In honor of Throwback Thursday. I thought I would repost one of my favorite blog posts. Keep it Going!
Keep moving Keep smiling Keep shining Keep dreaming Keep Imagining Keep planning Keep laughing Keep deciding where I want to go Keep giving myself a chance Keep paying it forward Keep singing Keep dancing Keep running Keep reading Keep asking God Keep doing Keep sharing Keep saving Keep encouraging Keep inspiring Keep writing Keep blogging Keep helping Keep praying Keep serving Keep listening Keep searching Keep my eyes open Keep finding Keep learning Keep playing Keep loving Keep speaking Keep hearing Keep watching Keep bringing Keep painting Keep creating Keep it real Keep telling the truth Keep living the word of God Keep natural Keep organic
Keep breathing Keep living in the present Keep changing Keep growing Keep putting one step in front of the other Keep improving Keep showing up Keep forgiving Keep calling Keep compassion in your life Keep empathy a part of your life Keep thinking Keep camping Keep hiking Keep climbing Keep walking Keep swimming Keep hugging Keep your lamp burning Keep spinning Keep digging Keep eating healthy Keep taking your supplements Keep cooking Keep sowing Keep harvesting Keep pruning Keep mentoring Keep building bridges Keep tearing down walls Keep recommitting Keep appreciating Keep standing Keep feeling Keep talking Keep making peace Keep staying positive Keep praising Keep journaling Keep journeying into reality Keep promising Keep coaching Keep it going.
These are the areas that I want to keep going at since I want to make a consistent effort to be the best me possible I need to keep doing the things above. If you have some more positive, uplifting things you do every day, let me know. We all could use as much help as we can get.
Keep it going!
At the beginning of this month I never thought I would love to exercise as much as I do now. I’m not talking about spending hours at the gym, I still don’t like gyms. But I love to exercise. In the morning while watching documentaries either on PBS or a DVD I do Pilates, Callanetics, or just some stretching. But this month has shown both my husband and I that walking together is really helping our health and our relationship.
I read a book this month The Wisdom of Tuscany by Ferenc Mate. This was the book that I chose to read aloud to my husband while we drove long distances and while we sat on the couch after our walks. One thing that we really learned was that we can incorporate the simplistic lifestyle of the Tuscany region into our own lives. And we did. The Tuscan’s walk every where that is 3.5 miles or less. I wonder if that’s why my ancestors were healthier than my family is today.
So my husband and I instituted this new rule for ourselves. If our destination is 3 miles or less we walk. This means that we need to take the time to coordinate our walking map and make sure we take the appropriate supplies like a backpack and other shopping bags. Last week when I walked to the store I just had the bagger make sure that the weight was level in the pack so I could walk home (the grocery store is 1.5 miles both ways). Yesterday we walked 4.5 miles going to the farm store (so I could look at the baby chicks), then to the electronics store (to look at new phones), and the grocery store I do my bulk shopping in. It’s interesting at how you rethink your needs when you have to carry home the purchases.
These walks have become our time to be together but it’s also our time to dream together. We walk down to the harbor which is 3 miles one way, stop for a cup of coffee, run into friends, and then walk back. These walks are also helping us get back in hiking shape. We are often asked, “What if rains?” We live on Puget Sound, it’s gonna rain. So we get wet. It’s only water.
Not only are we helping our health and relationship we are also helping our gas budget.
Here are some other ways to turn a love-hate relationship with exercise into exercise love.
- Go dancing: if you don’t know how, take some classes!
- No money for classes, follow the Walk Dance Guru
- Get outside and play: get a jump rope and sing rope jumping songs like when you were a kid, play catch with your kids.
- Go build some snow furniture. Remembering the fun you had in the snow when you were a kid, go out and build a snow man, snow furniture, or other snow animals. If you’re so inclined, shovel out half your yard and fill it with water and let it freeze. Instant ice skating rink! (My dad used to do this for us kids every winter!)
- Go for a bike ride for fun: I love bicycle riding but not the way most people do. I love it because I love to watch my streamers blow in the wind. Yes, I said streamers! I have purple Gary Fisher bike with purple, pink, and yellow streamers which I made my husband put on each handle. For me bike riding is all about fun. I can’t wait to get my white basket put on the bike this summer.
Exercise love is about putting the fun back into our exercise programs. Take it from me, as someone who has many hang-ups when it comes to exercising, if I see it as fun I’ll want to do it more. Exercise and health go hand-in-hand! You can’t have good health if you don’t exercise!
DAYS 9, 10, 11 have all been filled with PAIN, PAIN, and more PAIN. My sciatica nerve decided that all this change was not in the cards for it, and decided to rear its ugly head. If you’ve ever experienced that pain you know what I’m talking about. It feels like when I stand up I am crocked. Been spraying it with my ASEA spray, taking herbal muscle relaxants, used my TENS unit, and my RIFE machine, all while singing Ice, Ice Baby.
A body trying to heal itself does not focus on letting go of pounds, so these days, while I haven’t lost weight, I still haven’t gained any either.
Throughout all the pain, I have been doing some exercises to ease the pain from my sciatica nerve. I’ve continued working out with my stability ball, walking, and even doing a little Pilates. Even though I made the commitment to get healthy and my body is not responding in the way I thought it would, doesn’t mean I should quit. It just means that I need to tailor the plan to my body.
Listening to my body is the only way to make it do something its not wanting to do. I am in control of how my body moves, what goes into my mouth, and how I can control the pain. If I just let the pain control my life, I would have no life at all.
Interesting at best. Been weighing myself every morning. It’s been a motivating pleasure to know that I am dropping about a pound a day. It’s also given me the willpower to say no to the taco chips my lovely husband brought into the house last night. He eats out of frustration, boredom, and depression. Or in his words he feels the need to crunch. Since I don’t eat anything after 6 pm. I had none, and I’m proud of myself. Because this is the first time I haven’t backed down from a challenge. While he ate, I just kept sipping my water.
Began this morning with me getting on the scale and watching the pounds fall off. Since December 1, I’ve lost 5 pounds, and certain aches have gone too. The only challenging thing about this program is my breakfasts. I used to load on the honey or stevia onto my oats, now it’s just cinnamon. I am tasting food again.
I’ve noticed that I don’t think about food all the time. Now I think about what I’ll do to move my body. Yesterday I couldn’t get out to walk so I hopped on my old exercise bike and rode for 5 miles. Then I did 45 minutes of a Leslie Sansome video (I have several). It’s also made meal planning easier too. Husband eats what I eat, when he is home, and when I make him a lunch. Today he is on his own for lunch.
I’ve been incorporating my product, ASEA, into my plan by taking it before breakfast, and before and after a workout. I’ve also been spraying my legs after the workout so my legs wouldn’t cramp up. So far so good. Lots of energy, no cramping, and for me no blood pressure plummeting. That last one is a major accomplishment because ever since I was a teenager my blood pressure would drop so low that I would get, what I called, the cold shakes. This hasn’t happened in the last three days.
Even before the challenge started I lost two pounds. Probably because I have given up the sugar I put in my coffee, and I’ve challenged myself to doing some form of exercise on the days before I started.
Yesterday was my first day, and I can say is it is not all that difficult. The hardest part was to not put any sweetened almond milk into my steel cut oats in the morning. But cinnamon is a good sweetener, just something I have to get used to.
Since I have no coffee in my house, I still won’t drink caffeinated tea because without sugar it is simply disgusting. I am drinking juice of one lemon mixed into my hot water in the morning and then another mixed with my water throughout the day. While I did have a headache from the lack of caffeine, I also drank my Lemonic aid minus the stevia to give my immune system a boost.
I also have so much energy, I feel like I can walk forever. I did three miles on the treadmill after lunch and was not fatigued but had even more energy then when I started. Back to work I went.
Had turkey burgers and zucchini linguine (zucchini shavings) with garlic, onions, fresh oregano and thyme; along with a side salad. I was full. Then it was time for another walk with my husband, walked to the library (4 miles)
Total walking miles for yesterday: 7
- Rethink your words: If working out or exercising makes you want to stop before you get started, use different words. My favorite movement phrase comes from the movie Madagascar. “You’ve got to Move It, Move It.” So I’m Moving It.
- Park in the safest farthest spot away from the door of any place you enter: (work, health club, school, stores, restaurant, etc)
- Telephone moves: While you talk on the phone, at home or at work, stand up, do some leg lifts, tidy up the house, clean your desk. Move and talk at the same time.
- Walk with a purpose. Take your dog or a neighbor’s dog for a walk. Walk or bicycle to do your errands as much as possible.
- Pick up a hobby: Sitting only burns 46 calories per hour. Crocheting burns 173 calories an hour.
- Exaggerate your house cleaning: Wash your windows, like a gymnast, vacuum like a fencer, wash dishes like a ballerina
- Learn to fidget more: People who fidget burn 300 – 350 calories more than those who don’t.
- Play outside games with your children: Tag, Simon Says, Catch, Red Light Green Light, Salt and Pepper.
- Get off the bus: If you take the bus to work, get off a couple of stops before yours and walk the rest of the way. You can also plan a bike ride from different points where your bus lets off to ride the rest of the way.
- Turn your favorite music on: Take a dancing break, turn the music up, and just rock out to it in your living room or even your office (Your coworkers might even want to join in).
This is the true story of how the public library is helping me to lose weight and get in better shape. A little background about my situation. I have five screws holding my left foot together. I can’t run, can’t jump, and can’t do many things I did when I was younger. I also get bored easily whether I am working out or reading a book, for that matter. I don’t have access to a health club, but I have a good pair of walking shoes and a well worn library card.
Gig Harbor Pierce County Library
The library is almost two miles from my house. After dinner, my husband and I walk to the library every night, stop for a potty break and walk back. Now this isn’t the only exercise I do that includes the library. Because like I said I bore easily, I began checking out exercise DVDs and doing the exercises. The great thing about this is that I only get to use each DVD for 3 weeks (the allotted time for the loan), and then I have to change it up and check out another DVD. So far my boredom with exercising is nonexistent and I have been able to work out with many of the new fitness trainers and some of the old ones. I usually alternate between the easy workouts and more difficult ones.
I have been doing this for nine weeks, so far I went from a size 18 down to between a 14 and 12. I don’t know how many pounds I’ve lost because I don’t own a scale (that’s another story for another time). Changing up my workout every three weeks gives me an incentive to get as much out of the work out as I can. Plus, it also tells me that if I am not fond of the workout I only have to do it for three weeks. It’s funny because when I started doing Bob Harper’s Totally Ripped Core workout, my muscles were screaming at me, and I thought I would never get through it. Not only did I get through the workout, but I liked it so much that I purchased it.
University Place Pierce County Library
There really is no excuse for not getting into shape. There are many low-cost and free ways to do it. Even if you get bored, like I do, there are ways around the boredom. Lace up your walking walking shoes, your public library might have the answers you are looking for.