Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I'm catching up with my SFs and read two great blogs which made me once again count my blessings.
EARTHSEAME wrote about growing up in a culture of deprivation, of food lacking sweetness or joy, of day old bread and old and wormy fruits and vegetables. Her 'comfort' foods became high fat, high sugar substitutes, but now she eats "to fuel my precious body."
WALKINGANNIE wrote about facing social pressures to consume more. After visiting her beautiful country, I completely empathize. I booked B&Bs and while the 'full breakfast' varied from city to city and hotel to hotel, it never contained less than 2 meats, always an egg (or 3), often beans and never fruit. In addition, the 'culture' foods of gastro-pubs were Bangers and Mash and Sunday Roasts served with pints of beer or drams of whiskey.
As I've started to become mindful of my eating, I've discovered my 'comfort' food has everything to do with the 'culture' I was raised in. As opposed to EARTHSEAME and WALKINGANNIE, I was raised in a food culture that while we were to clean our plates (because children were starving in China), our plates contained bountiful fresh fruits and vegetables as well as meat and potatoes.
Now my ‘culture’ includes my SparkFriends, who bring me ‘comfort’ through sharing their experiences and wisdom.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
My blogs this week are all over the map, but @ this point, I am just going with the flow.
Since most of my 'free' time is consumed with finalizing plans for our trip across 'the pond', I'm finding inspiration in my Spark Mail.
Week 2 of the Sleep Challenge includes "7 Hidden Ways to Get Better Sleep" www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
1. Environment - bedrooms are for sleeping (and other pleasures)
2. Routine (remember getting babies to bed?)
3. Stop eating at least three hours before bedtime
4. Consider herbal teas or a small glass of warm milk
5. Learn to nap (for no longer than 20 minutes)
6. Take control of your worries - journal and close the book on the day
7. Get a check-up if you can't sleep
Other than no having time to nap (might be a good habit to start after work?), I have no problem following the advice and actually have for years.
My problem is night sweats, throwing off the covers, freezing, throwing on the covers, sweating... you get the picture...
Looking forward to some advice on that!
Friday, July 02, 2010
WALKINGANNIE always gets me thinking by gently playing with words. She congratulated me on my 'cycle of improvement' for gaining confidence biking. Cycles of improvement...
I changed my long time profile picture to my bride's dress, not only because it fit, but in honor of my sis' 40th wedding anniversary. Cycles of improvement, Circles of Life...
I recently changed it to a piece of my brother's artwork depicting a 'moon' chef with her companion sun peeking through the window, not only to represent my next step on my healthy journey, but because I miss him and want him with me as I grow. Cycles of improvement, Circles of Life, Breathing In and Breathing Out...
DIANEPBH posted fabulous photos and a delectable recipe as she is experimenting with new foods every few weeks. She didn't know she would serve as my guide for my next cycle of improvement and circle of life.
Here's to breathing in and breathing out.
Namaste my wonderful Spark Friends!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I've now ridden close to a hundred miles since getting my bike out of storage. While some of the rides have been a chore (105 degree heat, high humidity and less than courteous drivers), most have been joyous. I thought joyous might be an exaggeration, but I'm blessed with a group of 3D friends who meet @ 7:00 on Saturday to ride, catch some coffee, pastries and the latest news; and the solitary rides to work in the early morning give me time for contemplation.
This morning I realized my cycling confidence has grown ten-fold. When I first started, I used the brakes continuously and every bump in the sidewalk gave me a conniption. Now I'm able to hear the birds and squirrels, watch the sun fill the sky, view the clouds and say hello to my fellow walkers and bikers. I'm still cautious, but have learned my cycling is part of me and I am just part of the bigger universe.
It was the same when I started to track my food. I was afraid of being honest, of learning my triggers, of admitting sometimes I ate out of boredom or anger or fear. As I became more confident in my ability to eat well, I began to enjoy tracking and learning more about nutrition. I saw my eating as part of my life pattern and as I started to relish healthy foods, I found more joy.
My food confidence expanded to include exercise confidence, then meditation confidence, and now cycling confidence.
I'm loving this journey and
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