Monday, November 04, 2013
As I am learning to juggle, occasionally my mind says'I can't do it', but I quickly replace that thought with 'I know if I keep at it, I will learn to juggle. Other people have learned it, how hard can it be?'
And here is the result: after almost NO success, then an occasional catch of one ball, then two balls, then alternating right to left and then left to right: NOW I can juggle 2 balls back and forth.
Tonight for the first time I juggled 3 BALLS from right to left about 5 times in a row. I can only do 1 sequence from left to right at this point.
But I have come from 1 ball dropping on the ground A LOT to now having some success, ALL because I wouldn't accept my brain telling me I couldn't learn it.
I am determined to be successful at this! Not give up, believe I will be GOOD at it.
(Some people can juggle 9 to 12 balls. Now I think that is just extreme virtuosity. My goal is 3.)
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I'm learning to juggle. Watched a you tube video and started a couple of days ago with one ball for about half an hour. Today I used two balls. After about 20 minutes I was able to juggle left to right a few times. After an hour or so I am sweating a lot and I can juggle both L to R and sometimes R to L. I'm left handed.
This must wear away some calories and get my heart are up.
Notes to myself:
I went to Dr yesterday and all systems are healthy, including cholesterol and sugar level. Good to know. The last year I've reduced portion size and carbs, increased veggies and kept protein about 3 oz portion. Protein every meal. Per her advice: I've started making bone broth almost every week in my crockpot. Super easy and delicious by itself, but I add veggies and protein for a meal.
Started exercising 30 minutes 4 times a week (my goal, but sometimes I only make it 2 or 3 times a week and sometimes an hour of exercise instead of a half hour. So my patterns are improving.) I dance to Pandora, then do ST and stretching.
Also, added to my habits by putting a pitcher of water with lemon slices on the counter first thing in the morning and a glass at the ready. This has increased my water intake to appropriate levels.
I have managed my sweet tooth by getting dark chocolate mint M&Ms and they are in a candy dish on the counter. Also, have Andes chocolate mints available. I only eat 2-3 M&Ms or 1 (occasionally 2) Andes mints. However, I do not snack on them every day. It is only a treat that keeps the portion size under control if I want a sweet. Fortunately, I'm not a big candy or ice cream eater.
I've learned that eating enough good green veggies and protein reduces my cravings for carbs in bread, pasta, potatoes. I look for non-wheat carbs like barley or oats so that I reduce the cravings for bread.
After June to October struggling to get back on my path, I'm can now say as of last week, I'm there. Wasn't easy, but I believe I can make this change to my habits permanent.
Monday, August 05, 2013
I eat when I'm empty and hungry! Sometimes I wait for a while and stay hungry for an hour before eating, but I eat what I like. I do really well until around 3:30 or so. Dinner time can be a challenge, but I'm still having more success than a few years ago!
My DH finally agrees that we can share a meal at restaurants. I only need 1/3 of a large restaurant portion and he eats 2/3. I do the same for baked potato or dessert. I love a taste, but I don't want to order a whole portion.
My hardest times are when I'm socializing during a meal with friends. In the past I've lost focus and just consumed everything on my plate, bread and butter on the table and dessert. An area waiting to be adjusted!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Affirm that I believe I can accomplish my goals. I know I can make these changes to my habits and replace old routines with new ones.
Success is only possible if I believe it can be done!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
I'm reading The Power of Habit. The cues or Triggers remain the same, but the routine can be changed and that changes the results, but gives the same reward.
In the morning, instead of immediately making tea with milk, I started filling a pitcher with cold water and lemon slices, some ice too. I have a favorite glass on the tray on the counter. This is to make sure I drink enough water every day and reduce the numbers of calories I get from milk. I love sitting with a cup of tea, but if I want to be hungry for lunch, I don't want to keep food (milk) in my stomach all morning.
It sets up a better habit.
I'm still decreasing portion size, if I notice I've made too large a meal. A sticking point for me has been my reluctance to throwing away good food if I put too much on my plate.
That's why it is so important for me to estimate my portions correctly.
I think I will make a change in my routine: I will put half my lunch on one plate, but cover the other half and put it in the refrigerator --or on the kitchen counter if it is warm.
If I'm still hungry after eating the first half, I will cut the second half in half and repeat the process. And I will wait 5 minutes (and do something distracting from food) before adding additional half portions.
Next blog, I will add a new routine for exercising consistently.
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