I was going about my normal routine things yesterday when I noticed something wonderful. Some things that had been sort of difficult to do physically were no longer quite so difficult. Somehow, someway, I am beginning to develop a degree of upper body strength without any kind of upper body exercise ! It's not that I am suddenly able to do curls with 50 lb dumb bells or lift 150 pounds, but rather I am finding I can do certain mundane chores with no difficulty, and I have greater stability while doing them.It seems in my case focusing as much as I have on getting a balance of nutrition with a lower level of starch carbs has made the chemical make up of my body better. Combine that with exercise- moderate exercise- and my overall strength has greatly improved.
I don't think enough is spoken about the benefits of exercise and your overall vitality. Many speak of it in the terms of weight control or gaining athletic ability such as training for a race , but few talk about how it can reverse the aging process and improve your daily abilities. Exercise not only gets your lymphatic system moving and working at prime, but it increases your blood flow, which delivers a greater number of oxygen rich blood cells to all parts of your body. Oxygen is one substance everything that alive requires above any other substance. You can live weeks without food, days without water but only minutes without air. When tissues get a reduced supply of oxygen, they begin to die. Muscles in your body that do not receive adequate oxygen begin to atrophy, and one link on the chain of comma d of life becomes weakened. Eventually actions as basic as standing become difficult because the muscles have broken down.
How much does it take to gain these benefits to your body ? Not much. 30 minutes of simple movement will do a world of good to your overall health. Walking, yoga, dancing, swimming, bathing cats- you pick your favorite. If it requires your muscles to move for that time, you reap the benefit. What does not count would be activities that require your mind alone, such as wondering how you can get moving, feeling guilty for not moving, dreaming about getting up and moving tomorrow when you have the gerbils fed and the neighbors are watching TV - none of those count as movement. They may feel comfortable to engage in, but they are like junk food . Great filler, fun for the senses, but pretty detrimental in the long run.
And now, yesterday's food log
Breakfast was a crock pot breakfast casserole that sounded a lot better than it tasted. For 3 people take 1 potato and slice it, then slice an onion, a green pepper, cut up 9 slices of turkey bacon, 3/4 cup cheddar cheese shredded, 1 cup egg beaters and 1/2 cup of milk. Layer the potatoes, bacon, onions, pepper and cheese in a slow ooker, mix the egg beaters and milk with spices of your choice and pour over the veggies. Turn on low overnight. It smells WONDERFUL, and it kept waking me up with the yummy smell. The taste was not good though. Too bacon-y ? Too earthy ? Not sure. I served it with an apple, skim milk and coffee -467 calories
For lunch we had a weight watchers recipe for Chinese Pepper Steak over brown rice with fortune cookies and diet soda - 391 calories. I keep remebering that this whole meal is less calories than a McDonalds McGrilled sandwich- amazing !
In the afternoon I had my usual snack and for dinner we had Black forest ham ( incredibly lean and low in calories), broccoli with home made cheese sauce,pineapple chunks ,steamed cabbage and a dinner cibatta roll for 461 calories. As a kid we ate a lot of boiled cabbage or creamed cabbage, and I keep forgetting that cabbage cooked in this way is kind of like a long boring walk to a fun place. You just endure it because it gets you to where you want to go. Cabbage is cheap and healthy, but no one is going to write a play about it !
Snack in the evening was an apple, a Fiber Plus bar and a YoPlus lite. Calorie total for the day was 1879.
Today my son and I are going to start making sugar skulls for Halloween. It is safe to do , now that he has determined canned frosting is just icky sweet sugar- hooray !!