Saturday, June 30, 2012
When I was a kid and company came over (usually relatives) we either had fried chicken, hamburgers, or fish fries. Why? Probably because we raised all of those items, or in the case of the fish, we had a creek running at the end of our property. We combined these foods with baked beans and potato salad.
Milk and cookies ruled at our house when I was married and my own children were growing up. Another favorite was toasted cheese sandwiches. Back then my favorite "company" food was lasagna -- lots of work, but it was something everyone loved and it was a one-dish meal.
Even as the kids grew up and moved away from home, I noticed that my food choices seemed to go in cycles. I was now eating more fish and seafood -- something I thought was "beneath me" back in my pre-teen years. Salads worked their way into my menus more often also. It took me until I was about 50 years old to have to watch my weight (lucky me) but as soon as the FAT CELLS discovered my body, they didn't want to leave.
Retirement came along and it seemed someone was always having a "cocktail party" and it was heavy on the appetizers to go with. Each hostess would try to out-do her predecessor by adding another item to the menu until the "drinks and nibblies" suddenly were full-fledged meals! And of course little by little the waistlines expanded. Steak was on the menu regularly, plus the baked potato and salad. Wouldn't have been too bad if it wasn't for that potato being piled down with butter and sour cream. No one seemed too interested in turning down dessert either.
So now, suddenly we are facing the reality of our poor choices. Now we are striving for that Healthy Lifestyle! Instead of cocktail parties I'm checking into menu's that will keep me in my 1200 calorie per day range, and checking outdoor temperatures to try and get in a mile or two walk. When in the city it's the easiest to just drive over to the gym and get a nice workout. There is an old saying "Better Late Than Never" -- this applies to our life -- yes, YOURS and MINE! We've had our fun, now it's time to be practical about what we're stuffing our faces with so instead of a cocktail, I drink a glass of water; instead of canapés, I snack on sugar-free, fat-free pudding or a 1-oz. serving of nuts; instead of butter and sour cream on my baked potato I use fat-free or low-fat sour cream; and I grill or broil my fish and forgo the NY steak! And especially say no-no to the ribeye! Dessert? Let me check to see what my calorie count is so far today -- perhaps a bowl of mixed fruit.
Yes, changes come to everyone's life, and if you choose wisely that life can be a good one and continue on for a good many years of healthy, happy living!
Thursday, June 28, 2012
This is to all of you people out there who have reached the glorious age of 70 and over. We may be getting a little slower at some things, but we're still doing them! And what we lack in energy is made up for in experience!
OK, maybe instead of cleaning our entire home in one clean sweep we now do one single room at a time!
OK, maybe the scale has been creeping up without us being aware, and this started long before we hit the age of 70! But it's not too late, we've still got plenty of fight left in us!
OK, if we aren't satisfied with having gray hair (and not all of us are blessed with the eye catching, wonderful head of hair in a brilliant silvery white) we have to get our color out of a bottle! But at least we're not "hitting the bottle." lol (bet we learned that the hard way too)
OK, not that many of us are out there entering the 5K races. But we've learned to enjoy our daily walks, and we've also learned that a while a run may use more calories than a walk, a walk is a lot better than sitting around watching TV.
OK, we've learned that one single afternoon with the young grandkids can wear us down to a nub. But, thank the Lord, they go home -- and we can take a nap.
And speaking of NAPS; it's become my new motto:
NAPS ARE NOW MY 'HAPPY HOUR!'
Another advantage is that sleeping burns more calories than watching TV. And cocktails have a lot of calories -- so I've improving my health by sleeping instead of drinking!
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Wish this could have come through in the big print that was in my email, but at least the message is the same! DRINK WATER!!
One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University study:
Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen.
Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?
(No kidding, all of the above are true....)
Friday, June 22, 2012
Most of the time I like my life to be neat and orderly, and that includes the things around me. But tonight as I was reading other people's blogs, reading articles and thinking back over my time here on SparkPeople, I realize that being a success at a Healthy Lifestyle is not about PERFECTION! It's about discipline, consistency, baby steps, failing some days and succeeding on others -- it's about learning how to make the right choices, planning your life so you can carve out the time for exercise, and actually modifying your personality as you go along, and becoming a better person.
Why do you suppose we become a better person as we travel the road to a Healthy Lifestyle? I think one of the reasons is that we read the experiences other people go through to get to their goals. Many of them have bigger obstacles than we could ever imagine! I believe we learn to become more compassionate toward the problems and hardships of other people, perhaps try to walk that mile in their shoes for a change. I believe we learn to be more forgiving for the small missteps we make as we travel the road to our goals. OK, you didn't lose 4 pounds this month, and that was your goal. It doesn't make us a bad person and it doesn't make us a failure. We need to pat ourselves on the back the for 3 pounds we did lose, and give ourselves a reward for the fact that we LOST weight and didn't GAIN! It's a big step!
I believe after we have been members for 6 months, a year, 2 years or more -- we see things a lot differently than we did the day we first discovered this great site! Confidence is something we can help other people with. When you leave encouraging words on a blog written by a new friend, you are helping to build their confidence. When you give a spark goodie to one of the other members on one of your teams, it's giving your support and nudging their confidence.
Why do you suppose SparkPeople is such a big success and so many people are finding that at last they are shedding the weight they have tried to lose for years? Maybe because we are not only learning the tricks of the trade when it comes to Healthy Living, but because we are reaching out and giving our support and knowledge to others.
Spark On! There is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. watch for those happy numbers!
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