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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #800 on: May 04, 2018, 06:10:27 AM »
Ridiculously glad I decided to drop my other garden (an additional 1/8 acre off site). I can't even imagine how overwhelmed I'd be feeling now if I was trying to also gear up for that. Present Self is thanking Past Self profusely for that decision.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #801 on: May 04, 2018, 07:44:23 AM »
Ridiculously glad I decided to drop my other garden (an additional 1/8 acre off site). I can't even imagine how overwhelmed I'd be feeling now if I was trying to also gear up for that. Present Self is thanking Past Self profusely for that decision.

Ha, I hear you. Once I've got both the community garden and the small backyard garden going I'm going to be super overwhelmed and exhausted. I think both of mine put together probably don't equal one of yours, though, and right now all that's in the backyard is some lettuce and the blueberry and raspberry bushes.

I'm musing this morning over whether making healthy choices ever gets easier. Whether it ever feels good and normal instead of feeling like every single day I'm trying to beat down my recalcitrant 2-year-old of a brain that keeps screaming "DONUT DONUT DONUT DONUT" at me (or ICE CREAM ICE CREAM ICE CREAM or BAGEL BAGEL BAGEL or WINE WINE WINE or whatever else I'm trying to eat and drink less/none of.) Ugh, why do they put donut shops in train stops? Duh, I know why. But it smelled so good this morning on my way in and I was so starving that I came very close to caving.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #802 on: May 04, 2018, 07:50:37 AM »
So glad to hear that, furrychickens. Great self-care, yes! Boundaries can sure apply to anything/everything.

Every time Iím tending my garden, if someone catches me they start with the offers and suggestions of more work. (Plant your patio! Houseplants! Hanging baskets! Take these cuttings! Pot this one! Maybe you could squeeze more in here!) Uh, no thanks? I selected this amount of work, happily and on purpose, so I can enjoy the garden. Overwhelming myself into fits of tears was never my goal, lol.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #803 on: May 04, 2018, 08:50:41 AM »
Ridiculously glad I decided to drop my other garden (an additional 1/8 acre off site). I can't even imagine how overwhelmed I'd be feeling now if I was trying to also gear up for that. Present Self is thanking Past Self profusely for that decision.

And just think how pleased Future Self will be. Long live self-care :)

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #804 on: May 04, 2018, 09:05:41 AM »
Maybe I have bitten off too much gardening for myself.  Still time to rethink that plan.

Decided to drive to a nearby (40min) town and then take public transit to a meeting yesterday.  Needed  to be in the city for 2 and possibly stay past my train home.  Can't get a train late morning or mid-day from hometown.  It was a good decision - I had a no traffic late morning drive to train station.  Got a parking spot right close to the entrance and only had to drive around for a minute looking for it.  Had a calm ride into the city and ate my packed lunch on the empty train.  It started to rain just as I got to the station so I didn't have to drive in heavy traffic in the rain.  Attended the meeting.  Didn't have to rush to a train - this other line runs every half hour so I could stay till midnight, if I wanted.  I was able to chat with colleagues, over a beer (I had a coke) and it ended up with me getting more work and told to send them an invoice for all the great help I have been doing.  I was able to catch a train back to my car and only had to drive 40 minutes home - again in almost no rain and much lighter traffic.  The trains to my town are standing room only - so it was pretty chill just sitting by myself with no one around me at the end of a long day.

Now I must do some boring tasks...


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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #805 on: May 04, 2018, 05:02:09 PM »
What...too much garden?  Never....

Kidding...it can be overwhelming.

Healthy choices today
-good food, dairy and gluten free.  My asthma has not acted up since the cookie incident from last week.  My breathing is GOOD...even with the abundant pollen in the air. 
-gym, today was treadmill and upper body weights
- walk with friend
- dog is tested and she is fine...nothing wrong with her.  Ummm, $500 later...
-date sweetened vegan and gluten free brownies just out of the oven.
-gardening

Weather is amazing...great for walking , gardening and just being outside.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #806 on: May 04, 2018, 11:04:44 PM »
Experimenting with new foods..cooking with seaweed, green soups, infusing vodka with herbs!!
As you may notice, this is bringing me joy *as evidenced by !

Also enjoying my discovery that juicing with a Vitamix is easy-peasy..making green juices is such a fresh boost (since I tend to drink herbal teas daily)

-went to a sauna and cold-plunge place today, delight

*will mention this has been kept mostly mustachian..cooking/juicing with things I have, and free access to hydrotherapy place due to work agreement. The one thing I purchased was a bottle of vodka to infuse.
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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #807 on: May 05, 2018, 07:03:52 AM »
So glad to hear that, furrychickens. Great self-care, yes! Boundaries can sure apply to anything/everything.

Every time Iím tending my garden, if someone catches me they start with the offers and suggestions of more work. (Plant your patio! Houseplants! Hanging baskets! Take these cuttings! Pot this one! Maybe you could squeeze more in here!) Uh, no thanks? I selected this amount of work, happily and on purpose, so I can enjoy the garden. Overwhelming myself into fits of tears was never my goal, lol.

I wonder if you somehow know my parents. They are avid gardeners and keep offering cuttings and plants, etc. Husband and I are NOT gardeners. We have a couple of plants in pots, a couple of berry bushes weíre hoping will take, and maybe a few herbs if weíre ambitious. Iíve compromised by letting Mom come over and plant the flower beds in front of the house every spring, although I still have to talk her down from buying half of the nursery. She does do a lovely job, though.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #808 on: May 05, 2018, 10:20:02 AM »
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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #809 on: May 05, 2018, 04:08:44 PM »
Whoa, you guys, I put on my capri pants today for the first time since probably last September, and they are LOOSE. Like, might-wardrobe-malfunction loose! So I guess I have in fact gotten smaller since last fall. The scale says so, but I don't feel like I actually LOOK different. But here is proof.

Of course, now I have to go buy new capris, and I don't think they've been in style for some time (I hate shorts, though, and capris are a good alternative when I need to work in the garden on warm days.).

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« Reply #810 on: May 05, 2018, 09:52:54 PM »
Are capris out of style?  I missed that memo.

I hear everyone on the gardening overwhelm.  I'm trying to keep things manageable this year, but scope creep is real.

Just got home from a week of teaching in Reno.  No time to work out, but I did walk a fair bit and stayed out of the smoky casinos.

Did 3 miles today, 1 walking and 2 jogging.  Not bad considering how wiped out I I always am when I get home from teaching. Bought lots of healthy food, rode my horse and had a big salad for dinner.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #811 on: May 05, 2018, 10:30:50 PM »
When I could do no more, not one dot more, I didn't. I opened the hatch of my car, chilled back there with books and water for quite a long time. Did that til all was clear and I knew what to do next.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #812 on: May 06, 2018, 08:58:59 AM »
Are capris out of style?  I missed that memo.

Well, I looked online and the only place I could find them is Kohl's and JC Penney, so I'm assuming yes, haha. I don't keep track of this stuff either and it didn't occur to me that these might not exist! None of the "on-trend" (bleah) stores carry them. They have skinny cut ankle pants but that's not really the same thing.

Does anyone feel resentful about having to spend so much time cooking and otherwise dealing with food, and if so, how did you get over it? How can I have a better attitude about how much time and effort it takes to plan and cook healthy meals that will not cause weight gain?

I am really struggling with this today. Today I have a volunteer event to go to this morning (and they just told us that they're bringing in Ann Sather for us - local really really delicious cinnamon roll bakery - so I'll have to spend the entire session trying to shut down the CINNAMON ROLL CINNAMON ROLL CINNAMON ROLL screaming 2-year-old in my head, UGH). And I realized that afterward, I am going to have to spend literally the rest of my day on food prep, if I'm to have enough to get me through the week. I try to have a positive attitude about cooking, but I really hate doing it, and sometimes it pisses me off that I can't just get takeout daily and eat that and then spend my time doing other things that need done. I have other things that I want to be doing, dammit! But, I've learned that waiting until a weeknight to cook doesn't work for me because I arrive at home after work so hangry. Having a container of something that I can heat up and inhale immediately upon arrival home has been saving me. Ugh.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #813 on: May 06, 2018, 09:20:20 AM »
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Does anyone feel resentful about having to spend so much time cooking and otherwise dealing with food, and if so, how did you get over it?

Yes, me.

Because mine has been necessary (to stay undepressed and pain-free etc), I just ignore my internal wah wah wah and focus on getting it done. So I think I didnít get over it so much as I (1) make the work as easy and fast as possible , (2) ignore and work around the wah like itís a small child whining, (3) make the time pleasurable via other means, like putting on favourite music or preferred low lighting for the cooking session, and (4) focus on the reward Iíve promised myself (e.g. reminding myself that once the ingredients are simmering, I can play on the forum).

Iím a neat freak and love cleaning, but I donít love doing big dishes multiple times per day, etc. My new place has a microwave and I love that I can make my newest breakfast in its bowl in the nuker. I do buy precut and frozen veggies now. Etc. So yeah, eliminating as many steps and jobs as I can.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #814 on: May 06, 2018, 09:49:28 AM »
Tris, can I make a suggestion?

You had a freakout last year because you gained some weight over the summer, which doesn't usually happen.  You have identified what is probably one of the main causes of that (more drinking than usual).  You have since managed to LOSE WEIGHT over the winter, which in my book is a superhuman feat.  So bravo for that accomplishment.  But you pretty much made yourself miserable doing so. 

I am going to be blunt -- while calorie tracking/menu planning might be helpful in keeping the weight off, it does not seem to do much for you in terms of your mental health.  You already have so many things that stress you out in your life.  Can you just lighten up a bit for the next few months and NOT be so extreme about trying to manage your diet, too?  Cut out the alcohol, or limit it to one or two drinks a week, max.  Eat your healthy veggie-based diet with a focus on lots of greens and things with fiber.  Walk as much as you can and work your butt off in the garden.  Make basically healthy choices and don't beat yourself up too much if you cheat here and there. 

My prediction is that if you can get things 80% right 80% of the time in terms of what you put in your mouth (or don't) and how much you move your body, you will probably find your weight stabilizing or even dropping.  Without all the extra stress about meal planning and cooking.

And maybe have a few go-to, easy to prep meals that you can whip together on the fly when you don't feel like cooking.  For me that is stuff like hummus and veggie sticks, with a small side of fruit. 

You are NOT fat.   Falling off capris is proof of that.  Give yourself a little slack and try to enjoy the summer a bit more.  I think it will do your soul good.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #815 on: May 07, 2018, 07:12:01 AM »
Every word lhamo and Jooni said.

Today I'm cooking food for a trip in advance so I don't have to do it at the last minute. And recently I was reminded rather bluntly that I just cannot digest fast food.

I'm also drawing out some projects that have turned out to be bigger than anticipated so I don't have to rush/stress and can enjoy the process more.

On an unrelated note, does anyone know if romaine lettuce in the US has been declared safe again? I heard the recall/warnings but then nothing else.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #816 on: May 07, 2018, 10:25:57 AM »
Ihamo - If I could squeeze you I would.


I did something that I really needed to do which was resign my position as President of our HOA board yesterday. I was starting to get triggered when I received e-mails and panicky just sitting there listening to people talk before the meeting. I went grocery shopping instead and am attempting to quell my ego because that's what I think was driving me to not just quit when we had our annual meeting. I know I need the complete break -- I had been on the board in one fashion or another for over 10 years. It was time for new blood.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #817 on: May 07, 2018, 03:21:26 PM »
Every word lhamo and Jooni said.

Today I'm cooking food for a trip in advance so I don't have to do it at the last minute. And recently I was reminded rather bluntly that I just cannot digest fast food.

I'm also drawing out some projects that have turned out to be bigger than anticipated so I don't have to rush/stress and can enjoy the process more.

On an unrelated note, does anyone know if romaine lettuce in the US has been declared safe again? I heard the recall/warnings but then nothing else.

If itís from Yuma, not sure if itís clear or not. If from anywhere else itís safe.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #818 on: May 07, 2018, 10:20:10 PM »
Hiked in the cool forest, beside waterfalls and surrounded by beauty for 6.5 hours with friends & dogs...and then swam in the lake on top of the mountain.
Enjoyed a beer afterwards in the sun. delight.
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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #819 on: May 08, 2018, 06:04:22 AM »
Realized just how far away our planned group hike was today (2 hours one way) and said nope! Itís a neat looking park, heard great things, but 4 hours of driving is not what I want to do today.

Weíll do some school and then Iíll go back to my endless project list with this ďfoundĒ time.

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« Reply #820 on: May 08, 2018, 10:37:19 AM »
Our strawberry season just started, and my healthy choice has been to buy ALL OF THE STRAWBERRIES and stuff my face with them at every opportunity. On yogurt for breakfast. On salads for dinner. When I want a snack. I'm so thankful that it's time for abundant, fresh, and delicious fruits and veggies! I love to cook but it always ends up feeling like such a freaking chore by February/March, when all I want are delicious green growing things and all I've got are roots and frozen vegetables. But magically, cooking is now fun again!

The garden has really seemed to take off in the last week or two, even though caterpillars keep knawing on my kale. I defeated an earlier aphid foray onto my spinach with cayenne pepper/dish detergent/rubbing alcohol, but it doesn't seem to bother the caterpillars much (if at all). Any ideas?

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« Reply #821 on: May 08, 2018, 01:27:45 PM »
Identified and planned an activity I could do while kid is at therapy session. All I had to do was walk two blocks from there to my friend's place, and we walked together to the trails and water, harvesting wild stuff for teas. Social, kind, naturey, moving, nourishing.

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« Reply #822 on: May 08, 2018, 02:55:55 PM »
We started an additional thread for 30 days of practicing self-compassion.
(All welcome! https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/30-days-of-self-compassion/)

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #823 on: May 08, 2018, 04:11:37 PM »
Our strawberry season just started, and my healthy choice has been to buy ALL OF THE STRAWBERRIES and stuff my face with them at every opportunity. On yogurt for breakfast. On salads for dinner. When I want a snack. I'm so thankful that it's time for abundant, fresh, and delicious fruits and veggies! I love to cook but it always ends up feeling like such a freaking chore by February/March, when all I want are delicious green growing things and all I've got are roots and frozen vegetables. But magically, cooking is now fun again!

The garden has really seemed to take off in the last week or two, even though caterpillars keep knawing on my kale. I defeated an earlier aphid foray onto my spinach with cayenne pepper/dish detergent/rubbing alcohol, but it doesn't seem to bother the caterpillars much (if at all). Any ideas?

Looking forward to strawberries though Iím guessing six weeks minimum here with how late our spring has been.

Bt (bacillus thurigensis) is the typical organic response for caterpillars, itís a bacterial spray that kills them. Cabbage moths can do some serious damage to brassicas. Garden centers should have it? Not sure, have not needed it here.

You can also exclude them with row cover but by now itís too late.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #824 on: May 08, 2018, 05:25:03 PM »
Yum, strawberries...mine have a flower coming....kinda jealous
Some thing ate all my pea plants...I have only pea stumps left.

Figured i should update my journey of dairy free eating.  Itís been a little over 7weeks.  The first four weeks sort of donít count as I was super sick with an evil cold/flu that knocked me to the curb and sat so heavy in my lungs that breathing was a huge issue.  I feel the last three weeks have been amazing.  Completely dairy free (the muffins are edible, but not great) for only a week as the previous muffins did contain whey protein.  I do still have some post nasal drip, but not as bad as it was.  My breathing is much improved(but still not perfect) and have not used an inhaler for weeks now....not at the gym, walking, anything!  Considering this is allergy season itís nothing short of amazing.  Being a very allergic person I have taken only one allergy pill in the past few weeks.  Belly no longer bloats and gas is not an issue.  Considering I always looked six months pregnant after eating yogurt (even lactose free) this is huge! 

I am very happy.  I will continue dairy free.  I do need my doc to run an allergy test for me as I need to know...if this is a true allergy it will be avoided always, of course.  If itís not an allergy I will eat in emergency kinds of situations (travel, unknown ingredients) but generally avoid.

The rest of my healthy choices are constant so I wonít post them any more...the gym, walking, good food...all just a normal day for me.

I will post updates weekly.  I am trying very hard to pay attention to symptoms or lack there of.  I am a happy camper.

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« Reply #825 on: May 08, 2018, 06:56:59 PM »
...have not used an inhaler for weeks now...[...] Belly no longer bloats and gas is not an issue.  Considering I always looked six months pregnant after eating yogurt (even lactose free) this is huge!

Terrific, Bendigirl!! Your commitment has really paid off. Well done!

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« Reply #826 on: May 08, 2018, 07:34:30 PM »
Some nice evidence today that my healthy choices (dance fitness classes and healthier food choices) are helping me make progress:

Almost at 10 lbs weight loss for 2018 (9.8 this morning!)
Didn't get out of breath walking up a hill that did make me out of breath last year
Lower blood pressure at the doctor today

I think I'm starting to finally notice and understand how getting good exercise makes me feel (good! energized!) and how different food choices make me feel.  It's great feeling more in tune with my body and hopefully it can help me keep going in the right direction and improving my health.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #827 on: May 09, 2018, 06:52:28 AM »
I've biked to work 3 of 4 days this week.  It's only 2.5 miles each way, but it's so nice :)  I start work at 6 am, and it's finally light enough in the morning that I don't need a headlamp, and I love it.

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« Reply #828 on: May 09, 2018, 07:02:15 AM »
Thanks for the tip about BT @furrychickens ! Just ordered a bottle. Even with the bugs, my kale is doing really well--it's not the prettiest because a lot of the leaves have some chew marks, but the plants themselves appear to be healthy and are growing like crazy.

I think I'm starting to finally notice and understand how getting good exercise makes me feel (good! energized!) and how different food choices make me feel.  It's great feeling more in tune with my body and hopefully it can help me keep going in the right direction and improving my health.

YES @SquashingDebt ! This right here is what it's all about. Healthy choices should not have to equal stress and restriction. Once you figure out what works for your body, and can really start to FEEL the difference in your energy level and how you feel overall: that's where the magic happens. Sometimes it takes a while to determine your individual recipe for a healthy lifestyle, since this looks different for everyone (no matter what the fitness/diet industry may want you to believe), but once you get there, everything becomes so much easier and more sustainable.

(Is there a way to link an Insta story? my friend who is a registered dietitian/nurse practitioner had an AMAZING Insta story yesterday about this exact topic. You can find her @thereallife_rd. Also just an amazing resource for everything related to self-kindness and healthy relationships with food and body image. She has a woman-focused practice but her message is relevant for everyone who eats food and has a body. https://www.thereallife-rd.com)

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« Reply #829 on: May 09, 2018, 05:57:09 PM »
(Is there a way to link an Insta story? my friend who is a registered dietitian/nurse practitioner had an AMAZING Insta story yesterday about this exact topic. You can find her @thereallife_rd. Also just an amazing resource for everything related to self-kindness and healthy relationships with food and body image. She has a woman-focused practice but her message is relevant for everyone who eats food and has a body. https://www.thereallife-rd.com)

Thanks for the the link @fluffmuffin
Found her musings on intuitive eating to be very interesting..


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« Reply #830 on: May 09, 2018, 06:02:42 PM »
Have been working way more than usual
 soon have 2 weeks off and looking forward to more spaciousness again

-wanted a treat, so made myself some cardamom, matcha, banana ice-cream (all 3 ingredients blended in a high-power blender) instead of going to the store to buy something--delicious (plus I still will be happy to eat dinner)


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« Reply #831 on: May 10, 2018, 06:14:39 PM »
Guys (in the gender neutral plural sense), I ran two miles in just 19:45 today! Fastest time yet. Maybe I'll attempt the 3 in 30 goal now.

@Tris Prior , I hope my comments up thread weren't hurtful. You seem to be so hard on yourself. You looked very happy and not at all overweight in your trip pic. I wish you could have more happiness and less stress/worry in your life. I went to see a talk by Barbara erenreich the other night, about her new book which suggests less monitoring, poking and prodding might make us all happier. So that was another perspective informing my comment. You do you, though. Wishing you nothing but the best....

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« Reply #832 on: May 10, 2018, 08:35:39 PM »
...have not used an inhaler for weeks now...[...] Belly no longer bloats and gas is not an issue.  Considering I always looked six months pregnant after eating yogurt (even lactose free) this is huge!

Terrific, Bendigirl!! Your commitment has really paid off. Well done!

Thanks!  I am certainly thrilled at this time and hoping itís not some placebo effect...
One thing I forgot to mention...I had this mark, donít want to call it a rash, on my right belly/hip.  It consisted of a series of red spots, small, that appeared in circular patterns.  It started small and spread to about the size of my hand, fingers extended.  Had it checked by the doctor as it was unusual but she determined it was not cancer(or creepy bugs under my skin) and had no idea what it was.  She thought it was something related to my autoimmune issues.  Nothing took it away, and I have great prescriptions for rashes.  It was there for two years.  Right now it is almost gone!  Just a few small specks left.  Even my husband is astounded.
I have happily grinned my way through today...I can breath so freely!

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #833 on: May 11, 2018, 07:28:17 AM »
Guys (in the gender neutral plural sense), I ran two miles in just 19:45 today! Fastest time yet. Maybe I'll attempt the 3 in 30 goal now.

That's awesome @lhamo ! Getting under 10 minutes/mile for two miles is such a great accomplishment! Seriously y'all, I am loving all of the positive health and fitness outcomes that folks seem to be having recently. Hooray!

Last night I did my second-ever spin class. I was supposed to meet a friend for a run, but there ended up being a really bad storm so we cancelled. Usually I do yoga on Thursdays, but I was already in the cardio mindset and I figured a spin class would be more enjoyable than trudging through three miles on the treadmill. I'm in good-enough shape right now, and it was freaking HARD. 4-5 people tapped out halfway through the class and just straight up left (good for them making the right choices for their bodies/fitness levels, no judgment), but I managed to hang with the pack even though I had to really effing work for it. I thought my quads would be sore today, but so far they're okay. DOMS will probably decide to join me this afternoon, just in time for my post-work run.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #834 on: May 11, 2018, 07:56:16 AM »
Decided to share with a young neighbour that if she asks if she can come over, the answer is automatically no. I want people to wait to be invited before they come over -because we do that when our home is available- so weíre implementing this new house policy, so that we have the rest and sanctuary we need.

She is welcome to spend hours upon hours with us outside, or to invite us over to hers, or to ask me to take them to another park. No more asking if she can come over; that waits for an invitation.

lhamo, congrats on meeting another one of your goals!!

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #835 on: May 11, 2018, 10:43:44 AM »
Depression has been bad again, yesterday I spent a bunch of the afternoon catching up on YouTube. Today I think Iíve hit my limit with teaching and will do the same until I need to start cooking dinner later.

Not sure what all the factors are, to be honest. If I keep having these bad bouts Iíll go to the doctor and see about a medication change. Havenít had any alcohol for weeks and my caffeine intake is much lower. Canít quite make it to zero yet.

Might try intermittent fasting. Some potential there based on some reading.

Did have some babies born in the last 24 hours, weíre now up to 60 rabbits on site, which is the highest weíve been since right before some major disasters last year when we had about 70. Within realm of possibility we will be over 100 by the end of the month, exciting times. 

Saw a hummingbird on our property for the first time ever, so cool. It seems to like the peach trees that are blooming for the first year, itís visited briefly a couple times this morning that weíve seen despite a cold rainy day barely above freezing.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #836 on: May 11, 2018, 11:34:24 AM »

Might try intermittent fasting. Some potential there based on some reading.

Saw a hummingbird on our property for the first time ever, so cool. It seems to like the peach trees that are blooming for the first year, itís visited briefly a couple times this morning that weíve seen despite a cold rainy day barely above freezing.

@furrychickens  Lovely to get a hummingbird sighting--they are such sweet creatures to have on your property!

Sorry to hear about the depression. I read an interesting, albeit somewhat controversial book earlier this year called "Lost Connections" by Johann Hari & also have myself been experimenting with intermittent fasting & cold water therapy (not from recommendations in the book but other places). The cold water (daily dips) have been a game changer, really shifting things.

 Dr.Rhonda Patrick (of Found My Fitness) is also another interesting source..she has many interviews with researchers working on the brain, neuro-side of things as well as circadian rhythm and psycho-social factors.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #837 on: May 12, 2018, 11:04:49 AM »
lhamo, no, not hurtful, but I decided to self-banish myself from this thread until I could be more positive. I know you meant it in the spirit of caring. I will say, though, that when one has anxiety as I do, that just "lightening up a bit" is on par with "growing a second head." My brain simply does not work that way. After a ton of therapy I am a little bit better than I was, but I lack the "lighten up" switch in my brain entirely. Sometimes being told "lighten up" or "just relax" has the exact opposite effect on me - like "oh shit, here is yet ANOTHER reminder that my brain's broken".

(And my therapist, while great with other stuff, seems completely lacking in advice on dealing with body/food issues; it seems like a huge blind spot with her and I'm not sure why. When I mentioned that I was having a hard time with body issues she basically said "you're not overweight, but if you're concerned you should try Weight Watchers. Which had the double whammy of me hearing "you're actually fat", and feeling invalidated because I've learned that strict tracking does not work for me and what I'm actually looking for is a way to be OK with my physical appearance.)

Anyway! This week I took a bellydance class for the first time in 6 or 7 years. And, you guys - I can still do most of the beginner stuff! My ab strength is not what it was, and I don't have quite the range of motion that I did, but it was not a complete train wreck and it was FUN. I had warned the instructor (same one I used to take from) that I was out of practice and please don't laugh - and after we were done she said I'd done well and that I wasn't so creaky as I thought.

The instructor is also the leader of the troupe that I used to perform with - and I've got to say, it is a completely different experience taking her class for fun than a) with the intent of getting good enough that I'll be asked to perform with them - which did eventually happen, or b) fearing that I'm going to get cut from the troupe for not being good enough. She was a lot more critical of me when I was performing - I guess that was her job as director, but I'd get frustrated because some of the advanced moves were just completely beyond my ability.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #838 on: May 12, 2018, 03:54:51 PM »
I have been giving myself lots of rest

I pushed myself long enough to make it to a food festival

I sampled all the veggie cheeses and bought two

I'm meal planning grab and go options for a busy week

I accidentally bought two beautiful vegan lip colours

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #839 on: May 12, 2018, 08:02:28 PM »
-spring skiing session followed by solo lake swimming
-laying still for many hours on a day off, no guilt about this
-fantastic oatmeal breakfast (pouring turmeric milk over oats..so tasty)

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #840 on: May 13, 2018, 04:48:32 AM »
Had a wave of energy yesterday and ran with it. Got a few nagging projects done or almost done.

Weather is supposed to improve today, might get some of the summer garden planted. Otherwise, for sure tomorrow.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #841 on: May 14, 2018, 07:00:20 AM »
Today I fired up MigraineBuddy to record a mild migraine and saw it'd been 54 days since my last migraine. 54!!  Most of last year I was getting one pretty bad migraine a week.

What changed:
* I discovered rebound headaches were a thing so went cold turkey on all pain meds for a month
* a bad relationship ended and life became generally less stressful
* alcohol consumption went from moderate to almost nil (due to end of said relationship)

Can't think of anything else that would've changed much, but I'll take it!

HoB, I'm sorry to hear your depression's still so present in your life. I hope a medication switch helps this time.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #842 on: May 14, 2018, 07:48:55 AM »
I am running with a high level of stress so I am really trying to dial back my expectations of what I can do in a day and say no a little more often.  I am supposed to go to a meeting tonight but I might not. 
Last Thursday there was so much happening- and I just said no to three things I "should" have gone to - because no "there was no obligation to go to them really".  I went instead to a talk about restoring landscapes.  Which was interesting and invigorating.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #843 on: May 14, 2018, 04:44:01 PM »
It's, like, May, and I haven't been on this thread before, but can I join in? Hello, friends.

Some of you may have seen the nasty shaming whiteboard thing that was up at my gym--I posted about it in my journal. There's this whiteboard where they usually write motivational things or cliches about pain--stuff like "'I really regret that workout' said no one ever." Fine. But this week's was very negative. It said, "Before you make another unhealthy choice, think about how your clothes don't fit, your skin doesn't glow, you regret what you ate"... and on and on.

It was still up when I went in today so I put a comment card in the suggestion box saying that it was negative and shaming and not motivational, and now I feel better.

I know they read those cards, too, because last time I wanted them to buy a women's bar and they emailed and said they had gotten one, which they had, AND IT'S GREAT!

In other news, I made slightly lemon-flavored steel cut oats and ate them with blueberries and slivered almonds, and it was delicious and kept me nice and full.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #844 on: May 14, 2018, 04:47:30 PM »
Good for you for calling them on the board of shame!  Hope they change their ways.

Today my healthy choice was to putter around the garden instead of going to the gym.  It's too darn hot.  But I got a bunch more weeding done.  Oh and I took a nap!

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #845 on: May 14, 2018, 05:21:40 PM »
Ahhh, the infamous whiteboard.  My gym has one too. I dislike it, a lot.  I am not a fan of motivational quotes.  That message sounds horrid.  Glad you put a comment in!  My gym doesnít have a comment box any more...they need to bring it back.

I am feeling so darn  good!  I am trying to build lung capacity now(still inhaler free) so doing short running intervals on treadmill.  Need to be careful if the knees so intervals are perfect.  It was great today, no breathing issues!  The smile is hard to wipe from my face.  Went on to do a great leg day!  Upped a lot of weights...

Still dairy free, and I think I mentioned before that I will remain that way.  Pretty sure I donít need calf food.

Planted more flowers today and the garden is so pretty! 
My friend had to put her very old dog down today....very sad.  We had a nice walk and I let her talk and talk....and cry.  Always a sad time.  I brought her some lovely flowers for her garden.

And this weather...oh, my....so much appreciated after the never ending winter from hell.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #846 on: May 14, 2018, 05:49:38 PM »
I went to see a talk by Barbara erenreich the other night, about her new book which suggests less monitoring, poking and prodding might make us all happier.

I hadn't heard of this book - just put it on hold at my library.  Thanks!

Some of you may have seen the nasty shaming whiteboard thing that was up at my gym--I posted about it in my journal. There's this whiteboard where they usually write motivational things or cliches about pain--stuff like "'I really regret that workout' said no one ever." Fine. But this week's was very negative. It said, "Before you make another unhealthy choice, think about how your clothes don't fit, your skin doesn't glow, you regret what you ate"... and on and on.

I saw that picture you posted and my first thought was that whoever wrote that could eff right off.  It also made me think of this blog post which I really like.  (There are a lot of f-bombs in it, just in case that's not someone's cup of tea.)

https://reembody.me/the-6-most-shockingly-irresponsible-fitspiration-photos/

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #847 on: May 14, 2018, 06:50:46 PM »
@frugalparagon, I would find that super shamey, too. Good for you for calling it out!

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #848 on: May 14, 2018, 08:38:00 PM »
Breakfast appetizer: gummy pop candies
Breakfast dessert: dark chocolate
Lunch dessert: lemon sorbet
Dinner appetizer: more gummies
Dinner dessert: almond butter and jam on a rice cake

I deserve a medal. I think my day clearly illustrates how difficult it was to have a healthy dinner dessert. But I did it!

Also I worked a 12 hour day and didn't die. Next medal please

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #849 on: May 14, 2018, 10:05:27 PM »
Breakfast appetizer: gummy pop candies
Breakfast dessert: dark chocolate
Lunch dessert: lemon sorbet
Dinner appetizer: more gummies
Dinner dessert: almond butter and jam on a rice cake

I deserve a medal. I think my day clearly illustrates how difficult it was to have a healthy dinner dessert. But I did it!

Also I worked a 12 hour day and didn't die. Next medal please

Two medals for you-- and they are made out of gummy bears! @ElleFiji  :)