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Title: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on January 03, 2018, 10:18:38 PM
No offense intended to the other health and fitness focused 2018 threads, but I wanted to start an alternative for those of us who may have problems with being triggered by certain language or approaches.

So, this is the place to celebrate your healthy choices in 2018 in positive, forward-looking way.   No need to obsessively calorie count or beat yourself up about the fact that you didn't meet your ambitious workout goal or meet your weight target today.   Did you at least go to the gym and move for a bit?   Did you walk up and down the stairs rather than taking the elevator?  Did you get out of bed?   Did you eat an apple instead of a bag of chips?  Those are all good things, and we want to encourage each other to do more of them!

Hope many of you will join me on this road to healthy choices and better health.  Let's enjoy the journey as much as the destination....
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Free Spirit on January 03, 2018, 10:34:06 PM
Hi lhamo, I'd like to join you! I made another gauntlet called curb your sweet tooth but I like your's better. :) Going to let that one die and get on this train instead.

So! My healthy choices for January (one step at a time for me) are no sugar besides what's found in whole foods, eat more balanced and nutritious meals, and get outside every day.

I may add to my list but that's my humble beginning. Thanks for starting this!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Chippewa on January 03, 2018, 10:42:41 PM
Quite my cup of tea. Thank you for the gauntlet. I definitely want to walk more. And with warm temps, I have no excuses.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: pbkmaine on January 03, 2018, 11:27:54 PM
Here!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Cressida on January 03, 2018, 11:36:11 PM
I like this!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: 1967mama on January 04, 2018, 01:34:37 AM
This is a perfect challenge for me!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: alleykat on January 04, 2018, 05:27:36 AM
Yes, this is perfect. No bad snacking for two days.  Instead I grab for apples with a good spoon of peanut butter and have been enjoying that.  If that doesnít do the trick, I have been making large plates of vegetables with just salt, no oil for snacking. Trying to reorganize my view of food and not reach for it when I am feeling emotional or bored.   Limiting treats to the weekend and on limited basis. It will be a challenge.

I have exercised for two days now this week.  Only 10-15 minutes but will build up to at least a half an hour.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Zola. on January 04, 2018, 06:43:19 AM
I am trying to drink as little alcohol as possible in 2018, maybe once a month at the very most.

I am currently off it for the whole month of January, and intend to see it through.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Prairie Gal on January 04, 2018, 06:56:45 AM
Sounds good to me!

Currently working on:
 - Getting some exercise/activity every day.
 - Cutting out added sugar.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: annann on January 04, 2018, 07:19:50 AM
I do a few things that have been very helpful.

I have a dinner menu for 5 weeks at a time.  It makes meal prep so easy because in the past my biggest problem was deciding what to eat.  The variety is also helpful. 

We eat dinner together at the table.

The one time I think seriously about food and snacks is when I am in the store.  The decision about what snacks to eat happens there.  I avoid buying my "go-to" junk food (chocolate candy, chips, ice cream).  I do buy junk but try to limit it such as one candy bar instead of a large bag of candy.

We have two dogs that get walked multiple times a day.  I do this exercising with a wonderful attitude.  For many years I did no exercise and when I started exercising regularly mostly walked.  I do more or less and I sometimes do a lot of biking.  But I always find my way back to a reasonable about of walking. 

I will soon be 71. Not old old by today's standards but I live in a 55+ community and see many people who struggle because of weight problems, health issues, and lack of exercise.  I am no longer consumed with what size I am but I want to be healthy and active as long as I am here.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on January 04, 2018, 08:13:18 AM
I'm in. I'd like to shed a few pounds but am more interested in eating nutritious food and sitting less. I'm trying to find a balance between family meals and eating only when I'm hungry. We love to sit down together. Maybe I'll take a page from my kids playbook and only eat a bit, saving the rest for later, at those times.

I found myself staring at some cookies yesterday but stopped and thought. I realized I wasn't hungry and they didn't even sound good then. I was just feeling really anxious. I did some drawing instead.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: nessness on January 04, 2018, 09:00:24 AM
I previously joined both the weight loss and "curb your sweet tooth" challenges, but I'm going to switch over to this one instead. I don't want to do all the tracking and calorie counting that seems to be the focus of the weight loss thread. I'm looking at weight loss as more of an intended side effect of a healthier lifestyle that my primary goal.

My goals are:
Less sugar
More vegetables
Exercise 3+ times per week
Walk during my lunch break most days

I'm not vegan but I do try to eat a plant-based diet. Does anyone have recommendations for a filling plant-based breakfast? I've been eating plain oatmeal with some cinnamon and slivered almonds, but I'm hungry again within like 2 hours. Sometimes I eat the Morningstar Farms vegetarian sausage patties, but they're expensive and I'd like to focus more on whole foods.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on January 04, 2018, 09:12:59 AM
I previously joined both the weight loss and "curb your sweet tooth" challenges, but I'm going to switch over to this one instead. I don't want to do all the tracking and calorie counting that seems to be the focus of the weight loss thread. I'm looking at weight loss as more of an intended side effect of a healthier lifestyle that my primary goal.

My goals are:
Less sugar
More vegetables
Exercise 3+ times per week
Walk during my lunch break most days

I'm not vegan but I do try to eat a plant-based diet. Does anyone have recommendations for a filling plant-based breakfast? I've been eating plain oatmeal with some cinnamon and slivered almonds, but I'm hungry again within like 2 hours. Sometimes I eat the Morningstar Farms vegetarian sausage patties, but they're expensive and I'd like to focus more on whole foods.

Monstermonster is vegan and has mentioned having back bean tacos/burritos for breakfast.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on January 04, 2018, 09:19:27 AM
Snacking is my Achilles heel - it is easy for me to sort of graze all day, but night is an especially preferred time to keep nibbling.

I am tracking my food, and am trying to drop weight. But I really want to track food and monitor my eating without the onus of weight loss. I like to believe that if I can shift my eating behaviors (reduce mindless eating), and re-develop accurate hunger and satiety signals, the weight loss will happen.

As Annann mentioned, many of the decisions need to happen in the store.

Thanks @lhamo for starting this gauntlet.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 04, 2018, 09:26:22 AM

I'm not vegan but I do try to eat a plant-based diet. Does anyone have recommendations for a filling plant-based breakfast? I've been eating plain oatmeal with some cinnamon and slivered almonds, but I'm hungry again within like 2 hours. Sometimes I eat the Morningstar Farms vegetarian sausage patties, but they're expensive and I'd like to focus more on whole foods.

I eat mostly plant-based as well and start the day with almost a full litre of turmeric milk--(creaminess made with either a few cashew or almonds, not milk) (sipped over the course of an hour) and then eat a variation of overnight oats.

Basically it's lazymans oatmeal but I plump it up with chia, lots of groundflax, pumpkin seeds and fruit. This will usually fill me longer than regular oatmeal. Sometimes I mix in a spoonful of pb to up the calorie intake (and tastiness)...obviously not the best option for people trying to lose weight, but that's not my current focue.

The litre of tasty, warm drink also helps fill the belly.

Love this thread. I am always up for increasing health but don't usually have 'measurable' goals in mind. Increasing energy is key for me. Trying to do a daily action (a walk, XC ski, yoga, etc) and 5 minutes of morning meditation.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Free Spirit on January 04, 2018, 09:36:10 AM
I found myself staring at some cookies yesterday but stopped and thought. I realized I wasn't hungry and they didn't even sound good then. I was just feeling really anxious. I did some drawing instead.

Good for you! I love doodling to calm my mind. It really makes you focus on the moment doesn't it?

I tend to eat my feelings when I'm down and need to find healthier options. I found myself eating a few squares of dark chocolate last night out of habit. I stopped and thought, am I hungry or just out of mental energy? When I realized I just needed a bit of a pick me up I decided to look at pictures of cute animals instead. Mindfulness is really helping me in this regard. But at least dark chocolate has antioxidants, right? ;)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Lauran75 on January 04, 2018, 11:23:27 AM
I previously joined both the weight loss and "curb your sweet tooth" challenges, but I'm going to switch over to this one instead. I don't want to do all the tracking and calorie counting that seems to be the focus of the weight loss thread. I'm looking at weight loss as more of an intended side effect of a healthier lifestyle that my primary goal.

My goals are:
Less sugar
More vegetables
Exercise 3+ times per week
Walk during my lunch break most days

I'm not vegan but I do try to eat a plant-based diet. Does anyone have recommendations for a filling plant-based breakfast? I've been eating plain oatmeal with some cinnamon and slivered almonds, but I'm hungry again within like 2 hours. Sometimes I eat the Morningstar Farms vegetarian sausage patties, but they're expensive and I'd like to focus more on whole foods.

I'm WFPB (Dr. Greger's How Not to Die is what got me started on it, though I was already vegetarian when I read it.) Pretty much every morning I have a smoothie consisting of: 1/3 cup old fashioned oatmeal, 1/4 tsp of turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg; 1 cup of spinach (or other greens), a handful of carrots, a handful of sliced cucumber, 1/2 cup frozen berries, 1/2 cup other frozen fruit, 1 banana, 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 cup of water, 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses (I think that's it ..) In addition, I have a slice of PB toast. It keeps me quite full from breakfast at 6:30 to lunch at 11:30. :)

Oh, you could also make your own black bean burgers to use in place of the patties. (I love Morningstar for the convenience factor, (corndogs are my fave!) but really try to limit them due to fat/salt/oil/really processed aspect.)

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For purposes of this thread -

in 2017 I lost a bit over 10% of my bodyweight - started really watching my eating habits, exercise mid-January. I pretty much have maintained since May.

My goal for 2018 is to ingrain the healthy eating habits more deeply (so I don't have a period of 3 or 4 months of eating increasing amounts of junkfood ...) and hopefully in the process lose another 5% of my body weight. (My BMI is 35 something.)

My plan to achieve this is to reach 90%+ on the Daily Dozen (a list of foods which is suggested to eat as a minimum every day for good health) most days of the week. I also want to average 35k steps per week (which would help me out on the DD list as well - exercise is a component of it.)

Limiting added sugar is another aspect of it. In 2017 I managed a bit over 3 months with NO chocolate or other white flour/sugar heavy foods. Then I let myself have a candy bar ...

I will be completely happy even if at the end of this year I am still at or near my current weight. The habits of healthy eating and consistent body movement really are what is important to me. (I'm already good with drinking lots of water, and am close to 1 1/2 years no soda.)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: nessness on January 04, 2018, 11:38:48 AM
Thanks all for the breakfast suggestions! My mornings are pretty rushed but I could pre-prep in the evenings.


@Serendip can you tell me more about the turmeric milk? Is it just water, nuts, and turmeric, or do you put other stuff in it too? Does it stain your teeth?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Lauran75 on January 04, 2018, 11:39:13 AM

I'm not vegan but I do try to eat a plant-based diet. Does anyone have recommendations for a filling plant-based breakfast? I've been eating plain oatmeal with some cinnamon and slivered almonds, but I'm hungry again within like 2 hours. Sometimes I eat the Morningstar Farms vegetarian sausage patties, but they're expensive and I'd like to focus more on whole foods.

I eat mostly plant-based as well and start the day with almost a full litre of tumeric milk--(creaminess made with either a few cashew or almonds, not milk) (sipped over the course of an hour) and then eat a variation of overnight oats.

Basically it's lazymans oatmeal but I plump it up with chia, lots of groundflax, pumpkin seeds and fruit. This will usually fill me longer than regular oatmeal. Sometimes I mix in a spoonful of pb to up the calorie intake (and tastiness)...obviously not the best option for people trying to lose weight, but that's not my current focue.

The litre of tasty, warm drink also helps fill the belly.

Love this thread. I am always up for increasing health but don't usually have 'measurable' goals in mind. Increasing energy is key for me. Trying to do a daily action (a walk, XC ski, yoga, etc) and 5 minutes of morning meditation.

I have replaced my hot chocolate habit with the turmeric latte - kind of similar to what you're talking about. 1 cup of plant milk, 1/4tsp turmeric, 2 or 3 pitted and soaked dates, a touch of cinnamon and vanilla, 1/2 tbsp of cacao powder, and 2 or 3 walnuts. Blend well (until the dates are pretty much obliterated) and then I microwave it for 90 seconds. So yummy! 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: nessness on January 04, 2018, 11:40:24 AM

I'm not vegan but I do try to eat a plant-based diet. Does anyone have recommendations for a filling plant-based breakfast? I've been eating plain oatmeal with some cinnamon and slivered almonds, but I'm hungry again within like 2 hours. Sometimes I eat the Morningstar Farms vegetarian sausage patties, but they're expensive and I'd like to focus more on whole foods.

I eat mostly plant-based as well and start the day with almost a full litre of tumeric milk--(creaminess made with either a few cashew or almonds, not milk) (sipped over the course of an hour) and then eat a variation of overnight oats.

Basically it's lazymans oatmeal but I plump it up with chia, lots of groundflax, pumpkin seeds and fruit. This will usually fill me longer than regular oatmeal. Sometimes I mix in a spoonful of pb to up the calorie intake (and tastiness)...obviously not the best option for people trying to lose weight, but that's not my current focue.

The litre of tasty, warm drink also helps fill the belly.

Love this thread. I am always up for increasing health but don't usually have 'measurable' goals in mind. Increasing energy is key for me. Trying to do a daily action (a walk, XC ski, yoga, etc) and 5 minutes of morning meditation.

I have replaced my hot chocolate habit with the turmeric latte - kind of similar to what you're talking about. 1 cup of plant milk, 1/4tsp turmeric, 2 or 3 pitted and soaked dates, a touch of cinnamon and vanilla, 1/2 tbsp of cacao powder, and 2 or 3 walnuts. Blend well (until the dates are pretty much obliterated) and then I microwave it for 90 seconds. So yummy!
This sounds delicious!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on January 04, 2018, 01:33:57 PM
Love the idea of this thread and I am joining.

I don't want to feel critical towards my body, or buy into the (IMHO often shoddy) diet industry. I do want to take better care of my health in 2018.

I've had great balance in the past, but for a range of reasons (stressful job and tendency to comfort eat, husband who loves food and wine and enjoying those things together) things have gotten a little bit off track in the last few years.

These are my general health intentions for 2018:
- Stop drinking alcohol on weekdays, except for special occaisions e.g. birthday dinner.
- Get back to good water habits. Try to have chilled bottle with me at all times. Was given a soda stream which may help with this.
- Focus on eating from my garden and reducing the volume of processed carbs, especially things that aren't giving me taste value (cheap bread, crappy free snacks at work).
- Plan to take all my annual leave and rostered days off. Use these days to recharge and do things that support my mental health (see friends, bush walk, gardening, creating, vacation).
- Add some high intensity activity at least 3 times per week.

This is what I'm doing right now to be kind for my body:
- Did a short bedtime yoga video on YouTube last night, felt very relaxed and had an excellent sleep.
- Made an omelet with fresh veg for breakfast.
- Packed my lunch every day this week (which, to be honest, I do most days anyway) but focusing on increasing the veg and fruit content. Left my usual morning snack at home and substituted green tea or some homegrown cherries.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 04, 2018, 02:09:44 PM

I'm not vegan but I do try to eat a plant-based diet. Does anyone have recommendations for a filling plant-based breakfast? I've been eating plain oatmeal with some cinnamon and slivered almonds, but I'm hungry again within like 2 hours. Sometimes I eat the Morningstar Farms vegetarian sausage patties, but they're expensive and I'd like to focus more on whole foods.

I eat mostly plant-based as well and start the day with almost a full litre of tumeric milk--(creaminess made with either a few cashew or almonds, not milk) (sipped over the course of an hour) and then eat a variation of overnight oats.

The litre of tasty, warm drink also helps fill the belly.


I have replaced my hot chocolate habit with the turmeric latte - kind of similar to what you're talking about. 1 cup of plant milk, 1/4tsp turmeric, 2 or 3 pitted and soaked dates, a touch of cinnamon and vanilla, 1/2 tbsp of cacao powder, and 2 or 3 walnuts. Blend well (until the dates are pretty much obliterated) and then I microwave it for 90 seconds. So yummy! 

that is a great suggestion to just heat in microwave if you are using premade plant/nut milk.

I actually start off with boiled water since I blend it in a Vitamix. ..I put 1tsp turmeric, 1 tsp cinnamon, a small finger of peeled ginger root (or ginger powder), a small bit of cashew or almond (8nuts) or a spoonful of the nutbutter (depending what I have in the house).. a bit of honey and pour about 3 cups of hot water overtop. Blend on high..it turns nice and frothy. Sometimes I put a bit of cracked black pepper. It's been the only drink which has helped me leave my daily coffee habit behind (now I just drink coffee as a occasional treat).

It won't turn your teeth yellow..but will stain countertops, dishcloths, etc.
I drink out of glass jars and am careful with pouring but I drink it daily so accidents happen.
And my blender is definitely an uplifting shade of yellow..



Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sun Hat on January 04, 2018, 02:18:30 PM
Thanks for starting this thread! Like nessness, my focus is primarily on adopting a healthy lifestyle of eating healthy foods, exercising and reaping the benefits of increased energy, weight loss, and mellowness that go with that. More intense focus on calories stresses me out, and I don't need more of that.

I've been exercising regularly since October (a habit I had until 2013ish) and have found that intense exercise really quiets my mind. This is a delightful discovery, since I've been struggling with an anxiety disorder since 2013. I'm grateful to have the physical health to allow me to work out to exhaustion most days so that I can have some zen. On a humorous note, back when I was super fit, it would take me AGES to get similarly tired, but now that I'm plump and less fit, I can get to my sweet point of exhaustion in a jiffy!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Lauran75 on January 04, 2018, 02:45:38 PM

I'm not vegan but I do try to eat a plant-based diet. Does anyone have recommendations for a filling plant-based breakfast? I've been eating plain oatmeal with some cinnamon and slivered almonds, but I'm hungry again within like 2 hours. Sometimes I eat the Morningstar Farms vegetarian sausage patties, but they're expensive and I'd like to focus more on whole foods.

I eat mostly plant-based as well and start the day with almost a full litre of tumeric milk--(creaminess made with either a few cashew or almonds, not milk) (sipped over the course of an hour) and then eat a variation of overnight oats.

The litre of tasty, warm drink also helps fill the belly.


I have replaced my hot chocolate habit with the turmeric latte - kind of similar to what you're talking about. 1 cup of plant milk, 1/4tsp turmeric, 2 or 3 pitted and soaked dates, a touch of cinnamon and vanilla, 1/2 tbsp of cacao powder, and 2 or 3 walnuts. Blend well (until the dates are pretty much obliterated) and then I microwave it for 90 seconds. So yummy! 

that is a great suggestion to just heat in microwave if you are using premade plant/nut milk.

I actually start off with boiled water since I blend it in a Vitamix. ..I put 1tsp turmeric, 1 tsp cinnamon, a small finger of peeled ginger root (or ginger powder), a small bit of cashew or almond (8nuts) or a spoonful of the nutbutter (depending what I have in the house).. a bit of honey and pour about 3 cups of hot water overtop. Blend on high..it turns nice and frothy. Sometimes I put a bit of cracked black pepper. It's been the only drink which has helped me leave my daily coffee habit behind (now I just drink coffee as a occasional treat).

It won't turn your teeth yellow..but will stain countertops, dishcloths, etc.
I drink out of glass jars and am careful with pouring but I drink it daily so accidents happen.
And my blender is definitely an uplifting shade of yellow..

If I had a Vitamix, that's the way I'd go as well. :) My wonderful Ninja just barely is able to obliterate the dates ..
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ZiziPB on January 04, 2018, 11:03:23 PM
Will type a better response when Iím on a real computer, but definitely joining and following!  Thanks for starting this thread lhamo!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: expatartist on January 05, 2018, 12:19:26 AM
Hi lhamo, I'd like to join you! I made another gauntlet called curb your sweet tooth but I like your's better. :) Going to let that one die and get on this train instead.

Free Spirit, I'm keen to lower my refined sugar intake. It's always been really high. Will look up your thread and follow, even if you want it to die ;)

Lhamo, looking forward to lots of tips and good advice on this thread!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: nessness on January 05, 2018, 10:34:35 AM
Not a great day yesterday - my nephew has been staying with us over his winter break and is going home today, so we let him pick whatever he wanted for dinner last night, which was pizza and soda. I had a little too much pizza but resisted the soda - which wasn't too hard as I'm not a huge fan of soda.

Not too bad on the exercise front - I got off work early so I took the dog for a brisk walk and weeded the yard.

Back on track today! I got some falafels from Costco that aren't particularly good, but they're reasonably healthy and I don't want to waste them so I'm going to have those for lunch with some fruit and veggies.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: horsepoor on January 05, 2018, 10:59:45 AM
Perfect thread - I'm trying to clean up my diet after eating way too many cookies over the past couple months (everyone was baking this year!).

Just finished my big kale salad with hardboiled eggs and managed to ignore the big tray of donuts sitting out by the coffee machine.

I'm not vegan but I do try to eat a plant-based diet. Does anyone have recommendations for a filling plant-based breakfast? I've been eating plain oatmeal with some cinnamon and slivered almonds, but I'm hungry again within like 2 hours. Sometimes I eat the Morningstar Farms vegetarian sausage patties, but they're expensive and I'd like to focus more on whole foods.

If you like that breakfast, you could try adding a tablespoon of coconut oil.  Some fresh fruit mixed in or on the side would be good and add bulk too.  Some egg or whey protein could also be added since you're not strictly vegan, but obviously it's not so much a whole food.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on January 05, 2018, 01:10:14 PM
Our whole family had grapefruit for dessert last night. Juicy, yummy, Texas ruby red grapefruit! I love this time of year for the citrus and making it the highlight as the end of a meal was fantastic. Zero desire for cookies today...I just want more grapefruit.

I'm going to ease back into running a bit tomorrow. Took a couple of weeks off when I was sick (had the extended coughing plague). Looking forward to trail running with some friends. Exercise helps with my high anxiety levels as well. I've also found recently that drawing/art are relaxing for me so I've been doing that more.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: seemsright on January 05, 2018, 01:42:39 PM
Just my thing...thank you.

I am working on many things diet wise. I must get away from all gluten. I am finding that I am way less bloated and constipated with out it. I am also allergic to Dairy after having my DD 7 years ago. I am working on learning how to eat without the substitutions. I am trying to eat whole food. Just the other day my 7 year old was in the pantry having the best time 'mixing my jars into a baggie' she was making a trail mix. Momma I was just mixing your jars. Hubby and I had to explain to her we buy ingredients to make food. And go for it and make a different trail mix every day. She loves raw dry oats with nuts and raisins.

I am also trying to learn how to be more gentle on my body from way two many years of hard workouts and Karate. I am experimenting with kettle bell swings and push ups with some yoga and outside stuff like hiking, walking and biking. I must learn how to not need the gym. I want to save the time and energy from going there and once we FIRE going to the gym will be at the end of my to do list. The goal is to be able to cancel the gym membership by Aug. (I am giving my self some time to learn how to do my own thing, I have spent almost 2 decades going to the gym 4-6 times a week and it is proving a hard habit to break but man I am enjoying to workout upstairs)

This is a year of learning to be okay with who I am, the path I am on and focusing on myself, hubby and the 7 year old and the goals we are trying to work on. It is a great place to be to craft enough time to enjoy a jigsaw puzzle and work on it with DD and DH. Learning how to enjoy the simple.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: 1967mama on January 05, 2018, 01:43:25 PM
Diet clean up here too!

Breakfast was oatmeal with almond milk, frozen berries, ground flax, chia seeds, maple syrup and pecans. Lunch was hummus and snap pease, quinoa and tomatoes. Yum!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on January 05, 2018, 02:04:52 PM
As someone who loves health + wellness but is triggered by calorie counting and diet talk, I think this is my spot! Thank you lhamo for starting a safe(r) space :)

My goals for 2018 are to find a new rhythm with non-running exercise (including more mindfulness-based practices like yoga); start my own veggie garden this spring; and to maintain my focus on plant-based nutrition (although I will always be an omnivore because it turned out that going vegetarian was not good for my health).

In the shorter term, I'm feeling kind of blegh after all of the holiday indulgences, so I'm not planning to drink on weeknights in January and to recenter on eating lots of delicious plants.

I'm on Team Overnight Oats, BTW. Even with chia, nut milk, and berries, I have to load up on PB for them to be filling. I do have a jar of flax seeds that I could think about adding, though, which is a great suggestion. I also really want to try some of those turmeric latte recipes!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on January 05, 2018, 03:05:20 PM
Oh yay!  I'm so glad so many of you have hopped on this thread with such awesome comments and practical steps.

Last night I didn't sleep well -- went to bed fairly late for me because I was wired from evening out, and then woke up at 4am worried about the stupid taxes.   I shouldn't be worried.  It is what it is.   But it looks like we are going to have to pay a lot more than I had originally estimated, and that has me stressed.

Was still pretty messed up with anxiety when we got to the gym this morning, but pushed through my urge to quit on the rowing machine several times and actually did an ok pace -- not my best, but not too bad considering how crappy I felt when I started.   Having a couple of kick butt songs come on rotation toward the end helped.  Then I did a mile on the treadmill in 20 min to cool down, followed by some lower body weights and back/abs.

Had some portobello mushrooms I got on sale the other day, and avocados we need to use up, so when we got home I made toasted MALT (mushroom, avocado, lettuce tomato) sandwiches for lunch -- a whole for DH and a half for me.  I also ate half an apple.  Anxiety seems to have dissipated with the exercise and the food, so now I'm brewing a cup of decaf tea to warm up.  Cold and rainy here again today.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on January 05, 2018, 03:55:09 PM
@lhamo - way to go on the exercise! You are amazing, I hope you know that.

Your sleep problems worry me, maybe I am reading too much into the times you've posted about sleep issues over time (aka I have inaccurate data). I have struggled with insomnia in the past, and did some work to develop good sleep "hygiene".  But I know the feeling of waking up (or not falling asleep) due to worrying about something.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: RamonaQ on January 05, 2018, 07:09:44 PM
I would like to eat better but also stay sane, so this seems like a good place to hang out!  I've had great results counting macronutrients in the past but the idea of doing it again makes me want to stab myself in the eye with my fork.  So I'm going to focus on the "Eat food.  Not too much.  Mostly plants." type of diet.  (Using "diet" here to mean "what I eat" not "structured food plan")
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 05, 2018, 07:40:38 PM
I'm on the other thread but this might actually be more my speed. I can get pretty obsessive and self-flagellating about counting calories. Using My Fitness Pal appears to have woken up some disordered-eating thinking that I thought I kicked 20 years ago. (Does it HAVE to tell me, on days that I go over my limit, "Oh hey, if every day were like today you would gain 1 bazillion pounds in the next 5 weeks, fatty!")

My goals for the year are:

- Practice yoga.... let's say more days than not. Every other day would be a good goal. Right now I'm doing a 30-days-of-yoga challenge so am doing it daily but that's a lot easier when it's 3 degrees out every day and leaving the house for any reason is unappealing. I don't think I can keep up daily yoga when it's gardening season and I'm otherwise busy with stuff that involves leaving the house.

- Less booze. This got out of control last year; not excessive drinking really, but drinking a glass of wine or a beer after work more days than not. (It was my coping mechanism when the national news got to be too much for me.) I believe this is largely responsible for the 10 pounds I suddenly packed on over the summer/fall. Right now I am shooting for no more than 2 drinks per week.

- Eat minimal crap - sugar, white flour, grease. For the past few months I've been doing no white carbs, but am finding that a SMALL amount of potatoes or white flour seems to help me feel less hangry all the time. This is the opposite of how our bodies are supposed to work, but it seems to be true for me so far.

- Sleep better. I admit I have no idea how to accomplish this. I have the same problem as you, lhamo, of waking up in the middle of the night (usually due to the cat, or having to pee) and then not being able to fall back to sleep because anxiety. I'm also pretty sure I'm in perimenopause and the night sweats are just killing me.

- This is a really vague goal but I don't know how to make it more specific - figure out how my body works now that I am older. I used to have to watch what I ate very closely, when I was in my 20s (and was an overweight child and teen). Around age 30 I suddenly grew a metabolism and could eat what I wanted without gaining. Last fall, I discovered that I could no longer fit into my pants, and got weighed at the doctor and was shocked that I'd packed on 10 lbs without changing my habits (other than drinking more booze). With perimenopause starting now, I honestly do not know what my body wants, how much I can eat, how much I need to exercise, etc. Was it just the booze? Should I quit gluten? (Signs point to no). Should I quit sugar? (probably, but so far I've just cut it waaaay down and I don't think I want to completely quit as I'll feel deprived). I'm really just guessing. My body, which I could always rely on before to cope with whatever I put into it, feels strange and not in my control now.

So in general I want to figure out what works for me and what feels good and what keeps me healthy.  I have no idea how to do this, mind, other than tracking calories closely and I find that somewhat triggering. So, more to come on this, I guess.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: MerryMcQ on January 05, 2018, 08:01:10 PM
This is totally my kind of thread! Iím in. I tend to focus on what I screwed up and donít remember to celebrate my successes.

Today I ate carrots and a tangerine for a snack. :) It was an orange kind of day. It was also day 5 of no sugar. Total win there! :)

I had major surgery 2.5 weeks ago. No exercise allowed until the end of February so Iím focusing on good sleep and eating well for healing.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sun Hat on January 06, 2018, 04:25:15 AM
Good news, bad news. I'm under 170lbs for the first time in 5 years for nearly a week now! Only 6 lbs to go to the "healthy" BMI range! I'm also really pleased with how my running has improved. I used to be a strictly outdoors runner, but I joined the YMCA this past fall and have been running there on a treadmill. Initially it was good because the treadmill reduced the impact on my joints of running while heavy, but I've discovered that the 30 minute time limit encourages me to run harder, and that each week I'm able to go faster and faster.

The downside to all of my running is my ever-growing appetite. I woke up at 4:30 this morning because I needed to eat. I let my veggie intake lapse the past two days and have been eating fruit with peanut butter as a snack instead. Not the end of the world, but a good reminder for me to watch my grazing!

As a funny sidebar, I brought my mom to the gym with me this week and she marveled at how sweaty I was - loudly enough to make a nearby handsome gent smirk.  Fortunately it wasn't a surprise to me, so I was able to laugh with her.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: SquashingDebt on January 06, 2018, 05:45:03 AM

- Eat minimal crap - sugar, white flour, grease. For the past few months I've been doing no white carbs, but am finding that a SMALL amount of potatoes or white flour seems to help me feel less hangry all the time. This is the opposite of how our bodies are supposed to work, but it seems to be true for me so far.

[...]

- This is a really vague goal but I don't know how to make it more specific - figure out how my body works now that I am older. I used to have to watch what I ate very closely, when I was in my 20s (and was an overweight child and teen). Around age 30 I suddenly grew a metabolism and could eat what I wanted without gaining. Last fall, I discovered that I could no longer fit into my pants, and got weighed at the doctor and was shocked that I'd packed on 10 lbs without changing my habits (other than drinking more booze). With perimenopause starting now, I honestly do not know what my body wants, how much I can eat, how much I need to exercise, etc. Was it just the booze? Should I quit gluten? (Signs point to no). Should I quit sugar? (probably, but so far I've just cut it waaaay down and I don't think I want to completely quit as I'll feel deprived). I'm really just guessing. My body, which I could always rely on before to cope with whatever I put into it, feels strange and not in my control now.

So in general I want to figure out what works for me and what feels good and what keeps me healthy.  I have no idea how to do this, mind, other than tracking calories closely and I find that somewhat triggering. So, more to come on this, I guess.

For the eating carbs to feel less hangry - I have a coworker who swears that she is also the opposite of how things are supposed to work in that carbs will keep her full longer, while protein doesn't help with that much.  I guess I'm mentioning that to say that you're not alone in that and maybe can go ahead and trust your body :)

Since MyFitnessPal is a bit much, maybe you could try old-fashioned food journaling?  Aka just writing down what you eat and not worrying as much about the calories in it?  The tracking part (vs. the calorie counting specifically) is a big part of what helps me pay attention to what I eat and make healthier choices.  I'm also recording my food right now because I'm dealing with a new health issue and want to see if there's any long-term patterns between what I eat and how bad the symptoms are.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 06, 2018, 10:27:43 AM
I'm having some resistance to stopping the calorie counting because I'm afraid I'll pack weight on again. The thing is - other than the booze I was not making unhealthy food choices. I ate when I was hungry, stopped when I was full, had cut down on sugar and white flour. That's what I can't figure out.

So I assumed that, OK, here comes the thing where you hit perimenopause and are in your 40s and suddenly cannot lose a pound and are packing on weight quickly. The thing that my mother warned me about. The thing that all the information on the Internet (which is probably false anyway) warns you about. I read somewhere that after perimenopause hits women have to exercise vigorously one hour a DAY just to keep from gaining, not even to lose?! I do not have time for that!

But, you know, it likely WAS the booze - especially the beer. So maybe I need to trust that my body was telling me "hey! you're drinking too much, I don't like it, quit it!" and be less worried about my portion size. Because I can't go through my life as hangry as I have been since the day after Christmas (when I started hardcore calorie counting again).

Also - I am committing right now to STOP reading the My Fitness Pal forums. Because all the "calories in calories out, do not go over your limit, if you're not losing weight then you're not weighing your food properly, you shouldn't be hungry if you're eating protein and fat" bullshit is seriously triggering to me. I do not need more diet talk in my life, I get enough of that at the office.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on January 06, 2018, 10:48:56 AM
I'm another weirdo who needs carbs to feel full and keep my stomach happy. Whatever, bodies are weird and unique and what's good for one person (or even a lot of people) is not good for every single human. That's one of the things that I find the most frustrating about mainstream diet movements, including "healthy" ones like Whole30 and paleo: that they're universally awesome and if they don't work for you, you're doing it wrong.

Tris, I am here to support you in stepping away from the calorie counting and the My Fitness Pal forums. It sounds like they are not a place that is supporting your health as a whole, complex, and individual human being. I also have a history of ED, and I can tell you that any environment with talk like that does not support healthy decisions for me. Even seven years after my last episode of disordered behavior around food (four years since the last time I was hysterical on the floor of my closet because something didn't fit, sobbing into the helpline at my university's counseling center; managed to keep forcing myself to eat normal food tho), it's amazing how easy it is for the feelings and self-talk to start sneaking back in. Being hangry since Christmas is not good! No one should feel like they have to live like that.

Have you done any exploration around the health at every size movement? Reading HAES-friendly blogs and articles has been really healing for me in the last couple of years. The idea is that, no matter what size or shape your body is, you should work on nourishing it with foods that are good for it; moving your body in a way that you find enjoyable and sustainable; and taking care of the other aspects of your mental/physical health. It decouples eating healthy food + exercising + making healthful choices from the expectation or hope that they will lead to weight loss, and recenters them on just doing awesome things for your body and health.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 06, 2018, 10:53:31 AM
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Also - I am committing right now to STOP reading the My Fitness Pal forums. Because all the "calories in calories out, do not go over your limit, if you're not losing weight then you're not weighing your food properly, you shouldn't be hungry if you're eating protein and fat" bullshit is seriously triggering to me. I do not need more diet talk in my life, I get enough of that at the office.

Good work on noticing the triggers! There is more and more info out there supporting the idea that 'calories in, calories out' can be a flawed approach for many.  The past few years I've been learning more about gut health and the microbiome and it has been a delight to learn to enjoy feeding my body whole food/fiber/plants. The Rich Roll podcast has some interesting interviews about the microbiome if it seems like something you want to learn more about.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 06, 2018, 10:54:42 AM

Have you done any exploration around the health at every size movement? Reading HAES-friendly blogs and articles has been really healing for me in the last couple of years. The idea is that, no matter what size or shape your body is, you should work on nourishing it with foods that are good for it; moving your body in a way that you find enjoyable and sustainable; and taking care of the other aspects of your mental/physical health. It decouples eating healthy food + exercising + making healthful choices from the expectation or hope that they will lead to weight loss, and recenters them on just doing awesome things for your body and health.

 Love all of this. YES!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 06, 2018, 12:29:14 PM
Oh my gosh I love this thread. A year-ish ago when I found MMM I never would have thought that after all the years of reading various fitness/health related forums I'd find my people here :)

Some of the following is ripped directly from my journal, as it's been a slow start here today and copy paste is too easy.

I have become much better in the past few years about using language with myself that empowers me rather than nitpicks. I find that I don't have self-blaming language when I'm not making the changes I want, but I do have frustration at my process and patterns.

I also find that I totally rebel against internal rules and deadlines, as well as group challenges - for example, one of my friends does a huge cycling challenge every April, and even though we'd biked together all year, those challenge rides really annoyed me and I resented having to ride my bike by the end of the month. Whereas in March I'd ridden nearly every day on my own.

This year, then, is all about slowly changing the tide of my mindset and inner landscape to allow for more permanent growth down the line. Instead of setting goals for all the things my ideal self wants to accomplish right now, I'm starting the year off by taking time to notice my current habits and how they affect my overall well being.

So, for January 2018:

Physical Health:

Financial Health:


Emotional Health:

I'm including all these aspects because for me they are all intertwined. My eating affects my sleep affects my mood affects my spending. And so many other permutations that lead to a cycle of wellness or a cycle of disrepair.

Happy 2018 everyone :)


edited due to formatting-before-coffee!
Title: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: pbkmaine on January 06, 2018, 01:00:48 PM
I know it’s a bit counter-intuitive, but Weight Watchers helps me to eat healthy without obsessing over weight. Most fruits and vegetables have no points, so you can eat all you want. Most lean proteins have no points. The plan “nudges” me to stay away from too many fats and carbs and helps me feel better.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Stachey on January 06, 2018, 01:19:58 PM
Thank you for starting this thread lhamo!

I hear you about the sleep difficulties.  If you find something that helps, can you share with the group?  I definitely would like to improve in that area.

I'd also like to add more exercise.  I got a DVD about tai chi so I thought I would try that.

Also I find I get stuck in a "meal rut" where I have my handful of go-to recipes that I rely on too heavily.  I need to expand the recipes in my repertoire.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on January 06, 2018, 01:29:22 PM
Thank you for starting this thread lhamo!

I hear you about the sleep difficulties.  If you find something that helps, can you share with the group?  I definitely would like to improve in that area.

I'd also like to add more exercise.  I got a DVD about tai chi so I thought I would try that.

Also I find I get stuck in a "meal rut" where I have my handful of go-to recipes that I rely on too heavily.  I need to expand the recipes in my repertoire.

I university I took a relaxation techniques class - elements of meditation (focus on breathing) coupled with some awareness of tension in your body.  We would lay on the floor on our backs, pull your shoulders down, make sure shoulder blades are under you.  Then we would tense a muscle group, then relax it, move to next muscle group, repeat...  That helped to get an awareness that certain areas had been tense, we just didn't notice because it was the baseline, then purposefully relax the area, but also the ritual of doing that was helpful.

I got better at relaxing, and would practice this while lying in bed. I never got as good as the folks that would fall asleep next to me in the relaxation class - which made me very angry!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on January 06, 2018, 01:33:31 PM
Re: sleep issues.  I don't typically have problems falling/staying asleep.  When I do it seems to be related to either stress/anxiety or perimenopause stuff (too hot or needing to pee in the middle of the night, or both combined...).  DH does have insomnia issues and that can spill over sometimes -- when I woke up at 4am the other night part of the reason I couldn't get back to sleep was I was worried I was going to wake him up with my tossing and turning. So I went down to the living room and put on a podcast, which helped me doze a bit.

I definitely sleep better when I have exercised during the day.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Stachey on January 06, 2018, 04:05:35 PM
Thank you for starting this thread lhamo!

I hear you about the sleep difficulties.  If you find something that helps, can you share with the group?  I definitely would like to improve in that area.

I'd also like to add more exercise.  I got a DVD about tai chi so I thought I would try that.

Also I find I get stuck in a "meal rut" where I have my handful of go-to recipes that I rely on too heavily.  I need to expand the recipes in my repertoire.

I university I took a relaxation techniques class - elements of meditation (focus on breathing) coupled with some awareness of tension in your body.  We would lay on the floor on our backs, pull your shoulders down, make sure shoulder blades are under you.  Then we would tense a muscle group, then relax it, move to next muscle group, repeat...  That helped to get an awareness that certain areas had been tense, we just didn't notice because it was the baseline, then purposefully relax the area, but also the ritual of doing that was helpful.

I got better at relaxing, and would practice this while lying in bed. I never got as good as the folks that would fall asleep next to me in the relaxation class - which made me very angry!

Thanks Gdog!  I'll give that a try.   (lol - those overachieving relaxers  ;)

lhamo - it's good to hear you don't have a lot of sleep problems.    I try to exercise every day but I think I might need more.  Anyway thanks for starting this thread.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on January 06, 2018, 04:59:29 PM
Guys, look at me -- today I:

1)  Suggested to DH we go to the gym.  I don't usually on weekends, and usually he is the one to suggest it when we do and

2)  Ran 3 miles in 32:56 -- I broke the 11 minute mile mark! 

I also only had some peanuts and a small bowl of pasta for lunch (needed to use up the remains of my clam sauce, but resisted the urge to eat the big bowl I would normally scarf down).

Now I'm going to reward myself with a second cup of decaf tea.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 06, 2018, 05:04:24 PM
Guys, look at me -- today I:

1)  Suggested to DH we go to the gym.  I don't usually on weekends, and usually he is the one to suggest it when we do and

2)  Ran 3 miles in 32:56 -- I broke the 11 minute mile mark! 

I also only had some peanuts and a small bowl of pasta for lunch (needed to use up the remains of my clam sauce, but resisted the urge to eat the big bowl I would normally scarf down).

Now I'm going to reward myself with a second cup of decaf tea.

Good work--High virtual five!
I had a day off so decided to bus into town for errands so that I could walk home (4km)
Lunch was homemade lentil & kale soup with tomato toast...
Then made homemade tortillas baked into enfrijoladas with cilantro/lime sauce for dinner.
Roasted squash (and seeds) while the oven was on and even steamed asparagus so that veggies are easily available in the fridge later in the week :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 06, 2018, 05:47:44 PM
@Stachey I've found a few guided meditations on YouTube that I listen to when my brain is too noisy. My favorites are by Rasa Lukosiute; her voice is very calming to me and she doesn't do this hesitation-uplift thing that some others do which I find super irritating, heh.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rasa+lukosiute (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rasa+lukosiute)

@pbkmaine I have a friend who has used WW for quite a few years now and really likes it. I love the simplicity - especially for people who haven't cooked for themselves before etc, it gives an easily understood template which is so important when you're starting at square one.

@lhamo You are killing the running! Wow!

@HappierAtHome I cannot wait until berries are back in season. That is a great way to start a day!

@Serendip I'd never heard of enfrijiladas and just looked them up - YUM.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: MerryMcQ on January 07, 2018, 09:21:56 AM
Guys, look at me -- today I

2)  Ran 3 miles in 32:56 -- I broke the 11 minute mile mark! 


Awesome! Thatís a great accomplishment.

Yesterday I finished day 6 of no sugar. I made split pea and veggies soup in the crockpot to take to work this week. Mmm. Also ate a tuna salad made with chickpeas and greek yogurt, which was surprisingly tasty and very high protein. Iím adding it to my favorite lunchtime recipes.

Little wins, right? :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Stachey on January 07, 2018, 11:21:27 AM
Thanks @katscratch! I'll try that.  I never even thought of youtube for meditations.  I don't know why.  Youtube has everything.

Congratulation lhamo on the run!  That's awesome!  I'm going for a one hour walk today (going downhill).  If I'm feeling ambitious I might do the one hour walk home (but that would be up a very steep hill) so the jury is still out on that one.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 07, 2018, 01:36:39 PM
I have been on a cooking spree ..prepping roasted veggies, curry lentil soup, chili. My partner is surprised by my new energy in the kitchen (he is generally the cook in the couple)
But I feel like I am on a roll..

Also have been doing daily meditations to start the day (wake up, read for a bit, then use Insight Timer on my phone to either time or play a guided meditation, while still lying in bed) It's such a gentle way to enter the day.

 I also really love Tara Brach's talks when I am washing dishes, etc (https://www.tarabrach.com)

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 07, 2018, 02:48:04 PM
I've done 6 days in a row of the Yoga with Adriene 30-day yoga challenge! I am determined to make it the whole 30 days.

As far as mentally healthy choices: I really need to spend less time on social media, and online in general. It raises my anxiety and interferes with other stuff I want to accomplish. But I can't totally quit because I still need a social media presence for my business (and therefore cannot, say, delete Facebook because I need the account for my business page). Any tips on weaning oneself off of spending way too much time online (including, sorry to say, this forum)?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 07, 2018, 03:07:29 PM
For me I would like to go chip/snack free and sweets free! Im working out more that I should seemingly to burn these useless calories.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on January 07, 2018, 03:20:01 PM
As far as mentally healthy choices: I really need to spend less time on social media, and online in general. It raises my anxiety and interferes with other stuff I want to accomplish. But I can't totally quit because I still need a social media presence for my business (and therefore cannot, say, delete Facebook because I need the account for my business page). Any tips on weaning oneself off of spending way too much time online (including, sorry to say, this forum)?

For me it helps to have hard limits -- scheduled activities outside the house (including in-person social interaction) where being on line is not possible.  Having a dedicated time each day, say of no more than an hour, for all social media.  Easier said than done....

Don't use your phone to browse while on the train, waiting for appointments, etc.   Have a book or something else to keep your mind busy.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 07, 2018, 03:51:37 PM
scheduled activities outside the house (including in-person social interaction) where being on line is not possible.

I'll get right on this as soon as it stops being single-digit windchills out there! :D With no car, convincing myself to stand and wait for public transport in this weather is difficult.

Fair point on the commuting, though. I have formed the habit of reading a book on the train ride home, rather than being on my phone, but in the morning I just don't seem to have the attention span for plot (especially if it is like 2 degrees out and I feel like I'm dying of cold). So I spend the morning commute reading Facebook.

The other time when I find myself glued to my laptop is when I get home from work and the cat is loudly demanding that I sit on the couch so she can get on my lap and fall asleep. (A nightly ritual, and she's very elderly so I feel bad denying her). I can keep a book next to the couch and do that instead, though. Social media, and forums, and the Internet in general just ends up being such a time suck!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on January 07, 2018, 08:57:36 PM
I like how you people think, and this lines up beautifully with my self care goals
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ToTheMoon on January 07, 2018, 11:21:58 PM
I really really like this idea.  Conscious choices towards health, without the metrics. 

I let a couple of my vices (sugar, caffeine) sneak back in over the last year so I am addressing that, and I am deeming 2018 as my year of self care.

So far I have been drinking only half-caf or decaf coffee, black.  Herbal teas only.  Cutting sugar from my hot beverages is the easiest for me.  Saying no to candy or chocolate in the evenings is MUCH harder!

I have also been following along with the Yoga with Adriene "True" 30 day series - though I started a few days late so am only on day 4.  I have been pairing this with daily meditation practice using the Aware app.

No alcohol for January either.  I need to give my liver a break (after chemo, less to do with alcohol consumption on the whole, though I do very much enjoy having beverages!)  This will hopefully help with reducing my sugar intake as well, as I have found it to definitely be a trigger.

Finally, I want to make sure that I get out into the fresh air for some activity at least 5x a week.  This will not be a stretch, but in the spirit of self care I want to make sure that I schedule it, not just wait for it to happen.

That will be more than enough to focus on for now - hoping that many of these will eventually become habits and not something I will have to be so aware of!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Cressida on January 08, 2018, 12:32:33 AM
Don't use your phone to browse while on the train, waiting for appointments, etc.   Have a book or something else to keep your mind busy.

That's a good idea. I have trouble finishing books before I have to return them to the library. (I do read them on my phone ... but I think that doesn't violate the spirit of the rule.)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on January 08, 2018, 08:03:00 AM
Despite all my best intentions to be healthy and amazing in 2018, I started the year off with a horrible cold (and minor food poisoning on NYE, hooray for me). I'm coming in on day 7 and feeling slightly less like a phlegm-infected zombie, but I've hit the point of my sickness trajectory where I'm SO OVER IT and just want to feel normal again. I've been pounding herbal tea and emergen-c, getting lots of sleep, and trying to take it easy, but it's just got to run its course at this point. Fingers crossed that tomorrow is the last day.

Despite the sickness, I managed to do some light batch cooking on Sunday: Cookie & Kate's banana muffins for breakfasts, a spinach/cheese(/also bacon, but not very much, and it had to get used, and also bacon is delicious) quiche, and a giant pot of veggie/barley/bean soup. The quiche will get paired with some roasted veggies for dinner tonight; the veggie soup will be lunch most days and dinner one night. In the spirit of recommitting to a plant-based diet, we're having a chickpea-based main dish on Wednesday. My SO is not the greatest fan of chickpeas or plant-based anything, so we'll see how that goes! I've never fed him sauteed chickpeas before...hoping he likes them more than he does in soups.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 08, 2018, 08:15:06 AM
TotheMoon, what do you think about the True yoga challenge? I have a love-hate... well, love-frustration feeling about it so far. It's really hard for me not to beat myself up when I can't do something she's having us do. I mean, seriously, I've been doing yoga off and on for years - one would think that at some point I'd be able to hold a downward dog for any length of time without feeling like I am going to die?

I know that it's supposed to be about honoring your body, being where you are, blahblahblah. And I'm trying. She's pretty good about giving accommodations if we can't do other things; I wish she'd do that for downward dog because it really hurts!


In the spirit of recommitting to a plant-based diet, we're having a chickpea-based main dish on Wednesday. My SO is not the greatest fan of chickpeas or plant-based anything, so we'll see how that goes! I've never fed him sauteed chickpeas before...hoping he likes them more than he does in soups.

I feel your pain - Boyfriend absolutely will not eat beans of any kind, or tofu, and I'm vegetarian. We end up mostly cooking separate meals, which sucks, but I'm not going to start eating meat and he simply won't budge on the beans. It makes me feel like a terrible cook, to be honest, because he literally never likes anything I cook (unless it's, like, pizza or something else grossly unhealthy, haha.)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 08, 2018, 08:23:40 AM
I've had day one of the 30 days challenge open on my computer since the first, ha.

I always have to modify downward facing dog - I cannot get into proper form with my legs straight. If my legs are straight then my hips aren't far enough back and that is potentially very bad for my lower back. I definitely can't hold it very long yet. Sometimes I just do child's pose and make sure my arms and shoulders are engaged so it's more dynamic than rest.

I feel very grateful that my first yoga teacher was adamant that downward facing dog is not a resting pose and for most people that grew up in Western culture using furniture it's a very challenging pose to get right for the first couple years of practice.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 08, 2018, 09:16:31 AM
Snort, yeah, the first time I heard that downward dog was meant to be a "resting pose" I burst out laughing.

You guys, it is 36 degrees out right now! ABOVE zero! It didn't hurt to be outside on my walk to the train! I am going to go for a walk at lunch for the first time since.... geez, early Dec. maybe?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 08, 2018, 12:38:08 PM
Definitely modify down-dog if it's painful..knees do NOT need to be straight, keep as bent as needed and 'walking the dog', bending one knee and then the other can be a really great option. When in doubt, childs pose :)

I speak as a health-care practitioner who has seen people injure themselves by pushing themselves ( and as a doer of yoga who has done the same to myself! ha)

I just shared in another forum but relevant here as well due the chickpea reluctance comments
I have found this website helpful in the last year to get my SO to enjoy plant-based meals http://veganricha.com
She uses lots of spices and the meals we have tried are tasty!
The dishes are flavourful and varied/ and if you would have told me a year ago that my SO would be happy eating veggie/vegan 5/week I wouldn't have believed it.

I also wouldn't have believed that I would enjoy cooking but it's a new love as well which is a huge bonus.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Lauran75 on January 08, 2018, 01:27:40 PM
TotheMoon, what do you think about the True yoga challenge? I have a love-hate... well, love-frustration feeling about it so far. It's really hard for me not to beat myself up when I can't do something she's having us do. I mean, seriously, I've been doing yoga off and on for years - one would think that at some point I'd be able to hold a downward dog for any length of time without feeling like I am going to die?

I know that it's supposed to be about honoring your body, being where you are, blahblahblah. And I'm trying. She's pretty good about giving accommodations if we can't do other things; I wish she'd do that for downward dog because it really hurts!


In the spirit of recommitting to a plant-based diet, we're having a chickpea-based main dish on Wednesday. My SO is not the greatest fan of chickpeas or plant-based anything, so we'll see how that goes! I've never fed him sauteed chickpeas before...hoping he likes them more than he does in soups.

I feel your pain - Boyfriend absolutely will not eat beans of any kind, or tofu, and I'm vegetarian. We end up mostly cooking separate meals, which sucks, but I'm not going to start eating meat and he simply won't budge on the beans. It makes me feel like a terrible cook, to be honest, because he literally never likes anything I cook (unless it's, like, pizza or something else grossly unhealthy, haha.)

I feel your pain also. My DH is omni, although he will eat beans and tofu. I am whole foods plant based/limited oil/salt, no refined sugar. Yeah ... it's rare he likes anything I make.

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I am on Day 9 of no refined sugar. Even though on the file cabinet in the main office space there is a huge pile of chocolate candies and ... the thing that is actually tempting me ... big pretzel sticks covered in white chocolate! (I've been mostly no refined sugar since April, with a few backslides, and very few things tempt me at the office anymore.)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 08, 2018, 03:45:31 PM
Definitely modify down-dog if it's painful..knees do NOT need to be straight, keep as bent as needed and 'walking the dog', bending one knee and then the other can be a really great option. When in doubt, childs pose :)

I speak as a health-care practitioner who has seen people injure themselves by pushing themselves ( and as a doer of yoga who has done the same to myself! ha)

I just shared in another forum but relevant here as well due the chickpea reluctance comments
I have found this website helpful in the last year to get my SO to enjoy plant-based meals http://veganricha.com
She uses lots of spices and the meals we have tried are tasty!
The dishes are flavourful and varied/ and if you would have told me a year ago that my SO would be happy eating veggie/vegan 5/week I wouldn't have believed it.


My problem with downward dog is that I don't have the arm/hand/wrist strength to hold myself up; this is regardless of whether knees are bent or moving. I will try child's pose when it gets too painful.

And, the fact that any sort of vegetable now passes Boyfriend's lips is a damned miracle. When I first met him, he was an incredibly picky eater. He literally ate: pizza, pasta (with plain red sauce only), hamburgers (and hamburger helper, yuck), chicken, pork, fries, pop-tarts, potato chips, and sweets. Now he eats brown rice, salads, mushrooms, peppers, carrots, is mostly off white flour, and he'll at least try most fruits. I try not to push because he's honestly come so far and he has had so much anxiety in the past over trying food he's not familiar with.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: MerryMcQ on January 08, 2018, 07:16:27 PM

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I am on Day 9 of no refined sugar. Even though on the file cabinet in the main office space there is a huge pile of chocolate candies and ... the thing that is actually tempting me ... big pretzel sticks covered in white chocolate! (I've been mostly no refined sugar since April, with a few backslides, and very few things tempt me at the office anymore.)

Hey Lauran75, Iím on day 8 of no refined sugar. And my kids are both eating Christmas chocolate in front of me. Sigh. I feel the pain! Good job on day 9!

My wins for today included not eating sugar (despite much temptation) and making it out for a very, very slow mile walk with a friend at work.  Iím happy to say I ate high nutritional value foods only and avoided all junk food today. Woohoo.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: okits on January 08, 2018, 10:20:35 PM
Today the whole family was grumpy and I think I'm about to start my period.  I did not drink alcohol or eat junk food to cope.  Unlike yesterday.  So yay for today!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on January 09, 2018, 07:12:36 AM
I am no longer putting sugar in my coffee. But still putting in whole milk. Small steps.

A few days ago I was feeling constantly hungry - food that usually satisfies, wasnít. So I ate a bit more.  I think it was partly because I felt cold, all the time, and wanted to eat to Ďwarm upí. Even though that wasnít working. Also, even with menopause (peri-?), I think there are still some hormone variations going on in the background.

Back to more normal appetite now.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on January 09, 2018, 08:26:59 AM

In the spirit of recommitting to a plant-based diet, we're having a chickpea-based main dish on Wednesday. My SO is not the greatest fan of chickpeas or plant-based anything, so we'll see how that goes! I've never fed him sauteed chickpeas before...hoping he likes them more than he does in soups.

I feel your pain - Boyfriend absolutely will not eat beans of any kind, or tofu, and I'm vegetarian. We end up mostly cooking separate meals, which sucks, but I'm not going to start eating meat and he simply won't budge on the beans. It makes me feel like a terrible cook, to be honest, because he literally never likes anything I cook (unless it's, like, pizza or something else grossly unhealthy, haha.)

I feel your pain also. My DH is omni, although he will eat beans and tofu. I am whole foods plant based/limited oil/salt, no refined sugar. Yeah ... it's rare he likes anything I make.

I'm lucky that at least my SO isn't a picky eater, and will eat whatever I put in front of him (with occasional, mostly-good natured whining about the lack of meat). I do think he'd kick up a fuss at tofu, but I've never gotten good at cooking it so NBD there. I'll give him full props for always being willing to try things, and he's even acquired an appreciation for certain veggie-based dishes like ratatouille and Tuscan kale/white bean soup (this one: http://www.forkknifeswoon.com/lemony-kale-white-bean-soup/). We usually do one chicken-based meal per week and he'll have meat at lunch sometimes, and that seems to keep him satisfied. Fortunately I enjoy cooking and meal planning.

Some good news for me: my cold finally seems to be on its way out. I didn't go running last night because it was 35 and raining, but my regularly-scheduled exercise routine should recommence today with a 50-minute HIIT class. Pray for me yall, I usually keep my cardio and strength training seperate so this will be...fun.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 09, 2018, 08:40:04 AM


A few days ago I was feeling constantly hungry - food that usually satisfies, wasnít. So I ate a bit more.  I think it was partly because I felt cold, all the time, and wanted to eat to Ďwarm upí. Even though that wasnít working. Also, even with menopause (peri-?), I think there are still some hormone variations going on in the background.



I had the same problem and now that we're into the double digits again (ABOVE zero! Whoa!) I suddenly have much more normal hunger levels. Instead of eating a meal and still feeling like "OMG, I want to chew my own arm off I am so starving." I was going mad - I'd be at or above my daily calorie limit and still so stomach-growlingly hungry and shaky that I felt like crying. Now with the same amount of food (and often after eating the exact same meal I was eating before) I'm fine - ???
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 09, 2018, 08:44:16 AM

I'm lucky that at least my SO isn't a picky eater, and will eat whatever I put in front of him (with occasional, mostly-good natured whining about the lack of meat). I do think he'd kick up a fuss at tofu, but I've never gotten good at cooking it so NBD there.

Oh! I recently found the secret to tofu! Press it for about 30 minutes (I wrap it in paper towels and put it between 2 plates with something heavy on top). Then cut it into cubes, roll it in cornstarch, and fry it in a little olive oil until it browns and is a little crispy.

Boyfriend came home yesterday with the flu and I have never in my life seen him this sick. And I'm terrified of catching it not out of fear of missing work, as I've always feared in the past, but out of fear that I'll need to stop exercising. Who even am I?! I have NEVER been an exerciser in my life! I guess this new habit is taking hold. (I feel fine, BTW, but so did Boyfriend, until he suddenly didn't. I also almost never get sick but this flu seems really bad and I don't know anyone who's avoided it once it came into the house.)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Lauran75 on January 09, 2018, 09:20:38 AM

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I am on Day 9 of no refined sugar. Even though on the file cabinet in the main office space there is a huge pile of chocolate candies and ... the thing that is actually tempting me ... big pretzel sticks covered in white chocolate! (I've been mostly no refined sugar since April, with a few backslides, and very few things tempt me at the office anymore.)

Hey Lauran75, Iím on day 8 of no refined sugar. And my kids are both eating Christmas chocolate in front of me. Sigh. I feel the pain! Good job on day 9!

My wins for today included not eating sugar (despite much temptation) and making it out for a very, very slow mile walk with a friend at work.  Iím happy to say I ate high nutritional value foods only and avoided all junk food today. Woohoo.

Good for you getting out for a walk! I'm hoping to do the same today (sans friend) since there'll be 30 minutes or so of daylight when I get home AND the temp won't be horrible. :)

Unfortunately, my no refined sugar roll got broken last night - was feeling really yuck (aunt flo) and stressed by something at work ... and just wanted JUNK. Yeah. So it happened. I'm moving on from it today. That's all I can do.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Lauran75 on January 09, 2018, 09:23:36 AM

In the spirit of recommitting to a plant-based diet, we're having a chickpea-based main dish on Wednesday. My SO is not the greatest fan of chickpeas or plant-based anything, so we'll see how that goes! I've never fed him sauteed chickpeas before...hoping he likes them more than he does in soups.

I feel your pain - Boyfriend absolutely will not eat beans of any kind, or tofu, and I'm vegetarian. We end up mostly cooking separate meals, which sucks, but I'm not going to start eating meat and he simply won't budge on the beans. It makes me feel like a terrible cook, to be honest, because he literally never likes anything I cook (unless it's, like, pizza or something else grossly unhealthy, haha.)

I feel your pain also. My DH is omni, although he will eat beans and tofu. I am whole foods plant based/limited oil/salt, no refined sugar. Yeah ... it's rare he likes anything I make.

I'm lucky that at least my SO isn't a picky eater, and will eat whatever I put in front of him (with occasional, mostly-good natured whining about the lack of meat). I do think he'd kick up a fuss at tofu, but I've never gotten good at cooking it so NBD there. I'll give him full props for always being willing to try things, and he's even acquired an appreciation for certain veggie-based dishes like ratatouille and Tuscan kale/white bean soup (this one: http://www.forkknifeswoon.com/lemony-kale-white-bean-soup/). We usually do one chicken-based meal per week and he'll have meat at lunch sometimes, and that seems to keep him satisfied. Fortunately I enjoy cooking and meal planning.

Some good news for me: my cold finally seems to be on its way out. I didn't go running last night because it was 35 and raining, but my regularly-scheduled exercise routine should recommence today with a 50-minute HIIT class. Pray for me yall, I usually keep my cardio and strength training seperate so this will be...fun.

My DH isn't a picky eater per se ... he eats a wide range of things (gizzards ... yuck!!) but he is ... kind of a food snob where it has to have enough salt/fat/sweet, etc. or he just won't eat it. (Or he'll eat a portion of it, and not go back for seconds. That's how I know he doesn't like something I made. Or he'll spit it out ...)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Lauran75 on January 09, 2018, 09:34:01 AM
I got home later than usual last night due to a stop at Walgreen's ....(junk food stop - used rewards balance, so at least no $ out of pocket) and realized it was still fairly light out! At 5:23pm!

Today and tomorrow are supposed to be decent temperature wise, so my plan is to get in a good 30+ minute walk. I'll have to change as soon as I get home, but that's doable. Thursday there's supposed to be a big snowstorm, possibly a blizzard ... and 0 degree weather, so walking outside at least won't happen!

I just turned 42 in December and seem to suddenly be experiencing some issues with Aunt Flo ... twice in a month is no fun. I'm going to give it a bit more time to see if it is a one off, or if it becomes a pattern, and then talk to my doctor about it. But the one thing I am slightly concerned about is iron - I've already had times where my iron level was low and I had to supplement. I may need to double my intake of blackstrap molasses (good plant based source of iron.)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: alleykat on January 09, 2018, 10:45:13 AM
Well, I can see where this is going to be a challenge, for sure. It seems I do good for a few days and then fall off the wagon. This takes dedication. But, it is important that I get healthy and lose some pounds. So it looks like January is my trial and error month, but really, the bottom line is dedication.  I just need to pull up my big girl pants and get down to business.  phew, who knew, it was this hard. :)



Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: RamonaQ on January 09, 2018, 11:10:28 AM
My healthy choice this morning was eating a doughnut.  Ok, not objectively a nutritionally great choice, but when surrounded by two coworkers talking about how "doughnuts are evil" and "should I be bad and have one?" and making a sane decision that I was going to eat and enjoy a doughnut, that feels like a win to me. :-)

Also I didn't think I had anything to bring to work for lunch today but I found one more portion of a veggie/tofu curry in the freezer, so I have a good lunch waiting for me.  Thanks, Past Ramona, for cooking extra!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 09, 2018, 12:35:44 PM
My healthy choice this morning was eating a doughnut.  Ok, not objectively a nutritionally great choice, but when surrounded by two coworkers talking about how "doughnuts are evil" and "should I be bad and have one?" and making a sane decision that I was going to eat and enjoy a doughnut, that feels like a win to me. :-)



Ugh, diet talk at work is the WORST. So much talk about good foods, bad foods, being "bad", how long you'll have to work out to burn it off, "does the coffee in the new coffee machine have calories?", etc.

My co-worker was complaining about how she has to buy size 14 now. She's tiny. I raised an eyebrow at her, and she amended: "GIRLS size 14!" Um, because that's what we're supposed to aspire to now, being thin enough to fit into children's clothing?!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on January 09, 2018, 12:40:01 PM
My healthy choice this morning was eating a doughnut.  Ok, not objectively a nutritionally great choice, but when surrounded by two coworkers talking about how "doughnuts are evil" and "should I be bad and have one?" and making a sane decision that I was going to eat and enjoy a doughnut, that feels like a win to me. :-)



Ugh, diet talk at work is the WORST. So much talk about good foods, bad foods, being "bad", how long you'll have to work out to burn it off, "does the coffee in the new coffee machine have calories?", etc.

My co-worker was complaining about how she has to buy size 14 now. She's tiny. I raised an eyebrow at her, and she amended: "GIRLS size 14!" Um, because that's what we're supposed to aspire to now, being thin enough to fit into children's clothing?!

Oh dear!  I hope your co-worker is also short.... 

It's like all of society has body dysmorphia.....

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on January 09, 2018, 01:06:39 PM
My healthy choice this morning was eating a doughnut.  Ok, not objectively a nutritionally great choice, but when surrounded by two coworkers talking about how "doughnuts are evil" and "should I be bad and have one?" and making a sane decision that I was going to eat and enjoy a doughnut, that feels like a win to me. :-)

Ugh, diet talk at work is the WORST. So much talk about good foods, bad foods, being "bad", how long you'll have to work out to burn it off, "does the coffee in the new coffee machine have calories?", etc.

My co-worker was complaining about how she has to buy size 14 now. She's tiny. I raised an eyebrow at her, and she amended: "GIRLS size 14!" Um, because that's what we're supposed to aspire to now, being thin enough to fit into children's clothing?!

Oh dear!  I hope your co-worker is also short.... 

It's like all of society has body dysmorphia.....

I HATE how much body-shaming has been enshrined as a mode of female communication. Hate hate hate. I don't do it myself, and have embraced becoming the body-shaming fun police whenever someone tries to engage me with it. I just repeat some variation on "I decided that I wasn't going to talk badly about my body, or listen to other women talking badly about theirs," ad nauseum. I remember when all of this was a bit more--raw, let's say, actually getting into an argument with a friend of a friend about shutting down the conversation. It was pretty surreal to be fighting with her about...not wanting to listen to her trash-talk herself.

My favorite way to frame enjoying donuts is from my all-time fav registered dietitian bloggers, who talks a lot about the different roles certain foods fulfill for us. So maybe the donut is not the most nutritious option, but it feeds your soul, provides a delicious sensory experience, and maybe some social time with your coworkers. And it's fine if that's what you want! Because, she says, you need the donuts to balance out the kale just as much as you need the kale to balance out the donuts. (Anyone looking for a sane, loving approach to food + eating: https://www.thereallife-rd.com/)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on January 09, 2018, 01:18:51 PM
My healthy choice today. I stayed home. I took medicine. I ate and slept. Next, I'm trying for a bath and more sleep. Also maybe more eating.
Xox everyone's bodies
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on January 09, 2018, 01:39:45 PM
My healthy choice today. I stayed home. I took medicine. I ate and slept. Next, I'm trying for a bath and more sleep. Also maybe more eating.
Xox everyone's bodies

YAY - this is a good healthy choice.  Sorry you are sick. you need all of the above to feel comfortable and recover.  I hope Percy is a comfort.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on January 09, 2018, 01:40:57 PM
My healthy choice this morning was eating a doughnut.  Ok, not objectively a nutritionally great choice, but when surrounded by two coworkers talking about how "doughnuts are evil" and "should I be bad and have one?" and making a sane decision that I was going to eat and enjoy a doughnut, that feels like a win to me. :-)

Ugh, diet talk at work is the WORST. So much talk about good foods, bad foods, being "bad", how long you'll have to work out to burn it off, "does the coffee in the new coffee machine have calories?", etc.

My co-worker was complaining about how she has to buy size 14 now. She's tiny. I raised an eyebrow at her, and she amended: "GIRLS size 14!" Um, because that's what we're supposed to aspire to now, being thin enough to fit into children's clothing?!

Oh dear!  I hope your co-worker is also short.... 

It's like all of society has body dysmorphia.....

I HATE how much body-shaming has been enshrined as a mode of female communication. Hate hate hate. I don't do it myself, and have embraced becoming the body-shaming fun police whenever someone tries to engage me with it. I just repeat some variation on "I decided that I wasn't going to talk badly about my body, or listen to other women talking badly about theirs," ad nauseum. I remember when all of this was a bit more--raw, let's say, actually getting into an argument with a friend of a friend about shutting down the conversation. It was pretty surreal to be fighting with her about...not wanting to listen to her trash-talk herself.

All of society DOES have body dysmorphia! It's possible to draw boundaries and not have to listen to this shit anymore, though. I did -- whenever anyone at work or a friend would bring up their diet or weight or self-hatred whatever, I would say something like, "My New Year's resolution is to stop participating in ancient rites of shaming, can we talk about something else? Who is watching Broad City?"

Other lines that can work: "I'm not interested in talking about that" or "Dang, it's 2018, can a woman have a body in peace?" or, my personal favorite for when a group of women are playing the I'm-so-gross/No-I'M-so-gross game: "Girls, girls, don't fight! You're both revolting!"

The trick is consistency. Maybe people start to think of me as that weirdo who doesn't want to talk about diets, but as long as they stop fucking talking about diets, I'm absolutely fine with that.

It might take several tries and several different jokes but it's worth it. Literally no one does this shit around me anymore, to the point that when I find myself in a new situation and people DO start talking this way, it's a real shock.

I want this for all of you, too. Boundaries! 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on January 09, 2018, 01:43:04 PM
I WAS RIGHT!

I love the "you are both revolting!" retort - it shows how ridiculous this is.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: RamonaQ on January 09, 2018, 01:47:05 PM
Other lines that can work: "I'm not interested in talking about that" or "Dang, it's 2018, can a woman have a body in peace?" or, my personal favorite for when a group of women are playing the I'm-so-gross/No-I'M-so-gross game: "Girls, girls, don't fight! You're both revolting!"

"You're both revolting!" literally made me snort with laughter.  I may have to start using that.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on January 09, 2018, 01:52:31 PM
Other lines that can work: "I'm not interested in talking about that" or "Dang, it's 2018, can a woman have a body in peace?" or, my personal favorite for when a group of women are playing the I'm-so-gross/No-I'M-so-gross game: "Girls, girls, don't fight! You're both revolting!"

"You're both revolting!" literally made me snort with laughter.  I may have to start using that.

:)

When my BFF (who is skinny) starts complaining about how fat she is around me (an actual fat person) I also threaten to eat her :D
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 09, 2018, 02:09:45 PM
Oh dear!  I hope your co-worker is also short.... 

5'4", maybe? She always wears high heels, so not sure.

or, my personal favorite for when a group of women are playing the I'm-so-gross/No-I'M-so-gross game: "Girls, girls, don't fight! You're both revolting!"


This? Is AWESOME. I am going to use this for sure!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on January 09, 2018, 02:16:45 PM
Yes @madgeylou I am 100% stealing "You're both revolting." A++

The SOs of my SO's high school friends can be body-shaming inclined so I'm glad to have a new retort for the next time we're all together. Fortunately I've trained the people close to me out of talking like that around me, so it's like a weird trip to Planet Mean Girls whenever I hear it.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 09, 2018, 02:46:54 PM
So many good thoughts on this page!

I'm so so so glad that when my son was born his dad and I had a discussion about how to talk about drugs - because it turned into a philosophy that substances that go in our body are neither good nor bad. They just are made up of compounds that affect us in different ways. Removing value statements from our thoughts around all of that made it super easy to talk about all those things throughout our kiddo's life instead of having to figure out "age appropriate" information - how foods affect us, how caffeine affects us, what is a 'drug' and yeah man sugar totes acts like a drug, etc.

That shift in thinking 19 years ago totally saved me from years of blame-y language around food and other things. I mean, I've certainly had periods of intense self-berating based on interpersonal relationship choices, so there's always something to work on :) but I'm so glad to have shifted my focus away from cultural norms and onto how I feel when it's just me dancing in the living room by myself on a sunny morning. For me that's a good barometer of my perception of my body. And my stick-bug-dancing-or-quite-possibly-having-a-seizure is pretty badass I've got to admit ;)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 09, 2018, 03:04:44 PM
You guys, I usually do pretty well with not stress-eating (if anything, I have trouble eating when stressed). But today I am struggling. Mainly because I have to go home and take care of Flu Boyfriend, and he's probably been handling every surface of the kitchen so I'll have to disinfect the entire thing today before I dare cook food for myself in it.

Ugh. Just want to faceplant into a pizza. I know what needs to happen is: disinfect entire kitchen, make sure Boyfriend has what he needs, cook dinner. But I'm STARVING and exhausted from getting poor sleep on the couch. Bleah.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ToTheMoon on January 09, 2018, 03:53:46 PM
Uh-oh - is this thread going to always move this fast?  I need to keep on my game!

I did an 11.5km cross-country ski yesterday with lots and ups and downs, and had a high speed crash at the bottom of a big hill!  Very sore today, but glad I went and did it.  That said, I wanted to eat everything in the house last night.  And I only wanted junk.

I have been a Healthy Choices failure when it comes to sugar.  I am still avoiding it in my hot beverages, but I seem to find chocolate or ice cream almost every evening.  Almost frenetically searching for it.  I have not turned to alcohol - still vying for a booze free January.  Single parenting my kids for the next two weeks may be my demise!

TotheMoon, what do you think about the True yoga challenge? I have a love-hate... well, love-frustration feeling about it so far. It's really hard for me not to beat myself up when I can't do something she's having us do. I mean, seriously, I've been doing yoga off and on for years - one would think that at some point I'd be able to hold a downward dog for any length of time without feeling like I am going to die?

I know that it's supposed to be about honoring your body, being where you are, blahblahblah. And I'm trying. She's pretty good about giving accommodations if we can't do other things; I wish she'd do that for downward dog because it really hurts!

@Tris Prior I too find downward dog extremely frustrating.  I shake, my wrists sometimes hurt, and I find it to be anything but a relaxing pose.  That said, every once in a while I have a day where it just...works.  At least I understand what I am supposed to be working towards - though I have no idea why some days it comes and most of the time it doesn't.  I now try to focus my breath on the areas that are the most uncomfortable and rarely fully straighten my legs, and when that doesn't help I switch to child's pose and just roll with it.  That said, she has done a variation of downward dog on her forearms which I cannot remember the name of.  Perhaps I will try switching to that more often?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: SquashingDebt on January 09, 2018, 04:16:58 PM
You guys, I usually do pretty well with not stress-eating (if anything, I have trouble eating when stressed). But today I am struggling. Mainly because I have to go home and take care of Flu Boyfriend, and he's probably been handling every surface of the kitchen so I'll have to disinfect the entire thing today before I dare cook food for myself in it.

Ugh. Just want to faceplant into a pizza. I know what needs to happen is: disinfect entire kitchen, make sure Boyfriend has what he needs, cook dinner. But I'm STARVING and exhausted from getting poor sleep on the couch. Bleah.

This is the kind of situation I'm trying to develop better habits around - in my case, I've resolved to compromise.  So, maybe I don't get my healthy dinner cooked, but I can spend a little money buying a healthy dinner.  Logical, when my current go-to tired/stressed/hangry option is not very healthy (pepperoni breadsticks from the deli down the street - awesome occasionally, but not a great regular fallback option).

Good luck and I hope you don't catch the flu!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on January 09, 2018, 04:17:13 PM
You guys, I usually do pretty well with not stress-eating (if anything, I have trouble eating when stressed). But today I am struggling. Mainly because I have to go home and take care of Flu Boyfriend, and he's probably been handling every surface of the kitchen so I'll have to disinfect the entire thing today before I dare cook food for myself in it.

Ugh. Just want to faceplant into a pizza. I know what needs to happen is: disinfect entire kitchen, make sure Boyfriend has what he needs, cook dinner. But I'm STARVING and exhausted from getting poor sleep on the couch. Bleah.

I suspect you want to eat because you are tired (and need energy), not because you are stressed (but that doesnít help any resilience).

Can you get a HazMat suit on the way home?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 09, 2018, 05:41:32 PM
I suspect you want to eat because you are tired (and need energy), not because you are stressed (but that doesnít help any resilience).

Yeah, that's likely. I did cave and get a frozen pizza at Whole Foods, but only an individual one to limit the damage, and I'll have some salad with it.


Can you get a HazMat suit on the way home?

I was thinking one of those plastic bubbles to live in? And another gallon of hand sanitizer. And maybe installing a bleach shower. (Does anyone else read Mira Grant? I'm starting to feel like I'm living in the Feed universe, hahaha.)

(Anyone looking for a sane, loving approach to food + eating: https://www.thereallife-rd.com/)

Oh my god. I just skimmed some of the posts on this website and it's exactly what I need right now. Thank you.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: okits on January 09, 2018, 07:37:16 PM
Other lines that can work: "I'm not interested in talking about that" or "Dang, it's 2018, can a woman have a body in peace?" or, my personal favorite for when a group of women are playing the I'm-so-gross/No-I'M-so-gross game: "Girls, girls, don't fight! You're both revolting!"

"You're both revolting!" literally made me snort with laughter.  I may have to start using that.

:)

When my BFF (who is skinny) starts complaining about how fat she is around me (an actual fat person) I also threaten to eat her :D

Ha ha ha, I super like this!

I walked 4km today, which is good.  I will do the same tomorrow.

I made and ate this.  http://rasamalaysia.com/honey-sesame-chicken/2/  Not so healthy but my DH was happy and impressed so I'm counting it as good marriage maintenance.  ;)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 09, 2018, 08:02:39 PM
That recipe looks SO good! Making it at home has got to be 1000 times better than in a restaurant, even if you're frying. YUM
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: MerryMcQ on January 09, 2018, 10:08:49 PM
Day 9 of no sugar. Had a bit of a fail at my morning smoothie (it tasted aweful and got dumped down the sink). I was running behind so I ended up grabbing egg white bites from Starbucks. . The super cheesy bacon croissant calorie bomb from Starbucks was calling my name but the egg white bites were warm and filling and Iím so happy I picked them.

Did another slow mile today with a friend during a break at work. Doctor said I could start walking this week (tomorrow is 3 weeks post surgery) so Iím happy to get some movement in. Iím grateful to have lovely coworkers who are willing to shuffle around outside with me. :)

And my coworkers donít seem to body shame. We do talk about healthy recipes and doing more activities... not dieting though. Itís the first place Iíve worked where those negative comments are absent. :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 10, 2018, 08:57:56 AM
Right, this is why I can't hold on to healthy habits for any length of time. I get busy and start feeling overwhelmed and the spinning plates start falling. I am really struggling right now, you guys.

On the agenda for this evening, when I get home from work probably around 6:30:
- disinfect kitchen (and entire damn apartment) against Boyfriend's flu, AGAIN
- fix food for Flu Boyfriend and get him anything else he needs
- cook and eat something healthy that fits in my calorie limit (cook what? Do I even have ingredients in the house? Argh. Well, maybe add "meal plan and grocery shop" to this list). Pack lunch for next day.
- do the 30 days of Yoga Challenge workout
- do strength training workout (this takes place on Sundays and Wednesdays, I have a remote personal trainer who gives me painful exercises to do and then I log them in an app he gave me for accountability)
- deal with the massive pile of laundry that is piling up
-  work on jewelry business. I try to do 1 TV episode's worth of work per night so that it doesn't pile up and I'm not behind for when I have to vend at a show. For the past week, except yesterday when I forced myself to, I haven't had time to do both this and exercise, and I've been choosing to exercise. I feel very guilty about this, because my business has been doing really crappy because I haven't been giving it the attention it needs for a while now. Was too busy counting calories and being starving all the time.
- if I get a package in the mail that I'm expecting, I have a WAY overdue jewelry custom order that I really need to get made ASAP before the customer starts asking for a refund.

Notice that no downtime is included on that list. No talking with Boyfriend, no spending time with the cat, no just.... decompressing? I'm exhausted just making this list.

I'm usually spent and ready to go to sleep by 11. I'm sleeping extra poorly these days because the bed is a giant biohazard right now and Boyfriend spends all night coughing and feverishly flailing, so I'm on the couch which isn't that comfortable and gets a lot of street noise.

Can I get all of that done in 4 1/2 hours? I don't want to skip yoga because the point is to do 30 days in a row without missing any - and for all I know I'm going to get Boyfriend's flu and end up not being able to exercise and packing on weight anyway. I'd push the strength training until tomorrow night but there's a political event I really want to go to, I'm going to be home late, and I STILL have to cram yoga/food prep/Boyfriend care in after the event so I'm just kicking the can down the road to a night I'll be even busier.

And, shit, even if I find something to cook tonight I still have to get a grocery run in before it gets back into single digit temps (Friday? Saturday?) because we don't have a car so grocery shopping is done on foot. And I'll have to do it by myself due to Flu Boyfriend. ARGH!

If I catch his flu - which all my co-workers have assured me there is no way I can escape - then we are FUCT.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on January 10, 2018, 09:17:25 AM
Right, this is why I can't hold on to healthy habits for any length of time. I get busy and start feeling overwhelmed and the spinning plates start falling. I am really struggling right now, you guys.

On the agenda for this evening, when I get home from work probably around 6:30:
- disinfect kitchen (and entire damn apartment) against Boyfriend's flu, AGAIN
- fix food for Flu Boyfriend and get him anything else he needs
- cook and eat something healthy that fits in my calorie limit (cook what? Do I even have ingredients in the house? Argh. Well, maybe add "meal plan and grocery shop" to this list). Pack lunch for next day.
- do the 30 days of Yoga Challenge workout
- do strength training workout (this takes place on Sundays and Wednesdays, I have a remote personal trainer who gives me painful exercises to do and then I log them in an app he gave me for accountability)
- deal with the massive pile of laundry that is piling up
-  work on jewelry business. I try to do 1 TV episode's worth of work per night so that it doesn't pile up and I'm not behind for when I have to vend at a show. For the past week, except yesterday when I forced myself to, I haven't had time to do both this and exercise, and I've been choosing to exercise. I feel very guilty about this, because my business has been doing really crappy because I haven't been giving it the attention it needs for a while now. Was too busy counting calories and being starving all the time.
- if I get a package in the mail that I'm expecting, I have a WAY overdue jewelry custom order that I really need to get made ASAP before the customer starts asking for a refund.

Notice that no downtime is included on that list. No talking with Boyfriend, no spending time with the cat, no just.... decompressing? I'm exhausted just making this list.

I'm usually spent and ready to go to sleep by 11. I'm sleeping extra poorly these days because the bed is a giant biohazard right now and Boyfriend spends all night coughing and feverishly flailing, so I'm on the couch which isn't that comfortable and gets a lot of street noise.

Can I get all of that done in 4 1/2 hours? I don't want to skip yoga because the point is to do 30 days in a row without missing any - and for all I know I'm going to get Boyfriend's flu and end up not being able to exercise and packing on weight anyway. I'd push the strength training until tomorrow night but there's a political event I really want to go to, I'm going to be home late, and I STILL have to cram yoga/food prep/Boyfriend care in after the event so I'm just kicking the can down the road to a night I'll be even busier.

And, shit, even if I find something to cook tonight I still have to get a grocery run in before it gets back into single digit temps (Friday? Saturday?) because we don't have a car so grocery shopping is done on foot. And I'll have to do it by myself due to Flu Boyfriend. ARGH!

If I catch his flu - which all my co-workers have assured me there is no way I can escape - then we are FUCT.
Just do your best with what you can handle.  I would suggest soup for both you and Fluboy.  Hot and sour spicy soup with lots of ginger - it will be good for both of you.  It can simmer while you do your yoga.  I am not sure how effective you can be making your apartment a bio hazard free zone. After raising two frequently snotty kids I just gave up to admit the truth and focused instead on just keeping myself as healthy as I can.  Working up a sweat and raising your core temperature will kill off some bugs, keeping hydrated and well rested and reducing stress.  Getting outside and seeing nature and also getting your body furnace chugging along will also help.  Just keep hand washing going and make sure the food prep surface is clean.  Take care and breath. 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 10, 2018, 09:53:40 AM
@Tris Prior  Do your grocery stores have hot deli sections? Soup, side dishes, etc? Mine has a lot of veggie sides and really great thick winter soups - on your grocery run today I'd pick up something that is comfort food that still falls in your bounds, with enough for leftovers for your lunch, to at least take that plate out of rotation.

I am not partnered so when there is illness in my house it's sadly up to me to keep feeding myself - I'd imagine you're in the same boat but harder because it's up to you to feed both of you even though you also are exhausted.

On the flip side of that coin: How ill is your Boyfriend currently? Is he past the fever achy point enough that he can heat himself up canned soup while you are gone? Can he force himself to start one load of laundry?

I totally get how miserable it feels to have to accomplish things when you are ill with a fever. What would he do if you didn't live together? Hopefully he's turning the corner of this soon; I can imagine he's pretty weak for as long as he's been ill.


I think yoga is a must today - the way you've mentioned it in this thread, keeping the streak going is important to your overall accomplishment.


Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 10, 2018, 10:03:51 AM
  Hot and sour spicy soup with lots of ginger - it will be good for both of you.  It can simmer while you do your yoga. 

That sounds great. Boyfriend would never eat it in a million years. We eat completely differently and the only things I cook that he likes are terrible for you (and full of dairy, which he shouldn't have while this congested).

I think we've got some canned soup in the pantry still, though, that he can have.

I am not sure how effective you can be making your apartment a bio hazard free zone. After raising two frequently snotty kids I just gave up to admit the truth and focused instead on just keeping myself as healthy as I can.  Working up a sweat and raising your core temperature will kill off some bugs, keeping hydrated and well rested and reducing stress.  Getting outside and seeing nature and also getting your body furnace chugging along will also help.  Just keep hand washing going and make sure the food prep surface is clean.  Take care and breath. 

I've been literally following him around with a can of Lysol, spraying down anything he touched before I touch it. Constantly hand-washing and/or hand-sanitizing. It's probably futile.

It's pouring down rain so outside is not going to happen today, not that I have time anyway. At least it's not snow.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 10, 2018, 10:09:59 AM
@Tris Prior  Do your grocery stores have hot deli sections? Soup, side dishes, etc? Mine has a lot of veggie sides and really great thick winter soups - on your grocery run today I'd pick up something that is comfort food that still falls in your bounds, with enough for leftovers for your lunch, to at least take that plate out of rotation.

Yes, Whole Paycheck is literally right down the street. Not mustachian, but it would save time.


On the flip side of that coin: How ill is your Boyfriend currently? Is he past the fever achy point enough that he can heat himself up canned soup while you are gone? Can he force himself to start one load of laundry?

He can probably manage heating up soup. He said this morning his aches were better and his fever is lower but not gone, and now he's got a bad sore throat. Laundry, no. We have to go outside and down a flight of spiral stairs to get to the laundry room; carrying laundry down the stairs is probably beyond him even though it is at least finally above freezing outside.

If Boyfriend lived alone, the house would be full of crap snack food that comes in a package and he would be subsisting on that rather than needing to cook. I'm not kidding, when we first started dating a normal dinner for him was pop-tarts and Pringles.

I think yoga is a must today - the way you've mentioned it in this thread, keeping the streak going is important to your overall accomplishment.

I agree. Honestly, I'd like to skip the strength training but it only takes 15 minutes and I don't want to have to explain to my trainer that I literally could not find 15 minutes to do it. That sounds like a whiny excuse.

More realistically, the laundry should probably wait. I'm not out of underwear yet, haha. It's just totally taking over the bedroom and I feel like a damn slob.

This is the piece about healthy choices that I'm always missing. How do you make time for healthy choices and still get life stuff done? I don't even have kids!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on January 10, 2018, 10:30:43 AM
@Tris Prior - I wholeheartedly support buying pre-made or frozen food, or getting delivery. This is survival mode.

Yes, not the cheapest option, maybe not healthiest - but with all the things prioritize your time and energy.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 10, 2018, 10:35:04 AM
@Tris Prior - I wholeheartedly support buying pre-made or frozen food, or getting delivery. This is survival mode.

Yes, not the cheapest option, maybe not healthiest - but with all the things prioritize your time and energy.

Yeah, it's just.... I haven't let go of calorie counting yet, and am having a hard time doing so.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on January 10, 2018, 10:39:38 AM
@Tris Prior - I wholeheartedly support buying pre-made or frozen food, or getting delivery. This is survival mode.

Yes, not the cheapest option, maybe not healthiest - but with all the things prioritize your time and energy.

Yeah, it's just.... I haven't let go of calorie counting yet, and am having a hard time doing so.

I just use a Google to east image calories. Depending on what you get, it doesn't have to be unhealthy. I just mean it may not be as optimal as what you would make at home. If you get a frozen dinner/dish - calories and nutrition are on the package.

I am counting calories - it makes me more mindful of my eating. But there are times I just have to do the best I can on an estimate. It's OK.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on January 10, 2018, 10:41:13 AM
This is the piece about healthy choices that I'm always missing. How do you make time for healthy choices and still get life stuff done? I don't even have kids!

You don't let being perfect be the enemy of the better, or good-enough, or not-even-good-but-just-enough. Pick the things that really matter, and let the rest go for a few days.

Go to Whole Paycheck and grab some food that works for both of you. If your boyfriend was living on Pringles and Pop Tarts before you started dating, one night of Campbell's chicken noodle (or whatever) isn't going to kill him. One trip to Whole Foods to buy specific items is probably not going to torpedo your FIRE date. (When life is more manageable, consider batch-cooking soups and sticking them in the freezer to avoid this in the future.) And one meal of not-perfectly-calorie-calibrated-but-otherwise-healthy food is not going to torpedo your health, either.

Follow @Frugal Lizard's suggestion for calming down on the Lysol.

Do your yoga session, since it seems to really matter to you. Do the 15 minute exercise sequence immediately afterwards, if that feels right.

Do 30 minutes of jewelry stuff IF your necessary package has arrived. Otherwise, decompress.

Ignore the laundry until Friday or the weekend. Commit to spending, IDK, three hours Saturday morning on jewelry. Block it on your calendar and alert the people that you care about that you will be unavailable.

In conclusion, you can't do everything all of the time, or you'll be burned out and miserable. You have to just pick the things that matter the most to you, and let the rest go for a day or two until sanity has reasserted itself...or you're going to get burned out and just say FUCK IT ALL (ask me how I know).

I promise that it will be okay. Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself with the gentleness and care that you would want for your sister or best friend.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 10, 2018, 10:48:17 AM
(crossposting with fluffmuffin - I agree x 100000)

I log my food every few months for a couple of weeks, and if I'm trying to change my diet I do it more consistently. The metrics help me gauge whether what I think I'm eating matches what I'm actually eating. Do what works for you :)

I don't think spending extra at the deli is anti-Mustachian - I think optimizing your resources is :)  In this case, you are short on time and energy so going a little long on money isn't a bad thing. Maybe the Whole Foods deli has calorie info? I know a lot of their stores have Nom Nom Paleo dishes in the hot deli right now.

Oh I think I remember you talking about your eating differences earlier. Pringles are my weakness! I managed to pick up a prescription at Walgreens on Monday without buying a can. It was harder than I thought it would be.

Yikes yes no laundry for Boyfriend! Laundry piling up wears on my mental calm but it's always the first thing to go by the wayside when I'm busy with other things. And I only have to take it to my basement!

Whatever you do accomplish today -- even two things -- just remind yourself it's an accomplishment. You're juggling a ton right now with low batteries.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 10, 2018, 11:00:21 AM
(crossposting with fluffmuffin - I agree x 100000)

I log my food every few months for a couple of weeks, and if I'm trying to change my diet I do it more consistently. The metrics help me gauge whether what I think I'm eating matches what I'm actually eating. Do what works for you :)

I have been logging daily and slowly upping my limit. Because I don't understand what my body wants right now, so I'm trying to figure out how many calories I can eat without gaining weight quickly as I did this summer. I'm terrified of that happening again.

Yikes yes no laundry for Boyfriend! Laundry piling up wears on my mental calm but it's always the first thing to go by the wayside when I'm busy with other things. And I only have to take it to my basement!

Whatever you do accomplish today -- even two things -- just remind yourself it's an accomplishment. You're juggling a ton right now with low batteries.

I might have to put the laundry somewhere other than the bedroom until I can deal with it, because looking at it is stressing me out. Out of sight out of mind, yes?

Thanks, everyone, for listening. It's been a rough morning and I didn't want to melt down all over Facebook about this, so I'm grateful for this space to talk about this stuff.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ToTheMoon on January 10, 2018, 02:47:52 PM
With the laundry - is it really all dirty, or have you just been tossing things into the pile because you are too tired to deal with it?  Maybe taking 5 minutes to sort through and hang things that could reasonably be worn again will make you feel better about the number of loads that ACTUALLY need tending to?  YMMV, but I know that is exactly what I tend to do when I'm getting to the end of my rope.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 10, 2018, 03:13:14 PM
With the laundry - is it really all dirty, or have you just been tossing things into the pile because you are too tired to deal with it?  Maybe taking 5 minutes to sort through and hang things that could reasonably be worn again will make you feel better about the number of loads that ACTUALLY need tending to?  YMMV, but I know that is exactly what I tend to do when I'm getting to the end of my rope.

Unfortunately, all filthy. At the risk of TMI: I am a big sweat-er. I cannot wear things more than once, regardless of what products I use. Also, I own only 4 warm sweaters and they're all dirty and smelly and it's going to get cold again soon.

Pile also contains blankets the cat threw up hairballs on, and everything I wore to a cat cafe on Sunday. There was this cute little kitten walking and climbing all over me. Then I realized I smelled poop. Yep, it was ALLLLL over his little paw and therefore all over my clothing. I meant to get to that Monday but then arrived home from work to discover Flu Boyfriend, at which point everything went to shit.

And now I have a situation involving the mail carrier refusing to deliver packages that I urgently need for that custom jewelry order which is already late, so I've got to cram in a visit to the PO to yell at someone. I've been calling literally all day but no one picks up. I lied - one time someone picked up and slammed the phone right down. Anyway, this is getting way off topic for this thread so I'll stop here.

Uh, to bring it back on topic: tips on how to reduce stress that do not involve money, food, alcohol, being outside (too cold and rainy) or taking a hot bath because our bathtub doesn't work? (The first person who suggests "herbal tea" gets shot. I am consuming multiple cups of it nightly and it's doing nada. :) )
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on January 10, 2018, 03:35:16 PM
At the risk of getting shot for this stress-reducer suggestion:
Meditation / deep breathing
Music
A puzzle (something else to focus on)
Some self-care item - a face mask, do your nails, deep moisturize
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 10, 2018, 04:02:21 PM
At the risk of getting shot for this stress-reducer suggestion:
Meditation / deep breathing
Music
A puzzle (something else to focus on)
Some self-care item - a face mask, do your nails, deep moisturize

Love all of these suggestions.
 I definitely am a fan of micro-meditations (5 minutes at a time--enough to ground yourself down but not long enough to convince yourself you don't have time for it)
Insight Timer is a good (free)app for beginners, but you can also just enjoy the quiet.

Tara Brach has talks on her website (she is a meditation teacher & psychologist). I find her voice calming so I will put on a talk even when I am doing tasks like dishes..

I also enjoy carefully drawing something beautiful (and small)..like one flower. If I do it from real-life or a photo, it forces me to focus on the lines and that focus helps my mind gets a bit of a break from its normal story-lines.

Hope things settle!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 10, 2018, 04:07:22 PM
On another note..I have had some good success with healthy-choice making this week.

It feels like when I start my day right--it goes from there..

Today was a day off and without any rush I have read, meditated, done a home yoga class (yoga with Adrienne..day 4), worked on a painting, went skiing (I live in a mountain town) and am cooking up chickpeas to make hummus.  It sounds busier than it was..

I have plans to see a friend this evening for some cross-country skiing and might even squeeze a nap in.

Wishing you all moments of ease in your day!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on January 10, 2018, 06:39:53 PM
Today I moved my body by: 30 minute walk to work in the morning, 15 minute bike ride home, relaxed 3 mike run with the pup. My quads are feeling the HIIT class from yesterday!! Hello there muscles. Barre class tomorrow.

There was pizza in the break room this afternoon. I have no self control when thereís pizza in the break room. I ate enough to feel a little overly full and bloated afterwards. Every time I tell myself
Iím not going to eat as much pizza...every time I end up eating All The Pizza. Whatever, YOLO, everything else I ate yesterday/today/tomorrow (barring a repeat pizza incident) is healthy and full of plants and whole food nutrition. It all balances out.

Really wanted a beer tonight. Had a sip of the BFís but did not get one of my own.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: expatartist on January 10, 2018, 09:31:10 PM
On another note..I have had some good success with healthy-choice making this week.

It feels like when I start my day right--it goes from there..

Dang, Serendip, what a fantastic day you created! And skiing twice? Inspirational.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: MerryMcQ on January 10, 2018, 09:33:42 PM
Hey Tris Prior, I personally find exercise to be the best stress reliever. You could throw a load of sweaters in the wash, do your work out, then hang/dry the sweaters to dry overnight. That adds maybe 5 minutes to your night. Itís 3 days to the weekend... you can get there! Good luck avoiding the plague!

Personally I made it thru day ten of no sugar. Absolutely no exercise, I felt awful after yesterdayís full day of work then attending a Scouts meeting. Needed more time resting! So I ate ok (met my fiber and protein goals) and worked from home in my PJs.

I also pre-planned tomorrowís meals and made sure everything is nutritionally dense. I eat so much better when I plan the day before.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ToTheMoon on January 10, 2018, 10:12:55 PM
I had an ah-ha moment for myself today:  packing myself a daily lunch (while I am making up the kids lunches)  results in me making much better food choices throughout the day.  First thing in the morning I am not too tired or busy yet, so prepping/packing healthy items is easy.  Having pre cut fruit, homemade "energy balls" and already portioned out yogurt (plain with a dash of maple syrup, and some frozen fruit to keep it cold and make it yummy) along with a turkey/cheese/spinach sandwich - I was able to snack immediately when hungry, and didn't get to the hangry stage where I grab anything quick and easy, healthy be damned.  I am going to try this on my non-work days to see if it helps.  Also, I have had NO chocolate or candy today! (That should not be impressive - but it is.)

I did my day 6 of Yoga with Adriene this morning, and attempted a short xc ski this afternoon - but my body is still angry with me from Monday, so I cut it short.

Need to light a couple of beeswax candles and do my meditation this evening.  I missed it the last two days, and if I don't get to it tonight I may not start up again anytime soon!  I'm up to the 15 minute ones using the Aware app, and am really enjoying it.

. . .
Unfortunately, all filthy. . . .

Dang.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 11, 2018, 08:27:39 AM
Haha, no shooting needed! The reason I said that about herbal tea is that, since I've been dieting, when I'm dying for food and my stomach's growling but I'm over my calorie limit for the day, that's what I have. I feel like I am drowning in herbal tea. I never want to see herbal tea again. And that's always what everyone recommends for stress relief/self-care.

I'm bad at meditation, and I can't draw, but the drawing suggestion reminded me that I have coloring books. I should haul those out again. The trick is convincing myself that I have time to do it, and shutting off the "You should be _____ instead right now!" voice in my head.

So, last night ended up being somewhat of a mixed bag. Boyfriend had a craving for spicy Thai takeout since he's so congested so he had ordered some for himself and some avocado and cucumber sushi for me. Which isn't terribly unhealthy other than the white rice, I guess. I ended up having a total meltdown over the stupid missing package. Which then showed up in a second delivery at 7 p.m. Which turned out to contain something other than what I had ordered; the seller screwed up and sent the wrong finish. At which point I lost my shit. Then found my shit, ate, did yoga, worked on jewelry for one episode of TV as was the plan. My trainer said the app he uses to send me the workouts was down. Usually he then emails me a list of what he wants me to do; I just can't enter in times/reps. But he didn't. And I decided not to poke the bear and just skipped the strength training. I feel really guilty about this - I never have stuck with an exercise program for any length of time. Like, never in my life. And I've been doing the strength training consistently since probably mid-November, which has been a long streak for me.

I know a lot of my stress right now is due to lack of sleep. Am sleeping on the couch, poorly, because the bed is a giant hot zone right now and Boyfriend is up coughing all night so I wouldn't sleep there anyway. I don't like to take sleep aids during the week because they leave me groggy in the morning but if this continues I may do that this weekend. I need sleep!

I read the Yoga with Adriene email for today and it says this workout will be "challenging." Yikes. Except for the couple that have been really stretchy and quiet, I've found them all challenging already! I hope I can manage it.

TotheMoon - I pack my lunch every night, pretty much as soon as I get home from work and dump my dirty tupperwares and mason jars in the dishwasher. I make a week's worth of overnight oats at a time so I throw one of those and a tupperware of whatever's on hand and a piece of fruit in my lunch bag - bam, done. Having it done ahead really helps me.

I've been reading a lot about intuitive eating lately. Does anyone have thoughts on that?

It's 50 out and raining and going to plunge back into the single digits this weekend. I really should try and get a walk in at lunch despite the rain. It felt like spring out there this morning.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Lauran75 on January 11, 2018, 12:58:51 PM
So ... my days without refined sugar has gone to pot.

My healthy choice is to go back to what I was doing the first part of 2017 which wasn't too stressful on me or DH, and actually worked for losing weight. i.e. 6 days a week I was careful in what I ate - no eggs/dairy/limited processed foods/no meat lots of veggies/fruits/legumes/nuts/water. Then one day a week I let myself have a little bit of what I ddin't the other 6 days ... chocolate, pizza w/hubby, other processed type foods (veggie samoa from Dollar Tree.)

I pretty much lost it last night after work - was getting in my car and had the door slam on my fingers. Broke down crying for ten minutes. Just so blasted tired, emotional, feeling like crap. And that's with eating so damn healthy. Not losing weight, stagnating ever since I went strict in April. Having escalating conflict with hubby over the food issues - so stupid to get into arguments/hurt feelings over food! I was just done with it.

So be it if I remain at the size I am now, or heaven forbid have to go back up a size in jeans. I'd rather be happy than thinner at this point. (Part of what is going on is that my hormones I think are out of whack. Had a period 2x in a month. Up til this month I had a pretty stable 27 - 30 day cycle. 1st round came out of the blue, totally unexpected. 2nd round was awful. Awful. Thank goodness for my Diva cup ...)

I just got into a pair of size 14 jeans a few months ago. But a pair of size 16 would just be $4 from Goodwill, and still a lot smaller size than what I wore last January!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on January 11, 2018, 01:32:33 PM
@Lauran75 - it's so frustrating that weight loss is not linear, isn't it? I am (foolishly?) not just tracking calories, but calories deficit based on basal metabolic rate, from which I calculate predicted weight loss. Yeah, I am not on track.

But weight loss isn't linear - so it stagnates, goes up and down, and then whoosh, suddenly one day it moves (sometimes a bunch).

Eat healthy, work on fitness, and enjoy your life (I know, easier said than done).
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: alleykat on January 11, 2018, 10:19:40 PM
So ... my days without refined sugar has gone to pot.

My healthy choice is to go back to what I was doing the first part of 2017 which wasn't too stressful on me or DH, and actually worked for losing weight. i.e. 6 days a week I was careful in what I ate - no eggs/dairy/limited processed foods/no meat lots of veggies/fruits/legumes/nuts/water. Then one day a week I let myself have a little bit of what I ddin't the other 6 days ... chocolate, pizza w/hubby, other processed type foods (veggie samoa from Dollar Tree.)

I pretty much lost it last night after work - was getting in my car and had the door slam on my fingers. Broke down crying for ten minutes. Just so blasted tired, emotional, feeling like crap. And that's with eating so damn healthy. Not losing weight, stagnating ever since I went strict in April. Having escalating conflict with hubby over the food issues - so stupid to get into arguments/hurt feelings over food! I was just done with it.

So be it if I remain at the size I am now, or heaven forbid have to go back up a size in jeans. I'd rather be happy than thinner at this point. (Part of what is going on is that my hormones I think are out of whack. Had a period 2x in a month. Up til this month I had a pretty stable 27 - 30 day cycle. 1st round came out of the blue, totally unexpected. 2nd round was awful. Awful. Thank goodness for my Diva cup ...)

I just got into a pair of size 14 jeans a few months ago. But a pair of size 16 would just be $4 from Goodwill, and still a lot smaller size than what I wore last January!


You are not alone.  I did good for 4 days and then went off the deep end.  Unfortunately emotional eating just makes this twice as hard to stay the course.  However, it is clear I have to come up with a plan that works for me.  I was trying no sugar during the week and reasonable on the weekends but I think I need to rethink my plan a bit.  This is going to be a journey.

I did buy some pants last year but they donít fit like I want them to so I have to give my self some leeway to do some shopping.  I am tired of feeling yucky in my clothes.  So like you, I am just going to say it is what it is and do the best I can going forward.  I am sick of the mental stress I cause myself when I fail each day. I am not giving up but I think I need to do this a bit more slower than I wanted too. 

It is not worth not being happy.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: okits on January 12, 2018, 12:29:56 AM
@Tris Prior - how about watching a funny movie or seeing friends, as self-care or restorative activities?

@Lauran75 - commiseration.  My cycles have been messed up and yesterday and today were wine days so I didn't stab some poor random person because I was SO GRUMPY (the kids are sick and cranky, so I'm tired from handling the overnight wake ups).  And of course they cough right in my face.

No need to be perfect with the food, maybe aim for 80% of the time?  Definitely don't be miserable over this.  It sounds like you lost a lot last year, so if this is your new normal for a while, that's okay, too.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 12, 2018, 09:27:56 AM
Lauran75, I know just how this feels. It is so frustrating to feel like you're working so hard to do everything right, and then you don't see results. (And your diet sounds even more restrictive than mine; that must be really hard.) It's exhausting to always have to think about food; I find that eating really healthy requires so much more planning. If I'm already stressed (as I am now), then I get overwhelmed really quickly and little things make me burst into tears. I was running an errand at lunch yesterday and walked past Panera and I wanted SO badly to faceplant into a sandwich I could hardly stand it. I had to force myself to walk away and white-knuckled it back to the office where I sat at my desk and ate another damn serving of healthy vegan lentil chili.

And, we have fights over food in our household too so I completely get that.

I'm really wondering whether hitting my goal weight (I am 2 lbs away so really at this point it's just vanity and the satisfaction of seeing the number on the scale) is worth it if I'm going to be exhausted and worn down by having to monitor every damn bite that goes into my mouth. I'm really thinking hard about whether this is how I want to live the rest of my life. This all started because I got weighed at the doctor (before that I did not own a scale though I do now) and was shocked at the number, and I was having trouble zipping up my jeans. But really, like you say, is it THAT big a deal to go up 1 size in pants? If the alternative is spending all my time figuring out food and forcing myself to exercise?

This blog that someone recommended upthread is really helping me think about these issues in what I feel is a more sane way: https://www.thereallife-rd.com/ I devoured a lot of posts last night and am going to come back to some later. The ones about being frustrated with oneself because one feels hungry especially resonated - I have this belief that rational brain should be able to keep my lazy slothful gluttonous body in check at all times and should ignore hunger because hunger = eating = weight gain, but that's fighting our biology and as it turns out, that doesn't work.

okits, I know seeing friends would help, but everyone's either sick with the flu, or doesn't want to hang out because Boyfriend is sick with the flu and they assume I'm carrying it and will infect them even though I feel fine. Though to be fair, I read that you're contagious 4-5 days before symptoms so they could be right, I could be Typhoid Mary right now and not know it. I did realize yesterday that I've got a couple weeks left on a free trial of Amazon Prime before I need to cancel it, and it comes with streaming, so this weekend I think we're going to check that out and see what's available and take advantage of that before I cancel. Goal is to find something funny, not depressing! This is harder than one would expect as we don't really like sitcoms or rom-coms, our tastes run more toward sci fi/fantasy which can be violent.

Who else on the Yoga with Adriene Challenge team found the Day 10 practice really freaking difficult? Pretty sure one isn't supposed to be muttering profanity while doing yoga, but there I was. My forearms are killing me today. I blew off strength training after that, told my trainer I'd do it tonight instead. I feel pretty guilty about that but I just didn't have any more energy. Apparently tonight's yoga is supposed to be slower and stretchier. Looking forward to that.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Lauran75 on January 12, 2018, 09:46:31 AM
@Lauran75 - it's so frustrating that weight loss is not linear, isn't it? I am (foolishly?) not just tracking calories, but calories deficit based on basal metabolic rate, from which I calculate predicted weight loss. Yeah, I am not on track.

But weight loss isn't linear - so it stagnates, goes up and down, and then whoosh, suddenly one day it moves (sometimes a bunch).

Eat healthy, work on fitness, and enjoy your life (I know, easier said than done).

Thanks @G-dog

I know weight loss isn't linear ... that's what I've been telling myself ever since April when I've seesawed between the same 6lb range no matter what I do or don't do .. Just so frustrating.

So ... my days without refined sugar has gone to pot.



You are not alone.  I did good for 4 days and then went off the deep end.  Unfortunately emotional eating just makes this twice as hard to stay the course.  However, it is clear I have to come up with a plan that works for me.  I was trying no sugar during the week and reasonable on the weekends but I think I need to rethink my plan a bit.  This is going to be a journey.

I did buy some pants last year but they donít fit like I want them to so I have to give my self some leeway to do some shopping.  I am tired of feeling yucky in my clothes.  So like you, I am just going to say it is what it is and do the best I can going forward.  I am sick of the mental stress I cause myself when I fail each day. I am not giving up but I think I need to do this a bit more slower than I wanted too. 

It is not worth not being happy.

Yeah, emotional eating sure doesn't help. At least I haven't resorted back to my soda habit ... I tried something called the No-S diet a number of years ago - no sweets, snacks or seconds except for days that begin with S (Saturday and Sunday.) I did okay with that ... except for going overboard on the sweets, and then derailing from there.

Taking the slower approach is a good idea. Does it really matter if it takes a year to lose ten pounds? At least you've lost something, which is better than if you did nothing or worse .. (This is what I keep trying to remind myself of when I get frustrated about the weight not going where I want it to go ...)

@Lauran75 - commiseration.  My cycles have been messed up and yesterday and today were wine days so I didn't stab some poor random person because I was SO GRUMPY (the kids are sick and cranky, so I'm tired from handling the overnight wake ups).  And of course they cough right in my face.

No need to be perfect with the food, maybe aim for 80% of the time?  Definitely don't be miserable over this.  It sounds like you lost a lot last year, so if this is your new normal for a while, that's okay, too.

Thanks. I lost about 10% of my starting weight between January and April last year, and then BAM.

I hear you on being so grumpy you want to stab someone ... I work in customer service ... on the phone mostly. Let's just say it's a good thing I can't reach through the phone line to slap some people ...

Thankfully I managed to get a decent night's sleep Wednesday, so yesterday wasn't so horrible. Sleep helps.

DH was happy to have Little Ceasar's for dinner last night. I had my first piece of pizza since April ... and yeah, it was okay but definitely not something to salivate over.

I really really need to get back into my exercise routine. I was regularly walking 45 - 60 minutes most days of the week outside after work or on the weekends even longer. Then daylight got shorter, and I got sick, then little by little I stopped even going out on the weekends.

This weekend is a 3 day weekend. Hopefully I am finally over this cold and whatever hormonal junk and will GET OUT OF THE HOUSE and walk! Walking / exercise does nothing to help me sleep better or lose weight, but it definitely does lift my spirits when I walk outside.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Lauran75 on January 12, 2018, 10:01:53 AM
Lauran75, I know just how this feels. It is so frustrating to feel like you're working so hard to do everything right, and then you don't see results. (And your diet sounds even more restrictive than mine; that must be really hard.) It's exhausting to always have to think about food; I find that eating really healthy requires so much more planning. If I'm already stressed (as I am now), then I get overwhelmed really quickly and little things make me burst into tears. I was running an errand at lunch yesterday and walked past Panera and I wanted SO badly to faceplant into a sandwich I could hardly stand it. I had to force myself to walk away and white-knuckled it back to the office where I sat at my desk and ate another damn serving of healthy vegan lentil chili.

And, we have fights over food in our household too so I completely get that.

I'm really wondering whether hitting my goal weight (I am 2 lbs away so really at this point it's just vanity and the satisfaction of seeing the number on the scale) is worth it if I'm going to be exhausted and worn down by having to monitor every damn bite that goes into my mouth. I'm really thinking hard about whether this is how I want to live the rest of my life. This all started because I got weighed at the doctor (before that I did not own a scale though I do now) and was shocked at the number, and I was having trouble zipping up my jeans. But really, like you say, is it THAT big a deal to go up 1 size in pants? If the alternative is spending all my time figuring out food and forcing myself to exercise?

This blog that someone recommended upthread is really helping me think about these issues in what I feel is a more sane way: https://www.thereallife-rd.com/ I devoured a lot of posts last night and am going to come back to some later. The ones about being frustrated with oneself because one feels hungry especially resonated - I have this belief that rational brain should be able to keep my lazy slothful gluttonous body in check at all times and should ignore hunger because hunger = eating = weight gain, but that's fighting our biology and as it turns out, that doesn't work.

okits, I know seeing friends would help, but everyone's either sick with the flu, or doesn't want to hang out because Boyfriend is sick with the flu and they assume I'm carrying it and will infect them even though I feel fine. Though to be fair, I read that you're contagious 4-5 days before symptoms so they could be right, I could be Typhoid Mary right now and not know it. I did realize yesterday that I've got a couple weeks left on a free trial of Amazon Prime before I need to cancel it, and it comes with streaming, so this weekend I think we're going to check that out and see what's available and take advantage of that before I cancel. Goal is to find something funny, not depressing! This is harder than one would expect as we don't really like sitcoms or rom-coms, our tastes run more toward sci fi/fantasy which can be violent.

Who else on the Yoga with Adriene Challenge team found the Day 10 practice really freaking difficult? Pretty sure one isn't supposed to be muttering profanity while doing yoga, but there I was. My forearms are killing me today. I blew off strength training after that, told my trainer I'd do it tonight instead. I feel pretty guilty about that but I just didn't have any more energy. Apparently tonight's yoga is supposed to be slower and stretchier. Looking forward to that.

I was vegetarian before I started doing the whole foods plant based thing and already wasn't drinking milk too (sinuses and the toots) so it wasn't a HUGE step down for me. For DH though, my not eating cheese or eggs anymore reduced what we could eat together, and no matter how many spices I use, he laments the lack of salt and oil in the dishes I make. Since April, I think he's only liked TWO things I've made. We only eat together twice a week - he's responsible for Thursday's and I'm responsible for Sundays. So it would be way worse if we ate together every night. (He works nights as a pizza delivery driver ... can you say -surrounded by unhealthy food choices ...)

It sounds like maybe you are due for a break? Maybe loosen the parameters for  a little while and then go back if you want to.

Is it any good to obsess about what you're eating, if you're not feeling healthy? (My same question to myself!)

I will have to take a look at the blog you mentioned.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on January 12, 2018, 11:03:10 AM
Sending good vibes to @Lauran75 and @Tris Prior. I hope that things get easier for you both. Robyn (the real life RD) is wonderful and her blog has been a huge source of comfort and strength to me for a few years now, so Tris, I'm glad that you're finding it helpful so far :) http://immaeatthat.com/ is another good one, from another registered dietician.

I had freezer pizza last night. Not great for physical health, but it was what my mental health needed. I foolishly did not take my gym schedule into account while meal planning this week and scheduled lentil soup for Wednesday. Got home from working out at 6:45 already hangry, and could not wait like an hour to prep food, let lentils cook, etc. We follow the Frugalwoods norm of having at least one pizza in the freezer at all times, so I granted the BF permission to pop the emergency pizza in the oven while I was showering. It was 100% the right choice, even after my pizza overdose on Tuesday.

Getting back into non-running strength-based exercise has been fine, aside from the fact that my quads are KILLING me. I'd been a member at a schmancy boutique fitness studio for a few years and let my contract lapse in August, since it was just too expensive and I needed a mental break. I've been doing Youtube stuff erratically since then (Yoga with Adrienne + Pop Pilates, mostly), but I just...suck at doing anything other than running on my own, even though I have some chronic hip issues that flare up if I don't do regular core/glute work. My studio was having a really good one-month deal for January, so I got myself another month as a Christmas present. It's been great to get back to the studio. I miss it a lot, and I wish that there was a way for me to make the numbers work for after January, but they just...don't. (Working there isn't really an option either: my schedule doesn't line up with what they want from their front desk people, and I don't think I'd be a good instructor.)

So I'm not sure what I'm doing in February. Maybe joining Gold's for ~$30/month, maybe just bouncing around studios doing intro months. IDK. I'd like to get into something more regular, which indicates Gold's, but I'm really picky about the quality of my group fitness classes, which indicates sticking with focused studios. I've been flip-flopping since August with no resolution. Ugh.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on January 12, 2018, 03:21:52 PM
I'm not gonna talk about my weight or eating choices -- it was DD's birthday this week, so we have a Costco chocolate cake in the house, and I'm probably ovulating.  Enough said.   

But I DID go to the gym every day the last four days.  And pushed myself even though I didn't feel like it most of the time.  Go me.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on January 12, 2018, 04:29:13 PM
I'm not gonna talk about my weight or eating choices -- it was DD's birthday this week, so we have a Costco chocolate cake in the house, and I'm probably ovulating.  Enough said.   

But I DID go to the gym every day the last four days.  And pushed myself even though I didn't feel like it most of the time.  Go me.

Way to go lhamo!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 13, 2018, 09:51:13 AM
Nice job, lhamo!

I was vegetarian before I started doing the whole foods plant based thing and already wasn't drinking milk too (sinuses and the toots) so it wasn't a HUGE step down for me. For DH though, my not eating cheese or eggs anymore reduced what we could eat together, and no matter how many spices I use, he laments the lack of salt and oil in the dishes I make.

I'm sorry. I can relate; Boyfriend doesn't like what I cook if it has "too many vegetables" in it. Or if it's "weird." I gave him a taste of the green curry sauce I made for my tofu curry last night - didn't even make him have the tofu! - because I thought it might be good on chicken, and he pronounced it "weird." WTF, dude, you eat Thai takeout all the time and that's got the same stuff in it! Though probably way more salt and I don't cook with salt. Sigh.

It really sucks that he and I don't eat the same meals. I'm not sure why it bugs me so much, but it does. I guess because it's a lack of shared experience?

I'm vegetarian too but I haven't been able to quit dairy and eggs. I don't drink milk but I cook with it, and eggs are quick protein for me.


It sounds like maybe you are due for a break? Maybe loosen the parameters for  a little while and then go back if you want to.

Is it any good to obsess about what you're eating, if you're not feeling healthy? (My same question to myself!)

I will have to take a look at the blog you mentioned.

These are all good questions. This stuff can make you insane. I thought I'd done well this week. I had some homemade thin crust pizza (little cheese and full of veg on my half) a couple days ago, and I had a glass of wine last night, those were  the only non-clean things I ate and I did a good job of staying within my calories. While taking care of Boyfriend and keeping my shit together at work, I might add! This morning's weekly weigh in: Up 4 ounces geez, I'm a dumbass, no, not 4 ounces, 4/10 of a pound. UGH. I know that's not much, but after a week spent working really hard to follow my plan (when the week was already super stressful due to Boyfriend being so ill), that's discouraging. My period's due in a couple days so I hope it's just that.

But, you know, part of me thinks keeping such close tabs on the scale is stupid and destructive. Then I remember how quickly I packed on weight this summer without even really noticing, since in summer I wear flowy stretchy things and not skinny jeans, and since I didn't even own a scale so didn't know until my clothes didn't fit.

Meanwhile, Boyfriend lost 10 lbs. (!) this week on the Flu Diet. Not that I recommend that, but wow, this really highlights the differences between male and female bodies (not to mention the difference between trying to lose when you're close to your goal and when you're obese, as he is). I mean, that's the old joke, right, a man skips one meal and drops 10 lbs? Though he skipped a lot of meals because he didn't feel like eating. Poor guy.

fluffmuffin, I checked out that other blog too. Good stuff though the motherhood stuff doesn't apply to me. I am going to take some time to read and digest it.

I can't believe I'm asking a frugality board this but: she offers an online course about overcoming disordered eating thoughts. Has anyone ever done something like this? I don't have it in front of me right now but I think it cost $300-something? I just paid for plane tickets to London so I'm otherwise reining in spending right now, but I wonder if it'd be totally stupid and wasteful to invest in something like that. (I should note that I am in therapy but while my therapist has been good about helping me with the issues that put me in therapy in the first place, she has no experience with disordered eating and said as much. Some things she said in response to me telling her I was struggling with this have been a little tone deaf, I think, like "maybe consider Weight Watchers? I hear a lot of people have success with that." No, dude, that's not really the issue here! Also, she's morbidly obese so I feel like an asshole telling her "I feel fat." At any rate, she's not the person to help me with this stuff.)

I should probably just focus on what's written on the blogs before I shell out a whole lot of money for.... I'm not even sure what, honestly. More blog posts and videos, it looks like? And post more here. I'm pretty much off the "Losing Weight" thread, I think. The post about being "skinny fat" kind of got to me. Ugh.

I was entirely out of cope last night so I blew off the strength training. Will try and do it today. My daily yoga streak continues, though!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bicycle_B on January 13, 2018, 10:27:04 AM
Hi, everyone.  @lhamo, good for you on starting a thread with the right approach for yourself.   Obviously it's a hit for others too!

Not sure I should be allowed in this thread for long, because I am on one of the other health threads and lack the intuitive gifts to know what's in them that's not OK here.  So, if I offend, please let me know ASAP, and please accept my apology in advance.  :)

The healthy choice I am making in 2018 is to cook more.  This will hopefully lessen my Achilles heel, the sugar habit, at least somewhat.  "Cook more" implies learning how to cook things that are more complicated than opening a can of beans.

Accomplishments so far: 
1. Learned to cook chicken stew, did it twice. 
2. Have a pot of formerly dry beans simmering as I write.

Congratulations to all on putting yourself forward and building a supportive new corner of the forum.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 13, 2018, 11:29:56 AM
Just a quick note to say good morning and good work to all of you.
Sometimes just noting our patterns and emotions is the right work for the day, and we all seem to be on that page!

Hi Bicycle_B, you are definitely welcome here :)

And Tris Prior, weight is indeed a hard one. For some people it is helpful to monitor, for others destructive. I hope you can find some affordable options for now...but in the future, perhaps a course like the one you mentioned would be helpful?

 I took one last year called 'a course in the ritual of self-care'...which was an online 9 week exploration into our relationships with food, bodies, the sacred earth. It was run by a holistic nutritionist named Kori Leigh and I received some great takeaways. One of the big ones was the idea of 'is your food made of ingredients, or IS your food ingredients'..the idea that whole foods & recognizable words on an ingredient list is a good way to see whether your body might be happy to receive said food.

She also really emphasized the sacredness of our lives and the food we consume. So eating slowly, not while doing anything else, paying attention to our minds and how we self-talk. Learning to love the 'crafting of meals'. There was ALOT of information to digest (ha ha) but also it was about self-love being a work-in-progress, celebrate the small steps and enjoying your body & LIFe.

 It's a bit out there for some, but for west-coast me...it was right up my alley.

Currently feeling like my activity level is good--trying to get outside every day, often skiing.
 Painting and lots of reading & cooking. I think right now I could benefit from cutting down on the beer..we regularly have beer with meals or after activities. It's very much a social thing in our community but I don't need it so much.

Hope you all enjoy your weekends :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 13, 2018, 12:26:20 PM
http://www.richroll.com/podcast/mirna-valerio/

Great podcast--listening to it while cleaning the house :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: RamonaQ on January 13, 2018, 01:10:46 PM
http://www.richroll.com/podcast/mirna-valerio/

Great podcast--listening to it while cleaning the house :)

Oh, I'll have to listen to that.  I follow Mirna on social media and she's awesome.  She makes me want to try ultra-running, and I never thought I'd do that!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: horsepoor on January 13, 2018, 01:21:37 PM
Still reading and cheering everyone on.

Tris, it sounds like you're feeling a little better about your situation now.  I hope you were able to get some sleep and can avoid catching the flu.

I need to be more appreciative of my husband's willingness to eat almost anything, OMFG.  It's taken several years, but I even have him eating butternut squash now.  It did involve some trickery though - like I would put the squash in with other roasted vegetables and just not tell him, then slowly work up from there.  Other stuff, he had rigid ideas of what constituted a certain meal, and I think it was a bit of a trigger type thing for him when I'd say we're having bunless burgers for instance, but if I made a burger and put mushrooms and onions on top and said it was Salisbury steak, that was fine.

With things like curries, would you be able to split it and add more salt to his and see if he likes it better?  Say you copied his favorite restaurant's curry or something?

It is difficult to find that correct balance of eating well and exercising, but not obsessing and letting it take over your life.  A few years ago I was 15# lighter after losing over 50#.  However, it took constant vigilance to stay at that weight.  Currently, I'd like to drop 10# to get to a weight where I'm a little more comfortable in my breeches, but I'm hoping it will come off a more organically once I have my second horse back and start burning more calories in the saddle and at the barn rather than gutting it out on the treadmill and counting calories.  In lieu of that, I've decided I can be content at my current bodyfat percentage and maintain my sanity and enjoyment of food.

Perfect thread - I'm trying to clean up my diet after eating way too many cookies over the past couple months (everyone was baking this year!).

Just finished my big kale salad with hardboiled eggs and managed to ignore the big tray of donuts sitting out by the coffee machine.


Finally made it out for a run/walk today - it's frighteningly warm and sunny for January in Idaho, and by tomorrow the outdoor arena should be usable for riding.

Diet is going well; I'm just shooting for keeping it clean on the weekdays, and loosening things up on weekends.  Concentrating on eating lots of veggies and minimizing sugar.  I've started loosely meal planning again via using a Google Docs table with breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday, and also listing my tentative activities for that day - riding, working out, whether I'm teleworking or in the office, etc.  Then if my schedule changes, I can quickly switch up the meal plan to work with my schedule. 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 13, 2018, 05:19:27 PM
And..... flu. :( Started getting a cruddy throat and coughing this afternoon (on the way home from my hairstylist's. Oops. Guess I infected her. Didn't mean to, honestly thought I was out of the woods by now!). Seems to be a milder case than Boyfriend has, so far, though - no fever or chills, just the same crud/cough he has and feeling draggy and tired.

Dammit. I was working SO hard at not catching this. Another example of my body doing shit I don't approve of without my permission! :)

The part that pisses me off most is that I'm not going to make it through the 30-day yoga challenge. I know it's not my fault, but every time I've committed to an exercise schedule in my life, something has happened to torpedo it. Usually work, but this time it's my health. Hmph.

horsepoor, you are so fortunate! Boyfriend HATES it when I hide stuff in his food; learned that the hard way, he thinks it's lying. What's funny is that some "yuck" foods are things he eats all the time. Like, he was grossed out by the coconut milk I was adding to my homemade curry. I said to him, "um, you know that curry you always order when we go out for Thai? It's full of coconut milk! You've eaten it often!" He was horrified.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: okits on January 13, 2018, 08:40:13 PM
The part that pisses me off most is that I'm not going to make it through the 30-day yoga challenge. I know it's not my fault, but every time I've committed to an exercise schedule in my life, something has happened to torpedo it. Usually work, but this time it's my health. Hmph.

I think you can have "sick days", pick up on the day you left off before getting the flu, and it still counting as sticking to it.  Seriously.  It's not like you're taking an exercise vacation.  If you were well you'd still be doing it.  So as long as you pick it up as soon as you're well again, you get credit for doing it.

After five days of resisting it, my immune system capitulated and I now have my kids' cold.  Little hooligans won't stop sneezing and coughing in my face.  Also relaxed my food/booze restrictions until I get my period and it finishes.  Unhappy, sick kids, sick me, and PMS?  It is better for everyone if I have ingestibles to help me cope.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 13, 2018, 10:06:10 PM

After five days of resisting it, my immune system capitulated and I now have my kids' cold.  Little hooligans won't stop sneezing and coughing in my face.  Also relaxed my food/booze restrictions until I get my period and it finishes.  Unhappy, sick kids, sick me, and PMS?  It is better for everyone if I have ingestibles to help me cope.

Ugh, I'm sorry. Yeah, I failed to mention that I also have PMS and my period's due Monday. Period AND flu? At the same time? Who's a lucky girl!! :P
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: alleykat on January 16, 2018, 10:18:31 AM
I have had some healthy choices and some not so I am hoping it all equals out.  But, as I go I feel I am getting a little bit better and hope to tip the scales to be 80% healthy and 20% whatever I choose.   
I am also trying to get better at stopping when I am full.

I stocked up on salad fixings and fruit. I am hoping if I reach for these more that I will not reach for the other stuff too much.

I also want to start making some healthy freezer meals for the week. I do recognize the fact that when I am hungry and don't have anything quick to make, I reach for unhealthy and I want to change that.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on January 16, 2018, 12:26:54 PM
Sorry to hear about the sickness, @Tris Prior and @okits :( It sucks.

After two solid weeks of having a cold, I think I'm better? But I've thought that before...I was feeling okay Wednesday and Thursday of last week, then took a nosedive on Friday and spent the whole three-day weekend wrapped in a blanket migrating between the couch and my bed.

Even though I think I'm okay health-wise at this point, this week will probably end up being a bit of a trainwreck healthy choice-wise. I'm traveling for work Wednesday-Friday, which always seems to end up meaning lots of coffee, rich food, and white-bread-filled hotel breakfasts. I'm also worried that getting on a plane with some lingering sinus stuffiness is going to reignite the whole thing.

Probably not going to be much exercise happening, either--I canceled my class tonight because I'm just not feeling up to HIIT right now. I'll try and do some restorative yoga instead, maybe a nice long walk with the pup since it's bearably cold.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: RamonaQ on January 16, 2018, 01:11:40 PM
I've started doing a simple daily tracking thing of just recording what vegetables I eat.  I figure if I'm eating a lot of vegetables, the rest of my diet is pretty good too.  I never really focused on getting X number of vegetables a day, because I see myself as a person who eats a ton of veggies.

Yesterday I had one vegetable, and that's only if you count tomato soup as a vegetable*

It's interesting how our perception of "how we eat" can sometimes be different than reality.

*I've been sick so a lot of my diet has been toast and popsicles.  But still.  At least I did have some fruit.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 16, 2018, 02:36:30 PM
All this talk of sickness brings up an interesting question: how do you know if you're too sick to work out?

My fever's gone, but my throat is still sore and I'm still coughing. Wondering if some slow stretchy yoga would be a bad idea. Boyfriend says yes, that I belong on the couch or the bed guzzling tea and soup. I disagree, but then I tend to push past my physical limits. But I've had this since Saturday and am starting to feel like a slug from lack of movement.

I don't recommend doing what I did on Saturday - realized that I was getting sick, but didn't feel awful yet, so forced myself to do my high-intensity strength training and then the 30-days-of-yoga practice - the routine she gave us that day was tough for me even if I were 100 percent healthy. I figured I'd better get it done asap before the fever hit. This resulted in the typical flu body aches PLUS being so sore from the workout and yoga that I literally could not sit down or remove my own bra. 0/10 would not recommend.

I am trying to remind myself that my focus right now should not be on counting calories, it should be on eating well and nourishing myself so that I can get over this flu.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 16, 2018, 05:25:25 PM
When I was lifting it was pretty easy to tell that point- based on the amount of weight that felt heavy that day (and not just for illness but for menstruation, at least for me). Back then I had a "recovery" workout I did instead, that was super light weight and gentle moves that I knew really well.

Now for myself my litmus test is whether I want coffee - if no, I'm too sick or too tired to push my body in any hard physical way and I stick to restorative exercise.

I'm trying to cut back/cut out caffeine, though, so I'll have to come up with a new rule for myself!

I watched the first 30 days of yoga session - I won't be able to do them every day and I definitely don't know a lot of poses (I take kundalini classes so don't know many vinyasa style poses) but I think I'm going to start following along.

Have any of you seen the 7 minute workout? From a New York Times article several years ago it sounds like. My heartrate monitor has it as an app and I tried it over the weekend - it was surprisingly hard but kind of fun! You need a chair and that's it - it's a specific order of exercises with rest in between designed to be a cardio workout that also works all your muscle groups.

The order is jumping jacks, wall sit, push ups (ummm very modified haha), abdominal crunches (I don't do these, too risky for my lower back and neck and I personally don't think they are an effective movement), step-ups onto a chair, squats, tricep dips with the chair, plank, high knees running in place, lunges, push up and rotation (HAHA noooo), and side planks. https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/the-scientific-7-minute-workout/ (https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/the-scientific-7-minute-workout/)

I've been trying to eat more grains lately and my gut has not been happy with it. Just oats and bakery bread (slow baked instead of fast-factory-processed) right now. I've just started soaking my oats in whey overnight, mostly because I have leftovers from making yogurt, but maybe it will help. I mixed a sourdough starter yesterday so hopefully in a week or so I'll have a functioning starter and can start making bread again.

edited to add:
....I forgot I mentioned earlier in the thread that Pringles are my weakness.... guess what I bought when I realized I had 11 minutes until the next bus while I was standing right outside Walgreens? But I didn't eat them!! I didn't get home until 8pm after leaving work at 5:30 and stopping at several different errand-places via transit. I was SO hungry. And made myself prepare actual food- still very much comfort food for my it's-cold-out self, toast with swiss cheese, and a fruit/oatmeal/yogurt smoothie. Now I have a little half size can of Pringles to resist every day, haha. OH I also made myself shovel my sidewalks and driveway!

The most amazing part of those choices is how I feel emotionally after making choices that benefit my wellbeing.

For a good 45 minutes of my time on transit last night I was thinking about chips and how I was going home and just eating chips and watching a video on my laptop, and wishing I had wine to go with my relaxing chip and vid time. By the time I was done with snow and making dinner, my body was ready for bed and I was dozing off the second I started a video.

Physically I am a little sore today. But my gut feels much better than if I would have eaten Pringles. And my spirit feels like a badass getting Things Done when I wanted to coddle myself. <3 That is the feeling I want to continue cultivating.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 16, 2018, 05:39:49 PM
Now for myself my litmus test is whether I want coffee - if no, I'm too sick or too tired to push my body in any hard physical way and I stick to restorative exercise.


Interesting! Whether I want coffee or not is also how I tell whether I'm really sick. I had coffee today, because I decided I was well enough to work from home at least part of the day, and I needed to function. I did not want it, though, and it did not taste good. That is not normal for me, hence: sick.

Of course, the committing-to-regular-exercise thing is a fairly new development. In the past, I'd seize upon any excuse to skip a workout, but I don't want to do that any more.

She explains all the poses pretty well, so I don't think lack of knowledge will hurt you. Worst case, you can do what I do - pause and rewind as necessary to figure out what it is you're supposed to be doing.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 16, 2018, 05:40:54 PM
Now for myself my litmus test is whether I want coffee - if no, I'm too sick or too tired to push my body in any hard physical way and I stick to restorative exercise.


Interesting! Whether I want coffee or not is also how I tell whether I'm really sick. I had coffee today, because I decided I was well enough to work from home at least part of the day, and I needed to function. I did not want it, though, and it did not taste good. That is not normal for me, hence: sick.

Of course, the committing-to-regular-exercise thing is a fairly new development. In the past, I'd seize upon any excuse to skip a workout, but I don't want to do that any more.

She explains all the poses pretty well, so I don't think lack of knowledge will hurt you. Worst case, you can do what I do - pause and rewind as necessary to figure out what it is you're supposed to be doing.

So far I'm really really loving how she describes things.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Lauran75 on January 17, 2018, 12:15:34 PM
@Tris Prior 

I'm sorry to hear you've been down with the flu.

It really makes it difficult when two people eat nearly completely the opposite of each other. I WANT to make stuff for my husband that he'll like, but ... that is also not going to contribute to his weight issues. IOW a nearly impossible desire. I did make something out of the How Not to Die cookbook Sunday night that he didn't hate - roasted cauliflower w/lemon tahini sauce. He actually gave it a thumbs up and suggested adding cut up potatoes or some other veggies to it. He didn't even add any salt to it!

My healthy choice today is to not eat my frustrations. DH (deleted rant that probably doesn't belong here.)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: RamonaQ on January 17, 2018, 12:53:17 PM
After nearly a week of being sick, I'm finally feeling pretty normal again.  I had a lunch meeting today and was really looking forward to some free, tasty food.  Sadly, all their sandwiches had meat in them (I'm a vegetarian).  I ended up going to the little snack bar and buying a mediocre-at-best veggie cup for $2.50 to eat during the meeting, honestly more because I didn't want to draw attention to myself by not eating than out of real need for food.  But now I'm still hungry, because carrots and celery is a pathetic lunch.  Grump grump grump.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 17, 2018, 01:02:53 PM
Good job resisting the Pringles, katscratch! You know, you don't HAVE to keep resisting the can. You could just throw it out, or bring it to work and set it out in the breakroom (which is what I do with junk food I don't want in the house as I hate wasting food).


It really makes it difficult when two people eat nearly completely the opposite of each other. I WANT to make stuff for my husband that he'll like, but ... that is also not going to contribute to his weight issues. IOW a nearly impossible desire.

Yes, this, exactly! After a ton of therapy I think I've finally internalized that I can't make Boyfriend lose weight and if he chooses to eat himself to death rather than enjoy a long healthy life with me, that is his choice, as much as it sucks. But that doesn't mean I have to personally fix high-calorie junk for him.

It does make me resentful sometimes that there are certain foods I simply cannot have in the house because he will immediately eat all of it. For example, we baked Christmas cookies. I had two cookies out of the batch and stopped - I've found that since I've mostly cut sugar, now I'm satisfied with a small amount of sweets when I do indulge. I told him that I wanted to split the batch 50-50 and that I'd be eating my half slowly. He agreed. They were all gone the next day. :( I got SO mad at him.... so what does he do? Bakes another batch! This is not solving the problem at hand!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: okits on January 17, 2018, 02:00:44 PM
Good job resisting the Pringles, katscratch! You know, you don't HAVE to keep resisting the can. You could just throw it out, or bring it to work and set it out in the breakroom (which is what I do with junk food I don't want in the house as I hate wasting food).

I'd lean towards throwing it out.  Yes, at work, we are all adults and are responsible for what we choose to eat, but I think lots of us can relate to the temptation of "free" and of treats being easily available.  If you have co-workers trying to eat better it would be a kindness to help set them up for success.  (Assuming you like your co-workers.  If they're jerks, bring the Pringles and buy a pound of candy to go alongside it! 😛)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on January 17, 2018, 02:43:37 PM
Guys -- new low time on my 3 mile run today! 32:34 --beat my previous best (from about 10 days ago, I think) by 20 seconds.  If I can keep up that rate of speed increase (roughly 1 minute off per month) I should be able to hit my 30 minute goal by April 1. 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on January 17, 2018, 02:45:23 PM
Guys -- new low time on my 3 mile run today! 32:34 --beat my previous best (from about 10 days ago, I think) by 20 seconds.  If I can keep up that rate of speed increase (roughly 1 minute off per month) I should be able to hit my 30 minute goal by April 1.

Woohoo!

Are you thinking of doing a 5K? You are doing the mileage.  Some folks enjoy them, and find them helpful motivation to keep running.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: RamonaQ on January 17, 2018, 02:46:33 PM
Guys -- new low time on my 3 mile run today! 32:34 --beat my previous best (from about 10 days ago, I think) by 20 seconds.  If I can keep up that rate of speed increase (roughly 1 minute off per month) I should be able to hit my 30 minute goal by April 1.

Nice!  Are you following a particular plan for your run training?

Just don't get discouraged if your progress slows a bit - it can often take longer for incremental gains the faster you get!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 17, 2018, 02:56:11 PM
I'd lean towards throwing it out.  Yes, at work, we are all adults and are responsible for what we choose to eat, but I think lots of us can relate to the temptation of "free" and of treats being easily available.  If you have co-workers trying to eat better it would be a kindness to help set them up for success.  (Assuming you like your co-workers.  If they're jerks, bring the Pringles and buy a pound of candy to go alongside it! 😛)

You know, I honestly never thought of it that way. Everyone at my work brings in tons of food, constantly. It's just part of the culture. (Though I can count on 1 hand how many times I have done so.) After Christmas, I went to put a small bag of Hershey's Kisses left over from Xmas cookie baking on the "free" table in the breakroom, at Boyfriend's request, and was astonished to see the PILES and PILES of candy and junk lying there. On one hand I felt guilty for adding to it, but on the other hand my contribution was so comparatively small.

You've got a point. OK, yes, throw it out - and put some used kitty litter (or something equally inedible) on top of it so you're not tempted to dig it out of the trash!

I think I am mostly over my flu! I have a feeling the cough is going to hang around for a while, though. Ugh. Considering some gentle stretchy yoga later (though not going to dive back into the 30 days until I feel like I can sustain it). I'm tired of inactivity.

Boyfriend lost 9 lbs in a week from this flu. Out of curiosity I weighed myself this morning and I lost 1/2 lb since Saturday. I haven't been counting calories while sick but also haven't been that hungry. Mostly, I'm worried about how much fitness I've lost from basically lying in bed and sitting on the couch since Saturday.

RamonaQ, no veg options at lunch is the WORST. That sucks. And you're probably not the only person who would appreciate vegetarian choices, even if others are omnivores and you're the only veg. Maybe worth speaking to whoever is in charge of ordering food for your meetings? (Though, it also sucks when they go out of their way to provide a veg option and it turns out to be terrible. The last time we had a work meeting with food we had these hummus/feta/black olive wraps that were so salty, I couldn't eat it.)

I peeked into the other weight loss threat and I'm glad I'm not really following along any more because there's been some fairly triggering stuff in there. Like feeling euphoria after fasting. Or wearing Spanx to deter oneself from feeling hungry. I don't think I'm going to look at that any more.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on January 17, 2018, 03:58:22 PM
Guys -- new low time on my 3 mile run today! 32:34 --beat my previous best (from about 10 days ago, I think) by 20 seconds.  If I can keep up that rate of speed increase (roughly 1 minute off per month) I should be able to hit my 30 minute goal by April 1.

Nice!  Are you following a particular plan for your run training?

Just don't get discouraged if your progress slows a bit - it can often take longer for incremental gains the faster you get!

I'm not doing a specific plan this time -- but I have done several runs through the Hal Higdon 5k training plans in the past.  So I'm basically just doing my own haphazard version of that, mixing up steady/slower 3 mile runs, intervals, faster shorter runs (I did 2 miles in just under 22 minutes last week), and runs like today where I just push myself as hard as I can.

So far I have not run any 5ks.  Or run at all outside.  I tried a couple of years ago and didn't enjoy it.  May try again this spring, since we are so close to the trail.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Cressida on January 17, 2018, 09:33:12 PM
Guys -- new low time on my 3 mile run today! 32:34 --beat my previous best (from about 10 days ago, I think) by 20 seconds.  If I can keep up that rate of speed increase (roughly 1 minute off per month) I should be able to hit my 30 minute goal by April 1.

Wow! Do you run on That Trail By Your House? Is the trail hilly at that spot? (I think about starting running now and then, but I know I'd have to find a flat route or I'd quit after ten seconds. I used to have a standing appointment in Fremont when I worked in South Lake Union, and I would just walk - it was totally effortless, because it was right next to the lake the whole way so no hills.)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on January 18, 2018, 04:01:25 AM
I’ve got the vibe today!

Drank plenty of water, took plenty of desk breaks to walk around outside, set up Runkeeper on my phone, did some YouTube yoga and started learning Zumba steps. How do I forget so easily how good exercise is for my mood?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: alewpanda on January 18, 2018, 09:30:29 AM
I want to join!

I have consciously been doing the following since January started, with only a couple days of really bad 'rebounds':

Walking longer, more often with the dogs.  Even in the negative temps, I find that 5 10ish minute walks really keeps my energy up throughout the day and helps me be focused on good choices rather than vegging and binging.  I attempt to get a total of 1-1 1/2 hours of walking in with the dogs each day...at varying speeds depending on the temps and what they are interested in.

I am trying to make the first two meals of my day vegetarian...vegan if I can find a substitute for milk in my coffee.  A win calorie-wise, expense-wise, health-wise, and environmentally. 

I've been roasting bulk veggies and dividing them into large meal-sized containers that I pair with a piece of fruit for my packed lunches.  These have been filling me up well and I don't miss the meat.

No alcohol since NYE.  Trying to make it a once in a great while thing and not regular.  The lower meat and alcohol consumption has effortlessly lowered our already low grocery bill even more :)

We have had a tub of ice cream in the freezer for 2 WEEKS without touching it.  I told my DH that its for when we have some couples over to the new apartment, and since that hasn't been scheduled yet, we have managed to not eat it...although its been close once or twice.



Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on January 18, 2018, 09:34:38 AM
Guys -- new low time on my 3 mile run today! 32:34 --beat my previous best (from about 10 days ago, I think) by 20 seconds.  If I can keep up that rate of speed increase (roughly 1 minute off per month) I should be able to hit my 30 minute goal by April 1.

Wow! Do you run on That Trail By Your House? Is the trail hilly at that spot? (I think about starting running now and then, but I know I'd have to find a flat route or I'd quit after ten seconds. I used to have a standing appointment in Fremont when I worked in South Lake Union, and I would just walk - it was totally effortless, because it was right next to the lake the whole way so no hills.)

Trail is flat in my area, runs parallel to the lake shore.  It is just over 3 miles from my place up to where Third Place Books is.  I'm thinking if/when I do try to tackle an outside run I'll reward myself with a treat.  And then maybe take the bus home.....
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Lauran75 on January 18, 2018, 11:53:38 AM
Good job resisting the Pringles, katscratch! You know, you don't HAVE to keep resisting the can. You could just throw it out, or bring it to work and set it out in the breakroom (which is what I do with junk food I don't want in the house as I hate wasting food).


It really makes it difficult when two people eat nearly completely the opposite of each other. I WANT to make stuff for my husband that he'll like, but ... that is also not going to contribute to his weight issues. IOW a nearly impossible desire.

Yes, this, exactly! After a ton of therapy I think I've finally internalized that I can't make Boyfriend lose weight and if he chooses to eat himself to death rather than enjoy a long healthy life with me, that is his choice, as much as it sucks. But that doesn't mean I have to personally fix high-calorie junk for him.

It does make me resentful sometimes that there are certain foods I simply cannot have in the house because he will immediately eat all of it. For example, we baked Christmas cookies. I had two cookies out of the batch and stopped - I've found that since I've mostly cut sugar, now I'm satisfied with a small amount of sweets when I do indulge. I told him that I wanted to split the batch 50-50 and that I'd be eating my half slowly. He agreed. They were all gone the next day. :( I got SO mad at him.... so what does he do? Bakes another batch! This is not solving the problem at hand!

I understand that resentful feeling. I've had to work really hard to not feel as though every time I see DH eating say ... an entire rum cake in 48 hours .. or a bowl of mashed potatoes made with 6 - 8 large potatoes and lots of milk and butter ... etc., like it's an indication of him not loving me enough to want to grow old with me. Because that is how it feels sometimes still. He knows he is beyond morbidly obese, and is always talking about knowing that he'll probably die young (he's 52) and that he really needs to "cut back". But then in the next breath he'll wax eloquently about a place he buys beef ribs at in another city (1/2 rack I think is what he gets) or about all the restaurants we can go visit in the next few months. Or he'll tell me about how he ate most of a bad order (work) including 20 pc of chicken, biscuits, and a pizza ...

It would be a whole lot easier for me to get him to see the benefits of my way of eating, if the benefits were visible - i.e. better energy, better sleep, better mood, better healthy overall feeling. But ... other than my sinus issues slightly improving, all of the above are no better than they were a year ago! So ... not a great example for him.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Lauran75 on January 18, 2018, 12:24:26 PM
I'd lean towards throwing it out.  Yes, at work, we are all adults and are responsible for what we choose to eat, but I think lots of us can relate to the temptation of "free" and of treats being easily available.  If you have co-workers trying to eat better it would be a kindness to help set them up for success.  (Assuming you like your co-workers.  If they're jerks, bring the Pringles and buy a pound of candy to go alongside it! 😛)

You know, I honestly never thought of it that way. Everyone at my work brings in tons of food, constantly. It's just part of the culture. (Though I can count on 1 hand how many times I have done so.) After Christmas, I went to put a small bag of Hershey's Kisses left over from Xmas cookie baking on the "free" table in the breakroom, at Boyfriend's request, and was astonished to see the PILES and PILES of candy and junk lying there. On one hand I felt guilty for adding to it, but on the other hand my contribution was so comparatively small.

You've got a point. OK, yes, throw it out - and put some used kitty litter (or something equally inedible) on top of it so you're not tempted to dig it out of the trash!

I think I am mostly over my flu! I have a feeling the cough is going to hang around for a while, though. Ugh. Considering some gentle stretchy yoga later (though not going to dive back into the 30 days until I feel like I can sustain it). I'm tired of inactivity.

Boyfriend lost 9 lbs in a week from this flu. Out of curiosity I weighed myself this morning and I lost 1/2 lb since Saturday. I haven't been counting calories while sick but also haven't been that hungry. Mostly, I'm worried about how much fitness I've lost from basically lying in bed and sitting on the couch since Saturday.

RamonaQ, no veg options at lunch is the WORST. That sucks. And you're probably not the only person who would appreciate vegetarian choices, even if others are omnivores and you're the only veg. Maybe worth speaking to whoever is in charge of ordering food for your meetings? (Though, it also sucks when they go out of their way to provide a veg option and it turns out to be terrible. The last time we had a work meeting with food we had these hummus/feta/black olive wraps that were so salty, I couldn't eat it.)

I peeked into the other weight loss threat and I'm glad I'm not really following along any more because there's been some fairly triggering stuff in there. Like feeling euphoria after fasting. Or wearing Spanx to deter oneself from feeling hungry. I don't think I'm going to look at that any more.

We have a file cabinet like that at our office where everybody brings in "treats" to share once in a while, or just general junk they want to get rid of ... Most of the time I just try to ignore it (of course it's kind of difficult sometimes since I have to get into that cabinet fairly frequently ...) :)

Guys -- new low time on my 3 mile run today! 32:34 --beat my previous best (from about 10 days ago, I think) by 20 seconds.  If I can keep up that rate of speed increase (roughly 1 minute off per month) I should be able to hit my 30 minute goal by April 1.

Wow! Do you run on That Trail By Your House? Is the trail hilly at that spot? (I think about starting running now and then, but I know I'd have to find a flat route or I'd quit after ten seconds. I used to have a standing appointment in Fremont when I worked in South Lake Union, and I would just walk - it was totally effortless, because it was right next to the lake the whole way so no hills.)

Trail is flat in my area, runs parallel to the lake shore.  It is just over 3 miles from my place up to where Third Place Books is.  I'm thinking if/when I do try to tackle an outside run I'll reward myself with a treat.  And then maybe take the bus home.....

I am so impressed with your time. Even when I was consciously trying to train for 5ks, I never got below a 41 minute time ... on the treadmill. Outside was more like a 44 minute time.
I want to join!

I have consciously been doing the following since January started, with only a couple days of really bad 'rebounds':

Walking longer, more often with the dogs.  Even in the negative temps, I find that 5 10ish minute walks really keeps my energy up throughout the day and helps me be focused on good choices rather than vegging and binging.  I attempt to get a total of 1-1 1/2 hours of walking in with the dogs each day...at varying speeds depending on the temps and what they are interested in.

I am trying to make the first two meals of my day vegetarian...vegan if I can find a substitute for milk in my coffee.  A win calorie-wise, expense-wise, health-wise, and environmentally. 

I've been roasting bulk veggies and dividing them into large meal-sized containers that I pair with a piece of fruit for my packed lunches.  These have been filling me up well and I don't miss the meat.

No alcohol since NYE.  Trying to make it a once in a great while thing and not regular.  The lower meat and alcohol consumption has effortlessly lowered our already low grocery bill even more :)

We have had a tub of ice cream in the freezer for 2 WEEKS without touching it.  I told my DH that its for when we have some couples over to the new apartment, and since that hasn't been scheduled yet, we have managed to not eat it...although its been close once or twice.





Roasted veggies are SO good and so easy to fill up on. :)


--
I managed to not eat my feelings yesterday. DH and I also had a decent chat which helped ... more discussion is needed though.

I stopped by Dollar Tree last night, and found out that they had loaves of bread - along with the unhealthy varieties, there were several loaves of 7 Sprouted Grains bread!! 15 carbs / 3 grams of fiber. The ingredient list looks pretty good too. For only $1!! (It's Nature's Own brand, but in searching online for it, I saw there is another brand that sells it.)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 18, 2018, 12:29:56 PM
@lhamo  that is amazing! I am in awe of runners and your progress has been consistent. Impressive!

@alewpanda welcome! It sounds like you're off to a really great start and establishing new habits already.

@chasingthegoodlife You definitely found your groove :)

@Lauran75 That's a great find at the dollar store! I wouldn't have expected that.


I still have Pringles :) I am noticing that I'm not craving them now that they are easily accessible. This is interesting to me. It's turned into a conscious choice, over which I have control, rather than a craving I give in to. If that makes sense. It's such a small thing but powerful, because it's all those small choices that I have made mindlessly in the past that brought me here.

Two years ago they wouldn't have made it through the first night, even knowing I'd feel icky afterward. I'm finding the same thing in all areas of my life - spending, especially - that changing my mindset about all these tiny decisions spills over into more mindfulness overall.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: RamonaQ on January 18, 2018, 12:41:47 PM
I stopped by Dollar Tree last night, and found out that they had loaves of bread - along with the unhealthy varieties, there were several loaves of 7 Sprouted Grains bread!! 15 carbs / 3 grams of fiber. The ingredient list looks pretty good too. For only $1!! (It's Nature's Own brand, but in searching online for it, I saw there is another brand that sells it.)

That is quite a find!  I buy the Ezekiel sprouted grain bread, but that's like $4 a loaf.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: RamonaQ on January 18, 2018, 12:50:18 PM
I've been trying to think of choices along the "how will this make me feel later" mindset.  Not like, "Ugh, I have to do X" but "If I do X I'm going to feel so much better for the rest of the day."

So far today I:

- slept an extra hour, which I really needed
- didn't have enough time to do my planned workout, but still ran a mile - I'll often skip a workout if I only have a little bit of time because it doesn't seem "worth it".  But I knew I'd feel better if I did something to get my heart pumping.
- Ate a good breakfast (protein shake, banana, avocado toast)
- Packed a good lunch and dinner for work (veggie sandwich and big salad with goat cheese)
- Moved Facebook into a folder on my phone, so I have to make a little more of an effort to check it.  I was spending a lot of default time on facebook on my phone, just when I had a few minutes here or there, and I was getting super wound up about some drama going on there, so I decided to create a little distance for myself.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 18, 2018, 01:13:20 PM
I've been trying to think of choices along the "how will this make me feel later" mindset.  Not like, "Ugh, I have to do X" but "If I do X I'm going to feel so much better for the rest of the day."

So far today I:

- slept an extra hour, which I really needed
- didn't have enough time to do my planned workout, but still ran a mile - I'll often skip a workout if I only have a little bit of time because it doesn't seem "worth it".  But I knew I'd feel better if I did something to get my heart pumping.
- Ate a good breakfast (protein shake, banana, avocado toast)
- Packed a good lunch and dinner for work (veggie sandwich and big salad with goat cheese)
- Moved Facebook into a folder on my phone, so I have to make a little more of an effort to check it.  I was spending a lot of default time on facebook on my phone, just when I had a few minutes here or there, and I was getting super wound up about some drama going on there, so I decided to create a little distance for myself.

I love that bolded part!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 18, 2018, 03:55:43 PM

I understand that resentful feeling. I've had to work really hard to not feel as though every time I see DH eating say ... an entire rum cake in 48 hours .. or a bowl of mashed potatoes made with 6 - 8 large potatoes and lots of milk and butter ... etc., like it's an indication of him not loving me enough to want to grow old with me. Because that is how it feels sometimes still. He knows he is beyond morbidly obese, and is always talking about knowing that he'll probably die young (he's 52) and that he really needs to "cut back". But then in the next breath he'll wax eloquently about a place he buys beef ribs at in another city (1/2 rack I think is what he gets) or about all the restaurants we can go visit in the next few months. Or he'll tell me about how he ate most of a bad order (work) including 20 pc of chicken, biscuits, and a pizza ...


Oh, this all sounds so familiar, though it sounds like your DH has even less restraint than Boyfriend. At least Boyfriend has cut way back on how much crap he brings into the house; we haven't had bread or sweets or chips in the house in months, except at Christmas. I miss baking. God, I miss baking. So much. I feel like I could restrain myself from eating the entire thing in one sitting but Christmas showed me that he still cannot.

After the most recent time we went out to eat and he overstuffed himself to the point that he was too sick to perform the, uh, Quality Couple Time activities that he was hoping for later that night, he is somewhat better about stopping when he's full. But apparently, until recently, his workdays were entirely junk food and pop. I think the fact that he dropped 10 lbs so quickly while sick has been motivating for him, though. He was home sick for a week and ate actual food with nutrients - no pop, no fast food, no crap. Amazing how that works. :)

Whenever I try to broach the subject with him, I get "but it's hard!" And you know what I want to say to him, but won't because it would hurt him a lot? "You know what's hard - having to go through multiple surgeries and chemo and wear a colostomy bag and then dying in horrible pain anyway like your mom did!" (His mom probably weighed around 400 lbs and ate horribly her entire life.)

Sigh. I'm probably being unfair. This shit IS hard. I am not sure how long I can keep up the food tracking; right now it's miserable outside and there's not much going on, so I have time to measure and weigh every single goddamned thing that goes into my mouth. My life is so much fuller in spring/summer/fall. Maybe I'll decide that it's OK if I still have some fat on me, since I have a normal BMI and I know at this point all this is just vanity.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 18, 2018, 05:55:45 PM
I think you've hit on it. It IS really hard! All those food products have been carefully crafted to trigger all sorts of happy things in our brains. Not to mention that our sense of taste is totally different when we eat differently.

I truly believe that switching from a standard American processed food diet is harder than quitting smoking. For physical reasons (I am of the opinion that refined sugar is addictive and withdrawal feels terrible), for emotional reasons, and for more subtly insidious cultural reasons. You can't smoke in public spaces any more because everyone knows it's unhealthy, but McDonald's is on every freeway exit with a drive through, for example.

In talking to friends and through my own less drastic food changes - I really do think that real foods like salads and soups and grains don't taste good to people who are used to eating boxed dinners and pizzas etc. It takes quite a while for that to switch in our brains. It was hugely eye opening to me to do an elimination diet and realize how different foods tasted to me at the end.

Lately I can tell that I'm eating too much starchy food and not enough veggies when I start craving dressing or sauce on everything - my body's preferred diet is one of ingredients, really, and very little in the way of embellishment is needed because the flavor of the food itself is pleasing. In college eating a salad made without a boatload of ranch dressing would have been bland and unappealing.

I think ALL THE TIME how much easier it would be for me to eat the way my body wants if I would just start projectile vomiting every time I ate junk.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Chippewa on January 18, 2018, 06:58:30 PM
The Pringles would have been gone in a heartbeat. those thin.crispy.potato.chips (especially salt & vinegar).

I have been eating oatmeal every day this week. And today I got my walking in. My friend is starting to walk the grounds with me again. So maybe things will get back in the grove for me.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 18, 2018, 07:01:20 PM
All you walking people are inspiring me. I need to get back into daily walks; I've been using my dog's reluctance to go more than one block as an excuse.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 18, 2018, 07:34:11 PM
I looked at the forecast for the next week and it is going to be mostly above freezing! I can walk outside again! (Yes, I know, MMM says that you should still exercise outdoors if it is 2 degrees out, but I cannot handle cold weather and my lungs don't like it either.)

katscratch, I'm at the point where the food changes aren't super hard for me. There's stuff I miss eating, but I was eating pretty healthy even before I started trying to lose weight. A lot of processed crap now tastes to me like, well, processed crap. It's the homemade desserts and the cheesy homecooked things that I mostly miss. And sandwiches. I'd really like a sandwich.

The part I'm finding so hard right now is that I can't eat anything in the amounts that I want. Except, like, salad and raw veg, and those are unappealing to me when it's bitterly cold out. The measuring cup or food scale, not my stomach and my own sense of hunger or fullness, dictates how much I get to eat now. That sucks and feels wrong and punitive to me, and honestly I am uncertain of how long I'll be able to keep that up before I throw in the towel and decide to just listen to my body again.

I feel like I'm recovered from flu enough to try going back to the 30 days of Yoga again. Next up for me is Day 13..... uh oh. Strengthening. "Today's session packs a lot of punch." Hmmmmm. Dunno about this.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: expatartist on January 18, 2018, 10:53:50 PM
The part I'm finding so hard right now is that I can't eat anything in the amounts that I want. Except, like, salad and raw veg, and those are unappealing to me when it's bitterly cold out. The measuring cup or food scale, not my stomach and my own sense of hunger or fullness, dictates how much I get to eat now. That sucks and feels wrong and punitive to me, and honestly I am uncertain of how long I'll be able to keep that up before I throw in the towel and decide to just listen to my body again.

Does soup do it for you at all? Cooked veg? Cabbage can be a great hot food in winter time, dressed up with lime juice and spices. I'm also not a salad person in the winter time. Our bodies crave warming foods this time of year.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 19, 2018, 07:57:35 AM
I would never have chosen to do a strict elimination diet on my own, but being that restrictive with my food and portions ended up being worth the frustration in the end because I learned what my body does want for nourishment rather than what I want for all the other reasons we eat tasty food.

There is a balance between restricting yourself in pursuit of learning more about how food affects you and the far end of ending up resentful of the whole process. I love that you're able to identify how you're feeling about this right now.

Yay for warmer temperatures and walking! My dog lasted a good five minutes at a time yesterday instead of running straight back into the house :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 19, 2018, 08:38:07 AM

Does soup do it for you at all? Cooked veg? Cabbage can be a great hot food in winter time, dressed up with lime juice and spices. I'm also not a salad person in the winter time. Our bodies crave warming foods this time of year.

I have to be careful with soup - I'm drinking so much water and herbal tea that any further fluid ingestion means yet more trips to the ladies' (or doing the peepee dance on public transport!). I do like it, though. I am not much for cooked veg on their own. I like veggies but I usually toss them into a recipe rather than eating them plain. (And the recipe probably has beans in it. That's been one of my shockers, how many calories and carbs are in beans which is my main protein source.

The other day I did take an entire container of mushrooms, sautť them in a little olive oil with some crushed garlic, and ate the entire thing for dinner. That was really good.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: alewpanda on January 19, 2018, 08:53:10 AM
Walked the dogs on a local trail this morning.  It requires a morning when I don't have to head straight to work because its a longer, more vigorous walk. 

Wiped the dogs feet when we came in.  Shortly after moving in to the apartment, one of my dogs caught a fungal infection in her nail beds (extremely painful and we are still in recovery/med regime/no appetite/nauseous  stage).  This in turn has been very emotional and stressful on me.  She is the 'nibbler'...aka, she will nibble on anything remotely food or poop like, so its more likely she caught it that way than in a certain patch of soil since the other dog doesn't have it.  However, I'm trying to get into this healthy habit for all of our sakes, because I don't want to go through this process again :(

Had a yogurt, granola, and raspberry parfait this morning at home.  Delicious! 

Side note: Anyone know anything about a mixture for cleaning paws that would be dog-safe and kept in a spray bottle?  It would be far simpler to keep a basket with rags and the spray bottle in the entrance than having to run to the sink, dig around for a rag, etc. 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 19, 2018, 09:02:32 AM
You guys, that Day 13 yoga was so difficult! I cannot do those stupid hip dips. Well, I can do like 1 on each side and that is it. I cannot do multiple sets of multiple reps of them. Why doesn't she give an alternative or modification for something that she has to know is hard? I just held plank, when I couldn't do any more.

I had to laugh when she was having us do that oblique abs thing and said, "2 more!" "OK, now, 2 MORE! What feelings does that bring up?" I said to the TV, "F U, that's what 'feelings' that brings up!!" I think I am still struggling with the mental/zen aspects of yoga, hahaha. ;)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on January 19, 2018, 09:12:04 AM
The part I'm finding so hard right now is that I can't eat anything in the amounts that I want. Except, like, salad and raw veg, and those are unappealing to me when it's bitterly cold out. The measuring cup or food scale, not my stomach and my own sense of hunger or fullness, dictates how much I get to eat now. That sucks and feels wrong and punitive to me, and honestly I am uncertain of how long I'll be able to keep that up before I throw in the towel and decide to just listen to my body again.

In the spirit in which I started this thread, I would suggest you throw it away today.   Measuring food and obsessively counting calories may be a strategy that works for some, but in your case it seems to be counterproductive.  Definitely not good for the MENTAL health side of things, which is crucial as well.

You are moving less than is typical right now due to the cold, so the fact that you are not losing weight is not surprising.  You already identified at least one of the factors (more alcohol consumption) that probably contributed to your weight gain last summer.  You are NOT morbidly obese.  Why are you being so hard on yourself with this?   I usually count any winter season when I don't put on 5 lbs to be a success.   It is REALLY hard for me to lose in winter, due to weather/lack of sunlight and the carb cravings it induces.  So every time I get on that scale and it hasn't edged up over 165 again I am ecstatic!  Yes, the weight is an important metric, but I am trying to focus more on other things like how I killed it on the rowing machine yesterday in spite of the fact that I almost didn't go to the gym at all.   If I can do THAT week after week at age 49, I'd say I'm doing pretty good on the health front even if my BMI is still a bit too high.

So, can we agree that on this thread, at least, we are going to focus on the POSITIVES as much as possible and not beating ourselves up about not fitting some arbitrary ideal?  How did you move your body today?  How did that feel? What fantastic healthy recipe did you try and what did you like about it?  I don't want to be a thread fascist, but the whole reason I started this separate thread as opposed to the weight loss one is that I was finding the direction the conversation was taking there was NOT helping my mental health.  I'd like for this thread to be a safer space for those of us who are triggered by certain restrictive/obsessive approaches to diet and fitness. 

Thanks and I hope this redirect is helpful.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 19, 2018, 09:27:19 AM
@alewpanda For my dog I use unscented baby wipes in the summer, and then add a few squirts of his shampoo and some water to the container in the winter. If you happen to look up recipes online there are a lot of variations that aren't optimal for dogs. For instance I avoid essential oils for my pets because they absorb them through the skin more than we do (cats in particular- even used as aromatherapy they can be problematic).

@lhamo Your post is a good reminder for me :)

@Tris Prior I'm super impressed you got right back on the 30DOY wagon! I've been watching them when I'm doing something else and then looking up modifications before I try the video. This is not as time-friendly though and probably is why I'm on Day 3 ;) I really like the woman who does the Down Dog app, her YouTube videos of different poses go into exactly how you should feel when you're properly aligned and she offers a lot of modification ideas.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on January 19, 2018, 09:32:00 AM
After another cold snap, we are on Day 3 of decent (for the Midwest) winter weather. The dogs are enjoy8ng their walks, and so am I. Itís nice to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, sunshine (or clouds), and just moving.

Iíve noticed for the last couple of weeks that the birds are much more active again.

I hope everyone can get outside today and just take a deep breath.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 19, 2018, 09:37:40 AM
lhamo, you are right, and I apologize for word-vomiting my insecurities all over this thread. I will try to keep the conversation positive going forward.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 19, 2018, 11:14:28 AM
lhamo, you are right, and I apologize for word-vomiting my insecurities all over this thread. I will try to keep the conversation positive going forward.

Insecurities and patterns are well-rooted in most of us and it's good to be able to identify them to understand how best to create change. That said I am totally on board with us reframing our thoughts about our own journeys to fit the badasses that we are.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Lauran75 on January 19, 2018, 12:41:01 PM
@Tris Prior  I'm not much of a salad person myself, although I have eaten a lot more salads in the last year ... Cooked/roasted veggies are probably my favorite way to eat vegetables. Another way I get them in is including them in my smoothie. I wonder if a tumeric latte would cover the taste of blended spinach/carrots? (so it'd be in something warm)   I use an app called the Daily Dozen - the idea is that you eat at least what the app calls for, and then if you are still hungry, supplement with lots of greens and veggies (if you are focused on losing weight.) I don't weigh anything, although I do rough measures of some things. Veggies and greens I just eat as much of as I possibly can. :) 

Last night DH and I ate at IHOP. He'd been jonesing for their all you can eat pancakes deal. Thursdays are the day I decided to make my *relaxed* day (i.e. not worry about salt, sugar, processed foods, etc.) I had been thinking of getting my favorite dish - French Toast, or the veggie stuffed omelette. But as I was looking through the menu I noticed all the veggie sides they had. So ... I decided to ask for something off menu. :) They can only say no, right?

I ended up getting a sort of stirfy of spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers and red onions. It was DELICIOUS. I also had a side of pepper and potato hash. Also very good. I felt much better about those choices than what I'd been thinking about getting. DH ate the first stack of pancakes, but wasn't really enthused about them because he accidentally put old fashioned syrup on them instead of butter pecan. He recognized that he wasn't really that hungry anymore and that if he ate another full stack he'd be sick. So he stopped! I was SO happy.

I'm going to try to recreate the veggie dish at home (sans oil) because if I can get it to taste as good at home, then I will be eating a whole lot like that! :) I really want to up my intake of greens and veggies. Fruit is so easy to eat .... whereas with veggies I sometimes have to *really* plan for it.

Today when I get off work I need to get my car washed (hasn't been washed since before our first snow/ice storm) and am going to try to get in a walk before dark. (We have temps in the 40's/low 50's today!! Tomorrow is supposed to be decent again, then back to Sunday/Monday snow/ice yuck.)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: okits on January 19, 2018, 01:05:51 PM
I usually count any winter season when I don't put on 5 lbs to be a success.   It is REALLY hard for me to lose in winter, due to weather/lack of sunlight and the carb cravings it induces.  So every time I get on that scale and it hasn't edged up over 165 again I am ecstatic! 

I appreciate you mentioning this.  Cold weather does make it hard to go outside (I ran far more errands, all on foot, in spring/autumn when it wasn't uncomfortable to walk a few km).  Cold and flu season can make it hard to do anything.  If progress/not backsliding is hard to come by in the cold months I will remember to have realistic expectations.

It was an indulgent week for eating (social alcohol, food coping).  Only one kid is semi-sick, which is an improvement, I'm getting over my cold, and my period seems to be ending.  Other than the delicious almond croissant from the nearby supermarket, today will be a nutritious-eating day.  Hopefully I can get back on the bandwagon.  The first few days without sugar are brutal, though.

For positives, I have done so much cooking at home!  This week I've made ribolitta (Italian bread soup), whole wheat mac and cheese and broccoli (kids' favourite, so trying to make it healthier), and a crock pot beef stew, and there's still the weekend to go!  When we were DINKs we went to a sit down restaurant 2-3x a week.  I have to think this is healthier. 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: SquashingDebt on January 19, 2018, 01:35:15 PM
Victory today - it was an especially stressful and emotional morning at work, in what has been a stressful week, month, and several years at this company.  Then, I went to the doctor for a medical problem that isn't dangerous/life-threatening, but is still stressful and inconvenient and a little scary not knowing how to resolve it.  I really really wanted to stop and get some kind of comfort food to eat for lunch, but was able to identify the urge for what it was (an unhealthy coping mechanism) and instead came home, ate my leftovers for lunch, and watched a favorite tv show to distract myself.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on January 19, 2018, 07:37:35 PM
Another good day exercise wise -- did NOT want to go to the gym, but went anyway, and upped my speed on my interval run to 6.0-6.5.   Covered 3 miles in 35:01 -- not my best time but considering my period started today I'll take it!   

On the food front, we hit a new to us coffee shop after and had quiche/frittatta slices with our coffee for a light lunch.  I made enameled pot bibimbap (thanks @englishteacheralex for the recipe) for dinner - heavy on the beef, eggs and veggies and fairly light on the rice, so I'll call it a win healthwise.  I am enjoying my wine, though -- hey, it's Friday!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 21, 2018, 10:24:17 AM
I'm back on the True 30 Days of Yoga wagon. Neither of the practices since I've restarted have been awful. More stretch-y, less stuff I find really painful. So that's been a good way of easing back into it. My abs are still KILLING me from the cough that's lingering around from this stupid flu, though.

Last night Boyfriend and I had a proper date for the first time this calendar year! (First week of January = highs in the single digits so we hibernated except for necessary trips to and from work. Second week of January = he had flu. Third week of January = I had flu.) We went out to dinner and walked there and back as the weather was pretty mild for this time of year. 40 minutes each way. And it looks like it's going to be warm enough for outdoor walks for the next week!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on January 22, 2018, 08:06:55 AM
Another good day exercise wise -- did NOT want to go to the gym, but went anyway, and upped my speed on my interval run to 6.0-6.5.   Covered 3 miles in 35:01 -- not my best time but considering my period started today I'll take it!   

On the food front, we hit a new to us coffee shop after and had quiche/frittatta slices with our coffee for a light lunch.  I made enameled pot bibimbap (thanks @englishteacheralex for the recipe) for dinner - heavy on the beef, eggs and veggies and fairly light on the rice, so I'll call it a win healthwise.  I am enjoying my wine, though -- hey, it's Friday!

Awesome job lhamo. May I suggest something before you try running outside? Treadmill running is a tech different but I found that setting the incline to 2-3% (start at 1% and work your way up gradually) helped with making the outside runs more enjoyable.

We just got back from vacation where we totally didn't focus on food. It was so nice but now I have to go back to solitary meal planning and preparation. Ugh! I have a 7k trail race with lots of hills scheduled for Saturday but if the forecasted 40 degrees F and pouring rain is correct, I might just skip. It sounds super miserable.

DH talked our local natural grocers into stocking Jersey cow milk on the assumption that it would be tolerable for me. One glass that tasted super has me coughing. I feel guilty about not buying it after he made arrangements but I'm concerned it won't work for me and will make my asthma worse again.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 22, 2018, 08:23:34 AM
Has anyone successfully beaten a Coke addiction? (Yes, with a capital C. :) ) Not for me, for Boyfriend. He wants to quit pop so badly but is struggling so much and I feel like he really has tried everything. I think pop is disgusting so I'm of no help; it doesn't appeal to me at all.

Today he emptied out his wallet of cash so he physically cannot use the vending machine, so I'm hoping that works. The vending machine at his office takes credit cards (!) but he says he won't do that because he's had his card compromised so many times over the past year. So, we'll see.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on January 22, 2018, 10:12:15 AM
Beating Coke addiction: BF likely needs to develop a sense of why he wants it at the time
- thirsty
- wants energy (sugar, caffeine)
- bored
- social
- taste

And then come up with a strategy for each.  Usually drinking water is a good general alternative for all of these.

FYI - Diet Coke is really no better, lots of data coming out regarding weight, insulin levels, etc.. He might like some of the carbonated waters (La Croix, etc.).  If it is caffeine he craves, then coffee or tea may satisfy his craving.  If he craves sugar, maybe fruit juice or whole fruit.

Mostly he needs to decide he's going to stop.

Why does he want to stop?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 22, 2018, 10:34:44 AM
He says he wants to stop. He says he drinks tons of water but at some point he just can't resist the Coke.

The issue appears to be boredom. His job is often very slow, with nothing to do. He is not permitted to go on the Internet for any reason; they're closely monitored and it's a fireable offense. He's tried asking for more work but there rarely is any; his company is pretty hierarchical and they care a lot about people not stepping on each other's toes. And it's not the kind of job where there are long-range projects that can fill his time, or professional development, or anything like that. So he spends a lot of time literally sitting there and trying to look busy. At some point, he can't stand the boredom any more, cracks, and heads for the vending machine. He says he does not crave pop at all when at home or on weekends, though once in a while he'll have a rum and Coke if we're out.

In my opinion the solution is a new job, but he's been looking for a couple years now with no success. And, well, that's a separate issue.

He doesn't like coffee or tea, or diet pop (I wouldn't suggest that either - yuck, all of those chemicals. I used to drink SO much diet Coke and now I'm totally appalled by how much artificial sweetener I was consuming). The only thing that worked for any length of time was subbing orange juice, but he kept forgetting to bring it to work. Now that I've got him bringing lunch to work most days instead of also eating lunch out of the vending machine, that might work better, he can just stick a water bottle filled with OJ in there.

I do think not having cash on him will help. That helped me break my habit of raiding the vending machine for potato chips when I first started working here. I literally couldn't buy any, and I wasn't so desperate that I'd leave work and go find an ATM, so I just stopped eating it. Hopefully it'll be the same for him.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on January 22, 2018, 10:42:23 AM
Fixed my autocorrect typo (that was weird).

Why does he want to give up Coke?
- cost
- general health reason
- weight
- other specific health reason

That will be motivation and may point to substitutes / alternative behavior.  For example, OJ has as many calories.

Is he usually required to be at his desk? If not, a quick walk around in the building or area may help.

Could he start documenting processes or creating SOPs? The company may appreciate that, and it may make his life easier, and may help get to a promotion or more projects.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 22, 2018, 11:35:29 AM
Fixed my autocorrect typo (that was weird).

Why does he want to give up Coke?
- cost
- general health reason
- weight
- other specific health reason

That will be motivation and may point to substitutes / alternative behavior.  For example, OJ has as many calories.

Is he usually required to be at his desk? If not, a quick walk around in the building or area may help.

Could he start documenting processes or creating SOPs? The company may appreciate that, and it may make his life easier, and may help get to a promotion or more projects.

He wants to give up Coke to a) lose weight, b) not get diabetes like his parents (he has a needle phobia). And yeah, you're right, OJ also has calories and is full of sugar. So that's not really a solution, other than, OJ isn't also full of food coloring and chemicals and HFCS. Hmmm.

I think there's also an aspect of, he knows he's addicted, feels out of control, and doesn't like that.

Yes, he is required to be at his desk. If people spend too long in the bathroom, they get paged to please return to their desk! And he only gets 1/2 hour for lunch; he tries to get outside for a walk when the weather's not too bad but he has to cram in eating during that time too.

I will ask him about the documenting/SOPs. That's a thing we do at my work during downtime. His job is already pretty regulated so I suspect those things already exist. But, worth a try.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on January 22, 2018, 11:40:26 AM
Fixed my autocorrect typo (that was weird).

Why does he want to give up Coke?
- cost
- general health reason
- weight
- other specific health reason

That will be motivation and may point to substitutes / alternative behavior.  For example, OJ has as many calories.

Is he usually required to be at his desk? If not, a quick walk around in the building or area may help.

Could he start documenting processes or creating SOPs? The company may appreciate that, and it may make his life easier, and may help get to a promotion or more projects.

He wants to give up Coke to a) lose weight, b) not get diabetes like his parents (he has a needle phobia). And yeah, you're right, OJ also has calories and is full of sugar. So that's not really a solution, other than, OJ isn't also full of food coloring and chemicals and HFCS. Hmmm.

I think there's also an aspect of, he knows he's addicted, feels out of control, and doesn't like that.

Yes, he is required to be at his desk. If people spend too long in the bathroom, they get paged to please return to their desk! And he only gets 1/2 hour for lunch; he tries to get outside for a walk when the weather's not too bad but he has to cram in eating during that time too.

I will ask him about the documenting/SOPs. That's a thing we do at my work during downtime. His job is already pretty regulated so I suspect those things already exist. But, worth a try.

If the documents exist - he could still read them, identify gaps / changes, and bring that to the attention of his boss (optionally an edited version that they could accept).
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Stachey on January 22, 2018, 11:50:28 AM
You guys are very inspiring with all your exercising!!!

I get a walk in almost every day (an hour at a brisk pace).  But I think I need something for the upper body.  I keep falling off the yoga wagon (I don't know why - I enjoy it once I get into it but find I don't want to get started on it each day).
What do you guys do for upper body exercise?

Re: junk food.  I bought a bag of those veggie straws (supposed to be mostly veggies with a little bit of potato).  They might be healthier?  I'm not sure.  But they are freaking addictive!!! 
But I also bought the kale and quinoa salad so maybe the healthy outweighed the unhealthy?  I hope.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on January 22, 2018, 12:38:18 PM
My accomplishment of the day: bringing miso soup to work

Coke addiction: When I was in a similar situation, I found that packing juice boxes (OJ, iced tea, fun flavours) helped, and little cans/bottle of perrier are good too. The other helpful thing was breaking the habit for just at that job for then.  But I'm currently re-addicted to diet coke so (little hands up emoji)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Lauran75 on January 22, 2018, 01:34:03 PM
@Tris Prior Can he have an electric kettle or something like that? Would he like tea? Maybe even cold steeped tea (if no electric kettle)?  Or a bottle of flavored sparkling water?
 
I had a Cherry/Vanilla Coke/Pepsi habit up til October of 2016. Then I quit cold turkey. Not even a small sip of my DHs soda when out at restaurants (that seemed to always be my slippery slope when quitting before.) I've replaced that addiction with flavored sparkling water and tea. :) I am now working on getting away from the sparkling water ...

Healthy choices -
Managed to get out and walk on Saturday, but not on Sunday (dreary, blustery, rainy day ...) Made a couple trayfuls of roasted veggies which should last multiple meals this week. Also bought a bunch of bags of frozen veggies from Dollar Tree - easy microwavable meal. All this in the effort to add lots more veggies to my intake (rather than fruits being the predominant source ... bananas, apples, dates, dried pineapple, raisins ... yum!)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: SquashingDebt on January 22, 2018, 05:55:24 PM
I'll chime in about sparkling water - it helped me kick a Diet Coke habit and I usually want it for the same reason - a little bored at work and want a distraction.  I usually have 3-5 different flavors at my desk at work at all times. I just bring the 12-packs straight in, but maybe he could bring in 2-3 different flavors along with his lunch each day?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: horsepoor on January 22, 2018, 09:25:47 PM
Coke is a combo of sugar, fizz and caffeine.  Removing one of those at a time is the easiest, IMO.  Maybe he could go to Sprite or something for a few weeks, then sparkling water or Crystal Lite, then water?  I know you said he doesn't like tea, but maybe an herbal tea, or something made with a sofa stream?

Doing well here.  Indulged in beer and cake on Friday, and bread and pancakes this weekend, but within reason.  Ran on Saturday, rode and did barn work on Sunday,  and did a short gym workout today, then walked the dog while dinner was in the oven.  Have a solid meal plan for the week and will be staying active every day.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: horsepoor on January 22, 2018, 09:29:31 PM


Side note: Anyone know anything about a mixture for cleaning paws that would be dog-safe and kept in a spray bottle?  It would be far simpler to keep a basket with rags and the spray bottle in the entrance than having to run to the sink, dig around for a rag, etc.

Maybe diluted raw Apple cider vinegar?  We use it on horses feet tomprevent thrush, but it's possible that dogs might really detest the smell.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: galliver on January 23, 2018, 01:41:23 AM
I want to join but I'm feeling self conscious having been called out for one or more of my statements in the weight loss thread... I do apologize for the feelings they clearly evoked. I come from a place of moderation almost always, but should try to consider other perspectives. I do admit I am counting calories, because that works for me right now, but that isn't all I'm doing and I won't bring that here.

I am also remaining very gentle, flexible, and nonpunitive in urging myself to exercise more (my hard-ish limit is once a week, and that's actually for mental health--I have also found it keeps anxiety and overwhelmed-ness at bay...). Also, I am (/we are) exploring other ways of cooking/eating since bf was told to limit or cut meat, fat, salt, and booze (esp beer) last August. I didn't used to like beans but that isn't an option anymore! (In return, bf has come around to mushrooms and sweet potato recently. That, or got kidnapped by aliens...) We have no intention of becoming full vegetarians yet, but definitely vegan-curious.

@Tris Prior, a peace offering...

In my experience it's more fun to have "boring" drinks through a straw...I am not good at drinking water and I had 8 cups today this way. It's not true for everyone, but it is for many...could this help your boyfriend transition to better drinks? Also (as a stepping stone and not the final desired result) iced tea or lemonade made at home, even with added sugar, needs half as much sugar to taste good (and you're in control so you can taper off, if/as desired). Just 2 more ideas to throw at him and see what sticks (hopefully something!)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 23, 2018, 09:03:28 AM
Boyfriend did not have any pop yesterday! :D

Unfortunately, he's tried: tea, sparkling water, lemonade with less sugar (I made it pretty tart for myself, back when I was having sugar, because I like it that way. He was totally disgusted and dumped a ton more sugar in), with no success. The only other thing he really likes to drink is hot cocoa and, well, that doesn't really solve the sugar/calorie problem. Oh, and milk. I've had to ration his milk, he can drink a half gallon in a day!

I should totally get him a kid's bendy straw that has loop-de-loops and such! I'm sure his Mean Girl co-workers would think that's hilarious.

It's come out that he's probably depressed, which is off topic for this thread but confirmed in my mind that there's an emotional component to this that I really don't know how to fix. (Have suggested therapy repeatedly, and he won't do it. To be fair, it's not covered by his shitty insurance so that'd be a hardship.)

Anyway! Today I failed to put my overnight oats in my lunch bag, so, no breakfast. I was really looking forward to it, too, it had some of my homemade jam in it that I made with coconut sugar instead of refined sugar (which is tasty if you can get past the fact that it turns your jam dark brown). I did not buy poptarts out of the vending machine, though I was very tempted! Instead I'm eating the berries that were supposed to be part of lunch. They are not as satisfying as hot creamy oatmeal. Oh well. Still proud of myself.

galliver, no worries, if I find the weightloss thread triggering that is my issue, not yours. (And I've posted stuff here that inadvertently triggered other people, on accident.) We all have our issues.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 23, 2018, 09:16:06 AM
Good morning all,
  My healthy choice of the day is to take an actual day off (it's my saturday today).

My partner just left town for 5 days, I was skiing the last few days and just started my period...so when a friend wanted me to join her on the mountain today, I needed to take a pause and say "no".

And it feels great. The day is stretched out with no plans.

So I will make my tumeric milk latte and read and meditate and maybe do some gentle yoga and roast some veggies.

Realized my last week was feeling a bit off b/c I was too busy (for my mellow personality), so am recommitting to slowing down & doing less (but working on being more present with whatever I choose to do).

Also am interested in reducing booze intake..it's just such a casual, social thing in my circle and even at home--there is generally always beer and wine around-- and I would like to experiment with more inspired infusions & concoctions! Kitchen witchery ;)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 23, 2018, 09:19:28 AM
And TrisPrior, there are some great glass straws out there (stainless steel as well)..which IMO are a great alternative to plastic throwaways--
 you can see the drink swirling up and mine came with a little brush to clean it out!
Good for drinking fizzy water as it protects the enamel of your teeth (even from lemon water or hibiscus tea too, anything with an acidic ph)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on January 23, 2018, 10:49:09 AM
I had set three related goals for 2018:

1. Yoga 1x month.
2. Massage once in a while
3. Swim alone (i.e. responsible for no one else) 1x month in peaceful pool.

Last week my kid and I had a ginormous indoor luxury pool to ourselves at points, and with only 1-2 other families at others. Was awesome!! And surreal. Definitely relaxing to swim only with silent, well-cared-for water babies in a wide empty warm space.

With my fancy period coming up, and limited unparenting hours, today was my last chance to swim alone. I've gotten smarter though -called the pool to ask if they "have any bookings" today. Yes, two schools are coming in back to back. Darn. So, I'll let it go for now, since the whole point of the solo swim is utter relaxation and peace (not sensory bombardment). That's a Healthy Choice in 2018 too!

I guess technically I swam alone for much of our last visit, but my dream is to have the changeroom parts solo too (not negotiating meetups, helping kid have all his stuff, etc).
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on January 23, 2018, 11:01:46 AM
I feel like I've been a little all over the map so far in 2018. I got sick pretty much immediately, then as soon as I was feeling better last week I had to travel for work Wednesday-Friday. No exercise then, lots of meals out, way more booze than I would usually drink on a weeknight. It's been kind of demoralizing and I haven't been feeling at home in my body and with my routine.

Fortunately this past weekend I got to recenter a bit, even though Saturday did end up being boozier than anticipated. This week I'm trying to focus on hitting my exercise schedule (run Monday/Wednesday/Friday, strength training Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday), cooking lots of veggies (I feel like I haven't cooked since December?), and SLEEPING.

Unfortunately I'm out of town again for the weekend. I have to visit my dad. It will be stressful and will not make me happy. And work is in a super-busy season right now.

I don't know. I try to do the best I can and be gentle with myself, but sometimes everything feels like such a drag. I'll feel better after I work out tonight.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on January 23, 2018, 11:30:14 AM
Realized I have access on two counts to the rehab pool!!!! Going there :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 23, 2018, 08:37:51 PM
WOW, Day 18 of the yoga challenge kicked my ass. Those one-elbowed planks. OUCH. Pretty sure that I shouldn't be cursing Adriene out during the practice, hahaha.

She did have some interesting things to say in this session about surrendering to the results. I think she means to be less invested in how our bodies' appearance is (or isn't) going to improve and to focus on the movement and how it feels. Which is, well, kind of the opposite approach that I take to exercising, so I found that interesting. It does me good to remember that the only benefit of exercise is not just to look better.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 23, 2018, 08:45:07 PM
Focusing on the movement and how your body is getting stronger is a pretty huge shift in mindset. I love it :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: galliver on January 23, 2018, 11:25:43 PM
My healthy choice for the day was not getting a cupcake when I got coffee. Instead I realized I was *actually* getting hungry and had my tasty lunch sandwich (ham & coleslaw).

My unhealthy choice was staying at work even though I was hungry...Thought it would help me keep momentum but actually I was unfocused and distracted and didn't get much done, defeating the purpose!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on January 24, 2018, 08:16:17 AM
Have a trail race scheduled for Saturday. Forecast is for a 50% chance of rain at 38 degrees. I'm ok with that temperature but not the wet. I don't have gear for those conditions. I decided I'll get up on Saturday and if it looks wet, just go back to bed. The race was free with the running group so not losing money (sunk costs anyway) by not risking hypothermia.

Meal planning reentry continues to be difficult. I ended up getting unhealthy fast food last night because we were starving and would still be away from the house for several hours. It wasn't great but felt better than remaining hungry for the night. Still need to figure out healthy on the go options.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 24, 2018, 08:33:53 AM
Focusing on the movement and how your body is getting stronger is a pretty huge shift in mindset. I love it :)

Yes! I have a ways to go to get to that mindset, though. It's probably taboo to say this on this thread - but, you know how the conventional wisdom is often something like "find a way to move your body that feels good and that you enjoy"? That's never made sense to me, because I just plain don't enjoy moving my body. I would always, ALWAYS rather be curled up with a book. Or asleep. I have to force myself to get any activity. I do my best to stay positive about it and just make it part of my routine that I don't question, like showering or brushing my teeth, but this is WORK for me.

Maybe if I hear Adriene say it enough it will start feeling more natural. This is all new to me, after all. (I still feel like she's a little bit flippant about the poses that she KNOWS are difficult, and I wish she'd give some modifications for those. As it stands, if I can't do them or they hurt a lot, I stop. Or struggle through and swear at her, haha.)

In the past, my motivation has been looking better, and ONLY looking better. Shifting that to being healthier, or getting stronger, or being more flexible and having less pain, or not becoming immobile when I am old, is a huge shift for me. (Especially when I wake up with my arms and legs and abs KILLING me from yesterday's practice.)

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 24, 2018, 10:38:19 AM
@galliver That's fantastic! That used to be a huge problem for me -being in the habit of snacking out of boredom and not knowing how I felt when I actually was hungry or thirsty.

@Mongoose Does your family like almonds? I used to keep a giant bag of almonds from a discount store in my car. When my son was younger I kept a box of Goldfish and raisins, too. They lived only in the car but weren't a regular thing so I avoided being asked constantly for Goldfish :) The almonds saved me from drive throughs more than a few times.

@Tris Prior There's a subtle difference between talking through your mindset, and talking negatively about your choices or your body/abilities/appearance :) I used to spend all my time off work reading or napping or sitting in a coffee shop with a friend. Gardening in the summer - but I was definitely not an active person. By a total fluke a few years ago I discovered after a few months of making myself do something I really enjoyed weightlifting and that totally changed my outlook.

Changing my thought patterns around various issues has been so much harder than changing my actual habits. It's usually making myself stick to a plan and then realizing after a few months my thoughts are changing and I feel more and more like a badass.

Keep focusing on the more empowering parts of what you're doing. Like jumping right back on the 30 Days of Yoga after a bad illness - that's impressive! Even if you are still forcing yourself to do it, you're doing it.




I am in a little emotional slump after making some choices in the past couple months that likely ended a friendship - not a bad slump compared to years past or months past, even, and I realized yesterday that this is the first time I've been through a breakup type scenario where I can recognize my mistakes and not berate myself for them. This is probably the most I've tested my ability to have grace for myself, where the stakes felt higher than financial or physical choices. It feels good to know I've made a lot of progress in becoming more resilient and self-loving.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: alleykat on January 24, 2018, 12:06:22 PM
Well, yesterday was my first day back into healthy eating again. It has been a little tough for me as far as stress, etc, but I cant keep using it as an excuse. And it does become an excuse for me, one I easily let derail me.  Yesterday I had absolutely no junk food.  My snack was plain greek yogurt with honey.  Today is going well so far.  Am I tempted by the cookies staring at me, absolutely, but I want to make it through another day with no junk food.  Day by day is how it needs to be.

I do want to start a good exercise routine. Nothing strenuous for now, just trying to get a routine started is tough for me so anything consistently will be a win.



Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on January 24, 2018, 01:48:56 PM
The only two physical activities I'm eager to do are: farm work, ecstatic dancing. Not a lot of opportunities for those, despite my offering to work for free on farms, but I grab them every chance I do get. With reminders to myself about how much I enjoy swimming, hiking, skating once I'm going, I do those too.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on January 24, 2018, 01:53:09 PM
Today a Healthy Choice was sleeping til just past noon. (Later, I realized I didn't quite do that. I'd forgotten that I'd woken earlier, organized all my recycling, put it out, had good long chats and hugs with neighbours in the process, and ate an orange, all before going back to sleep.)

I've been needing a good, deep rest. My brain and body have been getting really "full" from learning, activities, meeting new people, doing tests, etc. I can only handle so much of that before I start to crack. So sleeping til noon and having lots of "processing dreams" is excellent. Am hoping I can make myself stay home and indoors til tomorrow, to get a full reset in.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: galliver on January 24, 2018, 02:50:23 PM
Focusing on the movement and how your body is getting stronger is a pretty huge shift in mindset. I love it :)

Yes! I have a ways to go to get to that mindset, though. It's probably taboo to say this on this thread - but, you know how the conventional wisdom is often something like "find a way to move your body that feels good and that you enjoy"? That's never made sense to me, because I just plain don't enjoy moving my body. I would always, ALWAYS rather be curled up with a book. Or asleep. I have to force myself to get any activity. I do my best to stay positive about it and just make it part of my routine that I don't question, like showering or brushing my teeth, but this is WORK for me.

A few years ago bf and I were discussing exercise and I mentioned hating post-workout soreness, to which he replied that "well yeah, but it's a good kind of soreness, it feels energizing and invigorating!" And I'm like, "no, it feels *exactly* the same as being sick, and makes me wonder if I'm coming down with something." I believe it was a perspective adjustment for both of us, the unsurprising revelation that different people react differently to stimuli (including physical exertion), le gasp! Mind you, I do get a "runners high" sometimes, I enjoy feeling (newfound) strength in muscles if I stick with a program for a while, I do enjoy some fairly low-exertion forms of movement...but for the most part I am like you. I motivate myself to exercise cerebrally ("Self, it is/will be good for me for Reasons"), rather than emotionally ("I want to do this because it will feel good!"). In fact a huge part of the drag is that I anticipate *not* feeling good at the end, which seems a normal response to plenty of exertion experiences that didn't! So basically, I think it's fine interpret "find a way to move that you enjoy" as "find a way to move that you hate less" or anywhere in between on that scale. It's just about finding something sustainable... IMO!

@galliver That's fantastic! That used to be a huge problem for me -being in the habit of snacking out of boredom and not knowing how I felt when I actually was hungry or thirsty.

Thanks! I am pretty familiar with my hunger response(s) and not a habitual snacker, but I do love my pastries/baked goods, they are definitely a temptation. Also I've been learning to recognize and resist being "nibbly" (bored/sad/lonely eating) vs actually hungry.

There's a subtle difference between talking through your mindset, and talking negatively about your choices or your body/abilities/appearance :)
I think this is so true. The difference between "this is a negative thought pattern I get into" and "this thought pattern about myself is True." And it's actually probably pretty important to talk about the first one so it can be dispelled and not internalized...
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: expatartist on January 24, 2018, 06:34:44 PM
I am in a little emotional slump after making some choices in the past couple months that likely ended a friendship - not a bad slump compared to years past or months past, even, and I realized yesterday that this is the first time I've been through a breakup type scenario where I can recognize my mistakes and not berate myself for them. This is probably the most I've tested my ability to have grace for myself, where the stakes felt higher than financial or physical choices. It feels good to know I've made a lot of progress in becoming more resilient and self-loving.

Thanks for sharing KS, this aspect of our health is not to be underestimated. Your response is wonderful, and a good precedent for the future. 

Last weekend my BF and I mutually agreed to end things. He mentioned I'm "a sad person" and how he worried about my heath as a result. I'm not particularly sad (though being with him made me intensely unhappy at times), but am emotionally complex and work on uncomfortable feelings when they arise rather than burying them.

Health goals: when my marriage ended a couple of years ago, I developed a light smoking habit (1-2 cigarettes a day, increasing now with stress of my father's impending death), returning to an emotional crutch after having quit for 9 years. This is something I am working on from a psychological perspective.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on January 24, 2018, 06:39:12 PM
He mentioned I'm "a sad person" and how he worried about my heath as a result. I'm not particularly sad (though being with him made me intensely unhappy at times), but am emotionally complex and work on uncomfortable feelings when they arise rather than burying them.

Sorry you have break-up stuff to go through, expatartist :(   Even when it's a mutual decision, it can be hard.

I, too, have found that some people confuse "emotionally aware and processing vs burying feelings" with sadness, etc.

I hope this phase of your life journey is not too hard on you.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on January 24, 2018, 07:06:36 PM
I'm sorry you are having to deal with an important relationship ending on top of your father's illness.   When do you leave for the US?  Do send me an address if you'd like the Gawande book.   It really helped me and I'd love to pay it forward to you/your family.

Hang in there.  We're here for support if/when you need it.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on January 24, 2018, 09:49:09 PM
I did it! Spent the whole day indoors, in my jammies, resting (and very light tidying, very light food prep). It's made me feel like a million bucks :)    It also let messages rise up in me -that we go out too much, that I'm driving more than is physically comfortable for me, that too much of our time with people is when they have their "pub face" on (best presentation, extrovert face, etc).

Not sure how I'm going to change this up, but I'm going to try to create more stuff closer to home, reduce evening activities from 5-6 per week to 3-4, and spend more time with people's inside faces.

Staying home is really helpful to me.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Suzanne on January 24, 2018, 10:14:44 PM
Oh thanks for starting a thread like this.
Then counting calories counts to lose weight is what we hear in weight loss industry.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 25, 2018, 08:51:23 AM
That sounds like a heavy load, expatartist. I'm sorry to hear it. Take care of yourself.

joon, I think I have the opposite problem of you. I stay in too much, haven't gone out much at all in 2018 (single-digit and below-zero F temps followed by one or both of us being horribly sick with flu will do that, I guess). And am starting to feel terribly isolated. I've tried to reach out to friends but either they are all sick with flu, or they don't feel like going out because it's cold, or they've left town, or..... they're just flaky? I'm still kind of smarting over having to go to the Women's March alone because of what was either a miscommunication with a friend, or being blown off for reasons unknown. I'm trying to assume it was a miscommunication and not her actively deciding "I don't want to go to this with you even though we agreed to." But I'm still feeling kind of hurt and unlikeable.

I read a lot about how health outcomes are better for folks who aren't lonely and have strong social supports, especially when you're older, and that loneliness can be dangerous to one's mental and physical health. I see this happening to my mother, who has isolated herself and does not want human contact unless it is me. I don't really have social supports outside of Boyfriend, and I'm working to develop some.... but it is WORK and sometimes, as an introvert, I'm just out of social spoons to make the effort. (And then, as joon mentions, I feel like I have this performative fake-extrovert face on with new people and it's not pleasant.) Can anyone relate?


A few years ago bf and I were discussing exercise and I mentioned hating post-workout soreness, to which he replied that "well yeah, but it's a good kind of soreness, it feels energizing and invigorating!" And I'm like, "no, it feels *exactly* the same as being sick, and makes me wonder if I'm coming down with something."

Ha! Yes, this exactly. It is not "good" soreness when you literally cannot sit down on the toilet without excruciating pain in your quads (to use a recent example). It is not "good" soreness when you need help taking off your bra because your arms are so sore they can't reach behind you. I will say that the soreness is getting less, and seems to flare now only when I try something new. (One-legged squats I am looking at you!!). So, progress?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on January 25, 2018, 10:05:16 AM
I went through periods of extreme isolation. For example, for one year I lived basically as a hermit, with almost no contact with anyone - lived alone, no job, no capacity for volunteer work, no friends, no social groups. Many other stretches have been only one step up from that (work 70 hours per week, or have one awful "partner" as sole contact, etc).

I still have no friends in the sense of live, social contact, people I can just share day to day life with, etc. I've had it a couple of times for 1-4 years, then one of us moves or our coupleship ends. When I moved to my newest world last spring, I had almost no contact with anyone besides my kid for about four months; that was really hard for me. Eventually I was able to get into enough good groups that things are great -except for how often I have to leave my house for hours at a time to facilitate the different contacts for me and my kid!

I really rely on (thus seek out) community connection, so I go to lots of groups. I really, really enjoy those and they fill me up really well. They're not the same as personal friendship, but they do include people that end up genuinely caring about me and my kid, and that's as good as it gets for us so I take it :)

In my last location and this one, I've gotten pretty close to actual friendships with good, kind people, so something seems to be improving with time and effort!

A few years ago bf and I were discussing exercise and I mentioned hating post-workout soreness, to which he replied that "well yeah, but it's a good kind of soreness, it feels energizing and invigorating!" And I'm like, "no, it feels *exactly* the same as being sick, and makes me wonder if I'm coming down with something."

I really loved and appreciated this galliver. I enjoy the soreness that Tris Prior describes, but really question the flu-like experience. Is exercise positive if I'm so sick and fatigued for a day or two after? (This is despite doing everything "right".) I've found some forms of movement that are great fits for me, but they do still result in a higher need for rest, not more energy, lol.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on January 25, 2018, 11:45:14 AM
I read a lot about how health outcomes are better for folks who aren't lonely and have strong social supports, especially when you're older, and that loneliness can be dangerous to one's mental and physical health. I see this happening to my mother, who has isolated herself and does not want human contact unless it is me. I don't really have social supports outside of Boyfriend, and I'm working to develop some.... but it is WORK and sometimes, as an introvert, I'm just out of social spoons to make the effort. (And then, as joon mentions, I feel like I have this performative fake-extrovert face on with new people and it's not pleasant.) Can anyone relate?

Oh, for sure. I've been in [current city] for three years, and I still don't feel like I have many friends in the area. I think making friends as an adult is hard to begin with, and it's even harder for introverts. I'm also an introvert, and while I do genuinely enjoy meeting new people and having social time...by the time I'm done with my person-facing job (that I love), the last thing I want to do is drag myself to a MeetUp or a brain-intensive class. I just want to curl up on the couch with my boyfriend, dog, and a book. I do have a tentative little baby friend group from my summer running group, and I have friends from work, but other than that I just don't have local friends. I vacillate between feeling like I need to fix it, and accepting that I just don't have the mental and emotional energy to do the work.

One thing that's kind of an intermediate step for me is the studio/gym. I always went/go to the same classes, so after a while you start recognizing people, and you have a shared experience that makes it easy to start surface-level conversations (oh wow those planks were killer, have you taken a class with this teacher before, etc.). I haven't had any Real Friendships (tm) start that way, but I have people that I can chat with a bit when I'm at class, which makes me feel less like a hermit. So that can be a two birds, one stone option if group exercise is a thing that you're open to exploring.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: SquashingDebt on January 25, 2018, 05:54:54 PM
Healthy victory update:  Today, for the very first time in my life (if I'm remembering correctly, but I think I am), I was EXCITED to go exercise after work.  As in, I looked forward to it all afternoon.  I almost can't believe it.

The key to my success has been discovering my local Jazzercise class.  The instructor is fantastic - warm and cheerful and a little goofy to keep us laughing, I like learning the routines and it keeps me from thinking about how hard I'm working during a lot of it, and the other women are really great too. So, @Tris Prior and others - hold out hope.  If I can find an exercise I like that much after a lot of years of trying, hopefully you can too!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 25, 2018, 09:49:18 PM
Regarding making friends when we are older: I read this article not too long ago..

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/fashion/the-challenge-of-making-friends-as-an-adult.html

One part that stuck out for me..
"As external conditions change, it becomes tougher to meet the three conditions that sociologists since the 1950s have considered crucial to making close friends: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other"

I have realized how important it is to keep my part-time job b/c I work with fantastic people (rather than go fully solo). Also, a friend moved into my neighborhood  so now we see each way more often, for walks or tea b/c it is easier to connect spur of the moment.
Definitely important to have a stronger social network as part of my health goals.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on January 25, 2018, 09:59:17 PM
I made a big (for me) move today. For months I've agreed to stand outside in the cold and rain and dark, unsheltered, until a group decides to release the kids, even well after the scheduled pick-up time. This can mean anywhere from 30-60 minutes standing waiting. Today I declared that I would wait at a comfortable place nearby until Comfy Place closed, then pick him up on that schedule.

It was hard work for me to declare a pick up time earlier than they request, but I've been overextending myself, so am creating some balance now.

Similarly, when an doctor's office kept phoning me to try and book a procedure, I emailed a list of questions I would need answered in order to make the booking (logistics).

Instead of feeling "at the mercy" of places, giving them power and me fatigue or frustration or confusion, I'm been locating my power.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on January 26, 2018, 06:58:23 AM
Regarding making friends when we are older: I read this article not too long ago..

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/fashion/the-challenge-of-making-friends-as-an-adult.html

One part that stuck out for me..
"As external conditions change, it becomes tougher to meet the three conditions that sociologists since the 1950s have considered crucial to making close friends: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other"

I have realized how important it is to keep my part-time job b/c I work with fantastic people (rather than go fully solo). Also, a friend moved into my neighborhood  so now we see each way more often, for walks or tea b/c it is easier to connect spur of the moment.
Definitely important to have a stronger social network as part of my health goals.

@Serendip I was thinking about that article while I wrote my post, but I couldn't remember where I'd read it! Thanks for the link. It's such a great way to remind ourselves that it isn't that we all suck at making friends as adults--it's that it's actually, for real, harder. Of my best friends, all but one are either from high school, college, or grad school. That friend is from another running group, where we met twice a week to run for an entire summer and fall training cycle. So we had proximity, repeated (if planned) interactions, and nothing gets your guard down like struggling through a 16-mile run at 6am in August.

Personal news wise, so far the end of the week is sucking a lot less than the beginning. I crushed a really hard workout last night: I was the only person I could see who finished this one deadly set up planks and pushups without taking a break (I was def not going all the way down for the pushups at the end though, my chest was donnnnneee). And this will maybe get me some Healthy Choices demerits, but I let myself drink on weekdays this week. Not the healthiest coping mechanism, but work was just soul-killing Monday-Wednesday and I needed to do something for myself other than just sweating it out. The weeknight dranks tap is cut off again as soon as I finish killing the bottle of wine.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on January 26, 2018, 07:22:31 AM
Boyfriend did not have any pop yesterday! :D

Unfortunately, he's tried: tea, sparkling water, lemonade with less sugar (I made it pretty tart for myself, back when I was having sugar, because I like it that way. He was totally disgusted and dumped a ton more sugar in), with no success. The only other thing he really likes to drink is hot cocoa and, well, that doesn't really solve the sugar/calorie problem. Oh, and milk. I've had to ration his milk, he can drink a half gallon in a day!

I should totally get him a kid's bendy straw that has loop-de-loops and such! I'm sure his Mean Girl co-workers would think that's hilarious.

It's come out that he's probably depressed, which is off topic for this thread but confirmed in my mind that there's an emotional component to this that I really don't know how to fix. (Have suggested therapy repeatedly, and he won't do it. To be fair, it's not covered by his shitty insurance so that'd be a hardship.)

Have you heard of "Slim by Design"? It is amazing science based research about human behaviour and how to work around our unconscious bias about why we eat.  I found so much good actionable items to help me improve greatly on my coke habit.  I was sleep deprived and a coke was a beautiful thing at 3:30 to get me to dinner and everything was great with a coke after dinner. 
Best of luck.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on January 26, 2018, 07:53:52 AM
re: Friendships. I generally have no trouble finding awesome people, and I get to hang with them in groups about 15 hours a week currently. The catches for me are these:

1. Parenting. I can rarely go to most places and events my fellow adults relax at, because: $25/hr daycare. The few covered hours I have each week don't match the average person's schedule. We live in a weird culture that demands the parent be hyperresponsible for their children, in an environment where children are not welcome in heaps of places. That makes for a lot of isolation for a lot of parents.

2. Time/space. This overlaps with the above, but exists independently of it too. Trying to meet up with people for rich connection is convoluted. (If I'm remembering that article correctly from when I read it some years back, it covers this.) People have their stopwatch on because they have to be at another appointment in 90 minutes, or we lose 2 hours of the limited visit-time available to driving to each other, or our schedules line up once every four months. 

I've lived in several places where -despite not having a job or school in common- we all just hung out together daily for hours and hours and hours, no sense of time, no appointment to get to, kids welcome... We stopped after the second-to-last person had drifted off to sleep. It was super easy in those contexts to have rich connection.

I don't think it's an "adult past college" challenge so much as an issue of the wider culture that carefully segregates aspects of life via policies on age, minutes on a clock, how high an entrance fee each can afford, etc. I find people in my current location who are trying to buck that trend, and we have lots of fun together, but outside of those select group gatherings, meeting up can be tricky. The stopwatch one puts me off enough to not bother with the one-on-one that's available. (I did have two awesome nonstopwatch meetups recently, though.)

I think this is why a lot of MMMers enjoy camps so much. It's the nonstopwatch, all (well off) people welcome mode. These are the norm in some subcultures, but not the norm in productivity-focused ones.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on January 26, 2018, 08:40:07 AM
I want to talk about my approach to friends. 

I had a period of low friends in my early forties.  It seemed very pronounced after all the new mommy friends I had made when I had my son.  We moved cities between first and second babies.  I wasn't making work friends particularly and while on mat leave with second, I had no way to make new baby friends - all those with open dance cards had only a new born while I had a very active two and a half year old as well. Old uni friends were working and not having families.  None of the men classmates have children.  High school friends are far away and don't share my interests at all.

How I made new friends in the last while was on some of the community group projects.  They are different kinds of friends.  I also have my painting ladies.  We met taking classes and the instructor said we should just practice painting together and not to take any more of her classes.  We paint together once a month and take the odd workshop.  And have an intense natter during our painting session.  Three of them are 15-20 years older than me and have grandchildren. 

My neighbour got us on the street all acquainted by putting a flyer in our mailbox inviting us to a happy hour in her garden on a Friday evening.  Byo-E verything and it is outside so you don't have to clean up for people to come.

The types of friendships that I have now are very different from those in my twenties and thirties.  But a common thread is that we have a common purpose focus - we are growing food for a foodbank, trying to get someone elected, trying to learn to paint, working on raising money.  Very different types of friendships with each other.

I have also found a way to reconnect with classmates from uni.  Once a year or so we meet up at a conference or training event and re-connect for much laughter and reminiscences.  In October '17 we met in Montreal.  The change in location makes us cover new ground instead of just repeating the old ground.  It is an intense catch up and building but reconnects us so strongly. When one of us is dealing with tradegy - we leap into support mode and I know it feels really good.  One of us recently escaped an abusive marriage - and our meet up was the catalyst that gave her the courage to do that.  So I may only see those guys once or twice a year - they are really good friends.  And when something bad happens - we are there.

Just this past week I had coffee with someone that I am pretty sure has friend potential.  She is a little older than me and way more brave and extroverted.  But we share a common interest and sense of humour.  I will be working with her over the next couple of weeks on a little project and I think she will become someone that I will call friend.

The week before I met with someone that I thought would be able to advise me on a problem that I had.  I reached out to her because she has expertise and asked if she would have time to help me with this problem.  She was thrilled to be asked, upset that I had the problem and has since provided some follow up encouragement and best of all, asked me to join her and her friends at a celebration dinner for women at her table.  She has said that she thinks I would really enjoy meeting her friends and they would enjoy my company.  An acquaintance moving toward friendship. 

But I can see that these examples might not be that helpful at this moment when you are feeling lonely.  These examples have taken years to transition from acquaintance to friend.  There is a lot of lonely between that time. 

But they are examples of bridging the age and stage divide that occurs once we leave school or have friends that are our children's friend's parents.

My best advice is to get busy being a friendly busy person.  Working along side people on something that you both value is very powerful at bringing you together. Join groups doing a project that makes something.  Plant trees at tree plantings - better still - offer to bring refreshment (water) to tree plantings for the workers.  Be the communications person for fundraisers - everyone asks you to help with their part.  Attend community meetings, workshops, council meetings. Offer to take the minutes.  You will be developing community across age, stage and gender lines.  You will be making your world a better place and you may be pleasantly surprised at the cool people you will meet.  And then be brave, and ask someone out for a coffee or offer to help on something that throws you together.  It is a quicker cure for loneliness just to be busy and longer term  in building a multi-leveled community.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 26, 2018, 08:52:12 AM
You guys! So.... did I mention this before? I have a remote personal trainer, who is a friend of a friend. He sends me strength-training exercises to do, I do them and report back. It sounds weird, butsince there is zero chance of me going to a gym and/or going to an actual trainer in person who might be judgmental (he's TOTALLY not), it works for me.

Anyway. He recently told me to get a pull-up bar, the kind that hooks over your door. I was very suspicious of this; I have bad memories of nearly failing PE as a preteen because I could not do 1 single pullup or even do the thing where you hold yourself up at the top of a pull-up position and they time how long you can do it. (The teacher thought I was lazy, or faking, or, I don't even know. It was so embarrassing.) But, I went and bought the damn thing. Last night was my first workout involving it - and I held myself up for 5 whole seconds! Twice! That is 5 seconds more than I was able to do as a very overweight 11-year-old!

Regarding making friends when we are older: I read this article not too long ago..

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/fashion/the-challenge-of-making-friends-as-an-adult.html

One part that stuck out for me..
"As external conditions change, it becomes tougher to meet the three conditions that sociologists since the 1950s have considered crucial to making close friends: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other"


Yes, that's absolutely true. I have a few strikes against me, other than people generally being busy and isolated.

- I am a nerd but I hate gaming. HATE. IT. Typically, nerd meetups and get-togethers revolve around gaming. That's just not fun for me. I've tried, repeatedly, and I hate it. I am not fun to be around, I suspect, when I'm doing an activity I really dislike.

- I have some acquaintances who are burners.* I like them a lot. Their politics and worldview match mine..... but, you guys. So. Much. Weed. (and sometimes hallucinogenics). I have never taken drugs, and while I feel that it's no one's business what someone chooses to put in their body and I'm in favor of legal weed, I don't like being around people who are stoned, and I'm also very, very allergic to all kinds of smoke. Sooner or later, if I'm hanging out with burner friends, out comes the weed and I have to leave because I'm having trouble breathing. It somehow is not OK to say "can you please not smoke up in front of me," while in my experience tobacco smokers will go out of their way to partake someplace that is Else, if they know their smoke is bothersome to someone.

Though, I guess it's not the same thing. We only have medical weed here, not recreational, so it's not like someone can step outside to smoke up as one can with regular cigarettes.

Anyway, I keep running into these same issues when I try to be social. I am SO sick of having to leave social events because I can't breathe due to the weed. Honestly, it makes me skip a lot of social events lately.

Uncertain how to meet people who have similar views and interests, but are OK with not gaming or smoking for an evening. I've joined groups and volunteered, but so far that has not resulted in friendships that go beyond the actual event or task. (I worked on a political campaign last year and really enjoyed it; unfortunately the candidate pulled out so it ended. But even there, everyone was stoned all the time! :( )

* burner (n): a person who goes to Burning Man every year, or if funds and/or life prevent it, goes to local "burns" that are similar in nature to Burning Man but nowhere near as large or expensive.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on January 26, 2018, 10:05:03 AM
I've joined groups and volunteered, but so far that has not resulted in friendships that go beyond the actual event or task.

Frugal Lizard, it seemed like you were referring to some relationships in this ^ context as friendships. Like Tris, I don't. I call those acquaintanceships, buddies, playpals, activity partners. We might have an amazing time together during those activities, but the contact is specific to the activity and, like Tris is describing, doesn't go beyond that container.

What I define as friendship is specific to something well beyond "enjoying each other's company." So, maybe some of the difference is not "Person A has friends; Person B doesn't have friends" but rather different people defining friendship differently.

I love love love my acquaintanceships and group party time, and definitely appreciate support when it comes, but these aren't friendships to me. For me, friendship is more about emotional intimacy, deep trust, knowing each other's day to day, etc -in addition to getting a big fat kick out of spending time together. It has an almost romantic sense to it. I have that with a few people, but they're scattered across the planet.

...I held myself up for 5 whole seconds! Twice! That is 5 seconds more than I was able to do as a very overweight 11-year-old!

That IS really freakin' awesome!!! Way to go, Tris!!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on January 26, 2018, 10:40:04 AM

I love love love my acquaintanceships and group party time, and definitely appreciate support when it comes, but these aren't friendships to me. For me, friendship is more about emotional intimacy, deep trust, knowing each other's day to day, etc -in addition to getting a big fat kick out of spending time together. It has an almost romantic sense to it. I have that with a few people, but they're scattered across the planet.

Yes, for me friendship is being able to give and receive support - whether that's emotional or practical. And having fun, of course! Like you, joon, I have people like this in my life but few to none are local to me.

Story time! I had to fill out this health questionnaire thing to save some paltry amount on my health insurance premiums at my job. Among the questions were things like, "Do you have someone in your life who would lend you money if you needed it," "Do you have someone in your life who would bring you food or run your errands if you were sick or injured," "Do you have someone in your life who will listen if you need to talk about a problem." Other than the lending-money part, because that's kind of a loaded subject for me, that's partly what defines friendship for me - having people you can rely on, and who can rely on you. Not 24-7. Not to the detriment of their own needs. Not in a boundary-stomping or emotional-vampire sort of way. But.... interdependency and mutual support, I guess?

Honestly, that questionnaire pissed me off, though I understand why they were asking those questions, the whole loneliness/lack of support = bad health outcomes thing. Because, first, it felt a little classist; there are MANY reasons why someone's family and/or social circle might be unable to lend you money, and that doesn't mean you're a bad person or unhealthy. It might mean that you've lifted yourself out of poverty but your circle is still very poor. It might mean that those closest to you are just bad with money! Or have health issues, or, well, there are a zillion reasons why people might not be able to help a friend financially.

And secondly, it felt a little shame-y of people who, for whatever reason, haven't been able to connect with people who will help them. At the end of the questionnaire, it spits out recommendations about how to improve your health. Eat more vegetables, get more sleep, exercise more often, etc. I answered the above questions in the affirmative because i do have someone who would do those things - my partner. But I have to wonder what the recommendation would be if I'd answered in the negative. "Find friends who have money and are willing and able to provide practical help to you," I guess?

In my life, when I had more friends, I was always the one doing the helping anyway; it often wasn't reciprocated, though i didn't really mind because historically I've had my shit together better than my friends did.

This is all very interesting stuff to think about!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 26, 2018, 11:29:46 AM
@Tris Prior Way to go on the pullup bar!!

Also: nerd that hates gaming: me
        hippie that is so over the party culture burning man has turned into: me

We'd be friends :)

@Serendip I understood your post more along the lines of cultivating friendships from those acquaintances. I'm in my early forties and I have found a very similar dynamic. Making myself go out and join group activities, and over the past year a few of those people have turned into actual friends. Not perfect friendships necessarily, but good enough to know I can call on them when I need to get out of my house on a random Sunday.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: alewpanda on January 26, 2018, 01:47:47 PM
Ok, so my eating habits have been dicey a few times in the last couple of days, but still chugging along with vegetarian breakfasts and lunches, which keeps me still feeling ok...even if dinner isn't the healthiest.

I have been walking A LOT.  My legs are letting me know that! lol

Finally, my 2 big check ins are as follows: 1) I have been making REAL time for painting...as in, scheduling it.  Which makes me and the rest of my life that much less stressful feeling.  And 2) I am cutting back on my coffee consumption.  Today I had about 1/3 less coffee than typical..and i simply did it by not making the full pot.  Normally my DH would have one mug, and I would have 3ish to finish it off.  I had 2 mugs full...and I feel ok actually.  I think I will stick with 2 mugs for a while, cuz I know that one or less leaves me with headaches....I might be addicted :(

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: galliver on January 26, 2018, 06:39:49 PM
Re: friendship, one thing I've found is that as adults we tend to be, I think, more hesitant to really reach out and make first contact or make some kind of plan; possibly we feel like it would be pushy or invasive to do that? Either way, I found adult connections got a lot farther toward adult friendships when I started inviting people to concrete things rather than waiting to be invited. Or just reaching out in general "Hey [new friend], that thing we talked about when we met? I found this cool article about it, what do you think?". Some people are flaky, or uninterested, and I'm not saying keep trying to fill the bottomless well, but if you take it upon yourself to reach out, find an event, plan a night out...people respond. And eventually, they think of you when they crave company; plus you've established that it's ok to ask...  Also, I am likewise a nerd without much interest in gaming (um, video games. Board games are great, IMO. But I haven't really heard that called "gaming".)

It is not "good" soreness when you literally cannot sit down on the toilet without excruciating pain in your quads (to use a recent example).
Ha! I have that *exact experience* anytime I go on hiatus and then get back into doing squats (or similar). I do find it gets better with consistency... I have found long-term that my well-being and energy is better with consistency, too...but that only contributes to Reasons not intrinsic motivation. Definitely treat exercise like brushing teeth, washing dishes, etc.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Cressida on January 26, 2018, 10:11:51 PM
This week, pro:  Avoided the office candy bowl. And it had Twix AND Reese's cups!

This week, con:  Didn't get out for a lunchtime walk except for once. The weather stinks.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on January 26, 2018, 10:42:19 PM
Re: friendship, one thing I've found is that as adults we tend to be, I think, more hesitant to really reach out and make first contact or make some kind of plan; possibly we feel like it would be pushy or invasive to do that?

I'm cautious about inviting out, but not out of those concerns. Mine is that I like meeting up when I'm kid-free...but I also love to use those limited hours for daydreaming, singing, school work, school tests, community courses, swimming, shopping, walking. 

I had an AMAZING time with a new acquaintance last week -hiking, eating, talking. It was so fun being at our pace, talking about anything under the sun, eating out without paying for extra people... Unfortunately for me, our mutual kid-free time is precisely never. She'd had a week off work, but that's it now! She and I could hang out with our kids, but it's just not worth it to me (distractions, interruptions, negotiating all the different energies and paces).

It's the same reason I don't date. I have very few adult-only hours, and about a billion hours worth of activities I want to do in them. And if I do arrange to meet with someone and they flake, I've lost some good solo momentum. Groups are reliable -even if one person flakes, there will for sure be 2-20 others.

I just got home from three fabulous hours with two acquaintances and two strangers :)    Each of the two women I'm sure I'd enjoy spending one on one time with, but I don't think it's going to happen for a few more years.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on January 27, 2018, 09:42:16 AM
This week, pro:  Avoided the office candy bowl. And it had Twix AND Reese's cups!



I salute your willpower -- I wouldn't be able to resist the Reese's....

Guys, I moved my body substantially every day M-F this week!  One of those days was a walk on the trail instead of a gym session, but I'll take it.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 27, 2018, 10:13:51 AM
Interesting points from all of you--
and good job with every bit of motion..I just put a book on hold at the library titled "move your dna". Will see if I can give it a recommendation after I read it.
Enjoyed reading the different perspectives about friendship.

I was speaking with someone who is studying connection and the feeling of belonging to a community. They are developing an extensive survey for our town--asking people what fosters the feeling, what is needed for it, and how/why we 'lose' it.

I think intimate friendships are so great for us but also important are the micro-connections that we build by being friendly, volunteering, or getting to know the name of the person who bags our groceries, sells us our food, etc. 
Going to work on fostering the micro-connections and go for a big snowy walk today.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on January 27, 2018, 02:03:07 PM
I was speaking with someone who is studying connection and the feeling of belonging to a community. They are developing an extensive survey for our town--asking people what fosters the feeling, what is needed for it, and how/why we 'lose' it.

I think intimate friendships are so great for us but also important are the micro-connections that we build by being friendly, volunteering, or getting to know the name of the person who bags our groceries, sells us our food, etc. 
Going to work on fostering the micro-connections and go for a big snowy walk today.


I would just like to add that I look at friendships not in a black and white kind of way.  There is a fluidity to acquaintance /friend/very close friend/intimate.  Some people might be more in one category for periods of time and then in a moment and for a moment are closer to another. 
So for my feeling of social connection and to banish loneliness, having an intricate web of people that I work with or share a varying level of myself with is extremely important. 
So the neighbour who drives me and my dying cat to the vet is sharing in a very personal moment of vulnerability but is not at all the type of friend that I had in high school that came over when that aged cat of youth died.
I miss that intimacy of my high school and university friends.  But I have this incredible relationship with the father of my children.  Having anyone else as close to me as this primary relationship feels a little bit adulterous.  Or I don't have any more space for such a deep trust.  Or emotional energy after what I give to him and my two offspring.
I have to think about this a little more.
Thank you to every one who piped in on this as it has made my brain turn for the last couple of days in a very good way.

Other healthy choices:
Attended a family birthday party that was planned around an activity that the little kids enjoyed. My parents footed the bill for admission and fancy lunch for 15. 
Planned nothing else for today so I am puttering around with the laundry and the cleaning and planning to finish a painting - version two of the same hoarfrost scene. I am trying to learn to control/lose control of watercolour paint. 
Have been having some laughs with my kids today. 


Less good choices:
Had wine with a large lunch so I have no urge to make a nice supper.


Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 27, 2018, 03:27:04 PM
@Serendip I love Katy Bowman! I've followed her for several years. With my son's friends living with me recently I've gone back to a more "normal" household setup, but previously had done things like keeping my dishes on the bottom shelf so I'd have to squat to get them. The concept of building more movement into my day to day routines really helps me, especially in the winter.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on January 27, 2018, 03:37:37 PM
It didn't rain so I ran/walked my 7K trail run. Happy with my slow time. I had to use my inhaler but I had it and it worked immediately. We're now putting non-slip treads on the slippery basement stairs. I figure it is a healthy choice since its only a matter of time before the frequent slips become a disaster for someone in our house.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on January 27, 2018, 09:00:36 PM
Healthy Choices:
*Played for several hours with three acquaintances today, two of whom are favourite people in my life right now
*Found a way to connect kid with his tribe in a way that was nearly effortless -and entirely comfortable- for me too
*Made us "meal sandwiches" and other stuff to bring along on our big day out
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on January 28, 2018, 09:58:42 AM
Healthy Choices Today:

1. Revamping entire weekly calendar for less driving/outing while remaining fully engaged.

2. Resting/homing this morning instead of driving through weather conditions to extra event.

3. Attending wonderful event in walking distance later instead.

4. Committed to Whole30 for Lent (new Gauntlet).

5. Ordered 12 library books to support that.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on January 28, 2018, 10:13:28 AM
Went to see a movie yesterday (The Phantom Thread -- very good viewing to put minorly disfunctional relationships into perspective!) and did NOT buy/consume popcorn.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: RamonaQ on January 28, 2018, 12:14:47 PM
I did a 5 mile run this morning.  On one hand it felt great to be outside with temps in the low 30s, instead of below zero.  On the other hand, oof, my running was slooow.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: nessness on January 28, 2018, 01:26:27 PM
I took a 3-week break from social media (including this forum) which was great for my mental and spiritual health, and maybe my physical health too, since I spent more time being active and searching out healthy recipes. Highly recommended.

I also read the book "how not to die" and got more committed to a plant-based diet. It's going well and I haven't been craving junk food at all.

I've been making smoothies with my 3-year-old with berries, bananas, flax seed, spinach, cinnamon, and ginger. Easy and healthy. We call them "banana swirl" after Daniel Tiger. She's also started requesting bowls of plain raw spinach (because "it's so yummy!). A little weird but I'm not complaining.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on January 28, 2018, 09:46:37 PM
Walked to an event, whose goodies I've been looking forward to for some time. Skipped the goodies and spontaneously performed 40 minutes of dance instead :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 29, 2018, 10:35:59 AM
I took a 3-week break from social media (including this forum) which was great for my mental and spiritual health, and maybe my physical health too, since I spent more time being active and searching out healthy recipes. Highly recommended.

I also read the book "how not to die" and got more committed to a plant-based diet. It's going well and I haven't been craving junk food at all.

I've been making smoothies with my 3-year-old with berries, bananas, flax seed, spinach, cinnamon, and ginger. Easy and healthy. We call them "banana swirl" after Daniel Tiger. She's also started requesting bowls of plain raw spinach (because "it's so yummy!). A little weird but I'm not complaining.

Such a good thing to do periodically, a little social media re-set!

Also, I loved Dr.Gregor's book..I actually took it out again from the library and was considering re-reading it :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on January 29, 2018, 02:38:16 PM
After using all my internal resources to navigate a couple of hours of child's autism, then teen response, I had a giant craving for big junk food. Made a big batch of my homemade infusion instead :)

Now about to peel, break, and freeze another 15 bananas for future such moments.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on January 30, 2018, 11:53:48 AM
I am full of beasts and growls and surges this morning -some due to unknown sources, some due to known- so am working hard to balance that with:

*nourishing food (low carb, high protein hot pot at the moment)
*boundaries with kid
*walking
*hours reading and working in coffee shops versus being home/having access to electronics
*good music
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on January 30, 2018, 12:01:56 PM
I'm leaving work early today to go work out, then a dear friend is coming over to drink wine and make dinner. I'm pretty excited about my post-work plans :) They should be good for the soul.

My cheap(ish) month at my studio is up on Friday. I need to make a decision about my next move. Ugh, I keep waffling. Here are the options I have on the table at the moment:
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on January 30, 2018, 12:04:41 PM
fluffmuffin, would a quick visit to Gold's help you know if the facilities feel good enough to you? If they are, seems like that's the best option? You'd soon figure out which instructors you do like.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on January 31, 2018, 11:49:08 AM
Joon, it looks like I can actually get a free one-day pass to Gold's! Great idea to check it out before committing. I'll try to get in for a class this weekend.

It definitely makes the most sense financially.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on January 31, 2018, 12:00:01 PM
Awesome, fluffmuffin!

Healthy Choice: I realized yesterday that I was starting to feel "ganged up on" by my to do list :)    Tax time, plus school, plus a request to my business that I don't like dealing with, plus new rec schedules, plus new kid term meaning new scheduling and new supplies gathering...     

I realized the antidote to feeling that stress and pressure was to knuckle down and plow through a bunch of it!

So yesterday I plowed through all the stuff that could be done from home, and today I'm plowing through a long list of things that can be done in one area of town.

This action totally lifted all stress yesterday, and I can already feel it doing the same today.

At the same time, it's a gentle effort in the sense that I'm NOT also travelling a full town over to do the final pieces and I'm NOT trying to align my stops with activities I might otherwise have gone to and I AM getting us a bite out ($7 for two of us!) and we ARE eating an awesome brunch (still with the hot pot!) before this superhero venture into the world.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on February 01, 2018, 08:38:27 AM
Any thoughts on keeping up healthy habits during grief?

My cat's probably dying. (story in my journal if anyone's dying of curiosity; don't feel like rehashing it here.)

As a result, last night I ate pizza and skipped exercise. Staying on track with eating and exercise is the last thing on my mind right now, but this could drag on for a while (Boyfriend and I disagree on the best course of action) and at some point I'm going to have to find motivation again or else undo all of my progress.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on February 01, 2018, 10:31:30 AM
@Tris Prior Make yourself go for a walk every day, even just around the building. Activity helps emotions. And it will help you maintain the mental habit even if it's a little bit back burner for a while.

I tend to treat this for myself very much like being super ill. So all the food tricks you might have tried during the flu would help here, too. When you do feel like prepping food, prep a whole bunch of veggies so that you can just throw salad ingredients together instead of reaching for food you are wishing to avoid. I even prep all my proteins in containers - so one just with diced chicken, one with taco meat, etc. so that I can literally throw piles of food together with a bit of dressing or salsa.


@jooniFLORisploo I really, really love reading how you adjust your days. The way you describe things helps me see new ways I can better listen to myself.

@fluffmuffin I'll be interested in your gym trial experience. I miss the gym! But it's not in the budget right now so I live vicariously through others :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on February 01, 2018, 10:48:08 AM
I'll try but the windchill is 4įF right now and it's painful to be outside.

And I will try to force myself to cook tonight. We have absolutely nothing made. Do we even have ingredients? Uncertain; I've been so focused on trying to get food into the cat that I think I forgot about food for me. It was too easy to grab a frozen pizza when we were at the grocery store last night picking up chicken baby food (recommended by vet for getting her to eat).
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on February 01, 2018, 11:01:03 AM
Well I ate frozen corn dogs for dinner on Monday just because I waited too long to make food, so after the fact please be gentle on yourself :)  Doing what you need to help your emotional health may not look the same as it would for me, and I feel like you've made real progress in how you think about your choices.

If I'm remembering right your kitty isn't a fan of wet food. It often helps older cats to heat up their food so they can smell it better - their appetite is highly linked to smell. Maybe try heating a very small amount of the baby food then mix it with her kibble?

I had three kitties over 20 in the last few years that all were on hospice essentially for 2.5 years between them. It's never easy.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 01, 2018, 11:33:31 AM
I tend to treat this for myself very much like being super ill.

+1. Nutrition and exercise help so much in grieving and in stress, I focus extra on them.

But I also make them easier for myself, like by buying precut veggies. My hot pot that lasted us several days was: garlic, ginger, water, mushrooms, precut mix (baby corn, onions, sugar snap peas, broccoli, carrots), frozen sole fillets, hot sauce, tamari, and sesame oil. Just dumping stuff in and simmering til cooked, very easy.

My near-daily snack is: frozen bananas, cocoa powder, honey, trail mix, butter.

For me, getting groceries is this whole big deal, but once I've done that step, I'm set up for easy food. (I also make groceries easier by ordering online and receiving them in the parking lot.)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 01, 2018, 11:35:08 AM
@jooniFLORisploo I really, really love reading how you adjust your days. The way you describe things helps me see new ways I can better listen to myself.

Thanks, katscratch! I'm trying to limit my posting so I'm only every third or fourth member at most. But it helps me to write them out.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 01, 2018, 11:48:02 AM
So yesterday I plowed through all the stuff that could be done from home, and today I'm plowing through a long list of things that can be done in one area of town.

I feel like I was extremely rewarded for my efforts yesterday.

1. An item that was difficult to find rung through at one penny! One penny! I wanted to steal it for that price, but made myself be honest and grab a staff person to correct it. She said "...scanning code of practice...that's what you pay!" Hahahahaha! A penny! I also used a gift card my son's been storing forever for another $10 off the load.

2. A fellow I've hoped for several months to have a date with one day was the only other customer in a cafe -in another town!- and one step ahead of me. So that's like a date.

3. Half an hour later I met and hung with another super groovy fellow I had lots of weird things in common with.

4. The lunch out to get us through was $8 with some cool coupons, and big and included three cups of veggies each.

100% worth getting out to the weird places to plow through the lists!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on February 01, 2018, 11:48:59 AM
Tris Prior - I think self love and forgiveness are key healthy habits during grief or trauma. Good luck navigating through.

My healthy thingy today was overcoming my anxiety and going to a Pilates class (offered free by the owner). It was my first ever, 90 minutes intermediate level. I might wake up with abs tomorrow
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on February 01, 2018, 12:24:28 PM
@jooniFLORisploo I really, really love reading how you adjust your days. The way you describe things helps me see new ways I can better listen to myself.

Thanks, katscratch! I'm trying to limit my posting so I'm only every third or fourth member at most. But it helps me to write them out.

Itís wonderful to see your self-care, and to learn from your insight on noticing and respecting your needs.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on February 01, 2018, 02:58:15 PM
I finally made it back to the gym today, after nearly a week out (weekend, then illness, then conflicting schedules).  Wasn't up to running so did another incline walk on the treadmill.  Every bit counts, right?  Burned nearly 550 calories, so not too bad...
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 01, 2018, 03:16:01 PM
Every bit counts, right?

YES!!!

And even just the getting back at all is a really big deal -can be so hard to do- so way to go, lhamo!!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on February 01, 2018, 03:40:22 PM
Getting back into the routine is definitely the hard part! I signed up for a yoga workshop over the next 8 weeks to make myself get back into it; I keep missing my favorite Monday classes when I have Mondays off.

Nice work, lhamo!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: SquashingDebt on February 01, 2018, 05:18:08 PM
@Tris Prior - One thing that was pointed out to me recently is that when we're doing certain types of exercise (and I think your yoga challenge might fall into this?), we have to think so much about what we're doing that we can't think about anything else (anxiety/sadness/etc.), which can be a temporary relief.  Maybe reframing it like that might help you maintain your momentum?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on February 01, 2018, 07:29:36 PM
Haha, that's true, when I'm busy cursing Adriene out for making us do stuff that I find incredibly painful, I can't really think about the cat! (Yes, I know cursing during yoga is not zen or in keeping with how we're supposed to be thinking. And yet! ;) )
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 01, 2018, 09:25:25 PM
1. Made lhamo's curry today, using oxtail. Implemented four new-to-me experiments, and it turned out great!

2. Walked with kid to Activity #1 (further, hill-inclusive).

3. Despite Activity #2 usually being a walk for us, drove him there so that I could have time at home vs get exhausted waiting out, or feel obligated to get booze or food to be more comfortable out.

4. Picked up four recipe books from library, to inspire new dishes at home.

5. Now assessing each for which I will and won't use (seeking only super simple recipes).
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on February 02, 2018, 07:57:35 AM
Haha, that's true, when I'm busy cursing Adriene out for making us do stuff that I find incredibly painful, I can't really think about the cat! (Yes, I know cursing during yoga is not zen or in keeping with how we're supposed to be thinking. And yet! ;) )

I personally have always cursed yoga, usually just before falling over. But I'm not very coordinated. I'm sorry about the situation. Be gentle with yourself and do what you can. Are there any "healthier" frozen dinners you could keep around for those times when you forget to make something?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on February 02, 2018, 08:16:45 AM
Haha, that's true, when I'm busy cursing Adriene out for making us do stuff that I find incredibly painful, I can't really think about the cat! (Yes, I know cursing during yoga is not zen or in keeping with how we're supposed to be thinking. And yet! ;) )

I personally have always cursed yoga, usually just before falling over. But I'm not very coordinated. I'm sorry about the situation. Be gentle with yourself and do what you can. Are there any "healthier" frozen dinners you could keep around for those times when you forget to make something?
People doing yoga are thinking about things other than trying not to fart?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on February 02, 2018, 08:51:40 AM
I personally have always cursed yoga, usually just before falling over. But I'm not very coordinated. I'm sorry about the situation. Be gentle with yourself and do what you can. Are there any "healthier" frozen dinners you could keep around for those times when you forget to make something?

We did get some frozen stuff from Trader Joe's. It's mostly gone, because I haven't had brain to cook (and in one case I ate the damn thing because I hadn't been able to stop thinking about it all day at work). My challenge is always saving the frozen stuff for when it's really needed and not just going for it when I'm tired or lazy or crabby.

I actually am not doing too badly on the balance poses, but anything requiring upper body strength, including downward dog which she apparently is a big fan of, starts me cursing. I wish she were a little more understanding of people who have literally NO upper body strength.


People doing yoga are thinking about things other than trying not to fart?


I do yoga at home, and I banish Boyfriend from the room while I'm doing it. The only person who would know if I fart is the cat and she doesn't care. (And Boyfriend is Farty McFarterson so he's got no room to judge either!)

Yesterday I did yoga AND strength training despite wanting to do neither. Win!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: expatartist on February 02, 2018, 03:23:43 PM
Any thoughts on keeping up healthy habits during grief?

My cat's probably dying. (story in my journal if anyone's dying of curiosity; don't feel like rehashing it here.)

As a result, last night I ate pizza and skipped exercise. Staying on track with eating and exercise is the last thing on my mind right now, but this could drag on for a while (Boyfriend and I disagree on the best course of action) and at some point I'm going to have to find motivation again or else undo all of my progress.

These days I'm visiting family as we spend the last few weeks with my father to say goodbye. We're grieving but also caring for one another. This IMO is the most important health aspect of the grieving process, creating memories in the last time we have together.

To support things from a physical perspective, I'm trying to keep the house as germ-free as possible as his immune system is shot; he's more likely to die of an infection from visitors rather than the cancer. This isn't easy as he's got dozens of people visiting to say goodbye every week.

For me personally, I'm trying to keep spirits up while getting in a small walk every day from a few blocks to few miles. Would be walking a lot more but this bloody American Tundra is perfect for a sinus infection/flu so I'm staying in as much as possible. And enjoying running up and down stairs to do household errands.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 02, 2018, 06:35:16 PM
These days I'm visiting family as we spend the last few weeks with my father to say goodbye.

!!

Oh, expatartist! I'm so glad you can all be with him, though. And that you are managing to do some effective self-care, including honouring your grieving.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: galliver on February 02, 2018, 06:43:48 PM
I want to chime in with a slightly different perspective. I was once in this general fitness class through the university health center, and one of the instructors official ly had the job of "health educator" which is kind of half-trainer, half-therapist. She insisted pretty strongly that if your body is already stressed, like from lack of sleep, working out is counterproductive. I believe this applies to other stressors, too; being sick, certainly, and I think I would extend it to grieving as well. Sorry to hear many of you are going through rough times :(

The most physical effort I exert when sick is walking, and maybe gentle yoga if it feels good. And I don't feel bad about a more sedentary approach if what I'm hearing from my body is "I'm tired, rest me." I do feel bad if I let myself faceplant into donuts because that's not really caring for my body at that point >_>
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on February 02, 2018, 07:41:57 PM
Pushed through the "i don't wanna" at the gym today several times.  Split my run up to give myself milestones to strive for as I knew going into it I wasn't going to make it through a long, extended slog.  Walked .1 miles, then ran .9, walked another .1, then ran another .9, really wanted to quit running at that point, but told myself I could do another little bit and then quit -- so walked .1 and ran .4, then one more .1 walking and a final push to finish up running the last .4 to 3 miles covered total in 34:38.  Now, I usually count my time to run 3 miles (walking breaks don't count), but heck, I kept going and that was enough for today.  Walked off the rest of the hour to 4.35 miles covered total and 478 cal burned.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: galliver on February 02, 2018, 08:37:58 PM
@lhamo ďIf you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.Ē -MLK is an inspiration everywhere, even at the gym!

I've definitely used this strategy when the gym wasn't clicking!

But today I...got stuck writing political posts on the internet when I planned to go run. I'll lift and squat dumbells at home and run tomorrow. Whoops.

EDIT: I got home just after bf got home from the gym, and he semi-jokingly poked fun that I "made" him go by saying I was going, and then didn't. So, I did squats and lunges and various arms with my 10 lb dumbbells while he showered and then he convinced me to go get fast-fired pizza (thin crust, with vegetables). I'm already sore, so probably will be *more* sore tomorrow, but I also kind of feel like I kicked those squats' butts. :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 02, 2018, 10:45:18 PM
*Swam
*Relaxed
*Played with friends and stranger for some hours
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Clara Smith on February 03, 2018, 12:43:18 AM
This year I have planned to eat more fruits and do exercise. and I also decided to reduce intake of tea.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: alleykat on February 03, 2018, 04:57:13 AM
So this continues to prove challenging, however, the last two days I have really limited my snacking on sugary stuff and will continue through today too.  Tomorrow will be a bust because of super bowl type foods but Monday I will be back in the saddle again.  It is the start of a brand new month and I want to make it a heathy one.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on February 03, 2018, 08:05:09 AM
Yesterday had a very cold and frustrating start - I broke my car tire valve when trying to fill it at a gas station, then gave up on changing to the spare tire in the 6am dark when my hands were going numb right away. I took transit to work instead but was missing the super warm outer layer I wear for that so I bought a hot breakfast in the cafeteria.

In the past I would have wanted to "treat" myself and probably would have also bought lunch and snacks and for sure a coffee shop drink, but I stuck to my salad with curry turkey meatballs.

I made the choice last night to stay home and go to bed rather than join friends for our weekly bicycle adventure, even though I really wanted to take indulgent bike selfies in front of Minnesota themed sculptures sprinkled through downtown.

After retrieving my car, I fell asleep immediately after eating late dinner and just woke at 8:45am so it was definitely the right choice for my body.

I've been cutting down on caffeine slowly over the past month but had quite a lot of (weak) break room coffee yesterday. I just made a cup of decaf and am hoping that caffeine addiction missteps aren't as wicked as sugar and bread slipups for me :)

Happy Saturday!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: BNgarden on February 03, 2018, 02:31:50 PM
Managing to eat more veg daily through heaps of salad, and today will also start up soup-making again.  Batch roasting veg to serve with eggs for breakfasts too.

First soup up, easy tomato coconut chickpea:
http://www.wholelivinglauren.com/new-blog/2014/9/29/tomato-coconut-chickpea-soup (http://www.wholelivinglauren.com/new-blog/2014/9/29/tomato-coconut-chickpea-soup)

Salads are these:
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/01/asian-slaw-ginger-peanut-dressing-recipe.html (http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/01/asian-slaw-ginger-peanut-dressing-recipe.html)

Another one: wild rice & edamame salad is tossed with 7 grain rice, fresh kale, arugula, edamame beans, fresh vegetables, dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds--using lemon olive oil and lemon or rice vinegar for the vinaigrette.

Love that I can keep the salad ingredients undressed in big bowls in the fridge for several days, and just add dressing to individual bowls, marinating for some time before serving...  Also loving big bagged mixed salads for quick options.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 03, 2018, 06:51:48 PM
BNgarden, that soup sounds good! Thanks for links :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 03, 2018, 06:55:25 PM
*Worked hard to reduce the sensory inputs (from neighbour) that were jamming me up
*Went out to play even though I sure as heck didn't feel up for it! (Had a GREAT time!!)
*Declined to eat (junk) at Activity #2
*Brainstormed (made written list) of ways I can recharge deeply while parenting 24/7
*Walked in the door and heated up the curried oxtail soup -never been so happy to have food ready!
*Will rest now for 23-44 hours
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on February 03, 2018, 07:01:58 PM
Spouse brought home ice cream last night. I ate some tonight, not impressed. Dove mint chocolate chip ice cream isnít very good. Youíve been informed.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: SquashingDebt on February 04, 2018, 06:11:39 AM
I'm still working on internalizing the fact that saving money is not more important than my mental and physical health.

Yesterday, I pushed past that inclination and spent a decent amount of money at the grocery store on healthy ingredients for good meal-type salads and some extra stuff (greens, flax seeds) to boost the health content of my breakfast smoothies.

Raising my savings rate from 54% to 55% is NOT worth it if it keeps me from eating the food and doing the things I need to be healthy.  I have to keep reminding myself of it in those terms.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 04, 2018, 07:38:47 AM
I'm still working on internalizing the fact that saving money is not more important than my mental and physical health. [...]
Raising my savings rate from 54% to 55% is NOT worth it if it keeps me from eating the food and doing the things I need to be healthy.

A-freaky-men, SquashingDebt!! Good stuff :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 04, 2018, 07:41:27 AM
Realized last night it's been some weeks since I've had a conversation with an adult. Ack! This happens a lot. So I'm going to really focus on trying to get one, and at the quality that's most nourishing to me. This could take up to a week.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 04, 2018, 01:17:20 PM
*Completed four major steps toward securing conversation one day
*FINALLY MANAGED TO BOOK A MASSAGE

Receiving touch is extremely helpful to me, and paying is the only way I get it. Booking, though, is difficult because neither the massagers nor I answer our phones, and many places won't accommodate a child in the waiting room. But, I found a new option and I'm in! YAY!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: horsepoor on February 04, 2018, 08:16:07 PM
Ran 4.5 miles outside yesterday - well, ran about 3 and walked the rest, then rode my horse.

Made a weekly meal plan and shopping list today, stuck to the list at the grocery store, then hit the gym for a quick workout - nice and quiet on Superbowl Sunday.  I've been trying to do stretching and myofascial release on my right hip, which is stiffer and bound up, and affecting my riding.  It's now sore and I have to be careful in my workouts, but it seems to be coming around, and my leg position in the saddle is improving.

The weather has been frighteningly warm for February in Idaho, but while we have it, I am trying to increase my running.  I've been walking the dog most nights, but would like to get up to 3 runs per week, or around 12 miles.

Eating is OK.  Last night we went out to eat before going to see Book of Mormon.  Had drinks and gnocchi with braised pork cheeks, ummm... and then a slice of pizza and some delicious toffee.  That will probably be the only dinner out this month, and it was a nice one at a new restaurant in town, so no regrets.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 04, 2018, 10:00:48 PM
*Did super deep resting today
*Went for a light, easy walk
*Chatted with six different people
*Kept a great boundary with a person
*Let lovely people make me a very healthy lunch

Delighted to see we've made it to the end of our Vit D bottle! We're getting so good at actually taking supplements now -the D probably 98% of days this winter, and I think it makes a huge difference.

I sleep and live on the floor so often "kick up" to stand, but now have added a step of rolling into a plank of sorts, incorporating upper body strength exercise into each transition. Fun :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on February 05, 2018, 08:45:29 AM
Mental health care: I was in much better shape mentally when I was volunteering on a political campaign last year (for IL governor). It made me feel like i was doing something concrete to fight the things going on in America that I don't like. Then the candidate dropped out due to inability to raise enough money (most of the other candidates are literally billionaires, and the Dem frontrunner is from the family that's essentially Chicago royalty, like the Kennedys). We all got pretty despondent after that and I didn't want to start working for my second choice because, I guess it felt disloyal? And like settling?

So, I haven't done much volunteer work since. Then, at the Women's March, someone handed me a flyer from a progressive org in the suburbs whose state rep is, I'm sorry, a complete tool. Even if his views agreed with mine, I can't get behind a dude who literally refuses to speak with constituents under any circumstances. Anyway, they were looking for volunteers to send "get out and vote" postcards to registered Democrats in his district who didn't vote in the last election, and you didn't need to live in his district. So I've been doing that. It makes me feel like I am at least doing SOMETHING to help get hateful people out of office, as I cannot personally vote them out (other than the governor, everyone who represents me has the same views as I do).

Have totally fallen off wagon re healthy eating and exercise though. It just doesn't seem that important while the cat's dying. I'd rather sit on the couch and let her sleep on my lap.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: nessness on February 05, 2018, 01:14:27 PM
We traveled this weekend to visit family and I ate pretty poorly, though not as badly as I sometimes don't when traveling. Back on track today!

Breakfast: oatmeal with flax, cinnamon, blueberries, and slivered almonds
Snack: trail mix (made with pumpkin seeds, soy nuts, and dried blueberries), half a bell pepper, and whole grain crackers
Lunch: quinoa salad with chickpeas, feta, and bell peppers in a homemade vinaigrette, and an orange
Dinner: ??. Probably pasta with pesto. I found some pasta at Grocery Outlet made only out of beans that is surprisingly good and much more filling than traditional pasta.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on February 05, 2018, 02:01:07 PM
Ran two miles on the treadmill in 21:32 this morning, cutting 10 seconds off my previous best time for that distance.  I probably could have done it faster, but I was originally going to try to do the full 3 mile distance I usually do, but changed my mind 1.5 miles in.  So I only had .5 miles to ramp up the speed from my longer-distance 5.5 mph speed up to 6.5.   

I didn't want to run AT ALL when I first started, so I'll call this another win.  I find I usually feel like it is a horrible slog up until about a mile in...
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: galliver on February 05, 2018, 02:05:56 PM
Have totally fallen off wagon re healthy eating and exercise though. It just doesn't seem that important while the cat's dying. I'd rather sit on the couch and let her sleep on my lap.

I've come to believe that the most important skill in a lot of areas (but health and fitness among them) is getting back on the proverbial horse. Stockpile all the cat snuggles while you can; maybe read a book or do something else quiet and restful that you've been craving while you're at it. Then, when you can, start again on the other goals.

Dinner: ??. Probably pasta with pesto. I found some pasta at Grocery Outlet made only out of beans that is surprisingly good and much more filling than traditional pasta.

We've had that! It's kind of rubbery to my taste, but we like mixing it with regular pasta to add protein and 'stretch' the carby goodness (we do that with veggie noodles, too) :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 05, 2018, 03:58:41 PM
*Completed the period of deep rest I'd committed to
*Napped at 10am, lol (started day at 5, and realized I was feeling off by then, this fixed it)
*Cooked my first new dish from new cookbook (DELISH!)
*Chose coconut oil vs butter for it, as I prepare for food experiments
*Let all the rare sunshine and fresh air in YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*Skipped the honey in my regular refueling dish
*Went into the world to play
*Made a point of getting to one thing while kid was occupied and to another early, so that I might end up with adult conversations -it worked!
*When I got my kid some food out, I realized I needed none myself
*Despite being overstimulated and pondering a handful of candies to bring me down, I skipped those and reheated some of the delicious lunch instead
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 06, 2018, 10:57:29 PM
Welcome, allsummerlong :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on February 07, 2018, 12:31:16 PM
Ran two miles on the treadmill in 21:32 this morning, cutting 10 seconds off my previous best time for that distance.  I probably could have done it faster, but I was originally going to try to do the full 3 mile distance I usually do, but changed my mind 1.5 miles in.  So I only had .5 miles to ramp up the speed from my longer-distance 5.5 mph speed up to 6.5.   

I didn't want to run AT ALL when I first started, so I'll call this another win.  I find I usually feel like it is a horrible slog up until about a mile in...

If it's any consolation lhamo, most of the long distance runners and/or the folks who have been running for years all say the same thing. The first mile is the hardest and they all complain of feeling like a junk car. It seems to take about that far for pretty much everyone to get their joints loosened up and moving well.

I want to start running again but haven't quite gotten to it. Tonight I'm going to have DH monitor the kids so I can run on our treadmill. I signed up for a 5k in March because I find them motivating and enjoyable. And I'm planning on a half marathon in May. It's an "indulgence" because it is in city where we used to live and an excuse for a firm date to go see friends there. Plus motivation to keep exercising through the cold, gray ick that is winter here.

I'd like to post some food wins here but those are in the future. The strongest positive statement I can make around our food lately is that everybody has been getting food on a regular basis and at least some vegetable were involved.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 07, 2018, 12:39:17 PM
The strongest positive statement I can make around our food lately is that everybody has been getting food on a regular basis and at least some vegetable were involved.

:)))))  LOVE!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: nessness on February 07, 2018, 01:22:36 PM
I prepped black bean soup last night to make in the crock pot today and then forgot to start it. Doh! It's in the fridge so it'll be fine to cook tomorrow, but I was looking forward to having dinner ready when I got home tonight, especially since my husband is working late tonight, and it's hard to cook when I'm on my own with both kids. Fortunately, I have a couple of easy, healthy-ish options on-hand:
- Scrambled eggs with whole wheat toast and fruit
- Burritos with refried beans, salsa, frozen fajita veggie mix, and whatever else I can find to put in them
- Whole wheat pasta with pesto and sauteed mushrooms

I've been discovering that planning for super easy meals is really the key for me. I have a bad habit of getting too ambitious in my meal planning, then not finding the time to make the meals I planned, resulting in eating crappy meals and letting food go to waste. No more! Last night we had peanut butter and banana sandwiches and smoothies. Optimal nutrition? Probably not, but not too bad since I used natural PB and whole wheat bread, and I threw some spinach, flax, and turmeric in the smoothie. And it was ready in 15 minutes and my 3-year-old could help.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on February 07, 2018, 01:59:49 PM
The strongest positive statement I can make around our food lately is that everybody has been getting food on a regular basis and at least some vegetable were involved.

:)))))  LOVE!

Yep. Good enough!  Iím glad you are not berating yourself over this.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: alewpanda on February 07, 2018, 02:10:51 PM
I prepped black bean soup last night to make in the crock pot today and then forgot to start it. Doh! It's in the fridge so it'll be fine to cook tomorrow, but I was looking forward to having dinner ready when I got home tonight, especially since my husband is working late tonight, and it's hard to cook when I'm on my own with both kids. Fortunately, I have a couple of easy, healthy-ish options on-hand:
- Scrambled eggs with whole wheat toast and fruit
- Burritos with refried beans, salsa, frozen fajita veggie mix, and whatever else I can find to put in them
- Whole wheat pasta with pesto and sauteed mushrooms

I've been discovering that planning for super easy meals is really the key for me. I have a bad habit of getting too ambitious in my meal planning, then not finding the time to make the meals I planned, resulting in eating crappy meals and letting food go to waste. No more! Last night we had peanut butter and banana sandwiches and smoothies. Optimal nutrition? Probably not, but not too bad since I used natural PB and whole wheat bread, and I threw some spinach, flax, and turmeric in the smoothie. And it was ready in 15 minutes and my 3-year-old could help.


THIS

The fancy meals just don't get eaten in this house.  Not because we don't plan them or want to eat them...but because we don't COOK them.  And we don't even have kids!  The best meals are the easy but healthy ones.  Smoothies are a big win here.  Simple rice and chicken bakes or from frozen shrimp made into stir frys are also common.  Sandwiches are acceptable too...lol.  I feel you!  You are doing good!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on February 07, 2018, 02:17:58 PM
The strongest positive statement I can make around our food lately is that everybody has been getting food on a regular basis and at least some vegetable were involved.

Dude, sometimes that's literally all I can manage too. Sounds like a win to me.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on February 07, 2018, 02:31:37 PM
Ran two miles on the treadmill in 21:32 this morning, cutting 10 seconds off my previous best time for that distance.  I probably could have done it faster, but I was originally going to try to do the full 3 mile distance I usually do, but changed my mind 1.5 miles in.  So I only had .5 miles to ramp up the speed from my longer-distance 5.5 mph speed up to 6.5.   

I didn't want to run AT ALL when I first started, so I'll call this another win.  I find I usually feel like it is a horrible slog up until about a mile in...

If it's any consolation lhamo, most of the long distance runners and/or the folks who have been running for years all say the same thing. The first mile is the hardest and they all complain of feeling like a junk car. It seems to take about that far for pretty much everyone to get their joints loosened up and moving well.

I've been running for a long time, and this is SO real.

Sorry I haven't been around much recently. I'm also on the struggle bus...work has been so busy and exhausting for the last two weeks, and it's probably not going to let up until mid-April. I've also had some family drama going on for extra awesomeness. I feel off-kilter, like I've been eating sh*t (but I have no energy to cook), like I haven't spent quality time with my boyfriend in weeks, and I haven't gotten a gym routine nailed down. Or even, gone to the gym for my free trial day, because that takes effort and mental energy. And I tripped and had a pretty bad fall out running on Monday, and my knee is still swollen and sore. I'm meeting a friend for yoga tonight. I don't think I can do cat/cows or anything on my knee, but hopefully I can just modify.

All I want to do is collapse at home with a glass of wine and HBO, but I leaned pretty heavily on alcohol last week when the family drama was at its apex (by which I mean like, one glass a night). So I don't want to do that two weeks in a row.

Just, ugh. I'm feeling pretty down right now but I keep reminding myself that the only way to get through it, is to get through it.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 08, 2018, 05:46:35 PM
Today I got super overexcited about A Thing, a Very Big Deal. I was fuzzy and disoriented and, when required to leave, could only get myself as far as the nearest coffee shop. Still in a daze, I ordered some stuff I thought would "bring me down" -a flat white and an oat fudge bar. After some minutes of sipping, I still hadn't received the bar. Went to request it, cashier said she hadn't included it in the order but would get it -and charge me- now. I really thought I had paid for it, but didn't have receipt... But also realized I didn't need the bar -nor the extra calories- in any case! I declined to re-order and pay or repay for the bar. I was okay enough now :)

tl;dr: I UNordered a dessert bar I didn't need.

Also, at the grocery store I took the big step of not buying honey. Honey and cream are my only real downfalls. So even though this meant I'd have to break the news to my kid of "no honey for now", I did it! (He was fine. Oh.)

I bought us frozen coconut chunks as a fun snack instead.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on February 08, 2018, 05:51:36 PM
I lack the willpower to unorder dessert, ever.  Well done, jooni!

No gym today, as we had a high school tour this morning.   But I did get a fair amount of walking in -- 10 minutes uphill x 2  with DD to the bus this morning, then the same to go pick her up and the reverse to get home.  So that's what -- 40 minutes of walking, with 2/3 of it uphill?  Not quite a full treadmill workout, but I'll take it.

Yesterday my preferred treadmill was occupied, so I went back to the rowing machine (had been taking a break from it as my elbow is a bit off).  Didn't get my best time, but it was ok considering I didn't really kick into gear until the last 5 min of a 20 min routine.   
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: horsepoor on February 08, 2018, 10:47:31 PM
Well done on cancelling the desserts, going to yoga with a hurt knee, and muscling through that first onerous mile of running!

I jogged 3 miles on Tuesday, walked the dog and rode yesterday.  Planned to hit the gym tonight, but being a government employee, I went for "shutdown pints" with coworkers, thinking I'd walk the dog later tonight.  One turned into two, then I decided I'd better eat something, and bring some guilt pizza home to DH so yeah.  Given the shutdown, I'll get a workout in tomorrow to make up for it.  On the up side, we did have salad with the pizza...
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on February 09, 2018, 12:56:13 PM
BRING ON THE WEEKEND. My theme is going to be self-care. Lots of sleep, trying to make it to the farmer's market, batch-cook some easy soups since I've mostly emptied the freezer, fun date night on Saturday, get to the new gym on Sunday or die trying, since it's taking that first step that I'm getting stuck on.

Other than that, couch and the Olympics.

Wishing everyone else a weekend full of good things.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on February 09, 2018, 01:51:22 PM
I broke the 32 minute barrier on my 3 mile run today -- just barely at 31:57, but I'll take it!  That cut nearly 40 seconds off my previous best time.  I didn't check my stats before I started running and had mistakenly remembered the other run as clocking in in the 31:40 range --  was off by a whole minute (that one was 32:36).

I might be able to work up to that 30:00 minute goal after all....
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on February 09, 2018, 02:06:22 PM
We got a snow day - the office is closed. I have black bean chili going in the crockpot, made my overnight oats for next week, made vegan tuna salad* and am going to do some chickpea curry next. Healthy meals for the coming week, done!

If the cat ever stops sleeping on me I'm going to get back on the strength training horse and do my bodyweight exercises.

*I tried VeganToona on the recommendation of a friend. It doesn't really taste like tuna, and looks disturbingly like cat food, to the point that I had to double check the label after opening it, but with a little mayo stirred in and lots of chopped onion, it's not bad. At $4.69 for 1 can, though, I don't think I'm going to buy it again.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on February 09, 2018, 02:41:31 PM
I made a "picnic" lunch for everybody...home cooked food consisted of a beef roast plus we had peppers and carrots! And I have not, thus far, wandered off to FiveBucks to get overly priced sugary coffee and confections. But I really want to.

I'm taking a couple of weeks off running because 1) it is too cold outside; and 2) our lives have gotten busy and it has been stressing me out to try to squeeze it in. I plan to start back next week when the weather is supposed to warm up.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 09, 2018, 04:11:17 PM
In hour three of deep despair, I considered the junk food choices hither and yon.
Then told myself I could eat cold roast chicken from the fridge...but while I was tearing pieces of that into a bowl, thought I might as well start some rice...and thought if I'm waiting for rice, might as well heat the chicken...if I'm heating the chicken, may as well add 11 vegetables from two bags of frozen mixed...

Effortless; delicious!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: RamonaQ on February 10, 2018, 12:11:53 PM
I slept SO MUCH the last three days.  I had Thursday and Friday off work (kind of a bummer because Friday ended up being a snow day, but it was already my regular day off).  I was fighting a cold and seriously went to bed at 8 pm on Thursday.  Slept for 11 hours.  I had been lacking in sleep anyway - it's amazing how much better I feel after a few nights of quality rest.

There are also mediocre cookies in the break room at work that I am not eating.  Cookies are good, but mediocre cookies are always disappointing.  I want to be the kind of person who, if faced with awesome cookies, will eat an awesome cookie, enjoy it, and not give it another thought.  And if faced with mediocre cookies, will say, "Eh, I'll pass on this mediocre cookie."  So I'm acting as if I'm that person. :-)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: okits on February 10, 2018, 03:32:56 PM
Go, RamonaQ!  More than once, I've been the kind of person to forego mediocre muffins in the break room, only to succumb and eat them, stale, a day later. 

Yesterday my yoga class was canceled so I did a 7.5 min HIIT session.  Not overly sore today, so if I'm okay tomorrow I will try to squeeze it in a few times a week.

Today is day 6 of no alcohol or junk food.  I've had a few items that are ambiguous (like a homemade protein square with chocolate-coated underside) but I'm still considering it good (enough), especially compared to last week, when I was mainlining Almond Roca and chocolate.  Cravings are PERSISTENT for that stuff.  :I
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on February 13, 2018, 02:36:17 PM
It's Fat Tuesday, which is Paczki Day in Chicago.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct-food-paczki-fat-tuesday-restaurants-bakeries-20180210-story.html

Last year, the building I work in had a whole spread of free paczki in the lobby. I figured that if they did this year, that was a sign to have one. Didn't this year (probably because the lobby's under construction and they'd get plaster dust and other gunk on them).

But I almost cracked, you guys. I had to go to the post office at lunch, which is right by a fancy bakery that sells them. I decided that after I conducted my post office business, I'd check them out and see whether they had any left (they often sell out in the morning).

But, the post office clerk proceeded to cough all over her hands, tell her co-worker what a bad cold she has and how awful she feels, cough all over my change, and then hand it back to me. I had no hand sanitizer in my purse and there was nowhere nearby with a public restroom to wash my hands in. This totally killed any desire for me to do anything other than get back to the office as quickly as possible to fumigate myself. No paczki bought or consumed. Win?

I swear I'm not usually a huge germophobe, but I've FINALLY stopped coughing from the flu I had a month ago and the last thing I need is another disgusting illness.

For the record, I googled "how many calories in 1 paczki" and got answers ranging from 500-700.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 13, 2018, 03:02:27 PM
In preparation for the "Whole46 [lent] Gauntlet" bought so many veggies, put 1/3 of them into a huge pot for stew, now simmering.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Cressida on February 13, 2018, 11:05:19 PM
mainlining Almond Roca

yum

But, the post office clerk proceeded to cough all over her hands, tell her co-worker what a bad cold she has and how awful she feels, cough all over my change, and then hand it back to me.

yuck

(That's about all the commentary I can manage today after working for 11+ hours.)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Nickyd£g on February 14, 2018, 06:51:51 AM
I would love to join please!

The last 18 months I went WAY off track with my spending, eating habits and drinking of wine...lots of wine. Stressed, not sleeping, fat and unhealthy, I began this year with a better job (more money, less stress, nicer colleagues, and 10 minutes walk from my flat!)and a new attitude. Yes, I want to drop 30-40lbs but I want to be healthy and fit and not have to obsess or count calories. So, here is what I have started doing in the past couple of weeks:

* eating more fruit & veg, and have simplified my dinners to a rotational of chicken in sauce with sweet potato and veggies, steak & roasted veggies or fish in sauce with new potatoes and veggies. Not going vegetarian, low carb, or fat-free, just eating less crap.

* cutting out alcohol. This has been hard, as I have definitely developed a habit of a glass of wine at night, but I am trying to replace it with water and teas and distract myself by doing chores.

* doing a 20 minute HIIT session with Joe Wicks, The Body Coach on YouTube about 3 times a week. Starting as a beginner, I thought I was going to die but I am definitely improving. I'm also doing Yoga once a week (again, YouTube). I want to start lifting some weights too, will play around.

* Instituted a sleep management routine. Still having difficulty as I wake up once or twice a night but I my body is getting used to the routine, I am sleepy by 9.30pm and wide awake by 6.30am.

* reducing time spent on my phone and tablet. Removed FaceBook from my phone. Also, stopped reading/watching the news as I could feel it taking a toll on my sanity.

* being kind to myself. I'm no longer making fat jokes about myself or criticizing my reflection. I'm buying myself flowers from Aldi once every two weeks, I'm doing my nails and wearing the nice jewellery.

*I created a three year budget plan. What a relief and a motivation! I can be debt free, have a three month emergency fund and projected to be saving 40% of my income within 30 months, while living a nice (frugal) lifestyle.

* I have been using up all the food, toiletries, household products I have and only buying milk, bread, fruit & veg as needed. I still have about two weeks worth of mains before I need to do a substantial grocery haul.

* I booked a cheap, self catering holiday in August to Corfu in a little fishing village I have been to before. There is a glorious beach, one grocery shop and a couple of tavernas so I know I won't be spending a lot. If that isn't motivation to shred some of this fat I don't know what is!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on February 14, 2018, 07:02:06 AM
But, the post office clerk proceeded to cough all over her hands, tell her co-worker what a bad cold she has and how awful she feels, cough all over my change, and then hand it back to me. I had no hand sanitizer in my purse and there was nowhere nearby with a public restroom to wash my hands in. This totally killed any desire for me to do anything other than get back to the office as quickly as possible to fumigate myself. No paczki bought or consumed. Win?

I swear I'm not usually a huge germophobe, but I've FINALLY stopped coughing from the flu I had a month ago and the last thing I need is another disgusting illness.

I'm a huge germaphobe this year! We had some sort of respiratory illness in our house from before Halloween to New Years. And 90% of that time 3 of us were sick. The. Whole. Time. All of us ended up needing antibiotics for walking pneumonia. We're avoiding sick people like the plague. I even put my perspective purchases down and walked out of one place because someone was hacking up a lung. Just no! I can't wait until flu season is over for this year!

I went running. Actually running outside. It was only sorta cold. And I need to train for a race I signed up for so that I would need to train for it and would actually go exercise. I only went a mile but did so in around 10-11 minutes. Which is super fast for me. Tomorrow is supposed to be warmer so I'll probably put the kids on their bicycles and go a little farther.

Now, if only I could find the bandwidth to improve our eating...that needs to be up next.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on February 14, 2018, 07:50:30 AM
I would love to join please!

The last 18 months I went WAY off track with my spending, eating habits and drinking of wine...lots of wine. Stressed, not sleeping, fat and unhealthy, I began this year with a better job (more money, less stress, nicer colleagues, and 10 minutes walk from my flat!)and a new attitude. Yes, I want to drop 30-40lbs but I want to be healthy and fit and not have to obsess or count calories. So, here is what I have started doing in the past couple of weeks:

* eating more fruit & veg, and have simplified my dinners to a rotational of chicken in sauce with sweet potato and veggies, steak & roasted veggies or fish in sauce with new potatoes and veggies. Not going vegetarian, low carb, or fat-free, just eating less crap.

* cutting out alcohol. This has been hard, as I have definitely developed a habit of a glass of wine at night, but I am trying to replace it with water and teas and distract myself by doing chores.

* doing a 20 minute HIIT session with Joe Wicks, The Body Coach on YouTube about 3 times a week. Starting as a beginner, I thought I was going to die but I am definitely improving. I'm also doing Yoga once a week (again, YouTube). I want to start lifting some weights too, will play around.

* Instituted a sleep management routine. Still having difficulty as I wake up once or twice a night but I my body is getting used to the routine, I am sleepy by 9.30pm and wide awake by 6.30am.

* reducing time spent on my phone and tablet. Removed FaceBook from my phone. Also, stopped reading/watching the news as I could feel it taking a toll on my sanity.

* being kind to myself. I'm no longer making fat jokes about myself or criticizing my reflection. I'm buying myself flowers from Aldi once every two weeks, I'm doing my nails and wearing the nice jewellery.

*I created a three year budget plan. What a relief and a motivation! I can be debt free, have a three month emergency fund and projected to be saving 40% of my income within 30 months, while living a nice (frugal) lifestyle.

* I have been using up all the food, toiletries, household products I have and only buying milk, bread, fruit & veg as needed. I still have about two weeks worth of mains before I need to do a substantial grocery haul.

* I booked a cheap, self catering holiday in August to Corfu in a little fishing village I have been to before. There is a glorious beach, one grocery shop and a couple of tavernas so I know I won't be spending a lot. If that isn't motivation to shred some of this fat I don't know what is!

Wow! That is a lot of change to take on! I especially love seeing the one in bold - it is so easy to skip this and keep a negative mindset and self-image.
What wonderful work you are doing for yourself.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on February 14, 2018, 08:43:13 AM
Send strength for avoiding the office bake sale today? I am craving sugar, HARD.

Mongoose, it's been awful, hasn't it? The worst is when you're stuck on public transport and someone is messily coughing up a lung and you can't escape.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: okits on February 14, 2018, 02:48:34 PM
Send strength for avoiding the office bake sale today? I am craving sugar, HARD.

Mongoose, it's been awful, hasn't it? The worst is when you're stuck on public transport and someone is messily coughing up a lung and you can't escape.

Hope you have managed to resist, @Tris Prior !  If you are still fighting the good fight,
Spoiler: show
just think about all the germy hands,
 runny noses, and sneezing that have probably been near or in contact with the food.  2/$1 cookies, influenza as a free bonus!


* being kind to myself. I'm no longer making fat jokes about myself or criticizing my reflection.

Wow! That is a lot of change to take on! I especially love seeing the one in bold - it is so easy to skip this and keep a negative mindset and self-image.
What wonderful work you are doing for yourself.

For Valentine's Day, as a gift (because he won't forego giving me something), I asked DH to come up with strength training exercise routines for me.

I described my goals as:
1) get stronger (as my kids keep getting heavier!)
2) more stable core (I have intermittent back problems)
3) bulging biceps for flexing when we take pictures (this is a joke)  :)

I'm trying to appreciate my body for what it can do and how it is a nice home for me to "live" in, to take the focus off vanity (which is effective but not the healthiest attitude).
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on February 14, 2018, 04:17:27 PM
Bought myself some dark chocolate today (since my SO has decided to cut down on chocolate and beer this month, we haven't had any in the house!)

 I was feeling in a bit of a darker place for the first 2 weeks of Feb but I think much of that was weather related and now with the sun being out for a few days-- has helped turn things around! Was just feeling a bit aimless.
  However, I know the sun won't last so will be upping my self-care for the next while.

Went skiing with my SO this morning, did a short meditation & yoga session and now might go for a teeny run (20-30 min alternating jog/walk) or else do it in the morning.
I am giving him a massage as a Valentines Day gift and then will also book myself one for next week so I get some healthy touch as well (he tries but massage isn't really a skill)

Looking forward to setting some goals..I think this is tied to the aimless feelings that tend to happen yearly.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 14, 2018, 11:54:28 PM
Even though I super didn't feel like it, went out to choral singing. Usually, I do this for fun. Tonight, it was as medicine -human contact, physical contact, vibrations, voices, the deep breathing involved in singing. Every time the notes gelled, and every time we laughed, I "evened out" inside :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Nickyd£g on February 15, 2018, 05:30:06 AM
I would love to join please!

The last 18 months I went WAY off track with my spending, eating habits and drinking of wine...lots of wine. Stressed, not sleeping, fat and unhealthy, I began this year with a better job (more money, less stress, nicer colleagues, and 10 minutes walk from my flat!)and a new attitude. Yes, I want to drop 30-40lbs but I want to be healthy and fit and not have to obsess or count calories. So, here is what I have started doing in the past couple of weeks:

* eating more fruit & veg, and have simplified my dinners to a rotational of chicken in sauce with sweet potato and veggies, steak & roasted veggies or fish in sauce with new potatoes and veggies. Not going vegetarian, low carb, or fat-free, just eating less crap.

* cutting out alcohol. This has been hard, as I have definitely developed a habit of a glass of wine at night, but I am trying to replace it with water and teas and distract myself by doing chores.

* doing a 20 minute HIIT session with Joe Wicks, The Body Coach on YouTube about 3 times a week. Starting as a beginner, I thought I was going to die but I am definitely improving. I'm also doing Yoga once a week (again, YouTube). I want to start lifting some weights too, will play around.

* Instituted a sleep management routine. Still having difficulty as I wake up once or twice a night but I my body is getting used to the routine, I am sleepy by 9.30pm and wide awake by 6.30am.

* reducing time spent on my phone and tablet. Removed FaceBook from my phone. Also, stopped reading/watching the news as I could feel it taking a toll on my sanity.

* being kind to myself. I'm no longer making fat jokes about myself or criticizing my reflection. I'm buying myself flowers from Aldi once every two weeks, I'm doing my nails and wearing the nice jewellery.

*I created a three year budget plan. What a relief and a motivation! I can be debt free, have a three month emergency fund and projected to be saving 40% of my income within 30 months, while living a nice (frugal) lifestyle.

* I have been using up all the food, toiletries, household products I have and only buying milk, bread, fruit & veg as needed. I still have about two weeks worth of mains before I need to do a substantial grocery haul.

* I booked a cheap, self catering holiday in August to Corfu in a little fishing village I have been to before. There is a glorious beach, one grocery shop and a couple of tavernas so I know I won't be spending a lot. If that isn't motivation to shred some of this fat I don't know what is!

Wow! That is a lot of change to take on! I especially love seeing the one in bold - it is so easy to skip this and keep a negative mindset and self-image.
What wonderful work you are doing for yourself.

Thanks G-dog! I'm not going to say I am 100% there yet, but I am making progress. And yes, the negative mindset was really affecting me. I've found using gratitude journalling really helpful with this - if a bit "hippy-ish" for me ;)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on February 15, 2018, 07:55:53 AM
Even though I super didn't feel like it, went out to choral singing. Usually, I do this for fun. Tonight, it was as medicine -human contact, physical contact, vibrations, voices, the deep breathing involved in singing. Every time the notes gelled, and every time we laughed, I "evened out" inside :)

I quit Threshold Choir, because it was like 99% bureaucracy and emails, and 1% bedside singing, but I met a friend to sing harmony with, and I spent two happy hours with him yesterday, and at the end I also felt so much more evened out inside. Nothing like it, is there? <3
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 15, 2018, 07:58:24 AM
:)   Yeah. I also don't bother with any that require: performance, fake smiles, uniforms, choreography, memorization. I spend at least 5 hours per week singing with others in casual, joyful, playful opportunities. So nice.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on February 15, 2018, 08:33:43 AM
Former choir nerd here and I know just what you mean. I would love to find an outlet like that around here. I actually was going to try and join what sounded like an informal singing group that I found on Meetup, a while ago. Turns out they require AUDITIONS. For a fun, informal, group that does not perform publicly, ever! WTF? No!

People here take performing really, really seriously. If you go out into the suburbs, there's community theater and places to do performance-like things for fun. But there's very, very little of that in the city, I've found. Except sometimes at churches, which are a thing that's OK for other people but not for me. Everything's professional theater or professional prestigious choir groups, and they expect you to put your life and possibly your day job aside in order to do what's needed. Boyfriend had a brief foray into this world a couple years ago. He found it way too intense and inflexible, and I didn't see him for 2 months. That's more than I can handle, I think.

joon, what sort of a singing group is this? Is it a church thing?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on February 15, 2018, 09:29:02 AM
Tris, I think that @norabird is involved with a women's social justice choir in NYC? I don't know how intense it is but it may be worth asking her about it if you're craving a place to sing.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 15, 2018, 10:07:32 AM
joon, what sort of a singing group is this? Is it a church thing?

Nope :)   A general community singing thing.

I've been in several of this kind in different parts of the world, trying to think of how I find them...   Usually a poster around town with words like "singalong" or "choir for fun." Often I'll attend a workshop in a town or camp and find out about ongoing opportunities that way... (Heck, yesterday I was singing to myself at the top of a mountain and a stranger came over and I ended up finding out about another camp I'm likely going to attend this summer!) There's the Ubuntu network -harmony!! Any of those in your area? http://www.ubuntuchoirs.net/index.php
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on February 15, 2018, 10:20:06 AM
Tris, I think that @norabird is involved with a women's social justice choir in NYC? I don't know how intense it is but it may be worth asking her about it if you're craving a place to sing.

Oooooo, I should see if we've got something like that here! That sounds amazing!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on February 15, 2018, 10:40:59 AM
I joined my yoga class for the chanting and music. My body is not a fan of "normal" yoga but boy does my soul love the chanting, and the poses are very different and easier to scale down than a regular class. There's often a mix of genders and ages so the voices chanting together are beautiful.

@okits what a great gift idea for you!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 15, 2018, 10:45:31 AM
^ Oh yes! Kirtan, other chanting, similar stuff. I get to lots of that too.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: nessness on February 16, 2018, 03:41:07 PM
I made a big batch of vegan tamales today. I'm planning to freeze most of them to use for fast weeknight meals. Unfortunately the masa turned out a little bland, but I think squeezing some fresh lime juice over it would help it out.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 16, 2018, 06:24:44 PM
Doing great with "Whole46", and really enjoying it :)
https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/whole30-for-lent-2018/
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ChewBarker on February 16, 2018, 06:53:56 PM
MMM has really changed me for good.
1. eBiking to work and back, which is 17km.
    Cost per week for travel 36 cents.
2. Weight loss at 1kg per week due eating better and walking/biking.
3. Putting 10% more of my income into Vanguard funds
4. Not buying rubbish and generally being more careful with spending.

End result. Feeling a lot more resilient and able to handle stress a lot better.

😊


Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on February 18, 2018, 07:37:02 AM
Kid has been sick. We did manage good food choices but because I bought pre-cooked chickens. Great cold with raw veggies and some bread but not good on the wallet. I got some zucchini to try making zucchini noodles with tonight's dinner. Must find the bandwidth to do that today and go running. Skipped yesterday because we decided to cancel all our plans which involved driving to town and just stay home.

We did spend a lot of time decluttering and cleaning. Clutter is so stressful for me! It is so much better now but I'm at a loss to remember what we removed or how we functioned with so much extra furniture. The front of my garage is currently completely full of unneeded furniture that was somehow crammed into my house. And the house is still full too. How is that possible? So good for stress reduction though.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on February 18, 2018, 03:17:08 PM
Went out dancing at a club last night. Exercise! Win!

Beforehand, had a delicious but fairly heavy dinner out (belated V-day celebration) and a glass of wine. Also had 2 more drinks at the club, hours later. I cannot remember the last time I had that much wine in 1 day. Fail! I have not binged on food or booze in a very long time. Though I don't know whether dinner qualifies as a binge. It was certainly more food than I've eaten at one sitting since Christmas.

Went to bed at around 3 a.m; got up at 10 today and went to an anti-gun-violence protest march downtown. (More exercise! Win! Also socializing with people around a common cause which is good for my mental health!) That should've been enough sleep, but I'm wrecked. It's probably the wine; I don't feel hung over but booze is not supposed to be good for restful sleep.

I'm supposed to do my strength training today; my trainer sent me a workout that looks AWFUL and PAINFUL and I don't want to do it because I'm feeling really worn out from the march. But, I told him I wanted to get back on schedule, since I blew off workouts for a while when the cat was dying and then died. So I'm going to do it. Since it's high intensity strength training it's over quickly, it's just the during that sucks, haha.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: horsepoor on February 18, 2018, 08:15:20 PM
Missed the gym today because weather was better than expected so I spent the afternoon at the barn instead.  Will have to double up and do both gym and a run tomorrow.

But you guys:  my triceps are back.  I needed that little bit of motivation I needed since the scale isn't budging.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 18, 2018, 09:12:45 PM
Ate well, rested well, walked well, and went out to a hilarious thing because laughter and proximity to humans is great. (While there, a neighbour reached out, making clear that she too seeks someone to hang with.)

But the biggest health move was standing by the idea that "lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine" [source unknown to me]. Two months ago I volunteered to do something I can do from home, inside my flex hours, that I'm already very experienced in. After two months of humming and hawing, today they declared it an emergency that we meet this week, on their schedule and in their town. Er, NO.

It's not an emergency, it's not even high importance, I've been available for two months, I can do it without our meeting, and I'm not available for those terms before next week. It seemed strange to me -their sense of sudden urgency, their idea that I would meet even though I already said I cannot.

I didn't like standing firm, but I did it. There is no way I could add that to this week. Trying to throw it in to everything else would have resulted in major stress. Big step for self-care!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Candace on February 19, 2018, 11:33:37 AM
Ate well, rested well, walked well, and went out to a hilarious thing because laughter and proximity to humans is great. (While there, a neighbour reached out, making clear that she too seeks someone to hang with.)

But the biggest health move was standing by the idea that "lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine" [source unknown to me]. Two months ago I volunteered to do something I can do from home, inside my flex hours, that I'm already very experienced in. After two months of humming and hawing, today they declared it an emergency that we meet this week, on their schedule and in their town. Er, NO.

It's not an emergency, it's not even high importance, I've been available for two months, I can do it without our meeting, and I'm not available for those terms before next week. It seemed strange to me -their sense of sudden urgency, their idea that I would meet even though I already said I cannot.

I didn't like standing firm, but I did it. There is no way I could add that to this week. Trying to throw it in to everything else would have resulted in major stress. Big step for self-care!
Nice job! If they want your help, they can get it on reasonable terms and using reasonable boundaries. Otherwise, to quote another unknown-author-truism, "Not my circus, not my monkeys."
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on February 19, 2018, 02:00:42 PM
Went running today. 4 miles. Took it slow since I've been off for a few weeks. It too just under an hour. It was fun as it was warm enough to run in summer clothes and the trail through the woods was quiet and nice. And I got it in before it started pouring rain! I have signed up for a 5K race on March 17 and a half marathon on May 6 to motivate myself. Feel good having the first training run under my belt!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: GardenBaker on February 19, 2018, 02:47:32 PM
Looking forward to hearing everyone's success stories this year with meeting your goals and being held accountable for mine. My goal is to not count calories, but to instead eat a healthy whole food diet. I've read Dr Gregor's How Not to Die and I'm working on incorporating his daily dozen into my diet. I've found eating veggies for breakfast and lunch greatly upticks my servings of vegs each day. Dinner usually involves meat and vegetables as well with the occasional pizza splurge. My biggest challenge is exercise, currently my goal is to incorporate organized purposeful exercise into my schedule 3x per week and incorporate more moving throughout the day. Currently, I average about 2500 steps/day. Plan to double that by the end of February.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ThreeCarbsNoGrains on February 20, 2018, 08:14:01 AM
Has anyone successfully beaten a Coke addiction? (Yes, with a capital C. :) ) Not for me, for Boyfriend. He wants to quit pop so badly but is struggling so much and I feel like he really has tried everything. I think pop is disgusting so I'm of no help; it doesn't appeal to me at all.

Today he emptied out his wallet of cash so he physically cannot use the vending machine, so I'm hoping that works. The vending machine at his office takes credit cards (!) but he says he won't do that because he's had his card compromised so many times over the past year. So, we'll see.

I LOVE Diet Coke and have cut back significantly but am still a work in progress.  I had to identify the reason I liked it so much..it turned out to be the carbonation!  I thought it was the caffeine I needed but struggled to replace the Diet Coke with coffee.  I mostly drink La croix now and  it provides that strong carbonation that I love so much.  Not great for my teeth but Iím going in a better direction.  Kombucha also has a good fizz so Iím going to switch to that in the mornings.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on February 20, 2018, 01:42:49 PM
Good things I've done for myself this week:
-Batch-cooked two vegan soups last night. Freezer is restocked, I'm set for lunches for the week, and I don't have to cook tonight.
-Sat outside with a friend for lunch today. It was great to catch up with her, and also to escape my office.
-Got the gym situation settled. I'm still figuring out the classes and instructors that I like, but I'm going. And it turns out that another friend is a member, so now we have a standing workout date on Sunday. So far I've done yoga multiple times (1 awesome instructor, 1 meh instructor, 1 nope instructor) and one HIIT/bootcamp class (awesome instructor). Next new thing is probably going to be spinning.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on February 20, 2018, 02:10:17 PM
Wow there are some really great updates in this thread!


Healthy choices in the past couple of weeks:

Passed on bike adventures x 3 -- this time of year my body wants to rest and I'm listening for a change.

Passed on late nights except for accompanying a friend who asked me to join her on Valentine's Day. We've not previously spent time together and it was really fun to dance and then swap stories until the wee hours.

Have done yoga weekly but am still missing my favorite Monday class.

Passed on a party last weekend that was a fantastic theme, and all my favorite people, but I knew I'd be up too late and didn't want to spend Sunday tired.

Made sure I'm getting up from my desk at work at least once an hour. My next step is to do a couple flights of stairs each break period.

Moved my "bed" back to the floor - my current room is the whole upper half story so it's easy to try this out again - I've done this before and my back was so much happier. My dog, poor old man, is very confused by this arrangement. He prefers the memory foam mattress :) So far (two days) my sleep tracker showed lots of wake-ups the first night but last night I had more deep sleep than I have in at least a month.

Have been making and drinking water kefir (like kombucha except made without tea) -- my body loves this. It's also completely resolved my frequent craving for wine, which is usually associated with my stomach/gut feeling better after drinking.

 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on February 20, 2018, 02:18:46 PM
Iíve never heard of water kefir - how do you make it (link or description)?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on February 20, 2018, 02:42:24 PM
Iíve never heard of water kefir - how do you make it (link or description)?

Here's a good page explaining what it is - most people are more familiar with milk kefir (which is easier to make than yogurt IMO)

https://www.yemoos.com/pages/water-kefir-overview


Mine are currently happy (growing and multiplying) in 4 cups filtered tap water, with 1/4-1/3 cup cane sugar and a fresh date or a little molasses once a week or so. I pour that off through a strainer and refill it. With the liquid my current favorite combo is adding pureed raspberries, lemon and ginger, then put a lid on so it gets nice and bubbly overnight in the refrigerator.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 20, 2018, 06:07:47 PM
katscratch, I just adored your list! Too many wonderful things to point to specifically. Thanks for sharing those :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: galliver on February 21, 2018, 11:46:23 PM
Today, I'm unreasonably proud that I had a salad. And did dishes.

Fell off the food &amp; exercise train somewhat after going to a wedding a 5 hr drive away, followed by "that time," followed by friends visiting over the weekend... Went hiking Sunday but napped a lot Saturday and Monday. Then came down with a terrible mood Tuesday that's stuck around... as part of that, none of the food we had around (or that I took to work) sounded good, even when I was clearly hungry. Yesterday, I ended up going for a pizza bagel at 3:30 (but assembled won ton soup with lots of vegetables for dinner...because it was the easiest), today I got a bag of chips while leaving campus at 7 (but it powered me through making my salad!...?)

I really hope my funk ends soon. I miss having energy and motivation...

Attached: won ton soup. For shameless bragging.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180222/782b4215d2b21498ef544148582ad02d.jpg)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on February 22, 2018, 08:33:41 AM
That soup looks super fantastic!

I have stopped putting sugar in my coffee. Still at half caf because of trying to overcome side effects of allergy medicine. Still putting in goat milk (because I can't have cow). But cut the sugar. I'm supposed to run again today...super unmotivated. Freezing rain just gets me down.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on February 22, 2018, 08:56:46 AM
Hi all,

  Just finished a really interesting book about how gut-health influences emotions/mental health (The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection)..

So I am 'experimenting' with reducing sugar and it is quite hard. Feel like I already eat quite healthfully but now I can see how I still have a mild sugar addiction (I will still eat fruit, but am trying to eliminate processed/refined in most forms)   

Also, increasing fiber and veg---might even get my gut health/microbiome tested to check levels of healthy bacteria.

Recently I have been doing Yoga with Adriene sessions everyday, but am nursing an irritated hip so not much skiing or walking--I notice not being outside is affecting my mood.

Also I've been meditating every day this year (missed 1 so far!)..this is by far the biggest change and I wonder if I am just noticing my mood fluctuations more due to this increased practice? Maybe I'm not actually fluctuating more but feeling/noticing it more rather than pushing through...hmmmm.this is just occuring to me..
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on February 22, 2018, 08:59:26 AM
I really fell off the wagon yesterday. Co-worker, who is from Bulgaria, brought in this Bulgarian feta bread sort of thing - like spanakopita without the spinach. I usually don't touch the work food but it looked SO good. Ugh, white flour.

Once I got home I was starving and ate a bunch of saltines - which I don't even like! They are only in the house because we have a mouse problem and we have humane traps where you slide in a saltine spread with peanut butter. More white flour. FAIL!

I started cooking dinner but was still starving and had nothing to snack on other than the saltines while I waited. No fruit, no veg that can be eaten raw other than those that were going into the soup I was making (and I was already short of what was needed).

Then I remembered the piece of cherry pie that's been in the freezer since Christmas. :( At least I only thawed and ate a few bites of it. But still. Flour and sugar. FAIL!

And then capped it all off witih a glass of wine. FAIL!

This was all emotional eating because we got our cat's ashes back from the crematory yesterday. They were delivered to my work because a signature was needed so they sat there on my desk all day as I tried to function while getting increasingly upset. Then I took them home and we had a little memorial for her - then Boyfriend promptly left to go to a social event, leaving me alone in the house with a box of saltines and pie in the freezer and no one looking. (Is it just me or is anyone else more likely to fall off the wagon when no one's looking and there's no one around you to be accountable to?) My friend saw my Facebook post where I posted a pic of the little memorial we set up for her, and texted me, "You need wine, NOW." Power of suggestion, I guess. Herbal tea was just not cutting it.

I did do my strength training workout, though. So that is something.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Lauran75 on February 22, 2018, 12:11:18 PM
I really fell off the wagon yesterday. Co-worker, who is from Bulgaria, brought in this Bulgarian feta bread sort of thing - like spanakopita without the spinach. I usually don't touch the work food but it looked SO good. Ugh, white flour.

Once I got home I was starving and ate a bunch of saltines - which I don't even like! They are only in the house because we have a mouse problem and we have humane traps where you slide in a saltine spread with peanut butter. More white flour. FAIL!

I started cooking dinner but was still starving and had nothing to snack on other than the saltines while I waited. No fruit, no veg that can be eaten raw other than those that were going into the soup I was making (and I was already short of what was needed).

Then I remembered the piece of cherry pie that's been in the freezer since Christmas. :( At least I only thawed and ate a few bites of it. But still. Flour and sugar. FAIL!

And then capped it all off witih a glass of wine. FAIL!

This was all emotional eating because we got our cat's ashes back from the crematory yesterday. They were delivered to my work because a signature was needed so they sat there on my desk all day as I tried to function while getting increasingly upset. Then I took them home and we had a little memorial for her - then Boyfriend promptly left to go to a social event, leaving me alone in the house with a box of saltines and pie in the freezer and no one looking. (Is it just me or is anyone else more likely to fall off the wagon when no one's looking and there's no one around you to be accountable to?) My friend saw my Facebook post where I posted a pic of the little memorial we set up for her, and texted me, "You need wine, NOW." Power of suggestion, I guess. Herbal tea was just not cutting it.

I did do my strength training workout, though. So that is something.

@Tris Prior There's just something about getting the ashes of a loved one that makes it all so more final. It was that way for me when I've had a couple different cats put to sleep, and even more so when my dad died. Mega hugs.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on February 22, 2018, 05:19:56 PM
Thank you both.

I'm realizing how often I relied on the cat for comfort. She was the sort of cat who would curl up in your lap when you're upset or stressed or crying. I need to find a new way to comfort myself - physically, not mentally, I'm doing decently on coping mechanisms for that at least - that does not involve anything going into my mouth.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on February 23, 2018, 06:42:38 PM
Iím so sorry to hear about your cat, Tris :( Itís so hard to lose a pet.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on February 25, 2018, 10:46:00 AM
My healthy choice for today was to turn around and come home when the event I was supposed to attend was turning into a rigamarole!

So I did some Yoga with Adriene instead and now will do some therapeutic cooking :)
Strangely satisfying to cancel plans and have friends totally understand.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 25, 2018, 10:50:16 AM
Nice one, Serendip :))
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: horsepoor on February 25, 2018, 07:39:25 PM
Aww, so sorry, Tris.  :(  Some emotional eating is totally understandable in that situation.

Hit the gym and deadlifted for the first time in a while yesterday.  A little sore today but not bad.  Went for a run in the snow today.  It was actually pretty nice once I rigged my running shoes up to prevent ice balls from building in the bottoms.  Realizing a little snow wasn't going to kill me, I then went out the stable and worked with my horse a little bit since the roads are fine.

I rode in a jumping saddle the other day for the first time in several months and realized some of the muscles required there have really atrophied.  I'm also lacking a little aerobic fitness that would help improve my riding in the canter; when horse makes a mistake, I'm usually too out of breath to help her and make a correction, so I just let the whole thing fall apart and we both get a breather instead, but that is going to change.  I suspect I'm not breathing properly when cantering, which is probably contributing to the breathlessness.

Hope everyone has a great, healthy week!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on February 25, 2018, 10:41:42 PM
The person who -after leaving me hanging for two months- suddenly needed an "emergency meeting" subsequently didn't respond for another week on the date he'd tentatively selected. Needing to facilitate two people's lives in a Very Busy Tomorrow -preferably with time for at least one meal at home- I sent a note to say "haven't heard, so xnay on the meeting-ay." I'm not a good fit for people who need to do everything last minute, and I don't do that for volunteer jobs nor make-work activities. Also, I already did the task they wanted anyway!

tl;dr: Ended another eternal wait so I could live well!

*Planned out tomorrow to ensure time for rest and homecooked food
*Cooked up a giant vat of stew so we have food ready for our long day
*Connected with all the neighbours today!
*Lots of truly re-creating activity
*Ate beautifully and according to intention, despite countless goodies on offer
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on February 26, 2018, 06:56:10 AM
The person who -after leaving me hanging for two months- suddenly needed an "emergency meeting" subsequently didn't respond for another week on the date he'd tentatively selected. Needing to facilitate two people's lives in a Very Busy Tomorrow -preferably with time for at least one meal at home- I sent a note to say "haven't heard, so xnay on the meeting-ay." I'm not a good fit for people who need to do everything last minute, and I don't do that for volunteer jobs nor make-work activities. Also, I already did the task they wanted anyway!

tl;dr: Ended another eternal wait so I could live well!

Stupid, chaotic, last minute and ever changing stuff was one reason I left a volunteer gig last summer. Stressful, got chastised for someth8ng I HAD done, micromanagement.  Bullshit.

So glad you are sharing this example of healthy choices!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on February 26, 2018, 08:39:49 AM
The person who -after leaving me hanging for two months- suddenly needed an "emergency meeting" subsequently didn't respond for another week on the date he'd tentatively selected. Needing to facilitate two people's lives in a Very Busy Tomorrow -preferably with time for at least one meal at home- I sent a note to say "haven't heard, so xnay on the meeting-ay." I'm not a good fit for people who need to do everything last minute, and I don't do that for volunteer jobs nor make-work activities. Also, I already did the task they wanted anyway!


That sounds really annoying, joon - glad you were able to say no!

Boyfriend had a shock this morning because his idol, Kevin Smith, had a heart attack. His "widow maker" was 100% blocked. http://www.denofgeek.com/us/culture/kevin-smith/271226/kevin-smith-survives-massive-heart-attack Kevin is 3 years younger than Boyfriend so this definitely gave him pause (though Boyfriend is not as obese as Kevin).

I'm hoping this inspires Boyfriend to make healthier choices. He lowered his sugar and bread intake when Kevin started talking about how sugar and flour are poison and addictive and blahblahblah - never mind that *I* had been telling him this for years; apparently it's got to come out of Kevin's mouth for it to carry weight with him, no pun intended. ;)

Yesterday, I white-knuckled my way through probably the worst sugar craving I've had since I started cutting out sugar last fall. I seriously wanted to go into Dunkin' Donuts (WHY are there Dunkin' Donuts in nearly every el station?! Never mind, I know why) and get a dozen and just sit there in the el station and stuff my face with the entire thing. Instead I went to H&M and spent $100 I didn't have, using credit card, on clothing. I hate that I cannot control my eating and my spending at the same time. That being said - I did not eat any donuts!

I skipped working out last night because I ended up crying over the cat, AGAIN. The strength training workout that my trainer gave me to do yesterday included some exercises that I find EXTREMELY painful and I just couldn't make myself inflict pain on myself when I was already upset. So that was a fail. I'll have to make myself do it tonight and maybe I'll be in a better mood.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on February 26, 2018, 04:58:43 PM
Today we just...were. Kid activity and trip to town postponed. Minimal must-do schoolwork completed outside in the warm sunshine. The rest of the day was given over to unstructured play and reading (me...kids are still playing). It's the first day where it was really comfortable to be outside for long periods of time in months. Whatever else was on the to do list is going to have to wait.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on February 26, 2018, 09:28:07 PM
Nice one, Serendip :))

Sometimes no-thing is the best thing, right? :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on February 27, 2018, 09:16:58 AM
I did strength training AND a short yoga routine yesterday!

The routine was for "neck and shoulder release." It made my neck and shoulders hurt. I was looking for something gentler and stretchier and instead got an "OW!" routine. Oh well. Many more videos to choose from; that one's now off the list.

We are expecting a high temp of 57 today! That is definitely not normal for Chicago in February. And it's not going to last, so I'm going to take a long walk at lunch.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on February 28, 2018, 02:40:12 PM
I had a couple of minimal exercise weeks while we were in court.   Did make it back into the gym on Friday, and again Monday and again today.  Running is hard, though.   I did two one-mile runs with a .1 walk between today, but just couldn't get myself to do the third mile I should have run.  I did keep walking to 60 minutes and just over 4 miles covered total, though.

Weight is holding steady at right around 160 -- this seems to be my new set point.  It should start edging down as the weather gets better and I start getting outside more.  I will probably add walks several times a week in addition to gym workouts.  Plus gardening.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ThreeCarbsNoGrains on March 02, 2018, 07:46:20 AM
Still loving this thread!  Iíve been drinking green smoothies for breakfast all week (spinach, water, frozen banana, mango, pineapple) and feeling great!  Also drinking Kombucha regularly and taking a probiotic supplement.  Itís amazing how much better I feel.

Also I have been going to cycle class this week and LOVING it.  Did cycle twice this week and did yoga three times this week so far!

Years ago I had unhealthy habits I thought were healthy at the time.  Forcing myself to do lots of cardio when Iím was exhausted and I wasnít fueling my body.  Now I look forward to eating real food at every meal and fueling my body to do work I love.  This thread has been key to keep my mind in a healthy place.  Skipping meals is NOT a victory and sleep is just as important as exercise!  Keep up the good work, everyone.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 02, 2018, 08:52:46 AM
I miss my smoothies. My blender's nearly dead and cannot handle, like, even chunks of frozen banana. Anyone have a recommendation for an *affordable* blender that's good for smoothies?

I want to get back into bellydance classes and my friend's taking aerial classes (in a different state, but I checked and we have them here too) and they look SO much fun. I'm balking at spending the money though. The bellydance classes have doubled in cost since I was going regularly about 7 years ago - though they were underpriced then. And I'm not sure I have the upper body strength for aerial yet (though after 4 months of strength training I now can actually do a couple of pushups!).

Basically I need to find exercise that I like doing. The strength training is going fine but it feels punitive and I catch myself doing a lot of negative self-talk. The one good thing is that it's high intensity training so it's over quick. :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on March 02, 2018, 12:18:51 PM
Having a really rough week. Just feeling stuck and not seeing a lot of opportunities to get past it. I get so wound up and disgusted with my job, and then from this emotional state, the writing just ... doesn't happen. Which makes me feel worse. Today I've been alternating between snapping at my colleagues and just feeling shitty and crying a lot. Trying to have faith that I will feel better soon and take good care of myself in the meantime -- meditation, yoga, walking, getting sleep.

This afternoon I'm going to sing with my buddy in Longmont -- maybe that'll help.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 02, 2018, 12:20:54 PM
:(((((

Really hope the singing does the trick, dear madgeylou!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on March 02, 2018, 12:32:04 PM
:(((((

Really hope the singing does the trick, dear madgeylou!

Oh yes - I predict the singing will help. For now maybe you can hum a little, think musical thoughts.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on March 02, 2018, 12:37:53 PM
Still loving this thread!  Iíve been drinking green smoothies for breakfast all week (spinach, water, frozen banana, mango, pineapple) and feeling great!  Also drinking Kombucha regularly and taking a probiotic supplement.  Itís amazing how much better I feel.

Also I have been going to cycle class this week and LOVING it.  Did cycle twice this week and did yoga three times this week so far!

Years ago I had unhealthy habits I thought were healthy at the time.  Forcing myself to do lots of cardio when Iím was exhausted and I wasnít fueling my body.  Now I look forward to eating real food at every meal and fueling my body to do work I love.  This thread has been key to keep my mind in a healthy place.  Skipping meals is NOT a victory and sleep is just as important as exercise!  Keep up the good work, everyone.

I feel similar @ThreeCarbsNoGrains , I just started my smoothie routine again this week and feel great. Is it spin classes you are going to? I would like to try them out and can do a free class at a centre near me.

@Tris Prior I know my sister likes the magic bullet..easy, affordable & frozen bananas work in it (but I wouldn't jam it up with too much fibrous stuff since it's a lightweight blender). I was able to get my Vitamix on Visa points a few years ago but they are indeed pricey blenders.

@allsummerlong go for a massage! I went this week and while not mustachian-- was so great to receive work for my aching hip (*6 months) and I think re-aggravated by skiing

@madgeylou hope things open up for you in unexpected ways and that singing brings some comfort to a rough day!


I always like the start of a new month..I can check in with my goals and now it feels like spring is one step closer.
I've been increasing yoga at home, have done meditation every day this year (except one day), and have *ambitions* of feeling stellar by summertime.
My SO is gone for 3 weeks so I am committing to self care and healthy-eating while he is gone, and might do some restructuring of our living space so that I have a studio-space to create in (he has agreed to a trial run of this restructuring..ha)

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on March 02, 2018, 01:53:31 PM
Thanks for the kind words, my friends. It's a beautiful day in Colorado and I'm done working and I got some hugs from my husband and watched Lin-Manuel Miranda hearing Weird Al's polka version of Hamilton for the first time (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUaB4o8xMvg) which is DELIGHTFUL, so I'm feeling a bit better. I'm sure the singing will help, even in the car on the way over there. I probably need to make more of an effort to sing every day ... it surely improves my mood like nothing else.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 02, 2018, 02:08:13 PM
Sorry things have been rough, madgeylou! The polka Hamilton made me LOL at my desk at work this morning. I should go listen to it again.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on March 02, 2018, 02:21:47 PM
Meh. I need more time in the sunshine and less time with stressful stuff. Maybe after next week. Less than great choices today: chocolate cake and coffee for an afternoon snack. And I was just not up to making a picnic dinner before coming to work and then making a 3 hour drive this evening. We're getting takeout. Hopefully next week will be better.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on March 02, 2018, 03:11:42 PM
Stomach was a bit off this morning (I think the leftovers I had for lunch yesterday were probably a bit too old) but I STILL made it to the gym and did an hour of incline walking on the treadmill.   AND got two phone calls/scheduling things I was dreading dealing with out of the way.

That video was so funny....

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: SquashingDebt on March 02, 2018, 03:47:21 PM
@Tris Prior , I've been making smoothies every morning for several years now with my Kitchenaid Immersion blender (just checked and they're $40 at Target).  It does well with fruit and greens - both frozen and fresh - as long as there's enough liquid.  I haven't tried blending ice with it though.  It comes with a cup you blend it in and clean-up is so easy.  I just rinse off the blender and drink the smoothie out of the blending cup and then wash it.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 03, 2018, 09:35:03 AM
Yesterday I decided that, for the time being at least, I'm going to stop weighing myself. Because I find myself getting too obsessive about every little fluctuation on the scale and that is not healthy for me.

I admit that part of me finds this really scary and I fear that without external feedback I will toss all caution to the wind. I guess we will see how this goes.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 03, 2018, 09:37:32 AM
Results of healthy choices so far:
*sleeping crazy well
*went to put on a pair of pants last night that hadn't been fitting the last 8 months and voila!!
*face skin looks brighter

My focus had really been to remove cream and honey from my otherwise fairly optimal eating, but I actually made more changes.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on March 03, 2018, 11:03:05 AM
Yesterday I decided that, for the time being at least, I'm going to stop weighing myself. Because I find myself getting too obsessive about every little fluctuation on the scale and that is not healthy for me.

I admit that part of me finds this really scary and I fear that without external feedback I will toss all caution to the wind. I guess we will see how this goes.

@Tris Prior I'm not sure if this will help you or not, but when I am tracking my weight, I use an app called "Happy Scale" that sort of smooths out all the day-to-day fluctuations, which helps me not freak out about them. Sometimes I also just decide I'm going to weigh myself every Wednesday morning or something, and that also helps smooth out the daily changes.

Just some suggestions -- it can also be really good to track in other ways, like how do these pants fit, or to stop tracking altogether for a while or forever. Many ways to go forward, all of them are A+ just fine.

@jooniFLORisploo Sounds excellent!!

As for me, as predicted, after singing with my buddy yesterday, I am feeling much better about life. I facetimed with my BFF, too. This morning I'm spending some time texting for the resistance. These are all very healthy choices for me!

It's absolutely gorgeous today -- 60 degrees and sunny! -- so I'm gonna go out and play in it after I'm done with my texting shift. Onward!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 03, 2018, 11:11:54 AM
As for me, as predicted, after singing with my buddy yesterday, I am feeling much better about life. I facetimed with my BFF, too. This morning I'm spending some time texting for the resistance. These are all very healthy choices for me!

It's absolutely gorgeous today -- 60 degrees and sunny! -- so I'm gonna go out and play in it after I'm done with my texting shift. Onward!

:))))))))))))))))))

I do love how for so many of us, singing is a magical elixir! Free, accessible for almost everyone, can do solo or with others, indoors or out, fast or slow, in sunshine or snow...  Singing is new for me in the last year and a half. It's one of those things I feel like, "Darn, which I'd found out sooner that I loved this so!" I was so shy with it 18 months ago, now not so much hahaha.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on March 03, 2018, 11:15:00 AM
As for me, as predicted, after singing with my buddy yesterday, I am feeling much better about life. I facetimed with my BFF, too. This morning I'm spending some time texting for the resistance. These are all very healthy choices for me!

It's absolutely gorgeous today -- 60 degrees and sunny! -- so I'm gonna go out and play in it after I'm done with my texting shift. Onward!

:))))))))))))))))))

I do love how for so many of us, singing is a magical elixir! Free, accessible for almost everyone, can do solo or with others, indoors or out, fast or slow, in sunshine or snow...  Singing is new for me in the last year and a half. It's one of those things I feel like, "Darn, which I'd found out sooner that I loved this so!" I was so shy with it 18 months ago, now not so much hahaha.

It really is kind of magic. It engages the breath and the body and the soul in a way that is visceral and deep and not at all abstract. I feel sad when people who clearly WANT to sing refuse to allow themselves because they think they're not good at it.  It's like not going out for a walk because you're not an Olympic runner.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 03, 2018, 12:01:22 PM


@Tris Prior I'm not sure if this will help you or not, but when I am tracking my weight, I use an app called "Happy Scale" that sort of smooths out all the day-to-day fluctuations, which helps me not freak out about them. Sometimes I also just decide I'm going to weigh myself every Wednesday morning or something, and that also helps smooth out the daily changes.

Just some suggestions -- it can also be really good to track in other ways, like how do these pants fit, or to stop tracking altogether for a while or forever. Many ways to go forward, all of them are A+ just fine.


I think for now I am better off not weighing at all - I was doing so once a week but the number on the scale then determined how tightly I restricted food until the next weigh-in, and resulted in a lot of negative self-talk, and that's the part that's unhealthy for me. I think my fatal flaw last summer, when I quickly gained a bunch of weight, was not putting on pants for 6 months. I only wear pants when it's cold out and my summer wardrobe is very flowy. So I think that noticing how my clothes fit - and being sure to at least try on pants once a week or so in the summer! - is better for me.

Talk to me about texting for the resistance? The campaign I was volunteering on did text banking and that was PERFECT for this introvert (I absolutely cannot do phone calls, and I'm glad that some of the responses I got were just words on a screen; I could treat it the same way I read a racist or profane or hateful comment online and just move on relatively unscathed).

+1 on the singing. I cannot wait for my friend's Hamilton sing-along birthday party!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on March 03, 2018, 12:08:20 PM
@Tris Prior -- totally makes sense on the choice to stop weighing yourself for a while. Good on you for recognizing what you need and making it happen!

This (https://act.indivisible.org/go/71676?t=6&akid=14549%2E2176%2EEophWB) is where I signed up to do texting for Conor Lamb. It's pretty cool, there's a website that allows you to send the texts, receive responses, and write back.

I sent 400 texts this morning and probably got about 70-80 responses. Many of them were wrong numbers, some were like "no I'm not voting for that guy," and I was able to hook a few more people up with Indivisible. I had only one guy who was upset enough that our contact info was wrong that he called me up and yelled at me. You don't have to take calls, though. Overall it was a really easy way to contribute from home!

A Hamilton sing-a-long birthday party sounds AMAZING.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ThreeCarbsNoGrains on March 04, 2018, 04:59:07 PM
I miss my smoothies. My blender's nearly dead and cannot handle, like, even chunks of frozen banana. Anyone have a recommendation for an *affordable* blender that's good for smoothies?

I want to get back into bellydance classes and my friend's taking aerial classes (in a different state, but I checked and we have them here too) and they look SO much fun. I'm balking at spending the money though. The bellydance classes have doubled in cost since I was going regularly about 7 years ago - though they were underpriced then. And I'm not sure I have the upper body strength for aerial yet (though after 4 months of strength training I now can actually do a couple of pushups!).

Basically I need to find exercise that I like doing. The strength training is going fine but it feels punitive and I catch myself doing a lot of negative self-talk. The one good thing is that it's high intensity training so it's over quick. :)

I bought a NutriBullet for $69 off Amazon.  It was the cheapest option that I could find that was powerful enough to handle frozen fruit.  It also takes up minimal counter space and is easy to clean.

I have a few friends who LOVE aerial silks.  You should try it!  No need to wait until you have more upper body strength.  And if you are doing push ups you have significant upper body strength!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on March 05, 2018, 06:58:53 AM
Pulling myself through this funk now that we have had four days of some amount of sunshine in a row.  I have had mood swings and weight yoyo-ing for six weeks now.  I had thought I was through the winter blahs and missed the signs that I was really down. I hadn't done any winter sports this whole darn winter.  Bad for my health.  I have been hibernating in front of the fireplace.

So I have solidified some goals to get my weight to a new low for post 50 me and get going on the fitness and strength part of my life.
This past weekend has demonstrated the handle we now have on our finances.  While we are far from perfect and far from our goals, the changes that we need to make have been made and now time is needed for earning and saving.  Time to switch intensive focus to my health improvement.

Goals:
I will get some cardio exercise three times per week to build endurance for our summer trip.  I want to be able to hike three hours every day while on our holiday in July.  So this week I will try to do twenty minutes of cardio (a brisk walk, dancing or treadmill program) three times.
I will do some strength building three times per week.  The first part of the goal is to just try to do something even if it is just 90 seconds of carrying a brick from the backyard to the front or doing a chair sit while I brush my teeth - just enough to exceed nothing and build a habit of thinking about it for this first month.
I have a weight goal of 130 pounds by July 15.  This week's goal is to record in my notebook everything I eat.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on March 05, 2018, 08:14:31 AM
Went running yesterday despite not wanting to. After I got started, it was quite pleasant...a nice quiet alone time outside after a weekend of stress and overstimulation.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 05, 2018, 08:20:59 AM
Have continued with temporary eating plan despite (1) having a cold and (2) being in the midst of moving. Having a kitchen in one place and not the other has required creativity, yet so far so good!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 06, 2018, 08:25:32 AM
Horribly stressful day at work yesterday and I had no snacks in my desk. I caved and bought cookies out of the vending machine. After eating them, realized: they weren't even good! Noted for future.

I need ideas on healthy food that I can bring to an anime convention that I am vending at, in the near future. This show is very large and the days are long and I will be vending alone - even running to the bathroom to pee is a challenge and literally depends on the kindness of strangers (i.e., asking the people next to me to watch my table and hope nothing's stolen when I get back). Boyfriend isn't coming because I'd have to buy him a $65 badge so he can enter, and he doesn't even like anime so there's no point.

I used to bring PB sandwiches but am no longer eating bread. The only food available at the venue that is vegetarian is those nachos with the rubber cheese sauce, which a) yuck, b) messy. And, well, I can't really leave my booth anyway to get some.

Criteria:
- does not need refrigeration
- not messy in any way, including leaving salt or cracker dust on my hands or being juicy (like an apple)
- not sugary (not only because I'm avoiding sugar but because it doesn't have staying power and leaves me hungrier)
- not salty (have to limit water consumption as getting away to pee is an issue)
- not difficult to eat very neatly - seriously, ANY time I take a bite of food there's immediately a customer standing in front of me

So - larabars? Unsalted rice cakes? Unsalted nuts? Dried fruit? I can't just eat that for 3 days, though. And all of that other than the rice cakes is pretty high calorie.

At least it is indoors so heat/cold/rain/weather are not issues.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on March 06, 2018, 11:12:27 AM
Hmm, maybe hummus with cucumber/carrot slices?

Apples can be less messy if you cut them up beforehand, they tend to dry out a bit. Could eat with peanut butter for more calories (if you are able to eat carefully)?

A nice rice or quinoa/veggie salad? This would keep outside of refrigeration and be easy to eat and tough to get sick of.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on March 06, 2018, 01:46:00 PM
I've made rice bowl type cold salads before for events like this where I don't have time for a full meal (I don't do a lot of beans/grains but that would be even better protein/fat wise). My body needs a lot of fat to get through the day so I tend to use an oil based sauce and use feta and avocado in addition to other veggies.

At work I have a jar of peanut butter for times I'm totally stuck and can only run out for 1 second and run back in.

Do you eat yogurt? Yogurt can be left out for the day - or you could freeze them the night before. I don't do sweetened yogurt so I've taken plain yogurt and mixed it with dried fruit, crushed nuts, and cinnamon. If I'm somewhere public I avoid oats or chia seeds so that I don't have to emergency floss ;)

I second hummus - even just a spoonful here and there.

I can only tolerate green bananas now that I don't eat sugar, so that might not work for you either.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on March 06, 2018, 01:50:24 PM
I ate pizza and drank a beer on the weekend, after months of not eating those things, and I am still feeling the effects. It is a valuable reminder. I much prefer the full use of my joints and thoughts without fogginess and swelling :)


Healthy choice for today:

My workplace is trying to entice more people to commute via transit, and after I turned in my commute log for the month I received an email asking which incentive prize I wanted. The choices were a canvas tote bag, an LED arm band, an umbrella, or a tumbler. I replied that I prefer no incentive prize.

I don't need any of those things. It feels good to turn down free stuff.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on March 06, 2018, 04:27:16 PM
I have been visiting family..it is both good & tough, so I am trying not to be hard on myself for questionable choices (ie..food options, beer) but know that tomorrow heading home, I will be back to my particular way of being.
They live very differently (environment is quite chaotic) so I find myself coping in odd ways. Makes me want to minimize and clean out my fridge when I get home!

@Tris Prior I like to make a big quinoa salad with cut up veggies (peppers, tomatoes, cukes, parsley), olives, lemon juice, olive oil,  cumin, salt..it tends to keep well if you are out for a day.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on March 06, 2018, 04:49:35 PM
Beautiful sunny day, so I did a lap around Green Lake instead of slogging on the treadmill in the gym.  Including 10 minutes just sitting on a bench soaking up the rays.  It felt really good!

The padding is shot in my running shoes and I really should get a new pair.  Any recommendations for good shoes for supinators?  I found a list on line at one point, but prefer personal recommendations.

In other news, spent many hours ruminating and dealing with some complicated Feelings today.  I may have consumed the last of the potato chips in the house in an effort to escape from the remnants of said Feelings.  Ugh.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 06, 2018, 08:43:38 PM
My healthy choices appear to be giving me much more endurance, and reduced appetite. I've spent the last few days moving and doing intensive cleanings, and got through them beat, but with no need for food. When I finished today's, I walked around town pondering what "treat" I might celebrate with, realized absolutely nothing was needed!

This means the hormones, blood sugars, etc, are balancing beautifully.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 07, 2018, 08:31:49 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions! I should add "will not give me bad breath" (I love me some large quantities of onions and garlic and spice in my rice bowls) and "will not get stuck in teeth."

I am probably better off with stuff like hummus and peanut butter that I can eat with a spoon. The trick will be not slopping it all over myself and my merch while I'm quickly shoveling it down between customers.

I forgot that the venue is very, very, overly airconditioned year-round so I don't think I have to worry about food spoilage after all. Seriously, I have to sit there in my winter coat, it's so freezing cold in there.

I wish I could just, like, drink protein shakes all day. But I have to drink as little liquid as possible. That's the part that totally sucks. I end up coming home and just guzzling water (and then I'm up all night peeing.) And I can't have any coffee in the morning either (have to leave the house at 6 a.m. so caffeine would really help, haha.). This event sucks. But it makes me a lot of money. Argh.

Woke up to snow. Not as much snow as the Northeast is apparently getting hammered with, but I am so sick of winter I could just scream. I want to be able to take walks again without being miserably cold and having to walk slowly and carefully over ice.

There is an entire chocolate cake in the office breakroom. :(
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on March 07, 2018, 08:39:08 AM
Beautiful sunny day, so I did a lap around Green Lake instead of slogging on the treadmill in the gym.  Including 10 minutes just sitting on a bench soaking up the rays.  It felt really good!

The padding is shot in my running shoes and I really should get a new pair.  Any recommendations for good shoes for supinators?  I found a list on line at one point, but prefer personal recommendations.

In other news, spent many hours ruminating and dealing with some complicated Feelings today.  I may have consumed the last of the potato chips in the house in an effort to escape from the remnants of said Feelings.  Ugh.

My experience is that companies change their shoes, sometimes even the same model, from year to year. I go to a running shoe specialty store for up to date information and fittings. I've found the ones that do the extensive fittings by asking local runners, preferably distance runners who are picky about shoes. I like new balance 880s in last year's iteration but will have to re shop myself soon as they change in March.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on March 07, 2018, 08:50:53 AM
Tris Prior, it is going to sound weird, but have you considered Depends?  One of my former co-workers used to use them when she was in a situation where access to a toilet was a problem (in her case it was during long bus rides at high altitude with minimal tree/bush availability).
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on March 07, 2018, 09:45:11 AM
My healthy choices appear to be giving me much more endurance, and reduced appetite. I've spent the last few days moving and doing intensive cleanings, and got through them beat, but with no need for food. When I finished today's, I walked around town pondering what "treat" I might celebrate with, realized absolutely nothing was needed!

This means the hormones, blood sugars, etc, are balancing beautifully.

This is a great update, happy to hear @jooniFLORisploo  Keep it up!

I am waiting in the airport for my trip home..being around my family is always educational. I am so thankful they are kind people, even if their lifestyle doesn't bring me any peace of mind. I always leave feeling invigorated to make healthy choices and to live a good life--helping out others where I can..but also taking care of myself.

Have the house to myself for the next two weeks! (SO out of town for work), so might take the time to do a cleansing diet and get a yoga or gym pass. It sounds woo-woo but I love doing a deep clean, decluttering, using essential oils and marking the upcoming change of seasons with some ritualistic self-care.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on March 07, 2018, 10:09:11 AM
Have the house to myself for the next two weeks! (SO out of town for work), so might take the time to do a cleansing diet and get a yoga or gym pass. It sounds woo-woo but I love doing a deep clean, decluttering, using essential oils and marking the upcoming change of seasons with some ritualistic self-care.

This sounds so nice! I'm wondering if you'd be willing to share more details on your ideas here? I'm all ears if so!

@jooniFLORisploo I'm glad you are feeling so energetic and contented!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 07, 2018, 10:16:12 AM
Thanks, Serendip and madgeylou :)
Things feel so nice inside my body. All hummy.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Lauran75 on March 07, 2018, 01:32:36 PM
@Tris Prior  For snacks - how about sweet potato flatbread? You can make it as simple as you want - cook a couple sweet potatoes til pretty soft, add flour of choice (I do 1 1/2 cups sweet potato to 1 cup flour), add any flavorings ... Spread mixture out on parchment paper and bake at 375 for about 20 minutes. Cut up into approximately 6 servings. There's also a recipe for quinoa flatbread - just cooked quinoa + flour + flavorings. I haven't tried that yet though.

*I haven't tried this yet, but have thought of using chickpea flour to add protein/bean serving.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on March 07, 2018, 04:12:44 PM
Have the house to myself for the next two weeks! (SO out of town for work), so might take the time to do a cleansing diet and get a yoga or gym pass. It sounds woo-woo but I love doing a deep clean, decluttering, using essential oils and marking the upcoming change of seasons with some ritualistic self-care.

This sounds so nice! I'm wondering if you'd be willing to share more details on your ideas here? I'm all ears if so!

@jooniFLORisploo I'm glad you are feeling so energetic and contented!


My ideas aren't totally formulated quite @madgeylou but I just arrived back to a quiet, clean house (my guy left it unbelievably tidy. I am so happy) On the way home, I washed & cleaned the car and bought a load of frozen berries & veggies.

 Going cross-country skiing with a friend tonight

 & for the next 2 weeks will aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night (minimum) and will try for no computer/digital time after 8 pm or before 8 am (excluding yoga classes which I stream online)

I have made a plan of whole-food eating (morning smoothies, steamed greens/veggies, green tea & ginger tea) and am going to try to keep social demands minimal so that I can focus on healthy movement & cleaning the space
 (we are planning a soon to be attempted restructuring of the living space so that I have a designated art studio... will work towards this!)

Have a trip planned to a hydrotherapy spa (don't have to pay due to a work arrangement I have with them)

I love the idea of aligning our spaces with the way we aspire to live so each year I do a cleanout (around the same time as taxes) and then I feel like there are no loose strings for the upcoming year.

It's a lot for 2 weeks but I am making it my time and see how I feel :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 07, 2018, 05:19:05 PM
@Tris Prior  For snacks - how about sweet potato flatbread? You can make it as simple as you want - cook a couple sweet potatoes til pretty soft, add flour of choice (I do 1 1/2 cups sweet potato to 1 cup flour), add any flavorings ... Spread mixture out on parchment paper and bake at 375 for about 20 minutes. Cut up into approximately 6 servings. There's also a recipe for quinoa flatbread - just cooked quinoa + flour + flavorings. I haven't tried that yet though.

*I haven't tried this yet, but have thought of using chickpea flour to add protein/bean serving.

That sounds pretty good! Not sure about the chickpea flour - I've tried chickpea pasta and crackers and both had Unpleasant Consequences (too many beans? I dunno). Though both also tasted good. I've mostly stopped eating wheat but have not yet really dove into all the gluten-free options out there. Maybe rice flour? Almond flour? That's so expensive though. Hmmmm, I recently baked with oat flour (just ground up oats) and that came out OK, wonder if that'd work?

lhamo, that is definitely a creative solution! :) Though, my father was in diapers and he always smelled and they leaked. I don't want the pee smell to scare off customers, hahaha.

I'm hoping it'll turn out that I do in fact know someone who will be attending the convention who'd be willing to drop by my table now and then to watch my merch while I pee. I think this is the first year that my vendor friends didn't get in (artists are chosen by random lottery so it's a crapshoot. I haven't gotten in for the past 3 years.)

In unrelated news, my entire right side from shoulder to hip is one giant muscle cramp today. Especially bad in the lower back area - did you know your lower back muscles are involved in breathing? I DO NOW!! :P - but seriously, it's that whole side. I've no idea why - slept funny? Worked some OT this week at the desk job? It sucks and I'm scheduled to do strength training tonight so ugh. Hopefully I can at least do some of what I'm supposed to do.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on March 08, 2018, 05:54:50 AM
I didn't eat dessert last night despite horrible sugar cravings. After gritting my teeth for awhile, I finally went and brushed my teeth...it's sort of a signal...teeth are clean, no more eating today. Figured out a plan to pack lunches easily for a trip to town today also.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Lauran75 on March 08, 2018, 11:26:52 AM
@Tris Prior  For snacks - how about sweet potato flatbread? You can make it as simple as you want - cook a couple sweet potatoes til pretty soft, add flour of choice (I do 1 1/2 cups sweet potato to 1 cup flour), add any flavorings ... Spread mixture out on parchment paper and bake at 375 for about 20 minutes. Cut up into approximately 6 servings. There's also a recipe for quinoa flatbread - just cooked quinoa + flour + flavorings. I haven't tried that yet though.

*I haven't tried this yet, but have thought of using chickpea flour to add protein/bean serving.

That sounds pretty good! Not sure about the chickpea flour - I've tried chickpea pasta and crackers and both had Unpleasant Consequences (too many beans? I dunno). Though both also tasted good. I've mostly stopped eating wheat but have not yet really dove into all the gluten-free options out there. Maybe rice flour? Almond flour? That's so expensive though. Hmmmm, I recently baked with oat flour (just ground up oats) and that came out OK, wonder if that'd work?


I think oat flour might work. I think the main thing is the sweet potatoes need something dry to create the "bread."
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on March 08, 2018, 01:52:52 PM
Did my first distance run in a LOOONG time (like maybe close to a month?) today -- it was at a slowish pace (5.0) and only 2.5 miles, but I covered that in 30 minutes.  I probably could have gone another .5 miles in another 6 minutes, but I had already talked myself out of stopping a the .5, 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 intervals, so I figured 2.5 was good enough.

I really don't enjoy running for long periods, though.  So I think my new strategy will be just to gradually up my pace but limit myself to 30 minutes running total.  I think that will provide sufficient motivation to keep myself doing the longer runs while seeing regular progress as I work toward the 30:00 min 3 mile goal.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on March 08, 2018, 06:24:54 PM
We had a healthy lunch in town today by stopping at the grocery store to top off on supplies before lunch. It was all stuff we needed but by shopping before lunch, we resisted the temptation to just grab something greasy because we were starving. Plus, good monetary savings. Taking at least Saturday off of driving... maybe tomorrow too as kid is sick. I'm supposed to go to work but might take the day off instead just to avoid the drive.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on March 08, 2018, 06:39:48 PM
Yes -- take the day off!  Kid trumps work any day, and that contract job has sucked enough of your life energy up already....
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on March 09, 2018, 08:39:44 AM
Yes -- take the day off!  Kid trumps work any day, and that contract job has sucked enough of your life energy up already....

Yes ma'am. :-) Taking the day off will be my healthy choice for today.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on March 09, 2018, 01:38:41 PM
Asked a friend to accupuncture me. Feels so amazing
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on March 09, 2018, 02:26:47 PM
Slept horribly last night -- around 1am the smoke detector in my bedroom started with the "low battery" warning/chirping.  It is on a vaulted ceiling and I need DS's help to get the ladder up that high, so I went downstairs to try to sleep on the couch, which rarely works for me.  Very fitful sleep.

HOWEVER, I did not use being exhausted as an excuse to wimp out at the gym.  Was pretty pleased with my 2.5 miles in 30 minutes yesterday, so decided to turn it up a notch.  Did three cycles of gradual increases of my speed from 5.0-6.0 and ended up running 2.73 miles in 30 minutes.  If I can increase my speed by just .05 miles/30:00  every week, then I should be at my 30 minute 3 mile goal by mid-April.  So I think I am going to shoot for that.   Might make it sooner -- my heart was at a pretty high BPM at the top speeds, but dropped down quickly once I went down to the slower speed.  So I think I can probably push myself a bit harder.  I like using 30 minutes as a cutoff rather than trying to see how long it takes to cover the 3 miles.  Works better for me psychologically to be trying to add distance in a defined time rather than reduce time on a set distance.  Is that weird?  Wouldn't be the first or only thing weird about me, I guess....
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 09, 2018, 05:15:27 PM
Asked a friend to accupuncture me. Feels so amazing

I am curious about acupuncture. If you don't mind me asking, what do you use it for? I have back and shoulder and neck pain and massages feel good, but the effects don't really last. My muscles tighten up again fairly soon after, and considering what a massage costs here it seems not really worth it?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 09, 2018, 05:57:53 PM
Was really craving a change in texture within my current eating plan, and was wanting to treat Kid, so I finally went for it and made paleo pizza pockets, which had seemed intimidating to me. They were crazy easy to make, and we both just loved them! I've never had any other pizza pocket, so I don't know how they compare to anything, but Kid gave them 5 stars. Coconut flour base!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 11, 2018, 10:04:12 AM
Boyfriend's 50th birthday was yesterday. Festivities included Indian food out with friends, followed by karaoke and drinks. Then came home and had cake. Oof.

I miss baking SO much, you guys. I love scratch baking and thoroughly enjoyed baking his cake yesterday. I halved the recipe and made it in a small square pan because, for 2 people, we do not need a huge cake.

Honestly, I don't even want any more of the cake right now. Progress? (Between overindulging last night and feeling out of sorts from the daylight savings time change - which always gives me insomnia - I feel like CRAP right now.)



Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 12, 2018, 08:04:01 AM
How do you all react to others commenting on what or how much you are eating?

At Boyfriend's birthday dinner, one of Boyfriend's friends (a TINY very thin woman) commented to me after I had finished, "wow, you really cleaned your plate!" And I felt really embarrassed and piggish. And, well, FAT. :( She pushed all of my "my god, don't you have ANY self-control, fatty?" buttons.

Now I think about it and think, "who SAYS that to people? Why did she care what I did or didn't eat? How does my food intake harm her?" I would never consider commenting on the amount of food someone has eaten because it is *none of my business* (unless, like, it's communal food and they ate it all and I didn't get any, haha).
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on March 12, 2018, 09:17:31 AM
I only want treats today. So I made smoothies with no veggies, just fruit and almond milk and seeds. I feel like a rebel.

@Tris Prior I internally respond like you, but externally turn it around

"I know, right? I'm so happy that I had SO MUCH. So good and now I am super fueled. (And then I either order a dessert or talk about how much food is better than dessert because salty yummy goodness)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on March 12, 2018, 09:55:05 AM
I only want treats today. So I made smoothies with no veggies, just fruit and almond milk and seeds. I feel like a rebel.

@Tris Prior I internally respond like you, but externally turn it around

"I know, right? I'm so happy that I had SO MUCH. So good and now I am super fueled. (And then I either order a dessert or talk about how much food is better than dessert because salty yummy goodness)

@Tris Prior  I do something similar to @ElleFiji and say (with a satisfied smile and not-fake enthusiasm) "I did and it was delicious"
Owning your own delight can be a game-changer!

Also Elle, I have been taking a break from green smoothies and having berries/flax/chia ones this week..feels so decadent :) I eat so many greens anyhow so I realized reducing my intake in the morning isn't a big deal and makes them way more enjoyable!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on March 12, 2018, 10:59:34 AM
@Tris Prior - some cultures consider cleaning a plate off completely is rude.  Others consider leaving crumbs on a plate is rude. So there is no winning. Your guest was rude IMO.  I agree with the others that you have to try and turn it around. 
I love it when I see people eat my food with joy - it brings me joy.  You can borrow my voice. "Glad you enjoyed your food" 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 12, 2018, 11:06:18 AM
My kid says he's really enjoying my Lenten commitment to healthy choices, because he didn't have to share even one bite of his pizza :)    Everybody wins!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: pachnik on March 12, 2018, 11:12:06 AM
How do you all react to others commenting on what or how much you are eating?

At Boyfriend's birthday dinner, one of Boyfriend's friends (a TINY very thin woman) commented to me after I had finished, "wow, you really cleaned your plate!" And I felt really embarrassed and piggish. And, well, FAT. :( She pushed all of my "my god, don't you have ANY self-control, fatty?" buttons.

Now I think about it and think, "who SAYS that to people? Why did she care what I did or didn't eat? How does my food intake harm her?" I would never consider commenting on the amount of food someone has eaten because it is *none of my business* (unless, like, it's communal food and they ate it all and I didn't get any, haha).

I don't like it when people comment on what/how much/how little I am eating either due to my past history with disordered eating.   I can get a bit snappy if I am not in a good space.  But if I am in a good space, I just say something like "yes, that's right".    I don't comment on other's food consumption either. 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on March 12, 2018, 02:55:04 PM
How do you all react to others commenting on what or how much you are eating?

At Boyfriend's birthday dinner, one of Boyfriend's friends (a TINY very thin woman) commented to me after I had finished, "wow, you really cleaned your plate!" And I felt really embarrassed and piggish. And, well, FAT. :( She pushed all of my "my god, don't you have ANY self-control, fatty?" buttons.

Now I think about it and think, "who SAYS that to people? Why did she care what I did or didn't eat? How does my food intake harm her?" I would never consider commenting on the amount of food someone has eaten because it is *none of my business* (unless, like, it's communal food and they ate it all and I didn't get any, haha).

My typical response is something like "Bitch, who asked you?" (https://www.belesscrazy.com/blog/2017/10/26/the-only-opinion-about-your-body-that-matters-is-yours) or some slightly more polite variation thereof like "Funny, I don't recall soliciting commentary on my food intake!"
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on March 12, 2018, 03:41:46 PM
How do you all react to others commenting on what or how much you are eating?

At Boyfriend's birthday dinner, one of Boyfriend's friends (a TINY very thin woman) commented to me after I had finished, "wow, you really cleaned your plate!" And I felt really embarrassed and piggish. And, well, FAT. :( She pushed all of my "my god, don't you have ANY self-control, fatty?" buttons.

Now I think about it and think, "who SAYS that to people? Why did she care what I did or didn't eat? How does my food intake harm her?" I would never consider commenting on the amount of food someone has eaten because it is *none of my business* (unless, like, it's communal food and they ate it all and I didn't get any, haha).

My typical response is something like "Bitch, who asked you?" (https://www.belesscrazy.com/blog/2017/10/26/the-only-opinion-about-your-body-that-matters-is-yours) or some slightly more polite variation thereof like "Funny, I don't recall soliciting commentary on my food intake!"

I want to sit next to you! Bitch Please!
Yeah, that wasn't nice. A really close friend may be able to say that as a joke, but otherwise, nope.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on March 12, 2018, 03:47:26 PM
How do you all react to others commenting on what or how much you are eating?

At Boyfriend's birthday dinner, one of Boyfriend's friends (a TINY very thin woman) commented to me after I had finished, "wow, you really cleaned your plate!" And I felt really embarrassed and piggish. And, well, FAT. :( She pushed all of my "my god, don't you have ANY self-control, fatty?" buttons.

Now I think about it and think, "who SAYS that to people? Why did she care what I did or didn't eat? How does my food intake harm her?" I would never consider commenting on the amount of food someone has eaten because it is *none of my business* (unless, like, it's communal food and they ate it all and I didn't get any, haha).

My typical response is something like "Bitch, who asked you?" (https://www.belesscrazy.com/blog/2017/10/26/the-only-opinion-about-your-body-that-matters-is-yours) or some slightly more polite variation thereof like "Funny, I don't recall soliciting commentary on my food intake!"

I want to sit next to you! Bitch Please!
Yeah, that wasn't nice. A really close friend may be able to say that as a joke, but otherwise, nope.

It's also not nice to comment on other people's food choices.
You could leave off the "bitch" to be more polite, I guess :)
Į\_(ツ)_/Į
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on March 12, 2018, 04:30:47 PM
How do you all react to others commenting on what or how much you are eating?

At Boyfriend's birthday dinner, one of Boyfriend's friends (a TINY very thin woman) commented to me after I had finished, "wow, you really cleaned your plate!" And I felt really embarrassed and piggish. And, well, FAT. :( She pushed all of my "my god, don't you have ANY self-control, fatty?" buttons.

Now I think about it and think, "who SAYS that to people? Why did she care what I did or didn't eat? How does my food intake harm her?" I would never consider commenting on the amount of food someone has eaten because it is *none of my business* (unless, like, it's communal food and they ate it all and I didn't get any, haha).

My typical response is something like "Bitch, who asked you?" (https://www.belesscrazy.com/blog/2017/10/26/the-only-opinion-about-your-body-that-matters-is-yours) or some slightly more polite variation thereof like "Funny, I don't recall soliciting commentary on my food intake!"

I want to sit next to you! Bitch Please!
Yeah, that wasn't nice. A really close friend may be able to say that as a joke, but otherwise, nope.

It's also not nice to comment on other people's food choices.
You could leave off the "bitch" to be more polite, I guess :)
Į\_(ツ)_/Į

True. I do want to sit next to you though (that wasn't throwing you shade - hard to tell tone in text sometimes).  If someone said something like in the original post to one of my friends, and I overheard it, I would probably say something (if they didn't).  If they said it to me, not sure I would have my wits about me to say anything - they'd get a nasty stare though....
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on March 12, 2018, 04:41:10 PM
I didn't take it shady, dear G-dog :)

The worst part of this to me is that so many people who say stuff like that woman said to Tris don't even realize what they are saying is (1) none of their business and (2) super rude and (3) possibly triggering to the person they are talking to. It's just such a mindless upholding and policing of societal rules against women. I'm always willing to be polite about it at first, because folks just don't know ... but I'm not willing to be polite about it forever.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on March 12, 2018, 05:35:30 PM
I didn't take it shady, dear G-dog :)

The worst part of this to me is that so many people who say stuff like that woman said to Tris don't even realize what they are saying is (1) none of their business and (2) super rude and (3) possibly triggering to the person they are talking to. It's just such a mindless upholding and policing of societal rules against women. I'm always willing to be polite about it at first, because folks just don't know ... but I'm not willing to be polite about it forever.

Yes - I am still tearing the socialization mask off of some behaviors I ignore as typical, but now have an "a-ha" realization that the behavior is meant to keep <oppressed group> "in line".  Often from oppressed group.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 12, 2018, 08:00:55 PM
I didn't take it shady, dear G-dog :)

The worst part of this to me is that so many people who say stuff like that woman said to Tris don't even realize what they are saying is (1) none of their business and (2) super rude and (3) possibly triggering to the person they are talking to. It's just such a mindless upholding and policing of societal rules against women. I'm always willing to be polite about it at first, because folks just don't know ... but I'm not willing to be polite about it forever.

Yes, that's it exactly - I felt policed. Like I was failing to be "ladylike" and show restraint around food and stop eating before I'm satisfied out of some belief that women "should" eat like little birds or something. Why? Patriarchy? Social conditioning? I don't even know. Fuck that, srsly.

I didn't say anything in the moment because I didn't want to cause a scene at Boyfriend's party, which was important to him, and it was a small group. I talked to Boyfriend about it after and he thought she'd just spoken without thinking - which is probably true. But still - why is it that we so easily default to food/body/diet talk? Why did that just fall out of her mouth without her thinking about it first?

Great article, btw, madgeylou!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 12, 2018, 09:03:06 PM
*Set out clear boundaries re volunteer project (e.g., "If you'd like me to continue to work for free, here's what I need, what I will do, what I won't accept. If that's met at some point, let me know and I'll resume.")

*Engaged in counselling appt to navigate next phase of parenting most effectively

*Declined to "bite" on a person making stories in their head so they could "take offense"

*Stuck with eating plan

*When overwhelmed with desire for an Easter treat, bought myself a nonedible present :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Cressida on March 12, 2018, 10:49:37 PM
How do you all react to others commenting on what or how much you are eating?

Internal fury, external laughing it off. Female socialization FTW! (not)

I'm sorry that happened to you. People can be so clueless. Like, how is it normal to comment on people's food choices? ugh.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on March 13, 2018, 08:01:57 AM
Healthy choice for today: packing a dinner for extended time in town with fresh veggies. And deciding to postpone 5k scheduled for this weekend until June. I don't feel up to it, so I am going to wait.

Unhealthy choice: cheese grating the back of my finger...less of a choice than accident but ugh. So painful. Note to self: if answering kids question while grating cheese either do not look at kid or stop grating before looking over at kid. All other options = bad.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: alleykat on March 13, 2018, 10:57:03 AM
I am doing intermittent fasting.  The 16/8 structure. I am on day 5.  I have not been perfect but I am starting to make better choices.  I also got rid of a lot of junk food from the house. Not everything, but at least it is manageable now.  I am trying to not bring more home. 

I haven't noticed any weight loss yet but I am hoping that is just my body adjusting.  I actually gained 1. Go figure.

I also a started some exercise. I am hoping to get myself up to doing it for a half n hour. Right now I am doing some cardio and light weights.





Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 13, 2018, 11:56:44 AM
My personal trainer just posted this on Facebook. I'd like to hear others' thoughts on this:

"Exercise is not something that can be enjoyed. I love going to the gym. I love the first few reps of a set, when Iím warming up, when Iím feeling strong. But this is not exercise. Exercise doesnít begin until shit gets hard. Until your muscles and brain are screaming for you to stop. Itís torture, itís awful, and when itís over the only thing I want to tell my trainer is piss offówhile I hobble out the door.

Be very weary of those people who tell you that they like exercise, that what they do is fun, and that youíll like it too. If you like it, well, you probably arenít exercising."
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 13, 2018, 12:00:53 PM
Most forms of exercise have proven detrimental to me. I listen to my body, not to standard advice.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Lauran75 on March 13, 2018, 12:36:02 PM
My personal trainer just posted this on Facebook. I'd like to hear others' thoughts on this:

"Exercise is not something that can be enjoyed. I love going to the gym. I love the first few reps of a set, when Iím warming up, when Iím feeling strong. But this is not exercise. Exercise doesnít begin until shit gets hard. Until your muscles and brain are screaming for you to stop. Itís torture, itís awful, and when itís over the only thing I want to tell my trainer is piss offówhile I hobble out the door.

Be very weary of those people who tell you that they like exercise, that what they do is fun, and that youíll like it too. If you like it, well, you probably arenít exercising."

Uh .. my first thought is - if you don't enjoy it or get something beneficial out of it, you are probably going to stop doing it. So .. this sounds like a load of ...
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on March 13, 2018, 12:43:36 PM
My personal trainer just posted this on Facebook. I'd like to hear others' thoughts on this:

"Exercise is not something that can be enjoyed. I love going to the gym. I love the first few reps of a set, when Iím warming up, when Iím feeling strong. But this is not exercise. Exercise doesnít begin until shit gets hard. Until your muscles and brain are screaming for you to stop. Itís torture, itís awful, and when itís over the only thing I want to tell my trainer is piss offówhile I hobble out the door.

Be very weary of those people who tell you that they like exercise, that what they do is fun, and that youíll like it too. If you like it, well, you probably arenít exercising."

I mean, maybe it's true for THIS guy, but I certainly don't think this is true for everyone (definitely not for me). There are many reasons to get some exercise, like clearing your head, getting some fresh air, getting your blood moving, building cardiovascular fitness, building muscle, increasing flexibility. None of this requires suffering, and none of it has to feel like torture.

Sounds like your trainer is trying to stir up controversy to get clicks maybe? Or maybe he actually believes this. But it doesn't make it True with a capital T.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on March 13, 2018, 12:51:49 PM
That sounds like the kind of trainer whose clients probably are pushed to overdo it and end up injured a lot.  So he/she has to post hardass stuff on FB to try to drum up more clients....

It also sounds like someone who doesn't understand that not everybody wants to run a marathon, bike a century, or deadlift 2x their bodyweight.  Some of us are primarily concerned with having decent cardiovascular fitness, suitable strength to do daily activities without injury or pain, and good balance -- things that will carry us well into our 80s and 90s.  Many of us walk as a primary form of exercise.  The benefits of a daily walk of 20-30 minutes on health and longevity are well researched.  You don't even need to work up a sweat to get many of those benefits.  Beats sitting on the couch.

Tris, I hope you can find some more positive, less critical people to surround yourself with.  I would be so triggered by people in my daily life being so in my face about this stuff....
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on March 13, 2018, 12:54:09 PM
Oh -- almost forgot my workout update:

Ran 2.81 miles in 30 minutes -- that's almost .10 improvement since last Friday!  Only need to do that two more times and I'll be at my 3 in 30 goal.  And I think I can do it - I was tired at 30, but probably could have pushed myself a bit harder.  I think April 1 will be my new target date.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 13, 2018, 01:16:11 PM
I mean.... I thought that to stick with exercise, it was best to find something we actually enjoy doing, so that we continue doing it. That's worked for me in the past, though the things I enjoy aren't currently available to me (walking outdoors, gardening, dance classes that I'm working on budgeting for but aren't possible right now).

I'm doing high-intensity strength training of very short durations, with him. Do I enjoy it? No, not really.... but I'd like to be able to carry groceries up the stairs without feeling like I'm going to die, and avoid the osteoporosis that runs in my family, and be able to lift things when necessary in life. And he's been respectful of my physical weaknesses and inabilities, though I admit I sometimes push myself too hard and then have trouble sitting down or putting on my bra the next day. Sure, he'll say things like "last time you did X reps so this time I'd like to see you try for Y reps," but that doesn't bother me. I was actually really surprised to come across this post, as that's not been my experience with him.

I think it's time for me to hide his FB posts for a while. I've actually started hiding FB ads for stuff I find triggering - seriously, FB, stop showing me the "why you must quit sugar NOW" sponsored articles! - which is helping my mental state. It sucks to be scrolling on my phone on the train and then get slapped with a post that's shaming or triggering or otherwise something I don't need in my life.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 13, 2018, 01:22:50 PM
Tris, I use a third-party thing called FB Purity. It's been WONDERFUL. I have my FB stripped down to almost nothing -just the posts I've chosen to see, from the few people I've chosen to see posts from. No ads, no "people you may know", no extras.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 13, 2018, 01:37:03 PM
Does that work on iphone? Hmmmm, must look into it. I have a Chromebook at home and used to use Social Fixer, which worked great.... until it somehow died and stopped working. I loved that extension - you can filter out posts containing specific words: Trump, Weinstein (I installed it when the Weinstein stuff came out), diet...

Haha, someone called him out and said, " If exercise isn't supposed to be fun, good luck in getting people to exercise. Perhaps that's why so few people do it."

Trainer responded: "This is exactly why people donít do it. To get results over years and decades, it has to suck. But people are told it doesnít suck, so 1) when they donít get results, they stop. 2) when it actually does suck, they quit and try something less effective."

I guess this depends on your definition of "results," then. And.... if it's fun wouldn't people do it anyway, assuming schedule and money and weather permit? I didn't bellydance in hopes of losing weight or getting stronger. I did it because I thought it was fun.

This is just all so odd to me. I appreciate everyone's perspective on this! I think we all agree, here. :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: chaskavitch on March 14, 2018, 10:48:52 AM
I started the year in the "Lose weight in 2018" thread, because to be fair, I do need to lose some weight.  I've realized that there are other things standing in my way besides optimizing my diet and lifting more weights, though, so I decided to jump over here instead.

My biggest goal right now is to get enough sleep.  Our toddler goes to bed at 8 or so, and my alarm goes off at 5:20 am.  I work 4 10 hour days, so on the days I work I try to cram all of my "me" time and my chores in after he goes to bed, and then I end up not going to sleep until 10:30 or 11 or 11:30, and it's so dumb.  I feel like crap when I only get 5 or 6 hours of sleep. 

I'm going to do my best to be in bed, lights out, no phone, by 10 pm on the nights before I go to work, and 10:30 on the other 3 nights of the week (when I wake up at 6:30 or 7 the next day)

My husband will be sad, because we'll have less time to watch movies and read and stuff, but I feel like being perpetually just a little bit (or a lot) tired is driving a lot of my other health issues.  I don't interact with our kid as much/as well, I eat more (especially sweets) because being tired makes me munchy and I eat to keep myself awake, I drink more coffee, I don't work out because I'd rather go home and sit, my chores don't get done because I'd rather just sit and read and eat chocolate at night  .

I'm not going to focus on sleep to the exclusion of caring about food or exercise, but it's definitely going to be my primary focus for the foreseeable future. 

Last night I went to bed at 930.  I feel much better today than I did yesterday, but there's still a lot of yawning going on.  Obviously it'll take more than one day, but it's a start!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 14, 2018, 11:11:21 AM
...being perpetually just a little bit (or a lot) tired is driving a lot of my other health issues.

So wise! Even just the impact of poor sleep on cortisol levels alone can result in stubborn weight challenges.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on March 14, 2018, 11:38:54 AM
It was raining this morning, so I gave in to DD's request to drive her to school (I don't drive her as much as I drive DS, and she has started to notice the discrepancy....). Went to the gym right after and had a pretty good interval workout.  I am discovering that an earlier workout seems to work much better for me -- feel much more motivated and energetic if I start before 10am, somehow.  And also have more energy for the rest of the day.

It probably also helped that I slept better last night.  Sleep is a powerful medicine....
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 14, 2018, 01:06:04 PM
chaskavich, that sounds like a good plan. It's so hard, though! I don't have kids but I find myself having to cram chores, cooking, eating, exercising, work on side business, etc. in during the evenings, and before I know it, it's after 10 and my partner and I have spent zero time together. This is why I want to retire - I don't particularly dislike my job, but I cannot stand how much time I lose to sitting on my ass in a cubicle. I can completely understand choosing me-time over sleep.

Lack of sleep definitely affects health in other ways! In addition to exhausted, it makes me weepy, gives me brain fog, makes me feel tense and tight all over, and, worst of all, leaves me constantly STARVING. The time change always gives me insomnia - last night did not fall asleep until 2:30 or so? - and generally fucks with my body clock, badly, and since Sunday I have been constantly hangry. I know it's my body trying to get energy however it can, but geez, this is really wearing thin.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on March 14, 2018, 03:53:06 PM

I'm going to do my best to be in bed, lights out, no phone, by 10 pm on the nights before I go to work, and 10:30 on the other 3 nights of the week (when I wake up at 6:30 or 7 the next day)
I'm not going to focus on sleep to the exclusion of caring about food or exercise, but it's definitely going to be my primary focus for the foreseeable future. 

Last night I went to bed at 930.  I feel much better today than I did yesterday, but there's still a lot of yawning going on.  Obviously it'll take more than one day, but it's a start!

This is such a great thing to focus on @chaskavitch ..my partner gets up at 6am daily so he has set a reminder on his clock to tell us to 'get ready for bed' around 9:30, so that we wind things down by 10. It makes a world of difference when I get a good nights sleep..plus, it's pretty funny when guests are over and he says "sorry guys, my alarm went off..it's bedime!"

Healthy choices: bought a gym pass..eegads I am not a gym person but every year I do it in the spring for at least a month. It's like a personal challenge to get out of my comfort zone and move more intentionally. I just ran/walked for 30 min and even though the distance I covered is minimal, my brain feels lit up...like the increased blood-flow actually made it into there!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 15, 2018, 08:16:01 AM
I was thinking about derogatory words some people use re: choosing our food ("militant", "extreme", "rigid", etc). I think what they don't know is that for people like me, it feels like the opposite of those descriptors.

When I eat optimally for my body, what I experience is freedom, joy, fun, delight, happiness. Some of the happiness comes straight from the resulting biochemistry. Some of it comes from deliciousness, some from the fun of tasting a new-to-me recipe that really worked out, some from having it so easy to select my foods, some from seeing symptoms disappear, some from seeing signs of increased health appear.

Each day I choose from a couple of hundred delightful ingredients, and get creative about how to mix and match them for various outcomes.

My list of ingredients is "focused", but rigid etc? Not a match.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: jane x on March 15, 2018, 11:08:25 AM
Lately I've been dealing with the whole issue of food intolerances and allergies.  I suspect that it's a combo of age, overly sensitive arousal system, and damage from extensive antibiotic use over the years.  This is what I can't eat so far: dairy (and any dairy protein as it's an allergy), nuts, papaya, mango skin (severe allergy so even a bite of mango is scary to eat), jicama, alcohol (rosacea).  Then there's the carbs and sugar that I need to avoid in order to stabilize my energy, blood sugar, insulin, etc.  There's probably more stuff that I don't remember right now.  The acceptance process is lengthy and kinda painful and sad. 

After going through all of the work, mental and emotional, to work this stuff out, I don't give a flying f*ck what other people think about my food choices.  They can call it anything they like.   

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 15, 2018, 12:12:24 PM
After going through all of the work, mental and emotional, to work this stuff out, I don't give a flying f*ck what other people think about my food choices.  They can call it anything they like.   

:)))))))))))))))
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on March 15, 2018, 01:06:28 PM
After going through all of the work, mental and emotional, to work this stuff out, I don't give a flying f*ck what other people think about my food choices.  They can call it anything they like.   

:)))))))))))))))
+1^
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on March 15, 2018, 05:05:47 PM
Lately I've been dealing with the whole issue of food intolerances and allergies.  I suspect that it's a combo of age, overly sensitive arousal system, and damage from extensive antibiotic use over the years.  This is what I can't eat so far: dairy (and any dairy protein as it's an allergy), nuts, papaya, mango skin (severe allergy so even a bite of mango is scary to eat), jicama, alcohol (rosacea).  Then there's the carbs and sugar that I need to avoid in order to stabilize my energy, blood sugar, insulin, etc.  There's probably more stuff that I don't remember right now.  The acceptance process is lengthy and kinda painful and sad. 

After going through all of the work, mental and emotional, to work this stuff out, I don't give a flying f*ck what other people think about my food choices.  They can call it anything they like.   

heart heart heart! So glad that you have found so many things that you know are issues, and hopefully issues are resolving
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: alleykat on March 16, 2018, 10:10:06 AM
So far, my intermittent fasting is going well. I had a couple of days where it was tough and I gave in a bit but I think I am right on track now. Although, I might have to alter things a bit. I feel hungry in the morning and I fight it but my energy wanes some and that is not good at work.  We will see. I will stick to it for now and see how it goes. Changing things up as I go along is important to find the "right" for me.

I have greatly reduced my sugar intake. I gave away a lot of junk food too. I still have some around, but I find I don't reach for it as much.  Having a window in which to eat helps out a great deal. There were a couple of times at night, I so wanted a snack and just held out.   

I have also started to exercise.  Just mildly for now until I ease myself up. I would like to do a half n hour for at least 4 days if not more.

I am also trying to go to bed at a certain time now.  I think the first out of everything is trying to correct my sleep. It is so much easier to make decisions when I am well rested, which is like never. Sleep has been elusive.

I am starting to love being more healthy.  I think next week will be better since this week was an experiment of sorts.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 16, 2018, 10:19:53 AM
alleykat, your experiments and ideas sound fabulous! I really love the gentle approach to the changes.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on March 16, 2018, 12:22:47 PM
Aaaaand -- 2.88 miles run in 30 minutes on the treadmill this morning.  I think I may be able to hit my 3 in 30 goal by next week.  BOOYAH!  And I was done with my workout by 10am, and get to spend lots of time in the garden today.  It is lovely -- sunny but cool.  I am feeling SOOOOO much better with the recent sun.  Note to self:  get light box and start taking Vit D before next winter so you don't feel like crap for four very long, dark, drippy months of the year...
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on March 16, 2018, 12:49:24 PM
Aaaaand -- 2.88 miles run in 30 minutes on the treadmill this morning.  I think I may be able to hit my 3 in 30 goal by next week.  BOOYAH!  And I was done with my workout by 10am, and get to spend lots of time in the garden today.  It is lovely -- sunny but cool.  I am feeling SOOOOO much better with the recent sun.  Note to self:  get light box and start taking Vit D before next winter so you don't feel like crap for four very long, dark, drippy months of the year...

Nice!!! So impressive, lhamo!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on March 16, 2018, 12:57:28 PM
So far, my intermittent fasting is going well. I had a couple of days where it was tough and I gave in a bit but I think I am right on track now. Although, I might have to alter things a bit. I feel hungry in the morning and I fight it but my energy wanes some and that is not good at work.  We will see. I will stick to it for now and see how it goes. Changing things up as I go along is important to find the "right" for me.

I am starting to love being more healthy.  I think next week will be better since this week was an experiment of sorts.

Good work @alleykat !
 I have been experimenting with having breakfast & lunch as my meals and tapering from there--if you find mornings difficult perhaps you could try something like this? I am also feeling quite good on this program-- will keep it up and see how it plays out with the longer days. It really won't work on social evenings, like dinner out but even so we might be able to keep things earlier with this in mind :)

@lhamo , congrats on your running success so far!
 I just started this week and did first 2.1 & then 2.6 in 30min..will see if I can go for a longer run tomorrow :) Sun definitely helps!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on March 16, 2018, 08:36:11 PM
Boy howdy, this sure seems like the thread for me. I'm fresh off failing my physical fitness test, and recipient of a letter officially notifying me I'm fat.

Ouch.

Day 0: You pick yourself up. You shake yourself off. And you start all over again.

Day 1: Day one, in the bag. I categorically didn't eat like an asshole. Rock on with my tubby self!

Day 2: second day of mostly eating like someone who gives a damn.

I ain't kicking no tires. I ain't even lighting any fires. But I've had a robust amount of vegetables 2 days in a row. At the very least it's an ember.

Day 3: Today is hard to categorize. There were multiple donuts. But there were also moments of rejecting further donuts, and delaying lunch because the scheduled lunch time didn't suit me. There were also 4 hours of exercise, and ~5 incidents of actual physical terror mixed with the exercise. The kind where adrenaline pushes your heart so hard that your chest hurts from hypoxia. Dinner was also pretty rich, but I self-regulated from natural choice, and not from guilt.

So I think today was a mental and physical win.



Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on March 17, 2018, 09:00:05 PM
Boy howdy, this sure seems like the thread for me. I'm fresh off failing my physical fitness test, and recipient of a letter officially notifying me I'm fat.

Ouch.

Welcome @Sailor Sam :)
Sorry about the letter but sounds like you've got a great attitude (and humour) to deal with the challenges (like rejecting further donuts--that is the definition of will-power!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 17, 2018, 09:06:37 PM
I've been sorting through some layers, and have lots of things well in hand currently. What I'd like to work on next is choosing people. Healthy people. The end. That's my new focus.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on March 17, 2018, 09:27:01 PM
Hey, thanks @Serendip!

Day 4: all that physical activity drowning practice from yesterday has made my back sore. Stiff, you might say. Like, twisting from the hips is almost impossible. Not just painful (though it is, truly, painful); impossible. Now, imagine when twisting is critical to, how shall we say...wiping your own ass.

Not a great day nutritionally. Not a great day moderation-wise. But I walked enough to get my lower spine muscles to unlock, and I did a quick hotel room strength circuit.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on March 18, 2018, 05:15:39 AM
Gonna jump in. Feeling pretty good about my progress so far this year. So far:

-Have been low-carb without tracking macros since January 2017. Had a lot of issues with failing/cheating last year but successfully got myself grain, sugar, and starchy veg free towards the end of the year. Experimenting now with getting more veggies and low glycemic fruit in via almost daily smoothies. Have lost quite a bit of weight, and Iím only 2 pounds higher than my lowest ever adult weight, but I think Iím even slimmer than I was during that period based on belts and clothes.

-Have had chronic spine issues on and off for many years, but through my sisters recommendation Iíve found a chiropractor that is helping quite a bit. My spine is unfucked enough that now sheís working with me on adding some strengthening PT exercises while she continues adjusting multiple times a week. Also have orthotics now, which felt really weird at first but seem to be helping. Not cheap as weíre filling up our high deductible but as long as insurance continues to cover it (our policy has no cap on manipulative care as long as itís showing significant measurable improvement) it will get significantly cheaper once the deductible is filled. Regardless itís been worth it to me so far unless my progress stops.

-Working on getting regular cardio this year. Mostly riding an indoor cycle trainer but trying to ride outdoors whenevef we have milder weather, which will get more and more common as spring comes. Doing pretty well so far, Iíve felt the difference in my improved cardio already when working around the homestead or when hiking with the kids.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: chaskavitch on March 18, 2018, 06:26:45 AM
So far my "go to bed on time" plan has been semi-successful.  I definitely stayed up too late on Friday, but otherwise I've been within 30 minutes of my goal.  I'm still super tired today - probably a combination of not enough sleep Friday night and then eating a bunch of simple carbs yesterday and not drinking enough water.  After I finish my morning coffee I'm going to end up chugging a whole nalgene of water, probably.  It's going to be excellent.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on March 18, 2018, 11:40:20 AM
I've been sorting through some layers, and have lots of things well in hand currently. What I'd like to work on next is choosing people. Healthy people. The end. That's my new focus.

A fine focus @jooniFLORisploo , best wishes to you in this.
This truly was also a game-changer for me (and bonus points if the healthy people are also low-drama and kind)  At first, I had a hard time adjusting to the actual calm feeling of certain new relationships. ha.

& welcome @HarbingerofBunnies --glad to hear your spine is getting some help. I am in month 3 of pain-free activity after 7-8 years of on & off back issues. 'Unfucked' indeed.

Healthy choice--I bought myself a gym pass and stopped telling myself that I am not 'a gym person'. Turns out that it is really, really good for my brain to break a mild sweat every day.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on March 18, 2018, 11:58:30 AM
It is unlikely that I will leave my home today. I am currently headed for a nap. I did clean and trim my hair, so it is noticeably less witchy....but I am not sure if that was necessary or not
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 18, 2018, 03:30:56 PM
...bonus points if the healthy people are also low-drama and kind)

Those are what I'm using as baselines! Things like: low drama, kind, honest, reliable, self-aware, respectful of me, etc. I have lots of people in my life like that, just want to smoosh them all the way in to our life and the remaining unhealthy one out.

  At first, I had a hard time adjusting to the actual calm feeling of certain new relationships. ha.

I remember going through that stage too, yeah :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on March 18, 2018, 03:48:32 PM
This will be the perfect spot for me to track my month ( and likely more) of dairy free living.
First, letís put it out there...this makes me sad.  I love dairy, cream in my coffee, yogurt for lunch, whey in my smoothies, cheesecake with whipped cream...love it all.   But I donít feel well.  I have constant post nasal drip, a clogged up throat, gas and bloating...and my breathing!  I use my inhaler every day, twice a day...this is NOT my normal.  I dare not take a walk without a little medication.
This scares me, I consider myself a very healthy 61year old.  I walk at least 5km every single day (often much more), go to the gym six tomes a week (two of those days are yoga...love yoga) and eat very well.  I was diagnosed with an adult onset wheat and gluten allergy about eight years ago.  I have autoimmune issues (hashimotos, allergies) but they are well managed.
I know my body fights with food.  An episode of severe pancreatitis ten years back caused significant damage to some internal organs and, as my gut doc said, there is no surprise I have food issues.

So why now?  Why do I think dairy is evil?  First, my intake has increased....the cheese bill is high!  Yogurt every day for lunch.  Dessert every night (need to keep weight on....generally low sugar) that includes the dreaded and delicious cheesecake with whipped cream.

I googled....yes I did.  This mucous build up may be dairy related.  I am always clearing my throat and the belly is always bloated, especially after lunch....hmmm.  Google fingers are pointing to dairy.  So, goodbye cheese, so long whipped cream...I love you but itís for the best.
I may see you in a month, I will use this forum to track my super fun adventure.
I cried when bread and I broke up.  Tomorrow my coffee will likely disappoint with its coconut creamer...and I may cry.

Wish me luck....and if you have any tips I am all ears (or eyes I guess)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 18, 2018, 03:54:46 PM
Congrats on your commitment, Bendigirl!

I've just surpassed a month on a purposeful eating plan. The two things I felt most needed to go, and that would be the most challenging to let go of, were cream and honey. I picked the date to start, made sure to stay satiated on other stuff (animal protein, fat, etc) and it's been GREAT. No trouble.

I hope you have the same experience :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on March 18, 2018, 04:12:35 PM
@Bendigirl - There is a pea-based milk and cream that is supposed to actually be creamy. That may be worth looking into.

I love dairy and bread too. Iíd be really sad to lose them.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: imadandylion on March 18, 2018, 04:46:38 PM
I was thinking about derogatory words some people use re: choosing our food ("militant", "extreme", "rigid", etc). I think what they don't know is that for people like me, it feels like the opposite of those descriptors.

When I eat optimally for my body, what I experience is freedom, joy, fun, delight, happiness. Some of the happiness comes straight from the resulting biochemistry. Some of it comes from deliciousness, some from the fun of tasting a new-to-me recipe that really worked out, some from having it so easy to select my foods, some from seeing symptoms disappear, some from seeing signs of increased health appear.

Each day I choose from a couple of hundred delightful ingredients, and get creative about how to mix and match them for various outcomes.

My list of ingredients is "focused", but rigid etc? Not a match.

It's really nice to read this from someone else because I feel the same way, especially about the negative descriptors.  Even if it's not necessarily meant to be negative, people looking at my work lunch and commenting, "Oh, that/you are *so* healthy!" sounds a little diminishing because of people's negative connotations with healthy food not being "fun" or delicious.

This reminds me of one time I was joking that a went to a farmer's market/craft fair and someone was selling bread, and I thought it was overpriced especially since when I went home, I weighed it on my digital food scale and it was under the weight quoted. What grabbed his attention was that I weighed the food and all, and not that I got undercut on something I was buying!  A lot of people can definitely take a negative spin on it, thinking it's obsessive to weigh food, but I like to think of it as just knowing something and having data, especially until you get a good picture of just how much you're "supposed" to eat and how much nutrition you're getting from  a certain portion.

Ditto on deriving enjoyment from experimenting with food! I eat to nourish my body and because I want to eat food that tastes good, too. I've been especially more aware of this lately because I started working out again (finally healed from a running injury) and for some reason, after I work out, I always feel more inclined to eat healthier.  I think I eat pretty healthy, but there is always room for improvement.

I've been interested in getting back into a regular workout routine because I don't want to have "office worker body," meaning bad posture and all the stuff that is commonly cited to come along with a sedentary 9-to-5 lifestyle - back pain, shoulder pain, and neck plain.  I have had an experience a back pull last year, and my first instinct was to correct the muscular imbalance.

But just 3-4 months of relative inactivity led to a lower back ache already, so I've been focused on the back and core muscles and overall spine health. Recently, many of my coworkers have complained of back pain and needing surgery... I don't want to end up like that or with a reduced quality of life.  I scheduled core-focused and overall body workouts (at home workouts with Fitness Blender) for the next 4 weeks. So excited! I am interested in doing a group activity class here and there, but may make more sense to get into that after the 4 weeks before adding in more athletic activity. Don't want to injure myself!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on March 18, 2018, 05:39:07 PM
Thanks Jooni and g-dog
Now, on the advice of my trusted neighbour and long time vegetarian, I purchased a pea protein based protein powder from Costco.  This neighbour doesnít eat any sugar, honest, no treats....and she swears this stuff is amazing....
Sucker
I got to gag down my lunch, a fruit smoothie with peas...ugg.  It was so sweet!  And nasty.  I got it down and I will use it all because I am stubborn.  So I confronted said neighbour and she said she hated it at first but now she is used to it.  She could have warned me.
In Canada we donít get all the interesting food that I see mentioned on American blogs...but if I see pea milk I just donít know. 
I am ten hours into this...pretty brave. 
Did I mention there is remaining cheesecake in the fridge?  And whipping cream?   Thankfully hubby said he would bite the bullet on this one and eat it up.  He is a dear.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: G-dog on March 18, 2018, 05:43:58 PM
The pea milk brand name is Ripple.

Nice of Hubs to make the sacrifice for you ;)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on March 18, 2018, 05:47:33 PM
Day 5: not a stellar day. Time to stop celebrating the initial baby steps, and start building a few more baby steps.

I'm going to need to differentiate between hunger because my body is used to a steady stream of too many calories, and hunger because my TDEE isn't being met.

I fear this hunger. Which is odd, because I also kind of enjoy hunger. Must figure out.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on March 19, 2018, 06:42:32 AM
Adjusting to a lower appetite level in the mornings. Dropping bacon from my breakfast most days and just having eggs. Not wanting bacon all the time is good, means I can enjoy the one belly that we get when buying a whole pig, but if I really want a breakfast meat Iíll make a batch of sausage which I can easily make from rabbit. I find sausage more filling than bacon as well, and easier for me to moderate with.

On more of a psychological health note, thereís a strong current of folks on the forum that like to separate alcohol, coffee, tea, etc from their grocery budget. Iíve considered doing this but Iíve decided Iím definitely not. I donít think it would change my purchasing or consumption patterns, it would just make me feel bad about how much money we spend on beverages.

Wishing I knew a way beyond modeling my own efforts at healthy eating and exercise to encourage my wife to get back into exercising and eating better. Work stress just really runs her down.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 19, 2018, 06:47:39 AM
My kid recently added bacon to his list of foods he can't stomach. (That makes it oatmeal and bacon.) Man, he and I diverge on this point, lol!

For my first time, I made baked egg things (eggs, meat bits, any veggies, salt, pepper) and he chose sausage (also new to us) for the meat part.

I donít think it would change my purchasing or consumption patterns, it would just make me feel bad about how much money we spend on beverages.

I love this awareness.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on March 19, 2018, 09:00:55 AM
@Bendigirl - I have had to drop dairy too for similar reasons several years ago. I actually didn't believe it would work but my nasal allergies and wheezing cleared up. It's very difficult to avoid, especially eating away from home. Everything seems to have cheese. I found that I can tolerate goat and sheep cheese but not cow. Expensive but it allows some cheese.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 19, 2018, 09:39:08 AM
I'm going to need to differentiate between hunger because my body is used to a steady stream of too many calories, and hunger because my TDEE isn't being met.


That's an excellent point. My biggest frustration is that, since I decided to start making healthier choices, I am literally always hungry. I think I do OK at realizing I want to eat for reasons other than hunger, but still am not sure whether I can trust the growling stomach/shakiness/spaciness.


Wishing I knew a way beyond modeling my own efforts at healthy eating and exercise to encourage my wife to get back into exercising and eating better. Work stress just really runs her down.

Boyfriend is the same way. His job sucks and he copes by eating and making art (while I support the latter wholeheartedly as it's good for his mental health, it doesn't have physical benefits!) The only thing I've found to work is to not keep junk food, or foods that he cannot control himself around, in the house. If it's not there, he can't eat it - and I should note, this is at his request that I do this, not me locking up the forbidden fruit as punishment or something.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on March 19, 2018, 02:04:17 PM
Thanks Mongoose and G-dog (again)....appreciate the comments!
Having lived through and excelled the gluten elimination most of the food I eat does not come from a package....basically meat and veggies/fruit.  I guess I am now paleo, whereas before I was paleo with benefits (dairy).  I rarely eat out...I am the boring salad lady.  Besides the wheat and gluten I have eliminated grains for the most part.

Now into hour 30....and honestly, itís not hell.  Even the coconut coffee creamer was ok but more milky than creamy.  Just finished another gag-worthy lunch of vanilla flavoured peas mixed with strawberries and almond milk.  Still seems super sweet, but after a few mouthfuls itís ok.  I had about a tablespoon left and, rather than enjoy it all for myself, I thought I could make a YouTube star out of my lab by giving it to her...hoping to see a fabulous frown face from her, but alas she is no star.  Lapped that nastiness up like it was her last meal.  Traitor.

 I need to write down how I feel so I can look back to see if this is helping.  I know, one day likely wonít make a difference...but honestly the throat feels less mucousy, breathing is slightly better but still need inhaler to get to the gym, and I am not bloated.  All in my head?  Wishful thinking?  Maybe.

Told my woes to my gym buddy today.  She looked horrified when I said that dairy was out.  She is so happy to not have allergies and sensitivities.  Having lived with lifelong allergies (peanuts from youth, along with animals...even beloved, but not a star, lab) I have never know a life without them.  What fun it would be to just eat something without asking questions....cuz sometimes I hate being ďthatĒperson.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on March 19, 2018, 05:57:29 PM
@Bendigirl, my sympathies. I'm dairy free by bodily instance, and not personal choice. It's a bummer.

I'm going to need to differentiate between hunger because my body is used to a steady stream of too many calories, and hunger because my TDEE isn't being met.

That's an excellent point. My biggest frustration is that, since I decided to start making healthier choices, I am literally always hungry. I think I do OK at realizing I want to eat for reasons other than hunger, but still am not sure whether I can trust the growling stomach/shakiness/spaciness.

Yeah, being hungry just really sucks. But it seems like shaky/spacey is true hunger? Or, at the very minimum true lack of glucose in the bloodstream. I've found tapering calories down pretty slowly works better for me. It's irritating, because tapering is slower than the crash stop n' instant results we all prefer. But it's maybe more sustainable in the long run?

Day 6: overall still not eating in a manner that will support weight loss, but I made incrementally better choices in both nutrition and exercise today. So, a win.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on March 19, 2018, 07:25:30 PM
@Bendigirl is it the leanfit complete green? If so, I find that paradoxically, adding things to it makes it worse. On its own it is a vile sludge that I can get down. Mixed with anything but green tea and I'm dying. Someone else suggested a squeeze of lemon, but that seems wrong.

I strongly suspect that after this dairy free month, I have to choose between dairy and ease of breathing. I will confirm with a 2 day dairy spree in the near future.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on March 19, 2018, 08:50:42 PM
Thanks Sailor Sam (I hear ďBand on the RunĒ every time I read your name)
ElleFiji...the one I bought is Vega Protein and Greens, which proudly boasts itís made from REAL plant protein...way better than the fake stuff...
I suppose if you add nothing to it you could get it down faster, less volume.  I am in awe though, if Costco sells it people must buy it....like on purpose.  Repeatedly.  Some pea farmer out there is laughing all the way to the bank.
Breathing matters...if I feel better itís easy to choose breathing over cheese.  Pretty sure. 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on March 20, 2018, 02:06:16 PM
As I headed into day three there was trouble afoot....first, my breathing got worse yesterday so I opted for the stronger inhaler...one I rarely use.  Things settled today somewhat.  Secondly, my allergies were crazy this morning.  Hate starting the day with a sneeze-a-thon.  Swallowed some antihistamine and went on with my day, a nice walk and a yoga class, and another walk.  During my yoga class I caught my mind wandering.  I did a lot of research yesterday and remember reading, more than once, that people who remove items from their diet often get worse before they get better...kind of like withdrawl symptoms.  Iíll take it.
My throat s still not perfect but so much better than it was a few days ago.  Right now my sinuses are perfect, but that may be the antihistamines.
I promised myself I would not make ďthe faceĒ when I had my pea shake for lunch.  I wanted to but did not.  I am sure that my husband appreciated my braveness.  I ate it, thought about the strawberry flavour...and got the whole thing down.  Followed by two spoonfuls of almond butter.  My little reward.

More research yesterday and now I think, just think, I might know my sensitivity.  Not lactose (always wondered why I still bloated with lactose free yogurt) but casein!  Interesting to read about the two forms of casein...a1 and A2.  Seems people tolerate the A2 way better than the very common A1.  Then I saw a commercial last night about A2 milk, a new product.  Some more googling today. 

For now I am hoping for good results.  I can handle no dairy.  Just like with removing wheat I know itís better to focus on what you can have and donít lament the things you canít have.  Substitutes rarely work and always disappoint. 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on March 20, 2018, 07:45:35 PM
Day 7: fire fighting day. The goddamn miraculous and life saving bunker gear is goddamn fucking heavy. I sucked down many lunch time pizza calories, and I do not regret it.

Thanks Sailor Sam (I hear ďBand on the RunĒ every time I read your name)
If only I could also be the jailer man. Wouldn't the world be different then. Oh yes, different indeed.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on March 21, 2018, 07:06:00 AM
We do gluten free as well Bendigirl as one kid has celiac. My dairy issues are definitely with casein. Goat and sheep are A2 so that is why I tolerate them. A2 cow milk hasn't made it to our area. Oh, and non-dairy creamer...which I personally loathe as a vile chemical mixture...isn't actually non-dairy in case that matters to anyone. It is made with casein (aka milk protein). Once I cut it, my lifelong allergies mostly disappeared. I recently found a coffee creamer that seems creamier, Better Half from Califa Farms. Of course, it could seem great because it can be found unsweetened and I haven't had real cream in years.

DH is sick. I'm starting to feel unwell and sucking on zinc. It is awful and makes me nauseous. If any kid gets sick, I will just quit and get sick. We don't need any more respiratory junk this year!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 21, 2018, 08:32:22 AM
ARGH. I packed my lunch last night but forgot to also throw a jar of overnight oats in there for breakfast. Arrived to work STARVING and shaky, at which point I noticed my missing oatmeal. Could not stomach my packed lunch as a breakfast food (spicy chili). No snacks in my desk, as I ate them all yesterday. Can't run out to grab an EIGHT DOLLAR organic smoothie from the place a few blocks away (which, very rarely, has been my backup if I forget breakfast) because I have therapy over my lunch hour today which requires a longer break than I'm officially allowed, so my butt needs to be in a chair for the rest of the workday.

I succumbed to the pop-tarts in the vending machine. Really beating myself up over this. Really angry with myself. But I knew I wasn't going to be able to function at my job with no food, and I was so hungry.

I have considered keeping more emergency food in my desk, but when I have emergency food, I typically end up eating it when I eat my lunch and am still hungry (which happens most days), so that it's not there when I accidentally forget breakfast or something.

In exercise news, I have no idea what I did to my lower back, but it's been extremely painful since Monday. I worked out Sunday night but I don't feel like I did anything that would strain my back. I did, however, do a lot of yard work and dirt-shoveling on Sunday. Maybe it was the combination of both? This sucks. My lower back pretty much hurts all the time but this is a sharp "ouch" rather than the usual dull soreness and stiffness. I told my trainer about it and he said I should skip tonight's workout if it still hurts. Sigh.

Is it EVER going to get warm enough to go for walks outside again?? I keep telling myself: we're not getting nor'easters. This could be so much worse. My work has NYC and Boston offices and they're constantly getting hammered with 12-inch-plus storms - I think they've had 4 such storms this month already. Still, I am ready for my face to not hurt when I step outside.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on March 21, 2018, 08:36:46 AM
I walked to a meeting last night and it was so cold my eyes were watering with the wind shear between my face and my glasses.  It was not nice even though the sun was still up.  I could not face walking home so I got a lift with my dear hubs.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: bucketsofrain on March 21, 2018, 09:01:50 AM
Joining you all! I just visited my grandparents who have to make significant diet changes due to health issues and I don't want to have a rude awakening when I'm older and it's harder to make those changes. My BF has also expressed a desire to be healthier. My main problem is that I eat WAY too many carbs (I love carbs). I would like to eat more vegetables and whole grains in place of white flour. I'm also currently a little put off from meat so I'll be playing that by ear.

For lunch today I sauteed up two zucchini, and they were delicious. So I've already got a good amount of vegetables in me! I have ingredients for a bibb lettuce, cilantro, and avocado salad tonight.

BF and I have opposite work schedules and he will be in bed when I get home from work tonight. I've asked him to go through a vegetable-heavy cookbook I have and to post it whatever he would eat. Then I will pick a few things so we can grocery plan for the week.

Confession: I do NO exercise. I walk the 1.5 miles to work and am on my feet all day, but don't do any regimented exercise that gets my heart rate up. I would like to start increasing my movement. I know me and the best things to do are things I can do in my house (having to go out is a huge motivation barrier for me). While I was contemplating this, I did 25 jumping jacks :).
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on March 21, 2018, 03:54:57 PM
Mongoose....oh, if my allergies go away I will be so thrilled!  I know the animal, gluten and peanut allergies will always be...but the seasonal ones...oh, my.  Fingers crossed.
Coffee cream is something thatís tough.  I love cream in coffee and the coconut stuff isnít cutting it (I guess I should read the ingredients...boo).  I do have some sweet and condensed coconut milk so I can have my beloved Vietnamese iced coffee in the summer.
Day four:  lungs less congested but feels like I have a chest cold (the lungs feel coated) and I have been having those lung clearing coughs....interesting.  I am drinking scads of water as the coughing and heaviness tells me I need water.
I did use my ventolin inhaler today before the gym and still feel good...even after sweeping the road and throwing snow from the front lawn onto the road to melt.  This is good.
My nasal passages are clear.  No allergy pills today! 
My pea shake was kind of tolerable today, still sweet but ok.  Need to get some alternate meals for lunch though. 
Made some date sweetened one bite brownies (vegan) for dessert.  They are yummy and kind of guilt free...really.  My house smells Devine right now..chocolate is the best.

Need to go back outside and take advantage of the warm day.  More snow throwing!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on March 21, 2018, 05:01:20 PM
I'm cold and tired and starving today. Can't overeat because we are nearly out of groceries. That's right...the grocery fairy hasn't been by lately (an alternative explanation is that I have been too busy to stop at the store for a long time and it's an hour drive so running there right quick isn't going to happen either). We have a bit of frozen meat and a few pantry essentials left. And a stock of gluten-free flours. I almost wish there was takeout nearby but our only option is gas station pizza. So DH is bringing home some essentials so we can have breakfast for dinner...eggs for adults and pancakes for the littles. Bonus: we will have enough leftover pancakes for their dinner tomorrow too! I absolutely must get to the store tomorrow to restock or we will be out of luck over the weekend.

I'm going to cut way back on running until it warms up and we have less on our plates. It'll mean not doing an extra half-marathon this year but I'm feeling overscheduled and this is the easiest thing for me to drop. It's much easier to fit in a quick 1-3 miles than to plan for the weekly long runs necessary to properly train for distance.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on March 21, 2018, 06:09:03 PM
Skipping my planned walk because Iím reviving chilled baby rabbits against my stomach. Have never succeeded at this before but most of them are moving, so itís a good sign. Just not sure if the mom will care for them if they do make it. Thankfully I have a potential foster mom in labor as I type.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 21, 2018, 06:31:49 PM
Walked a 45 minute circuit through trees and roadways to get all errands done. The new location is fantastic for this!

Kept to eating plan.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on March 21, 2018, 06:58:37 PM
I went to the doctor today...AND asked for help with a non emergent issue
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on March 21, 2018, 07:14:07 PM
Ate when hungry today. Did some exercise. Victory is mine.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on March 21, 2018, 07:50:43 PM
Did a walk today and got some social time.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on March 21, 2018, 08:00:18 PM
ARGH. I packed my lunch last night but forgot to also throw a jar of overnight oats in there for breakfast. Arrived to work STARVING and shaky, at which point I noticed my missing oatmeal. Could not stomach my packed lunch as a breakfast food (spicy chili). No snacks in my desk, as I ate them all yesterday. Can't run out to grab an EIGHT DOLLAR organic smoothie from the place a few blocks away (which, very rarely, has been my backup if I forget breakfast) because I have therapy over my lunch hour today which requires a longer break than I'm officially allowed, so my butt needs to be in a chair for the rest of the workday.

I succumbed to the pop-tarts in the vending machine. Really beating myself up over this. Really angry with myself. But I knew I wasn't going to be able to function at my job with no food, and I was so hungry.

I have considered keeping more emergency food in my desk, but when I have emergency food, I typically end up eating it when I eat my lunch and am still hungry (which happens most days), so that it's not there when I accidentally forget breakfast or something.

In exercise news, I have no idea what I did to my lower back, but it's been extremely painful since Monday. I worked out Sunday night but I don't feel like I did anything that would strain my back. I did, however, do a lot of yard work and dirt-shoveling on Sunday. Maybe it was the combination of both? This sucks. My lower back pretty much hurts all the time but this is a sharp "ouch" rather than the usual dull soreness and stiffness. I told my trainer about it and he said I should skip tonight's workout if it still hurts. Sigh.

Is it EVER going to get warm enough to go for walks outside again?? I keep telling myself: we're not getting nor'easters. This could be so much worse. My work has NYC and Boston offices and they're constantly getting hammered with 12-inch-plus storms - I think they've had 4 such storms this month already. Still, I am ready for my face to not hurt when I step outside.

Bummer about your back. I've got some chronic lower back things, and I can definitely tell you they suck. Best avoided. Skipping the workout was the better part of valor.

Sounds like you get shaky with hunger pretty frequently? Not sure if you're looking at advice, but have you tried adding more protein or fat into your macro balance? Adding those things usually saves me from the shakes. YMMV of course.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 22, 2018, 08:25:06 AM
My trainer suggested that if I wanted some physical activity that wouldn't tax my back, I should try climbing the stairs at work for a while. I did that yesterday, and will do again today, as that felt like I was at least doing something. My back is feeling a little bit better today, too.

I have trouble with portion control around fats - for a while I was adding healthy fats to my diet in hopes that I'd be less hungry. That coincided with me packing on 15 lbs like nothing over the summer, and I didn't notice that I was less hungry at all. I imagine it was a portion control issue, as I cannot hold myself to the 10-almonds or 2-Tbsp peanut butter (for example) portion size when I'm starving. Best to not even keep nuts, nut butters, that sort of thing in the house, for me.

I do really struggle with getting enough protein. I don't eat meat and I'm finding I have to limit beans and tofu lately due to Unpleasant Digestive Consequences. I am working on eating more eggs but I don't really like them so that's been a struggle to choke down. Everyone always suggests Greek yogurt but I find it absolutely vile and stopped trying to choke that down a while ago. I'll use it in recipes in place of sour cream but otherwise, UGH, so sour and thick.

Honestly? I was really surprised that, after inhaling the two-pack of poptarts that I got out of the vending machine, I wasn't shaky and made it to an hour before lunch before my stomach was growling again. That's the opposite of how this stuff is supposed to work. White flour and sugar are supposed to make you crash and feel hungrier. WtF, body?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 22, 2018, 08:34:48 AM
Tris, I have the same result if adding fat to an otherwise low protein, high starch diet. For me, the high fat thing works only if it's part of a high protein, lower starch program. When I do the latter, I have no hunger, can eat unlimited quantities of all food types, etc.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on March 22, 2018, 09:27:43 AM
-Went to gym 4times in the last week, small stints (30-40 minutes) but still it feels good.

-Visited a hydrotherapy spa (no charge due to a work arrangement I have with them)--so spent a few hours in sauna & steamroom bliss.

-Scrubbed my kitchen floor by hand

-Brought in bring a huge vase of pussywillows to make it feel like spring inside (even though it's supposed to snow again tomorrow!)

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: jane x on March 22, 2018, 10:43:42 AM
Have been really tempted to eat lots of carbs lately.  Part of it is that my weight is holding steady, so no weight loss to motivate me.  Also, I'm mentally exhausted from the trying to figure out what upsets my stomach thing.  I compromised by buying some Atkins candy bars for a treat when the willpower is buckling.  They taste just like the real thing and trick the brain too but don't cause the dreaded cravings. 

I've been focusing on the non-weight aspects that this eating plan is providing me to keep myself on track (although it's hard sometimes): my bad knee never hurts anymore, my plantar fasciitis pain is gone, I don't look bloated (especially my face), my skin looks good, my energy level is much better, etc... 

@Bendigirl - I've had to give up dairy too as I have an allergy and I've been really surprised at how much I like soymilk in my coffee and tea.  I tried coconut milk and it was too oily, almond milk was too watery, and as a last resort I tried soy.  I don't eat sugar so everything I've tried is unsweetened, and the organic soy is the closest thing I've found to dairy cream.  I've read that some Asian stores sell fresh soymilk and I've thought about seeking that out, but for now the store-bought stuff is pretty good.  Eventually I hope to try making some dessert stuff with it.

@Tris Prior - We recently discovered the Kirkland brand protein bars and dh and I have both been impressed with how filling they are.  They are quite dense and chewy so you're mouth gets a workout!  And they are low-carb so don't cause any cravings.

ETA - does anyone else get exhausted from decision-making fatigue?  We're remodeling our kitchen and doing some other sprucing up stuff around the house and I find myself just exhausted at all the choices and decision-making that this entails.  First world problems for sure, but exhausting all the same. 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 22, 2018, 11:04:35 AM
Thanks, jane! I will try those. I've been avoiding protein bars because of the sugar - since you're off sugar I assume these don't have any?

And yes, I totally get decision fatigue. And it's way harder for me to control my eating when I have decision fatigue, since healthy eating requires so much planning and thought for me. So much easier to just call in a pizza or some thai takeout.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 22, 2018, 11:15:39 AM
ETA - does anyone else get exhausted from decision-making fatigue?

YES!!!!

It's why I have no table or chairs currently, etc. There are only so many decisions I can make in a day or week. Mustachianism demands so many -more than I can actually do so I regularly "quit while I'm ahead."
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on March 22, 2018, 01:34:46 PM
Jane x, Iíll give the soy milk a go, thanks.....question for,you.  I saw that you mentioned the Kirkland protein bars (very similar to the quest bars I love)..but they are whey based.  Do you have a problem with this or is whey ok with your milk allergy?  If casein is my issue the bars should be ok.  I took a case of quest bars with me to Vietnam, just in case...but didnít eat even one.

I think this is day six.  Well, I have a cold.  SOB!  How am I supposed to follow my progress when I am stuffed up with a cold...grrr.  No symptom check up today
Despite feeling chesty and stuffy, I went to yoga (no, I wasnít coughing so I think itís ok) and will be walking soon. 

Whoops, walk time...
Pea protein was tolerable today!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on March 22, 2018, 04:01:40 PM
Add me to team decision making fatigue!

I am bummed about one thing that happened today, and happy about another.

Bummer:  I totally blew it on my workout this morning.  I had intended to try to hit my 3 miles in 30 minutes goal, but then I pushed up the speed too fast (went up to 6.5 mph in 2.5 minutes to try to make up for the fact that I started at 5.5) and got my heart rate too high, and even though I slowed it back down I still couldn't get my heart rate into a reasonable range, so I stopped running and walked a bit after 1.9 miles running.  But my heart rate still was stuck in the 140s so I ended up walking 4 minutes rather than my usual 1-2 minute recovery time. I did finish off running, but it took me longer to cover 3 miles than it did yesterday when I did 2:3 intervals and had excellent heart rate recovery times.   Blah.  Oh well, at least I got my butt in the gym.  I think I need to do some 1 mile runs at a flat 6.0 mph pace, with 1-2 minute recovery walks between, then work up to 1.5 miles at that pace, and then finally a straight 6.0 paced 3 mile run.  But I find that so darn boring -- usually starting slower then picking up the pace for awhile and then dropping back down to recover and building up again keeps me more interested/motivated. 

Good stuff:  Friend from grad school I have been trying to get together with had a cancelled meeting -- suggested going out for lunch but I remembered I had food in the fridge I am trying to use up so suggested she come to my place instead.  It was great.  She loved my noodles and we had an excellent catch up chat.  Seeing good friends is indeed good for the soul!  Must do it more often.....
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: bucketsofrain on March 22, 2018, 05:42:04 PM
In an effort to eat more vegetables, I had a whole avocado and two beets today (besides that, I've had water, rice with herbs, and a cup of tea. Not sure if I'll have more before bed).

I started prepping some more vegetables for future consumption -- red cabbage and jalapeno sauerkraut. Not much moving around today. Really hoping I have more inspiration when spring hits!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 22, 2018, 06:06:23 PM
In an effort to eat more vegetables, I had a whole avocado and two beets today...

Nice :))))   Also delicious sounding. I think I will add avocado to my dinner tonight. I bought a batch of frozen avo chunks, in hopes of avoiding the issues of fresh.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: bucketsofrain on March 22, 2018, 06:48:01 PM
In an effort to eat more vegetables, I had a whole avocado and two beets today...

Nice :))))   Also delicious sounding. I think I will add avocado to my dinner tonight. I bought a batch of frozen avo chunks, in hopes of avoiding the issues of fresh.

That sounds great, jooni! When I was visiting my grandparents, someone got them three avocados, not knowing they'd never dream of eating them, so I got to take them home :). A win for me!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 22, 2018, 07:40:48 PM
Does avocado freeze/thaw well? Do report back! I would eat far more of them if not for that seemingly 15-minute window you get between "hard as a rock" and "oops, waited too long, now it's brown mush."
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 22, 2018, 07:49:00 PM
Does avocado freeze/thaw well? Do report back! I would eat far more of them if not for that seemingly 15-minute window you get between "hard as a rock" and "oops, waited too long, now it's brown mush."

lol, EXACTLY!!! I buy them in nets of 5, so find myself eating 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-FIVE! Will let you know how the thawed version goes :)   I think they mean they more for smoothies, but I'm going to try them whole.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on March 22, 2018, 07:51:06 PM
Day, um, something. No wins today. I will try again tomorrow.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 22, 2018, 08:06:40 PM
Day, um, something. No wins today. I will try again tomorrow.

You stayed alive?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on March 22, 2018, 08:09:11 PM
Day, um, something. No wins today. I will try again tomorrow.

You stayed alive?

Yes. Quite alive.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 22, 2018, 08:19:54 PM
Yes. Quite alive.

Excellent work, Sailor Sam! Not everybody did this today. You win!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on March 22, 2018, 09:04:46 PM
Day, um, something. No wins today. I will try again tomorrow.
Did you eat a nourishing food and drink some hydrating water?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on March 22, 2018, 09:06:43 PM
Yes. Quite alive.

Excellent work, Sailor Sam! Not everybody did this today. You win!

Good point!

Day, um, something. No wins today. I will try again tomorrow.
Did you eat a nourishing food and drink some hydrating water?

Lotsa water, yes. Nourishing might come down to an opinion on fat vs low fat. ;)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 22, 2018, 09:56:36 PM
Dude, I just made up an 18 minute song in which (by the time I reached the end I'd forgotten that) you and me staying alive today featuring strongly at the opening. Nice.

So, NOW, not only did you
(1) stay alive and
(2) drink water,
you also
(3) inspired my third song-writing go in my whole life!

Look at you go!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on March 22, 2018, 10:12:25 PM
Dude, I just made up an 18 minute song in which (by the time I reached the end I'd forgotten that) you and me staying alive today featuring strongly at the opening. Nice.

So, NOW, not only did you
(1) stay alive and
(2) drink water,
you also
(3) inspired my third song-writing go in my whole life!

Look at you go!

this is all fantastic :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: jane x on March 23, 2018, 11:19:20 AM
@Tris Prior - the sugar in the protein bars is one of the artificial ones and doesn't cause any cravings or elevated insulin.  If you're avoiding artificial sweeteners, then you would want to avoid them. 

@Bendigirl - you know, initially I bought the bars for DH and I assumed the whey protein would be a problem, based on some cursory googling of dairy allergy. But I tried one of them and I was fine.  Since then, I've had about one per day (for about 2-3 weeks) and I haven't had any reaction.  That said, I was fine eating cheese everyday for a while too.  Until I wasn't.  Then I started breaking out in hives every time I ate dairy, even in small amounts. I figure my body will let me know if they are problematic and I'll give them up if that's the case.  I haven't done a lot of research into dairy allergy so I don't know much about it.  I'd be interested in what you've learned about it. 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 23, 2018, 11:34:39 AM
Does avocado freeze/thaw well? Do report back!

Reporting!

I set some out to thaw in the fridge overnight. They were still 1/3 frozen when I tasted one as is, and I didn't like it -mealy. But then I dumped a bunch in with my breakfast (essentially beef stew topped with leafy greens) and they were a fabulous addition! So plain, no. Added to anything, YES!!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: jane x on March 23, 2018, 11:45:50 AM
"No greater gift exists than a life of unrestrained love and joy."  Christine Ann Lawson

I've been thinking about this quote for a couple of days.  It's such a big goal, but so small and achievable too.  Do I treat myself with unrestrained love?  How about those around me, those I love?  I think joy is a result, not an action.  But I think it would flow naturally from the expression of unrestrained love.  And that part is very doable.  Yesterday I started telling all my beloved creatures (human and nonhuman) that I love them at least once a day.  And I did it mindfully, really making an effort to connect with each one as I said it.  And I can attest that it did indeed result in lovely doses of joy each time.  A deep and gentle kind of joy. 

And then I had an insight.  Last weekend I was proud of myself for being very productive and felt a real sense of accomplishment.  I even posted on here about it because it was a serious of healthy choices executed over the course of two days, even when I was tired.  After I posted I felt kind of ridiculous and I deleted the post.  The thought that went through my mind was, "What am I doing?  Am I looking for applause just for living my life?"  And I thought that was foolish, to want approval just for doing the everyday tasks of living a normal healthy life. 

But afterwards I felt a bit depressed for a few days.  Kind of let down and sad.

Last night it dawned on me:  Yes!  I do deserve applause for living a normal healthy life!  YES!  After what I've been through, the challenges I've overcome, I damned well deserve a standing ovation.  Even if that standing ovation is just from me.  I deserve that.  I've earned it.  And it's something to be celebrated.  Every day.

Anyway, I just wanted to post this on here because it's about healthy choices.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 23, 2018, 11:54:12 AM
YES!  After what I've been through, the challenges I've overcome, I damned well deserve a standing ovation.  Even if that standing ovation is just from me.  I deserve that.  I've earned it.  And I should be proud of it, not embarrassed.  It's something to be celebrated.

HELL YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

::also, insert so much applause here::
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: jane x on March 23, 2018, 12:00:41 PM
YES!  After what I've been through, the challenges I've overcome, I damned well deserve a standing ovation.  Even if that standing ovation is just from me.  I deserve that.  I've earned it.  And I should be proud of it, not embarrassed.  It's something to be celebrated.

HELL YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

::also, insert so much applause here::

You are the sweetest thing!  Thank you.  And thank you for the applause, it does warm my heart.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on March 23, 2018, 12:03:52 PM
Yes, indeedy -- hearty cheerleading and affirmation from lhamoland for you, jane x!

Much of the world these days is so relentlessly negative and depressing.  I think we should feel damn proud and happy that we've managed to secure a little corner of the interwebs to celebrate the healthy and happy!

And yes, I know I use too many exclamation points!!!!!

Kind of meh on my own health stuff today.  Ate honey nut cheerios for breakfast, as I was trying to use up some milk before it goes bad, but then could NOT face running at the gym this morning (probably because the sugar hit wore off right about the time I stepped on the treadmill).  I did incline walking instead, which actually burns more calories and gets my butt in shape.  But no closer to my 3 miles in 30 minutes goal. There's always next week, I guess.  And I did move my body!  Which is good, because it is pouring rain and the only movement my body is going to get the rest of the day is typing here and walking over to the couch eventually for a nap....
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on March 23, 2018, 12:09:35 PM
YES!  After what I've been through, the challenges I've overcome, I damned well deserve a standing ovation.  Even if that standing ovation is just from me.  I deserve that.  I've earned it.  And I should be proud of it, not embarrassed.  It's something to be celebrated.

HELL YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

::also, insert so much applause here::
I second that and ::insert applause here::  The very enthusiastic cupped hand type.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on March 23, 2018, 01:26:25 PM
Wonderful hike with our homeschool group today. Havenít gotten much activity beyond chores this week but took a quick bike ride yesterday and now a hike today. Definitely want to go back to this place again either by myself or just with my family where we can hike it faster and longer distance than you can in a big group with lots of young kids.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on March 23, 2018, 03:37:59 PM
Thanks Jane x for the protein bar clarification.  I am hoping that I can eat some whey also, will experiment when my month is up.
And you do deserve a standing ovation!  We all do!  I get so frustrated with my own body, I do everything right but my genetics just mess with me always.  When I look back and see what I have survived I am so grateful I fought the fight!

Itís pretty darn hard telling if you are less mucousy when you have a cold.  I have no idea if this dairy free is working for me or not, but am hoping when the cold clears I will be super clear. 
Day six, doing good, minus the cold part of it.  Did go to the gym and did a super lazy bike ride (cleaning the machine well when I was done) and some abs.  Nice long walk with neighbour also. No pea drink today, thank goodness for leftovers.  Really not missing the dairy, even when sweet husband crunches on cheese and crackers.  Went to the health food store today but they had no interesting coffee cream subs...man that store is expensive!   Thank goodness Superstore has a ďHeath foodĒ aisle.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on March 23, 2018, 06:00:47 PM
Standing ovations all around!
I enjoy hearing everyones updates--small or large, it is lovely to celebrate--and it can't always be big maneuvers, sometimes it is just putting yourself in the mindset of healthy choices that will lead to more in the future.

Today--I went skiing by myself (there was a huge amount of snowfall last night). Enjoyed a couple hours on the mountain solo (normally I wait to go with people) but I only wanted to go for a few hours before work, and it was perfect.

My SO is returning home after being away for three weeks, so I went and bought his favorite beer, cheese & baguette. Ha. Not my usual shopping but he will be pleased and it will feel like a proper Friday eve :)
I am also going to cook up brussel sprouts & a coconut miso noodle soup. It's snowing out so feels right to set a cozy feel inside.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 23, 2018, 08:31:34 PM
Was getting very hungry in the real world, nothing out there matching my current eating plan. Hung in, got home, threw three ingredients into a pot (frozen cod, ghee, salsa). Delish!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 23, 2018, 10:28:55 PM
Sent my kid to bed at...bedtime! He's been pushing the limits the last several days -playing til the last minute then suddenly needing to prepare food, eat, chat at length- then wired and awake til super late, with me up and frustrated as a result. Tonight, the jig was up! You don't bother doing stuff before bedtime? It's still bedtime, see ya tomorrow. Mama wants to do some baking, enjoy in peace, and go to sleep!

Made pretty much this: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-vegan-strawberry-crumble/  (Skipped the two sugars, used the rest of my frozen cranberries + mixed sweeter berries, ghee vs CO, skipped the whole-almonds step, etc.) SO GREAT!! Mama really needed to make a dish she got to enjoy all of :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on March 24, 2018, 07:24:54 AM
Had another night where my drinking got away from me. I have a really high tolerance, so hard liquor tends to really sneak up on me. Iíll have ďjust one moreĒ and then all of sudden I am wrecked.

I think Iím ready to finally say I need to cut hard liquor out of my life. Iíve said it before, but maybe this time Iíll stick to it.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 24, 2018, 09:39:20 AM
Oof. Arrived at friend's party last night, ravenous. Had to go straight from work so no time to stop home and eat. The only food there was chips, pretzels, and cookies. Now I feel like crap. I was too hungry not to succumb, and had thought there would be some sort of main dish served as was the case at her other parties.

Instead of cake, the birthday girl had a huge pile of macarons. She handed me one, I bit into it - and, YUCK. Oh my god, SO sweet. I tried to fob it off onto my sugar-monster Boyfriend when she wasn't looking, and even HE thought it was too sweet and refused mine. So I guess my cutting sugar is having at least some effect on my palate?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 24, 2018, 09:41:54 AM
joon, that crumble looks SO good! I have a ton of strawberries in my freezer.

Does anyone have a good source for inexpensive almond flour? I see a lot of healthy baking recipes that call for it, but the cheapest I've seen here is $9.99 for what I thought was a fairly small bag.

I wonder if it would work with oat flour?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on March 24, 2018, 11:01:06 AM
joon, that crumble looks SO good! I have a ton of strawberries in my freezer.

Does anyone have a good source for inexpensive almond flour? I see a lot of healthy baking recipes that call for it, but the cheapest I've seen here is $9.99 for what I thought was a fairly small bag.

I wonder if it would work with oat flour?

Costco or Samís. I use almond flour quite a bit (fathead pizza). At Costco it is about $3.50/lb for a 3lb bag, I believe Samís is similar in price.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on March 24, 2018, 12:09:52 PM
Harbinger...good luck with the alcohol.  Although I never drank much...maybe once a year, after my bout with acute pancreatitis I was warned to never, ever have alcohol again.  Think about a happy pancreas!
Almond flour...ugg, in Canada we pay $17.99 for 1.36 kg (about three pounds) at Costco.  Itís the only flour I use as I donít do grains.
Well, feeling pretty darn sorry for myself today.  I was hoping the cold would be backing off by now, but no.  I have Kleenex stuffed in all my pockets...didnít last long at the gym, a quick walk on the treadmill.  Bummer.
Drinking lots of water!
Some thoughts....recently, in the mornings mostly and before I stopped dairy, my eyes would feel unfocused and puffy on the inside...hard to explain.  Yesterday I realized that the feeling had gone away.  Cool...dairy related or not I will take it!  Another thing.  I developed a strange rash, or discolouration on my hip a few years ago.  Worried, I went to the doc but she didnít know what it was (not cancer) and said she would biopsy it if it got inflamed.  Itís not itchy or anything...just odd.  Reacts to hot water by getting very red.  I noticed a few days ago that it seemed to be fading.  Maybe itís all in my head but wouldnít that be nice if dairy was causing the rash.
Really hoping this cold goes away soon and see if this dairy free experiment is helping.

Making some vegan, gluten free mango cupcakes today...with coconut whip cream!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 24, 2018, 12:21:17 PM
Made pretty much this: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-vegan-strawberry-crumble/  (Skipped the two sugars, used the rest of my frozen cranberries + mixed sweeter berries, ghee vs CO, skipped the whole-almonds step, etc.) SO GREAT!! Mama really needed to make a dish she got to enjoy all of :)

Recording what I actually did, so I can make in my simpler way again. I think the cranberries are really nice, because they have a tartness like rhubarb and rhubarb baking is always a favourite flavour for me.

In a Pyrex mixing bowl:
*2 cups any berries (cranberries, cherries, blueberries, etc) or other fruit (peaches, etc)
*1 tbsp arrowroot powder + dash of lemonjuice
*stir all to coat berries
*put in fridge

In a second bowl, drop all in then mix loosely with hands to crumbly texture:
*3/4 cup almond flour
*1/4 cup ghee
*1/4 cup shredded coconut
*1/2 tsp (ish) pure vanilla extract
*1/2 tsp (ish ground cinnamon
*salt

Sprinkle crumbliness on top of berries.
Bake at 375 for 30 mins.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 24, 2018, 02:13:10 PM
Whoa, that's much cheaper! I'll have to see who I know that has a membership to one or the other. With no car, and given the distance/non-public-transit-friendliness to Costco, a membership doesn't make sense for me.

I just googled and there are literally NO Sam's Clubs in the city of Chicago! Huh. I did not know that.

Today I forced myself to run errands on foot even though it's 34 degrees and windy out and the el stop is right there.

Harbinger, I too overindulged in wine last night, apparently. I had 2 glasses, which does not seem excessive to me, but as I've greatly reduced my intake, I guess it hits me harder now. I didn't feel that drunk, and today I'm not exactly hungover, but it definitely sapped my energy and my stomach isn't too happy.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on March 24, 2018, 05:22:00 PM
I exercised, short but sweet. And I ate vegetables.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: nessness on March 24, 2018, 05:53:40 PM
@Tris Prior do you have WinCo where you live? They have bulk almond flour for about $4/lb.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 24, 2018, 06:10:13 PM
@Tris Prior do you have WinCo where you live? They have bulk almond flour for about $4/lb.

We do not. That's a good idea, though - bulk bins. Didn't think of that. We have a couple of chains here  with bulk bins. I'll look into that!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on March 24, 2018, 06:30:47 PM
I went on a bike ride today for the first time in more than a year! Within 5 minutes my head was clear and I was feeling right with life. 😍 More tomorrow.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: chaskavitch on March 25, 2018, 07:02:50 AM
Thanks Jane x for the protein bar clarification.  I am hoping that I can eat some whey also, will experiment when my month is up.
And you do deserve a standing ovation!  We all do!  I get so frustrated with my own body, I do everything right but my genetics just mess with me always.  When I look back and see what I have survived I am so grateful I fought the fight!

Itís pretty darn hard telling if you are less mucousy when you have a cold.  I have no idea if this dairy free is working for me or not, but am hoping when the cold clears I will be super clear. 
Day six, doing good, minus the cold part of it.  Did go to the gym and did a super lazy bike ride (cleaning the machine well when I was done) and some abs.  Nice long walk with neighbour also. No pea drink today, thank goodness for leftovers.  Really not missing the dairy, even when sweet husband crunches on cheese and crackers.  Went to the health food store today but they had no interesting coffee cream subs...man that store is expensive!   Thank goodness Superstore has a ďHeath foodĒ aisle.

I've found that with whey-based protein, shakes especially, whey concentrate makes me feel horribly bloated and gassy, while whey isolate is much much easier on my system.  Whey isolate is lower in fat, lactose, and carbohydrates, but I'm assuming it is the lower lactose content that makes the difference.  According to "the internet", concentrate can have up to 55% lactose, while isolate has 1-2%.  Things with whey isolate are a little more expensive, but totally worth it to not feel terrible.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sun Hat on March 25, 2018, 08:02:35 AM
March started out on an emotional note, so I decided to put my focus on weight loss on hold and made a goal to just not gain weight this month, and so far so good. Taking a break from the self-imposed pressure has been great, and I feel quite refreshed.

I've been adding unflavoured plant-based protein powder (soy, hemp, oat and rice) to all sorts of things, and am delighted to report that it's completely tasteless, ie it doesn't have the sour tang of whey protein. I'm lazy when it comes to protein, so it's nice to be able to just mix some powder into whatever it is that I'm eating and call it a day.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on March 25, 2018, 11:25:52 AM
I went on a bike ride today for the first time in more than a year! Within 5 minutes my head was clear and I was feeling right with life. 😍 More tomorrow.

@madgeylou I definitely feel that bicycles are one the best human inventions ever
Joy inducing :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on March 25, 2018, 11:35:19 AM
Been on a bit of upswing/downswing/upswing recently

-started training for a half-marathon. I haven't been able to run in 7 years due to a back injury, which finally has resolved (6 years of chronic/intermittent pain has disappeared..it feels miraculous however, I need to keep myself in check as I aggravated a tendonitis by going to the gym daily).
I am an all-or-nothing kind of gal it seems

-foodwise I have been making home-cooked meals, mostly plant-based these days and it feels great but I still struggle with occasional throw-backs to mild binge-eating (coconut-icecream anyone?) Emotionally driven (plus any type of stress), I can see my patterns and glad to be growing in awareness at least.

-daily meditation is now key for me, I wake up with such a busy mind (an active dreamer..I will have three epics dream stories swirling around when I wake which isn't restful)

The change in seasons is feeling very good
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on March 25, 2018, 11:49:01 AM
7.5 mile walk today. I think thatís the longest Iíve walked in years. Not tired from it either, but my neck and upper back were sore.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on March 25, 2018, 12:01:04 PM
Yum....coconut ice cream...sadly now off limits.
I am a dreamer too!  As soon as my eyes close I am off on an adventure..so many dreams.  I sometimes have to ask my husband if something really happened or did I dream it.

Cold is subsiding, feel so much better today.  I am having no issues about cutting dairy.  In addition to cutting dairy I have increased my water intake and I truly think itís something I needed to do.
I love to research things, so I have delved into many long articles about the proteins in dairy ( pretty sure lactose, the sugar, is not a problem for me).  Itís very interesting.  When I am back to my healthy self I am hoping to use the information to pinpoint where my issues lie or if something else is the culprit.

The sun is shining bright, but itís cold outside and quite frankly I am tired of looking at snow.  I just want to play in the garden....but it will be at least another month.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on March 25, 2018, 01:19:53 PM
I went on a bike ride today for the first time in more than a year! Within 5 minutes my head was clear and I was feeling right with life. 😍 More tomorrow.

@madgeylou I definitely feel that bicycles are one the best human inventions ever
Joy inducing :)

Yes! I canít believe I ever forgot! But at least I remembered ☺️
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: imadandylion on March 25, 2018, 03:03:33 PM
Today is a good Sunday:
- Morning workout and foam rolling session
- Healthy light breakfast (avocado toast, lol)
- Walked to the farmer's market and back
- Got lots of fresh fruit and produce. And mushrooms :D
- At 11k steps so far, would like to take a later afternoon walk and get over 12k steps (daily goal).

I am looking forward to this upcoming week. As much as I enjoy working out at home for *free*, I am interested in learning kickboxing/boxing at a real studio/dedicated gym. Hate the idea of the monthly costs ($130ish) but I think it would be healthy to get outside the home and it seems like it would be a good hobby for me because I want to learn a new "skill" and maybe get into learning self-defense skills, too. Going to try three boxing gyms for free this week to make a decision - so excited!!  I think some of these gyms also have other equipment, so it's not like going to those single/focused studios like spin or yoga that can be just as expensive and offer nothing else. Also interested in regular yoga classes, too, so might try an introductory/newbie promotion and see if I like that more than doing it from a DVD at home.

I bought new shoes specifically for walking/cross-training so I won't wear out my running shoes. Hate the cost, too, but it's important to me to stop walking around the city in flats/unsupportive shoes.

Looking forward to planning some hikes this spring/summer. :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 25, 2018, 04:08:56 PM
I love reading everyone's healthy choices! So brightening.

My primary one today is: rest. Rest from activity, from socializing.
My secondary one is: prep. Preparing for a week of various and unusual activities, for an exam, etc.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on March 25, 2018, 05:20:29 PM
I bought hiking boots! So that I fall on my bum less this summer. And a hammock for about half the price I normally see them....so I can swing on my bum this summer!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on March 26, 2018, 05:54:30 AM
My healthy choice was to go outside away from kids who were cranky.  Even though the sun was shining there was some little black clouds over people's heads.  Too little sleep, too much socialization. So I went outside and cut away the long stems of plants from last summer and looked for signs of life.  Lenten rose are up, as are the narcissus - if you look really close.

Then I made supper for a neighbourhood family that we like and I wanted to do something nice for.  The mom once quipped that no one ever invites them to dinner (family of six, and very energetic gang, especially the youngest two boys).  Everything turned out super tasty and we had a good time.  I made a blueberry pavlova that the kids just adored.

I did not drink too much wine.  I did overeat ever so slightly. But at just about every turn I was surrounded by tasty foods.  And often that tasty food was made by friends, for me.  I was only uncomfortable on Saturday night, as opposed to being down right ill - and so my healthy choice was to successfully navigate a weekend of socializing and eating without waking up this Monday morning feeling bad.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on March 26, 2018, 03:46:41 PM
Day eight of dairy free.  Feeling close to normal after fighting a cold for five days, but realized at the gym that I am not completely myself yet.  Reduced my normal weights for legs and did fewer reps...but it got done.  Tomorrowís yoga is something I really am looking forward to.  Did a two mile walk at the gym and then another with my neighbour outside.
Still no idea if dairy is problematic for me, but I am doing this for a month so by then I should have answers one way or another.
Boy, constantly snacking on cheese and other dairy laden goodies has me losing weight.  This is not good, I am thin to start with.  Hello almond butter!
Lots of birds at the feeders these days so having a good time watching them and identifying them.  Thatís good for the soul.
Still drinking lots of water and itís time for another glass
Cheers
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 26, 2018, 07:22:35 PM
I got off the el two stops early and walked the rest of the way home, even though the weather was not very nice.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on March 26, 2018, 07:41:42 PM
I swammed!

I also paid for a year's worth of MyFitnessPal. Why the hell not?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: imadandylion on March 26, 2018, 07:55:39 PM
Brought my own homemade lunch even though they provide food at the monthly staff meeting because let's be honest... food at work (or free food provided nearly anywhere) always sucks.

I got 12,800+ steps today and was feeling extra fidgety and stressed after a long day of work, so I did an additional 45-minute workout after a 30-minute scheduled workout to "get" the endorphins.  It was fun because I discovered a kickboxing/MMA style workout playlist (by Hasfit on youtube) so I figured I might get started with learning a little bit even if it's cardio-kickboxing-ish before I show up to those beginner kickboxing classes this week. :) It's really effective at burning more calories per minute in general since you have to jump around and stabilize your whole body.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 26, 2018, 09:50:15 PM
Three good walks today, two through forest, two with steep hills. Really lovely.

Sang and sang.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sun Hat on March 27, 2018, 07:15:25 AM
@imadandylion Thanks for the tip re the Hasfit videos! I'm going to check them out.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on March 27, 2018, 08:59:24 AM
I needed all the food. So I ate it all, but only healthy foods. So even though I felt bloaty last night, I owed for about an hour this morning and felt good again. I think I was just hungry and actually did need that much food
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on March 27, 2018, 10:05:01 AM
-I've been tossing raw cauliflower *and its leaves too* into my smoothies--oddly, it doesn't add any flavour but thickens up the smoothie, cruciferous for the win!

-Started making plans for a multi-day hiking trip this spring with friends

-replanted some houseplants and will tend to them a bit more today/this makes a BIG difference in how I feel

-reading a book about exercise & the brain has helped me do small intervals of INTENSE cardio (think 1-2 min of running/jump rope--full out). Research has shown fantastic results for brain & mental health with these small hits. Low grade depression has lifted.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: alleykat on March 27, 2018, 10:22:03 AM
Continuing to right size my meals and just make the right choices most of the time.  Everyday is not a success but overall it is much better.  March is a trial month for me.  I am getting it. I have started mild exercise of various forms.  Just taking it easy in the beginning until my body and muscles get use to it and then will step up my game.

I am doing intermittent fasting and so far so good.  3 lbs lost.  I did expect to drop at least 5 with no effort in the beginning but at least it is going in the right direction.  And these 3 lbs are real so that is encouraging.  I think this is something I can stick too because I have not eliminated any types of food and that works for me.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 27, 2018, 12:00:04 PM
alleykat, talk to me about intermittent fasting, especially how you concentrate and get things done without eating? I tried that this weekend, as I have a really hard time concentrating at work when I'm ravenous, and ended up being way too shaky while running errands.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on March 27, 2018, 04:22:11 PM
Weekend road trip with the kids to YVR.   On Sunday, rented a tandem bike and did the loop around Stanley Park. The bike was a bit too big and the weather a bit too cold, but at least it only sprinkled a bit and we both had fun.

Yesterday I was wiped out from the trip/the early morning drive back (had to get the kids to school), and did nothing.

Today back to the gym.  Still off my groove with the running thing, but did manage to get to 2 miles in 21:50 before I bagged the running part.  Still hope to get to my 3 in 30:00 goal this week, but if not there is always April!   Still need to get new running shoes -- maybe tomorrow?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on March 27, 2018, 04:49:40 PM
Sounds like a fun road trip lhamo!

Day nine
Wow, this cold hit me hard.  Still hanging in the lungs, breathing is tough...but getting better (I think).  If the issues continue much longer I will see the doctor.
Did a bike ride at the gym, then a yoga class, followed by a long walk with my neighbour.  Shovelled some snow onto the road to melt as it warmed nicely here today...broke a sweat!
Made some date sweetened vegan brownies.
Weight down again today.  Must eat more....but Iím not hungry. 
Thought about cheeses today....
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on March 27, 2018, 04:58:59 PM
Built some redneck compost bins (but less redneck than the ones they replace!) and watched the chooks go happily to town scratching down the old compost pile.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on March 28, 2018, 07:37:13 PM
I can breathe!   Finally feeling better, had a great upper body workout, a nice walk, some shovelling and I painted! 
Did something really weird today.  I am self imposed dairy free...but what did I do at Costco today?  I took a cheese sample, not even thinking...popped it into my mouth.  One bite and I remembered..spat it out (hopefully privately) and wondered where I left my brain...seriously wtf!
Had a lovely salad with chicken tonight. 

Painting the garden stakes for my son was so fun!  Best healthy choice of the day!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 29, 2018, 08:34:27 AM
This is gonna be rough. We're having houseguests this weekend and they eat a lot of bread, chips, packaged sweets, drink a lot of pop, etc., so we feel like it's only polite to have those things in the house while they are here. They will not eat anything that we keep in the house (fruits and veg, lean meat, tofu, beans, brown rice is pretty much what we have on hand these days) and it seems rude to not provide anything they'll eat. I'm going to do my best to keep it to brands and types of junk that I don't really like, in hopes that the weekend will not end in me faceplanting in it and inhaling it greedily. But one thing they requested - bagels for breakfast - is absolutely my kryptonite.

I've already decided that whatever they don't eat while here is going home with them, and if they won't take it, it's going to the office on Monday. But it's going to be really, really hard to not binge on these things while they are here. They're the kind of people who are like "You're not fat, why are you watching what you eat? Go on, eat, eat, eat!" Still having a really hard time controlling my hunger and stopping eating when I've had enough calories if my stomach's still growling - and that's with nothing unhealthy and tempting in the house!

On the plus side, there's an entire plate of homemade shortbread in the breakroom and I didn't touch it. It was close - I LOVE shortbread - but there wasn't much left and I told myself that if I just walked away, it'd be all gone in an hour. Victory!

I absolutely cannot wait for in-season produce. All the fruit I buy lately tastes like sand (and the strawberries - my favorite -  in the store are always either white due to underripeness, or white due to mold!). Unless I spend a ton on it. The other day I bought a perfect honeycrisp apple at Whole Foods. It was delicious. I will not tell you all what I paid for it. Yikes! Frozen fruit has a mushy texture I dislike, though it's fine for smoothies. I keep reminding myself that strawberry season is only 2 months away here...

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on March 29, 2018, 09:05:35 AM
Smoothies are how I deal with the off-season of produce. Though I think frozen raspberries and blueberries are pretty good straight out of the freezer.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on March 29, 2018, 09:18:28 AM
Hey @Tris Prior, can you build yourself a spillway, instead of trying to dam all of it back? Maybe one serving of something you find challenging at each meal, instead of having to constantly tell yourself no. You might not lose weight while the houseguests are in residence, but the spillway should relieve both the social pressure to eat and your internal pressure to be 'good'.

Or maybe you need a different spillway. The longer I'm alive, the more I realize it's all psychology after all. You just have to find your own personal knack.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 29, 2018, 10:15:42 AM
Smoothies are how I deal with the off-season of produce. Though I think frozen raspberries and blueberries are pretty good straight out of the freezer.

Yeah, I do this sometimes, but smoothies are a hard sell for me when it's so freaking cold out. I like to put frozen bananas in them for sweetness and to thicken them up with less need for dairy, but BRRRRRRRRR!

Hey @Tris Prior, can you build yourself a spillway, instead of trying to dam all of it back? Maybe one serving of something you find challenging at each meal, instead of having to constantly tell yourself no. You might not lose weight while the houseguests are in residence, but the spillway should relieve both the social pressure to eat and your internal pressure to be 'good'.

Or maybe you need a different spillway. The longer I'm alive, the more I realize it's all psychology after all. You just have to find your own personal knack.

The trick is stopping at one serving, though, right? :) There is a lot of psychology involved, for sure. And I'm still trying to figure out how to feel less ravenous, other than "eat huge restaurant meal." :)  I feel like I've tried everything, short of adding meat back in after being vegetarian for nearly 30 years, and I'm not willing to do that for ethical reasons. Hopefully I'll eventually hit on something that works.

There will be meals out this weekend too, so I feel like I'm better off saving my cheats for that, rather than inhaling crap that comes in a bag.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on March 29, 2018, 10:35:13 AM
Something I do when Iím traveling for work that might help is that I just promise myself I will eat protein for breakfast (I normally have eggs and breakfast meat) and a small-ish lunch (like soup or a grilled cheese or something) and then I can have what I want at night.

Itís not perfect, but it does keep me from filling up on blueberry pancakes at the breakfast buffet and then feeling like shit/reeling out of control all day). I also make sure that I have healthy snacks ó like a beautiful apple, damn the cost!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on March 29, 2018, 10:36:24 AM
Of course Iím pretty fat so you might not want to take advice from me 😂 But I at least have stopped gaining, which was happening fast and furious when I was traveling for work a lot and not paying attention at all.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 29, 2018, 02:07:37 PM
madgeylou, we're planning to do similar when we go to London next month - the hotel has a free breakfast buffet included and given London food prices and general COL, it's to our advantage to fill up on that. But filling up on sweet things in the morning isn't going to give us the energy we need to make it through all that sightseeing. I'm actually really looking forward to how active we're going to be there, just in getting from point A to point B.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 29, 2018, 02:10:55 PM
Of course Iím pretty fat so you might not want to take advice from me 😂

Oh, you gave me such a laugh, madgeylou!!

But yep, if a strategy works, it works -a person's current size doesn't tell us it doesn't.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on March 29, 2018, 04:20:02 PM
Tris...feel for you.  If it was me, I would have a beakfast bagel...but then again I might just kill to eat anything bread related again!  My allergy to wheat blossomed at 50....I truly loved bread and could eat half a fresh loaf, easy, in a sitting!  So enjoy, eat slowly...loving every bite and chew....and have one for me too!  I had an aunt who passed away from cancer when she was in her 50s, and her big regret was eliminating bread because it made her fat (trust me, she was not fat). In the end she could eat nothing...
I do hope it all goes well.  Having food, that they really like,  for the guests at your home is a truly awesome thing...you are a good person.

A little stuffed up still....and kind of bummed.  I was really, really hoping that eliminating dairy would solve some of this....and I know it could still be the cold but darn it all!  I did walk, do abs and enjoyed a yoga class this morning.  Went into my old workplace (retired in November) at the university as I was there getting meat (they have a great meat store with local stuff...hormone and antibiotic free).  It was weird to walk into the classroom...but realized I didnít miss it at all!  Said a quick hi, was invited to tag along on the field trip (freaking cold here,  no thanks very much....) and hustled my butt home.
Painted some more...have a couple of custom orders to play with so that is fun.

Happy Easter.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on March 30, 2018, 06:17:02 AM
madgeylou, we're planning to do similar when we go to London next month - the hotel has a free breakfast buffet included and given London food prices and general COL, it's to our advantage to fill up on that. But filling up on sweet things in the morning isn't going to give us the energy we need to make it through all that sightseeing. I'm actually really looking forward to how active we're going to be there, just in getting from point A to point B.

@Tris Prior My mom and I were in London earlier this month, and it's amazing how much walking we did without even particularly trying! Let me know if you need or want any tips for things to check out :)

One affordable, tasty food option that we loved was the Borough Market. I had this amaaazing cauliflower + daal bowl from a Gujarati food truck: so delicious, healthy, and pretty cheap (for London).
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on March 30, 2018, 11:05:29 AM
Yes please! We have a vague list of stuff we want to do but always open to more, particularly places to eat that are both carnivore and veg-friendly. We like Indian and curries a lot so we figure we'll be eating a lot of that. I've been there before but it was nearly 20 years ago.  I'll have to look up the Borough Market, thanks!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: imadandylion on March 30, 2018, 01:25:52 PM
@Sun Hat Hope you liked it! One of those workouts got my shoulders and back muscles pretty sore for a couple days!

I got to try a free cardio kickboxing workout last night, and that was really fun. Really nice workout with punchy music, and I appreciated being able to punch and kick punching bags instead of shadow boxing.  Thankfully, I have already worked out for about 3 weeks, so I managed to do it all and keep up, although my heart rate was definitely up there!  Just a few weeks ago my muscles were really inflexible, especially my hamstrings, and I couldn't last through 30 seconds straight of most core exercises, but now I'm able to.  It's good to see progress. We are scheduled for a free beginner at another kickboxing place. Really enjoying cardio kickboxing as a workout - the punching and kickboxing is a great stress reliever!  I borrowed 2 ebooks from the library about kickboxing training and have been reading them, but to be honest it's a bit confusing how you're supposed to "follow" a workout that's... written (instead of a video format)? I guess it's not that hard, I just probably need to set up my own timer. Anyway, one of them is a 12-week guide and I am considering trying that, especially if I don't end up signing up for those studios/gyms after all.  Then we had a healthy quinoa and sweet potato bowl with shredded cruciferous vegetables like kale and cabbage with miso ginger dressing.  I don't know about anyone else, but there's just something about a good workout that just makes you crave healthier, lighter foods, and for me it doesn't really have to do with not wanting to "undo" the hard work. :)

I've been wearing my new cross trainers at work with my normal business casual work clothes to go on walks or just to stand at my standing desk because I don't have an anti-fatigue mat, and they've been uber comfortable for my feet. I've also surprisingly gotten a lot of comments on them at work and out and about (they're really "loud" in color scheme), which helps reinforce the idea that it was a good decision and money well spent (especially for the health benefits, lol). Yay!

Oh, and starting week 3 of the Fitness Blender core program today. Yay! 2 weeks down, 2 to go. Today's workout will be about 45 minutes, including the extra credit round. The main workout just happens to be a cardio kickboxing workout. :D Woohoo!! I have definitely felt like my legs and core are stronger. And the original reason for starting to work out again - lower back discomfort - has pretty much been eliminated from day 1.

It's such a nice day and the weather has suddenly warmed out after a lot of rainy/cloudy days.  Hoping to go for a walk later to get a chai in almond milk and visit a nearby park this weekend and check out the tennis courts. :)  I haven't played tennis in a while, but even running around chasing the ball rolling around the court is good exercise!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on March 30, 2018, 06:05:46 PM
Good work @imadandylion --sounds like you are on a great path! Healthy choices everywhere :)

  Getting a health assessment by a herbalist for mild depression *free since it's a student, so I will be a case study

 Just filling out the form has been great--realized that this grey fog started last fall when I developed a chronic hip tendonitis..so that pain has really limited my activity. Somehow, knowing this helps.
The pain has been decreasing but still flares up if I am too active (and I really, really want to increase my fitness levels so I need to get creative!)
I am generally a skier, hiker, walker, jogger..but this is all too high impact currently. Might increase yoga (I tend to stick to gentle yoga) or even try a spin class..

Currently icing my knees after walking home (4km)..I feel like the unhealthiest healthy person I know!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on March 30, 2018, 08:14:24 PM
Serendip...OMG, imalso,consider myself,to,be the unhealthiest healthy person....
I totally blame crappy genes, I swear I could not live any better...but still stuff happens to me.
Onwards and upwards...

Day twelve no dairy (I think).  I want cheese.  No cheese, I will not eat you.  Ok, this had to be more than a cold, I say that only because my husband has been sick for three days...and he doesnít get sick.  I am still coughing and the nose is runny.  I feel ok though...
I did go to,the gym, a two mile walk on treadmill, lower body weights, walk with friend, walk with husband....made a paleo Apple cake and a yummy supper.  Bleached the entire house...
Painted too.
Still no idea if dairy is bad for me...I will go a month.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on March 31, 2018, 05:01:58 AM
@Serendip can empathize! Iíve got crappy joint genes from both sides, though if family genetics are any indication I should live well into my 90s even while hobbled a bit.

A thing to watch for in more natural approaches to depression is the highly variable nature of herbal active ingredients. Some folks are ridiculously sensitive to agents that alter brain chemistry. My sister, for instance, canít even take generic SSRI medication because the QC tolerances on generic potency versus the name brand are too wide. Good luck! Iíve had issues with depression and anxiety ever since 19.

Something maybe worth trying is looking at diet to see if maybe you have some foods that are triggering inflammation? Some people get pretty impressive results with diet modification but it takes a lot of trial and error with food journaling to figure out what your specific triggers might be, and maybe you donít have any. Just something I thought worth mentioning.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on March 31, 2018, 10:02:19 PM
@Bendigirl  & @furrychickens --thanks for the support. We just all have to work with what we've got, right?  It's a funny situation to have time to work out (and the desire) but  be ubable to figure out what things to do where I won't injure myself   :)

 I live in a very active community so it's a bit of a social handicap to have to regulate my activity like this but have to find the right balance (I also work a physical job). I am used to feeling strong/healthy, so this is a bit of a conundrum...but recognize the need to work with self-compassion around it.

As for inflammatory foods, that's an interesting point. I eat a fairly healthy diet, mostly plant-based/whole-food but we do drink beer/wine fairly frequently. Maybe I'll try cutting it out and see if it helps.  Had a cider tonight but will eliminate for the week (to start) and go forward from there.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on April 01, 2018, 04:48:52 AM
Well, just because itís plant based doesnít mean that portion might not be a trigger as well. For example, soy, other dry legumes/pulses, grains, and nuts are common potential plant sources of inflammation. I personally have to avoid soy, other pulses, and peanuts.

To give an extreme example, someone I know from a keto group has discovered heís very sensitive to plant based lecithins (mainly almonds in his case) and will have a pretty strong inflammatory response if he adds it back into his diet. Heís someone who eats close to carnivore eating, and thatís what works to keep inflammation down in his body.

Just giving additional food for thought. I know a lot of folks benefit from WFPB here but itís not the solution for everyone :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 01, 2018, 10:41:36 AM
Happy Easter!

Yesterday was horrid....cold/flu round two...yippee.  In my sinuses big time, no sleep Friday night...so I crawled into bed after lunch and slept.  Put my head over a bowl of hot water and breathed in the steam, did some facial massage...and bam...cleared right up!  Still have a headache but I feel so much better today. 
End of week two with of the dairy free challenge. Husband says I need to eat cheese again as going dairy free just made me sick.  Had to get that logic out of my head as the cheese is calling me...
Weight is way down, despite husband feeding me constantly yesterday.  He cut up an apple and paired it with about half a jar of almond butter...oh, my...
My doctor says I am not the typical Hashimotos patient, as often they gain weight with the under active thyroid.  I suppose that makes me lucky....
I need to stay away from sugar, alcohol, wheat and grains....so sometimes food is limited (oh yeah, dairy too). Calories are hard to come by (no processed food either).  My big fear....developing an allergy to almonds...I bake with them, eat them raw, and eat the butter...

Calling for snow today.  Seriously...no April fools joke.  Worst spring ever.

Healthy choices today.  Good food, lots of water and off to the craft room to paint.  No Easter celebrations here.  Kid lives on the island (Vancouver island) and we will see him and DIL in a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on April 01, 2018, 10:43:03 AM
ahh yes, gotcha @furrychickens
I rarely consider those things since I haven't had to deal with many food sensitivites.
Will do some self- investigating into potential triggers, maybe keep a food/activity journal for april :)

- healthy choices : took the weekend off activity to fully rest--and woke up feeling quite good today,
                           so will have a yoga session at home & enjoy a short walk before work
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on April 01, 2018, 10:45:51 AM
@Bendigirl --hope you feel better pronto!  We have flurries today as well :/

Can you eat legumes at all? If so, I have a tasty coconut lentil soup recipe I could share..

Also, does anywhere near you have a good selection of other nuts/butters? Raw cashews, tahinis, hazelnut, sunflower seeds? I make hemp seed milk and oat milk and drink homemade tumermic lattes (with cashews & ginger) and blended matcha drinks which are a spicy, tasty source of calories.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 01, 2018, 10:47:42 AM
Healthy Choices:
Sleeping pill last night
While surrounded by easter hunt results, ate only Cauli Shepherd's Pie for breakfast
Aiming for two socials today in case the second one cancels (soul needs at least one today)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: imadandylion on April 01, 2018, 11:24:41 AM
@Serendip Thank you. :) I'm hoping to ingrain this as part of my lifestyle. I was doing pretty good with this last year until I injured myself. Hopefully now I know more about total body health and what muscles are important to strengthen and can avoid this. Lately I have been feeling like my shoulders are sort of coming together (probably due to bad posture at the desk job, despite trying to pay attention to that and use the standing desk) so I am going to try to incorporate more chest exercises in because I feel like that area can be so knotted feeling.

Could you do swimming? This can be considered a low-impact exercise and you can still challenge yourself with the different stroke techniques or take it easy.  I love swimming and hope to practice that maybe once a week, once the pool opens around here in May.

I really enjoyed the beginner class yesterday, which was apparently just boxing and not kickboxing! It was definitely more of what I expected, though, which is training to be more accurate and focused on technique, vs cardio kickboxing, with a trainer with real experience. I'm still surprised how tiring and sweaty I can get from throwing consecutive combinations of jabs/crosses/hooks/uppercuts is! I am still interested in at least taking a separate self-defense class, though, since it's a good skill for life... so many classes to consider, so little time...

I have been considering reducing wheat in my diet to reduce inflammation/bloating but to be honest, I don't know a lot about it. I checked out a few ebooks from the library which villify wheat, so we'll see. It's all experimental, though, and I'm sure that even if it does help I would still end up having wheat in my diet because I just love all forms of noodles.

Does anyone else experience bloating after exercise? I feel like I have been getting that specifically from working out because I haven't changed my diet. The bloating is especially pronounced when I do core-intensive exercises.  I read that it can be "beginner's bloat"/water retention when you first get back into exercising, probably something to do with injuring the muscles and recovery, but I can't say for sure. It's day 17 today, and this morning I woke up looking actually normal and not bloated, and it seems like body recomposition is more apparent, so perhaps the "beginner's bloat" is subsiding; I am also not experiencing as intense of a level of DOMs as before and can get by without foam rolling (but really should do this anyway).
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on April 01, 2018, 05:28:05 PM
The houseguests have left, and took the bagels and junk food with them. I did not eat any, hooray!

Yesterday we all went out for brunch and I had eggs with vegetables mixed in, and hash browns. Not the healthiest choice, but hey, I said no to the Nutella pancakes!

Then we went out dancing and that was a pretty good and fun workout. Arrived home at 1 a.m. starving, and our guests wanted to order pizza. Sigh. At least I stopped eating it before I was full?

On the plus side, my phone's step counter app tells me I got 16,000 steps in just due to the dancing.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on April 01, 2018, 05:43:45 PM
like a beautiful apple, damn the cost!

You guys - I found gorgeous and tasty honeycrisp apples for NINETY NINE CENTS/LB on Friday! Normally $4/lb! I am inordinately excited about this.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on April 01, 2018, 06:44:58 PM
Too sick to do my planned meal prep.... But to avoid wasting food I modified by making a bean salad, sauteeing some zucchini, pan roasting garlic, and soon to finish up a sweet potato soup
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 01, 2018, 07:10:54 PM
The houseguests have left, and took the bagels and junk food with them. I did not eat any, hooray! [and] said no to the Nutella pancakes!

WOW!!! Tris, those are really awesome!! What accomplishments!!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on April 01, 2018, 07:46:54 PM
like a beautiful apple, damn the cost!

You guys - I found gorgeous and tasty honeycrisp apples for NINETY NINE CENTS/LB on Friday! Normally $4/lb! I am inordinately excited about this.

The grocery store I go to has had really nice Honeycrisp (my kidsí favorite, but I donít buy them if thereís a large price premium) at $0.99/lb for a few weeks now. Theyíre a bit smaller but considering they often go for $2-3/lb even in season Iím surprised, unless the orchard sourcing them had a huge glut of a crop and theyíre worried about not selling before their storage life ends? Honeycrisp store very well but nothing stores forever.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on April 01, 2018, 09:13:29 PM
The grocery store I go to has had really nice Honeycrisp (my kidsí favorite, but I donít buy them if thereís a large price premium) at $0.99/lb for a few weeks now. Theyíre a bit smaller but considering they often go for $2-3/lb even in season Iím surprised, unless the orchard sourcing them had a huge glut of a crop and theyíre worried about not selling before their storage life ends? Honeycrisp store very well but nothing stores forever.

Yeah, that's what I figured - but they taste fine. (Unlike the severely marked down strawberries that were either unripe or moldy, which I assume were in the same situation.) Hooray!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on April 02, 2018, 04:32:49 AM
The grocery store I go to has had really nice Honeycrisp (my kidsí favorite, but I donít buy them if thereís a large price premium) at $0.99/lb for a few weeks now. Theyíre a bit smaller but considering they often go for $2-3/lb even in season Iím surprised, unless the orchard sourcing them had a huge glut of a crop and theyíre worried about not selling before their storage life ends? Honeycrisp store very well but nothing stores forever.

Yeah, that's what I figured - but they taste fine. (Unlike the severely marked down strawberries that were either unripe or moldy, which I assume were in the same situation.) Hooray!

I donít ever buy strawberries out of season anymore. Theyíre either poor in taste, poor in shelf life, or both.  Apples are the staple fresh fruit in my house, but weíll get the occasional grape, orange, or banana as a treat.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: chaskavitch on April 02, 2018, 07:53:11 AM
We should buy more apples.  Our kid LOVES berries and bananas, so we buy a lot of those, but it's expensive in the winter and you're right, the berries don't even taste that good.

I've noticed that my hands have been really puffy in the mornings a few days this last week, but I can't figure out exactly why, because there are multiple possible factors.  Apparently my days of not drinking enough water just miraculously are the same as days where I eat too much sugar and don't get enough sleep.  Yeah, that's almost certainly not a coincidence.  At least I've noticed!  I'm trying to drink a minimum of one nalgene (32 oz) a day, preferably closer to two, but I don't drink as much water when I'm at home, and I just had a 5 day weekend (which was admittedly awesome).  At work I'm sitting at my desk with my water bottle right there next to me, and it makes meeting my goal much easier. 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on April 02, 2018, 09:11:24 AM
chaskavich, I find it SO hard to drink enough water when it's freezing cold outside (and when it's also freezing cold in my office!). I bought (facepunch!) a fun big plastic glass with a straw to keep at my desk to hopefully encourage me.

Tonight I'm supposed to go to a work dinner because my boss's boss is in town (she works at headquarters, many states away). It's not decided where we are going, but it sounds like it's going to be a farm-to-table restaurant whose menu changes daily, so I cannot look up their menu to see what healthy things I could order. Last time, the only thing on the menu that was vegetarian was deep-fried.  I guess I could call them and see what they have today, once I find out if this is indeed where we are going? If there's nothing healthy and vegetarian to order, though, I guess I am stuck. This is making it very difficult to plan types and quantities of food to eat for the rest of my day.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on April 02, 2018, 09:55:30 AM
@imadandylion --yes to swimming! I am eager for it to warm up as I don't like chlorine so much..but was considering taking swim lessons if the rec centre offers them. I can swim but not really a distance swimmer (yet)

healthy choice:  Yesterday a friend and I did our first quick dip in a local lake (during a mild spring blizzard) Cold baths are also supposed to help elevate norepinephrine which can reduce symptoms of depression as well :) Might go again today and see how many times in April we can muster.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 02, 2018, 10:14:46 AM
Healthy Choices Today:
*recorded weight
*scheduled an afternoon rest in my beautiful bedroom
*singing
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sun Hat on April 02, 2018, 10:31:40 AM
Health is a marathon, not a sprint. Everyone knows that to successfully complete a marathon, your body needs carbs, so yesterday, I baked and ate a loaf of bread. Then, I had the best night's sleep that I've had in ages and woke full of pep. Coincidence, I think not!  ;)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 02, 2018, 10:38:37 AM
LOL!!!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: alleykat on April 02, 2018, 11:06:51 AM
alleykat, talk to me about intermittent fasting, especially how you concentrate and get things done without eating? I tried that this weekend, as I have a really hard time concentrating at work when I'm ravenous, and ended up being way too shaky while running errands.


@Tris Prior, I totally understand and that is me too. I lose power and energy when I am hungry. I wish I had words of wisdom for the hunger part of it, it is real and it is challenging. There are days I can work through it with black coffee, tea and water and others I just need to eat, especially at work.  Yes, it is tough when you lose brain power and I cant do that at work. If you really want to try it, I would say ease into it. So for ex. if you eat in the morning at 8, try waiting until 9 and so on.  That may help your body adjust until you get to the hours you pick.  I jumped right into it and that may of not been the best way to go. Obviously, I made adjustments along the way so when I really needed to eat because I lost brain power, I would.     

I picked the 16/8 starting at 11:30 or 12 oclock. I may switch this up to 10-6pm or thereabouts.  I am not sure I am totally in tune with the rhythm yet but I am getting there.  There were a few nights I lost a bit of control but it only made me realize that I don't want to go back to snacking at all hours of the night.  I am a mindless snacker.  March was a trial month for me so I am hoping April will be better and a bit easier. I am still learning.

One thing I can tell you I get fuller faster so now I just have to stop myself from finishing my plate.

Give yourself time to adjust.  Good luck if you try it.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on April 02, 2018, 12:01:08 PM
$7 thrift store blender crapped out on me. Quite a few folks on my journal recommended the Magic Bullet. Pretty happy with it on first use, hopefully it proves reasonably durable.

Wicked headache for some reason today. Havenít had a bad headache in a few weeks, used to get them pretty frequently. Hopefully it passes quickly.

@Tris Prior my wife has Reynaudís and frequently just drinks plain hot water when thirsty but she doesnít want tea. Maybe worth trying? Or just do room temperature?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on April 02, 2018, 12:10:16 PM
@Tris Prior my wife has Reynaudís and frequently just drinks plain hot water when thirsty but she doesnít want tea. Maybe worth trying? Or just do room temperature?
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Yeah, I've done that. I hate it. But it's better than nothing. I don't have Reynaud's but my hands get really really cold sometimes, so it's as much for the handwarming as the hydration.

The restaurant in question tonight has some interesting salads! I feel like it's too cold to eat salad, but I'm probably going to get one anyway. One of them has pomegranates in it. Yum!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 02, 2018, 02:02:48 PM
My husband just made me drink a HOT vitamin C drink...eww
Still sick, so I emailed the doc...she said it sounds like I am on the tail end of it and to give it another week.  I have already napped this morning and will head back soon.  I donít recall ever being this sick with a cold/flu.  And yes, I did get a flu shot.

It snowed yesterday...15 cm...and itís cool today.  I am not going outside, it hurts my lungs.  This is day three without the gym.  Killing me!  Hope I can get to yoga tomorrow.

I am baking my breakfast muffins right now and I have a confession.  They contain whey isolate...and I know that it has little to no casein so I figured it was ok.  One big scoop in a batch...I eat two mini muffins every morning and have for years.  I would be lost without them.  I figure they are better than yogurt (high in casein) or oatmeal(just messes with me..any grain).  I have a mild egg allergy, so I can eat them once in awhile, but too many and I break out in hives.  Eating is a chore for me.

The muffins are ready to come out of the oven...

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on April 02, 2018, 02:12:40 PM
Still off my game on the running front -- could only manage 2 miles today, at a 21:50 time.  Oh well, at least I moved my body,and the per mile average was under 11:00.  Mental health is not the greatest -- sucks to be a ruminator sometimes -- which was probably a factor.  I definitely run better when not in a bad mood.

On a positive note, the sun is still out and I have finished my lunch, so I'm going to head out with my podcasts and get some more gardening done while I can.  The sunshine will hopefully help on the mental health front, too. 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on April 02, 2018, 03:03:54 PM
I worked outside for many hours today.  I am a great kind of tired.  My fingers are tired from gripping the shovel and rake.  I probably should have had sunscreen on.  It was very therapeutic to dig and get started on garden building.  The seven chickens that live at this house hung out with me most of the day - except when another neighbour showed up with spent grains from his beer brewing.  Chickens love spent grains more than worms.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on April 02, 2018, 03:10:57 PM
Still sick. Advised work that I won't work tomorrow
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 02, 2018, 03:17:48 PM
When my energy started buzzing, and I was clicking endlessly waiting for a paperwork reply, USED THE ENERGY. Went for 70 minute walk -hill, forest, etc. With 4 minutes to my return, the reply came too :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: imadandylion on April 02, 2018, 06:35:49 PM
Healthy choices yesterday (Sunday)
- 2 hour afternoon walk around a huge park and a neighborhood with pretty houses had a positive effect on my mental state.
- 12k+ steps
- Did day 17 of core program, even though I didn't really feel like it, but it's important to "show up" and get through it. Mind over matter type of stuff.
- Read a book for leisure, good for my mental state.
- Went to bed at a decent hour and almooost got 8 hours of sleep (fitbit said I was short with 40 minutes of awake time... that's the problem with sleeping with the windows open on a busy street - cars and people can be loud!)

Today
- Morning and afternoon 10-minute-ish walking breaks at work and getting up to get drinking water regularly (help get eyes off the computer screen and reduce vision fatigue)
- Walked for my lunch break - 30 minutes (ate lunch at my desk beforehand to do this).
- Listened to some audiobooks on health-related topics to better inform food choices but honestly just feel like everyone just isolates one factor of good health/nutrition and blows it up into a book.  But still inspired to cut back on grains/wheat or processed foods in general for at least a couple weeks. Next time I meal plan, I will experiment with options.
- Showed up to day 18 of core program. I'm always more excited to exercise right after work because work is so dissatisfying that I actually fantasize about working out as soon as possible!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on April 03, 2018, 07:02:16 AM
I worked outside for many hours today.  I am a great kind of tired.  My fingers are tired from gripping the shovel and rake.  I probably should have had sunscreen on.  It was very therapeutic to dig and get started on garden building.  The seven chickens that live at this house hung out with me most of the day - except when another neighbour showed up with spent grains from his beer brewing.  Chickens love spent grains more than worms.

Love working with chickens. Wish the rules here would let me integrate the chickens more into my garden but Iím not supposed to have them in the front yard, which is where my best garden space is. Ah well.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on April 03, 2018, 07:05:24 AM
I worked outside for many hours today.  I am a great kind of tired.  My fingers are tired from gripping the shovel and rake.  I probably should have had sunscreen on.  It was very therapeutic to dig and get started on garden building.  The seven chickens that live at this house hung out with me most of the day - except when another neighbour showed up with spent grains from his beer brewing.  Chickens love spent grains more than worms.

Love working with chickens. Wish the rules here would let me integrate the chickens more into my garden but Iím not supposed to have them in the front yard, which is where my best garden space is. Ah well.
The rules here are the same but my neighbours set their own rules and the chickens have free run of the property and spawn a lot of jokes about chickens and roads.  Heck even their dog walks himself around the neighbourhood. 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on April 03, 2018, 07:08:02 AM
I worked outside for many hours today.  I am a great kind of tired.  My fingers are tired from gripping the shovel and rake.  I probably should have had sunscreen on.  It was very therapeutic to dig and get started on garden building.  The seven chickens that live at this house hung out with me most of the day - except when another neighbour showed up with spent grains from his beer brewing.  Chickens love spent grains more than worms.

Love working with chickens. Wish the rules here would let me integrate the chickens more into my garden but Iím not supposed to have them in the front yard, which is where my best garden space is. Ah well.
The rules here are the same but my neighbours set their own rules and the chickens have free run of the property and spawn a lot of jokes about chickens and roads.  Heck even their dog walks himself around the neighbourhood.

Lol, well, based on my experience homesteading here Iíd have Ken (code enforcement officer, weíre sadly on a first-name basis) knocking on my door within a week if I did that!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on April 03, 2018, 08:30:05 AM
The work dinner ended up going OK, I guess. It did end up being at the farm-to-table place. The vegetarian option was a sort of gnocchi thing with mushrooms and spinach. Not the healthiest (ugh white flour) but this is one of those places that serves tiny portions arranged like art. So, on the plus side, it wasn't much food and I left still kind of hungry? (It was $18, too! Ouch! I mean, it was expensed so no one actually paid that out of pocket, but still!)

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on April 03, 2018, 08:58:08 AM

Yesterday did a quick dip in the newly unfrozen lake..it's so invigorating.
(Going to see how many cold-dip-days I can do in April)

Today going to a hydrotherapy centre which has saunas & cold plunge pools, so maybe no lake swimming (probably good since it snowed last night)

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 03, 2018, 10:30:47 AM
Have felt burnt out twice in the last week, so am planning a holiday at home :)
Will involve:
*eating out at an open mic night
*dropping kid off at a youth center at least two long eves
*a swim alone
Will see what else I come up with.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 03, 2018, 03:22:42 PM
Cough is almost gone!  Still have a very bit of sinus action but feeling so much better today ( having slept all of yesterday away)
Got to yoga today...so nice.  Walked a bit first and did some abs.
Making a mango loaf...paleo.  Altered an existing recipe ....fingers crossed.  Basically mango purťe, almond flour, eggs, little coconut sugar...added tapioca flour for better mouth feel, and levening agents.   The mango was about to go so needed to use it up.
No outdoor walk again.  Too cold for the sick lungs.
Making keema, from nom nom paleo, for supper with cauliflower rice.  Itís so yummy.
I need to incorporate an afternoon snack...need to.  Weight at all time low and freaking me out.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 04, 2018, 07:15:46 PM
Feeling 90%
Doing great on the dairy free challenge.  Hoping now to notice changes, if there are any.
Healthy choices today were going to the gym, walking for half an hour on the treadmill while chatting with a gym buddy then doing a good upper body workout.  Renewed my drivers licence (ok, maybe that has nothing to do with health...man, those five years went by fast), did a long walk with my neighbour, finally, and then took my husband for a nice drive and shopping for potting soil for his milkweed seeds (to attract butterflies).
I think getting away from the house next week will be a great healthy choice.  The never ending frozen ground is wearing on me, so a trip to the island...where it really doesnít freeze much, will be great...I might just fall into a garden centre or two.  Maybe when we ge home most of the snow will be gone...fingers crossed.
I will not think about the price of gas....it is brutal here and even worse in Vancouver and on the island.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on April 04, 2018, 07:32:46 PM
How was the holiday?

I stayed home. On bed rest. And eventually ordered soup. If I had another human living here, they could have microwaved me some soup. But I don't, and I couldn't, so I was smart and healthy and had friends tell me what I needed and then ordered it
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 04, 2018, 09:14:55 PM
Healthy Choices Today:
*got kid to youth center; immersed in 5.5 hours of pure adult time, free of tech to boot
WHEW
*walked six blocks to drop stuff off, removing the stress of trying to reenter freeway at impossible point
*when I finally needed food at 10pm, chose simply salmon + nori sheet
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on April 05, 2018, 09:20:21 AM
Yesterday was a good (solo) day
-cooked & froze black beans, chickpeas and coconut/lentil/borage soup *can use any greens but I am trying to use these up..another win
-picked up an armload of books from the library
-started organizing tax papers and didn't have a meltdown about it
-ate well, besides the wine & tortilla chips which happened during tax organizing (decision fatigue set it)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on April 05, 2018, 09:41:53 AM
I am noticing that my hunger is absolutely out of control no matter what I eat, when it is very cold out, especially if the cold snap is sudden. (Went from 50s on Saturday to snow yesterday, and yesterday I could. not. stop. eating. Stomach growling all day long regardless of how much protein and healthy fat and hot herbal tea I put in it.)

Wondering if anyone else notices that. It's not like I can do anything about it, but maybe it'll help me feel less frustrated with my body's demands. Hopefully at some point we'll stop having winter and my body will normalize.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 05, 2018, 09:46:05 AM
Absolutely, Tris! I definitely experience that. Itís intense and overwhelming. I go ahead and eat til my body is happy.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on April 05, 2018, 01:35:17 PM
Absolutely, Tris! I definitely experience that. Itís intense and overwhelming. I go ahead and eat til my body is happy.

Agreed. If my body is screeching for food in an unusual way, I figure that something's going on and that it needs some extra nourishment. I don't think mine is tied to temperature...it really seems to be random.

So, I'm about 2 months in at the cheap gym. I have very mixed feelings about it. There's one yoga teacher that I really like, and I can usually get to her classes 1-2 times a week. I like the teacher on day 3 less, but she's okay enough. I always feel stretched-out and centered after class, which is good, but neither of them have practices that are physically challenging for me. I don't usually work up a sweat and I'm only like "oh hey there abs" once or twice a class. I like the mindfulness component as compared to what I was doing before, but also, I work out because I like to actually work out. I guess my yoga teachers in the past have pushed the physicality more--I remember wobbling out of classes at my college-era Ashtanga studio barely able to walk. It's good that these classes are approachable for people at a wide variety of fitness levels, and that the gym is trying to create an inclusive space. I don't know if it works for me as an individual, though.

The other classes that I could go to on weeknights are not appealing for [reasons], although the weekend schedule is better. I still hate lifting and circuits. I still hate the overall gym atmosphere.

I miss my old studio a lot, but going back is not in the financial cards at the moment. I'll be starting marathon training in June and I'm hoping that I won't miss it as much once that's going on: gentle, centering yoga will be a much better fit when I'm doing something a lot more physically challenging at the same time, as opposed to easy runs a couple days a week. If things still aren't clicking for me by July or August, I'll reevaluate then.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 05, 2018, 02:42:21 PM
Fluffmuffin...sorry you had to leave your favourite studio..

I am always hungry in the winter...body just wants to add fat.  I will eat more but I know I work hard shovelling, walking...just more calories required to stay warm.  I really try to drinks scads of water also, although when Iím cold itís usually the last thing I want to do.

Healthy choices
Bike, abs and yoga class today.  Thursday yoga is more advance than Tuesday and I love it.  Today we were challenged with a great flow class.  On my own I like to practice the more advanced balance poses (arm balances) and love the challenge even though I generally end up in a crumpled mass on the floor.
Long walk with neighbour and neighbourhood garbage pick up duties.  Yesterday we got two bags of garbage, today one...it annoys me to no end that people just toss trash everywhere!
Good eats
Fed the birds and small mammals...still too much snow here and the critters are suffering.
Off to do some painting now
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on April 05, 2018, 02:56:44 PM
Back on the treadmill today -- 2 miles in 21:43, so a bit better than my last run.  Still can't seem to get my running mojo back, though.  I really should get new shoes.  And some new music - been listening to the same playlist on shuffle since I started running back in what, 2010?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 05, 2018, 05:59:10 PM
Healthy Choices Today:
*Walked ~70 minutes, including through forest, up hill, etc
*Gave up on A Thing That Was Getting Too Ridiculous
*Noticed and acknowledged (to myself) that DS is doing GREAT, does not need unnecessary interventions
*Got super assertive with a person
*Laughed, sang, hugged, played my way from peak stress to total ease
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on April 05, 2018, 06:59:50 PM
- I had a hard conversation with my husband but it was good and we are in agreement about our path forward.
- I think I decided where I'm gonna live next.
- I got some work done instead of being stuck in my feelings.
- I made a therapy appointment (which I now have to change because now I'm flying across the country but still).
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on April 06, 2018, 09:28:22 AM
Arrived at work to discover that both coffee machines (sort of industrial-sized Keurigs, except that's not the brand) had shit the bed - water all over the breakroom floor to the point that facilities was shop-vac'ing up LARGE amounts of flooding. Clearly neither was operational. NOOOOOOOOO! So, ran to the Dunkin' Donuts next to work for coffee and bought ONLY black coffee, NOT any of the donuts that were staring me in the face and taunting me.

I still really want a donut but am not having one!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on April 06, 2018, 12:28:30 PM
Healthy choice today was to eat the salad that I brought for lunch (massaged kale from the farmer's market, cherry tomatoes, avocado, chickpeas) instead of going to get pizza to eat my feelings. Work + people today have not been great. But I'm almost done, then it's off to play with my dog in the sunshine. And also, drink beer(s).
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on April 06, 2018, 01:25:48 PM
Kicked it up a notch on the treadmill today -- 2 miles in 20:53.  And then I did two more .5 mile runs at 5.0mph. Burned over 500 calories.  Go me!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on April 06, 2018, 01:47:37 PM
Hiked with our homeschool group today. 35F with 40-50mph gusts but it was still nice.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: imadandylion on April 06, 2018, 07:09:34 PM
Great job everyone! :D

Healthy stuff for me this lovely rainy Friday:

- Did a HITT work out and the extra credit work out.
- Walked to pick up a prescription instead of driving, and then on my way back, I went to the grocery store and got some fruits, vegetables, wine and chose a kombucha low in sugar. :) Burned 200 calories walking 3.01 miles doing this, which is great considering that if I had just driven, I would definitely not have burned as many calories and definitely not exceeded my step goal today (up to over 14K steps so far!). It's an easy choice for me not to drive, though, because I hate driving in general (mostly dealing with parking). Grateful to live "on the grid" to be able to do this!
- Going to go write more in my planner under the section "good things that happened this week" because it's important to enjoy the little things, maintain a positive mindset, and to have remember to have gratitude for everything I have. Working on that healthy perspective!

Have a nice weekend! :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: albireo13 on April 06, 2018, 07:38:58 PM
Chickens are awesome.  We raised a bunch when the kids were younger.  They took care of them and we had fresh eggs.
Fewer ticks in the yard as well.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on April 06, 2018, 08:32:22 PM
Got officially weighed today. Busted the weight requirement. Redirected to being officially taped for body fat. Busted the body fat requirements. Celebrated with coffee. Chose to workout after a pretty taxing day, and it felt good. Crawl, galump, lumber, plod, jog, run. That's the order, right?

Tomorrow I'm dropping my bike off at the shop to be assembled*. Then I will go shopping, and buy ingredients for green smoothies. But why do so many smoothies rely on bananas? The only worse food I can think of is spinach. Which, come to think of it..... Shit. Who invented this smoothie business, anyway?


*blah, DIY, blah, costs money, blah. Don't care. No fucks remaining.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on April 06, 2018, 09:08:09 PM
Got officially weighed today. Busted the weight requirement. Redirected to being officially taped for body fat. Busted the body fat requirements. Celebrated with coffee. Chose to workout after a pretty taxing day, and it felt good. Crawl, galump, lumber, plod, jog, run. That's the order, right?

Tomorrow I'm dropping my bike off at the shop to be assembled*. Then I will go shopping, and buy ingredients for green smoothies. But why do so many smoothies rely on bananas? The only worse food I can think of is spinach. Which, come to think of it..... Shit. Who invented this smoothie business, anyway?


*blah, DIY, blah, costs money, blah. Don't care. No fucks remaining.

ha..good work @Sailor Sam--even if you have no more fucks to give.
 bananas aren't necessary but they sweeten and make things creamy so I think people like that. I have been adding frozen cauliflower florets and it does the same thing without the sweetness (and you seriously can't taste it), I sometimes still add one frozen banana and some blueberries.

https://greenblender.com/smoothies/1095/smoothie-recipes-without-bananas
*to be honest I haven't used this as a resource since I'm a smoothie person, I just mix & match what I have, but maybe it will give you some banana-free inspiration
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on April 07, 2018, 03:21:46 AM
When the elimination took away my bananas, I used frozen peaches. Raspberry-peach, blueberry-peach, all good.

I often use lettuce or frozen broccoli for the green bits. Amazing greens has a powdered greens that could be handy on a boat.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on April 07, 2018, 04:49:46 AM
Strawberries are my main fruit component in smoothies. There are cheaper fruits but frozen ones at Costco arenít too bad. They have a low glycemic impact which I like. I thaw them overnight and then add some frozen fruit (currently itís blueberries, which are also low glycemic index) in for the icy element.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: imadandylion on April 07, 2018, 10:17:50 AM
Bananas are popular because they are one of the most inexpensive and widely accessible fruits and act like a neutral filler. I like them to bulk up 'banana date' smoothie with some plant based milk and cocoa powder, personally. I love dates to sweeten smoothies.

Besides the usual suspects (berries) I really enjoy pineapples and mangos. Pineapple is more tart, and mango can be a bit more neutral tasting. A local smoothie place does a lot of unique flavored smoothies imo and my favorite has turmeric, ginger, coconut oil, coconut milk, orange juice, banana, and mango. Cayenne on top makes it interesting!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on April 07, 2018, 10:44:54 AM
- I had a hard conversation with my husband but it was good and we are in agreement about our path forward.
- I think I decided where I'm gonna live next.
- I got some work done instead of being stuck in my feelings.
- I made a therapy appointment (which I now have to change because now I'm flying across the country but still).

@madgeylou Good work on all these things--tough but necessary conversations are hard but it feels so good to clear the energy between people!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on April 07, 2018, 10:47:03 AM
-Continuing daily micro-adventures with icy lake-dips. Another friend is joining in today.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 07, 2018, 11:33:23 AM
-Continuing daily micro-adventures with icy lake-dips.

Excellent! Both the daily microadventures and this specific one :)

Healthy Choices Yesterday:
*Appropriately called it quits (let some hours of plans go, napped, started again)
*Despite still feeling off, found a way to shift and follow through on two social commitments (they were AWESOME and healing)

Healthy Choices Today:
*Breakfast idea was chicken with rice, coffee with cream. Breakfast choice was: chicken and rice hold the rice, coffee with cream hold the cream.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 07, 2018, 11:36:04 AM
Itís so interesting to see what everyone is up to! 
Love bananas...donít mind raw spinach, but despise cooked greens...uggg
Havenít had a smoothie for a week or so...that plant based protein was getting tolerable but now I fear I will have to go through the introduction again...thanks goodness for leftovers today.

Yesterday:
Walk on treadmill, lower body workout, walk with neighbour, good food, expensive haircut for my short, fine, horrid hair....thanks mom and dad....but a good haircut always makes me feel better.
Today:
Bike at gym, awesome ab workout....good food planned.  Raining hard now so hopefully it settles a bit and I can walk this afternoon.  Need to finish my painting projects as they are gifts when we head to the island.

Dog, ten year old lab, has not been herself recently.  She was at the vet a month ago but recently her licking behaviour was getting all consuming so back to the vet, and $350 later we learn she is suffering a urinary tract infection....poor thing.  Lucky sheís sweet....
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on April 07, 2018, 12:41:31 PM
The weatherís pretty bad today so Iíve been mostly curled up on the couch with the boyfriend and the pup. Itís been nice to have a restful, peaceful day: life has been feeling so busy and over-scheduled recently.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on April 07, 2018, 12:59:29 PM
Last night after an emotional couple of days, I ordered fries and a cheesesteak and ate 1/2 while watching Outlander. Then I slept 10 hours. Excellent stuff.

Today I'm going to Pittsburgh and over the next 48 hours I'm going to get to see half a dozen of my most beloved people <3 and hopefully eat the best Vietnamese food ever! Maybe I'll eat a vegetable, WHOA!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: chaskavitch on April 08, 2018, 09:09:20 AM
This last week (except for a disastrous Thursday involving a bag of Cadbury mini eggs) I've ACTUALLY been deciding if I'm hungry before I eat something instead of just stuffing my face because I'm bored.  If I'm bored, I have a piece of gum to entertain my mouth while I drink some more water.  My morning weight has dropped 4-5 lbs as of this morning.  I know it'll plateau for a while - this is just the "your insides aren't completely full of food 24/7" drop - but I'm feeling much better overall.  There's already less mindless hunger and eating. 

This is complemented by my gluten-avoidance experiment, because I'm choosing not to eat toast or cake or my toddler's leftover eggo/goldfish/mac and cheese :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 08, 2018, 05:16:44 PM
Going off dairy has saved me from diving headlong into milk chocolate anything...

I think I am finished week three, need to go back and check.  Doing fine, no issues.  Feeling about 90% of normal with this cold...lungs have been giving me trouble the last two days but it will pass.

Healthy choices today
Good food
Walk with friend
No gym, day off
Played outside trying to hasten the melting of the snow in my backyard.  Itís a lovely day here and we will get another tomorrow so the leftover snow is going quickly (but never quickly enough).
Walked around the duck ponds, still frozen, with his and and dog (who is so much better)
Cut husbands hair
Will talk with son and DIL tonight...miss them

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on April 08, 2018, 05:24:42 PM
Treadmill. Plus many ladders.

I'm currently very impatient. I want progress now, not later, thanks. I need to step away, and concentrate on something else. But what? I'm terrible at free time.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on April 08, 2018, 05:51:16 PM
My unhealthy choice was pushing myself too today. Cleaning the bathroom AND laundry AND work stuff/vaccuming assorted chores.

No good.

By 4 I was in terrible shape and the bed had no linens.

Waking up from my nap....still not good. And this is how we end up with takeout as a healthy habits yet again.

But I'll also see about ordering groceries online
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 08, 2018, 06:20:59 PM
At the Great Buffet of Endless Options for Free Sugars I declined all for the first two rounds, and selected a very small amount in the last. Yay! It didn't take much effort, actually -I was very disinclined initially, wha?!?!?

Be'd with humans, hugged, chatted, sang.

Did laundry and some cleaning so my home continues to feel vibrant, warm, supportive for me.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on April 09, 2018, 10:23:41 AM
Just ate the most delicious salad for lunch: baby kale, chickpeas, beets (http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/crock-pot-thyme-roasted-beets-276119), and roasted Brussels sprouts, all drenched in TJ's goddess dressing. A couple of my friends are obsessed with it so I grabbed a bottle to try out on Saturday...SO freaking good. I usually make my own dressings, but I've been feeling uninspired by my rotation of vinaigrettes and wanted to change it up with something creamier.

I'm super-sore from a boot camp-type workout I did yesterday. I need to run today and it is not gonna feel great.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on April 09, 2018, 02:34:25 PM
In the midst of tax preparations & realizing I owe much more than anticipated..took the initial stress edge off with another ice-water dip & now a nature walk before work.
My healthy action was to schedule a meeting with my book-keeper earlier in the month than normal, so at least I know the reality sooner rather than later.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on April 09, 2018, 02:46:20 PM
I did a TON of cooking yesterday:

Mushroom soup (with milk instead of the heavy cream called for. I do, sadly, notice the difference. Oh well.)
Crockpot black bean chili
Teriyaki tofu and vegetables
and a ton of brown rice in the instant pot.

I still had leftover homemade fried rice and chickpea curry in the fridge, so I'm mostly set on meals for the week. Opening the fridge and seeing all those containers of prepped food makes me feel taken care of. Even though I did all the work myself, haha!

Also cut up some bell pepper strips for Boyfriend's lunch - he actually REQUESTED veggies in his lunch this week, which is not a natural choice for him. Yay!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on April 09, 2018, 03:22:08 PM
Turned it up another notch on the treadmill this morning -- 2 miles in 20:23.  Closing in on a 10:00 mile pace for THAT distance, at least.  Changed to a different pair of older running shoes that have slightly more padding, but ended up with bashed in middle toes (I have Morton's Toe, aka Neaderthal Feet -- middle toes stick out beyond big toe), which sucks. 

Weight is holding steady at 160, despite ongoing evening snacking.  I am going to be offsetting that with lots of time in the garden as weather permits (did nearly 2 hours of pretty rigorous weeding involving getting some large taproots out), so should be seeing more movement downward soon.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 09, 2018, 06:14:00 PM
Had a gathering at my place (healthy choice #1), and intentionally bought less food for it than I normally would have (healthy choice #2). This was so I wouldn't end up with excess of stuff that's not optimal for me.

After the first wave of guests came through, there was little left...and after the second wave came through, literally nothing. YAY! (But the second wave brought me Easter goodies, so I still have those to contend with...will do so happily!)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: imadandylion on April 09, 2018, 08:08:49 PM
@lhamo Good job! :D

Healthy stuff for me:
- Meal planned on Sunday for healthy homemade meals all week.
- Made my lunch myself for work this morning, although it made me a little bit late to work, but more importantly, I got it done! It was a rice noodle salad with julienned carrots, chopped romaine lettuce, sliced cherry tomatoes, and pan-fried tofu in a sauce made of sesame oil, rice vinegar, lemon juice, and golden mountain seasoning sauce (like a version of soy sauce). Need to wake up earlier next time!
- Followed through with my AM, lunch, and PM walks at work, used the standing desk for half the day. Considering getting a "wobble cushion" for when I sit on the chair.
- Did my second-to-the-last workout of the 4-week core program today.  Going to finish it off strong tomorrow. :)
- Purchased and scheduled the 4-week strength training focused program from Fitness blender and starting later this week after 2 rest days. Yay!  I have decided not to purchase a membership anywhere and instead am just going to focus on building a home gym instead because it's more economical and I'd really much rather save the money for fun stuff like traveling. My fiance got me the Powerblocks adjustable dumb bell set as an early birthday present, which makes me really happy. We're going to look into getting an adjustable bench, barbell, and plates.
- Making a healthy dinner involving spaghetti squash and broccolini. Was going to use portobellos but randomly decided I want to save them for a marinated portobello wrap for tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 09, 2018, 09:18:40 PM
Healthy choices
Gym day...a nice 25 min walk on the treadmill and then a good upper body weight workout.
Walk with neighbour
Ate up all the bits and pieces of food in preparation for our trip tomorrow...no waste but really odd meals!
Packed a load of healthy food in case I canít find things to eat....I do not expect the people we visit to worry about what to feed me.
Tried not to get too my at my extended health care provider as they did not cover the cost of my very expensive asthma meds even though it was covered in the past.  Now need to have the doc fill out a form and then they will reimburse me...pain in the butt!  Itís something I rarely use but need it now. Neighbour gave me some lovely flowers for my birthday...sweet, but she knows we are not here for a week...so had to arrange them, cut the bottoms of all stems do they last longer...hopefully they have some colour left when we return.
Dairy free again today.  May introduce coffee cream when we return and see how that goes.  Still have some chest congestion from the cold but besides that feeling great.
No reporting TIL we return. 
Keep up your amazing healthy choices everyone!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ohsnap on April 10, 2018, 11:21:32 AM
Hello!  I started reading this thread a few days ago when I realized I'd gained 7.5 pounds in 2.5 months. :(  Apparently I've made a lot of lousy choices in 2018, healthwise.  So last week I vowed to do better.  Thank you for this encouraging thread!

Here were my accomplishments yesterday -
1. Instead of stir-frying the vegetables for my dinner, I cooked them with some vegetable broth.  Then I stirred in some soy sauce, rice vinegar, & spices at the end.  It tasted just like a stir-fry without the 2 TB of oil!
2. Instead of sitting on the couch to watch a game, I went to the gym with my husband.  I was a bit sore to do a weight workout, so instead I walked on the treadmill at a pretty steep incline for 45 minutes.  Bam!  300 calories burned while I watched the game on the gym's TV!
3. 7 total servings of fruit & veg for the day.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on April 10, 2018, 01:42:01 PM
Way to go everyone, and welcome @ohsnap !

I'm still THE MOST SORE. I was going to try a spin class today, but will be opting for gentle yoga instead.

My seasonal allergies have finally started. I have a ton of miserable drainage down the back of my throat. I've been trying to mainline (local) honey + tea and it's helped a bit. I also take allergy meds but I swear to God that they do nothing--I don't know if I'm just taking the wrong ones or if my body is immune, ugh. I've switched between Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec, and various generics over the years and noticed zero difference. Any ideas?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on April 10, 2018, 05:53:51 PM
Today my health choice is to take deep breaths, and not freak out. I'd say we're hitting about 55% success rate.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on April 10, 2018, 06:26:49 PM
Hugs to everyone having a rough day/week/month. You are all SO amazing and will feel much better.

Probably.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: horsepoor on April 10, 2018, 08:32:43 PM
I've been absent from this thread, but sat down and caught up on about four pages of it last night.  Everyone is doing so great!

I've been a little lax and haven't lost any weight - may have gained a pound or so, but need to weigh in a few times and average out.

I'm now riding consistently 4 days a week, and gardening season is ramping up.  I'm still shooting for running 2x a week and gym workout/strength training 2x a week.  Last week was a total bust, but I probably average about 3 total workouts per week instead of four.  My horse is at a new place that saves me about 20+ minutes of daily driving, so I have no excuse to miss my shorter weekday workouts, because there is time to do both after work.  Today I did a 3 mile run/walk, and then headed out to the barn and rode for about 45 minutes.

Kind of torn on what to do with food - I think going to a lower-carb/paleo plan would help me get back to the weight I'd like to be at, but it's more work, more money, and less flexibility. 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on April 11, 2018, 09:11:23 AM
Been having some sleep and digestive problems but overall doing okay. Behind on my to do list and debated skipping our homeschool group hike yesterday but really glad we went anyways.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 11, 2018, 10:47:44 AM
Today I'm on the verge of a nervous breakdown, thus those healthy choices are more critical than ever, so:

1. Asked a pro to come in to consult on a matter in my home, resolving a point of fretting
2. Declined a beautiful offer of lunch with pal, as I'm too fried for [certain characteristics] or driving or one more thing
3. Put out a DND sign
4. Next: music via sound cancelling, soft, comfy, soothing earphones (thank you, Bose!)
5. Making myself a hearty, yummy breakfast + black coffee
6. Will complete an appt I've been waiting a long while for, because I will feel better with that completed
7. When DS is at his two classes, will drop into "coffee shop self care"

See? I already feel quite a bit better having written those excellent steps out :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on April 11, 2018, 11:03:05 AM
Stressful day at work and came in to 3 chocolate truffles that a co-worker left on my desk. So far have managed to eat only one. Win? I should sneak the others into the breakroom before I'm tempted to shovel the other 2 in, haha.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: GardenBaker on April 11, 2018, 12:38:41 PM
Looking forward to hearing everyone's success stories this year with meeting your goals and being held accountable for mine. My goal is to not count calories, but to instead eat a healthy whole food diet. I've read Dr Gregor's How Not to Die and I'm working on incorporating his daily dozen into my diet. I've found eating veggies for breakfast and lunch greatly upticks my servings of vegs each day. Dinner usually involves meat and vegetables as well with the occasional pizza splurge. My biggest challenge is exercise, currently my goal is to incorporate organized purposeful exercise into my schedule 3x per week and incorporate more moving throughout the day. Currently, I average about 2500 steps/day. Plan to double that by the end of February.

I figured since we're a little over a quarter of the way through the year, I'd post an update. My steps have improved, I'm averaging 4500 - 5500 per day depending on what I choose as my exercise. On days I ride a spin bike, I don't get as many steps versus when I go out for a run. I am exercising at least 3x every week, some weeks it has been up to 5 days of exercise. I still need to work on cutting my servings of meat down to only one meal a day; lately, I brink dinner leftovers for lunch so I've still been eating meat at lunch too. My new goal is to avg 8,000 steps a day for the 2nd quarter of this year.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on April 11, 2018, 02:44:56 PM
Ooh, good idea to do some reflection @GardenBaker! I couldn't even remember what I'd said my goals were when the thread started, haha.

As someone who loves health + wellness but is triggered by calorie counting and diet talk, I think this is my spot! Thank you lhamo for starting a safe(r) space :)

My goals for 2018 are to find a new rhythm with non-running exercise (including more mindfulness-based practices like yoga); start my own veggie garden this spring; and to maintain my focus on plant-based nutrition (although I will always be an omnivore because it turned out that going vegetarian was not good for my health).

Rhythm with non-running exercise: Meh. I have a new routine that includes mindfulness-based practices, but I'm not thrilled with it. It's good enough for now and the cheapest option available to me, if I accept that 1) 15 years of data indicate that I will never regularly do yoga/workout videos on my own, and 2) I must do cross-training to keep my hip issues from flaring up. I was thinking over the weekend that still following my old studio on Insta and getting all of their emails makes me more discontented with my current gym...but that's also how they announce their flash sales, so if I don't see them in a day, I won't get them. I continue to waffle over unfollowing everything.

Veggie garden: Started! I have kale, spinach, carrots, and an impulse-bought nasturtium underway, along with the usual herb suspects of rosemary, thyme, and oregano. I'll be getting tomatoes and summer planted this weekend, and basil in May. Nothing is dead yet, and I've decided that every day a food-producing, non-herb plant survives in Year 1 is a win.

Maintain focus on plant-based nutrition: Most of the year has been good on this front, except for the last two weeks! My SO's family are all mega-carnivores and visited us for Easter, and we ended up with a ton of leftover meat items. Then I had an "I just can't even with cooking" moment at Costco on Saturday and got one of their $4.99 rotisserie chickens, so that's been two dinners + one lunch this week. Tomorrow will include more meat at a work dinner. But it's fine! This is peanuts in the grand scheme of things, and it's just not worth it to me to stress about whether my diet adheres to a self-imposed standard of what is objectively better. I minimize meat consumption for environmental, ethical, and personal reasons, but I cannot and will not turn food into a source of stress and restriction. I've been down that path and it does not lead me to a good place.

At its worst, it lead me to a doctor's office with them pulling out height/weight charts, my hair falling out in chunks, and collapsing because I was so lightheaded and dizzy from starving my body. More recent experiences have been milder: hysteria in grocery store parking lots, sobbing on the phone with my then-grad school's mental health crisis line, therapy for a minute. The last year or two my would-be issues with food have just made me angry. Angry that so many women have been so comprehensively lied to by the diet and fitness industry. Angry that so many of us fight with our bodies and our minds in the attempt to adhere to an impossible standard (literally impossible--supermodels still get Photoshopped). Angry that so many of us, collectively, waste so much time and energy and agony on not feeling good enough the way we are. Angry that ritualized body-shaming is an ingrained part of so many women's conversations--angry that when I've refused to participate in those conversations, women have become angry with me. Angry that when I joined my gym, they assumed I wanted to lose weight even though I'm already privileged to have a body that hits most of those patriarchal fucking bullshit standards (90% genetic lottery, 10% I like vegetables and running). Angry that deciding to be okay with my body is somehow a radical position for a woman to take in 2018.

Ahem.

Anyway, I still like eating mostly plants for lots of reasons and look forward to resuming that pattern after a random meaty blip.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 11, 2018, 10:06:50 PM
Today I'm on the verge of a nervous breakdown, thus those healthy choices are more critical than ever, so:

Today's steps worked great!!! Yay!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: jane x on April 12, 2018, 11:25:20 AM
After much trial and error I've confirmed I have an egg allergy.  I never suspected eggs because, a) who's allergic to eggs?!, and b) the symptoms never presented until many hours after eating the eggs, i.e, if I ate eggs for breakfast the symptoms presented after dinner.  I just couldn't figure out what it was because I couldn't identify the commonality.  It was only after I did food tracking just for the sake of information (not for weight loss) that I saw it.  And then I couldn't believe it.  When I confirmed it, I still couldn't believe it because the response was so delayed.  I kept thinking for sure it was something else. 

I also found that if I trigger the allergic response then my body gets very reactive to foods that I can normally eat in small amounts like whey protein, nuts, ranch dressing, etc.  The allergic response (histamines?) stay in my system for at least a day.  Consequently, I've been feeling crappy this whole week because my body is feeling under attack and tired from fighting off the offenders.  Anything I eat just goes right through me.

Today I've been really wanting to go have a big burger and fries to restore my energy and supply some nutrients.  I think the allergens make it difficult for my body to get the nutrients they need while it's still resolving the allergy attack.  I've been feeling hungry for days and the veggies are not solving the problem.

I'm trying to hold off, but I might give in if it means I will have the energy I need to go on about my day instead of feeling sickly and tired.  Feeling well needs to trump losing weight. 

And now I finally get why I've always felt better when I skip breakfast!!!   
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 12, 2018, 01:17:49 PM
jane x, that's amazing!! What a wonderfully helpful piece of info to have.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on April 12, 2018, 01:21:53 PM
I seem to have picked up a cold, maybe from the airplane, maybe from the extreme amount of stress Iíve been under lately, maybe both?

So today Iím taking it easy, drinking lots of water and ginger/turmeric tea, and tidying up around my house a bit. I may go sit in the sunshine for a while too, provided the horrible neighbors stop cutting/running power tools/being doofy entitled asses for 10 minutes in a row.

I went to the dentist yesterday and they were concerned about my gums so today I got a fancy toothbrush. Hoping I donít have anything serious going on and that stepping up my oral hygiene game will help.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on April 12, 2018, 01:23:23 PM
Accepting that I might need a few days of pharmaceutical meds to soothe my body past the end of this flu.

And drinking an ocean of throat coat tea
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on April 12, 2018, 01:41:41 PM
I tweaked something in my hip, so I'm going to suspend jogging until it heals. That seems smarter than continuing despite the pain, which has been my previous response to injury.

There's an elliptical machine in the gym, and I've promised myself I'll give that method of exercise another try today, despite hating the elliptical.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 12, 2018, 02:39:48 PM
I seem to have picked up a cold, maybe from the airplane, maybe from the extreme amount of stress Iíve been under lately, maybe both?

Fair enough, Body! You've kinda been through the wringer lately. I'm glad madgey is taking such good care of you. You're good to her!!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on April 12, 2018, 05:24:32 PM
@jane x actually, egg allergy is one of the top 5 allergies IIRC.

It is worth noting that SOME folks with chicken egg allergies can tolerate duck eggs (very hard to find in most areas though). Another workaround that works for SOME is getting eggs from chickens fed soy-free. YMMV.

Food allergies suck, but itís very empowering when you figure it out! I discovered a low grade peanut allergy a number of years ago. Finding a frugal lunch to replace PB&J reduced my chronic sinus issues considerably.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on April 12, 2018, 06:34:20 PM
I tweaked something in my hip, so I'm going to suspend jogging until it heals. That seems smarter than continuing despite the pain, which has been my previous response to injury.

There's an elliptical machine in the gym, and I've promised myself I'll give that method of exercise another try today, despite hating the elliptical.

I continue to hate the elliptical machine. I decided on some yoga, and some body weight stuff instead. I feel virtuous and satisfied, which is all anyone can ask for.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on April 12, 2018, 07:46:20 PM
I seem to have picked up a cold, maybe from the airplane, maybe from the extreme amount of stress Iíve been under lately, maybe both?

Fair enough, Body! You've kinda been through the wringer lately. I'm glad madgey is taking such good care of you. You're good to her!!

:)))
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on April 13, 2018, 05:56:20 AM
Going alcohol free again. Last year I had a couple periods where I was hyper sensitive to alcohol and Iím seeing the same symptoms starting again. Even a bit of tincture triggers it. Feverish, achey, chills and low energy like when fighting a virus. Last year I once spiked a 105 fever.

I love the nuances of wine, beer, and whiskey but I may need to give it up entirely, or keep it at very sporadic consumption. Weíll see. I re-read my journals regularly and alcohol overconsumption has been an ongoing issue of mine over the past couple years.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on April 13, 2018, 03:45:29 PM
Healthy choice today was to call-off a trip that I was supposed to leave on tomorrow.

The weather has turned wet/snowy and driving 7 or 8 hours in it was not an appealing option.
My family was understanding of the decision and now I feel a lovely freedom from having a week off of work and NO PLANS :)

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on April 13, 2018, 03:53:05 PM
Ran 2 miles in 20 minutes on the treadmill this morning.  BAM!

Doesn't really make up for how crappy things are otherwise, but at least I am closing in on one fitness goal.  So maybe not a total failure at life....
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on April 13, 2018, 04:44:23 PM
Healthy choice today was to call-off a trip that I was supposed to leave on tomorrow.

The weather has turned wet/snowy and driving 7 or 8 hours in it was not an appealing option.
My family was understanding of the decision and now I feel a lovely freedom from having a week off of work and NO PLANS :)

Staycations are the best. My personal desire is to create a life I donít want a vacation from.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 13, 2018, 06:17:35 PM
So maybe not a total failure at life....

(((lhamo))) We all know you're very much the opposite of a failure at life, but I'm really sorry things are feeling so shitty right now.

And way to go maintaining the fitness aspect of your self-care through life's ups and downs!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: horsepoor on April 13, 2018, 10:27:17 PM
Mixed bag this week - ate well, got my workouts in, and several hours of gardening, plus a riding lesson tonight.  Had wine and ice cream tonight.  Running and more gardening tomorrow, and eating lots of veggies.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: jane x on April 14, 2018, 09:44:06 AM
Last night I made the healthy choice to go to the movies - and pay full price too.  Dh and I went after work and saw Black Panther and got a big tub of popcorn and a huge regular-sugar coke.  It was a healthy choice because we have been having a stressful two weeks and we just needed to intentionally put some fun into our life.  And it was a lot fun.  It was fun to be out and surrounded by lots of happy people enjoying an evening out with their families (we went to the 4:50 pm show, so lots of families out with kids and lots of teenagers hanging out with their friends).  The theater is at the mall near our house and it was a nice warm evening so we enjoyed walking around outside looking at the palm trees and watching the sunset.  They also have huge skylights and "garden areas" throughout the mall so it was very bright and cheerful inside.  Then we came home for dinner and had some home-cooked food and spent some time cuddling and relaxing. 

We were surprised by how expensive it was, but I think sometimes we have to do some fun things, even if they are expensive, in order to keep our emotional and mental balance healthy.  And it was just a movie after all - not a tropical cruise!  :)  It was nice to just have fun without thinking about weight loss and carbs and money.  And since we don't do this very often, it felt like a real treat. 

Dh is working on a home project this weekend and I have a busy week coming up so I'll be going to the pool to just relax.  I haven't been there in over a week.  I also hope to get some time in the garden in between helping dh with the project.

p.s.  And I did have that big juicy burger a few days ago when I was feeling super hungry and tired!  I also made a big yummy pot roast that night and have been eating that.  I've been feeling much better, so I did need the extra nutrients.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 14, 2018, 02:46:11 PM
jane x, that evening sounds wonderful!!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 15, 2018, 10:30:25 AM
When you wake planning to have eggs and pork for breakfast, and find there are no eggs, it is no small delight to realize an equally healthy option is...fudge brownies! Because they're made only of: eggs, bananas, cocoa, ghee, almonds, peanuts, vanilla extract, salt. Score!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on April 15, 2018, 10:39:58 AM
When you wake planning to have eggs and pork for breakfast, and find there are no eggs, it is no small delight to realize an equally healthy option is...fudge brownies! Because they're made only of: eggs, bananas, cocoa, ghee, almonds, peanuts, vanilla extract, salt. Score!

surprised by healthy treats @jooniFLORisploo --definitely a win!

-Last week was a mix of late nights, guests staying with us, increased socializing/drinking and getting sick/neck spasm..so I took a few days easy, reduced work-load, had a massage and called off a trip

-Kept up with cold-water dipping almost daily (excepting neck spasm days), which has turned into such an amazing ritual--we might expand it to see how many alpine lakes we can dip in this summer
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: madgeylou on April 15, 2018, 10:55:37 AM
Even though I'm still sick, I went to bed extra-early and woke up in the middle of the night to watch Beyonce's performance at Coachella. Healthiest choice ever!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on April 15, 2018, 11:07:49 AM
When you wake planning to have eggs and pork for breakfast, and find there are no eggs, it is no small delight to realize an equally healthy option is...fudge brownies! Because they're made only of: eggs, bananas, cocoa, ghee, almonds, peanuts, vanilla extract, salt. Score!

Reminds me of and old Bill Cosby routine about chocolate cake for breakfast.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 15, 2018, 08:26:08 PM
Just caught up with posts from when I was away...great work everyone!
I too have an egg allergy.  Itís mild, but when I eat too many eggs I get hives and itís awful!

 I was good with dairy free so, as itís been a month, I tried a bit of cheese.  Now my throat is phlegm filled (sorry, that sounds ugly) so back off dairy again.  The cold is 99% gone so it may just be a bit of that...but I donít think so.  Honestly I didnít really miss the dairy so this wonít be hard.
Trip was great, helped out SIL, saw FIL, saw my kid and DIL...ate good and bad food, mostly good.  Had a nice beach walk, woods walk and other short walks.  Back to the gym tomorrow.

Our snow is all gone, yippee...soon it will be yard work time.  So happy.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on April 15, 2018, 08:35:17 PM
I ate at maintenance today. I'm sloughing epithelial cells and it's MAKING ME RAVENOUS. Or, not even physically ravenous. More like mentally fixated on food, and emotionally intolerant of even mild hunger. The healthy choice was to just chill, so I did.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on April 16, 2018, 04:54:29 AM
Is talking about weight number allowed? Canít remember if it was okay here. Hit a milestone that Iíd never quite thought I would hit.

My emotional state has been a mess last couple of weeks, but my body in general is doing okay. Back and neck continue to heal, though the improvement is a lot slower than it was in the first few weeks of chiro. Iím thinner to the point my own body feels strange.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 16, 2018, 08:58:41 AM
Quote
Hit a milestone that Iíd never quite thought I would hit.

CONGRATS, furrychickens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on April 16, 2018, 09:52:50 AM
Nice job, furrychickens!

Continuing my (not very) scientific research into what might be making me ravenous some days: Yesterday I ate considerably less than I do on most weekdays and felt mostly fine, only what I would consider normal hunger, not "OMG I'm going to chew off my own arm" panicky hunger. Possible reasons:

- was not outdoors in freezing cold very much (did some VERY brief garden work and otherwise stayed the hell indoors),
- did not have to go to work or use brain very much for the tasks that needed to get done,
- finished with period,
- slept! I was out late the night before and went to bed around 3:30. Woke up at 9, saw that the community garden volunteer day was cancelled for weather, went back to bed and eventually drifted back off. Slept until nearly noon!

I cannot do anything about these issues on work days. I am unable to fall asleep until around midnight or 1 a.m., try as I might, and I have to be up at 7 for work. I often feel like my body wants to be on a later schedule than my job allows. I have to go out in the freezing cold for work, and stand on the el platform 4x a day (taking into account train transfers) getting pummeled by icy wind. I cannot do anything about the fact that my job requires brain use and I cannot do that on small amounts of food. Clearly, FIRE is the solution! hahaha
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 16, 2018, 10:05:49 AM
Tris, all of that sounds SO familiar to me! Including the using the brain part. Definitely by moderating the types of experiences -and not just "exercise"- I have in a day changes how much food I need. Your attentiveness to what brings a greater a need for food will serve you well.

furrychickens, your post reminded me of when I got to my smallest points intentionally (vs unintentionally). I remember feeling strange in my body, in my case like it was too small, kinda gangly. (There's a higher weight I actually feel much more comfortable in.) It can be a weird sensation, being in a different size and shape, for sure.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on April 16, 2018, 03:26:46 PM
-Went down the garden to start clearing out roots and planning for the next year (it's a community garden and one of our box numbers is changing this year)
 Good to get hands into the dirt

-Dunked the body in the cold lake again (12 times so far in April), such a game-changer for me

-Brought my bike out of storage and started biking everywhere, another joy-bringer

-Started a DIY hammock project to get ready for summer lounging in the forest

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on April 16, 2018, 03:39:40 PM
Jogged. Slowly.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 20
Post by: Bendigirl on April 16, 2018, 05:15:50 PM
Healthy choices today
Gym...yippee, back at the gym.  Walk on treadmill for half an hour then an upper body weight routine
Spent a small,fortune at Costco...but all good yummy food.   Mostly nuts and nut products. Someone told me they have good gluten free buns and I caught myself walking in that direction.  NO...I am sure they are all rice flour and other stuff I care not to eat...I turned the cart around.
Ate good food.
Trying to regain the pound I lost while away.  How did this happen?  Lots of crappy restaurant food...ewww and just not my normal eating. Should have gained, but I lost.  That being said I just inhaled a few fistfuls of pistachios.
Walk with neighbour....nice, even in the rain.
Baked my breakfast muffins and some date based brownies for dessert.  The brownies are amazing and all great ingredients.

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on April 17, 2018, 04:16:37 AM
Have to put chocolate on the ďprobably never againĒ food list after the way I reacted to part of a 92% cocoa bar yesterday and Iím surprisingly okay with this.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on April 17, 2018, 07:28:48 AM
My computer time at work has ramped up a lot. My healthy choice recently is to spend less personal time on the computer. It will be easier once it's actually spring and I don't feel the impulse to just sit and browse forums instead of shoveling snow ;)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on April 17, 2018, 08:14:16 AM
My computer time at work has ramped up a lot. My healthy choice recently is to spend less personal time on the computer. It will be easier once it's actually spring and I don't feel the impulse to just sit and browse forums instead of shoveling snow ;)

I too have been spending WAY too much time on the computer for personal reasons, specifically because it is cold and snowy and disgusting out. In April. Normally I'd be doing garden work and would be feeling incredibly happy and productive.

I am having a very difficult time coping with this weather and I am not sure how to change my attitude about it when it is putting me so far behind and making it impossible to do many things that are good for my physical and mental heath. For those of you like me who are STILL in a deep freeze, what are you doing to be less miserable about not having spring? I mean, when it's freezing in February I can convince myself that, OK, this is normal for this time of year, I'm going to fix a hot drink and some soup or chili and have a cozy night in. That's a harder sell in mid-April when I should've been able to start the garden already!

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: katscratch on April 17, 2018, 08:47:13 AM
My body is so done with this weather. I've been so fatigued!

Are there any indoor arboretum type places near you? We have one in St Paul and that's been a lifesaver for a lot of my friends in the past month (I haven't managed to get over there yet).

My other go-to is a large garden store with an indoor plant section bordered by a coffee shop. It feels a little more store-like than the arboretum but it smells like summer, and is nice and humid and warm, and that's what counts for me :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on April 17, 2018, 09:03:55 AM
My body is so done with this weather. I've been so fatigued!

Are there any indoor arboretum type places near you? We have one in St Paul and that's been a lifesaver for a lot of my friends in the past month (I haven't managed to get over there yet).

My other go-to is a large garden store with an indoor plant section bordered by a coffee shop. It feels a little more store-like than the arboretum but it smells like summer, and is nice and humid and warm, and that's what counts for me :)

I did spend some time in the tropical plants greenhouse in my garden center, when I went there over the weekend in the 30s and rain (at least not snow at that point?) to haul the wet and ice-cold bags of soil and compost I needed. That was nice. We do have a conservatory but it's a long ride on public transport, on the other end of the city from me, and I haven't had the time.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: jane x on April 17, 2018, 03:54:20 PM
I've been thinking about our American culture's unhealthy obsession with perfection.  Especially as it relates to women.  We're supposed to look perfect, from head to toe; our homes are supposed to look perfect from top to bottom, etc. 

We used to have a very small kitchen and we took down walls to open it up and in the process moved a bunch of cabinets.  As a result, our ceiling and some of our walls in that room look 'blemished' if you will.  Dh really wants to get that fixed and I got a quote from a contractor and the project was priced at $1600 to retexture a 10'x15' ceiling and one and a half upper walls.  No way I was going to pay that.  I've convinced dh that we can use ship lap or beadboard to cover up the blemished wall and ceiling sections ourselves. 

But really, why does everything have to be so perfect?  Our homes are meant to be lived in and used, and naturally will show some wear and tear over the years.  This is a 55 year old house.  It has evolved over time to be more functional for how we live.  Do we really need to erase all evidence of the changes and evolution?

Most people would say that the time, effort and cost to make the cosmetic changes is worth it to have everything look "nice."  I'm not sure.  And I'm aware that one change leads to another, and then you never really finish and get to just relax.  We now have some patch work in every room because our heating vents were moved from the wall to the ceiling.  An eyesore, some would call it.  Am I supposed to go through and retexture every wall now? 

Learning to live with imperfections and empty spaces feels like a healthy goal.  Both in our environment and in ourselves.  I just watched a lovely movie about Irish landscape designer Mary Reynolds and her quest to bring the wild back into home gardens.  This quest for perfection that we've adopted seems like a battle against nature itself.  Do I want to be perfect or happy?  I somehow sense that the two are diametrically opposed.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 17, 2018, 04:36:30 PM
Jane x
Interesting.  I am, sadly, one of those people who hates things out of place or needing to be perfect.  My son is the opposite.  He has the ceiling that, I think, needs refinishing...he couldnít care less.  Whatever makes you happy...
The personal perfection thing...like looks, weight, clothes...that is different, IMO.  I had my gym friend tell me today that I looked too skinny.  WTF!  I am thin, my dad was thin...itís a family thing.  I lift heavy, eat lots...but I just donít get big.  I have always been the skinny girl.  I would never, ever, tell someone they were fat or thin...it really upset me.  I work really hard at staying healthy, keeping bone mass good and my pancreas happy.  I lost the genetic lottery so I really work hard at keeping ahead of the game.

Anyways...my healthy choices today
Still dairy free
Gym...treamilll, abs and yoga class
Walk with friend
Got some banking done, reviewed travel money as we have two big trips coming up this year
Healthy lunch and breakfast.
Meal plans for the week done
Drinking a big cup of peppermint tea...
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 17, 2018, 06:34:13 PM
If society told me I need to make me and my home perfect, I missed the memo ;)     I love clean, neat, and simple but beyond that prefer wabi sabi. Long-term matters I'll put a loooooooooooooooooooooot of thought, research, and effort into, though -it's one of the many reasons I prefer renting. Accepting imperfection is definitely a healthy choice for me.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: SquashingDebt on April 17, 2018, 07:12:09 PM
I've been thinking some similar thoughts about whether my living space needs to be "perfect."  So far, I've always been a renter, and therefore have had relatively little control over many features of my space.  I've been thinking about if/when I might want to buy a house, and one of the only reasons in the pro column is to get that "perfect" interior.  BUT - how much happier would I be if I had newer countertops and a slightly quieter fridge and walls that weren't off-white?  Maybe a little bit, but probably not as much as I might think by default.

So, for now, I keep landing on the side of continuing with my cheap and easy renting lifestyle and knowing that by saving the money, I'm expanding my future options, both for houses and the rest of my life.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on April 17, 2018, 07:27:23 PM
I used to fixate on 'fixing things' but the past 2 years have I've relaxed a bit and life is so much more joyful (for my SO as well)

Our house is surrounded by other townhouses getting FULL renovations (we are the non-high-rollers in the neighborhood) and we really can't keep up with the Joneses. At all.
Plus we would rather go on a trip than re-paint walls.

Wabi-sabi is a lovely concept @jooniFLORisploo
..simple, humble, aged, clean & tidy..sounds good to me. I find I enjoy our character-filled home and even the falling plaster (ha) as long as the tidyness factor is high and old carpets are vaccuumed frequently. Plus, we have a beautiful view so that helps.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 17, 2018, 07:50:48 PM
...we really can't keep up with the Joneses. At all.

That's just it: Where would it end? If I caught up to them, in 3-5 years they'd start reno'ing again anyway. Would I have to resume then, too? Ugh, no way. I'll keep it low-key, simple, sweet.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 17, 2018, 10:23:23 PM
I'm not sure if it's from post-Lent foods or something else, but suddenly I'm:
*having trouble with sleep again
*am grinding/clenching my teeth (!)
*getting sore/sensitive teeth (which dentist once said can happen with grinding them)

Healthy choices today:
*didn't buy the desired candy, as the only bags available were big
*sent kid to bed early
*trying magnesium (powder in water) for sleep

Off I go for early bed myself! Here's hoping a good rest comes.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 18, 2018, 10:12:05 AM
^ Boy did THAT work!!!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: jane x on April 18, 2018, 10:33:05 AM
...we really can't keep up with the Joneses. At all.

That's just it: Where would it end?

Exactly. 

The thing about choices is that whatever course of action we take, there is always a cost as well as a benefit to that choice/action.  How much energy and resources do I want to devote to X?  I often don't think that through before choosing my battles, and then find myself regretting the costs incurred in fighting said battles.  And of course, some battles and choices are very much worth the cost.  But knowing that all resources are limited, I do want to be mindful. 

@SquashingDebt - ah, being a homeowner does sometimes feel like a series of endless projects.  :)  You paint your walls and now your couch looks shabby, you buy a new couch and now the carpet looks gross, etc.... And countertops!  The choices are endless and can feel very overwhelming.  You know the feeling of walking down the cereal aisle at the grocery store?  Yeah, like that, except they cost thousands of dollars.  And then you think, well, if I'm already spending thousands of dollars, maybe I should get the really fancy stuff... and I'll need a fancy faucet to go with it.  And if I'm doing the counters, I'll need fancy tile backsplash too.  And that's going to make my 15 yo stove look cheap...

There are many benefits to being a homeowner, for sure, but it's also a lot of work and very expensive.  My husband is very handy and likes to work around the house, otherwise I probably would have sold this house a long time ago.  Dealing with contractors can be a nightmare too.  Especially if you are a single female.  I was ripped off more than once when I was single.  I had to take a contractor (who was trying to rip me off) to small claims court and he was such a jerk to me (verbally abusive outside the courtroom, calling me stupid and yelling at me) that I was in tears during testimony.  When the judge ruled in my favor, the contractor started yelling at the judge and had to be removed from the courthouse.  Even though I won the case, I did not recover my deposit, I was only exempted from being forced to let him continue to work in my house and having to pay the remainder of the contract.

@jooniFLORisploo - thank you for posting about wabi-sabi!  I didn't know much about it so I read up, and I love it.  It perfectly captures where I'm trying to get to.  A big hug of gratitude being sent your way!  :)

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 18, 2018, 10:57:51 AM
You paint your walls and now your couch looks shabby, you buy a new couch and now the carpet looks gross, etc.... [...] And if I'm doing the counters, I'll need fancy tile backsplash too.  And that's going to make my 15 yo stove look cheap...

Oh yes, I remember that now too! I can't even get all my electronics to agree on an era, and those cost way less than house things do.

Holy cow re: your contractor experience!

I was able to buy and own because I knew my dad would be more than happy to teach me and help me re: repairs, etc. The house costs I couldn't control (taxes, insurance) soared so I ended up selling, and now I don't have him so I'm wary of buying anything more complex than a brand new tiny house again (illegal in most of my areas). What I could and can afford in my HCOLa (that allows kids) is older and in disrepair, so plenty of work would be required. I adored my first house, but I have zero craving to do that again, and solo this time. I'd be buying more stress than I have room for right now.

@jooniFLORisploo - thank you for posting about wabi-sabi!  I didn't know much about it so I read up, and I love it.  It perfectly captures where I'm trying to get to.  A big hug of gratitude being sent your way!  :)

:)))))
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 18, 2018, 04:32:54 PM
Nice day!  Finally got a chance to play in the garden...my zen. 

Healthy choices
No dairy
Amazing food
Gym...treadmill and leg day
Walk with friend
Gardening
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on April 18, 2018, 09:14:29 PM
I ate all real, cooked or raw from scratch foods today.

Luckily it is easy to make Pina coladas from scratch, and I finally convinced someone that Wednesday lunch is ideal Pina colada time
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 18, 2018, 09:22:08 PM
Was reaching parenting burnout, so dropped kid off at a wonderful space where he could have fun and I could get a real break! Was great!! All refreshed now.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 19, 2018, 02:36:27 PM
SPRING!!!!
Woohoo, 19 degrees C
Spring has sprung.
Healthy choices
-Dairy free
-Gym...bike, abs and yoga class (awesome class today)
-Walk with neighbour
-Made a paleo coconut cream pie...yum (I hope)
-Bird feeders full
-Heading to the garden now
-patio furniture being washed and brought up to the deck.

Coconut cream pie...this is new to me.  Still dropping weight despite my rather high calorie intake...so more calories for me! 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 20, 2018, 02:49:35 PM
Yummy coconut cream pie....hasnít helped yet though...

Healthy choices today
-dairy free (giving this another two weeks)
-gym, treadmill and upper body weights
-walk with neighbour
-good food.  I eat paleo, veggie and fruit heavy
-lots of water...something I neglected the last little while
-planted some pansies for my deck...the only thing that will survive this cool weather.  Although it was lovely yesterday, that was yesterday.  Heat coming next week
-watched a bald eagle swoop down on the duck pond.  He was chased away by crows...very cool
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on April 20, 2018, 07:32:47 PM
Chipotle!

I responsibly ate half, and saved half. Which means....Chipotle for breakfast!

I watched the server sling rice into the bowl, and though man, that looks like a lot or rice. Once I horked down half the bowl, curiosity overwhelmed hunger. I scraped everything off the remaining half-bowl of rice, and weighed the results. That rice weighed 132g, but Chipotle's nutrition calculator assumes 113g is a full serving per bowl. So, wow, thank you generous server for more than doubling my rice! But, wow, glad I decided to save half for later.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: ElleFiji on April 20, 2018, 09:25:22 PM
I ate two soup meals, and one cooked by family meal. And one snack. 4 eating occasions, which is generally my sweet spot.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: imadandylion on April 21, 2018, 10:12:27 AM
Loved reading everyone's updates. I can't comment on everything, but the "perfect home" thing really gets me, too. Being in a creative field, I kind of also feel like I need my home to look very designer-y (especially if people *gasp* come over), but you know what, it's just not. Of course I would want nicer furniture, but they're all very expensive.  And as I've learned over the years, it's not worth it to spend money on furniture at all really, especially not at retail prices. Quality is hard to come by (everything seems to be made of particle board) and I'm very picky. Things also get ruined, too. I think one of my biggest regrets is us spending money on a brand new sofa... Nice, but it's damaged now from moving (never ask your friends to help you move...) and from cats clawing (despite trying to keep up with clipping and gluing caps on their nails).  I'm happiest with the furniture I ended up thrifting or buying used, like a great sized solid wood coffee table that just happened to be an interesting blue color when I picked it up (I thought it was white from the picture) and now it adds so much. Anyway, enough rambling from me about furniture choices. :D I've learned to be happy with my space. As long as it's clean (which in itself can be hard to achieve and maintain even without the interior decorating intentions) and free of cat litter, I'm happy. Buying secondhand can take a long time to cultivate the space you want, but I think in this world we're so used to instant gratification and being able to just buy what you need from online or whatever local big-box store, so it's good to get perspective sometimes and remember it's okay to take your time.

@Sailor Sam That's why I love my digital scale! I usually use it to measure out pasta, noodles, or other really calorie-dense foods, too, because it's just always really hard for me to know how much I'm really eating. It also reminds me to include more vegetables to fill in the rest of the plate.

Healthy choices this week:
- I had a good week. I went out to eat 4 times, though, twice because people wanted to treat me for a birthday lunch and dinner. And I had more sugar than I usually consume. My body ended up retaining about 10 lbs of water, too, which I imagine is from restaurant food usually being higher in sodium. Eep! I don't usually take much stock in the scale, but it's uncomfortable to be that bloated. I'm not the sort of person who will panic and feel "derailed" if I eat out a few times, but it definitely reminds me of why I prefer to cook/eat at home - so I can control the food and thus how my body reacts! So yesterday, to get back into cooking for myself, for dinner I made my five-spice soba noodles with brussel sprouts roasted with grapeseed oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and sea salt - simple, and so good!

- Have been enjoying walks around the neighborhood, especially to appreciate the sunny weather that happens sometimes in between the cloudy, rain, hailing days.

- I socialized more with my coworkers this week and tried to genuinely be interested in what they had to say even if I normally think small talk is mundane. Oddly, social connections can make you feel good sometimes. I heard on NPR radio yesterday that so many people deal with loneliness, and some people are "shut-ins," described as people who have not had social interactions for at least 6 months. It's a reminder for me to be grateful for what I have. I might not be the most extroverted or popular, but I'm doing all right!

- I also completed week 1 of the Fitness Blender strength training program and started week 2 yesterday. I did miss a day on account of going out for my birthday dinner, but did it the next day on an active rest day, and added in a cardio kickboxing workout, too.

- I got a wobble cushion and have been using that on my chair at work. It definitely helps me to reduce slouching or leaning forward. For some reason, I am always inclined to lean forward when sitting at work. It seems to reduce stiffness in the back.

- Slept in today (which to me is 7 AM... lol) instead of setting an alarm and going to work to do some overtime. I'll do that Sunday... lol. I really need to focus on getting a solid 8-9 hours because I have been extremely tired the past 1-2 weeks from averaging 6-7 hours. :/
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 21, 2018, 11:52:50 AM
No dairy
Gym...treadmill and leg day
Will walk later
Planting my peas today, greens too

Still trying to eat more, the coconut cream pie was slathered with coconut whip cream yesterday.  And yes, my weight dropped.  Grrr
maybe I will see the effects in a few days.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 21, 2018, 12:05:05 PM
Really enjoying my newest breakfast: three eggs scrambled with 2-3 cups of kale, plus two pure pork wieners chopped. Simple, quick, delicious, sustaining.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sun Hat on April 22, 2018, 06:41:29 AM
That sounds a lot like one of my standby meals of eggs, kale, tomato and cheese. I like the protein + fibre/bulk + fat combo.

I've started writing a list of easy healthy meals on a whiteboard, so that I'm never at a loss as to what to eat - because if I am, I default to buttery carbs. So far, I've got seven meals written down that meet the nutrition/satiation/yumminess threshold to merit going into regular rotation.  If any of you have easy, high protein, high fibre meals that you love, I'd be grateful to hear of them!

Yesterday I did a low-impact cardio workout from HASFIT and went for a long walk. It made for an easy day for my knees. Today, I'll go for a run.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 22, 2018, 09:39:02 AM
Earth day!
Although my neighbour and I pick up garbage every day on our walk, today is earth day so extra stuff is in order.  Going to buy some pansies to plant on the other side of my fence...city park.  We have maintained this park since we moved here, never see city workers.  Many trees have been planted, noxious weeds removed and much more.  Now some early spring flowers are in order for the birds and bees.
Also going to get neighbour to help me clean up the city access area...itís filthy.  Needs a good sweeping and weeding.
Hub is out now with friends picking more garbage.


An interesting stir fry if you like rutabaga.  Shred a rutabaga in food processor or by hand.  Cook TIL caramellizedmsoem onions and peppers, add rutabaga and cook TIL done.  Add eggs....itís very much like egg foo yung.  You could use bean sprouts instead of turnip....more protein!
Personally despise cooked greens...some sort of childhood trauma I am sure.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 22, 2018, 10:20:08 AM
I'm continuing to have excellent holdovers from my Lenten commitment to Whole30 (which made it Whole40?).

Since then, these have naturally and effortlessly continued:
*black coffee vs 1/4 cup of cream per
*(which means no black teas, chais, etc, because without cream I'm not into those)
*groceries free of our kryptonite dairies (cheese, cream)
*ongoing slow and steady weight release
*bananas vs honey in baking
*sweetener-free cocoa (just cocoa powder and skim milk powder)

We also learned my son reacts to dairy.

Really appreciating these additional benefits, and enjoying the outcomes.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sun Hat on April 22, 2018, 11:21:31 AM
Thanks for the rutabaga recipe, BendiGirl! I LOVE rutabagas and egg foo young, so will give this a shot. I'll be picking up litter as well today. I got a grabber-thingie and a box of bags from the city a couple of weeks ago, and have made a few forays around my neighborhood to tidy up the public spaces and indulge my fetish-like hatred of litter. I also get a nice feeling of contributing to making my community a better place, which I had been missing since retiring. I'd do it more often, but all the looking down aggravates a disk in my neck, so I'm trying to pace myself.

As for cooked greens, I definitely consider myself fortunate to enjoy kale as much as I do, since it's easy to grow and freezes well. Winter produce is expensive here, so I save a bundle by eating mostly frozen veg all winter. I'm very eager for spring peas and lettuce though.

JooniFLORisploo - thank you for the term "weight release"!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on April 22, 2018, 01:29:43 PM
Have gone in the lake 18 days so far this month..
It's cold, refreshing and getting out of the water is the best part of the day!

Have been doing some spring cleaning and planted a few seeds in the garden even though it's way too early here in the mountains.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: bucketsofrain on April 22, 2018, 08:54:17 PM
I've been trying to eat a lot more vegetables. I have been having a huge salad for dinner the past week or so, with romaine, spinach, chickpeas, artichoke hearts (my treat to motivate me to eat the salad), celery, etc. I don't think I've lost any weight, but I feel a lot better in my body. I've made meal plans for the next week and I'm going to have bean tacos for breakfasts, falafel bowls for lunch, and a different kind of salad for dinner to continue the trend.

I lost my exercise tracker at work and for some reason just realized my phone also tracks my data. Doh! Learned that between walking to work/home and walking at work (retail) I walk about 15,000 steps a day. Nice!

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 22, 2018, 09:11:52 PM
Healthy Choices Today:

*herbal tea even when cream was available free! :)

*put in my garden, so:
**much contact with soil and seed
**light physical work
**fresh air
**happy socializing with neighbours
**creating/arting

If food appears from it, eating it will be another healthy choice, but even putting it in met this goal.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sun Hat on April 23, 2018, 06:37:07 AM
I've been trying to eat a lot more vegetables. ... I don't think I've lost any weight, but I feel a lot better in my body.

After seeing a nutritionist last fall and having her confirm that indeed, I did need to consume more than just buttered carbs, I started eating more vegetables and protein. Within weeks I had more energy than I had had in years. Your menu sounds like it's both yummy and full of nutrition - no wonder you have the pep for all of that walking!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 23, 2018, 06:41:29 AM
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I feel a lot better in my body

:)))))))))))))))
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on April 23, 2018, 06:46:33 AM
Beginning the process of weaning off caffeine. My depression has been super bad even without alcohol and doing some reading, caffeine can be a trigger for some folks because of the way anxiety and depression are linked.

Iím weaning gradually, though, because I want to 1) avoid withdrawal headaches, especially since all OTC pain relievers either make me sick or donít do anything and 2) a brief article on the Mayo Clinic said that sudden cessation of caffeine can make depression worse in many individuals.

If Iím still feeling super depressed after that process Iíll talk with my doctor about a medication change and/or referral to psychiatric care at his discretion.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 23, 2018, 07:09:01 AM
Really sorry youíre going through depression, furrychickens :(((
Your self-care plan sounds excellent!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 23, 2018, 08:16:21 PM
furrychickens...hope the coffee removal helps.  I hear you on the slow withdrawal.  I had terrible headaches, no pill would help....so I drank coffee again. 

Healthy choices today
Dairy free...wondering if I really want to eat it again, feeling pretty good without it
Great food
Gym, treadmill and upper body weights
Walk with friend
Community service...neighbour and i cleaned up the park access
Helped hubs de thatch the lawn...lots of raking

A beauty of a day!  Tomorrow will be even better.  Time to stain the fence.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: imadandylion on April 23, 2018, 09:07:31 PM
Today:
- Woke up early, made a healthy lunch, and was even early to work. *gasp* This good start is probably from choosing to go to bed early last night.
- Tried not cooking my vegetables this time. Except for the part where I microwaved it for three minutes at work to warm up the rice... Didn't really think that one through. :P Trying to eat more raw foods (except the rice). Next time will try separating them in different containers.
- Did strength training and cardio workouts back to back even though I realllly didn't feel like it. No one ever regrets *doing* a workout, though!


@Sun Hat Have you ever done a "Buddha bowl?" It's "trendy" so there are a lot of ideas out there, but the basic premise is you literally just put a bunch of raw or roasted vegetables and/or legumes in a bowl with a grain (sometimes a pasta/noodle), usually paired with a sauce or simple dressing, if desired. For a bare bones one, I like to do a roasted sweet potato with quinoa bowl... Lots of fiber, and quinoa has protein, and in my opinion it's pretty good (add a drizzle of tahini or balsamic vinegar or something if you want). You can switch up the vegetables any which way you'd like. Another simple idea I like to do is brown rice with black beans with a *good* salsa or cilantro and lime (usually if I'm in a hurry for something good) - I guess, kind of like a burrito bowl at Chipotle...  I also recommend sprinkling hemp hearts, flax seeds, or sliced/crushed nuts on various bowls/dishes to amp up the fiber/protein/healthy fat.  Soba noodles are a good source of fiber and nutrition. If you do a pasta dish, try adding some hummus to your pasta sauce (chickpeas = protein) and maybe try black bean "meatballs." Or use pasta to make a pasta salad and add marinated artichokes, tomatoes, brussel sprouts, olives, etc.  Green or fruit smoothies with protein powder is always easy, too.  I also find that curry is very easy (basically just get some curry pasta and coconut milk) and throw in whatever vegetables you want.  If you like soup and the ease of throwing everything together in one pot, I found this vegetable soup recipe to be satisfying: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AQVO-xvFdR8FpAyJeZzYDm3XhMYZwhb06qVhnEXvhWgSAd_9GeUyNfU/

@furrychickens Hope stopping the caffeine works out! If it's any help, since you mentioned you are trying a dietary change, I was recently reading the How Not to Die cookbook and there was a bit on depression and how eating more dark leafy greens can help reduce depression, so maybe that is something to try, too? In any case, I hope you feel better soon.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: expatartist on April 23, 2018, 09:54:32 PM
imadandylion, your Buddha bowl sounds amazing. Need to look into this for quick healthy lunches at work. Thanks for posting.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 23, 2018, 09:58:13 PM
Healthy Choices Today

*bought two more pairs of reading glasses (lost a new pair already! but only $1.25 each), so I can stop hurting myself

*sat outside in the warmth and sun, in a gorgeous, fragrant community garden

*made it a "no people" day, as I'd reached my natural limit for those and will see some tomorrow again

*main meal was a gorgeous, homemade curried salmon rice dish
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on April 24, 2018, 04:47:00 AM
Got over the depression hump yesterday and forced myself outside to work on some projects. Good call! Felt good to be outside and my mood almost always improves when I do physical labor. Iíd be miserable in a office job.

We built a privacy fence last year but ended up with an unfinished corner where it wrapped around one side of the chicken coop back to the garage. Finished that. Began work prepping to rip the whole chicken coop/run roof off to rebuild it, a few more groundwork tasks to tackle on that today after getting some school done but weíve got such a nice stretch of weather right now that I hope to finish it before we get a stretch of rainy weather again. Itís pretty leaky.

The first day of low caffeine went pretty well. Weíll see how it goes today, Iím not sure Iím going to be able to hold to 2 cups...
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sun Hat on April 24, 2018, 10:13:27 AM
@imadandylion Thanks for the reminder about Buddha Bowls! I prepped the ingredients for them once and ate like a queen for a week, but haven't done it since. Maybe I'll do another round of food prep today, as it will coincide with my planned pantry clean-out/organization where I inevitably find minute quantities of things.

@furrychickens I had to drop down to 2 cups of caffeinated coffee as well, and suggest keeping some decaf on hand for times when you want the habit of coffee plus a tiny bit of caffeine.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on April 24, 2018, 11:06:01 AM
@imadandylion dark leafy greens are not something Iím great about, partly because spinach is really the only one I can eat and I get sick of it after a while. Chard and cabbage make me deathly ill, kale is iffy, and after the excruciating pain of eating a small amount of chard for the first time Iíve been reluctant to try any other greens.

@Sun Hat yeah, currently out of decaf but Iíll be restocking next time Iím at the store. I stopped buying it because Iíd drink a LOT of coffee a day because it was ďjust decafĒ and that gets expensive. But Iíll need it to wean down, for sure :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on April 24, 2018, 12:34:07 PM
* love me a good buddha bowl!

healthy choices recently:
-a friend harvested heaps of wild, stinging nettle and gifted me a bag full of them (smells of spring greenery)--so yesterday I sauteed some with shallot & garlic (& added it onto ginger fried rice) and then blanched the rest and froze in small portions for upcoming meals.

-will buy myself some flowers/greens--I usually pick them from the woods but it's still too early (not even leaves on the branches)

-broccolini and asparagus for lunch

-swam in the lake this morning
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 24, 2018, 05:39:19 PM
Wow, I have only ever had one cup of coffee a day and had huge withdrawal headaches....canít imagine what would,have happened if I drank more.
Good luck

Healthy choices
-dairy free
-yummy food
-gym, bike and yoga class...oh, abs too
-walk with friend
-dog to vet...still has blood in urine...more tests 😔. But it was good to have it looked after
-walk around the ponds in my local park (right in my backyard..)
-made gluten free carrot muffins (Elanas pantry) will have with homemade coconut whipped cream
-drinking lots of water

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo on April 24, 2018, 06:03:48 PM
I have new running shoes! And they didn't hurt my toes! Still can't do 3 miles in 30 min, though. But I did start doing weights again. Mixing it up feels good. Maybe I should just relax about the running time  thing. I'm 49 going on 50. Do I really need to run that fast?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Prairie Gal on April 24, 2018, 07:12:03 PM
Healthy choices today:
 - black coffee (1 cup)
 - cutting down on carbs, so only one piece of squirrely bread today with natural peanut butter
 - the rest of my food was protein, good fats, vegs.
 - was having a sweet craving after dinner, so had a couple of spoonfuls of sorbet, but not a whole bowl like I would've in the past (or something even more sugary).
 - Had my Coke Zero with a fresh lime after work. This is a hard habit to break.
 - Heading out for my walk as soon as I post this.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 24, 2018, 07:37:10 PM
Do I really need to run that fast?

I certainly hope that no event in your life will require that, no!

(Whenever we see someone running, I quip to DS about the bear being just out of our sightline.)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: imadandylion on April 24, 2018, 07:41:38 PM
@furrychickens Oh no! :( I wonder what causes that. Sounds like it might be something beyond gas?

Today:
- Went on a walk during work, not as many walks as I would have liked but I will do better tomorrow!
- Made a healthy back-up lunch, ate a bunch of fruit and greens.
- Lower body workout
- Have been agreeing to run races/relays this summer and fall with coworkers so I need to start a training schedule. Will start scheduling in my planner tonight!

I have been wanting to eat more raw vegetables and have always wanted to do a kale salad, so yesterday I did, and it was so good! I was still thinking about it today, especially when I went to a lunch and learn and got served a lame, really lazy salad (they couldn't even cut the onion rings in half... c'mon!). Anyway, I wanted to share this kale salad recipe because it's definitely worth trying:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOQyIzuu8Y4

Super easy and can be made with minimal ingredients - I just used 1 bunch of kale, lemon zest of 1 lemon, 1 lemon, sea salt, black pepper, olive oil (broke out the "nice" garlic-infused oil for this one, lol), fresh pressed garlic, thinly sliced red and white onions, and marinated artichokes.  So, so good - my partner and I finished the whole thing really quickly.  I like the texture. You "massage" the kale for a couple minutes (just squeeze) to soften the kale fibers and it's easier to consume raw.  We are going to pick up more kale today :D :D :D
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 25, 2018, 11:19:16 AM
Fudge brownies for breakfast! Ingredients: Coconut oil, eggs, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, almonds, bananas, salt. YUM!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose on April 25, 2018, 01:43:22 PM
I've started running again, slowly, after taking some time off to let my twisted knee get better. Other healthy choices: we've decided to take a leisurely (for us) vacation...and I'm down to half-caf coffee. I want off caffeine completely and permanently but it's been a necessary sleep substitute with our schedule. Currently trying to rearrange to stop that.

I have new running shoes! And they didn't hurt my toes! Still can't do 3 miles in 30 min, though. But I did start doing weights again. Mixing it up feels good. Maybe I should just relax about the running time  thing. I'm 49 going on 50. Do I really need to run that fast?
Nope! Speed does not = fitness. But it does increase your risk of injury. Plus, running 3 miles at any speed is awesome. No need to pressure yourself for a specific time unless you want to qualify for the Boston marathon all of a sudden. ;-)

Fudge brownies for breakfast! Ingredients: Coconut oil, eggs, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, almonds, bananas, salt. YUM!
That just sounds yummy.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 25, 2018, 07:52:14 PM
Knees cannot handle running.  I tried sprinting, and loved it...but my hips did not.  So Iíll walk.

Gorgeous day!  I love spring.

Healthy choices
-dairy free
-good food...maybe a little too much.  Tried a new recipe for paleo coconut and lime cookies.  Amazing.  Too amazing....
-gym...today was treadmill and legs.  Love/hate leg day...such a lot of work but itís needed
- walk with friend
-stained the fence.  Always a healthy choice to knock something off the to do list.
- no asthma meds today!  This is big. 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 25, 2018, 09:34:15 PM
When I genuinely needed some help, and not asking for it would have been a profound exercise in life stupidity, I used a telephone and asked a new friend for help. She came through big time, and all is well!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Sailor Sam on April 26, 2018, 06:37:09 AM
Im remaining calm, despite the fluctuations on the scale.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on April 26, 2018, 06:47:20 AM
I let myself get sucked into a situation because I care passionately about my community and I wanted to help arm some activists.  A friend supported me on this but the effect was to  involve me deeper.  And it happened to further highlight the shortcomings of the leadership on the board I quit.  Without checking the entire CC list, the president of the board attempted to discount my concerns as my "obvious personal dislike of " him.  Whoah.  I am so emotional and lacking in critical ability? I am very sensitive about my integrity and intellectual ability. And the misogynist undertones on the board are alive and well. 
I have stepped back from advocating publicly on the issue at hand and sought council from my older and wiser neighbours and friends who have said nice things about me and told me not to heed him. But really it wasn't about me. Really what happened was the jerk reconfirmed his jerkiness. 
Still I have lost sleep over this.  And awoken with bad dreams.  I don't endure contact with narcissists easily.
What is the healthiest choice?  Do I hide in the background and stop advocating for what I believe in or do I continue to be a public advocate and develop a thicker skin?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on April 26, 2018, 06:47:59 AM
Delicious rabbit sausage and homegrown eggs for breakfast this week. Been doing a lot of heavy lifting on a homestead project so all this lean protein will be great for my muscles. My body is increasingly happier with more protein and a bit less fat, which makes me an odd duck in the keto groups Iím in.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 26, 2018, 07:17:32 AM
Frugal Lizard, that sounds really hard :(       I would be all aítizzy with that too. I hate when people behave that way. Itís rude, manipulative, immature, unprofessional, and jerky. Youíre right that what he really did was demonstrate the issues and affirm your insight and decision, yet his behaviour can still feel frustrating and demoralizing.

What the healthy choice is *for you* in this situation, only you can know.

Personally, Iíd be outta there. I very recently left a committee whose work I was (am) very keen on, because of the leaderís behaviours. In that case, this was the healthy decision for me. Spending any more time (even email time) with a person who was as arrogant as this leader would not have been healthy for me.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on April 26, 2018, 07:25:23 AM
Frugal Lizard, that sounds really hard :(       I would be all aítizzy with that too. I hate when people behave that way. Itís rude, manipulative, immature, unprofessional, and jerky. Youíre right that what he really did was demonstrate the issues and affirm your insight and decision, yet his behaviour can still feel frustrating and demoralizing.

Yes - I am a'tizzy - and it has been a week! Thank you for the word.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on April 26, 2018, 07:38:53 AM
Running has been feeling really good lately: we've had great weather and it's been a pleasure to get out the door. I should probably start wearing a watch soon to see how my pace is looking, since my marathon training group starts in June and I need to submit that information to be placed in a pace group. But I don't want to! I like going off of feel and avoiding the flicker of number-induced pressure.

I think another woman in my unofficial running group is doing the marathon too, which will be nice--we're still trying to convince our third musketeer to join, and I'm hoping that she will. My boyfriend is also signed up, and one of his college teammates will be in town over the summer so they're going to run together. This will be a summer full of running.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: imadandylion on April 26, 2018, 07:07:43 PM
Frugal Lizard, that is really tough, especially when you truly want to advocate for a good cause and people are undermining you needlessly. I understand the frustration.  If I was in that situation (and if I genuinely cared to continue), I would channel that frustration into learning how to communicate more effectively with such people, although I am sure you are probably behaving already with dignity and strength. These people sound like the "Type A" personalities, and it takes persistence to continue to deal with them, and it sounds like it could almost turn into some sort of infuriating game, where you almost need to prove yourself to them, that you're as tough as they or tougher and not-gonna-back-down type of stuff.  However, it's important to note that people/the situation may not even change no matter how hard you try or whatever best practices you might employee in speaking with these people, and in that case, the healthier choice is to leave.  You don't "need" to put yourself in such a stressful situation, and I'm sure there is another cause that needs your help that you might turn your attention to.  My partner is an attorney and was in a similar situation a couple times, especially recently. I supported the decision to leave every time because despite his best efforts, things didn't change.  It's not a bad thing to quit.  It takes a lot of strength to quit something and recognize that you are doing something better for you. You do come first, after all.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on April 26, 2018, 07:20:34 PM
@imadandylion   Thank you for your encouraging words. 
Sometimes I think it would be just so much easier if I wasn't so sensitive or empathic.   But then I realized, caring is one of my gifts.   My neighbour greeted me this morning with a hug.  And asked how I was by the nickname she calls me 'our Neighbourhood Sunshine.'
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: imadandylion on April 26, 2018, 08:07:51 PM
It sounds like you have the right attitude! Definitely focus on your gifts and strengths instead of seeing qualities such as empathy and caring as weaknesses or something you need to "improve" on because without these strengths you may not have earned such a nickname. :)  Have you ever read Strengths Finder? I didn't personally read it but my partner and thought it was helpful. It's one of those books that break out people into 4 personality types and how to work with people. It might be worth a skim!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 26, 2018, 08:39:11 PM
Hugs to all...dealing with people can often be the hardest thing.

Healthy choices
-still dairy free
- good food...but slipping a little with treats.  Although they would be considered a healthy treat, they are still treats.
-gym...bike, abs, yoga class
-walk with friend
-walk to lake with hubs and dog.  So nice!
-dug up old plants from garden...one batch of ornamental grass was host to an ants nest...nasty little bitters.
-did my Costco ship in the evening.  Awesome.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 26, 2018, 08:56:34 PM
It takes a lot of strength to quit something...

Well said, imadandylion.

The one I recently quit, the person is running quite well on her own (hence the arrogance), but had actively recruited help so I agreed. Over the course of months she made clear that she was going to continue doing everything solo, and we were to do things like rearrange chairs for her. Uh... 

For me, the last straw was one more little detail that made clear she intended to continue doing everything herself, despite having a strong team of super capable people. It was dismissive and martyr-y.

I'm perfectly happy to let her have the project! I have lots of other groovy things to do :)     There are places that need more help than adjusting a line of chairs, and that are able to recognize and use the experience in their midst.

Yes, Frugal Lizard, lots of places would benefit from your gifts!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: bucketsofrain on April 26, 2018, 09:18:35 PM
I had one slip up day in the past week, but overall have been eating WAY more veggies than before. Did a ton of meal planning yesterday to make sure that I have filling and veggie-ful meals for the week (bean tacos for breakfast, spinach falafel and farro for lunch, and huge salads for dinner).

Did yoga three times in four days (my goal was 3x/week). I actually felt motivated to do it this morning, even though I could have put it off until tomorrow and still hit my goal. I spend a lot of time on my feet, so the stretching involved in my beginner's yoga Youtube videos feels super nice.

Third day in a row with no booze at night. Substituting a turmeric tea soda water concoction l made. I always feel anxious the day after I drink, so this is a good change.

Started seeing a new therapist on Tuesday after stopping in August. Feel good about it.

Looked up possible causes for a very annoying medical condition that no doctor has accurately been able to diagnose. Has a safe and super cheap treatment that won't cause harm if it turns out this isn't the cause. Feel the most (physical and emotional) relief I've felt in months.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 26, 2018, 09:21:23 PM
Feel the most (physical and emotional) relief I've felt in months.

Wonderful, buckets!!! You've been doing so much great self-care lately :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 26, 2018, 09:22:31 PM
*Slept extremely late

*Took myself out to a wonderful, soothing, nurturing place for replenishment of every kind
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Nickyd£g on April 27, 2018, 06:02:31 AM
I have signed up to do the West Highland Way, a 96 mile walk over 5 days through the Highlands of Scotland for charity next year:

https://www.westhighlandway.org/

I have a year to get my arse in gear (and smaller) and get fit!


Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on April 27, 2018, 07:10:46 AM
Thanks everyone - a little empathy from internet strangers following a short rant helped me over the edge to the other side of recovery of this unpleasantness. I have already resigned from the board - in January and just found out another board member has also resigned.

I had a quiet evening last night.  My son rode his bike to a friends where he stayed the night.  Daughter attended an event that is the first meeting of a social justice through art club.  She was the youngest person there but I encouraged her to go and just observe.  She ended up walking home with one the older girls in our neighbourhood that she would be friends with if they were the same age. The quiet made me happy and the kids having busy lives made me happy too.

I read, listened to podcasts and watched the sunset.  It was very restorative.  And my mind wandered as it will.

I also decided that I have to keep doing my thoughtful, informed advocacy.  I have to keep listening and learning to make sound judgements of the facts.  I have to keep questioning and sometimes that may lead me to the less popular or a more nuanced position. I have to keep confident that I have done the best job I can in forming that understanding. 
And if I care passionately about something I can't keep quiet.  And others may want to silence me.  And maybe that is a sign that I am having an impact.  And above all, I don't want to be a coward.  I now know a little bit more about what I can tolerate and what I find difficult.  So onward I go.

I think this is the healthiest choice for me.  Thank you all once again.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 27, 2018, 05:55:31 PM
I have signed up to do the West Highland Way, a 96 mile walk over 5 days through the Highlands of Scotland for charity next year:

https://www.westhighlandway.org/

I have a year to get my arse in gear (and smaller) and get fit!

Wow, that sounds like an amazing adventure!

Healthy choices today
-Not quite dairy free...a bit of butter in some gluten free shortbread cookies....canít get palm oil here.  Will be used as a base for some paleo lemon curd...yum
-good food
-gym....treadmill and upper body weights...excellent workout
-walk with friend
-dug in the garden, did some edging and cleaning
- made above mentioned cookies and lemon curd
-wandered aimlessly through the garden centre....love all the plants

Sadly the dog does not have a bladder infection.  This means more tests...X-rays and ultra sound next week to find where the blood is coming from.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on April 27, 2018, 09:08:04 PM
I just spent 6 days in London and I got in more than 20,000 steps each day. My highest was 26-something. Or, 11 miles. In one day. Whew!

I did NOT diet or avoid carbs and sugar and booze while on vacation, however. I drank beer in a pub and ate deep fried roasted garlic cloves and at one point had what was literally a big ball of vegan cookie dough with choice of toppings mixed in. I did do my best to stay mindful of whether I was hungry or full, but my body clock never did really get onto London time and I think as a result, I very rarely felt hungry. I was mostly eating because I knew my body needed fuel for all that walking, rather than because my stomach was growling.

Also, my water consumption was way down because I was so afraid I'd have to pee and not be able to find a ladies' room. They have pay toilets over there, which is great except for when you've got no change on you (and many require exact change). Some take credit cards, though, huh.

Anyway, hopefully everything all evens out in the end. That's easily more than double the amount of walking I do normally. And today I'm back on the wagon. I have lots of containers of stuff I cooked, in the freezer and ready to just heat and eat.

Today I worked a lot in the garden, prepping the community garden bed. I should have some greens ready for harvest soon, that are in pots on my back porch. More salad! Hooray!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 27, 2018, 11:42:44 PM
Tonight I did a parenting growth spurt! It took all my courage and strength. Kid was 100% good to go; sometimes the developmental spurt is the parent's: trust, new steps, yadda. YAY!! Feel like I bungee jumped or something :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: imadandylion on April 29, 2018, 12:18:26 PM
- Doing *really* good on the reduction of processed foods front this past week!  There were a couple days I had noodles, but I limited it to one at least. The other day we ate a good, big healthy & wholesome dinner before going out for drinks and bar hopping. I had two drinks and didn't order food - didn't have to because the menu options seemed mighty unappealing and we were still full and going strong. :D Plus it was way overpriced and when people got their food, they didn't seem too thrilled about them.  A win for healthy choices (for my wallet, too!) that night, except the drinks, but I hardly go out and do that type of thing.

- Making my own vegetable stock today from various kitchen scraps I have collected in the freezer for a vegetable soup and it smells really good in here. Winging it, but it's going to have kale, navy beans, and san marzano tomatos in it. Annnnd I soaked the beans overnight, a new thing I'm trying to do instead of buying canned beans because I believe it's technically somewhat more inexpensive? And having to cook them in a big batch means having more beans around and encourages me to use them ASAP.

@Tris Prior Wow, so many steps!! Great job!  I wish I had a community garden bed, but the ones around here have a 3-4 year waitlist.  When I did once, it was relaxing and joyful, and a good way to get plenty of sun.  But I am trying to increase the amount of herbs I grow at home at least. Just set some basil cuttings in water to propagate new basil babes!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 29, 2018, 09:08:47 PM
Rainy day...but thatís ok as I spread some grass seed yesterday so I didnít have to worry about watering.

Healthy choices
-Dairy free.  Had two small gluten free cookies yesterday, knowing I had used butter.  Oddly, and maybe coincidentally, my asthma was bad last night.  No more...I have got to get this figured out and am thinking of seeing my doc about getting an allergy test for casein.
-good food (ok, except for the cookies)
-Saturday gym was a bike ride and abs, today was treadmill and legs.
-walk both days with friend
-gardening yesterday
-painting today
-great chat with son and DIL

Sun is returning tomorrow so more gardening!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 29, 2018, 09:20:24 PM
Ate and slept, ate and slept, ate and slept.

Watched comedy and laughed aloud.

Beíd with people, lots of hugs and touch and positive ideas.

Sang and made music.

Visited my garden, touched it and talked with it and basked in it.

Strategically sidled up with a new neighbour to get to know her, had a very wonderful time with her.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on April 30, 2018, 09:52:00 PM
Laughing out loud is The Best!

Today I had flowers delivered to the house...odd.  When they got here the card read...happy belated birthday sister.  I KNOW none of my brother s would ever send me flowers.  Who on earth sent them?  They were in my name.  Mystery...I am thinking one of my SILs.  Love a good mystery.

Healthy choices
-once again no dairy
-continued good food
-filed a load of paperwork!
-walked with friend
-gym...treadmill and upper body
-called the company I have booked a trip to India with.  Needed some clarification on a few things that I have been worried about.  Feeling more in control now.  Spent a good portion of the day researching the hotels, the tours, what is nearby on free days...so fun.  And then weíre going to Kathmandu...itís really, really, really where Iím going to, and if I ever get out of here, Iím going to Kathmandu.(had to get that out of my system)
-bought hubs a mason bee house....heís so happy

Yoga class tomorrow...love my yoga classes.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 30, 2018, 09:54:12 PM
Today I had flowers delivered to the house...

:)))))))
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 30, 2018, 09:57:01 PM
Worked very hard at a number of things from 730am-330pm, and had another shift to do 530-8, so between those I retreated to my beautiful sanctuary of a bedroom and rested deeply. Ideally I do this daily. It works wonders. This is my first time in many years having a bedroom separate from my "living" area, and I'm still getting used to having a space to only rest in. It's wonderful and effective.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on May 01, 2018, 07:48:13 AM
Visited my garden, touched it and talked with it and basked in it.



I talk to my plants too. Last night I went over to the pepper and basil plants that are happily growing under the grow light, and told them they were doing a great job and looked strong and healthy. One of them is outgrowing its pot and I found myself saying, "oh, you poor thing, you really need some more room, don't you? I'll repot you tomorrow, would you like that?" Then I realized I sounded insane, haha.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: teamzissou00 on May 01, 2018, 09:46:55 AM
Healthy choices today:
 - black coffee (1 cup)
 - cutting down on carbs, so only one piece of squirrely bread today with natural peanut butter
 - the rest of my food was protein, good fats, vegs.
 - was having a sweet craving after dinner, so had a couple of spoonfuls of sorbet, but not a whole bowl like I would've in the past (or something even more sugary).
 - Had my Coke Zero with a fresh lime after work. This is a hard habit to break.
 - Heading out for my walk as soon as I post this.

I'm a recovering Diet Soda addict.  Coke, pepsi, didn't matter.  I switched to Pepsi to avoid the Aspartame a year ago, but still drank tons of diet coke at McD. 

So...10 days ago I dropped it cold turkey.  Turns out it was mostly psychological.  I don't drink coffee, so diet soda was my caffeine fix.  I replaced it with hot, unsweetened loose leaf green tea in the morning.  the rest of the day I drink nothing but water.  I still get the craving to have it with some salty chips/pretzels...so I gave those up as well (temporarily).

Just saying - it's possible.  I also keep telling myself that diet soda is 'rat poison' - and painting it as poison in my head is the same as how I view smoking or drinking alcohol. 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on May 01, 2018, 11:49:50 AM
Visited my garden, touched it and talked with it and basked in it.



I talk to my plants too. Last night I went over to the pepper and basil plants that are happily growing under the grow light, and told them they were doing a great job and looked strong and healthy. One of them is outgrowing its pot and I found myself saying, "oh, you poor thing, you really need some more room, don't you? I'll repot you tomorrow, would you like that?" Then I realized I sounded insane, haha.
I love company in my world where plants hear what say.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 01, 2018, 11:54:41 AM
Tris, to me you sound only delightful in this :)
Your plants are lucky to have you!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 01, 2018, 01:00:51 PM
Was so hungry by 1130am but was in the midst of a bunch of stuff, so I made this: microwaved meatballs + salsa + fresh avocado. YUM!!!!!!!!!! Three minutes!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on May 01, 2018, 01:17:56 PM
Awwww, thanks, Joon. I think I've transferred my sweet-talk habit to my plants since I no longer have a cat at the moment, hahaha.

I think my body is finally back on local time - I actually slept last night from around midnight until 7 a.m. with only one wakeup at 5, which is very good for me. But I'm having some trouble getting back on the healthy food choices. I did not watch what I ate at all when I was on vacation and I don't feel bad about that at all, but vacation is now over and I feel like I've completely forgotten how to do this - meal planning, portion control, etc. Last night I went to the Chicago MMM meetup, which was at a bar, and I had a beer and a greasy fried appetizer (sweet potato tater tots, which I didn't even finish, so I guess that was a healthy choice?).

After a week's vacation my homecooked portions of healthy food just look sad! I also have had alcohol for the past 3 days in a row (only 1 drink each day, in fact less than that one day because I didn't finish my glass of wine), which really needs to stop.

On the plus side, it's warm out and I am SO much less hangry. It's pretty obvious that there is a correlation between cold temps and being ravenous, for me. Now just have to figure out how to deal with it considering that I live somewhere where it's freezing for 6 months out of the year.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on May 01, 2018, 02:08:46 PM
Good work everyone, I love reading the little updates on this thread

May is going to be a good one, I can feel it :)

Today's healthy choices
-made celery & apple juice in my blender  (just strained it through a nutmylk bag--easiest thing ever and so fresh)
-bought spring greens from a local farmer, freshly picked this morning--amazing time of year
-harvested nettle, maple blossoms and going out again this week to forage for more, maybe elderflowers for tea
-daily dip in the lake
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: imadandylion on May 01, 2018, 08:30:09 PM
@Serendip You're so lucky to be able to swim in a lake regularly! I have only done that once in my life. So far. :) Can't wait for the local pool to open up...

Not feeling super great right now.  Usually I don't like to eat free food but they actually had something vegetarian/vegan for once at the staff meeting and I know the ladies in charge were probably trying really hard to find something good for all the vegetarian eaters at work because they kept asking me about it, so I had it yesterday. But then I made the mistake of eating it again this afternoon because I enjoyed it, but the problem is I forgot they usually leave out the leftovers in the break room since noon because they put it out for lunch for everyone, and I had some about half an hour before I left work this because I was a little hungry and knew I was going to go for a run right after and needed a little energy.  So now I'm feeling kind of... gassy. So yeah - always turn down stuff in the break room when you can, lol.

Otherwise, doing pretty good on the reduction/omission of processed foods and it shows on the scale, finally!

Also, I realized it's been 7 weeks since I started working out again regularly 5-6 days a week, and I haven't missed a day. :) I like consistency and routine, so this makes me happy. I purchased another Fitness Blender program and scheduled that after the 8th week, next week - one that involves a bit more HIIT.

Yesterday, I went for a jog for the first time since December 3, 2017 and while I was tired as all hell, I did not stop, and my pace was the same as where I left off! Went for another jog today and it was exactly the same (yep, still tired as all hell). Going to try to take these 20 minute jogs longer as the weeks go by. Especially on the off-chance I might run a team relay race in July with coworkers.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on May 01, 2018, 09:44:13 PM
agreed @imadandylion --I appreciate my good fortune!
I have always have been around lakes & rivers--it's a requisite for me to have access and thankfully my current home is surrounded by these clean waters.

 Hope your pool opens up soon and you get more opportunities to experience wild-swimming  :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on May 02, 2018, 05:57:11 AM
I was pretty obnoxiously healthy yesterday: signed up for a marathon; grain/greens bowl for lunch (brown rice, kale/shaved brussels sprouts, falafel, roasted veggies, cucumbers); went to the farmer's market (first strawberries of the year, greens, baby zucchini and yellow squash plants); had social time with a friend doing free community yoga in the park; long walk with the dog; salad for dinner (spinach, sauteed chickpeas, some shaved pecorino, and those absolutely divine strawberries); bed before 10.

It was a lovely day.

I've got two healthy goals for today: 1) go outside and read on my lunch break, 2) run this afternoon even though it's supposed to be 90 degrees. My body is really, really bad at adjusting to running in hot weather, so it's going to be miserable, even though I'm going to go super-slow and only do like 2 miles.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on May 02, 2018, 06:19:36 AM
I got myself to bed at 9:45.  I didn't want to go too early - and wake up again before 4am for the day.  But I was beat from being awake from before 4am. 
I gardened outside until dark and then read/ played on forums. 
I awoke at 5 for a bathroom break and was able to fall back asleep until 7:41. 
I think I might paint the house today.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on May 02, 2018, 08:43:12 AM
Now that it's warm out, drinking herbal tea at night when I want to eat something or drink a glass of wine isn't working for me. I don't like iced tea (and, TMI alert, iced tea  or iced decaf coffee makes me pee like a racehorse so I do not want to have it before bed and then be up all night peeing). I'm going to need to find something else to try, besides just plain water so that I can convince myself it is a treat, that doesn't have any calories. I'm out of ideas. Everything I can think of has at least some calories, or has artificial sweetener which I also want to avoid.

Yesterday I had a big salad that was almost entirely made of greens that I grew! Spinach, chard, and arugula. I love this time of year; I eat way more vegetables, and greens in particular, because they're coming out of my garden by the bucketful and I hate wasting them.

I've taken a long walk at lunch the past 2 days (helps that my boss has been off sick so nobody to watch me if I go over my lunch by 5 or 10 minutes) and will do the same today assuming the storms hold off.

And... today I am back to hangry. Ate breakfast and it may as well have been air for all the good it did me. Why? It's not cold out. PMS, maybe? I am really determined to get to the bottom of why some days I am fine and other days my stomach is constantly growling.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 02, 2018, 08:55:52 AM
Tris, cool/cold drinks I like:
*sparkling lemon-lime water
*cold herbal teas (infuse hot or in the sun, then store in fridge)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip on May 02, 2018, 10:18:03 AM
@fluffmuffin -sounds like a fantastic day

@Tris Prior --that's so great you have greens already! Still a few weeks until I can get my own from the garden but have been foraging for wild greens.

I agree with @jooniFLORisploo about making herbal infusions and cooling them, it's a great summer option.
Sometimes before bed, I fill a teapot with loose mint & hibiscus  (or whatever combo I am making, lavender/clover, sage/rosemary) and let it steep overnight, then pop it in the fridge in the morning.
Can be mixed with sparkling water (half & half) for a bubbles in the evening if you like.

Healthy choice today

-been playing with savoury breakfast options and this morning was the best
Buckwheat noodles, roasted yam with shallots, nettle, arugula and basil, topped with ginger peanut sauce.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens on May 02, 2018, 10:40:55 AM
I made a new spreadsheet to answer a question that was bugging me. The answer was surprising (in a bad way) but it makes sense and gives me a new goal to work for and brackets out an excuse/imperfect data. It also gets the question loop out of my brain so I can go back to focusing on other stuff :)

Details are in my journal but the topic may offend some folks so I wonít post what the question was

Spoiler: show
itís about the cost of raising rabbits for meat
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: imadandylion on May 02, 2018, 07:15:40 PM
@Serendip It sounds like you chose your living environments well. :)  I've been mostly a slave to living around wherever my job is (I guess most people are...). Now that I've relocated to an urban center, it's a lot easier for me to get around without a car in daily life, and I've been enjoying that.  Eventually, I'd love to be able to make the healthy living choice to relocate somewhere that I choose that makes ME happy and has [almost] nothing to do with a job.  Somewhere like Portland - it actually has a forest in the middle of it, and I still wouldn't need a car!  Just more motivation to gain financial independence.  I absolutely abhor cars, driving, the costs related to it (insurance, maintenance, fuel, registration, etc.), the dangers of being around them (a family friend got into a fatal accident last week... really sad), and generally how RUDE and impatient drivers are as a whole, especially to pedestrians and cyclists who are also trying to get around.  It truly makes me stabby, I could rant and ramble about it but that's not healthy. :/  Soo... healthy choice of the day? Choosing to go jogging later in the evening instead of just off work, in the hopes that there is less "rush hour" traffic to stress me out when I'm trying to jog across neighborhood intersections. Biking is healthier (for my commute), but I'm kind of afraid of the INSANE, careless drivers on the road around here.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior on May 02, 2018, 07:53:24 PM
I did my strength training workout even though it is hotter than hell in my apartment right now. 86 degrees in Chicago in May? WTF? And our window ACunits are of course not in yet because, y'know, MAY, and it's gonna be back down to 50 in a couple days anyway. Still: oof. I sweated a lot.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: bucketsofrain on May 02, 2018, 08:50:55 PM
I agree with @jooniFLORisploo about making herbal infusions and cooling them, it's a great summer option.
Sometimes before bed, I fill a teapot with loose mint & hibiscus  (or whatever combo I am making, lavender/clover, sage/rosemary) and let it steep overnight, then pop it in the fridge in the morning.
Can be mixed with sparkling water (half & half) for a bubbles in the evening if you like.

Yeah, I have been loving making a tea "concentrate" by steeping herbal tea at about 4x the strength until it cools down. Then I fill maybe two inches of a glass with that and top the rest with seltzer water.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 02, 2018, 09:28:56 PM
It's very funny that I listed cold herbal teas and sparkling water...and it never occurred to me to mix them together, lol! I'll definitely be giving that a go!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Rosy on May 03, 2018, 12:59:15 PM
I have signed up to do the West Highland Way, a 96 mile walk over 5 days through the Highlands of Scotland for charity next year:

https://www.westhighlandway.org/

I have a year to get my arse in gear (and smaller) and get fit!

Just looked at the gallery pics - oh wow Nicky, definitely worth getting ones arse in gear for. We're contemplating a trip to Ireland/Scotland/Isle of Skye next year - what a beautiful place. I'd love to do a couple of short hikes. Would July-August be a good time to go?
Definitely need some good hiking boots, maybe we could break them in in Tennessee or North Carolina this year.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bicycle_B on May 03, 2018, 02:30:36 PM

I also decided that I have to keep doing my thoughtful, informed advocacy.  I have to keep listening and learning to make sound judgements of the facts.  I have to keep questioning and sometimes that may lead me to the less popular or a more nuanced position. I have to keep confident that I have done the best job I can in forming that understanding. 
And if I care passionately about something I can't keep quiet.  And others may want to silence me.  And maybe that is a sign that I am having an impact.  And above all, I don't want to be a coward.  I now know a little bit more about what I can tolerate and what I find difficult.  So onward I go.

I think this is the healthiest choice for me.

@Frugal Lizard, I strongly agree! 

Most attacks that resist your advocacy are reactions.  They fade away if you fight back.  As an empath, there is a cost and you get to decide which fights to pick, but it's often worth persisting.  I have no doubt that the world is a better place when you add your piece to the stew.  You yourself will continue to grow stronger every time you exercise your courage.  More power to you. 
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl on May 03, 2018, 05:25:30 PM
Oh, my aching back....but st least the gardens are done!

Doing very well on the dairy free journey...but I was till eating my morning muffins that were made with whey isolate protein powder.  I decided that I need to do full on (no idea why...just seems fair) dairy free...so I just made my muffins with the dreaded vegan protein powder.  First, even with extra baking they seem undercooked.  A piece fell off one so I tried it...ewww.  Oh well, I will get used to the taste and itís only two weeks worth.  They are super healthy...pumpkin, coconut oil, almond flour, spices, one egg, applesauce...and protein powder.

Healthy choices
-awesome food and dairy free....paleo diet heavy on fruit and veg
-gym...today was advanced yoga class, yummy
-walk with friend...a therapy walk for her as she had some stuff she just needed to talk about.  Always happy to lend an ear.
-digging in the garden
-my favourite...hosing down things
-muffin making
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard on May 03, 2018, 07:52:24 PM

I also decided that I have to keep doing my thoughtful, informed advocacy.  I have to keep listening and learning to make sound judgements of the facts.  I have to keep questioning and sometimes that may lead me to the less popular or a more nuanced position. I have to keep confident that I have done the best job I can in forming that understanding. 
And if I care passionately about something I can't keep quiet.  And others may want to silence me.  And maybe that is a sign that I am having an impact.  And above all, I don't want to be a coward.  I now know a little bit more about what I can tolerate and what I find difficult.  So onward I go.

I think this is the healthiest choice for me.


@Frugal Lizard, I strongly agree! 

Most attacks that resist your advocacy are reactions.  They fade away if you fight back.  As an empath, there is a cost and you get to decide which fights to pick, but it's often worth persisting.  I have no doubt that the world is a better place when you add your piece to the stew.  You yourself will continue to grow stronger every time you exercise your courage.  More power to you.

Thank you @Bicycle_B 

A couple of community members have made an effort to say something to me in support. And an acquaintance said she needed to ask me some questions to help understand an issue so all in all I am feeling my efforts are appreciated.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 03, 2018, 09:00:09 PM
Rested deeply all day.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip 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 :)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Frugal Lizard 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...

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: OtherJen 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 05, 2018, 10:20:02 AM
:)))))
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior 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.).
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: horsepoor 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Tris Prior 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 06, 2018, 09:20:20 AM
Quote
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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Mongoose 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: shadesofgreen 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin 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?
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo 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/)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: furrychickens 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: joonifloofeefloo 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!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: SquashingDebt 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: chaskavitch 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.
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin 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)
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip 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..

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Serendip 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)

Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: lhamo 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....
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: Bendigirl 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!
Title: Re: Healthy Choices in 2018
Post by: fluffmuffin on May 11, 2018, 07:28:17 AM