Saturday, January 03, 2009
I went to the SparkAmerica page because I was considering changing my minutes goal for this year and saw the rankings of cities in America. MINNEAPOLIS was #1, beating out my city, San Diego. Now, wait a minute! San Diego, city of [mostly] sunshine, where runners, riders, and future Olympians come to train, is getting beat out by a city whose projected HIGH tomorrow is 9 degrees? Okay, I'm old enough and wise enough by now to know that it won't work for me to claim I'm going to work out 60 minutes, 5 days a week, but it did induce me to up my minutes GOAL (I can always do more) to make the average 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week. Go, San Diego!
Monday, March 17, 2008
I just read a blurb in a Sparkpeople email about establishing a fitness plan. The first thing it said to do was to write goals. I know that this is often recommended, but I haven't found that it worked. In fact, most times that I have ended up exercising consistently or even eating well consistently, it is something that snuck up on me. I've kept track and, after a period of weeks, realized that I've got a program goin' on! It always occurs to me that if I had set out to be that regular about it, I probably wouldn't have done it.
I'm not saying that having goals and planning is wrong. It's just that some of us might use not doing these things as excuses not to do anything at all. We might feel that we just can't afford to fail again. Better to just do something and keep going! I have gotten to the point where I can set goals and try things, but not be devastated when it doesn't work out (for most things). I realize I have to adjust because the deep goal is a sense of acceptance without resignation. I'd take that over being rich, thin, 0r admired, etc., but being scared of losing those qualities any day.
Monday, September 03, 2007
I posted this to one of my teams, but thought i would put it here, too. It was in response to someone saying that she tends to eat when she gets home from her nightshift job even though she has dinner at work.
It's tricky because you don't want to tear yourself down, but you also don't want to feel that it's okay to repeat this behavior all the time. all you can think about, with curioustiy and compassion for yourself, is what you might do differently next time. It has never worked for me to just have lo-cal foods. The only rule for me is, if I am empty-stomach hungry, I eat either a real snack or meal, depending on whether I had a meal or snack the last time I ate. (My snacks are about 1/2 or a little less than a meal.) If I'm not actually hungry, only water or Kool-aid (tastes like childhhod!) sweetened with stevia. That's it! I do not want to reinforce that "feeling" that I just WANT to eat, even though I am not exactly hungry, with food. You've got to find something else to do (some people call it repattterning). Take a bath, get your clothes ready for the next day, declutter your make-up, do housework, etc., and whatever you do, whenever you notice you are thinking about food or your body, bring your atttention back to what you doing, and just concentrate on it. Try to do something that has a physical element at first; later you can do something mental, like read, or file papers. you need to redirect your thoughts, not as avoidance but just to establish a new habit. If it seems too daunting, set a timer for 15 minutes and do a bunch of different things for 15 minutes each. Think up soem of them before you go to work; write them on cards if you have to and look at them periodically at work. think about them a little on the way home, and really look forward to how good you will feel when you get them done. Good luck!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
While I was out walking today, it popped into my head that a dance teacher I had in my 30's used to have us lift one foot and then the other and have us jiggle our thighs. She would say in a kind of rhythm, "Jiggle, jiggle, jiggle, jiggle, now doesn't that feel good?" And it did! Now, let me tell you, this woman was beautiful and had an even more petite body as she got older (she claimed her secret was "imagine yourself younger!" but I know she danced a lot and ate pretty well), but she wanted us to enjoy our bodies no matter what. How amny people are going to have no jiggle? Even indigenous people who don't have junk food and who walk their fool heads off and do lots of physical labor have jiggle. Can you imagine those women sitting around boohooing their jiggle?
There was no judgment in my dance teacher on that issue, anyway, except the admonition to move and enjoy! It is one of my goals to reduce the jiggle, but that's because last year when I was more consistent in my exercise, my caliper measure (0f bodyfat) was much lower, even though I weigh about the same. But I am not going to get hung up on a leg I probably can't have. I'm almost 54 and have had cellulite since I was 16! plus I'm getting some crepey skin now. Basically, I laugh about that, even in the midst of my societal-magazine programming that is horrified. I've got crepey skin! Shoot me at dawn!
So the point is I'm grateful to that teacher for that loving message. A "better" appearance is part of the motivation, but mostly it's just knowing that the extra fat there now represents a style of living that doesn't support my joie de vivre. As I was walking, the jiggle still felt good! And that does support my joie de vivre!
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