Thursday, May 16, 2013
I derailed my calorie tracking yesterday with a few pieces of butterscotch candy. Well, that and an ice cream sandwich :-)
I track quite a few nutrients; saturated fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, fiber, Vitamin C; along with the usual protein, carbs, fats, calories. I'm pretty good at planning my meals and making them come out the way I want too. I love trying to up X and Y while keep Z the same :-) The magnesium should be half the calcium, the saturated fatty acids only 1/3 of all your fats, etc. Getting 25-35 grams of fiber can be a challenge and getting enough protein always is, even though I'm a big meat and dairy eater.
But, I have no trouble tracking, even enjoy it. My problem comes though with planning and knowing what I have to eat laid out for me. I want to kick over the traces when I tell me, "eat this but then that's it". Even when I diddle my numbers and rearrange amounts of this so I can have some of that, I have no trouble with the amounts, just the restriction on nothing not on that list or after you finish everything on the list. I'll plan two beers but then want to drink three, just "because".
So, I have this wonderful, filling, enjoyable, etc. diet going for the day and deliberately want to wreck it, just because. Sometimes I'll wreck it with "healthy" stuff, a piece of fruit even. But telling me "no" never has gone over well with me, not when I was 2 and not now, 60 years later
It is perhaps the biggest problem I have with exercise too; me just telling me I "have to" do something causes an internal fight to end all fights :-) Tricking me into thinking I "want to" only goes so far. I know what I want and spend time doing that already, why would I switch?
I bought the restorator a couple-three days ago, put it together and used it for my knee for a little bit but haven't touched it since except to trip over it. What happened to the every day when I'm watching TV? I use it for my knee and get the thought that I really should use it for my shoulders/arms. But that would mean I'd have to move over to the table and I don't think I can read or do anything else while my arms are tied up like that and the TV viewing isn't as good from there.
So, I am coming to really understand the Pareto Principle, the 80/20 rule: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareto_princip
le Now I just have to take the 20 and apply it to that portion instead of the whole.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
I was reading another story where a youngish person (mid-40's or younger) lost a whole lot of weight and is in wonderful shape and wondered again about being in my 60's past menopause and losing estrogen and other compounds/hormones like there's no tomorrow. Not only would I look ridiculous losing the 140 pounds I've gained since my mid-20's (skin wouldn't shrink back and a cosmetic/skin removal operation would be too risky for me) but it would probably prove detrimental to my innards; I mean my ovaries have shrunken with age, like they're "supposed" to but if I were to become a bag too big for my contents. . .
I re-took the osteoarthritis quiz and remembered that women over 65 are most affected and realized there's a reason for that; yeah, men and the physically fit of all ages can get it but. . . once again, it has to have some "special" female thing going wrong but, because we're female and menopause use to be treated as a "disease" such a short time ago as my mother's era, no one is looking at it from the woman's point of view and trying to see what could be going wrong.
So, I started re-reading about exercise for those over 60 and one thing led to another and I ended up at a great site, the American Senior Fitness Association www.seniorfitness.net/ and signed up for their free newsletter. Reading an article in their current newsletter about "Exercise and Lung Disease", I found out about "restorators" and plan to get one.
Back to the original SparkPeople article about exercise for those over 60 and the Fitness test one should take to see where one needs to improve and how much, etc., I read about a couple books and researching them on Barnes and Noble for my Nook, bought "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions. . ." by Kate Lorig www.amazon.com/Living-Healthy-Life-C
hronic-Conditions/dp/193350336X/ and am going to add that to my SparkPeople book program I'm starting work with tomorrow.
Friday, May 10, 2013
So, I did my 3rd week weigh-in and gained a bit (and I had to weigh myself twice to only gain "a bit" :-) As a result, I bought the new Spark Book and will be going through the challenge program starting Monday:
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