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Runner - Tuesday Feb 15, 2005

Weight: 112.5

Down a pound! Yea! I'll take it, even if it's only for one day. I think a big part in my weight maintenance is that I'm constantly moving...any chance I have to walk or exericse, I take it. I've been reading lately about how people who fidget a lot burn several hundred more calories a day. I don't fidget, but I rarely sit still. After running 8-10km every morning, I walk 20 minutes to work. And I usually walk a bit during my lunchtime as well. After work, I'll often go to the gym or walk home. I'll get some form of exercise, since I'm usually pretty lethargic during work hours.

So even though I enjoyed 1 1/2 Stroopwaffles last night (soooo good!), the scale is down. Yea! Of course, if I get carried away with the snacking, I immediately see the scale go up. So I have to be careful. But I've learned to do what Geevee does---fill up on high-volume food. I stick to the veggies, salads, soups, and fiber. I've learned how to eat when I'm hungry and not because it's "mealtime."

Anyway...I definitely don't have good days every day, but I'm thankful when I DO have a good day and it's reflected on the scale!


Becca---we miss you! How are you doing? Curlsncuffs---are you still out there? WE miss you, too!

borntocry on 02/16/2005:
Yes, where is Becca? I was just thinking about her on my way to work this morning...

geevee on 02/16/2005:
I read the same article about fidgeters. I've kept that info in the back of my mind and try to get in a lot more movement. Every little bit helps.

You're reaping the rewards of "eternal vigilance" with your nice, new low weight! You know your body well, that's for sure. You had me laughing with your "if only for a day" comment, but that's so true! The good moments are so fleeting yet the "heavy" days last for ages!

Runner - Sunday Feb 13, 2005

Weight: 113.5

I'm back! And I'm relieved to be the exact same weight I was when I left! All that exercise, planning and extra dose of discipline paid off.

I'm not in the clear yet, though, because it's Valentine's Day...so that means a nice dinner, some chocolate, and other goodies. But if I can make it through today without too much chocolate, I'll consider it a success!

Time to get caught up on your entries! :)

(P.S.---I started writing for the Diet Diaries in February, 2003. So I've been here two years! Wow! It's been a great encouragement to me and I think I've come a long way)

breakaway on 02/14/2005:
Way to go! I know you will do just fine through v day. Doesn't mean you can't enjoy a little chocolate though ;) Have a great day!

borntocry on 02/15/2005:
Hi Runner,

Thanks for your comment. My parents are also very rigid on mealtimes - when I was growing up we had to have four sit-down meals together, no matter what! Breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner! If I went to a birthday party in the evening and had sandwiches and cake, I was still expected to eat dinner when I got home! And when I was old enough to go out for dinner with friends, if my parents were already having dinner by the time I left, they would still make me have dinner with them before I went out for dinner with my friends!

And I honestly don't understand this "just eat a little" attitude. If one isn't hungry, one shouldn't have to eat anything at all!

Runner - Thursday Feb 10, 2005

Weight: 113.5

Well, I skipped the low-fat ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery and went for the full-fat instead. When I checked the website for nutritional information, the full-fat seemed to be almost equal in calories...so I splurged and had the real stuff. And I'm glad I did! It was a treat that I thoroughly enjoyed...I even had a brownie mixed in with it, which is my favorite. Thankfully, I made smart choices all day long, so I think the highly caloric ice cream treat didn't make too much of a dent in my daily total.

Now, if I can just make it through the next two and a half days, I'll be home free. Unfortunately, due to a long flight and layovers, I'll have about a 36-hour trip back home...and I know I'll be eating more meals than normal. I did order a low-fat meal on the long international flight, but those are usually a joke. I have yet to find an airline that takes low-fat or low-cal meals seriously. When I can see the grease in my airplane food, I know it's not low-fat. The airline's idea of low-fat is simply serving jello instead of a piece of dry cake.

So I just take my own snacks and try to pick out anything decent from my "healthy" special meal.

Umpqua on 02/10/2005:
I think you made the right decision at Cold Stone Creamery. We have one within walking distance, but it's pretty pricey so that and the calories are good enough reason not to go there all the time. But when I do go I get the real deal - it's so good! I know what you mean about the airline food. My mother ordered "low salt" meals for us on a family trip to Hawaii. It was some sort of mystery chicken swimming in salt and fat-laden gravy. Ugh! You're better off with your own food. Sometimes the airports have wraps and salads that are OK to take on board too. I hope you enjoy the rest of your visit and have a good trip back home.

geevee on 02/10/2005:
I found the same thing to be true about cheese and the scant difference in calories between regular and low fat, esp. ricotta. I always end up just buying regular.

Jello ought to be outlawed! What awful stuff! Bringing your own food is the best bet.

borntocry on 02/10/2005:
Mmmm... my mouth is watering at the thought of that ice-cream. Can't wait to go back to America!

breakaway on 02/10/2005:
I'm glad that you enjoyed your treat. It was worth it I'm sure. I sure hope your flight goes well and as planned. Look forward to hearing how it goes.

cowboy on 02/11/2005:
You definitely made the right choice because the fat will satisfy your craving much better. I would hate to travel by air but I guess alot of people do.

Runner - Wednesday Feb 09, 2005

Weight: 113.5

WEll, DD friends, I'm hanging in there! Yesterday was a pretty good day. For dinner, we visited some friends and the lady made chicken fajhitas. I managed to stick to the chicken, lettuce, and tomatoes and skip the chips and tortillas. I found out later that she used thigh meat, but oh, well. (I prefer breast meat, but I'm just a little particular about chicken).

Anyway, I think I did okay eating overall. Today I'm pretty much on my own for the first time! But tonight, my husband and I are going to treat ourselves to Cold Stone Creamery ice cream...I'll stick to the low-fat version since I know that stuff can be a caloric nightmare. But it's the one kind of ice cream that I want to splurge on before heading back to Asia.

I'm still overwhelmed by all the CHOICES Americans have for food. I don't know if I could live here again. Really, it is almost too much for me. It's no wonder so many people struggle with weight...there are just way too many good things to eat! (Even plenty of good "diet foods.") America---the land of abundance. I don't feel like I belong here anymore.

********************Borntocry---I tried leaving a comment on your entry, but it didn't work. So I left a comment for you in the comments section of my diary. :) Hope you get a chance to read it!

Runner on 02/09/2005:
HI, BTC! About the pancakes...I would have eaten the burned one, too...and for no reason at all! WE are so similar sometimes that it's uncanny!

Even with your "mistakes," you're still staying under 1500 calories!

I know what you mean about egg whites...you can't scramble them. I usually crack two egg whites in a small pan and then just flip them like an omelet. It's a thin omelet, but my pan is small enough that it works. Three egg whites should give you a thicker omelet. I haven't tried Becca's idea of whipping the egg whites, so I'll have to try that sometime.

Don't feel bad about making running your priority. I'm sure people will disagree with me, but I put exercise above many things...it makes me feel better and is a very important part of my day. Most people who know me know that running is just a part of who I am...so they understand when I make it a priority. But there have been many times when I've made up some sort of excuse not to be somewhere at a certain time because I have to get my run in. I know that is very selfish of me, but that's the way it is...at least I'm honest enough to admit it, right? :)

Hang in there, friend!

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breakaway on 02/09/2005:
Yes, the old land of plenty! Why are we so fat?? I guess we all know the answer to taht one. Your doing really good and it's nice to be able to have those snacks with hubby and feel ok about it. Have a great trip to Asia! How fun

legcramps on 02/09/2005:
I hope you're able to enjoy that ice cream before heading back to Asia! You're doing a great job, especially since you've been in the States. Cudos!

sarahpecan on 02/09/2005:
hi there i was just wondering , how come you are living in asia?

geevee on 02/09/2005:
OH, yes! Charcoal broiled squid is the best! I didn't try it this time because I wasn't sure what I'd be dealing with when the package defrosted, but now I know so that will be the next time. I had THE BEST char-broiled squid in southern Spain right on the coast where you get off the ferry from Morocco. It was SO good! I've never forgotten it. My mother was totally repulsed by mussels which I loved and still do.

And yes! I tried your carrot soup recipe today and it's delicious! It made a half gallon so that ought to keep me happy for a few days. The curry powder adds a very nice touch.

borntocry on 02/10/2005:
Hi Runner,

I did get your comment - thanks!

I also had fajitas the last time I was in America - only they were disgusting. Like many vegetarian fajitas they seemed to consist of nothing but fried onions and bell peppers. I like bell peppers but somehow this combination always seems bland and greasy to me. I was totally sickened and vowed never to have fajitas again!

The Cold Stone Creamery is one place I've always wanted to go, and I found one in a mall in America the last time I was there, but my husband didn't want to go because he said it wouldn't be as good as Graeter's (the local brand, which is really very good). I felt too greedy getting it on my own, so I missed out. Maybe next time!

I also always wonder how I would cope if I lived in America again. There is just so much good food there. That's why it's ironic that people here make fun of American food. They just have no idea. I've thought about it long and hard, and I think the only way I could cope with all the great food available in America would be to constantly remind myself that it isn't going anywhere. There's no need to have more than I need on any given day. Unfortunately that isn't the case when I'm only there on holiday, because then I feel like I have to get as much of it as I can before I leave!

Runner - Monday Feb 07, 2005

Weight: 113.5

I know that my weight is up. I weighed myself this morning, and I was over 115. Maybe the scale was off, and I know I was bloated, but that was really discouraging to see.

So I went for a 55-minute run, ate a healthy breakfast and lunch, but was hungry in the afternoon. I snacked more than normal, but was doing okay until dinnertime. Our hosts took us out for wood-fired pizza, which is good but highly caloric. I had my own 10-inch pizza and ate all but one slice. Yikes! What was I thinking? I did skip some of the crust, but all those carbs make me feel bigger than normal. I usually never eat pizza, and especially not the crust.

I would have rather eaten a large ice cream cone.

I just wish I could come back to the States and have total freedom over what I eat. Every time I come, I'm staying with people who want to control my diet. (or at least plan my meals). So I don't really get to enjoy the types of food that I would like to enjoy...things like cottage cheese, yogurt, turkey lunchmeat, etc.

Sigh. I have another dinner out tomorrow night. I have a feeling it's going to take three weeks to get back to where I was before I came to the States.

breakaway on 02/08/2005:
Where in the world would you PUT a 10 inch pizza in your body?! That must have been a filling meal for you. You will do fine and bounce right back :) Why are people trying to control what you eat? Or planning your meals? Good luck on your dinner tomorrow night you can do it~! You will do just great. Hang in there it will get better for you. Have a wonderful day today.

borntocry on 02/08/2005:
Hi Runner! I see you're in America now. Just relax and enjoy yourself - you might gain a pound or two but you'll lose it again in no time. I know what you mean, though, about wishing you could have total freedom over what you eat. The last time I was in America, my in-laws took me out to dinner a couple of times and each time I felt like I consumed 1000 calories on something which I hadn't exactly been missing in France. I would rather have had something which I can't get here and which would have been worth it to me. Plus, as you mentioned, there are actually some healthy foods which I miss - like frozen yoghurt - and there's no room for that after a restaurant dinner.

Thanks for your comment, by the way. I don't mind when people criticise America or any other country as long as the criticism is fair. However many people seem to think that anything is fair game where America is concerned. For instance, people often bring up the fact that Geoge W. Bush used to be an alcoholic. It isn't enough to criticise the decisions he has made in office - they have to bring up things he did thirty years ago which don't concern any of us. Of course, American food is another thing which people love to criticise. And on what basis? McDonald's! As if McDonald's is considered haute cuisine in America!

Becca27 on 02/09/2005:
I thought you'd be staying with family here. I can only imagine how hard it is to eat what you want when you're at the mercy of a host. Yikes! Hang in there.

Runner - Sunday Feb 06, 2005

Weight: 113.5

Hi, friends! I'm back in the good ol' USA...the land of PLENTY. Once again, I am facing reverse culture shock and am amazed at how I can blend in so easily and not be noticed. What a wonderful thing when you've been living in a city that averages 9,000 Chinese people per square kilometer!

The food thing has been rough so far...I was up for a full 48 hours without sleeping (except for a short doze on the plane), so I was eating about every 5 hours. Tonight, I attended a Super Bowl party and tried to be discipined, but couldn't resist some of the goodies I rarely get. I don't think I did too badly, but I wish I could have passed up the cheesecake. It wasn't worth all the calories.

The next five days will be hard, but I'm trying not to worry about it.

By the way...I went running in the San Francisco airport. Really! It was about 10:30pm, and I ran partly outside, partly in the car lot, and partly through the empty halls of the airport. I got in a good 30-minute workout! I didn't care if people were looking at me, and most of them weren't. I'm sure people in San Francisco have seen weirder things! Anyway...I felt much better afterwards, as I'd just been through a 12-hour plane ride.

I'm going to try to read some entries, and even though I may not comment, rest assured that I'm checking in with many of you! :)

breakaway on 02/06/2005:
Welcome back! Your doing great and great job on the workout :) I hope all is well with the change over and that you will become accustomed again to all the changes. HOw strange that must feel.

Becca27 on 02/07/2005:
Welcome home! I'm sure that the culture shock must be wierd. When you've finally adjusted, it will be time to go back to Taiwan.

I'm sure you were quite the sight at the S.F. airport - that's determination.

Enjoy your week! Good luck - I'm sure it will be a crazy one!

geevee on 02/07/2005:
Getting in a half hour run after being cooped up on the plane for so many hours was a great idea. Don't feel guilty about the cheesecake. You HAD TO have it! And you HAVE TO take advantage of the ice cream. Definitely! You'll be back to the ascetic life soon enough and you'll run off the unwanted pounds you will "temporarily" acquire.

Runner - Thursday Feb 03, 2005

Weight: 113.5


Well, friends, my day at 112 WAS short-lived. I know that Geevee will know exactly what I'm talking about, as she deals with fluctuations as often as I do! Unfortunately, I woke up to 113.5 today...and I'm not sure why, except that I did engage in a bit more snacking before bed than normal. Instead of stopping with a small bowl of cereal, I had some peanut butter, dried mangoes, and crackers. I was too overconfident from the low weight, and I overdid it.

But this is a good thing, in a way. It will help me to be more disciplined today and to remind myself that only a day or two of bad choices can wreck havoc on my progress. So as I board the plane tonight, I'm going to keep a few thoughts in mind:

1. I will enjoy foods that I normally do not enjoy 2. I will still continue to eat in moderation. (I don't need two pieces of cake...one will suffice) 3. I will exercise every day and walk as much as possible. (My back is feeling better today!!!) 4. I will try to avoid snacking unless I'm really hungry. 5. I will try to relax around food...and remember that life is too short to spend time worrying or stressing out about food.

I'll be in touch! America, here I come! (I'll definitely be loading up our extra suitcase with some diet-friendly products...)

geevee on 02/03/2005:
Though your time at 112 was brief, at least you got there! I wish I could say that about 125.

borntocry on 02/04/2005:
Oh, you're making me jealous! I can't wait until my next trip to America! Hopefully it will be in August when my little brother starts university.

By the way, your mention of Chinese toilets helped remind me that things aren't really that bad here! I've lived in countries before where those squatting toilets were very common, and somehow I've always managed to avoid them. I hate them with a passion!

And thanks for your suggestions regarding hot chocolate, mayonnaise etc. I wish I did have access to hot water here at work because then I could bring herbal tea and have that instead. I could just avoid the vending machine altogether, but it's hard when everyone else is on a coffee break as well. The vending machine does have regular tea, which I estimate at about 50 calories because it always comes with a little sugar. Does that sound correct to you?

As for my pie filling... I used two cups canned cherries and two cups fresh blueberries, and added a quarter cup flour and a quarter cup sugar. I think the recipe actually called for one and a half cups sugar or some such ridiculously high amount, but it was definitely sweet enough with just a quarter cup.

I think those are some great thoughts you will be keeping in mind for your trip. You're only going to be there for a week, so have fun and enjoy yourself!

geevee on 02/04/2005:
Thanks, Runner, for the pickled egg recipe. I never considered them before, probably because I never had one but it sounds like a delicious lo-cal snack

cowboy on 02/05/2005:
You sound like you have a great plan, and I'm so happy your back is feeling better! I also can get a little out of control, but what is important is to not get totally out of control with over-eating and you sound like you are right on track.

Runner - Wednesday Feb 02, 2005

Weight: 112.0


I saw 112 this morning! Can you believe it? That was my GOAL before I left for the U.S., so that made me quite happy! I know that I was on the verge of being 112.5...probably my position on the scale made the 1/2 pound difference or something, but I'll take it, if only for one day!

As for DAY 4, I stayed within my calorie limit but had a couple of sugary snacks. Rats. I can never do the "cold-turkey" thing...I always give in eventually. On the bright side, I didn't overdo it. I had a couple treats in moderation.

My back is doing better today. I'm able to walk fine, so I've been walking everywhere. I think I should be able to jog tomorrow, although I won't tell the doctor that. I'm a downright stubborn girl, and I'm getting a run in before I board a plane for a 30-hour trip (including flight time and being stuck at the airports).

NewHope05 on 02/03/2005:
YAY ROCK on sweetie! wow 112, i really admire you! and your strength to keep the sugars in check, stay strong girl, and Im so happy to hear your back was feeling better! And thanks for your comments!!! take care

borntocry on 02/03/2005:
Well done! Now hopefully you will be able to enjoy your week in America without worrying too much about your weight!

As for the sugar, don't feel bad about it... I personally feel that the "cold turkey" approach isn't such a good idea. I tried to quit smoking many times that way, and it never worked for me. What finally worked for me was just the simple process of gradually cutting down, but never outlawing it completely. Eventually, I just lost the taste for it, and now it seems as disgusting to me as to any non-smoker. I did the same thing with pop as well... although my husband is as bad of an influence when it comes to pop as he was a good influence when it came to smoking!

Good luck with your jog... I know that you will be sensible enough to stop if you feel it might worsen your injury.

Have a great time in America!!

Penguin_14 on 02/03/2005:
Thank you for your encouraging words yesterday! I can use all the inspiration I can get!

Not to sound like a mom or anything....but take please be careful to take care of your kidney, if that's the problem. I had a relative who had a problem, and it's not worth the risk. If you have to put off running for a little while, it won't be forever. That's what you have to remember! :)

Enjoy your trip to America! Try to focus on having fun here. Keep in mind the food but try not to make it all about the food. You have a program. Do your best to stick with it. Give your body and mind a chance to relax and plan some fun that isn't food-related. You deserve it!

Have a great day!

geevee on 02/03/2005:
112 - WOW! What a nice start for your trip! You had me laughing with your comment about it only lasting for one day, but it's so true! Just stay away from the scale and keep thinking 112.

I remember how totally wilted and bedraggled I looked and felt when I came back from Australia. Those half a world flights are killers!

That curried carrot soup recipe is so inviting! I can't wait to use up my current pot of soup so I can try it out. Thanks a million!

Enjoy your trip!

Becca27 on 02/03/2005:
Congrats on making your U.S. goal. Have a safe trip. Hopefully they'll have some good movies to show. Enjoy your time in the states, and keep in touch.

My job interview at the middle school is on Monday, Feb 7th at 1:30. If you think of it, say a prayer for me.

Runner - Wednesday Feb 02, 2005

Weight: 112.5


Day 3 was a tough one. I ended up having more of those "Chinese snacks" that I said weren't really "dessert." But they are, in a way. They're just not your typical American dessert. And I ate two pieces of free candy without thinking about it...honestly, the "no-sugar" challenge somehow flew out of my brain as I ate that candy! Thankfully, they were small and fat-free, but I was still disappointed in myself.

As for my back, it's about the same today. I went outside this morning for a walk, and tried to jog a bit, but it was too painful. I know, I know...I need to just RELAX. But, fellow DD's, running is as much a part of me as my daily shower. It's something I really and truly enjoy, and it was soooo hard not to be able to run this morning since my legs were literally ITCHING to do so.

Of course, now I'm even more aware of what I'm eating...since I'm not lifting weights, either. Sigh. I appreciate all the helpful advice and encouragement. I will make it through this...I just wish I didn't have to deal with the uncertainty of knowing how long it will be before I can really run again!

borntocry on 02/02/2005:
Hi Runner! Sorry to hear that your back is still bothering you. I can only imagine how horrible this must be for you. I know what you mean about the uncertainty of how long it will take you to recover. When I had what seemed to be a stress fracture last year, I was certain I wouldn't be able to run for six months. It took me only two or three weeks to recover. Last weekend my shin didn't hurt at all when I went running. You're young and in good condition - you'll probably be better in no time. Maybe you can see a doctor or a physical therapist in America? My husband has done that a couple of times with sports injuries which happened to coincide with trips to America.

Thanks for the advice you left me. Actually, I wrote in my entry that I would not plan everything I eat a day in advance because then if something didn't go according to plan, it would throw me off completely. You know how inflexible I am. So I'm going to take things as they come and, like you said, try to eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm not.

I have tried your suggestion of having healthy snacks with me at all times to keep from getting into a situation where I'm starving and less in control... but yes, sadly, I do end up eating them just because they're there. I just can't help it!

Umpqua on 02/02/2005:
Sorry to hear about your back. But usually that's your body's way of telling you to slow down, and if it turns out to be something serious like your kidneys then you'll be glad you got it taken care of. In the meantime maybe you can power walk? I know it's not the same as running but at least you could stay in your routine and get a bit of exercise.

Good luck to you and I hope you have a great time in the States and don't worry too much about the food!

legcramps on 02/02/2005:
Sorry to hear about your back. I hope it gets better soon so that you can get back to your daily routines. I know it must feel terrible to not be able to do the things you're used to doing. Just remember to take this time to make sure you're properly healing. If you jump the gun you may regret it.

skinnyjill on 02/02/2005:
I wish my legs were itching to run. Mostly they just itch to lay around.

Just be patient. We want you to be healthy so you can be better again to run everyday!

squiggly on 02/02/2005:
I hope your back gets better. Back ache is the worse. I wish you well.

Soon2BThin on 02/02/2005:
It's funny how some plans just fly right out of our minds. I find myself, after eating something I shouldn't, wondering where my mind was when I ate it. Guess that's just part of the dieting thing. Keep up the good work.

geevee on 02/02/2005:
When my super market had a two for one special on feta cheese I carefully read the label and found that there was very little difference between regular Sorrento feta and lo-cal, something like 10 cal. For that, I bought the regular! Sometimes it just doesn't pay to go lo-cal. With so little difference, you might as well enjoy the fat calories.

Hey! I know what you're going through with not being able to run, etc. I'm in exactly the same situation and will be until the weather warms up and I can get back to the water. Everyday I pass the pool on my way to check in for my yoga class and see NO ONE in the water. It's just too cold for everyone, even the snowbirds from Canada. I'm dying to get back in the pool but can't. And until I can, I'll continue to slowly but surely pack on those lost pounds!!!

Mentally, I'm not really into weight training and the cardio machines which I can handle but they just don't do it for me like swimming does. I'm sure as a runner, you know what I'm saying. Each person has his own "thing", and for me it's swimming and yoga. I could do both seven days a week. The others requirea lot of thought and planning, and just don't give the pleasure that my favorites do.

Oh, I'm so sorry that you're not able to run. I know just how you must be feeling, because that's the way I feel about not swimming.

Runner - Tuesday Feb 01, 2005

Weight: 112.5


Well, the scale fluctuated in my favor this morning...and I actually saw 112.5! I made it through day 2 fine, and passed up some candy that I brought out to offer my company last night. I even resisted making dessert and served fruit and banana bread instead.

Today I did try a couple of small samples of Chinese sweet snacks, but since I don't really consider their snacks "real desserts," I'm not stressing out about it. They were more like a red-bean-filled pastry. (And I don't call that dessert!)

BUT, I have very depressing news. I woke up this morning with a terrible pain in the left side of my lower back. I went for a run, but I was in even more pain afterwards. In seven years of running, the only injuries I've had have been minor...like pulled muscles or something like that. But I'm afraid this one is more serious. It's a pain unlike anything I've had before.

I actually went to a Chinese doctor this morning, who used a mixture of Chinese medicine and Western chiropractic techniques and concluded that the problem is with my kidneys. Okay...so now what? I probably need to see a good physical therapist, but it may take some time to find one. Until then, the Chinese doctor said, "NO RUNNING, and NO LIFTING WEIGHTS."

Friends, this is very depressing news for me. You know me. I'm a runner. I rely on exercise to help me stay thin and fit. I already have to limit my calories...if I can't work out, I'll have to limit them more. To make matters worse, I'm supposed to take a 15-plus hour airplane ride on Friday back to America...where I'll finally get to indulge in some REAL treats for a week.

But if I can't exercise and am faced with lots of temptations, that is a bad, bad combination. I will easily gain 5 pounds in one week.

I'm getting depressed just writing about it...

borntocry on 02/01/2005:
Sorry to hear about what happened. I wonder what the pain could be from? Could you have injured yourself the day before? Or do you think there really is a problem with your kidneys? Sounds very strange to me.

If it is an injury you really mustn't run until you recover. If you rest yourself, you will probably recover very quickly. I know the timing is really bad because of your upcoming trip to America. But you're only going to be in America for a week, and it isn't around Thanksgiving or any other food-fest so you probably won't put on too much weight. Maybe you could try resisting some of the treats or if not, then cutting out some of the food you would normally eat. When I was in America I often had one of my treats for breakfast - that way I at least made a meal out of it instead of just having it between meals as a snack. See what I mean?

I'm sure you won't gain 5 pounds in one week... when I went to America I was practically eating non-stop from the moment I set foot on American soil and I gained 2 pounds in two weeks. And even if you do gain a couple of pounds, you will be able to lose them as soon as you start running again. We've seen your weight go up before and you've always brought it back down. You can do it! Have a little faith in yourself!

Becca27 on 02/01/2005:
Don't fret. Take each day as it comes, and just try to continue to fuel your body with good things and follow your doctor's instructions. It will be ok. Since you can't exercise, you will have to be more careful but remember, you're like me, don't you tend to eat less when you're not exercising anyway?

How fun that you're coming to America! I hope you have a wonderful time on your trip back here and are able to enjoy your family and friends.

Thanks for your advice. I am going to join WW today.

Also, I was contacted by my first school yesterday to come in for an interview. They're anticipating an opening in their middle school English department next fall and they want to meet me! Middle school lang. arts is my dream job!

NENE135 on 02/01/2005:
I have beeen having the same problem but to stubborn to go to the doctor so please tell the outcome.

geevee on 02/01/2005:
Maybe that pain needs the attention of a regular doctor practicing "Western" medicine rather than a physical therapist. I'd hate to take such a long flight with an undiagnosed pain.

cowboy on 02/01/2005:
Runner, I know exactly how you feel, believe me! You get addicted to the endorphins that exercise gives you and makes you feel good. Please try not to be depressed, even though you are having a withdrawal from the endorphins. About 15 years ago, I had chronic tendonitis in my shoulders and was out of the gym for almost one year. I was so depressed, but I got over it and it didn't take long at all to recover all the lost muscle. Now, through my own ignorance of adding a new exercise I had no business doing, I have tendonitis once again. It's been about 3 weeks. First of all, you can treat this pain with ice for the first 3 days, and after that you will need deep heat, massage, mild stretching, and anti-inflammatory drugs. You can proceed with what therapy that feels best to you. Soak in a hot bathtub. Use Therma-Care for your back (this really works). Take ibuprofen with food. Mild muscle relaxants really work. I don't believe your problem is with your kidneys, but the Chinese doctor was absolutely right, no running and no lifting weights. If you ignore him you will just hurt yourself further. Believe me, I know. I'm starting to slowly mend, with lots of massage and lots of heat. Be patient, you will get better!!!!

NewHope05 on 02/02/2005:
Oh sweetie im sorry, I dont really know what to say to make you feel any better, I know it must be hard, but you can still do some light workout im sure! You are very dedicated, and strong, you will do fine, much love and i hope things look up for you sweetie!!

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