Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Hoping you are all having a beautiful day !
It's a lovely day here in Akron. Temps and humidity are down and I am ready for a full day of activity. I am not a happy camper in the summer, when the mercury climbs. It is one of the things I am looking forward to....not having as much body insulation and being able to dress for the weather instead of covering up out of embarrassment.
We don't have air conditioning in our cars (died years ago) or our house (except for the bedroom when it gets too hot to sleep), so finding ways to stay cool occupies much of my day. I think I can make better use of my time....
Here's to dropping the weight so summer becomes my friend instead of my enemy
Friday, June 13, 2014
Having a daughter who has anorexia, I am hypersensitive when faced with a new nutritional concept. I tend to research and consult the experts before trying anything new. Here is one I will pass along......
As I am an emotional binge-eater, I am very attached to my after-dinner stress eating routine. I have tried many things to change this behavior with no success. A recent piece of advice from an eating disorder expert seems to be making a difference. Don't change when you eat, change what you eat. Apparently, studies have shown that if you eat protein (nuts, cheese etc) during those emotional eating times, it cuts into the cycle of binge eating and significantly eliminates the cravings that keep you eating. I have replaced the chips etc with salted cashews. I have noticed that, more often than not, I feel satisfied enough to not continue eating after 1-2 oz of nuts. If I am still craving a sweet thing after that, I have tried a protein bar (The Zone bars do the trick for me )
I would be interested to know if this has worked for anyone else..........
Friday, June 06, 2014
Endorphins are a beautiful thing! These are the little critters that start pumping through your blood vessels every time you exercise vigorously. I like to call them "brain candy". They lift your mood and give you a sense of well-being. Having suffered from anxiety and depression for years, I have started to pay more attention to how much better I feel after even just 20 minutes of aerobic exercise. My whole day seems to go better.
However, being human, I make excuses as to why I don't have the time to exercise. Actually, I can always find at least 20 minutes in my day for exercise. I can walk out my door or find a low impact aerobics video on YouTube. My new motto? Exercise done for any amount of time regularly blesses your body
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
It just occurred to me this morning, that my food tracking was a little "off". In other words, I was not being completely honest with myself about all those additional bites and extra helpings that were sneaking into my mouth. I have been estimating my portions, mostly because eating disorders run in my family (or rather gallop!) and I am trying to avoid the traps that presents. So, I have gone back a few days and reentered some items and....WOW! No wonder it seems that my scale is stuck on one number.
Time for adjustment to my honesty. It is rather sad that I am lying to myself. We can be our own worst enemy at times....
Monday, May 12, 2014
Hi all! Back to SparkPeople after a year long hiatus. I have been through this cycle before; making a new start, eventually being faced with some crisis in my life and then giving up on trying to have a healthy lifestyle, starting again...etc.
What will be different this time? My perfectionism. It has always been there...standing in my way, judging me, discouraging me.
The truth? Life is not perfect, I am not perfect, but my Father in heaven is perfect and He is all about second (and third, fourth....) chances. It is time that I stop being harder on myself than God is. Hence, a new day, a new challenge and a new, imperfect me...one day at a time
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