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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Week In Review
I did not eat very well last week. My lunches had too much simple carb (rice) and salt (sausage) and not enough fiber (vegetables or whole grains) and lean protein. I felt week. I ached for a burger. I think my body was wondering where all the protein I usually get went. I didn’t have any meat in the house, so I thought maybe a slice of pumpkin pie might do. It probably had enough fat to hold me. It didn’t. I went to get that burger anyway.

I learned that I should listen to my body and eat what it needs. Substituting pumpkin (or fruit) for meat (or dessert) just will not do. It leads to eating twice: first for the substitute and then for the real thing. Also, that pumpkin pie was not very good. It wasn’t worth more than one bite. I ate it anyway because my cells were starving. It is not good to let hunger go that strong. When the brain is starving common sense and common decency disappear.

Perhaps I was more susceptible to eating out of sync with my body’s needs because I was achy, crampy, and bloated. One night of high aches I found myself awake at 3am. Instead of watching tv, I listened to guided meditation. It must have been divine intervention that led me just to the podcast I needed. After a while I was able to get back to sleep. Hallelujah! It was gratifying to give myself what I really needed, which was sleep. Also, I’ve learned that I benefit from the guided meditation. When it is only me guiding, I tend to get off track. I hope that in the future I can meditate on my own. For now, I’ll use the podcasts I found as they are helping.

I started doing three sets of eight negative chin ups and boy did I feel it in my lats, abs, and back. I am enjoying working my way up to a pull up and cannot wait to show off! The first step is actually to do five sets of eight. If I did that, I think I would be too sore to move very well afterwards. I need to work my up to the first step.

I also got back to the pool after a three week absence. At first my absence was due to an extra load on time. Then, I was hesitant to return because of the crime that was committed in the parking lot. They had candles and flowers at the site. I hope the young man’s family can get answers about what happened.

Next week’s goals:

emoticon Swim M & W. Short run + ST Tues. Long run Thurs. Any length run +ST Friday. Walk Sat. Swim in the bay Sunday. Cook on the weekend. Eat according to my body’s needs.
emoticon Read and reflect on the seventh article in Mind over Body, “Goal Setting”:
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    I like hearing how you are working towards pull ups. I want to do some one day too. I've never done one. emoticon emoticon
    1735 days ago
    Good blog. Much success on your new goals.
    1736 days ago
    Great blog.
    1737 days ago
    emoticon Sounds like you are making Great Progress with Learning your Body's Language and giving it what it needs. People are ALWAYS surprised when I choose "Real" Ice Cream for Dessert or an Omelet made with "Real" Eggs rather than Egg Whites or Egg Substitute. But like you I have discovered that eating "Diet Food" leads to Eating Twice.
    emoticon There are MANY Areas of our lives where "Only the Real Thing Satisfies"
    1737 days ago
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