Saturday, December 07, 2013
The cold weather here has really played heck with my neck and back arthritis!
I awoke this morning all stiff as a board and in a lot of pain.
So I did what Spark has taught me to do.
Got out the mat, put in the Fit, Firm and Fired Up in 10 minutes a day video, went to the stretching and lengthening portion of the video, got on the floor and did the workouts.
As some of you know, I am rather challenged in keeping my balance. I don't fall over; I TIP over.
This video is a composite of yoga, pilates and plain ole stretches. All of them present challenges when my body wants to stay STUCK.
But poor balance, stuck body, tipping over and an attitude of deliberation, I kept at it. Got in a total of 30 minutes doing those things.
Body wasn't so STUCK, so I did some of the marching and walking in place stuff on the video. Got the ole ticker going a bit on that one. Moved on to the ball, and did some back stretches on it.
Being careful to not overdo, I returned to the stretch and lengthening workout, did another round of them, and then decided it was enough.
I put in a total of 105 minutes, and guess what!
My BODY FEELS SO MUCH BETTER!!!!!
So take this lesson: If your body is old, stiff, arthritic and sore, DO THE WORKOUTS! You'll like yourself and your day much better!!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING,
BUT I JUST COULDN'T SLEEP.
I TRIED COUNTING BACKWARDS,
I TRIED COUNTING SHEEP.
THE LEFTOVERS BECKONED -
THE DARK MEAT AND WHITE,
BUT I FOUGHT THE TEMPTATION
WITH ALL OF MY MIGHT.
TOSSING AND TURNING WITH ANTICIPATION,
THE THOUGHT OF A SNACK BECAME INFATUATION.
SO, I RACED TO THE KITCHEN, FLUNG OPEN THE DOOR,
AND GAZED AT THE FRIDGE, FULL OF GOODIES GALORE.
GOBBLED UP TURKEY AND BUTTERED POTATOES,
PICKLES AND CARROTS, BEANS AND TOMATOES.
I FELT MYSELF SWELLING SO PLUMP AND SO ROUND,
'TIL ALL OF A SUDDEN, I ROSE OFF THE GROUND.
I CRASHED THROUGH THE CEILING, FLOATING INTO THE SKY,
WITH A MOUTHFUL OF PUDDING AND A HANDFUL OF PIE.
BUT, I MANAGED TO YELL AS I SOARED PAST THE TREES....
HAPPY EATING TO ALL - PASS THE CRANBERRIES, PLEASE.
MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY,
MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP.
MAY YOUR POTATOES 'N GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP.
MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS.
MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE,
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER STAY OFF OF YOUR THIGHS!!
Saturday, November 02, 2013
some of you already know that I am not good at setting long term goals. They always seem to have a ring of impossibility for me, and I soon lose focus, which winds me right back where I started.
This is especially true with this weight loss thing, as I call it.
I can't tell you how many times I have started out, all determined to lose 20, or 30, or 50 pounds, only to get discouraged because I "only lost" 1 or 2 pounds in a week!!
Then one day I took a personal inventory of myself and goal setting. I had heard someone say "I can do for a DAY what I don't have to do for a LIFETIME." PROFOUND to my ears!!
So I rearranged my brain into thinking of shorter term, more achievable goals.
I decided to give myself two weeks to lose five pounds.
I stayed off the scale until Saturday mornings.
I tracked every single bite I put in my mouth, even those Oreo cookies I was so fond of.
Each day I went overboard with Oreos, I still tracked them without getting all wrapped around the flagpole about it. I accepted the fact that I was over eating, and that I can change that when I am ready to love myself.
Slowly the Oreos disappeared into the past. Almonds came in. I counted them, and limited myself to 22 per day, and not all at one time, either.
Cravings for fruit showed up, and I began to look forward to apples, oranges, grapes, etc. all mixed up together with no dressing. What a refreshing treat!! I would sit down and enjoy a huge helping of fruit.
Veggies became much more interesting than cake!! I learned to put just a few drops of lemon juice on them, and WOW! What a wonderful flavor THAT produced!!
Red meat began to lose its allure for me, and I found myself eating more salmon with lemon pepper seasoning or with blackening seasoning. Half a baked yam and some green veggies made the meal so pretty and rewarding!
Whole grain cereals began to interest me, and now when I think of pancakes or French toast, I find the idea distasteful. Now I am noticing that French bread is beginning to turn me off, too.
Trifles make wonderful desserts. So do baked apples.
Of course, I added in exercise, beginning slowly……….15 minutes a day……..and found more and more ways of enjoying it and adding more minutes slowly, until I average about 90 minutes per day per week.
Try adding music to workouts, and you will see what I mean! I have some wonderful Oldie but Goodies rock and roll music, and it is such fun to dance to it! By playing a variety of it, I would be dancing fast for one song, then walking in place for the next one, then speeding up again . You get the idea. Reggae is another good one, especially when on the stationery bike or rowing machine. Keeps a rhythm going.
In short, I was having more fun that wondering what the scale would read.
Sure, some times there was a little disappointment in not losing as much as I thought I should have, but other times was a real brain buster in seeing more progress than I thought!
And one day, not long ago, I reached GOAL!!!!! I mean the perfect weight for ME. I sat down and cried.
Yes, all the work paid off, even when it didn't feel like work. My life changes were gradual, but steady. I didn't feel deprived or left out.
I was feeling more self respect and self honor. I like the person I am, and am very proud of myself for the changes incorporated into my life.
I cannot begin to express my love for SparkPeople,com. This is what worked for me, and continues to bring me success in the world I live in.
You have taught me not only how to lose weight, but have also brought me to a place where I stop and ask myself "is this what I REALLY want?". That has made such enormous changes in my entire life, all across the board!
So I set my goals for short time periods. It works for me.
I honestly believe I am a Sparkie for life!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
You must remember while reading this that I am nearly completely computer illiterate, and depend on my trusted Spirited Underdogs Team Leader Dianne to walk me through my woes with this #@&%&^*!!! machine.
Ever since I found out Facebook thinks it can use the stuff on my page any way they want to, including my photos and other information about me, I have been determined to get rid of them. I mean!!! How about handing stalkers and other evil-doers all my information, even if I have my page set on private???
No sirree Bob! Not the THIS kid!!
So, with Dianne's help, which was via many emails that answered all of my dumb questions, I finally DID it.
I am talking about following Dianne's directions, without complicating them.
First, I went (as instructed) to my new Start Page.
Second, I clicked on "accounts" right under my name.
Then I clicked on "community".
Then I scrolled down, and UNCLICKED FACEBOOK.
It is as easy as that!!
Dang Dianne!! YOU'RE GOOOOOOOOOOD!!!!!
Monday, October 21, 2013
Facebook has announced that there will no longer be any protection against people being able to get our personal information and photos any time they want to. AND Facebook can now use our photos any way they want, even if our pages are set to "private".
I have HAD it with having my personal privacy being robbed from me. ENOUGH of this "legal spying" on me! My identity and personal information is no one's business other than my own, and those whom I CHOOSE to give it to.
Now all my medical information can be accessed on a GOVERNMENT site, for Pete's sake. My personal life can be accessed by any creep who goes on a search for me on Facebook.
Should I even MENTION the IRS?????
My financial state of affairs is now the GOVERNEMNT'S business???? I get FINED if I don't have what the government determines is acceptable health insurance???
I can only see more and more intrusion on my personal affairs to come. George Orwell's "1984" has become a reality.
I will do whatever I can to protect myself from this madness.
I begin with shutting down my Facebook.
I purchased my own choice of medical care insurance.
I will vote in each election, being well informed, well read, to determine the best course of government that sanctifies the Constitutional freedoms of America.
I will participate in protests when our freedoms are at risk.
I will fly the American flag every day, and have a light on it so I can continue to fly her through the dark nights.
I will continue my personal fitness with Spark by doing my workouts and tracking the food and water intake.
I will participate ONLY with freedom loving, positive, forward-moving people, helping any one who wants help along the way.
I am SO DONE with all the madness!!!
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