Wednesday, June 02, 2010
My husband and I recently enjoyed a trip from Sacramento, California to Chicago, Illinois on Amtrak's California Zephyr. The trip started mid-day on a Saturday, and arrived in Chicago early Monday evening. Oh my gosh, it was really fun. The scenery was amazing as we travelled through snow in the Sierra Nevadas, through tunnel after tunnel high above the trees in the Rocky Mountains, and across the plains of the midwest. We saw big cities, small towns, deer, antelope, and a few critters we honestly couldn't identify. I would take this trip again in a minute. The only problem is, it's not really a good way for someone who is trying to lose weight to travel. There were few opportunities for exercise. There were only a very few stops where we were allowed to get off the train for a few minutes. Most people got off to smoke, but we walked up and down the platform, afraid to get too far away and risk being left behind! I did a few pushups and modified some other exercises, but the bumpy ride and tight quarters best lend themselves to sedentary activities--looking out the window, reading, and eating. Yes! Eating was a big deal on the train. First of all, the food was really good. Heavy, but good, and dessert was always included. I enjoyed every bite. Also, with so little else going on, meals were a major event. Meals in the dining car were also your best opportunity to meet other passengers and have some great conversations. On the train, food took on its old persona as more than just a way to fuel the body. All I can do now is get back on track (no pun intended) and step up my activity level. We really had a good time on our trip. I found it nearly impossible to follow good eating habits while on the California Zephyr, but it was a special time and I'm not going to beat myself up for totally immersing myself in the experience, just try to get back on a different kind of track for the next several weeks.
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Well, my vacation is a week away, and even though I'm no where near the goal weight I set for myself, I'm determined to not let that get in the way of having a good time. I am disappointed in myself, yet I know I tried hard and didn't miss my goal because of eating a lot of the wrong foods or being lazy. Of course, like many people I could have done better, and I'm not finished trying. I'm hoping this will be a pretty active vacation and I'll do my best not to get carried away while eating out every day. Who knows, maybe a restful vacation will be just the thing I need to feel refreshed, re-energized, and ready to face the challenge of losing weight head on again. One thing is for sure, I will never give up.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
I really hate daylight savings time. I guess I don't like change much, period. But if we have to mess with our clocks, why can't someone figure out how to give us about 6 more hours in a day? That kind of change I could really enjoy. While at work today, where I spend over a third of my allotted 24 hours of time each day, I made a list of all the things that have to take turns during my limited amount of free time each week. Of course exercise was on the list, even though in reality it often falls to the bottom of the list (and yes, I am ashamed of this). Other activities on my list was working on genealogy, scrapbooking, SparkPeople-ing, reading, cleaning, cooking, shopping, practicing the piano, spending time with family, taking care of pets, working in the garden, and well, you get the idea and you have a list of your own. I remember reading a Spark daily blog about how we all have the same 24 hours to spend as we wish, and it is up to us to make exercising a priority. It is hard for me. I have spent too many hours in front of a computer today, getting no exercise, first at work and then at home as I spend time on SparkPeople and Ancestry.com. I am overweight because I have not been good at striking a balance between the sedentary leisure activities I enjoy, and working out. I have not been good at finding a pastime that burns calories and that I really enjoy, and can easily access (I'm thinking of swimming). But that's no excuse. It's probably not likely that our governor, who is a big proponent of DST, is going to figure out a way to give me more hours in a day, although I think that if he could figure out a way to make this happen it would likely guarantee him another term in office! It is up to me to better manage my time, and to spend more of it in motion instead of here on the couch. Having said this, I think I'll go walk my dog now. See you tomorrow!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
It's been a long, cold, winter, and the sunshine and warmer temperatures we are starting to experience here in north-central Indiana are a welcome change to me. The signs of spring are starting to pop up all over my yard in the form of crocus, the bright greens shoots of the daffodils, and singing birds. I even saw a moth fluttering about today! It's time to think about the garden. Actually, I think about the garden starting with the arrival of the first seed catalog each winter. This year I had my seeds ordered and standing by since January. The weekend before last I sowed my first seeds, and now some tiny tomato seedlings are already under the lights. This weekend, weather permitting, I'll sow some lettuce and radish seeds. Each seed sprinkled represents hope and faith to me. There is a miracle waiting to happen in every tiny seed. The garden has become even more special to me as I have become more aware of the need to eat more vegetables, and food that is less processed and closer to nature. Growing my own vegetables also means having food that is grown with no or minimal chemicals. Best of all, growing my own vegetables means having food that is as fresh as possible and tastes great. Having a garden also means getting a workout that doesn't feel like a workout. No wonder I welcome spring so much! It's been a long, cold, winter and I'm ready to get to work in the garden.
Friday, February 19, 2010
These days, nothing much has been going right in the weight loss department of my life, and I feel I have nothing to blog about. I'm in that state where when I see others feeling this way, I tell them "never give up" and "keep trying -- you'll see results soon!" I've been giving myself this pep talk, but I admit it, I'm getting discouraged. I have gained 6 pounds since Christmas, and they aren't budging. Add this to the 10 pounds I wasn't able to lose last year and I'm feeling pretty discouraged. Keep in mind I am only 5'1, so 16 extra pounds on me really does feel and look bad. Truthfully, I haven't given up. I've started back at the beginning, trying to remember the basics, and making an honest effort to eat fewer processed food and focus on healthy choices. Some days go better than others, but I do eat pretty healthily.
Exercise is where I have the most trouble. Like so many others, I have a fairly sedentary job, but that doesn't mean I'm not exhausted by the end of the day. Some days it is all I can do to put dinner on the table. Thank goodness my dog Toby makes sure I get two pretty good walks per day. I also walk at lunch on many days, and try to climb the 8 flights of steps to my office at least once per day. Often my break consists of going down the steps to the basement and back up to my office. I hate to think of where I'd be if I wasn't doing at least this.
So, it's hard to blog when you are feeling discouraged and feel like you have nothing to say to help motivate others. I do remain optimistic that if I keep trying I'll find the magic formula that works for me. The fact that overall I am in good health is proof that I'm doing a lot of things right, even if I don't look good in a swimsuit. And I have to admit, once again this year, I haven't given up hope that maybe by June or July I might look good in a swimsuit, or at least not terrible. Weight loss is a struggle, a journey, a challenge, but let's never, ever, EVER, give up.
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