Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Getting obsessed with exercise - Goal 1

Wouldn't it be great to wake up with Demi Lovato's body or Kate Hudson's body? Oh hell yeah. Part of their success, according to a paraphrasing of what Ms. Hudson said on Kelly and Michael recently, is related to keeping in shape. I believe it. I don't have a trainer or a job that pays me enough to hire one, but hey, I can be obsessed for a little while too, right?

Carving out a specific hour of a day for a workout is great (and we will get to that in a little bit) but first, start each day with the mindset to move more. By reminding your body to get more movement throughout the day, you will be more likely to do it. So sit less and stand more. Take more steps and stairs. Walk to talk with a coworker instead of emailing them.
Stretch in your chair, squat to pick something up, park far away from stores so you will walk more, stand up when you talk on the phone and do some exercises while you watch TV. There are numerous ways you can sneak more movement into your day. Begin each day with a move more mindset and you will find them.
That's step 1. And that's also today's goal. Today, I will move more.


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Plans for the future - Part 1

Last year was filled with challenges. They're all easing up and I'm sure there are more challenges to come, but there are decisions to be made about how they will be handled.

Five years ago, I had my left knee replaced. Recovery was rather stressful and rehab was difficult and painful. I had two choices - do the work and work through the pain, getting better along the way OR sit around and complain about the pain and avoid all painful situations, lowering my chances for getting better and actually getting worse instead. I met people who chose the second scenario, and they may never heal. I met people who met the challenge of recovery head-on, and they're out there living their lives.

A year after that, I had my right knee replaced. Though the pain and rehab were not nearly as overwhelming, I had the same choices - take control of the outcome or whine about the process.

In both cases, I wanted the surgery and did what I could to heal appropriately with as little aggravation as possible. A positive attitude, good medical care (the second time), and family support both times, they were all the keys needed to make it happen.

I'm now 60 years old. Well passed the middle age mark. Time to face the challenges of the present and the future.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Back to what I know best

It has been a long year and there have been changes, both positive and negative, that have encouraged me to do things a different way. That's a sweeping statement, but it filters down into functions such as what I eat, what medications I take, the exercises I do, etc. Day 40 of no smoking!

In searching for a balance, I'm going back to what works when it comes to food. I've taken the plunge back to paleo and am excited to have made the decision. It is the best eating plan for my diabetes, for my weight, for my overall well being, and there's no reason not to stick with a winner. A bonus is I like the foods! It is sustainable and flexible enough to stick with during travel and at home.

I started Pact again last night and plan on utilizing My Fitness Pal for three meals a day, not just one. There's a bit of a problem with my petering out mid-day and not carrying through. That is my biggest challenge with logging. With Pact, maybe $$ motivation will help with that piece of the puzzle. I started Pact with logging 5 days, 3 days of exercise, and 7 servings of fruits/vegetables for the week. I'll increase those, but had to choose something to get started!

So, let's get going with a pretty good breakfast: