Much of what I do for this blog, and in fact, much of what I have been doing for the past several years, means I spend a good deal of time sitting. My hands move, a lot, but I sit most of the time. Unfortunately, fast moving hands is NOT cardio exercise, nor is it any sort of physical strength-training. It may well be considered a lot of mental strength-training, but somehow I don't think the brain burns any additional calories learning new things. The brain may require additional glucose to be burned whilst learning new things, but I seriously doubt there is significant enough of a burn for it to be categorized as calorie-burning effort on any exercise database out there.
The result is a fat and chunky me. (I'll leave it to my friends and family to determine whether I could be considered "fabulous.")
So, OK, I decided to do some things about this. I don't want to go through the rest of my life shopping in the "W" part of clothing stores. More than that, I do not want to go through the rest of my life needing to take medication for chronic illnesses that come from leading a life full of fun and fabulous but very sedentary activities.
I am happy to say that I have changed the way I eat. AND ... I have adopted some new activities that get me off the chair and moving. Sometimes, moving fast and hard.
- Darling daughter and I joined the recreation center up the street that is a facility filled with all sorts of cardio and strength-training exercise stuff, including a huge indoor pool that is kept at a constant temperature of 84F. So far, we have been consistent in using these facilities. *pats self on the back*
- I have also began to help my friend, who owns Jacob's Reward Farm, doing farm chores including washing raw wool ... I've been learning new things!! *happy dance*
- I started using MyFitnessPal (hilaryj57 ... send me a friend request!) on my iPad to keep track of calories in and calories out ... aiming for a net caloric intake of 1200 calories each day until I get down to my desired weight. Well, I guess I shouldn't use the word "weight" since I really don't know how much I weigh and I really hate scales. I take measurements and figure out where I am by how certain clothes fit. I leave it to the doctor to worry about weight and other bothersome numbers when I see her. It's been years since I've seen her, and I do plan to get back to her, once I lose some weight. Sort of along the lines "I gotta clean my house before the housecleaning lady comes over!"
And of course, the big-D word. I love food, all sorts of food. But I needed to drastically change the way I eat ... in fact, the whole family was due for a change. Man o' man, have I made some changes!
- I get all my meat from a local rancher ... 100% grass-fed beef and naturally raised chickens, pork and lamb. His pork products are especially notable. The absolute best-tasting pork I have ever ate in my life. Ever. I think it's because of the one "un-natural" thing he does in raising his pigs ... he keeps them isolated in a pasture separated from all other critters. I never knew, but know now, that pigs eat dung. Not their dung, but the dung of other critters. (No wonder the critters are not kosher!!) He'd rather his pigs not eat dung, hence the keeping of them in their own, isolated pasture. The result is a different-tasting pork product. Think about the saying "one is what one eats" the next time you reach for that hotdog, ham slice or spare rib!
- I buy as much local produce as I can get my hands on. I get a box of locally-grown produce delivered to me by the wonderful folks of GreenlingDFW. I shop the Chestnut Squares Farmer's market. Buying local means buying seasonal so this winter will be interesting ... hopefully our short winter will mean not too many weeks of needing to eat frozen foods.
- My eggs are purchased from local producers who allow their girls the freedom to roam, scratching the earth and eating bugs. Both Jacob's Reward Farm and Rehoboth Ranch are my go-to sources for extremely tasty, high omega-3 EFA eggs!
- I buy all my dairy from a local dairyman. In fact, he still maintains his father's dairy farm just up the road from me where I can buy his amazing, sweet-tasting raw milk along with some of the best tasting butter, drinkable yogurt, cheeses and milk caramel. I've been drinking the raw milk since March and all my seasonal allergies have disappeared!
- I've sworn off wheat and corn, and most other grains. From what I've read and understood, they are reasons a lot of us have a little too much of us to love. And besides, they are all genetically modified.
Now, I must admit, none of the above comes cheap. It's a sad statement of our society at large that to eat right, to eat well, costs a lot more than eating junk. But to me, it's worth it. At our age, my hubby and I have a choice of spending more money on really wholesome food that will hopefully keep us as healthy as possible, or spending more money on medications to combat chronic disease.
There is a food shortage in America. There's probably a food shortage just about everywhere in the so-called "developed" lands. There is certainly no calorie shortage, but there is a wholesome food shortage. If you get HBO, watch Weight of the Nation. It's an eye-opener. And it's really, really sad that if every man, woman and child in this country were to all start eating the proper amount of vegetables and fruits, there is not enough to go around ... no where near enough.
As I've been writing this, it came to mind that the same points about our food stuff can be made about other things we fill our lives with. Including threads ... I think the bottom line is we all get exactly what we pay for. Well-made, hand-crafted items ... whether they be yarns or clothing or jewelry or furniture or anything else ... are not cheap, just like healthy, nourishing foods are not cheap. But quality brings value and value brings satisfaction in life.
Spend wisely, my friends. And cheap is NOT wise!