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It was just a stumble

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

I haven't blogged for a long time because I seemed to be saying the same things over and over and I was even boring myself with all my whining about not being able to stay on the wagon.

I'm not only on the wagon again - I'm driving it.

I was at my wit's end trying to figure out how to eat nutritiously, get enough fuel for my runs without feeling exhausted all the time, and not constantly fall into the night binge trap.

I met with a dietition and nutritionist last week. I was afraid I was going to get the standard diet sheet and be told to eat 1200 calories per day and do some exercise.

Fortunately, the nutritionist is a runner, and she totally understood how I was feeling. She told me that it isn't normal to feel ravenously hungry on the amount of food I was ingesting. I'm a vegan, and my diet has always been reasonably healthy as far as getting something from every food group. I don't eat any animal products of any kind so I thought I just had to eat more of the good stuff to keep fueled. Oh man, was I

The upshot of the meeting was 10 day's worth of meal plans. I can switch the order of the meals, but no substitutions are allowed from the listed foods. ALL grain products have been removed from my repertoire. That means no rice, no wheat, no kasha, no quinoa. I can have 2 servings of oatmeal per 10 day cycle.

Apparently grains have been playing havoc with my blood sugar, so that was the first thing to go. We'll re-evaluate at the end of 10 days, but I already know what the answer will be. Since I've been loading up on beans, vegetables, and low glycemic fruits I feel SO much better. No hint of any kind of urge to binge.

I'm no longer exhausted after my runs - I don't crash mid-afternoon, and the stress of working long hours on the weekend didn't send me off to buy candy.

I'm sure we've found the secret key. It makes it very difficult to eat out, but we don't do that much anyway so it shouldn't be a huge deal.

I'm almost feeling like I could start training for another half marathon.

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SP_COACH_NANCY 7/15/2008 4:10PM


Thanks for sharing...I was walking a similar path for almost a year before I had my break through moment 2 months ago. I am so glad to hear that things are going better for you and that you are finding some of that lost energy. Let us know how you are doing!


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CASSIOEPIA 7/11/2008 11:09PM

    Two steps forward and one step back....

Glad to see you are stepping forward again my friend.

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LYBBE1631 7/10/2008 5:35PM

    Monica - apparently all nutrients don't have to be included in all meals on all days - as long as everything comes together at the end of the trial period.

A typical day would include in 4 meals:

1. garbanzo beans and soy 'chicken'

2. pinto beans, almonds, green and red vegetables

3. soy milk, almonds

4. baked beans, soy 'beef' fresh peaches.

No restrictions on quantity - but you are encouraged to eat sensible portions. There have been a few days when I have eaten more almonds than I normally would, but those are usually days when I've done particularly strenuous runs.

There are 26 foods that are cycled throughout each period - some high cal days - some low cal.

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MONICA_W 7/10/2008 3:46PM

    Woo hoo! Glad to hear you've found the key and been feeling so much better! I'd love to hear more about what your nutritionist recommended... were there a few examples of meals that you could share? I have a hard time imagining a complete meal formed entirely of produce and beans... but I'm not very experienced in the veggie world, tee hee!

Keep running, keep smiling, and keep blogging! Missed ya!

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SUNSHINE4ME 7/9/2008 9:53PM

    Lybbe - great post!!

I think I've been having too much grains, focusing on whole grains, whole wheat. I really should cut it out of my diet (or have very little)

So nice to see your post!

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MEGABOMB 7/9/2008 6:46PM

    Wow, really?! Good for you! I'm ovo-lacto veggie, so nowhere near as restricted* as the vegan diet, and now you have one more thing to watch out for - I'm not sure I could handle it. But, if you're feeling that much better, then obviously it's worth it and it's the best situation for you. Your mileage has certainly sprung up the last couple weeks. :-) This is all great to hear. Happy well-fuelled running!

*I know you probably don't consider it restricted, and I don't consider no meat restrictive, but hopefully you know what I mean.

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ROSET491 7/9/2008 5:13PM

    Good for you on finding out what you need! I too have issues with the scale not moving!! I decided to start with the 5-6 meals daily with the mini meals being a bowl of oatmeal with fruit and almonds! I just have my fruits in the AM. Read from a posting about how fruits can mess with your blood sugar level in the afternoon causing those afternoon slumps!I have been trying to have a huge salad at night with all the veggies I want!! In one weeks time I lost 3 pounds! Hope to see good progress each week! It's funny how are bodies work, and how much information it takes to get it right! Good Luck with your plan!

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Back on Track - Mentally and Physically

Thursday, May 01, 2008

It has been over a month since I've blogged. I'm finally beginning to feel like myself again, and it's time to get back at it.

This winter was particularly difficult for me - mentally. My depression was exacerbated to the point where I asked my doctor to increase my medication. She told me to wait a few weeks until I could get outside in the sun and she was right. A few days of warm weather made me feel SO much better I can barely believe the depth of my cabin fever.

I'm a very competitive person, with a high drive to succeed. In my attempt to be the perfect exerciser, perfect runner, perfect eater - I started to fail at all. I was pushing myself so much with running that I was exhausted all the time. I made myself get out every day to do something and it wasn't doing me any good. I was so tired and run down that I was hungry all the time which led to a lot of night bingeing.

A few weeks ago, my partner Reg decided that he wanted to try running. I told him that if he was serious I would go through the couch to 5k program with him to keep him company. I did the first week with him and really enjoyed it. I still did my own runs on the days he wasn't going.

When the second week came along I decided to let him go off by himself (on the same path) and I would do my own interval runs. It meant that I was running a lot more than he was, but we were out together and I was actually running faster, but putting less time in.

Now, into his third week, I'm only running on the days he does, and the extra time off has contributed immensely to how I feel. I'm sleeping better, my weight has started a downward slide again, and I look a lot less tired.

This is a case of 'less is more,' I plan to keep it up until I see an obvious trend in one direction or another and I'll re-evaluate. Once I get back into half-marathon training mode I'll add one long run per week, and keep the other 3 runs relatively short.

I haven't had any junk of any kind for 8 days. Big deal huh? For me - it is. Over the winter I was eating all the sugar I could get my hands on. I'm a strict vegan - no animal products of any kind - but sugar and starch and fried food were fair game to me and it's also poison to me.

I'm feeling much brighter about this coming year - and I feel confident that I can reach my weight goal by December. Having put it in writing I will do my very best to ditch the weight I gained over winter and get myself to where I want to be.

That is all.

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LADY_KATHY 8/20/2009 8:32AM

    Keep the faith... You can do anything... with God's help

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CNTRYGAL 5/26/2008 9:53AM

    Lybbe - I'm glad you're feeling better and enjoying your runs again. :) Do you have one of those "sun lamps"? When I lived in Alaska, I heard a lot of good things about them. Sometimes they'll be covered (or at least partially) by insurance.

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    i stumbled on your page and you are an amazing woman! lots of changes for you in the past couple of years and i'm glad that you are re-evaluating your needs and your health so that you can continue to make positive choices.

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MONICA_W 5/4/2008 11:16PM

    I second Cassie's thoughts... take care! We love you!

How wonderful that Reg has taken up running, and how nice it must be to get out there with him. You're very wise to tone things down... ever hear of "over-training"? emoticon Take some time to take care of yourself, and quit pushing so hard. Really try to speak to yourself the way you would speak to a friend. (It's been said before, but it's so true.) It's hard to accept that we aren't perfect and never can be. Sometimes we can't be the best, we can't juggle all those balls at once, and it only makes us miserable to attempt it. Instead, why not set yourself some really small goals to get back on track - the junk food is a huge wonderful success to show you're already heading in the right direction! Focus on how clean and healthy you feel without all those toxic foods in your system, and hopefully it will give you strength next time you're faced with a sugar-or-not decision.

Great big giant hugs, my dear. You're ever and always an inspiration, so keep blogging - it makes my day to read it. Take care! emoticon

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TOBICAE 5/2/2008 2:02AM

    Glad to see you back! I'm still very slowly getting back in the swing of things, I didn't realize just how much having my friend living here would throw off my weight loss! Talk to you soon.

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CASSIOEPIA 5/1/2008 7:52PM

    Ahwww sweetie. I knew you were posting less, but had no idea you were suffering like that. I'm glad you were able to work through it with your doctor, and thank goodness for sunshine medicine. All that yard work is gold for you! Keep your spirits up. I've never had to deal with depression, so I really have no idea of how low the depths are. I'm just glad you know how to ask for help, and when.

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When life hands you lemons...

Monday, March 10, 2008

We've all heard the expression about making lemonade when life hands you too many lemons.

When mother nature hands us way too much snow, some enterprising students from the college near my house got creative with it.

The photo speaks for itself. It made me laugh out loud and I saw several other drivers laughing too. It may not be tasteful, but it sure got me thinking about why I need to use what I have available and quit whining about winter.

This is the start of a new week and a new attitude.

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OMAIZZY 5/1/2008 6:23PM

    LOL...I remember when I was in University (too long ago to mention) and the Engineering students (of course!) made a similar ice sculpture in the quad. I was walking ahead of a couple of girls and one of them said to the other - 'oh look, someone built a light house!' I STILL crack up when I think of it (ok - 39 years later!)

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HAWAIITOES 4/22/2008 4:41PM

    Lybee, finally have had time to browse through some of the SP of the people I miss and found this. That is too funny!! Thanks for the sharing, even though I got here late!!
Hope all is well. We have been involved in moving my 98 yo MIL into an assisted living situation, which she choose to do, thank goodness, but it has been alot of work. She is in Montrose, CO and it is at 6000 feet. I thought I was kind of in shape, but that altitude got me.

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DEBBIEDAY 3/18/2008 1:01PM

    ROFLOL!!!!! ......amazing what one can do with snow hey????

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    Ah here it is! HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAAA This is great!

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TOBICAE 3/13/2008 12:56AM

    Ha! lol That's what happens when you study too hard :) We made a slide out of the front steps on our dorm one year, but that's much more creative.

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CNTRYGAL 3/12/2008 8:06PM

    "SUUUURRREEEE" Blame it on those wild kids! ;) hahahaha

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GRANNYGRUMP 3/10/2008 5:00PM

  OMG! Lybee! This is the most cardio I've gotten in ages - I am laughing until my sides hurt! Leave it to the college kids! They know how to put everything in the proper perspecting! Thank you so much! My face hurts, my side hurts, I can still hear my DH snickering in the living room where he is working! THANK YOU! We needed that!


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AIREDALEMOM 3/10/2008 4:43PM

    OMG that's too funny!

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BECKYBOMBSHELL 3/10/2008 12:13PM

    Lyb ~ That is beyond funny! Has Maddy seen this yet?

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MONICA_W 3/10/2008 11:00AM

    Lybbe, so inappropriate... *snicker snicker*
I was waiting to hear you say that you'd made that instead of going for your run - then I would have been shocked! Those darn college kids... lol.

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Spring Forward (into a winter storm)

Saturday, March 08, 2008

This is the day we set our clocks ahead an hour so we have more light in the evenings. It used to happen in April, but now it's a month earlier. I'm used to having it happen when it's actually Spring. We're far from it.

This photo was taken from my driveway a few moments ago. 6 inches fell overnight and it's still pouring down. The plows aren't out because somebody at city hall doesn't think it's necessary on a weekend. Sunday night they might get to it.

I'm not running.

I have backed out of the marathon I was going to run in Niagara Falls in October and I'm seriously thinking about giving up on the Half in April. I'm not ready and unless this white stuff all melts overnight I won't be ready.

I'll lose my entry fee for the Half - but at least I'll get a nice jacket.

My eating is out of control.

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    Hi Lybbe:

I cannot run any more. My knees are shot.

So I say if you can run then try it.

Sorry the snow seems to dampen your enthusiasm for running. It is hard to train when the snow is on the ground.

I have a few stories of the Boston Marathon. When my second daughter was just an infant, I tried to get across the highway to home. I did not have any cash on me. A police officer said I could go no further. I was nursing her still, but what of her older sister. I am glad that my future brother in law had an apartment on the side of the highway I was on. He let us come in and rest from the heat of the day. He had a sandwich for both my daughter and me. It was good to watch the marathon on tv.

Years later, my daughters would pass out oranges to the runners with others in our church youth group.

I lived on the street where the Boston Marathon goes by. It was a sea of people. I was looking for friends from church and could not spot them. We were too close to the start in Natick.

One year, our postal supervisor said just first and second class mail goes, up and out. It is what they say when they know a snowstorm is coming, or in this case, the Boston Marathon. It closes the highway for hours.

It was a particularily light day for mail, and I was up and out and back before the highway was closed.

Oh, next day, we had to make up for it with all the delayed bulk mail, and the new mail. It was terrific to get the day partly off.



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CNTRYGAL 3/12/2008 8:02PM

    Lybbe - I wish you would quit hogging all that snow and send it my way! It would be great to have all of it here for the slopes!! ;) Anyway - I hope you're feeling better - spring REALLY is on it's way.

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MONICA_W 3/9/2008 7:26PM

    Do the half! No backing out! Walk as much as you want. Your body will let you know what you're ready for, you know this. Trust those legs of yours to carry you through - you're doing as much training as you can. If weather prevents you from running (and lack of plows prevents you from finding a treadmill) then so be it. Can you do anything to change that? No - so don't worry about it! Just walk more when you need to. Instead, focus your energy on something you can change: which apparently is your eating right now. Come on, Lybbe. You are the boss. YOU are the boss, you are in control, you are going to be strong. What's your main motivation for making all these healthy changes? Figure out what your strongest motivation is, and create a little motto for yourself that you can repeat when you're standing in front of the fridge. (I stole that from Body for Life for Women by Pamela Peeke, which I'd recommend!) Find the phrase that makes you feel powerful, and never forget who's in charge! Now go make yourself a hot cup of tea and admire the beauty of it all... from indoors where it's warm :)

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UNFINISHED1 3/9/2008 1:22PM

    Lybbe: Don't give up on the half. You still have time...I know the weather is a b*tch, but don't let that stop you. I still have a 25K trail hike on April 19 and even though part of me would like to back out, another part of me is like, "Let's rock this b*tch." Sorry for the language, but sometimes we all need a good kick in the a** ;). Which includes me. So kick away.

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TOBICAE 3/8/2008 6:55PM

    GrannyGrump's right, you guys will have nice wonderful weather when I'm broiling, my a/c is broken (eek!). I hope you can do your running, but when it comes down to it, you don't want to push without the training. You'll get to run sometime, if not soon. Stupid snowplows... :)

I went to the doc last Friday and I'm not allowed to run until he okays it with my weight. Said that no benefits outweigh the risk of injury right now. I was really disappointed, but now I have another reason to lose more weight! ttyl

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PABANY 3/8/2008 4:35PM

    Wow!!! What happened to the sun? I haven't seen a site like that since I was last in buffalo. I used to live in Niagra Falls in the summer.Well, hopefully it will lighten up...if not, I'll run a little extra everyday just 4 the days you have to miss. Stay warm and stay away from the sweeties........sweetie....:)

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TLC7068 3/8/2008 3:27PM

    Good luck Lybbe on getting your run in. It looks awful. We just missed that storm where I live. It went east of us. I'm in Michigam. I hope you're able to do you half. You are an inspiration. I am so impressed with how much weight you have lost. You look awesome. I hope the roads are cleared tomorrow. We are driving through Canada tomorrow to get to vermont to ski.

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GRANNYGRUMP 3/8/2008 2:30PM

  WOW! What a snow! If it makes you feel any better, it is moving on to me now! Our Spring doesn't happen until May, so I'm having a difficult time "Springing" forward - into what? A snow bank?

I'm so sorry you had to give up on those marathons. You have done so well, but if you can't run and prepare, what will be will be!

Spring is coming - I know! We had it yesterday and it was quite nice! Turned the snow on the north side of the house into solid ice! LOL!

Positive thought - when we finally get our Spring, others will be complaining about the summer heat and we will be feeling so good about ourselves out walking and running when they are laying in front of an AC!

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Lunar Eclipse

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Yesterday couldn't have been more perfect for me. It was freezing bitter cold outside, but the sun was shining and that makes all the difference in the world. I ran 4 miles in the morning, and spent the afternoon with aching legs because I haven't been running regularly. It was a good ache though.

After dinner, we got out our lawn chairs, planted them in the snow on the patio, put on our heaviest woolies, grabbed some blankets and hunkered down to watch the lunar eclipse.

People pay $100 for a ticket to a half decent play or concert. This show was free, and it was spectacular!! I feel sorry for people who don't take the time to enjoy the wonders of nature. Only a few centuries ago there would have been dire consequences for someone when the moon eclipsed. We've come a long way baby.

The photo isn't great - but not bad for a cheap digital camera.

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BDTEACH3197 2/25/2008 7:20PM

    We tried to watch but just as the moon was covered by the earth's shadow the clouds rolled in and we couldn't see the actual event. Saw the beginning til about 20 minutes from cover but that was it!!! Oh well, maybe next time. Glad you had a good viewing!!!

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GRANNYGRUMP 2/21/2008 5:13PM

  Thanks for posting the picture.The little I saw on TV last night is as close as I got to seeing the lunar eclipse. We planned our evening around it. We live in the perfect area as we normally have clear skies and nothing interfering with our view. Not last night. No moon, no starts, sky sat right on our roof and dumped that wet, white stuff on us!

Gald you got the walk it! That makes you feel better and the aches and pains from a good healthy walk are good aches and pains!

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TOBICAE 2/21/2008 4:50PM

    I'm glad you got a good run in. I need to get the dog poop off my shoes (blech!) before I go out again, but I'm giving up on the treadmill running while it's still nice here (meaning not insanely hot) and running on the 3 mile track on post. It was too cloudy for us to see the eclipse, but we tried and got to see a bit of red glow. I've never actually seen a lunar eclipse, and I always got stuck in class for total solar ones, but hubby and I got a taste of the meteor shower last summer. Have a great day, TTYL!

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MONICA_W 2/21/2008 11:04AM

    Great photo! Thanks for posting it - it was (big surprise) cloudy in Vancouver, so we didn't get a chance to see it. Fantastic job on getting out for a run! Relish that ache... that's the feeling of getting back on track, and it's good! Hope you have a chance to go for a nice walk today to warm up and then stretch out those muscles. Take care!

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    I'm glad you had a good birthday and were able to enjoy the lunar eclipse, even if not the run. The running will get better; you've been there before and you know it will....I agree about nature. Sometimes living out here in the sticks, I don't take advantage of it as often as I should (for example, last night's eclipse :( Thanks for reminding all of us out in the country (and in the city too) to take advantage of the beauty of nature whenever we can.

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