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
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The weather broke yesterday (still a little hot for golf), but it is absolutely gorgeous today. I rode the bike to work in 62 degree weather under blue skies and am ready to change to go out for my lunchtime walk in 76 degree weather.
Doesn't get much better than this!
Happy Tuesday All!
PS - Prune study folks have tried to contact me, so may still be able to participate (unless I need to be in Florida...)
Friday, June 25, 2010
Just joined the Sleep Challenge as after years of sleeping like the dead, I've been sleeping fitfully following the 'change'.
(Not sure what I 'changed' into )
As part of the first week, we're to keep a journal which includes the following questions:
1. What time did you wake up?
2. What time are you lying down to go to sleep?
3. What, if any, was your bedtime routine?
4. What were the last food(s) you consumed?
5. Did you exercise?
6. Did you consume any alcoholic beverages?
7. Did you consume any caffeinated drinks or foods?
8. Did you take any medications?
9. Did you take any naps today?
10. What types of stressors did you encounter today, and what types do you expect to encounter tomorrow?
11. How hungry did you feel today?
12. How awake did you feel today?
13. How irritable did you feel today?
14. How long did it take you to fall asleep?
15. How many times did you wake up?
16. In total, how many hours did you sleep?
Good questions to make me aware of habits and triggers, plus if it's anywhere as successful as the exercise and food journaling, I should be sleeping like a baby in no time...
More info can be found @ www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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