Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Yesterday I swam a mile plus and went shopping with the devil directly after. He was right on my shoulder encouraging me to put all kinds of disaster into my cart.
Who am I kidding! It was no devil, it was texture deprivation talking. After three weeks of broth and rice noodles I was breaking out of bland penitentiary. Well, I had a vestige of sense left and decided to remove all but two of the offending fats and sugars, and you know what?
I woke up today, guilt free, no stomach distress and ready to go back to a modified version of the bland diet.
To excite the palate, there needs to be crunch and chew.
I am going to plan this into my shopping and try to maintain a diet gentle on my digestion.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Every week or two as I look at myself in the mirror, I wonder..how did I get so big that after losing thirty pounds these clothes are still tooo tight? It's not that I am being negative....I really want to know,
My overall goal is to learn maintenance, so rather than beat myself up, I am looking to put the bells and whistles in place to keep my weight goal, or size goal, once I reach it.
These are some bad habits of thinking I can pinpoint looking back:
• Denial - "I can't be bothered with this right now. I'll just buy some comfier pants." Internal diaogue is SO important. I can't be out to lunch on matters of my health and self-esteem. I won't put my fingers in my ears and say "LALALALALA". I am going to MEASURE weekly by the tape. Tiny habits guy says the emotional celebration of performing a little habit, increases the chance of keeping the habit. I think that means inventing a measuring tape dance!
• Work comes first - have to pay the bills, you know!
Actually it doesnt. If I died or get sick, I will be calling in, so health must be #1.
And of course, now Im paying the "overdrawn on treats" bill with interest :)
•"These scrubs don't seem tight"
Yes, but they aren't as baggy as they used to be, either.
Living in scrubs is dangerous! Remember to dress up once in a while. Scratch that, once a week. I don't think I was having a lot of fun...There were some tough times there, but that doesn't mean turn away from the light and music. I remember talking to my newly adopted dog and thinking "I haven't heard my own voice in my home for a long time.
• "I can run on less sleep and bad fuel."
I shorted myself sleep and then slapped myself with coffee to meet my WORK goals.
KUDOS to me, I really have learned this lesson well. I am considering getting the body media armband which measures sleep, among other data points. But mostly, the discipline of getting 7-8 a night has been a focus this summer. I quit COFFEE YAYAYAYAY ME!
• I had no health goals at all.
Come to think of it, when the doctor's finally diagnosed my sinus cyst, I was just surviving.
• I forgot how good my body can feel when I exercise. Real exercise. After I swim a mile and I feel those rock hard abs under the padding, I smile! I did that! As I haul my body out of the pool and feel spent, I am not stressed out at all. I am calm!
• Portions were blurry. (LOL) Really blurry! MEASURE. 'nough said.
I think those are the big ones. There are undoubtedly more of them.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Cooks have a lot to say about broth. Its the staple of the kitchen from which other recipes are created.
I have been drinking broth, because my tummy needs healing. It's easy to digest and contains fats that soothe the tract.
I found an interesting quote on the web: "when we eat a specific part of an animal, it nourishes that same part of our body." I really liked this website from Nourishing Kitchen. She quoted sources that are written by people with credentials in their field. (http://nourishedkitchen.com/bone-broths-a
Things I learned by body area:
Trace minerals for bone health.
So a bone broth should feed hair nails and bones.
Nourshed kitchen quotes the author of Deep Nutrition, an MD trained at Cornell University's Molecular Biology program.
"65% of the mineral mass of bone is made up of calcium and phosphorus – the two main minerals that compose our teeth. When making bone broths we stew the bones for several hours, even days, the stock itself becomes very rich with minerals."
Shanahan and Chinese medicine stock suggest that bone broths (more than stocks) feed the kidneys and therefore the adrenal/hormone powerhouse of our body as well, which is a part of the kidney system in Chinese medicine, building blood and Chi. Shanahan is a contributor to and Oxford press scholarly publication on the relationship between Chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disorder includes arterial calcifications.
new word "glycosaminoglycans (GAGs for short) that are highly concentrated in joint tissues". When boiled down, these are available in the broth and go to the part of our bodies that need them. I can visualize all the connective tissue that was on the bones when I put in the stock pot...and then fed the to the dog after the simmer...I could see the difference and reduction of licking the foot bones. He is leaving his left paw alone now.
"This means that glucosamine-rich broth is a kind of youth serum, capable of rejuvenating your body, no matter what your age. After decades of skepticism, orthopedists and rheumatologists are now embracing its use in people with arthritis, recommending it to ʻovercome or possibly reverse some of the degradation that occurs with injuries or disease. "(Deep Nutrition)
YOuth serum - I wasn't looking for that, but I plan to check out her book.
Gotta get me some more bones, and cook them for a lot longer.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
It's hard for me to be organized.
I can stand a fair amount of chaos and don't have that inner drive for neatness.
My last contract job was a barn-burner for overtime and I seem to landed in a strange land that is my home.
I joined fly lady and tiny habits and have the seed of habits to come.
I have donated clothing and household goods I don't need - about 6 bags.
I am wrestling with paper though old tax returns, science papers, hospital bills and therapy materials and seem to been losing with the paper tiger. I looked into a two sided sheet scanner to turn them into electronic papers, but im not sure that I will make my life any easier by making an electronic nightmare to hunt one down.
Well any thought and planning is valuable, but now is the time for action.
Friday, July 20, 2012
I give myself tasks while jogging to keep my brain from overthinking the exercise. The psych part of running has almost been the hardest for me, as I am not a natural.
Part of my brain resists, comes up with excuses, delays just to get out of the run.
If I can move into a rhythmic breathing pace with a practical bone to chew on, my body does what the road asks of it and I find myself relaxed and at peace.
What is going to be today's bone to chew on? chores for which I need to rent a pickup truck...
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