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Balance and fun

Monday, April 21, 2014

I'm writing today to remind myself that I CAN change my eating habits and attain a healthy weight. I don't have to do it quickly, but, little by little, I can do it.

Doubting myself became a self-fulfilling prophecy. That is going to change.

I also want to affirm to myself that I can have fun today. I retired a few months ago, and am getting used to the idea that I don't always need to be doing things I feel obligated to do. I've done some very hard exercise in the past few days. Today I'll exercise lightly, in a way I enjoy. I'll walk around the neighborhood with my binoculars, looking at the ocean from the end of each street and checking for birds. I'll do some gardening. I'll do some t'ai chi. All these things help me feel my connection to the rest of the planet and the universe.

I'm going to have an ice cream cone this afternoon. It'll be a child-sized one, which actually is plenty big. I'll have ice cream, but it doesn't have to be a large size.

Buddha believed in the Middle Way -- no extremes. I aspire to that and I aspire to have faith in myself.

  
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GRAYCATBIRD 4/22/2014 8:39AM

    Thank you, Kaligirl!

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KALIGIRL 4/22/2014 8:27AM

    here's to having faith in yourself!

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GRAYCATBIRD 4/21/2014 5:30PM

    Thank you, Prairie Crocus! I appreciate it.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 4/21/2014 5:23PM

    Lovely blog !
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GRAYCATBIRD 4/21/2014 10:58AM

    Thank you, Newbirth2014!

Sue

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NEWBIRTH2014 4/21/2014 10:57AM

    emoticon to retirement and taking care of YOU!

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Limiting and defining

Friday, April 18, 2014

In keeping with my goal of simplifying this journey, today I'll walk to the gym, where I'll do strength machines. The walk is about 4 miles round-trip. It's a beautiful day, though chilly. I'll track my food, with an eye to getting in those veggies and fruit.

That's about all I'll aim for today. It's plenty, actually. But if I have simple goals that I can accomplish, I'm not as likely to feel guilt about what I think I didn't accomplish. I'll all too prone to guilt. But I can limit and define my goals, and not worry about anything beyond that.

SparkPeople is really helping with my attitude this time around! I'm so glad all you people are here!

Sue
Portland, Maine, US

  
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SHERYLP461 4/19/2014 7:39AM

    It is also a great way to warm up for your weight training! The world has changed from being pedestrian friendly to car friendly. Stand up for your right to walk!

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GRAYCATBIRD 4/18/2014 10:11AM

    Thanks, Dianitah! My car is old and I can't yet afford a new one, and I'm looking at it as a challenge and a source of pleasure to get places without it. I'm going to be walking to do my errands much of the time, too. I learned to drive relatively late, and before I had a car, I walked or took the bus everywhere. Never had a weight problem back then!

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DIANITAH 4/18/2014 10:06AM

    I often do the same thing...take a walk to a place where I need to do something!

I always walk to the grocery store, the drugstore, etc.

Have a good day!

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One simple change

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I go to a nutritionist, and she has a way of keeping things simple enough that I can remember to do them and don't feel overwhelmed. The following is pretty much a standard recommendation, but for some reason it was straightforward and doable enough to click with me: Emphasize vegetables in planning meals, and add veggies to the recipes you make. De-emphasize high-fat protein.

I've been trying to do that, and succeeding most of the time. Today I made sausage-lentil stew (using chicken sausage, which my nutritionist also recommended -- it has 70% less fat than regular sausage, and it's good), to eat in the next few days. I added a lot more carrots and celery than the recipe called for, and they added a great flavor. I also made eggplant parmesan to have at my sister's house tonight, and put in a ton of chopped carrots and celery. So my upcoming meals will be heavy on the veggies, and it gives me a feeling of accomplishment to be making that change.

I read a great comment on someone's blog this morning. The commenter said something like, "I pick what I can do and do that." It seems I'm always trying over and over again to do the things I can't do! I love the idea of making the changes that I can make, and not beating my head against the wall trying to do the things I can't (yet) do.

So right now, I exercise and I add veggies. I do other things, too, but these are the ones I can do consistently.

  
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GRAYCATBIRD 4/18/2014 9:38AM

    I do, too, Sheryl! It keeps things simple and to the point.

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SHERYLP461 4/18/2014 8:43AM

    Love the quote, it is perfect advice

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GRAYCATBIRD 4/17/2014 11:31PM

    Thank you all! I really appreciate it!

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SHARON10002 4/17/2014 10:52PM

    Good for you in adding the extra veggies to your recipes. Nothing wrong with the 2 things you are doing consistently - success builds upon success! emoticon

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STRONGERLEANER 4/17/2014 6:14PM

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I think a lot of people try to do EVERYTHING perfectly. Then they get frustrated when they can't be perfect or don't get perfect results.

We all have our own strengths and challenges. We have to do what we can when we can. We don't have to be perfect.

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KATWAYMOR 4/17/2014 3:57PM

    Sounds like sound advice--

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Day Two of Positivity!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I'm going to try to blog every day, as part of my new program of changing my attitude to a positive one.

The other day in step aerobics, I looked at the instructor (someone I have a lot of classes with) and decided that an aspiration might be helpful to me. The instructor has an incredible body -- not super thin (not at all fat, either), but extremely strong and fit. Of course, she does several cardio and strength classes per day, and she competes in events that require a ton of strength and endurance. She's also about 32 years old.

I will never look like her, but it might be a good goal to have. I could definitely look strong and fit if I worked toward it. I would not emulate the amount of exercise she does -- it's too much for my 67-year-old body -- but I can certainly step it up and do more. Progress, not perfection, is the watch word.

Having that vision in front of me makes me feel more motivated to eat in a healthy way and build my cardiovascular and muscular strength.

I'm also tracking my food for the second day in a row. I'm going to keep doing it.

Sue
Portland, Maine, US

  
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GRAYCATBIRD 4/16/2014 8:30AM

    Thanks, Kaligirl! Yes, strong and fit!

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KALIGIRL 4/16/2014 7:36AM

    emoticon Here's to strong and fit!
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GRAYCATBIRD 4/15/2014 2:08PM

    Thank you, Mickey! That's really kind of you. Best wishes to you, too, on your journey!

Sue

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MICKEYH 4/15/2014 2:04PM

    Sue, you are definitely in right direction. Your positivity is very contagious. Thank you and best wishes for your health maintaining journey. emoticon

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Positive self-talk

Monday, April 14, 2014

I have an assignment from my nutritionist to start using positive self-talk, to try to approach healthy eating as an interesting challenge and something to enjoy, instead of seeing it as deprivation. I'm making progress on this, and in order to work on it, I just joined the Positive Bloggers team. The Spark Coach program for the day for me also involves positive self-talk, so this blog entry is also part of that.

I know I can change my eating habits because I've made so many other changes in my life. I quit smoking, I quit drinking, and I went back to school for my bachelor's degree as a middle-aged adult. I'm going to live as if I can make this change, too. For many years I've felt I was doomed to failure in attaining a healthy weight. When I look at it objecvtively, I see that this is not true.

I can do it by changing my attitude. That's not all of it, but everything rests on that.



  
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GRAYCATBIRD 4/15/2014 10:35AM

    Thank you, MickeyH, Jes, and Kaligirl! I appreciate your comments very much!

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KALIGIRL 4/15/2014 10:27AM

    Here's to your continued healthy journey and positive change!

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JES_VARNER 4/15/2014 9:11AM

    That sounds like a great assignment & a great start on it for you! Getting started is the hardest part, you'll do great!

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MICKEYH 4/14/2014 10:31PM

    I so agree with being positive and positive -self talk.
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GRAYCATBIRD 4/14/2014 4:16PM

    Thank you all for the great comments!

Sue

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SHERYLP461 4/14/2014 4:04PM

    Good advice I think. Our minds re amazing things, if we act and think thin we will be. I think it is similar to bio feed back.

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MJRVIC2000 4/14/2014 2:52PM

    And we know that in all things, God works for good to those who love Him....
God Bless YOU! Vic.

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NORASPAT 4/14/2014 2:46PM

    Positive self talk is very good but if you buy your own groceries the best place for positive self talk is when you are buying your food.
You might be able to buy food that you over indulge in. If you do you are challenged constantly till it is gone. That way you undoubtedly do the whole process over again. Take care Pat in Maine. HUGS --MISS YOU. I bl,og to keep myself on track.

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STEVEN_D 4/14/2014 2:42PM

    Positive bloggers sounds like a good team to be on!

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