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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Thank you everyone for the well wishes and welcomes for Ben as we are reshaping our family with him as a member now! I really appreciate it!

I started out writing this blog and it took a turn which, while not bad, seems to be happening a lot lately and I decided to save that for another time. If you guessed that it veered off into ‘shelter volunteering’ land, you’d be right! Let’s see if I can do a blog that doesn’t revolve around that or our furbabies LOL

I’ve been doing relatively well! I’ve been here and there. Keeping up on some of my Spark teams, not on others. I let some go, and have settled comfortably into the ones I’m still on. The end of BLC was a ~huge~ relief – it literally felt like a ton of stress was lifted from me after I posted my final weigh in and left the team.

I’ve been more mindful about what I’m eating. Meat and veg. Eggs and veg. Veg and veg LOL It’s working for me. I’ve also kept up with my full-fat greek yogurt and berries and hemp seeds for breakfast, and just this morning had a baked apple and peach with some honey greek yogurt. Delish!
When I’m on a meat and veg kick, I feel better and function better. I make sure I get a sweet potato in if not every day, then every-other. I have not kicked my Dove Dark Chocolate Promise habit, and that’s alright. One or two squares is usually enough if I’m not dealing with TOM – at that point, most bets are off! If I can get past that point, I can settle back into a yummy eating habit again and lose bits and pieces of pounds that eventually add up - or subtract down? Either way!
Suz mentioned in her blog that her tummy has shrunk – as in, she cannot eat the same capacity of food that she could in the past. That’s is fabulous and something to celebrate!
I’ve noticed that my “I’m full” trigger can easily be overridden, which is not fabulous. I can reach a point in eating where I know I’m satisfied and I’ve had enough, but.. but my mouth and mind override that ‘full’ sensation and I keep eating. It’s a literal over-eating. I suppose awareness of the situation helps, but actually heeding that feeling and stopping is a much better solution.

I don’t literally over-eat all the time. It’s usually when I’m being ‘bad’ and eating something I ordinarily would not. Pizza and sub sandwiches with chips come to mind as foods that I will over-eat. Even after the food has been chewed, the actual volume of food that I’m swallowing is astounding when I think about it and I can only imagine what happens to my poor stomach, stretching the accommodate that much stuff.

My fitness of late has consisted of walking dogs, our own or the kennel kids, and little else. I’ve got a Half coming up in 33 days and I’m at the same point as I was last year – not prepared but still going through with it. I swear, if I or one of you could figure out what happens to motivation and come up with a fix for lack thereof, we’d be rich!
I am looking forward to the Half simply because my wunnerful friend GetFit2Live will be in town for it as well! It’ll be good to see Denise and her hubby again, and hopefully share a meal with them and others in the Portland area before the Half. I need to send out an email to that team to see who’s going to be there.
So that’s where I am right now, which is much better than where I was at the beginning of the month. Mostly. I think. I feel pretty good at least. We’ll see how I finish out the month.
Oh. Para asked about the recent Pet First Aid class I took recently (not veering into my shelter world totally, promise).
If you have a vet clinic or Red Cross locally who offers a Pet First Aid class I highly recommend taking it! Our class was free and it was a brief hour and a half. The lady who taught the class has been doing so for many years and was great at explaining the various types of situations we might find ourselves facing – cuts, broken bones, dehydration, seizures, strays, poisoning, etc. It’s knowledge that is valuable to have and will hopefully “go to waste” and we won’t ever need it.
We took this class as part of my training for emergency sheltering preparedness through our organization (or, so I’m veering a little bit more). In short, when I’m certified, I can be called up on and deployed by FEMA to disaster areas (think the tornado in Joplin, or even Hurricane Sandy more recently) to assist in the care and sheltering of rescued animals. I know I’ve said this before, but it certainly feels like I’ve found my purpose in life. I cannot save every animal – and there will always be animals that need saving – but I can positively impact the lives of those animals I come in contact with.
Enough on that. It makes my happy, breaks my heart, and gives me yet another reason to take better care of myself. Keep on keepin’ on, right?
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    My dear sweet sparkfriend, YOU ROCK!! emoticon I am so glad to hear you are enjoying your veggies. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon m

    AND You are still running!! emoticon You amaze me! Keep it up.

    P.s. I feel better tooo when I limit my carbs. Just sayin. hugs. Tricia
    1736 days ago
    It sounds like you're certainly finding your way! I can hear that pep again. I'm more than happy to hear all about the shelter and your work.

    Pet first aid sounds like a great idea!

    Good luck with your half! Sounds like you'll be in good company. It's wonderful that you've been able to connect with some of your SP friends like that. Keep on rocking!
    1737 days ago
    I hear some pep in your words.
    1742 days ago
    My "I'm full" trigger is plastic and snaps off rather easily depending on how yummy the foods are that I'm partaking at any given moment. I'm working on that.

    I've never thought about a pet first aid class. That might be handy. I'm going to look into that.

    I love knowing you are making the world a better place for our furry friends. I'm proud of you!

    1742 days ago
  • GAYLEP67
    I can so relate to the overriding of the "I'm full" trigger! I read once that you should stop eating when you're no longer hungry as opposed to when you're full. I remembered thinking, I'd only ever eat a couple bites of food at a time then because as soon as I have a couple of bites, I'm no longer hungry. I keep eating because I enjoy it.

    My problem is that I love food so much that I'll keep eating even when I'm stuffed just because I want taste or texture. It's really quite a terrible habit that I've worked really hard to break. I'll admit though that I am not always successful at conquering that demon.

    Glad you're sounding like you're in a pretty good head space right now. Keep going, honey!

    1743 days ago
    Glad to hear that you are mostly better than the beginning of the month. Progress, not perfection is my motto. Lately I've been having a problem with that 'override' on the full feeling too, usually on the stuff that I don't ordinarily eat. Like chips; dunno what it is with me and salty stuff, but I have a hard time stopping with them. (Yes, even though I'm in 'maintenance' mode!) I'm SO looking forward to seeing you next month; I'm not feeling particularly prepared for this half either. I haven't been running nearly as much lately between dealing with my friend's death, the trip back for her funeral, and a nagging pain on the back of my heel that I suspect is Achilles tendon bursitis. Oh well, we might end up walking the whole thing, but we'll still have fun, right?


    1743 days ago
    What a great update. First, I'm salivating thinking about the baked apple & peach with yogurt - YUM! I never think to bake fruit even though I know it tastes delicious that way. Thanks for the reminder. I don't see anything wrong with your Dove habit as long as you're not binging on a bag a night - everything in moderation, right? I also am really bad about overriding the full feeling. In fact, all afternoon I've been thinking about things to put in my mouth even though I know I'm not physically hungry. I hate that! Glad to hear that things are mostly up - yay!
    1743 days ago
  • REALLY_ROBIN glad you have found your groove again! I think you have it exactly's not all or's do what you can and you are doing it! Love and hugs...Robin
    1743 days ago
    I'm happy to hear that you're still hanging in there and that for the most part, you're still mindful of what you're doing. I wish I knew the answer to your motivation question.

    The pet first aid class sounds great. I'd be interested in something like that.

    I'd sure like to walk a half marathon, but am not interested in doing it by myself. Maybe one of these days I can get a Spark friend to join me!

    Keep up the good will get there!

    1743 days ago
    Great blog! Yes, over riding our natural hunger cues is a great way to gain weight and then stay there!!

    Consider listening to IOWL podcasts to help "re-adjust" your inner "Appestat"

    A lot of what you are blogging about is VERY familiar!! And those issues have nothing to do with "fat vs carb" or "meat vs. veg" or "cardio vs. strength" The issues we all need to deal with most is: believing that we should take really good care of ourselves every day....every meal

    I'm teaching myself to give myself the "greatest pleasure over time" i.e. those brownies will give me immediate pleasure for a few moments and then I will pay for them with guilt, self loathing and extra body weight. What gives me the most pleasure over time is not eating them!! GO figure!!

    I have learned and am still learning at lot through the IOWL podcasts. Free links are in the Podcast Chat Forum.

    IOWL is a lot of internal work so the team is often quiet. No pressure!! We are there to support and be supported as needed!

    (Disclaimer: I am one of the team leaders at IOWL Team.)


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    1743 days ago
    I so get the "override" on the full do we get that function to stop?? Great post; it's always fun to hear how others are approaching this journey--what's working, what needs an overhaul, etc. Another excellent post! emoticon
    1743 days ago
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