Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Martha Beck is at it again, with a great article in this month's "O".
JIT = just in time
JIC = just in case
Basically, JIC is hoarding mentality. Stockpiling things "just in case". JIT, OTOH, is trusting that the universe will provide you with the right stuff at the right moment.
I am trying to make the switch. DH is very much stuck in JIC, which can be frustrating, but considering I've been stuck there myself, I try to empathize. As with most things in life, all I can try to do is lead by example (not that I'm perfect by any means).
JIC can definitely apply to food, too, and I'm not just talking about stockpiling food for times of famine -- which is a good thing to do, in moderation. But how many times have you had a "last supper"? You know, the kind of meal where you'll start your diet tomorrow, so you're going to enjoy everything you love at this "last" meal? Or how many times have you shoved food into your mouth without really tasting it because you're subconsciously afraid you'll never get stuff this good again? The irony in that, of course, is that you end up not really tasting this "great" stuff.
That's why we're back to a lifestyle, yet again. Because if you know you can have whatever you want, when you want it, you can let go of the fear and the worry and the feelings of deprivation. It's so easy to make this so much harder than it needs to be. Don't get me wrong, losing weight IS hard work, but it doesn't have to be Mt. Everest. If we learn to trust the universe (or God, if you're religious), we'll realize that we already have what we need.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
A while back I read about kettlebells somewhere. Always wanting to try the newest craze, I read up on them, found a kettlebell sparkteam -- www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=20249 -- and did some sleuthing on kettlebell DVDs.
A kettlebell, btw, is a round ball-type weight with a handle. So you use either one or two hands to do the exercises.
I got the Iron Core, Volum 1 at target, along with a 10 lb kettlebell. Tried it once; wasn't really impressed.
But I decided I need to switch things up. I've been doing YBB almost exclusively for several months now. I dusted off my kettlebell and did the whole DVD yesterday -- the first time I tried it, I only did the "circuit", as they call it, once. It IS better when you do all of it, because they mix it up more as you go on.
I actually do still find it somewhat boring, and it definitely doesn't feel like cardio to me (they tout it as cardio and strength training, which is part of the appeal, of course), but it definitely works my legs in a different way than normal strength training. I'm going to stick with it for the next couple of weeks.
I also came across www.misfitla.com/ ; that looks interesting, too. I think I read about it in Fitness Magazine.
I think my problem with the Iron Core is that they have you do one exercise, then wait 30 seconds before doing the next -- which is probably why it doesn't feel like cardio to me. Of course, I could do something with those 30 seconds, and I probably should, but I didn't.
The biggest problem with kettlebells is that I really ought to take a class, but don't know of any here. I know that it can be easy to hurt yourself if your form isn't correct, and I do have problems with the kettlebell sort of slapping my wrists -- just a little bit -- but I tend to be really sensitive to that sort of thing. Nothing else bothers me, so hopefully I'm doing it right.
Monday, April 06, 2009
So I came across this recipe for chocolate yogurt in one of my non-spark newsletters. I often have some yogurt and granola as a snack or a dessert, and since Passover starts in a couple of days, this sure sounded good to me.
I tried it yesterday, but it didn't do it for me. It just didn't taste chocolate to me at all. You simply add 1 tbsp cocoa, 1 tsp sugar, and 1/4 tsp vanilla to plain, no fat yogurt -- but I really wasn't feeling the chocolate.
I may have to pick up some frozen yogurt or coconut milk at the grocery store this week. While not necessarily strictly kosher for Passover, I'm not a purist, and it's close enough for me. Last year I made us a really yummy flourless chocolate torte, but I just don't need all that dessert hanging around when we're moving 2 weeks from this Saturday (yikes, did I really type that?).
Actually, I have a recipe for chocolate toffee matzo. I DO plan to try that -- not that I really need it -- and send some of it up to my husband, who is unlikely to be observing Passover at all with me not there. Not to mention that it sounds too yummy to keep it all here. Basically chocolate, sugar, butter & matzo. Bring on the sugar coma!
Getting in my little something sweet is definitely a challenge at Passover, and even more so when you're vacating the house shortly afterward.
On the good news front, we have booked our flights, so I feel much better about that. I was getting a bit anxious about that with my husband dragging his feet about it -- and in the end he had me do it! I would have done it weeks ago if I'd known I could.
Sunday, April 05, 2009
That's the title of the book I picked up on Friday. Like all "diet" books that claim not to be diet books, it tells you that diet books don't work (so just why should we read it?).
The concepts are mostly ones I have already come to on my own -- after years of struggling with my weight, of course. One of the reasons I bought the book was the recipes. There aren't a lot, but they sure look good.
I would still recommend this book. The information might be new to you, and I am still finding enough in it that is helpful to me. It never occurred to me, for instance, to make up individual salads ready to go (sans dressing). I like salad, but it always seems to be too much effort. But how much effort would it be to put several salads in individual bowls in one sitting, then just dump that out into a salad bowl and add dressing when you want one? I will definitely be trying this, although I wonder how fresh the ingredients will stay.
I'd also never really thought about balancing my meals. Oh, there are all sorts of ideas about food combining out there, and that's not totally what this is about. But what if you ate a more protein-centric meal after you'd had a pasta or bread-centric meal earlier?
In fact, I think the 2 ideas go together: eat a pasta lunch, how about a salad dinner (with some protein in your salad, of course).? It's an idea I intend to think about.
The one thing I don't like about the book is that she tells you that naturally thin people don't weight and measure their food or count their calories, and if you do it, you're being obssessive.
That may be true, but here's the catch: I'm not a naturally thin person. I doubt I ever will be a natually thin person. Counting and sometimes (but not always) measuring is what works for ME.
And that's the really important point: what works for me won't necessarily work for you. It would be a boring world if we were all cookie-cutter copies of each other. THAT's why there's so many weight loss books out there -- someone finds what works for them, and they naturally want to share it (or profit from it). It may work for you; it may not; or you may walk away with just a few new ideas that work for you.
In the end, it's up to us to decide what does and doesn't work for us.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
I am both a realist and an optimist. I think it's the only way to be! You can't bury you head in the sand, but life is too short to go through it feeling sad and worried about everything.
Right now I live in a ranch-style house, and I love that. Everything on one floor. I don't have to lug laundry up and down stairs. We are moving into a raised ranch, however. More exercise! It will be interesting trying to figure out how to retrain the dogs, since they'll have to go downstairs to go outside. How will they ask to go outside when I'm upstairs? We'll figure it out.
Before we moved to this house, we lived in a condo with 3 levels. So I had to lug laundry up 2 flights of stairs.
I love to cook, and for the first time in this house, I have a wonderful kitchen. Unfortunately, the new house has a kitchen that's about a third of the size, with appliances that I mostly wouldn't choose. Less to clean! Which is a good thing, considering that I am cleaning-challenged.
While I still can't say that I'm thrilled to be moving, I also realize that my parents are no spring chickens. They are in their early to mid-80s. We are mostly blessed with longevity in our family, but still, they are getting up there. This move will allow me to see my parents much more frequently.
I had to think long and hard about finding a silver lining in being overweight. At first, I truly couldn't think of anything. Granted, I could eat what I wanted -- but I didn't, not really, I was always trying to eat healthy even at my heaviest. And I realized that was my answer: being overweight has led me to learn a great deal about the food I put into my body.
If I were a naturally thin person, I'd probably be unhealthy because I'd be eating all sorts of junk. Being heavy, however, has driven me to learn about what healthy eating is really about. I don't think I know it all; I'm always learning new stuff and trying new things.
There are always silver linings in any problem if you look hard enough and have the right attitude. Just this week Oprah interviewed Michael J. Fox. Who would ever think there is a silver lining to Parkinson's Disease? Yet it has led him to appreciate his time with his children more, driven him to become a writer -- things that might not have ever happened if he hadn't become sick.
If you are stuck in the doldrums, search out your silver lining. There's a rainbow at the end; I promise.
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