Monday, October 26, 2009
I'm going through a rough patch in my life; incredibly busy and stressful. However, I actually find that eating well and making the effort to exercise helps me to stress less, so I'm making an effort to track my food this week, and try to make it to the gym three times this week. I haven't exercised in ages! Halloween's on Friday; too soon to drop and weight, really, but I can definitely make sure I'm bloat-free by avoiding salt for a couple of days. Such is my plan.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
DailySpark recently had an article about subtle ways to promote health. It basically lists little changes you can feel good about, knowing they are making a difference.The article is called "10 Sneaky ways to get fit and healthy without really trying" : tinyurl.com/y8du66x
I get what the author of the article is trying to say. It's not hard to do those things. I also get the implicit reference to "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." It's a musical, and possibly a book. The musical, anyway, is pretty overlong and underfunny, but I digress.
Still, I think it's misleading say that those things can be done without really trying, or sneakily (who are we sneaking these things past, I wonder?). They require no effort once they are habit, but the reason why they are such boons is because they aren't our habits already. Therefore, you have to put in effort to make them habits.
For example, look at my last blog post. I'm going to make it a habit to have good posture when I'm sitting at my desk. But it's going to be hard for me. While writing this blog post, I caught myself slouching twice. I'm going to have to really try if it's going to happen. (Thanks, by the way, for for the helpful responses I've received to that last post. Please keep them coming if you have any more suggestions or links.)
If you're gunning for a healthy lifestyle nowadays, the odds are stacked against you. If you run on autopilot, taking norms as they come to you, you're going to be overweight. That's why most Americans are. Modifying your autopilot takes effort. Which is why I say, in the healthy lifestyle game, nothing but nothing comes without initial thought and effort.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
My back has been hurting a lot this week. I sit at a desk all day, and I have bad posture. I find that when I pose in good posture, it hurts less. But I sink back into the slump that is my custom within five minutes of striking a posture. I have to think about my work, not my posture. And having good posture is something that , for me, requires conscious thought.
I have heard that strengthening your core helps with back pain, as does stretching. I'm going to do a bit of research into both of those areas on sparkpeople and elsewhere, and see what kind of a plan I can come up with. We'll see. I really want my back to be hurting less on Saturday, because I'll be taking a standardized test and I don't want distractions.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
My roommate has a brand new (or so it seems to me) scale. It's digital, unlike any I've ever owned. It has bright red numbers. It does half-pounds. It seems to tune out the white noise of reasonably light cotton clothing. In short, it's kind of a beast.
I hop on it once every two days or so. I can't resist. It's just so exciting. Sometimes I'm a bit horrified. At random, my weight will appear to be three pounds higher than what I know it to be. Sometimes an apparent lost pound is rather suspicious. But it still feels nice to see, despite my reasoned skepticism.
As long as you're able to put what the scale reads into perspective, I think that daily or every other daily weighing can be useful in so far as you see your progress and you can stop problems in their tracks.
When you weigh yourself often, it kind of feels funny asserting an "official" weigh-in result or a "actual" weight. Because, at least when you're losing, it's never actually stable, truly. But I think that promotes a healthy way of thinking about weight; your weight's not this be-all-end-all, absolute number. What's on my ticker is what I've gleaned from a trend.
It feeds into healthy ways of thinking about nutrition and exercise. You are not synonomous with the amount you exercised today, or ate today. What's real is the trends you create.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I shop at Whole Foods. I'm a vegetarian, and I prefer local and organic when I can swing it. It's tastier and healthier, and at Whole Foods, it's also affordable. If you buy the generic brands and what's on sale, of course, but that's also how shopping at regular grocery stores becomes affordable.
I have a pretty long workday so I pack a sandwich, a fruit, and a bar, which I eat at different times during the day. The bars I currently go for are Clif bars. I'm thinking of switching to Larabar because they have fewer calories. Clif bars aren't as satisfying as their calorie count makes them out to be. They're as satisfying as a 200 calorie bar, and they have 250 calories. Might make the switch next week. I've already bought my Clif bars for this week. Why Lara as the counter? Well, it's the other bar that's 99 cents at Whole Foods, of course.
Just a general status report, btws. I've been steadily dropping weight over the past three months, just eating well and walking around a lot. Today, I weighed in at 126! I don't update my tracker every day, though, just twice a week. It's crazy to be this close to maintaining; my goal range is 120-125. I don't really do cardio that ups my heartrate. I also don't do strength. Both those things need to change. I want to learn yoga, too, and become good at stretching. I'm here to basically to help myself be well; make smart decisions that will stick with me in the long term.
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