Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Light and the Dark

I was wondering about the contrasts in life.  People say that the tough times help us really appreciate the good times.  The bitter cold of winter helps us appreciate the heat of summer.  Financial struggles help us appreciate abundant times.  Stress tends to make us seek relaxation.  When we are really full, we wish for an empty tummy (think Thanksgiving).  When we have been super busy, we just want some unscheduled free time.  Too much sleep makes you want to get up and move.  Too little sleep makes us long for a nice nap.  Does excess make us long for more a little deprivation?  Really sore muscles from working out sends us to relax in a Jacuzzi.

So, I wonder if fat makes us appreciate thin?  Or, does thin make anyone long for fat?  For me, it is more about seeking balance.  I am, after all, a Libra, the sign of the scales.  When the scales tip, figuratively or literally, I go in search of a way to find equilibrium or balance.  I don't need to be a size zero, I just want to be as healthy as I can be. 

Desire to live a healthy balance. Dedication to both the light and the dark.  Discipline to work for the balance.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Control, Alt, Delete

You know how you hit control, alt, delete to reset your computer?  Well, this weekend the universe conspired to let me do just that.  I have been going at such a crazy packed pace that I could feel the stress in my body building up. 

We had another very full weekend planned for yesterday and today, but things happened and we ended up cancelling everything and just staying home together.  We have slept, walked, slept, watched a movie and slept some more.  It feels like I/we (Allen and I) hit our own control, alt, delete.  I feels like I am positioned well to jump back into the proverbial deep end.

Try it yourself.  It may help bring peace, calm and focus.  We need all three of those as we travel our healthy journey through life, don't we?

One more thought this morning that I would like to put out an article about Tom Hanks and a movie he made about the ship captain who was held hostage by Somalia pirates......the author wrote this......the man who was captured and held hostage is called a hero.  He does not like that label.  He said it is simple, nothing is over until you give up.  And he was not willing to give up.

That comment landed in my brain and made me think hard about my healthy journey.  Sometimes it feels like I am being held hostage by the need to continually focus on shedding weight.  But, you know what?  I am not ever giving up either.  I will continue to strive towards a healthy and healthier me as I move through this world because I am worth it.  Are you with me??????

Desire to reset the physical computer.  Dedication to continued focus.  Discipline to cancel everything when it is necessary.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hello, Off Cycle!

Sorry for my erratic posting.  The last few weekends and the next couple of upcoming weekends are so full of activity, that I find myself not making time on the computer.  I hope you will forgive my lapses.

Just a few quickies tonight......

1.  I was in Phoenix airport yesterday.  I ate at a restaurant called Chelsea's Kitchen and had the best fish tacos ever.  I know if it hard to believe...airport and best of anything in the same sentence.  Still, if you ever find your self there and are hungry, I highly recommend it.  They served it with an awesome kale slaw....super good choices, especially for an airport meal!!!

2.  I had a great discussion with my doctor recently about why it is so damn hard to shed weight and keep it off.  She says that all the most recent research is pointing to the truth that calorie restriction is the only and best way.  She says that since she has entered her 50's, she has to stay at 1,200 calories or she gains.  So, it isn't that this is shocking news, it is just that it is so challenging to socialize away from plentiful food.  I eat right and do lots of great exercise.  I just need to eat less food (most of the time anyway).  So, I am going to go back to calorie counting to get used to 1,200 a day to shed my pounds that have crept back.  Then get used to it as the norm!

Desire to travel to a lower body mass.  Dedication to love myself enough to eat less food.  Discipline to count everything until it becomes the norm.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Save Time in a Bottle

Over the past month, we have been to 3 weddings, culminating with my godson's wedding on O'ahu on Saturday.  All 3 couples are very different, all 3 couples are joyously happy.  It has been a true pleasure to share their happiness. 

Allen and I were married 26 years ago, this September 12th.  My parents were married 62 years ago this September 8th.  We are celebrating together and are saying that we are celebrating 88 years of marriage! 

Of course, it is a big number to say, and yet it is so thought provoking, to see the alpha and the omega of marriage; the people just starting out and folks like  my parents who are at the other end of the spectrum.  We humbly sit somewhere in between. 

As I reflect on my healthy journey, I am convinced that those of us who are blessed with a positive life partner probably have an easier time with our healthy journey.  Allen has loved me through thick and thin (literally) and everything in between.  For his love, I am eternally grateful. Everyday. 

But love and support comes in lots of flavors.  I know many amazing people who are supported by family and friends, but are not in a committed partner relationship.  It doesn't matter where it comes from - friends, family, lovers, co-workers, etc.  I think what matters along this journey is connecting with meaningful people in our lives to share the healthy journey, to seek support on the healthy journey, to praise us and help us course correct.

So, whether you are involved with someone who supports you fro 2 years, 26 years or 62 years, or somewhere in between, pause and reflect on what a difference it makes to have those special people with you on your healthy journey.  This ride we are on, called life, goes by so damn fast.  Try to savor the moments and enjoy the journey.

Desire to travel the journey with others. Dedication to appreciate the "others".  Discipline to listen when they share.