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This has been an interesting experience

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

OK, yesterday's sluggishness? Could have been one of two things... the higher cholesterol / fat of the breakfast out on Sunday, and my body not being used to it, or the mostly decaf coffee I was drinking Monday morning not having the punch I'm used to.

Anyway, I stayed up to watch Butler lose to Duke last night... on a squeaker of a missed bucket at the buzzer. emoticon But what a great ride! And today I was coming out of my fog at work... getting my stride back.

There may be a lot quicker turnaround from not-so-great-behavior than I thought. Healthy habits are addictive, you know? I'm just not at my best when I don't stick with them!

Back on track for sure today... treadmill and weights. Feel much more on MY game! emoticon emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 4/7/2010 12:49PM

    So pleased that you're back on your game Barb and that you continue to inspire us with your progress. It's all the more impressive because you acknowledge the difficulties and tell us how you deal with them.

I'm also back in routine after a break from the norm and feel much more able to manage when there's a regular pattern and structure to follow.


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BLUEANGELLK 4/7/2010 12:21PM

    The body knows what to do if the brain stays out of the way!!!

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PATRISNA 4/7/2010 9:16AM

    You are doing great. Keep going strong. emoticon


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RITAROSE 4/7/2010 7:46AM

  Good for you!! I love hearing your encouraging story, you are doing a fantastic job!
Have a great workout! emoticonRitarose

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SHARON2014 4/7/2010 6:03AM

    Our bodies know best, now if our brains would just catch on!! Have a great day today! emoticon

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PONDERTHIS 4/7/2010 2:21AM

    Way to go~! You're an inspiration to me! Thanks for posting this. I keep forgetting that fat can go to my head....LOL
Hugs and love,

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ANDEEJC 4/6/2010 11:45PM

    I agree with you. I don't understand why I am so reluctant to go to the gym. I know that I feel so much better when I am done. Why is it that even though I know I feel a lot better when I am eating right and working out that it is still or hard for me to do so. You would think that my body would just want to feel that way. Maybe it's my head. I am glad to hear that you are feeling better and are back in step. It is crazy how food can be so good, yet make us feel so bad. Have a great day and keep up the good work.

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KA_JUN 4/6/2010 10:07PM

    Healthy habits are addicting! emoticon

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 4/6/2010 10:02PM

    I could not agree with you more! I was so worried when I had problems on Thursday, Saturday AND Sunday. Monday I was back on track almost 100% and today I was. I think it really is about the habits we establish. Thank God I'm replacing old unhealthy habits with new healthy habits.

I'm glad you had the same revelation!

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HONORINGGOD 4/6/2010 10:01PM

    we all fall down ,but sparkpeople get right back up amen emoticon

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Holiday lessons for those who eat emotions

Monday, April 05, 2010

Emotional eaters have a balancing act when it comes to holidays. Easter was tough for me, not because of temptations of food (I didn't buy candy, I went out with a sister who is supportive of healthy habits for my holiday meal), but because of the uncomfortable emotions surrounding the set-up of holidays in general.

Being "of a certain age", there are memories of years past to compare. It's easier for a holiday to bring mixed feelings. In every emotional day and hour, there is a reflection of the opposite emotion. Amid joy, there is longing or sadness. In grief and sadness, comes healing. In commemorating the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and His resurrection, come memories of those who left this plane this year. The men and women fallen from my son's unit (and others in service). The minister who wrote the touching words to "Rejoice this Easter Day!" which we sang also departed this year.

Easter was harder for me than Christmas was. My son was home such a short time ago on leave, it was harder letting him go again. But I got through yesterday, without eating to comfort. I find that if I am not numbing the feelings with food, I can appreciate their layers.

This was a victory of a sort. Still, I found myself walking through today weary, having a hard time finding my stride at work. This evening I saw SusieMilo's blog entry... and my heart just flows out her and her family in their loss and grief.

What I hope to achieve and learn from all of this: to sit with the sadness, acknowledge it, and let it wash over and be healed in a Love that is pure. I pray for the comfort of others, as well.

May we each find the comfort and healing that comes in a healthy relationship with our emotions, and a healthy relationship with food, treating our bodies and our minds with kindness and compassion.

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WATERMELLEN 4/6/2010 7:46PM

    So sorry that your holiday was difficult (as they so often are); but congratulations on handling it as you wanted to do.

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PENNYAN45 4/6/2010 7:26PM

    You have written about many of us here in this blog. And you have expressed it well.

Unfortunately, holidays do bring to the surface many of the emotions related to losses suffered.

It is good to acknowledge that while food may dull some of the feelings, it does not erase them. Those feelings are best let out in the light of day and dealt with rather than buried to surface at another time or in another way.

And those of us who are Susie's friends had a very sad day on Monday.


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WALKINGANNIE 4/6/2010 1:10PM

    Thank you for sharing your feelings with us, Barb - and well done for dealing with your emotional eating when you could so easily have given in to temptations.

We feel our emotions in layers as well as finding them in food tastes. This blog reaches the deepest layer - fear of losing those who are dearest to us. No words can begin to express how we feel when that fear becomes a reality. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a child (at any age) and to those, like you, who are separated from loved ones in difficult circumstances.

Life is precious. Health is precious. Perhaps the best we can do to in this community is to acknowldege the importance of fitness and to work on making our own lives as healthy as possible and to keep on supporting each other.


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LOVE_2_LAUGH 4/6/2010 12:02PM

    What a beautiful blog. You said it so eloquently. I am so glad you were able to resist emotional eating and enjoy the process of feeling all of those emotions. That is something I will need to aspire to.

I wish you a great week ahead and look forward to your next blog entry.

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SHARON2014 4/6/2010 8:13AM

    thank you, this touched a chord with me. We lost my dad and others this past year. So it was just my DH, mom and a recently widowed friend who went out for breakfast after church - a far cry from Easter baskets, coconut cakes and deviled eggs of past years. thanks for the insight. emoticon

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XINIXINIX 4/6/2010 7:41AM

    Learning to "appreciate the layers" - phew, that will take a lifetime. Thanks for the the great blog.

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PATRISNA 4/6/2010 6:29AM

    Barb this is a wonderful blog. You wrote everything about our emotions during holidays so well. Thank you.


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PONDERTHIS 4/6/2010 1:23AM

    Barb, this is a great blog! You so clearly talk about feelings and food, and the value of not eating to stifle the feelings. You are very inspiring to me with this post. Thank you.

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MSLZZY 4/6/2010 12:02AM

    So true! Take care, dear friend!

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DEBRA_T 4/5/2010 11:53PM

    The temptation to eat is strongest when the feelings are generated by the incomprehensible. But, of course, how to comprehend it if one shortchanges the process by eating?

This was a very sad Monday indeed. Makes me want to hug everybody.


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SKINNYME815 4/5/2010 11:35PM

  I am glad you are getting in touch with yourself, I wish I could Holidays are so hard on me.

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Better mood today!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Sometimes you just have to give yourself an attitude adjustment! The kittens helped in that regard... they are so funny! Right now they're a little shy, having just been to their pre-declaw and "fixing" vet appointment the day before I stopped to see them.

This morning it's sunny emoticon and bright and I'm thinking it's a great day to take the dog out for a walk around the lake. emoticon

Tomorrow is Easter, and I'll be doing early church and breakfast out with my sister... it has become tradition in our religiously eclectic family for the couple of us who still celebrate Easter to do so together. Passover blessings to those who celebrate it. Easter blessings to others who celebrate that. And blessings just on general principle to anyone who celebrates neither! May peace touch your hearts and joy lighten your burdens.

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MSLZZY 4/4/2010 8:05AM

    Happy Easter and thank you for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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KALIGIRL 4/3/2010 7:56PM

    Peace to you - and thank you for the blessings.
A blessed Easter to you.

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WALKINGANNIE 4/3/2010 5:36PM

    Hi Barb. I've been catching up on a batch of your blogs.

Congratulations on registering for the 5k and for ingrowing (we really need a word for this!) your target jeans!

Your blood pressure readings were interesting. My doctor and I are now convinced that I have a version of what he calls ‘white coat syndrome’. My readings at home are fine, on a machine that is calibrated with the ones in his surgery, but high when he takes it. I think I get tense about my bp being high when he takes it so it becomes raised as a result. Sounds like this could be true for you as well?

Glad that your family and the kittens are there to brighten your days.

Happy Easter.


Annie x

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PONDERTHIS 4/3/2010 4:39PM

    I enjoyed this view of "adjusting our view". Thanks for even mentioning kittens - they are always fun and entertaining. And I really appreciated blessigns that included everyone. May your weekend be blessed ~

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 4/3/2010 12:27PM

    And may you have a truly happy and blessed Easter as well! Enjoy the time with your sister.

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I'm grumpy if I miss my breakfast

Friday, April 02, 2010

So, I was not in the greatest of moods going in for this biometric screening thing. I was prepared for the possibility that cholesterol might not be as pretty a picture as I'd like, but what I wasn't prepared for was my white-coat hypertension to put in an appearance.

Folks, I have a home blood pressure machine. I looked at my bp last night and it was 106/69... really good. This morning, with a room full of people who are total strangers to me, it registered 132/78. Then of course they have their little protocol to "counsel" me on my "prehypertension". People, I do NOT have hypertension. I have low to normal blood pressure. Do not try to patronize me like I'm some kind of ignoramus.

The cholesterol wasn't great, but it wasn't as bad as it would have been if I didn't drop 60 pounds in the past ten months, and clean up my eating act.

So, numbers were disappointing, "cattle call" atmosphere irritating, and this COULD have led to a "why do I bother trying" attitude.

But it didn't. My beautiful daughter in law called after work and invited me over to play with the grand-kitties, and that re-set my mood. We also play Wii Sports... it was a blast... tennis, golf, and bowling. And now I'm wiped out.

Happy Easter to all! And to all a good night! emoticon

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BRENDALEE235 4/3/2010 11:16AM

    I agree with you mine can be way up at the doctors but normal every where else. I need some grandchildren to calm my nerves. I just wish my children could see how healthy it would be for me. LOL
You know you are doing better and before you know it the numbers will be where you want them. Keep up the great job and enjoy the journey.

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RITAROSE 4/3/2010 9:38AM

  You have done an amazing job with your weight loss. I'm a bit disappointed that the doctor didn't ask for your input about why your bp was high! You have proved that you can make healthy choices and that you are working towards a healthy lifestyle. I empathize with you!

Those grandkids helped you to reset your mind and have fun being active and playing with them. Good choice! Big fun for mind and body! emoticon

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NELLIEC 4/2/2010 11:00PM

    Whenever I have my blood pressure taken, I purposely relax since I know about the phenomenon of having higher pressure in a doctor's office. It works!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/2/2010 10:46PM

    Great attitude! Doctors and all that medical stuff can be so impersonal and unhelpful, as well as outrageously expensive. Grandkids can put everything in perspective. So glad you let them do that for you!! -Marsha

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102633 4/2/2010 10:45PM

    I know exactly what you mean about the "white coat hypertension" and the canned pep talk about all the damage that can be done to your body.

I believe you though that you do not have the condition.

Congratulations on the 60 pound drop and the increased health from it. Keep up the great work!

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Tomorrow I will find out just how much good my program of the last ten months has been: I have a biometric screening, including the cholesterol and glucose screenings. I've never had a glucose problem (thank goodness), but I have at times registered as "borderline high" in the cholesterol. Not enough to be put on meds, mind you, but enough to get advice about diet and exercise.

Well, I've dropped significant weight, and I'm back at regular exercise again. I'm hoping the numbers will show benefits in the cholesterol levels! Keep your fingers crossed. Hopefully I haven't lost any more height!


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BRENDALEE235 4/2/2010 8:08PM

    good luck and keep us posted on how it goes.

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COLEE82 4/2/2010 8:44AM

    Wishing you the best! emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/2/2010 7:55AM

    I hope all the numbers reflect your hard work. One less thing to worry about and a sign that you are doing everything right. Have a wonderful Easter weekend! emoticon emoticon

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CONCHA77 4/2/2010 5:48AM

    I KNOW you will get great results, Barb. You have worked very hard towards your health. God Bless, Connie

Happy Easter.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 4/2/2010 12:43AM

    No doubt you'll have excellent numbers tomorrow. You are doing a great job, and tomorrow will be your reward. Keep up the good work, and let us know how things work out.

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APRILLSCOTT 4/2/2010 12:43AM

    Please let us know how it goes! We will be pulling for you in this corner! Exercise helps out so I've got my fingers crossed and saying a little prayer also! emoticon

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LJCANNON 4/1/2010 11:55PM

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We will be thinking of you. Saying a prayer for good results.

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PONDERTHIS 4/1/2010 10:17PM

    Let us know how it goes! Best wishes for positive outcomes ~
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