Wednesday, October 13, 2010


When our cell phones run out battery power we do not go and get a new one.  We simply recharge them.  If your car gets a flat tire, you do not go and get a new one--but wouldn't that be fun if you could!!?  When the tire is flat we fix the problem.  And that is what we are talking about this week. 

First, I do apologize for not keeping up with this blog.  I am still trying to figure out how often to post here and what the content should be.  So that problem isn't solved, but it is a work in progress.  Just as our eating style is a work in progress.  We are constantly changing it and making it fit our needs and personalities. 

I have a problem with keeping goodies in the house.  It's better to buy them for the kids because I won't eat them.  Yes, they should eat healthy too, but I do not want them to think they can't ever have the "yummy" stuff.  I prefer to bake.  It's harder to stay out of it, but it is also better quality.  Much!  So what am I to do.  Using apple sauce in lieu of oil doesn't always work.  So it occurred to me to split it up.  Use half oil half apple sauce.  Not fat free, but lower in fat.  And maybe half Splenda and half regular sugar.   Maybe a little wheat flour...not a lot as we don't want to change the texture too much.  Using egg whites or egg beaters.  Look at that. 

I have another problem with snacking...mostly at night.  I am a night owl.  I shouldn't be, but I am.  As I sit and watch TV I find that I am getting up a lot for something to eat.  I am considering bringing my floss down stairs so that I can floss after my regular snack.  Maybe then I will not eat.  I can always drink a glass of milk.  I think it's a lot harder to get fat from milk than say...chocolate chips.  Just a random example.  I could go upstairs and watch TV up there.  I don't usually associate eating with the upstairs unless I am genuinely hungry.

Exercise is my nemesis.  I know it is good for me.  I know we should not be sedentary.  And yet, I am.  I watch DWTS, and Jennifer Grey is my favorite to win. She is 50 years old and looks like she is 30.  I am 40 and I look...well...I look 40.  I couldn't possibly do the things she is doing.  So how then, do I get that blasted exercise in?  Right now, my hand is forced.  I am in physical therapy.  I am doing very basic and sometimes torturous difficult exercises to strengthen my hips and knees.  I am willing in PT, but what happens when it is over?  I can certainly walk to pick my son up from school.  It's 1/2 of a mile to get there.  Did you know that our housework is exercise?  Have you ever mopped or vacuumed with your OTHER hand?  Try it.  I have.  It's not easy.  It's a bit of a....wait for it....workout!  Not just your muscles, but for your brain.  You have think about it.

When I go to the store or anywhere I usually park farther away.  I can walk.  I really can.  There are those who really struggle and don't have a handicap plaque. They need the close spot.  Do you like to garden?  Well that is a workout too.  Any activity that gets us moving is exercise.  My funny and lovely WW leader, Kim, says you can jog/march in place while your brushing your teeth.  While you are waiting in line.  I have a tendency to if I am rocking a baby.  I think it is a mom thing. 

In the meeting, Kim told us that a well stated problem is already half solved.  If we can figure out the problem we can then start solving them and giving us the recharge we need!!  How are you going to recharge?

Keep checking back for more ideas and tips.


mormonhermitmom said...

Housework, unfortunately, has never burned enough calories for me. Makes not want to do it even more.

Now if I can just get my husband to stop buying donuts for the kids, I'd be a lot better off.

KK said...

Having to walk the dog everyday is great and essential exercise for me.