Monday, October 03, 2011
My husband and I have just moved from the house we built and lived in for 22 years to a
"Senior Living Village" and are starting a new life here among other people who are in their senior years as we are (he's 83 and I'm 80). We felt it was time. We already feel at home here because our neighbors are so friendly and helpful . I've already been to my first Jazzercise class at a center near here and enjoyed finding new friends there. We've definitely downsized from 3 bedrooms and 3 baths to 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. We're using the 2nd bedroom for a computer and sewing room. Some might say we're a little crowded, but we feel quite cozy and comfortable. Each stage of life includes new and different blessings and we look forward to them.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
As we continue our journey along the path toward good health, fit bodies and minds and a more active life, staying focused on where we're heading keeps us from wandering too far away from the "straight and narrow." I recently had occasion to temporarily let unusual circumstances take my attention away from the importance of getting my exercise each day and watching my portions of food. As a result, I gained 5 lbs in a week! What a shock when I got on the scales for my weekly weigh-in. In the past, I would have thrown in the towel and said to myself, "I've blown it - I might as well just forget trying to be slender." However, since I've been on maintenance for 4 years now, I've learned that a slight bend in the road doesn't mean you have to detour off into the jungle. I simply decided to add 10 minutes to my walk each day and cut out desserts for a week. I discovered that if I can accumulate 5 lbs in a week, I can also get them off in a week. This week, when I weighed in, I was right back at my goal. Hallelujah!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
You've heard the song, "Rainy Days and Mondays Get Me Down", but actually Monday has always been my favorite day of the week. Back before I found Sparkpeople, I would promise myself, "Monday morning, I'll start on a diet." Then I'd spend the weekend eating everything in sight getting ready to deprive myself on Monday. I always thought of Monday as a good day to start fresh and change some bad habits. However, now that I've learned so much about living a healthy lifestyle from Sparkpeople, Monday is not the only day I start fresh. Now I look forward to each and every morning as a new beginning, starting with 30 min. of yoga before breakfast, which I've come to love and continuing to plan with my husband how we'll enjoy the rest of the day. Since we're both retired, we can go for a walk in our neighborhood or if it's too hot, walk at the air-conditioned mall. We can put our "Chair-Dancing" DVD on and exercise to music together. We can look through favorite recipes and plan a healthful lunch, since we both like to cook. We can go visit a friend in a nursing home or correspond with friends and family via e-mail. In the evening, we like to watch a classic movie we've gotten out of our public library or read and listen to music. We are both very grateful for the gift of each day and have been blessed with good health. Life is Good Every Day of the Week!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
One thing I've learned since I've been living the Sparkpeople way is to listen to what my body is telling me. I used to pay little attention to what it was saying about how much I needed to eat or when it really wanted to move. I would eat something when what my body really needed was more rest. I would spend all day sitting, when what my body was trying to tell me was it needed to move.
Now I make sure I get 8 hrs of sleep a night and sometimes take a nap in the afternoon, so I know my body is getting plenty of rest. After I've been working at the computer a while, my body wants to go for a walk, so I listen and walk at least 30 min. each day. When I get back from my walk, my body tells me I need to drink at least l6 oz. of water, so I get my large 2 cup glass and sip on water till it's all gone. When I leave Jazzercise after dancing for an hour, my body tells me I need a snack, so I have low sodium crackers and low fat cheese or some other healthy snack.
It's amazing how smart my body has turned out to be when I really listen to it. What is your body trying to tell you?
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