Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Which is to do the Powah Yoga every other day for 2 weeks, Sat, Sun, Tue, and Thur. As I mentioned yesterday, that oval ring around my torso - where arms and thighs join and the whole belly region - was really telling me it had been worked hard. it didn't happen on Sunday, of course when, I suppose all those muscles were in shock and unable to register a protest. Yesterday, though -whooee. Ouch!
And yet I kept wanting to do it again! Yeah. well. I know all about giving it 24 hours rest and I was a good girl and did so - though I did both the AM and PM yoga routines from my other DVD. Seemed like a fair compromise.
but in chatting with a friend with much more history of yoga she commented that you have to be careful with planks (a big part of the BL dvd) - if you have high blood pressure. Now - I am on meds for it so my blood pressure is very good - but I was still nervous about doing all those planks this morning.
That's right. I was back on the mat this a.m. , working along with Bob. My legs are fairly strong, my body is slightly twisted from a serious fall 5 years ago. I have to do a lot of adjusting to be sure I'm not hurting anything, because I'm hyper-flexible - as the yoga teacher in town said "40 ways to do it wrong". Yoga really does help with the out of kilter body and I don't have any ego issues about pushing myself too hard. but I did feel uncomfortable doing planks and when I dropped to my knees - well - I didn't feel like I was doing anything.
I've posted on the yoga team about this blood pressure/plank issue and I'm going to do some more research on my own. Till then I'll probably do half my planks in the modified position.
There's nothing that quite starts your day off so well, though, as knowing you've got your workout in and you're still stickin' to the plan. Hope your plan sticks for you today too.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
First off - thank you for the good hot weather cooking ideas. I can see myself using all of them. though temperatures have moderated in the past 24 hours - we are just at the dawn of the HotHotHot season and I'm glad to get some fresh ideas for summertime eating.
I am thinking today, though, about which are more difficult for someone trying to reshape her body: Ordinary Days or Special Events. I think back over the past 2 months when I had to field a spate of Special Events - lasagna suppers and Graves Mt. Lodge and Birthdays and Anniversaries and the truth is - with forethought and creativity, I breezed through them all. and yet. and yet I am still not even 10 lbs down from January. 10 lbs in 4 months seems somewhat poky in my book and I am wondering if I need to look again at how I go through Ordinary Days.
So. So let's look at ODs. What are their attributes?
Well. First off - there are a lot of them. That means I don't treat each one as the Special Event it might be. I don't prepare for them. I don't experience each one as deserving of the attention the SEs get. I am sloppy with them. I think "oh well, it's only today. It's only a tee tiny bit. I'm just a wee fraction over the limit, across the line, under the radar"
And for any given Ordinary Day that might be true. For a week or 4 months of them - well. well. It adds up.
Honestly sometimes I wonder if I'm even serious about this weight loss effort. Oh. I suppose if, on January 1, 2011, I weighed what is it? 3 x 9 lbs = 27 lbs less than I did on January 1, 2010 I would have to consider that almost freakishly successful, but right now I am not all that sure I would see that if I continue on, dissing Ordinary Days. In fact there could be negative movement. There could be weight gains.
The light bulb is glimmering - and it's casting its light on the Spark People (and Weight Watcher and probably every other nutritional counseling) concept of One Day At A Time. One Special Day. One day that deserves as much thought and as much attention and as much tender care as any wedding, birthday or business luncheon does.
It is even possible that, in a fully lived life, there are No Ordinary Days. Each one is a special gift, ripe with potential, ready to glorify my world if only I treat it with the same consideration I treat those calendar days.
I must think more on this ... as I go about this Special Day. Perhaps a whole string of them will be the key to reaching more than my weight loss goals.
May all your days be special.
Monday, May 03, 2010
Hot weather arrived this weekend. It blew in on a fierce southerly wind and began drying up everything in its path. It also brought out the dread Mayflies - which any entomologist will tell you is really a dear fly - but we know better. These are biting flies and they usually show up sometimes after May 12. If you are going to put in a garden around here you better have it mostly done by May 12 because after that those wicked little pests will chew and chase you right back indoors. They hate shadow and cool so they won't try to fly into your house, but they love warmth and sunshine. In a few weeks the snake doctors (You call them dragon flies) will be out and put an end to the torment but by then it's really too hot to be doing anything but weeding and harvesting in the garden.
Even though we get snow and ice in the winter, this is TheSouth and we know heat. The only difference between Virginia and Mississippi is the number of months that qualify as Summer.
So it's all about what to make when it's 90 degrees outside with 90% humidity. I had been wanting to try a new breadcrumb crust from the McCormac spice people called Crusting Blend, www.mccormick.com/Products/Herbs-and
on baked pork loin so I cranked up the oven on Saturday. (it was very good, btw)
Needless to say, the upstairs bedrooms that night were hot hot hot. Our house is naturally very cool, especially downstairs, so we don't have A/C. Don't need it most of the time but then ... I also don't bake in the summertime. We grill out often. I have a number of quick fry recipes and then there are the no-cook ones - like tuna fish salad. Which I made last night with a dash of dill pickle relish along with the ubiquitous mayo (I prefer the olive oil mayonnaise) onion, celery and chopped hard boiled egg. Placed in large dollops onto spring mix greens it made the most delicious summer supper.
So. What are your favorite no-cook recipes and foods for eating in the hot hot hot summertime?
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