see that he wasn't going to let any physical limitations stop him. Many of the parents that were still there lined up at the finish line to see this little boy complete his race and when he crossed the finish line everyone clapped and cheered...and many were crying. It made me count my blessings and reminded me that while I may have physical issues, letting them stop me from reaching my goals is only in my mind.

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COCK-ROBIN 2/17/2013 12:11AM

    And you are a blessing, and blessed.

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COCK-ROBIN 2/17/2013 12:11AM

    And you are a blessing, and blessed.

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FREELADY 2/16/2013 10:28PM

    Thank you for sparking me to an attitude of gratitude today!

I love the specifics you discuss; so helpful to get down to details in appreciating our situations and our blessings!

I do enjoy your blogs....keep up the GREAT work!!

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CELIAMINER 2/16/2013 9:53PM

    5'6" here, too. I don't eat out much. DH & I prefer our own cooking so we can control fat and sodium. I loved your blog of gratitude. I'll add that I am thankful I have the means to buy quality organic food, and I feel for those who cannot buy good food.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/16/2013 9:19PM

    I make my own salad dressing too. I use two tablespoons of orange juice and 2 teaspoons of canola oil. Then I add spices to the mixture, shake and pour onto my salad. Yummy!

I'm hypothyroid and you are correct, it is hard to lose weight but you can do it if you stick with it. I have to exercise like a fiend to trigger my metabolism and if I don't exercise, sigh, I will gain. There are just so many things that I don't even put on my plate any more. I eat quantity when it comes to salad and my doctor told me to eat more protein - especially when I do a vigorous workout. I also try to change things up to keep my body from getting used to one exercise or one target calorie number. It has worked so far although very slowly.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/16/2013 7:34PM

    Another 5'6" here. I also struggle to keep the sodium in range. It's everywhere, in everything.

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MEADSBAY 2/16/2013 4:48PM

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat attitude!
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BOOKAPHILE 2/16/2013 3:33PM

    Thanks for the reminder. I'm also grateful that I can be satisfied with the amount of food I can eat while losing, and that I will be able to have some more calories in a few months when I reach maintenance. I'm not a runner, but I'm glad to be able to move freely and do what I need to do without the pain or shortness of breath as previously.

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GABY1948 2/16/2013 3:06PM

    What a great blog for me to read today! Great perspective on things, Marsha! And I also, no matter what, am thankful that I am me! Have a GREAT weekend! emoticon

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 2/16/2013 2:50PM

    I only get 1200 calories a day. You learn to choose your food wisely.

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_LINDA 2/16/2013 1:27PM

    emoticon Fabulous perspective and attitude!
I too, am 5' 6", although I have lost some with age as we all do, but mine was sped up by the RA. I am thankful to be exercising the way I can so that my calorie range is up to 2100 and I need every bit of that to keep up my energy. Sodium is not a problem for me at all, rarely go over it as I don't eat processed, rarely go out to eat and the main part of my diet is simply lots of fresh or frozen freggies. I do have cottage cheese, but no milk, and some cheese so I do get sodium, but never enough to go over the recommended. I have never used salt in my food as from day one I was told its bad for my RA. Instead, I load up on gourmet fresh ground peppercorns. Interestingly, I have trouble with my blood pressure being too low, same as Mexgal, and I sometimes think this is why I get cravings for salty snacks like chips. I must be doing something right as I am able to fight back against my disease and the constant trouble it gives me like pain, lack of sleep and extreme fatigue (but once I start exercising, the fatigue disappears temporarily as the endorphins kick in) I always feel better moving so I love my exercise and lots of it :)
Here is to enjoying the best that we can be with the bodies given us!
Have a Super Sparking Saturday!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/16/2013 1:27PM

    Do your own cooking and sodium is no problem, especially when you eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies. I stay under 1500 easily on 1600 - 2000 calories. Of course, I eat no canned food and few processed foods. I am salt sensitive and at one point, I stayed under 1000. You do have to mostly eat at home, but I don't like most fast foods, so that's not a problem for me.

Once your taste buds adjust, you don't need to salt veggies and most restaurant foods will taste salty. It's like your sugar withdrawal experiment.

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MEXGAL1 2/16/2013 12:21PM

    I too am thankful that I don't have a blood presure problem and can have salt. I love salt so I was happy when a doctor told me with my low blood presure and dehydration weird thing that I should have salt.
so woo hoo!
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/16/2013 12:17PM

    All things considered, since we can't change who we are or what bodies we've been issued, that's a great attitude: grateful to be exactly who we are and have exactly the challenges and blessings we have been dealt!

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