Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Over time, I've learned to be patient with plateaus, but I scrutinize my habits to see if there is anything I do which I could change which could help me move down to the next level.
My patience comes from thoughts like these: "So what you haven't lost weight! Look what you've accomplished! Besides, what are your choices...get mad, throw it all out the window and give into the old trigger foods once again? No WAY! You've worked too hard to build your healthy lifestyle and even if you never lose another pound, you are accomplishing a tremendous amount by simply maintaining your progress! You can actually feel the bones and muscle under your skin! Woo Hoo!"
I blew through my last plateau (I'm in another one now...3 weeks same weight) by realizing that although peanuts, sunflower seeds and nuts are healthy foods, I was snacking too much on them while driving. So I gave them up for a while. Additionally, I had opportunities to add a bit to my workouts...both in terms of amount of time and variety...switching over to elliptical while traveling.
Before I knew it, I dropped from 235 to 230. Now I'm holding again. We'll see how long. If I get impatient enough, I'm sure I'll find a way to kick it further down yet again.
One strategy I've been forestalling BIGTIME, which is a true disservice to my efforts from all we're hearing about recent research showing how beneficial a food log is...I don't measure my foods, and I don't log my foods. I rebel against this for some reason. I take pride in developing an intuitive sense of what I should or shouldn't eat. But I realize too that the day may soon arrive when I have to tackle portions and logging if I want to proceed to lower weight levels. We'll see if I'm stubborn enough to do it without resorting to such measures...lol!
Monday, July 14, 2008
I had been down on myself for having broken a 13 day cardio streak yesterday...could come up with lots of excuses, but I truly COULD have done my cardio if I had pushed myself. Earlier on, I had hoped to go biking instead of using the treadmill, then Mother Nature kicked in with stormy weather and by then it just seemed like somebody pulled the plug from me... Next time I'll know to just get it done, out of the way, and THEN if I can bike TOO, it'll be all that much better a day!
BUT am back in the saddle again today, up and at 'em, treadmill done first thing this morning!
Then after work I had the pleasure of taking the car in to have a new headlight replaced...woo hoo!
So what, you ask? Cuz our local walking / biking trail is just on the other side of the shopping plaza where I left the car so I could work in an extra hour of walking while they worked on the car! :-)
PLUS, I figured out what I needed to do in order to get my bicycle to fit into the extended trunk of my Ford Taurus: have to lower the bicycle seat. A bit of an irritation to have to do this and keep the pliers in the car, but I think the convenience of having my bike handy for those moments when I'm inspired either on lunch break or after work will be well worth it!
It's important to me to make it HIGHLY convenient to fall into workout opportunities...so we'll see how well this pays off! I'm enjoying biking SO much more this year...looking forward to having an alternative cardio outlet!
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
For those of you resonated with the lyrics of "Alive In The World": SEE THIS MOVIE!!!
Watch this stuffed shirt college professor who is among the "living dead" (for very legitimate reasons, but nonetheless admits to himself that he isn't really living his life) gradually thaw and find his heart once again.
I found this movie to be so enthralling! I cannot recommend it highly enough!!
Links for more info:
If anyone else has seen it, has any thoughts about this movie, post away below!
Monday, July 07, 2008
It all began yesterday when my wife planned an outing...to visit an online friend who was coming to town for an overnight while en route to another place. As they talk a lot about crafting, etc...i.e. not the most stimulating conversation for yours truly...lol...I thought, okay...we're already into July and you have YET to get your bicycle out this YEAR!
We have a beautiful park nearby where my wife was going to be visiting, so I resolveed that I would bring my bicycle and go riding while they caught up with each other.
The last time I biked was last fall...and that happened to be the FIRST time I biked since my college days over 20 years ago! That experience was less than pleasurable...I couldn't peddle over even slight hills and when I was done my backside hurt for days. So...I dropped biking from my list of things to do and put the bike away for storage after leaving it stowed in my car to unsuccessfully tempt me into trying it again last year.
However yesterday's ride was a WHOLE DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE! I felt like the former college student of yore who used to zip around Michigan State's forty-some acre campus...the only way to survive! But yet THRIVE as well!
I found myself able to peddle over hills and even the overpass which brings one over our local interstate so I could catch up with my wife.
It felt so WONDERFUL to fly like the wind again!
And THEN, this morning I wake only to find that I am featured on the Motivational SparkPages (go to "Community" then to "SparkPages" and you'll see me there!
I only found out indirectly because new folks, not on my SparkTeams, begain posting oodles of praise on my SparkPage. I began to wonder...what's this all about? Then somebody mentioned my being in the "SparkLight" and piqued my curiosity even MORESO...finally someone was kind enough to get back to me to guide me so I could find out where I was being featured....WOW!
What a feeling!!! Like Christmas in July! :-)
I headed out to my 'mill for a wonderful 45 min. (instead of the usual 35...lol) and my mp3 player was picking some gems!
It wrapped up with Oregon's instrumental ode to fulfilling oneself, titled "Yet To Be" ( www.amazon.com/Oregon-Concert/dp/B00
=1215453176&sr=1-1 ) and finally, Santana's song "Everybody's Everything" ( www.amazon.com/Best-Santana/dp/B0000
215453474&sr=1-8 )...what a BLAST that last song is! I was so pumped I nearly fell off the 'mill boogie-ing along with the band...lol!
Thank you, thank you everyone for your praise and pats-on-the-back! I'm not accustomed to basking in the limelight...so I appreciate the opportunity to "exercise" that ability! :-)
Hope everyone had a stupendous Fourth weekend!!
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Saturday one of my aunt's and her partner had invited many family members to their home which is outside Kalamazoo tucked away in a small community and on the edge of a lake.
They have a SunCatcher pontoon-style boat which comfortably seats 10-12 folks or so and has a 115 hp engine which can MOVE when it wants too...my uncle named it the Flying Couch...lol! It sits so comfortably. It even has a stereo system and plays CDs! We were jamming to the tunes and sometimes a quiet one would come along, suitable for the quiet, marshy wetlands we would travel a bit through.
The lake is very sedate with few boats on it and one side is totally undeveloped marshlands. As we puttered through we could see a few families of swans, scores of redwing blackbirds and an occasional beaver bobbing along in the water...one had a lilypad in its mouth.
The weather was made to order! Times of brilliant sunshine, but a nice breeze so it didn't get too hot. Later it rained as we pulled up to the dock (trip #2) and later YET it cleared and was heading for 10 pm as we went out on our last trek as one could still see twilight circling the lake with the slightest glow...magnificent to catch the lake with extended family members, some of whom I hadn't seen in over twenty years!
My only disappointment was not being able to get out on the lake in a kayak. I've never used a kayak and have been REALLY craving the idea of it. My uncle earlier promised me we'd get out together, he in one, me in another...however the rain came along and it just didn't seem right to scoot off together when there was so much catching up to do with various family members. So it never happened. But I'll tell you, it is a MIGHTY strong draw to get back there again...FAR sooner than TWENTY years from now! My aunt welcomed my family and I to come stay with them anytime. Of course 12 1/2 hours travel time and gas prices will certainly slow me down a tad! But I figure this is probably one of the best opportunities I have to nab a kayak and get a chance to see if this is something I'd like to pursue further...i.e. buy one for myself!
All in all it was a very special time. I stuck with my healthy eating for the most part, with my only planned exception being to enjoy a piece of my uncle's home made lasagna. Other than that, passed up on the beer, passed up on the sweets, brought my veggie tray and chowed all day on it.
Hope everyone gets to spend some great times with friends and family in some way this summer!
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