Sunday, December 12, 2010
About yourself, that is?
I know some of you are sitting there and grumbling to yourself that nothing about you amazes you. But there's always something -- you just have been taught to downplay your own strengths and you've probably put yourself on the back burner as well.
It's definitely time to take center stage!
So what brought on this blog? I was looking at my neck in the mirror the other day.
For the longest time I thought I didn't have much of a neck. And quite frankly, at almost 50, it isn't my most attractive feature.
But I have discovered that while I'm certainly no Audrey Hepburn, my neck is a lot longer than I imagined. In fact, I'm noticing that a lot lately. I look at that photo of me before my first 5k. At the time, all I could focus on was that little bitty muffin top. Now I look at it, and I see slender legs and arms. Lookin' good, as they say.
Yeah, it's a narcisstic blog, but in a good way. When you notice the good stuff about yourself -- your looks, your abilities, your strengths, what have you -- you FEEL good about yourself. When you feel good about yourself, you're motivated to take better care of yourself. You're sparked!
And on a totally different subject, there are all sorts of eating plans floating around out there (for a price) on the Internet. They all say they'll refund your money, no questions asked, within a certain time period. The gimmick being that what have you got to lose (pun intended).
I've tried a few. The latest one, "Cheat Your Way Thin", wasn't for me. As I mentioned, I've taken some ideas from it, but in the end, it was just too complicated for me and I wasn't losing much weight either.
I must say I was impressed -- yes, I got my refund, no questions asked, within 24 hours. I'm sure there are unscrupulous plans and sites out there -- this one happened to be recommended by a source I trust, but it's the first time I've asked for my money back and I was really expecting questions. There weren't any. Just sayin'.
So what amazes you about yourself?
Saturday, December 11, 2010
When we were in Kauai, we went to a beach I'd read about. It was quite scenic, and not that hard to find (or get to) but what the guidebook didn't say was that the gates are locked at 6 pm. It also didn't tell you that if you park in the second lot, you are right by the beach. If you park in the first lot, you have to walk over to the second lot or take a shortcut. Only it wasn't apparent which trail actually led to the beach.
So it was getting on for 5:30 pm and we knew we had to leave (cause the roads are barely roads and you have to drive real slow). Only DH thought if we just climb this sand dune, we can take a short cut back to where we parked.
There are no shortcuts.
I got to the top of the dune and basically it just dropped off into nothingness. So now we had to climb back down it (did I mention this was a very large dune?) -- and DH was still looking for the short cut! He kept dragging me off in all directions in the hopes of finding a shorter route, when in the end if we had just gone back the way we came (as I suggested) we would have walked less.
There are no shortcuts in healthy eating, either. Low carb. MUFAs. Cabbage soup diets. And so on. While there might be a kernel of truth in even the wackiest of diets, the truth is simple:
Eat predominantly whole foods
Stop eating before you're full to the point of bursting
Yup, it really is that simple.
I know people who've done a wide variety of wacky diets -- and yes, they're all successful for a diet (because at the heart of a wacky diet, it's cutting out whole food groups and thus restricting your calorie intake without you potentially even realizing it) -- but I know very few people who've stayed on their wacky diets for years.
This crazy holiday season, while you're stepping away from the sugarplum fairies, also step away from the wacky diets. You know what to do.
Friday, December 10, 2010
We'll get to the title in a bit.
Well, heard a dog click-clicking on our fake wood floors early this morning. Should I get up? Let DH handle it? I let DH handle (or not handle it as the case may be) and that was a mistake. Walked in later to let the dogs out to find a "big" (for a small dog) yucky pile of poo.
Seriously, how can DH sleep thru that? Just the walking around alone would've woken me up. And of course I could smell it as soon as I stepped in the room (and he claims I can't smell anything).
Things could always be worse -- I know he tried (just wish he'd lick DH awake), and of course he could've just let rip on the bed and that would've been a godawful mess. This was easy enough to clean up.
Did get myself to the pool last night. It's easier to psych myself into that than running outside, since I leave a nice warm house and don't hit the frigid air til I arrive at the school. That first lap is a killer, and then I'm fine.
Pleased to find out that while there will be a 2 week break from swimming over the holidays, I can get back to it in January - February (only once a week, but that just makes the running schedule a bit easier to work around it). I'm assuming that there will be a spring break and then another session.
I so love to swim. I've been missing it for years. I love how it's a total body workout like so few things are. I've found I even enjoy crawl again. I might have to invest in a wet suit tho! Not quite sure where you even buy those.
So as I was swimming, I was thinking about the roles we play. Mine was always the quiet, shy, bookworm-brainy girl. My brother was the trouble maker. And my sister was the athlete.
Yet we are not defined by the roles we think we play. Apparently my BIL used to be a runner before he messed up his leg in a horrible skiing accident (he still skies). My sister tried to go with him once, and immediately decided running wasn't for her (swimming is her sport -- I enjoy it, but she's really good at it).
But she didn't ease into it like I did. She just went with her husband one day, figuring she was reasonably fit, and thought she was going to die afterwards and never tried again.
I have been trying to run -- God knows why -- off & on for years. And it didn't stick until SP. Because now I have a whole team of people encouraging me, inspiring me, giving me advice. I am even beginning to pay it forward -- chatting with a woman about running after swimming last night, telling her my story, telling her about a running program for beginners at a local sporting shoes store that I've heard praise for but haven't tried myself and C25K.
We are not assigned roles, however much it might feel as if we are. We can play any role we put our mind to.
So what's your role? And what role do you REALLY want to play?
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Ok, most everyone at my WW meeting this morning was reporting great losses with their new PointsPlus program. I, however, saw a small gain -- but I am not surprised. Yes, traveling, less exercise than normal due to not feeling well, lots more eating out than normal (including both lunch & dinner yesterday), and TOM due to arrive any moment.
Actually, just those last 2 items could definitely account for the gain (only .4 lb -- I am not worried, but of course I'm a bit envious).
But I'm excited. This week should be much more normal for me. Whether or not my folks are coming up in a few days is still a question mark. Called them this afternoon, which has been my first free moment to catch my breath almost since getting back, but they weren't in so I left a message.
Got the snow tires on, the oil changed, stopped at Target & Sports Authority, and Barnes & Noble.
I must say, even tho it's damn cold out there (won't get much over 20F today), I could actually potentially see myself running this afternoon . . . if it weren't a non-running week. But I still do plan to go swimming this evening. Well, that's the plan at the moment, anyway. We'll see what decision I make when I'm actually faced with the dark & cold. But I wrote it here, so it's much more likely to happen.
Did well at SA (with a $25 off coupon & a $25 giftcard) and stocked up on more cold weather running gear, including a knit hat with a neck warmer and a visor. And a really cool Nike top with a hoodie that has a slit so I can put my ponytail out thru it -- I assume, anyway, I sure didn't have my hair in a ponytail today!
I usually spend about the first 5 minutes of my runs walking to warm up. I think I may have to start warming up by walking inside, and then hit the road running. We'll see.
I'm really surprised that no one has come up with the running boot yet . . . cause quite frankly I'd be first in line!
So I'm excited to give the new PointsPlus program my all this week, and hopefully see a reward next week.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
I am back home. My car is fixed. The cats slept with us last night. First time in years Giz has slept with us; he won't sleep with us when the dogs are here, and doesn't even usually sleep with us anymore on the rare occasion they're not -- guess the cold was really getting to them! In the low 20s, and not likely to get warmer anytime soon.
So, I was faced with lots of food decisions the last few days. You'd think staying in someone else's home would make life easier -- and it does to some degree -- but it also comes with its challenges -- and surprises.
Like one night we had Chinese. My SIL picked it up, and did ask what we wanted, but since we didn't have a menu I really didn't know what to say. Thankfully my MIL is not supposed to have sodium (her high BP is now damaging her kidneys with all the stress and that is obviously very upsetting) -- so they got here steamed veggies (and I ate most of them). Dodged a bullet there!
Talked MIL into some roast asparagus with the roast beef she made, and along with the salad enough to fill me up.
Luckily my SIL made brussel sprouts AND broccoli to go with the beer butt chicken, so I was good there.
Got deli one day, but since I was the one to buy it, thankfully I had control and got myself a veggie sandwich.
So about those choices -- my BIL also went out to get us fresh bagels & lox one day. The bagels were even warm. I chose not to have one. I can have bagels & lox anytime, and we have some in the freezer back home. Granted, they're not fresh bagels, but I have millet & flax bagels that I really enjoy and they even have a tiny bit of nutritional value.
It's all about choosing when to splurge and when not to. As I said, I can have bagels & lox anytime. I chose to splurge more in Hawaii, on things I don't normally eat -- and only when it was really good too.
So when you're faced with all those choices, ask yourself if this is something you could make yourself? Is it something you can have anytime? Or is it something you really want, and rarely have?
You don't have to be on the see-food diet (see food, eat food). You DO have choices.
I even had a choice last night -- our plane was late getting into Atlanta, so we had no time to get dinner. I always travel with protein bars. ALWAYS. For this very reason. I was able to eat a protein bar, we did get a snack box and I had some pita chips & hummus as well, and one square of Lindt chocolate that I had with me.
This time I also chose to go light on the exercise. I like to take one week off of running every month or so, and I'd already planned for that to be this week. I had planned to do some yoga, OTOH, but that never happened. I knew I needed some rest since I wasn't feeling 100% and it seemed like there were people coughing up lungs next to us on every flight. So far, so good.
I did get lots of walking in tho. FIL must be in constant motion. The man doesn't sit down from the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed -- literally. And there is nothing that he enjoys doing anymore (other than eating). Eating and being in motion are the only times he's calm and/or happy.
We took him out on longer walks than my MIL normally does, without my MIL, on the hills she doesn't like to walk on (altho it would be good for her). It's the only thing that prevents meltdowns. We spent about 8+ hours a day with them, so my MIL could also have a break and shower or just lay down, things that are difficult for her.
She does have help most days, and normally my SIL will take my FIL for an hour or so every day, but she took a break too obviously while we were there. I truly don't know how my MIL does it. Imagine having a toddler who never naps and can't entertain itself even for a second -- and just like a toddler, you have to watch him so he doesn't try to eat something inedible. She didn't have any help except for that last day we were there, which is when we went on the chocolate tour.
We feel guilty that we can't help more, but what can you do when you're clear across the country? She's good about it, but I know my SIL resents the fact that we can't help more -- she's human.
Well, anyway, I'm rambling. Remember, you have choices. When presented with all those holiday goodies, don't just dive right in. Give it some thought. And always remember why you're making the choices you are. Write down your goals. Put them where you'll read them every day. Put before & after photos where you can see them -- to remember how far you've come, and to motivate you to make healthy choices.
You CAN lose weight before the end of the year.
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