Not All My Old Habits Were Bad Ones
Saturday, May 21, 2016
As previously stated, I have been a member here on Sparkpeople since 2008. A few times I almost made it to my goal weight. Always I slacked off for one reason (excuse) or another. A few times I even went MIA for months.
This trip I decided to try a different approach. I have been reflecting back, trying to decide what really works for me and what does not. As I worked this morning in the kitchen I realized two things that worked for me that I will now employ again.
#1. I cook a lot. Summer is good and bad for me. Good in that DH and I raise a HUGE garden so we have plenty of fresh produce. I enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes, so summer is perfect for "playing with my food" since my supply is large and other than my labor, free. Summer is bad in that I have to work in the garden so long many days I don't have time to cook. Today as I am cooking enough food for most likely three days or more, I remembered that I used to set a day a week in the summer to stay in the house and get some basic cooking done. In this way I can quickly whip up some sides from the fresh garden produce and we can have healthy meals in little time. It worked in the past and I really don't know why I gave this habit up. So Old Habit #1 going back into use is: Schedule a day a week to do some basic batch cooking.
#2 Came to mind while working in the kitchen this morning as well. I'm a pretty good cook but from time to time I lose concentration and burn stuff so I use a kitchen timer to sound out the alarm. It has saved me from many burned dishes. Don't you just hate trying to clean a pan that's burned?? Anyway, I remembered that I used to play a game with myself that goes like this: anytime the kitchen timer is set for less than 10 minutes, I use those minutes to get in a bit of exercise. You can do squats, knee lifts, kitchen counter push-ups and if you are careful even leg lifts or kicks in the kitchen. I don't always do the entire 10 minutes but always at least 1 minute while the timer is on. Again, I don't know why I stopped but Old Habit #2 is Squeeze in some Exercise in the Kitchen while the timer ticks.
These are two old habits that worked for me in the past. Maybe I will recall some more. I am choosing to be positive with myself. I am older and can't do as much for as long as in years past and my erythromelalgia is really working on me like never before. However, as many have said and I say too, I can do, I can make adjustments, I can be aware of my emotions as well as my physical, I will remember my old habits. This time it's my way.