Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Here are some diet/fitness tips that don't work for me, and what I do instead:
Tip: "Always shop on a full stomach."
Me: Are you insane? I hate shopping anyway. If I shop on a full stomach, I just grab the bare necessities, and then there's nothing in the pantry or fridge when I get hungry, so I head for the nearest fast food place.
The only way for me to have healthy food around is to go shopping when I am hungry, preferably with a list. And yes, I do like healthy food, so I don't buy junk food at the store.
Tip: "Make this yummy recipe using fruit and veggies!"
Me: Really? Why would I take perfectly good fruits and veggies and corrupt them with other ingredients? I even felt that way when I was a kid and my mom made strawberry or apple pie. I would have much rather just eaten the fruit. I prefer raw fruit and veggies over the processed variety; give me a bag of baby carrots, and I'll go at them like Bugs Bunny until they're gone. If they are cooked, I prefer my veggies steamed, in an omelette or a casserole, not turned into a pseudo-sweet substitute for junk food.
Tip: "Weigh in regularly and log it."
Me: Yes to part one, no to part two. My weight fluctuates; if I log the spikes, I'll give up. Instead, I play a game I call 'Beat the Lowest Score'; I only get to log it if the weight is lower than the last one I logged. It works, I'm very motivated.
Tip: "Tell people you know that you are going to lose weight."
Me: Again, are you crazy? I don't want a bunch of people giving me unwanted advice, ask how things are going, or make fun of me. I don't really keep secrets; I test my sugar in public and log my food, too, and if someone asks, I'll tell them, but I am also a very private person, and I keep big plans like that to myself. Besides, I don't like mixing work and personal life.
I very much prefer sharing my goals with a community that doesn't know me personally; that's why I love Spark People.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
They say it takes 21 days for a new habit to become ingrained. I've been on SP for over 70 days, so I should be alright. A couple of weeks ago, I added Spark Coach. I did the free trial and then took advantage of the "get 3 months and a couple of DVDs" offer, and I'm happy I did.
My early morning routine now is to go through the Coach steps while I'm having breakfast in the morning.
I'm not a morning person, and I don't make it to the gym before work, no matter how hard I try, but I figure this is a good way to start the day. So far, it's working. It's motivating, informative, and gives me something to think about while I'm having my healthy breakfast. I can only recommend it!
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Yesterday, I swam for 40 minutes. Then, my best friend called and suggested a bike ride. We rode for 30 minutes on the nature trail. Afterwards, we went to eat at Country Buffet (I love that place because I can eat lots of meat and veggies and go easy on the carbs), and after that big meal, we went for a walk at the local nature center, where we saw several deer crossing the river, and two owls. Altogether, I logged about 90 minutes of exercise, and I had nice nature experiences with it.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
So everyone is writing about their motivation, and there are lots of articles and videos on SP about it. Most people have a whole list of good reasons: kids, family members, running a marathon, living better, climbing Mount Everest, etc. Very good.
My motivation is much simpler. Life is nice, but whenever it's my time, it's my time. I've hopefully made a difference in quite a few people's lives, especially my students, so no regrets, no unfinished business. (Other than cleaning house, bringing my affairs in order, and finding a teacher to take over my German program.) I've seen a lot of the world and had my fair share of experiences. I don't have a husband or kids, so I think everyone will get along quite nicely without me. Of course, I will probably live for many years or decades more, but there is no telling for sure. So, a longer life span and a higher quality of life are nice side effects I will appreciate, but not really my motivation.
So, why am I determined to get my diabetes under control and get healthy? Very simple. I don't want to go blind. I'm terrified of going blind. I've had bad eyesight since I was little, but luckily, so far everything can be corrected with glasses or contacts. Diabetes, however, can cause blindness, and that's the only thing I'm really afraid of. (Going deaf is right behind on that list, but luckily, that's one of the few things that's not a direct complication of diabetes.)
My eyesight is my livelihood; without it, I probably wouldn't be able to teach anymore, and I would not be able to drive and live alone. I value my independence above everything else, and I would hate to have to live with a bunch of other people and depend on others for daily needs.
So, I need to get healthy and get my diabetes under control permanently to keep my eyesight as good as possible. There's my motivation. Simple.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
I'm really internalizing the Spark People philosophy. Last night I had a dream where I explained to someone how the body uses a certain amount of calories just for everyday activities (Basic Metabolic Rate). I even got the numbers right in the dream!
Oh, and Jessie, my cockatiel, is fine this morning. She's sitting in the corner trying to lay an egg.
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