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OMG I have a hip bone

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Lying on my side doing some leg lifts, my hand resting on my hip, I realized it feels different. Bonier. Plus all my tendons and muscles except the calves are pliable and happy. They did not acutally tell me so, but they have a vibe.

I think the armband has to come off when I ride the motorcycle because my steps seem high. I went shoe shopping for work shoes and glasses and find it hard to believe I took 7500 steps. Maybe...2 walks with the dog, one along the Chagrin river inspired by my new Bodymedia Armband.

Sleep was terrible last night. Tonight I'm adding GABA the amino acid to my melatonin to see if I can mellow out more. I was up at 2:30 and spinning like a top after that.

It was a good day. I stopped at Whole Foods for every vegetable on their buffet including some plantains cooked until chewy, collard greens, lean pork (it's a companion veggie), curried caulifower and my first beans since I got sick in June. I had a thimble of coffee, a dice of cheese and a thumb of a caramel bar.

Kombucha with Chia seed tomorrow and the veggie leftovers. It will be a challenge to track it.

  
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STHAX10 8/9/2012 12:32PM

    I love it! I was rubbing my thigh today, feeling the definition that I am gaining. I am so proud and so should you be! And the collard greens...I love any seasoned green. I get made fun of (friendly jesting), but I grew up with that stuff. My grandma and mom were both born in Kentucky. We ate cheap and well! That's one reason I had gotten "big". emoticon

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FLORNH 8/8/2012 8:45PM

    Ha! Let me know how you make out with tracking the kombucha and chia!

Any congrats on rediscovering your hip bones! emoticon

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progress in choices

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

I have started making progress hiting my nutritional goals without too much juggling. I have most of the foods purchased and ready to go, and I am getting a knack for knowing that will be about right...I hit run report and use the feedback to add the foods that will get to me the mark on Fiber, Iron, Folate and Zinc.

Fiber has been the hardest. I just cant seem to stay around 1200 unless I use a fiber supplement. That is going to be one of my goals toward maintenance living.

  
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APPLESBANANAS 8/8/2012 12:59PM

    My favorite ways to get extra fiber every day are beans, a high-fiber breakfast cereal like bran flakes, and low-calorie veggies like celery/cucumber.

Also, my thoughts on fiber supplements is that they serve their purpose if you need them for your bowels, but if you're looking for heart-healthy benefits of fiber (like lowering cholesterol), then only "intact" fiber that comes the way nature made it (fruits, veggies, whole grains) will do the trick. I want to find a better reference for you regarding this concept, but this is all I can find now: http://www.eatright.org/About/Conte
nt.aspx?id=8355&terms=Health+Im
plications+of+Dietary+Fiber.

Nice job using the reports and doing some self-analysis!



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3 favorite resale finds

Monday, August 06, 2012

Meet my fav resale finds: ski machine ($6.06), inversion table ($49.99) and the chinup /band combo ($5.00). I'll add photos in the morning....

Resale shops have great tech gear, and often in big sizes...tho it probably will be an odd color or pattern and you may be advertising last season's slo-pitch team......for a 50 cent investment in a dry-wick shirt you cannot beat neighborhood thrift.

I look at resale clothes as rented...borrow 'em cheap and donate them on when they get loose.

The ski machine has been a struggle...I started my first workout with a kitchen timer...($.25) that kept track of the 90 seconds I could ski to start. After 6 weeks of swimming, I can now ski 14 minutes without a break. Yeah the resistance nob is stuck on "mighty".

The inversion table is a nice relief from sciatica when I get out of aligment. I slip my feet in the holster , raise my arms, and slowly flip up-side-down...my back might need a gentle stretch but then I feel gravity pull me straight and crick-crack, back in alignment. I no longer have the feeling my head will explode when inverting....maybe it did and I couldn't hear the pop over my spine straightening....

The door frame contraption has helped me to complete 2 of the 60 P90x classes I had intended to do. Well I am not as keen on videos as I thought I could be, but then wouldn't you rather swim laps in an outdoor pool too? The door frame thing will come with me on assignment this month... Basically in place of the chinup I cant do, I use the resistance band

Soon I leave for my next assignment. I am trying to decide if ski machine will join me as well. Inversion table will have to miss me.....A little more work to take it apart.

  
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FLORNH 8/6/2012 8:04PM

    Inspiring! And next assignment? Are you a traveler?
I went out to Washington as a traveler for a year and had a blast.

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MTREFRY 8/6/2012 10:53AM

    They sound like really awesome finds! I too am a thrift shopper...wish I could find a inversion table....to crack my back would be pure bliss!

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measuring lbs, inches and doggie behavior

Sunday, August 05, 2012

I'm trying to change not just me, but also my dog Kohosh, with his unknown history and known history of aggression toward dogs. Yesterday, we had a grand day out.

We joined a dog group that hikes in the Lake County metroparks, mostly with dogs under 20 pounds. The last months have focused on letting the little guys smell his butt, and to let him sniff too without aggression. Kohosh is always leashed and up til now I had kept him in a half nelson for the safety of the pomeranians.

He has shown no aggression as the unleashed dogs zip back and forth the trail and I think he has come to think of this group as a pack. There are two adult German shepherds in the group who are unable to socialize due to abuse before rescue, so we are very collectively careful about looking out for all the dogs.

I made the decision to let Kohosh drag the leash at a rest break and he was great! He did not try to approach the two shepherds and he drank water next to the other dogs. He responded to "near" about 80% and recalled on "come". I can read his expressions and intentions well and he looked like he was about to grab a pom by the neck. When I said "no!" he immediately backed away from the dog.

I know it is only 1 day, and I will continue to take it slowly. He has been with me 1 year. The first dog he ever grabbed by the neck was a 30 lb dog, so it's not just fear working in side him. He still does not know how to play. But, I also have new habits to learn and need to prove them over time.

We both have the capacity to learn a little more and trust a little more. We've built up his confidence with toy dogs, and mine with chocolate. Come to think of it, I'd like someone to hold ME in a half nelson if I went to a buffet. (For sniffing only purposes).

  
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IAM_HIS2 8/5/2012 9:38PM

    That is wonderful that you are working with your dog. I have a Stafford \shire Terrier, I rescued from the pound, he can get very aggressive in his actions when he is excited. Wish I had your skills.

Thank you for your blog.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 8/5/2012 2:57PM

    Keep working with him and things will improve!!

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the system

Saturday, August 04, 2012

My friend Marty is convinced you have to have a system. I think she is right. I don't have a system and am constantly frustrated by it. I have too much paper and have thought about getting a scanner to convert it all to PDF , but without a system, how will I find the paper?

I am not a fan of CDRom...to easy to scratch. I have a 2 TB drive that is full....of what? It's like a zoo int here...hence a need for a better system.

As far as the diet goes, I am managing the para cleanse well...I think I have 9 or 10 more days. Working on signing my next contract and keeping the stress level low. I drove my car for the first time since I brought it home and Im doing better with manual transmission. Can;t wait to take the dog on a hike tomorrow with his little pomeranian friends. note to self, dropcloth, towel, water. new car doesnt need to smell like wet dog.

  
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STHAX10 8/4/2012 8:16AM

    I hope you have a wonderful day hiking. Yes, my desk is a mess too! As soon as I clear it off, those paper rabbits come and clutter it again???? *save a tree*

I find that the more exercise I am able to get in each day improves my stress mental stress (but increases my physical pain). But, it's mind over matter, right???? The better my mind feels, the less I stress on the pain. Go figure!

Any way, Have a great day!!!! emoticon

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SALGUOD2 8/4/2012 5:30AM

    Have fun hiking with your dog

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TURNERHEATHER4 8/4/2012 5:10AM

    Good luck keeping your stress low and meeting your goals!

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