Sunday, February 23, 2014
Preparing for upcoming 4th season of Game of Thrones, we plan to watch all the previous episodes. Yesterday night we watched the very first episode. It was a very strange experience, after having seen the "future" in seasons 2-3 and having read all the books...
Everybody is safe, healthy and alive in Winterfell, going about their usual business.
They are worried or angry about their problems, like having to behave like a lady when one is interested in swords and arrows, or being a bastard son disliked by the lawful wife, or being a hostage-guest, or having to see one's husband's bastard son every day and so on... And despite all these annoyances, this is the golden age for this family and household. Some seem to know, some don't. Winter is coming.
This made me think me and my family live in our golden age, together in peace, safety and health. In the past 3 years in love and understanding too.
I'm thankful for having these years of golden age.
I know this will cannot last forever, but I will be aware of every precious day.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time is so subjective...
Before I started my healthy lifestyle journey in June 2011, I always felt under pressure, I always hurried and didn't have time for myself.
Making myself and my health a priority, somehow time opened up and I managed to fit in 8 hours of sleep, 1 hour or more of exercise and making/cooking healthy food and tracking it all - and still had time to do my work and share of household chores.
I really found it amazing at that time.
A few month ago I added a new healthy habit: 45 minutes meditation, yoga or deep relaxation every day.
First I was a bit worried about time, but quite miraculously it fits in well, and I'm still doing my one hour of exercise and all my tasks as before.
Instead of feeling time pressure, I feel peace and spaciousness in my mind.
It is really amazing!
Eating goes well, my weight fluctuates around 1 pound above my goal. It is OK : )
Saturday, February 08, 2014
I'm in week 6 the mindfulness based stress reduction program, it is going well, doing guided sitting meditation and yoga sessions, alternating. Next week is developing my own practice, without soundtracks. I already have a few ideas.
My runs were fun this week: the forest route is covered with packed snow, some places tunred into ice, some places melting.
I was glad I had my new running shoes (goretex upper material) and the snow cleats on. I saw some other runners struggling with the slippery surface.
I bought these snow cleats (Yaktrax) in December 2011, and this is the third winter they are serving me, but they are still as good as new.
By the way, all the running gear I bought at that time is still as good as new, except for the shoes and some socks of course. Pants, shirts, underwear, jacket, headband, gloves, no need to replace anything yet.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Monday evening I packed food for a 3,5-day business trip.
For these trips I pack all my meals (sandwiches, fruits and veggies, yogurt, 1-2 cans of sweet yellow corn), except for breakfast which is provided at the hotel.
These are the times I eat best: all I have is the food I packed Monday evening, and I'm too busy to go buy anything else.
I had my deep relaxation and yoga soundtracks on my iPod, I had the beautiful lake in front of the hotel to run around, and I did all my scheduled meditation / yoga / running sessions as planned.
On the way back home I was very lucky with the weather: the southern half of the country was covered in deep snow, but the highway I traveled on was clean and dry.
This morning I weighed in at my goal weight!
It took me one month to recover from the year end holiday season, both weight and mood.
This was my third Christmas holiday with SP.
The first one was in the weight loss phase, so I paid attention, tracked and measured all my food and my weight kept going down.
The second and the third were in maintenance, and I allowed myself to care less about portions. You know, the feeling of freedom...
Looking back, my mood and energy levels were the best during the first one, so I this year I plan to stick to my healthy habits at Christmas.
The snow still didn't reach our city yet, but the cold arrived: it was -6 oC / 21 oF this morning.
Great running weather!
I enjoyed my usual forest route very much. The colder it is, the faster I run, at the same perceived effort.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
This week was good!
Eating went well: perfect breakfast and lunch and 2 snacks...
and dinner on the good side too: moderate portions with lots of veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers), and 2 squares of dark chocolate.
As I eat the same food and same portions as I did when I tracked all food, I can estimate that my calorie intake must be around 2000 calories, in the upper half of my maintenance range.
Sleeping was better than last week, I got 7-8 hours in, thanks to turning off the light as soon as I got in bed (rather than reading "a few minutes" before sleep.
Exercise went well too, I ended up with 600 fitness minutes and 3160 calories.
I can account for the excess minutes: in addition to my usual activity, I did and tracked three 45 minute yoga sessions, but it doesn't seem to explain the extra calories...
This is the first time I'm doing yoga, part of the 8-week mindfulness based stress reduction program. I'm in week 3, and now alternate between deep relaxation ("body scan") and yoga, 45 minutes per day. These yoga postures are easy, I'm following a soundtrack and a book.
The hard thing is to find a quiet place where nobody disturbs me, not even the cat : )
The bedroom is too small for that.
My daughter was happy to hear I'm doing yoga, once I finish this program we can do yoga together!
Note: she does yoga or pilates every day, nothing else and all her muscles are so firm and shaped, her abs are beautiful
Extra weight is coming off: now I'm only 1-2 pounds above my target.
This is a good thing in maintenance: temporary holiday gains tend to go away from simply returning to normal maintenance habits, no need to go back to weight loss mode.
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