A balance of Mind-Body-Spirit

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Food, exercise and all that.. :-)

(This is how I felt in class today!- Pilates... wonderful!)

Hi All-

I have been reading, but not posting.. finally have a minute to check in!

I love your journals- food, exercise and prayer. Very inspiring and really neat to see exactly what your day entails. I found some articles on food addictions (I need to go find them again) and feel that is where I am to a large extent. Also, when I left town this weekend, I had all sorts of energy. When I came back, I am feeling horrible again. I think it really is the air quality/allergies in Houston. And I think I eat/snack to 'feel better' both looking for energy and positive feelings. I am very tired of longing for naps, etc.

So, I have a new plan.

When I feel awful (like I do just now- and I can feel it is fatigue and allergies) I am going to remind myself this is NOT hunger.. but the best thing I can do is drink water. Or second choice de-caf green tea, which I love. I will *move*, not lay down.

I also am going to add more movement to my life. I think I really need to cut down on the computer, because it is so sedentary.

So, that is my plan. I also plan to post here my journal... thanks for the inspiration!

Well, on the positive front, ;0, I have been really enjoying some new ways to work out! I was getting tired of Jazzercise as I mentioned, not surprising after doing it 4-5 days a week for 2 years....

I gave the YMCA another shot. I love the women's workout room now. I do the treadmill/elliptical machines and listen to these awesome
Peter Kreeft lectures I downloaded to my ipod. Oh, he is so cool- a PHD in philosphy, but Catholic and is so intellecutal... I listen to him talk about and quote C.S. Lewis and Chesterton.. talk about how paganism and Freud all fit in the picture and sweat up a storm!

Then, I will go in the corner where they have all this nice equipment- medicine balls, exercise balls, weights, etc and do 30 minutes of moves I learned from PT, still listening. It is so relaxing. Stimulating my mind and body at the same time. Plus they have such a positive atmosphere there, Bible verses on the white board, a cozy couch to drink tea when you are through and smiling faces. And all the equipment is new and CLEAN!

Today I did the elliptical, then went to a new class I had not tried before. Mat Pilates. WOW! She was brutal. Felt worked out from the inside out.

Here is a description of the class:
"Using techniqes developed by Joseph Pilates, thee classes will strengthen your core muscles, stretch and relax your body and your mind." 1 hour class.

I am feeling very heavy these days and know it is my eating. But I will not give up! It will come with time and I feel so much better when I work out. Mind and body.

Keep going, girls!


Leonie said...

Wow, Cindy - good workout. Pilates is challenging, isn't it?

Rachel May said...

Cindy, I'm interested on the articles about food addiction. I'm bread addicted. Whenever I don't know what to do, I have a piece of toast. Terrible habit!

Your workout sounds like it was fun. New equiptment is inspiring isn't it? I feel the same way about new workout clothes.:)

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