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A New Mindset


I have been working on losing weight for the past couple of years and as you do when you’re working on losing weight it goes UP and then down.  You fluctuate all over the place you get discouraged and you give up, then you get back to it for what ever reason. My reason is that I need to beat Diabetes and need to get healthy. At the age of 50 and have many different ailments I don’t want to be laid up to early because I have two young daughters, two beautiful grand-daughters, and another grandbaby on the way.  I can not be laid up and unable to be there for them.

She transformed her mind and then her body! Haley Otman

“I used to live for the next meal. Like…literally eating lunch I was thinking about what I would eat for dinner. I have learned to enjoy NEW things about food. I’ve learned to love cooking and am finding new ways every day to make low sugar/carb meals that taste great but don’t keep me from my goals.”

FIRST – I want to say I believe that going all the way to a size two is too small unless you feel this is the size you are comfortable being and you are healthy. I know some people who are size 2 both because of medical issues and because that is just the size they have always been. But, if that is the size you are aiming for because you think that is the size you should be due to peer pressure or “public notions” – nope – be what ever size you feel healthy and comfortable at.

Now that I put that out there, I do agree with what is said in the article and the quote above. Shifting one’s mindset about food and eating in a different way is how to lose weight and keeping it off, not “dieting”.  Remember everyone is different, I am learning about myself, with my nutritionist, I am one who literally doesn’t eat enough. Yes, I know that phrase “doesn’t eat enough” seems contrary to trying to lose weight, I thought so too.

BUT, I forget to eat, I avoid food cause I just have no interest in it, which causes my body to shut down, my metabolism to shut down and start saving the fat for “that rainy day”.

I like to cook, I love to bake but unless I have someone to cook/bake for I could do with out except late at night sitting working on the computer or watching tv then I snack generally on unhealthy food, except I am learning to change this habit, and it is a habit.  When you are changing your mindset you are breaking a habit or working through an addiction.  Some people are literally addicted to food or some foods.  I am addicted to Dr. Pepper, not just any soda but Dr. Pepper and coffee.  So, I have to break these addictions and learn how to live with these addictions but control them. I don’t mean they are like someone who is an alcoholic because I can have a Dr. Pepper and not want another and another etc.  BUT, If I have a Dr. Pepper seems in my mind to say no to more Dr. Pepper day after day.  I just tell myself, oh I just have one a day, or this one won’t hurt me because it is just ONE. Or I even have one when no one is around and not report it on my food log.  These actions are the actions of someone who is addicted.  So, I take it one day at a time

I am addicted to Dr. Pepper, not just any soda but Dr. Pepper and coffee.  So, I have to break these addictions and learn how to live with these addictions but control them. I don’t mean they are like someone who is an alcoholic because I can have a Dr. Pepper and not want another and another etc.  BUT, If I have a Dr. Pepper seems in my mind to say no to more Dr. Pepper day after day.  I just tell myself, oh I just have one a day, or this one won’t hurt me because it is just ONE. Or I even have one when no one is around and not report it on my food log.  These actions are the actions of someone who is addicted.  So, I take it one day at a time and do my best to avoid Dr. Pepper.

I also have a body dysphoria issue, no matter how skinny or bulked up I ever got or will get I will see myself as fat, which partly causes this lack of interest in food but it is other issues too, which I am worked on. These issues keep me from noticing any changes with my body and within myself, this builds discouragement within me. When I am discouraged I tend to return to my “I am not interested in food and hate my body” mode. It is a horrible circle, however, if one works on their mindset towards food and eating differently and on breaking those old habits and addictions they have with and towards food, then being discouraged isn’t apart of the whole thing cause you aren’t in it to actually “look different or lose weight”, you are in it to learn about the way you eat, to learn about healthy foods and what to eat, what makes you healthy.

The losing weight is a side benefit and it also helps you be healthy mentally, physically and emotionally.

Healthy Doesn’t Mean A Tasteless Life.


I am proof that someone who is limited in what they are able to do physically is still able to lose weight and live a healthy life!  I was down to 174 nine years ago. Then I stopped eating healthy and stopped doing the one thing that kept me healthy besides eating healthy, WALKING.

I went from 300 down to 174 by eating healthy and walking.  I don’t mean strolling around my apartment or around a block every so often, but walking everywhere I went and climbing stairs instead of taking elevators, (of course I had to build up to this).

But, then I stopped! I stopped eating healthy, I stopped walking everywhere and taking stairs. I stopped everything healthy.  Lots of this was due to grief, but there were other reasons.  No matter the reason I went back up to 258 and my chronic pain got worse, my depression and anxiety grew again, the weakness in my muscles grew even worse, so many of my illness and disabilities came back and in force.

I have now set a goal to get back to eating healthy and get back into stretching, doing light exercises that my Physical Therapist or Doctor have approved). I am also going to get back to walking further and further and then hopefully without be able to do away with my walker so I can start taking stairs again.  Weight goal is to go from 258 down to 174 again. I want to be in my 38 jeans if I make it to my 38 jeans before I hit 174, I will be happy with the weight I become as long as it is below 200.

I have a weight goal to go from 258 down to 174 again. I want to be in my 38 jeans if I make it to my 38 jeans before I hit 174, I will be happy with the weight I become as long as it is below 200.

The weight you should be is always figured based on your BMI. BMI is your weight over your height squared. For instance, my BMI is; 241 over 5’1 equals 45.5 which is obese.

BMI
Underweight
Below 18.5
Normal
18.5–24.9
Overweight
25.0–29.9
Obesity
30.0 and Above

There are many different risks for being unhealthy even if you are not over-weight.

Risk Factors

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol)
  • Low HDL cholesterol (“good” cholesterol)
  • High triglycerides
  • High blood glucose (sugar)
  • Family history of premature heart disease
  • Physical inactivity
  • Cigarette smoking

My mom is an example of this; she was a very active woman who only weighed about 125 or less and was 5′ all her life. However, she wasn’t healthy, because she had bad unhealthy habits. She smoked, she had a lot of stress in her life, and she got older she didn’t eat the healthiest.  Because of unhealthy habits, not BMI or weight, she had heart disease, high cholesterol, and died of Cancer.

It doesn’t matter what your weight is or who you are if you don’t have healthy habits you are going to have an unhealthy life, body, and mind.   I am going to work towards getting my life, body, and mind back into sync so life isn’t tasteless anymore, that I have a very healthy life, which leads to a much more balanced life.

I will keep track of this journey here.  I have already lost to 241/245 I weight at my doctors tomorrow to be sure and will do my body measurements soon.  I will start doing a food diary as well as post recipes of the food I eat.  Remember, Healthy Doesn’t Mean A Tasteless Life. This means food can be spiced with herbs instead of salt, which causes you to retain water or sugar, which causes you to gain weight.  When you start eating with food that is tasty and not loaded down with salt and sugar your life because less tasteless because your body reacts to this change, your health gets better, your pain levels lessen, and then your mind becomes less tasteless because it stops reacting to the negative input that  your body kept pounding your mind with.

Here to a less tasteless life!

 

Blessings for now,

TrinityHawk

 

Pope Francis – My Opinion vs Maureen Dowd’s


I was reading an article on Flipboard this morning about Pope Francis and it brought me back to when I was 12 and 13.  You see during the first part of my life I was Southern Baptist, even baptized at the age of 11, while I lived with my father and his third wife.  

When I moved back with my mother at the age of 12, I was inducted into the Lutheran church, finding myself more comfortable in a church then I had ever felt.  Yet, due to suffering from very server PSTD from the abuse I had suffered during my younger years at the hands of my father’s third wife. I was also introduced to our Native American ancestry and Native American spirituality. My mother took me to see my aunt who was a medicine woman, in hopes to help me with my PSTD.  

Roughly a year later my mother moved us to the Catholic Church, you see she studied religions too, and was always looking for the right one for her. I realized their was not such a HUGE difference in the Lutheran church and the Catholic Church but their was a difference in enough that once again I wasn’t feeling all that comfortable in church, yet my mother was very comfortable and felt like she had come home.  I found myself at the age of 12 and 13 wanting to study all religions and see the similarities and differences between them,

I tell you this back story because today I am a non-denominational ordain mister who still studies religions and spirituality.  I also follow what is going on with the Catholic church because of my mother and because of my interest in religions and spirituality.  I do not because I consider myself Catholic any longer, but my mother considered herself Catholic up to the moment she breathed her last breath.

With all of this information I you will better understand the rest of this blog better and why I have such a deep interest in Pope Francis and what is going on with him.

I was reading an article by Maureen Dowd from Flipboard this morning and she stated within the article “the biographer said that, for him, Francis’ “slow progress on sex abuse” and his lack of forward motion on women are “his huge areas of weakness.”  She goes on to state how she feels Pope Francis’ would be the perfect 19th-Century Pope because of his popularity with the crowds, his outlook on capitalism, but also his “close mindedness” on women in the church.  –  Yet, with in her own article she mentions he is not fully mindedness about this subject, that he has even approached women friends of his and spoke about how to fix this issue, but is unsure of how to go about it.  That he speaks on the fact that women are the back bone of many societies, and nuns are the back bone of the church, etc.    But, she seems to focus on the one statement where he stated “The church has spoken, the door is closed”  

Now, let me point one thing out to the readers: The Pope is much like the president, in that he can not FORCE the church to abide by his ruling, he isn’t a dictator.  He may feel one way, but the inner workings of the church may feel another and all he can do is speak on what he feels is best for the church and speak out for the church and the nation.  Which is in my opinion what he is doing and what is making him so popular.  – your opinions?

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