Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Yesterday afternoon, we went to the gym and followed our workout time with a stop for dinner at a nice little restaurant in that town. I had thought about this earlier in the day and was focused on making a fairly good menu choice.
One nice thing about running for me, even if it's a TM run, is that my appetite is blunted and fresh in my mind is the reason I do all this so making healthy choices is generally easier for me.
This little restaurant has a nice menu. We ordered our favorite beverage, diet Sun Drop, and studied the menu. Hmmmmm...so much good stuff to choose from! My decision, a grilled tuna steak sandwich. Not a bad choice at all...of course I had fries with that which is not a great choice but I don't do that often so I won't beat myself up over this and it logged in within my allotment.
This was such a good sandwich!
It made me reflect on how I forget about doing this at home for myself. In fact, I get into a food rut and there are a lot of wonderful options that I forget to have.
Boredom is dangerous.
I need to remember this.
This morning, for some reason I seemed to be dragging. I think it's the bitter cold weather taking a toll. At any rate, when I finally got myself moving, I set out to have some non- boring breakfast.
A whole grain tortilla spread with some light laughing cow garlic herb cheese. A sprinkling of sliced black olives, chopped left over roast turkey breast, sliced grape tomatoes and sliced green onions. Rolled up snugly and cut in half. Served with a clementine.
Very tasty. Non-traditional. Non-boring.
Now to find some other ways to spark things up today.
Fight the boredom!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Since I've been writing holiday letters, I was reminded of something a great old friend of mine used to joke about.
One day at work, my friend said...."It's just not fair! When we were kids, all the women of a certain age were expected to wear those shapeless house dresses or billowy tops with stretch band waists. I was looking forward to the day when I could hide my body in those comfortable, shapeless clothes! Here we are almost to that age and we are supposed to wear clothes that require belts and diets and EXERCISE! It's just NOT fair!" LOL
My friend was joking but as with all comedy, it was based on truth.
Comfort....too much comfort....can definitely be dangerous.
I saw something on either the Doctors or Dr. OZ I think. A trick to avoid over indulging at the holiday parties. A woman suggested wearing a ribbon tied around the waist, under your clothes. When you fill the ribbon becoming a little snug, you have eaten enough. This idea struck me as a little silly at first but I have worn clothing out with friends that I knew wouldn't allow me to get too comfortable so I guess it's not too weird after all. LOL
It is also dangerous to become too comfortable with our healthy habits. Recently my friend Janet commented that it was harder to make sure she got her entire rainbow eating in when traveling but that having more challenge sometimes is a great way to remind us of the need to plan and take care.
Janet has always been one of my smart Sparkfriends.
Planning and taking care whether it is about our eating, or getting our daily fitness is very necessary. If we get too comfortable and think we've got it aced without such care, we can find ourselves slipping up.
So, this holiday season.....this coming new year....every day of our lives......
Don't get too comfortable!
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Oh Boy do we know this when it comes to some of our trigger foods!
I don't believe in totally banning any food so pizza, chocolate and ice cream have had a place in my diet. That being said, you all know that it has to be a matter of portion control and also it can't happen every day!
What we often don't think of is that moderation needs to be practiced in every aspect of our lives. While it's true that it's much harder to over indulge in calories when we eat fruits and vegetables....it can be done! LOL
For me, getting lots of vegetables in my diet has never been a problem but getting enough protein can be an issue. Vegetables aren't great protein sources. DOH
Exercise can be over done too! Not usually a big thing for me I think but then if I'm honest with myself, why did I struggle with Plantar fasciitis and tight IT band issues? Oh yeah, pushing the mileage too fast while neglecting my flexibility. Hmmm....
And then we come to Sparking.
SparkPeople is a VERY good thing! I LOVE going on line in the morning, checking in with my teams, getting a good dose of motivation and educating myself about health and fitness. All good right?
What isn't good is that I very easily get sucked into the cyber vortex and often, I will look up at the clock and see that I have sat far too long with my computer on my lap. OOPS!!
Nuff said. I'm signing off! LOL (But, I know, I'll be back....probably in um minutes?!)
Saturday, December 07, 2013
When we're ill or injured, it is good to take it easy. Maybe pamper ourselves a bit.
The danger lies in beginning to wallow in self pity. (you knew I had to talk about that didn't you?)
It seems there can be a fine line between taking care of ourselves and starting to feel sorry for ourselves.
When a runner can't run for whatever reason, the danger is high.
Oh sure, there are exercises we can do to maintain some of our fitness that don't rely on our injured feet/knees etc or things that don't require pulmonary function that is sub par due to upper respiratory infection. But the child within in us cries...."But I wanna run!" So like a spoiled child we often don't even do the things we can. " If I can't do what I want, I won't do anything!" That's mature! And then lethargy makes us feel even worse. So we spiral downward. Never a good thing! Get ready to send out the invitations to the pity party!
Contrast: Take advice from Jiminy Cricket. "Accentuate the positive- eliminate the negative" This is hard to do sometimes but it can be done.
We know it is important to practice positive self talk. Yesterday there was a therapist on the Dr. Oz show who specializes in sports guidance. She addressed this important fact and reminded the audience that what we think becomes fact in our lives. If we think we can't accomplish something ................but when we tell ourselves, we are strong, we are capable of losing weight, running a distance, lifting a certain weight we open up the possibilities. One of the most difficult things I had to do in my journey here was to learn to look at myself and see what others saw. A sparkfriend had advised me to do a daily exercise of looking at pictures of myself and look for the positives. It wasn't easy at first. I was so used to seeing what I didn't like. But when we force ourselves to find the positives, I soon was seeing the strength of my shoulders, the shape of my runner's calves, all kinds of positives. And you know, by seeing those things I wanted to accentuate them. AHA There it is!
So, apply this to my bad cold which is now getting better but of course the cold weather is adding a complication.
There are things I can't do right now. Ok...what can I do? Jogging inside on my mini tramp is far from running outside but it gives me a good workout. When a coughing fit ensues, the bathroom is right at hand. LOL My indoor environment is controlled. Doing this for 3/4 of an hour makes me happy. Hey, this is a good thing!
Every dangerous behavior has an opposite better choice. Can we make the good choice?
Of course we can! We are strong! We are Sparkers! We can do everything we set our minds to!
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Yesterday when I posted my blog, I knew that it would help to focus my efforts to fight the monster that was possessing me in the wee hours of the night.
I also knew that I would hear from my friends who would gently prod me in the right direction.
That blog post did both things just as expected.
Today, and perhaps in some upcoming days, I thought I should comment on some dangerous behaviors and contrast those behaviors with wiser choices.
The first most obvious dangerous behavior is related to the holiday season. You see, I try to keep only minimal amounts of tempting items in my home. There are things I am able to keep around for my husband that are easier for me to say no to. There are also ways to make some tempting treats less accessible. But the holiday season puts many more temptations before us. The reason I even had those brownie crisps in the house is that they looked so appealing and I told myself they might be very nice to share with company.
Who was I kidding? We never have company at this time of year? LOL
Even Sparkpeople has placed some temptations before me. I have been seeing those holiday cookie recipes. Luckily, most of these have not drawn me in because I know.....that if I were to make these, I would not be able to always keep the serving size appropriate.
It is dangerous for me to have certain things within easy reach. Especially when I am in a weakened state. As one of my friends pointed out, poor sleep can easily derail the best intentions. Another friend reminded me to portion the treats. This can work for some things but for others, I think I need to banish the treats entirely or enlist the help of my husband to place these things out of my reach. LOL
Yes, I am weak! LOL
Last night was better. Very simply because I am feeling a bit better. And also, because you and I reminded me of the dangerous behavior of having temptation so close at hand and the simple better choice of delivering myself from temptation!
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