Monday, September 13, 2010
Yes, I know that's a LOT of C words! But seriously, if I'm going to practice what I preach they all come into plan. And another one "confession". I won't lie to myself and others on my blog.
The confession is that yesterday I succumbed to mindless (almost) eating. Not that what I ate was so terrible, but the volume certainly was far more than what my body needed. Elements that go into triggers for my binges are varied and subtle, but for those of us who are compulsive eaters, sometimes we don't even know what set us off: the car-shopping? Eating out and tasting, smelling, seeing things I might have at one time enjoyed (even though they didn't appeal at the time)? Fatigue (that one is a firm)! A bit of financial anxiety and making big decisions? All of the above, no matter, I succumbed. I also tracked it.
But on to the first word in the title, and another "spare" C-word - Calm. I was calm, knowing that if I am consistent, I can maintain my healthy habits. Even so-called normal eaters go crazy sometimes. What non-compulsives do about it is just go back to their consistent programs. They don't under-eat as compensation. Nor do they exercise excessively to "make up" for such things... they may be a little more active.
To be successful and balanced, I have to turn my back on compulsion, be compassionate toward myself when I slip, and get back to consistently following my program. Notice I don't have to follow it perfectly. There is a reason for the difference between "consistency" and "perfection". Consistency leads to long-term balance, happiness, and satisfaction. Compulsion and perfectionism lead to defeat, discouragement and giving up.
And as my long-stated motto says, the only thing that is NOT allowed, is giving up. So today is a gentle day of recovery, which simply means, consistency... no need to get crazy.
Here's wishing a calm and consistent day to all.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I contemplated titling this one differently, but the general idea I'm aiming at doesn't fit into a fall off the tongue title. What's ratting through Barb's brain (two more B's) is the similarity between budgeting time, energy, calories and money!
Last month I blogged about my fantasy of living like grandma, giving up my car, among other things: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
I came to the conclusion that I can't really not have a vehicle, not yet. Maybe when I retire. So, yesterday I spent most of the day going around to the local dealers, looking at cars. At the first place, I ended up on a nostalgia trip, and took a little manual transmission car out for a test drive. Knowing myself and my impulsiveness, I drove it over to my son's house and had him accompany me for the rest of the day.
In the end, we drove three vehicles that day, and I ended up exhausted, but informed. I know what kind of vehicle I want: economical but with the ability to cart a bicycle around (see, JUST_TRI_IT, I'm planning ahead)! I want it nice, used low miles within the past couple of model years. And I want it within my price range so I'm not stressing about over-spending, of course. I ended up testing two new and one used only one model year back.
No decision made. Took the kids out for dinner, came home and slept on it. This morning I'm pretty much decided that the right thing for the next couple of weeks is "do nothing". I might make a phone call or two to add to the fact list, but sometimes one has to plan and cogitate before making a big decision.
The factors going into the decision to delay have to do with budgeting time and energy! Decisions of this magnitude are not to be rushed. Knowing I've decided NOT to decide leaves me free to live in today, today! And sometimes, that's the best thing we can hope for.
Here's to a healthy, peaceful, and blessed Sunday for us all!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
My old dog can no longer keep up with what I need to do for exercise, but she still needs activity herself. So after I did the Week 4 Workout 1 of the Couch to 5K plan this morning on the treadmill, I took my "baby" out to walk. We took a DVD to mail back to Netflix and the ubiquitous cleanup bags.
It's autumn here, and cool. Cool weather and hunting dogs go well together. She's 14 1/2 years old but when the weather gets like this, she prances like a pup. She wanted to run, and tugged at the leash, so I obliged for at least part of the journey, jogging to keep up... and of course, suddenly interrupted by fire hydrants! Love my dog. Don't know what I'll do when she leaves me one day.
Here's to all the four-footed friends that encourage us with their eyes and wags to get out and move a bit!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Barb's on a philosophical bent this morning!
Must be back to school season, because I see alphabets cropping up all over Spark: alphabet games with a word per letter to motivate us. Mary (CookMe123) blogged her way through the alphabet. I threatened to copy that theme, but I'm not sure I'll do it one a day... it might be more spread over time.
This morning I woke up with a word on the brain: "Assimilate". The initial thought that was drifting through my brain was the re-integration of my son, recently home from overseas. The image that came to mind was the Borg, from Star Trek, the next generation: "You will be assimilated".
This led to thoughts of what I do, how I survive, how I respond to the new information that constantly enters the brain! Onward, to pondering the question of who is the assimilator and who or what the assimlatee? (Yes, spell check, I know I just invented words not in your dictionary!)
So, to our buddy Webster, just what is this "assimilate"? Its root is from the Latin, "to make similar". And the first definition has to do with FOOD! .oO(Sheesh, can't get away from it!)
"1. to change (food) into a form that can be taken up by, and made part of, the body tissues; absorb into the body". So the body assimilates our food. Who knew? Probably a lot of folks... which leads to the whole "You are what you eat" thing! But that's a topic for a different blog.
But being a thinker, I take it on to information, not just food. When presented with new information, we tend to do one of the three things in the title. We "assimilate" it to what we already believe, or we adapt our beliefs to the new information. Eventually, we draw and come to accept conclusions about it and how it fits into our world view.
The whole process of learning is based on evaluating information, whether it comes from personal experience or from reading or listening to others. From the moment of birth we're doing these three things: assimilating, adapting, accepting. And we may have to work our way through the first two to get to the acceptance part... which, to my way of thinking, is the most peaceful of the three.
So... in your journey to health, what are you currently assimilating? What are you adapting? And what have your accepted?
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Since I was dissatisfied with how workout 3 of week 3 of couch to 5K went (mainly because my heart rate really spiked up during the 3 minute jog portion)... and after reading Baileys7Of9's comment about week 4 and jogging slower than she was walking, I changed my plan.
I decided I'd do my own little "stress test" to see just what speed would support a proper heart rate for my jogging portions. After all, the goal is to become / stay healthy, not to kill ourselves!
What I found out is that to keep my heart rate in range, I have to jog slower: it took me through 30 minutes of mostly jogging, but with speeds ranging from 4.6 to 5.1 miles an hour, i.e. averaging 12 minute miles. So, folks... back to the regular program. Week 4, workout 1 - you're ON for Saturday. Me: go slow, but GO!
Adding the metaphors from the journey: I'm standing tall, being small and going slow. Sound like a proper turtle, don't I?
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