Holy Nicholas, bring peace and healing to your children, especially little G!
My inner child still looks like this! With patent leather shoes!
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WOUBBIE is a SparkPeople Motivator!
I've been making small lifestyle improvements over a period of more than 10 years. Looking back over my life I realize that I can thank good genes for getting me as far as I am! I don’t think I’ve EVER really lived a healthy lifestyle. Even when I was thinner or in better shape or both I got there by some really sketchy means. No, I was never bulimic, just never ate healthily when I was getting thin or staying thin. I smoked for many years. I still drink more alcohol than I should, though I am MUCH improved over my past.
I am a realist. I’m not interested in temporary “fixes”; however, I will only make permanent changes that are convenient and relatively painless. Great habits and routines have to be doable or they don't get done.
My progress so far:
~ Quit smoking
~ Cut alcohol consumption by 90%
~ Upped my water intake from almost none to just about enough
~ Cut my stress levels enormously
~ Found the healthiest food lifestyle and will follow it for life
~ Improved the quality of the food I buy
~ Lost 35 pounds pretty easily
~ Worked many small fitness routines into my lifestyle
~ Improved my thyroid health
~ Better managing stress and anxiety
~ Getting enough sleep more regularly
~ Creating a better work/life balance
~ Losing 30 pounds of fat
I've never liked making goals, because once you reach them you just have to make new ones. Therefore I now have Intentions, rather than Goals. I mean, you can have Goals and never, ever work towards them. Intentions, on the other hand, imply a little more action, though not necessarily in any specific timeframe. Suits me to a T! My intention is to Be Happy and Live Long and Well.
I'm permanently low carb. I am well nourished without much of the empty calories of grains, starches, or sugars. I feel better in most ways than I ever had in the past!
I am trying to be more active, as opposed to being an "exerciser". Exercise for its own sake bores me, therefore I won't do much of it. A few minutes a week of light weights, a lot of walking and running stairs while at work, and household upkeep will have to do me.
58, happily married, two terrific sons and two adorable cats. Love me some video games!
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"The perfect is the enemy of the good."
"Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien." Voltaire
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(How special! I remember hostessing some tea parties on the porch when my boys were little. Anything I could do to civilize their sometimes rocky relationship was a blessing! To see them together today you'd never know that I sent the older one to karate classes to learn the safest way to punch and kick his little brother, lol!)
CRACKED ME UP!!!!
1 day ago
Hey Woubbie, Thanks for stopping by my Oyster Shell Recycling blog. Due to job change and possible relocation, I'm not getting any more in-shell oysters for now. But I'll go with Pacific oysters found in Asian groceries around here. For decades, I thought whole grains were the superfoods, but no more. Better late than never. Oyster is my go-to food. BTW, I don't eat them raw, but steamed them.
2 days ago
You may well be right about the conferences messing with my "cravings". I, too, am an introvert and being around a large group of people socializing drains my energy. I haven't had a lot of alone "me" time to recharge either.
3 days ago
My coworkers at least didn't give me the "OMG Atkins is going to give you a heart attack!" speech. They did give me the "I can't give up XYZ" declarations though, which I did not bring up nor ask for. Good for you for staying medication free, that's a real inspiration for me. That's what I'm hoping for as I turn into my 40s and I have less room for crap!
My dad is pretty carby, but he hasn't flat out refused. He did cut back bread consumption at my suggestion, and his A1C numbers went down. He won't cut back his carbs further, which would give him even better numbers, but he at least is on lower dose medications. I didn't make any starch components while I was cooking for him, and he didn't complain or mention it.
8 days ago
I am truly honoured.
9 days ago