Wednesday, November 24, 2010
While I have my personal version of The Slowest Loser going -- now that I'm over four years into the weight loss process -- I like that Iíve made a commitment to losing weight over the long haul, taking as many as five or ten years to ultimately reach my one hundred pound goal.
I like to think that occasionally, I simply choose to go into maintenance mode to verify that maintenance is something I can handle throughout my life. From the University of Hard Knocks, I know this will be challenging, as I still continue to have a relatively unhealthy love for food. Learning how to control that love will be essential.
In striving to remain positive, I hope to journal further by developing a few reasons why losing slowly has been beneficial to me.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
While traveling can be stressful or anxiety producing in its own right (packing at the last minute, restlessness the night before, etc), I try to make room for at least 90 minutes between major connections for quality walking time, making sure I work in 10-minute units before taking a shopping, rest, or food break.
Iím fortunate in that I have the means to do what most would consider a waste of a day to travel. I recognize that many working people do not have that option in a society where every day of vacation is precious. But at the same time, the travel cost savings go up big time and I am often able to dovetail while making great progress on the current prayer shawl I am knitting.
7:15 am: Walk about five icy blocks to the nearest bus stop. Thanks, SparkPeople, for strength training exercises that improve my core balance!
7:30 am: City bus to neighboring city with transfer to college for breakfast.
10:30 am: Bus where four hours, one wicked ice storm and two wonderful DVDís later, I arrived at the airport only 15 minutes later than planned.
2:45 Ė 7:10 pm: Walk and shop at the airport where I enjoyed a McDonaldís cone (150 calories), Subway sandwich (310 calories), and am now the happy owner of three lovely pieces of jewelry (seemingly priceless).
7:15 pm: A much-needed one-hour nap on the plane before the beverage cart came around. Then I happily anticipated trying the new and temporarily free WiFi on Delta. Good thing I didnít depend on it for my entire addiction to getting lots of SparkPeople points, as the speed was only fair, and after about 90 minutes and a second login, I lost my connection due to a ďfullĒ internet while in a Facebook chat with a long-time Napali friend I hadnít heard from in some time -- fortunately we had nearly completed our conversation.
11:30 pm: Arrived at my warm destination where my partner was ready for my call while recently arriving in the cell phone lot.
1:00 pm: Said night, night to a long day. While I missed my normal bedtime (am in Week Four of the SparkPeople Sleep Challenge), thanks to the luxury of retirement and a less scheduled life, I truly enjoyed the lap of luxury in that I slept a whopping 10.5 hours with only one ten-minute awake time at about 8 am. Apparently I needed the rest and while I typically only remember dreaming once a year, if Iím lucky, I must has gotten some quality REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, as I woke up today to a wonderful dream where I found my application to travel to Asia approved by the Graduate Council at UW-Superior (my place of retirement). What a lovely dream! Even after breakfast and starting the coffee maker, I fell asleep for another hour --now where that additional sleep time came from is beyond me.
Television, Internet, 15 minutes in the sun, and being a lounge lizard in my Sri Lankan caftan and new jewelry is a wonderful day of pure rest and relaxation. Thanks to my SparkPeople friends for making observation to passing yet one more SparkPeople Fitness Minutes milestone. Life is beautiful and as an American, I am truly privileged and blessed with more than I need.
May you be richly blessed this week. How to you handle travel days?
Friday, November 05, 2010
While we learn to eat a well balanced selection of foods, let's hope we can find our needed sugars from the more natural (vs refined) sugars available. Here's the article I read today. Any thoughts?
Your Brain on Food
How chemicals control your thoughts and feelings.
by Gary Wenk, Ph. D
How coffee and donuts enhance memory
Donuts and coffee, they're what your brain wants
Published on October 11, 2010
Sometimes, what our brain wants is not always good for our bodies. Donuts are a good example. It is early morning and you're driving to work after a nice breakfast of black coffee and two eggs, easy-over, with bacon. Yet, you're still hungry and having difficulty paying attention to the traffic. Why? Your brain is not cooperating because it is not satisfied with that breakfast because it lacked one critical ingredient that your brain urgently needs, sugar . . . .
In compliance with SparkPeople's policy to not post articles or copyrighted material in its entirety, you can find the complete article at http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-b
Monday, August 23, 2010
I was on the topic of my weight loss and how I was finally beginning to feel better about the effectiveness of food tracking over a 6-day period. In the process, I said to my friend (and relation) that I was happy to no longer be morbidly obese. And with my last BMI check just under 30, I was more in the "overweight" bracket versus the "obese" one. Nevertheless, I'm still fat. Then I said the cruel truth, that "we're both fat." Her immediate response was one of shock, whereas I immediately followed by a sorry and second sorry for revealing what I felt was a truth. She was in disbelief (backing up words from her medical doctor that she was doing well) and hurt. I pray that this may lead to one of those "ah hah" moments that results in both of us making healthier food decisions.
Even with an apology for how this made her feel, I cannot negate how I feel or think at any given moment, so you can see that I tend to opt for the truth. How about you?
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The following material is for HealthyBarb:
Weíve had a heat wave here in the Twin Ports (Duluth MN, Superior WI) so we may not need those virtual snowshoes I picked up for us for your January visit. Iím also glad that our days are beginning to have a little more light. WooHoo! Hereís our itinerary for the day, and Iíll send you some photos of the places weíll visit . . . weíll keep the snowshoes in the back just in case we need them.
8:00 AM Lefse breakfast wrap and your favorite relatively non-calorie beverage at the Scandinavian cafť Takk For Maten in downtown Duluth. Here we jabber so long about our Spark Experiences, weíre here for nearly two hours! WooHoo! Who knew we had so much in common!
On the way to Duluth, we passed Barker's Island where the SS Meteor is docked then went over the blatnik bridge one of three bridges crossing the St Louis Bay (into Lake Superior) from Superior to Duluth:
[insert photo Takk For Maten]
10:00 AM Head up Lake Superior Northshore to visit Split Rock Light House (70- minute drive time, 20 minute prep time, 45 minute hike (and photo shoot) and 45 minute picnic and conversation).
[insert photo Brighton Beach just outside Duluth along our northshore "scenic" route that we so enjoyed! This is an incredible place to read or meditate in nature with the rolling waves of Lake Superior (sometimes quite violent)]
11:00 AM Weíll light the fire at the picnic Shelter at Split Rock, where Iíll place our slow cookers on heat for our picnic feast of hot lentils and curries awaiting us as we return to the fire-warmed shelter by Noon. The smells are divine!
[insert photo Shelter and Split Rock Light House]
1:00 PM Visit Gooseberry Falls (just five minutes south of Split Rock) where we walk to two beautiful waterfalls in about 35 minutes.
[insert photo Gooseberry Falls]
2:30 PM Stop at the working Taconite Loading dock of Two harbors where we also see the tugboat Edna along the lakefront.
3:30 PM Visit Little and Big Manitou Falls at Pattison Falls (Wisconsin State Park about 12 miles south of Superior. Itís here we have 4 pm tea (light hot milk tea with __ your favorite snack freggie.]
4:45 PM Visit our last set of two waterfalls at Amnicon Falls, a Wisconsin State Park just 12 miles east of Superior (thereís a shortcut from Pattison).
5:30 PM If you can stick around, we can visit the Chinese Buffet where we can place a bigger emphasis on being freggie-holics when we make great choices (albeit, a lot too salty).
Iíve just shown you four or my favorite places in our beautiful northland! Whether accessible by snowshoes, hiking boots, or simple sandals or walking shoes (in the summertime), are incredibly awesome!
I've since visited Split Rock Lighthouse and Gooseberry Falls so all the photos above are pictures I've taken. Use as you like.
Friday, September 04, 2009
I'm motivated by other positive people. SparkPeople is a great resource for finding the most positive pe0ple I know. Do you have a favorite activity, visual, scent, or word(s) that help you stay 0n track towards that healthier lifestyle you've come to know? If so, please share. Thanks!
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Paradise is Calling!
I am so lovin' my home away from home today! $20 at the farmerís market today brought me a taste of freggies heaven: 4.5 lbs tomatoes, 1 lb green beans, potatoes (Idaho, red, and sweet), 2 bunches of asparagus, 3 red sweet peppers, 6 medium zucchini, 9 oz fresh bean sprouts and a small to medium sized watermelon.
One free parking spot also provides me a delightful waterfront walk along the Caloosahatchee River . . . just a few miles up from the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico. This water girl and freggies queen truly is feeling heavenly today.
The snow in my northland home cannot leave soon enough, as weíre been in yet another winter storm watch. Yikes! This is how I left the DLH Airport (the old terminal has been raised for removal):
Don't get me wrong, I love all four seasons, but I can also appreciate the paradise my newly met SparkFriends (FloridaSun and ZellaZM below) live in and Birthday Bear (BevieAnn) enjoys while visiting Hawaii.
May you find joy in this day and every day. What is bringing you great joy these days?
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