Monday, May 14, 2012
Mother's Day was not what I had hoped it to be. Yet, we did get to spend part of the day with our daughter's family. Our oldest grandson broke his arm - clean break through both bones of his left forearm, Friday night. He may yet need surgery, but the ortho doc is trying just setting it for a couple of weeks while watching it closely. That little boy, age 9, is an amazing little athlete. Tae Kwon Do is is specialty and he was doing a back flip board break from high atop a pyramid practicing for a competition this next weekend. Needless, to say he will be on the sidelines. My daughter and I have been concerned about how hard he pushes himself in these things. Her fear has been that he would be injured when over tired. So, after many times through perfectly he wanted to do one more run through Friday night pretty late and down he went when he over rotated. He had been invited to compete in an international tournament in Korea this summer - quite an honor. I suspect he will be back at it when he can, but will be laid up for at least the next three months. .. Korea is out of the picture for this year. I kind of admire his drive at such a young age. I loved tennis and enjoyed running for many years, but I was never driven the way he is. It is hard to watch and pray for good outcomes and protection from any permanent harm. At least his head and spine were safe this time. For that we are most thankful. Now I see my role as cheerleader as he heals and it also gives us a chance to focus on his younger brother who also competes in tae kwon do. He will compete Saturday and be the little star of the family for the first time. As I reflect on this reality it reminds me that everything does happen for a reason. I am thrilled that Rocky can be the star for the summer. It will do a lot for his self confidence. I want to think more about this as I know there is an important lesson in this for me, too. I just want to be the best mom, wife, grandma I can be to all of my family. Some days that is harder than others. Sometimes the answers are easy. Sometimes they are hard. Today I binged on a lot of unhealthy things. That was the wrong way to go, but never-the-less it is what happened. Calorie wise I met my daily amount by noon. Now, I probably should have something healthy this evening, but I would prefer to skip more calories at this point. The nutrition for today is terrible - some left over Easter jellybeans, 2 single serve bags of potato chips, coffee, cheerios and milk, pistachios. Not a good day. Tomorrow will be better!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
After reading a health article in SP about 10 reasons why we overeat, I thought of one not specifically mentioned - habit. I started eating an after school snack as a young child. Whether it was when I got home or on those days I stopped at the store on my walk home to buy a small candy bar - mostly Look or Charleston Chew at the time - the result was the same --- often empty calories that I really wasn't hungry for. If it was at home, my mom, who loved to bake and made sure my brothers and I always had fresh cookies awaiting us, insisted we have a snack to tide us over until supper an hour or two later. As an adult I never really thought about changing this habit...until now. I do try to choose healthier options, but often I also end up binging on something not so healthy. I'm not really hungry. I'm simply continuing a habit that was probably not really necessary as a child and helped me to be a pretty overweight kid. My weight has been up and down through the years, but I know that when my weight won't budge despite exercise, healthy meals and lots of water...I need only look to my late afternoon snack habit. For me it is not as simple as substituting something healthy for something unhealthy because once I start munching I often have a hard time stopping. I do find that drinking a big glass of water, taking a walk, doing some chores, or phoning someone can give me time to refocus and make better choices. However, I have been unsuccessful through the years in actually breaking this bad habit. But, that doesn't stop me from continuing the challenge to beat this one. Time will tell.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
After hearing that paper filters filter out two compounds from coffee that can increase cholesterol, I researched further and found that tidbit to be true. So, I'm going to cut out the Starbuck's lattes for awhile and use paper filters in my pot rather than using my espresso maker for awhile - unless I can make the filter small enough to work with that, too. I'll be interested to see if it is helpful. Now I wonder if my doctor will mention that when I visit next week. Seems the docs often are not aware of some of the simple steps that we can take before resorting to popping pills. We'll see!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
For a long time I'd heard that paper filters were not a good choice because of environmental concerns as well as not so great for our bodies. Now, I heard via Dr. Oz that paper filters are good as they filter out some things that cause high cholesterol. Since, I now have developed high cholesterol, I think I will go back to the filters and hang up the espresso maker for now. Seems that whatever I do because of something that is a seemingly good choice, it is only a matter of time until I learn that it was not the right thing to do after all. Sometimes, it's just hard to figure out what to do!
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