Wednesday, October 30, 2013
What do you have to say about this?
My main reaction is to wonder why she needs to single out kids she thinks are moderately obese.... If she cares so much about the issue, why not make a general letter to ALL parents, reminding them about the benefits of learning to enjoy the goodies over time, instead of in a 2- day binge?
Can you imagine being the one selected to receive the targeted "fat letter"? Ugh.
The current effort is likely to do more harm than good, I'd say....
Thursday, September 12, 2013
When I started listening to the IOWL podcasts, I had a major breakthrough in one of the early episodes. She described the Disney method of creativity... where the dreamer, the planner, and the critic are all distinct roles, and called upon at the correct time and place.
I'm still not the world's best dreamer, but I have become MUCH better at calling on the critic at the right time.
But recently, I've realized that I don't actually have to take on all the roles myself! Gee, who'da thought??
Where it's playing out most is with social arrangements. You know how it is, when this friend or that says "we should get the old gang together again", and you nod, and agree, and have the same conversation next month??
Well, I got tired of working out all the "what if" statements and the like in my head. What if this one can't come? Where should we have it? dinner or lunch?
I started just putting stuff out there. Whether it's a facebook event for a bigger group, or setting up a Doodle scheduler for a smaller group, I've been getting the ball rolling.
Heh. I just had an image of the, um, sport of curling. I sent the puck sliding down the ice. Now it's someone else's job to keep it moving towards the target.
Tonight's event? Got a bunch of girl friends together to go hear a really fun, very danceable band. Gotta run!
Thursday, September 05, 2013
OK, for the record, "Our Bodies, Ourselves" really pissed me off. I ended up using it as a stand for my monitor for quite a while, until I realized that what I really wanted was to get it out of my house. But lately, the title has been haunting me.
Why, you ask?
Because of something I read in someone else's blog, around 2 weeks ago.
The author was looking back at "what ifs" in life. The road not taken. The opportunity gained--or lost. It was an interesting list--sometimes corresponding to my own, and other times diverging completely. But one item jumped out at me.... then grabbed ahold, and won't let go.
"if I had realized that decisions count and many decisions are permanent...if I had known that what I put in my mouth 25 years ago would still be living in my visceral fat... "
Now, the truth is that 25 years ago, I was at my highest non-pregnant weight. Probably 40-50 lbs more than I am now. So this thought didn't sink its hooks in because of looking back....
No, it dug in because my mother is 25 years older than me.
Even though I'm pretty happy with where I am now, I think I'd be better off physically if I lost about 10 pounds. I've been saying that for quite a while, though, without making even subtle changes that would make it happen. I haven't had a strong enough motivator. Imagining myself 5, 10 years in the future is hard, you know?
But if I imagine myself turning into my mother....
Her health isn't so bad, really--except for the arthritis. Hmmm. knee replacement surgeries. Back operation. Operations on her thumbs.... Not all of that can be controlled, of course. But genetics isn't destiny. There's a lot that is in my hands.
To start with, weight. My mom has never been in the obese category, but she has been overweight at times. Not good, on either the knees or the back. For the last 2 weeks or so, this thought has stopped me from many little extra bites here or second servings there. I am building my future self, and the extra weight is not something I want to bring with me.
She is not inactive, but I think she had long stretches of time without a regular exercise routine. This is definitely in my control. At the moment, it's not a problem for me--but I think I need to find ways to remind me what my consistency is doing for me.
In addition to being more mindful about intake from the calorie perspective, I can also become more aware of the foods that can affect arthritis. Wheat and sugar are often mentioned as culprits. Ginger and turmeric are mentioned as beneficial spices (which I really like, and often crave, as a matter of fact).
Three of my four grandparents made it well into their 90s. So I may be only halfway there....
I've become pretty good at taking care of my present self. Now I think it's time to dedicate some care and consideration to the future.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Moderately stressed, here.
Looks like they're planning a war just north of me, and I don't know if we're invited. Or when it will start.
I had a very hard time concentrating today, so instead of working from home, I ended up, well, straightening out the bomb shelter again. Because if it's ready, we might not need it, right?
I also had a very strong desire to bake. Because when I'm stressed, I...
Hmm. Caught myself thinking that, and decided I didn't like it so much. Time to come up with a different "identity" statement.
When I'm stressed, I...
Well, I went for a walk with the dog.
Did a little yoga.
Cooking--yes, but more in the lines of making sure there are healthy options on hand, for whoever's around.
When I'm stressed, I try to find one thing I can do to address the specific cause. I can't change what's in the headlines, but instead of eating over it, I cleaned. And yes, I felt MUCH better when I was sure that the two of us at home (and probably even the dogs) can easily get into the room, and we have some food and water stored up.
I'm still stressed. My husband is still out of the country--which seems to be a pattern when The News starts becoming a factor. I'm still not sure what will be--and I'm still dealing with the beginning of the school year with a new kid at home.
But at least I didn't add to the stress by baking.
And eating it all in one go.
I used to do that, when I was stressed. But I don't need to claim that any more.
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