Thursday, September 25, 2008
I love "Love Song" by Sarah Bereilles (sp?). I looked her up on Amazon, I think it was, and many people were comparing her to Fiona Apple -- unfavorably. I don't know, I never got into Fiona Apple at all -- couldn't think of one of her songs if you asked me about it. But I love "Love Song". I belt it out every time it comes on -- I actually do have a decent voice, so I don't scare the dogs. In fact, when I really get into a song, Lola likes to dance with me. She's excited by my excitement.
This song just always puts a smile on my face. It shouldn't from the words, if you really listen to them, but there's just something about the tune.
When I started this blog I chose that title mainly because I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to write about today. But sometimes just do it works, and as I let my fingers type away, it came to me -- that's what our healthy lifestyle is about: enjoying ourselves! Yes, you can lose weight and enjoy yourself, too.
Sometimes, of course, you won't. Sometimes, no matter how well you treat yourself, you'll feel hungry, tired, deprived, and willing to throw in the towel. You're human, and that's okay. That's why it's a LIFESTYLE.
But if most of the time you're enjoying the process, then you're on the right track. And I've got to remember that -- the next time I have some big goal, I have to remember NOT to push myself. I push myself enough every day, and pushing myself even more just never works for me. I have a much easier time shedding the weight when I just keep on a even keel. Balance. Yet again! Boy, I'm all over the place today.
My question to you: do you enjoy your exercise, your weight loss rate, and your food 80% of the time? If you don't, then it's time to rethink your plan.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Even more than weight loss, that's what I'm after. In many ways, I've already achieved it. In other ways, I'm still a work in progress.
As I noted to a friend recently, I used to get horrible cravings before TOM. I felt like just open up my veins and pour the chocolate in. After many years of working on eating healthy, and about half a year of really concentrating on portion control and mindful eating, I no longer get that way. I may be slightly more hungry before TOM -- which is normal (you also tend to burn a few more calories around that time) -- I don't normally have cravings. Perhaps because I work a treat into every day.
And while I may have gained a small amount of weight over vacation, it vanished quicker than I'd have ever imagine when I returned home to my healthy eating habits. I think going to weekly meetings helps there, too. It would have been easy to present my no-weigh pass, but weighing in kept me accountable -- and gave me that kick in the pants to just get right back on track.
I'm still working on getting the clutter under control. That's definitely a work in progress. Funny, watching Suze Orman on "Oprah" yesterday, and she made a comment about how clutter is almost always a sign of financial disarray. That's something I've been working on, too.
Not that we're overextended; we tend to be fairly frugal. But I really just don't have as good an idea of what we've been spending as I'd like. For several months I've been trying to track what I spend. It's been a sort of off-and-on effort. I recently discovered that SP has a form you can print out to track your expenses. I'm using it.
I'm still going for balance. I recently read an article that suggested instead of striving for balance, appreciate the moments of harmony in your life. While I thnk that's a good suggestion, and I know you can't always achieve balance, I still think it's a good thing to work towards. Unbalanced objects topple.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
A while back I read a blog entry from someone that said she looks around, and thinks about how much better she can look than other women. Now, motivation is a good thing, but her entry was just so sad to me.
Just because someone is thin, or well muscled -- that doesn't make them happy or healhy. There will always be someone thinner, more toned, richer.
I most definitely think that it's important to work out, for many different reasons, one of the best being that it gives me more energy in the long run. I also think it's very important to weight train, because weight training helps build strong bones (not to mention helps prevent injuries because you pick up something too heavy for you).
But I don't need to be ripped. Toned is nice, but I'll probably never have a sixpack, and I know for sure my thighs, hips, and butt will always be large, because I'm a curvy woman -- it's just the way I'm built. And I like being curvy (ok, I'd really like to be just a tiny bit more curvy on top).
I am now at the weight I was when I joined WW back in my late 20s. At that time, I lost almost 40 pounds from this weight. I don't intend to lose 40 more pounds. 30, maybe. For my WW goal -- picked many years ago (but moved up from my original WW goal), I still need to lose 27 pounds. It's still far enough away that I'm not particularly worried about it yet.
Monday, September 22, 2008
In a good way. I realized, yesterday, that healthy habits have pretty much become a lifestyle. That I don't always have to think about it, I just do it. Even when tired.
I reach for fruit after lunch instead of a cookie. I stick to my exercise plan even when I really don't feel like it -- unless I'm truly exhausted and I know I need to take a break. I make sure to include some protein in most meals to have more energy.
Speaking of energy, I've gotten very little sleep, until last night, for the last few days. I had intended to take it easy yeserday and not do much, and while I did take it easy, I ended up doing more than I had planned. Yes, of course, I am tired. Still, I find I have more energy even when very tired than I used to have.
I keep a cutting board on my kitchen island. I put it in my dishwasher to wash last night. Then looking at my dirty kitchen island counter, I just wiped it down, picked up the cleaner, spritzed it, and just did it.
My plan this week was to clean the refrigerator and give the kitchen a good cleaning on Friday. Except I was really tired on Friday, so I didn't clean the kitchen. And then, of course, I had such a terrible night on Friday I didn't have the energy to do it the next day, either. But I saw an opportunity, and I took it. The refrigerator did get mostly cleaned, but I still do have to do a little work on it.
Autopilot can be a good thing. It's what will keep you sticking to your healthy habits when there's little time and you're under a lot of stress (like when I move).
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Actually, what this blog mostly is about is change. But first, no doorbell ringing last night! My fence gates were still closed this morning. I didn't sleep all that well, mostly due to the fact that Lola was either licking her lips or trying to hack up a lung most of the night. She does that every once in a while. Probably too many acorns.
So, on to change. As I've written before, it's a good idea to change up our lives occasionally. Today I decided that I would try out the track near our local school.
On Sundays, along with a couple of other days during the week, I add some jogging intervals to my walks. Good for me, good for the dogs. I push myself to go just a little longer over time, too.
The school I often walk past has a track. I often see people running/walking it. We've been walking past it for almost 3 years now. Today I decided I would give it a try -- I'm not sure dogs are really welcome there, but that's why I chose Sunday.
So we walked over there today, and I jogged around the track 3 times -- but not consecutively; I'd jog one lap, walk a lap, jog a lap, and so on. I thought maybe it was a quarter mile, but it didn't take me all that long to do it and I could easily jog one lap, so I have to believe it's less than that. I'm hoping maybe 1/8 mile, but I'm not sure it's even that long.
Unfortunately, I don't have a functioning pedometer at the moment. Still, I know what I can do, so now I have a measure I can push myself again. Eventually I'll figure out how long it actually is.
Oh, and the coyote? On our way over there a dog dashed out of the woods, across the road, and into the woods on the other side of the road. Only I'm pretty sure it was a coyote. While some areas of Austin are plagued by coyotes, I've never, ever seen one in our neck of the woods -- and we've lived in these parts for 16 years.
I can only surmise that their habitats in other parts of Austin are being so squeezed that they're having to look for new areas. More change, only not always in a good way.
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