Wednesday, August 15, 2012
We've all heard by now that sugar is bad for you. You hadn't heard? Listen up: SUGAR IS BAD FOR YOU!
We know we should cut back on cookies, candy, pop, and ice cream, if for no other reason than it makes us fat. Well, that is the main reason for a lot of us!
A friend told me years ago that there's a connection between sugar and cancers. I had this vague understanding, but still I clung to my "treats" because mentally they kept me from all-out binging. If I can have a cookie and track it, it keeps me from feeling deprived and eating 10. In theory.
I'm not saying I'm giving up sugar completely. I'm not. But the 60 Minutes segment they aired recently about sugar and the link between sugar and a variety of illnesses (cancer, heart disease, diabetes) really prompted me to get real about my sugar intake. As they say, not all calories are created equally. 1200 calories of cookies are not the same as 1200 calories of a well-balanced diet.
The 60 Minutes sugar show and watching a couple friends radically reduce their sugar intake has motivated me to cut back. I've quit and re-started drinking pop many times over the years, and now I've quit again. My usual lunch-time cookie or brownie -- I now eat half. Do I feel deprived? Not at all. I still have my "treats" -- they're just not so bad or so big.
These small changes resulted in my usual maxing out on my carb range to coming in comfortably on the low end. And it really hasn't been difficult.
I really like knowing that I'm taking care of this body. I'm doing what I can to minimize my chances of having health issues. I'm making myself as healthy as I can be!
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Last night I went to the Y to run. My goal was 3.4 miles, but it started off not so great. I was only .38 miles into it, feeling quite sluggish, when the fire alarm went off! Most of us kept right on working out, waiting to see if it was a false alarm. After a few minutes, they made us go outside.
We waited outside a while... and then a while longer. I stretched and walked around. I was weighing my options. Believe me, the thought occurred to me to just quit. Oh yeah... my keys are in the locker room.
I went over to the picnic table, switched my MP3 player to a meditation podcast, and tuned out the world. I've been meaning to retry meditation, and somehow day after day goes by without me managing to squeeze it in. Here was my perfect opportunity -- nothing else to do!
After that, some Y workers came around and told us it would probably be another 15 minutes before we could go in. There was no fire, but they had to reset the alarms.
I decided to finish my run outside. Man, was I sluggish! Allergies? Heat? Tired muscles? All of the above? I managed to run 2 miles, and that was truly all I had in me yesterday! 2 + .38 = a full mile short of my goal for the day. Oh well, something is better than nothing!
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
So........... last night I had several beverages while cooking and eating dinner. My son wanted to play tennis after dinner. Sure, said I. So we walked over to the tennis courts.
I didn't feel intoxicated, but let me tell you: It's true what they say about slower reflexes! We've been playing tennis a lot in the last few weeks, and in general I can beat him. He's improving and he's young, so my days beating him are numbered. Anyway, last night, despite my efforts, he was killing me! We were playing to 8, and he was up 4-0.
We noticed some people we know playing on another court, so we chatted with them for about 5 minutes. FIVE MINUTES. Then we resumed our match. Alcohol worn off by this point? Stubborn determination overcame slower reflexes? 1-4... 2-4... And on and on.
I beat him 8-5.
He blamed it on that FIVE-MINUTE chat... threw off his game. HA!
Saturday, August 04, 2012
This morning my plan was to get up and run after having a small breakfast and giving myself some time to digest. Well, that turned into two massive mugs of coffee, by which time my tummy was in no condition to go for a run. Okay, I'll just give myself a little more time and have some water… GREAT – now it's storming! Massive rain, lightening, thunderstorm!
Excuse #1: pukey
Excuse #2: rain
I waited. I drank water. I changed into running clothes and shoes. I checked the weather. It looked like a break between storms -- a big break! Plenty of time for me to run!
I took off running, thinking if I puke, I puke. Chalk it up to experience. But, surprisingly, the nausea faded. I felt great! So great, in fact, that I skipped my usual walk at 1 mile. I kept trucking along. And then I skipped my walk at 2 miles. I noticed the darkening sky. Who cares?! I don't mind running in a little rain. I skipped my walk at 3 miles and decided I might as well go farther than planned since I felt so great! It started to sprinkle just random little drops -- delightful, actually. I felt so happy jogging in the rain!
When I was about a half mile from home, it started raining in earnest. Massive, gushing downpour. Tee hee! I felt like a kid! I felt so dedicated! I felt so energized! I ran, ran, ran, ran, ran!!!
That's the first time I've ever run when I felt completely capable, completely physically and mentally capable to keep on going -- never questioning how much longer before I can walk, no gasping for breath or worrying about my knees. I loved every minute of it!
See what can happen when you knock down those excuses and just go for it! Giant rewards!
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Good news: I gained only 1 pound on vacation. I guess all that exercise worked off the excess calories. What a relief.
So now for the August 10-pound challenge, I have 10.5 to lose. That's a good, lofty challenge. I think I work better with aggressive goals.
I really want to master the self-control so that I can go on vacation and still eat reasonably. It's a bit of a concern that my eating is perhaps just a tad OCD. Just a tad? A big tad. That's all fine and good when I'm home and in my normal routine. Well, I'm not going to obsess on this right now. I'm back home, and I can get back in my good routines. I know where I messed up and can try to do better next time we go out of town.
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