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!
Friday, October 11, 2013
I'm blogging about this one, because my emphasis is usually on the FRUIT part of fruits and vegetables. We eat a lot of fruit, but they are more calorie dense than vegetables. I remember when I married my husband, I was appalled when his mother cooked vegetable-only meals, and now I'm trying to do that myself! [Her vegetables were cooked in... I'm not kidding... about a half an inch lake of lard or vegetable oil. She later repented!] My own mother used to serve a delicious dish of "wilted lettuce." This was garden fresh home-grown lettuce with a hot dressing of bacon fat and mayonnaise. It's no wonder I have such bad habits of wanting fat on everything! The interesting thing is there were no fat kids in my high school, and very few fat adults. People worked much harder then, and there was no snacking! Just three very good meals each day. We had dessert (other than canned fruit sometimes) only on special occasions, and then it was from-scratch pies and cakes.
I'll come back later with a veggie report....
Later..... I did have 2 cups of delicious spinach, but the rest was in fruit. DH bought some fresh peaches today so I just snacked on that. I also had a big juicy homegrown tomato with my eggs at breakfast, so.... 3 servings of vegetables, 2 of fruit. That's pretty typical, so I didn't really change any habits today. Thank goodness vegs. are so low in calories because that's how I "catch up" in food groups if I haven't eaten enough.
I have a salad green growing wild outside the driveway entrance, which has little yellow flowers that are quite delicious, with a slight peppery taste. I munch on both whenever I get out of the car. Our neighbors asked me what that pretty hedge was... LOL! They thought it was really funny when it turned out to be a salad green! After it bolts, the leaves are so thin and small I'm too lazy to try to cut enough of it, but it reseeds readily so I can keep it going all the time just for munching on.
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