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joined the Y

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I finally found the time, to hunt down a gym and the community Im am traveling in has a Y.
Today, I plan to swim a mile. The last time I swam a mile was in the outdoor summer pool in OHio.

Now its 40 and I have a 5 mile motorcycle ride to the pool after I take the dog for a bike ride.

Wow, it's dark and unfailiar, but I woke a half hour before the alarm clock...my body says SWIM!

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STHAX10 9/19/2012 10:21AM

    emoticon With a schedule like you have, I think the Y is a great idea for you. emoticon Getting familiar with your new environment, seeking out the proper facilities to continue your lifestyle is wonderful!!! I hope you enjoy your new home. Stay safe and healthy!!!

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looking for balance in a late summer day

Saturday, September 15, 2012

A part of my spark journey is the search for a healthier way of engaging in my world. I put stress into my body and sometimes my system overloads and kicks me back like a mule. Matter of fact, I have run out of steam a few times in the last years and know there is a healthier way of choosing that will make or break my health in my 50s.

the PLUS side:
I learned about deep nutrition in ingredients through cooking, not in everything but by adding a few main staples to my life:
bone broth, home-made
Kombucha, when I crave fizzies, instead of soda
folate and fiber, not together, but need em every day
pepitas, raw

the soon to be plus side:
I am putting together a fast food freebies chart (by chain, then by fiber and protein) because I travel for a living these days and I live in a hotel or corp apt most of the year.
There have been some great blogs about wendys vs hardees (who's the winner!) and having a cheat sheet in my glove box would help me beat a crave in a moment of weakness.
sleeping rhythms: I am making progress, not a fast as I want it, but IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!
Using the CORE armband, it is hard to lose the focus. I am so glad I invested in this tool.

the "still-have to-work-on-it side"
computers games. Any one have a secret to breaking an addiction for jungle jewels? What a waste of time!!!!!

Anyhoo, it's been an odd but pleasing year.

Now to go unstick my mower deck.

peace and love
Allie Baba

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APPLESBANANAS 9/17/2012 1:09PM

    I actually used to have a dunkin donuts and panera cheat sheet in my glove box when I frequented those restaurants. I highlighted my favorite things so that I would think twice before getting the bad ones, or take a moment to pick the healthiest.

I like your goals for fiber and folate! Two of my favorite parts of nutrition : )

Good luck with your travels, it's so difficult to eat well when traveling, but I guess if it's your "norm" then you get used to it. Have a great day.

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JXNCHICORY 9/16/2012 3:00PM

    It must be very hard indeed when you're on the road so much. That reminder in the glove compartment does sound like a great support tool! [Which chain does win? - or does it depend more on certain specific foods? ] Your determination and organized approach are commendable indeed! Keep up the good work!!

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PICKIE98 9/15/2012 5:23PM

    That cheat sheet sounds great! I have a tip sheet for waitstaff tipping, maybe I should make a diet cheat sheet for foods that small!

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radar for creepy dudes a little feedback please!

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Onekidsmom make me think about what it was like to be a curvy and thin 14 year old. It sucked! It was open season on naive kid. Does this intense time of life make eating and gaining weight a viable option to get away from creepy dudes?

At fourteen, I weighed 105 pounds, was a varsity swimmer. I remember how men were disgusting! Strangers grabbed my at body at amusement parks ( I clocked one in the face and he chased me all across the park), weird guys on Chicago buses gave me groceries. And the things men said with their eyes and tone of voice (even my dad's friends....I told my big sister "I don't understand what he said but let's get out of here", as we were guests in Ontario for a day).

You don't need creep-dar (radar for creepy dudes) or perv-dar to understand these people mean you no good or are a little off balance. As a skinny curvy kid, there was never any peace. I hid in a bathroom once at a wedding from the father of the groom because all night he followed me and said "you look like Brigitte Nielsen". Later we did learn he had a borderline personality. At 14 little boys at the pool told me I was fat, and I believe them, because I had gained 10 pounds of muscle swimming varsity.

How is it different today? If anything, girls are losing their "kid" years earlier and the images we see in the media suggest that GIRLS are seeking sexual attention. Isn't it mostly the other way around? Does anyone else have a strong sense of how many creepy dudes are out there?

Are we standing by like my community did and allowing the hazing of young kids from predators and casual creeps? When you see and hear these things today, do you get involved?

Do you stand up for yourself and set boundaries well? What will I do when I get skinny again and someone might pinch my butt? Will I clock them like last time and wind up in the klink .. yikes!

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BRENJET 9/5/2012 7:46PM

    I feel like women's bodies are often seen as something that it's "OK" to look at...It drives me crazy!!! I am so much more aware of the creepy factor now that I am a mother of a daughter. I will raise her to stand up for herself and hopefully to be confident enough that she can love herself through any leers and comments. Thanks for giving us all something to think about.

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68ANNE 9/5/2012 7:27PM


Edmund Burke

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AZMOMXTWO 9/5/2012 7:50AM

  you would think that people could grow up but if you do clock them they deserve it my sister and I use to break ribs with our elbow I do not know if it was in purpose or not but thet guys left us alone

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productive sunday

Sunday, September 02, 2012

I'm glad to have an extra day, but it means working next saturday. Chainsaw got a workout, as did my legs and arms, but took a little bump in the nose and eye with a branch.

Siding is going up fine on the garage, but now struggling to learn how to replace a window.

Ah, a nap. That sounds good.

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    Are you doing all this yourself? My goodness! I had to wait till Spring for new siding on the house because the very small construction company I prefer to use is booked up now. That will give me more time to decide about colors and textures...and change my mind a few times!

Are you all right from all those bumps in the nose and eye?

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STHAX10 9/2/2012 10:36PM

    emoticon Very versatile aren't you??? emoticon

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cooking in the morning

Sunday, August 26, 2012

It's a cool day and good time for gardening, but I am cooking bone broth and miso and getting ready to wash dishes.

Life is about choices and eating right has to come before a pretty yard. I am still a bit drowsy from a sleep in (715am!) but know sleeping 8 hours is a must for BMR. I know its been a long time since I slept 8 hours....

I am working on destressing over the yard and enjoying some personal WOOHOO time as I check out the food plan for today and find myself in range for everything but fiber. There is room for unsuplurated apricots and dried cherries.


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    That is so smart to take time for planning your food. It is difficult to get up to the recommended levels of fiber. Fiber is one of the componenets of the 5% challenge team that I do.
Way to go on getting more sleep. For the first time in years, I am sleeping more now that I'm not in caregiving mode to a parent.

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    Sounds like a productive day! I'm supposed to walk 12 miles today but it's raining and I'm having a minor temper tantrum about the fact that I'll probably have to go to the gym to do it on the boring treadmill. Ugh. Enjoy your awesome day!

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