Thursday, June 10, 2010
I'm just about to take my third shower of the day. I did a treadmill workout this morning, burning 200 calories. I was dripping sweat. I showered and then Natalie came.
Natalie and I danced to the Princess and the Frog CD. It was not an aerobic exercise as we danced and flopped on the bed or on the floor. We rested as much as we danced, but I got absolutely soaked with sweat again. We keep the house at 79 or 80 degrees and we have plenty of humidity. So, I took a shower after Natalie left and then went to Lowe's to buy some supplies my hubby needed to repair the porch that was damaged by wind last week.
Then I went to the gym and did my 10 strength training machines followed by 35 minutes on the stationery bike. I felt like that commercial I saw recently on TV of the guy with a geyser or hose under his arms, but it was my forehead and scalp that seemed to be the greatest source of the river of sweat. But, truly I could wring out any piece of my clothing. Yuck.
So, I'm about to take my 3rd shower today. I have a big non-pile (spread out) of laundry from today's activity. I don't remember getting so sweaty last year. I have increased the intensity of my workouts, but I don't think by that much.
Oh, well, I feel terrific and I'll feel even better after this next shower! Hope you are having an active, happy day, too.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
I wrote earlier about physical comforts of goal weight -- sitting and breathing more comfortably -- and emotional comfort -- just feeling more comfortable "in my skin." But there is one more kind of comfort I'm looking for. This one I've yet to achieve consistently. And that is comfort with food.
There are days when eating healthy is not a struggle. When I want what is good for me, in the right amounts, and I am totally satisfied with my eating.
Then there are days when it is tough. I want all my healthy food pretty much every day, but some days I want so much more. Sometimes it is just volume I want. Anything that will fill me up would be fine. I'm trying to track to see whether too many carbs bring it on or not enough protein or is it stress/emotional "hunger"? I don't have enough data yet to analyze it, even though yesterday was one of those days.
Then sometimes it is sugar I am craving or chocolate. Occasionally it is crunchy, fried, or savory treats. Sometimes I just want something specific. Frequently this happens after I passed up something. I am not aware I am feeling deprived at the time, but must be. So I need to be careful about events in which I am "too" good!
I have a comfortable, normal-sized body. I don't yet have a comfortable, normal-sized appetite. -Marsha
Sunday, June 06, 2010
I wrote yesterday that goal weight makes it more comfortable to sit, confident that I will have enough space, and keeps me more comfortable, sweating less and breathing easier, in the heat. There is another kind of comfort that I find at goal weight. It is a little more difficult to describe.
You hear people talk about someone who is "comfortable in his/her own skin." I believe I have more of that comfort at goal weight, too. It is confidence to some extent. But even at my heaviest I never shied away from meeting new people, public speaking, or social occasions. This kind of comfort is more than confidence. I feel right. I feel in balance. I just feel better. And I am not referring to feeling healthier, although I do and I am. But I am thinking about feeling more at peace with my body, more at peace in the world.
I haven't quite spelled it out here the way I would like, but I suspect many of you will understand what I mean. -Marsha
Saturday, June 05, 2010
I wanted to lose weight to be healthier and to look better. I never really thought about comfort as a reason to lose weight and get fit, but it is definitely a reason I want to maintain my weight loss and my fitness gains.
Seats are so much more comfortable at goal weight. Whether it is sitting at the theater, at a staff meeting, or in an airplane seat, I know I will have enough room. I won't feel stuffed in and trapped. I won't hurry to get to the most comfortable seat available because they are all fine for me now. I've heard my mother say that without "padding" (fat) seats can be uncomfortable. I've found that just the opposite is true.
And it is hot. A church near me had a sign that said it was 102 degrees today, but I believe that is overstated. The news said it would be high of 92 today here in central Florida with the highest humidity of the season, over 90%. I do not sweat near as much as I did 80 pounds heavier. I breath easier. I enjoy going outside even in the heat. Today after our SparkTeam walk, Natalie and I played outside in the park. When I was heavier, I would have insisted on staying in the air conditioning. Outside was just too uncomfortable. I would have missed the sunshine, the butterflies, the dragonflies, the flowers, the fresh air, the birds, the squirrels, etc. I would have missed the fun of it all!
Life is just better at goal weight. And comfort is one of the reasons.
Friday, June 04, 2010
I made it three whole days with absolutely no artificial sweetener. (I have been a Splenda-Equal-SweetnLow-saccharine "addict" for more than 35 years.)
Today my hubby did the grocery shopping as usual. He came home with sugar free chocolate mousse and handed me one, 60 calories. I ate it without even thinking. Honestly, I enjoyed it. It had absolutely no redeeming nutritional attribute. It was pure chemical junk. Yum.
That's okay. I'm giving up all or nothing thinking. I'm not throwing in the towel on my goal. Three days was a good start. I intend to have only that one sweetened treat this week. Then I'll focus on 4 or fewer packets (or equivalents) per day, which is SparkPeople's recommendation. -Marsha
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