Sunday, June 24, 2012
I started doing weekly workouts in the pool and decided it was time to learn how to swim (crawl style) and breathe at the same time. I've been a backstroke-swimmer or doggie-paddle-swimmer all of my life because of this inability to front crawl and breathe at the same time. But frankly, it became too embarrassing to be 47 years old and have to swim like this: stroke stroke stroke stroke (swallow pool water) gasp wheeze cough sputter, stroke stroke stroke stroke... Soooo I finally learned the front crawl and breathing at the same time. Bought some goggles (which helps immensely), got some professional instruction, and now I am a 47 year old fishie getting my cardio in the pool without sucking down a ton of pool water in the process. Might seem like small potatoes to many people, but to me? This is epic.
Friday, May 04, 2012
Mid-afternoon yesterday I had the feeling that my eating had been horrible, and I was bumming because of how few calories I thought I had left for the day. I knew I would go over calories because I was not going to make it wthout eating for the rest of the day. My co-worker, who knows I tally online, said, "Go enter your foods. It will make you feel better. I think you'll be surprised." So I did.
Lo and behold, I was on track for protein, carbs, fats, etc., AND I had a whopping 500 calories left for the day! Oh, the change in mood was amazing. I was mentally cooking and planning and calculating the delicious wonders I would have for dinner. What a treat!
So I learned a few things yesterday:
1. I am eating healthier than I give myself credit for
2. Logging foods is totally worth the effort
3. Other people are noticing my healthier habits
I have a workout scheduled for 5:30 today. It will be my second week of having a third workout for the week. Next week I increase to four per week. Baby steps.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I have run across a number of quotes lately that have inspired me. These were all found at, of all places, a quilt show at our botanical gardens last Friday.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”. --Anaïs Nin.
"Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love". -- Martin Luther King.
“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked pensively.
“You must want to fly so much you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
“You mean die?”
“Yes and no,” he answered. “What looks like you will die, but what’s really you will still live.”--Trina Paulus from Hope for the Flowers
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Each time I have been successful with behavior change and weight loss I had a certain "feeling" that I have never been able to identify. It is an ease and contentment that leads to doing what I need to do when I need to do it. The first time I lost any significant amount of weight, I remember the feeling of the "off" button being pushed while I was eating. I would be eating, and then I would feel this desire to stop eating. Simply like an "off" button had been pushed. My friend described it as knowing when you're full, but that's not it. I have felt "full" and stopped eating (and sometimes continued to eat, knowing full well I was overeating). This was different. It was my brain stopping me without my choosing to stop. I never was deprived by this off button--I ate all I needed to to remain healthy-- but I was losing weight because it was making me stop eating when I should.
I can't find that button anywhere.
I recently had some health issues pop up--gallstones, arthritis in both knees, a torn meniscus in one knee, vomiting and nausea from the gallbladder issues--and some bad habits have returned. The only workouts that I have continued doing are my twice-weekly 1/2 hour training sessions that are now limited to my upper body/core. I know I need to trade in the elliptical and treadmill cardio sessions for swimming, but I hate the time it takes to get the same workout, not to mention the extra showering, shampooing, packing of bags, washing of swimwear (handwashing each time as opposed to tossing workout clothes into the hamper) and waiting for a lane to swim in, etc. So my 5x week workouts and 2x week training sessions have whittled down to the 2 training sessions-- I feel like a slug. Rather than suck it up, biting the bullet, and just doing what I need to do, something in me kinda gave up. I eat A LOT, and usually way too late at night (I tallied last night's "binge", and it was 1350 calories between 8 and 11 PM--prior to that, I had stuck to nutritious foods and 1500 calories for the day). I don't get enough sleep. I'm not drinking enough water. I work FAR too much. I eat in front of the TV... IN BED! Talk about taking bad habits to the absolute limit! And I can't find that off button. My behavioral "off button". My beloved, natural, self-control-without-deprivation, off button.
Today is so close to the first day of fall (Friday?). The weather is BEAUTIFUL. I am going to change shoes right now and go for a gentle walk outside (gotta baby the bum knee for now). The leaves are changing, and I have 1/2 hour left of my lunch hour. Should be quite pleasant.
If anyone has some ideas for cardio and for lower-body strengthening that is safe for arthritic knees and torn meniscii (Sp?), please leave me a note or e-mail me. Thanks!
Friday, September 03, 2010
I have had a two-month period of fluctuations that only recently gave way to me falling below 200 lbs. I am still wavering slightly above and below 200, but getting under 210 was a chore. A depressing, irritating, CHORE. Then the weather broke. I could feel fall in the air. It wasn't cold. It wasn't chilly. Leaves aren't turning yet. It was a feeling and a smell. As I got into my car a week or so ago, the air felt different, and there was a beautiful fall smell in the air. My outlook and attitude did an instant flip, and I was happy. My workout that night was fun, and the next morning I was at 199. I wish I knew what it is about fall that makes me so happy and motivated. I'd bottle it and sell it. I'd drink it down like tequila. It is just the absolute bomb.
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