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This year I.......

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Stopped making excuses. No more will I be held to the excuses I have used in the past. No more will I look for reason of why I shouldn't or can't. This year I am going to push through those excuses and change my outlook. Living with an autoimmune disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, I have many challenges in life that make me prime for what I like to term the "free ticket out". My free ticket allowed me in the past to say: I'm to tired, I'm to sore, I'm to stressed, I'm to ..... you name it , its probably came out of my mouth before! What I know is that I am a perfectionist. If I can't do it all or nothing then why do it at all? I was that way with my working out, with my eating from time to time, and even with my housework. Why bother to do 10 minutes of weights if you really were suppose to be doing at least half an hour? Why bother to sweep the floor when the counters and table were not immaculate? Why bother to prepare that meal when your body was screaming in pain and fatigue? I have learned the simple reason why I must bother. I must bother to TRY! If I try to get in a workout those few minutes a week really add up, if I try to make the time to cook a nice dinner (could be a crockpot dinner) it really pays off not only in health. If I try to do housework as much as time permits things do not snowball and perhaps I am getting in a little extra exercise as well. No more excuses for me this year. Last year was a great year and this year is going to be even better!!!

  
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ANGRITTER 1/15/2014 12:23PM

    I love that you have changed your outlook. Has it helped so far?

I have to do my hour on my bike in 20-minute intervals so I don't hurt myself any worse with my RA and other joint issues. So I have to stagger them somewhat. Even If I get up and just clean the kitchen counters in between cycling or walking. Just take the few minutes you have, and you are right... they do add up.

Try slipping your pedometer on in the morning and see just how far you have walking doing everyday activities. That should help you feel a little motivation.

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Is your lack of self control really your fault?

Friday, September 06, 2013

Wanting to lose weight but struggling? It's NOT that you have no motivation or self control. It's that the foods you are eating are addicting. Do not blame yourself for your lack of self control. Did you know that our ancestors in times of famine had cortisol (stress hormone) that would surge because hunger for them caused them stress. That stress surge would then encourage the body to seek out high fat items so that it could make storage for the future in order to help them survive. What does this mean for you today? Our body still associates stress with signs of famine, it leads us to seek out the high fat, high carb selections that we call "comfort foods". The bad thing is these foods are all most instantly converted to FAT. Our bodies still have not adapted to knowing our stress isn't the same stress our ancestors faced (which meant famine, or maybe high caloric out put due to battling or working strenuously). We all need to find active ways to deal with our stress. You need to help combat the stress in your life which leads your body to producing less cortisol and reduces your cravings through nutrition! Is your body in Famine mode? Do you crave Potato chips, ice cream, empty high calorie fatty foods? Your stress is pushing you towards these choices, YOU DO HAVE MOTIVATION, SELF CONTROL, AND THE POWER TO ACHIEVE YOUR DREAMS!

  
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ANGRITTER 9/7/2013 3:45PM

    I have tried to cut stress completely out of my life and I find it stressful! LOL I think we need the good stress that makes good hormones that make us want to dance.

And it's still feast or famine at my house some days. I did eat a 1-pound sweet potato the other day and it was DIVINE! I couldn't help it. It was all I ate for dinner, though, and better for me than rice and gravy that I skipped this week.

But it was a good history lesson. And I'm glad it isn't' all my fault!

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SPARKLISE 9/6/2013 8:13PM

    Our bodies are pretty amazing. emoticon

Too bad society is making us so crazy! emoticon

I agree about all that, but, I think habit has something to do with eating junk food too.
When i'm relaxing in front of the tv, i'm not stressed but I do want to eat "something good" just because that's what i'm used to doing it. emoticon

Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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JACKIE15108 9/6/2013 12:49PM

    ...but I want the potato chips.....
You're right. Stress is bad on so many levels - it is good to try to relax and eliminate stressful situations.

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Back on track tomorrow....

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I feel lately as if with things so busy it has been a challenge to stick to my lifestyle that I choose to live. It all started with letting my exercise slip after a week long flare up of my rheumatoid arthritis and continued on down the slippery slope of hosting a very large hawaiin luau pig roast this weekend. Yes I ate things I shouldn't have (I dont think aside from my watermelon anything was the healthiest of choices there and I am not a fan of pork!). I am proud to say I had no cake, no cookie, I did eat to much coconut pudding Haupia. Now I am tempted to toss all the remaining leftovers out of my fridge after giving almost all of it away I just dont want to have to eat it. There is homemade macaroni salad, baked beans, and pork it just seems like such a waste of calories to fuel my body compared to other choices I can make. I miss my spinach, egg and edame salads with honey mustard vingerette, and my protein shakes. I am ready to tackle exercise again and miss my decompressing and destressing walks! My poor horses look neglected and my riding arena is still freshly raked from saturday without a horse footstep to be found. Where do I trudge up the energy when I have none? My body hasn't wanted to cooperate with the stress of life and the added burden of a big soiree. Now that the party is past it is time to rest then push hard again. Its Not Moti-cation its Motivation. Time to hold myself accountable and get back on track. Surpringly for the most part my food tracking save bbq night has been spot on :D and the night spark went down. Here is to a new chapter and another 10lbs!

  


Spring Contemplations

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Spring has definately started to be sprung here! The snow is melting, the birds are singing, the sun is shining. With spring comes eagerness to get outside and enjoy the weather. As an avid horse rider I look forward to the snow being gone with great eagerness. I also know that with any warm weather comes the potential for injuries and DOMS from us jumping in to fast and to soon.
Words of caution for all fellow spring lovers: Work up your pace S-L-O-W-L-Y and proceed with caution if you want to avoid the dreaded DOMS and or risk muscle injury. If you have not adopted a current workout schedule sit down and think about what you can commit yourself to. I do a ball routine every other day and weights in my quest for fitness. Does that mean I can go out and jog around the block.... sure if it was only for 2 minutes. I know my fitness level would not get me around my entire block without muscle injury and or bad shin splints. Does this mean I can't go outside, no it means I will go out and pace myself do a brisk 20-30min walk building up each and every day.
For our equine counterparts or for some people their dogs this means that they to must get fit before jumping into things full fledged to avoid risk of injury. Be kind to your pets and ease them into a workout routine as well before you tackle that long trail ride or trail hike!
As always following a workout Rest, Hydrate and Reset. Give your body time to adjust to the new demands you are placing on it. Water, water and more water! Your body is mostly water so drink up to stay well hydrated! Then Reset, do it all over again building on your workouts as you go. Good luck to you all you Spring springers! Lets get moving and enjoy our wonderful season!!!!!

  
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SUSANBEAMON 4/2/2013 1:41PM

  good advice.

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Perfectionism Regret

Monday, March 25, 2013

Recently I was asked the question what I regretted have or having not done in life. I contemplated before responding, thinking hard and wondering. I came up with this: I regret being a perfectionist.
So many times I have stopped myself from doing because I could not do it perfect, so why do it at all. I didn't have enough time to devote half an hour or more to working out, so why do it? I didn't have the money to shop healthy and eat all the food I thought I was suppose to, so why do it? I didn't love my body because it was not perfect. I thought I was a failure at parenting because I was not perfect like Leave it to Beavers mom! I then realized that if I could start letting go of my striving for perfection I would feel less stressed, I would do and achieve more and perhaps I could be happier.
In my heart I know no one is perfect and in being inperfect we are PERFECT! I let go of the need to have to have things just so or just right to do something. If I only had 10min to work out who cares at least I got moving and did something. If I didnt have all the money to buy all the big priced health foods I thought you had to have to live healthy I still had the ability to not buy junk food and processed foods. If I could stand in front of the mirror and say three things I loved about my body ever day, even though it was not perfect, I could find I loved it more.
My wanting things to be perfect had become my crutch to make excuses. I had unknowingly realized that many months ago when I joined SparkPeople but had never had to put it into words before that question. So ask yourself deep down and think about it a moment..... What do you regret in life? Most things we will come up with can be changed by a new way of thinking. I do not live with regret. I live today for today, trying to do my best, and be the best person I can be with love, gratitude and thankfulness. If your imperfect, I have learned you are infact PERFECT :).

  


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