Saturday, January 09, 2010
You may have heard the phrase "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" and it is certainly true. Western culture stresses the importance of regular medical care almost as much as it does a healthy diet for children. But which do we take more seriously? A French fry certainly won't cause obesity as long as it is the exception and not the rule. We can all make better choices for our children's diets. This week, think about substituting a more nutritious food in place of a sugary snack or cereal. Include whole grains and fresh fruit and vegetables in your meals instead of going through a drive-thru. The healthy habits your children learn today come from your example and will impact them for the rest of their lives. Give them the best you can and their bodies will thank you.
Just as children need to learn to enjoy healthy food, so do we. Being open minded to new foods and making a conscious decision to enjoy those foods that are healthy is what this lifestyle change is all about. When I hear the word moderation, I cringe because that to me means an unwillingness to change. I've come to realize during these past four years that the quality of calories consumed is equally, if not more, important as the quantity. If you think in those terms you can begin to accept the necessary changes required to finally break the cycle. I realize there are a multitude of marketed diets that tell us we "can" enjoy the foods we love and still lose weight, and they are correct, we can, but unless we really change our old ways, and yest that includes giving up many of our beloved foods, than we will never win this battle!
Saturday, January 09, 2010
what makes an athlete? The desire and dedication to pursue a particular sport, day after day, week after week, month after month for the sheer enjoyment. It's more than muscle and heart. It's brainpower and guts. It's wanting it more. It's having a dream.
ath-lete: a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical skill
We are athletes. We struggle against iron weights, cardio machines, inclines, declines, water, ice and roads in our athletic endeavors. Daily we trudge to our place of sport, don our gym gear and give our all to training hard. Keep your head in the game when your train. Be present for every step, movement, thought, stroke and struggle. Write it down. Live it and breathe it. Think of yourself as an athlete treat your body like an athletes and celebrate your life.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.
- Shira Tehrani
Enjoying the marathon
Life is like a marathon. We run and run, not knowing where (or how far) the finish line lies. We focus so intensely on prolonging the race but sometimes--despite our best efforts--the race is cut short. Too often we don't relish the path of and enjoy the details instead of just pounding the pavement of life. All of life contains bumps in the road but it is up to us to determine the quality of our lives. Remember, we don't always determine the distance, but we can determine the path.
This is so not where I thought I'd be when I began 4 years ago. Even though I probably didn't admit it to myself at the time, seriously thought that I would lose some weight, look better then go back to my old self. Because as we all know, eating healthy and exercising are not fun, and they certainly are only a means to an end and once arrived at, we can go back to our old ways....LOL along the way I've found that I enjoy it all, eating properly makes me feel better than any "comfort" food of the past. Exercising is so much more enjoyable than laying around doing nothing at all. I wish that I could make others understand the feeling that enjoying exercise can give you. How great it is to look in the mirror and see the changes that your body has made from the time you've spent exercising. And re-programming your mind to enjoy and want healthy foods instead of the fat laden, nutritionally devoid fare from the past. The old food made me sluggish and unfulfilled, instead of giving me energy to get the most out of my day and my life!
It's better late than never to finally learn these lessons!
Thursday, January 07, 2010
A rock pile ceases being a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
- Unknown Author
Being a creative problem solver
Creatively approaching situations is an invaluable tool in life. While others might not always see things from your point of view, you will probably find that you are pleasantly surprised at the results of your endeavors. Draw upon time-endured and proven resources, but don't be afraid to strike out and try new ones.
This is very appropriate for me as my youngest daughter and I are constantly finding ways to do things when we don't have quite all the things we think we need. You realize how resourceful you can be when you do try to stretch yourself and your mind. That doesn't just apply to dieting or exercise, but to everything in our lives. It's a good feeling when you think outside the box and find solutions to problems.....
Today was an example of how I can solve problems that interfere with my normal work out routine. As I've said before, I've been very fortunate to have undertaken this journey with a single-mindedness that allows me to concentrate solely on myself and utilize my time at my own discretion. I recognize that for many this isn't possible, and I give credit to those who must juggle many responsibilities and meet the needs/demands of many, because that can certainly be a hindrance, and require a very strong commitment to one's self. But as of a month ago, I've begun babysitting my new(the one and only) grandbaby on Thursdays and Fridays. I've struggled to find a way to keep the workout schedule consistent and uninterrupted. So, I've changed my schedule to include a lifting/cardio day on Saturday(morning spin class) and perhaps do spin on Sunday(my least fav day to do spin as I'm not a fan of the instructor and her music/methods). But it just didn't seem right to do nothing on the babysitting days...so today baby Jackson and his Gammy went for an hour walk through our family peach orchard along with his dog Cider. It was very cold here, but I purchased stroller "coat" for his jogging stroller and the sun was nice and bright making for a wonderful way to get some cardio. I can say for sure that pushing a stroller through rough terrain up and down hills, etc....and my calves and hamstrings are letting me know about it tonight....but well worth it as the 3 month old babe got an hour of sleep while I got the exercise!
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness...never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
I certainly have come a long way from my days of putting everything off 'til the troops were better rested(this trooper never did get rested-LOL)! Four years ago there was very little that could make me move and when it did, I resented it and wished I had nothing to do, because that's what I liked. But today tells a totally different story: up at 6:30 at the gym by 7 lifting until 8:00, spin class number one at 8:15, then spin class #2 at 9:30! Come home, eat something, shower, head to my mother's to help her with some chores...
While the two spin classes is not the norm, it just shows how different things are now as compared to 2005 and before. I can honestly say that I've learned to appreciate every minute and what I'm now capable of doing with them. It's a much better life and one certainly that I couldn't envision 4 years ago!
I watched the Biggest Loser last night and was once again struck by their irresponsibility towards the ever ballooning obese population with the dissemination of misinformation and continued stereotyping. Why is it necessary to show exercise in such a bad light? For someone who's resisted getting off the couch to exercise, watching the contestants puke up their guts certainly isn't very motivating. It merely re-enforces what they fear....exercise is too hard and something unattractive to them. Additionally, while I'm certain losing 34 pounds in one week is possible when you eat next to nothing and exercise all day long, it's certainly not the medically sound/recommended method of choice...the show drops the ball in so many ways, and it has become little more than an hour long advertisement for products with the BL label and a good part of the diet industry. What a waste of a golden opportunity to really help stem the obesity epidemic!
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