Saturday, October 27, 2007

Just a quick checkin

I only have a few minutes before I leave for rehearsal, but I wanted to check in with you all. I've started a simple health journal. I'm keeping track of water because, since I'm not at home all day anymore, it's easy for me to lose track of how much I'm drinking. I'm keeping track of calcium supplements and the multivitamin. And just jotting down what I'm eating, but not how much, because I'm looking at the general pattern of my food habits. It's helping a lot to be more aware of that pattern, since my goal is better health.

My next exercise step is to add flexibility and strength training to my workout. Jeans work for walking, but not for yoga. I've finally found leggings in my size at a price I'm willing to pay, so I'm ordering them today. And I'm ordering a replacement for the Broadway tunes video I used to do that uses resistance bands for strength training. (My box of exercise videos disappeared somewhere between our apartment in Salinas and the time we lived at my mother's.) I prefer resistance bands because they're cheaper than free weights, take up less space in the house (a must, since our apartment is small), and are easy to do correctly. So, again, I'm doing those baby steps and getting closer to my goals. This area, surprisingly, is the easiest for me to improve, especially since I changed my goal to "improving my overall health" rather than "losing x number of pounds" or "becoming a size y". It just works better for me that way. I know I'm in the minority in our current "skinny is everything" culture. But that's my general MO in all areas of my life. I do what's important to me. FWIW


Trixie said...

Excellent, Mama Rose, excellent! That's what I like about this group. We are definitely a "pro-health" group more than an "anti-fat" group. I fall squarely in line with the Dove ads that believe beauty comes in all sizes, and smaller size does not equal greater value to me. Although I do have to say I'm very pleased I just dropped a size as a result of what I've done to improve my health. Lowered my blood pressure and blood sugar levels right along with that, which means a LOT more to me than the size thing.

Mama Rose said...

I'm all for dropping a size or two. I got an outfit in the mail a couple of days ago and it's just a scosh tight. I'm not returning it. I'm going to keep up with my plan and I shoud lose enough weight to wear it. What I'm trying to avoid is becoming obsessive about the weight on the scale or being a particular size.

It sounds like you're right there with me. And mucho, mucho, congrats on the improvement in your overall health. Enjoy the smaller size that goes along with that.