Monday, 18 February 2019

Health is....

It is a tribute to my life that these blog posts are sporadic and filled with randomness. And yet, the one focus of it all is the word "journey". I have spun in different directions choosing to wander into the depths of despair and hidden behind rocks and fallen trees along the path of avoidance; but, not once I have truly been lost. Often living along the fringe and frequently focused on pleasures that get in the way of my happiness (thank you CS for sharing that phrase with me!), I seem to arrive back on this page and at least visiting the possibilities once more of living a healthier life.

My goal remains the same. My story end has not changed (writing the last page of my life was a game changer - I strive to work backwards from there!). My journey may have. Today I search for what is best as I now am looking at the 70's moving closer and leaving the 60's behind. Another 20 months! Sometimes it is daunting to look at the number but, most of the time, age creeps up on me slowly and I hardly notice the tiny increments until they cluster together into a "look at me!" change.

Choosing to move looks different now....but move I must. This week I have started a chair yoga practice that will hopefully get my joints moving and my swagger back. Gently, soothing stretches and swaying, breaking down the faschia that has tightly woven itself around my muscles and joints and organs. No snap of the fingers to hurry this process along. Curious? The course is available online at Chair Yoga  I am not advertising is a video, it was a very reasonable cost, and, it features a girl and her mom (my age-ish) and it demonstrates chair yoga as well as gently floor yoga. The jury is out - I will keep you posted.  Today the video moved beyond swaying and breathing  and into the spine stretches. I am thinking the cat pose and the child pose modified. It felt good and was only ten minutes.

I  am also making it a point of practicing some medication. This is a bit newer to me. My sister has been practicing yoga & meditation for years and sent me the following link Palouse Mindfulness to get me started. I did the Raisin Meditation yesterday. A very different approach to coach a person into a mindfulness practice. It was a good exercise for me - and I had to work hard NOT to crunch that first raisin!

I plan on doing another one today - the Body Scan. To quote the writing on this at Palouse:  "If you think of your body as a musical instrument, the body scan is a way of tuning it. If you think of it as a universe, the body scan is a way to come to know it. If you think of your body as a house, the body scan is a way to throw open all the windows and doors and let the fresh air of awareness sweep it clean."  This is a 30 minute time investment - that will be tonight. Once again, I will keep you posted.

Please share your experiences about medication/mindfulness and yoga with me below. I am all ears (and maybe a few other body parts once I meditate!) and would love to hear from you!


Monday, 29 January 2018

In My Closet

My first stop this early Monday morning was my laptop and the Cityline Weight Loss page! A little connecting and a little surfing for inspiration - a two way street!

I get to weigh in this morning. The scale is in my closet. I am not - yet.

I am excited and intimidated as I dig deep to control the "weight" (pun intended) I place on the numbers and how that can send my spirit careening into the sky or plummeting into the depths - either of which can also send me off the challenge! I decided yesterday I was going to practice a first-and-foremost focus on the other positive changes I have made that are moving me toward a healthier "me." By recording them here, they seem to become more real and will, perhaps, mitigate any wonky reaction to the weight number. So, here goes:

1. My night eating is under control.
2. Better sleep - I actually got 8 hours last night - an unknown phenomenon in my life for the past year.
3. Increased alertness and the ability to fulfill my commitments in my part time job tasks.
4. Improved energy - It is not 100% back but oh so much better. I didn't even need a nap yesterday!

So, I am celebrating in the wee hours of my morning on the west side of our amazing country!  Doing a happy dance of joy for making it through one week of healthy eating - the non-exercise kind but working on that!

Next week - more of the same with one addition. I want to incorporate some kind of exercise or movement. Pondering the options. Wanting to ease my way into this to avoid the extreme pain of overkill from previous attempts! With our temperatures hovering at or above zero maybe a few short walks to get me outside to wake up my muscles might be good for my heart and soul. Strength training on YouTube? Hmmm. My mission is to make a decision this week and move forward on this. I vaguely remember how much better I do when I just move!!

So, off to the closet and my scale. I can't wait another minute! 

Down 4.4 lb.  

I'll take it! 
Deep calming breath......
.....drink a glass of water! 

A toast to Week #2!

Friday, 13 October 2017

30-Day Clean Eating Challenge Day 2

Well, I didn't really cook for myself on Day 1 but no problem sticking with clean foods. Buddha Salad will have to happen another day!

Day 2 - Eat walnuts!  Yeah. I love these on my oatmeal in the morning and on salads or in apple crisps! Today? Hmmmm. I missed them on my oatmeal (forgot!) but will make some trail mix perhaps with walnuts for consumption. I could also make gluten free granola.  Stay tuned. 

It feels like I am steamrolling my way through this - oh yea, it is only Day 2. My main challenge is going to be when it gets around to cutting sugar, reducing uncomplicated carbs, and watching the portion sizes. I am determined to stay away from the craziness of crazy, crash eating.

But today - well, today I say BRING ON THE WALNUTS!  Walking tall!