Sunday, October 07, 2012
Bad timing, really.
Long weekend, a bit cool and drizzly but the leaves are still glorious, my bright yellow chrysanthemums looking gorgeous in the garden except for . . . flu.
Yesterday it was hard to stand upright. I'll spare the gruesome details. Suffice it to say, I've looked at life from both ends now. And don't want to do that any time soon again.
Today's better in the plumbing department but I think I'm developing that fluey cold: drippy nose, sore throat, generally achy.
I did make a large pot of (pretty bland) soup, Don't want to challenge the digestive system, do want to soothe the throat. It's tomato lima bean lentil celery carrot brown rice. Could not possibly look at meat. Or consider my usual zingy spicing.
Tomorrow has to be better. But the turkey can wait for another weekend! Thank goodness I hadn't invited anyone to join us . . . DS is away at school, DD and DH are pretty understanding (and, in DD's case, vegan in any event).
Should be hitting my stride again by Tuesday and back at the gym!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Maintenance is about more than maintaining weight loss.
Moby Carp has a recent great blog about maintaining motivation for fitness:
As he points out, at some point it can't be about "improving fitness" so much as maintaining the fitness which for most of us has been so hard-won. And (if we "ordinary" non-professional athletes who have "day jobs" are to protect ourselves from injury ) it's likely about maintaining our highest sustainable level of fitness rather than pursuing ever higher achievable fitness for some particular competition. For me running will always be my first love: but my past history of running 10 km a day every day was . . . unwise. That turned out to be a higher level of fitness than I could sustain without grinding out my hip and knee joints. Grrrrr.
So now it's compromise. (Do we call it compromise, or do we call it getting wise: anyone remember the source of that song lyric? I can't find it by googling . . . . ).
And for me what helps is . . . changing it up. Summer golf; winter cross-country skiing; year-round gym, but with a seasonal menu of different activities (cardio, strength training, flexibility, balance) while I'm at the gym.
I've recently been switching from the elliptical cross trainer to the rowing machine for my cardio. The rowing machine DOES tell me I'm burning fewer calories but that's okay. (And my perceived rate of exertion tells me otherwise anyhow.)
One big disadvantage over the elliptical: I can't read on the rowing machine! But rowing really cranks up the full body cardio immersion: legs, back, abs, shoulders, arms! And it puts me into a bit of a meditative trance.
I'm liking it. For now. And I'm conscious that for me changing it up is part of maintaining my highest sustainable fitness . . . . yeah!
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente thinks that the obesity epidemic is an overblown crisis. She says research shows being a little bit -- even quite a bit -- overweight can be healthy. Certainly it's better to achieve cardio fitness despite some extra pounds than to be thin and unfit. A 5'4" woman, she says, could still be healthy at a weight of up to about 227 pounds. We've got a "morbid fear of fat" because various government, academic and commercial "empires" have conspired to brainwash us and to make "normal" plumpness socially unacceptable. Exercise and eating healthy is a good thing, she agrees: but taking weight off and keeping it off is next to impossible.
Hmmmmm. I think she's excessively pessimistic. Here at SparkPeople, the At Goal and Maintaining: Transitioning to Maintenance Team offers the strategies and the support to sustain weight loss. And most people do feel more comfortable physically at a leaner weight than she suggests is still "healthy".
But about one thing I think Wente is absolutely right: the discrimination and social stigma attached to being overweight are utterly unconscionable. And in broader society, outside the supportive community of SparkPeople, the implicit endorsement of such discrimination by government, academic and social pressure groups doesn't assist anyone to eat healthy or to exercise or to sustain weight loss.
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