Saturday, April 13, 2013
My dad used to imitate Jack Marshall and the character he developed: Butchy McGurk. Dad would pull his hat on wierd, pull a face and talk like he was drunk, though he never drank.
What sticks with this old memory are the lines that went like this:
Yes, Bushy McGurk. When he joined the Army, he said, "I want to be in Company B. I want to be there when they leave and be there when they come back."
There wasn't anything funny in the words. In fact I figured that's the way I would feel if I were ever drafted into the Army. But we would always roar with laughter at Dad, acting so silly. Anytime the climate got a little boring, or tense, or quiet, he seemed to have a plan B ready to make us laugh, to remember we were to be having a good time!
Having a plan B (and sometimes C, D, or E) helps us have a good time on our journey.
Yes, I'm talking about more than a Plan B contingency, that we switch to when conditions don't allow our favored Plan A, knowing that as soon as conditions improve, we'll be able to return to our comfort zone in plan A.
Some of you know my Plan A for pool workouts just hit a glitch when a young child pooped in the community pool. My first plan of action would have been to retrieve the offending poop, then go take a shower. But no, all the males in charge said, "Everybody out of the Pool!!!!!" and then disappeared, as if afraid it would jump out and get them. I'm sorry gentlemen, but from where I sit, it's the women who usually get to change the diaper or walk the dog or clean up on aisle 9 after a child has been sick in the night.
So, I'm at the YMCA pool 10 miles away until the pool reopens. And I have Plan B DVDs for indoor if it gets too hot, or thunderstorms prevent sticking my toes in a pool.
But I think I need those other plans just to spice things up. Sure, it's easy comfort to enter my favorite meals into the groups on the tracker, and paste the same breakfast plan in every day or every other day. Or I could get into a habit of having sliced apples with almonds for my evening snack every afternoon.
Or it's easy for me to settle into the same workout routine day after day.
I'm learning at SparkCoach that the sameness is not good for my body. It needs variety in sources of nutrients. There's nothing wrong with that apple a day, or the healthy fats and protein in the almonds. I just need the nutrients from berries, or citrus, or exotic fruits like pomegranates or wild strawberries!
And all of you could probably write the paragraph here on how and why my body needs to have the work out changed up periodically.
But my biggest reason for plan b, or c, or q, is to keep my interest over the long term. In the scheme of things, the 365+ days that it will take to lose all the weight desired will truly be a relatively short time when you compare it to the 23,543 days I have lived, or the total days I will live. And boredom with routine food choices or daily workouts will be my downfall as I approach maintenance. If I am bored with what I'm eating, I will look for other more exciting choices which might mean some of those unhealthy unmentionables I used to eat. Or if I am bored with walking on the treadmill, it could be very easy to stay in the recliner.
No, I want to be a part of Company B, because I want there to be variety and spice in my life, because I want to be healthy, because I want life to be full of fun.
When I have the stamina to be able to pull off any one of the versions in this You Tube video by Bette Middler, I'll know I have reached my desirable weight goal!
If you can't see the video, it's a compilation of Bette Middler singing "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." And while I think the video is fun, the key here for me to know when I've reached my healthy weight goal is simply the stamina to do anything I want.
How will you know when you have "arrived?"
Thursday, April 11, 2013
I read an article during morning e-mail: 10 Ways to Burn More Calories. And I agree with, ascribe to, and use many of the suggestions. Suggestions like these are the stuff that got me up out of my recliner.
If you are needing some help in this department, here's the link:
So what's my problem here? Well, it's one statement in item 7.
Not this one:
"Speed up. The simplest advice of all for upping your calorie burn? Increase your pace even if it's just a little bit. "
"The tortoise may have won the race, but the hare burned more calories!"
Let's say it was a race that the tortoise took all day to finish the race course.
And while the tortoise was carrying his house on his back the whole way, the hare slept in the shade of a tree, until he realized he'd better get going.
So, being the svelte jack rabbit that he was from years of running from the coyotes, he hit the trail running, finished the race in 5 minutes and came in second, partly to be part of a valuable lesson.
12 hours of walking carrying the weight of your house; a weight equal to or greater than yourown weight against 5 minutes of flat out running, carrying nothing but a fur coat and a couple of very long ears.
Who do YOU think burned the most calories?
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I have this problem with streaking- the SP kind where you work to set up a habit and keep it running for a long period of time. I like to set them up and track and report in places like on blogs or team pages. That little extra accountability makes me do it.
But here I find myself in day 10, and the habit seems to be going strong. I'm waking up at 5:30 with no alarm, making the bed, going for a walk and having my planned healthy breakfast. (the healthy breakfast was already an established habit. So I don't see much point keeping on with this reporting.
Now, I might not keep up with the rise and shine business when the time changes again or when it gets cold and this old body wants to stay under the warm blankies. So, I'm putting you all on notice who are keeping tabs on how long I can keep up this rise and shine challenge--I'm staying the course, but you'll have to do without daily updates.
Monday, April 08, 2013
Walked .5 mile and had my fruit bowl breakfast: Strawberries, Greek yogurt, almonds, dried cocoa powder. More later. Must leave for doctor appointment.
Have a great day!!
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Rise and Shine, Day 6 & 7
Well, I did it, both mornings, yesterday and today. Thought I posted for yesterday, but evidently it's Sunday, now, and I missed Saturday's report.
If it's not Sunday, I'm in big trouble.
It is working well taking the thyroid in the morning, going for my walk when I get up and then having my breakfast. I did break away from the Oats N Egg breakfast and had Rice bowl with fruit and yogurt and almonds seasoned with cinnamon and TJ roasted flax seed with blueberries. Lots of anti-angiogenesis foods both mornings!!
Off to the farmer's market.
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