Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I have a spark buddy who could really use some prayers -- www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=TE
Her husband is in the hospital recovering from surgery for a perforated bowel -- and it's very serious.
She is the sweetest, most supportive person -- AND it's her birthday, to boot.
I am a firm believer in the power of prayer, even tho I don't belong to a synagogue. I believe you can be spiritual without necessarily being within organized religion -- altho frankly I'd join a temple in a heartbeat if DH were interested too.
So please hold her and her husband in your prayers.
Now, my body thanks me. It feel real pleasure when I put healthy foods in it. Too tired to make a fruit smoothie for this morning last night, too loud to do it in the morning while DH is sleeping.
I chose to cut up an apple, mix it with some grapes and cacao nibs, and top it off with a tablespoon of almond butter (with only almonds as the ingredients). Um, um good.
It was filling. It was sweet. It was crunchy. It hit the spot perfectly.
And then I made a raw cake for dessert for today. I have gone almost 2 weeks with no sweets other than fruit. Actually, considering that the raw cake is nuts and dates, I suppose I can still say that.
But I also know that if I go into vacation and suddenly start eating sweets, after a long period of abstinence, I am likely to indulge more than I ought to. So I felt it was time to ease back into them. But not overindulge. Find that proper balance. I'm planning a LSR (long, slow run) soon, so yes, I do think I'll earn it -- even tho you really shouldn't view exercise vs food that way.
I am really bummed that the vegan restaurant I really wanted to go to in Kauai is closed. I have a couple of the owner's cookbooks. I was really looking forward to that! Such is life, I suppose.
What is your body thanking you for today?
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Before I get to my blog title, I just wanted to give a shout-out to the triatheletes out there. You are amazing!
Yesterday was a very busy day, with barely any computer time at all. I started off with an early morning swim.
Came home, fed the animals, took the dogs out for their walk.
Went grocery shopping at 2 different stores (and still managed to forget stuff that wasn't on the list, but I'll go grocery shopping again on Thursday).
Came home, had lunch. Did some raking.
Relaxed a bit.
Went out for an interval run.
Yes, my little legs were tired last night, and that's with spreading it out throughout the day, without a bike ride -- not doing it all back to back! No, I really don't see a triathlon in my future (especially since I haven't been on a bike since I was a tween). But never say never.
And yesterday I also got to think about the rushing. It seems this day we're all busy rushing from one thing to another.We forget stuff, so often, because we're rushing. We're not focusing at the task at hand.
Sometimes, of course, we truly are rushed, but how often are we rushing for no reason? When WAS the last time you stopped and smelled the roses? Would the world explode if we just slowed down a bit and took a little extra time?
I realized that I get the dogs ready for their walk, and we go on that walk right away, and we come back and we go right back in the house. It's not THAT cold, not yet.
And so lately I've been coming back and sitting down and just enjoying a little bit of nature, while the dogs get to sniff at their leisure -- or more likely sit on my lap. It's amazing how those few minutes can really calm me.
And I got to thinking about all the rushing. And the thought came to me that it's a way to make ourselves seem important. We're busy people, therefore we must be important people, right? It's almost like a contest: I'm busier than you, so I must be more important than you.
We are made to move, but we're also supposed to enjoy our lives. And when we're too busy to even notice our lives rushing by us, we're not important -- we're just rushed.
Even on the busiest day (not today for me, thank goodness, yesterday was plenty busy) we can always grab a few seconds, maybe even a few minutes. What will you do with your stillness today?
Sunday, October 24, 2010
My goal of looking good on vacation is fast approaching. In the past, I would set those sort of goals, only to be more out of control than ever and never meeting them. But those days seem to be behind me. My biggest challenge is to keep up with everything as I'm preparing for my trip, which is always crazy-making. And not pushing myself too hard so I don't get run down and sick.
But what happens once the vacation is over? Sometimes our goals of a healthy lifestyle fly right out the window with them, especially if we've indulged too much on our vacation.
They don't have to, of course, if we set a new goal.
I'm lucky. My husband goes to this conference on our anniversary pretty much every year, and barring act of God, he will most likely go to next year's. Which will be in Miami. Which means that I'll get some more use out of the bathing suits I bought for this vacation -- providing that I don't gain a lot of weight.
Of course, I have to set some smaller goals between now and then. A big goal a year away is too far away -- you have to break it down into smaller goals to keep moving forward, or it's all too easy to backslide.
As part of my smaller goals I have finished a month of sweeping my laundry room every morning. So I downloaded one album. And I set a new goal. To wipe down at least part of the kitchen every day. I am bad about that -- the perfectionism kicks in and I feel like I have to do the entire kitchen, but that's "work".
I often find that if I do a little bit, I'm inspired to do a bit more. Just like with exercise . . . so just having that goal to wipe down at least part of the kitchen every day should help.
Just like yesterday I went for for a run with a simple goal of running for 45 minutes at an easy pace . . . and ran for almost an hour (the new headphones help, and I'd downloaded the first biggest loser playlist -- I already had the second one).
And I may do the Jingle Bell 5k, which is a fun run -- if we're here. We might be out of town for it, so obviously I can't do it if I 'm not here, but if I am, I plan to do it. Even tho we could have snow potentially by then!
So how do you keep your goals fresh?
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Lola & Chester are very cute dogs, there's no denying it. It is not uncommon for people to actually stop their cars, roll down their windows, and comment on how cute they are or ask what breed they are. Thankfully, just in the neighborhood, not busy highways! Not that we're walking on busy highways anyway.
It happened again this morning. And so I bring you this blog, which wasn't at all what I was planning to write.
Are you the showstopper in your own life?
It doesn't matter what size you are. It doesn't matter how many friends you do or do not have. It doesn't matter whether or not you have a significant other.
You SHOULD be the showstopper in your own life.
If you're not, how do you become one? Simply by believing that you are. That you are beautiful, just the way you are, that you are worthy of attention and adulation just the way you are.
What, you say you don't feel worthy of attention and adulation?
Well, I'm telling you that you are. So act like you are. Fake it til you make it, as they say, if you have to. And guess what? When you do, you'll start getting more of that attention and adulation.
Wait, you don't WANT attention and adulation? Well, why the heck not? I'm not talking about guys grabbing your butt or whistling at you as you walk down the street. I'm talking about people listening to you, truly listening to what YOU want, what YOU need. I'm talking about people appreciating all the good things about you.
It isn't selfish. In fact, it's downright necessary.
So go ahead, be the showstopper in your own life. Believe in yourself. And watch the goodness unfold.
Friday, October 22, 2010
The Right Tools
Too Many Chargers
Last night I was tired -- apparently a bit more tired than I thought I was. I needed to charge my Kindle. I knew the charger was downstairs, so I went down to bring it up. Plugged it into the outlet, then stared at it, cause it was obvious the plug on the other end wouldn't fit into the Kindle.
I kept staring at it. Fiddling with it. I knew I'd charged it -- obviously -- and yet I couldn't for the life of me figure out how. It was clear that plug wasn't going into the Kindle.
Until it dawned on me that it was the charger for my Ipod.
You need the right tools!
Speaking of tools, I bought some bluetooth headphones for my Ipod. OMG, I've only used them once, but they are Awesome with a capital A. Very comfortable, and the sound was incredible compared the the headphones I was using before (not the ones that come with it, I don't like earbuds at all). I got these -- www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002BH3I9U
So now I have a charger for my bluetooth headphones, my cell phone, my Ipod, and my Kindle to take with me. And they're all different chargers. I could've taken another real book with me! Besides music, I have meditations, yoga workouts, and running workouts on my Ipod.
Oh, and speaking of my Kindle (well, sort of), I have a variety of free and paid for ebooks that I've downloaded. Some are cookbooks, some are nutritional or motivational books. Since the Kindle can read PDFs, I've put them there (I had them on my Ipod before). So I actually use it every day, which I didn't think I would.
I was journaling this morning (even tho my first week is over), and one of the questions you're supposed to answer is what can you do today to take care of your spirit? And pray just suddenly popped into my head.
So I got on the App store and just searched on "Jewish", and sure enough, a ton of apps came up. Yup, there's an app for just about everything. Another one recommended at my WW meeting a few weeks ago is Loseit, which supposedly has a very good nutrition info database. I've downloaded it, but haven't used it yet -- altho it may come in handy when we're on vacation and I don't have access to wireless.
You need the right tools. Electronic gadgets may not be your thing. Filling your house with the right foods is always a good tool. Making sure those healthy fruits and veggies are front and center is always a good tool. The right shoes and exercise clothes (no cotton!) is always a good tool. Having those exercise tools ready is always a good tool.
What are your favorite tools?
And just a few more words on the Ultrasimple Diet. People have commented you must have such willpower, I could never give that up, etc. etc.
People, it isn't about willpower. Rely on willpower and you are surely doomed to failure cause we all have moments of weakness.
I. Never. Felt. Deprived.
I didn't crave sweets at all. I assumed that I would, but I just didn't. I even had plans ready for if I did.
It doesn't cut out any food group -- you eat fruits, you eat veggies, you eat whole grains (but not grains containing gluten), you eat protein (and no, it doesn't have to be vegetarian protein).
You do cut out common allergens: peanuts, gluten, nightshade veggies (which I do love -- that's eggplant, tomatoes, peppers), corn. He even says that many people can eat these things with no problem, but the point is to cut it out, then add one thing back at a time, and see if there's something giving you a problem that you weren't aware of.
Oddly enough, tofu is on the diet and soy is a common allergen, too.
And, of course, you do cut out all sugars except for fruit. Now people, sugar isn't a food group no matter how much I might wish it were.
Now, I can't say as my energy levels changed at all. I wake up tired. I think that's more due to the short days than what I'm eating, cause no matter what style of eating I try, my energy level is just never quite where I want it to be.
And there was another nice bonus: I felt a lot calmer. More peaceful. Happier. Maybe it was all that brown rice (which, btw, I happen to like). Maybe it was the fact that DH wasn't here. He is not a calm, happy person -- or rarely -- and that energy can definitely rub off on me.
Ok, off my soapbox now. I had my oatmeal this morning (with plain almond butter whose only ingredient was almonds).
And don't forget, share your favorite tools with us!
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