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Day 2 Team 50 in 6

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

I started a challenge with a new, small group of mostly young women and am looking forward to some success in the next 6 months. 18 months ago I lost 35 pounds with spark and gained 15 of it back. This time around I know I can do it. The new things I need to learn are:

put the tools into my habits, as opposed to a short term routine
finding a better response to stress
having fun again
finding confidence in myself, as opposed to in how I look.

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SPASTASTIC 12/2/2009 5:19PM

    Woohoo! You'll totally lose the 50, don't worry! I think the team is great also. =)

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  Wow - what awesome goals - I'm still working on the last one having confidence in myself despite how I look. I wish you rampant and wild success on your journey!

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BIRRRDY 12/2/2009 4:40PM

    I love the team, don't you? Anyway, you'll totally rock this. Now that you see where you've misstepped, you can avoid it this time around!

As for your blog comment, nights used to be a huge huge huge problem for me, as well. That was when I would consume about 70% of my daily calories. College has slowed that, for the mere fact the cafeteria closes, but I'm always afraid of going home and lapsing into the same habits.

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ERICKSMI 12/2/2009 2:18PM

    Awesome plan! I'm so glad you joined us! Looking forward to losing the 50 with you! Here we come!

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OUTLIVING 12/2/2009 2:14PM

    emoticongr8 plan/goals to work on there :)

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Sleep apnea and a stupid cold

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

I have to pat my own back for keeping a sleep log since September, and a formal organized one since 10-22. I now track when I go to bed and go out bed, how many blower hours with a CPAP and whether I used a eye mask to block light out, or melatonin to make it through the night without waking every hour.

I was really getting up to 5 hours slowly, because of a wrong mask. I changed masks and still struggled so I added more data. I found I was going to bed at 12 and 1 on the nights I got less blower hours. ( I they said I wasn't sharp!) I was finally hitting 5-7 hours of blower time regularly and then I got sick.

I had one night when the machine actually opened my sinuses, but since then just torture.

I mean painful, burning cold air even with humidity. Fatigue and choking all night. I am a wreck this week and so I got on the gazelle and put in a wobbly 15 minutes of pseudo cardio. But now the fatigue is back and its bedtime early.
Vaguely related and a lefty self-compliment...
I was filling out a profile on a dating site and one of the questions was I like to sleep...
a)alone, b)near someone c) in someone's arms whatever. I just skipped it. I can't deal with that emotional baggage now, and that's ok too. But it sucked less than it would have a year ago, when I think I would have cried. So I must be making some progress with my confidence.

Yeah me!

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BIRRRDY 12/2/2009 8:29AM

    Yes. That is a step. A huge step.

It sounds like a nightmare. You can't go to the doctor and see what they can do to make things more bearable?

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FOXYROXY13 12/2/2009 7:17AM

    I hope you feel better soon. I do regularly sleep with my machine but it is annoying, and I don't have a cold right now. Feel Better!!!

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RD03875 12/2/2009 2:12AM

    I hope you can get some sleep soon!

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what do YOU eat when you are sick?

Monday, November 30, 2009

I haven't taken a day to be sick from work in years. There is a lot more awareness about selfishly keeping germs to yourself, while inconvenient, is the best for the community. Well, Im out of practice.

Im chugging the water and procrastinating on tea....mom always said gargle with salt water.

What do you do?

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    Lots of good ideas posted here.

The room temperature ginger ale recommendation explains why the hospital served me that years ago. That's probably why I still prefer Vernors at room temperature, even when I'm not sick. It intensifies the ginger.

Baking the veggies in water (suggested by SMILINDI) is a new idea to me, but it makes sense. Broth is comforting when I'm sick.
Crackers or dry toast work for an upset stomach. Gargling salt water is good for a sore throat.

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BIRRRDY 12/1/2009 7:54AM

    Lots and lots of water, brothy soups, popsicles. Oh, and gatorade, (always lemon lime,) to replace electrolytes if you're throwing up.

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RD03875 12/1/2009 12:18AM

    Chicken broth or chicken soup, plain. Flat, room temp gingerale, applesauce.

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SMILINDI 11/30/2009 11:49PM

    If you take fresh veggies(green peppers, mushrooms, celery, cauliflower) put them in a deep casserol dish with LOTS OF WATER,season with sea salt, garlic "powder," onion "powder," and a little pepper, cover with foil or a lid on, and bake them at 350 for an hour to an hour and half. You might not feel like eating the veggies; however they will keep for later, but just putting the broth in a coffee mug and sipping on it all day long, will keep vitamins going into your system. Faster recovery as you are still getting nutrition. The sea salt will help with your nausea. Just a tid bit from SmilinDi's kitchen. Feel better soon.... emoticon

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AUNTIEANNE22 11/30/2009 8:59PM

  If I have cold symptoms I double up on my Echinacea. i take it every day to prevent getting sick, but if something gets by, doubling up seems to help.

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OUTLIVING 11/30/2009 5:36PM

    cold/flu/sore throat ideas?

if i'm nauseated, i sip room temp 7up (per my moms doc suggestion when i was a kidlet). I recently read that room temp ginger ale works a touch better b/c the ginger in it can be an anti-nausea. have heard this about peppermint tea too. also, the sugar & fluid in regular sodas help to prevent dehydration. or gator ade type sports drink. with dehydration can cause low electrolyes, blah blah (the science makes my eyeballs roll into the back of my head! lol ;)

nauseated #2) is soda crackers or toast nibbles.

on the other hand if I'm not nauseated and have a lack of appetite/sore throat/other cold symptoms... i live on chicken noodle/broth soups. something about them are warm & soothing and seem to help. same with hot tea.

oh yeah, mom was always stuffing fresh squeezed oj. i eat it whole for the pulp but after the sore throat goes away!! lol ;)

Hope you feel better soonest!

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SIRIRADHA 11/30/2009 5:01PM

    Lots and lots of tea, interspersed with hot toddies.

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looking inside for validation

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

blah bah boring!

watched the videos this am and laughed my butt off. There is no laughter in my blogs.

Laugh every morning and be validated by joy, not ego and vanity.

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 12/1/2009 9:10PM

    Do you know about laughter yoga? I have loved lion laughter ever since my sister and I tried it.

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    Laughter is good for the soul. Belly laughs are said to improve our health.
On the other hand, there is an old saying that a day with too much laughter will end in tears...and unfortunatly there's a bit of truth there. Still I'd opt for laughter every time.
I did a semester long research paper on laughter as therapy. Enjoyable project. Loved the Norman Cousins theory that laughter prolongs life and brings physical health.
Most of us need to laugh more. When did life get so serious?

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I need my body to live, and my body needs me to love it now

Monday, November 23, 2009

read a great blog about rebounds....

Me, I get started, I set my goals too agressively and THEN chango presto, I rebound into a sabotage....hmmm

Do I have to repeat that habit?

When the hill gets too steep, it's easier to focus on the breath or the step, and not live in the scenery or view at the top a few steps in front.

I like to fantasize about having that body that I can love, instead of living in the thought that I have to love my body now, for this to work. I need my body to live and not live in a body that I hate and abuse.

Anyhoo, back to today, today's achievements and practicing some loving meditation for the frame.

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 12/1/2009 10:33PM

    You too girl!

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    Some people set goals and move steadily ahead to the promised land. Most of us set goals and take a step backward for every two steps we take forward (or worse), but the important part is that we are still here. We have not given up. I'm beginning to realize the value of slow and steady. If I would have concentrated on even a fraction of a pound a week, I could have made goal in the years I've been here. Can I reinvent myself from a hare to a tortoise?

No, you are not commited to repeating habits. Replacing bad habits with permanent healthy behaviors may be one of the hardest things we do but it's possible. The battle is in the mind. We choose unhealthy behavior before we act.

Our bodies are truly amazing that they put up with abuse and still fight on valiantly, trying to fix what we do. Everything we accomplish in this lifetime is through the vehicle of our bodies. What an incredible unstoppable force if we get all of us (body, soul and spirit) working together, imho.

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SUSI_SINGS 11/23/2009 7:30AM

I know exactly how you feel about setting goals so high you have a hard time staying with them.

About two years ago, I had reached my top weight ever. I lost about 30 pounds and felt great. But of course, I still had so much more to lose. I hit a hard plateau, and before I knew it, I found myself too busy for sparkpeople.

Two years, and nearly 30 pounds, later, I'm back. Again, I'm setting pretty high goals, but this time I hope I learn to love myself whether or not I reach them by the time I think I ought to.

Good luck in keeping on track, and on loving yourself as you are. We all deserve love, and the best love comes from inside ourselves. You go girl.

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