Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Speaking from experience I can talk myself into and out of just about anything.
"Those shoes are amazing and there on sale, Just one chocolate chunk chip cookie will not spoil your diet, I just can't this, its too hard"! Uggh!!!
All this can be true of anyone. Our minds are a powerful weapons that can work for and against us. And the power to that is all up to us. My strength comes from God. In everyday life and excercise I am most times fully engaged: " I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength" Philipians 4:13.
Yet, now is the season of plateau, you know that place. You walk, run, lift, push, pull but never seem to get anywhere. To help me out of that slump I go for expert help. First of course I pray. Next, I look for article on SparkPeople that can lend a hand.
In my search I found the article, "Think Yourself Fit" by Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer (www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal
In it I found serveral helpful and commonsense ways to "see" the healthy direction I want to go in. I immediately related to Jason's bit about when your running and your body starts to say its tired and your only half done but your not in pain nor injured. Your strong and you know you have it in you to finish. Everytime I knew its all in my head, I can or can't finish the run. So, I start saying out loud, and yes this looks funny to other runners;" Yes you can, keep going. Your strong, you can do this" The more I say it and think it the farther I would get and before I knew it my run was done, and I gone farther than I had planned.
Remember, some of what we experienced in our lives before we chose a lifestyle change was all in our in heads, it still is. But this time, we can put a postive mentally healthy spin on it that will help you to next goal and because your feeling great make others feel good as well.
Friday, August 26, 2011
August is nearly gone, wow did it zip by!!
I feel like I fell into a rut last night when I actually questioned why I was excercising.
A sign I think I need to make some changes to keep the lifestyle change fun and interesting.
Looking around SparkPeople for some tips which I know are in abundance. Feeling like I am ready to step it up another notch on the intensity meter. I love that feeling when I push myself super hard and at the end of the workout I am totally spent, knowing I put all I had into my workout.
I welcome any suggestions!!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
You might think at first glance people with food allergies have it tough: you can't eat this or that. I was diagnosis with Allergic Rhinitis several years ago with the normal sensitivity to pollens, mold and dust mites. Unlike some folks who have this concern seasonally, I suffer from this malady year round. Its an adjustment and I make it work.
At first, it was extremely difficult to accept that I had food allergies. When my ENT/Allergy specialist told me that I was allergic to peanuts, milk and eggs and that it was the sensitivity to these foods that was the cause of my near constant sinus infections for 3 months solid. This made no sense to me because as a child a consume all these products in abundance with no worries at all. Now that has all changed.
There is good news in all this. Now that I know what caused my sinus infections in the past I have avoided having another in as many years since being initially diagnosed. Knowing what I can and should not eat is a blessing in disguise. I have to be a chronic food label reader, so I have to think before I eat. And because I am looking to avoid the offending foods, I have become aware of my food choices on the whole. Its been really good and not consuming those offending foods help me lose 10 pounds straight off! I thought wow, if not eating those foods that made sick is good then paying closer attention to my food choices and consuming foods that are great for me must be even better. And had it not been for these food allergies I would have not become as aware of what's good for me as I am now.
So, while I can no longer consume milk (I miss grilled cheese so much), peanuts (PBJ was a family staple), and eggs (deviled eggs being my favorite) I can say I do feel great without any of those foods. Trade offs being a lower weight and much lower cholesterol. I say that's a Win/Win!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
This is such a big news day:
I live in Florida and Hurricane Irene is making her presence know after being upgraded to a Catagory 4 storm (thats fancy weather talk for really bad). I am fairly inland but keeping an eye on it because storms like this have a mind of there own!
After returning from my lunch break at work, my cubicle neighbor tells me there was an eathquake on the EAST coast. I thought he was pulling my leg. Turns out to be true; 5.9 on the reicher scale. That sure got my attention.
Today is a strength train day for me. Its a bit nerve racking all this scary, gloomy news so to work off my worries I am going to combine my Golds Gym Bootcamp DVD workout with some cardio and finish with yoga cool down. All that breathing in yoga puts me in my happy place; feels like chocolate but no calories. LOVE it!
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