Sunday, March 13, 2011
I just read a topic posted on the Spark Business Community Team about posting your points early.
Seems that it bothers some folks that others are posting their points ahead of time, seemingly in the food department.
So I read these comments, and this is what I have come up with.
It is all Much Ado About Nothing!
I mean, why should I care if someone posts points ahead of time?? I mean, what business is it of MINE?
I have enough on my plate (pun intended) without policing others.
It is totally MY business what points I log for my food, exercise, water, etc.
After all, who am I trying to lose weight for? MYSELF. I cannot lose weight or cut calories for any one else. And I am certainly not willing or interested in policing others.
I have no interest in the Spark Police coming to my house.
I have teammates to encourage, support and interact with, and they give the same back to me.
The key here is ENCOURAGE!!! Not snipe at one another.
I am not competing with anyone other than myself.
We each have joined Spark for our own reasons. Some to lose weight, some to learn healthier ways of living, some to ward off loneliness.
Does it really matter WHY we join? Isn't the fact that we joined enough?
This thing is a "to thine own self be true" process, and any other opinions are MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.
So I will stay with my teams, my friends and my coaches. I will bring what I can to the banquet of life on Spark.
But I will NOT participate in finger pointing.
I think this entire subject ought to be taboo.
Now, I think I have said my piece. Time to work out.
Love you guys!!! WE can do it!!!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Today is weigh in. Usually that means stress. Not today.
This past week I have been doing what I should be doing all the time.
I stopped eating when I had had enough.
I got in a lot of exercise.
I drank at a minimum of 8 glasses of water each day.
I logged in every single bite of food I put in my mouth.............well, ALMOST every bite.
I got into my jeans, zipped them and buttoned them without having to lay on the bed. I can even BREATHE with my jeans on! AND I don't have much of a muffin top at all when I wear them.
I KNEW my weight was down.
So far, in three weeks, I have thrown away 4 pounds. That's a good thing, as Martha would say.
But WAIT! There's MORE!
Yesterday I had to do some Costco shopping for milk.
I got the milk, then browsed through the clothing section. They had sports bras, 2 per package, at a VERY good price. Picked up a package of them.
Then I saw these really neat sweaters for $12.97. Picked up one of them, too.
BTW.........you ARE aware, aren't you, that when the cost of something at Costco ends in a 7 that that is the lowest price they will have the item, and it won't be continued stock? I always look for the 7.
My mind tried to trick me into "browsing" through the chocolate covered raisins, macadamia nuts, cashews. I reached for the chocolate covered macadamias, and then said "NO!" really loud.
I pulled my arm back just in time. The container did not get into my cart!
Then I go past the mixed nuts, temptation again. "NO!" outloud helped again.
I zoomed to the check out, paid for my three items, and got out of there.
What a VICTORY!!! TO ME AND SPARK!!
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Okay. My body and I have had a long talk.
We need to keep our motivation and positive attitudes.
Yesterday I went to the Doc to get the test results from the MRI/MRA on my head.
Some of you already know that I have been having terrible pains in my head. Not headaches; localized PAIN. Also blurry vision at times. Hence, the tests.
This has been going on with me for a number of years, but now it is much more severe and frequent.
The good news is that I have no tumors or aneurysm. That's good.
The bad news is that they are suspecting a nerve disease going on. Not much can be done about that except to have injections to hopefully take away the pain. It is called Occipital Neuritis.
There is a concern that PERHAPS that the disease has gone into the main optical nerve. That means I could possibly lose my vision.
More tests were done yesterday, and I will be going back in a couple of weeks to find out the results.
IN THE MEANTIME, I will continue living my life to the fullest.
I have absolutely no intention of laying around and feeling sorry for myself. Rather, my plan is to just keep on doing what I have been doing.
I will walk with my dog, explore trails I have yet to traverse, and do my art work.
I will continue to eat healthfully, exercise, and laugh out loude at least once a day.
I will attend Quilt Club, and make quilts (which I love doing!) for the kids battling cancer. I will even make quilts for myself, family and friends.
I will continue to look for different birds along the trails, and pay heed to their birdsong. That is always so very joyful.
I truly believe attitude is everything. If I keep joy in my heart, my mind will follow.
If I keep laughter as a part of my life, the little things won't be so annoying.
I'm the type of person that takes illnesses with a grain of salt, but let me break a shoe lace, and I'm all wrinkled up.
Have you ever noticed that big things are taken with calmness and acceptance, but when we burn the toast it is a big deal, and can ruin our entire day??
I love the saying "Don't sweat the small stuff. And it is ALL small stuff!
Now I must get off the computer and participate in my day.
Have a great one,!
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Have you lost your momentum to get out and walk?
This time of year is especially wonderful and exciting to be walking outdoors.
Yes, the March wind shall blow, and perhaps we'll have snow, and what will Poor Robin do then?
He'll climb right into the nicely cleaned birdhouse I have hanging, and he can begin making his nest with the small fabric strips and scraps I have laid out for him.
The wind is bound to make you feel more energetic, as you inhale all that fresh air.
So WHAT if it is raining a little? Rain makes the flowers grow, remember?
Winnie and I were walking today, and we saw all kinds of bulbs, buds and fresh greenery this morning.
Spring is definitely on the way, folks!
Go on out there and watch for all the new birds singing and chirping, see all sorts of new life appearing.
Guaranteed to get you out of the winter doldrums!!
Friday, March 04, 2011
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