Sunday, June 09, 2013
SMART Plan - BLC 22
I have been with BLC for several rounds now, and my goals have pretty much been the same: maintain current weight, increase strength training, and get 10,000 steps per day. On a personal note, I have endeavored to develop my spiritual side and learn to manage stress. To most people, I appear calm and unruffled. But managing stress is more than appearing calm in stressful situations, but to actually develop a calm spirit that is not ruffled in difficult circumstances.
My big goal for this round is to develop health habits that are sustainable.
~ I plan to cut back a bit on the cardio, and increase the strength training. Over the long term, I believe ST will be more sustainable then more and more cardio.
~ I will take a rest day on Wednesdays. With my FitBit (which I love), I hated to have a day go by where I didn’t get at least 10000 steps, so I wasn’t taking any “rest” days.
~ I will continue working on managing stress through passage meditation. Spending time with Scripture and other spiritual readings will calm my mind and spirit, as well as bring me to a closer relationship with our Creator.
Not sure if I covered all the S.M.A.R.T. labels or not, but I will be happy if I succeed with the above.
Monday, March 11, 2013
For our BLC challenge this week we are writing ‘What’s on our mind.” Today my mind is filled with faces of people -- people from my own and extended family, plus faces of acquaintances and friends over the years.
A few weeks ago we finally opened the box of photos that belonged to the now deceased parents of my DH. The photos date back to perhaps late 1920’s. None of the photos were written on so we had to discard the ones we could not identify. Of course my DH had to do most of the identification of these photos and then I wrote who they were on the backs of the photos. This was very enlightening to me, seeing photos of people at a young age that I met when they were an older age. Also photos of my DH and his brother and cousins as they grew up. We finally finished that box of photos and continued on to the box of our own family photos dating since we were married in 1965. So that has been our task for several weeks and it has been challenging to remember dates, places and the faces of some of our children’s friends. I guess it’s been good memory exercise, though.
Over the years, I have made several photo albums so those photos are categorized but not written on. After our experience with DH’s parents’ photos, I think they should all be identified.
When we told someone what we were doing they said: “Why are you doing all that? Your kids will probably just get rid of them in a flash.”
That may be true. Our daughter asked us if we were thinking of digitalizing them. Most of our photos in later years are digital, but we usually have some printed because we like the prints. The task of digitalizing all the prints seems too daunting right now.
Once we get them all marked and sorted, we may leave it at that. Or we may put some in albums. Whatever happens to them after that is up to our children. I will say just going through them all and organizing them has been a very meaningful experience.
What do you do with all your old photos?
Monday, February 11, 2013
This week we are reaching for the stars, and keeping with the theme, we are to review our current goals and see if we are setting them high enough. Are we shooting for the stars?
What has been on my mind now for many months after reading a Spark Blog about aging and exercise sustainability. How long can a person sustain a robust cardio program as they age? The Sparker who wrote the blog found the most sustainable exercise program to continue throughout life was strength training. He said it could be done well into advanced age; the extra muscle gained also burns more calories, and a good program done three times per week is all the time you need to spend on it.
In my current goals, I have Strength Training. But I usually end up doing it about once a week for the TNT (tone and tighten day). I am into logging steps on my FitBit, so I put off the ST and instead do more cardio to get steps. For a while I was trying to increase my steps every week. I found I could not sustain 15,000 steps a day; I would just hit a wall and have to rest a day or two.
I will readjust my goals in the following way:
Strength training: KCM dvd on Mondays/Thursdays; Yogalatis on Wednesday/Saturday.
Cardio: 30 minutes minimum daily; 10,000 steps per day; 10 flights of stairs daily.
Mindful eating. Healthful snacks.
Am I shooting for the stars? Am I reaching high enough? I want to do all I can for a healthy life, but now that I am 75 years old, I feel I must take a look at what would be the most sustainable, should I live to be 105!
Saturday, February 02, 2013
I am not making light of this -- I am serious. I have been in maintenance for over four years, and yet, I have specific behaviors that let me know that I am never free of the slidy slope to mindless eating. I like healthful eating and generally do eat a healthy diet. I like exercise and do it daily. But things pop in my mind when I least expect them to and that is why I always have to be “on guard”.
This is what I mean:
1) When I am sitting in a room with other people, or even in the next room and I hear the crinkle of paper or cellophane, I immediately think “candy” or “chips”.
2) I walked in a doctor’s office the other day and saw a decorative dish with bright objects in it and thought “candy”. It was full of little bright glass balls.
3) I do not buy cheezits anymore because I know I will be having them as snacks everyday instead of once in a while.
4) I need to log food, or have some other source of outside help to keep me on track. When I am not paying attention, I tend to think it is all calorie free.
I am usually disciplined enough not to give in and if I do indulge occasionally I am okay with that. I am able to not binge, because I don’t like the discomfort of being too full. I am thankful for the SparkPeople site and the teams that I am on that keep me where I am right now.
But I wonder if I will ever be like other thin persons who don’t even think of food, or who just always choose the healthy one because they like it? They seem to naturally balance things out; so if they eat more one day; they eat less the next. That is what I am aiming for; then I will know I have overcome.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Happy Birthday Sweet 16 year old self in the year 1953,
I know you don’t like wordy advice, so I will keep this short and to the point. As I reflect back to that 16th year of our life (as we share a life) there are a few things I would like to say to you now. Perhaps you will heed this advice; perhaps not.
1)Be proud of your Native American heritage. You have grown up since you were seven with just your mom, who is of European decent and knows nothing of your Nez Perce culture. That is why you will have to do some studying on your own to learn about the rich culture which is your heritage. There are people who will de-value you because of your ethnic background. Ignore them. Your true friends will value you for who you are.
2) You should plan on a college education. I know that seems impossible now, and you have sort of decided on getting an office job after you graduate. Be open to college opportunities. Your teachers have placed you in college prep courses. They have encouraged you. Start taking studying seriously with the thought of college in the future. Actually, I know you will attend college and that will awaken in you a real desire and even excitement to learn. Embrace it and do your best.
3) Because of your ethnic minority background and the fact that you are a woman, you may have to work harder than others to achieve respect and acknowledgment from some with pre-conceived ideas. It is okay. Work harder; always look respectable; respect others; be kind.
4) There will be some tough times ahead, as with all who live on this earth. Your mother has given you a strong faith in God. Keep up that faith, and it will serve you well. See others through the lens of God; then you will be able to love people that you don’t necessarily like to be with. It will enable you to see the good in others and to forgive.
5) Have confidence that you can achieve what you dream of now. You are now 16; be prepared for the world changing in ways incomprehensible now. Be open to and embrace change. It will help you live happily through the next 59 years, when you will have caught up to where I am now, and then do your own reflecting on the past!
Your 75 year old self
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