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Adding It Up

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Yesterday was my son's 16th birthday. We went to the movies (where I indulged in popcorn) and had pizza. I did NOT want to track my food after that. God knows, I felt like crap after eating pizza, even tho I got the "de-lite" crust that was more like a sheet of paper than crust! But I decided to just do it, and .... I ended up only 100 or so calories over for the day. The nutrition wasn't there, that's for sure, but the ginormous calorie load I'd imagined didn't manifest either.

But again, I'm noticing I felt like crap. Note to self: Wheat. Not my friend.

Today: Curves. I have an appointment to do my first full workout, with a staff member keeping an eye on me for form and using the equipment safely. That certainly wasn't how they did it when I did Curves years ago, and I think it's great. Going at a different time of day, curious to see what the clientele is like at a different day/time. Will everyone be 75 again, LOL? Then again, I'm thrilled there are 75 year olds working out, that is AWESOME! It just made me feel...old. Really old. And incredibly...um...old. But, even if it is all old ladies (discussing church unendingly)...it's a chance to get some momentum going, and God knows, I need some momentum.

Starting to walk daily for prep for the annual 5K on June 3. Wow. Did I lose my walking stamina over the winter. Actually, just in the few weeks since my community center pass expired and I stopped using the treadmill...wow. Starting over again, at least that's how it felt.

Lucky that I can start over again tho. So I'll take it! Feeling a lil blue and overwhelmed this week. Jodie is in Louisiana visiting her family, finances have been tight as all get out, and I've just been...sorta low. Trying to use this time while she's gone to focus on ME and my HEALTH. I'd say I'm doing it, but I'm struggling with some unrealistic expectations.

Patience and perseverance. I just keep saying that to myself.

  
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GOPINTOS 5/16/2012 8:55PM

    I don't stray often but when I have, I have been pleasantly surprised also :)

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Wheat Belly Team

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SUSIEQ911 5/15/2012 4:17PM

    Dontcha love it when you eat something and log it and then you're pleasantly surprised? I had 3 s'mores yesterday and only went over by 35 calories!



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IAMFRANSGIRL 5/15/2012 12:36PM

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Luckily everyday is chance to start fresh.
Hope you enjoy your workout.

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Patience and Perseverance

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Today is Mother's Day. It's a mixed bag for me. In the US, the phrase "Mom, baseball and apple pie" comes to mind. But when your mom wasn't an "apple pie" mom, but was devastatingly mentally ill and abusive, well, today triggers memories of cards and gifts not being "good enough". Of being berated for not getting the right kind of flowers or a plant without enough blooms. Of screaming meltdowns.

On the bright side of all that, I had four beautiful children of my own and if I can say nothing else, I can say I broke that cycle - My children are happy, confident young people who don't hold the same scars I do. This a.m., my 15-year-old son made me scrambled eggs and coffee....this from a teen who typically would rather go hungry than fix his OWN food, much less someone else's. LOL. My daughters have made my day special with small gifts and love.

Their memories of Mother's Day will be of me smiling and saying how proud of them I am and how much I love them. A far cry from my own. That's something to be proud of, and I am.

Now, on to health. Fleeting, elusive health.

Yesterday, i signed up for a 30-day free trial at Curves. It was...so so. The staff member who walked me through the routine was so incredibly chirpy and bouncy, I thought I would scream, LOL. "Can you feel that? Can you feel it? Isn't it GREAT? Do you FEEL IT?" argh. As an introvert, I felt like she was so far in side my personal space bubble I couldn't breathe. But hey, she was positive!! The other patrons consisted entirely of much older women who animatedly discussed church the entire 45 minutes I was there (I'm lesbian, I've been hounded out of churches and my family of origin won't speak to me because of my "sin".) While I'm sure these are lovely older women, it made me anxious. The workout, however, was good. And in the end, that's what I'm there for, right? My knees have degenerated to the point we had to avoid two of the machines entirely due to instant pain. Perhaps after I get stronger, I will be able to add them in, or maybe not. I figure I have 30 free days to figure out does this work for me, will I do it, and will I see results.

I really want to see results. The video from a local dance show I did two weeks ago was posted and I asked for it to be removed. When I saw it, I cried. That's not what I want for myself. This body isn't what I want for myself.

Still off wheat, tho going completely grain free is troublesome when the food budget is low. I'm used to padding that budget with sandwiches and pasta. That's much harder to avoid than the cakes and cookies I used to focus on avoiding. It's worth it tho, DO feel better. I have lost 2" off my waist and almost that off my hips. But more than anything, I feel better when I'm not eating the wheat. Makes it easier to stick with when I have some positive outcome, especially when there hasn't been a significant weight loss.

I signed up for a 5K that I have done several years in a row, Heaven Can Wait, benefiting a local breast cancer non-profit. The walk/run is June 3. Today as part of Mother's Day, the two teens at home and I will walk part of the route to start training.

Right now, I just keep reminding myself: Patience and Perseverance. Keep going, keep trying, and the change will come. The skills will come. It will get easier.

  
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KATCHAGIRL 5/15/2012 8:26PM

    I'm sorry for your past, but am SO happy that you CHANGED it!! :) Glad you had a HAPPY Mother's Day!!

Keep up the good work! :)

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EGALITAIRE 5/13/2012 3:10PM

    Good to hear you're feeling better by eliminating wheat from your diet. Keep noticing those NSV - body comp is actually a better measure of health than simply weight. As you get smaller and more toned, you're becoming healthier.

I totally agree with the "way-too-perky" coaches, maybe they need to lay off the cocaine, at least before they see clients.

Stay Strong

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AMR6665 5/13/2012 11:23AM

    emoticon Happy Mother's Day...and good luck with your 5k!

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Making a Change

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

One of the things I really didn't want to hear last year after my round of tests was "cut out the bread, the flour, the pasta, and the potatoes".

This was because of my borderline diabetic results and blood sugar problems. She felt these things are causing blood sugar spikes...keeping me hungry for one, and keeping my glucose too high all the time overall.

I quit them...for about a month. I felt greatand was losing weight! Then...I began cheating a little. Still felt good...but stopped losing weight...then I gave up completely...

and I'm right back where I started.

So yesterday, I pulled the "wagon" out of the shed, hitched it up..and ...I'm back on the wagon. No bread, flour, pasta or potatoes for over 24 hours now. And, again, she was right. I'm not constantly hungry. I eat a variety of lean proteins, veggies and fruit..and I feel good.

Give in to the temptation of a "treat"...and I start feeling yucko. You'd think I would learn: Follow her suggestions and feel good. Don't follow her suggestions and feel like crap.

Shouldn't be hard, now should it?

  
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2012ISNOW 4/22/2012 10:59PM

    I hear you! Giving up wheat and starches isn't easy. I have an allergy, and feel horrible if I eat wheat which make it pretty simple. Without that, I think I would still enjoy sandwiches and pasta on a daily basis.

HOWEVER, I feel so much better staying away from it that once you get a little distance to your habits, not eating whet and starches is not that hard. Give it a try & wishing you all the best!

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TERRYT55 4/18/2012 1:40PM

    It shouldn't be hard but it is! I too know exactly what I should eat to feel good and keep my body healthy but put a big plate of pasta, a fresh baguette, almost any cookie etc. in my path and I am an eating machine.

One day, one bite at a time. Stay on that wagon.......I'm up there with you.

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Have you seen my motivation?

Monday, April 16, 2012

If you've seen my motivation hanging around...would you send it home?

I need it.

No exercise, no dancing. No preparing for a show I have in 13 days.

I MUST get off this apathy ride I seem to be trapped on.

Funnily, I spend several hours a week coaching and motivating OTHER dancers....and I can't seem to motivate MYSELF.

It's sort of freakin' embarrassing if you want the truth.

"Which do you prefer? The pain of self discipline, or the pain of regret?" Well, if I don't get my butt in gear, it's going to be a lot of pain of regret.

No one can do it but me. No one can make me do anything. No one can motivate me in the end...but me.

However, I'm going to be hitting some serious spark people time trying to find some INSPIRATION.....

I'm also going to spend a few minutes writing myself a letter about how disappointed I'm going to be if I don't do something soon...

I'm in a RUT. Ugh!

Okay, spark people peeps...how do YOU get out of a rut? How do YOU dredge up that indefineable thing that gets you off your butt and out of your head...and on your feet? Help! Share your tips, tricks, and secrets!

  
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KELLYDRESCHER 4/16/2012 12:16PM

    For me it was getting outside in the sun. Just soaking up a few sun rays did something for my overall mood. I've hit some major ruts, but they do pass. This feeling isn't for ever.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 4/16/2012 10:58AM

    I tend to find a new exercise or food to do. I get bored easily which is why I tend to stop doing things after a while.

Oh and if my sanity is hanging with your motivation, could you send it back my way?

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IAMFRANSGIRL 4/16/2012 10:50AM

    I think about how my life was before exercise and being good to myself. I think about my friends that can no longer enjoy any kind of well being or fitness and I think of the good friends that have passed because of their lack of good health and fitness. I try very hard to have a balance of everything in my life(it's not always easy) and it helps to keep me from feeling like I'm stuck.
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JOY73YL 4/16/2012 9:20AM

    That is rough one. I don't have a list right now but I use do need to make up a new one. I usually have a list of things to do when I feel like that.
1) things I want to see, do or ??? When I have time. Knit, crochet or sew. Museum, historical places, places of interest. When was the last time you visited that elderly relative or friend?
Etc., etc.

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Thursday Check-In

Thursday, April 12, 2012

This week has flown!

Bijou the dog is waaaay better, my partner is finally getting better...and life has been hectic.

Successes:
1) Put on a little makeup every day last week. Not quite so good this week, but still a huge improvement. Investing a few minutes into my self is good.
2) Meds - On track with allergy meds/antidepressant for a week. Finally. Now trying to add in some of the other things that make me feel so much better - Vitamin D and chondrotin/glucosamine.

What needs more attention:
5 Freggies
Exercise
Water

The antidepressant is key to the rest. If I'm not taking it regularly, I fall into apathy and do none of it. Note to self: Take it. Doh.

  
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TERRYT55 4/12/2012 1:37PM

    So happy both your partner and Bijou are better.

It helps me to take my meds regularly too. I take an antidepressant and keep it on the nightstand. Seeing the bottle there as I climb into bed helps me to remember. I keep my thyroid meds there too so I can take them before I get out of bed on an empty stomach.

Take care!

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