Monday, September 26, 2011
I've been wanting to do this for at least ten years -
I want to have a large Post-It pad printed up with the same thing on every sticky little page:
PARKING FOR DUMMIES available at your local library!
Try to act like you aren't the ONLY person on earth, just for today, OK?
Have you seen any windshields you'd like to stick THAT on?
Thursday, September 22, 2011
If youíre not playing the numbers game, your best bet is to play it!
Iím talking about HEALTH numbers. Yours. You know, blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, heart rate, and last, but never least, the number of minutes you spend exercising every day.
You can buy what you need to measure blood sugar and blood pressure at most grocery stores and drug stores. Many of these same places will check your cholesterol once a month for less than most insurance co-pays for a doctorís visit.
Iím not suggesting that you skip regular check-ups at your doctorís office, where youíll get much more detailed reports and some good advice. Iím just saying you can keep up with your numbers much more closely by using these other methods between doctor visits.
It doesnít matter if you donít agree with the experts, who frequently donít agree with each other, about what your numbers should be. You always know which direction your numbers should be heading, donít you? Up? or down? Thatís what you can monitor.
We get on that scale constantly to monitor every little ounce fluctuation. Well, testing your own blood sugar two hours after an unusually decadent meal can be a real motivator to eat your greens and pass up the cake and ice cream!
Iíve inherited ďthe blood work of Wonder WomanĒ as my doctor calls it, but so did my mother years ago and now she has diabetes and high blood pressure, so I keep an eye on mine. Typically these both get more troublesome as we age. Itís a shocker to see usually good blood sugar elevate if I throw caution to the wind for a week. (Not to mention seeing my weight shoot up like Iím being fattened for market, lol.)
So, Iím urging everyone to keep a close watch on your numbers, especially if youíre struggling with weight, inactivity, age, stress, sleep deficit, massive multi-tasking Ė Oh you know Ė LIFE!
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
A friend sent this to me. Let's hope we all have this much fun when we end up here!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Sometimes your mental concept and perception of something is what makes it a success or failure in your life.
After experimenting with all sorts of ways of eating, I discovered that low-carb eating took away my cravings and left me feeling really good.
But once I heard "low-carb" I began to think:
It's a very restrictive diet.
I can eat ALL I WANT as long as it is no-carb.
I'll get bored eating this way.
I felt that all those things were true - for me.
Finally I had one of those light-bulb Eureka moments. The kind that make you want to slap your forehead and say DUH. Why didn't I know this before?
It suddenly became clear to me that I didn't need to track the carbs in every cucumber and head of lettuce. I needed to worry about the STARCHY foods. And the SUGARY ones. Those two things are what send me spiraling into wanting more, and more, and MORE.
I've been known to run through the house yelling "Pasta! I want MORE! Don't give me any!" A real torture, lol.
The more I eat starch and sugar, the more I want starch and sugar.
I love veggies, but eating a big meal of them does not make me crave more, as long as they don't have a lot of starch and aren't prepared with sugar.
So when I look at my meal plan, I find the pasta and potatoes and replace them with a good helping of non-starch veggies. I oven-roast most of my veggies, coated with olive oil, and keep bags of them in the fridge for easy access. I also eat more protein. Oven-roasted pork tenderloin is one of my favorites.
I put a chunk of sugar-free gum in my mouth immediately after my meal. This has become a signal to my brain meaning "That's All, Folks!" and keeps me from trying for second helpings.
Now and then, if I'm invited over for pizza for instance, I find I can indulge if I go in with a pre-conceived serving in mind (two slices) and unwrap that gum as soon as I finish.
So, I'm not on a "low-carb" diet. I'm not counting carbs, or calories, or anything. I'm just replacing my old routine choices for newer healthier ones, always searching for the non-starchy options.
Somehow, this difference in my mind is making this way of eating easier, more fun, and much, much more rewarding. It's not what I CAN'T have but WHAT CAN I SUBSTITUTE that I like and enjoy.
And it's working.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I've had a little conversation going on with a SP friend about trees and shade, a very important topic in a place where over a month of every summer has temps of 100+. Of course, Texas isn't the only state with this issue, especially this summer.
The trees that shade my yard are crape myrtles. I assume they were planted when the house was built in 1994. Fortunately, no one has ever committed "crepe murder" on them. (Severely pruning the tops to promote more flowering.)
These have white blossoms and variegated bark. I really love the bark, it's beautiful up close.
The main thing is they create so much shade! They shade my entire front yard and keep the sun off the front of my house and the entryway. Look closely and you can see the lizards love them too.
Sometimes really large trees close to your home are a problem. As they age, wind and storms may topple them onto your roof, which can be pretty devastating. Crape myrtles never pose that problem because they are multi-trunk trees. Easy to trim and no fear of crashing on your roof. Yet they make beautiful shade with your choice of blossom colors.
I plant new ones each year, planning ahead for more shade. They grow several feel a year and bloom even when they are small. As soon as it's daylight, I'll take a photo of a red one I just planted and add it to this post. If you're fortunate enough to have 100 year old oak trees near your house, that's a wonderful thing. If not, this is a good tree to plant. The roots never cause any problems, either.
So, for anyone who never knew how large a crape myrtle could get if you don't "murder" it, here's the proof!
May you always find shade!
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