long day

yesterday, I forgot my fitbit. i burned out 4k after i got home from the hospital, but couldn’t do more.

yesterday, i spent the day in the waiting room of an ER. i ate from vending machines, drank not any water, and walked, a lot.

yesterday, my friend lived. now she is in a hospital that will keep her locked away until they deem her no longer a threat, to herself.

yesterday is gone. today, i’m a lot older, a bit sadder, and waiting for tomorrow to come.

jorc

How to Crank It Up!

Hi Everyone, time for an update if sorts.

I’m about 10 pounds down, with 10 more to go on my original goal of a 20 pound loss.  I’m not 20 anymore (or 30, or 40) so it doesn’t fall off, it have to be pushed, pull, beaten and cajoled off my bones!

I have a good rhythm on food. Four days camping meant a not-so-strict adherence to the diet, but no regrets, and I am back on track today!

After reviewing my FitBit tracker history, I have upped my daily step goal from 5k to 6k, minimum 3 miles a day. I think I can maintain 6k with a bit more effort! The chart shows my progress since January!

fitbit

Although I really don’t feel particularly stronger, my endurance level has improved. I was able to ride my motorcycle for a 3 hour stretch yesterday. I haven’t been able to do that in a long while (and missed many club rides because of it), so I felt really good when it dawned on me that I hadn’t had a break in a while!

I also felt less anxiety about riding this trip. I love to ride, but as my health declined, so did my confidence.

My Fibromyalgia doctor changed my sleep medications last week in an effort for me to get more rest. I think it has helped both physically and mentally!

I need to continue with what I am doing now of course, but I am also looking for a very beginner way to start lifting a little weight. I think the added muscle will help me “crank-up” the metabolism, and improve balance. I do not think I am strong enough to restart T25, although it beckons me daily! Soon Shaun T, soon!

As a final note, I’ll add my Quit Meter;

2 years, 10 months, 30 days nicotine free!!!!!

Have a wonderful week!

Jorc

Southern Style

I know, I hate to post pictures of food porn, but this and much, much more is what I face this weekend.

Easter meets Family Reunion, with more southern traditions than you can shake a stick (or fork in this case) at.

I know what I am, and what this is, so I’ll tell you this:

  • I WILL pick and choose which temptations to succumb to and which to be strong against.
  • I know I will eat things I shouldn’t, but I WILL do it on my terms!
  • I will NOT eat because I am bored.
  • I will NOT “try a bit of everything” (no one is really watching to see if I eat their potato salad)
  • I WILL increase my 5K minimum to 10K steps per day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • I WILL drink more than my minimum daily intake of water, currently 64oz.
  • I will NOT beat myself up if I follow these simple rules for the weekend!

Happy Easter folks!

Jorc

Food for Thought – Kale

I want to try the Kale chips!

Get Natural!

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You see this stuff everywhere now! And there are so many reasons to include this leafy green in your diet.

Kale has high amounts of:

  • Vitamin C (boost your metabolism and immune system)
  • Vitamin A (excellent for sight)
  • Vitamin K (bone health, lowers blood clotting and cancer preventing)
  • Fibre (lowers cholesterol)
  • Calcium, even more than milk (strong bones and metabolism)
  • Iron, even more than beef (oxygen transport in blood and liver function)
    Kale also has many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which are key to disease and cancer prevention.

    There are new studies saying high consumption of kale can lead to hypothyroidism (which is a condition where your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones to regulate such functions as metabolism, temperature and protein synthesis). Kale contains a substance called thiocyanate, which can interfere with the iodine needed for the thyroid to function properly. However, this is only in extreme amounts, so…

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    Orthorexia. Am I aspiring to another disorder?

    Staying in the right mindset, I was reading a fitness magazine this morning and came across this. Yeah, I know, too much of a good thing is not a good thing, or so they say.

    However, in a world where Ramen Noodles, Hostess Cakes and Pepsi are often a shopping cart staples, I think more of us could aspire to this problem.

    Orthorexia: The New Eating Disorder?

    You decide. I’m not there yet, but I’ll let you know if it crops up!

    Jorc

    Sitting, too long!

    This is a quick post, mostly so I remember to look at these.

    Work EZ Standing Desk

    If you have an opinion, please, please share. I think I need one that can be quickly converted from sitting to standing, so that I can get used to it. Always up might not work for me, and always down isn’t.

    Tell me, it standing really better for us? What about production workers, ticket takers, and all the others that stand all day long? Don’t they suffer foot, leg, hip and back problems?

    These “desk raisers” costs anywhere from $120 to $400 dollars, and my budget is very limited, so let me know your experiencing with these!

    Jorc

    p.s. Just found this article, Sitting at work is bad, but is standing actually better? I don’t know what to think yet, but it’s focus is not on either, but on movement!

    J.

    The Nutritional Value of Egg Whites Versus Egg Yolks: What Do You Use?

    I guess its the fact that Easter is just around the corner, as I can’t get my brain off the egg!

    As I sat at my desk eating my breakfast of one hard boiled egg, with one banana, I decided to find out exactly what it is I am eating! In my search, I found this very helpful article by Grace Derocha.

    The Nutritional Value of Egg Whites Versus Egg Yolks: What Do You Use?.

    Good info on that little egg, and what you are getting out of each little package.

    I have looked at the info, and so far, I think the egg, the whole egg, stays as the foundation to my food intake for the day!

    I still have 3 questions:

    1. I’m ignorant about digestible proteins. What are digestible proteins, and are the eggs proteins digestible?
    2. Inflammatory response. Do eggs cause an inflammatory response in the body?
    3. Eggs and their effects on IBS, good bad or ugly?

    That’s it. I’ll leaving you with this riddle from The Hobbit.

    Bilbo asks;

    A box without hinges, key or lid,
    Yet golden treasure inside is hid.

    Answer: Egg

    Have a great day friends!

    Jorc

    Fresh eggs vs store bought? Here is a video on store bought,  and here is a video on farm fresh eggs. I have never done a taste test, but I buy fresh when I can!

    J.