Walk This Way

No, this isn't about the Aerosmith song, although it's a great beat for my walking playlist.

There really is no excuse for not getting moving (find "Sit And Fit" on your cable if you have to) Next post is called "Set A Goal" and I may even post two today!!  We're losing days in March almost faster than I can type!

Music motivates me.  Back in the day, when I would strap on the 'ole radio walkman and  "God Blessed Texas" or "Boot Scootin' Boogie" came on WMUS, I felt like I'd won the walking lottery.   Although the Academy of Country Music didn't think so, I soon grew tired of Brooks and Dunn, and now if  my playlist shuffles to God Blessed Texas, I take a moment and reminisce about my old neighborhood and then hit "next".

So this year when I arrived in Florida, I found a couple of apps that would play songs to my cadence, but they weren't necessarily "my" kinda songs. Here's my 3 step Walking University Course.  I'm positive you'll ace the course, but if you have any questions feel ask away in comment box on sidebar or below.

1.  Grab your headphones and go for a walk.  If you walk 10 minutes away from your home, remember you have to walk 10 minutes to get back. Voilà, a 20 minute walk.  Find your pace and your style of music. When you get back from your walk go to this website , replay your favorite song and the one that made you step it up a bit and tap on any key to the beat of the music.  TapBPM will automatically give you your "beats per minute".   

  • 20 minute mile = a BPM of about 118.
  • 19 minute mile = a BPM of about 122 
  • 18 minute mile = a BPM of about 125
  • 17 minute mile = a BPM of about 130                                                                                                      

2.  Next go to JogFM Click on this link for JogFm's walking music and put in your BPM. You can then filter by hundreds of genres. Here's a screen shot of my pace and favorite style.

3. Another app that motivates me is Runkeeper. If we are fb friends we can add each other and then we can all see how we're doing and make motivational comments.  You can also show maps of your walks and take pictures along the way. I don't mean to rub in Florida, and soon I'll be back to my boring treadmill and county roads, but this is the pic I took while walking yesterday. (With a little help from Word Swag

Connect with me,  I don't believe we can have too much transparency while on our "getting healthy" journey.

Hope to see you on Runkeeper, or out and about in Remington, Bradenton, or Muskegon!

Let's walk this way together.

Feel The Breeze?

It's finally here, the first day of spring.  

Disclaimer: You can take Grandma out of the midwest, but you can't take the love of the seasons out of grandma. So, even though this is coming to you from sunny Florida, I still absolutely love the first day of spring.

The winds of change are always blowing. Can you feel them?

You do not have to know everything about everything to lose the weight, renew your mind and restore your soul.  

Remember the three magic words?  "One serving equals" If that is all you can do today ... do that.

If something or someone is holding you back... let it/them go. Stop dragging things and people around. Set your mind to it. If you wait until you feel 100% ready, you will be waiting the rest of your life. Sometimes you just have to get up and go for it!  If making up your mind is all you can do today ... do that!

Think outside and don't put God in the box. Yes, the equinox in our little universe starts today. A new beginning. But this earth is just a tiny blip in the amazing creation designed for us. For just us... unless you believe in aliens. In this indescribable planet, the 7 billion or so of us call home, the design (and therefore, a designer) must stir our souls. Acknowledge the creator.  Enjoy the creation. Stop and smell the roses.  If all you can do today is breathe in and breathe out ... do that.

When I walked down the aisle of Tri-County High School in the spring of '73, to receive my h.s. diploma, this cliche seemed so appropriate; "Today is the first day of the rest of your life." It holds true today, March 20, 2017.

Today is another chance to make a change. Feel the breeze, set your sails and stay the course.

Hope springs eternal.

Always Be Joyful

Time for some soul food, with help from Saint Paul, Dale Carnegie, and Whinnie the Pooh.

Whether you consider yourself a religious person or not, there's a lot to be gleaned from the Bible.  It is the oldest book known to man, is it not?  

  • Be kind
  • Love everyone
  • Show respect 
  • Be patient
  • Take care of those less fortunate
  • Laughter is good medicine
  • Don't cheat or ssteal
  • Encourage one another
  • Pray

I've been listening to some podcasts, on my morning walks,  and noticed a similar thread running thru all of them; The power of positive thinking.  Sounds like a book title😉😉

Saint Paul is credited for writing the New Testament book of Thessalonians, but the amazing thing is he may have written some of these words while in prison for his beliefs. No negative nellie here:

Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:14-18 (New Living Testament)

So whether you consider yourself a person of faith or not, the best way to do life is with a positive attitude. How do you do that? 

1. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.

2. Choose to become a positive person. 

3. Limit your availability to negative people.  

The title doesn't  say "Always be happy" ... of course there are sad times in our life. But don't let world events, life obstacles, or negative nellies keep you from your goals and living your life as a joyful, kind, and loving person.

How will this help you get healthy?  It's really simple. Practice all of the above bullet points on yourself, as well.

  • Be kind (to yourself)
  • Love everyone (including yourself)
  • Show respect (to yourself)
  • Be patient (with yourself)
  • Take care of those less fortunate (helping others will transform your life) 
  • Laughter is good medicine (keep smiling)
  • Don't cheat (Ha! don't cheat on your diet) 
  • Encourage one another (talk to yourself)
  • Pray 

I'll leave you today with another gem from Paul: Rejoice always, and again, I say rejoice. Philippians 4:4

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Stand Up Straight

When I was five years old, I was in a horrible accident  and suffered 3rd degree burns on both arms and the right side of my face. I bear the scars to this day. 

I've never been one to concentrate on outward appearances, and have always felt like the accident sorta defined who I was, in a good way.  My scars, and my journey were instrumental in helping me raise two daughters to be strong and confident young women. Along with their dad, we'll take credit for helping them steer clear of a scary and difficult adolescence. But I don't even want to share credit with him that, to this day, both girls aren't much for shopping, expensive make-up, or fashion for fashion's sake. 

I did always encourage them to look nice, strive to do their best, be kind, and most importantly, treat everyone with respect. But I did hound them with the ever present mom slogans;

  • you're not wearing that
  • drink your milk
  • if all your friends were gonna jump off a bridge...
  • don't make me turn this car around
  • someone better be bleeding
  • stand up straight

I cringe to this day when I hear people say to little girls, "Oh my, you are so beautifulI! I may or may not have corrected complete strangers who said this to my daughters.  Find an actual personality trait, when complimenting. 

I do not believe in weight comments, either.  I've heard people say, "How much weight have you lost?" What does that imply? You were once fat, but now I can see you've lost.  Or, worse yet, "Have you lost weight, you're looking great." Really???  So you weren't really looking that good before you dropped a few pounds!!!!!! Or the horrible, "She has such a pretty face."

Scars tell a story about the journey. Everybody is on a journey and everybody has a story to tell.

My encouragement to you today is to stand up straight and accept yourself right where you are. Take control of your own destiny. Concentrate on smiling, being kind, eating healthy, showing respect, and being you! 

  • one day, you'll thank me

 

 

If Not Now ... ?

Three little words. Which are usually followed by 'when' or 'why'.

Today's post will NOT give you the option of "If not now, when?" or "if not now, why?" ... besides that would be 4 words😉

There will always be an excuse if you add the 'when' or 'why' 

"Tommorow."

"I don't have enough time to plan meals, or exercise."

"After St. Patrick's Day."

"It's too expensive."

"As soon as I eat up what's in the frig." 

"Monday."

"When he/she starts."

Start or start over right now.

  • Do something.
  • Take a step.
  • Sign up for GgH newsletter. (below or on sidebar)
  • Download the March Calendar.  {I may edit the calendar and put "If Not Now... ?" on every day of March.} 
  • Go back and read here starting with "Three Little Words" blog;  Happy New Year 
  • Go to the market.
  • Throw away the junk. 
  • One serving equals.
  • Take a walk.

You gain momentum when you're  moving.

You Need This

Saw this today and thought it was hilarious (even tho I'm still a believer in WW):

"You're not still on MySpace why are you still doing Weight Watchers?"

I am not the blog where you'll get tons and tons of links, scientific facts, or medical advice. I'm just a grandma with some weight to lose and I'm sharing my journey. 

I've already confessed to being a weight watchers leader and have tried everything from my current meal replacement shakes to reading One Hundred Days of Real Food and South Beach Diet from cover to cover.  

I BELIEVE we're all lacking in the 'real' food category.

I KNOW we all eat way too much sugar.

But maybe, just maybe we're not eating enough protein.

This is what works amazing for me while I'm on the meal replacement shakes.  Whether I make my 600-700 calorie meal lunch or dinner I cover 1/2 my plate with greens and veggies, 1/4 of my plate with complex carbs and 1/4 with protein. (Always making sure to have some good fats along with my meal; olive oil, avocado, nuts, peanut or almond butter)

I always put a bit of protein with my snacking.

  • Peanut butter on my fruit or crackers.
  • A hard boiled egg and one serving of applesauce.
  • 1/2 cup of fruit with a dollop of greek yogurt 
  • Celery and almond butter
  • A couple of small roll-ups: Turkey, chicken, or roast beef rolled up in cheese

Protein also helps you lose fat instead of muscle mass. Not all weight loss is good.

It's a common fact too, that you can eat too much protein. But maybe, just maybe, it's better than eating too much sugar.

I learned most of what I know about protein and combining foods from the book Trim Healthy Mama, and from what has worked for me.  I highly recommend learning as much as you can, but we can also become overwhelmed with facts and learning.

Maybe, just maybe we have to start doing.

As promised, here's the March calendar ... way before the 20th ... so proud of myself.  Feel free to print it out to keep the Three Little Words up as a reminder.  Better yet, make it your desktop or screensaver.  Or make a weight loss folder on your desktop ... drop all the pdf's in the folder, as the clickable links will take you straight to that Three Little Words blog post. (Jan & Feb will have clickable links, March PDF will be out at the end of the month)

Sign up on the side bar and I'll send you Jan & Feb PDF's. 

 

 

 

Shake It Up

Well, shake it up, baby, now (Shake it up, baby now)

Twist and shout (Twist and shout)

C'mon C'mon C'mon C'mon, baby, now (C'mon baby now)

Come on and work it on out (Work it on out)

Now do you have that song running' thru your head? Good. That's what I'm hoping for with these blogs and their 3-word titles.

 I'll bet you think today's post is a blatant advertisement for me selling you on my meal replacement program.   NOPE!

I wanted to title this after the Dr. Phil-ism, "How's That Working For You?" but it wasn't 3 words.

So how is that working for you? And remember this blog is not all about losing the weight. You got your, "Renewing The Mind", and "Restoring The Soul", as well.  When Dr. Phil would host a troubled marriage couple and they had prattled on and on and pointed fingers long enough, Dr. Phil's famous line was, "How's that working for you?"

Be honest with yourself. Ask yourself the hard questions. In your weight loss... in your relationships, in your job, in your health ...

How's that working for you?  If it isn't working, it's time to shake it up.

I landed on a small plateau after my initial weight and inches lost. So I switched up a few menus* and routines** and started to lose again. That simple, see below.

I've also felt a little "stuck" in some of my attitudes and relationships, so I implemented some new habits*** and set up a couple of boundaries**** and I'm much happier. That simple see below.

You can not keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different results. It's time to shake it up. 

C'mon and work it on out.

*Menu shake-up = one glass of wine, instead of two

**Routine shake-up = I started rotating my shakes to different meals, and I upped my walking.

***Habit shake-up = Smile and be nice

****Boundary shake-up = I don't talk politics out loud or on facebook. That wasn't working for me.

Will have the PDF's (with clickable links) of Feb & Mar up soon. Thanks for reading here!

Coffee And Calendar

Aloha! 

And, no I'm not in Hawaii. But I am on the lanai, this rainy warm morning and I googled lanai to see if I was spelling it correctly and lo and behold, I learned my something-new-every-day lesson. Lanai Hawaii. 

More transparency: I don't go to church much anymore, and I have a ton of reasons, ok, excuses as to why.  But I do still believe, and I listen and worship along with Willow Creek Online:

One "talk" I heard there, a while back, was titled "Butt-In-Chair" {not really} but the gist of it was; get in your favorite chair... every day...for 15 min. and meet with God. Put it on your calendar and for heaven's sake {literally} get a readable version of the Bible.

So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.  Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
~Ephesians 5:16-17 New Living Testament

So today, I'm on the lanai, in the rain, with my coffee, bible, and calendar. 

Remember the old adage, "How we spend our days is how we spend our life?"

Put the important things on your calendar, first.

For instance, do you want to be a better dad, mom, husband, wife, grandma, grandpa? Put dates on the calendar to spend time with your kids, spouse, grandchildren. If you schedule a daddy/daughter date night once a week and only manage to make it happen every other week ... you'll have spent precious time with your child 432 times by the time they are 18 years old.  What if it only happens once a month ... that's still about 200 'dates'. Trust me, she'll remember the attention. 

Put the necessary things on your calendar, next. Working, cleaning, shopping, blogging. Plan and make time for losing the weight. Food prep is key, when the munchies strike. Get rid of the trigger foods. Right now, go do it. I'll wait.

Then schedule the leisure things. My guilty pleasure is Netflix, but I try to reserve my binge watching for Friday evenings. If we don't schedule some down time, it may be our downfall. 

Not sure who to give credit for this word picture, but it's a great one.

Pretend like the extremely important people in your life are tennis balls. Then pretend like the 'everyday things such as;  appointments, eating, working, etc. are gumballs. Lastly, pretend like the not so important things such as, facebook, netflix, video games, idle talk, political arguing, {oops sorry, got a little preachy) are sand.

Now get out a jar and fill it 3/4 full of sand {time wasters} Then put in some gumballs {daily life}. Now try to fit in 2 or 3 tennis balls. {God, spouse, children, etc.} How many tennis balls fit?  Now try it the other way. Start with the tennis balls, then add some gumballs, and finally fill in the gaps with sand.

Sometimes we live life upside-down.

Aloha!

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Time Marches On

My granddaughter is going to be 1 tomorrow, February 21. One.!!!  It seems like just yesterday we drove home from Florida to wait on her to get here. We paced the floor, played with her brother, and waited on those precious words to come thru on the phone. "She's here. Mama and Lucy are doing fine!"  And now tomorrow she celebrates her 1st birthday.   

I'm gonna be pretty transparent here. I cheat, on occasion.

Lately, I've had the serious munchies.  Every since we got down here to Florida, I've been killin' it. Did awesome on Super bowl Sunday, did semi-alright at Valentine's day Cheesecake Factory date,  and then on a plain ole Thursday I ate my weight in sweet potato chips and sugared pecans. 

What to do, what to do.

Get over it and get right back in the groove.  I've worked too hard to give up. I'm not gonna lose the weight without working at it. Although, it seems, I can gain a few back on a plain ole Thursday, without even thinking about it.

Let the past go. My munch fest was last Thursday. Over and gone. I kept walking, swimming, and three-wheelin'. I kept up appearances. I went back to drinking my shakes, fixing a healthy dinner. I snacked sensibly, (everyday but Thursday). Time waits for no one. 

Think about where you want to go. Think about where you'd like to be on Wednesday March 1.  How about Friday, March 31? Get started, or restart. Set S.M.A.R.T goals.

Specific  

Measurable

Attainable 

Realistic

Timely

I'm going to fast and cleanse Tues & Wed. It's easier than you think...(e-mail me for more info). Monday and February will soon be gone. So even tho I'm retired and snow birding it's back to work for me.

 Peace out munch fests and plain ole Thursdays!  

Happy birthday little Miss Lucy. I hope to celebrate many more happy occasions with you.

Time marches on.

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Get A Hobby

Happy Valentines Day to all of you.  I'm so thankful for the comments, likes, and that you've chosen to follow along. ❤️❤️

I'm chosing to fast and cleanse today ... I KNOW ... silly me! I listened to a video on metabolism and this will be, at the least, three more blog posts, but the jist of her video was revving up your metabolism.  

  • Eat protein with every meal and snack
  • Strength training
  • Intermittent fasting  

I'm a firm believer in fasting and cleansing and like I said, this WILL be additional posts, but for me a fast day is more than "not eating" I take it easy for the day. I pass on my "big" walk and just stroll. I find something to do to take my mind off food. I keep a cuppa tea handy. Whenever I think I'm hungry, I change it up. I pray and meditate.  

So today, I fast and pray for the finalization of the adoption of our grandchild Moses, who is still in the Congo. You can read more about him here: Before and Africa. And I'm scrapbooking all day down at our trailer park clubhouse (away from food). 

Make it a great Valentines Day whether you fast or dine out, whether you're single or with your sweetheart, and whether you start a new hobby or pick up an old one.

Love is in the air!

Let It Shine

We were all created to shine! Remember the old Sunday School song ... "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine?"  This song actually comes from a verse mentioned more than once in the New Testament.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. Matthew 5:15

I am a pretty early riser, and so when I wake up, I fumble my way into the kitchen and flip the coffee pot switch, but then I head straight to my favorite chair and turn on the lamp. I do not put a bushel basket over it to block out light. 

While snow birding, this year, we've had lots of company, with lots more to come.  It warms my heart to see light sneaking out underneath the guest room door. It means there is life in there.  A guest. A friend. Someone to do life with. 

Ever notice how the light always wins? Flip the switch and darkness disappears. Even the dimmest 4 watt night light overcomes the darkness. 

We were all created to shine. Keep smiling. Be kind. Think positive. Help out. Show grace. Love mercy. Walk humbly. Just some soul food for thought on this almost-half-way-thru-February Sunday morning.

I know this post doesn't have much to do with losing weight ... 

Or does it?

What's For Dinner?

This post may become a weekly series, along with "What's For Breakfast" and "What's For Lunch", but for now (while I'm replacing 2 meals a day with  protien shakes), I'm collecting and posting some 600ish calorie dinners on my Pinterest.  Follow GgH boards here.

It IS the question of the day, is it not? We (Grandpa-is-thinking-about-getting-healthy and I) raised three children in West Michigan. Grandpa worked at UPS so it fell on me to plan, shop, prepare, and serve dinner.  I'll come clean here ... I was not, nor am I now, a gourmet chef.  I like my recipes to have less than a 1/2 dozen ingredients and to read the instructions, I don't want to turn the recipe card over.

I rely heavily on the Three Magic Words for dinner. (Sign up for my e-mail list if you've forgotten them) And while I am a HUGE fan of my Isagenix shakes, I find myself looking forward to pouring a glass of wine and hitting up some new and fun recipes, at around Happy Healthy Hour. (formerly known as Happy Hour) Has anyone tried the new Fit Vine Wine?

I'm even expanding my ethnic cooking beyond tacos and delving into a bit of Italian and French cooking.  Mama mia!!! Oh la la!!!

Do you all wanna share some of your favorites with GgH? E-mail me links to your pinterest, recipes, or snap a quick photo of what's for dinner. 

Sign up on sidebar to be included on recipe rotation. Text or email Grandmas Getting Healthy at:

to divert those nasty spammers:

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We're all in this together.

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Out Of Mind

You are NOT what you eat!

We understand the planning and prepping and chopping and dicing, and thinking, and shaming and working and hoping which goes into losing weight.

But for a while, let's take our mind off food, and rest in all our plans and preparation. At least, until the first dorito commercial during Sunday's game.

You can bet those super players aren't doing all their work tomorrow.  They've planned and practiced all year for this. 

At this season in our life, Grandpa and I are doing a little wintering in Florida.  We (he) went to work everyday in the brown truck loaded with brown boxes.  He loaded, lifted, lugged, and unloaded 5 days and around 50 hours a week. So now we get to do a bit of r & r, setting our own schedule, and enjoying the repercussions of a job well spent. 

He didn't think about the job 24/7. The week-ends were pretty much free and clear to enjoy the family, sleep-in, read a book, watch a movie, ride a bike, plan a vacation, dream, or do nothing.

So don't think about weight loss 24/7. Put food out of your mind for a while today. Maybe go so far as to try a 24 hour fast.  Out of sight, out of mind. During a fast, everytime you feel hungry, practice getting your mind on something or someone else.  Go for a walk. Get out the brochures and start planning a vacation. Call a friend (but don't talk about food or weight loss) Meditate. Pray. Organize your closet. Give away your time to a good cause. Write to the grandkids. Make a photo album. 

I hope you have a restful and peaceful Saturday and a Super Sunday! 

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Break It Down

Start small.

Start today.

Start.

Here we are in February and I've got good news and bad news. First the bad news ... 1/12 of 2017 is gone. Boom! The good news is we have 11 more months to get it right. Good news on top of good news is, February is a short one. The shortest. 

It's been said, "It takes 21 days to form a habit." 21? 28? It's pretty close, let's use February to jump start one or two healthy habits. 

I'll refer to my 3-word book I've yet to write, "One serving equals"  Let's break this down. All this involves is reading the label on foods with a label and learning portion sizes on food without a label. Pretty simple ... read Grandmas Getting Healthy portion size hints here.

Plan out your meals. Make a sack lunch first thing in the morning. If you must, tear open the bag/box and load one serving into baggies. The key to this, and it could change your life or your February, at the least: Never eat standing up or watching a screen. Take your baggies, sack lunch, one-serving-equals-dinner to the table. Start up a conversation with your dinner mates. Put on some Pandora piano music. If you're alone, reflect on your day or dream about tomorrow, but always sitting at the table, with distractions at a minimum. Try this for 21/28 days.

I did find these on Amazon, and I'm super excited to start breaking the frig down, as soon as I return from my morning walk.  I love the color and simplicity of this (the measurements are printed on the lids) and I'm thinking of getting out my sharpie and writing motivational quotes on them... just 3 little words... 

"Are ya sure?"  

"Don't do it!"

"For dinner only"

"Eat your veggies"

"Good for you"

"Go sit down"

Green is 1 Cup, Purple is 1/2 Cup, all the way down to 2 Tablesoons for the tiny orange one!  Brilliant!

Green is 1 Cup, Purple is 1/2 Cup, all the way down to 2 Tablesoons for the tiny orange one!  Brilliant!

Speaking of walk, here's the 411 on that; If you walk 10 minutes away from your home or desk, you  have to walk back.  Voilà -  a 20 minute walk. Park further away. Take the stairs. Plank. Find "Sit and Fit" on your cable guide. 

Here's my last habit hint for 2-1-17. Take note because I'm not  keen on mentioning numbers, inches, or sizes here.  It's not called Grandmas getting skinny.  But if you haven't or didn't, at the first of the year; weigh yourself today (preferrably in the middle of the day, fully dressed) and take some measurements, then DO NOT do it again until March 1, or never.

You will be amazed at how you feel after practicing these one or two new habits for a little 'ole month.

So go for it in February. Just 28 short days. The typical average and safe weight loss is 1-2 lbs per weak. Just between you and me, let's shoot for 10, we'll show February a thing or two. 

Break it down. 

Everyone wants to be at the top of the mountain.
Most want to be dropped off at the top.
Climb the mountain.
- Art Jonak

Just Keep Swimming

We raised our kids on Disney movies, channel, world, and kingdom. Their Dad (my mister and the grandpa behind GGH) would bring home a Disney movie almost every valentine's day for the three kiddos. Our original VHS collection sported almost every one, and by the time we moved to Pixar movies, well you can imagine the DVD/BlueRay collection. 

One of my all time favorites has to be Finding Nemo, released in 2003 ... we were almost an empty nest but the UPS man was still bringing home the latest releases.

In Finding Nemo, Nemo loses his parents and finds a friend in the scatterbrained, short term memory losing fish, Dory.  Nemo is thinking he'll never ever find his parents, but Dory encourages him.  "Just keep swimming"  When they meet the bad guys, Dory suggests strongly, "Just keep swimming" When they don't know which way to turn, again Dory breaks into her usual, "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming."

How ya doing, as we wind down January? Are you progressing? Did you have some setbacks? Is the good feelin' gone? Are you still in this for the long haul? Are you having "one serving"? Are you moving? Are you drinking water? Are you staying the course or have you strayed the course? 

At one point, Nemo tells Dory, "I'm never gonna get that song outta my head!" 

Let me be your Dory today ... 

Just keep swimming.

Just keep swimming.

Just keep swimming.

This Is Hard

I will not mince words with you and will not sugar coat my journey. {sugar pun intended}

I'm quick to stress eat. Not stress eating is hard.

 It's hard to plan meals, grocery shop, fix meals, clean-up after meals, prep for the next meal vs going out to eat.

It seems the only multi-tasking I do some days, is fix food and snack at the same time.

I'm learning to plan, but I do not have a handle on planning out my days, months, years, or next 5 years. Failing to plan is like planning to fail. It's hard to stick to the plan.

I can start my day with a basketful of good intentions and end up on fb or at the sunset with the same good intentions still just that, good intentions.  It's hard to not want to change the world on fb or pass up a beautiful sunset.

One of my main reasons I started Grandmas Getting Healthy was to hold myself accountable.  I want to help you help me.  And I don't want to be in this by myself, because this is hard.

But it's not too hard.

I invite you to join me on the journey. Would it be too hard to ask you to "Like" Grandmas Getting Healthy on fb? Invite a friend, too ... doesn't even have to be a grandma! I would love to have you comment there or here about your journey.  

Check out Grandmas Getting Healthy on Pinterest and Instagram.  <<<----Click Or click on icons above and follow. That's not hard, is it?

I'm working on an e-mail list which you can sign up for at the sidebar. I'm also thinking about a fb live video chat which could work like a weight watchers meeting. THAT would be hard and kinda scary, to say the least.  

And this is hard for me, too, but I'm gonna do it anyway. I invite you to join me on my journey with Isagenix.  Check it out under the Products tab above, or my Isagenix website ~ even if you don't use the product there is a boatload of inspiration, recipes, and motivation there. 

I'll leave you with the January Grandmas Getting Healthy PDF, hopefully, February's will be out before Feb 24 and this quote by Annie Dillard:

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."

Grandmas Getting Healthy Jan PDF

^^^Click the above PDF link for a printable/downloadable file.  All the links in PDF are clickable. 

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Stay The Course

Let's review.

Is your mind made up?  Are you having one serving? Are you contemplating a short cut? Are you taking a day of rest? Are you letting go of old habits and bitterness? Are you moving along? 

How are you doing?  Need some motivation? How about some soul food?

There's a verse in the New Testament, Luke 9:62 to be exact, and it says, "Anyone who puts his hand to the plough and then looks behind him is useless for the kingdom of God.”  It references a farmer and I speak from my days of driving a tractor in the 70's. Whether it was a disk, a plough, or a planter, once I set out down the field, I'd find something at the end of the row to fix my eyes on. Sometimes a tree, more often than not, a small fence post.  But once I got started (especially with the first swath thru) I couldn't take my eyes off the target tree/post. If I turned around I'd lose my focus or, at the least, make some pretty crooked rows. If I daydreamed, turned to tune the radio station, or waved to a friend on the county road, I'd always have a hard time finding my fence post again.

Staying the course is paramount to losing weight, restoring the soul, and renewing the mind. Sometimes it's a minute by minute mind game. Dig deep, practice, make strides, even if your fence post seems far away. 

Put your hand to the plough, don't look back and stay the course.  Remember, tomorrow you get a day of rest. 

God bless you.

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Peace Of Mind

Our tagline at Grandmas Getting Healthy is "For the love of mind, body, and soul"  

Think about it for a minute. All three components in this amazing trifecta are interwoven and yet separate. Like an egg ... shell, yoke and the white part {hmmm why didn't the white of an egg get a name?}

One but three. Three in one. 

We've been posting alot about the body, so today, let's talk about the mind. It all comes down to, choices, does it not?  Your mind is where it all starts.  

You chose to get up and get dressed this morning.

You chose to read here.

You will choose what to have for lunch.

How do we choose to get in the right mind set for getting our minds, bodies, and souls healthy?

Talk to yourself. Say, "I can make it thru this day without a dessert."  "I can make it another hour, before I open the fridge." 

Think about it. When you think you're hungry, think, maybe I'm just thirsty. Choose to go for a walk or find a task to complete. Say to yourself, "If I'm still hungry when I get back from walk/finish task, I'll revisit eating." 

Prepare ahead.  Make the choices easier.    Prep lunch and dinner right after eating a healthy breakfast.  When I'm not having a shake for lunch I actually prepare a bag lunch like I'm going to school, work, or the beach.  When it's lunch time, it's so much easier NOT to make a bad choice.

Plan on it. We're going to eat. We have to eat. You plan a vacation, no? You plan out a budget, no? You plan on living a long healthy life? Plan healthy meals. You're going to eat. You have to eat.

Get serious with yourself. I've introduced the Isagenix program to a few people and I always say, "Make sure you're ready to commit." Don't join the gym, hoping it will help you make better choices. You really only have 3 choices here.

1. Don't join the gym.

2. Join the gym and don't go to the gym.

3. Join the gym and go to the gym.

Don't waste your time and money on a gym membership, or meal replacement drinks, until you've made the decision to get healthy.

Here's an idea.

Give yourself two days.  On the first day, go ahead and eat whatever you want. Give into the cravings. Knock yourself out, and at the end of that day see how you feel. The second day you will eat healthy meals and snacks, drink tons of water, and even go for a power walk. Compare how you felt at the end of each day.  I actually did this before starting with Isagenix on Sept 5 & 6, 2016.  It worked for me.

Make up your mind.

 

 

 

Are There Shortcuts?

Yes, and no! Mostly, no.

This grandma opted for a right masectomy in 2013. I tell you what, when you hear the words "breast cancer" head in your direction... you want it gone.  At that time in my life, I was not even close to eating healthy or whole, not too mention macrobiotic. Did I want to take the long, hard process of getting on the slow train of healthy eating to rid myself of a less than 2cm lump with surrounding questionable areas? The lump biopsied cancerous.  I didn't even wait to have the questionable areas biopsied.

I chose the short cut ... take it out or take it off.

Six weeks post op, the prognosis from the oncologist was indeed the lesser of all the cancer treatment evils. I did not need radiation, I did not need chemotherapy, but I was highly encouraged to take the hormone blocker Letrozole for five years. My burden to bear side effects: weight gain and bone density deterioration.

Hello Shaklee vitamins, winters in Florida, a treadmill, a pretty healthy diet and weight gain.

I needed a shortcut. 

Enter Isagenix. 

In September of 2016 I started with an Isagenix nutritional package: two shakes a day, a sensible dinner and 4 cleanse/fast days a month. 18 lbs and 30 inches later, I'm still on the program and I will tell you why.

It's not the weight loss, or even the inches (although I'm thrilled) it's how I feel! I've lost almost all sweet and salty cravings, I'm hardly ever hungry, and I feel like I could conquer the world. I used to nap every day, and cleaning up the kitchen gave me a lower back ache. Now I power nap (15 min) about once a week and I can clean with enough energy left over to redecorate or repaint a whole house. I had trouble getting off the couch and Facebook. Now I walk everyday and my favortie thing to do on the computer is iChat with grandkids.

I wanted to share this part of my story with you because I want to encourage you on this journey.  I am a firm believer in eating less, but I'm also keenly aware that overeating is not how we all got here. I'm not suggesting that eating healthy will cure a cancer or blaming the food industry for all our pounds, BUT somehow, somewhere along the line we got our digestive systems whacked out and it is a long and hard road back. 

So is Isagenix a short cut? Yes and no! Mostly, no.  It's a whole new mindset. It's a cleansing syseten to remove toxins. It's a nutritional replacement drink. And it's just what I needed to get this grandma healthy, so I wanted to share with you.

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Let It Go

My grandaughter's favorite movie is Frozen. And now you'll have Idina Menzel's voice in your head the rest of the day.

The meal replacement and nutrition company I'm using calls losing weight "releasing pounds."

Counselors almost always counsel on moving forward and not getting stuck in the past.

Stress eating may be the number one reason Americans eat, on average, 1/4 to 1/2 a pound of sugar a day.

This article by Jennifer Regan asks, "Would you eat 22 packets of sugar? Then why do you drink the eqivalent in your can of soda?  Not So Sweet.

Could you let go of added sugar? Think about it. Go back and read the above mentioned article. Also, the Netflix documentary "That Sugar Film" will get you thinking about giving up on sugar.

Here at Grandmas Getting Healthy we're all about taking steps, even if they're baby steps. So pick one thing this week. Let go of soda pop? Let go of chips? Let go of fruit juice? Let go of the doughnut? Step away from the ice cream? Bread? Cookies? Crackers? Salad dressing? 

On your mark, get set ... let it go.

While you're at it, make a decision to let go of a bad habit (ei: stress eating) and some old bitterness or grudges. Your mind, body, and soul will thank you.