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."
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
I have 4 daughters, 6 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter and 1 great grandson on the way.
This past weekend we've had a joyous family reunion to which our 4 daughters from across the country ( California, Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky) and 3 granddaughters (California, Texas and Oklahoma) came to our retirement community here in Kentucky. We had 4 wonderful days together and the climax was a big family dinner here in our two-bedroom patio home. My husband made homemade noodles and cooked a delicious roast and I made salad, green beans and a chocolate cake. It was wonderful cooking for 10 instead of for two. What made me so pleased was how health-conscious they all were. When I asked what they'd like to drink most said "water". Then they really went for the vegetables and salad and ate just small portions of the meat. Of course, their Dad's homemade noodles stole the show and they had to go back for seconds on them, because they are a rare family tradition. God has blessed us so much with a healthy, happy family and we are so grateful for
the love, joy, laughter and memories shared this weekend.
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