If I’m not exercising, I have several challenges to weight management. That is a fact of life for me, and while I was on the mend from my last spill on the bike, I immediately saw my weight start increasing.The Checklist Diet by Rebecca Clark. As the title implies, there is a checklist of ten items in the book, and some of the items applied to my circumstances, and some didn’t. So when I started gaining weight again, I asked Rebecca for advice. It turns out she’d gaining weight, too. Rebecca said, she’s an emotional eater. “After my husband's cancer diagnosis last year, I… Read More
I have been talking about being sedentary and the health risks associated with it. I’ve been doing better in getting more active during the work day, but I still find at crunch time that I’m sitting longer than I should. My new office is still a few weeks out, so it will be some time before I know how much the standing desk helps. But I will report back. I have also found that just about any exercise works, including keeping weights around just to shake up my routine. And I have to say, I’ve shaved off a few pounds with this new plan, so an added benefit.
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Last week I blogged about my job and my concerns about how sedentary it is. I’ve worked to change my work habits, and I have been successful.
Start ExercisingFirst, I reduced the amount of time I sit. If I’m on the telephone, I stand up and move around so far as the phone cord allows. Second, instead of sitting and editing, I print the edits and ride the exercise bike or stand at the kitchen counter and do leg raises. An added benefit is, I’m getting more fiction writing done. Third, I’m investing in a standing desk, but that is still a few weeks out. While I’m pleased with the changes, I still have to remind myself to get up and move.
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Eating ChallengesI wish I knew why some eating challenges were harder for me than others. I’m still struggling with eat when I’m hungry and savor my food. I have a feeling these will be a life long issues for me. Currently, I have to make a conscious effort to think before I eat and take the time to enjoy each bite. Before we moved everything was clicking away and flowing smoothly, but the move and still being in temporary housing has disrupted my eating habits. And getting them back in place is taking longer than I anticipated. I have made progress since I blogged last week. More often I am eating when I’m hungry. I do well until late afternoon and… Read More
Eating ChallengesI wish I knew why some eating challenges were harder for me than others. I’m still struggling with eat when I’m hungry and savor my food. I have a feeling these will be a life long issues for me. Currently, I have to make a conscious effort to think before I eat and take the time to enjoy each bite. Before we moved everything was clicking away and flowing smoothly, but the move and still being in temporary housing has disrupted my eating habits. And getting them back in place is taking longer than I anticipated. I have made progress since I blogged last week. More often I am eating when I’m hungry. I do well until late… Read More
Weight loss seems to be one of those things I was always starting again until I wasn’t. For most of my adult life I was always on a diet, just finished a diet or starting again.
Losing Stubborn PoundsThis all changed when I read The Checklist Diet by Rebecca Clark two years ago. Suddenly I was dropping off pounds I hadn’t been able to budge for several years. I was afraid I’d hit that over 40 group who just couldn’t lose weight, but when I followed two simple, yet incredibly hard steps the weight fell off—eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full. Read More
Combating Holiday StressHoliday stress has really taken a toll on me in the past—lack of sleep, poor diet and little exercise makesme feel lethargic, exhausted and bloated. As part of my weight loss quest, I have decided to make some changes to the status quo this year. My goals this holiday season are to:
- Be kind to my body
- Fill my body with healthy food
- Make time every day to exercise
- Make time ever day to unplug, sit and reflect
- Get plenty of rest, including naps
- Savor my food, whether it’s a rich dessert or a healthy meal
- I will remind myself that it isn’t the food that’s special, but the people that make the holiday memorable (thank you Jansen Schmidt for that great… Read More
Post Thanksgiving review starts with this quote, “The best laid plans of mice and men…”
Cooking and ExerciseI had intended to try Rebecca J. Clark’s, author of The Checklist Diet suggestions for cooking and exercise.
- Calf raises—whenever you're stirring something on the stove.
- Side leg raises—while stirring/mixing away from the stove.
- Stand on one leg—while washing your hands (don't forget to switch legs).
- Arm circles—while waiting for the pot to boil.
- Deep breathing—while chopping vegetables (in through the nose, pause, out through the mouth)
Walnut trees turning color Tis the season when pounds start magically appearing. Exercising and maintaining my weight can be a challenge this time of year. My routine gets out of whack with guests to entertain and an abundance of food to eat. Suddenly, I’m not exercising regularly, overeating and not savoring my food or the holiday. Cattle grazing under Mt. Shasta
New TraditionsThis year in my quest for a healthier lifestyle, I am instituting some new traditions. Instead of vegging in front of the television the entire time, I will take a walk. If there’s snow, instead of cuddling up by the fire, I… Read More
Doing Push-ups I’ve been following Rebecca J. Clark's30 Day Weight Loss Challenge on Facebook, and it is loaded with fabulous exercise tips. Did you know that after just two weeks of being a couch potato you could lose 25 percent of your strength? That made me sit up and take notice, especially with winter on the way.
Exercise TipsElbow Planks Rebecca said doing this circuit workout one to two times a week can maintain your strength.
- Sit and stand from chair—20x
- Jumping jacks—20-50x (if you can do 50, do 50)
- Push-ups against the wall/counter/floor—15x
- Step ups (up, up/down, down on step)—20 each leg
- Elbow planks—hold as long… Read More