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Thursday Thoughts IV

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Thursday Thoughts

OK, ok, so it’s Friday. I’m not quite sure what happened to this week. One day it was Monday, then a whole bunch of stuff happened and now it’s Friday. CRAZY!

Let’s get this (late) show on the road!

  • One reason I’m so behind this week is because I finally buckled down and wrote a series a post I’ve wanted to get out of my head for months. I’m glad i did, I think I really covered the 3 basic mind shifts I went through when I started this journey. I hope you got something out of them.
  • I don’t remember how I came across this article by Marlena Spieler but it’s fabulous! Marlene dropped 150lbs and gives some great practical advice.
  • Notice I couldn’t remember how I found the previous article. Well I’ll let you in on a little secret. I prepare for my Thursday Thought posts by emailing myself links all week. Then on Thursday or (or Friday as the case night be) I simply revisit all the links and throw them in the post. Well… the next link I had listed was an old post I wrote about will power but now I have no idea why?!? It must of had some relevance earlier in the week, who knows? ;~P
  • My next link is in direct response to my funk earlier this week. Guys (as in my 3 male readers) if you don’t want to hear about women issue please stop reading now… Girls, here’s the deal, is the last 6 months I have noticed PMS symptoms have been a lot worse and I’m not talking about cramps here, I mean hellish mood swings and borderline depression thoughts. I only notice because I’ve never really had a problem with PMS in the past. I mean I had it but it always seemed very manageable, but geesh! This is ridiculous! SO I do what I do and researched online a bit, couldn’t find much except for other women complaining and this article that has a theory about PMS and age. I’m wondering what your thoughts are.
  • Ok, enough l-o-n-g thoughts! Next… be sure to check out our friend MizFit on the radio! Side note… MizFit and I will be meeting up next month, I’ll fill you in next week about that!!
  • I came across this article yesterday and although I’ve mentioned Volumetrics in the past this article does a good job summarizing it and really describing how I eat. I could have written their 10 tips and I do them ALL the time!
  • With time being so tight this week I haven’t post much on GreenLiteBites except for this weeks video. The toddler and I make Halloween Brownie Bites using a VitaBrownie mix. It’s our little tradition.
  • Have you seen those disturbing High Fructose Corn Syrup commercials on TV. All I have to say is, don’t make me feel guilty about caring what I put in my body. Geesh! Anyway, although I agree with the everything in moderation concept this campaign is insulting to me and I’m not the only one. Time had a nice write up about them too.
  • Earlier this week I got an email from Mary asking if I’d be willing to help her 8 year daughter adopt a family for the holidays this year. I was a little hesitant at first as you never know what is a true request on what’s a con to get donations but there was just something about her story.

    Grace is 8. Lives in Raleigh, NC. She has a HUGE heart and had realized, after finding out that our friend had grown up in an orphanage, that there are a lot more kids than you think that have no one. She found this very disturbing considering that we are creating our Christmas wish lists….she wondered who gave these kids presents if they didn’t have parents. I told her that this orphanage depends soley upon the generosity of others. We talked about what it meant to not have a mommy, daddy, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents…..she cried, I cried. Then I cried harder because you always relate to thoughts like that as if they were in context to your own children. We talked about not having mommy and daddy come tuck you in at night, no kisses and hugs when you are needing them, no trips to the store and coming home with a soda or a new toy "just because". So many things that we take for granted….those children don’t have. After this conversation, lots of hugs, and dinner….Grace decided that she wanted to provide them with Christmas…so we emailed the guy in charge of the Masonic Home for Children (previously known as the Oxford Orphanage) and waited for his reply. He was very excited about our endevour but told us that the general figure for adopting a cottage of kids is about $2400. So, we talked about that too. That it is a LOT of money….she is not deterred at all! She still wants to try. And if we end up not making our goal, then she said that there must be something we can do with what we raise. I wonder how my 8 year old got all grown up when I wasn’t looking.

    Mary and I chatted a bit and I know I’ll be wondering the same thing in a few years. I can only hope to have a child that is as aware. I’m including the donation link to Grace’s donation page. Don’t feel obligated but I thought it was the least I can do to support a little girl with a big heart. :~)

  • Finally, I end with a link to a fellow BlogToLose’r. Kellie emailed me asking for advice and I think she really represent where a lot us were or are on this quest to be healthy. If you can relate to Kellie and have some advice please comment on her post. I know where she is and having some friendly helping hands to let her know she’s not alone is invaluable on her journey. It’s the reason I created the community in the first place!

Ok, I gotta go! It’s breakfast time and I’m starving!




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Discussion

There are 17 comments so far.

    Shannon

    October 10, 2008

    My pms is worse when I do not take a good high quality cod liver oil. I am dark skinned and risk having low vit d levels…My hair, skin and pms are all much better when I take the CLO. (Ronnie, we are roughly the same age). I highly recommend the Blue Ice Cinnamon flavor. It tastes like big red gum and the kids love it.

    Since I have been journaling my food intake, I have noticed that I do have better losses when i take the CLO even though it is an extra 2 pts in my day. And trust me, a low point icecream cone vs a tbsp of cod liver oil can be a challenging decision to make.

    Charlie Hills

    October 10, 2008

    Whew, I’m sure glad I didn’t read anything here about PMS!

    Of course, I suffer from my own form of PMS. It’s horrible and I wish I didn’t have to deal with it, but like it or not my Perfect Man Syndrome is my burden to bear.

    Check out Charlie Hillss last blog post..All You Can Eat

    Regi

    October 10, 2008

    Roni, PMS definately gets worse as you get older, but I also found that since I am not “feeding” the symptoms anymore with chocolate and refined carbs and fats, I notice them more. I used to just feed the monster, now I work it to death ( at the gym, behind the lawnmower, etc)

    pam

    October 10, 2008

    I think if you are on WW….you automatically learn how to use volumetrics! My friend asked me the other day how I keep the weight off. At the time we were serving cookies to the kids at Bible School. I looked at the cookie she was eating and said…..I like food too much. I would rather have 3 apples than that tiny cookie. She just laughed, but that is how I look at food now, which has helped me get over that cheese thing you talked about the other day. I would rather have 1 cup of wheat pasta rather than 1/3 cup of cheese.

    Shannan

    October 10, 2008

    I’m off to work in a few minutes, but I glanced at the commercials and volumetrics link. I’ll have to get back to those later, but thanks for the links! Have a good one!

    Check out Shannans last blog post..Another Link & an Interlude in Week 6

    Liz

    October 10, 2008

    I enjoyed the Time article because I’ve been seeing those commercials and getting very confused! Why did they only use bright bright red items in the commercial? I know that’s a weird question, but it just makes me think that the stuff is really artificial and drives the point of not eating/drinking that stuff home more.

    Alisha

    October 10, 2008

    About the PMS symptoms. Mine have changed also and my cycles are like every 3 months now and only last two days. I can only think that the cause is losing the 80 lbs. I brought it up to my PCP and he just thinks it is my body getting used to what is happening. Very scary, but maybe it will settle soon? He thinks the PMS symptoms will get back to normal after the cycles do. Not much help sorry! ;)

    Mary

    October 10, 2008

    Roni~~~~ Thank you so much for putting up a blurb about Grace’s fundraising efforts! The more we get involved, the better the world will be…even if all we do is get people to thinking about the blessings that they have in their lives! I think that you are one of the blessings in most of our lives…thank you for all that you do here on GLB and BTL. If it weren’t for you, I would feel very alone in my weight loss efforts. Thanks for giving us you, each other, and lots of laughs!! Keep it up Roni, you are amazing!

    Allison K

    October 10, 2008

    Roni!!! Thanks for the link to Kellie’s BTL post. I totally related to her and was so compelled to comment that I joined BTL! Now I have yet another distraction! lol!

    I have to say again, love love love Thursday Thoughts.. and how your little blurb changes every week!

    Jared

    October 10, 2008

    You know why PMS is called PMS? Because the name “mad cow disease” was already taken! Yea, that joke doesn’t go over great with my wife either, but I always get a chuckle out of it!

    roni

    October 10, 2008

    HA HA Funny! No seriously, it’s funny. ;~P

    Ok, that’s 2, where’s my last male reader. Chime in please. LOL

    Maranda

    October 10, 2008

    Jared-That is too funny:)

    Roni-Have fun in the Marathon!!!

    Check out Marandas last blog post..Bloggers Ornament Exchange…

    Kellie

    October 11, 2008

    Roni,

    Thank you so much for your support and reaching out to me! You truly have a heart of gold! And, I have updated with a glimpse of hope!! :) *hugs* You cease to amaze me with all the knowledge and insight you bring to all of us.

    I can’t wait to hear about how the marathon went!

    Check out Kellies last blog post..Cindy

    Kellie

    October 11, 2008

    Btw: I’m not sure why it linked to Cindy’s blog post! :)

    Nina

    October 11, 2008

    Hi Roni!

    I have also donated a small amount to Grace because I think it is great what she is doing. So many people lose their enthusiasm about doing good to other people because they are too involved in their own mess, but actually it’s easy to change, and if all do just a little bit, the change in the end is still huge.

    And about PMS: I thought I was the queen of PMS! My carb cravings and mood swings are legendary, sometimes I even get so angry (on the inside, I do not freak out in public ;) ) – and scare myself with my anger because I am NOT an angry person – and I cannot imagine why I do not note those days in my calendar because they come and go like clockwork, no irregularities. I am seeing an alternative practicioner now and she gave me some combination of Bach flower essences, so I am closely watching if they do something good for me in this respect, too. I also try to see if I need more minerals at that time as more minerals can stabilize your nerves. Apart from a huge piece of chocolate mud cake, which I don’t recommend here. And fluffy bed socks, which I can highly recommend, they are my soul comforter at the moment, even if they look like Sesame Street feet.

    And PMS definitely gets stronger along the years, so we have to take more care of ourselves.

    kirsten

    October 11, 2008

    Regarding the PMS, maybe try vitex/chasteberry supplements.

    Also, some very good books on the subject include various titles by either Uzzi Reiss and/or Erika Schwartz. Both authors provide a lot of information regarding progesterone/estrogen levels, fluctuations as we age and how to manage effectively.

    Lindsay

    October 13, 2008

    I’ve noticed a big difference in my personal PMS experience in the last 6-8 months, and had NEVER considered that it could be an age thing! I also have suffered from migraines since I was a kid and have noticed that though they may not have become more frequent, the symptoms I experience with them are different now too. I did wonder if it had something to do with my weight loss, but I could figure out a direct correlation. Age makes perfect sense for both though. Thanks for the info!!