Monday, August 22, 2011
Because I teach, summers are the most relaxed time of year for me. Fall is the craziest time. My daughter went back to school last week. The college classes I teach start next week so I've been very busy getting ready for them.
I'll have to dig down really deep to keep myself on the healthy exercise and eating plan that I've been on since January. Fall has traditionally been the time for derailment. In the fall, I often stop exercising and begin to put on weight--last fall I put on more weight than ever.
So I made a New Year's resolution to exercise and eat healthy and got serious about SparkPeople. If I weren't in a SparkPeople bootcamp right now, I think I would have already begun to slip.
So right now I'm pledging to do better this fall!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
My teenage daughter was watching What Not to Wear the other day and wanted me to watch a TV show with her. The woman they were helping began to realize during the show that she was wearing big t-shirts and jeans all of the time because she was embarrassed about her weight. I appreciated that the show's hosts never tried to tell her to lose weight. They tried to help her to use clothing, make-up and hair styling to look her best as she was. They tried to help her love herself.
Magazines, etc. are often guilty of airbrushing faces and using photo tools to shrink waistlines, etc. to produce a perfect and unrealistic look that no woman could achieve. So we have many women hating their imperfect bodies--and women feel this way no matter what they weigh. It seems that lots of women feel "fat."
While we shouldn't over emphasize looks, we do need to help people love their bodies and take care of them. To me weight loss should largely be about treating your body in a healthy way, eating foods that are good for you, and exercising to keep yourself strong.
Then no matter what size you are, dress in a way that makes you happy as well as in a way that fits with your career aspirations, lifestyle, etc. Mostly clothes should be an expression of feeling good about who you are--not hiding who you are. And sometimes make-up, clothing, and hairstyles can help people look in the mirror and see a person they feel good about. Mostly though, the change in self esteem needs to come from within. You have to love yourself. When you are happy and joyful, your face will be radiant and you will be beautiful to those who love you even if you aren't magazine perfect.
Self observation: I've noticed that when my weight is closer to where I want to be I pay more attention to dressing sharply. It's like I feel good about the person I see in the mirror. When I don't like my weight, I shop less because I don't like what I see in the dressing room mirror. We really need to love ourselves no matter what the scale says and enjoy what we wear no matter what.
I want to keep the weight off primarily to be healthy--not to be magazine perfect.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
If you've never watched the "Last Lecture" of Randy Pausch on YouTube, I recommend it. He died a few years ago of cancer but gave a very inspiring last lecture to students, which Oprah had him give again on her show. The lecture was not about his struggle with cancer but was rather about how to achieve your childhood dreams.
How do you achieve your dreams or goals? Randy recommends that you approach life like "Tigger" instead of like "Eeyore." If you are familiar with these characters, you know that Eeyore takes a pessimistic and gloomy view of life. When you are thinking like Eeyore, it's hard to break down barriers or walls that are in your way. Tigger, in contrast, is cheerful and has confidence in himself. And with all that bouncing that he does, Tigger must be physically fit.
We all have days when we feel like Eeyore. For me, it's sometimes tough when I hit a plateau. However, I hope to think like Tigger on most days. Tigger bounces back. I like his exuberance and joy for life.
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