Sunday, August 24, 2014
I never blog in the middle of the day. That’s an early morning thing for me.
This is a special case.
Today is supposed to be a rest day. I’m working on a big project. I want to finish updating my website to include the recent concert tour of my choral society before our “welcome to a new season” dinner later this week.
I enjoy web design. It was one aspect of my job as Technology Coordinator that I loved.
Adding one more trip to my website was just a matter of looking at a few hundred photos, choosing the best to tell the story, editing and organizing them, selecting the best video clips and putting it all together.
Somehow I hit a snag. I always check out the final product on assorted hardware before “going live.” It looked fine on my phone, and 2 of my 3 computers. On the third machine everything is askew.
I fiddled, I adjusted, I racked my brain looking at the code.
Finally, I WANTED to eat a big dish of ice cream – a huge mound like Mt Vesuvius with chocolate syrup running down the side like lava and a cherry on top like a glowing flame. We have all those ingredients in the house.
Instead I’m typing this.
As many sparkers have said, whatever is going wrong in your life, more food won’t fix it.
Ice cream will definitely not fix this problem.
When I’m done typing and posting this, I’m going for a walk – a nice leisurely walk. Today is supposed to be a rest day after all. Then I’m going to check out something I read in a Spark article yesterday about determining the proper weight you should be lifting. I will try a few reps of each of my strength training exercises with progressively heavier weights, just to see how they feel.
Then I will return to my project.
I bet the solution is right in front of my eyes and my vision will not be clouded by ice cream.
Friday, August 22, 2014
My status today says that I’m sorting through photos. That’s true and needs to be done, but the decision wasn’t totally my choice.
Like many people, some food “agrees with me” and some doesn’t. In my case I’ve learned to totally avoid fish. Yes, the food that everyone is supposed to include in a healthy diet. Not me!
I also avoid artificial sweeteners by personal choice, although I understand the need for them especially for those with a medical reason to avoid sugar.
A few years ago I bought a few protein bars. I read the label. No sugar, no aspartame, no Splenda etc. It tasted good. Hmm, how did they do that?
Later I had some GI upset. What was going on? Soon I realized that it happened whenever I ate one of my new protein bars.
That’s when I became aware of sugar alcohol. OK, no fish and no sugar alcohol.
However, it’s easier to avoid fish than these new additives. They’re sneaking in everywhere.
I knew to avoid anything ending in “ol” but there are 2 more I wasn’t aware of.
I found this list in a SP article.
Erythritol, Hydrogenated starch hydrolysates, Isomalt, Lactitol, Maltitol, Mannitol, Sorbitol, Xylitol
The article goes on to explain. “For some people, consuming certain sugar alcohols in excessive amounts may cause gastrointestinal upsets such as gas, bloating and diarrhea. Whether or not you will experience problems will depend on your individual sensitivity level and the other foods you consume at the same time. It is best to find your individual tolerance level when using these food ingredients, and to avoid them if they cause discomfort.”
Obviously my tolerance level is rather low. Got to read those labels carefully.
No running today. Maybe a nice walk.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
I love SparkPeople and especially the friends I’ve met here.
DH calls them my “imaginary” friends.
Regardless of their title, these online friends have helped me immensely. I follow their journey and they follow mine. The special interest teams have been especially valuable for resources, support and encouragement.
Still, my workouts are usually done alone.
I do canoe and kayak with DH and sometimes go for a “stroll” with him.
I visit a gym because of the treadmill and rowing machine.
My spark videos are done alone.
My weight training is done alone, and most importantly,
My running is always done alone.
We live on a lake in a rural area popular with retirees. I’m “that lady who runs.”
I usually cut back on distance in the summer. It’s hot and humid here and I NEVER race in those conditions. I’m a weather wimp.
My first race of the season will be a 4 miler in late September in a city about 50 miles away. It’s a tough hilly course and I always walk a LOT.
Yesterday, I ran the course with 2 friends from church who live/work in that city. It was great. It was the first time I had someone to talk to while running. They set a nice pace (they are used to this course) and afterwards I felt energized.
So, for all of you who have training partners, running buddies or an actual running club, I envy you.
Online support is great and I could not be successful without it, but sometimes it’s nice to participate with real people.
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