Sunday, February 17, 2013

Watching the Food

Food. Can't live with it and can't live without it.  I have been making a great effort not cut down on the calories and I feel thinner.  Really.  I think it will be just  matter of continued discipline till the pounds begin to come off.  I have made a great effort to cut out all sweets and have just about eliminated all drinks to nothing but water.  I really have to get the weight off. Doctors orders.  The last time I went in to see him was about a month ago.  He suggested I start going to weight watchers but right now I cannot afford it.  You have to pay for that of course.

Me?  I plan to do it the old fashion way.  Eating less and sweating it off. The gym and I think eating only 80% of your food. Stop at 80% no matter what is on your plate and no eating after 8pm.  Everything after that turns to fat.  I will be much slimmer by summer and I want to feel in much better health.  I am finally on the right track! 

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~

Saturday, February 16, 2013

It is REALLY Happening!

Well, it is really happening now.  I have started going back to the gym. I joined Planet Fitness for that great low price of $10 a month.  I have been going three times a week and have been walking on the treadmill for an hour.  That lets me get in about 3 miles of walking.  So far my legs have felt a little rubbery  but after that I feel just fantastic for the rest of the day.  I do take baths in Epsom salts just in case.  So far no soreness.  Just a feeling of euphoria that I am finally making that lifestyle change that has been so long in the coming. 

Granted it did have a catalyst.  About a month or so ago I was sick with  a bad cold and I had to do to the doctor.  He did all the normal things, weigh, blood pressure, temperature.  We discovered for the very first time that my blood pressure was a little high.  He has since put me on some medication and that has reduced it.  So with that  of course he suggested I lose weight.  That something I already knew but it all struck a note that had not been struck before. 

I am back on the gym trail. In my 20's and 30's I was a gym rat.  I lived at the gym, was a size 8 and was in perfect shape, not an ounce of fat.  I will return there.  Or as close as I can get.  I am looking forward to wearing some of the clothes that I could never part with.  I kept them...all my small clothes.  I knew I would be returning here I am.  Finally on the track were I want to go. 

The Lenten season is upon us and I have even incorporated that into it.  No more sweet snacks at my desk at work during the day.  That was not helping.  So I am staying away from that. 

At the gym, I think I will stick with the walking for a while but I would like to advance eventually to the elliptical machines.  Time.  It takes time.  It did not gain all this weight in a day and it will not go away in a day either.  The bad thing is that it goes on quicker than it goes off.  Time will make all the difference!

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~

Sunday, February 10, 2013


All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don't. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.” ―Robert F. Kennedy

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Coconut Oil Benefits

Great article on the benefits of
Coconut oil. I knew of some of these but not all.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Giving Up the Cancer Sticks

When I was in high school there were a few of my friends who smoked.  I avoided them like the plague.  I did not like the smell of the smoke and I did not want my hair or clothes to smell like smoke.  I remember when I was in elementary school, my father smoked.  He was a serious chain smoker and back in those days he smoked in the house, the car, the garage, in public, wherever!  I always went to school smelling like smoke.  I remember my teachers questioning me several times over and over about me smoking.  I had to tell her many times, I did not....but my father did and that our house was filled with cigarette smoke and so was the car.  I remember opening the back sliding glass door at night and from the glare of the porch light against the inky sky, you could see smoke pouring out the house.  It was dreadful!  Finally after getting sick, he stopped but the damage was already done by then.  Heart disease had taken its toll, but he stopped.

Do you think that beating smoking is an easy thing?  It is not.  I know my father tried the gum and he actually enrolled in a health and wellness program at the local hospital that helped him stop.  He began to ride a bike, loose weight and he got healthier.  I do believe he added some years to his life.

In today's world there is so much more awareness about the benefits of NOT smoking and so many things to help you achieve your goal.  Every year four million people die from cigarette related illnesses.  That is still way too many.  And smoking is not just an individual thing.  It goes  into the air and can cause issues for others around you like lung cancer, SIDS and dementia, just to name a few.

There are many products to assist people struggling with smoking,  Gum, pills, patches and even smoking cessation studies.  Currently there is an Eagles trial open and actively recruiting for men and women smoking ten or more cigarettes a day, who are motivated to stop smoking.   This is a twelve week study that will include required outpatient visits and phone followups as well.  The initial twelve weeks includes treatment with either a placebo or smoking cessation drug.  There is another twelve week followup after the initial treatment.  And or course there is no smoking!  Either way you are on the way to a NO SMOKING future.

Just think, you will even save money.  Cigarettes are fairly expensive!  On the Eagles site there is even a smoking calculator to help you realize just how much money you can save by NOT smoking. Signing up and getting more information is easy as well.  Just put in your information on the site form and if there is a site with in 50 miles of you, you will be contacted about being a participant.  It is a new year.  What better time to make a lifestyle change like this one?  Give up smoking.  You family will thank you. YOU will thank you, once you realize how the quality of your life will be improved.

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~

My Favorite Place

My favorite place.  My soul is at one with the sea!
You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~

My Resolutions

When I think about resolutions, I did not make any hard and fast ones this year.  Instead I have vowed to do things differently.  So...these are the things I vow.  With the vow I always allow myself the ability to make a mistake and start again instead of feeling like a total failure if I totally mess up.  We have to allow ourselves a little forgiveness. Otherwise we remain in a state of failure.  So....these are the things I vow.

  1. I vow to be more active and include walking or some for of exercise 3 times a week.  
  2. I vow to watch less tv.  Giving up several hours a week will allow me to learn french..something I want to do before I go to Europe this fall.
  3. I vow to listen to music more.  I have been glued to the tv this past year and I have been missing hearing the strains of some of my favorite music.
  4. I vow to write more.  I hardly blogged t all in 2012.  There was not enough time.  This year I am making the time.
  5. I vow to spent more time on me....focusing on me... because I tend to be more focused on others.  
I think that is enough.  They seem pretty lofty given my present state but, small steps lead to big ones.

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~

My Butterfly

Thine emulous fond flowers are dead, too,
And the daft sun-assaulter, he
That frighted thee so oft, is fled or dead:
Save only me
(Nor is it sad to thee!)
Save only me
There is none left to mourn thee in the fields.

The gray grass is not dappled with the snow;
Its two banks have not shut upon the river;
But it is long ago--
It seems forever--
Since first I saw thee glance,
With all the dazzling other ones,
In airy dalliance,
Precipitate in love,
Tossed, tangled, whirled and whirled above,
Like a limp rose-wreath in a fairy dance.

When that was, the soft mist
Of my regret hung not on all the land,
And I was glad for thee,
And glad for me, I wist.

Thou didst not know, who tottered, wandering on high,
That fate had made thee for the pleasure of the wind,
With those great careless wings,
Nor yet did I.

And there were other things:
It seemed God let thee flutter from his gentle clasp:
Then fearful he had let thee win
Too far beyond him to be gathered in,
Snatched thee, o'er eager, with ungentle grasp.

Ah! I remember me
How once conspiracy was rife
Against my life--
The languor of it and the dreaming fond;
Surging, the grasses dizzied me of thought,
The breeze three odors brought,
And a gem-flower waved in a wand!

Then when I was distraught
And could not speak,
Sidelong, full on my cheek,
What should that reckless zephyr fling
But the wild touch of thy dye-dusty wing!

I found that wing broken to-day!
For thou are dead, I said,
And the strange birds say.
I found it with the withered leaves
Under the eaves. 

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~

Here We Go Again!

Well, it is a new year and a new day and we can all begin again. Me?  I am thankful for new beginnings.  It gives me the chance to begin again and resolve to do better.  It is a new year and I am in a new place with a new job.  Benefits make all the difference in good health.  The ability to go to a doctor and not worry so much about how the bill will be paid is a miraculous thing.  I am grateful.

So this January I will begin again.  I have some of my coworkers for inspiration.  They are all hitting the gym of talking about diets. I even have a few marathon runners who sit near me in my office, so I would love to somehow with my bad knees run again.  We shall see.  I think the first thing is to just begin to walk.  Even that is a strain now as I have been so sedentary for this past year.  But that will be changing.

As I sit hear typing this at Starbucks, I know visits here will need to be curtailed.  You just don't know how much I love the casualness of a coffee shop for coffee and a scone.  the scones.  I am having a raspberry orange scone now.  I know that eating will also need to be something I need to review.  Every bite needs to be scrutinized and monitored.

I want this to be a year of change and it has to begin with me.

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~