Last week had its challenges, and chief among them was my energy level. I helped Dad with painting every day last week. I'm not sure exactly why it sapped my energy, but it definitely did. I didn't get my butt to the gym as often as I usually do, so this week I've decided to return to the schedule that helps me best: alternating higher-impact aerobics (at Slimmons) with lower-impact exercise (like swimming and yoga.) I'm aiming for 60 minutes or more, 6 days a week. I'm determined to have a balanced exercise schedule.
In fact, I'm determined to find balance in all things. I know that it's not generally possible, but I like to aim for center (perhaps, as my friend Lisa says, waving at it as I swing past.)
The biggest thing that brought balance to my food habits is actually Richard Simmons' Food Mover system. When I visited Slimmons for the first time, Richard recommended it to me, and his long-time student Felise taught us the ropes.
|This is the FoodMover package, which - if you're inclined - you can order here.|
(Just for integrity's sake, I wanted to disclose that I have not been paid to review this.)
Basically, there's a little plastic device with sliding windows, and interchangeable cards. If you're eating, say, 1400 calories a day, you'd slide in the "1400" card and it would tell you exactly how to balance your diet between servings of carbs/protein/veggies/etc. As you eat each allotted serving, you close a window. (When I have a serving of fruit, I close one of the little "apple" windows.) It comes with a booklet that defines the servings sizes, and after about a week or two of working with it, we had most of our favorites memorized.
It was surprising just how well-balanced our diets became as we were paying close attention to portion sizes and balance. Before we started, it wasn't unusual for us to share a half-box of pasta or more. We expected that if we ate less pasta, we'd be much hungrier. Thanks to Food Mover, we learned that we never had to feel hungry if we ate all of the rest of the defined servings in a day. Turns out that if you close all your little "portion windows," not only have you eaten exactly what you set out to eat, you are surprisingly satiated.
FoodMover is an excellent guideline, but I'll admit that the more comfortable I've been with healthy eating, the less attention I've paid. To help with my general balance, this week I've decided to return to daily FoodMovin', and I'll be sharing my food log in the process for the next 7 days. I'll explain the "windows" I've closed for each meal.
|Here's my FoodMover after lunch & afternoon snack, and before dinner (and lots of afternoon water.)|
I'd eaten all of my allotted starch, and had 2 fruit, 3 protein, 1 fat, 3 veg, 1 dairy and 6 water remaining.
And here's my log for Monday:
Breakfast - 1 whole-wheat bagel (2 starch windows), 1 tb lox spread (1 fat window), 2 tomato slices (negligible calories.)
Lunch - 1 low-cal tortilla (1 starch) with 4 oz lean grilled ground turkey (2 protein), 1 tsp light vegenaise and 1 tb low-cal blue cheese aioli (1 fat), baked yam fries (2 starch),
Snack - A bottle of Trader Joe's red veggie juice (2 veg, 1 fruit)
Dinner - Personal frittata with 2 eggs (2 protein), swiss chard & leek (2 veg), and 1 oz goat cheese (1 dairy), 1 baked apple with tsp cinnamon/sugar (2 fruit)
Beverage - 12 oz of zero calorie Steaz (1 extra), 8 oz skim milk (1 dairy), 64 oz water (8 water)
Per Richard's suggestion, I usually eat my carbs earlier in the day - though sometimes I spread them out a little more. All the better balance the blood sugar, my dear.
I have one other goal for my balance this week - I would like to precede my workday with a period of meditation, prayer and centering. It really helps me, all-around.
What are you doing to find balance in your life this week? Whatever it is, I hope it helps you to take care of you.