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Let’s Celebrate

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OK, so it’s been a pretty mild winter here on the coast.

No measurable snow. Lots of predictable rain, but no real records set or broken. Uneventful in that regard, but on the home front, it is a different story. Let’s just say that I am so grateful for a surprise burst of summer in the middle of April. The sun is warm, the flowers are amazing, people are happy and it makes my heart sing. On the home front, things are changing again. Some things for the good, some, not so much, but the best thing is that we are about to be grandparents. So exciting. It is hard to explain the feeling, but we are at that time in our lives where new life is the chance to look at new beginnings.

We are planning new gardens, opening doors and windows blowing out the winter dust bunnies, putting away the heavy sweaters and pulling out the summer sleeveless tops and planning baby showers. Did I mention I was just a little excited?

So with the planning of the new, I am starting a new eating routine. I’m tired of the plateau that my body seems to be way too comfortable at, so I am going to shake things up a little. Burst through that barrier. But wait, what do I do about the upcoming celebrations and parties with the new baby? Yeah, I am well aware that it is not me having this baby, but I plan on being as helpful as I can and that means my routine will be upset too. I will be visiting their house lots, I will try to help with their meals, they will be coming to our place, and then there will be entertaining people that want to visit babe and mom and how do I make my new eating routine a priority and how do I allow myself the opportunity to celebrate?

With most things, planning ahead is the best thing you can do. If there are meals prepared, you don’t go hungry. If it is truly that important to you, you will make it work. But, I was thinking about the whole celebrating thing. I know in our family, celebrating usually comes with cake, pies, snacks, wine, beer, and the whole party aspect. But can we celebrate our successes without food? Sure, if you want to. We need to remember how important celebrating is to the human condition.

Ecclesiastes 3:1­8, A Time for Everything

“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under
heaven

2 A time to give birth, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is
planted.

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to tear down, and a time to build up.

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance.

5 A time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a time
to shun embracing.

6 A time to search, and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep, and a time to throw
away.

7 A time to tear apart, and a time to sew together; A time to be silent, and a time to
speak.

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; A time for war, and a time for peace.

 

So, let’s think about ways to celebrate that are not necessarily about food.

  • Buy yourself something.    It doesn’t have to cost a fortune, but it does need to be something that you will remember why you bought it and it should make you smile. It could be a new purse, piece of clothing, especially if it is a new size, coffee mug, anything really, anything.
  • Spend some time doing something just for you.    What do you never take the time to do? That’s what you should do. Sit on the beach, walk in the park, go to the art gallery, get fully absorbed in a new or very old album that you love.
  • Share your achievement.    For most of us, that means putting it on Facebook or other social media, (even our facebook page would be a great place) and that is great. People truly love to hear of other people’s successes, as a matter of fact, we need more of them instead of all the hate online. But, if that is not for you, share with a friend. Your happiness is contagious and you really should share the love.
  • Splurge on a food item.    I don’t mean eat a whole tub of ice cream, as good as that sounds, I mean, pay a little more for that tea you don’t normally buy, get that fancy coffee, go somewhere special and order just a dessert, or that glass of scotch your friends don’t appreciate.
  • Throw yourself a little ‘happy party’.    Why wait for someone else’s occasion. Hooray, it’s Thursday works. Put up balloons, turn the music up a little louder, put on some party clothes and JUST BE HAPPY.

You deserve to celebrate, so do it.

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. – Oprah Winfrey

10 Things Fit and Happy People Do Differently

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Happy cheering celebrating success woman at beautiful beach sunset. Fitness girl enjoying view with arms raised up towards the sky. Happy free freedom sport concept image outdoors.

I know that I look at other people and think, “why can’t I look like that?”

Well, sometimes it is just genes.  People are simply made to be different.  But the real truth is that fit people make their well being a priority.  They do things that the rest of us are either not willing to do or just don’t take the time to do.

This is a great little article that should just make us look at the details of what we do.  Putting just some of these things into our routines will encourage us to want to do more of these things.

Every little bit helps if being more fit is the goal.

10 Things Fit and Happy People Do Differently

 

This post written by Shannon Miller and is the most decorated American gymnast in history and is the only female athlete inducted into the U.S. Olympics Hall of Fame – twice! ShannonMiller

You can’t out exercise a bad diet.

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You can’t out exercise a bad diet.

I have heard this too many times.  For people who have always gone to the gym or who have grown up with healthy eating, this seems common knowledge.  For the rest of us, it is not that common knowledge.  It should be, but it’s not.  I believe most of us have grown up with the understanding that “there are starving children in Africa”, so that meant clear your plate.  The thought of waste not want not, applied to food as much as anything else.  With parents that were very conservative with their money, nothing was wasted, even food.  There is nothing wrong with that practice, but there are limits.

If you don’t know how much you are supposed to eat in a day, how are you supposed to know how full your plate should be.  Most of us have grown up without a real knowledge of how much we should eat in a meal, how many meals in a day and then, to complicate things, what if I am trying to change my size and shape?

Your body will require more food if you are more active in your day.  If you sit and stare at a computer all day, you will not require as much food as a gardener.  But some people are under the thought process that you can almost eat what you want as long as you do some form of physical activity to burn it off.  Well…. not quite true.

Yes, obviously if you are trying to be mindful of your weight, calories in vs calories out is an easy way to keep track.  When you are in your teens and twenties generally, you burn calories at such a rate, that you can eat whatever you want.  Until your body decides that it’s time to start to slow your metabolism and then the ‘middle age spread’ begins.

The earlier in your life that you become mindful of what you are actually eating, the more your body won’t rebel against you later.  Also, staying active is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself.  The average American will gain about one pound of additional weight each year from age 25.  Which means, 35 additional pounds by the age of 60.  And, because we typically lose about a half pound of bone and muscle mass each year — unless we're physically active,  our body fat is increasing by 1.5 pounds each year from the age of 25 to 60.  Which means more than 50 pounds of fat over 35 years. Yikes!!

From inside the fitness world, there is some conflicting theories on this old saying.  But, 1, there will always be conflicting theories, and 2, the people who are debating this subject eat, live, and breathe working out.  They are always looking for the inside edge and the next great piece of scientific evidence the make their progress in the gym more impressive.  But for the average person who is just trying to fit healthy living into their cramped life, I believe there are just a few guidelines to follow.

 

  • Read labels     Know what you are eating, if you can’t pronounce it, try not to eat it.
  • Pay attention to your nutrition     Don’t go crazy on your % of sodium, fat, calories.
  • Figure out your daily calorie intake     If you don’t know how much you should have, you won’t know if you have had too much.
  • Stay active     Daily activity is sometimes hard, but do your best to do what you can each and every day.
  • Listen to your body     Believe it or not, you body knows when you have eaten enough, or have exercised too much, learn to pay attention to your own body.

 

Dear Diet, things just aren’t going to work out between us. It’s not me, it’s you. You are tasteless, boring and I can’t stop cheating on you..

 

Remembering Where You Started Will Help you Get Where You Want to Go

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I’m having one of those distracted days. I have a great list of things to get accomplished.

Some are more urgent than other. Some have been on my ‘to do’ list for way too long. Others reappear on my list because that is just the kind of tasks that they are. I have good reasons for being distracted. Yesterday was my birthday and today is my daughter’s birthday. I usually am super distracted on my kids' birthdays. I can’t seem to help but relive their births, young years, and then the mind wanders from there. We are long past planning parties and worrying about that and goody bags and party clothes. We no longer have to search for the hottest gadget or fad toy. Things have really changed.

But that is the way it is supposed to be, right? We tend to have times where we pine for the ‘good old days’ but that is because we are missing the feeling that we remember the most. We think of the days smelling clean sleeping babies, but forget the days covered in poop and spit. We think of puppies when they were soft and fluffy and forget that they chewed everything they saw. We remember most things this way. We remember what we really want to remember even the bad stuff. A great story is only great when you remember the ugly details. But just like the good stuff, did it really happen like that?

Perspective is everything. There was a story told to me years ago about a group of people that were put into a room. Somebody came in and then after they were gone, the questions were asked; what colour was their hair? What colour was their shoes? What were they actually wearing? What did they say and do? No two people had the same answer and none were perfect.

Our memories also get mixed up. We sometimes forget who we were with. Where was that? When did THAT happen? Are you sure YOU were there? That is not how I remember that!

The good and the bad about social media is that some of life’s events will now be ever remembered online. We have become a culture of pictures for everything. Selfies are everywhere. But that does help us remember, doesn’t it? There will come a time when asking Grandpa about when he was a kid will almost be unnecessary, after all, it will all be online.

Just like our life’s events, we forget things that used to be important to us.  When we started to get back into good health,

  • What did we do?
  • What did we track?
  • What did we eliminate from our diet or routine?
  • What did we add to our diet or routine?
  • How did we feel?
  • How hard were the workouts?
  • How did certain foods make us feel?

It’s time to revisit the past. In the post “Sometimes, Just Look Back” I spent a little time remembering some hiking. But more than just your fitness routine, spend some time looking at your health as a whole. Think about how you feel now and felt before. Pick a time before fitness, or just a time that was a while ago. Reflect on the “why” you started.

Feelings can change toward things.

  • Do you need to track your food again?
  • Track your workouts again?
  • Reread some old journals?
  • Find some old pictures?

Bring your memories back to the front of your mind and learn to love where you were and where you are now. Life is supposed to change, its supposed to be a journey. As cute as babies are, toddlers are great, field trips at school are fun, teens ask great questions, parents become grandparents and that is the way its supposed to be. Enjoy the change. Life will move on with or without you, you might as well enjoy it.

In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln