Wednesday, October 19, 2011
:-) I actually looked forward to today's checkup. I printed up a few of my SparkPeople trackers to share with my doctor to show her what I've been doing that accounts for the 15 lbs I've lost so far. Of course, it didn't look that way on her scale. I had to confess that I had GAINED weight since my last visit during a very stressful time, but had lost it all and then some. It really makes me feel good to have a doctor who listens and thoroughly looks through my trackers so she can make recommendations. I'd had a question awhile back about my supplements and tracking them. I'm happy to report that my nutrition tracker is looking so good, I can drop some of the extras--and their extra calories. I'm definitely aimed in the right direction now!
Monday, October 17, 2011
WHOOHOO! After being out of work for 18 months, I have a job, starting tomorrow! It sounds like just what I need, number of hours, similar work, etc, but I'm out of practice! This will mean a whole new routine, including packing lunches. I need a strategy to stay on track. Here goes.
1. Went to the grocery store and stocked up on healthy packable lunch and snack items. I want to go prepared for hunger fits and have good choices at hand.
2. Got a great idea from someone else about planning and entering the day's food ahead of time, then adjusting later if I need to. That will save me time--and help me plan.
3. Taking it really easy on other activities this week while I'm adjusting to a different routine. I don't want to start off feeling overwhelmed and therefore vulnerable to overeating.
4. "I will with God's help" - Book of Common Prayer. I will go daily, asking for divine assistance, remembering that I am a loved child of God who desires only my good.
5. Which brings me to gratitude. THANK YOU for the opportunity and ability to work when so many others can't. Let me never take my blessings for granted.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Count me in among the Exercise Resisters. I'm sure there are plenty of us out there. I'd rather read a book anytime. But...SIGH...that won't help me reach my goals, and somehow, I just don't think "3o min - read book" is going to cut it on my fitness tracker, alas.
However, I have a great book (there I go again; you can tell I'm a self-confessed bookaholic), put out by Reader's Digest called Stealth Health. It's full of inspiring ideas about how to sneak fitness, better nutrition, and all sorts of healthy habits into your daily life relatively painlessly. I'm a creative person who'd rather make something--and make a mess in the process--than clean the house. Daily emails from Messies Anonymous (yes, there's a 12 step group out there for just about anything you can possibly think of) keep reminding me to put things away, done or not, and do all the little things that make the difference between my house and my mother-in-law's immaculate home.
YES, the housework I'd rather not do certainly counts as exercise. Likewise yardwork, which I really REALLY don't like--see yesterday's blog, WHAT'S WITH THE YARDWORK??? Somehow, if I look at it as free exercise, I'm much more likely to get at it, with benefits to me, the yard, and the house. You know how it is, once you get on a roll, it's a little easier to think that other things are do-able, such as the easiest strength training routine I could find so I'm at least doing SOMETHING, which is more than I was doing before SP. Like Messies Anon, with enough repetition, it might get to be a habit before I notice! I hope it does!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Heavy yardwork is figuring large in my fitness tracking. So what's with the yardwork? My husband works long hours and simply hasn't enough time to keep up with it, even though he's a passionate gardener, and I'M NOT. The gardening genes missed me entirely. Can't even grow a houseplant, and what I don't kill off, my cats do in; one eats them, the other plays with them.
So...how did I get into this? A summer of extra work and lots of rain have played havoc with the yard, especially the back which kept getting put off until he got "a round TU-IT." You know, one of those things you never seem to get. Anyway, I looked out the kitchen window at my hardworking spouse and decided to give him a hand. I may not know the difference between a weed and something he wants to keep, but I can put brush piles into trashcans. I filled one can and went inside. This is SO not my thing. But it helped him, made me sweat, and made one little patch of yard look better. I figured I could stand at least a little of this daily, so, resisting all the way, I've been out pulling weeds, at least the ones I'm really sure are weeds. How is it that they thrive where grass doesn't? For two weeks, we've had the trashcans full for twice a week pickup, and the results are satisfyingly visible. Like lbs, I'm not looking at how much remains to be done, just taking pleasure in whatever small patch I've cleared today. I've made it plain that I expect lots of appreciation to encourage me to keep at it, and I've tried REALLY hard to do it with a minimum of complaints and negative comments, though I don't always succeed. As I pointed out to him, I haven't said nearly what I'd like to. So SABLENESS has morphed into the reluctant yard service. Someday I might actually like it.
Monday, October 10, 2011
I AM HUNGRY! Since starting 55 days ago, this is the most tempted I've been to head for the pantry and eat ANYTHING. So what am I doing instead?
1. I'm noticing with surprise that I AM doing something instead. I'm not in the kitchen, I'm not eating.
2. I know that waiting 90 min till the next meal is not fatal. And now 45 min have passed since I became aware of my hunger.
3. I'm taking a moment to be grateful that there IS food in the pantry and refrigerator when it's time to eat....
4. I'm thinking of Pema Chodron's book, The Places That Scare You, and how she suggests simply noticing and being with whatever is going on in me without judgment. "Hm. Yes, I notice that my stomach is saying I'm hungry. Hm. I notice that I really really want to eat something NOW. Hm--and this is a BIG ONE: I REMEMBER THAT I HAVE CHOICES. I DO NOT HAVE TO MINDLESSLY, COMPULSIVELY EAT ANYTHING AT THE MOMENT OF A CRAVING. The fact that I'm typing and not eating affirms my power of choice.
5. I went looking for the community support NEED HELP NOW, took awhile to find it, and responded to a few other people's posts instead of focusing on myself, which is when I decided to blog about what's going on with me right now.
I have less than 30 min to go till lunchtime, and I'm going to drink another glass of water. But I'll take my glass with me to anther room so I won't stay in the kitchen.
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