I brag yesterday about having 10,000 visits to the blog, and Blogger goes down. Major crash. No one can blog or visit blogs. For hours.The most recent status report says the "maintenance has been completed successfully."
That attitude is typical of the type of alcoholic thinking that thinks everything that goes wrong is all their fault. Which is, I suppose, better than blaming everything except oneself, but in this case, it's just coincidental.
Greta, you're one of my best cheerleaders, and I thank you. Rethinking my goals instead of abandoning them is of course what I should be doing. All-or-nothing thinking also is typical among some alcoholics. For the record, I don't run every day. My knees just can't take it. Maybe two or three times a week I'll go for a long, slow, steady jog; the other days I'm doing the brisk-walking thing.
Thanks, too, to Teresa for her thoughts on yoga. I fall into the all-or-nothing trap there, as well. To me, practicing yoga means pulling out the mat, changing to comfortable clothes, choosing which DVD I want to use and devoting 40 to 60 minutes to a Session. I've been known to do a downward-facing dog pose while brushing my teeth [not a photo I'll be posting here] – does that count? To me, it doesn't, because it doesn't involve the mindfulness I associate with the practice. So a little yoga rethinking may be in order.
Mehitabel commented that she counts her active job as her exercise. If you're just starting a health/fitness plan, that's probably okay. But from what I've read, your body will get used to doing the normal stuff – even five hours of climbing and shelving heavy books will one day be normal. And then you'll have to step it up. I've added weight training to walking – well, most weeks, anyway – and have found I need to raise the bar with both activities to continue to lose.
Right now I think I know how to maintain. I'll be taking these long walks six days a week in order to not gain weight; I've seen the same number three Monday mornings in a row now. That sounds like maintaining to me. I've not been as consistent with food, however, especially since I switched to eDiets' Atkins approach.
I'm going to end my little flirtation with Dr. Atkins. In fact, essentially I already have. The low-glycemic plan I've been using this entire year works when I work it. I'm sure all of eDiets' plans work if you follow them to the letter, but as I'm sensitive to sodium, I think the Atkins approach, with low-fat lunch meat on the menu – y'all know how I can't resist that – isn't a good choice for me. Yes, I abuse Healthy Choice Turkey Breast.
The thing is, I knew that when I switched. I thought it would be helpful, since I was going to be away from my kitchen and could concentrate on meat and salads eating at restaurants. I'll tell you what, though, after eight months of eating fruit, whole grains and yogurt, one grilled chicken salad looks and tastes just like the last one. I was only kidding myself; thank goodness I've learned from this and can move on, instead of whining about how this-or-that doesn't work and clinging to it, hoping it will.
I guess I can't be bored. Back when I was drinking, my motto was "If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space." At the age of 55, I'm not the risk-taker I was in my 20s and 30s, but I guess I still want and need some variety in at least one part of my life.