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Good night's sleep

Saturday, November 07, 2009

I've written before that there isn't much that a good night's sleep won't help. Yesterday I took frequent walking breaks at work, and at noon I phoned my daughter in law to make sure she was holding up OK. She apparently had talked with our fella and asked him directly if he was wounded and he said "No". I had already concluded that, because I can't believe he would withhold something of that magnitude.

Anyway, having that reassurance, and doing some good self-talking, I slept well last night. I made it through three days with only one diet soda a day. Today I'm going for the full monty... no diet sodas today... if I can pull it off, and I hope I can.

My consultation at Jenny Craig is today. This bigger thing in my life is so far overshadowing thoughts of nutrition and fitness... but, nutrition and fitness are a safety net, a talisman, a way of dealing. Along with prayer and trust in a power greater than myself.


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NELLIEC 11/7/2009 2:23PM

    Hooray that he is OK. And great that you plan to have no soda!!!

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SMARTIEBEE 11/7/2009 10:28AM

    Barb, I am so glad your son is unharmed! You must have had some bad moments there! I am proud of you for not giving in to the soda! I seldom drink even diet soda so that isn't an issue for me. but sweet things -- another issue altogether!

Glad you got some good rest too - It can sure make things easier!

Keep the Spark!


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CONCHA77 11/7/2009 9:19AM

    Good for you on not "caving in" for a soda. I use to be a slave to diet coke and NEVER drank water, Now I have no cravings for sodas and cannot live without my water -next to me always. Let us know how you like the Jenny Craig plan.
So happy that you son is ok, Bless his heart.


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MSLZZY 11/7/2009 8:51AM

    I hope your consultation goes well. Glad you got some quality sleep. It always feels so good to be rested! emoticon

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Made it through the second day with only 1 diet soda

Friday, November 06, 2009

Considering the tenor of my day yesterday, that's outstanding. For those of you who haven't seen it on any of the message boards in the various communities I frequent, my son is currently at Fort Hood. He is OK, as confirmed by a text message to his wife, and a couple of phone calls from him, as well.

However, piecing together the details of his carefully chosen words with some news reports, at least one of the wounded was from his unit, and knowing what was on his schedule for yesterday, that pretty much places him at the event. He is clearly under orders not to talk about it, though.

While grateful for his safety, this is a huge stress event for those sitting home and waiting for news. For an emotional eater, a danger zone? Well, in this case, not. In my own compulsive psyche, some stress is too big to eat over.

I had a spotty night's sleep, and got up at 4:30 and did a lower body workout... exercise helps stress!

emoticon In my thoughts and prayers are those who got a different message yesterday. And I think it is important for all of us to remember that it is not fair to generalize from press reports that all people who bear a name with a given ethnic / regional flavor, skin of a given tone, etc. "approve" or "condone" what this one individual did.

As much fear and anger as this incident may bring to the surface, it is my prayer that we do NOT take it out on innocents who happen to match some characteristic of the accused!


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THINTOBEVEGAN 11/7/2009 4:46PM

  prayers and many loving thoughts are with you. this was a wonderful post. bless you and your family and those other families as well. thanks for sharing, debbie

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SUNNY332 11/7/2009 9:56AM

    Great Post and I am so glad that your son was not injured.

I do understand how that stress can play havoc on a day.

Have a good weekend.


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MSLZZY 11/6/2009 5:39PM

    Each and every person matters and so I try to treat eveyone as I wish to be treated-with respect and dignity, regardless! How sad that events like this make
us suspicious for no good reason.
My prayers are with you and your family!

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NELLIEC 11/6/2009 1:51PM

    I am glad that your son is OK.

While I do think that some of the background of the guy who was the main one who did it had something to do with his actions, I certainly don't think that all people with that background would do the same!

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DHENDLER 11/6/2009 11:04AM

    Thoughts and prayers with you, your son, and the families who were less fortunate.

Wise words and generous, considering how close you are to this situation, to remind us all that we should not pre-judge. emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 11/6/2009 8:41AM

    I canīt imagine what you are going through. I am swedish and have in my youth had a lot of arrogant opinions on "Big americans who thinks they own the world" but with age has some wisdome occured. We are only people who try to live diecnt lives.

My prayers and thoughts are with you as with all the other mums and dads of young people in dangerous situations. O hope you are as well as you can be! emoticon

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CONCHA77 11/6/2009 8:16AM

    Great post. Thank you.


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Does your menu get altered based on your senses?

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Mine does sometimes! This morning I listened to the radio station doing a remote broadcast from the Kiwanis Club's annual pancake feed. They are touting the pancakes, the sausage, and the syrup. Of course they are! It's all in a good cause, and they mention the odor of the grills firing up.

In case you didn't know, this feed is held across the street from where I work.

Anyway, just thinking about it resulted in my making changes to today's menu. I swapped the planned Blueberry Muffin for the JC Blueberry Pancakes and Sausage, and essentially reworked the whole day to allow for this change.

It started me thinking about all the ads you see for foods that are not so great for your health, but really appeal to the senses. I saw a couple of those last night even while walking on my treadmill to the baseball game (yay for the Yankees - 2009 World Series Champs -- had to say that at least once). emoticon

Today is day 2 of the "No more than 1 diet soda a day" challenge. I'm starting to get a feel for what it's like for smokers to try to quit. Most smokers do know it is an unhealthy habit. Diet sodas are that kind of habit for me... break time? Must be time for a soda. Much re-thinking of this habit yet to come.

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MSLZZY 11/6/2009 7:35AM

    I tend to go with the flow. My days are chaotic but if I know something special is coming up in the evening, I make sure to budget during the day.
Reach for that water bottle! emoticon

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NELLIEC 11/5/2009 3:04PM

    There are times when I just "feel" like having some oriental noodles or I "feel" like having pancakes or whatever, so that is what gets to be on my menu. Since I don't really plan for exactly each day, but get things that are suitable for whatever day, it works! I figure if I stay in my nutritional ranges pretty well, I am good to go!!!

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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.

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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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