St. Pete's Beach, June 2013
February 2011 - Inspiration: I can do this again.
May 2013 at Nationals Stadium in DC, with President Taft. This pic cracks me up!
Six years ago, I got serious about losing weight and taking care of myself, mind, body and soul. I stopped drinking alcohol and eating all manner of treats entirely for 3 months and trained for a half marathon. I lost 25 pounds! But over the next couple years, I regained most of the weight and have fluctuated up and down ever since.
I developed a lot of good habits during that time, but I realized later that I wasn't able to keep the weight off because I couldn't keep up that high level of activity (injuries, etc), and I didn't want to limit my intake so drastically.
I'm still determined to reach my goals, but now I'm focused on creating sustainable strategies and habits for losing weight, so they'll be familiar to me and help me maintain my weight loss when I reach my goal.
For example, the Beck Diet Solution has a ton of strategies that are practical and useful - like reminding yourself of your motivation, making a food plan every day, giving yourself credit for the positve things you do ... The trick is practicing them regularly.
I consider this a lifelong task. I never want to stop learning more about how to take care of myself as well as I can, so I can live a long and happy life!
I've learned about meditation and yoga and I try to practice every day.
I want to keep on learning more about how to eat well while eating healthy and how to exercise in ways that prevent injury. My body isn't as resilient as it once was, and I want to be strong and active for a long time.
For me, it's about recognizing that losing weight and maintaining that loss is as much about the way you think as it is about what you eat and how much you move. And maybe more....
So, my goal is more about changing my habits than reaching a number on the scale. If I can successfully build good habits, step by step, I can achieve any goal I set for myself.
�Learn to be calm and you will always be happy� -- Paramhansa Yogananda
�Peace is to be found only within, and unless one finds it there he will never find it at all. Peace lies not in the external world. It lies within one's own soul.� -- Ralph W. Trine
My overall goal is to make healthy living a habit in all aspects of my life: body, mind and soul.
For My Body
* Gain strength, endurance and flexibility
* Long term: lose 20 pounds in 5 pound increments
* MAINTAIN healthy habits and a healthy weight for life.
For My Mind
* Reduce stress in my life
* Increase my self discipline
For My Soul
* Maintain an Attitude of Gratitude!
* Create beauty in the world.
*Follow the Beck Diet Solution, changing my thinking to change my behavior
*Maintain daily caloric intake of approximately 1450 calories/day
*Strength training 2 times/week.
*Cardio: 4-5 times a week: running, elliptical, biking, walking.
* Yoga as often as possible!
* Reduce my stress level through meditation, yoga, writing.
I am thankful for my positive outlook on life.
I have two cats, two sons and a wonderful fiance. I love travel and art.
The only thing I can truly control are my actions and reactions.
I practice yoga because I believe in the interconnectedness of all things.
Secrets of Success
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Thanks for the encouragement on my blog. Have a great Friday! Hope you had a great first day of a new month.
56 days ago
Thanks for your comment. I definitely support the run/walk program - I can go longer with less pain, so I get in more overall minutes.
87 days ago
Ha! I read your question wrong. No I'm not on Lake Ontario. I'm on Lac la Blanche. Hee hee!!
Lac La Blanche is a small lake located on the boundary between Mulgrave-et-Derry and Mayo, Quebec, Canada. The lake has three islands. Wikipedia
Length: 4 km
Width: 2.8 km
Primary outflow: Blanche River
90 days ago
Just catching up on your page and blogs through mutual friend feed...
Congrats on wedding!
Congrats on weight lost!
Happy anxiety never sets well with me...just stay focused on being happy and if that means losing a few pounds then work it! If it means eating joyfully for the occasion, then enjoy. Do what you can at this point. Don't give in to an all-or-nothing attitude! This lifestyle has to be developed. Keep up what works and throw out and try again with what does not.
Best wishes and keep Sparking!
106 days ago
Love the comments you left on my blog yesterday about having to pick up development where it left off when addictions set in. Considering my addiction (to sugar and fat) set in solidly during my final year or two of grade school (a six candy bar a day habit, that sorry to say, I stole change from my parents to support), I had quite a bit of "making up" of development to do, and it spread across decades. Interestingly enough, most of the growth and development came WHILE I was making various and assorted attempts to drop the pounds... very, very interesting addition to the story!
111 days ago