Friday, January 17, 2014
Whenever I start recording the amount of calories that I eat, I always eat less than I do when not recording. It's simply the act of recording that changes the way I eat.
I try to stay around 1,200 calories. Somewhere I had read that you don't want to eat less than 1,200 calories so that's why I chose that number. When I don't record food, I know I can go way over that amount but have no idea what that amount might be.
Anyway, this fall I decided to go on an elimination diet because of some skin issues I was having. It was fairly strict, and I was slowly adding back food. I lost quite a bit of weight over a short period of time. I decided to start recording food on SparkPeople again (I wish I was better but I sometimes get overwhelmed with work and fall off the bandwagon) and discovered that I was eating sometimes just 900 calories. So, I upped the calories to 1,200 and continued to lose weight.
Well, then I plateaued. After reading what I should be eating to get to my goal weight, I decided to *up* my calories. A bold move for me. :D It worked! I lost more weight eating more food!! I usually eat anywhere from 1,500 to 1,700 calories now. I seem to be staying steady on the current weight I'm at. I'm actually fine with this # but wouldn't mind losing a few more pounds. So, I've been trying to exercise a bit more, so we'll see if that shakes anything up so that I can get rid of those last few pounds.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
I used to be 119 lbs before children (my doctor said I was underweight). After my second child, I weighed 163 lbs. Over the next 20 years I've hung around the 140's but can easily move up into the 150's if I revert to mindless eating. I've finally gotten into the 130's and have adjusted my goal to weigh between 135 and 140. I used to think that it would be great to be 125 lbs, but I feel healthy around this weight. So I think 135-140 is a reasonable goal weight for me.
Even thinking that 125 would be great was an adjustment for me at one time. In college I was 110-115 lbs and still thought I weighed too much! At nearly 5' 7", I now think that my expectations were unreasonable. Growing up, my sister and I both were very skinny children, so being skinny was my "normal". It can be hard to adjust to a heavier weight. Having weighed 163 lbs in the past has allowed me to see that 135-140 is a really nice weight for my frame. I feel good, I feel attractive, and I'm healthier.
(Interestingly, my mom was a skinny child & my sister too. Both put on significant weight after their 2nd child & my sister even more after a 3rd child. We all have small frames but my mom and sister have even smaller frames than me.)
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Each year I organize a silent auction, and it can be a challenging time to eat right and get enough sleep. So far, have been able to eat healthy meals and not stress eat. Getting enough sleep is more challenging but I'm doing better than in year's past.
If you live in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, I hope you can attend our silent auction!
Proceeds will benefit the local charity SPAN, Serving People Across Neighborhoods (www.SPANHelps.org). They help individuals and families in Anne Arundel County through a critical or emergency situation such as utility turn-offs, court-ordered evictions and prescription/medical assistance.
The auction begins at 12:30 and closes at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 14.
Included in the auction are handcrafted items; gift baskets; numerous gift cards to area eateries and gift certificates for local services such as tai chi, massage, yoga, chiropractic treatments, bellydancing classes, home organization and much more.
Idea Weaver Promotions has donated a giant stocking packed with toys, and it will be raffled off at the silent auction. Visit www.JingYing.org for more information.
There also will be delicious food, beverage, and music by the Renaissance Singers of Annapolis.
Contact: Billy or Nancy Greer
Go to www.JingYing.org for a partial list of donations.
Friday, February 08, 2013
The Lunar New Year starts this Sunday, February 10, and lasts for 15 days. Each year my family’s martial arts school, Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi (located in Arnold, MD), celebrates the Lunar New Year (aka Chinese New Year) by hosting a variety of free and low-cost workshops. They are open to the general public and do not require any previous experience.
Event registration is online www.JingYing.org or call 410-431-5200.
• Tuesday, 2/12 (7-8pm): Feng Shui: 101A – Presented by Susan von Suhrke of Timely Transitions.(Free)
• Friday, 2/15 (11:30am-12:30pm): Traditions of the Chinese New Year Class for Children – Children and their parents learn more about Chinese culture with information about Lunar New Year Traditions. There will be traditional treats offered. Presented by Wendy Ng. (Free)
• Friday, 2/15 (5:30pm-7:00pm) : Chinese Calligraphy Class. Learn basic brush strokes and characters from Chinese Calligraphy. Jing Ying supplies paper, ink and brushes for use during class. Taught by Wendy Ng. ($5/person)
• Friday, 2/15 (7:15-9:00pm): Beginner’s Tai Chi Class (Tai Chi/Qigong for Health & Wellness). Discover how this ancient and low-impact form of exercise promotes joint health, improves flexibility and strength, and increases bone density. Designed for all fitness levels. The class starts with a talk and Q&A and then basic tai chi and qigong movements are taught. (Free)
• Monday, 2/18 (7-8:30pm): Women’s Self-Defense Workshop. Geared for teens and adults (great activity for moms & daughters). Taught by Nancy & Billy Greer. (Free)
• Tuesday 2/19 (7-8pm): ShaoLin Fitness for Women. A low-impact class that uses elements of kung fu and tai chi in a fitness class designed for women. Taught by Nancy Greer. (Free)
• Wednesday, 2/20 (4-5pm): Introductory Kid’s Kung Fu and Chinese Lion Dance Class. Suitable for children from ages 5 to 10, this workshop will include an introductory lesson in Kung Fu, provide information on Chinese New Year, and teach some of the basics of Chinese Lion Dance. A child-size lion head is available for the kids to use along with drums, cymbals and a gong. (Free)
• Thursday, 2/21 (6:30-8:00pm): Tea Tasting– You will have the opportunity to taste several premium, whole-leaf Chinese teas. Examine the leaf styles, learn about steeping times, get information about the health benefits of various teas, and get the opportunity to get answers to
your questions about tea. Presented by certified tea specialist, Lynayn Mielke of East-West Tea Emporium. ($10/person)
• Saturday 2/23 (1:00-2:30pm): Open House that features live music, the Chinese Lion Dance, demonstrations, delicious food, and crafts & games for children. There will be door prizes & giveaway. There will be a free introductory kung fu class from 1:30-2:30pm. Bring your friends and family to enjoy the fun. (Free)
Event registration is online www.JingYing.org or call 410-431-5200.
(Now all I have to do is make sure I get enough sleep & exercise during this time).
Sunday, April 22, 2012
We have a guest instructor coming to teach two workshops at our school today.
The first workshop is called "Tai Chi Peace Games" and is an introduction of tai chi to all ages and abilities. The other is a Tai Chi Push Hands workshop. Both use tai chi as a way of teaching conflict resolution and understanding.
I'm really looking forward to something that will exercise my mind, my body (I'm doing both workshops, so that's 3 hours of training!), and my spirit.
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