Sunday, August 09, 2009
I suppose I will resume my Spark attention. I enjoyed the break, but the attention paid to diet and exercise does pay off and my life is better because of it.
Time magazine's cover story is that exercise contributes little to weight loss. Does anyone not know this?! Its all about FOOD! Still the benefits of exercise are undeniable. Increased flexibility and muscle mass, brain, heart, bone, circulation and disease prevention. But not weight. Like the article said, just one blueberry muffin blows all the calorie benefits of exercise.
An interesting radio program attributed a portion of the obesity epidemic to the lack of cooking. He also predicted that in a generation cooking will be very rare. His example was french fries which he called a rare home cooked food due to the labor intensiveness of preparing them. Now every one can get them multiple times a day because they do not have to cook them. Interesting. Food for thought.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Thirty six years!! That's how long I've been married. It goes by in a blink. We've done a lot in those years. Completed college educations for ourselves. Had three babies, educated them through college, though one is still making his way through. Gained the world's best son-in-law five years ago, and will gain the worlds best daughter-in-law, this July. We've traveled overseas, and throughout much of the US. We've built two houses ourselves, doing the majority of the labor. And in these late middle years Wes is five years into a new business that has the potential of PHENOMENAL success. Very weird! And Very cool!
I was lucky enough to be able to provide a private apartment in my own home for my Mom to live in the last three years of her life. She was healthy and mobile, driving her own car to the grocery store and book store until a few months before she died at ninety-one. I miss her strong Spiritual Consciousness.
Wes's parents are both living independently in their own home in Florida and have been married a zillion years. (Its actually about sixty-eight years, but amazing, nonetheless). So Wes and I are just middle of the roaders in this marriage thing.
I recently attended a shower for an adorable young woman who will be married in May. As is often done, a booklet was passed among the guests for them to record any "secrets" they had for a happy marriage. The thing is, there are no secrets to a happy or long marriage. Happiness is an emotion that is completely dependent on one's individual inclinations. If I like plenty of time to myself, to be happy, you may need someone right there with you, to feel that same contentment. But we all know how to be polite, considerate, non-judgemental, tolerant. Your spouse didn't drop from the sky into your life. You know what he, or she likes, and what they don't like. Act accordingly. Like I do.
Okay, I don't do it. At least not as much as I should. But there is something to be said for hanging in there. And just what is that, which is to be said? Personal Growth. I hope. At least that's what I'm claiming. Personal growth and long interconnected memories that go back to when I was barely an adult, so clueless, so hopeful, cute, and dumb in many ways. And here I am thirty six years later, still hopeful, not as clueless, not as cute, not as dumb in those ways (maybe dumb in new and different ways) hanging in there with an intelligent, hard working, self confident, bull-dozer of a man who goes after what he wants and lots of times----gets it. I don't have any secrets on how to stay married for many years. Except---don't get divorced. But then again, I've only been married thirty six years....Check back in another thirty.
(I love you, Wes)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I have noticed that most of the women in my age group don't lose, as much as they maintain the weight they have. Its good that we aren't gaining, I suppose, but all of us joined this site to lose weight. This is also my problem. I'm trying to figure out why it is so difficult to lose. Everyone is limiting their calories and most are exercising some, but the weights aren't changing or if they are, its extremely slowly. Its difficult to stay motivated when the losses are so tiny! I wonder if it is the limited strength training? Body builders claim you have to use heavy weights and lower repetitions to build the muscle which burns calories. I've been trying to do this for the last week or two, but it is difficult to choose the right weight resistance on my bowflex. I'm not completely satisfied with this machine; good thing I only paid $200.00 for it. Still, it is all I have except for a few dumbbells. I'm considering adding a personal trainer for weights for a while just to get me up to speed. It is frustrating that all this calorie tracking makes such a small difference. No, I'm not giving up, just trying to figure out how to get this show on the road.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I've completed twelve Pilates sessions with my personal trainer. It feels good to say "personal trainer." I never thought I would hire one; it seemed so self indulgent, but it has helped keep me from slipping into lethargy, as well as motivated me to keep up with the cardio and additional weight training.
I ordered a DVD from a mother-daughter body building team. The daughter is 45 and the mother is 77! The 77 year old is unbelievable and did not start weight training until she was 52! While I don't expect to reach their levels of fitness, it is inspiring to think that it could be done.
But first I have to lose these last ten pounds that have such a tenacious grip on my body. It is very frustrating, but surely it must be possible!?
While I do think it is healthy to have a fit body for as long as possible, I can't help but wonder how much energy one should devote to the body. Do we spend as much time on intellectual pursuits, or development of our souls? I suppose the truth is, that we spend too little time on all three aspects of our lives. Leisure is so available to the average American, as is food, and we are very skilled in indulging in both.
So what is my best self? I don't know. I'll probably never know. But the journey is worth it and time's a wastin'.
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