Sunday, September 04, 2011
I kayaked in the lake today (which was according to the PT's suggestion).
The shoulders felt OK, if a little sore.
What I WASN'T supposed to do is roll my boat. But I felt pretty good and I have been wondering all this time if I might have forgotten how. (I haven't tried since I last boated in April before the surgery.)
So I tried one on each side, and nailed them each on the first attempt. Phew! That's a relief!
I think I'll sleep well tonight, knowing I still can do it.
In case you're new on the scene and don't know the history of me and kayaking, I busted my butt to learn an Eskimo roll the winter before last. Here are some old blog posts about it, with video:
Saturday, September 03, 2011
In the ongoing quest for tools to break the link between thought and action in impulsive eating, I've been trying a technique suggested by someone who is a member of the At Goal and Maintaining team.
Nell is a fabulous resource and happens to be the longest maintainer I'm aware of* (33 lbs kept off more than 40 years).
She mentioned on a message board that she sometimes writes down what she chooses NOT to eat, because later it's satisfying to look back and see how much it would have added up.
I've been trying this the past few days.
I log on my iPod, so my main tracker is LeanMe. www.leanme.net/
I downloaded LoseIt to use as my alternate tracker. www.loseit.com/
So far here is what I HAVEN'T eaten that I wanted to:
total: 2221 cal (.9g fat, 90.6g carbs, 3.9g protein)
This exercise is interesting in other ways than just slowing me down long enough to break the impulse and showing me how much I would have overeaten. It shows me what kinds of foods I crave, and thus which ones are potential triggers when I'm tired and my judgement is compromised. These are the foods to get rid of, or make sure I do not have easy access to them.
It is also a nice way to track the *healthy* decisions I've made, which might reinforce more healthy decision-making. Normally I would decide not to eat something and just forget about it. This way I'm more aware of the continuous dialog in that has been going on in my head, managing my needs and desires.
I think I'll keep doing this for a while.
*Here is a Maintenance Hall of Fame compiled by members of the At Goal and Maintaining team:
Monday, August 08, 2011
Between all kinds of little things going on like a horrendous sunburn a few weeks ago (that peeled and scabbed for 3 weeks), an aborted kayak camping weekend, super hot weather, super rainy weather, weird work schedules, etc. I had somehow managed not to do any dedicated exercise for over a week.
(There were some long walks in there - long enough to leave me limping and hobbling for a few days, some swimming, sailing, and kayak pedaling, etc. but nothing I would count as a "real" exercise session.)
Since there is a Long Ride coming up in September (100 miles), it's time to get serious about training. From now until the ride, it'll be mostly cycling. Either indoors in spin class or outdoors on one of my road bikes.
On Saturday I took my heavy old Peugeot (ca 1979) on a 30 mile ride with the women's ride at the local bike shop. You can see a map, elevation profile, etc. here:
On Sunday I took my light new Giant (ca 2010) on a 50 mile ride with some folks training for the same century I'll be riding in:
The Polar website for my heart rate monitor says I should rest and not ride again until Wednesday. So I guess I'll commute to work that day.
Here's more information about the ride I'm training for.
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