Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New Vision

I have a new vision of what my daily life can look like. It's not all about weight, but it is about quality of life. It is about closeness to my children, being surrounded by calm and peace, feeling energized, and being satisfied with what I have. I am doing lots of small things to work towards those goals, like decluttering and re-organizing to create a peaceful space. I'm doing some bigger things too, and here and two changes I made this week.

1. I am eating with my kids at the table more often. When they were small, we always ate dinner together. I have always felt that eating dinner as a family contributes to that cohesive feeling... being connected. But with the whole dieting thing along with older kids who come and go and a young one who is more limited in what she can eat, I have gotten into a bad habit of just letting the kids grab sandwiches or burritos or a pizza for dinner and making myself a salad or something later, several times a week. Soon the days this was happening became more and more frequent until half the dinner table was covered in art supplies that never got put away because we weren't using the table for dinner anymore. That's stopped, and I am making an effort to cook or at least "throw together" something for dinner *together* five days a week. I've also never eaten breakfast with my kids (except maybe on weekends and holidays) because of the get-ready-for-school rush in the morning with kids leaving at all different hours, some gone before others were out of bed. I always ate after I got everyone to school. But this week I have started eating breakfast with my youngest child every morning before school. She is VERY happy about this. And it makes me think a little about what I am eating, too, and makes me slow down a bit so I am not done way before she is.

2. I went to the gym today for almost 2 hours. I walked the inside track to warm up, then did the circuit of 12 weight training machines, then walked a little more. After that I went swimming. I am not a great swimmer but I went back and forth doing slow laps for a long time, and then I got out and soaked in the hot tub for 10 minutes and sat in the sauna for 5. I showered and came home and my body feels GOOD about the exercise... except for my feet. It's not because of the gym (because this pain returned a few days ago) but the plantar fasciitis is back and very painful. I actually hobble when I walk at times. Each step feels like someone is hitting the bottom of my foot with a baseball bat. But back to the gym... I really liked it. I admit when I dropped off my daughter at school, came home, packed a gym bag and got in the car I mumbled, "I really don't wanna do this..." but once I got there I was so glad I went!  The one thing I didn't like was how the gym time ate up my whole morning, so I am going to try packing a gym bag the night before and going there directly from the school.

Gotta run, school's out!


Anonymous said...

I think photographing food contributes to the 'fetishizing' of food in our culture and adds to one's mental obsessive thinking about food. Consider not taking and posting plate / food photos Lynn. Your life lately has been about so much more than food..full of all good times and moments.

Anon MD

Anonymous said...

Oh you did a lot of workouts. Great ! I hope you feet aren't bothering too much and you can handle the time consumed with excersise.

Stephanie said...

Yay, good for you, Lyn. Glad to hear you're doing well and enjoying life. I like de-cluttering things, too. And I definitely agree that eating meals with my family is very important (so easy to get away from,though, isn't it?) Have you read "It Starts With Food"? Just read that and thought it was something you would enjoy reading, considering your recent ventures into Paleo-style eating. I'm so glad to hear that you're going in that direction and away from Medifast. I realize that it served a purpose for you but the move to more real foods will, I hope, make you feel much better and help with your aches and pains. I always check on you when I write on my blog - been checkin' on you for years, now! Glad you're doing well and still moving toward happiness. We all deserve it. :-)

Anonymous said...

I like your new vision but swimming is very hard on your joints.

Chanelle said...

Wow. Swimming is NOT hard on the joints. It's one of the most low impact exercised out there. That's Why its used a lot for rehabilitation and PT. And I love the photos of your food, Lyn.

Lyn said...


Actually, showing some of my meals on occasion helps others by giving new ideas/twists on old, less healthy favorites. I enjoy sharing recipes as well as seeing them on other blogs. But I do agree my life is about good times. The healthy meals are a good accent though :)


I haven't read it; I will see if they have the first chapter free on amazon for Kindle so I can check it out. Thanks!


Agreed; both my doctor and physical therapist said swimming would be a good exercise for me. I have to be careful of lateral leg movement because it tends to make my knees ache, but other than that it is perfect!

16 blessings'mom said...

Lyn, my favorite thing about you is how you answer your comments so peacefully. You are a kind lady, if you don't mind me saying so! I love reading here because I come away encouraged to eat well and enjoy life. I love your new vision, and that you just keep on keepin' on!!


Amy said...

Like many things in life, the thought of going to the gym is worse than the event. Sometimes I psych myself up by telling myself, "I'm going to kill those weights today!" It gets me really fired up. It is awesome to see you creating your own victories! And, I too like the recipes, it's so easy to get stuck in a rut of the same old foods.

Vickie said...

The pool can really be the answer for you, I am very glad you have access.

You can warm up in place by doing high knee marching with arms making big circles one way and then the other if you need to stop walking. Or get on a bike and then do arm circles separately.

Your very good plan to get out the door quickly in the morning reminded me of a woman who used to drop her kids off at school and then run home for a cup of coffee and then come (very) late to class. She did that for years. She was probably running to the potty during class too. Habits can either help us or sabotage us.

Tara said...

I have followed you for maybe over a year...first time commenting. I wanted to share with you my experience with plantar fasciitis. I know you struggle with the pain it presents. I was having out of control pain in my feet. Right one more than left. Morning were torture. There were days I seriously wanted to someone to just put me out of my misery it hurt so bad.

Until.....I started following a no wheat/no sugar food plan though my involvement in Overeaters Anonymous. One of the almost instant side effects was the pain went away within a few days of following my food plan. I don't know the science of it all. I don't know if this is typical for others. What I do know is that when I relapse and go through a period of time of eating breads, pasta and any refined sugar, the plantar fascitis pain comes back. Not as bad though.

I can't say I follow paleo or any other "diet". I have just found that my body performs better when I avoid wheat and sugar. My digestion is better, less headaches, less cravings, less binging, less depression and certainly NO pain from plantar fasciitis.

I hope you can find reflief in what ever form. Just wanted to share my freedom from that pain.

Every day is still a journey. I struggle and have success. I have learned to celebrate even the smallest success and forgive myself of my mistakes.

Thank you for sharing your journey. There have been days I thoughts you were writing from my head and using my words and thoughts.

We are not alone in this journey!!!

would be so honored if you read my blog if you have a chance...I am new...

i should be full said...

I am finally learning (after hearing it for 13 years in OA) that in order to have that calm, peaceful, tranquility in my life and with my family I have to fix the food and my relationship to it. Since I've been off refined carbs I have found the peace I've been missing for so long. When I'm in the food and fighting the scale I have nothing left for myself and my family. When I avoid the foods that hurt me I am free to be open to and engaged with the world and the scale cooperates all on it's own. Freedom from my food and body issues is about embracing the reality that I have food and body issues that can't be swept under the rug. Thanks for being on this journey too. It so helps to hear your voice too!

Anonymous said...

Have you ever tried the new "soft" sneakers like this:


(Look at the ones in the beginning). I know they are expensive, but they feel like slippers. I have flat feet but when I exercise, these shoes feel GOOD. Maybe they would help your foot problems. I typically only wear Crocs so you know where I am coming from. These sneakers allow me to walk for miles without having foot problems.


Tully said...

Hi Lyn,

I am sure you get lots of 'advice' comments, so I hope this isn't annoying, but I just had to comment on the plantar fasciitis. I have suffered from it for almost 10 years and in the past year I spent over $1000 on podiatrists and custom orthotics because I was in such pain. The last resort was a cortisone shot and within a few days I was 100% pain free and I still am. It has honestly changed my life and I wish I had done it years ago.

I wrote about my experience on my blog here: http://www.prettyif.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/plantar-fasciitis.html

I'm not trying to promote my blog, just trying to help. :-)


p.s. Your boy is so sweet to bake you a delicious paleo birthday cake!

Lyn said...

Thank you all, it is SO nice that people care and are trying to help me with this. I really appreciate it and at this point am taking all ideas seriously. I am really sick of the pain.

Re: diet and plantar fasciitis~

I find that when I am sugar free, my arthritis pain is almost completely gone, and if I eat sugar it comes back (especially in my hands and knees). But being off sugar and wheat had no effect on the PF.

I am rolling stuff under my feet today a lot. Balls, frozen water bottles, etc. I am also doing the stretches and exercises. I might have to consider the shots if this does not ease up soon.

Anonymous said...

Try a pair of Orthaheel shoes. You can find discounted ones on 6pm.com. I wear them every waking moment and my feet are so much better now.