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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #900 on: June 04, 2018, 10:00:39 AM »
I've been putting protein powder in my overnight oats and that had been really helpful with keeping me full - until my schedule changed. I don't think I can stomach eggs at that hour of the morning - someone at work persists in microwaveing eggs and bacon in the lunchroom every morning and my stomach just churns. I've tried Greek yogurt, but given the way the AC blasts in here (why?? It is only 64 degrees out right now! I'm literally at my desk in my coat!), hot food is definitely a must.

I feel like if I could fix the insomnia, that would also help - it is definitely the biggest factor in how hungry or full I feel. It's like my body is desperate to get energy from somewhere, and since I can't sleep, it's going to want more food. I really don't want to take prescription sleeping pills but I'm probably going to have to see a doc about this at some point because it's only getting worse and none of the OTC solutions have done a thing.  Sunday was the only day in 2 weeks that I didn't have to get up super early (we had a yard sale on Saturday so that was an early morning) and I laid there for hours unable to sleep, with my mind spinning about all sorts of things. It's so frustrating.

Just realized that if I start staying late rather than coming in early, that also cuts into the evening walks that Boyfriend and I have started, which we are enjoying. Sigh. OK, then, I'm going to have to make this work somehow. Stupid butt-in-seat job. Another reason to FIRE!

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« Reply #901 on: June 04, 2018, 01:32:44 PM »
Can I give you a little bit of pushback here?   Do you really need to be limiting your calories?  You did not look at all overweight to me in the pictures you posted of your UK trip.  I know you had issues with putting on weight last summer, which freaked you out.  But you were drinking quite a bit then, no?  If you are walking daily and otherwise moving your body regularly, can you experiment a bit with eating enough calories to keep you satiated and see what happens with your weight?  I'm no dietician, but I am guessing the cortisol, etc. you are flooding your system with by being stressed about calorie counting might be at least partly contributing to the problem.  I know, you said earlier that telling you not to stress is counterproductive.  But I really do wonder if a different approach might make you happier AND help keep the weight off.

YMMV.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #902 on: June 04, 2018, 02:22:21 PM »
I'm not consciously limiting my calories - I stopped tracking and counting a while ago. What I've been struggling with - and finding maddening, honestly - is how I feel like I'll get into a routine of what's working foodwise, do that for a while, think I've finally figured out how to make my body happy and feeling good.... and then all of a sudden it does not work.

I felt like I'd gotten myself into a pretty good groove over the past month or so - eating more or less the same breakfast that keeps me full every day, eating loads of fresh fruit and veg and enjoying them immensely. I felt like I was starting to understand what my body wants from me, and now the rules have changed overnight and suddenly my body isn't satisfied with any of that. That's frustrating! I'm having a hard time getting my head around how much food I should bring with me to work each day to feel full. I got really anxious this morning because I was still ravenous, had no snacks on me, know from experience that getting junk out of the vending machine makes me feel like crap later, and I couldn't leave work to get something.

Really, what underlies this entire healthier-living thing for me is just wanting to know what it is that my body wants now that I'm older, to feel good and maintain weight and function happily. Just when I think I might have it figured out, then suddenly my game plan doesn't work. That's largely why I note when I start feeling hangry again - I'm trying to look for patterns. Maybe that's too analytical of a way to be looking at this, but I like figuring out puzzles and it helps me mentally to think of health that way rather than being punitive with myself. (I read some stuff about "curiosity mindset" when trying to form healthier habits, which has been helpful to me.)

The biggest pattern that's come up is poor sleep = having trouble feeling satiated. That probably means that on days I don't sleep well I should bring a bigger lunch or more snacks. Or keep a bigger snack stash at all times because usually I pack lunch the night before so I can grab and run in the morning.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #903 on: June 04, 2018, 03:22:56 PM »
@Tris Prior -- No miracle suggestions, just sympathy. Night shift workers (like my sister, an overnight nurse) notoriously struggle with weight because their schedules are crazy. Maybe eventually you'll have sort of a rotation of ideas you can trot out to see what's working that week :-). And do you have a place where you can keep healthy snacks instead of having to bring everything every day? I have emergency nuts in my work locker.

The Boy did not want to hang out this weekend (the children were with me and we don't live together, so "hang out" is a huuuuge production) so instead of feeling sads, I took advantage of the time to go to the gym when child care was open. Crushed it! I got all my bench press reps at a new weight on the first try (after spending 3 weeks in a row trying to hit the last target).

Let's not talk about what I ate at the annual all-staff meeting today (or yesterday at the birthday party, or the day before at the library party) and instead focus on the fact that I went a few laps around the courtyard this morning before it got hot and did 10 minutes up and down the stairs at lunch time since it was too hot for a lunch walk. I would have done a HIIT workout this morning but my apartment is too full of boxes. Whoops.

They finally took down the really shamey sign at the gym but I'm not sure this one is much better:

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« Reply #904 on: June 04, 2018, 10:08:59 PM »
Ooh! Can I do another today? I went for a run after work. Then I was hungry and my house has candy in it, but I remembered that I have had a lot of edible non-food substances lately and that my body needs nourishment, and I made myself a piece of whole-wheat avocado toast, and it was delicious and satisfying.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #905 on: June 05, 2018, 07:29:56 AM »
@La Bibliotecaria Feroz, I agree - that sign's not quite as bad but still a bit shamey.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #906 on: June 05, 2018, 02:45:37 PM »
Yoga today...so nice.  Great chat with a friend who just came back from south Africa and Dubai ...love hearing travel stories!
Getting pumped for our upcoming holidays, not pumped up for the many vaccinations we will need..

Still dairy free even though no allergies were found.  Noticed another small thing.  I have had, for many years, Beaus lines on my thumbnails (deep horizontal grooves) that are not caused by damage to the nailbed.  Doc has no idea why I get them. But looking at my nails the other day I noticed that the lines are growing out...and no new ones!  Now, they may come back but damn, they have been ugly and bumpy for so long....this little bit of decent nails is nice.


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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #907 on: June 05, 2018, 08:41:32 PM »
Someone was stumped at work and really needed coverage for a couple of hours--they offered a 90 minute massage to anyone who could help them out. I went in and now am excited to receive a free massage, plus I'll get paid for two hours of work.  Win, win.


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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #908 on: June 11, 2018, 12:46:47 PM »
Was feeling a bit melancholic again so dropped a few obligations & spent time walking outside, yoga-ing and cold-plunging.
Mood re-set and life appreciation up
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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #909 on: June 11, 2018, 02:33:47 PM »
I'm back from vacation, and life has settled back down somewhat. I started my marathon program on Saturday with 6 miles--the run itself was okay, but I'm getting worried about my hip. It started acting up while I was on vacation (lots of hiking/backpacking/elevation changes), and has been consistently tight and achy since Saturday. I did PT exercises last week, PT-equivalent work on Sunday, and will do more PT stuff today and Thursday. I'm going to do my best to stick with the PT exercises on my own, but I am freaking TERRIBLE at being consistent with non-running workouts without outside accountability. I'm pretty sure I'm going to end up buying a class pack at my old studio since that kept a lid on any issues for three years. The classes I go to at the gym just aren't targeted enough.

This is one of those things where I'm like, "self, you should be able to do this on your own! Do not give yourself an out! Willpower! Commitment!" and get into a shame-spiral. Like, I feel like I shouldn't be giving myself excuses to take the non-frugal route...but I also have 16 years of data on my workout habits to rely on, and based on prior behavior I'll be good on my own for 2-3 weeks max then quit. I don't know how to fix that. And I feel like this is also, to some extent, an invented problem of trying to Be Frugal (tm).

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #910 on: June 11, 2018, 04:50:17 PM »
I feel your pain Fluffmuffin, both in terms of running ailments and the stress of paying for fitness classes. I need some sort of goal to keep myself motivated, and took up a half-marathon training program a few weeks ago. I was REALLY pleased with myself for sticking with it, but as of yesterday both of my knees hurt. Since I'm still heavy, and since new shoes has helped ease knee pain in the past, I spent big bucks on new shoes today.

Which brings me to my current dilemma:
1) be frugal and not spend more on sport this month
2) push myself to meet new people (in an environment that I'm comfortable with) and go to an introductory dragon boating class on Tuesday - for $35



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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #911 on: June 11, 2018, 05:23:15 PM »
This is one of those things where I'm like, "self, you should be able to do this on your own! Do not give yourself an out! Willpower! Commitment!" and get into a shame-spiral. Like, I feel like I shouldn't be giving myself excuses to take the non-frugal route...but I also have 16 years of data on my workout habits to rely on, and based on prior behavior I'll be good on my own for 2-3 weeks max then quit. I don't know how to fix that. And I feel like this is also, to some extent, an invented problem of trying to Be Frugal (tm).

About 5 years ago, soon after starting reading MMM, I had a similar conundrum...I hadn't had a good track record of regularly working out at home, even though I "could", I wasn't feeling satisfied by group fitness classes on campus, I had just taken a health center class and gotten intrigued by weight training but wanted more guidance/instruction/motivation... obviously number of factors. At one point I thought to myself, "how much do you spend per month on UNhealthy stuff...Netflix, french fries, etc? Shouldn't you be willing to spend *at least* that much on fitness-related stuff? But probably even more?" So I got personal training at $25/pop every 2 weeks (bargain rates for time with kinesiology students working at the campus gym). It was great and I still use some of the stuff my trainer taught me.  My life circumstances have changed and I actually have found it in myself to work out at home the past couple months. First time in my life. I have no suggestions because I don't really know what clicked...I think mostly it's a time savings thing. Just do it as a chore and get it out of the way kind of attitude.

Upon further contemplation of this the last couple years, "could" is an ideal-world sort of word. "I could do X, Y, and Z this week" assumes no other things come up, I don't suddenly get anxiety-induced insomnia that throws off my focus and motivation, and so forth. But what really matters is, WILL you do it? And if something sways you from one side to the other in something so important as health/fitness, and doesn't completely break the bank, I think there's room to justify it there.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #912 on: June 11, 2018, 05:39:14 PM »
Update on my life :)

As noted in some other threads I defended my PhD May 1 (passed!) so the 6 weeks before that were just a crapshoot on every level. Post-defense I took about 10 days to travel and see friends, which was great for my "social health" so to speak...communication technology is great but sometimes you have to hug your friends and their when-did-you-grow-so-big babies. Tried to jump right back into work after coming back and found out the difference between "time off work" and "rest". Took me another 10 days to feel human again... having my therapist AND my mom tell me I sounded worn the f*** out in the same day opened my eyes, haha. Since then I've acknowledged my burnout and have been taking my recovery process slowly and with kindness to myself.

Prioritizing sleep is proving very important right now; also exercising, as it releases some excellent neurochemicals; doing some work to make progress on thesis corrections/paper writing but also having enough time NOT working; and also working on some cleaning/organizing since a comfortable environment is good for mental health (and clutter definitely stresses me out).

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #913 on: June 12, 2018, 04:54:42 AM »
Healthy choice today is seeing my doctor about my depression. Will see what testing he agrees with, what changes he wants to make, or whether I’m going to get punted out of primary care to a specialist. It’s been relatively stable up until a few months ago so I’m hoping I can avoid the cost of psychiatric.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #914 on: June 12, 2018, 08:24:13 AM »
Congratulations on the PhD defence DOCTOR galliver!!!!!!
After something so monumental, your exhaustion is completely reasonable. I hope that you're able to take a good long while to be gentle with yourself and to go easy on your self-expectations.

Speaking of which, I'm happy for @furrychickens too - the decision to get help with depression is a hard one. It gets better, though in a non-linear two steps forward, one step back kind of way.

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« Reply #915 on: June 12, 2018, 08:52:11 AM »
I am now spending $65/month on a personal trainer and $12/week on bellydance classes. I know a lot of people would facepunch me - and I in fact spent some time facepunching myself - but the thing is, I'm now exercising regularly for the first time in many many years. Well, I mean, I used to go to dance class regularly but that was because I was performing in a troupe and was required to attend. As for the personal trainer/strength training - nope. Never. Could not force myself. And now I've been doing that pretty consistently since, what, November?

I know we're all supposed to DIY it at home and not pay money, but I've tried that over and over and it never ever stuck. So I am working on being more accepting of the fact that clearly I need to spend money in order to stick to an exercise routine.

Congrats, galliver!

Hope it goes well at the doctor, furrychickens.


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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #916 on: June 12, 2018, 09:12:20 AM »
Doctor agreed to try a dose increase (range is 10-40mg, new dose is 20mg), gave me a referral to an online mostly self-directed therapy program (a therapist monitors your progress but isn’t live 1:1 with you) they’re seeing good results with, plus a therapy clinic he likes if I want to go that route. I’ve been avoiding talk therapy mainly because of $$. My wife is gonna check if her company has an EAP though, but she’s been slammed and hasn’t had a chance yet.

Did some blood work as well, so there may be other adjustments to make.

Also made the choice with my wife that I’m dropping homeschooling over the summer except reading to lessen the stress load. (Normally we slow down but don’t completely stop over the summer.) We are very likely to be doing a completely different style of homeschooling next school year anyways, just waiting on some bureaucracy steps.

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« Reply #917 on: June 12, 2018, 10:08:48 AM »
Healthy choice this week was giving son a pass on the year end piano recital.  He was too stressed and we were arguing.  Son has a very heavy course load and is in his second last year of high school.  He is a very young almost 17 year old.  Hubs and I decided to back off and just be more supportive.  Deal we made with him is to perform the piece when it is ready to his piano teacher and family at our house at a later date.  I sat with him last night for his practice and we had a good time.   He did a fantastic practice and I sewed an elastic band into a romper for daughter to wear to the theater today.  Good bonding time.

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« Reply #918 on: June 12, 2018, 11:08:49 AM »
I didn't join this gauntlet at the beginning of the year but I think this will be a good one to join now.  I had my last baby in March and she is/was showing signs of food allergies through my milk, so I have had to cut dairy, soy, and eggs out of my diet.  Between the 3 of those (mostly soy and dairy) that leaves almost 0 convince foods and a lot of salads or made from scratch at home food.  I absolutely hate not being able to grab something quick at a restaurant when I am hungry or even throwing something in the microwave but I feel and look so much better right now.  Weight was (maybe still is) melting off of me but I am about 30-40lbs above a health BMI, I would like to continue to make healthier choices.

Today/This week challenges: Find a quick snack for work that has some protein in it, my snack stash is full of carbs and then I just end up starving.  I ate 3 dinners last night when I got home, I heated up leftovers and then had 2 servings of actual dinner.  I think more protein during the day will help with that. I am thinking peanut butter and apples but for those of you that don't know, apples (an other fruit/veggies) are often coated with a soy or dairy based wax to make them look pretty.

Today/This week wins: I took the stairs at work yesterday and this morning, it is only 3 flights but it is better than taking the elevator.  I brought delicious homemade dairy and soy free grilled chicken and veggie pizza to work for lunch.  That will save me a little bit of money and be more protein than the salad I normally get from our cafeteria.   

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« Reply #919 on: June 12, 2018, 12:36:15 PM »
I didn't join this gauntlet at the beginning of the year but I think this will be a good one to join now.  I had my last baby in March and she is/was showing signs of food allergies through my milk, so I have had to cut dairy, soy, and eggs out of my diet.  Between the 3 of those (mostly soy and dairy) that leaves almost 0 convince foods and a lot of salads or made from scratch at home food.  I absolutely hate not being able to grab something quick at a restaurant when I am hungry or even throwing something in the microwave but I feel and look so much better right now.  Weight was (maybe still is) melting off of me but I am about 30-40lbs above a health BMI, I would like to continue to make healthier choices.

Today/This week challenges: Find a quick snack for work that has some protein in it, my snack stash is full of carbs and then I just end up starving.  I ate 3 dinners last night when I got home, I heated up leftovers and then had 2 servings of actual dinner.  I think more protein during the day will help with that. I am thinking peanut butter and apples but for those of you that don't know, apples (an other fruit/veggies) are often coated with a soy or dairy based wax to make them look pretty.

Today/This week wins: I took the stairs at work yesterday and this morning, it is only 3 flights but it is better than taking the elevator.  I brought delicious homemade dairy and soy free grilled chicken and veggie pizza to work for lunch.  That will save me a little bit of money and be more protein than the salad I normally get from our cafeteria.

Welcome, S&S! Could you peel the apples?

Other ideas:
-chickpeas/ chickpea based snacks (roasted ones can be reasonably shelf stable I think?)
-bean salad (I'm a fan of https://www.budgetbytes.com/cowboy-caviar/) Not shelf stable though.
-almond/nut milk yogurt? I've never tried it but know it exists.
-fats for satiety instead of protein (eg avocado)
-some people swear by nuts/seeds as a filling snack...(I hate snacking on nuts though, prefer them as an ingredient...)
-it sounds like you're vegetarian/now forced vegan, but if I am wrong on that: jerky, lunch meat? Might be pricey but this is a temporary phase in life, you can go back to eggs and dairy in a year or less.

Good luck!
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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #920 on: June 12, 2018, 01:28:25 PM »
@Slow&Steady -- Black bean brownies? Protein and lots of fiber for satiety!

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« Reply #921 on: June 12, 2018, 01:42:13 PM »
I didn't join this gauntlet at the beginning of the year but I think this will be a good one to join now.  I had my last baby in March and she is/was showing signs of food allergies through my milk, so I have had to cut dairy, soy, and eggs out of my diet.  Between the 3 of those (mostly soy and dairy) that leaves almost 0 convince foods and a lot of salads or made from scratch at home food.  I absolutely hate not being able to grab something quick at a restaurant when I am hungry or even throwing something in the microwave but I feel and look so much better right now.  Weight was (maybe still is) melting off of me but I am about 30-40lbs above a health BMI, I would like to continue to make healthier choices.

Today/This week challenges: Find a quick snack for work that has some protein in it, my snack stash is full of carbs and then I just end up starving.  I ate 3 dinners last night when I got home, I heated up leftovers and then had 2 servings of actual dinner.  I think more protein during the day will help with that. I am thinking peanut butter and apples but for those of you that don't know, apples (an other fruit/veggies) are often coated with a soy or dairy based wax to make them look pretty.

Today/This week wins: I took the stairs at work yesterday and this morning, it is only 3 flights but it is better than taking the elevator.  I brought delicious homemade dairy and soy free grilled chicken and veggie pizza to work for lunch.  That will save me a little bit of money and be more protein than the salad I normally get from our cafeteria.
W3lcome, S&S! Could you peel the apples?

Other ideas:
-chickpeas/ chickpea based snacks (roasted ones can be reasonably shelf stable I think?)
-bean salad (I'm a fan of https://www.budgetbytes.com/cowboy-caviar/) Not shelf stable though.
-almond/nut milk yogurt? I've never tried it but know it exists.
-fats for satiety instead of protein (eg avocado)
-some people swear by nuts/seeds as a filling snack...(I hate snacking on nuts though, prefer them as an ingredient...)
-it sounds like you're vegetarian/now forced vegan, but if I am wrong on that: jerky, lunch meat? Might be pricey but this is a temporary phase in life, you can go back to eggs and dairy in a year or less.

Good luck!

Thank you for the suggestions!  I had not thought of adding good fats to help me stay full. I am not vegetarian or vegan, did you know that a vegan diet is generally pretty high is soy (think tofu), but I have never been a fan of jerky.  I guess I could just go munch on a couple pieces of lunch meat.

@Slow&Steady -- Black bean brownies? Protein and lots of fiber for satiety!


Hmm, do they taste more like chocolate or black beans. Surprising to most I would prefer that they taste like black beans.  The though of eating anymore fiber (at least the veggie variety) makes me really depressed.  I have been eating salads and raw veggies multiple times a day, I KNOW there has to be other options out there for me.

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« Reply #922 on: June 12, 2018, 02:18:58 PM »
Thank you for the suggestions!  I had not thought of adding good fats to help me stay full. I am not vegetarian or vegan, did you know that a vegan diet is generally pretty high is soy (think tofu), but I have never been a fan of jerky.  I guess I could just go munch on a couple pieces of lunch meat.

If I was snacking on lunchmeat I would wrap it around fruit or veg pieces for better flavor. Turkey goes with apple, pepper; ham with peaches or melons; salami (IMO...maybe I'm weird) with cucumber. You could also do "grown up lunchables" except obv without cheese...but maybe avocado or non-dairy cheese if that works for you? And whatever crackers you like. Or, obviously, straight-up sandwiches...

I've been looking for ways to give more variety to my salads for like a year and a half now and some things that have worked for me were: adding fruit (strawberries, peaches, apples, pear), roasted veg (sweet potato, beet, carrot...) or grilled veg or fruit (asparagus, bell pepper, onion, peach, pineapple), and adding grains like farro & barley (being seeds, they are actually quite high in protein; they come out great in the Instant Pot). Also adding beans, but that's kind of obvious but I wasn't really a fan of beans.

I also sometimes make a pasta or potato salad but go WAY overboard on veggies. "Just mayo" for all it is vegan mayo, is not too bad (got some on accident) (since regular mayo has egg :( ). You can also make a creamy dressing that goes great on Greek/Mediterranean inspired pasta (or not) salad by putting artichokes through a food processor... (Mine came from a book and included fresh dill but this looks very similar:https://www.saltandlavender.com/artichoke-salad-dressing/)

I do realize some of these ideas might be effort intensive with a new baby but just throwing ideas out there. Maybe there's a way to shortcut them I haven't thought of. :) You'd definitely want to cook in batches and then combine new things every day though.

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« Reply #923 on: June 12, 2018, 04:28:38 PM »
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Hmm, do they taste more like chocolate or black beans. Surprising to most I would prefer that they taste like black beans.  The though of eating anymore fiber (at least the veggie variety) makes me really depressed.  I have been eating salads and raw veggies multiple times a day, I KNOW there has to be other options out there for me.

Probably depends on the recipe. Mine were pretty chocolatey but they had chocolate chips.

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« Reply #924 on: June 12, 2018, 06:44:16 PM »
Congrats @galliver on the PhD defense--exciting and no doubt that you are needing some rest. that's a huge accomplishment!

Today healthy choices, a day off work:

-scrubbed the washrooms (a job I dislike but love to have completed)
-cold water dip with a friend, good conversation as well
-sauna session
-baking some comfort food since it's raining (vegan chickpea spinach pie!)
-listened to some Tara Brach (meditation teacher & psychologist) while cooking..always good for my soul
-home yoga session happening now
I feel like such a West-Coaster reading the above list :)

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« Reply #925 on: June 12, 2018, 06:50:08 PM »
Today, I ate up some things from my freezer so I will have to less to move. My random freezer food is pretty nutritious! Refried beans, shredded taco chicken, homemade whole-wheat pizza. Also there were cookies for a work event and they were soooo good and I ate exactly 1 because they looked delicious and, y'know, self-care, and I realized later that it didn't even occur to me to eat another. Whereas in the past, if I happen to encounter delicious food I have tended to keep shovelling. One cookie = self care. Two cookies = feeling gross. (For me personally! No judgment if you ate a second cookie today :-). )

Now I am making notes to prepare for negotiation a new parenting plan tomorrow. Getting my head in the game! I am a strong woman who can negotiate! Two years ago, I was crap at negotiating with the father of my children. Not entirely disconnectedly, we are no longer married. But I am not crap at representing my interests anymore! I'm on it!

@galliver, I missed about your PhD defense! Congratulations!

@Serendip, your off-day is so full of lovely healthy choices! Definitely living your user name today :-).

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #926 on: June 12, 2018, 07:03:38 PM »

Now I am making notes to prepare for negotiation a new parenting plan tomorrow. Getting my head in the game! I am a strong woman who can negotiate! Two years ago, I was crap at negotiating with the father of my children. Not entirely disconnectedly, we are no longer married. But I am not crap at representing my interests anymore! I'm on it!


This made me smile so big!  Go get 'em Fierce Librarian.  RWARW!!!!

I did not go to the gym today but I did clean up our parking pad and do a bunch of other yard related tasks.  And I saw a pheasant, which made me happy.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #927 on: June 12, 2018, 08:48:05 PM »
Almost finish booking all our hotels, b and b’s for upcoming holiday back east.  That took a long time!
Still walking, going to the gym and yoga
Still dairy free, always wheat and grain free..
Today we had a momma duck in the yard with her very tiny babies, eight of them.  When they were about to leave she realized the babies were not able to leave the yard as there is a large step..easy to hop down, not so easy for wee babies to hop up.  Hubby went out to build a ramp for them but they spooked...six of them found the ramp but two vanished in the crack in the wall...oh no
One got into the neighbours yard...we got their gate open so it was fine, but the last baby was kind on stuck.  Mom left....
We got the baby out (without touching it) and corralled into a box...then we wandered to the pond to find momma.  It took us a good half hour to find her, but we did and she was reunited with number eight.  All is well in the park.  Life is good.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #928 on: June 13, 2018, 07:22:19 AM »
Bendigirl, that made my heart swell a size or two!

I'll be rooting for the Fierce Librarian today!

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #929 on: June 13, 2018, 08:18:20 AM »
@galliver MAJOR congrats on the PhD defense and post-defense self-care! That's huge!

@Bendigirl yup, my heart also grew a size or two. Sweet baby ducks!

I've mapped out a route for myself. I will stay at the cheap gym where I'm at now through mid-July, since the charge for the cycle already hit my account, and then I will give myself permission to quit: 1) it really doesn't work for my hip, and 2) I just don't like it. I try to find every excuse possible not to go, which is not be normal for me! I don't like the vibe, and even hip issues aside none of the classes fit with my preferences. The ones that I should like (yoga, barre, flow-type stuff) are not difficult enough to maintain my preferred level of fitness, and the ones that are difficult enough I don't like (boot camp, picking things up and then putting them back down for 60 minutes, yawnnnn). I tried it and it's just not working. Then:
  • Mid-July: $100 unlimited intro month at [different studio #1]
  • Mid-August: $100 unlimited intro month at [different studio #2]
  • Mid-September: absurdly expensive class pack at [favorite studio]

In other news, my garden is starting to pick up! I've got a ton of summer squash coming in, and my tomato plants are starting to grow tiny little baby tomatoes. My plant-friend called them "absurdly lush and happy-looking."

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #930 on: June 13, 2018, 06:47:32 PM »
Congratulations on the PhD defence DOCTOR galliver!!!!!!
After something so monumental, your exhaustion is completely reasonable. I hope that you're able to take a good long while to be gentle with yourself and to go easy on your self-expectations.

Speaking of which, I'm happy for @furrychickens too - the decision to get help with depression is a hard one. It gets better, though in a non-linear two steps forward, one step back kind of way.

Oh wow I first saw this on my phone and didn't realize you wrote it HUGE :D Thanks! In fact thanks everyone for your good wishes :)

Props to @furrychickens for taking care of their mental health and @La Bibliotecaria Feroz for standing up for your kids! I've a friend going through a rough divorce and it's just terrible how hard The System makes it to do what is best for her kids. Not saying that's your situation but...anyway, fight the good fight.  Yes!

@fluffmuffin We also have a "lush and happy-looking" tomato plant with tiny tomatoes (not sure if it's absurd though). :) Only the one because we don't actually have "gardening space" but no one has complained when we set a few pots in front of the door.

I worked out 4 days in a row (2 days running, 1 day weights/core, and 1 day unexpectedly walking around IKEA for 3-4 hours in flats on Saturday till my feet hurt...which totally counts!) then took a break yesterday to do laundry and face a work-related problem that I've been avoiding. Made progress on both! I'm still sore so I think it's yoga today. And making kale-quinoa-sweet potato bowls for a couple meals. And getting enough sleep 'cause I've been staying up too late reading an excellent book and I'm cranky >_>

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #931 on: June 14, 2018, 12:25:04 PM »
Day 4 of taking the stairs at work, I am really hoping that one day soon I will get to the top of the 3rd floor (I know, not very many stairs) without being winded. 

I did remember to bring pb to work to help with fat/protein snacks.  I have some freeze dried apples at home (from Costco) that are delicious and soy/dairy wax free, I am thinking that will make a great apple/pb snack.  I might also try to remember to bring a knife to peel the fresh apples that I can get in our cafeteria.

My mom is having some health issues and her doctor has told her to keep a food log for the next 3 months. She has asked (kind of) for my help with her diet so in support of her I have started logging my foods into MFP with her, I am guess that should help me make sure I get a good balance of protein/fat/carbs. 

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #932 on: June 14, 2018, 12:50:36 PM »
Back to the gym today after two days off.  Was going to half ass it on the treadmill, but decided to kick it into gear a bit more once I got going -- did 2 miles in 21:13, not my best time but also not bad for an overweight middle aged lady!

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #933 on: June 14, 2018, 03:34:16 PM »
My performance in negotiation was not perfect but I did not agree to too much. I said I would consider what he was offering and talk to my lawyer.

Today I was eating enchiladas at 9:45 AM because we had a potluck. Hey, celebrating the return to health of a colleague upon his return from a liver transplant IS a healthy choice, right?

And immediately after that I had to go downstairs and move tables and chairs, which is kind of like taking a walk about a meal, which is supposed to be good for you. I went up and down the stairs for ten minutes after I ate my lunch, too.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #934 on: June 15, 2018, 07:41:31 AM »
I decided to do the spendier option and pay for a membership to the paddling club that I enjoy hanging out and volunteering at. I had been hesitating over the cost, but I looked at my spending spreadsheet and realized that I can comfortably afford it, since my spending has otherwise been quite low this month. I figure that it's good socializing and fitness value for the price.

I also achieved a confidence milestone and flirted with a stranger for the first time in years!

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #935 on: June 15, 2018, 07:52:15 AM »
Day 4 of taking the stairs at work, I am really hoping that one day soon I will get to the top of the 3rd floor (I know, not very many stairs) without being winded. 

FWIW, I am generally a fit and active person, and there's just something about office stairs that ALWAYS gets me. I work on the 4th floor and cannot make it without being out of breath, even when I'm training for a race and can crank out a 14 mile training run. Office stairs are just killer for no reason.

My hip actively hurt this morning for the first time, instead of just being achy/tight. It loosened up after a block or so of dog-walking, and it hasn't pinged me since. But I panicked and bought classes at my old studio. I just...cannot have this stupid thing fuck up my training again. It made me drop out of my first marathon training cycle, and it hasn't bothered me for THREE FREAKING YEARS, but as soon as I commit (financially and mentally) to take 2 on the marathon it pops up again? GIVE ME A BREAK.

I did my PT exercise cycle last night and will probably go to the gym after work today to lift (ugh), and I'll make sure I hit my glutes again. Will be back in the studio the last week of June or the first week of July, depending how my schedule looks. It's more pleasant and costs the same as my copay for real PT, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ but nonetheless, goodbye, frugality. I'll show myself out.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #936 on: June 15, 2018, 08:09:42 AM »
Day 4 of taking the stairs at work, I am really hoping that one day soon I will get to the top of the 3rd floor (I know, not very many stairs) without being winded. 

FWIW, I am generally a fit and active person, and there's just something about office stairs that ALWAYS gets me. I work on the 4th floor and cannot make it without being out of breath, even when I'm training for a race and can crank out a 14 mile training run. Office stairs are just killer for no reason.


At least I know that I am not alone on those stupid things not being pleasant.  Hope your hip starts to behave so you can train for that marathon.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #937 on: June 15, 2018, 08:20:55 AM »
I've been off my workout routine this week thanks to a raging UTI. I'm now on my second kind of antibiotic because the UTI laughed at the first one and gave it the finger. I think I'm starting to feel a little better, finally, but I've been frustrated to not be able to be physically active, especially since it is FINALLY warm out and I feel like I'm missing out on a lot.

Also: No coffee and no booze sucks. Especially the no coffee, since I couldn't sleep for a few nights due to the pain and I haven't been able to take off of work. It's..... not been a good week.

What's strange is that the antibiotics seem to have completely killed my appetite and I have to force myself to eat something because I have to take the meds with food. That is not normal for me at all. Though not being constantly hangry is a nice change, I guess?

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #938 on: June 15, 2018, 08:54:08 AM »
I'll show myself out.

Can I hide with you in the corner of shame? I'll bring the foam roller.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #939 on: June 15, 2018, 09:09:02 AM »
Can I hide with you in the corner of shame? I'll bring the foam roller.

All are welcome. Especially if you've got a foam roller, since the dog ate ours last month.

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« Reply #940 on: June 17, 2018, 10:05:04 AM »
Healthy choice this week was giving son a pass on the year end piano recital.  He was too stressed and we were arguing.  Son has a very heavy course load and is in his second last year of high school.  He is a very young almost 17 year old.  Hubs and I decided to back off and just be more supportive.  Deal we made with him is to perform the piece when it is ready to his piano teacher and family at our house at a later date.  I sat with him last night for his practice and we had a good time.   He did a fantastic practice and I sewed an elastic band into a romper for daughter to wear to the theater today.  Good bonding time.

I just read this. It makes me so happy for him (and for you!) that it hurts in my heart! Oh so good!!!

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #941 on: June 17, 2018, 10:06:20 AM »
Healthy Choice: I took a break from the forum and hunkered down to facilitate/navigate a massive life transition. I think I won!

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #942 on: June 17, 2018, 10:42:01 AM »
Healthy Choice: I took a break from the forum and hunkered down to facilitate/navigate a massive life transition. I think I won!

Well done @jooniFLORisploo  That is great self-care!

Years ago I found this and for some reason it feels nice to share here

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #943 on: June 17, 2018, 07:51:13 PM »
Serendip, your post made me recognize something healthy in what I did today. I'm a master hermit with depression, but today I volunteered as a course marshal for a local marathon. Not only was it good for me to feel engaged in the community, but I got to spend the morning shouting encouragements and silly nonsense to strangers (I fake extroversion well). It felt great to make people smile, even if only for a moment.

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« Reply #944 on: June 17, 2018, 08:14:48 PM »
Serendip, your post made me recognize something healthy in what I did today. I'm a master hermit with depression, but today I volunteered as a course marshal for a local marathon. Not only was it good for me to feel engaged in the community, but I got to spend the morning shouting encouragements and silly nonsense to strangers (I fake extroversion well). It felt great to make people smile, even if only for a moment.

Fantastic @Sun Hat , that's exactly what I found inspiring about that...the idea of being a momentary figure in a someone's life (recognized or not) and how much it matters that we have friendly strangers living their lives around us. Those cheers/your encouragement might have really made a difference for someone today :)

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« Reply #945 on: June 17, 2018, 08:38:39 PM »
I really like this idea of finding more ways to be a friendly stranger.

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« Reply #946 on: June 18, 2018, 10:51:04 AM »
I adore those words, Serendip! Thanks so much for following your inspiration to share them.

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #947 on: June 18, 2018, 11:46:45 AM »
I got on the scale this weekend, I am only 3 lbs away from being overweight!!! Who gets excited about being labeled overweight, somebody that has been hanging out with the obese label for several years.

I accidentally ate something that had a soy derived ingredient in it on Friday, baby was not a happy baby most of the weekend.  I am attempting to be healthy and give up the mommy guilt I feel about that and all the other mommy guilt that goes along with being a working mom (because I am NOT a good fit for a SAHM on what would be an extremely tight budget). 

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n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

I love this, it inspires one to remember to have compassion for all people, you never know what passageways they have been on/through.

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« Reply #948 on: June 19, 2018, 09:26:21 AM »
Glad that spoke to some of you!

My healthy choice is to have reasonable expectations as I head on a road-trip to see family..to keep an open heart (both for them and myself!)

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Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
« Reply #949 on: June 20, 2018, 08:41:12 PM »
Ah, the friendly stranger...awesome!  I try very hard to say hi to everybody.  We live near a retirement home and often the residents are out walking.  My dad lived like that and I know how lonely it can be...I always try to strike up a conversation.  I think I need to keep a promise to myself, one that I made when my dad passed two years  ago (oh dear, almost to the day).  I need to volunteer at the full care home.  Dad was there at the end and I saw so many lonely dear folks, with no visiting family....I will do this.  They are sad places indeed..

Tried some cream in my coffee the other day.  The next day I coughed all through yoga..my lungs were all mucousy.  I keep thinking it’s in my head...but I don’t know now....dairy free is working for me, I just worry about food restriction  as I already have food allergies (wheat, gluten, peanuts, walnuts, minor egg and corn).  I still have yet to use any asthma meds...that’s at least two months! Hubby says I seem so much better, why eat the stuff....I should listen to him!

Went kayaking the last few days....it is the most peaceful thing!