Towards relaxed eating – part 2

When I first started writing this post I intended to write about what and how and how much you should eat so that you could best lose weight and stay healthy. But in the middle of writing I just realized that I’m not at all interested in writing that kind of post. I’m not a health and weight loss expert: diet and nutrition books exist so you can consult them if you feel like that!

Friends drinking chocolate

Friends drinking chocolate

I’m interested in how I can create my personal eating and exercising habits that allow me to stay in normal weight while enjoying both eating and good health. I chose the photo in this post because it portrays what I strive for.

My guiding principles are (relative) ease and fun and wellbeing. When I test some new dish, behaviour or form of exercise, I’ll ask myself: Is this fun? Does this fit in my life? How long am I able to keep this up? Can I modify this so that it suits my life even better without losing the benefits? How does this make me feel?

Does this mean that the road ahead is completely effortless? Probably not. I still need to watch what I eat and be willing to admit if I’m getting nowhere with this approach.

Off to have some fun now! 😀

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My collection of home fitness equipment

Over the years, I have collected all sorts of home fitness equipment. Just a moment ago I gathered almost all of my equipment into one heap and took a picture of them. Oops, I forgot to add  my fitness dvds and books!

  • Here is my list:
  • a yoga mat
  • a stability ball
  • pilates ball (the small red ball),
  • 2 sets of hand weights
  • 2 elastic bands of differing strengths
  • 2 yoga blocks
  • 1 yoga belt (handy for stretching)
  • 2 kettlebells
  • one weighted ball (1 kg = 2 pounds)
  • 1 dyna disc
  • 1 balance board (not in the picture)
  • a pair of push up handles
  • pair of ankle weights and
  • 2 tennis balls

 

    I also have a pilates ring – the kind of ring you can  squeeze between legs – but it is somewhere collecting dust. I also had a gymstick, but I borrowed it to my friend and haven’t seen it since.

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    My favorite piece of fitness equipment has been a broomstick I use for exercising and stretching my upper body. After the broomstick come the elastic bands and hand weights.

    I had to buy a basket for small pieces of equipment because  I used to trip over my stuff.  I doubt whether my insurance covers accidents that are caused by exercise equipment lying around my apartment.  Based on my personal experience, exercise pants with too long legs are the most dangerous thing of all.  Because I’m 5ft 1in, all pants tend to be too long for me (and I tend to be lazy to shorten them!).

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    As a rule I can say that the cheaper the piece of equipment, the handier it seems to be! At the moment I do not own any big pieces of home exercise equipment like stationary bikes or elliptical devices. but if I had to pick one, I would probably get a Concept2 rowing machine I have used in gym- the kind that works with air pressure.

    Wait, I forgot to mention my nordic walking poles… Nordic walking is one of my favorite forms of exercise, too bad that my left knee does not allow me to take as many walks I would like to.

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    What do you want to be able to do at age 50?

    At age 50, I want to be able to swim like a seal, dance salsa 2 hours a night (if I feel like it!) and sleep like a baby. man diving into water

    At the moment I cannot salsa, swim like a seal (I do swim, but more like a cat in a panic attack) and rarely sleep like a baby.

    Now that I have rediscovered my body thanks to Feldenkrais Method,  I’m curious to find out what my body can do if I put in the effort.

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    I want to elaborate on my long term goals and explain why I chose these goals instead of something else.

    • I want to be able to swim really well, immerse myself completely into water, and also be able to dive into water head first. I chose this goal because I remember how enjoyable it was as a child to swim and play in water. I really miss that. For some reason I never learned to dive into water head first like many people do. Well, there is no reason why I could not learn better swimming technique.
    • I want to be able to do push ups (well, 20 push ups!) with a straight body. I used to do some ashtanga yoga, and I remember how frustrating it was to watch other people do proper push ups (chaturangas) when I could not.  NOTE: At the moment I’m barely able to bend my elbows and lower my body a couple of inhces, when I’m doing push ups on my knees. I guess I have some way to go . 🙂
    • I would like to be able to dance salsa, because it looks fun and I believe I would enjoy it. I used to dance (ballet, modern dance) pretty seriously in my late teens and early twenties’, so learning to salsa should not be too hard.
    • I tried kettlebells last summer and I really liked them, but the problems in my left knee and hip (patello femoral pain syndrome) prevented me from continuing with them. Training with kettlebells is fun and intensive, quite different from boring gym routines.  Since then I discovered an even cooler form of exercise – clubbells.  I just add them to my list of things to take on when I’m ready. 🙂

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    With these long term goals ahead me, I have a a lot work to do. First I have to figure out how to fix my knee and strengthen my body generally.

    I expect my sleeping problems to take care of themselves when I’m at the stage where I’m hurling clubbells overhead as a matter of fact.

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