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EXERCISE, MEDIATION, & WHATEVER WORKS

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Talk about exercise, meditation, whatever works for you maintaining activities for mind/spirit/body. 

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Well, I spent the first half of 2020 putting on 20+ pounds and spent the second half of 2020 taking off 20+ pounds. Putting them on was a lot more delicious but also catastrophic and I finally hit my target weight on January 1 so I made it.

The last two times I put on and had to take off that kind of weight there were ambulances and hospitals involved and it was after catastrophic injury. So I guess I should just think of 2020 as a catastrophic injury, ambulances or no. It sure feels like it.

I'm wishing everyone who took the weight hit in 2020 a speedy recovery from a shit year. We deserve it.

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Not sure if I picked the right thread, but in light of recent events, and for those with kids, these are helpful:

 

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-violence-crime-and-war

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OtWsphMHcyRA8SrnbzqXDqk2BPG_8slJ

https://www.mother.ly/news/dc-capitol-protests-shooting


   
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I dunno about that emphasis I keep hearing from people giving advice about telling little kids all is safe there is no danger. I remember being five and knowing for sure all adults lied all the time — and that included my parents, especially my parents. I didn't trust much adults told me because I knew they were all liars. If you lie to little kids, they know it.

'Course, I'm also not a parent so I don't have to deal with this question of what to say to little kids head on in person. (wry smile)

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NIA is a wonderful way to sync body and mind. My dad turned me on to NIA when I was home for Christmas ten years ago. He asked if I wanted to go to a dance class with him. I had no idea what NIA was about but I went and I fell in love.

https://nianow.com

 

 


   
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My daughter and I took a zoom cooking class last night with the woman who wrote What the Fork Are You Eating. She's a wonderful teacher, warm, gracious, and relaxed.

Turning a new page, we zoomed a baklava lesson last year during the holiday season; post New Year's we're testing out vegan cuisine 😉 Hello 2021!

 

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:::PERK:::

Baklava?

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Scale: 116.0
Me: No!
Scale: Stop buzz sawing through the fatty trail mix.
Me: Maybe if I take out the hair clips. The hair clips could be a tenth of a pound that would get me back under 116...
Scale: Fat chance, Porkchop. 'Fat chance.' Get it? FAT. CHANCE?
Me: RUDE!

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My new thing is I'm trying to learn to sleep on my back. Usually I sleep on my side with my face mashed into the pillow and I want to stop doing that. It's difficult though. I can last a couple hours on my back sort of zoning in and out and then I give up and roll onto my side and proceed with the face mashing sleep. I can always see it in the morning too, the side of my face I slept on usually looks like it's been in a small war. Kind of counter productive to use fancy face creams and all and then sledgehammer my face into a pillow every night.

Anyone else ever tried taining themselves to sleep in a different position?

I keep flashing to this scene from Aliens when Hicks is out cold asleep sitting up in the drop ship during a turbulent drop. I want to sleep like that! 

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I was a stomach sleeper for most of my life. But had to move to sleeping on my side. Most of what helped it work (maybe placebo effect, who knows) was getting a pillow specifically designed for side sleepers. Still took a few weeks, but it worked and now I can't sleep on my stomach. But not sure if this would transfer to moving from side to back.


   
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@dan Interesting about the pillow. A couple other people have said they used pillows to sort of wedge themselves in on either side to stop themselves from turning over.

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I was looking at body pillows on Amazon as part of the plan to teach myself to sleep on my back and whoah, the master body pillow! Yegads look how comfortable and happy she looks:

 

That of course does not look like a good plan for learning to sleep on my back and also I guess those are for pregnant women to help with sleeping but whoah. I so want it.

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I hit a mark today. 110 pounds. Whew!

29 pounds down from my top lockdown weight — which was getting scary.

5 inches off my hips. 3 off my waist.

Today is a good day. :::happy sigh:::

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Congratulations Max!

I've never heard or conceived of the idea of a body pillow. I'd like one to, though it kind of perplexes me. It looks like she's being absorbed into it. I would be a little nervous.

The only sleeping technique I'm privy to is sleeping with your head facing east, never north for those in the Northern hemisphere. Something to do with the Earth's magnetism and the iron in our blood...


   
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@jeffrey Thank you! 

Body pillows aren't usually, well didn't usually used to be, quite that huge and all surrounding. Usually they are just one long pillow by your side like this:

That's what I sleep with now. I thought maybe two of them, one on either side would work holding me on my back while asleep but dunno how determined I am to pull this sleep change off.

In feng shui, there are directions people advocate sleeping facing during different times of year but I have never heard anything based on magnetic poles and blood iron before.

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Congrats on the weight loss, Max! 

I think a body pillow would encourage me to sleep on my side. 

Here’s an article on pillows best for different sleep positions - back, side, stomach. 

https://www.sleepfoundation.org/best-pillows/best-pillow-for-back-sleepers

“There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in” - Leonard Cohen


   
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@michele Thank you!

Jeez, um, forget the pillow, can I have the guy?

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I feel like I would get trapped in the pillow and wake up in a panic 😱 

Speaking of magnetic poles and iron in our blood, I remember reading a science article in college about sea turtles who know which way to migrate due to magnetotactic bacteria in their brains, I think. I guess the bacteria aligns with the magnetic poles so the turtles know which way to swim?

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@maegan That's pretty wild. Magnetic bacteria in the brain? 

I guess it is no weirder than sharks having electric sensors in their noses and salt water crocodiles have infrared sensors in their snouts — well maybe some weirder brain bacteria functioning as a directional marker is pretty weird, I guess antibiotics would be a bad move for those turtles.

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A friend sent this to me it so cracked me up. Same, kiddo, same:

 

https://www.tiktok.com/@mamhurd/video/6978992546483653893

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That’s hilarious. Could be me …

“There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in” - Leonard Cohen


   
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I love this guy. He is so charming. He is right up there with David Sinclair as one of my favorite people talking about longevity.

 

*That is Nir Bazilai

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I. Am. So. Hungry.

Pretty much I'm mostly hungry all the time because I had to radically change eating habits due to being mad stationary now, and also because losing weight, the body fights back. The body will so make you suffer for cutting off the food supply — and will complain a LOT. Dumb body. 

I didn't hold onto that 110 pound weight. I celebrated with chocolate and immediately jumped. Dumb chocolate. (So. Worth. It!)

I am holding at 111 though. So that is working. Also muscle weighs more than fat so I'm used to sort of juggling weight in pound shifts while building muscle. Doesn't mean I don't freak going up, but I know what's happening and why. Pilates Max is a lot different from Plague Lock Down Stationary Max. 

One of the gurus online says sugar cravings are a symptom of potassium deficiency. Then he listed off a bunch of symptoms that are allegedly symptoms of potassium deficiency, one of which is sugar cravings. The rest of them I always chalk up to my eternal fight to keep iron in my system. Re turning off sugar cravings, I am skeptical. It is more than likely I have a potassium deficiency, that makes total sense. But higher levels of potassium turning off sugar cravings? I will believe it when I see — I ordered some potassium supplements — and I will report back.

 

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Good for you losing and holding. (I think 111 is still holding...)

Bananas may help increase potassium.

I’m not losing much of the covid weight yet. But I have been ‘ exercising’ - 30 sit-ups a day, squats, etc. I do feel better. Now to work my way to the treadmill in the basement....

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It sounds counter-intuitive, however, it might be time for a short half-day or full-day fast to reset the metabolism. Check out Gin Stephens book Fast. Feast. Repeat. (beware of books with similar titles not by Gin... lots of knock-offs/copy cats)


   
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