Tuesday, June 26, 2012
DH aka TUFFMUFFIN and I recently celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary . . . with a few days away together, revisiting the little town where we'd spent our honeymoon.
It was so much fun! Lots of laughter and reminiscing, some golf, some birdwatching and hiking, a few glasses of wine here and there . . .
Yup, I'm ready to sign up for another 33 years!!
Friday, June 22, 2012
Yes, I track my nutrition every day . . . fitness too. And no, I don't think I have an "eating disorder". Really.
But the social pressure to stay slim and attractive at 50+, 60+ and even 70+ is apparently triggering lots of eating disorders for women. It's not just teens and early twenties who succumb to anorexia and bulimia.
At some level, we're all supposed to look like Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon. Yeah, right.
But still, none of these celebrity women is a size 2: probably more like a size 6 or an 8 . . .
And, frankly, I think that's doable, realistic, and healthy. For many of us. In this age bracket.
It's tough, however, to be surrounded by a population 2/3 of which is overweight and obese, but to look into the mirror and still feel somewhat dissatisfied with the body reflected there. Plus at most social gatherings of people in my age group, there is considerable covert criticism of those who are not overweight or obese: considerable covert criticism of those who do politely decline to overconsume the fatty and high calorie foods on offer. I was at a retirement do last week where most of the people in the room could have (ahem) shed a few pounds . . . and there was a lavish buffet of foods on offer, none of which are part of my eating program. I ate and drank nothing. Socialized. Went home to my pot o' soup (minestrone) and Greek yogourt and fresh berries.
Reflecting a bit on all of this: first of all, it would help to be content with what's achievable. Lowest sustainable weight, rather than lowest achievable weight. For me, I'm reluctantly concluding, that middle number 3 (although last summer it was achievable) may not be sustainable. Perhaps the 142 size 6-8 I am sustaining is the best I can do.
And at the same time, I've got new resolve to stick with the program of tracking and weight maintenance . . . because I'm not going to join the majority. No matter how much social pressure there may be to just give up and be fat in some sort of weirdly "age appropriate" manner.
Not healthy. Not attractive.
Monday, June 18, 2012
2 cups of mesclun
1 small raw beet, chopped
5 baby carrots, chopped
3 sugar snap peas, chopped
4 green beans, sliced
2 radishes, sliced
1 small yellow sweet pepper, chopped
6 grape tomates
half a small avocado, peeled and diced
3 ounces of sliced chicken breast, chopped
curried pineapple salad dressing (in the fridge at work)
third cup diced pineapple
small peeled and sliced kiwi
5 fresh cherries
half a cup of frozen mixed berries (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries)
third cup of frozen diced mango
I've eaten salad and fruit pretty much every working day for lunch for about 10 years or more . . . change up the veggies, change up the dressings, change up the lean proteins, change up the fruit: but the concept stays the same. Always bright and cheerful.
And: I'm still really enjoying it. Total calories generally ring in about 500: that's my biggest meal of the day.
Friday, June 15, 2012
I will not regret the past.
I will not fear the future.
I will focus on the present.
And my present, at present, still has lots and lots of work in it!
But that's OK: it's interesting, it's worth doing, and I can work on one file at a time (most of the time).
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Life continues to be busy, I continue to track nutrition and fitness . . . and chug along ticking off tasks!
Oriental poppies are glorious, both scarlet and soft watermellen pink: mock orange in blom, smelling divine.
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