Sunday, June 23, 2013
So today I am serving as one of many chaperones at a parade, walking alongside the band handing out water as the kids need it. Honestly I've always thought it was sort of a dorky thing to do - the ultimate in helicopter parenting. Back when I was in band, parents did not march with the band and hand out water in the middle of the parade! Anyhoo, now I'm doing it, and as it turns out they often do have kids get overheated, so I guess this water thing is a good idea!
I'm realizing what an alcohol-soaked world I live in. In our little neck of the woods, alcohol is ever-present, normal, expected. If you don't partake, people notice. I'm starting to question this. As I blogged yesterday, I need and want to take care of myself. I won't drink because people are pressuring me to. We attended an event yesterday where I probably would have had a drink or two. But inspired as I am to radically take care of myself, I chose water and then Gatorade. I was questioned repeatedly on this. Whatev. It's my choice and I'm happy with it, so back off! LOL. I guess that's the cool thing once you've thought things through. No amount of outside pressure can derail you.
Ah, glorious summer! Let the good times roll!
Saturday, June 22, 2013
I'm re-reading a wonderful book by Anne Lamott called Some Assembly Required. It's so filled with humor and love and wisdom, I just keep reading it over and over and over again. Everything she writes is so honest and true. I love it!
One particular line has been popping to the forefront of my consciousness in the last few days. She describes a scene where someone has given her an entire chocolate cake for her birthday, and she is alone with it in a hotel room. She describes the cake, the danger of it being there, as a snake. The part that keeps popping into my head is -- and I'm paraphrasing here -- where she says that she discovered after 40-some years that the most radical thing she knows is that she gets to take care of herself.
Isn't that the truth?
We can choose to overindulge and be lazy and suffer the consequences. Or we can choose to nurture our bodies, minds, and souls to make ourselves as healthy as we can be. It's our gift and our choice and our burden.
Those people we know who seem so fit and healthy and happy? It's not luck! It's the choices they've made to get them to that point.
Granted some people take really great care of themselves and still suffer with illness. But how many of our physical ailments are the result of our own bad self-care? Many, I suspect.
I want to feel great. I want to feel energetic and up for whatever the day can be. Not sluggish and lazy and blah. I know that to achieve that state of well-being, I need enough sleep, enough water, enough good nutrition, good relationships with my family members and friends, harmony within myself, knowing that I am living up to my own principles...
Wow, it's a lot, but it's all important. They all must be in balance for me to feel right with the world. Sometimes some of those items get out of whack and it throws me off. Sometimes I don't even realize why I'm in a funk, but eventually it becomes more obvious, and I have to work to resolve it.
I reached a point with one of those issues this week, and it really made me step back and re-evaluate how I've been living. Thank God. I think I needed that slap in the face to come clean and get back on the right path again.
And so it begins. Again. Better. One step at a time. One day at a time. Radical self care.
I feel selfish saying that. I must take care of me - me - ME - MEEEEE! But the truth is if we don't take care of ourselves, we aren't much good to our family either. Do you feel like making your family a nice meal or enjoying a bike ride together when you feel like crap? Are you setting a good example for your family by eating/serving crappy food and never exercising? No. Self-care = family care. It all works together.
Take care of yourself for your own good AND your family's.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Happy Father's Day to all the men out there who love their children.
I am so blessed to have been raised by the best dad I ever could have hoped for. Oh how I miss him! His humor, wisdom, calming presence, adventurous spirit... and the way he always -- always -- put family first. Remembering how well he raised me and my sisters inspires me to be a better mom. Thank you, Dad! I miss you and I love you!
I am also blessed to have married a wonderful man who is a wonderful father to our boys. He has many of those same qualities that my dad had, but his own unique style. His level-headedness and easy-going demeanor inspire me to calm down and enjoy the simple things in life. Thank you, Dan! I love you!
Today is a day to remember dads, to celebrate and honor them, and to be inspired by them.
Thank you, dads!
Saturday, June 15, 2013
My goal weight for as long as I can remember has been 120 pounds. And now I am within striking distance. Soooooo close!!
I'm one of those every-day weighers. I like to know, even with all the fluctuations. For me, it helps me stay on track.
A few months ago, I had a brief dip into the 120s. The scale hit 129. But it didn't last.
Last week I had one of those flukey weigh-ins. For no reason whatsoever, my weight dropped from 131 to 127. What?!?! I've been running again and doing better with my eating, but dropping 4 pounds in a day is not normal. So I expected to see a jump again the next day, and I did. Up to 129. WOOHOO still in the 120s!! And then for no apparent reason I'm back up to 131. Darn, bye-bye, 120s, see you again soon!
Soon, very soon, I will get back into the 120s, not by fluke, but through hard work and dedication. I will get there! 129...128...127...126...125..............
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Someone requested an update about my little talk at work about Sparkpeople. Here it is!
It was a very informal affair, with about 12 people attending. First a guy came and spoke about his bootcamp exercise program. Then I spoke about Sparkpeople, and another guy spoke about loseit.com and fitbit.
It went very well. I showed them how to enter food in the food tracker and exercise in the exercise tracker. And I showed some other features that I use a lot, like trivia, articles, and teams. I was glad for the opportunity to spread the word!
I have to say I was curious about loseit.com after the guy's presentation. One nice thing about that is you can see at a glance your calories in and calories expended. I'm not sure if that's a good way to do it or not, but it seemed convenient to have it all summarized on one page. So... I wandered over to loseit.com and created an account. AHEM. It recommended something crazy like 750 calories a day for me. (STRIKE ONE!) I thought maybe that was taking into account exercise, as in, "If you exercise for 3 hours today, you may eat another morsel." So I proceeded to try to enter my calories for breakfast. AHEM. Kashi cereal - searched and found. Milk - searched and found. Trader Joe's hazelnut creamer - NOT IN THEIR DATABASE. (STRIKE TWO!) I closed my account.
I am still curious about the fitbit though. I might look into that -- AND the bootcamp.
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