Monday, July 23, 2012
Wow, time has flown lately. I haven't much to blog about.
I am doing well with the exercise even though I don't have my once or twice a week Y visit. I've just increased my use of my DVD, walking and biking. I haven't gained any weight. But I really feel good about where I'm at right now. I wouldn't mind if I lost a little, but I have a friend who was the same size as me. She lost 13 pounds and looks too thin for a 55 year old. Just doesn't look as healthy, in my eyes. I had had a goal to lose 14 more pounds, but no longer feel that would look healthy. Maybe I'm just envious of her and she really does look ok, but I'm happy and I'm not in a competition with her. Just sayin'.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
You know that thing I talked about only sitting for 3 hours a day? Well I wore myself out the next day trying to keep from sitting and threw in the towel the day after that. I decided that something another sparker said made sense; to be sure to get up every hour and do something, move around. I can climb stairs, go make some tea, do a set of pushups, things like that.
You know I don't believe everything I read. I am prone to believe it more often than not though, and have tons of "shoulds" in my life. Most advice I read I turn into a must do for myself, like it's gospel, and make it into a rule. My husband even comments on how many rules I have for myself and too many shoulds... that I don't have any fun,
Anyone relate? Or any suggestions on how to get out of this trap?
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Feeling kinda "off" today. Have been fighting a bladder infection and a cold. The cold is getting better I think, but the bladder infection is very mild and I'm trying to not take antibiotics. Hoping that the cranberry juice can do the trick. Not sure if it's just an old wives tale that that works. Have you found it to be helpful? I've been to the dr and he gave me a script, but agreed I could try the c. juice for a couple of days. So maybe there is something to it.
I've started being on Pinterest, which is giving me lots of recipes to try. Most of them are not good for me, and I gravitate toward the sweets. What I'm doing is trying them and giving most of the product away to neighbors and to my old workplace. My neighbor, though, has decided that he would like to return the favor and bring me his creations! So, it has backfired! ARGH! I know I'm doing a bad service to these people, and am saying sweets are fine for you, but not for me. I just have a taste and give them away.
The baking is the fun part for me and I do allow a sweet every now and then. My husband likes to have something to snack on every day, too. If I don't bake, he just goes out and buys processed goodies. At least I'm not interested in any of the stuff he brings home. Maybe I should just let him get his own.
Today is the birthday of one of my former co-workers, and I'm going by there to drop off what I made today. I did sample the bars, and they were good, but I'm not leaving any in the house. The rest I gave to my neighbor.
I like to do stuff for other people, it makes me happy. But I don't have any other inexpensive ideas of what to do for them. I bake and I do not cook. Otherwise maybe I could bring them dinner. Maybe I should put my energies into trying out some dishes and see if they would be as well received as the sweets.
Since I'm fighting this bladder infection, I'm seriously thinking I'll just focus on doing a ST circuit routine for today. I can burn a lot a calories that way. I'm proud of myself; I upped my ST days from 1/wk to 3/wk. I think that it does a lot of good.
Keep on Sparking everyone!
Monday, July 02, 2012
I registered for the summer 5K virtual race on SP. Should be fun. I'll see if I better my time from last time.
I read about how people sit too much during the day. They suggest the best thing for us is to sit only 3 hrs a day! Anywhere more that 6 hrs is counterproductive even if you have a workout everyday! I googled this on a medical review. It seemed like a reputable source. I figured out how much I sit and it's more like 8 hours or more. I don't even go to a job. The kinds of things I like to do involve mostly sitting. Reading, SP, Pinterest, Facebook, knitting, writing in journals, driving, etc. I never clean house. So yesterday i spent a few hours cleaning. I stood up at my island and did some word search puzzles, I stood at my counter doing SP. But, I don't garden. What else can I do to be upright? I don't talk on the phone much but I can do that while pacing. I was really tired last night from my workout and cleaning. My husband usually sits all evening, either at his computer or by the TV, so I sit and read. That will have to change. Even with all I did upright yesterday, I still was sitting at around 6 hrs. It is an improvement, but I feel like I need to sit less. I'm overwhelmed by this. Well, it will give me something more to focus on other than food!
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Well, tomorrow begins a new month. I never get around to setting goals for myself for the month, but I'd like to see how I do if I have a few goals mapped out this month.
Sometimes I do best with just one or two goals, but tend to get over zealous and set down a whole bunch for a particular week. So I think I'll do best with a short list this month.
1. I will do 60 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week. Of course more is fine, too!
2. I will eat 3-5 veggies and fruits per day rather than my old goal of 2. I'm enjoying more crisp cold veggies now that it's summer. Made my own baked sweet potato fries last night. Before, i was just having 2 servings of fruit, not even looking at vegetables.
3. I will limit myself to diet soda as an occasional treat rather than have it daily. Focusing more on black tea for the healthy properties of the tea, including antioxidants and the way it's supposed to lower cortisol levels if I drink 32 oz a day. Hot or cold. (mostly cold lately since it's been so hot outside.) I've been working on limiting sweeteners, and will continue that. So far, so good!
I think that's enough for this month. Who knows, maybe I'll be able to up my freggies to 7 in August. Mostly I am trying to maintain weight, even though my ticker says I have a bit to go, I'm feeling good about myself. That's what matters. I'm within range for a normal weight and my fitness level is good, too. I have a lab slip on my refrigerator that I'm supposed to take to the lab and get blood work done. But I've been putting it off for months because it's inconvenient.
So, we'll make that number:
4. GET TO THE LAB! After all, it would be good to see how my cholesterol levels are. Just do it!
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