Saturday, June 22, 2013
I'm excited that my kids are old enough to have fun playing in the cedars with me. We took a 2 hour walk in the cedars this week, and while one of them had to be shuttled back home for a "potty break", it only happened once, and my wife was able to refill the water bottles at the same time. The cell phone saved us - that and the fact that we were near an ATV trail.
We walked through the cedars, crossing trails here and there, but exploring and tracking. We looked at the trailhead that led to the fan canyon behind our house, marked the cliff just above so that we could see where we wanted to go even while we were in the trees. The kids felt that it was a treasure hunt, although the stuff there is mostly garbage from years of coal-town living. They found shards of old dishes, tin cans and other things that you can't really burn. There are parts of old cars, old signs, old tires, remnants of kid's forts, and lots of newer cans and bottles. Each of my children and three additional friends had a ball trying to out-do each other in finding "treasures". They didn't know that they were on the path to developing healthy habits. Our round trip may have only been 3 or 4 miles, but they loved every minute of it, and they want to go again.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
When I was trying to learn the French language, I knew I was getting there when I started dreaming and thinking in French.
I've been motoring along with my eating and exercising the last couple of months. Tonight though, I had a few extra minutes, and instead of goofing around or wasting time, or doing anything else, the great idea came to me that I could go run on the treadmill and lift some weights. The kids were in bed, my wife was studying, and it was the perfect time to squeeze a few exercise minutes out. I'm starting to think "in Exercise" now, just like I eventually started thinking in French. It felt pretty good.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I wish that I could say that being healthy was a natural extension of everything I did in my life. My educational background and years of interest in the subject has provided me with knowledge, but that knowledge is pretty much useless when it is not applied.
So, I've been meaning to apply that knowledge (along with maintaining an intention to gain additional knowledge) for a few years. (I mentioned that I quit exercising (and I ate too well) while I was living in Alaska). I've mentioned that I felt a little hypocritical as I had been teaching people about healthy lifestyles, but not applying those standards to myself.
I started exercising again in February. Fortunately, I was able to regain some of what I had done in the past without dying. I quickly lost 10 pounds, and then quickly plateaued for a month or two. I discovered that I wouldn't be able to live on my past achievements - that I would need to make a stronger effort to learn and do (because I've reached that decade called the "40s" that tends to mysteriously undo everything you did in your "20s").
During the months of April and now May, I have been reading and learning...and doing. This week I lost another pound and things are starting to move again. Persistence pays off, at least that's what I'm planning on. I may even reach my weight loss goal before October - and that's just a secondary goal (because I don't want to make weight the main issue, but that's a subject for another blog entry). I don't know if I'll be able to run an ultramarathon by the fall, but I'm going to try. I'm expecting to be able to run 25K. So, we'll see you at the races (figuratively of course - because there aren't very many "literal" races in Eastern Utah - I'll just be racing myself).
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I appreciate the Spark People website because it helps me stay focused on my goal. I'm not perfect yet, but I am using some of the tools available. Because I am almost daily tracking my nutrition and activity, I almost daily think about what I am taking into my body, and now I am sometimes doing this before I actually eat it.
I attended a church-sponsored "fathers and sons" campout this weekend. While it was great that the food was provided, it wasn't until last night in my sleeping bag - after I had eaten 1 1/2 burgers and a pile of yummy dutch-oven potatoes (because my 2 year old boy didn't eat as much as I expected) - I realized that my intake could have been healthier. The same thing happened this afternoon after I realized that I had eaten almost 2 sausage patties this morning for breakfast.
It doesn't matter that my calorie count will still be ok today (I had a ton of vegetables and salad along with my chicken sandwich for lunch at home). My cholesterol intake is too darn high.
My wife thinks I'm taking it too far sometimes, but she is doing Weight Watchers, and the only thing she is tracking is "points'.
I'm not planning to be militant forever in my nutrient tracking, but I do appreciate the tools that give me the ability to track specific nutrients (especially cholesterol, because mine is quite high) all in the overall effort of improving myself. If you change one or two things at a time and make them good habits, then it is easier to tackle everything eventually. Once these details become good habits, then I don't feel I'll have to track them as closely. The SP website is helping me stay focused.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I've never had knee pain before. I was so excited to get going on my exercising. I mentioned before that I wanted to run a marathon/ultra marathon, and I guess I felt that I could be close to it in a short time (say like 1 month???). I'm exaggerating, but let's say that my enthusiasm has taken a hit from my knees who are telling me to SLOW DOWN a little. I thought I was doing pretty well in my training, especially for the little amount of time I have to devote to it. Very disappointing, because as a health care provider, I'm not going to NOT listen to my knees (or the rest of my body) - I know too many people who don't listen to their bodies are saying and they get into trouble (ie the "do too much-ers" and the couch potatoes alike). I just hope that I can get back up to speed soon - I am really excited about running and exercising.
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