Saturday, July 24, 2010
Wednesday night I went to bed at a decent hour hoping to wake refreshed Thursday for a long walk from home to the mall. It is 4.69 mi. (7.54 km). Previous walking it with a SparkFriend took us 80 minutes, and I was hoping to do better this time.
I had a difficult time finding a comfortable sleeping position cuz I had pulled a shoulder muscle. And, one of my cats kept coming to the closed bedroom door and crying, waking me 5 times! The 5th time I realized why. I had washed their dry food dishes and forgotten to fill them. So I finally got up and filled them up - no more crying. I slept well the remaining couple of hours! Did not wake up refreshed. Went for the walk anyhoo.
Did not do better than the previous walk. Did it in 88 minutes. Glad I did it - maybe another time I will beat the record! Started out in the sun, clouds quickly covered over untiI I reached downtown where the sun came out fully and HOT for the rest of the walk. Good thing I was wearing my Tilley hat and sunscreen!
Let me tell you about the obstacles on this particular walk through town here in Northeast Brazil.
~a strong headwind
~the only straightaway was roughly 1 1/2 miles (2.5 km) of smooth sidewalk/pavement
~a guy pushing his popsicle cart straight into my path
~garbage, even a full garbage bag rolling across the path
~uneven brick or stone walkways
~large holes in the cement and road
~for about 30 feet (9.3 meters) globs of fresh cement splattered on the sidewalk
~dodging between moving cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, bicycles and donkey carts
~Whoa! Quickly squeeze sideways between a park-ing car and the moving traffic
Well now you get the picture of what my challenge is for walking here. It is MY Life, after all!
I keep searching for answers to why I am struggling so much to get off the plateau and begin losing again. The following article has some suggestions. As far as knowing if produce is organic or not here is near impossible. I will follow the guidelines though as best I can.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Itīs time once again to break away from my routine and spend some time with family. Iīve been working very hard in the past several months to stick with everything that is now part of my healthy lifestyle with SparkPeople. Being at this for 4+ years really does make it a part of me. I still occasionally struggle with emotional eating and sometimes wonder if that will ever completely stop. Gratefully, I do catch and stop myself and quickly get back into what I know are better choices.
At times, the exercises seem boring and I hafto push myself a little harder to get them done. I love to change the routine and add something new. Havenīt tired of the kettlebell and donīt really expect to! Still struggling with the sleep issue but since leaving coffee, caffeinated sodas, and chocolate, sleep has deepened. Now if I could just get to bed earlier. Restless nights have definitely decreased. Hooray!
I should return early in September to keep right on participating on SparkPeople and with my teams that I love. I may have opportunity to check in on occasion. Will not track all of my food but will keep track of my water, vegies and fruit. Count on me to keep on spreading the Spark! I never want to lose what Iīve gained as a SparkPerson and I really do need your encouragement to stick with it and reach my goals. After all, this is MY Life!
I listened to an interesting radio program today about health issues. They mentioned a book, entitled Food Rules by Michael Pollan. I loved hearing a few of his rules and thought about writing down some of my own. What food rules do I actually abide by? And which of my rules would I like to change? How would I start?
1. Stay away from unappealing foods.
2. Eat only what I like.
3. If a recipe flops, throw it away! (I usually insist on not wasting it while hubby walks away from it and fixes something HE likes!)
4. Buy better quality and eat less.
5. Use only pretty dishes and silverware.
6. Eat my fruits, donīt drink them.
7. Drink out of glass glasses.
8. Never eat something I know I will regret eating. (How many times these past 4 years have I tried some sweet goodie, or french fries! and found how empty it feels in my mouth? No texture, no flavor, besides lots of calories! Gag!)
9. Never eat food others are pressuring me to eat!
10. When a restaraunt refuses to fix it the way I want it, leave.
Iīm sure I can come up with more than these. Later...
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Okay, for the month of July, I decided to do two simultaneous streaks: (1) stay on the low side of my calorie intake, and (2) exercise every day (6 days of cardio, 4 days of Strength Exercises; on Sunday light Strength Exercises.
Now you would think that by doing this I would start losing again, but, alas, I havenīt! Reminds me of last year when I decided to increase my cardio for a month and I began to steadily gain weight! That was maddening, aggravating, destimulating!!! However, I just keep plugging along hoping for the day that this ole body of mine finally says, Okay, had īnuff, not gonna fight it anymore and lets go of the fat!
As an old-hat SparkPerson, I know all the conversation about why I gained back half of what Iīd originally lost AND why I canīt get the weightloss ticking again. I know about replacing fat with muscle. I know about calorie cycling. What I donīt understand is why I, ME, doesnīt lose it!
Well, I am not going to lose my mind over this or stress out over it! And, unlike soooo many times in the past (not since I joined SparkPeope, mind you), I will not quit and return to the "unhealthy healthy" living I repeated over and over trying every diet fad under the sun!
I will simply stick to the program and keep learning new exercises, new stretches, more yoga positions, challenging myself, enjoying myself, and smiling at myself in the mirror. Because this is MY Life, after all!
I have appreciated the input and encouragement of my SparkFriends and online buds. Want you to know that you are part of what keeps me going. A huge part of my past included extreme loneliness. Explanations of why have been offered by several who donīt have all the facts. I do not want to elaborate on this here. Just want to say that because of a few special "angels", SparkPeople.com with all of the teams and friends made through this experience, and contacts through FaceBook, that is now my past experience, not my NOW!
Often, what seems an impossible climb is just a staircase without the steps drawn in. ~Robert Brault
Monday, June 28, 2010
Here I am working out with my 20 lb kettlebell - some day Iīll have enough $ for a 2nd one! Looking forward to that day. Nice to see myself doing this cuz I need to swing with a deeper squat! Clip starts with my punching bag then scans - see my dumbbell rack and elliptical. Keep my mat, stability ball and bands in the bedroom.
Exercising today with some oldies via internet on WJYE Buffalo, NY
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