Friday, September 03, 2010
I discovered podcasts that I can download onto my iPhone or iPod. I have found quite a few that are about health, nutrition, exercise, etc. and are, most importantly, free! One of the ones I listen to is Fat 2 Fit (sorry, can't remember the people who host it).
There big theory/belief/push is that it is very important to determine what calorie intake would have you maintaining at your goal weight. Hmmm....if I eat enough food to maintain my goal weight, I will lose weight and continue to do so until I meet my goal. As I get closer to goal, the weight will come off more slowly. Okay. That makes sense to me.
In fact, before I started listening to this podcast, I had just increased my calorie range on Spark from 1200 - 1440 to 1400 - 1750. And as soon as I did that, I started losing weight. I had been plateaued for quite some time. Wait! I'm eating more food AND losing weight? No, I did not increase my exercise. My theory is that my food intake was just a little too low and my body was seriously considering switching to survival mode...if it hadn't already! LOL!
So, maybe there is something to this theory. All I can say is that I like it! I can fit in a less healthy snack, not feel deprived or guilty, and STILL lose weight. Sounds like I'm a winner, winner, winner! LOL!
I just rechecked the BMR calculation that they have on their site. Based on my activity level, I could/should be eating closer to 2000 calories per day. Does that mean I can eat even more food? Dare I?
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Today I met my dad and his new wife (okay, so they've been married for over ten years. She's still new to me! LOL!), my brother, his wife and their two kids at a state park a little over an hour from where I live. It is also an hour from where they live, but in the opposite direction. Nice halfway point for us all.
Anyway, as we were heading into one of the centers, I saw my dad hold the door open for his wife. Sweet, right? There was a second door. She stepped to the side and waited for someone else to open the door. Okay, whatever. When it was time to leave, we all started gathering up our chairs. My dad had two or three chairs out and I had three. Each of my kids got one and I got one. One, two, three, done! My dad was putting one back in it's case and I saw another chair still sitting on the grass. His wife (not my stepmother - long story) was just standing there. She continued to stand there while Dad put away all the chairs.
Tonight, after DH and I had eaten dinner, I grabbed the bag that had our leftovers...even though it was closer to him. Made me start thinking about "things." We each have our own thing. When DH and I eat at a restaurant, I carry leftovers. I don't know why, I just do. When I go grocery shopping, he carries in the big heavy tub (if he's home). I can carry in the tub. he can carry leftovers. We just don't. Obviously, my dad and his wife have their things. She doesn't open doors or put away chairs. And it works for them. I'll have to just let that go. Deep breath.....and moving on.
So, what other things do I have? Glad you asked. Here's a list.
I don't do dishes - usually. There are a few I will do or I will wash dishes if I need something for dinner. But I complain about it very loudly! LOL!
I feed the dogs in the morning.
I don't take out the trash. That's what kids are for.
I trim the lawn before mowing (yes, before! It doesn't look right if you don't do it or do it after.) I like the way the lawn looks if it's been trimmed first and I like enough that I will do the work to get the look.
I don't leave trash, pop cans, etc. in my truck. It is NOT a trash can!
I fold my towel into thirds after every shower (and when I'm putting them away) before I hang it up.
I use the same water bottle for every workout. Always.
Okay, that's enough excitement for tonight! LOL!
Do you have a thing? Do you and your SO have definitive things you do (or don't) do? Am I the only one?
Friday, August 27, 2010
After I finished my workout and my iPod finished playing the play list (I don't have it on repeat), I heard the song "Live Like You're Dying." At least I think that was the name of the song. Sorry, don't know who sang it. The main theme of the song was to (I know, big surprise) live as though you were dying.
We've all heard these songs. The lyrics help to remind you to celebrate what is good in your life. Appreciate what you have. Stop, smell the roses, enjoy the journey, all that good stuff!
This might surprise some of you, but my mind took that thought in a different direction. (I know! I'm shocked too! LOL!) Live like you're dying, huh? What would I do differently? Let's see...I would work out less. Why? Because I work out to be healthy. To live longer. If I'm dying, what's the point? And why would I want to spend my time sweating and smelling up the joint (and trust me, I was smelling up the joint! Pee-ew!)
I would not go to work. I like the people I work with, but I don't want to spend my last days in an over-air-conditioned cubicle writing documents and replying to e-mails. That could present issues to my family, huh? They've gotten used to having a roof over their heads, food in their bellies and some of the other "luxuries" my working has provided.
I would eat more food and more unhealthy food. I'd still eat broccoli because I like broccoli. BUT, I would also eat more burgers and fries and fry sauce and steak with mushrooms and lobster with butter and peanut butter and peanut butter cookies and M&M pretzels and...well, you get the idea. Dang! I'm hungry now!
I'd probably drive faster too.
So, living like I'm dying might not be the best idea for me. However, I do get the point. So, tomorrow, while the kids and I are at the fair, I will enjoy myself! I will have a corn dog and savor every bite. I will watch my kids ride some rides and revel in their joy. I will watch people and appreciate the weather and the day and the freedom to take a day off from work. But I won't drive toooooo fast! LOL!
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