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?
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Today my husband and I were packing dishes in preparation for moving and I began to think of how much exercise we were getting. We were lifting stacks of dishes and bending over to put them in boxes. We were then carrying the boxes down the stairs to the basement to be loaded into the truck. We were walking from room to room, collecting dishes to pack and from the house to the garbage cans to throw away excess paper and trash. I wore my pedometer all day and at the end of the day had walked over two miles. I wouldn't characterize packing to move as fun by any stretch of the imagination, but it gives me a better outlook to think of it as exercise instead of just a chore. What chore have you done today that you can think of as exercise?
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Having just celebrated my 80th birthday (Mar. l7, 2011), I feel compelled to distill the vast wisdom I've accumulated into a few terse sentences:
(1) You're never too old to spend the time and effort it takes to look your best.
(2) Enjoy the gift of each day, whatever the weather or your circumstances.
(3) Never hesitate to ask for help when you really need it, but do what you can for yourself.
(4) Express appreciation for the kindness of strangers and offer some of it to others.
(5) Value people over material possessions.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
For several years, my husband and I have been using Wednesday as a fast day. We drink only liquids, such as hot cocoa, tomato soup, milk, water, etc. and it has taught us that we don't need as much food as most of us Americans are eating every day. We take the money we would have spent on food and donate it to programs that feed really hungry people in this country and around the world. Our bodies have adjusted to this schedule so well that we don't even get hungry on Wednesday. It's amazing to me how much more time I have on Wednesday to do things like walking, meditating, yoga, Jazzercise, etc. because I don't have to spend time preparing food and eating it. Both my husband and I are in the best of health and wouldn't advocate this idea for anyone who isn't already in good health.
Friday, January 28, 2011
My Husband got me a pedometer last year and I started wearing it when I took my 30 min. walk each day. I was surprised at how many steps I took in just 30 min. and decided to make 10,000 steps a day my goal. Even when I wore the pedometer all day around the house, I could only get to 10,000 steps on days when I Jazzercised, walked, went shopping, vacuumed and hung laundry outside. Wearing my pedometer has changed my whole attitude about walking. Now I park farther away from the store so I can get in more steps between the car and the store. As the weather warms up, I'll increase my walk to 40 min. and put more hills in my walk. As I walk, I sing songs to myself to keep the rhythm going and even made up one today. Here it is : (to the tune of Marching to Pretoria)
I am wearing my pedometer, pedometer, pedometer
Oh, I am wearing my pedometer, each step I take will count.
I like walking. You like walking. So we will count our steps, so we will count our steps.
I like walking. You like walking. So we will count our steps as we walk
Step by step we reach our goals. So we will celebrate, So we will celebrate as we walk along
Step by step we reach our goals. So we will celebrate as we walk along (chorus)
Up the hills and down the hills, we're building our muscles, building our muscles, building our muscles.
Up the hills and down the hills, we're building our muscles as we walk along. ( Chorus)
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