Saturday, August 28, 2010
Bulls Eye! Spark People.
Deep into today's Best-0-SP article by Liz Noelcke - "Is Your Diet Making You Fat?" I discovered this important nugget.
you go "off" your diet on special occasions.
This is a very slippery slope once you step onto it. An extra drink for a friend's birthday, a high-fat dessert at your co-worker's retirement party, and pretty soon, you view almost every "special occasion" as a way to justify overindulging in excess calories. You enjoy these special treats so often that you're "off" your diet again, eating everything with a last supper mentality until you're ready to re-start your diet next week, next month, or next year.
This is a serious trip wire for me and it's all about being "ON" a diet. 'Cause if I'm "ON" one, then sooner or later I'll get "OFF" one. And for all that SP encourages us to not go on diets, I must be honest and admit ... I'm still thinking like I'm on a diet. I know it's true. And I have to stop. I'm going to have to sit down with Wild Child and School Marm and have a deep soul searching listen. We are all going to have to come to a new understanding about what it is we are doing - what we all agree is a healthy way to love - and about what we define as the Special Occasion. Because right now, in my world - there is a Special Occasion all the time.
There are the calendar ones - Christmas, Halloween (and all that fall stuff coming up)
There are the community ones ... like last night's Kiwanis Fish Fry - I assure you, I wasn't going to miss that - they're one of the big library supporters. Menu? Fried fish, fried potatoes, hush puppies, cole slaw, tomatoes and watermelon. Yes. I did eat some of all.
There are the personal ones - celebrations for loved ones successes, family reunions, TGIF's
In a way - there are celebrations and special occasions in my life every day and I have absolutely GOT to come up with a new method of celebrating. Even if the rest of the world around me is celebrating with food.
something is dinging in my brain as I write this. It's got an urgent sound. I think it has the answer and all I have to do is listen to what it's telling me. I think WC and SM are ringing this bell.
somehow I have to separate food from all these Special Occasions and put it solidly in the nutritional activity part of my life. In my mind I can accept the idea of just being with loved ones at a Special Occasion - of making the PEOPLE the focus of the specialness - not the FOOD. But deep down I know that I'm going to have to find something SPECIAL for me to actually do - either right then or just before or a little later ... to get that Special Occasion feeling.
Or maybe not
hmm. I'm still working on this. I'm just giving you the chance to watch my brain dig and scrabble for an answer it knows is near by but that it hasn't yet found. What I know is that I have to take the FOOD aspect out of Special Occasion. I don't mean i won't eat at a family reunion but that I need to eat a meal's worth of food, not a FEAST's worth, at a family reunion. And somehow I have to put the focus on the object of the celebration, not the method. The People, not the Potatoes, the Spirit, not the smorgasboard.
well. I'm beginning to write in circles now so ... I'll be back when I have a better handle on this.
Happy Saturday to you all - I have OWLS with OPINIONS who who whoooooting outside my window.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I did. I knew that if you put forth extra physical effort, work muscles that have been unused for a while, it is vital to drink extra water for the next few hours. Though the argument about whether lactic acid released after muscle effort will cause aching muscles continues, I know from experience that after a new or more strenuous exercise I heed to re-hydrate - to make a special effort to re-hydrate.
Happily, I'm usually sweaty and thirsty after exercise and I keep a bottle of water with me and fill it up again on the way out of the gym. Only. I forgot.
I forgot about that when I was swimming yesterday. I felt so good, I was so ready to push myself, add a couple more laps, (instead of the single ONE lap I planned on adding each time I went swimming) do a wonderful and gentle cool-down-plus stretch afterwards and take a shower after that. so I wasn't sweaty. I didn't feel thirsty. I came home in a great mood to Himself - who always celebrates August 25 as Edward's Day - so of course we had wine with supper - and no extra water and whoo boy. did I ache last night. Tossed and turned and woke up often looking for a comfortable position to lie in and only after I actually got up did I realize
DUH Bess. WATER
So - fully rehydrated now - I'm feeling much better and next time I will have a water bottle by the pool and sip while I'm swimming.
And what did I remember? Ah! I remembered to stretch before I sat up, to think about the most wonderful thing I get to do today, to turn on lights as I moved through the house and to step outside and pet the dogs in the sweet morning air. So. That's 4 steps forward and only one step back, hmmm?
Happy Thursday to you - and drink your water
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I just loved today's Best of Spark People article about morning routines. The suggested one is below with my own thoughts added:
1. Wake up to music rather than an alarm.
I don't use an alarm - I'm a naturally early riser while Himself is a classic night owl. He's retired now so he sleeps as late as he wants. Of course I am a kind wife and don't really want to wake him, but more important than that, these early morning hours are MY time in my house, quiet and alone. I wouldn't give them up for a kingdom. Still - if I were going to have a wake up sound, I would choose music over an alarm.
2. Don't get up right away. While breathing deeply, loosen up and stretch your limbs out, from your fingers to your toes. Pretend you're a cat waking up from a nap.
Oh man - I am gonna start doing this. I do tend to leap out of bed and get go-go-going but I once had a physical therapist tell me to do exactly this. As my body ages I think it's even MORE important to stretch my body and breathe deeply before I actually go upright. So. Add this to my routine.
3. Think of the most positive thing you'll be doing that day.
WHAT a good idea. I'm usually actually upright and moving forward before real mental activity begins but if I give myself a few moments to stretch I bet the brain will kick in too. And I love the idea of plucking something wonderful out of the coming day to contemplate before I'm even out of bed.
4. Get out of bed slowly. Ease into it.
Well. Erm. I almost have to do that anyway - there are enough creaky joints and bulging disks and floppy ligaments in this body to make that an essential ... but there is something sweet about allowing myself to do what my body wants me to do anyway. It is ALWAYS good to give yourself permission to do what's good for you.
5. Turn on more and more lights as you go through your routine, until every light you see is on.
Oh I like this idea too. I love the idea of flooding myself with light - and often I don't bother to, leaving only one lamp on beside the chair I'm sitting in or just using the glow from the computer in the morning. Before I even logged on this morning, though, I did turn on the lights in all the rooms I passed through and I do feel brighter for it. another permission-to-do-what-feels-good item. cool.
6. If weather permits, step outside for a minute. Sunshine is one of the strongest ways to tell your body to wake up.
ha! that won't be possible much longer since we're heading into winter but I do at least open up the door every morning to let the dogs in. I could take a moment to step out into the beautiful outdoors, bathing myself in daylight. I actually do that frequently already - might as well just make it part of the routine.
7. Do 3-5 minutes of easy activity. Emphasis on easy.
Okay ... I like this too. Movement just for the pleasure of moving. Maybe a walk out to the fields to watch the light change, some very gentle yoga poses - not "exercise" so much as a little movement. Yup. I can add this one too.
8. Eat breakfast! Foods low in fat and high in protein, fiber and carbs provide energy that lasts a long time. Try yogurt, fruit, whole wheat breads, and skim milk.
Well there - I don't eat breakfast till Himself starts moving around, closer to 8 o'clock. If I am really hungry I will, of course. I don't believe in making a fetish out of any routine. But we do like to share breakfast together so that's usually around 8 o'clock. Normal for folks who get up at 7:30 - a bit on the late-ish side for us larks. But that is one routine change I am not about to make.
anyway - I thought the article was particularly good and I can't wait to try these new little steps.
Happy Hump Day to you
Sunday, August 22, 2010
With TheReunion, it always feels like summer is over. Oh - there are a few weeks left before my BirthdayMonth rolls around (be prepared - I celebrate the whole month) and there will be some swims and some company and maybe even a little trip or two between now and Labor Day but for all intents ... summer is done. And with the end of summer, my SP anniversary looms. I joined the first of October 2009 and I thought I'd do a quick peek at how I'm doing, goal-wise and otherwise.
My January Goals
Long Term Goals, edition II
1. I want to wear THAT dress at the Ginormous 160 year old family reunion in August 2010
2. I want to get an assessment of 100% from my doctor at my June 2010 checkup – and maybe get off some of these medicines.
MAYBE 50% - MY DR DID HALVE MY MEDS
3. I want a BMI of 25 by Memorial Day 2010 (that means 150 by the end of May)
4. I want to feel confident around food all the time
5. I want to always be hydrated
I'D SAY 75%
6. I want to feel unhurried ... all the time AND, when I don't ...
HMM 50% - MAKING SURE I GET ENOUGH SLEEP HAS REALLY HELPED
7. I want to have a deep and readily accessible well of reserve strength and energy whenever I need it
8. I want to get very good at Yoga – good enough to eventually become a teacher so that
HAD TO RETHINK THIS ONE IN LIGHT OF BULGING LUMBAR DISC
9. I want to share what I learn with others ... see above
WELL - I DID STEER 2 FRIENDS HERE AND THERE ARE THE BLOG POSTS
So. Not a complete looser, but not all that great a job, either. If I want things to look better by my SP anniversary I better think about what I'd like to achieve and map out a better plan. I've been reading James A Ray's book HARMONIC WEALTH and he urges you to state your goals in the present tense and call them intentions. I think I'll do that and see if a little attitude shift can make a difference.
Here are the Long Term Intentions a.k.a. goals, edition III
Long Term “intentions”, edition III
1. I love being the woman who gets an assessment of 100% from my doctor at my January 2011 checkup – and gets off the rest of these medicines.
2. I am excited about strengthening my core muscles and eliminating the pain in my lower back
3. I am grinning at just the thought of having a BMI of 25 by New Years Day 2011 (that means losing just a tad over 1 lb a week)
4. I always give myself enough time to completely eat my food – that means savoring it's scent and sight, tasting every bite and pausing every few bites to see if I've, maybe, had enough.
5. I love water and always drink enough
6. I'm having a wonderful time growing into a fitter stronger me
(got to admit it ... writing them as if I'd already achieved them gave me a little thrill.)
Happy Intentions to you all
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