Tuesday, December 10, 2013
What a day! Had a continuing education class for work about an hour away this morning, and wouldn't ya know it? Snow. Blurf. Took my time, got there a little late (hate that!) but the good news was the class was informative, well taught and I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help some clients with lower back pain.
The even better news? I had mentioned in a previous blog that I had a busy few days so I needed to plan. Well, that planning paid off with some venison stew all ready for me in the fridge when I got home. Put it on simmer and voila! Dinner is served.
But the best news? While waiting for the stew to warm up, I headed for the couch and the TV remote... and stopped....and put in a 20 minute kickboxing DVD instead.
PIIIIYAAAA Slug-like tendencies! I round house kick in your general direction!
Now, I know it was only 20 minutes, but hey, it was 20 minutes. Got done and hubby was pulling in the driveway. Now how's that for timing?
So I am full, exercised, taught, and now I'm off to sit with a book and a cup of tea. It doesn't get much better than today for a control freak like me.
Monday, December 09, 2013
A few years ago... eh, who am I kidding, about 15 years ago, I used to teach aerobics. I taught about 7 classes a week, I worked at 2 different gyms and I slammed down Slim Fast shakes for breakfast and lunch.
I was still 158 pounds.
So when it comes to exercise, I have this love/ hate relationship. I used to kid that I would only work out if someone paid me, that's how I became a certified instructor. I went to visit my brother in law and his wife, and one of their friends asked what I did for a living. When I told them I was a fitness instructor, he laughed and said, "No really, what do you do?" Mortifying.
So, when I started massage therapy classes, I dropped my teaching down to about 3 classes, started eating vegetarian (that's another story), and immersed myself into alternative healing.
My weight shot up to 185, more than when I was pregnant with my son.
There's a lot more to weight loss than watching what you eat. If someone told me to "just eat less/healthier/better", I would throw a falafel at them.
So years go by and here I am. I feel pretty empowered by my knowledge about food, muscles, and spirituality, but I am still fairly unhappy about my weight. Silly girl.
So I decided I would not be a slug anymore. I went downstairs, fired up the old treadmill and started on a mile jog. How hard could that be?
Hard. Very, very hard.
It took me 16 minutes to get through that mile. I was disappointed to say the least.
I became determined instead. That is a goal to beat! That is something to aim for! Who cares what I did FIFTEEN years ago. Right now, on this day, I "run" a 16 minute mile. It can only get better from here.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
The next two weeks are a little scary, I have to say. I have to order food for a Christmas distribution for the food pantry where I volunteer, get that food bagged up, get volunteers lined up and keep my fingers crossed that it all goes as smoothly as possible. On top of that , I have 3 sermons to write, serve at the Bishop's retirement service, attend a few holiday gatherings, and, oh yeah! work. If I look at it typed out, I can get a little freaked.
HOWEVER, I am planning. I have cooked on days that aren't so heavy with responsibility and packed them in the freezer. I have planned exercise so I can make sure I get in my 30 minutes somewhere in the day. I have said NO to people. (that was a toughie.) All this has made me feel so much better. And it is less likely that I will fall into a vat of pork fried rice.
Little tips I have learned that are probably glaringly obvious but here they are anyway:
-Buy containers that you don't mind losing to the freezer for a few weeks. I have limited space in my house, so I don't have a lot of unnecessary items, but a trip to the dollar store was needed to pick up some aluminum pans to freeze some meals so I didn't lose my pyrex dishes.
-Exercise can be done any time of day. Just because I didn't get to it at 7AM doesn't mean I can't do anything at 7PM. And 30 minutes is darned commendable.
-Sometimes, the easy thing is ok. Frittatas, leftover chicken over a green salad, soup are all valid and lovely dinners.
-If the rest of the family needs carb-porn (chips, cookies, crackers, etc., etc.) that's their decision. Just keep that stuff out of my kitchen. My husband has been known to stash Fritos in his truck and goes out to retrieve said junk to snack on while watching tv. Whatever, keep that away from me. I'll be having some almonds, thank you very much.
-Exercise and meditation are similar in that when you don't feel like you have any time to do them, that's when you probably need to do them the most.
Umm, I think that's all the pearls of wisdom I have for you today. After some yoga, I am heading to the pottery wheel to blow off some creative steam. Then maybe some sermon research. See? We all have the same 24 hours and we can choose what makes the list for any given day. Why is that such a hard lesson for us all to learn?
Monday, December 02, 2013
The other day, November 27th to be exact, I realized that I was one month from the other side of my life. Let me explain. In one month, I'll be 46 years old. I eat fairly healthy, move my body around most days, love my life, and try to stay upbeat. I could see myself being a feisty 90 year old. So, at 45, I'm literally at mid life. And after my birthday in December, it will be the other half of a beautiful life. Get it?
Anyway, I started to think of all the relatives who were obese, all the years of just sitting watching them do...nothing but eat. I remembered my dad smoking away, my mom tossing back a few too many drinks, and I knew that their health was directly related to their choices. You see, not one family member who was obese or even slightly overweight had a positive attitude. They griped, they moaned, they bitched, and they were so jealous of everything! The others who lived to be literally over 100 walked everyday, ate a ton of veggies, were very faithful people, read a lot and here's the other thing- I remember them laughing all the time. Now, it is a memory of a child, I realize that, but I think that if given the choice of being obese and unhappy or healthy and laughing that is a no brainer, don't you?
It all comes down to how I choose to be today. Will I be a force for good or will the bad stuff just drag me down? Will I choose to shut off the damned TV and walk outside or will I watch another episode of "Will & Grace" on Lifetime, and wonder what the 3 dimensional people are doing?
I think I know the answer today. Look out, world. I'm going to be in 3-D today.
Monday, November 18, 2013
I have tried and stuck to many an Eating Plan, and usually come back to plain old healthy eating because, Who knew? It actually works. Here's some of the things I have learned along the way.
Weight Watchers- portion control. A pound of spaghetti is not a serving size. And a lot of fake food use that creeps me out.
Paleo- I did this for about a year. If you're not familiar, it means no grains of any kind. It was a tough one, but I did learn that I can ditch the pasta, rice and bread and still eat very well. Stir fry without rice is not the end of the world, spaghetti squash isn't that bad, and lettuce wraps are messy but fine.
Vegetarian- you can eat a "vegetarian" diet and still gain weight. A lot of weight. Cheese, pasta and potatoes are not the way to do vegetarian. Key phrase VEGE-tarian. Yeah.
Vegan- soy is not my body's friend and I had a lot of health problems when I ate too much of it looking for an easy protein fix. And I'm not talking processed veggie burgers either. I was eating a lot of tempeh, tofu, miso etc. I try to stay away from it now, or at least just have it once in a blue moon.
South Beach- fake foods will let you lose weight, but who knows what they are doing to my health? Splenda? fat free cheese? Umm, no thanks. See Weight Watchers above.
So here I am back to Sparkpeople. I eat a variety of veggies and/or fruit with every meal, lean proteins, and I am not afraid of healthy fats, just in moderation. I love nuts, and I must portion them into little containers that I grabbed at the Dollar Store. I eat an avocado with lean proteins and tons of veggies in say something like a tortilla, but I lose the actual tortilla and ditch the cheese if I'm going to have that yummy avocado. I have learned to taste food, not just stuff my pie hole.
I think I've got the healthy eating down. Now, to motivate myself everyday to exercise, that would be the missing link here.
There you have it. My little life lessons about food. Take it or leave it, it is what I have gleaned from over the years. Hope it lends some insight to someone.
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