Balance and moderation in all things
Thursday, September 26, 2013
I read a blog today, lol that is what usually inspires my blogs...
It was humourous, but one of the quotes:
"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a ride!!"
really made me smile. I may be in my 50's but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy a bit of a thrill sometimes, trying a new challenge, or doing something with a bit of danger. Get out and LIVE! I spent too many years unable to walk any distance and grieved about the life I was giving up hiking and canoeing and dancing. Now I can do those things again, I don't want to forget how lucky I am and choose the easier route. It is easier to not go out. It's scary to try new things. It's not obvious how to go about signing up for something new or putting yourself "out there" to meet new people.
Of all the things I have learned, you need a balance in life. That includes for me, not getting into a rut. I crave creativity and adventure.
The same when it comes to food. I do love my chocolate. The me who was stuck in my chair used chocolate as a sedative. THAT is not balance and moderation. My food goals today include 5 or more servings of veggies, protein and fiber will all meals, and regular meals and snacks through out the day. I admit though, that I will sometimes reward myself with chocolate or a glass of wine. It's not often, but both I really enjoy. So I make it good wine or chocolate.
I have been willing to go on the treadmill or use free weights or do crunches on my ball. I have been willing to eat grapefruits, salads, greek yogurt and cottage cheese. I walk past the cookie aisle. I only buy tortilla chips to go with a few meals as a side dish. I don't buy pastries. I don't buy premade frozen dinner items. I don't deep fry.
But... I'm not willing to give up the good stuff. Sometimes I have dessert. Sometimes I get sweet potato fries. Sometimes I watch a couple of hours of TV. Not every day or even every week. I see those things (chocolate and wine included) as once in a while behaviours or treats. That is a big change from the old me who thought those were things I could do on a regular basis. There are consequences. I have to watch that the food monster does not raise it's head so my choices have to be careful. No bad habits starting! In fact I joined a team today to remind me NOT to sabatoge a good day by eating at night in front of the TV!
I want to live a great life and feel like I am doing that. This is not a "diet". It is fun. It is responsible. It's a way to live and enjoy it and in the end, live and enjoy it MORE! I still need to work on my goals to get healthier and stay that way. I feel like at last I'm an adult being able to make good choices. I guess that is what an adult does. Have balance and moderation in all things.