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Stuff I'm Learning While Lying Around

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

So...I'm back to slow Sparking, indefinitely. I thought I was taking it easy the last couple of weeks, but when I looked back, I realized that maybe I hadn't, so much. I'd snuck in a lot of housework, a little hooping, grocery shopping, laundry, cooking, video editing, etc. You know the drill. Anyway, I think I overdid it, because I had another setback this week. Apparently, damaged nerves need a lot of time to heal-- bummer. I'm still taking super slow, short walks on the elliptical, just enough to keep the streak alive. But, other than that, I've made myself lie in bed with icepacks and try my best to move as little as possible ALL week. I am trying to be a super good patient, which, for the moment, means lying in bed and watching entire seasons of Battlestar Galactica on Netflix. This is how geeks heal. Haha

Geeky Sci-Fi on Netflix; it's good medicine, people, good medicine. :)

But I'm learning stuff, while lying around. First-- food must really be at least 80% of the whole weight loss thing, just like people say. Because, when I was slow Sparking and still eating squeaky Spark Solution clean, I still managed to lose some weight. This week, hubs has taken care of a lot of the grocery shopping and meals. Bless his heart. It's been harder to eat squeaky clean. I haven't always had the best choices on hand and my weight went up a bit this week. Second-- I feel hungrier, just lying around, than when I'm as active as I normally am. This makes absolutely no sense to me and it took me a couple of days to realize this. I mean, my body does NOT need as much fuel when I'm lying around watching Battlestar Galactica as it does when I'm super active. But I'd catch myself eating bigger portions, extra snacks. One of my brilliant SparkBuddies, Joy, said something really smart in one of her blogs. She said, "That's what I've learned about maintenance; I have to be involved in things I enjoy more than eating." Boom. That made so much sense to me! Here, all this time, I didn't realize that exercise and activity had been helping me stave off false hunger signals. Hmm, something to be aware of, during this less active period. Knowing is half the battle, right?

My trusty fleet of ice packs.

So, with these realizations in hand, I'm shooting towards giving hubs squeaky clean shopping lists, eating on the lower end of my calorie range, and not falling for the fake hunger signals. And I have to be patient. I have to remember that, although most of the time I feel like a 10 year old kid on the inside, I'm walking around in a 46 year old's body. And yes, it does take longer to bounce back from things these days. Sometimes, age is just a number and sometimes it's like a speed limit sign. Ha ha.

Pull over, lady and put DOWN the hoop!

Whether it's slow, turbo, or somewhere in between--Spark On, Brave Sparkers!
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    791 days ago
    I hope u are all better now Shellie. What happened? I can totally relate to the age thing. I am 42 & am trying to heal from a pinched nerve. Very painful! emoticon
    1482 days ago
    emoticon and take it easy!
    1721 days ago
    You are certifiable, and I love it.
    1748 days ago
    Loved it!!! Get better soon!!! emoticon
    1780 days ago
    USTiFUs This is called, "Never Send A Man Grocery Shopping."

    Since you are laid up, you might as well laugh.
    1785 days ago
    Glad to hear you're taking good care of yourself. A slow heal can be frustrating, but it sure looks like you're handling it well.
    Keep on geekin', make sure hubs has grocery guidance, and leave the hooping to Audrey.
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    1785 days ago
    emoticon Great blog.
    1785 days ago
    "Joy said, "That's what I've learned about maintenance; I have to be involved in things I things I enjoy more than eating." Boom."

    WOW, that's a profound statement!

    I'm training for my triathlon that takes place this Sunday, so I haven't been keeping up with my favorite Spark blogs. I'm so sorry to hear that you are laid up. I'll have to read your blogs backward to see what caused this. Sounds like some nerve problem. Hope you are feeling better soon!
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    1786 days ago
    Even laid up you an inspirational woman! I hope you feel better soon. emoticon
    1786 days ago
    emoticon I enjoyed to blog.
    1787 days ago
  • LAFS75
    emoticon emoticon Thanks for the encouraging message. Hope you start feeling better soon.
    1787 days ago
    Been there done that overdoing thing that slows the recovery. No exercise at all is a huge change for me right now, other than gardening from a chair, but I too am in a old shell that recovers by the labels...( 53, diabetic, pre-unhealthy eater, and no exercise) even if my mind and interests are young stillI, my body is not...but honestly thanks to spark is is younger than it has been in 25 years. Hang in there...This too will Pass!
    1787 days ago
    I can understand this!! I have had quite a bit of things to come back from this year and it always takes more time than I want it too. emoticon
    1787 days ago
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    1787 days ago
    Well I've watched all those Battlestar episodes on Netflix too. Good stuff. Great insight into the hungry thing. For so long, food was the main thing in my life, and your friend Joy is absolutely have to be involved in things you enjoy more than eating. I'm also careful not to let eating become part of things that I already watching things on Netflix. but you know that!
    1789 days ago
    emoticon I needed to hear your wisdom today!
    Here's hoping you have a speedy recovery, and continue to learn more about YOU!
    1789 days ago
    Take care
    1790 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    1790 days ago
    Injuries are NOT fun but I have found that you do have to take the time to heal. I hope you are on the mend soon!

    1791 days ago
    Hope you're on the mend! Your sunny attitude in the face of setbacks is always an inspiration!


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  • LMGH86
    1791 days ago
    Healing thoughts my friend. Geeks are cool emoticon
    1791 days ago
    So sorry you are laid up
    1791 days ago
    emoticon to hear, you having to remain limited for your recovery. eating squeaky clean is hugh without the exercise, heal that body up so you will not be limited emoticon is great for the fake hunger signals
    1792 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/30/2013 2:04:25 PM
  • SFREY217
    Take time to heal or your recovery will take twice as long. When you are feeling hungry drink more water instead of the extra snacks. Just do what you can slow and steady and you'll be as good ad new in no time. Sending prayers for healing and patience your way.
    1792 days ago
    Do I know the feeling! After falling off my bike 2 1/2 weeks ago and spraining my arm, got pretty banged up, it was so discouraging and traumatic! . After being active for so long, just taking a few days off to heal and take it easy was hard! Then a few days ago, I thought my arm was doing better so I am back to driving, cleaning (have walked a few times-legs ok) then boom, my wrist felt like I broke it-OUCH-moved it a wrong way and so, back to compression wrist support and can hardly use it. With the support it is better today. So, some things it just means you have to keep still until it heals and do no more than you have to. I have no patience, but I am learning! Hope you feel better soon. Take it easy and enjoy Netflix. I am catching up on all kinds of TV and trying to be good with my eating. But, sometimes emotional times get me down and I eat. Bad habits can come back so fast! Setbacks happen, but we can get past it, right?! Hang in there! emoticon
    1792 days ago
    You have a great attitude towards life and that is very important towards your healing. I am glad you are taking it very slow. You said you were feeling hungrier when you are sedentary. I learned that a natural appetite suppressant is exercise. Now that you are pretty much immobile you are feeling hungrier. It's a very poor trade off but you are on the right track to combat it. Carefully monitoring what you put in your body is the best way to make sure you don't over do it in the food department. You are a very BRAVE woman for sending your hubby shopping lol. I can relate. I try not to send him shopping unless I am with him. Yup, I trust him that much :)

    Feel Better!

    1793 days ago
    emoticon Take it easy! We'd really like our Wonder Woman to get better! It is amazing how quickly those false hunger signals kick in. Still, enjoy Battlestar Galactica!

    And just because I know you are my equal in geekiness... emoticon Rick Worthy, who plays Simon, interned for me when he was in college. He's got the most amazing eyes!

    1793 days ago
    Take care, my friend! You'll be back hooping again before you know it. Just get healed FIRST!!!!! emoticon and emoticon for complete healing!!
    Love ya!
    1793 days ago
  • BLONDIE218145
    Hoop you feel better!! emoticon
    1793 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
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    1793 days ago
    I hope you are up and sparking full force real soon.
    In the meantime, take it slow and enjoy Battlestar Galactica.

    1793 days ago
    Keeping your speedy recovery in my thoughts and prayers.


    1793 days ago
  • DEBLYNN323
    Hope you're feeling better soon!
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    1794 days ago
    Hope you feel better real soon! I have scoliosis in my lower back and pulled my back muscles and still haven't recovered. At least you get to relax a bit.
    1794 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear you are not up to your usual wild woman antics! I know what you mean... my 60 year old tennis elbow is taking forever to heal, and I don't even play tennis!!! But this too shall pass! In the interim, I am just doing what doesn't hurt. But its really really hard to isolate the neck... as you can attest to, and I know you are going just a little stir crazy. Try re-reading the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, one of the funnest books EVER! (I mean funnest 4 book trilogy...)

    OK, now I am sitting in my chair doing different exercise moves to see how they involve my neck... and they ALL involve my neck. That really stinks... Hope you feel better soon. In the meantime, keep the ice and inaction going on...

    1794 days ago
    1794 days ago
    Good luck getting better! You have wonderful insight! Thanks for sharing!
    1794 days ago
  • 35ANGELS
    1794 days ago
    Amen sister! Exercise is great, but weight loss is really all about the food. You're smart to recognize that when we have changes in patterns (especially enforced inactivity) many of us have more trouble staying in range. I guess that's how we got here, LOL!

    I am also on restricted exercise (types, not minutes thankfully), and have been trying to stay in the lower end of my calorie range to make up for the reduced calorie burn. It's not easy, and too tempting to go back to it too soon.

    Take care and heal!
    1794 days ago
  • LEWILL1982
    Well said. Boredom is my downfall. If I find myself with nothing to do, I'm in big trouble, haha. Take care and feel better!
    1794 days ago
    1794 days ago
    Slow and steady does complete the race. Heal up.
    1794 days ago
    emoticon take care of yourself
    exercise and activity had been helping me stave off false hunger signals love love that line gone on my wall :)
    1794 days ago
  • _JODI404

    I am praying for your recovery!! emoticon

    I'm so sorry that you have had a further setback! emoticon emoticon

    I'm glad that you realized that you were actually overdoing it and not really truly resting the way you need to in order to fully heal. Don't worry ~ I have no plans of telling Randy that you were out there doing barrel rolls with Shannon. (I know you could not contain yourself after the timeout you had already had from the hoop!) I had to laugh at:
    "Pull over, lady and put DOWN the hoop!" emoticon emoticon

    Being still can definitely get boring. You really are doing the best thing for your body and your recovery. Hopefully you are finding many ways with Netflix and books etc to pass the time. Rest and sleep are when our bodies do the best healing, so hopefully your pain is not disrupting your sleep too much.

    The entire first shelf of our freezer is nothing but 2 stacks of ice packs! I can so relate. I know for absolute certain that weight loss is 80% nutrition! Anyone in doubt about that -- it is an important lesson to learn. I hope that you can keep up your squeaky clean eating as much as possible with hubby in the kitchen. Maybe Audrey can whip you up a couple of smoothies with protein powder to help keep it a little easier here and there.

    I get a lot of false hunger signals when I am working in the office vs at home. I drink a LOT of hot green tea. It fills me up, and takes time to drink it. Also it doesn't compete with my water intake because it has little/no caffeine.

    You are truly a kid at heart, so I know this is really hard for you now. This period of rest will help grow the patience flower in your garden. Like Miracle-Grow super growth, off the canvas!

    Take care my friend. Be still and take good care of yourself! The things you have learned and shared are awesome. Try not to worry too much about your weight. Do the best you can with the situation you are in. I hope you maintain or lose... but if not -- you *KNOW* exactly how to remedy it when you can-- so no worries!

    Thinking of you often and sending prayers and positive, healing vibes for recovery your way!!

    emoticon emoticon emoticon take care!!!

    1794 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/27/2013 11:35:37 PM
    I hope you heal soon.

    1794 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    Get well soon! Great blog! emoticon
    1794 days ago
    I hope you're back into movement mode soon!
    1794 days ago
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