Thanks for enjoying Noah’s blog. I got a kick out of it.
Just got a few things I wanted to talk about . One is a tip that I got from Vickie. Never heard or read it anywhere else, but I love it so thought I’d pass it on. Vickie said that her daughter was a runner and wore two pairs of socks. One thinner and smoother next to the skin, and the padded thicker sock on top of that (hope I am not misquoting, Vickie.) I love it when I wear my socks like this, especially if I am going for a longer walk or hope to run. They feel smooth and good on my feet and there is no rubbing or bunching or anything irritating at all about my socks. Just feels very good. Tell your daughter I said thank you, Vickie.
Also, that cheesecake recipe that I got from Georgie. That stuff has a thousand uses! I figured out today that for 80 calories (2 pieces or cups) you get 11 grams of protein. Not bad. I figured that out because I decided that this was what I wanted to eat when I got home from my walk, but I wanted to make sure it had enough protein.
I made a batch of Lori’s blueberry topping, and have used it a variety of ways. It was also very good with the cheesecake bites.
So another thing that’s on my mind is something I read in the Intuitive Eating book this morning. They were talking about reaching and accepting your ‘natural healthy weight.’ They included a series of questions about what your weight was at various times in your life, highest weight, lowest weight, how your weight compares to your parents, and then they asked this question: what is your lowest stable weight without dieting?
To be honest, that really threw me for a loop. I tried to think back to what my weight was when I was really young. Looking at pictures, I would guess 145 at maybe age 15. But I know I started gaining weight around then. I was already as tall as I was ever going to be at age 13. And I know I was trying various diets in high school and from then on. I didn’t diet all the time. But periodically I would give it the old college try, with various results. I know it was when I was about 25-27 years old when I lost a lot of weight–84 pounds and got down to my lowest weight 124 pounds through a variety of ‘diets.’ And then I started gaining it back and got up to my highest weight (at that time) of 230 pounds. That would have been in 1986 when I was 32 years old. (I can remember that because I graduated from college that year and moved back to California.) And then I just continued to gain a little weight over the years to a high of 255-257. And I ‘maintained’ that weight for many years without dieting, except for one brief period of time where I went on a doctor supervised ‘fast’ and lost 60 pounds and gained it back IMMEDIATELY. So the answer to that question is 255 pounds. And that is not an acceptable weight for my ‘natural healthy weight.’ I don’t think I’ve ever been a ‘natural healthy weight’ for any length of time in my life. This kind of makes me sad. Oh well, I’ll think about that tomorrow when I can stand it better.
In the meantime, had a pretty darn good day. It always seems a little weird to be home on a Saturday.
Noah and I got in a nice long (3+ miles) walk this morning. We met a neighbor walking her dog, and her cat was following along behind. Noah was a good boy. Using the Dog Whisperer’s calm assertive technique, we just kept walking. We met some deer on the road TWICE. He was quite excited about that. Heard some turkeys and peacocks but didn’t see them. No sticks today. Just a nice brisk walk focusing on ‘walk nice.’
I liked the texture and dimensionality of the tree trunks here.
The road home (kinda looks like a little tunnel up there, doesn’t it):
After I did all the laundry and a little bit of sewing, I headed to the gym. I alway go in the the little studio, which is usually empty, to do some warm-up exercises. I like doing arm weight exercises on the bosu ball to practice my balance. And then [drum roll please] I did two tabata interval exercises. Yahoo. Finally got over my reluctance to do these, and plan on adding them in to my beginning workout on a regular basis. I did super sets of most of the weights today, and I am happy that I am increasing the weights I use slowly, and trading out a few of the machines for free weights. Then I headed out to the pool. The rain has finally ended, and it was a beautiful sunny day. Just did about 10 minutes of lap swimming in the pool, and then hit the spa. Ooh, I love those jets on my back and my legs and my arms after a good workout. Then on to Starbucks. This was a little plan I made this morning when someone was being very noisy and demanding and wouldn’t let me read. And I had a lot of books I wanted to read. So I took my book bag, got a big coffee, and brought my own treat (which might or might not have been healthy…) THAT was an excellent time.
Well, I have so much on my mind. But I will save it for another day. The house monsters Sophie and Mr. Monk have asked for equal time on the blog, but that also will have to wait for another day. Hope everyone is having an excellent weekend.