Monday, November 25, 2013
It has been 2 weeks since I blogged.
Maybe it was because I had a short streak of moderate binge eating in the evenings, and it is really annoying and demotivating.
On top of that, I had some unlucky events.
Monday: got a fine for turning right where I was not supposed to when I drove my dad to the clinic after his eye surgery (about 230 USD)
Tuesday: my son got fined by public transport company because he hasn't had his student ID renewed so he was not entitled to the student pass he uses (about 80 USD)
Wednesday: an old man drove backwards into my car and broke it badly, he didn't see me - I saw him well and sounded the horn for a few seconds but he didn't hear me...
This alerted me that I really have to take good care of myself, and don't let stress and anxiety take over. This is just money, I haven't lost anything important to me, and nobody of my family got hurt.
So I came up with a cunning plan : ))
Coming home I don't start to prepare my dinner.
I need tp de-stress first.
So I make a jumbo cup of fruit tea, then lie down for 15 minutes and do deep relaxation, then come out and drink the tea.
After that do I make my dinner and eat it mindfully.
This really helps...
Otherwise I did well, did my runs, walks and weight lifting, slept enough and drank my water.
Winter is coming. This morning there were small snowflakes in the air, and strong wind. I enjoyed the weather during my run, the wind and the snow somehow made me feel alive.
Yesterday I ran in pouring rain, with a waterproof hat on my head - it was fun to run without glasses on, first time ever! No raindrops on glasses, I could see very clearly.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
We have had our kitty for two and months now, he was one pound when we first weighed him, now he is 4 pounds.
His behavior started to be annoying, clawing furniture, jumping up everywhere and stealing all objects suitable for eating or making noise.
I was worried as we live on the 3rd floor so he never gets to go outside, and cannot run around and climb trees which I believe is the true nature of cats (this is why I didn't want a cat in the first place).
Inspired by an episode of "Cat from Hell" I watched the other day, a few days ago I bought him a roll of wall-to-wall carpet to claw, leading up to a shelf where he can sit, and made a simple toy for him to chase (string tied to a rod).
What a success! : ))
Kitty spent 20 minutes chasing the string, up the bed, around the room, up the carpet roll and around again, until he lay down totally exhausted, panting as if he climbed 10 floors.
Half an hour later he was ready to play again.
The funniest thing was this. Last night we left him alone, so he didn't get his dinner around 8 pm as usual. When we came home at 11, he didn't run to his bowl to demand food, instead he run to the string and jumped at the knotted end, inviting me to play.
Hubby took kitty's plate and put his food in it, but kitty ignored the sounds of dinner preparation, just kept playing with me for 10 minutes or so.
Normally he registers the smallest food-related sound and runs towards it to make sure he is not left out so we were quite surprised to see the kitty more interested in playing than in his dinner : )
In the past few days he hasn't clawed furniture once, and behaves much better in general.
I'm going to play with him every day so that he grows up to be a physically active, strong, playful and healthy cat, instead of a big fat lazy one who cares for food only.
I wrote down this story because it is so similar to what happened to me when I gave up my sedentary lifestyle for being active.
My workouts gave me physical joy, and filled the hole in my heart that previously I could only fill with food. So I became less interested in eating, and got my daily dose of pleasure from stationary biking, walking, strength training and running.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
This week has been great.
My plan to do 3 days work in 2 days and take 1 day off worked well.
I had a lot of time to rest, walk, run, lift weight and to cook every day.
I continue practicing mindful eatig at every breakfast and dinner,
Breakfast is really fun this way. First I drink my tea on the terrace, watching miniature clouds forming on the surface, and the real clouds in the sky.
Then I bring out my porridge with fruit, and savor every spoonful.
I'm so lucky to have such nice weather in November!
The good thing is that it doesn't take any more time than what I did before, ie. eat breakfast while sparking and checking news on internet. And feels much bette.
Eating my dinner mindfully is less easy and natural, but it really helps to avoid binge eating.
Now I have binges as rarely as once every 2 or 3 weeks, and they are quite mild too.
The last one was on Friday. I came home tired, cold and bored and on top of my healthy dinner I ate 4 slices of toast and a cup of rice, then I realized I was full and stopped.
This week I felt so relaxed that I felt I could tolerate a party in our home, so allowed my son to organize one, on condition that after midnight they stay away from the inner part of the flat where my bedroom is, they don't shout and everybody leaves at latest at noon.
The kids had a good time, made a moderate mess, woke me up only once and left by noon today, so it was a win-win. It is going to be a win-win once my son cleans up the mess.
It really bothers me how much they drink and smoke, but I don't let myself get upset. They have their own life and they have to sort out their lifestyle for themselves. It took me 42 years to clean up my own lifestyle, and they are only 20...
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
My eyesight is better and better every day.
I can see far objects beautifully clearly, and my ability to read printed text and computer screen is improving every day,
Monday was my first full day at work, I survived reading and typing for 8 hours but my eyes were exhausted by the end of the day.
So I work from home in the next 3 days, with interruptions every couple of hours.
I'll do 2 day's work in 3 days, and take 1 day off.
I should be OK on Friday for a full day again.
I'm back to active lifestyle too: since last Friday I ran 3 times, and today I started lifting weights again. I really missed both!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
I had refractive eye surgery (laser) a week ago to get rid of the myopia I lived with since the age of 6. No more glasses!
Well, probably I will need glasses for reading, but I would have needed that anyway within a few years, and one set of glasses is better that 2 or 3...
The procedure was successful and painless, on the second postoperative day my eye was very sensitive to light, but the rest of recovery was OK. My vision is better and sharper every day.
Now I have to wear sunglasses outside for 6 months to stop corneal cells from building back the original shape.
Books and computer screens are still difficult to look at for more than 15 minutes, this is why I haven't been around a lot.
I was not allowed to run or lift weights, but I walked at least an hour every morning and evening during this week (except for Day 2 which I spent mostly in the bedroom behind closed blinds, sunglasses and with eyes closed).
Tomorrow I start running again! : )
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