Sunday, September 21, 2014
One of my teams posed the question....What do you want?
This was my answer:
"I believe this is an absolutely crucial question. It guides all our choices and defines the structure of what we consider progress. It gives signposts when we make decisions and design a detailed program for ourselves.
....... I want to maintain my ability to be very active, independent, and fully enjoy life as long as possible. This means that I need to be able to be strong, flexible, and have stamina, but do it in a manner that does not damage/hinder this progress. I also want to maintain my mental capacities and promote a positive outlook.
I want to fend off serious medical problems as much as humanly possible.
But what my spirit really craves is to feel light, loose, fluid, and have unrestricted movement with no stiffness and pain. Vanity wise....I would like to continue to look fit in a swimsuit, not have a muffin top, and not have too much body fat (but just enough to have some curves) . "
Since writing this, I have reflected a great deal on my response. I need to make sure that I am eating foods that are nutrient dense. I need to make sure that I am exercising and nourishing my brain. I need to avoid activities and behaviors which deplete it. I need to avoid over-training or wasting time doing physical activities that are not in line with my stated desires. I need to promote activities that make me feel joyful and avoid activities, input, people, environments that are downers.
One sentence really jumped out at me....
"But what my spirit really craves is to feel light, loose, fluid, and have unrestricted movement with no stiffness and pain." I mean, when I talk about what my SPIRIT CRAVES, I am getting pretty intense, right? To me this means putting a much greater emphasis on flexibility
and dance movement. I can just put on music that I enjoy and let my body move, ad lib style, which I haven't been doing lately. I can stretch as my body suggests in needs to be stretched.
Basically, my personal stretch method, if it's tight/sore....wiggle it for a while and then very gently apply a little pressure to loosen it. There is something called "intuitive stretching" that I found on youube that is basically what I'm talking about. It also means getting a little lighter in a gentle manner, by eating a little less quantity.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Well, after my mini-slump in reaction to the news regarding my dance teacher and studio..............
I bounced back !!!
I realized I would not, should not, could not give up line dance/dance !
I realized there were lots of other options and opportunities ! I thought of so many that now I'm having trouble choosing what to do! I could offer to teach in garages all over my area.
I could organize a workshop for other local teachers to share info and make presentations to each other. I could sacrifice time and money and drive to another site where there are some very enthused dancers. I could organize a group of dancers that would do programs in schools & nursing homes. Or........I could go on the internet either with my own website or youtube and do lessons for others! I might be a sensation....(maybe I'm getting ahead of myself here). In any event, there are many things I could do and while making a decision about that, I intend to use my last remaining lessons with my teacher to the max!
I had a good day at work in the AM (p/t secretary) and really felt secure that was my right place. It even occurred to me that I am being given opportunities at my day job that might come in very handy with my dance mission (office organization, computers, setting up websites, dealing with personalities, etc.) ... not to mention that the extra money allows me to have my hobby and some fun money.
Also some things that pepped me up:
I saw the American Queen (one of the biggest paddlewheels) go by from my back deck.
That boat is beautiful, classic, majestic and inspirational just to watch go down the river.
I went on a boat ride and helped my husband figure out his GPS so we could figure out speed and mileage. What a beautiful day to be on the water. I enjoyed breathing in the fresh air.
I didn't have caffeine after noon.
I ate lots of vegetables and drank lots of fluids which helped me achieve a lower calorie intake and sense of fullness.
I took a 45 minute walk after dinner to enjoy nature.
I watched the first half hour of The Tonight Show. Jimmy Fallon is the best! I love that guy.
I ate grapes in the evening when I had a taste for something sweet.
I wore a red jacket, more make-up, jewelry, and red fingernail polish!
American Queen heading north on the great Mississippi River.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Today my activity level has been extremely good (housework, yardwork, walking, dancing). But then....woopsie...my eating seemed to get out of control and I started eating things that I normally wouldn't even be interested in and in a manner that is unusual for me. Finally I got enough presence of mind to ask myself......Why????? What is all this eating about???
I think I figured it out.....my dance teacher announced yesterday that she would stop teaching in a few months and close her studio. I guess I had lot tied up with plans to teach line dance for her and also got so much out of taking private lessons from her. Well, the private lessons can continue for a few more months anyway. True, I can continue to teach line dance to my friends on a weekly basis in a garage. But they are more into just doing the same dances from week to week and make it more of a work-out (not for artistry, performance, or technique). So........I guess I just feel like my whole "dance is my passion" plan just tanked. Apparently my motivation of eating right was really tied up with this whole lifestyle, "real me" , dancer vision I had been mentally focusing on. Somehow visions of dancing in my living room and garages for the rest of my life just doesn't seem to be quite glorious enough to capture my imagination. A dancer wannabe at nearly age 65 with no place to dance.... I live in a very rural area.
Consider my bubble burst. Dang.
Friday, September 12, 2014
I'm good when I can control my routine and environment........but when I have to cater to other's food preferences and needs that vary from my own, things go haywire! Plus there's the lack of privacy, personal time for taking care of normal needs, constant vigilance to make sure they are comfortable, no exercise time, and the disruption of my normal activities.
We get a lot of house guests because they love to come to the river! Plus we've been babysitting a lot. I love the people, but boy does it mess with the life that I have established and works for me.
I think we are done for the season. I am in recoup mode!
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