CNN Health - September 6, 2007
Sixty used to be old, or at least it seemed to be. In the '80s, seniors had TV role models like the Golden Girls, Matlock and "Murder She Wrote's" mystery-writing sleuth, Jessica Fletcher. Now baby boomers can look to Goldie Hawn, Diane Sawyer and Harrison Ford for inspiration as they near retirement age. Today's seniors also have a much different view of fitness than their parents, said Colin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Active Aging. "Exercise was actually a bad word," Milner said. "The term exercise meant hard work. It was what you did in the military or body builders did at Muscle Beach and women were told that if they did it they weren't womanly or it would hurt their reproductive organs." Milner said baby boomers helped spark the modern fitness movement.
On 9/11/07 my friend Esther, 50, and I took some fun photos in my home.
Ellie today ...
I lost a lot of weight this year! Down to 140 pounds ... goal weight 120. For some people 140 is okay - for me it is still too fat and not where I have been most of my life. That belly has to go! I believe in keeping things as simple as possible in 3D. Therefore dieting can become a 'no brainer' which can easily be adjusted and followed. Never let your emotions rule, as they can get out of control.
About Ellie: I'm 5'6" tall, have no medical problems, not on any meds, no cosmetic work, and will be 65 on 2/17/08! I love being an Aquarian. I don't wear glasses which is amazing after 12 years at the computer. My blood pressure has always been 100 over 62. I get lots of quality sleep. My norm is 9 hours ... the other side is far more adventurous anyway. Never was involved with drugs or drinking. Never drawn to them nor were the friends I hung out with, not to mention I always need a clear connection to Z.
As with all diets, the foods that work best for me, may not be right for you. If you have allergies, or are on certain medications, you might want to consult a doctor first. Actually a nutritionist is and excellent way to go.
People have asked what I eat and don't eat. It's all about finding out what works for your body, adjusting your head space and off you go. For me to lose weight ... all I had to do was give up sugar because I eat the same healthy foods day after day. My friend Dianne, another Aquarian, and I always say that if there was a pill to replace food, shopping and cooking, it would make life so easy. I only drink bottled water and grapefruit juice, hate hot drinks. My body loves protein and vegetables. I was never drawn to carbs, dairy products, and fried greasy foods. I always keep things simple. Breakfast: 1/2 slice of cheese with a cup of grapefruit juice. Lunch and on through the day ... chicken (that I prepare in the late morning) with cooked vegetables. Del Monte is the best and easiest, for those of us who hate to cook. I chose a veggie, I love them all, flip the top of the can open and I'm good to go. I never eat late, unless out with friends. Dinner consists of salad sometimes mixed with left over chicken diced it. The only vitamins I take are 1000 mg Time Released Vitamin C. Time Released is very important. Hate health foods and macrobiotic anything, upsets my stomach.
I know my diet is not realistic for most people, but it is what I love best. You have to find what works for you, and try to eat tiny portions through the day, so your body burns what you eat. Do I miss the sugar cookies? I do, but not good for me at my age. When I get to goal weight, will eat them in moderation. I went online and looked up the best weight for someone my age and height -- 140 pounds. So now I am back to a healthy norm, but still not back to Ellie ... soon. Will keep you posted. You can diet with me till the end of the year when I reach my goal. When trying to determine where I wanted my goal weight to be, I was suddenly flooded with women clients of different ages who were all 5'6" tall. The clients who had the bodies I want, were all 120-125 pounds and couldn't image being heavier. Took me back a few years when 130 pounds was over the top.
Eating Out: Bay Ridge, is much like Manhattan, restaurants everywhere. Eating out ruins most diets, so do be careful. I keep it simple. My favorite meal is Chicken Caesar without the dressing, or grilled salmon with a vegetable. No diet soda. Love salt on my food, but don't overdue it. The only Chinese foods I like are way too fattening, like Sesame Chicken, so I don't eat them. Japanese food offers sashimi, another favorite, eaten on occasion. Italian food has many great choices, so watch the calories. Don't really like pasta, with the exception of manicotti. Wine? On occasion, if anything prefer champagne (it's sweet). Nothing during the diet.
Exercise: Why do people feel there has to be pain and suffering to accomplish goals ... along the way causing destruction to self on other levels? Ellie and Exercise: I run around a lot, but too lazy to exercise. To maintain the tight body, one must keep exercising or it turns to flab. I know about exercise being healthy, when done the right way, in moderation, for each person. It makes most people feel better. Clients who exercise too much have all sorts of health issues and emotional problems they want to vent that way. Exercise goes to age, and other factors. People who I know who run every day, eventually have problems with knees and related. Athletes develop physical problems. When I see people on that TV reality show, "The Biggest Loser", they are killing themselves. It's stupid and could cause permanent damage. If they stop eating and did some mild exercise, the pounds would flow off. A client who is a dietician told me that weight loss is 20% exercise and 80% proper eating. Know your body. Don't abuse it.
Things to avoid at all costs: drama and dysfunctional people, places, and things. They are bad influences on you at all levels. I don't need a self help book to know these people will destroy you. Dump them along with the calories. They frustrate you causing a change in body chemistry which makes you eat. You must be in control of your emotions and reality to succeed at dieting, getting healthy and just about anything else. I don't read self-help books, as they are all common sense, much like the blogs I write. It's all so simple and can be done on your own once you shift your grid, make a plan and move forward. When you eat something, tap into your physical body and ask if this is what it wants and needs or is the emotional body seeking gratification based on patterns? The soap opera autobiographies that people write will always fare well to those with similar issues, but do they change your grid? You have to view yourself from outside the box, and do the best you can to fix your physical body. When you look good, you feel good, and you succeed by attracting success. When you're finished working on yourself, go out and play...
FYI - I have never colored my hair.
The single oversized orb looks like the hemispheres of the brain - creating balance. Barbara, a critical care nurse, says it reminds her of a CT Head Scan. The orb also looks like a labyrinth on a screen (projected illusion through consciousness). How about Fibonacci spirals - the movement of consciousness above and below? Concentric circles archetype? The top and right side of the orb have a blue aura. The bottom and left side look lavender on my screen. Pat says the orb details are reminiscent of the Mayan Calendar. (2012) Christina says the orb reminds her of something Asian, the I Ching. Orbs are dust on the camera lens or in the air, but the way they manifest, and their location in a photo, often goes beyond the physical for the person. When we look at photo scrying, it's all up for interpretation.
Ellie at 133 pounds
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