Saturday, July 07, 2012
Just saw a picture on facebook that said "Be careful how you speak to your children, one day it will become their inner voice." But I have learned something much more important. Be careful of your own inner voice, one day it will become your children's.
For many years I did not think well of myself. My inner voice said, "You aren't good enough, too fat, no one likes you, bad mother, etc, etc." All untrue, as you can tell from my bio.
Even though I have said positive things to my daughters over the years, unlike my mother who didn't (cultural reasons, so you won't get a big head!) very often with me, I hear them saying, "I'm not smart, I'm not talented, noone likes me, I'm fat."
Gee, where could they have gotten the idea that that's what your inner voice says?
Thank goodness I have moved on and am now confident and know I'm talented and people like me. (Honestly, I think some of this is society being down on women)
Who knew that lacking confidence and being down on myself would rub off on my girls!
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
You don't have to go to the gym or run to get exercise as I just found out. Over our long weekend (July 1st for Canada), we've been cleaning out the basement. The exercise tracker lists "moving boxes" and boy is it a lot of calories. We had bags for the garbage and a car full of heavy boxes for the thrift store. Not to mention the stuff moved to another part of the basement. I got to over 600 calories spent at exercise!
I'm also spending calories gardening and even the "super clean for company" counts.
I also counted walking around the mall at a brisk pace not finding shorts and walking back to the car at the farmers' market with heavy bags (Talk about strength training!)
The Spark guidelines say to not include regular errands or light housework, so I don't. But anything out of the ordinary, it goes into my count because, let's face it, it's been a long time since I cleaned the basement!
Sunday, June 24, 2012
30 to 90 minutes a day. How did I end up exercising so much? It's an amazing change. 3 years ago, the lounger was my friend and my obesity was out of control. I was either sitting in meetings or sitting at home.
Then at a conference, I went to a seminar about our busy lives. One of the exercises was to list what I liked to do. To my surprise, I listed that I liked to walk my dog. So why didn't I?
I started out with 15 minutes around the block first thing in the morning. My dog was thrilled. But I started to make excuses for getting out of that lounger first thing in the morning. Had to have my tea, had to read the paper. The dog would have none of it. His little face appeared at the end of my lounger and he wouldn't take "No" for an answer.
We slowly worked up to half an hour each morning. I got to know the other dog walkers and various ladies who walked briskly. Some of them were fatter than I was but out they went each day. My fears of being noticed melted away.
In fact, a year later when we were putting a needed road through in my neighbourhood, one of the people against it, called it "My big fat road project" and another called out from the audience that I should walk. A pro delegation got up and said that I did walk, she'd seen me! The other councillors were disgusted. Needless to say, the road went through.
Recently, a new YMCA opened near me. I have begun to go to Aquafit. 45 minutes exercising in the pool. Most of the people in my class are fat or retired or have arthritis. The buoyancy of the water is kind to joints. I go three times a week.
Instead of wearing me out, my exercise has led to me doing more gardening, and a bit of hiking.
Who knew a few years ago that I would lose 25 pounds and be exercising so much!
Saturday, June 16, 2012
If you eat more calories than you use, you won't lose weight. Well duh! But until I started recording every bite, I didn't know that was happening. Yesterday I picked away at a container of hummus until it was all gone. Yes, I ate container of hummus in one day without even realizing it. 700 calories. What a shock. And how I fool myself with my eating.
These few bites will not hurt. Hummus is good for you! Part of the Mediterrean diet! No one pigs out on hummus, it is not ice cream.
Now I will have to not buy hummus for awhile or the individual containers.
I also like the reports that show how much I have eaten and how much my exercise has used up calories. Not to adjust my eating to be more with more exercise, but to note that more calories are going in than are going out, even with an hour of exercise!
Friday, June 08, 2012
I have been hopping on the scale almost every day since I was 15 years old. When I was 15, it was two to three times a day and I weighted 115 pounds. I was 128 when I married, 164 after my first girl, 184 after the second and I was 230 to 240 for twenty years. I even had to find scales in stores to jump on when I was on holidays. Did all that hopping on the scale help me control my weight? I think not.
Then I noticed that my daughters have gotten in shape and they hardly get on the scale at all. Maybe once a month at our place. My older daughter wrote an "N" on my old Ever right scale. That's right, "Never right". Though it is scarily accurate.
More often than not, the scale depresses me. Or I go and eat in despair at not losing 3 pounds in a week, or, gasp, gaining.
I then discovered that although it doesn't seem like I have lost much weight, my clothes are loose and I have gone down two sizes. My doctor is thrilled with my sugar and cholesterol.
Yesterday I ran for the bus and I didn't puff or go red in the face! My blood pressure is down.
Everyday I write down my food and my exercise and my water. I check my salt intake.That has done more to improve my eating habits and my health than that stupid scale.
So this week I am going to work at breaking my scale habit. No jumping on until next Friday. Could I even work towards getting on the scale once a month? It seems so scary, like I would go out of control. (Yeah, right, see weight gain above). I will make this one of streaks.
Cross my fingers. I will do it!
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