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Friday DeFrag & Slow Down

Friday, October 04, 2013

Okay, I'll try this again.

I've been having computer troubles and lost my blog yesterday.

I'm using DH's computer today . . . enough about that.

I've had a really good week Spark-wise. Highly motivated and am staying on plan with both fitness and nutrition.

I didn't feel well yesterday, emotionally. And that's rare for me. I had a really big emotional drain day on Wednesday and that might have been part of the problem.

Our neighborhood watch efforts have expanded and I've had to set boundaries on just how much I can do. The emotional drain for me was due to the coordinator of another group being at the meeting (this was a community training event) and he is known for running his own agenda, taking over the meeting and pushing his agenda on everyone else. So, when he tried to take control of the meeting, I made several attempts to deal with him gently, after all, this was in front of our whole neighborhood. But he would have none of it. He was determined, and stood up, began speaking and would not shut up or sit down.

Since it was my event, I had to handle the situation. I don't like doing that kind of stuff. I've had to do wear my big girl panties for too many years, and it's taken a toll on my health. I don't like it.

So, on to better things. Yesterday, I had my first full session with the acupuncturist,

not only for stress but for the aches and pains in my shoulder and hip (which has kept me from getting proper rest the past week).

I don't like needles, but it helped a lot and I got a good night's rest last night.

I'm on Day #5 of the 30 Days of Fit Food Challenge. Today's message was about being a fast eater:

"Are you a fast eater? You're not alone. It takes some focus, but it pays to slow down when you eat. Your brain needs at least 20 minutes to realize that you feel full. Give your brain a fighting chance with today's challenge: Spend at least 20 minutes eating one of your meals today, setting a timer if necessary. Savor your food and focus on the textures and flavors. You might be amazed at what a difference it makes in your satisfaction levels after eating--and you'll feel fuller even when eating less food!"

Today, I am making a point of slowing down and savoring my food.
And I have to say, it makes a difference.

So, what are you doing to better your program?

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    I can really relate to the difficulties at your meeting. It's so hard, when you are a volunteer, to have to deal with this kind of situation. I hope you're feeling better now.

    Hugs, Gail
    1691 days ago
    emoticon job of stepping in and handling the situation--folks like that are tough! Would love to hear more about the acupuncturist--glad you got a good night's sleep. Keep up the great work!
    1693 days ago
    Food is such a delight. What a blessing to slow down and enjoy it!
    1694 days ago
    emoticon Lots of challenges for you and I'm happy you shared with all of us.

    Fast eating.. Guilty and I too need to work on this area.. thanks for the reminder.

    I hope the acupuncture helps!
    1694 days ago
    I am trying to maintain, and it's not easy. Sometimes I just give in to certain foods.
    1694 days ago
    Don't you just hate people like that guy at your meeting. Most of the time when I try to be "gentle" when asking or stating something it never works for me. Hope you put him in his place.

    I have had a horrible week with my hip. I hate needles too and have thought about going to an acupuncturist, but currently have an appt. with an ortho doc in a couple of weeks. X-ray showed extensive arthritis and a possible hairline fracture. This has really burst my momentum bubble. I no sooner get Sparking and suddenly there is a brick wall.

    This is our last hurrah on the motorcycles this w/e. At this point I should not be riding my bike or doing all of the walking I am doing (with a painful step and limp the whole way), but I just couldn't resist this last opportunity before the bikes go to bed for the winter.

    I was famished yesterday by the time we got off the bikes and got to dinner so there was no slowing down for me. Right now a salad is sounding pretty good to me for today emoticon
    1694 days ago
    1694 days ago
    School lunches train you to be a fast eater, cause you only get 20 minutes to get your food, find a place to sit, eat, clean up, and leave. Plus you have to deal with any kids that need help opening their lunch item, ask questions, or just want to tell you stories.
    1694 days ago
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    1694 days ago
  • FIT4MEIN2013
    Argh! Computer problems are such a headache.

    Good job on wearing your big girl panties. It's tough to have to do that, but it is empowering.

    I do need to slow down on my eating. I have always been a fast eater.
    1694 days ago
    Awesome!! You are doing great. Congrats on taking charge when you need to and stepping back when you can.
    1694 days ago
    1694 days ago
    Sorry it was a tough day! Hope that you get to relax and decompress. Hopeully the acupuncture treatment helped too.

    HUGS and have a good weekend.
    1694 days ago
    DANG--so many things that would send me to the fridge! Good luck on staying on track!
    1694 days ago
    Sometimes you just have to put your big girl pants on and say enough is enough. Good for you!

    Hope you're having a better day today and a better weekend ahead!

    1694 days ago
    I need to slow down as well. I make an effort to be a mindful eater which seems to help.

    1694 days ago
    With all you have happening, it's amazing you're so "On Spark"! Way to go!

    I'm one of those fast eaters. I've got to really concentrate on slowing down. I know it would be better for me. Let us know how you do.

    Keep your Spark shining!
    1694 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I'm on the same challenge...and I also am a fast totally understand.

    On the other counts, sometimes some people need to be put in their place...for their own good as well as the others. You did well to do what had to be done.

    I'm also glad you had a good night's sleep...have a GREAT weekend!
    1694 days ago
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