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I'm pleased with the progress I've been making on changing life habits. Giving up things and doing new things is a challenge to me since I'm so used to doing things out of habit. I'm finally looking at changes as being in my best interest especially on an emotional level, not just the intellectual level. I have much less feelings of deprivation, and my new changes are turning into habits. Now they are things I want and need, not just hoped for. I'm also really embracing the concepts of one step ...
I'm pleased with the progress I've been making on changing life habits. Giving up things and doing new things is a challenge to me since I'm so used to doing things out of habit. I'm finally looking at changes as being in my best interest especially on an emotional level, not just the intellectual level. I have much less feelings of deprivation, and my new changes are turning into habits. Now they are things I want and need, not just hoped for. I'm also really embracing the concepts of one step built on another, baby steps are progress, and no time limit- only progress. I've decided mistakes are made only to educate me and are only a sidestep, not a change in direction. The more I learn about health the easier it is to make choices.
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Member Since: 9/25/2009

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My Goals:
My goal is to lose about 80 lbs., and re-set my metabolism. I'm learning how to cleanse my system to renew my gut health, which I believe is the main avenue to health for me.

My Program:
I've stopped eating and do my best to avoid tomatoes, potatoes, and especially peppers because they cause an inflammatory response in my body. I've stopped drinking alcohol and pop. I'm using more fresh food and only rarely do fast food. I'm using herbs, spices, teas, and vitamins I'm also drinking more water and exercise by walking with my dog and riding my bike.

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I'm from Washington State and my name is Eileen. I'm married and have two grown sons. My husband and I are caregivers for my youngest son. (He's disabled).

Other Information:
I like to bead (bead weaving and jewelry making), gardening, hiking and camping, to go fishing and to keep fish, (I have a 20 gal. freshwater tank). I love to read, sew, and cross stitch. I adore interior design. I enjoy going to garage and estate sales. I love to travel.

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LADYJAJA
10/23/2014 12:54:15 PM

Thanks for commenting on my blog (and welcoming me back!)....I hope you're enjoying these gorgeous fall days! emoticon



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CLUMBOY
10/5/2014 7:24:49 AM

hi--as to the knees--look into compression sleeves for your knees or just try ace bandages--its a pain but it helps. a lot of women have wobbly knees--so be careful. the main advice I would give you is SLOW DOWN--even if it feels like you are already going slow, slow down some more. also--try and analyze your running gait--if you are throwing your legs out in front of you--that can contribute to joint damage. look up "chi" running. its a slightly different way of running that is easier on your joints.
what kind of shoes are you wearing? look online to figure out what type of running shoe is best for you--or if you can go to a running store and get fitted correctly, do that. don't be intimidated by a running store--they more than anyone else--understand the importance of correct shoes--and will be more than willing to help and encourage you (I don't mean a fitness chain like "dicks sporting goods" or anything like that. you need to go to a small, probably mom and pop place that specializes in gear for runners where you will be waited on by an adult with a brain that is also a runner). if there isn't anyplace like that nearby, do research and figure out what shoe brands and styles (running shoes come in a dizzying array--you will need to look for a particular model number within a brand).
here's what I did--went online and figured out what kind of arch I have (mine is normal--you can have a high, flat, or normal arch--its easy to figure out). then I researched some more--lots of sites have little charts--you enter some statistics about yourself and it matches you to certain brands of shoe). took that list to a couple shoe stores and started sticking my foot in things. my feet are VERY hard to fit, so it took awhile. my first running shoe was an Asics brand--worked well, a good shoe. but as I took up chi running I began looking for a mid foot strike shoe and happened upon skechers "go run" brand, which is a shoe specifically designed for a mid foot strike. the moment I put them on in the store I knew they were the shoe for me, and I have been wearing them ever since. be prepared to change out your shoes relatively often--keep an eye on your sole wear. one thing I read said that if you have been running in a pair for quite awhile and you start to hurt, the first thing to think about is new shoes.
when you try shoes on--try to do it about the same time of day you would be running. wear the socks you would wear (I highly recommend technical socks--which are a wicking fabric--you get them at the shoe store) as well. put the shoes on and walk around the store in them. then RUN at the pace you would run. don't be embarrassed--rob has gone running through a store at Christmas season with a lot of curious onlookers. I always run around the store after I put a pair of shoes on. if people think its weird--tough. any other runner would understand what I am doing. you don't need to do hog wild with the running--but just do it to see if anything obvious that might mean the shoe won't work presents itself. you know what a good pair of shoes feels like--the second you put them on they feel perfect--that's what you are looking for. mid foot strike shoes feel odd to walk in, but for me they feel exactly right when I break into a run. if you find a pair you really like after wearing them a couple weeks--and can afford it--go back and buy another pair, so you have a new pair when the current pair runs out. shoe companies change their shoes all the time--the current style of skechers is different from my first two pairs of shoes--and it took awhile for me to find the style that I like in the new ones. try on lots of shoes if you have to--don't be in a rush. its kind of grueling for me because I wear a size 4EE (basically non existant in womens shoes) so I have to just keep trying and trying until I find something that happens to fit. skechers in 5.5 womens work because the shoe is made with a wide toe box that accomdates my wide foot. and the midfoot strike zone still hits my foot in the right spot.
so good shoes and some compression sleeves to keep your knees from sliding sideways, and SLOW DOWN. that's the best advice I have.

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ZANNACHAN
10/5/2014 12:44:21 AM

Thanks for your comment on my BLC expectations (I know, really late--it's been a really crazy spring followed by a crazy summer and apparently a crazy fall...)... It is a lot of work, but it is also very exciting. This is our first home, and we're super excited about it!



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CLUMBOY
9/26/2014 8:43:44 PM

hi Eileen! so glad you found me again! great to hear from you!



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OWLWENEEDISLOVE
9/24/2014 10:03:53 AM

Thank you for adding me as your friend ! Enjoy the nice weather spark friend :)

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