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!
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Had a lot of fun over the past several days celebrating, seeing old friends and enjoying life! First celebration, although it was pizza, I ate until I was full, had a glass of wine, which I enjoyed ----- and paid the price of a .6 gain. Two days later had lunch with an old friend, thought I was ordering sensibly (I went by the nutritional values listed on the restaurant's website) -- and paid the price of a .6 gain. Then last night we went all out and had spaghetti (for company) complete with garlic bread and even dessert ---- and again I paid the price with another .6 gain!!! Agghhh!
Of course it's easy to see why this happened. I don't have to scratching my head and wonder "what happened?" When you don't eat right, combined with not getting enough exercise, it's the normal outcome to start putting on those pounds you worked so hard to lose. It may not seem fair, but it's a fact of life. It's also the reasons so many diets fail. "DIET" means a food plan, different from what you normally consume that enables you to lose weight. And if that's the plan you use for losing weight it's bound to fail. Not many people can maintain a food plan (diet) that differs greatly from what they normally consume. And eventually you go back to your "old" way of eating. That's why DIET should not be one of your Healthy Lifestyle words. Use food plan when referring to your streamlined mode of eating. Banish, or severely limit the portion of foods that cause the weight gain. Sure, it could include cheesecake, pizza, fast food, rich sauces, ice cream -- but you are choosing between life and death here. And if you don't try to cheat "yourself" you can still enjoy many of these items -- you just can't stuff you body with them until you feel nearly sick from it. Moderation is the key!
And if and when (I say "when" because you WILL) you do go on a little binge -- make sure it is a short one! If you eat one meal that was definitely a mistake, don't multiply that mistake by doing the same or worse the next meal. Stop right there! One meal is a better mistake than One Day, the same as ONE DAY of mistakes is better than ONE WEEK! If you go too long before getting back to your Healthy Lifestyle it is too easy to give up and just say "what's the use?"
To make sure you don't get bogged down - give yourself a PEP talk, every day!
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