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day 3. regrouping

Saturday, January 04, 2020

first, thank you all for the warm welcome back - wonderful to see so many old friends, and a few new ones too.

i find i am digging out my old healthy habits - the ones that brought me to maintenance back in 2012 and served so well until late last summer. what has changed? i thought i could manage on my own, i thought i had it down pat. in terms of exercise, the major goals have remained the same, an average of 15,000 steps daily, 105,000 per week, which we met almost always. but the level of intensity is down - DH had a few bouts of illness that sidelined him last year, and it seemed that every time we got started running again, either he got sick, or it was time to travel, or work, or life... and of course we were out with the cameras, which also reduces the level of intensity - not so much with the heart rate up, even though we still cover plenty of steps and miles. i've recommitted to my video workouts, leslie sansone is currently my favorite, so at least i know i have my heart rate elevated to go with the fitness minutes.

and then there is the "not my food" part - far too often i found myself confronted with opportunities to make choices, and did not make the best ones. cheese. crackers. bread. chips. not to mention baked goodies from a favorite local store, which even when we share one between the two of us, still adds to the calories. DH has these things All TheTime. and i really really have to make an effort to resist.

meal planning is still a big part of the day - by the end of coffee in the morning, i like to know what we are eating at lunch and dinner. i usually cook enough for 3 meals, so the easy days are the ones when whatever we had yesterday is on the menu for today. or if i have made enough for more than 3 meals and freeze in the last meal. planning in the time for cooking so that DH does not snack his way and lose his appetite. trying to stick to "eat sitting down" so that i do not snack my way (or making sure that i have veggies to snack on while i cook).

so that's the plan. keep on keeping on with exercise videos to make sure i have that elevated heart rate, even without time (or opportunity, with icy roads now) to run. keep on planning the meals. and keep on remembering that DH's goodies are NotMyFood. and tracking - because the funny thing is that your body still knows those nonexistent calories that you don't track:-)

meanwhile, we've had a lot of gray colorless days, but one day recently there was a bit of blue sky and we went down to check out the river below our house

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    188 days ago
    It is great that you are getting back to basics. Good for you for upping the exercise intensity, pre-planning meals, and avoiding the “ not my food” items.

    I love the photo of the Methow valley. I will be going there for my annual ski trip in February. My knees are pretty bad, so I will be probably snowshoeing instead of skiing. But it is just a beautiful destination
    257 days ago
    Beautiful picture! I see you are not in Hawaii!!
    257 days ago
    My younger sister does not track food or exercise, she is forever telling me the body knows! However quite frequently I choose to ignore that. She doesn't have a weight problem! I do! Oh well!
    It sounds like you are going to do just fine!
    258 days ago
    What a gorgeous picture -- so nice to have your photographs back here at Spark People!!

    Sounds to me like you're doing all the things that you know work for you and so . . . getting the results you want are pretty much inevitable.
    258 days ago
  • ALICIA363
    Beautiful photo!
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    258 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    258 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    Good to have you back Su. Just from your photo it looks like you are still in Washington and not Molaki. Isn’t thst where you should be at this time of year.
    I know, getting back to basics is the key and I need to do that too. I tracked for many years faithfully but have been lax for a few months. Thst is now my goal to get back into this habit.
    258 days ago
    Beautiful! I find that as I get a little older, it's easier to say OK to treats... only to suffer the aftereffects, and have to re-learn WHY I made these changes to begin with. Because life is easier and I feel better when I'm taking care of nutrition, activity, and sleep!

    258 days ago
    Never easy when dealing w/the illnesses of a spouse. Transient or not, illnesses just change the rhythm of life.

    You have a solid plan! Go for it.

    LOVE your photography (as always!)
    258 days ago
    Way to go! Thanks for the reminder about Leslie Sansone videos. I think I need to get mine out again.
    258 days ago
    Looks like some of your Beck lessons have stuck - good for you! Lovely pic of the river - thanks!
    258 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    It is tricky after a few years of not tracking I find. I feel the same way, would like to lose at least 10 lbs but contemplating how exactly to get back on track.
    Good luck to you! Nice to see you back. With spark friends, anything is possible!
    258 days ago
    Well done. That's the best way to get back on track. Great pic!
    258 days ago
    So good to see you back, Su. And like you, I find tracking the great equalizer and am doubling up on being more on top of everything as well.
    258 days ago
  • EISSA7
    I am trying to think “healthy” foods so that I can continue to live an active, medication free life in this new decade! My issue is similar to yours...those pesky snack choices! Not having them available is MY best option at this point! Today is definitely for regrouping!
    258 days ago
    Yep - when a spouse is sidelined it's very easy to sit things out while you take care of him or even just keep him company. That happened to me last year too. DH is better now but it was also a heads-up experience - because we are in that last chunk of active life. There could be more of these experiences. There were other reasons that kept me close by all those months that I need to consider if or when this happens again. We made a mighty nice pitcher of lemonade out of those lemons - but I can't live on just lemonade. It's been wonderful to get back to aerobic exercise this fall. Even more wonderful that he's up to sharing it with me.

    Well - here's to regrouping. We know what to do - just gotta do it.
    258 days ago
    It's called getting back to basics. It's easy to get casual about our lives, in AA it might lead to an eventual drink, so we go to beginner meetings for awhile to see just how far we've come, and be reminded of what we have to lose.
    258 days ago
    Welcome back friend.
    258 days ago
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