Thursday, January 02, 2014
I'm going to feel better about inhabiting my body. I'm embarking on a good health, good skin, and feel good change.
As a result of these changes, I anticipate that I'm going to gently step away from the extra weight that I allowed to creep up on me. My goal is to have lost 12 pounds by my 55th birthday in April (which is a gentle rate of not even one pound per week). I would still be above the top of my healthy BMI range but that's okay.
I want to lose the weight VERY slowly because at this age, my skin is not as flexible as it used to be and weight loss shows up in an unattractive way on my face. Call me vain, but this world is not kind to old folks and is particularly not kind to older women. I'd like to preserve at least a little of what I have left. (The picture I have posted is from a year and a half ago and I am considerably greyer since then. Will post new shortly.)
So: YES to eating healthy, whole foods! My list is below.
And: YES to continuing my existing exercise of doing trance dance as often as possible (there is one regular dance and one every-other-week dance). YES to taking walks on non-dance days. And -- if it's too cold out (it's minus 1 F right now) I will dance inside for 30 minutes. Managing my wood supply (chopping, stacking) also counts. :)
YES to adding one yoga, pilates, or martial arts class during the week. And YES to doing my home strength and stretch program at least five days per week.
And: YES to meditating at least ten minutes every day. That means going to bed by 11 p.m. AT THE LATEST, which means getting ready for bed by 10:15.
And: YES to keeping my living space more tidy, which means saying YES to stepping away from the computer more often. YES to making a more detailed weekly calendar so that I can allocate my time wisely!
And: YES to looking ahead to my very busy schedule that starts at the end of January and planning for ways to saying YES to staying on track, including using the crock pot.
Eggs, sardines, Salmon (as I can afford it), organic chicken (as long as it lasts in the freezer,) tempeh and beans, organic beef (as long as it lasts)
Berries – freely (as long as they hold out in the freezer)
Citrus and apples -- in moderation
Leafy greens, broccoli and cauliflower -- freely
Beets and cooked carrots
Potatoes and celeriac in moderation.
Whole oats in moderation
Green and black tea and plenty of my medicinal herb teas.
Cacao nibs, chia seeds, unsweetened coconut (in moderation)
Walnuts & almonds & brazil nuts (limited quantities)
Red Wine in moderation
Raw Fermented milk products -- moderately
Off limits: Bread and flour, Sugar and sweeteners
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
It's too late tonight to write a blog, but I'm going to do it anyway.
I've been too busy and too stressed out to focus on eating and exercise...at least that's what I've been telling myself.
I taught four classes this fall at two different colleges, and all of them had some particular challenges (one was at a new college, one was taken on at the last minute, one was new to me, etc.). And this spring, I'm teaching four classes again...with some particular challenges, including having taken on a couple of research projects.
And -- I mentioned last fall that I was diagnosed with an autoimmune skin issue that I've been working on healing.
I've been making progress on healing...but I'm not all the way there. I have a doctor appointment AND a birthday coming up in one month. I'd like to have good news...and be feeling better in my body by then.
And in the meantime since last fall, I've gained weight. Not good. I'm officially back in "overweight" territory and I'm feeling uncomfortable in a lot of my clothes.
Food choices and activity will make a difference in my healing, I believe. And food choices and activity will certainly make a difference in helping me get my weight down to where I feel better.
Why not start now? Busy, not busy? It will always be so. Anxious? Sad? Happy? Feelings come and go. I can find other ways to soothe myself.
Too Busy to cook? Keep apples and carrots and yogurt around for a quick meal in case I don't have time to cook.
Stressed? Same: Apples and carrots have a nice crunch and a sweet taste!
Stressed? Make exercise and meditation a priority. Go to bed on time. Take a nap when you can.
None of this is new. I have a new twist on that old saying: Fall down 100 times, get up 101...or as many times as it takes.
I'm too busy to focus on healthy eating and exercise, but I'm going to do it anyway.
Be well, everyone.
Saturday, December 08, 2012
I'm reaping the karma of allowing myself to fall into poor eating choices.
And the problem is that even though I don't want to keep gaining weight...I also don't seem to want to stop making the choices I've been making.
I realized that I need to remember what it feels like to be successful -- what those choices feel like every day. I have been successful in the past -- and I want to reorient myself to that stance so I can find it again! Here are some things that I am recalling I can do, be, think, or act upon that lead to a healthy mind and body.
(I was diagnosed with a benign ovarian cyst, plus a women's skin ailment that might be hormonal and might be auto-immune and might be...who knows. Anyway: I'm watching the cyst, and am taking an alternative path (not western, at least not not now) to help facilitate healing. However: I have been emotionally freaked out about it -- and that has lead to some VERY poor eating and exercise choices...especially coupled with my insanely busy fall work wise.)
So: I'm ready to pull up out of this downward spiral!
Here's a list in a little bit of random order:
~Making an assumption that I'm going to eat well.
~Stopping a moment to say "What COULD I eat that would be healthy?" when the urge arises to eat poorly.
~Planning ahead. Actually choosing the "plan ahead" food.
~Remembering that food serves many purposes -- social, emotional, physical -- and that accommodating all those purposes will be wise.
~Get enough social time with people I care about and who care about me so that I don't fall prey to "poor me" thinking.
~Realize how quickly food affects the body...in both good and bad ways. My neighbor pointed out to me that when you take a vitamin your urine turns very yellow (B vitamins) right away...and when you eat asparagus, that "funny smell" happens very rapidly. It's wise to choose healthfully!
~Being loving to myself...this is super tough, but when I eat and exercise better, I start to feel better about myself. The trick is to PULL UP and out of the downward spiral, even when I'm feeling bad about myself.
Getting enough sleep -- I blogged about this before, and just reminded myself that a full eight hours is GOOD!
~Drinking enough water -- For me it will be herbal teas because that's one of the ways I'm working on re-setting my body to cure this ailment. (Note to self: Less coffee and more tea!)
State of mind:
Ironically, both being present -- and also having some distance from -- the NOW is useful
Type of food:
And -- the type of diet I should be choosing is anti-inflammatory, which means, basically WHOLE food!
Be well, everyone.
Sorry for the non-edited version of this blog. As Mark Twain once famously did not say, "I didn't have time to write a shorter letter."
Saturday, July 21, 2012
"Research has already shown that people who sleep less than seven hours a night tend to have a higher body mass index (BMI) than people who get more sleep. The biological mechanisms linking sleep deprivation and weight gain are numerous."
Thursday, July 19, 2012
I am feeling discouraged...and feeling guilty for being discouraged, which makes it worse, of course.
The broken toe has morphed into some other kind of compensatory injury that has caused my left lower leg to swell up a bit and feel like I have a mighty bad case of shin splints. That, of course, makes walking difficult. And lack of exercise leads to feeling worse, and feeling worse leads to overeating.
I'm discovering is that the gremlin of overeating is never far from me.
Here's when I get triggered:
* Off my normal schedule
* Lack of exercise
* Going to any shop that has any kind of trigger food (yes, that is practically all of them)
* When people around me are making choices that, who knows, might be good for them but are not good for me.
* When I have not planned for tricky situations.
* When I have given up.
So, you see, there are triggers practically everywhere! Damn! There is a thicket and a swamp and a mountain to climb and any other metaphor you want to use.
But: Let me not stop there with simply feeling sorry for myself.
I've been through this thought process before, but clearly I need to do it again. In other people, clearly, those situations and emotions don't trigger a run for the sugar bowl. In me, it does.
Well, I have clearly learned how to use food to damp down, anaethestitize and deaden, feelings that I don't want to be having.
My yoga teacher yesterday asked me how long the effects of poor eating lasted...and since she is a new teacher to me, and I was busy "building face" instead of being honest...I told her that I knew all about my patterns and that it wasn't a problem of knowledge but of action.
I don't think that's actually true.
So, I will think and feel more honestly now.
The effect of overeating is indeed that I feel a release of tension.
But that's not all. When I overeat I feel slow, tired, stupid, and disconnected. The effects last for days, frankly. And -- since overeat regularly -- I am clearly spending a good part of my life in a less than optimal state.
When I am on the path and eating well, I am more attuned to the world around me and that can be a wonderful thing.
The key, I think, will be to find ways to be attuned to the world *AS IT IS* and find ways to bring myself comfort and resilience in ways that don't involve overeating.
I don't know yet, how to do that -- how to stay gently and solidly placed in the now.
I'm going to find out, though, and I'm going to start by doing some researching on the spiritual dimensions of overeating.
In the meantime, I'm having a cup of tea.
Be well, everyone.
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