Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I have been using a very warm pool at the complex down the road from our place: it is so warm it is like swimming in the bath. Using this pool has meant that I can never tell myself I don't feel like a swim because it will be too cold, it is never too cold and there is no frisson of entering the water. The pool is used for hydrotherapy and it is only chest high along its entire length. All sorts of people use it for gentle exercise, many people who are very physically compromised. There is a trio of middle aged women who always stand in the same place, right in the middle of the pool, and they talk for the entire hour that the pool is open to the public. One of them uses foam weights: the others just stand and chat, in the warm pool, in their togs. The rest of us process up and down the length of the pool, steering around each other.
Time was when this would have driven me mad with frustration, but this pool is what it is and I must enjoy it for what it is. I walk up and down, I do a few lengths sTepping sideways, I play all sorts of different ways of making progress with a noodle (great core exercise) I walk with foam weights. I stand at the end of the pool and do jumping jacks, run on the spot with different arm movements to get my heart rate up, do high kicks and touch my heels behind me. This stirs up the water and it splashes and sloshes against the back of the pool and probably is annoying for some of the other denizens of the warm pool, but I persist. I make that warm pool work for me.
Today I took an extra 15 minutes when everyone was gone and I tried on my new goggles and swam lengths in the warm warm pool, empty now of people.
I can feel that it is nearly time to follow my warm pool time with a swim in the big colder pool, the one that is heated but not nearly warm. I swim there on Thursday nights. But it is more like medicine. Maybe with earplugs?
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Yesterday was a lovely day, ideal for gardening but I spent it very quietly after a big night out on Friday night. We got home after two, which is quite a stretch for us these days. It was a fun night, and I don't regret it, but my gardening plans went right out the window. Luckily it all looks as lush as can be, gardens can forgive a bit of neglect.
On the subject of neglect, although Saturday Zumba didn't happen, I had made sure to get in 3 cardio sessions last week.
Friday didn't derail my weight loss so I am feeling just a bit pleased with myself. Fingers crossed that steady loss will continue for a good long stretch.
I'm not following the Spark diet, but am tracking and otherwise being pretty diligent about the SP approach, treating all the Sparkers out there as my coaches, and whaddyaknow, It is true, SP works!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Starting to make use of the SP nutrition tracker a bit more than before. I've been tracking lots of days, but not really planning my meals as I should. I figure if I get a little routine goinging it will make it easier to fit in more stuff in the day.
I wish the tracker wasn't so cluncky to use, but it gets me where I want to go eventually. Have been loading a few favorites and groupings to make life easier for myself. It takes quite a while, though! More of an effort because we use a metric system here in NZ, plus, my oh my where do all these strange foods come from? Are they REALLY foods? And...how come it is so hard to find fresh fruit and vegetables on the tracker? Or simple meats and other protein sources?
Anyway not to worry, this site is great, I can just take what Ineed and leave the rest, and that is a good thing.
Going home from work and it feels good to be thinking "What of all the delicious healthy choices waiting for me in the fridge will be my pleasure tonight?"
Compared to getting home and standing looking in the fridge with not a thought in my head.
Maybe preparing healthy food can be fun again like it used to be. I did get worn down by years of cooking for a family , and constantly being the one to have to manage the kitchen. Now I am being far more whimsical and beginning to cook what I want, and if I don't feel like eating, I don't prepare a meal. (Naughty Fifi. DH just has to fit in.)
Any thoughts or suggestions for me on planning menus etc?
Oooh, maybe we could get together and have a menu club, and share the effort of deciding what to cook? I suppose there is already a team for that? Or a recipe book. Oh, we could start a shared recipe book. It could be arranged by seasons. 52 weeks of menus. What do you think?
Anyway I'm off home now.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Awake early and I plan to go back to sleep but sparking for 25 points as is my habit since I joined Sparkpeople. Anyway I found the low gravity spot in my bathroom and weighed myself
I lost a kilo since last week! Yay me!
Sparkies, it was easy!
Tracking and thinking about my food and aquacise and Zumba and remembering to stop drinking when I had that first glass of wine. I even thought last night about whether to have more to eat and checked my nutrition tracker to see where there was some leeway.
I've taken a round about route to getting healthier and weight loss is just a part of that- and a very big part, and I am feeling now I am on my way.
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