Only the Real Thing Satisfies
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Week In Review
I did not eat very well last week. My lunches had too much simple carb (rice) and salt (sausage) and not enough fiber (vegetables or whole grains) and lean protein. I felt week. I ached for a burger. I think my body was wondering where all the protein I usually get went. I didn’t have any meat in the house, so I thought maybe a slice of pumpkin pie might do. It probably had enough fat to hold me. It didn’t. I went to get that burger anyway.
I learned that I should listen to my body and eat what it needs. Substituting pumpkin (or fruit) for meat (or dessert) just will not do. It leads to eating twice: first for the substitute and then for the real thing. Also, that pumpkin pie was not very good. It wasn’t worth more than one bite. I ate it anyway because my cells were starving. It is not good to let hunger go that strong. When the brain is starving common sense and common decency disappear.
Perhaps I was more susceptible to eating out of sync with my body’s needs because I was achy, crampy, and bloated. One night of high aches I found myself awake at 3am. Instead of watching tv, I listened to guided meditation. It must have been divine intervention that led me just to the podcast I needed. After a while I was able to get back to sleep. Hallelujah! It was gratifying to give myself what I really needed, which was sleep. Also, I’ve learned that I benefit from the guided meditation. When it is only me guiding, I tend to get off track. I hope that in the future I can meditate on my own. For now, I’ll use the podcasts I found as they are helping.
I started doing three sets of eight negative chin ups and boy did I feel it in my lats, abs, and back. I am enjoying working my way up to a pull up and cannot wait to show off! The first step is actually to do five sets of eight. If I did that, I think I would be too sore to move very well afterwards. I need to work my up to the first step.
I also got back to the pool after a three week absence. At first my absence was due to an extra load on time. Then, I was hesitant to return because of the crime that was committed in the parking lot. They had candles and flowers at the site. I hope the young man’s family can get answers about what happened.
Next week’s goals:
Swim M & W. Short run + ST Tues. Long run Thurs. Any length run +ST Friday. Walk Sat. Swim in the bay Sunday. Cook on the weekend. Eat according to my body’s needs.
Read and reflect on the seventh article in Mind over Body, “Goal Setting”: