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A challenge: An opportunity to learn

Thursday, May 09, 2013

On Tuesday I had my second tooth extraction in a little over a month. Seems like my teeth are getting old and weary and they just want OUT! Who can blame them after more than 6 decades of eating, chewing, biting and crunching? They're just tired I guess. emoticon emoticon So it's my turn at the dentist again, and I hope this is the last time. I thought when I repented of all my junk food binging and walked the healthy path all would settle down, but it was not to be.
I'm blogging this in relation to food, because everything in my life has always been in relation to food. So the last extraction, and this one, has become a challenge to eat healthy, but soft foods, and emotional eating doesn't really fit in. It's been interesting, as most challenges are, and I've had to become even more careful and aware of what I'm eating than ever before. I'm planning my meals, ordering my essentials on line (I do online grocery shopping and LOVE it!), and cooking ahead so meals are prepared and ready when hunger strikes. One thing that has been eliminated is the snacking obsession. There are very few instant gratification snacks available in the way of soft foods, and ice cream is NOT an option! (AND PLEASE DON'T GIVE ME ANY SUGGESTIONS!!!!) lol
All in all, this experience is good training on my healthy eating journey, because I've been forced to emoticon ,LOOK, and emoticon think about every bite that goes into my mouth: Does it have seeds? Is it crunchy? Is it smooth and non-irritating? And then it needs to provide fiber, protein and the basic fruits and veggies for the day. So another chapter in my weight loss journey is being written, and it's an education!
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    Sorry to hear about your tooth problems.. that's painful! praying you feel better soon!
    1745 days ago
    So sorry to hear in your blog your tooth problems. Oh you sure are doing well to turn the Doom and Gloom into a positive. What else can you do . I feel for you and others .
    Our mouth, teeth is part of us like the rest of us. We have to eat to stay alive and like you say the proper fiber and all. So you have to figure it all out yourself. And for sure that takes a real doing. Bless you.


    1750 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/11/2013 3:55:50 PM
    Patty, it sure sounds as if you are making the most of it. Like you, I thought major dental work would be a thing of the past at my age, but apparently that doesn't happen. Good work on keeping yourself in the game and not allowing this challenge to upset the apple cart, so to speak! I'm really proud of your approach and choices! emoticon emoticon
    1751 days ago
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    Turning a negative into a positive takes real talent, grit, and determination. Seems you have all three. Keep up the good work! Hugs!!
    1751 days ago
    RSJS50 is spot on! You have an emoticon way of looking for the lesson in the bumps in the road. Lots of wisdom there
    IKacey co-leader of the Chair Exercise Team
    1751 days ago
  • JILL313
    Glad you had those 2 teeth out and hope you can get them crowned or somehow have a good bite again. . .I hate going to the dentist and in fact I'm overdue for that. Almost every tooth is either filled or has a crown. I think a lot of it stems from when I was a kid and loved anything sweet and ate a lot of candy, etc. and wasn't always that diligent about brushing my teeth after every meal. Good for you for having your snacking under control, that is awesome. Take good care. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1751 days ago
    I really identify with you. In Feb. I had two teeth pulled, then ended up in the Hospital with Pneumonia with stitches in my mouth. Two weeks ago, a bone was coming thru the inside of my gums. Last week I Had to go back and have the gums cut and the bone sawed off. Now I still have stitches in my mouth. Hang in there friend, we will learn a big lesson from our ways. emoticon
    1751 days ago
  • RFJSJ50
    I'm sorry to hear about your "tooth problems" but am in awe of how you have turned the situation into a positive learning experience for yourself.
    We all need to follow you lead and "look for the positives!"
    1752 days ago
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