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Making the mental connection... now can I make the physical one?

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

For years people have been saying that sodas (pop, Coca-Cola, etc.) are bad for me. I switched to diet soda back in 1989, was it? But for years they have been saying even that is bad fo me. Recently it has filtered into my brain just what they are saying about carbonation... and you can find some of the links around SparkPeople that support this, but right now I'm short on time and can't come up with one. I may come back and add one in later.

Still, what I read about the carbonation (which is the thing I drink it for) is that it interferes with calcium in the blood, and can interfere with your body's use of it. I had read this before, discounted it, and continued to drink my diet soft drinks.

So, now, reading it again, post-parathyroid surgery, knowing I have bone loss issues... dang, I can't tell myself "ignore it" any more. I am going to have to make a concerted effort to give it up.

Wish me luck. I tried this nearly two years ago: reduce the number of diet sodas I drink in a day. It didn't work. I go through three or four cans a day. Wait, that is down from the old five to six. Maybe it worked a little. But I need to do better, for my health.

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NELLIEC 11/4/2009 4:45PM

    I used to drink soda, but no more. Good luck on your journey to cutting down and maybe giving it up!!!

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SUNNY332 11/4/2009 3:57PM

    Great Challenge. I don't drink soda but if I did, I'd join in.

Good luck!


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MSLZZY 11/4/2009 10:23AM

    I limit myself to one or two sodas a week. It could be real easy to quit. But it does give me a choice if we go out and the choices are beer, wine or alcohol. But I try to have a large glass of water as well so I can alternately sip on both.

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LAURABARDA 11/4/2009 10:05AM

    I am in the same boat with carbonated soda water and diet soda! I know it is bad, but I am in denial. I gave up diet soda last year for lent, but relied heavily on carbonated water. After reading a recent article I finally have some willingness and I am off to Walmart today to buy some natural cranberry, acai and pomegranite juice which I intend to mix with 3 parts water and 1 part juice in place of soda. I have about 3 12 packs left in the garage and told my husband we are not buying anymore. I started with Tab when I was 14 and have been hooked on diet cola ever since. Must say diet pepsi when it came out was so much better than Tab!

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DHENDLER 11/4/2009 8:46AM

    We are soda addicts too! (carbonation being the thing for me too ... caffeine being my non-coffee drinking hubby's fix).

Post Menopause, I already have documented bone loss and can totally identify with being in denial mode. My husband initiated a "I'm not drinking soda anymore" some time agao. I jumped in, but was the first to cave in the grocery store and we're both long back where we started.

BUT it does become increasingly difficult to look away from the mounting evidence.

Here's my GOAL : To reduce my consumption to no more than ONE can a day. Will you join me???

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MYFEETHURT 11/4/2009 8:15AM

  I'm going to have to read about this as I was unaware about any danger with the carbonation. I love it too. I even drink the flavored "carbonated" water from Walmart to get my water in. Thanks for the heads up. And yes...good luck...I know for myself it's hard to give up. mary

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Ups and downs

Monday, November 02, 2009

So I wrote this "it's over and it wasn't too bad" entry yesterday about Halloween. And then the day unraveled into a total slug day. I watched old PBS aired shows on the streaming internet, procrastinated doing any household chores, inside or out (despite a beautiful day)... and even dug out the carefully wrapped and put into the car to transport AWAY from the house Halloween candy and ate leftovers.

At the end of the day, I had accumulated only about 2500 steps on the pedometer... that's how much of a slug-day it was. Rather than treadmill to the baseball game, I brushed and flossed my teeth to it, sitting up in bed. Fell asleep and woke up long enough to see the Yankees won it, and back to sleep.

This morning, I was still dragging my feet... and then I re-read the encouraging comments on yesterday's entry, planned out today, packed my lunch, and am ready to start in again.

One day at a time. Today, I am choosing to be a better day that yesterday. Yesterday is in the past. Today is all I have. Tomorrow is too far away to consider. Today I have a choice.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MSLZZY 11/3/2009 7:20AM

    Today is a new day! Give it your best effort!

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SMARTIEBEE 11/2/2009 11:12AM

    Yay Barb! Every day is a fresh Start, and you can do it!


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CONCHA77 11/2/2009 9:30AM

    Sounds like you have a good plan for today! Good for you!!

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BZYBOYSMOM 11/2/2009 9:30AM

    Yes, you have a choice and you are choosing to make the right choice today! You can do it! emoticon

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DHENDLER 11/2/2009 8:14AM

    Yesterday I did the "eat everything you can before you start" thing. I'm sure yours was not as decadent ... so don't feel TOO bad.

Yours ... from my reading ... is a consistent journey. KUDOS to all you have achieved. Your attitude today of One day at a time, "brush myself off and get back on target" is clearly one you embrace more than not.

A SP toast to NEW STARTS!

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MYUTMOST4HIM 11/2/2009 8:00AM

    Yep - that's the way to do it!!! It ain't how hard you fall - it is that you get back on the horse that matters most

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Made it through Halloween without too much damage

Sunday, November 01, 2009

I followed "the plan" of having a defined treat bag for myself... and feeling therefore treated, and not needing to eat the whole collection of leftovers after the ghouls and goblins left.

And today begins a fresh new week. Son and his wife are together this weekend--she drove down to meet him.

I have already begun to experience that Sundays are difficult days. It finally dawned on me that there is more than one reason for this. One of the biggies is that earlier this year, Sundays were the normal mom-son bonding breakfasts. He worked third shift, when he got off we'd go to breakfast. That hasn't been happening since August, since he started the pre-deployment training. He quit working those third shifts, and so no more Sunday morning breakfasts.

Since that insight just arrived, it may be a while before I figure out what to do about it. A new Sunday morning ritual? Maybe.

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MSLZZY 11/1/2009 10:09PM

    A new Sunday ritual would be just the thing! Give it plenty of thought and you'll find just the solution!

Comment edited on: 11/1/2009 10:10:13 PM

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DHENDLER 11/1/2009 9:10PM

    Just joined ... looking forward to getting to know you.

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NELLIEC 11/1/2009 7:49PM

    Now that you have the insight, you can figure out a solution better!

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PJSTIME 11/1/2009 12:43PM

    Try and look at the good side you had some good bonding time earlier and those times can't be taken away.

I like the treat bag idea maybe thats something that can be used other times as well. A new ritual is a good idea but I'm not sure what I can suggest to you.

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SMARTIEBEE 11/1/2009 9:57AM

    Good for you, Barb! I didn't even buy treats this year, because DH was taking me out to dinner for my birthday! In reality we ended up spending most of the evening at the ER with his Mom (she is nearly 96 and had a UTI) We did sneak out for a nice dinner before they called us to come pick her to take her home. The good thing is that I have NO left over chocolate in the house! That is the hard thing for me - chocolate! I am glad your plan worked for you!

A new Sunday morning ritual would be good - Think of something that would be a real treat for you! You deserve it!


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And the aftermath of maybe pushing a little harder than I should...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I'm sore today... hamstrings especially. Must not have stretched well enough after all those squats and lunges, and the treadmill. So tonight I took it easy on the treadmill, and stretched extra.


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SMARTIEBEE 10/29/2009 11:22PM

    Do take it a little easy for a bit! But stretching is good! I have had to make sure I do extra stretching both before and after my runs to keep my calf healing!

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NELLIEC 10/29/2009 9:43PM

    Ah, yes, the stretching. Definitely not something to neglect! Of course, my doctor has informed me that my muscle cramps may be partly due to my anemia rather than insufficient stretching. (I learned something new with that info!)

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IMREITE 10/29/2009 9:17PM

    I've had those days. i started doing light yoga after intense cardio sessions. it prevents some of the soreness and stiffness. I only do simple poses , not standing on my head.

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Strength training re-added

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Yesterday marks three weeks post-surgery, and even the most conservative things on-line told me that at this point it's OK to resume an exercise plan. Provided, of course, no complications. Well, there aren't any.

I had no excuses, and even though it took a certain amount of oomph to overcome the inertia of three weeks "off", on Sunday I did my first upper body workout, and Wednesday during the pre-game coverage of the World Series I did my first lower body workout. It feels good to be back!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SMARTIEBEE 10/29/2009 11:20PM

    Good for you! That first workout does feel great, doesn't it!
Just don't get carried away! Take it a little easy to start with!

Keep the Spark!


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NELLIEC 10/29/2009 5:26PM

    Sounds great that you are back to strength training!

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LAURABARDA 10/29/2009 11:37AM

    Glad to hear you are on the mend and ablt to resume your workout routines. Good for you!

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MSLZZY 10/29/2009 10:14AM

    WTG! Good for you! Activity makes such a big difference in how we feel! Just be careful and be kind to yourself!

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