Sunday, January 22, 2012
I guess one of my pet peeves of late is seeing people NOT going that extra step or people deciding that "item x" is S.E.P (somebody else's problem). Not so much where I work, but just in general.
There is a guy who lives in my building who meticulously sweeps and neatens his little porch and yet flicks his cigarette butts out onto the grass of the complex. His SEP field starts where his porch ends.
At the park this morning, which happens to be next to a Sonic, there was a burger wrapper not 4 feet from a trash can... that person's SEP field started right about his skin.
Yesterday at IKEA, the couch I bought (which came in a huge box) fell off the cart in the traffic lane, 3 cars went around me before a very nice gentleman came to help me. Their SEP field started right outside their cars.
And in general, many people who are in poor health and need exercise and a healthy diet, always find something else to blame it on, rather than just taking that extra step even for their own health and for their loved ones.
I love the fact that this season's theme on Biggest Loser is "No Excuses"... heaven knows I make my own pile of them each time I decided not to exercise, but I try not to couch them as excuses as a decision that I have made for this moment. And I work to turn the bad behaviors around ASAP... because it's true also that we all need an indulgence day or a day off from the hard work of losing or maintaining weight.
The extra step is good for us and those around us, be it holding a door open for someone with their hands full or taking a brisk walk at lunch. So take that extra step for everyone, including yourself! You will be glad that you did!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I don't have a great deal of time to write this, but I just had to!
It seems everyone in my unit is trying to lose weight and they are all staying away from the evil CARBS! (Do you hear the ominous music building in the background?)
I thought low carb had died... but just when you think it's safe to go into the water...
Hypothyroid people (like me) should eat fewer carbs (like 45%), but not go LOW carb... most people can get 55% of their calorie intake from carbs and be fine. And while I heartily believe that your mileage may vary on any "rule"... generalities do exist... and too much protein can be harmful to your body by throwing off your electrolytes, making your blood too acidic, and damaging to your kidneys, etc. And there are legit diet plans for certain health conditions that are very low to no carb, but you need a doctor and dietitian to monitor you while you are on it.
But from everything I have read, what Atkins and every other "diet" plan, they all manage to restrict calories... but they do it through gimmicks and not necessarily healthy ones.
I'll take Spark and a balanced diet, tyvm! Moderation not restriction!
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I had a great run at the park today... except for a group of punk teenagers who were hogging the sidewalk... I ran around them and they started laughing at me. I have no clue why since I was minding my own business. I lapped them and then they were like, "hey lady"... I ignored them. I lapped them again and they realized I wasn't going to play... but I am still WTF? The also had apparently been to the Sonic next to the park and left a trail of food trash and waste in their wake.
I have never understood people like this or how any parent who gave a pinch of a crap about their kids could come out with a kid like that.
I have met up with people like this all of my life. And somehow they always picked me out with the intent to victimize. Why would you intentionally try to hurt someone like that? Even though I am an adult, it brings back painful memories and emotions. Luckily, I am able to rise above it on the outside, but on the inside, grade school comes right back to my emotional matrix.
I wasn't fat as a child, but I was always the one picked out to by the popular kids to pick on. I have always been different, but since I have become an adult, it seems that those around me seem better able to just accept me. I get on well with people, but I always feel like I am standing outside looking in, except with my closest friends and immediate family.
I will always be vulnerable I guess.
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Rather than a resolution, I have a goal for the year... establish that pesky morning exercise habit! Since I was off on 1 & 2 January, I didn't start on those days, but I did start this morning with a 15 minute yoga session with My Fitness Coach on Wii. I plan to get myself up earlier and do 15 of yoga and 15 of aerobics... I like the flexibility of My Fitness Coach for that.
I also invested the $25 deposit in a 24 hour swipe card to the apartment complex workout room and I have already used it. I had kind of a stressy day, as most of them are turning out to be, and getting on the Treadmill to run was fantastic, just what I needed.
The environment in which I am working is very loud and busy with bad lighting, so I feel very tired by mid day... so today I did some close arm wall push ups and jogged in place... and tried to not over snack. I am trying to control my food, but simply making the healthiest choices and keeping healthier stuff around.
For the next 11 months, I have to concentrate on my Army mission and keeping myself healthy. I had a nice visit from my guys, but I have to keep myself focused on what I need to do and not dwell on missing home. There is a lot great about having this time kind of by myself to relearn who I am and have my own space for awhile. It's still a great, though not perfect adventure... and if the first month here is any indication, I will have some weak times when that can of pringles mysteriously disappears, etc, but I will keep that to a minimum.
Luckily my weight gain over the holidays was like only 2 or 3 lbs and I'm still in my range. So I have a nice park not too far away, an exercise room with treadmill and weights, my videos here in my apartment and my wii fitness games. I can also go to the gyms on base... I will be just fine!
One thing that is fantastic about the Army is the culture of expected fitness. I like that a lot. It just takes the stigma away from exercise that you sometimes find out there...
So we continue... onward and upward.
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