On vacation December 2013, weight 121
I'm a 55 year old married mother of 3 beautiful girls. I live in Canada where the weather is anything from snowy winter days to hot and humid summers, but I wouldn't have it any other way!
I don't know how many times I have come and gone from Sparkpeople (maybe 4), but it is the best thing I have ever done for me. I faithfully lose weight while on it and am physically in much better shape.
I am so motivated right now, I wish I could harness this feeling. I don't want to lose it, so I am going to try to commit to making Sparkpeople a part of my life forever and ever.
1. To get to my goal weight and manage to stay within 5 pounds of it for the rest of my life!
2. To joyfully make exercise a regular part of my life.
3. To get my family to join me in my fitness, whether it's biking, walking, swimming or tennis!
4. To love myself and enjoy life to it's fullest.
5. To encourage other SP members, to stay in the SP program forever! It's such an important part of my weight loss, but more importantly, my new lifestyle.
6. Okay, to wear a bikini and feel really good in it, and finally ...
7. To have rock-hard abs! Sexy!!
I finally realized that I am not a gym girl, tried it and blew so much money not going. So I decided to make a mini-gym in my basement (the area the kids no longer use). It's small but it's really well organized.
I bought a treadmill, bosu ball, exercise ball, dumbbells, resistance bands, body bars (10 and 22 lbs), bench, weighted vest and yoga mat. I need variety for me to stay interested, at least I now know that much about me.
I have gone online and found a few websites that are constantly updating it with short but killer 10-20 minute workouts ... no excuses when running out of time! I have saved these in my Favourites Bar so they are easy to find again.
I am also a planner, so I have created a spreadsheet with about 6 different workouts with dumbbells. They say you shouldn't do the same routine all the time, so this helps me to mix it up.
As for food, I tend to do simple but low-cal breakfasts, my main meal at noon and then a big salad with
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| current weight: 141.5
thanks for the comments on my blog .. I do group and copy food and you're right it saves multi time. I don't group exercise since as I said in my blog I'm lazy so don't do the same thing every time I go there :(
I do also sync my fitbit with my steps so it keeps it right in front of my nose if I do less than desired walking ..
1038 days ago
Just cruising the site stopping by my friends pages to say hello!!
Hope you have a great week!!
2413 days ago
I am commenting on my own page ... I had 3 big weekends in a row that made it impossible for me to stick to the program. We had friends from out of town all 3 weekends ... the first was the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival which to me is just a big food festival with the most amazing food on earth! I was actually good at the Festival, it was the rest of the weekend that I fell down The second weekend was Easter and I had 11 people over for dinner - need I say more? This past weekend I held a 50th birthday party for a friend of mine and it was pot luck. The food was absolutely fantastic! While I allowed for certain foods in my journal that day I just couldn't stick to them - I had to try a bit of everything. I don't know if that was the "guilty hostess" in me, or the fact that it was all so good!
I am trying to live by the 80/20 rule, but why is it that I don't just gain a pound on the weekend, I gain 3! That's hard to keep overcoming. I just get back to where I was and wham, another event. I was supposed to go to a baby shower this weekend for an employee's wife - they are Greek and the food would be ridiculous. It was her last baby shower that completely sunk me and I never recovered ... I am sending a gift and won't be attending ;) ! I have a hard time telling even a little lie, so I was fretting about how to gracefully get out of it, but low and behold I have to help (probably end up doing it myself) install an electronic fence for our puppy who keeps escaping. Thank God I have no more events planned for a little while and I am hopeful that now I can refocus and stay there!
I know that overall my problem is not so much watching what I eat, it's exercising I don't like it and don't find time for it. I don't even like walking (but I love to bike ). My husband and kids won't join me and the neighbours I do know don't bike ... I need a buddy to bike with.
I then decided that when I went to the gym years ago I used to enjoy the treadmill while listening to my iPod, so I started looking into that. I researched it and decided on a Sole Treadmill, but can't really afford a brand new one. I found one on Kijiji, but the buyer decided to keep it because it was going to be impossible to get out of her house! I really think I would have used that, so now I'm in a bit of a funk - that was one exercise thing I could have maybe stuck to ... hopefully!
So right now I am feeling very frustrated and trying to pick myself up and get back on the band wagon. Okay, as soon as I finish typing this sentence, I am going to put on my running shoes and go for a walk.
If anyone has any tips for me, I'm all ears! I love the motivational stuff, but what ends up happening is I get so wrapped up in reading sparkpeople articles, I don't get up and go! I'm still new at this, so maybe in time it will get better.
Okay, I'm outa here!
Okay, leaving now, bye
2426 days ago
Comment edited on: 4/13/2010 1:20:29 PM
You are off to a great start, sparkpeople has done very well for me and my DW. Learning how to change lifestyle is key to being successful, keep on sparking!!
2426 days ago
HI! .. Thanks for the lovely comments on my blog and liking what/how I write.. I'm an accountant but I've always thought I could write (well maybe not).
I love your 80/20 ideas too .. same as in business .. I think that's why I get so frustrated because the 80/20 works in business and much of business can be applied to your life.
Good luck on your journey .. you will be awesome!
2430 days ago