Monday, October 01, 2012
I defy the norm. It was my positive body image that caused me to ignore the added pounds.
Before BMI we had height & weight charts on the doctorís wall. At 5í6Ē the range was 117-154. In high school I was at the lower end and always assumed I had a ďsmall frame.Ē Gradually I decided that was wrong and by retirement I was content with my ďlarge frame.Ē
During each of 3 pregnancies in my 20s, I gained exactly 25 lbs. Back in the day that was the upper limit. If you were on a pace to gain more than that, the doctors and nurses would actually yell at you. Of course we also drank coffee, ate chocolate, alcohol was OK in moderation and so was smoking, although my book did advise women to cut down. Fortunately, I never smoked and when I realized the amount of calories in alcohol, I quit that too. I didnít want to push that weight limit. I lost all my baby weight within 6-8 weeks of giving birth.
Then life happened and the pounds gradually piled on. In my 30s I decided I had a medium frame. The only negative comment I remember was at a family gathering when my aunt remarked to my mother, ďooh, Eileen got FAT!Ē Looking around the room, I responded, ďCompared to WHOM?Ē See, no body image problem here.
Fast forward 2 more decades and my now LARGE frame was edging into the officially overweight category. Finally, I was beginning to express concern. However, American society had been gaining weight at a faster pace then I was and I was told not to worry because I could ďcarry it.Ē .
Finally I decided I didnít want to carry it anymore. While skipping dessert made sense, most of the popular diets sounded wrong to me. I didnít have any dieting history, but I sure knew that I couldnít stick to any of them.
I had always been active so my only option was to analyze and change my eating habits. Fortunately, my running forum had a ďhealthy eatingĒ group and although it took nearly one year to lose 20+ lbs, here I am approaching my 3 year anniversary of maintenance (132-135). No, Iím not trying to get back into the 120s. Maybe itís that lifetime habit of being content with not being perfect, but Iím OK right where I am. However, I intend to keep tracking and paying attention. I donít want those extra pounds to sneak up on me again.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
That was a 1960s movie and popular song. Itís also fits my exercise plan.
No, itís not a religious thing. I just take one day a week to give my body a complete rest and Sunday seems to fit in well.
Itís not that I donít move at all, although I must admit to several hours on the couch during football season, but my fitness tracker is empty. I may take a stroll with DH or take a leisurely canoe ride together. We live on a lake. Considering our pace and the time spent being still and observing wildlife, both on land and in the marsh, itís not about the calorie burn.
Itís time taken to recharge - body, mind, soul and spirit.
Wishing everyone a good day, regardless of how you choose to spend it.
Friday, September 28, 2012
We donít want to live our lives in fear, but a few precautions may prevent us from being the lead story on the local news.
When out running or walking, itís easy to get lost in the moment especially when listening to music. Several very popular SP threads involve favorite workout tunes and these are not confined to indoor sessions. I regularly see women with headphones oblivious to the world around them.
This is personal for me since my daughter, then a college freshman, was out running one Sunday morning when a guy jumped out of a parked car and grabbed her from behind. She fought him off and ran to the nearby 7-11 where she found a police car. They cruised around, found the guy and he was taken into custody. What if he had chosen a weaker or slower victim?
So, please be aware of your surroundings and be careful out there.
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