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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Busy day - lots of meetings this morning, and in about an hour I have to head into a special ethics training for the rest of the day. BLEAH. We've had three Senators in a row get in trouble this year, so they're making all the Senate staff (and Senators) go through another ethics training (we normally do one each two-year legislative session). Bo-ring, but necessary I suppose. The problem is, ethics training is always so, hit-you-over-the-head obvious - if you're talking to a lobbyist about a piece of legislation and he tries to hand you a check for your boss during the conversation, is that bad? Duh.

Anyhow, did a good weight workout this morning. I find weights somewhat boring so I really have to remember to focus and take my time. Which I did this morning and man, when you slow down on those sets they're so much harder! :-)

I talked to my chiro yesterday about the achilles/tendonitis stuff and she recommended doing heat as well as ice. Haven't had time yet but maybe tonight - she said to try either doing heat in the mornings, or do it right before I ice at night. She also gave me a couple stretches, said to to them to the point of discomfort but not pain. Helpful.

Continuing on my "one choice at a time" food plan, which is working well. It's really making me realize how often I eat out of habit! Like the morning snack, or dessert after dinner.

Here are 5 tips from what I'm working on right now:

1. Think before I eat. Am I really hungry, or am I just used to eating a snack at this time?

2. Water, water, water. Good on so many levels, plus it's amazing how often peckishness can be addressed with water. I don't know why, but somehow dehydration can feel like hunger.

3. If I'm eating salad with dinner, I save some salad for the end. I never crave more salad, whereas if I finish with pasta I always want to go get seconds.

4. Brush teeth after lunch. I've started doing this since I got a bad report at the dentist last week, and I'm realizing that a side benefit is that it makes me less likely to graze after lunch.

5. Let the stomach and brain catch up to each other...wait a few minutes after finishing what's on my plate. Sometimes I still feel hungry right when I finish dinner, especially if I eat quickly (another no-no), but usually if I wait five minutes then I'm fine.

Okay, back to work I go!

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FLORNH 4/23/2014 7:58PM

    I love idea # 3!!! I am going to use that one.
I hope you are making more ethical choices after your meeting this afternoon ;-)

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Plugging Along

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Skipped the workout today...soooo nice to be lazy, but I can't afford to do that very often! I'll get back on it tomorrow. It is just so nice, once in a while, to have a morning where I'm not running around like a chicken with my head cut off. :-)

I have recorded all my eating (in the planner, not the food tracker) for the past two days. I'm working hard on really thinking before I eat. Around 10:30 yesterday morning, I automatically started to head to the office fridge for my greek yogurt...then realized you know, I'm not really hungry! Too easy to fall into those habits. I didn't have any morning snack, and I only had an apple yesterday afternoon. Can't promise I'll be that good every day, but it's a start.

Snagged a chiro appointment for later this morning, yay! Also high on my to-do list is to get over to Fleet Feet - I need new walk/run shoes anyhow, and I want to talk to them about whether I should get different ones, in light of the achilles-tendonitis diagnosis. At the very least, I figure I'll pick up a pair of those Superfeet orthotics, Paul actually uses those and really likes them.

Okay, better get back to work. Happy Tuesday!

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LILY_SPARK 4/23/2014 10:10AM

    Fab job on hunger-directed eating!!!

I on the other hand, was still hungry (and I really was but when you've been consuming 3-4k calories a day for a while, dropping to 2k is a bit of a shock) and decided to GO TO BED.

Unfortunately, I slept terribly and believe me part was because I wanted to GET UP AND EAT. Ugh.

But good on YOU!

(I should say, not eating even though I felt hungry sounds unhealthy BUT I had 2k calories that day and a hunk of that was in the form of 3 lemon gf scones -- my poor choice and that's why I didn't feel FULL)

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Dental Issues, Dad Issues, Me Issues

Monday, April 21, 2014

So, along the lines of the blog I wrote a few days ago about needing to take care of myself....had a dentist appt on Friday morning. I have to go to the dentist every 4 months rather than every 6, since I have problem gums. Well, after two good reports in a row the last two visits, on Friday the hygienist told me my lower gums look terrible, and the dentist told me I have two definite cavities that need fillings, and a third he wants to keep an eye on.


I use a sonicare toothbrush twice a day, I floss every night, and I use listerine mouthwash twice a day (though Paul points out that I tend to do it for like 10 seconds rather than 30). Sigh. Dentist wants me to quit both coffee and diet coke. (Sounds of me laughing hysterically!!!!!). But seriously, I have been trying to keep it down to one a day of each, this just pushes me more in that direction. And I may need to give up that post-dinner root beer (diet, really!). I packed a toothbrush and toothpaste today to put in my desk, gonna start brushing my teeth after lunch. Sigh.

Anyhow, Friday was nuts...I had planned to run a bunch of errands after my dentist appt, and my dad called me early in the week and asked if I could come to the bank wtih him so he could put me on the accounts. So I added that to the list.

But then Thursday night he called...he had a followup with the general doc on Thursday, about the cold that had turned into a chest thing (done now)...the doc was concerned about his heart, said it was fibrillating, so they booked him for a 10:30 on Friday with the cardiologist.

So I lay awake half the night on Thurs stressing about that, and ended up going with him to the cardio appt. Which was actually really good, I totally understand why people start going to the doc with their parents. Because while the cardio ordered a stress test and an echo to be safe, he said he thinks my dad just needs an adjustment to his meds, and the REAL issue is his lungs. My dad has emphysema, COPD, whatever you want to call it, and he's so stubborn he'll only do the oxygen at night. Which isn't enough, he's getting gassed just walking across the parking lot. He told my dad he needs to get in for a pulmonary test since it's been over a year. Oh, and my dad was complaining about his vision and the cardio said that's not a side effect of the meds or anything, he just needs to get in to the eye doc. He and my mom did that a few months ago, but I guess they only had her tested.

So anyhow, now I know I need to push him to start catching up on doc appts and taking care of himself, now that he doesn't have to deal wtih all my mom's issues anymore. But I was really glad I was there, because I guarantee you that otherwise all he would have told me is that the cardio said he just needed his meds adjusted!

Anyhow, lots of errands the rest of the day Friday, and then our friends arrived late Fri afternoon and we had a super relaxing, awesome weekend. I actually ate pretty well all weekend, I just drank way too much wine each night. LOL!

I'm really frustrated that I can't work out, but we did a lot of walking this weekend, especially yesterday when we went to the zoo and I woke up several times with achilles pain last night. So clearly I need to take it easy. I did weights this morning, at least that was something.

I need to really just focus on the eating right now, since I can't do a ton about the exercise for another week or so and my weight is really starting to freak me out. Now that I'm through the weekend, guests, etc., I need to go back to what I started last week - one choice at a time.

It did feel REALLY good to relax all weekend, I know I need to do more of that. Gotta start booking that time in. I finally finished a book I've been working on for a long time, great sense of accomplishment! :-) And good to not be running around like a crazy person all weekend (even if I did have to do that on Friday).

Okay, waaaaay more than enough rambling from me...back to work!!!!

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MELTEAGUE 4/21/2014 4:25PM

    One choice at a time sounds like a great plan!

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LILY_SPARK 4/21/2014 3:06PM

    Yeah, my parents don't want ME at their appointments cos I tattle on them (nicely, like 'how often can father enjoy fried foods?' knowing FULL WELL the answer will be NEVER and you should see how dad's shocked...he's so HARDHEADED / denial that it never occurs to him that it would be bad. He also believes that smoking cigarettes does NO DAMAGE, therefore with emphysema, he won't quit. It's pitiful hearing him choking but what can you do?


Here's something mental: look up oil pulling. I've read lots but I don't have (touch wood) tooth or gum issues. My foster sister recently asked me about it for herself and I basically told her from all I've read, it won't do you any HARM. It may help. I can't swear but again, you know me: if I can DO something to avoid medication or surgery, I'm all for it!

I know NOTHING about this site. I just grabbed it in case it'll help.

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NWILKER 4/21/2014 12:44PM

    Wow my dear, sounds like you have waaay to much going on and it was good to have that breather.

Good luck on the dad front. good luck on the achilies- are they sure it isn't something that can be helped with inserts?

Force an arch?

Anyway - take care of you and good luck this week!

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One Choice at a Time

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I've decided I need to start with bite-size pieces, so to speak (oh geez, no pun intended, really!). Each time I am faced with an opportunity to eat, I need to choose how healthy I want to be.

Yesterday I went to a lunch thing, so it was the usual chicken and veggie plate, actually fairly healthy. Then I started to automatically reach for the dessert - a small piece of chocolate cake, a bunch of whipped cream, topped with an Andes mint. But then I thought you know, just because it's there doesn't mean I have to eat it! So I left it...but I did snag the mint. ;-)

Last night I went to a reception, but I opted for diet coke instead of a beer, and skipped the chips and salsa table in favor of waiting till I got home for dinner.

And I tracked everything I ate yesterday. Not in the food tracker, I hate trying to reconcile that thing with what I actually ate, but in the daily planner/journal thing. No, it doesn't give me calories, but it does help me see patterns.

Baby steps, people.

The achilles are doing well, it seems like...I did yoga yesterday and got a few twinges, but no problems doing weights today. And I'm doing the icing and ibuprofen. Apparently a cousin of mine has chronic tendonitis in her achilles, so she is going to email me about the daily exercises she does, which she says really help.

The good news is, today is my Friday, yay! We have friends coming to town tomorrow for the weekend, really looking forward to hanging out and relaxing (they have a daughter two years younger than Kate, so she's excited too). There will probably be a lot of drinking, so I'll have to temper the eating accordingly!

Anyhow, tomorrow I'll be running lots of errands till they get appt, my dad wants me to go co-sign onto his bank accounts, grocery shopping, etc. etc. etc. So it won't be a quiet day, but at least I'll be out and about in the beautiful spring weather instead of tied to my desk in an office with no windows!

All right, back to work I go...

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I Need to Take Care of Myself

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

So many thoughts jumbling around my head lately...need to start getting them down on paper, so to speak (does blogging count as putting stuff down on paper?) to organize them. I'm going to just put some of them down here to get started.

Getting a lot of down time over the weekend has helped relax me this week. And has helped remind me that I need to take care of myself.

I get annoyed sometimes at how often Paul schedules golf, but really I probably should look at as him being smart enough to book that personal time.

I wear a mouthpiece at night because I grind my teeth so bad. Since my mom died, I have been catching myself at odd times during the day, noticing that my jaw is aching because I'm clenching my teeth. A little pent-up stress, anyone? Need to figure out how to defuse that.

I'm worried about my weight...the scale at the doctor's office really startled me. My scale consistently has me around 185, which is certainly bad enough, but the doc's scale yesterday had me at 190, which was rather horrifying. Yes, I'm 5'10" and not a petite build, but I REALLY don't like being within sight of 200.

I am frustrated that I exercise a lot and am lucky to maintain...the pounds keep creeping on, one at a time. I've known for a long time that I need to majorly change my eating, and I just haven't been willing to go there. But nothing is going to change till I do, I don't think.

While I am relieved that the news about my achilles isn't worse, I am worried that I'm now going to be susceptible to achilles issues. I posted about it on FB and one of my cousins responded that she has chronic achilles tedonitis. Ugh...isn't having rheumatoid arthritis enough? How is this going to affect my workouts? It worries me. But for now I'm going to do what the doc says.

I was afraid to go to the doc, because I was so worried about the diagnosis, but then I realized I need to not be like my mom. Her issues all began a long time ago when she badly broke her ankle, tore ligaments and everything...she never followed through on the physical therapy, the ankle bones fused together, so she was walking wrong and ground down the cartilage in her knees...and so on and so on. So I knew that I needed to address the problem and not ignore it and hope it would go away.

I saw a great quote this morning that kind of sums it all up: "You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water." ~Rabindranath Tagore

I think this is where I am right now...I've been starting at the water for a long time, in terms of knowing some of the things I need to do, but not actually doing them...maybe it's time to actually start crossing that sea.

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STEVEN_D 4/16/2014 5:32PM

    I have heard Achilles tears are difficult to treat, but that was several years ago. I hope they get better soon. I do like your quote. I am a sea watcher, too. I don't want to walk on the water, I just want to shove off from shore and start sailing.

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FLORNH 4/16/2014 5:17PM

    Hmmm, well, more yoga is probably a good plan for stress relief. Do you like to swim? Maybe paying per visit at some place like a Y would get you some good cardio and endorphins without too much stress on the Achilles while the inflamation is reducing. Or upping your strength training for a bit? If you end up doing PT, I am sure they would have some good ideas.

I have also worked off and on with a nutritional counselor and her good ideas have helped me cut back on unnecessary calories, increase my veggie and greens intake, etc. Just a thought.

I have been stuck at about 176-177 for more than a year and I'm only 5'4", so I feel your pain about the weight. 180 is my "danger, danger, Will Robinson"" point ;-)

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