I've been reluctant to get back into the real world this week. :-) I got so relaxed last weekend, it's been hard to stay focused. I'm happy that today my weight is back where it was before the weekend of indulgence. :-)
October's Prevention Magazine and my new book Juicy Tomatoes both have some good info on perimenopause and its possible symptoms. It sounds like palpitations may be one, so I'll be asking the cardiologist about that when I see him next Thursday. Another is cognitive problems so I feel better about the times I can't think of a simple word I want to use! ;-D
From the Eat This, Not That folks: 47 ways to fix anything with food (Not all of the links worked in IE, but did fine in Firefox browser.)
From Denise Austin:
"Boost Your Exercise Motivation!
Are you having a hard time staying motivated to work out? You're not alone. One of the main reasons many people are not more physically active is that they lack the drive to get up and move each day. But it shouldn't be hard to get yourself off the couch! If you're looking for a simple way to boost your exercise motivation, try keeping a fitness journal!
Just create a simple chart with the days of the week; you can even use a ready-made calendar. Then, as you're following your Fitness Planner, write down in the journal the fitness routine or exercises that you do each day as you complete them. That's all there is to it, but you'll gain plenty of benefits! You will be able to:
* Get a motivational boost! It feels terrific to be able to write down the exercises you completed each day, and it's truly motivating when you look back over a week and see how active you were. All those exercise sessions add up fast!
* Track your progress. Your fitness journal will record how far you've walked or biked, how many minutes or hours you've exercised, and how often you do it. It's hard to remember it all without writing it down!
* Pinpoint trouble spots. You can look at your weekly or monthly journal and evaluate it with an objective eye. Suppose you notice that you are great about working out in the beginning of the week but start to slack off from Wednesday on — you'll know that you need to focus on increasing your activity toward the end of the week.
Get started right now by writing down the exercises you've done today in your online Journal. If you haven't done any yet — get up and get moving! There's no time to waste!"