Thursday, March 18, 2010
Ever wonder who those "scientists" are when you hear something that begins "Scientists have shown ....."?
Well, I tracked down the one who showed us this one and his name is Donald Hebb.
Or perhaps I should say he is the one who showed the way for other scientists to prove it and their work is based upon his seminal thesis, known as the Hebb Synapse
"When an axon of cell A is near enough to excite a cell B and repeatedly or persistently takes part in firing it, some growth process or metabolic change takes place in one or both cells such that A's efficiency, as one of the cells firing B is increased."
In short - this is the guy who showed us that if we think different thoughts our brains become different - will rewire themselves. So we really do need to think like a healthy fit person as often as we possibly can. We need to see ourselves doing the things a fit healthy person does and feeling about ourselves the way a fit healthy person feels about herself so that our brain can become the brain of a fit healthy person.
I've suspected this all along - that I have to believe what I want is possible and then "see" it in my imagination in order to get there. And that takes time out of my routine. Time in addition to meal tracking and exercise and shopping for healthy food and reading labels. It takes quiet thoughtful time and ... it's the easiest time to shortchange because it looks like, seems like, sounds like daydreaming.
And that is because IT IS! I've been reading Martha Beck's book Steering by Starlight: Find Your Right Life, No Matter What!
and she's filled it with lots of exercises to do to help you start thinking like the person you want to be. She's aimed this at people who are far more dissatisfied with their lives than I am, but there are still nuggets throughout the book that are useful for me. It was her quote about cells firing and rewiring that got me to look a little deeper into the scientific literature. It was also that quote that reinforced my own belief that if I go to my thin self often enough in my mind, I'll eventually get to my thin self in actuality - and stay there - at last, and forever.
So - let us all become brain electricians and see just how much fun we can have with our new wiring systems!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
When I was trying to think of a reward for reaching my goal (which I am not anywhere near yet - boo hoo ) I finally decided on a luxurious day at a fancy spa. www.colonialwilliamsburgresort.com/s
Of course, even if some fairy magically wanded me to my goal weight with the promise of life forever at the perfect weight and size, I'd still have to save up the money to give myself that reward .... and then probably have to spend a week explaining to Someone why I would spend $200 for a stranger to rub my back which Someone would be glad to do for free or I could even pay Someone the $200 to do it.
So, I began saving $2 a day - or rather, since I'm paid monthly, $30 -32 a month cash in my jewellery box. The joke is that now I've saved up enough money to reward myself with an uber luxurious spa massage treatment with extras, I have enough money to buy new porch furniture!
Which really is more of a necessity and we ought to have just bitten several bullets and bought some, but Someone and I don't shop well. We've been married a gazillion years (or 36 years, whichever comes first) and have only ever bought 2 pieces of furniture - and we quarreled doing that. At least, we did the first time till we bumped into a woman we knew in a furniture store in the city, making a bold and decisive statement. "I'll have my son bring the truck around to the back" she said with confident authority.
Someone said, in a pointed dig at me, "Now There's a woman who can make a decision" and the friend spun around with fire in her eyes, took a look at the tear tracks on my cheeks and said "Of Course! I left my husband at home!"
I will love her forever for that. Besides, she filled us in on ALL the couples we know who fight when they have to buy furniture.
But when I am sitting on my beautiful porch with my legs up on a chaise lounge, or when friends are gathered around a pretty glass topped table, or perhaps one of those iron ones with ceramic tile in the middle .... eating a salad of course - I will feel very rewarded. And I suspect the reward will have a more lasting impact since I shall enjoy it over and over again.
And as for recipe thoughts well my dears. Yesterday's nutrition tracker dinner recipe was chicken marsala. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/recipe_d
I didn't have any marsala but used a pinot grigio which worked marvelously. I also used chicken thighs because I don't care for breast meat. But oh my goodness! It was simply and utterly delicious. I would give this very simple recipe a 10.
And the day before I found, in that same Weight Watcher's cookbook I mentioned last week, a simply fabulous recipe for turkey and canelli bean stew. 200 calories per serving - this is going to be a summertime favorite. To be eaten on my porch at the new (to us) porch table that I will buy with the reward money in my jewellery box.
Happy Hump Day to you all
Monday, March 15, 2010
That's my chart - at least, that's the chart for someone who has shrunk from 5'6" to 5'5.5". That extra half inch means I really do have to be below 25 on the chart to be in the healthy range. 7 years ago when I wrestled my way down to 150 lbs I was smack on the 25. Now I am at 27.8 - more than half way to obese! (halfway would be 27.45)
Well. There. One can play forever with numbers and still miss the important things in life. But the numbers do help define the parameters. My healthy weight range is between 110 (what a laugh!) and 149 (something I can imagine being) and my secret FitThatDress weight is 143. I am working towards an initial goal of 150 right now but I don't plan to stop there. It's just a weigh station along my journey.
okay - sorry - I love puns.
And if you are curious about your BMI - what it is and what it could be - Here's a link to Spark People's BMI calculator:
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I don't normally like daylight savings time. I prefer the snuggle of dark closing my day and telling me I don't have to do any more - it's time to rest. Besides, I'm a morning person so I would rather have it light at 5 a.m. than 8 p.m. Usually.
This year, the winter and it's darkness didn't seem as cosy as in years past and the many days of snow that shut me in, following my unexpected brain thang episode made the winter feel confining instead of comforting.
So, for the first time in maybe my whole life, I'm glad to see DST come in. Of course, it may be that Mother Nature took pity on me and made it a nice grey rainy day so I can spend it all cosily indoors anyway - with no excuses about not going out and Doing Something. I don't even plan to do any housework, beyond cleaning up the kitchen after meals and sucking up the dog hair from the living room rugs - so I can do my yoga routine.
But this brighter, lighter, slightly warmer time of year also reminds me that I want to be wearing fewer clothes and feeling freer as I move through the world. I don't want to carry around all the folds that make me hot in the summer - I would really like to feel confident about wearing less. And I also want to feel more of that freshness inside that comes from eating maximum nutrition - minimum empty calories.
I have an image of me walking along the beach, kicking the waves and skipping through the tide - because I have the strength and stamina to really enjoy an ocean beach. And that image is not wearing some sort of hide the fat cover-up either. She's wearing a pretty swimsuit and she has her arms uplifted to the salt spray.
Yeah. That's what I'm thinking about on this sleepy Sunday morning at ..good gracious! 9:41!! Well. I'm glad I'm feeling so charitable towards DST because otherwise I would be resenting how it just robbed me of an hour of play on the Internets. Happy Sunday to you and may your summertime image blossom in your imagination and may you get there in 2010.
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