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    Planning for the New Year

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    PaulaG
    Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:49 am
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    No resolutions, no gimmicks, just people sharing their hopes, dreams and plans for a healthy 2013. The holidays can be a very stressful time. Toss in illness, bad weather and overeating and you have a formula for allowing your health problems to get out of hand.

    The beginning of the year is traditionally a time for making resolutions and planning for the coming year. Often time the resolutions are soon forgotten and we get stuck in an unhealthy lifestyle. I mentioned earlier stress. So many things can result in stress; i.e., loss of job, holiday overspending, family problems and bad weather to mention only a few. When one is stressed they often forget the need to take care of themselves.

    The American Diabetes Association website has a wonderful article about stress and the negative impact on the diabetic. Stress can trigger the fight-or-flight response. In fight-or-flight, levels of many hormones may go up. With the diabetic the fight-or-flight response does not work well. Insulin is not always able to let the extra energy into the cells, so glucose piles up in the blood.

    Stress may result in people not taking good care of themselves. If you are like me, when stressed I have a tendency to crave comfort foods and sweets. Neither of which are healthy. When a lot of things are happening I may put off daily exercise. May not make healthy meal plans or will grab something quick. All of these can result in an increase in health issues.

    Depression can raise it's ugly head during stressful times. The winter months can also be a real challenge with shorter daylight hours, the inability to be outside, possibly being more isolated due to weather conditions. A depressed person is just as likely to develop an array of unhealthy practices as one who is stressed.

    This thread is intended to be a support for all of us. A place to come and share what is going on in our lives and to offer practical solutions to a healthier lifestyle. I am in no way an expert but do enjoy sharing and learning from others. Please join us this month and getting the new year off to a great start by supporting each other and learning from one another.


    Last edited by PaulaG on Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:28 am, edited 2 times in total
    Mia in Germany
    Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:09 pm
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    Happy New Year!!
    Paula, I love your intro, it's perfect for this time of the year. Great start into 2013!
    PaulaG
    Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:24 am
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    Hi Mia. Good to see you. Appreciate your comments. I'm headed out to Atlanta for the rest of the week. I'll be checking in with you guys from time to time. While gone it is going to be a little more difficult to keep up my exercise routine. I usually walk a couple of miles a day. Anybody else have a regular exercise plan?
    Andi of Longmeadow Farm
    Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:45 am
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    Good morning you all! Wow, how can it be the New Year, already?

    Paula, good for you that you are going away, and having a ball too! Mia, it's a new start and a whole new vast year ahead.....I wish I could eat as healthy as both of you.


    Paula, good for you walking miles a day. I run 3 miles and work physically hard each day, but still have trouble with my weight. Since I had thyroid cancer 20 years ago, my doctor just took my thyroid replacement meds down even lower. It makes it even more difficult to lose weight. Oh well, I will keep at it.
    UmmBinat
    Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:39 pm
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    Hi girls I just read this intriguing book which is diabetic related in a way called vitamin K2 and the calcium paradox. I recommend it to anyone interested in becoming healthier.

    I need to exercise and keep dairy out of my diet for now. I would love to walk in the fresh air everyday but it is very cold here and I have a new 1 year old.
    PaulaG
    Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:44 pm
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    UmmBinat wrote:
    Hi girls I just read this intriguing book which is diabetic related in a way called vitamin K2 and the calcium paradox. I recommend it to anyone interested in becoming healthier.

    I need to exercise and keep dairy out of my diet for now. I would love to walk in the fresh air everyday but it is very cold here and I have a new 1 year old.


    Hi UmmBinat. Thank you much for stopping in. I'll have to check out the book. Walking during the winter months can be a challenge. IIt has been rainy and cold here as well. Do you have an indoor regimen that you follow for exercise?
    UmmBinat
    Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:29 pm
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    PaulaG wrote:
    UmmBinat wrote:
    Hi girls I just read this intriguing book which is diabetic related in a way called vitamin K2 and the calcium paradox. I recommend it to anyone interested in becoming healthier.

    I need to exercise and keep dairy out of my diet for now. I would love to walk in the fresh air everyday but it is very cold here and I have a new 1 year old.


    Hi UmmBinat. Thank you much for stopping in. I'll have to check out the book. Walking during the winter months can be a challenge. IIt has been rainy and cold here as well. Do you have an indoor regimen that you follow for exercise?


    Oh no I don't do any. Just cleaning up lots of toys after my children!
    PaulaG
    Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:17 pm
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    I just finished helping my granddaughter with cleaning her room. That can be a real chore. icon_smile.gif
    Mia in Germany
    Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:33 am
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    Hi Paula, Ani and UmmBinat wave.gif
    I've checked out the vitamin k2 and calcium thing and found this:
    http://www.newswithviews.com/Howenstine/james59.htm

    The book's not yet available in Germany, so I did some gooooogling icon_lol.gif
    Most interesting, thanks icon_smile.gif

    Paula, travelling always is a challenge with exercise plans icon_rolleyes.gif At least being with children keeps one running!

    Andi, I'm sorry you are struggling with your weight - dealing with thyroid meds doesn't make things easy. I'm not sure if this will comfort you in any way, but it has been found that overweight, if not too much, doesn't harm if people do sports at the same time. You are running, and you are working physically hard, so you are very likely at least not to suffer from weight related health risks. Actually being slightly overweight and sportive at the same time seems to be a good way to stay healthy to old age for women.

    That said, as I don't have children to get me cleaning up, I have to come up with other solutions icon_wink.gif
    Luckily it's never really cold here, just wet and ugly, so I can run 30 minutes every day. My cardio fitness is great, but unluckily, when it comes to muscles I have huge problems. So my current goal is to build up some muscles (when there is no body fat, at least I want muscles!!). Also my muscle endurance (is that the right term?) is miserable, I keep breaking down muscle wise after five minutes of vacuuming the house, very annoying icon_confused.gif
    So I try to build up some muscle endurance, too.
    For that I started going to a small gym twice a week in October, with no result yet but I'll stick to it even though I feel like a fool at times icon_lol.gif
    Sharon123
    Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:22 am
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    I'm planning on doing more walking in 2013. I have moved to 10 acres of gently rolling land. But it's cold out there, gonna get started asap. I have a stationary bike and a small trampoline I'm gonna work into the house somehow.
    We can do it!
    Paula, you'll have to mosy over here one of these days!
    Andi of Longmeadow Farm
    Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:28 pm
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    Hello everyone! It's so good to see you, Ummbinat & Sharon! Looks like we all are moving around ~ and that's good! So often, it doesn't mean a hard workout everyday, just that we move and become involved with activities.

    This is one thing I worry about my DH. He is the type2 diabetic, and he works at a desk all week, then on the weekend does to some outside activity at our horse barn. I built him a workout area (man - cave) downstairs last year with a treadmill and big HDTV, he walks in the morning but has gotten slack to this too.

    He's tired when he comes home and just sits and watches T.V. ~ when he retires, I told him not to even think he's gonna sit on the couch and watch T.V. We have a lot of work on the farm to do, even if he's outside on a tractor or cleaning stalls, at least he will be moving.

    Ummbinat, running after little ones probably takes off about 400+ calories! I bet you look beautiful and you do eat healthfully, I know!

    Sharon, good for you to get out and about. I use some layers when I go out to work or run. It's been awfully cold this year, and it's really been harder to get warm, (thyroid level a lot lower) so I have to really rethink how I dress for the cold.
    Mia in Germany
    Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:06 pm
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    Hi Sharon wave.gif
    So good to see you here icon_biggrin.gif
    Looks like you have a plan!
    Andi's so right, as long as we get moving somehow, it's good.

    Andi, I'm sorry about your worries with your DH. Men can be difficult to get to acting in healthy ways! He's lucky to have you as his moving conscience.
    Stay warm - have some nice hot spiced tea or coffee!

    PaulaG
    Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:49 pm
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    Sharon123 wrote:
    I'm planning on doing more walking in 2013. I have moved to 10 acres of gently rolling land. But it's cold out there, gonna get started asap. I have a stationary bike and a small trampoline I'm gonna work into the house somehow.
    We can do it!
    Paula, you'll have to mosy over here one of these days!


    Sounds like you have a good plan Sharon. MI have a treadmill but the only place I have for it now is the garage. I would love to get with you. MWe will need to make plans.

    Andi, DH retired a year ago. This year I kept him very buse with projects. I kept him pretty thisnyear and he is pretty good coming up with things on his own. We are pretty good about taking the dogs on their daily walks. The only exception is when it rains.

    My thyroid is also low so I do know what you are talking about. It makes one less tolerant to the cold.
    dianegrapegrower
    Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:33 am
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    My preferred forms of exercise are walking and gardening. Since we live in So. California, the weather generally cooperates. I walk on my lunch break during the week, and on weekend, DH and I go for longer walks along the beach. I have a little veggie garden, which in summer has cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, and peppers. This winter, I have peas and lettuce. Next year, I'll try broccoli, too.

    I switched to whole wheat bread and pasta years ago, trying to be healthier. Am changing to brown rice now. We eat fairly low-fat, as DH has to watch his cholesterol. We enjoy most veggies, and have salads every day. My current challenge is dark leafy greens - kale, chard, etc. I find them a bit bitter, but I know they're good for us. I used to combine them with pasta or potatoes, to moderate the bitterness, but that doesn't seem like such a good idea now. icon_confused.gif I'd welcome any suggestions?

    Diane
    Mia in Germany
    Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:25 pm
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    dianegrapegrower wrote:
    My preferred forms of exercise are walking and gardening. Since we live in So. California, the weather generally cooperates. I walk on my lunch break during the week, and on weekend, DH and I go for longer walks along the beach. I have a little veggie garden, which in summer has cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, and peppers. This winter, I have peas and lettuce. Next year, I'll try broccoli, too.

    I switched to whole wheat bread and pasta years ago, trying to be healthier. Am changing to brown rice now. We eat fairly low-fat, as DH has to watch his cholesterol. We enjoy most veggies, and have salads every day. My current challenge is dark leafy greens - kale, chard, etc. I find them a bit bitter, but I know they're good for us. I used to combine them with pasta or potatoes, to moderate the bitterness, but that doesn't seem like such a good idea now. icon_confused.gif I'd welcome any suggestions?

    Diane


    Hi Diane wave.gif
    Great to see you here! icon_biggrin.gif
    Gardening's such a beautiful form of exercise. You're lucky to have the So. California weather on your side.
    One of my kale favourites is kale and bean stew.
    http://www.food.com/recipe-finder/all/kale-and-bean

    It's also great with sweet potatoes and pumpkin. Kale chips are very yummy, too.
    http://www.food.com/recipe-finder/all/kale-chips
    http://www.food.com/recipe-finder/all/kale-sweet-potato

    Chard can be used the same way as spinach, generally.

    If you find recipes you like, let us know - you can never have too many good recipes for green leaves!
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