Wednesday, November 12, 2014
We've been gone from home for two weeks and have changed time zones a lot. Going from KY to CA via OK and back involves moving the clock back and forth a lot, not to mention going back to standard time from dailylight saving time. Needless to say the trip messed up our usual very healthful routine. However, we still managed to get our required sleep by taking cat naps in the car or on the plane and trying to get to bed at a reasonable hour in whatever time zone we happened to be in. We also tried to choose healthful foods when we ate out, splitting the entree and adding salads and vegetables. We visited with three of our four daughters, all of whom knew of our low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar lifestyle, so they were very supportive in making their menus in keeping with that. We had a wonderful time visiting with our daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughter and great-grandson (just a month old). I commented to a friend when I got back how healthy and chubby the great- grandson is. She said, "Infancy is the only time when it's permissible to be chubby." I hadn't thought of it that way, but she's right. Those little ones need to have that good start on plenty of breast milk, but the rest of us have a say in whether we're chubby or not by the choices we make. I was so pleased when I got home to find that I had not gained and am still at my goal weight. It was a nice surprise to step on the scale and discover that my choices on the trip kept me healthy. Oh, by the way, I got to go to two Jazzercise classes in CA and two water-aerobics classes in OK, so that helped a lot. Going on a trip doesn't have to mean a weight gain. Hallelujah!
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Many years ago, I belonged to a weight-loss group in which the leader kept talking about "getting your head on straight." When a member of the group stuck to the prescribed diet for as long as a month, she would say, "You've finally got your head on straight." I lost the weight I wanted to lose at the time by sticking to a very restrictive diet and exercising regularly. So I thought I had my "head on straight." Evidently I didn't really have it as straight as I thought, because several years later I had gained 10 of the 40 lbs I had lost and couldn't get those 10 lbs off, no matter what diet or exercise program I tried. Finally, in 2007, I found Sparkpeople and joined a team, kept track of what I ate and how much I exercised and even other things like how much sleep I got each night and how much water I drank. Those pesky 10 lbs. I had been trying to get rid of for so long did come off and I have stayed at my goal weight for 7 years now and still log into Sparkpeople every day, because it has taught me so much and has so many resources that I can use to maintain my healthy lifestyle. I especially enjoy playing the trivia game , reading the articles, and trying new recipes I find here. I have realized that "going on a diet" is not the way to get your head on straight. Being aware of eating a variety of healthy fruits, vegetables, proteins and carbohydrates , keeping portions small and not looking on food as an enemy, or a crutch, or a comforter, but simply as a way of keeping up my energy and being willing to be flexible and adjust to using what's available from the garden or the freezer. I enjoy every meal and snack by taking small bites, chewing slowly and focusing on the pleasure and relaxation of sitting down at the table with my husband. My husband and I have developed the habit of having 3 small meals and 2 snacks each day and walking every day. So far, I believe we finally "have our heads on straight."
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Yesterday was our 64th wedding anniversary and we really celebrated. We very rarely eat out, but we went to a local restaurant and, because we have great memories of summers in Maine when my husband was teaching summer school at the University there, we decided to splurge on LOBSTER! The item on the menu was skewered lobster tails and scallops grilled and served on a bed of rice pilaf. We always split the meal, so our gracious waiter brought an extra plate for our entree and another extra plate to divide our salad. We both had plenty to eat and then, when the waiter found out we were celebrating our anniversary, he asked "Would you like a complimentary "birthday sundae", (only in our case it was an"anniversary sundae"). We accepted the offer and enjoyed a huge ice cream sundae with whipped cream and chocolate sauce and two spoons. Neither of us had indulged in such a treat in many years, but we loved every bite. For supper last night we had our usual fruit (strawberries ) and yogurt, watched a movie and then climbed into bed for a good night's sleep filled with wonderful sweet dreams. With trepidation, I stepped on the scale this morning and was quite surprised to find I had not gained at all. I'm still right at goal. I've just gotten into the habit of always having a half serving of whatever I'm eating, whether it's at home or in a restaurant. It's a great way to enjoy good food, but not too much of it. I'm so glad to be blessed with a husband who is interested in staying healthy and is glad to split a meal with me.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
A week ago, I suddenly started running a fever, had a terrible headache, and ached in every joint.
I thought, "Uh Oh, I've got the flu." So I did what you're supposed to do for flu. I drank lots of liquids, took ibuprofen for the fever and headache and went to bed and slept for almost two days. When I finally felt like getting out of bed, I discovered I had lost my appetite, so lived on soup for the next two days. Finally, I got tired of feeling absolutely worthless and my husband took me to the doctor, who diagnosed bronchitis, gave me a shot in the hip, a prescription for a powerful antibiotic and told me to get plenty of rest. What a difference a day makes! By the next day my fever was gone, I was feeling much better and today I actually went to Jazzercise for the first time in a week. Thanks be to God for a healthy body that bounces back and responds to the right treatment. There's absolutely nothing that makes you appreciate health, energy and a good appetite more than losing all three for a while. It's almost like awaking from the dead and I'm so glad to be alive!
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Recently I was changing my shoes after a Jazzercise class and one of my fellow Jazzercisers
came up and said to me, "You are my inspiration. Would you mind if I took a picture of you?" I was overwhelmed and just gasped, "OK". I remember way back when I weighed 150 many years ago, I would not in my wildest dreams have imagined that anyone would want to use my chubby body as an example. Very gradually, by changing my lifestyle from "couch potato" to "Sparker" and Jazzerciser, I've gotten to my goal of 110 and stayed there for so long that I can almost forget I ever was as overweight as I was. But I never want to look like I once did, so I keep on logging on to Sparkpeople every day and keeping track of my food,exercise, and sleep and I weigh faithfully once a week. It has gotten to be an ingrained habit with me now and I'm so glad I found both Sparkpeople and Jazzercise! You can be someone's inspiration, too, if you just hang in there and "keep you eyes on the prize."
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