I wonder how many of you go the song reference with the title? I love the Eagles.
This won’t come as a surprise to some of you, but my life has become exceedingly more stressful over the last couple of years. I had a bit of an eye-opening experience the other day when talking to a doctor at a wellness center, who after going over a long survey with me and running some tests told me, “You are constantly in the fight or flight mode – your body doesn’t know how to get out of it now.” To be honest, I took a little offense to that statement at first, but the more we talked, the more I realized that he was right on target.
I had already picked up on some of this myself, well really thanks to my wife, and I have taken up photography again as a relaxing hobby. We interrupt this blog post for a little shameless self promotion — if you haven’t checked out my Facebook photography page, go do that now. If you like what you see, “Like” the page. This is the end of the shameless self promotion. So the last two nights I have had a great opportunity to spend some relaxing time watching American White Pelicans at one of our local dams (Barkely Dam). This has been so very relaxing: hearing the rushing of the water of the dam, listening to the birds, hearing the wind whip through the trees. All I can say is truly amazing!
I thought I would share a couple of the pictures I have taken there with you guys:
And what about this little creature my son caught last night??? Yes, it was alive, and moments later it flew away. I know the question is going to come up, so I’ll go ahead and answer it: he hit it with the car while driving down the road and went back to check it out. When he saw what it was, he carefully bagged it up and brought it home. After it regained its senses it was able to fly off again.
So the real point of this post was not the pictures, but destressing. You know, one deterrent for weight loss is stress, and truly if we are going to be healthy all around, we sure don’t need it in our lives ALL.THE.TIME. Right?
Does that even make sense? Stable Progress? Sure! This past week I seem to have held my own with regards to weight, but you know what? I consider the whole week a victory. There was very little overeating at any meal, and I actually walked several times. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the warm weather has arrived, making it so pleasant to walk.
I realize part of what I am missing right now is the daily exercise, but I also know that I am not prepared to commit to that just yet. Even so, I am ready to start making it part of my life again. I suspect as long as the warm weather stays around, my wife and I will go for walks many nights of the week. I know that isn’t enough though. I really, really need to start strength exercises again. Like I said, I am not ready to commit to that yet, but change is in the air.
I don’t know how it is in your part of the world, but we are having some beautiful weather right now. I LOVE this time of year! Last night my wife and I were able to take a peaceful walk along the lake, which is one of our favorite warm weather activities, the birds are out chirping, the flowers are in bloom — how can you not be happy?
Even though I have blown it two of the three days since I last wrote, I am still feeling excited and energized about this again. Yesterday was a great day with regards to eating, and with the late evening walk I actually can say I exercised too! Woot!
Question of the day: What is the weather like this week in your part of the world?
The last few weeks have been tough — really tough. I have just finished a very long period where I traveled almost every week, and honestly, it was wearing on me quite a bit. You know what though? I still held my own. That isn’t to say I didn’t have bad weeks, because I did, but I actually lost weight over this period of time.
That being said, I feel as if I am far from where I need to be with regards to health. I feel more motivated than I have in some time though. Spring is on the horizon, and that certainly makes it more encouraging, at least for me, to get out and do something. Just yesterday I spent a fair amount of time working in the garden. While it was relaxing for me, it was also exercise.
One thing I need to succeed, and I know this, is accountability. I am working with a very good friend on this, and it is helping a lot, but I also need to be posting here more regularly. In fact, that is one of my goals for the week — to post at least one more time this week. The other goal is simply to not overeat.
That’s all for today — see you mid-week.