Well although it has been very hot and humid in Bundaberg, Queensland today we were the crazy couple who went for a walk at 10am this morning. We could have gone at the cooler and more reasonable hour of 6am or 7am but our adult children who have been visiting over Christmas were getting up then, and we cooked them breakfast before they headed off on the road for a 5 hour trip back to Brisbane.
We were only intending to walk 20 minutes and then sit in the shade at Burnett Heads overlooking the ocean and talk but we were so immersed in conversation we had walked over half an hour before we realised it and then had to walk all the way back to the seat in the shade! Suffice to say when we returned home, a cold shower, a litre of cold water, an ice-block and laying on the bed with the air conditioning on was needed to return ourselves to a stable state after overheating.
So what is the 80/20 rule? The 80/20 rule is that healthy living and maintaining a healthy body weight is 80% diet (what food we eat) and only 20% exercise. Our goal is to move a minimum of 20 minutes a day (hoping for an hour) then that is the 20% taken care of. How you do this – whether by aerobic exercise, running, walking, swimming or other sport or muscle building/strength building (or a combination of all over a week) is a matter of personal preference.
For myself, walking is the preferred and less stressful option. Preferably without dogs barking at me, and cars noisy on the road next to me. Today we walked along the path at Burnett Heads along the Coast and it was breathtakingly beautiful as always. It is a 15 minute drive but worth it for the relaxation and calm the scenery and surroundings create.
I know that part of my eating is emotional eating (comfort in sweet foods) and so have sourced some Paleo recipes using coconut oil, cacao powder and nuts to make a chocolate fudge. I think if I make a few sweet things and keep in a freezer bag in the freezer then I will have a more healthy version on hand if I get cravings. Tomorrow is the day for working out our meal plan for the week for 5 adults (3 adults and 2 teenage boys) and go shopping for food and pre preparing any food for lunches and healthy snacks to have in the fridge for when we are busy working next week.
So, the challenge will be to keep up our walking in this intense heat when we both hate the heat and find it incredibly draining (get up early), and to pre prepare our food for the week by means of working out a menu and then having snacks in the fridge or freezer. Will let you know how it goes!
On a side note, we launched our YouTube channel for Hoax-Slayer today. Got a few negatives comments but a bunch of subscribers and likes. Feeling confident it will provide an alternative to reading for those who prefer a visual means to absorb information. It is still early stages and we will do a few tweeks and refinements but hope to get 3 videos a week created and uploaded.
I’ve been invited to be a guest on the Circle of Insight program on the Therapy Cable network. The web television show is hosted by Carlos Vasquez, a former congressional candidate for the US House of Representatives. I’ll be participating via Skye in an interview examining spirituality and child abuse. The internet podcast explores psychology in many areas including economics, politics and religion. My interview will occur in February 2015 and I will put up a link once it is available on therapycable.com.
Well, have a relaxing evening and hope your plans and goals for 2015 are well thought out and your motivation continues high.