Monday, February 04, 2013
So, I picked up a book from Amazon, Fit For Life, after reading some of HIPPICHICK'S expereinces with it. I must admit I was a bit skeptical, still am in some areas, however, it really seems to be addressing some of my current needs. My biggest need was what to eat when? I know how to eat healthy, but I have noticed over the years, that some meals just seems better for energy than others. I am not a food scientist, obviously (!) so it has always just been this huge mystery. For years I thought I was gluten intolerant (which I've read most people are to some degree) then I thought I had issues with dairy, and so the story goes, from one culprit to another in my endless search for all the why's behind my current weight/lack of energy. This book, however, puts some of the pieces of this puzzle together for me, basing the information on our daily cyles of assimilation, elimination and intake of food. The main part that I like, because I am not a breakfast person, is the principle of starting every morning, from waking until 12 pm, eating nothing but fruit and fruit juices. Now, I guess from a calorie counting standpoint, this is not that good, but I tell you, I've done it for three days, and I've lost 6 pounds. I'm certain I won't loose at this rate continuously (I can dream though!!). But, I do feel better, internally. I don't feel like my digestion processes are fighting just to process what I am injesting. The rest of the key to this way of eating is based on combining foods that digest more easily together, instead of putting things into your body that cause stomach acids to nuetralize themselves, leading to food "rotting" in your stomach and bowels, you eat according to what types of foods digest well together. So, it is, of course all theory and trial at this point, but this early success is definitely making me excited to continue the experiment. I must admit, I don't feel "satisfied" in the same way as when I eat say, protien and bread together, BUT I'm not hungry, and I feel clean inside/not clogged up. So, we'll see how this experiement goes. The idea of not eating carbs with protien is not a new idea to me, so I am pretty sure I can manage atleast for a couple more weeks in order to see how thing go on a more long term basis. It is not a diet, but more of a mindset and method to eating. You can eat what you want, as long as you combine it properly with foods that will aid in it's digestion. Different, interesting and so far, quite effective. My energy is high, and my weight is dropping, so I'm happy so far. If only I had not been doing to 2 pound tango, I would really have been happy with the 6 pound loss............don't get me wrong, I'm still happy, but I started this eating experiment on a particularly high weight day (TOM) and so I'm still a pound and a half away from my pre-December weight. Which is much better than 7.5 pounds away!! So, that is my last few days in a nutshell. I got the book, devoured it, and have attempted to stick to it as closely as possible since then. To any who are interested in a new "detoxing" way of eating, you might want to look into this, it challenges a lot of our current ways of thinking about food, but backs up it's findings with centuries of science all based on the ideas of "Natural Hygeine" first proposed in Greek. Anyhow, enough of this, hopefully it's not just some book I hide in the cabinet in 2 months, never to look at again!!
Tomorrow is my 33rd birthday! I've been looking forward to this one since I can remember. My Mom took the day off, and my little sister already had the day off, and Tim is still home, looking for a new job, so we are all heading to Point Reyes, I've never been there. We are hiking a trail that leads to the beach. We might have time to do a little wandering through Muir Woods also, depending on how the days goes. It was my Mother's idea, and I'm really quite excited to spend the day in nature with three of my favorite people!
Well dear friends, not sure how my new eating experiment will go, but I will keep blogging about it. I'm sure there are some major benefits to eating less meat and dairy and more fresh fruit and veggies........I don't think anyone can go bad with that method of eating.
Hope all of your weeks are sparky, enlightening and healthy in all ways.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Had the best dinner I've had in awhile, and it was easy, cheap, quick, fresh and healthy. Wish the falafel mix was homemade, but it wasn't, boxed mix, add water fry in a pan coated lightly with olive oil. Eaten on a whole wheat tortilla with tzaziki sauce (cucumer, ff greek yogurt, dill, lemon juice, salt, pepper) sweet peppers, red onion, yellow tomato and avocado. Simple, perfect, wish all my meals were this great. Don't know the calorie count, I've been REALLY bad about that lately. Probably why I'm doing the 2 pound tango! I loose 2, gain 1, then loose 1 and gain 2, back and forth. It's frustrating, but I don't let it affect how I feel too much, decided I'm gonna love this big, beautiful body, no matter what weight the scale reads for that day.
Been walking, actually acheived my calories burned goal for the week. It's been awhile since I've done that, and I must admit it felt pretty good. First time in awhile that I've done over 250 fit mins in a month.........so sad, I know, BUT I am happy to have done that. I've only seen over 500 hundred a few months, and only 1,000 once or twice. I know why I'm not losing weight, but I also know that if I don't first recognize the issues, and second recognize the steps in the right direction, I will NEVER reach any goals in this area, and that is just not acceptable to me.
On a personal level, Tim is home, his job officially ended. Next months bills are already taken care of, partially in thanks to a half off rent special due to a recommendation to new rentees.......pretty cool. I am happy he is home, having spent less than half of our married lives actually in the same state, let alone same house, it is always nice to spend a little extra time with him. Of course I'm a little stressed about finances, but it isn't like we haven't been here before, this is such a common routine, I'm actually not too worried at all. He doesn't have trouble finding jobs...........or losing them!! Haa! Gotta laugh, found that lesson out, if I don't laugh, I cry and that's just not fun.
Work is great, as usual. I have the best boss, co-barber and clients in the world. I've worked in about 10 barbershops over the years, and this one is by far the very best, in every way. I truly love my job. The pay could be better, and non-existent benefits stink a bit, but overall job satisfaction and security is so high up there, that I really feel blessed, everyday.
It was like spring outside today, truly gorgeous and the moon!!!! Ahhhh, what a glorious sight. It was HUGE and glowing in all her golden splendor. Truly a magnificent sight tonight. Well, don't have too much to say, just wanted to jot down the tiny little successes I've had this week. Oh, and thanks to the dearest HIPPICHICK, I ordered Fit For Life from Amazon yesterday, and I think it may help to put a few pieces of the "what to eat and when" puzzle together for me. I'm not great on strict diets, did Atkins for a year or so and lost a LOT of wieght, but couln't stick to it. And now I'm finding the freedom to eat whatever I want, as long as I'm in calorie range (I know it's not quite that simple) is just too much for me right now. I need some guidlines that I can stick to. I doubt I'll be able to follow the "diet" guidlines to a T, but I think there is some good stuff in there that I'll be able to use to supplement my currently hit and miss eating style. I'm also thinking that freezer meals is my new plan. I find that batch cooking, without freezing is not that thing for me. I eat if for a few meals, get tired and then the rest goes to wast. I think freezing half or more of my pre-made meals is truly the next step I need to implement in order to start moving towards healthier meals on a regular/daily basis.
OK, hope all is well. Hope new inspirations are bubbling within. Hugs.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Well, things are feeling good. Three pounds down since New Years, three more to go till pre-holiday weight is achieved. I've really been pushing it (for me) and my legs are quite sore, but I feel good. I have already seen an improvement in my skin, which seems to be one of the first things I notice when I'm living healthier.
I am really loving my hibiscus tea. I buy a large bag of the flowers for less than three dollars, and it last for a few weeks. It is a nutritive and diuretic and mild detoxer. It is a bit sour, and I like that, I've always liked sour things. I sip on that all day and it really helps cut the coffee/hot cocoa cravings.
We aren't able to go south for the family reunion this weekend. Tim got stuck in Washington, unable to come home. I was a little bummed last night, but OK with it now. I have a long distance phone call planned with one of my oldest friends tonight, so that will relieve the disapointment a little.
I'm really looking forward to getting back into my food groove. I LOVED trying new recipes every week, it was so fun. I've let that go by the wayside the last couple of months. My eating has been OK, some good meals/days, some a little less than perfect. But overall I think my choices have been far better than during my pre-spark days. I have been drinking diet soda though, which I know has all kinds of unhealthy side affects, so I've got to somehow cut down/out this part of my drinkables.
Getting the windshield replaced today on the Toyota. When it was stolen few months back, we got it back with a little crack in one corner, well that crack has spread across the whole windshield, so it was time to bite the bullett and replace it. The quotes went from $160.00-350.00!! Crazy jump! So I went with the cheapest, and they come to me for free. Hopefully I don't regret that decision! Cheaper is not always better, but how bad of a job could they really do??? I'm sure if it just falls out, they will replace it!!!
Granpa has moved from his assisted living place, to a skilled nursing facility. I feel really bad for him, but he needs constant supervision. He can walk, but he's really shaky. The hemotoma in his brain (blood clot) from the last fall is really affecting his cognitive faculities. He doesn't seem to be able to think/percieve straight. He also can't seem to hear anything we say, with or without his hearing aids. Mainly we are just focused on making sure he is as comfortable as possible. My Mom is looking in to hospice. Their main focus is to make sure the patients are as peaceful and comfortable as possible in thier last days. It is wierd to think of my Grandpa like this, but in reality he is drawing closer to his last days, his body/mind just doesn't work well anymore. I really just don't want to see him suffer, that is the harderst/worst part of this situation. When my Grandma died a few years ago, she suffered, unnecessarily with the process of extending her life passed the point of being comfortable for her. That was painful to watch and we don't want that for my Grandpa. I'm sure whatever is supposed to be, will be. I am learning a lot about what is in my future when it is time to care for my Mom, or any other family member in this similar situation.
Well, I'm still feeling pretty sparky! This is, by far, my best winter I've spent in Nor Cal. The first few years here it was way too cold and wet for me, and I got super depressed. This year, not only am I not depressed, I'm feeling full of pep and excitement for what each day holds. Hope this feeling lasts, becuase I LOVE it!
Well beautiful sparkfriends, hope your weekend is bright!!!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
So glad that the holidays are behind us, I had fun, and it shows in the scale readings! I lost two pounds last week, now 4 more and I'll be back to pre-holiday weight. I've been walking, briskly, 2 mile jaunts at a time. Got 6 miles under my belt this weekend. It was cold, so cold I almost slipped on the icey sidewalk because I was talking on the phone while walking instead of watching my path.....so glad I didn't fall! No snow in this town, but it is truly cold.
We head south on Friday for the weekend. My husband's great aunt turns 90 and they are having a mini family reunion to celebrate. I'm really happy we get to go. Tim has very little family in California, most of his relatives are in Georgia. So in 9 years this is only the 2nd time we've had a real family gathering with his family. If this had come up at another time, we wouldn't have been able to afford to go. I'm excited! I also will get to see a few friends, since it's going to be held in the city I started barbering in, and know many people still living there. It's always nice to go back home every once in awhile. Since most of my immediate family has all left the area, I don't go down very often, but it's a good time of year to go. I don't love the desert in the summer, a little too hot, but this time of year it's nice.
Water, tea, smaller portions, some tracking, whole grains, walking, sweating, planning, all these things have been a part of my last weeks, and I am feeling better and have seen a little success on the scale. I have really been enjoying my fit mins lately, I think the new tunes has everything to do with it. I have a couple of apps on my phone that provide me with the perfect calorie burning tunes.........it really makes exercise sooooo wonderful. When I was in high school I exercised often, nearly everday, and was in the best shape of my life. A huge part of the exercising was doing it to great music............it's taken many years to get back into it, but I think this is a big part of what will lead to my success this year. I feel it in my bones, I think I am finally mentally prepared to loose weight. I know it will be work, and I know it's not going to happen overnight. I'm really looking forword to this year being my year of reaching goals, not just making them!!! This is not a New Year's resolution, just a deep seated vision I have for myself that I feel is very attainable this year. The sun is slowly coming back, I noticed last night after work, it was light enough for me to get a good walk in before it got dark, that is really great too! Anyhow, we'll see if all these good intentions amount to anything! Hope all in well in your lives. Spark on!!!
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Wow, I've been trying to find the time/place to blog for over two weeks now, but it's been one nonstop whirlwind and I'm just barely able to catch my breath! Christmas/New Year's was great, the best we've had in years. It was small, intimate and lovely. My Mom decided that this year we would start a new tradition where each member of the family would pick one thing that they wanted to do together as a family. It was such a fun way to spend our time together. We all got to do what we wanted, and didn't go our seperate ways throughout the holiday, but stuck together and had a blast. Some of the things we did were drive around town to look at lights, have a fooseball tournament, watch The Christmas Story and play Balderdash. It was really nice. This was the first year in many years that we did presents, which is completely the opposite of what I had planned in my mind, but as Christmas drew near, that was how it went, and I have to admit, it was really wonderful. We all seemed to get/give some really thoughful/affordable/needed gifts. As a family, we really needed a good holiday, seems that so many stressful years in a row lead us to really appreciate eachother this season.
This is a pic of how it felt to be surrounded by family this season.
Everything seems good right now. Tim is still looking for another job, but the old one has not ended yet, so we have been able to make it through the New Year on stable ground. The barbershop has been BUSY!!! Which is always so nice. My Grandpa has had a couple of falls this last week, which has been sad/hard, but it is all a part of getting older. He is 88 now, and has been so strong all of his life. I think his body is just tired, which is understandable. He always says he never thought he'd live to be 21 (he is a WWII veteran) let alone 88! He is such a sweet man, and I love him so much, I hope he starts feeling better really soon.
I did put on a couple of pounds over the holiday, but I am truly OK with that. I've already started back into my regular routine, with a couple of good 2 mile walks, lots of water/veggies/whole grains and lean meats. I got a new smartphone for x-mas that doubles as an ipod, which is soooooo great for my walks. I have a couple of great radio apps uploaded that play lot's of my favorite tunes, which has made my recent walks so easy and wonderful. I love to rock out when I exercise!!! I have missed being regular on SP, and have missed my sparkfriends terrribly, and I am glad to be back in the "normal" swing of things. The barbershop was so incredibly busy this holiday season, and I was exhausted every night after work for about two weeks straight. Also I still do not have reliable internet at the house, so the majority of my sparktime is on my downtime at work, which there hasn't been much downtime to speak of, hence my inability to stay connected on here. I'm hoping to get regular internet soon, so I can get back into my sparky ways.
I rode with my husband up to Portland over New Years weekend. It was such a breathtaking drive! I loved it so much! I used my new phone to take pics out the window while we drove of all the pretty snow/trees. It was a great was to spend the weekend..........beat the heck out of staying home and missing the hubs!!!
Well lovely people, I hope your New Year is filled with wonderful surprises in health, wealth and happiness. My arms are open wide, sending HUGE HUGS from me to you!!!
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