Saturday, December 12, 2009
I didn't sleep last night for thinking about pecan butter ball cookies.
Now. I have never eaten a cookie called a pecan butter ball - I just heard it in an audio book I was listening to this past week and I began to imagine what a pecan butter ball cookie would taste like. Shortbread full of nuts shaped like a ball? Something more chewy like a brownie, full of pecans? Whatever they are - they danced through my head like Clement Moore's proverbial Christmas sugar plums.
It's no wonder I'm thinking about sugared flakes of buttery flour saturated with pecans - Not only is every scrap of media flooding the world with holiday treats but also my own memories, of childhood and more vividly of my young married life when Christmas involved the magic of a child's anticipation of surprises. They are good memories. I cherish them and pull them out like little gems from the jewellery box of my mind.
do you hear?
that "BUT" hanging in the air?
Yeah - I thought so. That but means ... where does eating a pecan butter ball cookie fit into the plans made with such hope in October? Not? A little? Look out here it comes? I just googled pecan butter ball and recipe and got something that logs in at 188 calories for 2 cookies. whew! 1/7 of my day's calories in 2 bites?
Mike Kramer's two articles in today's Best of SP really have me thinking about those goals and how important they are to me. I've never been good at achieving goals except in the most oblique way - a classic ENFP, www.myersbriggs.org/ I don't really feel rewarded by completion - rather I feel abandoned. Since the journey is so important to me I am usually going in several directions at once and completion happens almost unnoticed. ( I do actually complete things, understand - just ... not with triumphant flair but with surprised recognition)
But knowing what my natural preference is doesn't mean I am tied to it, nor am I unable, like the famed old dog, to learn new tricks. I am going to spend the next few days getting all ISTJ detailed and math-like about these goals and see if I can map out a happy, satisfying, but healthy and successful pathway through the next few sugared weeks.
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?
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