Monday, October 11, 2010
The all-or-nothing mentality prevails in our society. Here at SparkPeople though, we know better. Moderation is our mantra, and we repeat it so often that most of us understand the importance of applying it to exercise, eating and setting goals.
This was in one of today's SP emails...and I am reading the thought there combined with my previous two blogs: an increase of exercise is what I need...perhaps as much as two hrs a day for a while...but I need to be sure I am thinking/acting in moderation. I KNOW I can't add two hrs a day to my activity without either burning out fast or getting either sore, hurt or both (sore I can cope with probably).
Really, besides the difficulty of the time element, adding movement of any kind gradually is the most sensible route.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Dr Mercola's advice for people with pre diabetes or type II:
Exercise regularly -- a must for anyone with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Typically, you'll need large amounts of exercise, until you get your blood sugar levels under control. You may need up to an hour or two a day. Naturally, you'll want to gradually work your way up to that amount, based on your current level of fitness.
Don't eat less, move more fits with this counsel. Of course, with diabetes, one has to make good choices of what you ARE eating. Still...time to get MOVING.
I walked an extra mile today.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
"Cutting calories can result in weight loss, but it may happen more slowly than if you reduce your calorie intake and burn more calories through exercise. Incorporating exercise can also allow you to eat more calories and still lose weight. Relying on cutting calories alone means you have to cut out A LOT in order to lose 1-2 pounds per week. "
I found this info on a blog entry that I read this evening. It raises the good point that upping our activity levels is much more sensible than trying to keep cutting back and cutting back on our food intake. I love food and love to eat, so that is NOT an easy route for me.
Now, how to get that more movement incorporated into my day each day, each week? I tend to be more inclined to sit and read or whatever than to get up and go even though I know it makes me feel better to be moving.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
This morning, I headed out the door just before seven a.m. to take my car for two new tires and an alignment. I ended up needing four new tires...but I had thought that might happen and was prepared. OK. My ride should have been there any minute, but unknown to me, she had fallen back to sleep. She and the kids arrived at nine...and by then I was HUNGRY...our plans had been for me to take them to breakfast. Ok...late, but OK.
After breakfast we went shopping for a little while, hoping the car would be done and that would save us a trip back to town for pick up. It was a bit of a challenge with a three yr old terrified of a toy gorilla somewhere in there, and a 9 yr old doing the "look at this" with everything from clothing to groceries. We got home at noon.
At home, there was a notice from the electric company that they will soon be trimming or removing the trees they have marked along the right of way. OH NO! Last time they did that, they left devastation that took us weeks to clean up! One tree marked for trimming is one of my husband's and son's favorites...a paulownia (Princess tree). Oh dear.
While my DIL and I were standing on the porch talking about the trees, a huge commotion broke out among the chickens...when we turned to see, Dianna spotted a coyote right up in the yard in hot pursuit of my poor hens and rooster! She yelled for a gun...I headed towards the coyote...I spotted it standing in the woods peering back at me. I yelled at it and it left on the run...a beautiful specimen...but unfortunately, one interested in my chickens (free range flock). Now my DIL is totally freaked out, worrying about her small children and the pets they have at their house adjacent to mine.
THEN, I got the call from the automotive place...I need two tie rod ends replaced. EEK! What next?
Finally, I had to call my DH to OK the expenditures for the extra work on the van...and tell him all the events of the day.
We are home now. DH got home early enough to take me to pick up the van. DIL and DH and DS are in the driveway talking about the trees and the coyote. We have a friend who is an arborist..so he will come and trim the trees for us...and hopefully that will protect the special one...and satisfy the electric company, too.
It is only five pm. Wonder what else lies in store for me today?
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Not long ago I found a very tiny tree frog on the window of my van in the early morning hrs. I photographed it, and soon it took off. The other night, I was reading and looked up to see a tiny tree frog INSIDE my window:
Then this evening, while I was mowing, I looked up to see a very scraggly looking opossum wandering around within just a few feet of the lawnmower. I ran in for my camera. Just at the camera finally came on, the dog spotted the opossum and immediately grabbed it...which of course, led to the "play dead" scene. Daisy the dog finally got bored and left, and by then I was back mowing when 'possum finally wandered off, bumping into things as it made its way to safety under our storage shed.
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