Friday, November 08, 2013
I am behind in A-Blog-A-Day, but I thought I would still go in order of the intitial prompts provided - Here is #4:
4. What motivates you to stay committed to a healthy lifestyle?
In thinking about this question, a common thread that I find in my blogs and comments comes to mind: I want to be healthy so that I can DO THINGS and be active for the next phase of my life. That empty nester/mother-in-law/(gasp) grandmother/proud mom of successful children/and loving-aging-wife.
Guess it is that middle age thing creeping to the forefront. I think back over the past 15 years and I just cannot believe how much time has passed and the incredible effort it takes to be a supportive loving wife and supporting, nurturing parent(s) to 4 children - Exhausting. It was so easy to put all of that 1st. No regrets.
NOW - I want to come alive and take the remaining great years head on. To do this I need to get my mind and body in a good place. Energy and ability combined with passion, adventure and compassion are my building blocks to the future.
I am motivated! And here are a few things I want to do:
Volunteer for the true needy
Visit a community far away that has benefited from our charitable donations (through Catholic Relief Services)
Ski in Colorado, Vt., Western Canada and The Alps
Travel, Travel, Travel
Play more golf
Hike on a 3-day backpacking trip - sleep outside without a tent
Be the "fun" grandma
Research and present a new in-school program for getting parents to take ownership of their children's efforts and results at school
Design 1 of the many crazy "inventions" and ideas that come to me while washing dishes/doing laundry or making dinner (oh I have many!)
Could keep going -but my Motivation is kicking in and I need to get outside on this lovely Fall Day!
Friday, November 01, 2013
Have you set a new short- or medium-term goal or challenge recently? Do you have a goal or challenge that you have been working on for a while? What is it? What do you hope to gain from it?
This year, I set an overall goal to honestly go after my desire to drop a significant amount of weight and get more fit. I was watching my food intake and doing a variety of start and stop exercising. I would drop 1 to 3 pounds and boom, put it right back on. I took a serious look and saw that there was one part of my life-style that had become a serious HABIT and that needed to be changed. What was it? The nightly wine intake. It was a habit - triggered by the cocktail hour/meal preparation time frame and the enjoyable relaxation with my DH as he arrived home from work. So I took that head on (SP team: Cutting Down the Calories ((booze)) and have been very successful.
I am now into the second part of my goals - the exercise. So my new short term goal is gear up this effort to get me past the 13 pounds lost and into the strength is energy portion of my journey.
Strength is energy. When you are in shape, moving and pushing your body then the other portions of your day seem to just be more upbeat and active. You DO get a euphoric feeling. I am working toward a better fitness level so that I can get back to more outdoor activity - be it hiking, gardening, backpacking, canoeing, sailing, skiing - tennis, golf etc. I just want to be able to say: " Yes, let's go do that!"
So my short-term goals for the remainder of this year:
1. keep the wine under control
2. continue to exercise at the gym and push myself
3. Get outside as much as possible
4. Use the energy to have an enjoyable holiday season
Monday, August 12, 2013
Sometimes you have to just enjoy yourself, no guilt. And that is surely what I did this past weekend.
Actually, the weekend started off on Thursday night. My husband and I were home with only our 18 year old daughter and we decided to try out our club's al-fresco pizza oven dining, overlooking the golf course. We so rarely get to spend time alone with only 1 child and this one is headed off to college in a few weeks. No time for wine or food calorie counting - just simple enjoyment of the food and conversation.
I knew it was going to be a good weekend of food and fun, as our older daughter turned 22 on Sunday and her boyfriend came in from out of town....lots of good food and fun. He had his sights on enjoying a Philly favorite, The Schmitter. This is better than our cheese steaks with a combo of cheese steak, salami, special sauce, and a fantastic keiser roll. Yep had to go to the only Pub that makes them; McNalleys. Can't enjoy this sandwich without a beer. So much fun! Sometimes...ya just have to let go. Now, I knew I was going to eat the Schmitter that evening so I did NOD toward good eating during the day.
And then there is more: come Saturday: The boyfriend's parents were in town for a wedding and we decided to do the "awkward meet-the-parents" lunch. A few glasses of wine, good sandwiches, a bread pasta - all by 2pm. That to be followed up with home made pizzas that evening for my son returning from Boy Scout Camp - a few wines to enjoy the camp stories and yep another great weekend day came to an end.
Now the birthday - well it is August and that means Lobsters for our daughter's birthday - fantastic. Enjoyed every bit along with some crisp white wine, topped off with a Carvel Ice-cream cake and some Irish coffee outside by the fire pit.
Whoa - Not an ounce of guilt.
One fun side: We have apple and pear trees and decided to try our hand at hard cider making. We used our food processor and some buckets and purchased the yeast, cheese cloth bag and 3 gal glass bottle with stopper and some other fermenting items. What a fun project. Not one bee sting; but some happy ants! I will try to post a picture.
With the strength that I have gained from SP, I know I'll have no trouble getting back into the swing of moderation and healthy eating. Love the SP teams for this. A huge shout out to the Just Do It, Over 50 and the Cutting Down the Booze teams for truly helping me to focus and ENJOY the journey to healthy living habits.
So what did I so joyously consume this weekend:
Brick oven pizza
Wine and more wine
Ice Cream Cake
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