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New Toy - Fitbit Zip!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Yesterday, my partner and I were in Best Buy. I stopped to look at the heart rate moniters. By the time we left, we had a two-pack of Fitbit(s). I'd seen them here on spark and looked them up, but thought, cool, but $100? That's too rich for my sad pocket, LOL. Then we had a little windfall last week. Paid some bills, etc and had a little left over. Hence the trip to Best Buy. We found the 2 pack of the Zip style Fitbit for $100 (reg 59.95, it's the new "One" style that was $100), so that was a savings of $9.95 each.

Now normally, I would balk at paying $60 for a gadget. I stood in the aisle awhile, warring with myself over it. "Is this a glorified pedometer? You have pedometers at home, and for whatever reason they either track too many steps, not enough steps, fall off, reset every time you look at them....do you NEED at $60 gadget that might not be any better?" So, I was pretty much on the fence about it. I might have left with a $39.99 heart rate watch had I been on my own. But then I saw Jodie looking too, and she was interested.

Jodie has been working really hard the last two-three weeks, walking, trying to make better choices etc. If you've been with me awhile, you know I have been upset as all H*LL that she won't take care of her diabetes, at all. Well, in the last three weeks, Jodie has taken her blood sugar daily and is taking her insulin.

I can NOT express what a big deal this is. We've been together almost 8 years, and that is more than all the other time combined that she has faced her diabetes head on. She wants a job with campus security for the local college, and has joined their volunteer cadet program and realized she had to get ahold of her health, period, if she wants a job with them.

And she's doing it. I can't express what that means to me - that she is finally, finally taking care of her diabetes.

So, we walked out of Best Buy with Fitbits. I set them up last night online and today will be the test. For me, it will be an interesting baseline - because I have no dance today. I also am taking a day off of Zumba after doing it 3 days in a row. So, today should be a "no-exercise" day. It will be very interesting to track today against a "regular" day with dance for me, then with Zumba as well.

Had a dance show last night, and my costume was a little loose. :) Haven't weighed this week yet, but I'm looking for a little change~!

  
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SHAR140 1/28/2013 1:44PM

    Yay!! So happy for both of you! :) Let me know what you think of it - I had the old fitbit ultra, but lost it...took it off changing at the gym, I must have set it down on the bench, and never saw it again. I didn't realize until later that night. So I've been debating buying another, but the Zip is really all I need. I rarely (like maybe 3 times) wore it at night, and tracking flights of stairs was nice, but I don't *need* it - that's the big differences I see going to the Zip.

I miss the instant reminder when I'd check it, that I needed to get up walk more!!

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ICBNIC 1/28/2013 9:37AM

    I'll be interested to hear how you like fitbit as well - I've looked at it half a dozen times, and like you war with myself over if it's worth it! Keep us posted! And congrats for both Jodie AND your costume being a little large!!! That's a big WOOT WOOT from me!

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IMAGINE_IT 1/28/2013 9:31AM

    emoticon That your DP is on board with living more healthier.... emoticon emoticon on the Fitbits......

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MS_ZENZI 1/28/2013 9:01AM

    I can't wait to hear about the Fitbit!! I've seen info about it all over this site, but I'm very cautious when it comes to investing in gadgets. I'm glad to hear that your partner is making positive steps. It's hard when it feels like you care about someone else's health more than they do. You never want to harass, but you always hope....

Maybe doing Fitbit as a team will give you both extra motivation. Good luck!!

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SAMMI4444 1/28/2013 8:49AM

    I love my fitbit! I'm sure you and your partner will as well :). So happy Jodie is doing great taking care of her diabetes! My mom is diabetic as well and soemtimes it feels like babysitting the way we have to keep at her to monitor her sugars and what not. Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

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SUSIEQ911 1/28/2013 8:46AM

    Great deal! And great news that Jodie is interesting too!



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Zumba 2 for Wii - Holy Cow!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

So...I'm one of those people who are always way too busy. Full-time job, part-time "job" of dance commitments, kids, and partner all add up to: I have Tuesday evenings off (if I don't schedule someone for dance) and a little time on the weekends for "extra" activities. I dance 4 nights a week on average.

Fitting in MORE activity? A big chore. I already get up at 4:45 a.m. to have a cup of coffee, work out, do personal dance practice and get ready for work. After work, I have about an hour to get home, have dinner and do whatever chores (or sometimes take a nap!) before dance folks begin arriving to dance in my dining room.

I knew I need to take my exercise up a notch, but was at a loss how to do it. I walk when I can - if it's still light, not snowing, and I'm not committed elsewhere. I don't have time for a gym, and trying to fit to a schedule of classes somewhere? Really freakin' hard. I do Wii fit in the a.m., sometimes, but have a hard time really working up a sweat with it....So, I read some reviews and decided to purchase Zumba 2 for Wii.

Oh. My. Gawd. Friday I had time for about 20 minutes. Soaked in sweat by the end of it. This a.m., I did a 60 min "full class" routine and....wow. Again, drenched in sweat and I was TIRED when that 60 min finally wound down. A good tired, but tired nonetheless. I chose a "low intensity" class...I'd tried a medium intensity on Friday...and I could not keep up. Not remotely. And this is with 4 nights of dance a week!

Enjoying the change of pace, enjoying getting a great workout - at my convenience in my living room - and interested to see what this does, if anything, for the weight loss.

Still hanging in at 244 as of late this week.

  
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WONDEROONA 1/27/2013 7:34PM

    I was going to buy Zumba for the Xbox but I downloaded a trial of it and almost killed myself and my wife doing it!!! I kept tripping and couldn't keep up. My wife almost died of laughter. I think that I'm going to give it another shot when she's not watching. I'd like to learn how to do it in the comfort of my home. I have no rhythm, unfortunately.

Good job at stepping up the fitness!!

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 1/27/2013 12:46PM

    this is my best thing to do... i love to zumba i love to zumba!!!

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FITWITHIN 1/26/2013 6:59PM

    Love Zumba! Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEQ911 1/26/2013 6:24PM

    I am SO not coordinated to do any kind of Zumba!

Good for you!

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P-p-p-pressure

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I've been struggling with anxiety the last few days. Why? Well, I dunno.

Do you need a reason?

Sigh. I've never needed a reason to feel anxiety or depression. They just come along uninvited.

The impact on my food/exercise program? Usually, I will overeat. Eat out of anxiety, not hunger. Wanting somethng to soothe me, and my drug of choice for soothing myself is SUGAR.

In hindsight, I can look back at Tuesday's nosedive into the candy jar at work and think "ooooooh. Oh. That's what that was about!" Because again in hindsight, I can see I was struggling with anxiety.

Yesterday I had a rare midweek day off. I still felt anxious, in fact, I felt pretty darn anxious. But I managed to refrain from overeating, or binging on sugar. I worked out and I focused on a project. I also worked on filling up my sleep deficit with a nice nap and some quiet time reading a book.

Yes, I feel it on the fringes of my awareness today, that anxiety. But I know what the monster in the corner is this time, and I know it's just feelings....and feelings don't need to be fed with food.

  
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GOPINTOS 1/24/2013 6:19PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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ICBNIC 1/24/2013 11:13AM

    You've got some great advice about handling your anxiety - it DOES take practice. I'm an emotional eater (my whole life) and had to create some if/then plans to make me mentally know what the plan was when things happened. IF stress raises at work (demands of the job), then go for a short walk around the building, breathe deeply and come back with a new attitude.

A part of the emotional eating is the equivocating food with love (I wrote a blog on this very subject this week). It's all about relearning what food is - food is not a security blanket, it is not a hug, it is not love. Now repeat after me - food is fuel. Best of luck!

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DITA48 1/24/2013 9:45AM

    I agree with SUSIEQ, it takes practice. Knowing your demons is one thing, but successfully slaying them time and again is what is needed to build confidence. Have patience and determination. You can do it!!

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SUSIEQ911 1/24/2013 9:22AM

    I think it's all about being mindful. You really have to stop and analyze why. It's hard, but it sounds like you did a good job yesterday.

I think it takes practice. You have to do the hindsight thing multiple times before you start seeing it before it happens.

Have a great day!

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MYUTMOST4HIM 1/24/2013 8:20AM

    That's the problem with this - it is a vicious cycle cause the anxiety causes those cravings and IF you give in to them - they make them worse......

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Not Letting One Bad Day Day Get To Me

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Yesterday was not the best-ever day, but probably the hardest since I started eating primal last week of December.

It was a day well I fell headlong into my sugar addiction and ended with me wanting to eat everything in the house.

See, we have this cookie jar in the breakroom. Every once in awhile, human resources will fill it with candy from costco - fun size candy bars. Since Christmas, the jar has been empty and pushed back. Yesterday when i went to my break....the jar had been moved front and center and I knew it meant there was candy in it.

I said to myself, one piece of candy isn't going to wreck things and I had one.

That, dear friends, was the mistake. As soon as the sugar melted in my mouth, I wanted MORE. I mean....like a crack addict who only got a taste wants more. In the 15 minute break, I'm horrified to tell you....I couldn't stop. Literally I could not stop.

Afterward, I felt sick (literally!) and the rest of the day felt jittery, anxious, and uncomfortable in my skin. I ate a primal dinner....but could not stop wanting to eat more. It wasn't hunger...my mouth wanted to eat even tho my stomach was full.

All in all, a very sad day for my program. The realization that I joke about my sugar addiction, but BOY, it's no laughing matter. That I'm back to square one because I can already tell this a.m. that I'm craving it.

But the relief in all of it is, I CAN start again. I can make today sugar-free - as long as I avoid those cravings.

There was a moment of horror, there in the break room, when I reached for a second piece of candy...and then a third...I couldn't stop. I couldn't walk away. The sleeping dragon of my addiction to sugar woke up and it wanted MORE. I didn't like the feeling of being out of control.

In the past, a binge like that would have sent me spiraling down into the food with self talk like "well you blew it yesterday, you obviously can't do this" or "you were just meant to be fat, stop fighting it".

But that's not today. I'm not going to allow those demons to whisper in my ear. I slipped and I fell, right into the mud. But today, I've showered off that mud and I'm moving forward.

  
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EXOTEC 1/23/2013 11:15AM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your "crack day"! But it reminds me of a quote I heard somewhere about even falling on your face constitutes "moving forward." So take heart. This was a nutritional nightmare for sure, but it was a learning experience, and you can refer back to it in times of future temptation - and you know those are coming!

Sugar is a badly addictive substance. Carbs are right up there, since carbs are just complex sugars, after all. Wheat, another carb, exacts its own hellish toll, since it affects the parts of our brains which are equally and similarly affected by opiates. Folks who have strong reactions (whether they're aware of them or not) to wheat also may be cross-reactive to ANY other grains. And so the implications are everywhere.

But you've had time now to see the actual effect on your body, and how useless it may be to fight it when you're directly in front of it. Strive to not let yourself be "directly in front of it." Consider the experience when you're presented with a wonderful meal at a friend's home...or in a restaurant...or a drive-by "gee, I'd love some of..." Remember. Don't let this scary experience derail you. You have better ammunition now!

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ICBNIC 1/23/2013 11:10AM

    Good for you ! That sugar addiction is NO JOKE! Here's to detoxing today and to going primal again! :)

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SQUIRRELLYONE 1/23/2013 9:41AM

    Good job! You can come back from this!

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MXKITTY 1/23/2013 9:05AM

    Good for you! I haven't given up - you hit a speed bump, got over it and now your journey continues!!! emoticon

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GLORIAMAJDI 1/23/2013 8:50AM

    I am so glad that you aren't going to let one day mess everything up for you, and that you recognize it for what it is! So I am wondering, would a piece of fruit satisfy the sugar cravings? I am not sure if it would for me or not but just wanted to throw that out there as an idea.

In any case, good luck! You have a great attitude and I know you can do it!

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There are good days and then there are weekends....

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I used to make mention to my son's teachers of how much he needed routine. Without a schedule, or knowing what was going to happen and when, he didn't do so great.

I believe I have an idea where that came from.....his mother.

During the week, when there is routine, I am good. I follow my eating plan pretty well, I exercise, I go to bed at a reasonable time.

The weekend? off track in my food, exercise and sleeping.

I remind myself that it's what you do MOST of the time, not some of the time. But still.....

Good things to come out of the weekend? While cold, it was nice enough to take the dog out both days for a good 20 min walk. Good for the dog, and good for the dog's people!

A learning experience out of the weekend? I am not prepared to walk away from the chocolate. A half bag of dark chocolate pieces ended up coming home with me Saturday from an event. I could not leave them alone. They are all gone now. They shouldn't be, but they are.

Note to self, step away from the chocolate.

In other more positive news, I've pulled out the Wii Fit and have been adding that in a good 5-6 days a week. I like the scale on it, LOL. It says I weigh 236 as opposed to the mean ol' bathroom scales that say I weigh 245. But I'm not naive enough to believe the Wii scale...its' on the carpet, LOL.

Still working on Primal Blue print. I'm getting the food down a little better, but I haven't added in any of the HIIT exercise the PB wants. Right now, I feel pretty lucky to be getting some walks in and play on the wii for 20 min or so a day. I figure I'm injured (knee degeneration, chronic low back, ankle issues, and a knot where the IT band connects on one thigh). Better to walk/exericse a while to get up to a place where I CAN do interval training.

It will all come, right? Right!

  
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SEEINGCLEARLY53 1/22/2013 7:20PM

    I can so relate!....... emoticon

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KATCHAGIRL 1/22/2013 12:28PM

    UGH... I know that weekend feeling VERY well!!! :( It's SOO hard to stay on track on the weekends. I did some what better than usual this past weekend, didn't eat all that much, but I have GOT to figure out a way to not drink so much on the weekends. :(

Congrats on breakin' out the Wii Fit... I started back yesterday. I got the Zumba workout for Christmas. As soon as I get back in a bit better shape, I'm gonna break it out and see how I like it!

Let's keep up the good work!!! emoticon

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SUGARSMOM2 1/22/2013 9:40AM

  gee i don`t know if it will or not . good thing to do though . so get ready to burn the wll up with active engery .

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