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Another Private Journal Entry..er, no, Blog: Anecdotal Musings

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Okay, this is purely anecdotal, but here goes: I started taking my vitamins, I stopped eating the junk. Simple as that. Well, I truly think not, but it feels that way.

I think it's more like this: I finally got my shi& together enough to get to CVS and buy my vitamins. Getting my shi& together always seems to happen with all aspects of my life at once, so not only did I do it with respect to my vitamins, but also with my exercise, meal planning, healthy snacking... The result? I am taking my vitamins in the morning, exercising at some point every weekday, having my planned and healthy snacks, having interesting lunches, and good dinners. And all of that has meant not a lot of night time hunger, plus, I've been so beat I go to sleep without returning downstairs not because of avoidance, but because I'm tired. And if I do come downstairs, I have saved enough calories to have a good snack (including a bag of low fat microwave popcorn) if I need to..

And one more thing, which I think IS contributing: I've begun eating real oatmeal every morning, and what a difference this has made in my hunger level!! I have yet to figure out how to prepare it with milk and not have it overflow in my microwave, as I much prefer the taste and the nutrition of it with milk, and I fear the only real solution is to cook it on the stove (horror!, who has time for that?!?!!), but it is filling and delicious and a wonderful addition to my daily intake.

Oh, and one more thing. I have discovered interval training. I am not 100 percent certain that it is a better workout, but I sure feel like the 30 minutes I do that include about 20 minutes of intervals beats 30 minutes of non-intervals every time. I said, every time. And I no longer feel that tug to do more, which is good, because you know what? I don't have more time to do more, and for the first time in about 8 months, I'm not apologizing to myself, or anyone else, for that. Feels good.

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    What a great blog, however did I miss it. I could tell you were at a much better place, and this sure proves it.

    I'm so glad you are finally not plagued by the hungries at night. That beast has finally been beaten! You have worked out how to feel good about exercise, get enough of that, and sleep. You keep pressing on, improving and improving. You share these occasional blogs, that are always so DEEP.

    I feel like I learn from you daily, and when you blog it's like your giving the lesson before the test.... sort of like you're saying (probably w/out even realizing it) if you missed this in your day to day interactions with me, write THIS stuff down, it will be on the final. It so wonderful because you just figure it out, and share it!

    Thanks my friend, you know I think you ROCK.
    Love ya,
    4094 days ago
    Way to go Tina! Sounds like you have found a plan that is working for you!!!
    4096 days ago
    You ROCK, Tina!!!!! I'm so glad that you are experiencing the feeling of getting enough nutrients throughout the day so that you don't need anything at night! :) I'm especially happy to hear that you're judging yourself so much less! Way to go! And Intervals ROCK, too. Less can be more... even with exercise.

    Have you considered reading Tom Venuto's book 'Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle'? I think you would really appreaciate it... I think it really fits with where you've been slowly moving since I met you, and I think it would give you a new take on some of the things you still struggle with. It really is worth the cost, and you don't have to be afraid of ordering on the internet... his site is rock solid. The book is the best thing I've ever done for myself! :)

    Also, you can do oatmeal in the slow cooker (you can buy small ones for around $10)... just put everything in the night before and it's ready in the morning... and the house smells wonderful... especialy if you add an apple and cinnamon!

    {{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

    P.S. Have I told you lately you're my hero?
    4096 days ago
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