Happy New Year! I hope this finds everyone happy and healthy, rested, and ready to kick 2023 into high gear. For most of us, January marks a time to reset. I don't believe in resolutions I'll never keep, but I do believe in getting back to the things that work best. Enjoy this, and comment on something that resonates with you!
Category: Self Care
Once a year day
There are a lot of people my age who would rather not acknowledge their special day. Maybe it's not wanting to reveal how many circles around the sun they are, or they don't want to call attention to themselves. Who knows? That's not me.
I’m sick. Yuck.
I’m not a good sick person. I hate having to shut things down and remove myself from my normal routine. But sometimes, it happens.
Weight-Loss part 9: The 5(ish)-pound swing
It's hard to believe a whole year has passed since my first Weight-Loss Journey post!. In those 365 days, a lot of life has happened. There have been many opportunities for me to trash the whole weight-loss plan and gorge myself in response to life's ups and downs. I'm glad I didn't.
Weight-Loss part 8: Staying on Track
Today’s post looks at cholesterol, facing your fifties and three specific things I think are most important to focus on when you are doing the work of losing weight.
Weight-Loss part 7: Talking About Fiber
Part of any weight-loss nutrition plan is understanding how the different components affect your body's metabolism and functioning. It's very complex with lots of moving parts, and is enough to send anyone running for a bowl of ice cream with sprinkles to soothe your weary soul. I've been working seriously on improving my health through nutrition and I want to share some of the things I've learned. Maybe it will inspire someone else on their journey. I'm not a doctor, or a nutritionist, or any sort of expert. I'm just a regular 50-year-old woman trying to figure out what works for me. I hope there's some helpful information here for you.
Weight-Loss part 6: Summertime Sustenance
A 50-year-old mom's greatest weight-maintenance challenge, besides age, is dinnertime. Read to learn more about the daily work-in-progress as the summertime schedule sets in.
Weight-Loss part 5: Nutritional Indiscretions
Musings of a 50-year-old chick fighting the clock, hormones, and cravings. This post shares my food strategies while traveling and attending special events.
Weight-Loss part 4: Can You Give Up Tracking?
One of the strategies I used, fairly religiously, when I was in the weight-loss zone was tracking my food. It had become a daily habit which kept me honest and accountable. There was rarely a day or a meal that didn't get logged. Though laborious, I got so used to the process that it became like brushing my teeth or putting deodorant on; it was just something I did every day. Until now.
Weight-Loss part 3: The Saga of the Last Week of the Year
How quickly the pounds creep up when you stop paying closer attention. Read about how I navigated the temptation of the last week of the year.
Decluttering for the new year
Sometimes, you just need to declutter your physical and mental space.
Weight-Loss part 2: Remembering What Works
Understanding the habits you must adjust and/or maintain to keep your weight and overall health in check. These habits are both mental and physical, require thought, planning, and daily mindfulness in order to get to and stay in your healthy weight zone. Here’s a little summary of some of the main the strategies I’m using on a daily basis.
Ruminations of a good person
When I start to notice ruminative thoughts creep in and multiply, I try to write. It's a way of acknowledging the thoughts, accepting they are there, and trying to insert thoughts that are more productive. This is a product of that process.
Hot to Trot
Another Turkey Trot in the books. Thanksgiving dinner never tasted so good.
A new chapter in parenting
t’s been a long time coming. We hadn’t been away from the house for more than several of hours, much less an overnight. For a long stretch, maybe 5 or 6 years, we have had so many reasons to stay home. Kids, anxious pets, viral pandemic - they all gave us more than enough pause to do anything that was just the two of us.
Foam-rolling and wordsmithing
What do I do on a day off? Use the time to exercise my body and brain.
My weight-loss journey, part 1: Choosing to be Honest and Accountable
My doctor told my aging self that it was time to drop some weight. Here's how I did it. WARNING: There's no magic pill.
Back in Flyte
Today, for the first time in a year and a half, I returned to my aerial yoga class at Soul Flyte. I know it doesn’t seem like a big deal - it’s just a workout class, right? Well, not exactly. It takes a lot for me to make a commitment to something. Whatever the activity,… Continue reading Back in Flyte
Smile – COVID Hasn’t Won
For the first time in over a year and a half, I dropped my daughter off at her theatre camp program in Nyack and went for a long walk. For years, this was a regular practice of mine; drop her off, park in my special secret free parking spot, and either start walking or take… Continue reading Smile – COVID Hasn’t Won
“Age is just a number”
"Age is just a number" is something I hear a lot. What does that really mean to me?