Friday, December 06, 2013
I feel I need to add: I did not write this but LOVE it's message. (Sat. 12/7)
10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out
by brynnharrington on November 19, 2013
Mid-way through a recent group exercise class, the teacher lost me. She didn’t lose me because of some complicated step sequence or insanely long set of burpees; I mentally checked out because of a few words she kept saying over and over. “Come on! Get that body ready for your winter beach vacation! Think about how you want to look at those holiday parties! PICTURE HOW YOU’LL LOOK IN THAT DRESS!”
“THAT DRESS?” My brain couldn’t focus on an image of some random dress hanging in my closet. All I could think about was my three-year-old daughter hearing and trying to process those words.
My daughter’s little brain is making sense of the world every single second, taking in verbal and non-verbal cues about how things work and what things mean. And when it comes to exercise, I want her to grow up seeing it as a joy, and not a utility…as a gift, and not a chore…as an opportunity, not an obligation. I want her to do it for the love of it, not to fit into a dress. I want her to grow up knowing that…
1. Strength equals self-sufficiency. Being strong – particularly as a woman – is empowering. It will feel good someday to be able to carry your own luggage down the stairs if the airport escalator is broken, and it will be important to have a solid shot at outrunning a stranger should you meet one a dark alley.
2. Fitness opens doors. Being healthy and fit can help you see the world differently. The planet looks different from a bike or a pair of skis than it does from a car or an airplane. Out in the elements you have the time and space to notice details and meet people and remember smells and bugs and mud and rain and the feeling of warm sunshine on your face. And those are the moments that make up your life.
3. The bike is the new golf course. Being fit may help you get a seat at the table. Networking is no longer restricted to the golf course, and the stronger you are – and the more people you can hang with on the road and trail – the more people you’ll meet.
4. Exercise is a lifestyle, not an event. Being an active person isn’t about taking a class three times a week at the gym. It’s about things like biking to the grocery store and parking your car in the back of the lot and walking instead of taking a cab and catching up with friends on a hiking trail instead of a bar stool.
5. Health begets health. Healthy behavior inspires healthy behavior. Exercise. Healthy eating. Solid sleep. Positive relationships. These things are all related.
6. Endorphins help you cope. A good sweat session can clear the slate. You will have days when nothing seems to go right…when you’re dizzy with frustration or crying in despair. A workout can often turn things around.
7. Working out signals hard-working. The discipline required to work out on a regular basis signals success. Someone recently told me they are way more likely to hire marathon runners and mountain climbers because of the level of commitment that goes into those pursuits.
8. If you feel beautiful, you look beautiful. Looking beautiful starts on the inside. And being fit and strong feels beautiful.
9. Nature rules. And if you’re able to hike/run/bike/swim/ski/snowshoe, you can see more of it.
10. Little eyes are always watching. We learn from each other. You may have a daughter—or a niece or a neighbor or a friend – one day. And that little girl will be watching and listening to everything she you say and do. What messages do you want her to hear?
I’ll never talk to my daughter about fitting into THAT DRESS. But I will talk to her about what it sounds like to hear pine needles crunching under my feet and what it feels like to cross a finish line and how special it is to see the world on foot. I will talk to her about hard work and self sufficiency. I will teach her the joy of working out by showing her I love it. And I’ll leave the rest up to her.
Friday, December 06, 2013
I am not whining about all the snow (yet). I am not whining about the extra layers (yet). I am not whining about the multiple cloudy days (yet).
I am whining that I am NOT wanting to eat cold veggie salads with cold salad dressings.
Today I heated up leftover turkey and added it. sigh.
Time to check out WARM/HOT salads on SparkRecipes.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Grandma went peacefully into the arms of Jesus Friday evening with a house full of family. She'd been diagnosed with pancreatic and signet cell cancer in late September. Our God is a MIGHTY God!! He answered our prayers for little pain. He answered our prayers for a peaceful sleep into the arms of Jesus. The blessed bonus was a house full of children, grandchildren and a great-grandchild around her. She was still full of spunk until Wed., also a huge blessing.
Her mother died of childbirth complications when Grandma was just 2yo and I can't help but think how wonderful and sweet that reunion is. She was a part of an original Yours, Mine, and Ours kind of family while growing up during the depression and WW2 with a total of 13 siblings, most of whom she is now having a huge reunion with. I can see her giggling, teasing, and being silly with a Great-granddaughter who died in a tragic motorcycle accident 10 years ago.
Grandma had 6 children, 12 grandchildren (several step), 36 great-grandchildren (including 1 due in March and several step), and 5 (so far!) great-great grandchildren.
This is the Grandma who was my faith Seed Planter by faithfully taking me as a child to Sunday School, church and VBS. My fondest memories are of her singing hymns with the radio as she went about her housework when I'd stay overnight many weekends.
Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant.
Grandma with just a FEW of her great-grand children (a few years ago)
Friday, November 01, 2013
November is a month of THANKFULNESS, from Veteran's Day to Thanksgiving Day.
So, I am going to celebrate it by DE-CLUTTERING the abundance for which I've been given and am thankful but no longer use, need, or want.
Anyone else up for the challenge?
Pick a pile, any pile. Sort and deal with the new little piles.
Day 2 Pick a drawer, any drawer.
Day 3 That mess around my recliner/corner of the couch, ya THAT mess.
Day 4- Pick any horizontal surface (shelf, counter, table top)
Day 5 Go through your purses and bags. Donate anything you don't use often.
A very special THANKS to my WJR&G teammate, MADAMES, for the inspiration!!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
I have a love/hate relationship with the Food Tracker.
I dislike how much time it takes to find what I ate; there are just too many options, too many different ways to fix the same dish, too many full fat/low fat/non-fat options, too many flavor options, etc. to have to sort through.
I dislike how others have entered foods but entered data incorrectly--important data like calories and fat grams.
I dislike having to enter my ingredients TWICE to use SparkRecipes to save our family's most used recipes.
I dislike having to figure out if what I ate was in grams, oz, cups, Tablespoons, etc. to pick which amount I ate. Who measures a teaspoon of an herb by oz???? Those options drive me nuts!
I dislike how some foods don't give you the option to pick the amount you ate. So I have to keep scrolling or enter another item into the database, bogging it down even further for everyone else.
I dislike how hard it is to change a few ingredients in someone else's shared recipe to omit things we don't like/eat and get accurate calories, etc without my computer going nuts.
I love how it helps me eat correct portions
I love how it helps me to eat well-balanced meals
I love how it keeps me accountable and helps me plan my snacks appropriately.
I love how it keeps me from grazing or sneaking treats
Afterall, since tracking is so hard and time consuming....why would I want to have to spend even more time searching and searching and searching for what I just ate???????
Looking back, when I don't track...I hit plateaus and then gain. When I track, I maintain or lose.
So, tracking is going to have to be a part of my journey whether I enjoy it or not. So, I might as well figure out how to change my bad attitude about it.
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