Thursday, December 10, 2009
In a SP mailer today, over on the side bar, I noticed the following headline:
9 Cold, Hard Weight Loss Truths www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
And in line with yesterday's blog about believing things I thought I'd take a look. As usual, it is an excellent article and while all the "truths" are valuable to keep in mind, the first three resonated with me especially.
1. You have to exercise more than you think
Face it - our mechanized, sedantary modern world just doesn't have enough body movement built into it. Period. When I was in my early 20's we lived in a one room cabin with no electricity, no plumbing and a half a mile from a paved road. I had to pull up buckets of water from a well. To take a bath I had to do that about 20 times, heat some of it on a wood stove, and them empty it all out later. Bath night was a Production! If the weather was bad, I had to walk in half a mile carying groceries from the car - and then back out another half to get the rest of them. Or I'd tote a toddler because if I let him walk, he'd dawdle for hours in the woods. I stayed slender and strong. All the time. And ate like a horse - or at least, I'd cook a pan of biscuits and eat them, and then cook another pan for the family .... and stayed tiny.
Well, duh. Of Course I did.
Since I definitely don't live that way any more and don't want to either, I have to accept the fact that:
"exercise for about an hour, every day. "
Interesting that this is what I already figured out a few weeks ago and planned to build into my life over the next month or so.
2. A half-hour walk doesn’t equal a brownie.
I think of how many times have I've said "I've been good today. I worked out" and then eaten empty calories. Or worse yet - said "It's JUST a brownie." I once did the math and figured that if I ate 2 oreos and a cup of coffee with cream and sugar every day I'd gain 10 lbs in one year. I mean ...it's JUST 2 oreos, for goodness sake! There's nothing wrong with a brownie. What's wrong is if you think everything you do deserves to be rewarded with a brownie.
3. You do have time to exercise.
Yup. If I have time to fool around on the internets, if I have time to read a magazine article, watch a movie, pretty much live at all - I have time to exercise. Happily, I like exercise though often enough I let time slip away doing Other Things - some important, some not - and tell myself "oh well. It's just today".
Well. It's always today and I really need to remember that, I brush my teeth every day. I can exercise every day too.
In fact - I think I'll go take my dogs for fast walk right now! Ta.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Do you take the SP trivia quiz? I'm in love with it. I take it every day. And I don't look up the answer before I make my selection, although I may look up more information about a topic afterwards. I like seeing just what I do know about health, nutrition, fitness, exercise etc. And I love finding out if I've been believing a fallacy - so I can stop believing in it.
Take one of today's questions. It asked if research had shown whether detox diets actually removed toxins from your body - and the answer was "no". So tell me - how often have you been tempted by the promises of detox diets? Yeah... I thought so. Me too.
It's really important to let go of incorrect beliefs because it is our beliefs that underpin every thing else in our lives. Our choices - our actions - our decisions - our thoughts - everything is founded upon what we believe is true. It's why it's so hard to overcome the things we learned as little children. They're the beliefs we have held the longest.
In my case the hardest belief I have to overcome is the one that says "The women in my family are all fat". This belief was based on old photographs, my mother's shape and size, conversations with sisters, family eating patterns.... we had desert at lunch AND dinner every single day of my childhood!!! Guess who doesn't feel like lunch is over without something sweet in her mouth?
Now - I believe that I can knit anything. I haven't knit everything, but I believe there is nothing that can be knitted that I can't knit. I believe this because I have knit many things. I believe it because I understand how things are knitted. I believe that if there is a technique or a project that gives me difficulties - one where I make mistakes - it is only because there are a few things left to learn but I also believe that anything I don't already know - I can learn it. After all, I have learned so much already. Therefore - I believe I could knit ANYTHING.
What I need to do is to find ways to believe that I can be a slender, strong, fit and healthy woman. I have some reasons to believe this already - I spent the first 40 years of my life at a healthy weight. I lost half the poundage I put on in my 40's. Once I got down to a BMI of 24 or so and it was not terribly difficult. I didn't stay there but that doesn't mean I can't get back there. There are probably some things left to learn but by golly - I believe I can learn those things too. I can learn to believe that I live my life as a slender strong fit healthy woman. And I believe that .. believing will make it so!
What do you believe?
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
I have just become a fan of V8 V-Fusion Light juice. I brought home a bottle yesterday and, well, to steal from their advertising I thought "Wow! I could have had a V8!"
I almost never drink juice. I prefer to chew my calories and I'm always trying to find ways to add fiber to my diet. But I do love me some V8 juice and am even developing an acceptance for the low sodium variety. But a year or so ago I tried one of their fruit/veggie mixtures it was horrible. My trips down the juice aisle in the grocery store have, since then, been utterly focused - it was V8 or nothing.
But not any more. The V-Fusion light is 50 calories for 8 oz. It has only 40 mg of sodium ( ) and 150 mg of potassium - ( ) a nutrient I'm also always trying to add to my diet.
I haven't gotten the final recipe for a delicious green smoothie yet but I do have an okay drink that is giving me an enormous nutritional bang for the .... calories. I'd call this a healthy Green Christmas gift.
So - ever wonder how V8 got started? Well here is this from Wikipedia:
"V8 Vegetable Juice was invented by W.G. Peacock (1896–1948), the founder of the New England Products Company, which manufactured individual vegetable juices under the brand name Vege-min. Having had only mediocre sales success, in 1933 Peacock began blending the Vege-min juices into one product and selling this new concoction as "Vege-min 8." A grocer in Evanston, Illinois recommended that he shorten the name to simply "V-8."
The new V-8 was a success and in 1948 the Campbell Soup Company acquired the brand. It has been in continuous production since."
Sunday, December 06, 2009
2 years ago I bought two shirts I really like. One in a size that fit me and one in a size medium ... for when I lost weight. Yesterday I pulled out that shirt and put it on - and since it fit I assumed it was the larger size. Today I looked at the lable. It's the size medium!!!
Who's doing the happy dance today? And who is MOTIVATED to keep on sparking?
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