Thursday, September 27, 2012
My husband is my favorite saboteur. If I want to get off track, he's the go-to guy. It's not even bad foods he supplies for me... usually fruit, occasionally dark chocolate. In truth, he'd give me anything I ask for, but he knows I'm good at turning down most really bad foods, and will stay away from restaurants he know is a problem. His favorite? Furr's Cafeteria! He knows I won't go, so he goes by himself. I don't like that, and sometimes will go to a "compromise" place that's still not the best for me.
The biggest problem is.... he is ALL about food, and has a high metabolism, is high energy, and seems to handle food in a sane way. He just can eat far more than some of his family members without gaining any weight. So..... being around him means eating. That's the way he tells his family he loves them. And not just family.... that's his message of good will to anyone..
The only solution is... you guessed it... just say "no!" That's hard to do sometimes when that's the way he communicates his affection. Our daughter has even been known to say, when offered food, to say "I love you, too, Dad!"
As he is working out town, I go "visit" him periodically when he can't get home. The last time I went.... three pound gain. It's gone now, but took me off track for a while. Trying to keep our relationship nice without having food as a focus. Any suggestions, friends?
Friday, September 21, 2012
I've stolen this off another's message in the team posts. Since she "stole" it too, I know she won't mind. This is a great list. It's going on my refrigerator.
1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Talk to God about what is going on in your life.
3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My purpose is to __________ today. I am thankful for______________'
4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.
6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
11. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
12. You are not so important that you have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
14. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'
17. Forgive everyone for everything.
18. What other people think of you is none of your business.
19. GOD heals everything - but you have to ask Him.
20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
21. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch!!!
22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
23. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for ___ _______. Today I accomplished _________.
24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
25. When you are feeling down, start listing your many blessings. You'll be smiling before you know it.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
I have arthritis. Not bad enough to take medicine for it, but bad enough to have pain throughout the day when I get up from a chair, walk downstairs, etc. Part of my walking program is doing some yoga stretches afterward, when everything is nice and warmed. This keeps me nice and flexible and takes away a lot of the pain.
My dad was disabled. Even when he could get out of a car without getting into his wheel chair first, just getting out and walking into a restaurant was a slow laborious project. Every time I just hop out of the car and into a grocery store or something, I'm conscious of how grateful I am just to be able to walk normally, even if I'm somewhat stiff and sore when I get out.
Gratitude is a powerful tool for being happy, or at least content. I tend to think of happiness as being rather fleeting... when a child hugs you, or you get a pat on the back. If you're naturally a brooding kind of person, you can talk yourself into being depressed again pretty easily. However, gratitude is a tool you can call up at any time. We ALL have things to be grateful for.
The husband of a friend became instantly paralyzed several months ago. He suddenly had no feeling from his chest down, and has been paralyzed ever since. Can you imagine what they're going through? They're re-fitting their house, he's been in the hospital of in a rehabilitation facility until just recently. Yesterday, he found he could move the toes of both feet. He wrote us all about that amazing thing. A year ago, he hardly imagined he'd be grateful just because his toes could move. Count your every blessing!
Monday, August 13, 2012
This is really paying off for me, in terms of feeling better. I regret leaving it behind for several years.
My legs are getting stronger again, my back and shoulders and neck are free from pain, and it feels really good to be able to wrap my hands around my feet in my after-walk stretches. When I was first tested for flexibility, years ago, I couldn't even touch my toes.
Walking in the early morning has another payoff.... wild animal sightings! I have yet to see the bob cat that's been seen in my yard (drinking from my on-ground bird bath!!), but I still am hoping....
Hope you all are having a great summer and getting in lots of physical activity.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
I didn't even go over my calorie limit for the day, and went right back to smoothies and sensible eating the next day. The challenge for me is always to make sure one break in the eating program doesn't make me continue to slide down hill.
I met a friend for breakfast this morning, and got up too late to take my walk, so I walked with Leslie Sansone this afternoon in my den. I'm finding that Leslie breaks me into a sweat faster, but doesn't seem to strengthen my legs (esp. my knees) quite as well as the steady pace of walking does. Consequently, I tired out faster today since I haven't used the DVD for at least two weeks.
Received my new Vitamix this afternoon so I'm looking forward to experimenting with whole foods using its powerful motor. My current Blender does well with spinach and kale, but I don't think it would liquify a whole orange.
Well, hope everyone is using their summer to do healthy things and not getting off track too far. But even if you do.... it doesn't matter how many times you fall; what matters is how many times you get up.
Better than that, one member quoted something like this: If you're tired of continuing to start over, then quit stopping!
I love that! Will help make me stop and think before I give myself permission to get off track, maybe.
The smoothie picture above came from the Vitamix site. It looks delicious! Mine is a lot greener than that... just made up of spinach and whatever else I have in the house.
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