Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Yesterday was a busy day without much activity. Work in the morning followed by a business lunch meeting, more work in the afternoon (desk work), quick salad & multigrain toast for supper, then off to my daughter's concert followed by coffee at Tim Horton's. Whew! The good news is that even with eating lunch at a restaurant and coffee in the evening, I still stayed on track with my calories. I finally remembered to use my pedometer :) which only had about 5500 steps on it, but I managed to resist the donuts at Tim's and leave half the sweet potato fries at lunch, so all in all I think I did alright.
I am gradually remembering to eat fruit when craving sweets, and chew gum when I know a craving will wear off if I resist long enough. Lots of water helps stave off those pesky cravings too, especially with a bit of lemon juice. I keep a bottle in the fridge at work so I can always have some on my desk while I work. Another plus is it helps me stay alert.
I am looking forward to going for a walk tonight, and finding time for my yoga DVD. I am so thankful for Spark People and my Spark Friends who keep my accountable and motivated.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
This reminds me that when I have a bad day it's not the end of my world. I can get back up, knowing that at some point I WILL get down again. But every time we get down we need to get back up.
Yesterday I was doing great... until my teenage son offered me the last of his bag of Cheesies. :( Cheesies are a great weekness of mine and soon the bag was empty and I was full! Full of cheesies? Gross. But I got back up and went for a walk. I walked further and faster than usual, and did my yoga to complete the workout. I still felt a bit gross, but the point was I did get back up. Today I'm feeling much more grounded and ready to make good choices. Today the temptations of junk food are not nearly as tempting as they were yesterday, and I made sure to prepare my mind and my lunch bag with healthy options!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I know this is not much of a streak, but every streak starts somewhere, right?
Okay, here is my streak. For four days I have done a 20-25 minute walk (hike) followed by 30-40 minutes of yoga! Like I said, it's not much of a streak, but I am feeling the results already. No more achey muscles keeping me awake at night, no more dragging myself out of bed at night to stretch so I can sleep. Also, the elbow that's been bothering me is feeling less achey and less stiff. It is a good feeling to be taking an active role in my imediate health. The hike is great cardio, with the added bonus of a chance to de-stress and work out issues needing my mental attention; the yoga helps any muscle tension to dissipate, and restore flexibility, reducing risk of injury during cardio. :)
Now to go and keep that streak going! I know it won't be "every day, no matter what", but if I can do that at least 5 days a week, long term, I know I will improve my long term health as well.
Wish me luck!
Friday, February 24, 2012
Although I've been on SparkPeople since the summer of 2008, this is my first blog entry. I often read other people's blog entries and find them to be very encouraging, but I have never had success with journaling or blogging. Thanks to Cassie Johnston's blog entry from Feb.22, which I read today, I'm going to give it a shot. Who knows, maybe it will become a helpful habit. If not, there will be no harm done, but I will be able to say I tried.
I have been thinking for awhile what I would write about if I found the courage to post a blog entry. Every time my thoughts come back to the same thing: exercise and the role my dog has played in that. We got Zeuss (a combo between Zeus from Magnum PI and Dr. Seuss) as a puppy, and have had our pooch for almost 2 years now. He is a playful Husky, St Bernard cross with a sweet nature. We live out in the country on a hilly 7.5 acres. With the purpose of keeping the dog off the busy hi-way adjacent to our place, we have installed a radio fence, with a receiver collar on the dog. It works like a charm, and since using it on him he has stayed at home and out of harm's way. This also means that when I walk him (no one else likes to walk him, so the honor is all mine) we restrict our walks to the acreage. Three trips around is just over one mile, and with each trip around there are three slopes up and three down. It really is more of a hike than a walk. The shelterbelt of poplar and spruce makes it a nature trek as well, and I love that. On days that I miss walking him (he is never tied up and has the run of the place 24/7 so he can still get his exercise) he tends to misbehave, providing extra incentive for me to get out there. He really does love his people.
Even when I really don't feel like getting outside for exercise, I make the effort to go anyways, thanks to our pooch. And once I get out there the weather seems less nasty than it looked from inside, I have more energy than I realized, and I always feel rejuvinated in body and spirit. All thanks to a dog named Zeuss.
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