Tuesday, October 09, 2012
I made that decision over 20 years ago. At the time it was a reflection of my frugality, not aimed at weight reduction. I was annoyed that restaurants charged so much for a drink. I began to order water since the soda was half water (ice) anyway. Then I discovered that although I really like to eat, it didnít really matter to me what I washed it down with. I began to drink water at home too, except for my morning coffee and orange juice.
I wasnít counting calories in those days, just money. I happily realized that I was saving a bundle not filling my shopping cart with cartons of soda. Thinking about it now, that is how a reformed smoker must feel once their hard earned cash isnít going up in smoke.
Cutting out soda or other sugary drinks is one suggestion made to lose weight. By the numbers even saving 100 calories (1 drink) per day results in a 10 lb weight loss in a year. Since I continued to eat as I wanted over those 20 years, would I have GAINED 10 pounds per year if I had continued to drink the soda too? Of course the numbers are an approximation. I understand the variations in metabolism etc. Still, looking back, that lucky decision was partly responsible for my only having 20-30 lbs to lose instead of a much larger number.
This makes me think about how the decisions I make today will affect my life in 20 years. Yes, I realize how old Iíll be, exactly what I want to be Ė a healthy, active 85 year old woman, maybe even still posting here.
Sunday, October 07, 2012
That was the comment of my 4 year old son when he was lying on the couch sick one Sunday morning. I hadnít noticed that his cartoon program had ended and he was watching a local preacher known for his fire and brimstone delivery.
Thirty-three years have gone by and our family still uses that phrase whenever we encounter someone whose advice is presented in an unnecessarily harsh, mean spirited, arrogant or ridiculing manner.
There are some situations where a severe approach is warranted. Marine drill sergeants have developed their tactics over generations of practice. Parents have employed ďtough loveĒ when demanding uncompromising adherence to house rules.
However, in the overwhelming majority of cases, a positive, supportive approach is much more successful. Iím not talking about false compliments or denial of a problem, but the wrong tone can make the recipient of the advice tune out the message.
Iíve only been active on SP a short time, but Iím happy to say that Iíve observed a general atmosphere of support and acceptance that is conducive to success, especially here on the Maintenance Team. Of course, in any online community this canít be 100% true. The recent article on the healthiest frozen meals comes to mind. Some comments sounded like anyone consuming one or serving them to the family had committed the culinary equivalent of mortal sin.
We are limited by the printed word, devoid of visual cues. Perhaps itís the striving toward a common goal, but Iím very glad to have found a place in this welcoming environment.
Saturday, October 06, 2012
I remember reading that the amount we eat is influenced by those around us.
That makes sense, but Iíve also realized that our image of ourselves is influenced in the same way.
In some yoga classes I feel like an old oak tree surrounded by young, flexible saplings, but it doesnít stop me from going. As the ďSilver SneakersĒ group arrives for their session, I perk up. I applaud their efforts to stay active. As I told one 88 year old woman, I want to be you in 23 years, active and mobile and still coming to the gym.
I visit nursing homes regularly, a habit begun during my motherís several rehabilitations and continued after her death. One day an old gentleman wheeled his chair next to me at the lunch table. He whispered ďYouíre one fine lookiní woman.Ē I thanked him for that unexpected compliment and he continued, ďYou have nice legs.Ē Now, thatís something Iíve never heard in my entire life. Maybe his eyesight was failing?
I mentioned this to a female resident that I knew well and she told me that he was 95 and was quite the ladies man in his day. Then she added, ďYou do have nice legs Ė no varicose veins!Ē LOL
So, your perspective changes depending on your vantage point. All we can do is continually try to be the best version of ourselves possible.
Note: Grammatically, I'm pretty sure the title should begin with WHOM, but it doesn't seem natural to me. I don't talk like that. Perhaps because of whom I hang out with? English teachers feel free to comment.
Friday, October 05, 2012
Thatís was the song in my head while running the other day.
Coming back from rehab sometimes itís discouraging not to be going as far or as fast as I want. Many on SP get discouraged when the weight loss is not progressing faster. Sometimes you realize in spite of all your effort, your body doesnít look that that woman across the room. Still we keep on trying to be the best version of ourselves possible.
We all started in different places and have our eye on a different finish line.
As the lyrics say:
It's not where you start, it's where you finish,
It's not how you go, it's how you land.
A hundred to one shot, they call him a klutz,
Can outrun the fav'rite, all he needs is the guts.
Your final return will not diminish,
And you can be cream of the crop.
It's not where you start, it's where you finish,
And you're going to finish on top.
See you at the top Sparkers. Have a good day
Note: It's Not Where You Start (It's Where You Finish)
Music by Cy Coleman - Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
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