Wednesday, April 13, 2011
We have a new group of feathered family members at our house. They are bantam chicks of three different breeds and are a birthday gift from a friend of DH's. Just in time for Easter our house is filled with the sounds of happy peeps and chirps.
I am enjoying them so much that I decided to share them here in Sparkland. You may wonder what they have to do with weight loss or maintenance. I have come to understand that continuing to see and feel the wonders of life all around us (even in the midst of challenges) is what fuels happiness for me. When I am happy I take better care of myself and those around me.
Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather are 6 week old hens and will be transferred to the outdoor henhouse when they are old enough and it is warm enough to live outside.
May you all pursue and enjoy the things in life that keep you the Happiest and Healthiest!!!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
How did you do last week on your healthy journeys? My path was a bit of a mixed bag. I did have a plan and for the four days preceding Thanksgiving, I did Great! I got in my 10,000 steps, did my strength training, stayed within my calorie range, kept up my nutrition, got proper rest, drank the water and treated myself well. Even on Thanksgiving I exercised and played some wild WII Dancing games with my niece! I planned for some indulgences and brought a healthy dish to the family dinner. All went well!
Then the day after Thanksgiving came, we got some news which caused financial upset and I came apart a little. Those leftovers in the fridge called out to me and I found myself trying to take some comfort in carbs! We had to make some emergency home repairs over the weekend and I did not have time to get in my walks and most of my good habits took time off.
On the second day, as I was chewing through a big sourdough roll, I had a flashback of holidays past. I remembered that I have often been really good at taking care of myself BEFORE the arrival of a holiday. After Thanksgiving in particular, the demands of the season have often become overwhelming to me and I have sought refuge in food. I have given up and indulged in whatever seemed appealing at the time to keep me going. But what an illusion! I never felt better and always ended the season exhausted, possibly sick and feeling terrible about myself.
No More! I felt so strong and wonderful on Thanksgiving. The good habits are becoming more appealing than the sloppy ones. And I have some new strategies!
1. No leftovers (especially the sweet stuff & zero fiber bread) in the house.
2. Get in daily exercise Early (before other demands take over).
3. Have a meal plan of healthy foods that I LOVE in place for the days following a holiday.
4. Do something fun just for me 10-30 min. daily. Like playing with the dogs, reading, taking a warm bath, playing a game,
tending the garden, etc.
5. Make the commitment in writing to myself or join a Spark People challenge to help me stay on track!
Simple yet powerful!
Here we stand on the brink of a brand new month!
Now I have even less fear of the holidays to come.
I am prepared with a plan and I know a bit more about myself and my tendencies. I feel freer to enjoy my family and friends and the true spirit of the holidays instead of hiding in the next sugary treat!
Blessings to All as you learn about yourselves!
Enjoy this Blessed Season!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I just realized tonight as I was high steppin' around my kitchen while preparing a nutritious dish for Thanksgiving dinner, that I am learning something new this week. My commitment to lead the Shake, Rattle, & Roll for the holidays challenge on By The Numbers Team is pushing me toward the achievement of some formerly unachieved goals. Most significantly, the consistent achievement of 10,000 steps a day. The challenge started on Sun. Nov. 21st and runs until Sun. Jan. 2. So far I am 4 for 4 in this 43 day challenge but it has not come easily. I have had to take at least a couple of lengthy walks a day, beg my husband to walk with me at night and even strut around the house for extended periods
to get it done. I have refused to end the day without getting in my steps.
Tonight, as I marched around the kitchen, that 'ol light bulb in the head went off. It said, "Wow, this is familiar! It's just like
learning how to stay within your calorie range and finding the foods that work for you!" It is true! I am learning how to fit those 10,000 steps into MY life. It also means that just as I learned that I had to plan menus and shop ahead for healthy foods, I have to plan to exercise and discover ways to find those 10,000 steps every day that work for me. It is so simple and yet so profound!
Happy Thanksgiving to ALL!!!
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