Tuesday, August 26, 2014
My granddaughter, daughter, and I ran a 5k on Saturday and both my granddaughter and I took home a medal for 1st in our age division. But when I looked at the times, I saw I was the only one in my age group.
It was not my best time, but it was not my worst. 33:29
I am having some issues with my feet and am coming to the realization that I may need to take some time off and recover. The bottom of my feet hurt at times.
I really do not want to have to stop running because I really enjoy the "me" time. I need the "me" time and when I go for a run, no one bothers me, no one asks me to do things for them. It is just me on the road and no one else.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
1. not flowing or running, as water, air, etc.
2. stale or foul from standing, as a pool of water.
3. characterized by lack of development, advancement, or progressive movement: a stagnant economy.
4. inactive, sluggish, or dull.
# 3 and #4: That is describing me these past weeks. I am having lots of moments where I do not want to do much of anything. I have been spending a lot of time in front of the computer because I am trying to create a budget spreadsheet in Excel. It is so depressing. Also, it is frustrating because as soon as I figure out the numbers an unexpected expense occurs and then I need to rework the numbers to fit that in. UGH!
Then my daughter gets scheduled for a 50+ hour work week, which means I have my active 3 year-old grandson for about 65. As much as a joy he is, I need a break. I have found out that little fellow can easily outrun me. Man, I need to add some speed work outs to my routine!
My daughters, granddaughter and I are doing a step challenge and I come in last every week. My granddaughter cheats though and is caught shaking her pedometer ~ hee hee, I see her running around the yard and then checking her pedometer; at least she is being active. We all pitch in a dollar a week and winner gets the $$. I, on the other hand, am amazed at how hard it is to reach 10,000 steps on a daily basis.
I found myself eating a lot of junk food this past week and I need to refocus and get back to eating healthy again. Today is a new day with new possibilities for success.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
My grandson wanted ice cream for breakfast. So, I mashed a frozen banana, added some peanut butter, and then mixed in some malt-o-meal. As for as he was concerned, he had "ice cream" for breakfast.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
and I only gave in to temptation at the first one, but that was because I was hungry when I went. However, since most of the foods were deep fried it was easy to resist when I thought about the price and what I was really paying for, deep fried junk food.
Seriously, a deep fried snickers bar and oreo cookie?? That is crazy!
One thing that I am struggling with to let go is ice cream and I keep remembering that my neighbor has told me that farmers call dairy cows "shell cows" because by the time the get to the market there is nothing left on them, they are skin and bones. The picture below is a picture of a dairy cow at one of the fairs I went to:
She will be my motivation to kick the dairy ice cream habit.
I have switched to "banana ice cream" to satisfy that craving for something cold and creamy on a hot day. I take a frozen banana, mash it up, and add a bit of peanut butter. Oh, so yummy! My grandson loves it!
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Below is an excerpt from the introductory pages of The Health Promoting Cookbook by Alan Goldhamer, D.C. I just had to share because it is helping me realize that if I am going to be successful in eating healthy, I also need to create an environment that will support and make things a bit easier to make that transition to eating better foods and to resist those things that I know are not good for me, especially in the quantities that I am eating.
Why do we find it so difficult to eat what we should eat and avoid what we shouldn’t?
Part of it is genetics-we are programmed to eat concentrated foods when they are available. That is an important survival trait. In a natural setting, there are no chocolate chip trees, candy vines, or burger bushes. But today, surrounded by unlimited access to concentrated foods, we must overcome our instincts with our intellect.
To eat well, we have to understand the factors that drive us to eat so poorly. Very often we eat for the wrong reasons. We might eat because we are emotionally distraught. We might feel fatigued and eat for stimulation. But when we are tired, we should sleep.
Fear of being different is another factor that drives us to make poor food choices. “Friends” can experience a lot of cognitive dissonance. “You’re no fun anymore.” “It’s not healthy to be a fanatic!” “You’re so thin!” “Don’t you think you’re carrying this a little too far!” “I made this just for you!” “A little won’t hurt.”
We all live in the real world, with its temptations and seductions. Unfortunately, many things that taste good do not promote health. They have been designed to appeal to our inborn (and socially conditioned?) preferences for sweet, salt, and fat. In a natural setting, these substances are scarce, but in our industrial society we have access to virtually unlimited rich, stimulating foods.
To be successful in dietary transition, you must create your own natural environment as much as possible. The most important place to start is your home. Don’t bring fats, oils, salt, and sugar, processed foods or animal products into your home—not even “just for company.” If you have these temptations around you, you will either succumb to them or spend so much energy trying to resist them that you will become exhausted.
It is important for each person to develop his or her own set of strategies to support a healthful lifestyle. It is also important to review these strategies as well as your reasons for wanting to live healthfully. Cultivate friends who value their health and happiness. Pursue activities and interests that give you a feeling of productivity and emotional nourishment rather than looking solely to food to make you feel good.
Remember, food is fuel. Eat to live; don’t live to eat.
From the beginning pages of The Health Promoting Cookbook by Alan Goldhamer, D.C.
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