Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I don't expect you to walk around like a grinning fool all day, cuz then people would start looking at you like you might be an 'idiot' and they could be right on. lol But a nice friendly even to yourself if a good way to stay in the right frame of mind.
And if you are around the house -- hey! turn your fave music on the radio or TV. I did that last night and it is surprising how many quick little dance steps you can get in as a tune comes on that you like! And it's hard to be depressed or even in a bad mood when you are rockin' your hips to a good tune where your feet just won't hold still.
Don't even let your mind get to thinking about some over-due payment, or that leaky toilet that will undoubtedly cost you $100 to get fixed. One of your friends just told you about a serious illness they have? Yes, it's sad, but don't dwell on it or YOU will be the next one to get sick. Being healthy is as much a "state of mind" as it is the condition of your body. Besides depressing thoughts are usually what make us reach for a glass of wine or a bag of chips. Neither are necessary for a good food plan!
While we are on the discussion, how many times have you read an article that tells us we need to rid our environment of "unhealthy or depressing friends?" I'm not saying that you should suddenly drop all your fat or depressed friends, but try to avoid being around them too much of the time. Start concentrating on those with goals similar to yours so you can support and encourage one another; rather than bringing you down.
The path we have all chosen to follow can be a difficult one. In America especially, we are known as a nation of overweight people, so the majority of us are overweight, and when majority rules, that means most of us are over-eating and under-exercising. With that combination the result is predictable. But we HAVE made the choice to live a Healthy Lifestyle, so with that in mind, let's not be thrown off our chosen track -- not by the friends we associate with, not by the temptations placed in our paths -- not by ANYTHING! We can do this!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
This past week I was pretty upset by the fluctuations I was seeing in my weight. I went from 135.2 up to 139, going up and down along the way, and ending up the week at 137.6 -- and of course I didn't blame myself -- it had to be something else!
But in all honesty, there is always a reason, it nothing mysterious about it, and do not blame things like this on your scale.
Don't yell at your scale or kick it, it's a simple mechanical device designed to help us stay on track. You know from experience 5 or 10 pounds can download on your body in a big hurry and we don't even realize it's happening!
I looked back over my week, taking of note of what foods I had eaten, the amount of exercise I had gotten, and my stress level. Eating in a restaurant may be fun, but it is no friend when it comes to trying to live a Healthy Lifestyle. Even the simplest of salads can have hidden pitfalls. And when it comes to fast food -- wow! don't even get me started. Fat, Sodium and Sugar are the biggest culprits. But it really boils down to the basic Calories In Versus Calories Out. You can't sit on your laurels (that's a nice word for butt) and eat like there is no tomorrow and expect the scale to show you a good report. No Siree! But there are times when even if your calorie count is on target or on the low side that you might see the scale nudge up a bit. Come on, you know why -- it's not how much you ate, but WHAT you ate. Fat & Sodium would be my #1 guess.
So make this a lesson learned. You can't have it both ways. You either accept the fact that no exercise will cause the scale to go up or live in ignorant bliss. Same goes for your eating habits. And if your usual response is "I was a bad person, but I'm back on track today" well that's fine if you want to reach your goal sometime in 2050. For me, I'd like it to be a bit sooner than that. It's like being "just a little big pregnant." Not going to happen. And your healthy lifestyle can take a few hits, by that I mean a little splurge once or twice a month, not once or twice a week.
Put a nice smile on your face now, and get out there and live like you are motivated! There is no time like the present, and if you fall off the wagon, it's just another delay to getting where you want to be.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
SUNDAY saw us travel back down to Glendale where the kitties were especially happy to see us! Holly had never had an evening alone since we adopted her, and she likes to cuddle with us at night, besides they had eaten all their food! So happy kitties!
MONDAY my DH had a doctor appointment and I tried to go through the house making the decision as to what we should take back up with us. Of course two cat carriers and the dog take up quite a space, so we have limited room to haul. And DH said it would take 2 trips to haul it all. So I offered to drive up alone and come back for George and more "stuff" early on Tuesday.
TUESDAY got up early for my morning walk with Amber, then headed down to get my DH. We loaded up all kinds of stuff, but when we got up here George discovered he had forgotten the needles for his diabetes shots. No choice but to go back down for them, which he did. And of course brought up a few more "must haves."
WEDNESDAY saw us working in the yard where weeds were trying to take over, and just general clean up and putting things away. I'm getting in a lot more steps as I take an early morning walk with Amber, then an evening walk with 3 other ladies. They also poured our driveway early this morning and that really improved the looks of our place.
THURSDAY we have been pricing decomposed granite (or landscape rock) via places we found on the Internet -- with all that we will need it's not going to be cheap. DH estimates we will need somewhere between 65 and 80 TON! Found two places in the little town at the bottom of our hill, so we drove down and found a much better price and it's a "delivered price" so our costs just went from $45/ton W/O delivery to $32 per ton delivered. WooHoo! They will be bringing it on Monday.
FRIDAY hired a contractor who lives down the street to do our sprinkler/drip system and also spread our landscaping rock. It's something we definitely could not handle, as DH has a very bad back and I'm 75 years old! Something for heavy equipment to do or else young muscular guys! So that is two major worries off our mind.
SATURDAY we are still doing clean-up work in the yard. Our patios are so nice to sit on and watch the world -- but now we need to travel again to Prescott to find patio furniture. One little thing at a time, like with my Healthy Lifestyle -- one step at a time leads you to success!
Weight is down to 136.2 so I'm getting there, slow but sure. Very soon it will be time for the Photo's -- don't give up on me!
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Six letters to come up with appropriate (healthy, motivating) acronyms for.
A - All your exercise and planning go down the drain if you binge on a bag of chips!
U - Unless you are God (and I doubt you are) you are bound to slip up somewhere!
G - Go with the flow, if you aren't perfect today, make up for it tomorrow!
U - Unhealthy foods usually have high fat and sugar content!
S - Stay with your plan, persevere and you will come out a winner!
T - This sounds a bit like a lecture; but I'm only pointing out the obvious!
August probably deserves better than this, but it's all I could come up with today. In the area where I live, August is a HOT, RAINY month, so it's not one of my favorites. Just heard from my daughter, who now lives in Italy; and she tells me August is a month-long vacation time there. Most restaurants and other businesses simply close up. What a concept. She is one of the lucky ones, she will be on vacation also.
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