Tuesday, January 28, 2014

From the Corner

   On Sunday I really didn't have a lot of time to go walking, but I did want to get about an hour or more in. So I set out to do a few errands I had to do in some stores near the Yarkon river park, and from there I went for a short walk along the Yarkon, between the 7 mills area and the shopping mall.
    On returning to the mall, I elected to take a bus home, hoping that if I caught a bus right away, I might get home quicker. (Usually I would walk, but I was also a bit tired.) However, when I reached the 92 bus stop I realized to my distress that I had missed the previous bus by a minute or two, and the next one would be in only 25 minutes. So as I have done before, I headed over towards the next stop, where I could catch either this next bus, or the number 7 bus, whichever would arrive sooner.
   As I neared my destination (the bus stop that is), I was at the corner, waiting for a green light, when I saw the #7 bus arrive at the intersection. But he had a red light, and I had a green one.
  I took off running. The stop is about a third of a block away, and I was hoping to beat the bus, with a bit of luck. But I knew that it would be a close call, so I really  RAN. And RAN. And I (just barely) caught the bus.

   I never felt better in my life.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

It Isn't Always Simple…..

    Many times people ask me "How did you do it?" I often think that this is a bit like asking one to recite a whole lecture series while standing on one foot.
     Weight loss isn't that simple, or we would all manage to have our weight under control.  We all KNOW that we need to eat less and exercise more, yet most people do not succeed long term.
   Weight loss is not just "eat this, not that", or "use your willpower".

   Weight loss involves eating less than our body is burning, so in a way we are doing something the body sees as stressful. So in order to succeed, we need to involve ALL of the things involved: our body, our emotions, and our minds. All of these must play together to have a healthy sustained loss of weight. We need to use our brains to be aware of what we need to do, we need to control and use our emotions in order to succeed. And we need to act in a way that is not too stressful on our body.  So all-in-all, it can get pretty complicated.  It is a real journey…. But a fun one as well!