Saturday, July 29, 2006
I'd like to pause for a moment and welcome back some old friends that have been missing in action
Hello Collarbone, nice to see you re-emerging and making me look good again in a simple black T-shirt.
Hi Cheekbones, hey guys! I'm glad you're showing up again. Means, no more guess-work as to where to apply blush in the mornings. Really glad to have you back.
Oh hello Hip bone, c'mon, don't be shy, I can see you peeking from under all that blubber. I know I almost forgot you existed, and I apologize for that, but you see, I'm working on it. Soon you'll be able to hug *hip-hugging*(what a sweet term)jeans. Yes dear, you might live to see yourself in the spotlight once more. I promise.
I'd also like to say goodbye to some acquaintances that expressed the wish to leave, so I will not hold them back.
Bye tummy, it was nice meeting you, but you never really felt at home with me, and I'm sorry for being a bad host. Go live on a teddy bear or a little baby, and everyone will think you're soooooo cute! Trust me.
Ah, emerging double chin! Nice try. Now tell me, what was THAT all about? Where you trying to make me look goofy by growing a second head on my skinny neck? Don't you have any sense of proportion? Sheeesh.
Goodbye big arms. I'm grateful that you didn't grow just flabby, BUT you didn't look very feminine, and gave me the appearance of an old hunchback, troubled by life, ready to spit tobacco into a cup. All in all, not terrible, but not pretty either. However, I think you would look terrific on a pro wrestler, really! Go for it, you might be pleasantly surprised.
So much for the body. There have been some other improvements as well. I tend to fall asleep faster, and feel less tired during the day. I think it must be all that fruit I started eating. I always loved veggies, but fruit was either too messy, too sour, too ....oh, something, I don't know. But this summer I tried all sorts of fresh berries, different sorts of grapes, and the like, and they all tasted great.
Oh, and I made hummus for the first time in my life. It turned out to be the perfect dip for veggies I normally wouldn't eat raw, like zucchini, mushrooms, or cauliflower. It's just so neat to discover new healthy snacks and be able to balance out your day with them, like yesterday, when my body demanded (or at least I thought so:-) pizza for breakfast and I had to put 800 cheesy delicious calories in the food tracker for one meal! The rest of the day I did the *hummus and veggie sticks* thing, snacked on some berries, and still stayed within my range.
So far I have not gone hungry for the least bit, and have not denied myself anything I wanted. I have to admit, it's been a lot easier than I thought.
Now exercise, which in the beginning I thought I would have the least problems with, has been a bit of a different story. My body can more or less easily handle it, but I'm just too... I don't know, lazy, unmotivated, uninspired, bored with it, heck I really don't know.... to get going. So I joined a little challenge for 5 days, and that has helped a lot, since I'm slowly (really slooowwwwly) getting in the habit of doing it. And the more I overcome this barrier, the more I respect myself for doing it. Really like that feeling a lot. It gives me momentum to tackle a few other issues, like my poor time managment, and some other small stupid things that keep messing with my life.
But then again, baby steps it is! Every bit counts, and if I manage to stay in a good mood on the way, then I have accomplished my goal(s).
off to mop the kitchen floor.....
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Food tracking: after bumpy start, it's grooving.
Exercise: almost non-existent, body screaming for it.
Sleep: barely over six hours a night, big slump in concentration in afternoon
Time management: terrible
Lost weight: from 83kg to 81kg = 2kg,
but am suspicious since it all came from reduced caloric intake and almost none from being active.
Good point: kept promise to self to make a journal entry, although one eye is already asleep
Good night, Johnboy - Good night, Grandma...:-)
Monday, July 10, 2006
First day at work after a long vacation.
Felt good to see everybody again. I missed the hectic buzzing in the hallways, the energy, the stress. Hard to imagine how exausted I felt before I left, and how relaxed I'm facing the daily challenges again. Having time for myself felt great, I took long swims, and generally kept happily busy. And I had time to read the books I've been hoarding all year, now that's what I call luxury.
I know I'll have to take myself a bit more seriously and reserve some time for my needs, even when everybody around is screaming my name.
Hope this journal helps me remember that.
I also need to figure out how to fit exercise and healthy eating, and especially the water intake, into my weird work schedule. Sometimes I'm stuck in my seat during a live show for 2 to 3 hours, and I can't concentrate when all I can think of is the bathroom (as happened today). And I'll have to resist the yummy sandwiches and cakes and candies they keep bringing us. I'll have to have carefully plan my food for the whole day. Hope it works.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Still getting acquainted with all the tools here Spark's.
I always thought I knew a lot about nutrition and health, especially after my mom had a light stroke three years ago. We tweaked her diet with lots of fresh garlic, fish, steamed veggies, a plethora of various superhealthy oils, banned all products containing white flour, and walked 30 minutes each day. Within a year and half her blood pressure and cholesterol sank to such good levels that the doctor cut all the dosages of her medication in half, and it has stayed like that since. So yeah, I thought I knew how to feed a body well, but I guess plain disdainfulness must have gotten the better of me and made me overlook the obvious:
I've been consuming almost up to 500 calories a day just supporting my beloved coffee habit (5 cups with skim milk and sugar). Yikes! That's almost two slices of pizza I'm gulfing down daily without even noticing!
Oh and now we're in the final stages of the Soccer World Tournament. We've been having so much fun watching, discussing, cheering, and drinking beer and wine. I must have consumed up to 800 calories on coffee and white wine alone! And of course I also ate, mostly veggies and fish, but not exactly tiny portions of it. ...Sigh....
I've been amazed at how fit and so absolutely lean some of the older players in the teams are. Take Zinedine Zidane from France: he must be around 35, but runs and sprints for 90 minutes or more without coughing up his lungs, same with Louis Figo from Portugal.
Yeah,*Old men soccer* rocks!!!! :-)
In sharp contrast: Ronaldo from Brazil, a few years younger, extremely talented player, used to be one of my favorites for years. But this year he was visibly unfit, tired looking, and way too hefty to react to anything unfolding more than a few metres in front of him . You could see how much effort it took to quickly move all that mass for a sprint after the ball. Most of the time he didnt't even bother going after it. Even his co-player Ronaldinho remarked: "It would really help the team if he ran a bit more". 'Nuff said. I'm sure he'll get back in shape. He must miss being the soccer god of former years and I personally look forward to seeing him sink in one goal after another, again.
This was a crass example for what happens to you even in your younger years when you neglect your physical well-being, and how damn cool and sexy you can get with age if you just take a little care of yourself. Great food for thought.
When I reach my goal by the end of this year I'm gonna write with a big felt pen " Body Inspired By Zidane" on the small of my back!!!! I'm really looking forward to that. *g*
Overall these past weeks have been simply beautiful. Everybody is so upbeat and in a good mood(even though the German team didn't make it to the final),small parties are happening spontaneously with total strangers on the streets. It's so nice to see a whole nation collectively forgetting their worries for a moment and enjoying themselves.
Off to drink my third glass of water this morning...
...and my third cup of coffee without sugar - guess it's an acquired taste....
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