Saturday, March 26, 2011

Yep - It's Saturday!

8am: cardio - check
9am:get butt kicked by trainer - check
10:15am: hair appointment - check
12:15 - 90 minutes of yin yoga - check
2:30pm: mani/pedi - check

It's 4:30 and I'm back at home relaxing after a packed Saturday. I am struck by how structured my Saturday's are and how much I treasure my unscheduled Sundays, when I get them. I have read many articles about how important it is to have down time in order for your body to repair and process everything it needs to do. So no matter how busy and scheduled you are, please be sure to find time for yourself to relax.

So I am off to enjoy a quiet evening leading into a a relaxed unstructured Sunday.

Yay for the weekend!!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Oh Happy Day!

Yesterday I was thrilled to find pumpkin fat free frozen yogurt at my local Golden Spoon store. YAY! My favorite flavor! Such a fun treat and if consumed in a small portion....quite legal too!!

I am composing this post on a new LG tablet that will soon be available through T-Mobile. I have to admit it is pretty cool. It is really small, light and runs on available Wi-fi or the T-Mobile 4G network. So I can take it anywhere and be connected. Since I am having to learn how to use a new electronic device, I consider it to be an important part of my healthy journey....flexing and developing my mental muscle! You can teach an old dog new tricks, the dog simply has to want to learn- woof woof!

So watch out I-pad cuz this thing is way cooler!

Later today I will make onion rings ala Hungry Girl recipe: 12 crispy rings only 150 calories, 3 grams of fat, 9 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein......looking forward to trying something new!

Desire to flex and build mental muscle. Dedication to finding a satisfying new crunch. Discipline to stick to the recipe.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Temptation of Birthday Cake

Last night we celebrated 2 family birthdays, my nephew and my brother. They both ordered a chocolate cake for their birthday. The good news is that I resisted having any cake. Even though I like chocolate occassionally, it is one of the few cakes I can easily resist! I did have 2 bites of pistachio ice cream, though. That is much harder to resist!

What are your temptations? And how do you say no?

I am struggling to figure out a way to shed more weight. I am considsering all sorts of options. My workouts are going well. I am thinking about taking some new classes to create a different burn for my body. Research tells us that our bodies grow accostomed to whatever exercise we do and we need to change it up to increase the burn!

I just read that, at rest, a pound of fat burns 2 calories an hour and a pound of muscle burns 32 calories an hour....what more evidence do we need to convince us that weight training is the way to go! It is so important to include weight training in your regime! Not only will creating more lean muscle mass burn more calories at rest, but you will be proactively combating future problems with osteoporosis by having more muscle tissue!

Please send me a message and let me know what you are doing that is working for you!

Desire to learn from other's success. Dedication to build lean muscle. Discipline to find a way to shed more weight!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Home Again, Home Again

I am so happy to be home, I can't even express how happy I am! All the way home on the flight, I reflected how challenging it is to stay really healthy while on a business trip. Then I think about how much I travelled in my former job and it is no small wonder how my health, weight and stress levels all became so comprimised.

I managed to do 4 workouts in the space of 8 days. Definitely better than nothing, but I didn't burn anywhere near the same number of calories as I do at home in the same space and time. Also, I made good food choices, even packed my own snacks to combat travel day temptations, and still I know I consumed more calories than normal.

I had planned to hit the ground in San Diego and go to the gym as my re-entry process, but the universe conspired to direct my attention elsewhere. My Dad is experiencing more coronary issues and I rushed to the hospital instead. They found a blood clot in his ventrical and are now treating it aggressively with a med to break-up the clot. Please send up a prayer that this episode will have a very positive outcome!

While at the hospital, Dad asked the attending cardiovascular nurse, what should I do differently during this treatment. Her answer was insightful, wonderful to hear and very heartwarming. She said: Look at the two of you (my Mom and Dad), you are in your 80's and doing really great, especially for your age! You eat right, don't "live at McDonald's", don't eat fried food, you exercise and are not sedentary, you love each other and are surrounded by a strong support system and you have a positive attitude, and I have found that a positive attitude is more than half the battle. You look and act at least 10 years younger than you actual age! I wish more of my patients were just like you!

So I leave you with this thought:

Desire to live a long healthy life well into your 80's with a high quality of life. Dedication to generating and sustaining a strong loving support system of family and friends. Discipline to eat healthy and keep moving your whole life!