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Hunger & Self Awareness

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Too long no blog!

In responding to someone else's blog I had some thoughts on hunger: Hunger is such a tricky thing...I can set myself up with BUSHELS of veggies for snacking and later still find myself "hungry" for calorie-dense foods of some sort. Yet, if I stop myself and reflect on whether or not I'm hungry I realize I'm stuffed to the gills with veggies! How can I be "hungry?" When I think it over I realize it's not true hunger, but a "mouth" hunger or "habit" hunger and with a pause and a little self-awareness I can side-step it, although it isn't always easy!

I've been reading a little bit about intermittent fasting lately and thinking this might be worth trying short-term as a means of shaking things up in the food department and was further surprised over the LACK of hunger during my 24+ hours of fasting earlier this week. One after-effect of fasting for me is a greater investment into sticking with a healthy eating plan afterward: how can I allow myself to slip and cancel any benefits from my fast by choosing an unhealthy food or too large a portion? I'll see how this goes.

I'm still off the bike...anti-coagulant paranoia is keeping me away from road cycling so far. But it is not without a struggle and a yearning as I read about my bike club's outings. I may consider allowing myself some shorter, safer routes with less potential for mishaps. Not that my rides have ever been fraught with trouble. But one slip, cut, bump could potentially land me in the emergency room...all-too-sobering a thought! A senior member of the bike club at least recruited me to SAG for the Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour in early June (ALWAYS a great time, super riding and super price! Check it out: www.southerntierbicyclec
) It will feel good to at least be a part of things. In the meantime I've been getting a lot of Spinning and elliptical cardio with my 3x weekly ST AND, shifting to the outdoors for...

Preparing for my upcoming one & only 5K of the year at the Binghamton Bridge Run early May: www.binghamtonbridgerun.

As I know I've said many times...not a runner, but I feel that dedicating myself to one 5K yearly is at least a way of "mixing it up" with my workouts and hopefully catching up with some other local Sparkers! Plus another great thought inspired by VHALKYRIE: Let's keep Boston in mind during our running efforts and channel our outrage over such horrific behaviors and fuel our runs with defiance and celebration of our freedoms and our drive to be as healthy as possible!

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    I'm glad you're being careful, Don. Then again, given that I am a total klutzo, I can understand the paranoia. I have taken two spills just in the past six months, chipped my tooth on one of them and had to have it repaired. LOL Geeezo peto.... But good for you for doing the marathon, that is one thing I have never yet attempted, I gotta admire that.
    2822 days ago
    *Habit* hunger is a great term for it:) emoticon emoticon
    2836 days ago
    Thanks for giving me a *heads up*...I cancelled all my blog subscriptions in Dec. It's incredible HOW WELL you are doing, "all things considered." You could be a couch potato "crying in your beer" over the woes that befell you...but no! You have prevailed!!!

    I wish I had the fortitude you do! If wishes were....

    To be continued...!
    2836 days ago
    I'm sure hoping you'll get the all clear for a bit of biking at least -- because you love it so much. It's been a long time since I've tried a serious fast . . . but it does have the great side effect of making me really "notice" food when I resume eating!
    2838 days ago
    Sounds like a good approach....build up gradually doing what you can...push, but not to the extreme that you cause more harm.

    Oh, and enjoy it too!
    2840 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*

    i agree with Patricia speak to your dr..........
    perhaps in time you will be back in the saddle again soon.........
    wishing you all the best........
    take care.....
    blessings and hugs...........lita
    2840 days ago
    Hi Don...

    I too have not gotten any notices of your blogs. Sorry to hear you have not been feeling good. You will be on my every day pray list. Don't do anything that will jeopardize your health.

    2840 days ago
    Welcome back to blogging!
    I'd talk to your Dr. about your concerns about biking (unless you are a
    'frequent faller' - then I concur with your choice).
    2840 days ago
    Sounds healthy. Good work!
    2840 days ago
    My brother-in-law ran the Boston marathon on Monday. Thankfully he and his running mates were safe, but everyone was really shaken up by what happened.
    Good Luck with your health (sounds scary!) and keep eating those bushels and bushels of veggies. I've been eating tons of them lately and going through a cleanse for Candida too (just blogged about it) and I must say they are filling because of the fibre. And the hummus!! I dip my carrot sticks into homemade hummus and I think the combo is what does the trick since the hummus has some fat and protein in it as well as carbs.
    2840 days ago
    Hi Don,
    Glad to see you back on the blog. I feel like I was away and missed some major upheavals in your health. Glad to know you are making accommodations and I can certainly understand how scary the anticoagulant-bike thing must be!
    Intermittent fasting is an interesting idea....I have a couple of friends who do this weekly as part of their spiritual practice. For them it removes the distraction of food preparation and eating and allows them to focus more completely on meditation.
    Best to you with the 5-K. My daughters have talked me into completing an obstacle race as a team in June on the OBX-I am terrified, but up for the challenge. Trying to train now. We will be doing the 3-mile course and the team has to start and finish together-I warned them!
    2840 days ago
    Glad to see your blog post, Don, and thanks for your comment on mine. emoticon I think you are wise to avoid riding your bicycle for now; it's just not worth the risk. emoticon

    Best wishes!
    2840 days ago
    Hi Don,

    I don't know why I have not been getting notices about your blog entries, since I do get them for all your message board comments. Anyway I just caught up on your recent cardiac history. Take care and when you are ready, maybe we can meet in the real world Otsiningo Park for a super-safe bike-road reconnection.

    2840 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/18/2013 11:10:41 AM
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