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My YES plan

Thursday, January 02, 2014

I'm going to feel better about inhabiting my body. I'm embarking on a good health, good skin, and feel good change.

As a result of these changes, I anticipate that I'm going to gently step away from the extra weight that I allowed to creep up on me. My goal is to have lost 12 pounds by my 55th birthday in April (which is a gentle rate of not even one pound per week). I would still be above the top of my healthy BMI range but that's okay.

I want to lose the weight VERY slowly because at this age, my skin is not as flexible as it used to be and weight loss shows up in an unattractive way on my face. Call me vain, but this world is not kind to old folks and is particularly not kind to older women. I'd like to preserve at least a little of what I have left. (The picture I have posted is from a year and a half ago and I am considerably greyer since then. Will post new shortly.)

So: YES to eating healthy, whole foods! My list is below.

And: YES to continuing my existing exercise of doing trance dance as often as possible (there is one regular dance and one every-other-week dance). YES to taking walks on non-dance days. And -- if it's too cold out (it's minus 1 F right now) I will dance inside for 30 minutes. Managing my wood supply (chopping, stacking) also counts. :)

YES to adding one yoga, pilates, or martial arts class during the week. And YES to doing my home strength and stretch program at least five days per week.

And: YES to meditating at least ten minutes every day. That means going to bed by 11 p.m. AT THE LATEST, which means getting ready for bed by 10:15.

And: YES to keeping my living space more tidy, which means saying YES to stepping away from the computer more often. YES to making a more detailed weekly calendar so that I can allocate my time wisely!

And: YES to looking ahead to my very busy schedule that starts at the end of January and planning for ways to saying YES to staying on track, including using the crock pot.

Food list:


Eggs, sardines, Salmon (as I can afford it), organic chicken (as long as it lasts in the freezer,) tempeh and beans, organic beef (as long as it lasts)
Sea vegetables
Berries – freely (as long as they hold out in the freezer)
Citrus and apples -- in moderation
Leafy greens, broccoli and cauliflower -- freely
Beets and cooked carrots
Potatoes and celeriac in moderation.
Whole oats in moderation
Green and black tea and plenty of my medicinal herb teas.
Cacao nibs, chia seeds, unsweetened coconut (in moderation)
Walnuts & almonds & brazil nuts (limited quantities)
Red Wine in moderation
Raw Fermented milk products -- moderately

Off limits: Bread and flour, Sugar and sweeteners


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DDOORN 1/5/2014 10:20PM

    Terrific plans and lists! I am so WITH you especially with the two thumbs WAY DOWN on the bread, flour, sugar and sweeteners...!


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VALERIEMAHA 1/5/2014 1:29PM

    YES! 2014 is your "YES!" YEAR! Mine too!

Rumi says:

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.

And I'll meet you there too,

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MTRACHEL 1/3/2014 10:42PM

    Yes, yes, yes! Such a good, sensible, achievable yes plan! Go! Rachel

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BILLB000 1/3/2014 8:35PM

    The 'yes' plan is very positive indeed. It is movement toward something good and desirable. . There is a momentum implied that feels good. And it has an encouraging sense about it. I say 'yes' to this plan. Very upbeat and positive blog. And FYI… I was 55 once (a few years ago). It is a good place to be emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/3/2014 8:35:49 PM

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BELLAMEMAW 1/3/2014 5:54AM

    Very inspirational; you'll get there!! emoticon

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TRESSWANN 1/2/2014 5:14PM

    Love your yeses! Go for it.

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FRANCESCANAZ 1/2/2014 3:54PM

    Awesome list of Yes. I too turn 55 this year! Jan. 17th! Hell, I say we both look darn good, grey hair and all! emoticon emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 1/2/2014 2:23PM

    Sounds like a great plan!!!!!


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FOUNDER3 1/2/2014 12:27PM

    Happy New Year. Best of luck on all of your goals, but there are a lot of them. Remember to take it one day at a time, and appreciate your victories and forgive yourself for the ones you have not achieved yet.

Good to hear from you

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TIG123GER 1/2/2014 11:50AM

    Glad to see you back in the blog world! Hope you had a great holiday and this plan sounds like it can't miss. Take care and lots of luck on the new goal.

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