Friday, January 25, 2013

Healthy Go: Eat Like A King… Or Queen

Hot caramel macchiatto and toasted spinach
bagel on a cold, drizzly day- mmm!

Hello my healthy/unhealthy friends!

I was studying and looking up architect Carlo Scarpa when I came across a blog. This particular blog was about architecture and life. Some posts were about the author’s fitness journey, and in particular, this post of his:


About halfway down, the author mentions that his trainer taught him to “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a peasant.” I have been training this practice in my own life for a few months now but had never heard it put like this before. It means to eat more of your food/ calories for breakfast, a little less for lunch, and even less for dinner.

I’d like to picture it as one having a good fire. Picture a fireplace or fire pit. To start, one puts wood and kindling in place. Then one lights the kindling that gets the fire going.

If the fire starts to go out and one wants to keep it going, one puts another piece of wood on the pile. One doesn’t add a whole other pile, unless one didn’t start with much in the first place, but I’m thinking of starting with a good robust fire.

To let the fire slowly go out, one lets it go; one doesn’t put more wood on the pile.

So picture food as the wood (energy) and your body as the fire. Breakfast can get your body going so that you’re awake and alert. I’ve found this to be true for me after a few weeks of having breakfast, because I used to not eat breakfast and then I’m falling asleep from being too hungry by the time that lunch comes around (depending on my activities- if I’m home, I eat when I’m hungry). Or I’m not distracted by thinking about what I’ll have for lunch.

To keep your body running well, eat a good lunch but you’ll probably find that you don’t need to eat as much as you did for breakfast, and less for dinner.

I think this video* explains better, and quicker: http://youtu.be/vZn9O5ykBms

Just having your calories this way won’t have you lose weight necessarily; losing weight is still dependent upon calories in/ calories out, but as the doctor says in the video, eating a good breakfast will make it less likely that you’ll overeat the rest of the day.

I’d also add that it has worked best for me when I’m mindful of what I have already eaten. A good breakfast tells me I don’t need a big lunch but if I’ve missed breakfast, I eat a bit more at lunch than I intended to while still keeping it within reason.

And, it probably makes a difference what you have for breakfast. As my trainer friend has advised me before, and as the doctor (video) mentioned, have protein, fat, and carbohydrates.

When I decided to start having breakfast, I started with mainly oatmeal. I felt better than I had before (having no breakfast), but it wasn’t enough to get me to lunch. Nowadays, I tend to have smething like fish and veggies, or the breakfast special on campus (eggs, potatoes, meat). When I do this, I make it to lunch feeling good, not famished, and I have smaller portions for lunch and dinner now.

It took me about a month to get into the habit of having breakfast. Then it took me a few months to go from oatmeal to other things. I still have oatmeal for breakfast sometimes, usually when I’m staying home.

If you try the King-Prince-Peasant system, you might have to go with it for awhile before noticing any benefits, and you might also have to adjust so that it’s sustainable for you.

I hope this helps you!
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I’ve been feeling a bit… sad lately. It will probably be awhile before I feel… something better. I’m okay. I am.

I think a lot, and sad memories pop up as they’re wont to do.

It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks too, as I plan out my days to get certain things done and others interfere with those plans. I’m not talking about my parents’ interruptions or anything.

I’m talking about going to a shop during its own business hours and finding it not open; this happened 3 times. I’m talking about busses that could have been on time but were not. I am patient about traffic, patient about people asking questions, patient about helping the elderly or wheelchair persons; it’s a different thing when the bus could have been on time, had none of those situations, and was late anyway.

So my spirit’s been a little annoyed but that is not going to dictate how I eat in a day or if I exercise or not. At least, it’s not dictating those things as much as it used to.

I’m okay. I’m starting to get the “My Year of Health” project rolling. I actually think that it’s a good part of helping me remain rather steady lately. I don’t want to disappoint myself with it. For now, I am enjoying it.
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I hope that you have had a good week. I already know what I’ll be writing about for next week’s HG post; I’ve already started it, so I’m hoping it will be good!

Thank you for reading and get healthy, my friends!
-Jennifer


*I am not subscribed to skaibluemediatv at the moment; I don’t know him personally and so I can’t speak to whether he’s a certified licensed doctor or not. I just found that video to be helpful in what I was trying to explain with the fire metaphor. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Bus in Time: The Story Behind The Status


Hello!

So this was my FB status a few days ago:



I was walking up to the bus stop and saw this guy looking at me. He was smiling so I smiled back. He seemed to be with someone, a friend I guess. He talked to her a bit and then turned back to me; I was standing several feet from him, in the back.

He’s still smiling and then he waves; I just smile back. He’s got an open bottle in hand and a lit cigarette, but at least he’s not approaching me.

With his free hand, he shows me the “ok” signal. I point to myself, confused. He nods. I nod back.

At this point, I’m wondering but hoping that the hand signal for “ok” still just means “ok.” I feel like I might have given a nod for gang recognition or agreed to something to which I ought not agree.


The bus comes. There are several people getting on it. It doesn’t seem like he’s getting on.

I get on the bus.

A few cute Japanese girls get on.

Then he gets on.

I have an empty seat next to me. I am trying to keep an uninterested poker face on but I’m thinking, “Oh man, pleeeeease do not sit next to me!”

He tells the driver, as he walks towards us, that he’s not getting on the bus. His friend is sitting behind me. He comes over, gives her a kiss on the cheek and says goodbye.

I thought they said goodbye before she got on the bus…?

As he’s going back to the front of the bus to get off, he tells his friend, “Maybe I should take this bus; I need one wife.”

O.o

He was also referring to the Japanese girls.

It still takes a few moments for everyone to get on and I’m thinking “hurry up, let’s go! Before he comes back on….”

And the bus takes off. He waves goodbye as we move past him.

Phew!
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I can laugh now that it’s over, haha! Please do not tell my father these bus stories; I don’t need him to be panicking even more each time I go for the bus.

I know, I know. Rudeness is not my rule of thumb and so someone smiles at me, my tendency is to smile back. Plus, this was in the daytime, with other people around, so I had a little sense of safety; I am more cautious at night or if I’m alone.

And I smile because I have a bad memory. I smile because it might be someone I ought to know from somewhere. People tend to recognize me a lot earlier than I recognize them.

So that is the story behind that particular status.

The. End.

Thank you for reading!

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Good Word: Jacob, Judah, and Jesus


God’s Story plan: current; Genesis 30- Genesis 50
Made to Crave plan: current


Hello!

I have no real insights to share today, just a wondering.

The past week in Genesis has been mostly about Jacob and his wives and his sons. One of these days, I’m going to study this because there is so much in it. Jacob’s story doesn’t just end when he dies; it carries on through his sons and connects with the tribes of Israel that wander in the desert in a certain layout to the tabernacle and so on.

I’ve also been wondering why Jesus comes from Judah’s line and haven’t heard yet a message that talks about it. Reuben was Jacob’s firstborn. Judah was the fourth son. Jacob loved Rachel, so one would think the Savior would come from their union, sort of a “true love” scenario, but Judah was the son of Leah, the unloved wife. (Yes, I watch Once Upon a Time)

Joseph was the great son of Jacob, in a way; he’s taken to Egypt on an injustice done to him, goes to prison twice for things he did not commit, interpret’s Pharoah’s dreams and becomes the manager of all of Egypt. He saved many many people from a 7-year famine.

Yet Jesus doesn’t come from the tribe of Judah. I wonder why. And it may be that I shall never know for God’s ways are beyond my understanding, though this won’t stop me from studying and possibly learning something from it.
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The Made to Crave plan is going so well. I will definitely have to get the book and read it. Lysa has such insights to what it means that “God is my portion” and body-envy and how limits can set us free.

And the best part is, much of it goes back to the truths of the Bible.

We are not what we eat. We are not what we weigh.

We are the forgiven, accepted, made-new, victorious children of God!

Tomorrow is the last day of the M2C plan.
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So, week 3 accomplished; I am doing well so far with keeping up. I don’t call this a success because I have the tendency to read a few months well, and then skip a few months, and pick it up later in the year. But so far, so good.

Thank you for reading!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Healthy Go: Preparing For More

A good place for preparing/ transitioning:
3rd Cup Cafe & Venue, Kunia,
http://www.3rdcupcafe.com/

Hello friends!

It has been cold… for Hawai‘i. It is 77°, plus a wind chill factor; it’s feels more like lower 60s. The wind is on the move outside. I know 60s is not much for people who live in cold snowy climates but it is something to people over here.

And I like to hibernate. Give me cold weather and I will hibernate until it is warm again. I mean, I don’t actually hibernate because I can’t afford to, but I will if given the chance. Staying snuggled warm in my bed is bliss for me.

That must be a part of why I like cats. They are my hibernating role models. Eat, drink, play for a few hours and then sleep for 20.

Anyways, I am fighting the urge to hibernate. I keep telling myself, “Jennifer, you are not a cat. You are uncoordinated and unbalanced and completely not graceful. You injure yourself walking. Now get up.”


I am preparing to take on more.

My schedule is starting to settle down and I am excited. I am working on a workout schedule.
I plan on going to the kickboxing class again. So far, it seems like the one that will be good for my schedule is on Saturday mornings, which are my mornings to sleep in but I will have to make a choice, right? I took a class years ago and I am so uncoordinated but I love the action.

I don’t know yet if I really want to try a yoga class. Maybe. I mean, I could use some stretching and such. I’m just more into very active and physical exercise.

And I want to lift weights. As I’m on my own, I’ll be looking for a class. I’d rather have a partner(s) for that but I don’t and I can’t afford a personal trainer, so I’ll see how the classes go for now. If you’re in my area and would like a weights friend, let me know! I could use the help.

And one can ask my friend Shayna, a Kinesiology degree (former) P.E. teacher “tita”- given proper instruction, I am serious about weights. She worked me out. She wouldn’t let me slack on easy weights for me or on low reps. She treated me like I’m strong and can be stronger, and I responded.


With my diet (again, I mean intake, not restrictions), I’ve been keeping steady with the smaller portions, some healthier choices, and getting at least 48 oz of water a day. I am munching on the healthy snacks from Trader Joe’s that my sistah sent me. Right now, I really need to ramp up my exercise, so that is my focus right now, and then later I will work on healthier versions of my fave recipes and the like.


My spirit health has gotten a huge boost this past week with the Arise Women’s conference. It was so wonderful. I heard good messages from the Beveres, Lisa Kai, and Andi Andrews. And these Christian women speak with authority and power- I love that! I got a drop card with the messages on it so that I can hear them again and take more notes because I mostly sat there, soaking it in instead of taking lots of notes like I usually would.

I’ve also been keeping up well with my Bible reading plans. I usually post updates on that on Mondays, so I’ll move on here.


So that’s it for now. Just preparing and getting ready to do more with this journey.

I believe transitions, preparations, can be so important. I myself like to have times of such; I don’t like to rush in the morning so I wake up early to have that waking up time, I like to get to appointments early so that I have that calming breath and preparation time, etc. I like to be in the right mental state when I go into the next thing and so on. I find that I am at my best when I have that on a regular basis.

Actually, it’s part of why I like riding the bus at times. It’s my transition time. I don’t have to stress about my driving, other people’s driving, parking, etc.

Yup.

I hope that you are doing well and training better health habits too! Let me know how you’re doing as well- we can encourage each other to keep going!

Thank you for reading!


Monday, January 14, 2013

The Good Word: Abraham, Prophet of God


Plan: Reading God’s Story: on point
Plan: Made to Crave: on point

Hello!

This past week, for the RGS plan, I read through Genesis 12- 29.

I wrote a note about Genesis 20. Abraham is in a foreign land ruled by King Abimelech. Abraham told people that his wife Sarah was his sister instead.

This was not the first time that Abraham and Sarah had gone through a country saying that they were brother and sister. The first account said that Sarah was beautiful and so Abraham worried for his life because the men would want to take her.

In both accounts, the king somehow found out that Sarah was Abraham’s wife, and in both accounts, Sarah remained untouched.

In the account with King Abimelech, God told him in a dream that Sarah is already a wife. What I find interesting is that even with this deception, God announces to Abimelech that Abraham “is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you shall live.” [v.7]

I’m not exactly sure what one ought to get from this, but what I am seeing is that our mistakes and mishaps do not negate God’s call on us. God is going to continue working in us to become more Christ-like, if we let him, and we’ll make mistakes or things will happen to us, but God can still use us.

I can’t say for sure that the deception of Abraham was in fact sin; the Bible doesn’t outright call it that. It does seem like Abraham was trusting on his own understanding rather than God’s wisdom. And yet, God still called Abraham his prophet.

I still think about Level Up. I still think sometimes that I failed because I failed, because I had sinned. I kind of gave up on ministry because I knew I was dealing with sin.

More and more as I read the Bible and seek God’s wisdom through other resources, … I don’t know. God knows, I was struggling with something in particular but that I was coming to give it up in favor of the ministry, doing God’s work. Instead of beating me up with it (because I do a great job of that already), God was working with me on it.

It’s also that the works of others got to me as well. They talked about me behind my back as if they knew me. They made like they knew exactly what I was going through.

Let me say, they were off-base. Even if they weren’t off-base, their treatment of me (and others) has been unkind and disrespectful.

Then I read something like Genesis 20 and try to think… who would be a great (Christian) leader having started only after they had gotten their act totally together first? This is not to excuse or condone living in sin.

I’m saying that people held a standard of perfection to me, should I be a leader, that is impossible for anyone to fulfill. And I’m saying that I had made the decision to do better, that I was continually striving for a closer walk with God, then and now. God knew my heart.

I read Abraham’s story and I wonder if he was ever overwhelmed with all that God was promising him and all that he was to do or become. Abraham had faith and finished well; I hope that I might do the same.
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The Made to Crave plan is really good! If you struggle with food cravings, with self-control in your food intake and exercise, I recommend reading this plan or better yet, the book it is based on of the same title.

And… that is all for today!

Thank you for reading!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Healthy Go: Steady As She Goes


Hello friends,

If you’ve been following “My Year of Health,” then you already have an idea of how the past week has gone.

I think it was okay. I got a lot of walking and several stairs done. I got out and about which tends to lift my spirits. I dropped the ball on a day exploration by not eating in a timely manner but there was not and will not be 2 bad days in a row.

Not great, but not horrible.

Speaking of spirits, the whole week I have felt the steadiest that I have in a long while. I was a little anxious about things but took care of them right away so that the anxiety didn’t build to a dangerous level. I’m still waiting on 2 more things but everything should be okay. One of them will be decided by next week and then I’ll start on another goal.

Someone asked me about my heartbreak thing. I can break my heart on many things. I don’t really know what to say about this. Right now, I am greatly missing someone and yet I will do what I have to do for me. I mean, whether I’m alone or with people, I will do what I have to do; I am generally not the type to wait around.

And 2 of my Great Friends recently reminded me more of who I am. I am a fighter. I am able.

So when it comes to my health and my heartbreak, I am carrying on with HG. Sometimes one might be able to tell that I’ve been sad or something but the main thing is that I carry on no matter what else is going on in my life. I allow myself to be sad for a time and then I pick up and carry on.

I don’t really know what else to say about the past week. I did a lot of walking and stairs, and yesterday morning (Friday), I thought I was going to miss the bus so I hustled my morning walk- I try not to do so. By the end of the day, my foot was hurting. Ever since I injured my leg about 18 months ago, the arch in that foot has flattened a little and gets to hurting if I try to do too much. It’s okay, I’m okay; it will be ready to go again by tomorrow.

Dad went to the store the other day and they had the parmesan tilapia back so he picked some up for me- looking forward to that!

Ummm… yeah. That’s about it. It was an okay week. That’s how it goes sometimes.

Thank you for reading!


P.S. I’m not the only one getting healthy; here is my MegaMouth shark at the doctor’s, getting a check up (she has a flea allergy). Mega is doing okay!

She’s saying, “This is MY lion; go kill your own!” *wink*

Monday, January 7, 2013

Reading Plans for 2013

This was my morning walk today: rain and darkness. I
always say a prayer for safe travels.

Hello!

Shucks, it’s a new year and I still don’t have a name for my Monday Bible reflections (put that on the Jenn-do list).

Last year, I finished reading the “Old Testament and New Testament” reading plan with the YouVersion Bible app. I read it in the New Living Translation. Before that, I’ve read through in the New International Version.

This year, I have chosen to read through the “Reading God’s Story: One-Year Chronological Plan” in the New King James Version. I always liked the old KJV; it sounds so authoritative and a little mysterious, as if I ought to study a lot more intently should I want to get more out of what God’s saying. I like the idea of that, that I ought to study more intently as a way of honoring the spirit of the text, like it is a real treasure (which I think it is).

In previous readings, I have often wondered how the books read in a chronological manner. I have most often wondered where the stories of Job took place. I would like to have the faith of Job and want to learn more about it; I’m not exactly sure why. I think the fact that it’s a long book, with not much word from God, about having a seriously struggling period, it says things about Satan and his ways, …I just know that there is a lot more to it. I don’t hear a lot of sermons about Job and how it fits into God’s glorious story.

Oh, and what is interesting about this reading plan is that there are readings for 6 days of the week and a rest on the 7th day. Since I began the plan on January 1st, it has it so that every Tuesday is the rest day. It would have been great for these posts if the rest day was Monday, so that I could really reflect and write to you on Mondays, but I’m not going to change the plan or the posting day yet. I’ll see how this goes first.
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Along with the year-long plan (I need to learn constancy and consistency in it), I will be doing shorter devotional reading plans, maybe one a month. They are of varying lengths and subjects. I saw that YouVersion has some interesting ones written by a few musical artists so I would like to read those. I am still considering going through Lent and there is a reading plan called “Lent for Everyone” that looks interesting in the sample.

I am starting with “Made to Crave: 21 Day Challenge.” I’ve already written about it here: http://bit.ly/XoZ8pP. So far, the author Lysa TerKeurst has been very transparent and insightful in the readings and I am enjoying it. When I am through it, I might go through it a few more times to keep the lessons refreshed to accompany my Healthy Go journey.
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I could write a seriously long post but I shall end it here for now, just introducing my plans in case anyone didn’t know yet. Feel free to join me in the readings- you could write a comment in the box below if you do!

Or share what reading plan you’re going through!

Thank you for reading and I hope you had a good Monday!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Healthy Go: What’s in Store for 2013?

February 2011: this is the pic for my next goal;
to look and feel as good as I did in this picture

Aloooooooooohaaaaaa!

Okay, so in prep for this new season of the Healthy Go journey, I actually looked back at the first HG post I had done in June 2012 and I had steps in there: drink more water, eat healthier/ less junk, gym more/ move more, and get a new mattress. I definitely drink more water now (and no soda), I eat less junk now, I had morning walks during the weekdays and did some other exercises, and I am still sleeping on the old mattress. So, I guess I did make progress on 3 of 4 steps. I forgot to talk about that in the year end review.

So. 2013.

The past several months, I was just beginning this journey. I had loose goals and no timeline because that’s all I could handle at the time, and because I still need to enjoy this journey or I won’t keep up with it (enjoy, as in not stress it, not make it feel like work, etc.). Going with loose goals was actually hard for me because I am ambitious- I wanted to lose 20 pounds right there or gym it 6 days a week, but I had to evaluate myself realistically and start with what I could handle.

At this point, I believe I am ready to take it another level and make out some goals and timelines.


Goal: To go from a size 10 to a size 8
Currently, I am a size 10 dress size and around a 10/12 pant size. I want to knock off another size to an 8. I’m not sure how to gauge or set a time for that, so the accompanying goal is…

           -To go from ~155 lbs. to 135 lbs. by April
At 135 lbs., I should be about a size 8.

Breaking this down, it is a loss of 20 lbs. within a 12-week period. This means about a 1-2 lb. loss per week which is doable (and generally advised). I have yet to weigh myself recently and am considering if I want to get a scale or not and how regularly I want to weigh in.


Goal: To set an exercise schedule by the end of January, for Jan.- May, and do it; also to do this periodically
I haven’t set a schedule yet because the next few weeks, I will still be setting my class schedule. Then I will know my classes, figure out my travel schedule (I travel mainly by bus), and I can see where the open spots in my schedule will be. Until then, I will exercise whenever. By the end of January, I should have a set schedule going.

In preparation for setting an exercise schedule, I am looking into gym classes and making decisions about how often I want to exercise at home, etc. I do enjoy trying out some of the exercise videos I’ve found on YouTube, so I’d like to make time for that too. So I shall be looking at things regarding a schedule.

I also have another personal goal which might mess up my exercise schedule, but I will handle it when I come to it, as I don’t know exactly when that will be. And one of my classes doesn’t start until late this month.


Goal: To climb at least 6 times in the year
The last time that I climbed was December of 2010. Then in summer of 2011, I had the damage to my leg. My leg is better; it aches sometimes and I still get shocks every so often, but I should be able to climb.

I miss climbing. At the moment, I am thinking that I will go once during Spring break, and then once a month in the summer, and… more.


Goal: To be consistent with the “My Year of Health” 365 project that I have started
This is my first 365 project. So far, I am excited about it, but I know that I will hit rough patches, so we shall see how this goes. I will still be writing the weekly HG posts here, but I am looking forward to the 365 project and maybe finding out things that I don’t usually think of in the HG posts or to trying new things, etc. I could use some form of stability in my life and this might help.

If you are interested in what I’m doing with this project, you can find it by clicking on the tab “My Year of Health” at the top of this blog.


Goal: To be more consistent with my Bible read than I was last year
I’m not only journeying towards better physical health here, so this will go towards my spiritual health. I look forward to cleaning my mind of the negative voices in my head, hearing God’s voice more clearly, finding guidance and strength for the day, and more. I guess this counts towards a healthier mind too.
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I’m also still working on a goal that involves food: preparation, cooking, eating, anything. Got any suggestions?

By the end of the year, I want to be attractive (in my eyes), I want to have the fighter in me back, I want to feel good wearing dresses more often, I want to be wearing more of the closet that I already have. I hope these goals will get me there and be sure I will be adjusting as needed.

I’ll have some pictures at the end as inspiration/ motivation for myself (and some to remind me).

Leaner and meaner, here I come!

Do you have any HG goals of your own and what are they?
What or who inspires you to become better?
And again, do you have any suggestions for a food-oriented goal?

Thank you for reading!


Ah, I can't find my note on where I got this from! I will try
to find it again- so note: this is not my picture. I am short, in
the 5'0 - 5'4 range, so I look more like the size 16, sort of. The
size 12 here is more like me at size 8.
1999? As a size 6 model; might be the last
time I felt most like me
2001? Size... 4-6?
November 2004

2009- about size 8-10

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Welcome 2013!


Hello friends!

I generally don’t make New Year’s resolutions; I kind of make resolutions whenever I need to, no matter what day it is.

Though, January 1st is a good day to start something if one wants an easy date to remember and an easy date to finish on. I have used the 1st for an important date once so far as I can remember, other than reading through the Bible kine stuff.

I have a few goals and things for the year, some great things to look forward. Some are too personal to share and some I will share with you here.

  • With YouVersion Bible app on Kindle: I have chosen a one-year, whole Bible reading plan, Reading God’s Story: One-Year Chronological Plan; I have also chosen to read through the NKJV this year (last year was NLT)
  • With YouVersion Bible app on Kindle: I have chosen a few shorter devotional reading plans that I will be doing about once a month; I am beginning in January with Lysa TerKeurst’s Made to Crave: 21 Day Challenge [NKJV]
  • I am considering doing Lent for the first time and still considering what I might give up : Facebook, YouTube, juice/ iced tea, meat (yikes!); in preparation, I’ve been looking up the meaning of Lent and such
  • I am working on a list of personal projects, one being to make a box or case thing for my computer tower- my room is very dusty so I wanna protect it a little more; another is to build a thing for the full-length mirror I recently got (it is just the mirror at this point, no borders or stands, etc.)

  • I am going to write a separate Healthy Go post for things regarding healthiness, but I thought I’d mention just one here: I have started a 365 project; it is going to be to chronicle my moves towards health, every day; one can follow it here: MyYear of Health 

  • Also, I am looking forward to being an aunty through my sister-friends! At the moment, I know of 4 good friends who are set to give birth to Snake babies (Year of the Snake)


That is all I can think of at the moment. I am probably forgetting stuff to share. Well, I’ll most likely share it as it comes!

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Do you have any you could share with me?

What are you looking forward to in 2013?

Thank you for reading!