Tuesday, November 19, 2013
We're home now, in Texas. Grieving over the upcoming move because I love this house we live in, and I love the church here. It's going to be sad to leave. Whenever I start feeling sad, though, I remember the tall forest we'll be living in after the move, and the scurry of birds flying into the bird feeders we filled while we were there. Outdoor living is going to be wonderful there, and I do like the house with its two complete kitchens.
Now, however, we have to shed ourselves of the impulse purchases we no longer need, the sale items that are just being stored somewhere, and many other things that just have no place in our lives any more.
There's such a direct analogy to the extra pounds I'm carrying... the impulse eating, and the eating for no other reason than boredom, which is now compromising my blood pressure, my cholestrol, and my knees. In the work I do to sort and toss, maybe I'll be shedding some weight at the same time. That's my plan, anyway. This morning I'm unsure and tentative about my ability to do that, given the emotional upheaval I'll be going through as well.
My coping mechanism will be exercise. I really do love it, and taking a walk helps me to sort through emotional stuff as well. Thanks to my friends here for the support that flows freely from all the Spark People world.
Monday, November 11, 2013
In the new house; no computer. Thumb-pecking on my Kindle is pretty laborious.
Challenge for today: Plan tomorrow's meals.
Mini Wheats w/banana & 2% milk
One bread Turkey sandwich with salad greens, milk, grapefruit
FOLLOW-UP! I did not follow the above menu, which is why I don't like to make them. What I did eat was fine and still in the program... just different. I don't think I'll ever be a good set-the-menu-ahead-and-then- follow-it-exactly person. I just love spontaneity too well. My daughter, on the other hand, has for years known exactly what she would cook for the following week. I really admire that, but if I try to impose it on myself... the rebellious dragon within rears its ugly head. On the other hand, I can cook for a week without following any recipe at all, and she can not. She's almost totally recipe driven.
Interesting, isn't it! Both of us are good cooks, and have things our families love to eat. I really think the difference may be that my husband does our grocery shopping and does not like specific ingredients that he has to look for. I tend to cook basic meals using herbs and spices and traditional cooking skills. My daughter does an admirable job of doing all their grocery shopping, staying on budget and using coupons.
I am home now; we have NOT moved to Missouri yet. Now comes the hard task of getting this house ready to sell and weeding through the unnecessary items we've accumulated the last 28 years in this house. Meanwhile, my DH and I have to finish working on the report he still has to do.
76° here yesterday. (It was 71° in Missouri). Had a great and short walk, trying to make sure I don't jump into too much exercise too soon after recovering from a cold and travel.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
I've been sick for 10 days now. No fever; it's not the flu, just a terribly wracking painful cough that is keeping me from sleeping at night. Ever since I reached the coughing stage of this cold, I've been forced to get up at some time during the night, wrap myself in a nice warm fleece bathrobe, and sleep the rest of the night in my comfy "reading" chair.
Because of this, I've only exercised a few times, not knowing if I'm hurting myself or not.
My coaching sessions, which are mainly automated computer responses, tell me "you're having a challenge with exercise right now," going on to say [my words...] "get over your bad self." There's no category in the coaching sessions for "You're sick.... you need to get your rest."
Consequently, I've been a little frustrated, because last month I met my goal of 1050 minutes of exercise, and some of it was chest heaving, sweating hard stuff.
This morning's coaching request was "List three accomplishments." Here they are:
1. Got the gold medal in my Senior Slimming teams monthly weight loss challenge. I didn't lose much, but I guess I did better than the other entries.
2. Have exercised at least every other day since I was sick, mostly with Leslie Sansone's Walking away the pounds, or in a simple yoga routine. (The weather here has been cold and rainy, so not conducive to taking sick body outdoors)
3. Eaten extremely well: all health-giving food and food appropriate for getting well. Except for the cough drops, nothing artificial or processed.
This is my own "atta girl" for myself. Today's the first day of feeling almost human, so I'm confident I'll get back on the exercise trail as soon as I can.
P.S. In case you think it was the exercise that made me sick... with me, getting sick is almost always a result of no enough rest, and that's the causation this time as well. First illness in about 2 years, so I'm not beating myself up too much. It's just a reminder of how important it is for me to get enough sleep.
Monday, October 21, 2013
I got this picture from my daughter today, taken when she and her daughter are saying goodbye. My granddaughter is leaving to go back to college. As I looked at the vibrant health they both have (including the photo-bombing Dad!), I reflected how very important healthy eating is. My daughter is a terrific cook, and has cooked delicious meals starting with this same first child. They eat three meals every day, and very few snacks. My daughter takes cooking very seriously. She's well organized, makes a menu plan, and does her grocery shopping with list and coupons in hand. Her husband is a preacher so they have little extra money, but her food budget comes before clothes for herself. [She also homeschools five children - she really is Super Mom, though she'd disagree with that]
I say all this because she cooks relatively high calorie meals and her kids eat a LOT! I used to think they'd grow up with a weight problem, but none of them seem headed that way. My conclusion is that they eat highly satisfying, complex meals that prevent them from eating a lot of junk. I should say here that they also, as a family, take Tae Kwan Do, and her husband HAS lost weight since they started doing that. He and Alyson also run 3 or 4 times a week.
I must say, my own daughter is setting the standard for health for me, as I look at her glowing-with-health children. They all have great complexions, strong bodies, no food hangups, and a good attitude. It seems to me that's what Spark People is all about. I'm going to post this picture on my refrigerator as a reminder to myself about my own goals, and how I felt when I saw this picture. (Besides the heart swelling with love!)
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
We're to concentrate today on the changes in our life due to Spark People. This was actually on my mind last night, as I used my abs only to sit up in bed. I used to brace myself with my arms to sit straight up like I did. (Which I think started with the birth of our last child by Caesarean section.)
Except in my early motherhood years, I've eaten a pretty healthy diet as far as getting nutrition is concerned. A subscription of "Organic Gardening" in the 60s made me aware of additives in food. Besides that, our early years in southern and middle California guaranteed that fruit was readily available, and we've always eaten a lot of it. Candy, with the exception of dark chocolate, has not been a challenge to me. Rich desserts HAVE been, and most of them came from our very own kitchen.
However, I had done no strength training till I joined Spark People. I'd had periods of running every day, and when George Bush Sr. was president I won the President's Fitness Award (in connection with Arnold Schwarzenegger) based on a walking program. The longest was a 15 mile walk. That year I came within 14 miles of walking a 1000 miles, when I got sick in December.
Now, with even the little strength training I've done, I can feel my abs engaged when I bend over, when I lift things, and in my morning yoga. Several months into SP, it was clear I had more energy. At 70, I expect to continue to feel stiff in the morning and have occasional arthritis flare-ups. My feet hurt with arthritic pain after a long walk, but my muscles and body feel so much better it's not enough to stop me walking.
My favorite exercises are the short 6 to 10 minute videos that Nicole does. When I'm feeling really ambitious (and I wish this was more often), I'll do the daily exercises that show up in my e-mail. I'm continuing to get stronger, and that's a wonderful thing.
Thanks, Spark People!
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