Monday, August 11, 2014
I was chatting w/ my PT while he worked on my foot. He suggested walking/light swimming in a pool to exercise it. I asked about some basic cardio classes & ST. Then (silly, pretentious me asked) "What about Zumba? Or Zumba Gold?" (Good grief..I haven't done "real" zumba for a few years; I switched to lower impact zumba gold & then had to give that up with my foot pain. What a bold-faced faker I was being. Yuck!!)
He paused. Then he said, "You could do the lower impact zumba gold for the socialization & fun. But if you were doing it for another reason, like to lose weight, there are much better ways to lose weight." I hadn't said ONE word about" losing weight." But he had found a nice way to suggest the simple concept..your foot might hurt less if there was less weight to carry.
He didn't say it...but I knew. In fact, I've said those very words to myself (and thought them about other people) ....but I needed a straight out SHOVE. So I went home...miffed, embarrassed & DETERMINED to lose weight. That was last Monday.
I've just had the best week of exercise & eating I've ever had ... ever. And now I'm starting my second week. And it's working. And you know what else? I feel better & am happier than I've been in all those weeks of eating & drinking my old junk food...thinking it made me happy. Sure..watching the scale go up & my pants fit tighter always make me happy. NOT!
I say this every time, don't I? Well, it's true. I just haven't LEARNED it . My life would be so much easier & so much happier in SO many ways if I'd change my lifestyle.
My deepest thanks to my loyal SP friends who have stuck with me. You are my engine! And facts are facts....let's get this show on the road, shall we!!!
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Yesterday I dodged the spillng-over refreshment table at a big meeting.
Walked 2 miles even though foot is sore
Avoided the so-called "reduced fat" cookies & ate carrots instead.
The Food Traps are lurking everywhere!
Monday, April 14, 2014
DH & I are on the last leg of our " brutal-weather escape" trip. After many weeks of home-cooked meals, exercising as much as dr. allowed, avoiding the fun touristy culinary spots, our brains/hearts seem to "know" that Paradise will soon be a distant memory. Soon we'll return to our "Sat. lunch out" routine.
The bad part is we have enough time remaining to do some really serious damage to all the good work done in the last 2 months! NOOOOOO!
The last piece of "fun" seems to be trying all the unique, outstanding dining opportunities --and they're NOT famous for their salads! I was successfully ignoring, with no problem-o, all the temptations. Did you notice the past tense in that last sentence? "WAS". Where did all that discipline go?
Perhaps the key is to drill into my brain that this is NOT my last chance at eating well. Great food TRULY IS available at home...even if I have to drive 100 miles one way to get it. I can get it...I don't have to eat it all NOW or never.
Your suggestions (besides shouting"Grow Up, Woman!" ) are welcome! I think you've already helped me see how self-destructive this is. Action, not words, that's what I need.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
After burying myself in genealogy research for days, I finally forced myself to the gym today. I'm n-o-t a "gym rat." But I always leave feeling bubbly, refreshed and proud. Next was my "yoga for active seniors" class. What a great workout wrapping up with 10 minutes of unbelievable relaxation.
Then....DH wanted to try out a new pizza place. I haven't had pizza in a year, soooo .. you guessed 'er, Chester! And then, because it was sooo spicy, we really "needed" something cool down. To the ice cream joint. I had raspberry sorbet.
Then I walked a mile home.
Tomorrow: Lunch out en route to meeting friends to visit beautiful gardens and then.....dinner out w/ friends. H-E-L-P ! Does Dramamine help on a roller coaster ride?!!
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Phooey! I want to exercise (I never dreamed I'd EVER in my life utter those words!)
This started out as a moany, groany blog..but I've deleted it twice. Sigh.
What if we lost everything we have, but take for granted? Think about it. Vision, hearing, breath, legs, arms, health, family, jobs, friends, roof over our head, food (even if it's not our favorite ice cream!), freedom, shoes, M&M's, flowers, teeth, natural beauty, sunsets, the Rocky Mountains, elk in the yard....
OK, so I don't get to exercise until my tendon heals. And then I'll have 4 toes operated on & won't get to exercise. Think of how lucky I am to have 2 feet and 10 toes...even if they are crooked!
I'll exercise my body later...for now I'll exercise my gratitude & track it, too!!
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