Thursday, September 27, 2012
This is a serious blog, so don't smile and act like you don't know what I'm talking about! What happens when you reach your goal?
They say when you are training your it takes about 3 days of being very consistent for the dog to learn the new trick or whatever you are trying to teach them. I'd say for us humans it takes a bit longer for things to become a "habit" or a way of life.
For example, remember all the times we've started a new diet? We say to ourselves, I'll "TRY" this for a week or so -- just to see if it works. If it doesn't work, we drop it (we are impatient and expect immediate results); and if it does work, once we've lost a few pounds our old habits start to creep back in -- and subsequently we start to put the weight back on.
If you are only 10 pounds or so away from your goal you may not have set down with yourself and realistically thought about how you would handle it when you reach your goal. There are a few things you'd better think about, very seriously.
#1 This hasn't really been a "diet" you've been on, but a change of lifestyle. When you change you lifestyle it doesn't mean you go back to your OLD habits, you keep on with the new.
#2 Maintenance doesn't suddenly mean you can eat 1000 calories extra every day -- try that and your scale will head nowhere but up, Up, UP!
#3 You've read your articles, you know you need to keep yourself hydrated with water, tea, coffee, healthy liquids (alcohol doesn't really fit in there).
#4 If fruits and veggies are so important to a Healthy Lifestyle why do you think once you reach the magic number on the scale -- you can stop eating them? What do you think will happen?
#5 Reaching your goal doesn't mean you can go on a SEE-FOOD diet (see it, and eat it). It does not mean your body no longer needs to exert itself with exercise. By now you should be in the "Habit" of eating healthy and getting in some sort of daily exercise.
#6 Put one of your "fat" pictures on your refrigerator -- let it guide you in your choices. If it happened once, it can happen again.
Wishing all of you success in reaching your goals -- and then carrying those new, good habits over into your new life. Reaching your goal does not solve your problems, but it can go a long way toward helping you healthwise, giving you more confidence, and more energy to tackle jobs that need to be done. Money does not solve all our problems, and hitting the right number on the scale does not solve the problems either. But it does give us the faith and the confidence that
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I got up this morning, and after "weighing-in" my first move, naturally, was COFFEE!
My normal breakfast consists most often of a smoothie (various types)
Housework comes before play time, so let's get that done. Dip and bend and incorporate some lunges to give extra exercise!
A walk with Amber is next, and this time of year in the mountains it's high 70's
and fill my day, along with working on my quilt. Right now my time also includes making homemade applesauce (yes, I know that is a tomato, but there was no apple)! If there is I sneak in a (and sometimes even if there isn't enough time!
On our evening walk we often see rabbits, and if we're lucky a deer or two!
Now is the time to sit back and watch the great sunset, count our blessings and Thank God that we had another happy day on this great Earth of ours!
Saturday, September 22, 2012
The sun was shining when I got up and it was a cool 70F with fluffy white clouds in a very blue sky -- gorgeous, and it felt warmer. After feeding Amber I decided to go out and water my flowers, strawberries and peach tree. The apples don't really need additional water as it's time to be picking them.
HaHa -- pulled a little joke on you. That's Buchart Gardens in Canada. Don't I wish!!!
Next thing on the agenda is a light breakfast, some mornings it's a bagel with cream cheese or maybe a smoothie. This morning the bagel won, along with coffee.
And then, naturally, it's SPARK TIME! Have to see what all my friends have been up to, record my weight and what I ate, track goals, send on the good forwards, you know the routine. I'm not overjoyed to see that my weight stayed the same as yesterday, but not unhappy either, as it is in the 130 range, and since getting there, I have not gone back to the 140's. Very important!
Yesterday I got in two walks with Amber, both 1.1 miles long. The neighbor lady walked with us last night, she's younger and faster but she commented that for a short-legged dog Amber can hold her own. She doesn't stop and sniff nearly as much as most dogs do. It was good for me to have a friend along, made me push up the pace just a bit. Today I'll try to do the same thing, it completes my goal for walking when I get in the 2 miles, and it's nice to see I even went over.
Lunch will most likely be a veggie type of soup, sometimes with a bit of chicken breast added in and possibly a slice of whole wheat bread. Bread tastes sooooo good with soup -- maybe it is just reminiescent of my childhood days, but I love it. I must have had quite a variety as a kid because I like nearly all foods.
We actually have a sit-down together dinner only 3 or 4 days a week. Otherwise it's every man or woman for themselves -- we do this mainly because our tastes don't tend to move along the same lines. DH likes fat and heavy on the protein, forget the veggies. Mine is the opposite. We solved this by making our own dinner at times, makes us easier to live with. lol
Right after dinner, or sometimes just before, it's walk time again. If it weren't for the bugs that bite you it would be most pleasant. If I wasn't for the fact that I'm borderline Alzheimer's I would remember to put on bug spray to keep the little critters at bay -- but I seldom remember. (that was one of my sick attempts at joking -- so don't concern yourselves about me) Regardless, the walk is enjoyable, and many times we are blessed with seeing a deer, or a the very least a rabbit or two. Sometimes we smell the skunks -- whom I would rather not see!
Evenings I spend reading, working on my quilt, and/or watching TV. A rather quiet life, but one that suits me for the summer. Winters are back to the big city, and more activity.
Have a great week-end, Spark Friends!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Early this morning my DH found that the new Sony camera he ordered was scheduled to be delivered today! Exciting!! Except -- it was being delivered to our home in the Phoenix area -- and we were 1-1/2 hours away in our mountain home. Hmmmm! What to do? We knew the Fed Ex would probably leave the box sitting by our front door, and even though we feel we're in a "good" neighborhood, a small box containing an expensive camera is a big temptation.
Being a Sweetheart, I offered to drive down. The only string attached to that offer was that I would spend the night in our home down there -- no back and forth trip for me and it would give me a chance to watch some of my recorded movies -- maybe paint a bit, and just generally have a 'change of pace' for my day. Not liking the "overnight" part of that,my husband wailed "But I'll Miss You! I'll be lonely!" I just smiled.
Next problem came when Amber saw me getting out my cosmetic case -- it meant a "trip" and if Mom was going, then SHE must be going. There was lots of running back and forth, tail wagging and little talky noises. Big excitement, going for a ride. When the word "no" came out of my mouth, she couldn't believe it -- Mom was going without her!
DH told me she spent the afternoon laying with her nose pointed toward the front door, patiently waiting for Mom to come home. Hmmm, I wonder how the evening walk went?
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