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up early for garbage day

Thursday, June 20, 2013

I think of cleaning the house as in sync with following the spark program. I like the idea of purging my living space of unnecessary items including dog hair, but also clutter. I posted three things on freecycle yesterday that I dont need (isnt that the tip of the iceberg) and put out an old window and box spring on the curb for garbage day.

The only way to get the box spring out of the house was to removed the long rails, so it was not donatable. The spring was like a slippery eel trying to get out of the cover while I muscled it to the curb with one bum ankle.

I am glad I woke up early to put them out for garbage pick up. I need to free up more space next week! duh, duh, duh...the barn is next.

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NAPPIGURL 6/21/2013 12:54AM

    I only live in an apartment & I don't want to even think about cleaning out my closets right now. Way to go with the eel wrestling!

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AUNTIEANNE22 6/20/2013 10:30PM

  Decluttering is never ending. Every time I think I have it under control, the place explodes again. Of course, Peter is the biggest pack rat I know and thinks it is fine to dump stuff wherever he wants. I try.

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throwing away junk food

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I am the daughter of two refugees and it is very hard to throw away food, especially when a gift. Yesterday a dear friend brought consolation pastries to help heal my ankle after a fall. I ate them, or we ate them with herbal tea.

I have mixed feelings about wasting food and disrespecting gifts. After all, doesn't a maintenance plan allow for the occasional departure from healthier choices? It does.

It did not cause me to crave more sugar, but the following day I felt icky and really blue. I cried listening to fado and there was also some mega-crankiness with emails and phone calls. I really think there is a refined sugar-mood swing connection.

Well, in the afternoon I had a short thought of coca cola that passed quickly, and then thought "I could learn to enjoy iced unsweetened tea with flatbread/puzza" - tonight I have iced fairtrade rooibos with bluberries and though tart, has such glorious fruitiness.

I like my friend and his oldworld way of showing care. I am glad I enjoyed the pastries without too much angst. Maybe one day, I can look at a pastry in my home and say...eh take one bite and then pick up a piece of fruit.

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NAPPIGURL 6/21/2013 12:51AM

    I have a hard time throwing away food as well. But just like it's the thought that counts with giving gifts, it's the appreciation that counts with receiving them. So, no matter if you had to discard a portion of the pastries, what matters is that you expressed your sincere appreciation for the thoughtfulness of your friend.

I've grown to enjoy unsweetened tea as well. It definitely gives you a better appreciation of the brewing process and letting the tea steep for just the right amount of time so it's flavorful, but not too bitter.

Good job on letting the coke craving pass!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Yesterday I picked up a belt sander for my home improvement projects. A neighbor wanted to get rid of it but not landfill it. There is an organization called Freecycle where neighbors can post or search giveways, and make arrangements for the hand off. I have used Freecycle in both NH (Mt. Wahington and Concord areas) and OH (Cleveland East).

I have donated and received many awesome things (plants, clothes, furniture, appliances). It is easier to give something away when you know you will also receive things. If you havent heard of it try it out by going to yahoo groups. The first post must be a give-away before you can request a freebie. There are a lot of rules, but that does keep things polite and friendly. And humane. For instance, no animals can be given away here.

Freecycle is national. Membership is free. You can be kicked out for breaking the rules. You get to say no to people if they are rude or fail to show. Hope you try it out!

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68ANNE 6/18/2013 9:15PM

    I had forgotten about that!

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KNYAGENYA 6/18/2013 10:46AM

    I love Freecycle. I have never asked for anything but I love to give items away to people who could use them.

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2 years home, today

Monday, June 17, 2013

Happy Birthday Kohosh. It was two years ago today you were neutered so you could come home. What a great perk that was, huh? By the different vets' and animal wardens' guessings he is somewhere between 10 and 6 years old.

I had good results and improvements in 2 of my 3 areas I targeted. I give myself a B for overall learning maintenance habits this month.

1) reset my goal weight to 199. In past cycles when I lost 60 pounds then rebounded, I was eating 600-800 cals/day focused on fast results, not maintenance behaviors. May Goal: focus on the next 5 pounds only. As of today, down 15 this month, focused on the next five. Super improvement in achievability factor. Yay me!

2) I am consistently using the Core advantage armband to track my sleep. Done! My average is 6 hours 10 minutes with 84% efficiency. Tracked 100% My goal was 7-8 hours. Next month goal 6.5 average.

3) Vegan adds to diet - 6 cups vegetables /day. I did not track to measure this goal, but planned each day to include 2 cups leafy greens, 2 cups fibrous and starchy greens to meet vitamin mineral and fiber requirements. Goal met. Some days it was hard to choke down this much veggie matter. TGFNB. Thank God for nutribullet. This behavior is set, and I will need a replacement goal. Matter of fact, my skin and hair is luxurious! I no longer need lotion or conditioner, other than gardening salve on my cuticles. I can't feel the adhesions between skin and fascia like I used to. I track 20 nutritional components since going veg. I ate meat on 2 occasions and I am ok for that. Both times I have preferred to the way I feel after I return to my diet. My digestion is pretty fantastic. My tongue is pink and uncoated.

I think that is the big diff between now and previous times - I can feel my body's response to foods, especially celery, asparagus, grapefruit and watercress. I can't remember enjoying grapefruit without sugar ever and now I look forward to my Pitbull Chai for breakast.

I compared Core Armband summary results. Based on weight loss and calories estimated, it appears I overestimated calories up to a third, or the armband underestimated cal burned. It projected 10 pound loss by calorie deficit. I always round up in calories, so that makes sense to me.

When I joined the Earnedit challenge, I did see an uptick in calorie expenditure by day, sleep by day, and steps by day.

my new goals are entered, and Im adding cardio measured by the armband in METS. I am now hitting vigorous cardio barely more than a minute at a time, any improvement will be evident.

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TSEWARD 6/17/2013 9:24PM

    Love your puppy dog! and love your enthusiasm for eating healthy and your determination to stick to it! I struggle with this more than anything. I like exercise, but lettuce? no. It sounds like your body is really benefiting from your food choices. thanks for your comment on my blog...just what I needed to hear! emoticon

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68ANNE 6/17/2013 8:16PM

    He is beautiful!

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AUNTIEANNE22 6/17/2013 8:15PM

  You are doing really well. I love eating all vegetables, so getting them in is never a problem. I will cook a one pound bag of spinach and split it between the two of us. We joined a CSA this summer, so we get a variety of fresh veggies every other week.
I logged my breakfast and lunch today. I had 700 calories left for dinner, so I think I probably have not been eating enough. I also logged 2 snacks. Peter and I are going to do the Spark Solution Challenge, so I hope it will help reset everything and motivate me to exercise. My work schedule is set through the end of August, so I should be able to set up a workable schedule.

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tripped over the dog

Sunday, June 16, 2013

blessings in disguise! Finally I am forced to seek out alternative workouts. I never did those 10 minute 'spot treatments'. The bulk of my spark minutes were in working in the garden or exercising the dog. Now I cant do either for several weeks.

Back in 2000 an old boyfriend once said to me, "I am surprised you didnt yell at the dog" as I was getting stitched in the ER. We had been playing frisbee and there was premature jumping....As per usual, I don't take out pain on my companions as I learned from my parents. As I sat on the floor legs in a modified split, under the dresser I had been carrying, I was silent. I had the thought of blame but instead accepted the responsibility for my own failure to predict. I stepped backward and tripped over a 90 pound buddy.

I think it makes it easier to heal and move forward when I avoid victim thinking and transferring blame. I am grateful for my choices in right speech and thought, and do not begrudge my failures to predict the consequences. I can only take away lessons and emerge stronger! I am so fortunate to have a faithful companion who can be off leash for potty breaks. I only regret he will not have the chance to run for a few weeks next to the bicycle.

I was reading TS Wards blog about quitting her job and remember my thought stream as the nausea passed yesterday post-fall. I was overjoyed to have an out on my pending contract - luckily I hadn't signed one. It was another revelation that it is time to reassess working in skilled nursing centers. It is still unclear to me, whether it is the politics/dysfunction of some places, or the physical toll I place on my body through pace and perhaps lack of experience. I see that a lot of therapists dont want to treat the long term patients, and stick to medA and short term rehab clients. I usually push myself to take up the slack. That is probably good intentioned, but not viable long-term.

That same pick up the slack mentatlity is probably why I injure myself. I push myself too hard, instead of thinking smart. Well this old dog is ready to start predicting, planning and getting ready for her fifties.

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MUTTSBARK 6/17/2013 8:25AM

    I tripped over one of the kids in my little pack just before Christmas and broke my hand. I spent a couple of months convalescing after surgery ... Tired, grumpy, unmotivated ... And then, I woke up one morning, looked in the mirror and didn't recognize the girl looking back ... Got active on this site, quit acting like a victim, lost 10 pounds (my goal) as of today ... Am back to my old self ... I am not exactly sure why you have to stop for a few weeks, but take heart: whatever you broke, sprained ... It will heal. This, too, shall pass.

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AUNTIEANNE22 6/16/2013 10:58PM

  I hate working in skilled nursing centers for some of the same reasons as you. I'm an LNA and feel that everyone should be treated with kindness and dignity. People did not ask to get old or sick or demented. If they are grumpy, they probably have good reason and by the mere fact that they got to be old, they deserve some slack. I always worked very hard to care for everyone and many times found myself picking up the slack. I finally gave up and moved to home care so I prevent people from having to go to nursing homes.
Please take care of yourself and heal quickly.

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68ANNE 6/16/2013 8:26PM

    Perhaps lack of activity is causing your brain to think more about physical consequences

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FLORNH 6/16/2013 12:59PM

    LTC definitely has its challenges, especially when administrators try to pressure you into putting people on case load/ keeping people on when therapy is not providing a justifiable benefit. No, sorry, I won't commit fraud so that the facility can make more money. Then you have to deal with high productivity. No, sorry, I won't stay after I have clocked out to finish my paperwork to keep my billable productivity at whatever unrealistic number you set. Oh yeah, and I'm not willing to repeatedly use my PTO to keep my benefits when the patient count drops too low for me to work at least 32 hours per week. Arg.

Good luck with your healing and figuring out the next step!

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