Your post is awesome! I feel like you're a long lost twin or something!
SeattleLisa wrote:I've been challenged by binge eating disorder for 30+ years and I've learned dieting only exacerbates the problem.
Good point. I have some binge tendencies, too, and I find that when I diet, my weight yoyos up and down. Dieting also tends to make me OCD -- the last time I seriously dieted back in my early twenties, I knew something was wrong when I started weighing everything I ate with a postage scale. Nowadays, I just eyeball my portions -- it keeps me from getting obsessive about my food.
SeattleLisa wrote:I've also learned to make peace with my huge inner chocoholic and we've been cohabitating rather peacefully this past year. (for the most part) Here's what works for me. I allow myself a little chocolate every day. I allow myself only 1 square at a time and it is oh so satisfying.
Making peace with the inner chocoholic -- much better than fighting against it. And mmmm, that Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt sure looks good!
SeattleLisa wrote:However I am unable to have junk food or sweets of any kind stored in my kitchen or like you, I'd be back and forth to the pantry 5 times. (I think you said that?)
Yup, five times on Monday. Although today I did really well and didn’t check the pantry even once (though I was out for part of the day, so that doesn’t quite count).
SeattleLisa wrote:I have a system with Hubby. He hides the chocolate for me and every night after dinner, I ask him to bring out 2 small treats for me. It's totally out of sight, out of mind for me. I know approximately where he hides them but I've never allowed myself to look for them because this system has worked so well.
I *LOVE* your system! That is awesome! This is what my parents used to do for me with Halloween candy (otherwise I would have eaten the entire bucket in one evening), and it worked really well back then. I’ll have to try this out with my bf!
SeattleLisa wrote:Anyway, that small amount of chocolate eliminates any feelings of deprivation. I believe food *should* be pleasurable as well as fuel and since I'm not dieting, why shouldn't I have a small, controlled amount every day?
Good point. It usually is the feeling of deprivation that makes me start gorging on chocolate and other sweets. I’m usually good for a few weeks, but then that little craving starts in the back of my mind, and gets stronger and stronger. Eventually, I can’t take it anymore, and I eat lots of sweet stuff (which I’m sure is way worse for my blood sugar than eating a little bit of sweet stuff each day). Anyway, you won’t hear me complaining -- I’m happy to have chocolate back in my life.
I’ll have to try your smoothie recipe. Strawberries are my fav, and strawberries + chocolate = heaven. The agave nectar sounds good, too. I had it in a fruit/nut protein bar from Trader Joes, and liked it. It didn’t spike my blood sugar, either, which is good (I’ve got a heritage of diabetes).
SeattleLisa wrote:CYCLING- As I've bragged many times before and will brag YET AGAIN, I put many many miles on my bike last year. 2,025 miles to be exact.
That is awesome! I put about 1500 miles on my bike per year when I was living in Massachusetts.
SeattleLisa wrote:I became a 4 season cyclist last January when I started my first LTT Challenge. I was out on my 2nd ride of the year, it started raining and I thought to myself, I can tuck tail and go home or I CAN DO IT ANYWAY. So I stayed out there and learned to tolerate riding in the rain. (and wind, and ice, and snow)
There is a huge amount of satisfaction in getting out on the bike in all weather and just doing it! I remember the first time I rode in a major fall rainstorm back in MA, about six months after I first starting biking. My bf and I were halfway done with a 30 mile loop, when it turned from a drizzle to an outright downpour. My bf asked me if I wanted to stop and look for shelter (we were near a campground) or if I wanted to go on ahead. I thought for a minute, and then said, “Let’s go on!” We were both soaked through by the time we got home, but it was an incredibly empowering experience -- I was strong enough to keep my bike on the road and maintain my cadence while biking fifteen miles in the pouring rain.
SeattleLisa wrote:I also started out the year with a brand spankin' new cyclocomputer which I love, love, love and hope Gina buys one, too. (Delta Ascent HR monitor)
I’ll check it out!
SeattleLisa wrote:You know the joys of riding, how it feels to make some new hill your bitch, reeling other cyclists in then yelling "on your left!". Whew! So fun!
Gah! Brings back so many memories! I love hills (which is why hilly Pittsburgh roads suck so much –- if they weren’t so deteriorated with so many cars, they would be AWESOME)!
SeattleLisa wrote:So, I have a Specialized Dolce Road Bike, that I received a few years ago from Hubby as a pseudo-wedding present. Best gift ever. He had wanted to buy me a bike since he's a lifelong cyclist. I balked because I wasn't convinced I'd ride since I hadn't been on a bike since I was a kid.
That’s my story, too. My bf has been an avid cyclist since he was a teenager – he rode from NJ to CA when he was eighteen, and hasn’t stopped cycling since. About a year after we met, he built me a really nice touring bike with awesome wheels that fits my short stature like no other bike has. I’ve logged more than 5000 miles on it.
SeattleLisa wrote:Have you ridden a Century? Have you done any bike touring? I want to do that this summer, too. How you likin' the bike trainer? I read the reviews on that model and it sounds good. Do you watch anything on TV while you ride?
I haven’t ridden a century yet, though I definitely want to! The longest loop I’ve ridden is 50 miles, though I wasn’t too winded after it, so I’m sure I’ll be able to work up to 100. One of my bf’s goals this summer is to explore some of the bike routes outside of Pittsburgh, so I’ll get some practice in when the weather warms up. (My bf doesn’t like biking in Pittsburgh either -- and he grew up in New Jersey and used to enjoy racing the bike messengers in Manhattan, so that tells you how bad Pittsburgh roads are!)
I like the bike trainer a lot, though nothing matches the feeling of riding out on the road. I don't watch TV, but I do listen to music -- it helps keep the riding from being monotonous, since I don't have the changing scenery to engage me.
SeattleLisa wrote:Have you ever developed tendonitis in your elbow from cycling? I'm trying to deal with that now.
Ouch! I haven’t had tendonitis in my elbow, but I did develop some pain/swelling in my wrists. I should mention that my bike has straight mountain bike handlebars, and not drop handlebars. What I do now to protect my arms is to keep my shoulder joints outwardly rotated so that my elbows point down to the ground; I keep my elbows lightly bent (but not too bent, or else it pulls on my triceps); and I keep my wrists straight in line with my arms, so they are not bent back. That seems to help. Is the tendonitis coming from the triceps side of your arms? Or the biceps side? Or somewhere else? Sometimes analyzing the bend of your arm joints as you ride can help pinpoint the source of trouble.
SeattleLisa wrote:I never really liked Breaking Dawn but came to truly hate it after reading Lola. I will never read BD again because like you, Lola gave me the supremely satisfying (in all ways) ending to Stephenie's story. I agree, the sex couldn't be hotter. But I also love the maturity Lola brought to the story, Bella's arc, I was ecstatic at Bella's/Jasper's story and the gift she gave him! I've never loved Jasper more than here.
I agree. The story arch that Lola develops over LYLS, ALE, and THW lets Stephenie’s characters grow so much more than Stephenie allowed them to in BD. I also loved the Jasper-Bella connection (I never really “got” Jasper until I read Lola), and how she developed all of the Cullens. Before I read BD, I was assuming that Bella would become a vampire, so I wasn’t surprised by that, but I was expecting that Bella officially becoming a Cullen would mean that we would get a more intimate look at the Cullens as a family, and at E/B’s relationship in particular. I thought that Stephenie focused so much on the drama of Renesmee’s pregnancy/birth, and then on the drama of the Volturi coming, that we only got a few brief glimpses of the actual relationships between the characters.
SeattleLisa wrote:I made the mistake of not saving all of THW and The Sweater. In fact, I haven't even finished reading THW! I haven't read the last chapter because I didn't want it to end! ha! I've been sitting on (I did print it, thankfully) it since mid-Sept and I'll get around to that soon. But I would love to have copies of those 2 stories and have been thinking of contacting someone like TwilightSherry (Lola's biggest cheerleader, it seems). Would you happen to have them? I've re-read LYLS & ALE but would like to re-read THW before I read that last chapter. Please tell me you have those 2 stories!
I found a Twi-fic site that has PDFs of all of LolaShoes' Twi-related ff (it has *LOTS* of other Twi-fics, as well).
I’ve downloaded all of Lola’s Twi-stories from here (including The Sweater and THW), so if you don't want to wade through pages of fanfic, PM me and I’ll e-mail them to you.
LYLS and ALE both include outtakes, and THW includes “Bits and Pieces,” which has some awesome stuff that Ms. Shoes didn't officially include in her trilogy.https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B6p3hztaqq0JNmNlNTFjOTMtYzBjYi00Y2FmLTk3OTItYjkxYWIwZmM2NDM0&sort=name&layout=list&num=50
Here are the LolaShoes stories that are included (the web site arranges them in alphabetical order, and intersperses them between the other fics):
A Life Extraordinary (Inc Outtake) by LolaShoes (Pt 2 of 3) Complete.pdf
A Little Crazy (Inc Outtake) by LolaShoes & TBY789.pdf
Let Your Light Shine (Inc Outtake) by LolaShoes (Pt 1 of 3) Complete.pdf
My Yes, My No (Inc More Yes, More No Outtakes) by LolaShoes.pdf
The Sweater by LolaShoes.pdf
This Hungry World by LolaShoes (Pt 3 of 3) Inc Bits & Pieces COMPLETE.pdf
SeattleLisa wrote:Ok, I feel like this entry is about as long as LYLS so I should end it here.
My reply is now four pages in Word, so I think I’ll sign off!
Good night, all!