Friday, June 8, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday (6/8/2012)

7 quick takes sm1 7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 175)

After a frustrating turn (again) with Fat Tuesday, I went to see a nutritionist yesterday.  I had spoken to a nurse before I met with him, and she assured me their "plan" was much lower in carbs than the diabetic diet I had been following.  When I sat at his table, however, he showed me a plan that accounted for approximately 120-140 carbs a day.  I was confused; he noticed my confusion and asked a question:  "You look like you don't understand?"

I told him what the nurse said and stated I'd already been following a plan that kept me at or under 80 carbs per day.  He leaned back in his chair and asked for details.  I slowly began recounting carb choices, how I determine how many I get per meal and how I attempt to make that happen.  Then he said something no doctor has ever said to me before:  "It sounds like you're really trying.  How did you learn all of this?"

I told him I read until it made sense.  And I fought it for a long time.  But my insulin resistance demands attention--no matter how much I'd like to pretend that any traditional plan would work.

We chit-chatted; he said he really didn't have anything to teach me.  And, for the first time since losing a bunch of weight in a really questionable way, I felt like I knew what I was doing.  So slow-going or no, this is where I am.

I hate my legs.  I love maxi-length dresses.  I will buy as many of them as I can while they are "in" so I can wear them when they aren't.  Don't judge me.  (I bought another one at Sam's the other day.  To date, I don't think I've paid more than $25 for any of those dresses, and I've gotten 2 from Walmart.)

Laundry is no bueno.  I'm envious of the women who know how to get smells out of under armor and how to keep mixed color clothes bright and clean.  I did learn to use aspirin on my whites so maybe I'm getting the game?

For the first time in a while, Favorite and I cooked at home last night.  We roasted asparagus with garlic salt and fresh cracked pepper.  This is totally the way to eat asparagus.  Actually, with a few exceptions, this is the way to eat most vegetables.  Get yourself some grapeseed oil and get on it.

I've never participated in more than one Bible study at a time, but thanks to the prompting of my friend, Courtney, I am doing just that this summer.  The first study is based on a book I read last year--Made to Crave--and is a focus in learning to fill our needs with God instead of food.  There's a little more to it, but for simplicity, we'll leave it at that.  The second study is Kelly Minter's Nehemiah we are hosting at our church.  Courtney is leading; I'm doing the behind-the-scenes work.

Oddly, instead of being overwhelmed, I'm pretty excited about both of them...even when I found out our study has at least 25 women.  (25!  Women!)  So I'm way outside my comfort zone and scared to death.  But ready.  So, so ready.

I need to set an exercise goal.  Here's the deal, though:  I have no idea what sort of goal I should be setting because most long term goals seem to focus around the idea of running.  I hate running. 

So now I'm left wondering if I should get a gym membership or go it alone.  Classes are out at this point, because I can't afford to get a rec membership for the summer.  Thoughts?

I so need a summer schedule.  I don't do well with large blocks of free time. 

So I guess I'll be sitting down to determine what my Mon-Fri will look like for most of the rest of the summer.  Of course, exceptions are always welcome for people I love and miss.  Blue Sky, anyone?


Katie said...

I'm the same way with my summer free time. Also, I am always in for Blue Sky!

Addie said...

I bought a maxi dress from Walmart, and I love it! So comfy. I set a goal to exercise 3 days a week, and do that with couch to 5k. I'm in no way, shape, or form a runner, but it's a gradual process over 9 weeks. It's actually kind of fun. I have the Made to Crave book, but have yet to finish it. Maybe that'll be my summer read!

Sheena said...

Under Armour Help

Running. SMH! In my heart I really want to be a runner, but my body gets angry about it.

Maxi dresses - I need 50 more and I need them to be cheap. I'm going to the good Wal-Mart. Ghetto Wal-Mart doesn't have any.

Mindee@ourfrontdoor said...

So jealous of your maxi dresses. I'm just a little bit too tall for manufacturers so they always look like I shrunk them. :(

As for exercise: you goal is to do more than you are now. Also, if you have Netflix, they have a lot of video options to try.