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Breaking the Crust

I can not believe that I have not posted in more than a month! I do not have a perfectly crafted post though I do have a whole bunch of ideas. I thought I should at least put something out there to crack the crust on my writing.

So Happy New Year. Let`s make it the best one yet!

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How’s it goin’ eh?

I had a really great time in Vancouver. We visited Sophie’s orthopedic surgeon to see if she urgently needs surgery to straighten out her legs (the femurs are twisted from all of the years of tight muscles, from CP, pulling on them as they develop. Good news is she does not need to have the surgery immediately and if she never wants to have it she doesn’t need to. The only real pressing need for the surgery is if she wanted to have her legs appear straighter for aesthetic reasons. She will not be creating permanent damage to her knees or hips if she does not have her legs “fixed”. Huge load off my mind.

My eating was about 85% good while we were away, which I consider very good. I actually went for a run, which involved a stair workout, and went to the hotel gym. I never would have done this in the past, uh uh, no way. I would have used the trip as an excuse to be lazy. Things have changed.

When we got back I had a very tough time, due to fatigue, hormones,  bleh weather, and a couple of busy days at work. It is amazing how just 24 hours or less can make you feel like the sky is falling. With my new resilience I was able to turn my mood/state around and be a good planner, eater and exerciser.

I totally love, love, love spinning. I get such a good workout, I sweat, I feel challenged but empowered at the same time. There is no comparison to riding a stationary bike on your own.

My current goal is to be in the 160’s by Christmas. I had an excellent week from Tuesday on and had a couple of glasses of wine last night as well as some appies at a party. I am fine with the deviation because it is not going to be the beginning of a trend but just a fun night out. Back to the regularly scheduled program.

Tattoos here I come.

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How's it goin' eh?

I had a really great time in Vancouver. We visited Sophie’s orthopedic surgeon to see if she urgently needs surgery to straighten out her legs (the femurs are twisted from all of the years of tight muscles, from CP, pulling on them as they develop. Good news is she does not need to have the surgery immediately and if she never wants to have it she doesn’t need to. The only real pressing need for the surgery is if she wanted to have her legs appear straighter for aesthetic reasons. She will not be creating permanent damage to her knees or hips if she does not have her legs “fixed”. Huge load off my mind.

My eating was about 85% good while we were away, which I consider very good. I actually went for a run, which involved a stair workout, and went to the hotel gym. I never would have done this in the past, uh uh, no way. I would have used the trip as an excuse to be lazy. Things have changed.

When we got back I had a very tough time, due to fatigue, hormones,  bleh weather, and a couple of busy days at work. It is amazing how just 24 hours or less can make you feel like the sky is falling. With my new resilience I was able to turn my mood/state around and be a good planner, eater and exerciser.

I totally love, love, love spinning. I get such a good workout, I sweat, I feel challenged but empowered at the same time. There is no comparison to riding a stationary bike on your own.

My current goal is to be in the 160’s by Christmas. I had an excellent week from Tuesday on and had a couple of glasses of wine last night as well as some appies at a party. I am fine with the deviation because it is not going to be the beginning of a trend but just a fun night out. Back to the regularly scheduled program.

Tattoos here I come.

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Why so sad?

 

Betty Draper "coping with her cigarette"

Betty Draper from Mad Men "coping with her cigarette"

I am finding depression and anxiety very prevalent in the women I see going through the medical system. It does not seem to matter what socio-economic bracket these women are from they appear to be equally touched by these disorders.

Have there always been this many women struggling with depression and anxiety? Is there more pressure on women now, are we less stimulated, not as connected to our physical self, living in our heads. Did women used to cope in different ways that are not acceptable anymore, such as heavy duty anti-anxiety meds such as valium and the non prescription Merlot? Do women have more pressure on them, more requirements of their time and attention? Or is it a higher report rate; are women just more open with talking about their challenges and willing to accept treatment?

I am not sure of the answer. I have not done any kind of study but I really am surprised how many women seem to be struggling with these potentially debilitating disorders.

Could it be that women in the past have asked for the right to do everything and now our generation is paying the price? Great, now we get to care for the kids, work full-time, handle the banking, food shop, make the food, clean up after the food, wash, fold and put away the laundry, pets to the vet, buy the pet food, and so on and so on, not to mention mowing the lawn, and taking out the garbage. What happened to the pink and blue jobs?

What is to be done about depression and anxiety? I know that I suffer from a low to moderate anxiety. I am a worrier. I sometimes get a cramp in the pit of my stomach when I forget what I was worrying about, then I remember and I feel a sense of relief when I am able to go back to worrying again. I have experienced and acute depression before and it was not fun.

We are often so concerned with our physical health and appearance, what is so different about taking care of our mental health?

For me the things that have been helping me control my anxiety is EXERCISE. What do you know exercise can help keep you physically and mentally healthy? Fighting chaos by keeping my house in order, planning meals, looking ahead on the calendar, all help me keep the anxiety at bay.

People who are self described type A’s are really employing a self protection device. They know their limits for anxiety and they set boundaries for what is acceptable to them. I kind of understand now. I do have a bit of the Type A in me but there is also a messy rebel who does not want to do all of the cleaning on her list (wink Mom).

Not really sure where this rant is going…I wonder if there is a study or a master’s thesis in the study of women’s mental health.

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Choices

I was running a bit late leaving for work tonight and I had two choices, take the car and I can be at work in about 3 min. I decided that I would walk fast like. Well what do you know I got a surge of energy and decided to run to work…I’ll run as far as I can and then I will walk. Hmmm I ran the whole damn way even up the hill just before the Hospital.

I am proud of me.

Betty

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keep on keep’n on

I have been plugging along with the exercise and eating. I have had some super good weeks with 4 lb weight loss and then a not so good weekend that netted those 4 lbs back again. I am now officially 64 lbs not much since the spring but still a tonne of weight gone, that is the big picture. My intention is to have 88-90 lbs gone before 1 year is up which will be Oct 13th.

I am going to do the Summerland Sprint Triathlon at the end of the month. I do not have a wetsuit, I have a new bike that I have not spent much time on and I have just now really gotten back to swimming, the running should be okay. One out of three aint bad. I am quite nervous about the transition but I will survive. I ran and swam in the same day the other day and I feel like I did quite well. I hav a totally sore back right now partially because of the amount of exercise but I think my cycle is starting, oh fun times…bloat bloat bloat.

I have no computer at home right now. Tracy if you read this that’s why I haven’t responded to your profound question on facebook.

Betty

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keep on keep'n on

I have been plugging along with the exercise and eating. I have had some super good weeks with 4 lb weight loss and then a not so good weekend that netted those 4 lbs back again. I am now officially 64 lbs not much since the spring but still a tonne of weight gone, that is the big picture. My intention is to have 88-90 lbs gone before 1 year is up which will be Oct 13th.

I am going to do the Summerland Sprint Triathlon at the end of the month. I do not have a wetsuit, I have a new bike that I have not spent much time on and I have just now really gotten back to swimming, the running should be okay. One out of three aint bad. I am quite nervous about the transition but I will survive. I ran and swam in the same day the other day and I feel like I did quite well. I hav a totally sore back right now partially because of the amount of exercise but I think my cycle is starting, oh fun times…bloat bloat bloat.

I have no computer at home right now. Tracy if you read this that’s why I haven’t responded to your profound question on facebook.

Betty

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