Monday, July 29, 2013
(not me, but my daughter)
It was interesting experience, especially since I had no clue as to how to move forward. I did have a flashback to my teenage years and realized I did not know how to roller skate back then either. lol
It was fun and neither one of us landed on the ground. So that is a huge achievement for both of us.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Cool weather today. I was all set to do my run outside but then saw the rain clouds come in. Way off in the distance, I could see the rain fall. I decided to go to the gym. I managed to do abut 6 1/4 miles on the treadmill. Then I went to lift weights.
I decided to add weight lifting to my weekly routine and since I was there, I went to the upper body machine (Shoulder presses), There were 45 pound weights on both sides, I couldn't budge them. So I removed those and put on the 35 pound weights, I couldn't budge them either. 25 pounds, same story. 10 pounds and I thought OMG! I still cannot lift these. I struggled with the 5 pound weights. But I managed that weight.
WOOHOO! I was able to shoulder press 5 pounds! I am sure it was because I was tired from my run and I do have an injured wrist, so I had to be careful.
All in all, I had a good workout. I even stopped at the vending machine on the way out and told myself I did not need that junk.See? I am getting stronger.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Both my daughters had to work today; that meant Grandma time for the grandchildren. I was hoping to get to the gym before the youngest arrived, but due to not sleeping well, I overslept. Then my other daughter did not return til after dinner and it was too late to go to the gym. So, I spent an hour outside playing tag with the two other grand children.
We chose to play monster tag at first. Then my grandson was getting into it a bit too much, so we switched to Red Light Green Light. This is where one person calls out the colors of the stop light: Red-stop, Yellow-walk, and Green-run.
My dog came outside as my grandson (3 years old) calls green light. So, my granddaughter and I begin running. My dog, Becca, thinks this is great fun and takes off running with us. Then my grandson calls RED LIGHT. My GD and I stop but the dog keeps running. My GS starts screaming, "Becca! Red Light! Becca, Red Light! Becca, Red Light!" He was so upset that Becca would not stop running.
Sometimes, I think I am like my dog when I am pigging out on junk food; I just keep stuffing it in my mouth despite my mind screaming RED LIGHT! RED LIGHT! I ignore the call. I am started to get frustrated that I seem to have no self control at times. I find myself eating more than I should because I want to make sure I get "my share", meaning I want to eat most of it before my husband gets to it. This reminds me of when I was growing up and whenever we'd get candy (Easter and Halloween) if I would try to save mine for later my sister would eat mine, so I would eat it as fast as I could so she wouldn't get it.
Funny, how such behaviors stick in my brain and then I continue to act on them even though I know it is not a good thing to do. I hear RED LIGHT! but choose to ignore the call. I made cookies today because after it being so hot, the weather was cool today and it seemed comforting at the time. I made chocolate chip cookie because they always remind me of my childhood (good memories and bad).
I am writing this blog to remind myself that I do not need to eat cookie after cookie. So what if my hubby eats more than I do. I limited myself to just one. Yellow Light! (I am making progress).
Thursday, July 25, 2013
I am taking an online course from Coursera.org "Nutrition and Disease Prevention". This week topic is Obesity and one of the video lectures is by Robert Lustig. In it he talks about a woman who came to him and her son was obese. The boy is described as being wider than he was tall. He found out that the boy was on the WIC (Women, Infant and Children) program and the boy was drinking 1 gallon of orange juice a day. He mentions that he told the woman that she should be feeding the boy whole fruit instead of juice and her response was, "then why do they give us the juice?"
Robert goes on to talk about the politics over the last 30 years coincide with the rise of obesity. I cannot believe that mother actually gave that much juice to her son in one day. To think that because the juice was a given choice from WIC does not mean it is OK to drink a gallon of it in one day, especially by a 6 year old.
When my children were on the WIC program, I never once allowed either one of my children to consume 1 gallon of juice a day. I recall being counseled to limit the servings; that was a little less than 30 years ago. Even lately, when I picked up the voucher for my grandson, I was told to limit the serving of juice (or any sweetened beverage).
However, I do agree that the politics and food programs do have something to do with the obesity crisis. When I worked in the public school system about 7 years ago, the food was nasty. It was overly processed and had added sugar and soy products. I was told to keep my comments to myself because the person in charge was doing the best she could with the budget and the donated food from the USDA. Ahhh, yes, the politics of it all.
I think too many have the idea that since it is a program that provides food, then it must be healthy for us. Also, some think that because an item is on the grocery store shelf then it must be an OK food. However, we need to go beyond reading tho labels and look at the ingredient list. Do we even know what we are eating? Chances are, no, we do not.
I think that it is time to educate ourselves and make better choices by eating real food. that is, eat food as close to its natural state as possible and if not avoid, then limit processed foods. Make smarter choices and I don't mean eat Fruit Loops.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
signing off. 'nuf said.
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