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4/29/13 9:37 A

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Ohhhhh It’s Moanday!!!!

I was not ready for the alarm clock to bleep off this morning. I really didn’t wanna get up at 4:00am, I did and got on the elliptical for 20 minutes and 10 minutes of stretch. I really needed to do it since I weighed myself this morning and it was up 2.40 pounds AAACCKKKK. Can we say sodium or something? Oh well, I’m back on track. My head feels better today. Food is logged and water is going down the hatch.

Corrie – you know, I didn’t even think it could be pollen related. I’ll pick some allergy pills up. Doy on my part. Glad your first week back out in the job force went well. Yeah for walking with a friend and hikes. Hope this week goes well for you also. How’s the marathon training coming along? Hopefully really good.

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4/28/13 11:53 P

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Good Grief Shore...it's probably allergies. Both Chris and I have been knocked on our A$$es by the tree pollen. I never have allergies, and he usually only gets them for a week or so in June, but whatever is blooming right know is knocking us both out! I think it is a combo of the pine trees and the oak trees. The oak "flowers" have been blowing all over. Oy vey! Benadryl did nothing, Allegra helped a bit, and so far Claritin has been the winner for at least helping me feel less miserable. Hang in!!

Let's see:week one of work was good! VERY busy feeling. I didn't snack, but I think I had "dessert" of some kind every night. That needs to not be a habit. But I was stress soothing. At least I know what it is. I did go walking with a friend two different times and then I went for long (5 mile) hike/walks both days this weekend and have plans to go walking again tomorrow night. So that is going well.

Food overall is good...I definitely need to cut out the evening treat every night, but otherwise having the schedule has helped with my food because I eat a regular bfast, pack lunch and snacks, and eat a healthy, normally portioned dinner.

On to week two!

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Happy Sunday.

It's been a weekend. Lets see first off on Friday I thought I was getting a migraine and then by Saturday it turns into Sinus issue with facial pain and really bad headache. Today I've got it under control so I pulled about three flats of strawberries for a friend, plus helped hubby rotate tires and cleaned them inside and out (the wheels). As long as I keep to the sinus headache pill instructions it seems to be fine.

I have my food logged today, plus I did a slow walk with both of the dogs. Will be getting dinner done here in a bit and then pack the lunch box for tomorrow. Ughhh work shmurk belch.


Have a great day.

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4/27/13 10:31 A

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I did NOT mean to drop off the face of the earth again! Sorry....

Marking my place now, while I try to get caught up....
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4/24/13 9:47 A

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Munchansen's Syndrome? Bwahahahaha as Eve used to say!

Cracking me up!

Read the posts - will re-read and make some notes.

Dentist for "Movie-Star" smile on Monday - of course I tried to eat a toasted English muffin yesterday at noon - and teeth came unglued. So back to the chair - STARVING all day - amazing how reviewing recipes for easy to chew foods can be so interesting when hungry?

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4/23/13 9:31 P

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Made it through Tuesday!!!

I made it again on the elliptical and did some stretching. YEAH!!! Food is being logged another Woooo HOOOO for me. I had a bunch of errands to do after work and well that it kind of sucked. When I got home I was feeling overwhelmed, uncomfortable and just feeling odd when I got home. I did get munchie, I thought I would be over my calorie count and I’m not when I logged every thing I had! Yeahhhh. I’m still feeling off, I think I know what it is, just the uncomfortable thing about my job and it’s scary. I have cleared most of my pictures off my board now. I have a few up and use the excuse I need new ones up the kid pictures I have up from my friends are from when they were first born, well they are a year old now or getting pretty close to it. It feels good to a point but I’m so unsure of everything else since I don’t necessarily have a back up. I just know in my heart of hearts that I need to part ways there and not ever go back ever again. I’m trying to make sure I feel the feelers and not eat through them and bring myself to be aware of them. Plus back is feeling a bit wonky today, more likely stress related.

Nicki - yes that quote is a true reminder for myself. lol. Good to know DH is pretty much fine.

Mar - YEAH on your Bench Press. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!! Hooray for tulips peeking through. Mine are now bloomed out and daffodils.

Hi Shawn, Deb, Jenga, Ann, Corrie, RCJenn, Honey, Lee, Mlo and to everyone else I’m missing.

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4/23/13 10:14 A

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Thought I should check in. :)

Things are going pretty well so far--I've officially lost 10 lbs now since Jan. 1. It's been slow in part because I decided not to try losing weight at all for the first couple of months, just focused on strength training, strength training, and did I mention strength training? Lol. Did a Bench Press PR of 82 lbs last week, not bad for my 3rd time barbell bench pressing. :) Aiming for 100lbs, and eventually my bodyweight. I will bench press myself! lol. :) I'm also less concerned with overall weight loss as opposed to size and shape--I REALLY want muscles! Lots of 'em. I think they're sexy.

Food has been..I won't say easy, but has become less difficult once I got the ball rolling in the healthy direction. Having a core menu of staple helps a lot, then I just build around it--adding different vegetables, changing up my protein choice, using simple homemade marinades (mostly) and sauces for stir fries and whatnot. I still indulge in junkee food, but it's far, far less frequently than before (like, a LOT) and I make sure to somewhat balance it out with lighter eating later. And yes, I'm afraid I"m logging food regularly at the moment. I resisted it, but now that I do it all the time, it's just become a habit. I don't log everyday, especially when it's something complex I made or some off-the-wall thing--but logging most of the time really helps overall.

In other news...I think spring might actually really be here this time. I have tulips! They haven't been killed by the snow yet...fingers crossed. :) Can't come soon enough for this snow-weary gal.

Hope everyone is having a good week--

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4/23/13 8:48 A

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Hey everyone!

Shorey- glad DH is doing all right- I hear you on the alone time, LOL!!

Honey- wow, busy! It will all work out- that was kind of crappy for the departing member to spread that rumor about not having your event. Oh well.

Corrie- congratulations on your new job! That is a good way to get back into the swing of things work wise, and to network. Good luck on your training for the half. My bad time of night is after the kids are in bed- truly, I can feel it coming on, it’s terrible! I would think that having a routine and being at work a little later will help with snacking.

Jenga- I have spent far too much time at garden centers lately, spring fever hit me hard! I planted a raspberry bush (a thornless container raspberry, I’m super excited to try them, as is my DSalmost5, who we consider to be part fruit bat). I also planted peonies and some herbs, and bought two tomatoes. DH is supposed to be doing a “garden” but hasn’t done anything yet, so I figured I’d do what I want so at least I have tomatoes!! Would Big Missy be bribed by getting to pick out her own flower to grow?

As to me, food still a drag. I am going to Zumba tonight, which will be fun. I was headed to Zumba on Saturday when I checked my email and saw that DSalmost5’s most bestest friend Gabe was having an impromptu birthday party at Monkey Joe’s. So we went there instead. Went home and mowed and planted and did yard work. DH’s cardiology appt actually went really well- the doc said that DH is fine-that he won’t die of the A-fib and the only thing we need to do is add a blood thinner. Of course, DH is still convinced he’s got something wrong with him. We asked the Duke cardiology guy to recommend a Duke gastro guy, so we can get that done. I wonder, if that test comes back fine, what he’s going to do???? I swear he has Munchausen’s syndrome…….

Well, everyone do the best you can today- and Shorey, I like the tag on your signature to talk about your joys!!!!!!

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4/22/13 8:24 P

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Got through Monday.

I have gotten on the elliptical for 15 and stretch for 15 this morning. I then walked both doggies. Stayed on plan today. I've been loving the nice weather so far.

Hope all is well. Life is busy busy.

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4/21/13 7:12 P

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Corrie, sounds like the job search is going well. Good luck!!

YAY Shorey on another step toward getting life back to normal again!

Me: up and down, hormone-tastic. Next week will be super busy. We have concerts on Fri and Sun which should be good.

I want to put some plants in my garden and am struggling to get to the freakin' garden center. Always with the d@mn kid drama. :-P

See you guys later.
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4/21/13 11:54 A

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Good Morning!!!

It’s Sunday. I have stretched this morning.

No, I’m not ready for Moanday yet. And I never am anymore.

His surgery went very well and he is currently walking on it with no crutches. We go to doc next week to get stitches removed. Yeah. I really need him back to work so I have my alone time. lol.

Honey - Oh dear, you have a lot on your plate. I hear ya on the organization and trying to keep it going. ((((HUGS))))

Corrie - yeah for temp work!!! Sounds like you have a pretty good plan. Your marathon is next month already!!! I hope the weather will be good for you to hit the pavement and get those miles in. I’ll just say I have taken a lot of stuff home from work and have updated my resume.

Okay, time to get the day going.

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4/20/13 11:57 A

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Hello Friends!

It's been a while since I posted. I have been struggling with...everything. Some days I do pretty good with food or exercise or both and then several days I don't. Of course, while on vacation I didn't bother with anything, but now it is almost two weeks later and I'm struggling to get back into the groove.

The good news: I start a temp job at a credit union on Monday. I HOPE this allows me a certain level of structure that will support me getting back into a routine with food. One problem I have is that in the later afternoon/evening, when I am waiting for chris to get home/make dinner I get very snacky. I want to eat, I feel like it's dinner time, but Chris isn't ready to eat yet...so I have a "snack" or 7. This is when I consume A LOT of unneeded calories. I hope that being at work (I'll be there until 6 I think) a bit later will help. I should be able tocome home and start working on dinner and thus eliminating the snacky time.

This weekend I am going to focus on getting a meal plan together for the week and doing some prep work so that dinners are not overwhelming. I'm going to be tired the first few days at least I imagine.

Also, I have not been properly training to run the half the end of next month..so I 100% need to get on board with that...I just need to get feet to pavement miles walking or wogging...I can't go out and do 13 miles with a 3 mile walking base. An extra ten miles would kill me...or at least hurt me really bad. So my exercise goal over the next 5-6 weeks is feet to pavement...a lot of feet to pavement.

The sun is shining today which is nice. Our original forecast was for grey/cold/rain. I plan to get out and wog both days this weekend in addition to running some errands.

I haven't worked in 1284 days, or 183 weeks. Yup. It has been a loooong time since I had an actual J-O-B. This temp job doesn't pay well, it's entry level type phone work, but it is a little bit of money, and it gets my foot in the door at a good organization.

I, actually, have had quite a few good interviews lately, or conversations with people about various jobs. I took two assessment tests yesterday for a couple of big companies, had an impromptu interview, and then got an email from another organization saying they were going to call me today to schedule a phone interview. The good is that lots of people are talking to me, seeing me and my name is out there. The challenge is that I am starting this temp job and now will be coordinating any other potential interviews/assessments, etc, with a 9-6, m-f work schedule. I have told the temp agency and the people at the credit union that I am continuing to seek full time employment and that if the perfect job comes along I will have to take it. They seem to understand as much as is reasonable.

Anyway, that's what's up around here.

Nikki-your husband had to have been feeling pretty poorly these last 8 months! Man, I hope that get taken care of. Glad to hear your refi went through!

Jenga-all I can say is I totally relate. hugs!!

Shore-you sound like you are doing really good...in a good place mentally! I like it!

Honey-you know, I realize people enjoy being parts of these groups or associations, but anytime I hear about you, or Shawn or my grandma talking about the stuff that goes on with these different boards or whatever I am *SO* grateful I am not a part of one. My grandma lives on a golf course and they have all these different committees and boards, one for the homeowners association, one for the greens committee, one for the co-ed players league, one for the ladies league, etc. They are ALWAYS sniping at each other, going behind each others backs...ugh! No thank you. You are a saint for taking on even more in your life.

Shawn-hope you are feeling better!

If I missed anyone...HI!!

More later...

Corrie

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4/18/13 4:14 P

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Hi Everyone

JENGA - sorry you are in this situation. I hope having one child in pre-school will eventually help.

NICKI - sorry about DH, that is just awful! He must be feeling terrible if he's been in a-fib for all of this time. I hope they get him sorted quickly!

SHOREY - yeah for your DH being able to walk again soon! Good job on your stretching and getting the exercise in. I thought of you last night while I was doing my stretching. :-)

SHAWN - nice to see you poke your head up here!

I have been buried lately. I am crazy both with work and life right now. I am (again) president of a charity I had thought I was taking a lesser role in. In January I had a bunch of Board members quit and I was left holding the reigns. So I am again President and I am trying to plan our annual wine auction with half of the people I normally have. :-( This has not been helped by the fact that one of the departing board members told everyone we weren't having the event this year, even when she knew that wasn't the case. I think it is all going to work out, but I am beyond busy right now with this. So if I am not here much over the next month, you'll all know why. :-)

I have been working on getting my exercise in lately and it is going well.

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4/18/13 11:02 A

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Jenga - ((((HUGS)))) I hope there is some sort of solution to help you with all of the issues at hand. Yeah for having positive body work done. I hope pre-school with Lillian is going well.

Nicki - yeah for watering plants. Yikes biting ants I don’t have those. Oh wow about DH’s pacemaker. Hope the appointment all goes well. A big high five for going to Zumba.

This morning I got on the elliptical for 15 min and did 25 min of yoga. Time to log some food.

TTFN
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4/18/13 10:35 A

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Hey everyone!

Jenga- hang in there. You are so good at finding solutions- and it’s just a matter of finding things that work. I know it’s frustrating. Of course, time will help with the hormones as well. Hugs to you. How is Big Missy doing in preschool? Is that making things a little easier on you? Glad the body work is helping, too, that is so nice!

Shorey- glad DH is getting better and will soon be walking on his own! And your gardening sounds great. I remembered to water my plants in the back yard, a huge thing for me, LOL. Last Saturday when I was gardening I was attacked by biting ants, so my feet are bumpy and itchy!! Trying not to take it as a sign, LOL. This weekend I’m going to plant my German Johnson tomato plant.

Shawn- glad you’re feeling better! There sure has been some nasty stuff going around. I hear you on getting things put away after the holidays- it almost makes me not want to put it up in the first place. Try to make sure you get enough rest in with everything going on so you don’t relapse!

So DH had a “routine” pacemaker check up- I should have known, nothing is routine with that guy. They checked his pacemaker (just place this thing over it and it reads everything) and they discovered he’s been in A-fib for the last 8 months!!!! So he’s probably going to have to get a new, three wire pacemaker with a built in defibrillator. Yay! And take blood thinners to help with stroke risk. So just one more thing. Yippee!! Luckily, we already had an appointment with his cardiologist for tomorrow, and it’s all at Duke, so he’ll have all the info and we can talk about it. I’m telling you, this is getting old.

I did go to Zumba Tuesday night. I really love Zumba.
Have a great day!
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4/18/13 2:28 A

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Hi, kids.

I just wanted to check in quickly here. I don't have a lot to say in the way of inspiration. I will tell the truth and say that I am rather struggling to keep my head above water over here. I have no love for female peri-menopausal hormones, let's just say. And I'm starting to wonder based on a New York Times article that I read today, whether there is really a true medical answer for someone whose depression is like mine (for whom typically-prescribed antidepressants don't seem to fully address the problem or sometimes not at all). I guess if nothing else, the article showed me that I am far from alone in this regard. But I'm here to tell you that such knowledge is rather cold comfort!! :-P

Anyway. I'm trying to decide whether I want to see a specialist about the depression. I emailed my current doc about my thoughts on it and am going to see what she says. Between that and the female hormones, it has been very, very difficult for me to avoid eating a lot more sugar than I usually do. I still think that compared to the average person's consumption I am likely on the low side, but for me, I don't think my body responds well to even that. Sooooo..... I really want things to calm the eff down so I don't start gaining weight back. I will just have to continue getting treats to satisfy me which are not massively carb-tastic. Bringing ice cream or a certain type of granola into the house is not a very good idea. I usually don't, so I've been trying to cut myself slack about it, while also keeping in mind what kinds of things I know my body does and does not respond well to, so that I can make the best choices I am capable of the majority of the time.

One good thing is that the body work I've been having done to help me recover from our car accident is really helping now. I found this one great practitioner, and I LOVE HER so much for helping my body get to a better place. It is a huge help to my everyday quality of life. :-)

Nicki, I'm really glad your refi worked out well. What a huge load off your mind!

Hi Shawn! I wounded where you were we're. Glad you're starting to feel better now and that you're trying to take some time off from all those responsibilities.

Better go. See you guys later!

Jenga

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4/17/13 7:21 P

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It's Humpty Dumpty day!!!

I didn't touch any craptacular yesterday or today. I've stayed completely on plan both days. I stretched this morning too.

Hope all is well with everyone. It appears everyone is very busy. Today I was experimenting with hunger pains. Guess what I didn't have any issue with passing up on my normal snack. Basically trying to learn to be okay with being hungry and the discomfort will pass. I didn't get a horrible headache or nauseated so go me!!!!

Have a good day.

DH last surgery is tomorrow then he will start to transition to walking with aircast no crutches to shoes and so forth.

lalalalalalalalala

Shorey

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Happy Tuesday!

Hi Shawn - wow hope you are all cleared of the bug sounds nasty. Yep, just one day at a time.

I got on the elliptical for 15 this morning and stretched for 15. Plus I've got my food logged. Now I plan on staying on plan. I logged yesterday didn't stay exactly on plan though. Working on it though. I posted a fat pic of me on the fridge with a message of 'IS IT REALLY WORTH IT'. So hopefully it will make me think twice before opening to graze before/after meal time.

Edit here - 12:32pm so far still all on plan. Have walked by the craptacular table/desk several times and have not touched anything on it. It isn't something I can get around either anymore. 50 more people decided it's the better spot no matter how much I argue it.

Shorey

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Hi Everyone –

I scanned through all the posts I missed so first “HI” to everyone.

Honey – thank you for the name of the plan you are following. So sorry about your friend’s husband. You are such a nice person to help them out in any way you can.

Corrie – yeah for being done with school.

Shorey – glad your DH is feeling better and not as crabby. WTG on your exercise and good luck at work while your coworker is gone.

Jenga – hope Pookie is adjusting and liking pre-school and hope you and DH are okay with it too.

Ann – {{HUGE HUGS}}} so sorry about all the drama with your dad. Please take care of yourself.

Nicki – good luck in the new office and sorry that DH blew up at your DS. So happy your refinance went through and your payment is lower which in turn lowered your stress level at least in that area.

Didn’t realize that I had not posted in just about a month. DD’s grandma from Ireland was here for just over 2 weeks and DD had a nice visit. As far as me….to summarize, I was sick with a nasty cough/chest cold for 3 weeks. Haven’t logged my food and haven’t exercised at all. Feeling very overwhelmed at work right now plus the extra after work activities. Just taking it one day at a time. Last weekend I finally got the lights taken off the Christmas tree and packed the tree away. Yes, it was sitting in my living room until April 6th. I did finish my 2012 income taxes yesterday. Tackling small projects around the house. Will be running around all week this week because baseball/softball opening day is Saturday.

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Happy Monday!

I stretched this morning and have my food logged. I know I need to get better with consistency. Sighhhhhhhh.

Work is work and well I feel like I have a ton more stuff to do anymore and my boss wants me to half-arse verify calculations on a rpt. I’m not about doing it half-heartedly. It’ll require more work on my side; however at least I know if the report was done in correct order to paperwork. Sighh, which just makes my Friday’s that much busier for research and labor issues. I’m sure if I do it half-heartedly it will bite me later and it will be my fault again even if I do exactly what my boss asks. Suckity Suck suck.

I think DH is beginning to understand more and more that my job is getting the best of me. Once he’s able to get back to work and when my Europe vacation is done we’ll discuss more on the matter of my job at hand. The thought of doing this for another 20 years makes me want to gouge out my eyeballs. I know I have complained before about and trying to integrate a plan to make it easier on us financially. It seems like I have more of DH‘s support now verses before which for me makes it easier.

Nicki – That’s GREAT news about your refi. Yeah for yard work, boooooo on sunburn. Hope the burn isn’t too bad. I cleaned up my flower bed yesterday, it wasn't exactly warm enough for me to be out in a t-shirt. lol. It feels good though getting some of the yard work done.

Hope everyone else is well.

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Hi everyone- just got some great news about our home refinance, it went through and significantly reduces our payment. That is HUGE stress relief, and one we've been praying for! So grateful!!!

Just a quick flyby- did a TON of yardwork on Saturday and am sunburned, didn't even think of sunblock!!!

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Happy Saturday everyone.

WIDRSF - I did about 45 minutes yoga/stretching and I have my food logged so far for today. Dinner I’m not sure about because we are going out with DH co-workers tonight. That’s exciting in itself since HE planned it. I know! What an accomplishment. He has also made my stair stepper strawberry planter box. I’ll take a pic when it gets in the yard. It’s so very cool. He’s still on crutches, however, the upcoming Thursday he goes in for removal of the weight bearing screws and then he can start walking in his boot then transition to shoes and stuff like that.

Honey - It wasn’t so much I thought I can eat whatever I want without exercising. It’s I thought I didn’t have to do it as much or as hard. For me I have to do something every single day: walking, yoga, biking, stretching or whatever. I have to do some type of actual activity every single day. I’m still trying to be more consistent at it. Some days are better than others. Then I have to be on point with my food more than I really like to be and basically measure everything out to a point since my eyeballing isn’t very good at all. lol. Hope the weather has calmed down some.

Good job on your workout.

Jenga - hope everything has calmed down for you.

Nicki - Glad you have gotten settled into new routines. Congrats to your dd on her baptism. Hope your DH is taking baby steps.

Off to get ready for the day

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Hi Everyone! Busy week and a half- getting settled in and used to new routines, but it’s all good. We have lots of joggers who run around our building each day- maybe the universe telling me I need to become a runner?

Jenga- glad preschool went well! So cute about DH- these firsts affect the men too, right? My ds almost 5 will start kindergarten in July (year round schedule) and he’s my very last one to send off- so we’ll see how I handle that….

MLO- LOL about the tough road ahead, I knew it too. Your grand daughters are super cute! Hope you’re having a great time in Ft Lauderdale!!!

Honey- yes, that’s what it means to be married, the good and the bad- and it’s not like he has it so easy with me, I keep reminding myself! Yep, salt will do that. I’m making a concerted effort with water too.

Lee- congrats!! I envy you! And sounds like you have some fun things planned which is awesome.

Shorey – good for you logging- I am so much better when I log. I know it’s so and yet I am so not consistent!! Frustrates me.

Shawn, what’s up?

Well, my dd8 got baptized this past Saturday, it was so great and special. Then we went out to lunch to her choice- Ihop. Yep. I had a really very yummy omlette! DH has been just – acting up – for lack of a better way to say it, so I’ve been totally avoiding him. Finally Monday night we had a “cathartic” fight- I finally told him that I was avoiding him because I didn’t like how he was acting and I was tired of fighting- I was just going to stay away from him if that’s how he was going to be. I told him his blowing up out of the blue, staying up in the bedroom, etc was just driving me and the kids away and I was tired of dealing with it. He seemed to get it, we’ll see. He’s certainly making efforts, so that is good. Baby steps, as they say in What About Bob, one of the best movies ever! 

Everyone have a great day!

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Good Morning Everyone

It has been another crazy week for me as usual. Lots going on with work and I am trying to focus on doing all that I need to do for me as well. Today I meet for my friend for a strength/pilates workout, which we haven't done in awhile. This is the friend I am cooking for. I am happy we can start working out again but it is a bit stressful to have the food and myself ready to go early enough.

It is still crazy windy, so working out inside is a good call.

Food is on plan and going well. I made a lovely brown fried rice for lunch - it is more veggie than anything else, but is super yummy.

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Hi!! That's about all I got right now, but I am here and checking in.

Not feeling the greatest today - I'll spare you all the details but hopefully it's just a short, passing thing.

Little Missy has a barky cough so I'm trying to do some low-key activities with her. Big Missy seems to be okay with preschool so far - it's the challenges outside of it that have me tearing my hair out. I'm hoping that it's just the stress of adjustment finding uncommon outlets, and will subside in a week or two. (Oh please oh please)

Gotta split! See y'all later.

Jenga

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Good Morning Everyone

LEE - Weird transition, isn't it? I remember those first weeks after I quit the firm and started my own practice. I felt like I was playing hookey most days! It didn't matter that I was running around doing things to set up my new office, still felt strange. :-)

SHOREY- I think your realization is a good one. Knowing you will have to do something in maintenance is true. Thinking, "now I have lost all the weight so I can eat whatever I want and never exercise" is a recipe for disaster. I know for me maintenance will take work.

It is SUPER windy here today. Tree branches are raining down in my backyard. This is a day to stay inside and away from all of the falling debris!

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It's Monday, It's Monday.

I did about 40 minutes of stretch/yoga this morning. I have my food logged for today. Just working, not much else going on.

Hope you all are having a good day and had a good weekend.

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Happy Sunday!

I have my food logged so far for today, and I walked the young dog and got rained on a bit. The rain is definitely coming down now.

I think I've finally to a point accepted that I'll always have a weight issue and I need to make it manageable. Maintenance perhaps will only be manageable and not exactly easy as it may be for some.

Lee - Yeah!!!!!!

Okay off to do something. I cleaned house yesterday.

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Checking in and marking my spot...

Yes, I am DONE! It feels totally weird that I don't have to gear up for the work week tonight. I already have 3 meetings lined up for tomorrow for various things...a sewing project for a friend, race committee meeting, and a conference call. Plus I need to get 4 miles done tomorrow, although it should be enjoyable as the temps are going up to the 70s--FINALLY!!

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Happy Friday

Jenga – Glad to hear preschool went well.

Mlo - Ahhh how cute! Have fun in Launderdale. Enjoy the sunshine. You are right on the marriage ups and downs. Plus ultimately it’s a choice to keep working at it.

Honey – (((HUGS))) Good Job on your walking.

For me – I have logged my food today. I had massage and chiro yesterday which went well. I don’t have much planned for this weekend other than cleaning the house and sleeping in.

Have a great weekend.

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Good Morning Everyone

JENGA - glad the preschool went well!

MLO - enjoy the warm weather! You made me laugh about your DH comment. Tough road indeed! I love my DH and knew what I was getting into and wouldn't trade him for the world, but some days...... Well, I guess that is just what being married means, right?

On the weight front - all I can say is it is up, down, and all around. I didn't do a good job with water this week and I think I definitely felt it. I also ate a bunch of leftovers so my salt intake was much higher than usual, which I am sure accounts for all the up and down.

On the exercise front - I did a bunch of walking this week and I used my little weights and did a bunch of strength stuff which is good since I haven't been doing much of that lately.

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Those are my two l'il Grand-girls playing dress up!

I'm heading down to Lauderdale. I wanted to check in here more often - as I see lots of drama, angst along with the trials and tribulations of life in the weight management zone.

AHHHH! Yes, I remember so well. Then about age 42 or 44 - a lot of things fell into place.

You guys sharing your life with husbands - reminded me when I married Dan'l each step down the aisle I kept repeating in my head - "You know what this means, don't you? A tough road ahead with this choice!" LOL

We have so much more together than each had independently - pretty crazy but amazing when I think about it. Both of us raised in poverty - then to have an Enterprise that has been very successful - investments that paid off - and now to downsize with great memories.

Sandals...check!
bathingsuit...check!

Leaving this mornings temp of 19 degrees ....BEHIND!!!

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Hi Nicki! Thanks for asking! It went just fine. My DH almost cried, which was so sweet. Me, it took me a little while to feel the full impact of "holy crap, my baby just went to preschool!" We were both definitely ready, but there were still mixed emotions. And there are things for missy to work on, which I expected, and of course that's why she's there. So, I'm happy. Now (story of my life), I just need to go to bed earlier to make the mornings easier on me.

Gotta split. See you guys later!

Jenga

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Super quick fly by to see how Jenga did at preschool today :)

And to say, Honey, thanks for the comment, I'm glad I'm normal, LOL!!! And glad the pups are ok.

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Good Morning. It’s shmooooosday.

The beach was gorgeous on Saturday. Sunday went to DH Aunt’s house for a bit. It was nice. I still need a day to sleep and do some things around the house though.

WIDR so far:

I stretched for about 20 minutes yesterday morning and walked miss Honda dog 35 minutes then once back to house took elder dog for 10 s l o w stroll. Lol. The elder dog turned 14 yesterday. AND logged my food.

Today I did a 10 minute ab workout and 10 minutes of stretching. Plus logged my food today.

Mar – Yeah for nice weather. Your trainer does have a very good point. Good habits are created in steps or something like that. It’s a good reminder for myself.

Nicki – Oh dear an immediate office relocation well that it isn’t very much fun. (((HUGS))). I’m sorry for all the stress and DH issues. That was really nice of DH and DS to bring you flowers to decorate your new office.

Honey – Oh no! Glad puppers is okay. (((HUGS)))

Jenga – I hope Big Missy enjoys her day today. You’ll be fine mama I know you will be. Just think of the one on one time Little Missy. I think your DH and mine would get along perfect. The lack of words is always so much fun. The little saying has gone through my mind to. Lol. I hope that the meds and digestion start to make you feel better.

Okay, I’ve been trying to type this for about an hour or more now.

TTFN
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Hi you guys. Real quick here.

Big Missy starts preschool tomorrow. I should be in bed already, but I think I'm nervous about it which triggers me to stay up looking online for some comfort. Blah.

Nicki and Honey, boo to DH outbursts. I swear, mine's the opposite - sometimes I have a he## of a time getting him to say ANYthing! He'll just sit there with a condescending or patronizing look on his face, or make some comment that implies I am an idiot for thinking or feeling whatever I am thinking or feeling. Or he'll say nothing at all and not look at me, but read something instead. It is completely infuriating! I just feel my brain start going "redrum, redrum"!!! LOL!!

Shorey, hope you can get some rest soon!

Lee, hope everything is for the better with you out of the stressful job!

Me: getting an IUD this week to help with future anemia prevention. Saw the GYN last week and the timing was right for her to get a look at my heavy flow day, and she was more or less saying "dang, you bleed that much?!" - so I am REALLY hoping this will be a very positive step for me in a few different ways.

Am also taking extra HCL to hopefully increase digestion of my food and absorption of nutrients. If this does not give an awesome result I will be pretty frustrated.

Cannot remember if I posted that I decided to start an antidepressant as well. So far only a minor change for the better. I'll see my doc this week to review and if necessary, make adjustments.

Better go. Hope you guys all have a great week!

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Good Morning Everyone

Still very quiet around here!

SHOREY - that is way to many days of work in row. You need a break!

NICKI - sorry about all the stress in your life! I hear stories of your DH and sometimes think yours and mine might have been separated at birth. ;-)

Latest on my front, I bought a pot of daffodils and had them sitting on the mantel. At 12:30 at night on Friday night they fell off the mantel with a thud. DH went to check it out didn't see anything so he went back to bed. At 5:45am I woke up to a weird sound and went to check it out. Puppers had something on the rug totally shredded. When I turned on the light I realized it was the daffodils which were completely shredded and the 3 bulbs that had been in the pot were missing. We looked it up and apparently the bulbs are poisonous and we figured she had eaten them. So we gave her some hydrogen peroxide to make her puke. As we are walking her outside waiting for her to puke DH is screaming at me that I caused this because I bought the flowers. OY!!!

All turned out okay, Puppers either didn't eat the bulbs or we got them out of her system quickly enough, which is good because there is no antidote to the poison!

On the weightloss front, my weight is coming back down. In retrospect, the 2 pound jump up on Friday morning was probably caused by the yams I ate. I guess those go on the reactive list for me. :-)

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Well, good and bad.
Bad- the Y is 15 minutes away. I only have an hour, so no workout- not worth the drive. Bummer.

Good- DH and DS almost 5 came and brought me flowers at my new office! so sweet.

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Hey all- I’m here.

Ann- you are a good daughter, please know that! I know it’s worrisome and stressful, you’re doing a great job. Hugs to you.

Lee- Congrats to you! The yoga teacher training sounds cool, too.

Honey- that is wonderful what you are doing for your friend’s family. That is so sad.

Jenga- the kid opera sounds fun!

Corrie, yay on finishing your degree! Congratulations!! I was a “non-traditional” student as well, I know how hard it is! So worth it!!

Mar- congrats on your bench press record!!

Everyone else, HI!

I got moved to another office- told on Friday, effective immediately. So here I am, changed offices, not sure about this new office mate (it took her all of 2.5 hours to tell me I’m too loud on the phone). DH is still a HUGE stress for me. He blew up yesterday because DS almost 5 wouldn’t eat his au gratin potatoes. DH made it about 10,000,000 times worse. Ruined dinner for all of us- but this is a common occurence. He freaks out at almost every holiday for some reason or another. It’s tiring. Honestly, not just holidays, though it’s most common then. Sigh.

I’m tired of stress. Everything is stressful, money, my job, my husband/marriage. Just don’t know how to change things. DH says he just is how he is so oh well- but that is just becoming not acceptable. Sigh.

Thanks for letting me vent.
Nicki
PS- my new job is also near a YMCA- off to check it out at lunch.

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Ann--((hugs)) I know it was tough when MIL moved down here with the in-laws....even being there with other family looking after her, it was draining and emotionally exhausting for DH. I'm sorry it's so stressful--and glad that you were finally able to turn your phone off and sleep.

Honey--that is so sweet. Hugs to you for helping them in the way you can. Hope you water weight glom on is better today.

Shorey--YEAH! For days off. I remember working non-stop like that, and admire your stamina--I think I'd pull my hair out now if I had to.


So, the first week of trying the adapt my nutrition kind of went all crazy and stressful--lol. When I finally broke down and sent an email about it, he just laughed and said that what I was doing was pretty typical--trying to change everything all at once, getting overwhelmed, and self-destructing. So, my goal for the next week (or two) is simple: eat breakfast. I am sporadic with it at best, and he feels strongly how I'm starting out my day is setting my body up for the inevitable insulin/energy spikes and drops, which is all bad. I am welcome to try and adjust other things too, but if I get overwhelmed, just go back to 'eat breakfast'. Sounds simple, right? Right?? :)

Gorgeous beautiful lovely SUNNY day today to start out the long weekend! :) Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!! The sporadic snow dumps were draining my 'spring is almost here' reserves pretty quickly. Outside stuff!

Mar

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T G I F!!!!! This ham is cooked. I’m on my 12th day straight working, thankful my co-worker’s surgery went well and he is working the weekend. I have a break!!! Yeah!!!! I won’t be sleeping in tomorrow like I originally planned instead I’m going to the beach with my bestie and her family. Food has been going okay, well, exercise this week hasn’t been the best I’ve been choosing to try to sleep more. Lol. It doesn’t work well when insomnia hits though. Sighhh, oh well.

Some personals or at least an attempt

Corrie – I’ll have to look at your new blog. Lol. Oh the hormones they just suck. I hope its getting better.

Jenga – Hope potty training is going well. I hope that you were able to get the help needed for mood issues. Glad to hear that Big Missy enjoyed her day at preschool.

Mar – Yeah on your new PR on bench press!!!! Glad you like your trainers approach on nutrition and hope it is going well.

Ann – HUGS and more. I’m so sorry to hear what’s going on. I don’t have any advice or really know what to say.

Honey- wow! That is probably the best thing to do for your friend is helping out with meals. Good to know her baby likes the pureed veggies. I hope the water weight goes down.

Lee – Nice to see you pop in.

Okay it’s taking me forever to get this typed out and done. Phones are picking back up now.

TTFN
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Good Morning Everyone

Lee - thanks for your sweet words. I am doing what I can for my friend and her family, including cooking things that are meat/grain/corn free since he is on a cancer diet. The funniest thing is I am making pureed veggies soups for them every week and my friend told me the 7 month old loved the carrot ginger soup I made. :-) Congrats on your job transition!! Sounds like a nice change. :-) I think it is great to have such a significant change.

So I am not sure what to report on the weight loss front. My weight was going down, down, down, and then in the last two weeks it jumped up by 6 pounds! I think this is some kind of water weight thing, but it is hard not to get upset since it is such a huge jump up. I feel huge and bloated so I am hoping it goes down as mysteriously as it went up. I also started doing pilates again recently and am sore, so I am hoping it is just that.

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Been MIA for awhile, but hoping to get back to posting now…

Ann—so sorry to hear of your travails with your dad. But memories of my mom’s short illness/death make me recollect the emotions, etc you have written about. I agree it’s good for you to get with a therapist, but the yoga you mentioned also sounds quite cathartic. I’d go with both until you figure it out. This stuff is HARD, no doubt about it. Be good to yourself, you need to be nurtured in order to deal with it. Hugs, Ann!!

Honey—that is so wonderful that you have taken on caring for your friend’s family. Know it must be quite stressful and yet there is such a beautiful quality to your helpfulness. Hugs to you!!

I don’t think I posted here that I resigned my job awhile back, gave a month’s notice. I will be done next Friday and moving on to the next stage of my life. Just yesterday I found out they decided not to replace me, which 1) boggles my mind completely and 2) makes me realize I made the right decision to leave this firm. So after April 5 it will be a whole new world for me as I navigate completing yoga teacher training, getting our house cleaned up after living with contractors for the past 2 months. I have a few additional ideas, but we will see what unfolds.

Back soon!
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ANN - so sorry you are dealing with all of this. I have no words of advice, just do what you can to take care of yourself during this trying time. BIG HUGS!!!!

I am here, and hanging in. I haven't really talked about it here, but I have a friend who's husband is in his mid-30's and in pallative care for cancer. My friend has a 7 month old baby and is working full time and I started a few weeks ago cooking for her family. I am bringing them food once a week and doing what I can to ease her burden. It is just such an overwhelmingly sad situation and I am doing what I can for her. It is occupying my mind most of the time.

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Just popping in to say thanks to Jenga and Corrie for your advice, understanding, and support.

Jenga, yes, compartmentalizing would be a good thing. I know I've had a huge tendency to let even one simple phone call mess up my day. I've been doing a lot of overreacting to things and just stewing in frustration - which doesn't help anyone, especially me. I also get very stuck in my story and it can be hard to find the line between playing victim and the actual reality of what I'm dealing with. I know I need much better coping skills than I have.

Corrie, thanks. I know you have been there (and are still there). I agree with you on all counts, although the night time phone thing is hard. I believe they are not giving my dad access to the phone at night and I haven't had a night time or early morning call since last Monday night. So that helps. It'd be hard for me to unplug my phone though. If he ever does have to move to the dementia unit for good, he wouldn't get a phone there.

I have been doing a better job of just talking to him and listening to what he needs without getting upset. That is actually progress for me. On the other hand, I had another not-so-productive day :-( Some of it is just habit at this point. I also still have mid-morning fatigue that pretty much hits once Chloe and I return from our morning walk. So that tends to throw me off my game a lot.

On the food front, I've been eating way too much convenience stuff because I just haven't been in a state of wanting to or even being able to cook. I really need to change that because I really do feel better when I'm eating fresh stuff!

The yoga workshop I went to on Saturday was interesting - it was TRE (Trauma Release Exercise). The theory is that we hold tension / trauma in our psoas muscles and allowing those muscles to shake or tremor releases the tension or long held trauma. At the end of the workshop I asked what to expect in the following days and one of the things she said was common was vivid dreams. Well, I have been having very weird and very vivid - albeit random - dreams. So maybe something did shift. She teaches a weekly class on Friday nights so I may have to start going and see if it helps.

- Ann

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The last two days I have eaten like a starving crazed lunatic. That needs to stop. CLEARLY hormone related. ugh.

Ann: So much to say. First, big love to you. Second, I understand completely what you mean when you say that you are just bracing yourself for the next phone call. This is what my entire life has been like with my mother and her illness. I am ALWAYS on "brace" for the next phone call. This is part of why I struggle so much with my weight/food. I am always in a state of "heightened" anxiety. As I told my therapist, anxiety (about my mother and other issues) is my constant life companion. If I get a phone call from my mom that is at an odd time of day or night, or if her husband calls me for some reason, my adrenaline response immediately kicks in.

Next: in addition to a therapist I encourage you STRONGLY to go to a caregivers support group, or find one online at a minimum. You need support and as great as friends are you don't want to emotionally burden them in the long term (even if they say it is okay). I know that sentence sounds weird, but let me just say that having been the dumper and the dumpee...yeah...it is better if you can freely vent to someone you are paying or people that are purposefully engaging in a time where that is the deal. Also, I realize that by saying you should seek a caregivers group may seem like "just one more thing" to put on your schedule, but I think you are in a crisis right now and you NEED to put everything else to the side for a short while to regain some solid footing.

As for the money and therapy, well since Dad is causing the need for therapy perhaps Dad should pay. Just sayin'!

I want to tell you that I can relate, a lot, to what you are going through. There is no one else in my family that provides care to my mother, so I understand the feelings of overwhelm, responsibility, loneliness, anger, guilt, etc. I really do.

Also, I just really want to encourage you to continue your meditation time and focus on YOU during that time. Focus on a mantra or mental talisman that you can go to in times of big Dad stress.

Also, turn off your phone at night. There is nothing you can do in the middle of the night, and if he is going to call 911, well...so be it. You can hear about it in the morning and deal with it on a good nights sleep. The people at the care center are being paid to deal with his issues, so let them. It isn't your job to "talk him down" at 2 in the morning. They can give him some xanax or something. Trust me, I understand this is all easier for me to say than for you to hear/read and assimilate/internalize, but I have had decades of experience with an emotionally volatile parent, so maybe just try to hear me if you can.

If you want to talk...give me a call.

HUGS!!

Corrie

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Dear Ann, big hug to you!!! I am not too sure anything I'd say would help. But I do think that a therapist will be good for you. About affording it while generating income, I'd just be really straight up with the person right off the bat that that is a big source of anxiety for you. Money has always been a huge stressor for you, quite apart from your Dad, and now that's compounded by other really stressful factors too - s/he should be aware of that. The reason I'm suggesting to engage with the therapist on that right away is so that s/he can possibly help you with strategies to compartmentalize the life stresses and work tasks in such a way that you still feel productive, instead of like you are increasing the crisis state by virtue of taking care of yourself. Anyway, I'll shut up now and just offer another HUG!! :-)

Me: had a good day with the kids today but it kind of wore me out! Took Big Missy to her first-ever opera, a condensed kid version of the Magic Flute. I think she liked it! Fortunately, it was fine for her to run around during the show or we never would have made it all the way through 50 minutes. hehe. But there were plenty of times she was listening and asking questions, so I was quite happy with it overall.

You know what, Corrie? I thought you had graduated already, too. Maybe that was Corroe that graduated. Lolol sorry, could not resist!! ;-)

Gotta split
See you guys later!

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Hey there. I know I haven't posted in ages - and so it goes.

I'll start with the good news. I have had 3 migraine-free days in a row. And I went to a very interesting yoga workshop this afternoon which has me feeling very mellow.

But.... this week was really, really hard. Let's see ... leading up to this week, about 6 weeks ago I had a mole on my arm that went crazy - the doctor was pretty sure it was a Basal Cell Carcinoma so about 2.5 weeks ago I had it cut off (7 stitches later...). A week later when I went to have the stitches removed I found out the biopsy result said no cancer. So that was good. However, I was in the midst of 16 days in a row of migraines - ugh. They finally went away last Thursday - for a few days.

Meanwhile, the day after I had the procedure, I took Dad to the podiatrist because he's had an infection on his little toe that wouldn't go away. The doctor decided the best course of action was to amputate his little toe. The next day. So I picked him up around noon, went through Kaiser lab, admission, pre-op nonsense (surgery was at 5) and after a very long day, got home around 8:30pm. Dad spent the weekend in the hospital and everything went smoothly... later that week was when I got my stitches out and my good news so I thought we were okay.

Until my phone rang Sunday night at midnight. Dad was having a major panic attack and was telling the caregivers to call 911. They put me on the phone and I did my best but couldn't talk him down - I finally said "fine, let him call 911" - which they did and Dad went to the ER. So of course I was shaking and freaking out and got almost no sleep. Next call was at 7:15am that he had come back from the ER around 4:30am but that he had now tried to get out of bed on his own and had fallen. He complained that his back hurt so EMT took him back to the hospital - only to be sent home before noon.

By this point my migraine was back in full force. I spent the day shaking and sobbing and freaking out. I did call the Memory Clinic people at Kaiser and was told that increased confusion and delirium can occur in dementia patients when they have an infection like my dad had experienced (gee, it would have been nice to have some warning). And then around 9pm I get the call that he has called 911 again and is back on his way to the ER. This time I called my BFF and she came and picked me up and went with me to talk to the doctors (since nobody from the hospital had called me in his 3 trips there).

I'll spare you more details - but basically they had no answers and sent him home with us. His meds are being adjusted now and he seems to be sleeping better. And they are taking his phone away at night (he has a call button for the caregivers - but now he can't call 911 on his own). Meanwhile, there was discussion of moving him to the dementia unit in his facility - I went to check it out and it is rather depressing (although they do their best). It was decided that rather than move him there, he should go during the day to get acclimated. That happened yesterday and he called me very upset asking why he was being punished and what he could do or change to never have to go there again. So, we've nixed that idea for now.

Meanwhile I've been there a lot - he's had a nurse and P/T come and had his post-op doctor's appts. So basically the last few weeks have pretty much sucked. I've been a complete wreck. Thankfully, like I said, my headaches went away again on Thursday. But I have no idea how to deal with all of this and also generate income. Nor do I know how people do this full-time. I constantly feel like I'm bracing myself for the next phone call. It's all very distressing and very lonely.

I know I need more support so I am going to try and find a therapist because I can't go on the way I have been. I have no idea how I'll pay for it, but I've had to take on an "it's only money" mantra in my head because I just have to do what I have to do.

Not sure what else to say ... like I said, it's been very hard, but I am feeling okay - right now, in this moment - so that is what I need to focus on. That and knowing you are all on my side, even if you don't know what's going on! And the sweet dog that is sleeping next to me.

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Hi All!

I exercised 5 days in a row this week, a couple of FIRM workouts M/T, 3.5 mile hill walks W/Th and then another hour long FIRM workout yesterday! YAY!

Massage/chiro yesterday. I, too, am making progress on neck/back/shoulder issues. Lots of stretching still, along with heat and stretching, and then strength training.

I can definitely tell that I have hormones in my body now that I am off the Nuvaring and using the IUD. This is good in some ways (clearer skin, deeper sleep) and not so good in other ways (sensitive breasts, moodiness, cramps). I hate this part of being a woman and it is one of the reasons I enjoyed being on the Nuvaring so much. I hope it eases as time goes on.

The moodiness is making me really irritated with my weight again. I weighed 162.5 pounds earlier this year, took the appetite suppressant, started working out, got off the hormone birthcontrol, and working with intuitive eating, seeing a counselor...etc etc etc...and I went down to 158.5 and have not budged (basically) despite all this effort. I hate this. I'm sure my mood/hormones are playing a part in this feeling today, but I still hate it.

I just want to rant and rant.

Whatever.

Honey: nope, I just finished my BS on Tuesday! :-)

Thanks Mar! Way to go on the PR!!

I am so looking forward to my vacation. And I am totally not looking forward to my vacation because I don't have anything to wear. The story of my flippin' life.

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Honey - YES the extra fats are going to be really good for your skin! So glad that you are seeing tangible effects of your dietary changes in unexpected areas. That is always a nice booster to keep doing them. :-)

Me - tried introducing some dairy into my diet. It seems to give me phlegm. Who likes to wake up full of boogers?? Not me. LOL. So I guess I am better off keeping it out. Someone please send the Whaaaaambulance!

Today was a day all about me pampering myself and I am thankful that I had the opportunity to do that. I do not care at all that several of the projects I'd thought I would be getting done during nanny time didn't happen. Instead, I've been relentless with getting my body back into balance and I think it's really paying off. So, Yippee! I figure I can find some time to work on the one most important project this weekend.

I'm talking to an agent about getting a certain voiceover gig and I really hope it works out - that would be a huge shot in the arm for me right now. Much needed!

Better go. Gotta be up early for the girls' swim classes tomorrow.

Hope you guys have a nice weekend!

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Fly by!

New PR on the machine bench press yesterday--115 lbs. :) :) :) I'm pretty freakin' stoked. :) :)

Had a really good conversation with my trainer re: nutrition and diet and the whole shebang. I REALLY like his approach to it--which is similar to his approach to training--find what works for YOU. Screw the BMR, minimum calorie burn, trying to guesstimate how much you burn working during the day (I'm on my feet moving/active 6+hrs/day for work), what you 'should' be eating--to heck with all it. Start by logging what you eat. Every day. All of it. Figure out what you're eating, whether you're currently gaining/losing/maintaining on that, and adjust accordingly. Since I haven't been on any kind of diet or restriction for a while now, my calorie intake should be a true reflection of what I burn.

It's just so nice to have someone to bounce ideas off that's actually knowledgeable and not pushing any particular plan or gimmick. Pretty pleased with that. :)

Work time!

Happy Friday! :)

Congrats CORRIE!!

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Hi Everyone

Super quiet around here. Wondering if everyone is on spring break this week?

JENGA - glad the trip to Seattle went well. Good luck on the sleep front. I am struggling with that a bit myself right now.

CORRIE - congrats on finishing school! I guess I was confused but I thought you already graduated.

I had a massage yesterday and had a very interesting conversation with my massage therapist. She asked me if I moisturize a lot because my skin seemed really well hydrated. Normally I am super dry, so I think all of the water and healthy fats are working for me. :-)

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Hi kids.

Hope everyone is doing well. It's been kinda quiet around here lately!

I am seeing some progress with the issues with my back and shoulders and neck. More than massage, even, what I have found helpful is a technique that my acupuncturist uses. It's not acupuncture exactly, although it feels similar in some ways. I am going to see if I can start doing that more often than massage and hopefully accelerate the pace of my recovery.

I am taking iron and some digestive enzymes to hopefully help resolve my anemia issues. I also need to go see a GYN to make sure I don't have any internal issues which would have been causing the really heavy periods I've been having for quite a while now. If that's all clear then I am gonna seriously consider doing an IUD if for no other reason than to overcome those periods. Though most likely, the low level of progesterone release that the one I'm considering has would be helpful to me as well. My period has seen significant changes since I started supplementing with iron, including two 21-day cycles in a row, so...... I'm not sure what all is going on.

I also decided very recently that my mood is not responding significantly well enough to all the supplements I've been taking. Although they worked well for me in the past, things in my life are a bit different now exercise-wise and also I am under a completely different but very challenging kind of stress. Stressful events have always caused my mood to tank, and having an extremely kookoo preschooler on your hands who is also high strung and frequently overly exuberant when you need her to focus can really push those buttons. It's like I'm a firework and I can literally feel the fuel burn super fast and then I crash like a spent, empty shell. Literally. So, anyway, today I talked to my doctor about it and she agreed I should be doing better than I am right now based on all the steps I have been taking. So I told her I thought I probably ought to try going back on an antidepressant again - even though the ones I tried in the past seemed to be an incomplete fix for me. She agreed and we figured out an approach. I figure, if it's not everything I need, I can always fill in the gaps with some supplements here and there. But something has to give - I recognize that I feel low or overwhelmed too much of the time to attribute it to just hormone swings. So - SIGH - here I go again, and I hope this particular effort makes a big difference for me!!

Today Big Missy had a tour of her preschool classroom. She loved going in. I thought she might never come out! LOL! DH and I were grinning at how cute she was hopping right in with the teacher, who reported that Pookie was so polite and had such good manners. HAHAHHA!! Maybe sometime, she'll use them at home without us having to remind her 75 times a day. :-) So, she starts on April 2nd and I think she is really excited. Tomorrow or this weekend, I'll show her all he cool lunch gear that I bought her. I think she'll really like it. I sure hope the overwll transition goes as smoothly as these first experiences would seem to indicate.

Better get outta here. My body has been crying out for more sleep lately even though I've been doing a good job of getting 7-8 hours for several days. I just want to feel normal again!! Sigh.

See you guys later!

Jenga

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Walk with a friend last night and tonight, 3.55 miles total up a big hill and then back down. Its been COLD but dry, so we went.

Food has been 50/50.

Went to a great networking event this morning and am feeling positive about the ripple effects of that.

I have massage/chiro tomorrow and other than that hope to just relax and enjoy a quiet day.

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Hi you guys!

Cannot stay long but I just wanted to wish Corrie congratulations on finishing school! Way to go Corrie!! Celebration well-deserved. :-D

We had a fun time in Seattle. Little Miss Potty Training was great in the car. I mean super great. Now if I can just get her used to unfamiliar bathrooms - public or private. We will keep practicing. If you are on FB, I posted a huge album of pix there.

I am trying to get more sleep. Want to get ahead of the massive schedule change that preschool is going to bring. I've been doing ok on getting more hours but feel like I've been hit by a truck these last two or three days. Not sure exactly why - just too many variables right now. Sigh. Will just have to keep going!

Gotta split. See you guys later.

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Yay for a less complainy husband and more stretching! lol!

Hey all! I'm not sure if you ever drop in and check out my blog, but I have moved all the content to a new site and changed the name. Thought I would pop in and provide the link in case anyone is interested.

www.casabeebe.com

The new blog is hosted on wordpress rather than blogger and I think it is going to be much nicer!

If you get a chance drop in and see what it's all about. I also have a facebook page and twitter account under the same names if anyone wants to look at that stuff.

Okay, I celebrated last night. I am 97.87% okay with it because I flippin' earned it!!

We went out to a Tapas bar and I had some wine, an appetizer plate with all kinds of goodies, olives, cheese, grapes, garlic, figs...then we shared couple of other plates and it was DEEElicious! And I had a not good for me dessert.

Today is a new day, and I am not at all hungry today. I have been drinking lots of water, had a little cereal and some string cheese. I am going to go and try to find an outfit for an event I am going to tomorrow. Good luck. Then I have my therapy appt this afternoon.

I spent too much time on the computer on monday looking for a job and so my neck is mad at me. Really mad. Limited mobility mad. Oh well.

Exercise yesterday was a FIRM workout, almost an hour.
Tonight, barring heavy rain, I am going for a walk with a friend...YAY!!

Alrighty, gotta scoot. Errands to run!

Corrie

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Quick fly by. Been exercising and stretching more consistently. Eating has been ok (no haven't been logging), trying to not be so dependent on that part and trying to learn to eat when hungry verses, bored, tired, upset, or what have you. That's a horrible sentence. Oh well.

One of my co-workers had hernia surgery on Monday and so that means I'll be working 12-14 days straight. Yeah me!!!!!!!!!! Bring on that paycheck. I'm going to bed between 8:00 - 8:30pm so that way I can kind of keep up on the sleep. That is so awesome working that many days straight. It's okay he'll cover most of my shift in June when I'm gone.

Yesterday I was so tired and had a terrible headache that ended up going to migraine, when I got home I slept for two hours. (I had already taken some otc meds about 10:00am and wasn't able to take anything yet when I got home). For the most part it was gone when I got up. By the time I went to bed it was creeping back on so I took a migraine med. Today its better and seems to be all in front of my head which makes me think it's more sinus today.

Corrie - yeah for being done with school and on intuitive eating. Job hunting is a full time job in itself. You will get one I know you will.

Mlo - Hope your trip is a fun one.

That's all the farther I got on personal. Suckity suck suck. Oh well.

I better get back to it. There's plenty to do. This morning was very rainy and blustery out Hello Spring.......... Bring on sunshine and warmth soon please. I will greatly appreciate it.

DH is doing okay just waiting for the surgery to remove his weight bearing screws then he can start hopefully walking. It's about a month away. Sighhhhh. He's definitely doing more around the house now and not as complainy.

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"Don't take advice from anyone more messed up than you!" ~Tom Hopkins

I started to post yesterday but then I got "Dieters Block" or something...tee hee

Corrie love the idea of fauxtatoes (try to type that on an iPad that loves to auto-correct!)

You sound better this week. Job searching has so many challenges...it is something that feels so out of our control! The only comfort is to realize that so many people are still unemployed from the Great Recession. Not even going to start a Political dialog... big Companies are doing better but small Biz is still hurting. Often a small organization is where we go to "start over" especially in a new location...they usually more willing to take a chance...not exposed to boards of directors and a zillion rules of engagement.

I live in NE Ohio...near Cleveland in Chagrin Falls...think a New England town with lots of people in my hood walking dogs, running all excited about Spring flowers and gardening. Wind blowing snow, SNIZZLE yesterday along with sneet, rain and snow! Tomorrow starts the great closet review! What summer clothes actually fit?

ooooOOOOMMMmmmm

Guess I will need to jettison the casual menu. Thankfully fruit actually has a taste rather than the boring stuff all winter after being in cold storage for 15 months!

Have the Pre-Flight Checklist in process for our trip down to Lauderdale...updates to follow!~mlo

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Okay, so we had a rush of comments and posts and now.... crickets!

Happy Tuesday Friends!

I hope your weekends were good!

I went for a wog on Friday and Sunday. Yesterday was yoga. Today is some cardio here in a few minutes likely followed by yoga because my neck is sore (too much time on the computer looking for work).

Food has been good, but I am doing my cleanse, but not being 100% so...I am not losing any weight this time around. Understandable, but with the intuitive eating I feel like I should eat what I want, and what I want isn't bad (peanut butter) but it isn't on the "plan" so to speak.

So for example, yesterday:

breakfast was really "brunch" because I ate so late but I had oatmeal with pb, banana, dried cranberries and a sprinkle of chia seeds.
Afternoon "lunch" was a veggie plate with carrots, cucumbers, jicama, sliced peppers, and some leftover fauxtatos (mashed cauliflower) with hummus.
Snack: pb and banana & some puffed rice snack
Dinner: leftover corned beef (2 slices) and half a baked sweet potato.

So, nothing too horrible on that list. No coffee, creamer, added sugars, candy, cakes, ice cream, alcohol, etc., etc.

Today is my last day of school!

Better go get my move on. I have to study for my final after I workout and get cleaned up. And eat breakfast.

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Hi Everyone

Hope you all had a great weekend!

SHAWN - it's called "The Plan" and this is the website for the author: http://lyngenet.com/the-plan/

Under the tips for book readers tab are menus and other things that help you see if it might work for you. I spoke with my Brother today and he told me that he's tried it. The only thing he has figured out that he is reacting to and gaining weight from is alcohol, but he didn't do it for very long. I think he did it for only about a week or so and then decided reacting to things wasn't his problem.

I had a very productive weekend. DH was gone all weekend helping put on a bike race his club does every year, so I was free to just get some work done. It was nice to be able to focus on some things, uninterrupted by email and phone calls.

WIDRT:
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2. nice long walk in the balmy air

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Hi Everyone –

Corrie – glad you are talking through things with your therapist and glad the intuitive eating is working for you right now.

Jenga – thank you for always being a font of information for us. Good luck traveling with the girls this weekend.

Nicki – thanks, unfortunately our goofy Chicagoland weather combined with a busy, stressful week brought the runny nose, scratchy throat and cough back. Hoping to go to bed around 10pm tonight and getting a good night’s sleep. Bummer that you can’t go to the two events.

Honey – can you give us the name of the diet you are doing? I know you wrote it once but I don’t have the energy to scroll thru everything to find it. Also, thanks, I rarely get sick like this so I’ll just have to suck it up and hope it goes away soon.

Last night DD went to her girlfriend’s house after school so she could go to a basketball game. The parents brought her home later. I went to my church athletic association meeting. It was only 1.5 hours long and we got a lot done. I was on track with food and water. Sleep hasn’t been going as well this week but I did manage to get in 6 hours last night.

Today after work, we have the last of the baseball/softball parents registering their kids. We told them we have spots for their kids but tonight is it. Then I’ll have some dinner and pick up DD from her girlfriend’s house. Saturday DD and I are going to the eye doctor and then I’m taking DD to her aunt & uncle’s house. Her grandma from Ireland (her dad’s mom) arrived Wednesday for her uncle’s 40th birthday so she will hang out overnight with them. My brother is home for Spring Break so my stepmom, brother and I are meeting some friends and a couple of my aunts at the Riverboat Casino on Saturday. Sunday DD has to altar serve and then I’ll spend the rest of the day cleaning.

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Good Morning!

Lots of good energy here this morning!

Nikki - can you fake yourself out about the marathon and maybe go run it on saturday instead of sunday? I know it isn't the same, but if you put it out there and tell us that you are doing it, and make a big to do about it, maybe you can gain some motivation from that? Just run it on a different day? As for the reunion, I think telling the universe that you really want to go to the reunion and asking for help in finding a solution would maybe be helpful (or whomever/whatever your higher power is).

Jenga- Interesting information. I will add that book to my reading list and check it out. I imagine if I was in Portland still I could find an EMDR therapist fairly easily, probably much less likely here in rural southern oregon, but perhaps. I will look into it.

Also, Honey & Jenga, this intuitive eating and understanding my behaviors so completely is fairly recent. I mean, yes, I have understood for years that food is an emotional salve for me, but there were missing pieces. The intuitive eating part has been amazingly helpful in feeling calmer. I do limit bread/wheat products in my daily life on a normal basis, though it is not eliminated completely (except right now during my cleanse).

Here is something interesting I experienced about the cleanse and intuitive eating. I have been telling myself I could eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, IF I truly wanted it. I had to really think about and explore it before diving in. This is the part of intuitive eating that I am currently practicing. The exploring and awareness bit. That has helped me become much more in touch with they "why" of the emotional eating. Very helpful. The cleanse I started, obviously, has limitations to what can be eaten. IMMEDIATELY the brain chatter started...it was very interesting to experience after a few weeks with a relatively quiet brain. So I had a little conversation with myself: You have *decided* to do this cleanse, right? Yes. Well, are you going to do it? Or do you not want to do it? Which is it? What are the parameters that make you comfortable? Why do you feel chatter about these items? What are the benefits? What are the drawbacks? Is this something you want to take on right now, truly? It was enlightening to go through that with a curiosity mindset rather than a militant NO YOU CANT HAVE IT YOU FAILURE mindset. I tried to be really curious with myself and just ask the questions with no.... conditions...or outcome attached.

Which is why I said the trail mix wasn't totally on the "plan" but the food police aren't coming to get me...because I consciously chose the trail mix as a snack.

Got interrupted...lost my thought. Anyway...

So yeah, intuitive eating, elimination, cleanse, choices, therapy...

It is a gorgeous sunny day here. I put my pea starts outside in the sun to get acclimated a bit. I think I am going to plant them this weekend. They are tall enough, I had to put stakes in next to them because they were falling over.

Okay, time for breakfast, get ready for the day, some chores, a workout needs to happen today...

Cats are lethargic today...didn't eat all their food. Hope they feel better soon. Poor kitties.

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Good Morning Everyone

NICKI - bummer about missing your reunion - any way to figure it out? To bad you don't have family or someone who can jump in and help with the kiddos on the first day of school.

CORRIE - I know we are all different and what works for me may not work for others at all, and I know that what I am doing may seem totally radical - but all I can say is that this elimination diet I am doing has completely changed my relationship with food. By getting rid of wheat (and soy, corn, and other things I was reacting to) I have gotten rid of my cravings, I am not eating emotionally or seeking comfort in food, and I finally CAN eat intuitively. In the past, I got into this place where I was crazed, and I KNEW I shouldn't eat and KNEW what I was seeking was comfort and not food, and yet I still couldn't stop myself. Nothing else satisfied. It was very chaotic in my brain (monkey chatter!). But now, I am just in a peaceful place and all of the anxiety and chatter has stopped.

I was messaging with ANN about this, and she told me that when we have an immune (allergic / inflammatory) response to a food, our bodies release endorphins. So we almost get a "high" from eating those reactive foods that attracts us to them and makes us want to eat more and more of them. She also said that she was not surprised that by eliminating those foods I am able to eat intuitively.

And just to be clear, I am NOT saying that getting rid of wheat will magically do this for you or anyone else. I am just trying to say that there is hope, and I hope you figure out what works for you.

JENGA - good luck with the Seattle trip!

SHAWN - hope you feel better soon! I am with you on this sick thing - totally sucks.

MLO - I believe we have a hard wired fat tooth! I think this is one of the reasons why what I am doing is working so well for me. It is NOT low fat at all. Instead I am eating avocados, olive oil, cheese, and raw nuts and seeds every day. It is very satisfying.

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Hi there- Corrie, glad things are moving on the job front. It’s funny, like you I used to always laugh at the idea that I’d be so stressed that I couldn’t eat- like that would ever happen- then I got divorced and it happened- I couldn’t eat. Truly. I tried. Even ice cream. So it can happen, and it is so weird.

Jenga- new places and potty training! Joy! My ds almost 5 still HATES what he calls “magic potties,” i.e. the ones that flush automatically. He will NOT go potty in a Chick Fil A, as not only are they magic, but they’re really LOUD. DD, on the other hand, when she was small, wanted to go into EVERY bathroom in EVERY place we went, whether she actually had to go or not. Sigh. Have a great time on your trip!!

Hi Shawn- bummer about the cough/cold back and lack of sleep, hope last night was better!

Mlo- interesting info- I can totally believe that! I wonder if I can circumvent the trigeminal nerve somehow…lol…only half kidding… And I loved your Zig Ziglar quote!!!! I will keep that in mind…I can only not be motivated on the days I don’t bathe, LOL.

Honey- glad quinoa went well- I agree with Jenga to try straight corn and see how that goes. Polenta fries do sound good, though…

Shorey- I WISH I could stop at one bite of ice cream. It’s a gotta not have it in the house thing….just gotta bite the bullet.

Mar- glad you’re back down to 2 jobs! And now will have some time for you- hope the weather turns better so you can go outside to run.

Thank you guys for the update on Jenn and Deb- and what a sweet thing to have a baby named after her son…my heart hurts for her.

I forgot to mention that I was SO excited as the Rock and Roll ½ and full marathon are coming to Raleigh in 2014- then I found out it’s on a Sunday. Bummer (don’t do things like that, Sabbath, etc). It would have been motivating. I also can’t go to my 25!!! High School reunion, as it’s July 5 & 6 in Iowa, and my children start school on July 8 (year round calendar)- there’s no way I can drive from Iowa to NC in a day by myself and still get the kids to school. So, oh well- that would have been motivating too- looks like I’ll just have to motivate myself!!!

Everyone have a good day!
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Psst Corrie!

Behavioral therapy can be good. Talking about stuff is good too. From what you posted it sounds like you might be a little like me - you have gotten to a point with therapy where you've had enough of it that you are pretty darned good at knowing where your issues come from, talking to yourself rationally about them, aware of alternatives and maybe try to implement some, but in the end there are things that somehow you automatically do anyway or feel anyway even though you "ought to" know better.

So if that is you, I have a couple suggestions for you.

1. along the lines of intuitive eating with a cognitive-behavioral component, I found the book "The Rules of Normal Eating" to be really helpful to work through. www.amazon.com/The-Rules-Normal-Eati
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Some of the exercises revealed lurking, irrational and unhelpful thoughts and feelings that I had about food, eating, feelings and my body. The author also has a workbook called Food and Feelings or something like that which may be useful to investigate.

2. You may seriously want to look into energy psychology methods. The two I have found most helpful were Lifespan Integration and EMDR. For some reason I have a feeling that LI would be really good for you. You being in OR, I suspect can find a therapist who employs one or both of these methods. I found a couple of them in Seattle who did both, plus EFT and just having regular marriage and family/individual therapy training. These methods have a way of removing the emotional charge from past events that has lodged in our brains, and causes us to react similarly again and again and AGAIN in the present when a current trigger reminds us on some deep level of a long past trigger that caused that charge. Example: In years past, although I understood well my family dynamic and myself, each time I would visit my hometown (or on rare occasion when family visited me), after the visits I would just cry and cry. I was just so sad about a variety of aspects of the situation. Some deep level of mourning, grief, etc. After working with the LI and EMDR techniques, the next time I visited my family? No tears. And none since. I changed nothing consciously about the visits - it just happened and I completely attribute the change to the energy psychology methods.

The methods can be used to help with any past event that had an emotional charge associated with it: fear, embarrassment, pain, anger, sadness, etc. Good candidates are things in the past that are brought to mind by present events or people. Could be any kind of thing - school failures, friend or family or relationship rejection, traumatic or violent event, etc. I know I have recommended these methods before but I will do t again because I think that they are effective and deserve more exposure. I know that Deb is a fan of EMDR too.

OK, gotta go deal with laundry - prepping for tomorrow's trip and I am WAYYYY behind!! Sigh.

Have a great weekend if I don't pop in!

Jenga

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Hi all..

To those who asked, yes I have considered temping, and met with (two actually) a temp agency last week. They have my info and I completed their online assessments earlier this week. One of them is very promising and the other I won't be working with.

Also, I have put out some networking feelers and made some contacts in that arena. I also have applied for a handful of jobs this week, so hopefully something will work out soon.

Someone asked about Deb...she seems to be doing as okay as one can be doing, at least from the little tiny peek into what she posts on FB I can see. She has posted some pictures of her son Baylin, both as a small child and as a young man, as well as related some stories. Today is her birthday. Happy Birthday DEB! We all continue to think of you. Most recently she posted that a dear friend of her sons had a baby (just in the last day or two) and named him Baylin in honor of her son. She was quite thrilled with that and I'm sure that provided some salve to her mothers heart...at least a small bit.

As for me: Saturday worked in the garden all day, sunday rested, monday went for a run, tuesday rested, wednesday did a FIRM cardio/weights combo workout, today rested.

Day two of my cleanse is going well, had a bit of trail mix which I'm not so sure is really within the parameters, but you know, the food police aren't stopping by to kill me, so it will all be okay. Fruit for breakfast, salad for lunch, some veggies and trail mix for snack, dinner was fish, broccoli and some grilled potatoes. No wine, no coffee, no dairy, no bread/wheat.

I have had a headache and been really really lethargic in the afternoons, literally falling asleep sitting here, but then I wake up and feel pretty energized. Tonight before I made dinner I spent about a half an hour doing a bunch of veggie chopping food prep to be ready for the weekend.

Mar- I know...I shouldn't complain! lol! The weather has been really great and I am super thankful. You could always come for a visit! I'll let you dig in the garden, snuggle the kitties and sit in the sun.

Met with my therapist today. We were talking about how will I handle stressful situations in the future in relation to food and overeating. She asked if I ever get to a point where I get so stressed that I stop eating. I just laughed. This concept is so foreign to me. When I get stressed I want to EAT EAT EAT! MORE MORE MORE! I have *never* been one of those people that loses weight when they are stressed because they stop eating. She asked if I could have some awareness around my eating during stress....again I laughed. I told her: I already DO. I know, 1000% that when I am massively stressed I eat to cope and I literally have a whole mental conversation about it and ultimately decide to eat it anyway. I said it's like this: food is comfort for me. When I am under so much stress, and I am bombarded and attacked and my walls are up to protect me from overload, trying to deal with my food issues is too much. It is the straw that breaks the camels back. I understand on a subconscious level that comfort is not forthcoming from any other source (externally-relief of the stress, from family, etc) and that if I want comfort the easiest and best way to find it is through food.

Of course, I realize this is not the best way to cope, and that ultimately it adds to my stress by increasing my weight, but this is the pattern I have experienced in the past.

MY HOPE is that with continuing to delve into intuitive eating, and understanding, and awareness ... and all those things, that I will have more or better ability to manage this in the future. I also think we are going to work on some behavioral therapy type stuff in future sessions, which also may help. I don't know. I know my past history, I understand it on an intellectual and awareness level, yet I decide to say f it and do what I want anyway in the moment.

Right at this moment the intuitive eating is working pretty well for me and I seem to be able to, if not remain fully aware, at least remember to check in and see how/where I'm at and feeling.

Took the herd (the cats) to the vet today (yes, all three at once) for some shots. Super good times. Roxie didn't say a word, Daisy whined a bit, and Fat Boy/Roscoe wouldn't shut up the whole time. Good grief!! They don't seem any worse for the wear this afternoon, all having gone outside and created havoc upon returning home.

At any rate, it's late and time for bed. Roxie has been waking me up at 3:30 in the morning. UGH!

Cats.

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Hi Everyone –

MLO – HI

Jenga – I’m sure Big Missy is ready to make friends at preschool. I’m also sure that she will be fine. The first week or so may be rough adjusting to a new routine, other than that, easy peasy. Good luck traveling to Seattle.

Mar – yeah on becoming a regular at your gym and glad you are going to have more time for yourself when you go down to only 2 jobs.

Last night I picked up DD and took her home before our baseball/softball meeting. The meeting was 2.5 hours long but we got quite a bit done. Of course once I got home and tried to wind down, I couldn’t. I tossed and turned a lot and think I got about 5.5 hours of actual sleep. However, I did fine with food and water yesterday. Today the cough and runny nose are back so I’m not happy. I have the church athletic association meeting tonight and we have a lot to discuss there too. I plan on going right to sleep once I get home from that meeting.

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Corrie--does it help if I tell you that I am bitterly jealous of your latest Blurb? Out in the sun with dirt and trees and cats and growing things....and I look outside and see our fresh 4 inches of snow, and not a growing thing in sight for at least another several weeks. Oh, and your runs...your beautiful lovely glorious runs OUTSIDE and not inside in a stale room on a treadmill going nowhere and sweat dripping into every orifice because it has no breeze to evaporate....sigh. Lol. Feel better? ;) Hehe.

Back down to 2 jobs as of the end of this week, and I couldn't be happier. The drain on my time and energy was taking its toll--now I'll actually have time to go for a run after work--you know, when the weather improves--and shower and eat before heading out to job #2. I'll miss the extra cash, but it was just extra spending money which we've already allocated for. So yay! One more shift. :)

I am slowly turning into one of those gym rats. I go at the same time, 3-4 times/week, and see the same people, and they see me, and are starting to note/acknowledge me--it's interesting to observe. I almost feel like a 'regular'.

DH out of town on a job for a couple of nights. The kitties are restless, lol.

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Hi Kids!

Honey, I think it's a good idea to just test plain corn and see what happens. Where corn would be processed into the meal for polenta, there's a high risk of cross-contamination with other grains at the same processing facilities, some of which may be wheat or gluten-containing. Unless the polenta were certified gluten-free, I would suspect the processing as a factor.

MLO, haha!! You never, ever know what is going to hold my girls' attention for only two seconds or 15+ minutes! They may be off and running, possibly together but more likely in different directions. Of course they are a bit further apart at two yrs, so their capabilities differ more and that makes planning activities appropriate for both awfully tricky. If one is ready to focus the other will often require attention due to a crisis, head bonk, potty, hunger or thirst, opposition to sibling getting Mommy's attention, etc etc etc ad nauseam!! This is why I'm really looking forward to preschool for the stimulating her to try new projects, etc so it's not all on me to just be hit and miss about it. Plus, she seems ready to make friends so I really want her to be in a social environment that also promotes respect and gentility. Dang, it sounds like my expectations are really high! :-o I hope they are at least reasonable skills for her to develop over the weeks and months.

Nicki asked about Jenn. Jenn is doing well, she can drive and fly again and is back to the gym now. Lots going on for her but things seem good.

We are going to Seattle for the weekend and I am mostly looking forward to it. I do worry a bit that I'm thinking we can fit too many things Into too short a time, but we'll just roll with it and chop out whatever doesn't seem to fit. The whole potty training aspect is gonna be interesting, that's for sure.

Better go. Talk to you guys later!

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From the Book: Salt, Sugar, Fat – How the Food Giants Hooked Us

Mouthfeel:

For Nicki:
There is strong neurological science backing up the notion that fat is as much a feeling as it is a taste. We now know that we feel fat through a nerve called the trigeminal. This critical part of our anatomy hovers above and behind the mouth near the brain with tentacles that extract tactile information from the lips, gums, teeth and jaw, which it then conveys to the brain. The trigeminal nerve is how we distinguish between sandy and smooth.

Ben & Jerry’s researcher Francis McGlone did brain testing back in 2005 – they determined there might be a substantial commercial payoff if he could establish that ice cream made people happy – through scientific methods, that is.

Using an MRI they scanned their brains as an assistant tipped a spoon of vanilla ice cream onto their lips, letting it melt into their mouths. The resulting images which show the brain’s pleasure centers lighting up as the subjects tasted the ice cream – thrilled the marketing arm of the company. “This is the first time that we’ve been able to show that ice cream makes you happy!” a Unilever (owns Ben & Jerry’s) Vice President, Don Darling, told a food industry publication.

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Still looking for the blurb about addiction - actually - the whole DANG book is about that subject!

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SHAWN – I’ve always said that dieting is a lonely business – our family, friends, co-workers and inner circle are often very tired of listening to our progress – or lack of it. I always liked WIDRT and sometimes…”OOPS, Slipped Up!” So I think that is why these chat threads are so helpful in letting us express the weight loss odyssey.

HONEY – The l’il critters are still among us – hibernating – have to wait until evening temperatures get to 40 degrees (they are nocturnal) to shoo them out of walls and attic. Boo Hiss!

JENGA – Props to you for potential enrollment of your little scamper! I’m about to head down to Ft. Lauderdale and play Gramma to Irish girl twins…ages 5 and 4! Last time I went to Library and checked out a “How to Keep 3 to 4 year olds bizzy and happy! Well, we painted rocks and used paper bags to “try” to make puppets among other things – Let’s just say that the writer of that book did NOT know my girlies! Some things just hit the trash can after 5 minutes. Playing cards with a 3 year old? GET OUT! She grabs all the cards and runs! LOL

I’m just jumping in to give that info to Nicki – not want to be a Thread Hog – back next time to talk about “The Search for Employment” for Corrie.

emoticon Time Change: I tried some of the tips like going to bed 15 minutes early - setting my watch on the new time ahead of the date - nothing is helping - fortunately I sleep with the Boss - so can straggle in late for next few weeks.

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Hi Everyone –

Shorey – HI

Corrie – sounds like a lot of factors are affecting you right now. Please hang in there.

Nicki – HI

Honey – unfortunately, here is Chicagoland it is about 20 degrees colder today than the normal average for this time of the year. I am more sick of the up and down of warmer one day, cooler the next. It reeks havoc with our immune systems. Looking forward to Spring and Summer. Sounds like you are making progress with creating a list of foods that don’t affect you. Good for you.

Yesterday I left work early and picked up DD for her doctor’s appointment. She got checked out and we got new prescriptions for her. We stopped at the grocery store for a couple of items and went home. I had to drop off some money I collected for the church athletic association and then I went to Walgreen’s to pick up our prescriptions. I ate some dinner and then I sorted through all my baseball/softball stuff while watching TV so I would be ready for our meeting tonight. I did well with food and water.

This morning I got up, took DD to the band bus, went and had blood drawn for thyroid testing, did the bank deposit for work and then came into the office. Tonight I will pick up DD and bring her home before going to the baseball/softball meeting. It will be a long one so that’s all I’ll get done tonight.

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Good Morning Everyone

CORRIE - glad to hear you are feeling better. Looking for a job can be very stressful. I do like NICKI's suggestion. I did lots of temp work during the summers when I was in college. And again after I graduated law school and was looking for a job. It was great to get out into the work world, do something, add to my resume, bring in some money so I could pay my rent, and just feel like I was doing something other than sitting at home.

MLO - hope all of the bats are out of the belfry!

SHAWN -it is spring here in Northern California - hoping it gets to you soon!!

SHOREY - thanks for the drive by! Hope you adjust to the time change quickly. It is taking me forever! We ate dinner last night at 8:30 because i didn't start it until 7:45. :-)

So aside from getting over another cold, I am doing well over here. I tried quinoa and it went well, so I have one more grain in my arsenal! I also tried polenta fries and that did not go well. I am not sure if that means corn is out, but I figure I might do better with actual corn instead of polenta, which is processed and maybe would be harder to handle. Either way, it is good to know!

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Corrie- have you considered using a "temp" service? I work for Adecco and we place executive admins, etc. Their sister company, Ajilon, is good as well for those types of positions. I always figure, the more people looking for a job for you, the better, right??

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Hello Party People!

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Things are going along over here. My deep depression is lifting quite a bit, but I still feel very much on the ragged edge, meaning, it doesn't take much of anything to set me off, piss me off, get me angry or "upset." So, I know it is still there...lingering. I think much of this will abate if I can just land a JOB and quit with the job searching. Part of the feelings for me come from the aspect of job searching that says "you're not good enough" or "you haven't done enough" or "you're not smart enough" or whatever else. I try to ..ignore...fight...acknowledge...understan
d...these feelings and sometimes that helps but sometimes it just makes me mad.

Anyway, last night was one of those nights. After an unpleasant couple of conversations I wanted dessert. I didn't need dessert. Intellectually I KNOW THIS. Here is what I also know: if DH would have been amenable to dessert I would have gone and bought some and consumed it, purely for the pleasure feelings it would provide and a numbing of the anger/pain. Luckily, DH was not amenable to dessert and so I stayed home and tried to numb out using my computer and my cats. Maybe not the most healthy, but I suppose a small anti-sugar victory.

Revised my resume (again...time 7867) and applied for an executive assistant position. We shall see. Not my first choice, but quite decent pay.

I'm sure there is a job out there for me somewhere.

Other stuff: went for an interval walk/jog yesterday, about 3.4 miles. Worked in the garden ALL day Saturday.

Food is doing okay. I am not eating enough fresh stuff, though.

I am starting my spring cleanse this week, which will encourage better eating habits for a couple weeks and lighten up things a bit as well.

The days seem to get away from me fast now that DST has started...It is already after 1 and I need to do some homework and I wanted to exercise. We'll see if I get that far before I have to leave for school.

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VVVVVVRRRROOOOOMMMMMMM

I'm stopping by skid skid skid.

Food is going okay and work busy. The daylight savings thing has me all off kilter right now. It'll take me a few days to get readjusted.

I'm still stretching and throwing in other exercises here and there. My neck and upper back are feeling much better.

DH loves his ice cream; I buy only what he likes and I stay pretty much away from it. Or if I want a bite it is just that one bite and I'm done.

Have a great day.

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Hi Everyone –

Lisa – HI

MLO – so glad you are popping in occasionally. You always motivate me even if only because I see you post.

Jenga – with little ones, it is always a changing environment from day to day. Enjoy it.

Nicki – I’m slowly coughing less but now DD has it. The recent rain has melted a lot of the snow. Trying to stay on track and get stuff done.

WIDR Friday – 8 hours of sleep, dropped off DD for morning band bus, gas in car, money for week for me, bank deposit for work, 1677 calories, 115 ounces of water

WIDR Saturday – 8 hours of sleep, 30 minute walking program, dropped DD off at school, met her at band competition, did church raffle, 1498 calories, 91 ounces of water

WIDR Sunday – went to church with DD, stayed for the Stations of the Cross, went grocery shopping, met up with my little brother who is home from college for Spring Break, did 1 big load of laundry, 1663 calories, 88 ounces of water

Sunday night I got 8 hours of sleep to start the week off. Monday I basically went to work, picked up DD and we went to the chiropractor. Poor DD caught my cold and cough so we went home and she finished homework and I ate dinner while we watched The Biggest Loser. I was on track with food and water. Today, I’m leaving work early to pick up DD and take her to the doctor for an asthma check up. Wednesday night I have a baseball/softball board meeting. Thursday night I have a church athletic association board meeting.

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Hi everyone!

Honey, you are spot on, to just not buy it. Seems easy, but isn’t for some stupid reason. Glad things are going well adding things back in.

Mlo- yes, wise words. Let me know that reference, I’ll get the book- I have never tried crack, of course, but seriously if it’s anything like ice cream….it is truly my nemesis.

Jenga- interesting Fuller quote- in pondering it though I wonder how easy it is to make a different model when it’s people you’re talking about…of course, nothing is easy. I need a different model for lots of different things it seems….overwhelming….. Big Missy being in school soon! It is a big change, but you’ll see it’s just a progression, what is supposed to happen. Hugs to you too!

Shawn- hope you’re all dug out of the show! Hope you’re feeling better.

Hi to everyone, hope all is going well- I hurt my left calf somehow and it hurts to walk, but I’m hobbling along. It does feel better today. Food ok, not great, water is great, exercise on hold until probably tomorrow depending on how my calf feels. Loads of feelings here I think I’m afraid to feel…..

How are Deb and Jenn doing? Those of you on Facebook?

Have a great day!
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Hi kids!

MLO posted "Learning new things won't help the person who isn't using what he already knows." ~anon

Ouch ouch ouchie ouch ouch. Truth pissing me off alert over here! Heh.
A well-placed quote indeed.
Thanks, Mellow! You always did have that way of phrasing things so very aptly. :-)

Here's another one that I really liked recently:

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." -Buckminster Fuller

Ahhhh. Change is good. Must repeat that to self x10000!! Change is good, Jenga.

Looks like Big Missy will start preschool in April, if not sooner. I think she's really gonna love a Montessori-type environment. That's one of my catalysts for change over here. Gonna be interesting to see where this train takes us.

Better go. Hi and hugs to all of you!

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"Learning new things won't help the person who isn't using what he already knows." ~anon

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Since it is Monday and I sort of promised to check in here - thought I would make a quick visit.

Lisa - I read your BLOG. Way too many commitments and dynamics to give even the most marginal comment. This is major - and a life-changing decision for you and your DH along with those in your inner circle. I give you PROPS for even considering. ...I live it in a way that I cannot reveal at this time in a Public Forum. Talk about the Victories? and the things that challenge? You will be part of this history. I will pray for you.

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PUBLIC TEAMS - So...I don't usually post to them - thankfully back at eDIETS as a Moderator at Career Women I had many who provided their e-mail addresses and could invite them over to Sparky -and I checked out the Sparky Cafe` - and looked for "Maintenance" - found so many old members and some who even posted at WIDRT! How cool is that?

I could invite them to my Private Team! This was back in 2006 - and we still pretty strong - as is at LEAST 2 other ediets Private Teams that I know about.

I tell you this so that you can stay connected! As a Leader of a Team - it was my job to search out these former ediet members who were still looking for connections, for a way to post on a regular basis and to find others who had gotten to goal weight - and to share their travels.

But I know since about 2010 - the sharing of weight management has changed - thanks to Facebook and Twitter - most people just want to shout out a few words - "Made my fluids!" "Passed up the Cinnabon!" or "Hit the Gym and and found a new Partner in the Weight Room!"

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NICKI - So I'm reading the "Salt, Sugar, Fat" book - Michael Moss - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize - and I did see how Ice Cream was used as a measure for Addiction - including CRACK! NOW, tonight - it is late and I was searching for the chapter - as I have 30 post a note flags in the dang book - could not find the reference!!! But I will tomorrow when I'm "fresh" - lot - hey, GF - I get it - love the creamy stuff - but am now searching for Lactose Free - cause I think that is why the stuff gives me a "not so happy ending."

I think Liza said - that she posts daily at Sparky - correct me if I'm wrong? I post at least once a day here - and usually twice. Now, why? That keeps me focused on my own struggle, my own solutions, my own world. Otherwise, all those around me would drain out all my creativity, time, energy and....money!

See ya' soon
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Hi kids,

just passing through to say I'm still here...

As of now, this week looks to be calm, so I'll probably get a chance to check in again soon.

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Hi Everyone –

Shorey – glad Kev is healing well. Sounds like you are getting a lot of cross stitching done.

Nicki – thanks I’m starting to feel better, less coughing anyway. Keep up with your workouts and walk away from the ice cream.

Honey – glad you are finding lots of foods that you like that you aren’t having reactions to.

Well last night DD and I went home, ate dinner and both of us were tired so we went to sleep early. This morning, after 8 hours of sleep, we got up and I got DD to the band bus on time. I stopped to put gas in the car, went to the ATM for my allowance for the week and stopped at the bank for work on my way to the office. Tonight we will go to bed early again.

Tomorrow DD has a band competition about 45 minutes away. She has to be dropped off at the school at 7:30 am to load up all the instruments and I will meet her at the competition. Then later in the afternoon, I have to run the church raffle. My little brother is going to be home on Spring Break so I might do something with him and my step mother in the evening. Sunday DD has to read at the Stations of the Cross after the 11:15 am Mass.

I am going to try to do at least a walking video tomorrow and Sunday morning since my coughing fits have gotten better. I’ll continue getting extra sleep and lots of fluids too.

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Hi Everyone

SHOREY - taking care of sick/injured people is hard. When DH doesn't feel well he goes from hard to deal with to downright impossible, so I really feel for you!

NICKI - Anyway to just get rid of the ice cream and not have it in the house? Or buy flavors for others that you don't like? Just a thought.

JENGA - So I am generally using things other than my weight to see if I am reacting to something, although I do figure if my weight goes up by more than 1 pound, that might be an indication that I am reacting to something, assuming it is paired with other factors. With the wheat I think I went up 1 pound overnight, along with feeling tired, having a very high blood sugar, and my stomach didn't feel so great either. So as I add in other foods I am paying attention to my blood sugar (a huge spike would indicate a problem), how I feel in terms of my energy level and my stomach.

I have tried a bunch of new things in the last week and so far all have gone well. :-) I went to sushi on Saturday and had chirashi (sashimi on sushi rice) with some seaweed and pickled wasabi and tamari. I also made a great fried brown rice with some beet greens, pea shoots, sesame oil, and tamari among other things, which were all new to me. I also roasted some veggies the other night and included some fennel (which rocked!) and that seemed to be okay as well. I also had some kale chips that I buy at the co-op and some blackberries, and all were good.

I haven't tried any grainy type things yet, and we'll see how that goes when I try them, but right now I am happy to eat how I am eating and not have them in my life. After talking to Ann it has been nice since I have calmed down about food and am feeling relaxed again. This has helped me to not be so obsessed with food. I think not eating wheat or most grains is really helping me to be able to eat intuitively. I am not counting calories and am also not having the cravings I normally do, which is a really nice and peaceful feeling.

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Hi everyone!

Shorey- hang in there- I know what you mean by not being a good caretaker when DH gets older- and mine is 15 years older than me…sigh. {{{hugs}}}

Shawn- I was wondering if you got walloped by the snow! Glad you had a day off to sleep, take good care of yourself!!!

MLO- I love Erma Bombeck, she was so funny! And so right…. Glad the bats are getting taken care of- they are creepy, aren’t they? But good for the environment – though not in the house.

Jenga- your post inspired me to by roller skates for DD turning 8 next Saturday. I used to LOVE rollerskating! And it is such great exercise. Hope the kids are getting better!

Corrie- Hope DH’s birthday went well. And 4.5 lbs in a month is great!

Honey- glad you and Ann figured out how to reintroduce things! She really is such a wealth of information- Ann? Come out to play!!

Lisa- Congrats on the new puppy! And I laughed about going into the office being weird for your kids- mine would love if I could work from home- and so would I!!

On the gumby front- I fell back into a vat of ice cream these past few days. I do so well, then BAM- emotional eating at it’s finest. And while I’m doing it I think, “This is emotional eating. I should write down my feelings and figure out why. But I know why, I’m (insert mad, sad, frustrated, bored, grouchy, just deserve it, whatever). So I know why and I’m going to do it anyways.” Sigh. But on the good side, it hasn’t been nearly as much!!! And I’ve been good with the workouts, I love the Y…they miss me when I’m not there, and they know which locker I like…

Everyone have a great day- we’re all works in progress, aren’t we?! I’m grateful for each one of you.

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Okay so this week has been CRAZY busy. It’s calmed down some.

Corrie – the Miracle Ball you have to lay on them and breathe for a minimum of three minutes any less you won’t feel anything. I have found 5 – 10 minutes best, no it isn’t easy since I can’t read a book while working my shoulders. They are helping me a lot, my chiro and massage therapist can tell a difference in my muscles. I still have some really deep knots, they are coming to the surface though.

I did a quick scan through posts. Kev had his check-up appointment yesterday. Everything is healing well. He has to be in air-cast for another 5 wks, in those wks he can start to do some calf stretching, then start to put some weight on foot in air-cast, then a few wks after that can start to walk with crutches in air-boot. Then he goes back in surgery to remove the weight bearing screws. Then we wait until after that check-up apt to see where he is at. He “might” be able to get back to work around late May or June at this rate it all depends on after surgery and if he can walk without crutches.

I haven’t really had time to log food or anything, been busy cross-stitching cards for the birthdays coming up, and taking care of everything around the house. I’m exhausted and have been told I have nothing to be stressed over. AACCCKKK. I bit my tongue because nothing nice will come out of my mouth. I don’t think I will be a good care taker for when he gets older though. Sighhh

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Hi Everyone –

I scanned/read all the posts I missed. Sounds like the group is busy as usual.

With TTOM coming last Thursday night, my weigh in Friday showed no change. Since Saturday night, I’ve been fighting off a head cold and cough. I lost.

Basically we had a major snow storm here Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday night we got to leave the office early. I picked up DD and went home. Even with DD’s help, I was outside shoveling for 1.5 hours. I got up yesterday morning, shoveled again for another 60 minutes, took DD to the morning band bus and came home to get ready for work. I was so exhausted from fighting the cold and shoveling that I didn’t even have the strength to get ready so I called my boss and told him I was taking a sick day. I slept on and off most of the day. I feel a little better today but not great.

My food choices have been okay mainly because I’ve been too tired to get up and snack. My water was a little low yesterday but I’ve got it back up today. Tonight I’m going home and probably going to sleep early.

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"In general, my children refused to eat anything that hadn't danced on TV."

"The grass is always greener over the septic tank."

"It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else."

"If you can laugh at it, you can live with it."

All from Erma Bombeck

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Read through the posts - CORRIE - Congrats on the pounds down! And committing to a Race!

MEG - Last 10 pounds are soooo frustrating - for the last 3 pounds - I had to become almost totally involved with every bite and slurp!

LISA - Didn't read your Blog yet - but current post raise my curiosity to check it out.

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BAT update - we had KEN the HERO check out our 3 attics - 2 were safe! Lifted the trap door to the 3rd one located in guest room closet and lotta bat guano fell to carpeted floor. Further exploration by the expert with Dan'l right behind him - for sure evidence of possibly as many as 10 bats - none to be seen as attic is cold so they hide in walls. Soon as night-time temps can get above 40 degrees - KEN and his team will remove insulation, vacuum and sanitize the whole area - find entry points and caulk all possible cracks, leaks. Our neighbor hood is in middle of Woods with protected marsh behind houses on our street. KEN thinks about 60% of homes infest with bats. Lotta comfort in that...NOT!

Priya - I have same problem with potatoes - German heritage - always part of dinner! Almost the same as Irish...I'm thinking!

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I saw that LEE/Kendraleigh brought a post from Debra to her page and share with us. For sure Debra is trying to cope anyway she can with the loss of her son and viewing the sadness of her DH along with so many others in her life that knew him.

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Bought a new scale - love, love, love it - measures in tenths - sometimes seeing minimal changes can be a stimulant for continued progress.

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Hi you guys! Hi Corrie and Lisa and Honey and Shorey. :-)

I've been working on preschool app stuff for Big Missy so only lurked here a bit, no time to post. I have barely even been on FB, even! Dang.

Plus, last weekend was the big kiddo birthday party. We went roller skating again and I swear I wish I could find the way to go do that more often by myself! Love taking Big Missy but her patience is pretty short. Then Mommy doesn't get to skate much.

I ate things I don't usually eat, like cake, and while I enjoyed having them for a change, I noticed that my body didn't necessarily appreciate it. So that's a good data point to have.

Corrie, I think you'll find the intuitive stuff makes a lot of sense if you have any tendency toward anxiety at all. It's really quite a relief to think that way. Also can I just say that I hate how I keep typing your name as Corroe and then have to go back and correct it? If I ever miss one please forgive me, as I find it rather yucky and suppose you may as well. ;-)

Lisa, you sure have a lot of stuff going on! I haven't had time to go see what it's all about but kudos to you for appearing to keep it all together. :-) Thanks for the link to the NLP book - I got it and will be curious to read through it. The main experience I've had that was related to NLP was highly frustrating, but that was mostly due to the person who was exposing me to the concepts being rather a jerk. At the time, I found it interesting but it was only a peripheral to what I was studying. I've been mildly interested since, but nothing has sparked me to investigate it. Now I am sensing the need for a paradigm shift over here and so I find it appealing to explore. I'm also going to try more of the Omharmonics meditations and some other stuff as time permits. I've always found meditation- and visualization-type resources to be helpful, so am optimistic about the possibility of creating some shifts in daily life.

Now, energy gumby? What does that look like? I am tempted to run away from the idea of any accountability, which may or may not mean I need some... :-S

Honey, I wish I would for once see a true objective measure of sensitivity to a given food. I just don't think we are there yet, since the field and evaluation measures are too new and imperfect. What did you settle on for your measures of sensitivity? Inquiring minds want to know.

I have got two sick kiddos on my hands so I had better get to bed. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. Oh and it's also official potty training time around here, v. 2.0, so there is never a dull moment. :-0

Talk to you guys later!

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Waving to Corrie, so she doesn't feel alone! :-)

Glad you saw the blog--you had some interesting comments when the issue first came up, as I recall. Yesterday we had the first talk with the officials in charge. We're looking into whether we can be named as additional guardians instead of going through the full foster parent process. Partly just because it's simpler and faster--partly because one of the complications of the fostering process would be that social services has no legal reason to say she should be fostered. Although the social worker did say--in front of the mother--that it would obviously be a better situation for the girl....

Think that's all I have time for this morning--one of the other changes lately is a new puppy that adopted us.... Gotta walk him!

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Where is everybody?

Had a good day... a bit sore from my wog yesterday but I did 30 minutes of FIRM cardio this morning anyway and then about 15 minutes of good stretching...ahhhhh.....

Have a massage/chiro appt tomorrow to work on my shoulder some more.

I worked on homework for a good portion of the day...I'm tired and sore this afternoon and would like a nap but I have to go to class instead. Boo.

Today is Chris' bday, he is 39. 39!!!! We started dating when he was 18! Good grief.

Where does the time GO? We will go to dinner after class tonight to celebrate. I don't know where. It is his pick.

So.

I have been diving into this intuitive eating thing more over the past week or two. I think I have decided that pretty much everything I think I know about dieting/diets and losing weight is either a guess or totally wrong. I'm really new at this but I already feel a sense of freedom and peace and the desperation and franticness is dissipating. Gosh I hope this continues.

I have lost about 4.5 lbs in the last month, which is not as much as I would have liked, but I have to say that I am actually really pleased with that considering everything else I was/am dealing with.

Anyway...that's it for today. I hope you all are super!
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Ann IS pretty spectacular! A great deal of wisdom wrapped up in her!

Glad you are feeling better about it Honey.

Mlo-we had a squirrel come down our chimney into our woodstove one time...I, too, wondered how the heck do I get it OUT?? Eventually it skittered back up and out on its own.

Lisa, read your blog. A big step! I hope the universe provides the best possible solution for all of you. So impressionable at 12.

Jenga, good luck on the sleep front. You know how valuable it is, yet I understand how changing a lifelong pattern can take a great deal of time and process. I wish you luck.

Hi Meg! There are so many options now for bc. So far I'm not having any issues with the IUD. The procedure was WOW painful, but by the next morning I was only a tiny bit uncomfortable, and that came and went.

Shorey, you have me seriously intrigued with the miracle balls. I looked on amazon. Do you just basically lay on the balls and breathe, with the balls in various spots? You really felt it worked? I would be willing to try that to help with my shoulder.

Good Job Priya and Nicki!

Priya, I wonder...is it possible to switch out, perhaps slowly over time, your children's rice from white to brown? It is healthier for them, too.

Hi Shawn! You sound busy as usual. I hope you are feeling better and getting some sleep!

Well, I am feeling like I am continuing to make progress, bit by bit. I feel like my mood is overall picking up a bit, I am overall being more active, and I am continuing to take actions to feel better.

I didn't do so well with exercise last week, but I did pretty well with mindful eating. The weekend was busy busy busy with a crazy reorganization project that I got myself wrapped up in.

We went out Saturday night for burgers and fries at a bar. On one had I thought I did quite well stopping eating, but later I realized I had still eaten too much because I was uncomfortable full. Good realization. Burger only next time, or half a burger and small amount of fries. Just good to have awareness.

Regardless of my shoulder, I need to get serious about training for the half marathon in May. So, I went out for a wog today and completed about 3.5 miles of walk jog intervals. I will totally be sore tomorrow.

Take care!
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Hope you are all doing well this week.

I have been so busy with work I haven't kept you all up to date on my elimination diet. So here's what's been going on. At the beginning of the plan, my weight went down pretty steadily until I was down about 4 pounds, but then, for various reasons explained and unexplained (TTOTM, sick with a cold), it bounced around and then mostly went up until I was only down 2 pounds and it has stayed there. The problem with all the bouncing up is it left in a place where I felt unable to reintroduce things. I have felt like I can't test new things until my weight went back down. Very frustrating. After doing this for over a month (I started on 1/26) I have only added back a handful of things. Add to this finding out I need to not eat wheat and I was not in a good place.

So I spoke with ANN on Thursday and she helped me immensely! We agreed that my weight wasn't the best indicator of whether I am reacting to something or not. So I am now in a place where I will be reintroducing something every 4-5 days, regardless of what my weight is doing. I will use other factors to figure out if I am reacting to it or not. Anyway, I feel so better and at peace with this. :-)

On the gluten free front - I really think it is going to be manageable for me. Once I can add in more things (like hopefully quinoa) I think it won't be to bad.

The weather has been beautiful and spring like around here. I took some nice long walks on both Saturday and Sunday. I will walking again today too.

-Honey

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Nighthawk sent me this link - and I just got the book from Library over the weekend. I'm about 1/2 way thru - can see why the writer won Pulitzer Prize. Wonder how long it will take to reach #1 on NYT Best-Seller lists?

Back to my post - as I recall some of you have sold homes or moved in past 3 years - so you know what a challenge it can be. I had planned to stop in here every Monday to see all the success stories...or whatever from the Members...but with the Broker walk thru last week - my Monday was spent "STAGING" the house. No tissues out, no paper towel holders, all toilet seats down, no remotes, glasses, trays, clutter of any kind in view - floors moped/vacuumed, all surfaces dusted, have the whole FlyLady clean sink happenin'!

Updates on Wednesday - so house was on the market for almost 1 week? Sigh...now a visit from Wildlife Solutions!~mlo


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