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Live-Blogging while reading a blog: Gretchen Powell’s “Body Love vs. The Desire to be Thin”

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As many of you might know, Gretchen Powell is one of my favorite bloggers. She’s down to earth, approachable, totally non-judgmental, and a great writer as well (true story: her first book was published last year and her next one is upcoming).  She writes about a variety of subjects, much like this blog, but she’s getting back to the basics about weight loss, gain, loss, and what she wants to gain.  I thought I’d try something different this time around and rather than leaving my commentary in a bubble where only a select few can see it, I wanted to “live blog” my reaction to her blog.  With the author’s permission, I present to you a reaction story to “Body Love vs. The Desire to be Thin.”

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Reset Button | Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Chia Seeds, and Excuses (Crosspost)

When I want to feel particularly healthy, I’ll have 1/2 cup rolled oats with a sprinkle of chia seeds and a dash of raisins.

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Of course, it’s just as likely to make me er.. nevermind.

This week has been horrid.  We’ve had fast food every night.  Y’all, I even ate MCDONALDS on Wednesday.  What kind of processed crap is that?!

blech.

The good news is that we don’t have to wait for a new year for a new start.  You can “start fresh” any time you realize you’re getting off track.  So, first things first–confront excuses:

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Our dishwasher has been broken, but, instead of just washing dishes by hand we just keep waiting for the repair man to show up.  It’s been over a week. -_-

This morning, after eating oatmeal with a fork, served in a measuring cup, I decided to try my hand at fixing the dish washer.  If it didn’t work, well, the repair man is scheduled (again) to come today.  And if that doesn’t work, I used the old “no excuses!” line with the hub-ster and we’ll wash them all by hand tonight.

Posted in Fitness, Food, Life + Living, Menu Planning, Self-Reflection

Iaido and groceries (cross post)

Yesterday was spent cleaning house and practicing iaido.  Since class us across town, and an hour and a half on its own, going to iaido takes up 3 hours. Add in getting ready to go and cooling down, well, half the day is shot.

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It’s worth it, though. It’s a really enjoyable pastime. It just means Sunday becomes the chore day instead of Saturday.

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Today I got the menu planning done for the week and the grocery shopping, too. I got our budget up to date, ordered my text books for school, cleaned the kitchen, visited family, and even made time to work on a drawing for a friend.

On Pinterest today, I found the idea to make your own instant oatmeal packets. To that end, I bought oats and chia seeds at the Co op today.

Posted in Emotional Eating, Fitness, Food, Life + Living, Menu Planning, Self-Reflection, Strength Training, Weight Watchers

Weekend update

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Posted a blog that was supposed to just be a which hit, but it was longer than I thought. Check it out…

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Crosspost from MegsfitnessPhotoTracker – Lunch: long day, short nutrition

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Jeff’s family was visiting between Christmas and New Years Eve, so I’ve been scarce as far as this blog goes.  They’re gone, though, so I’m back 🙂

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Today started out rough. My back hurt, and I was supposed to be to work at 9, but Taz has a worrisome sneeze, and he’s been ripping his fur out. A trip to the vet revealed no cause for the fur pulling, but his sneezing is probably feline herpes virus. His hypothyroid seems to be stabilized, but they’ll be checking his T4 anyway.

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Lunch included a spicy chicken sandwich at 11, and a lunchable at 2.

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Skittles and water mean my habits from 2013 haven’t but the dust just yet, but my fitness challenge says I’m trying:

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And then there’s me: seeking fitness friendship

It may just be the exhaustion talking, but I almost feel like giving up on the Facebook page AND the photo tracker. I’d also be “giving up” on my fitness group on Facebook, and instead start thinking of it like a secret group of occasionally fitness minded friends instead. We’ve all been friends online for so long that we share all of our secrets there. Love, life, even.. You know.

The secret group has about 9 “active” members–a couple are so busy they don’t really post too often. Of those nine, 5 are growing their families, so it’s less about fitness these days than it is about life.

And then there’s me. I love these girls and they’re great to be around. I love being involved, and I’ll appreciate their support when my husband and I start our family, but that’s so far away. What do I do in the mean time? I need a fitness support group. Should I join spark people and blog there again?

Are there other online support groups (preferably on Facebook) that I could join?

I’m mulling these questions over while I get ready for work. Hopefully this will clear up by new year–especially with people getting a renewed fitness inspiration.

If you have ideas, share them in the comments below 🙂

Posted in Fitness, Food, Life + Living, Self-Reflection

Cruisin’ through Christmas season

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We sent Christmas cards out this year. We ordered them from snapfish send the little proof card had a mini version of our Christmas cases on it. It’s about 1″x1/2″ … The size makes it totally cute.

It’s hard to believe how close we are to the new year.  I feel like I’m getting a head start on my new years resolutions. We joined a gym, we do iaido, we’re operating on a balanced budget… Life is good.

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Posted in College, Counseling, Emotional Eating, Fitness, Food, Life + Living, Overeating, Self-Reflection, Strength Training, Weight Watchers

Hard truths: a brief on why I need to lose weight

Reason one: Because this view is distracting when I’m trying to study:

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Now with problem area highlighted in blue.

Solutions currently in progress:
-iaido
-fitness 19 membership
-conscious eating
-weight loss support group (online)

I just need to keep working on my solutions and the problems will solve themselves.

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Enter, enter, the first of November…

I can’t believe I left this blog hanging with my horribly embarrassing story about my trip to Arby’s.  *hangs head in shame*

It kind of makes my Nov 1st declaration ring hollow.  I have a size 14 dress in my closet right now that I can’t wear.  It’s a gorgeous gray number…

from 2010, trying to choose a dress to wear to a wedding.
from 2010, trying to choose a dress to wear to a wedding.

I’ve got another one whose size I don’t even know that I can’t wear right now, nor ever.  It’s been my goal dress for 3 years, now…

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I never felt completely confident in this one

So, I’m just done.  I’m tired of being tired.  Since the clocks just shifted back, it should be a lot easier to wake up at 6am… since my body feels like it’s 7am, after all. 🙂  I’m going to use my time wisely and exercise in the a.m. again.

 

Posted in Anti-Inflammation, Fitness, Food, Life + Living, Menu Planning, New Food, Recipe, Self-Reflection

Anti Inflammatory Diet??

A lot of why I haven’t been posting here is because there hasn’t been much fitness to speak of.  On June 26th, 2012, I finally sought medical advice for my back.  Here on July 9, 2013, I’m still in pain daily.

Originally, we thought it was a Rhomboid Strain and my Primary Care Physician referred me to a physical therapist.  The physical therapist determined that it was not, in fact, a rhomboid strain, but to do with the alignment of my hips.  I followed the physical therapy for a couple of months, and my hips didn’t click anymore, but my back still hurt.  I sought another option.

When I went to the Chiropractor, we found a series of issues with my back that are actually there–the alignment was off, there’s the start of arthritis due to the misalignment, etc. We’ve been working hard since January to bring everything in line and I really

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Dr. Pennebaker, doing an adjustment with the Gonstead Method [click to learn more]
believe it’s helping.  My back still hurts every morning, though.  We were getting a lot better, making a lot of good progress, and then we experienced a really bad setback.

When Jeff and I got back from the Canadian reception, I had a few really rough mornings.  I thought it was just because the bed wasn’t supportive enough, or maybe the long ride in the car… But no, this felt like I was being squeezed–like my ribs were being pushed out of place.  It hurt to breathe, hurt to move, hurt to laugh–should I care to, hurt to yawn, hurt to sneeze, cough, or hiccup.  When I talked to my dad about it, he said “Oh, that’s just a pulled muscle–you’ll feel better in about a week.”

It’s been over a week and I’m still waking up in pain.  My Chiropractor gave me a sort of “ah-ha” moment when he observed that it was swelling and inflammation causing the pain. The word “inflammation,” hung in my head repeating itself like a fading memory.  Until all of a sudden, the light at the end of a tunnel turned out to be a train.  What if my DIET is causing me all of this stress and drama with my back!?

It makes sense!  I eat a Western diet high in processed carbs and lots of sugars. Last Friday, by happenstance, I didn’t eat much in the way of sugar or refined carbs.  On Saturday, as if by a miracle, I had no back pain.  Yesterday, I had cereal for dinner, chex mix for a snack, a wrap for lunch, and a breakfast sandwich for breakfast.  My back is killing me today.

So now, the problem that I’m faced with is “how do I convert my eating habits to the anti-inflammatory diet?”

I don’t know 😦

The sites I’ve looked at say

Foods to Steer Clear of—Here’s what you’ll want to wean yourself off of in order to reduce the inflammation in your body: wheat, dairy, potatoes, tomatoes, corn, sugar, citrus fruits (except for lemons and limes), pork, commercial non-organic eggs, shellfish, peanuts and peanut butter, coffee, alcohol, juice, caffeinated teas, soda, anything containing hydrogenated oils, processed foods, and fried foods. – http://primaldocs.com/opinion/how-to-transition-to-an-anti-inflammatory-diet/

I keep seeing conflicting information, though.  One site says pineapple is to be avoided as it’s a tropical fruit.  Another says pineapple will decrease inflammation.  One says nightshades and tomatoes are bad.  Another doesn’t mention them at all.

I’m so terribly lost.  I’ve cast out the line to the Weight Loss Warriors to ask if they have any experience with this sort of conversion.  I read that high quality yogurts and cheeses can be eaten in moderation, so maybe I can use that to my advantage when subbing foods?

Here’s our dinner menu for the week… If anyone has any ideas on how to convert it to an anti-inflammation version, I’d appreciate the help:

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