Walking is good for me. Walking is very good as long as I walk on dirt or grass. I actually missed walking this morning because it has been raining for hours, but I’m looking forward to getting out as soon as it is clear. Walking has become a good habit, one I look forward to each day. I’ve also lost two pounds and I attribute that to being more active. I’ve also walked behind a mower for about three hours this week. :)
I cannot resume yoga until I get lighter and healthier. Oh, I can do some of the standing poses that I remember, and I can stretch, but I can’t get down on my mat. My current physical problems make it too painful to get down and up from the floor. Part of that is the fact that the front of my left leg is sore from the fall, part of it is arthritis. I did do some much-needed stretching this morning and it probably wouldn’t hurt to find my hand weights.
I have developed terrible posture because of my foot. I need to stand up straight, look forward, and walk as naturally as possible. I saw myself in the mirror yesterday and was appalled. I should heed the advice of my little home extension booklet “Here’s to You With Poise” (1977): “Poor posture can play havoc with your figure. But good posture can make the imperfect figure look better and an already good figure look its best. You will look taller if you stand up straight. Those extra inches around your waist and stomach will disappear like magic.”
I feel better and eat less when I drink plenty of water. One of the problems that I have at work is not being able to just leave class whenever I need to go to the bathroom. Consequently, I don’t drink as much water at school as I do at home. I can already tell the difference. I usually drink two 20oz bottles of water in class. Sometimes I drink another one on the way home. This week I have been drinking three times that!
I leave you with some advice from 1890:
From The Welcome Baking Powder Encyclopaedia of Cookery and Valuable Recipes- Containing More Than Twenty-five Hundred Recipes for Cooking Every Kind of Meat and Fowl, Making Soup, Gravies, Pastry, Preserves and Essences, and a Chapter on Home Duties, Dress Making, and Being Your Own Doctor.
Is caused generally by lack of power in the digestive organs to digest and assimilate the fat-producing elements of food. First restore digestion, take plenty of sleep, drink all the water the stomach will bear in the morning on rising, take moderate exercise in the open air, eat oatmeal, cracked wheat, Graham mush, baked sweet apples, roasted and broiled beef, cultivate jolly people, and bathe daily.
A Healthful Appetizer
How often we hear women who do their own cooking say that by the time they have prepared a meal, and it is ready for the table, they are too tired to eat. One way to mitigate this is to take, about half an hour before dinner, a raw egg, beat it until light, put in a little sugar and milk, flavor it, and “drink it down”; it will remove the faint, tired-out feeling, and will not spoil your appetite for dinner.
Be kind to yourself today. Don’t expect perfection.