Sunday, January 03, 2010
We spent the night in Biloxi and saw the Beach Boys perform. It was fantastic! I never saw so many 60 somethings dancing in the aisles and swiveling their hips. OUght to be able to count that as exercise! Two of the guys were original and "old" but they sang and performed for 1 hr and 45 min! A great show. They are coming back in October for Cruising the Coast whatever that is. It will be at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS.
I've been reading my Spark Book and I'm on the Fast Break Part. When I got back at 11:00 a.m. today I went right to the computer to check on my spark mail. I've been here for 3 hours. This is ridiculous. There is so much to do, I don't have time to eat. Maybe that is the key. It took me a while to find the Bootcamp video but when I did, I jumped up and kept up with it. Should have had shoes on though and the dog thought it was time to play. After I found it I didn't want to stop for any reason or else I would have lost it again.
It is cold here in Florida, 32 degrees this morning and that is not usual!!! And I promised to take Panda for a walk daily so I'll have to bundle up at some point. The Week 1 first Action step is to set my fast break goals. I'm supposed to start modestly to get off on the right foot. I already drink enough water to sink a ship, never a problem for me. I'm already committed to the exercise so these are the 3 goals I have set up for my first week.
1. Cook dinner at home 5 out of 7 days. (We eat out sometimes 3 or 4 times a week so this is a good goal for me.
2. Avoid dessert at least 5 out of 7 days. No ice cream, klondyke bars, cake, cookies, etc.
3. Eat 2 fruits a day.
We will be going to DisneyWorld on Friday for 4 days. This is the annual Walt Disneyworld Marathan and we go every year with our son and his wife, 2 grandsons, and her parents. Last year my hubby did the full marathon and completely burned himself out on exercise for several months. He is back into it now again. Erin and her dad will be doing the half marathon and I will babysit. One year, I attempted the half marathon. I really wasn't in the best of shape and so at the six mile point, I decided I wasn't going to feel any better at 13 miles than I did at six. In addition, I had reinjured my left ankle so it was best I did quit. I think after I get into sparking, I might be able to do this next year or the year after. Walking of course, not running. Until tomorrow.
Saturday, January 02, 2010
We are off to Biloxi today to see the Beach Boys in concert. If you don't know about the Beach Boys, you aren't old enough to read this blog. I attend an annual conference with my company and we always have a dress up party of some sort. One year we were in Las VEgas and the theme was to come dressed as someone who would have visited Vegas in the early days. I decided we would go as Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, not thinking that they probably would never have gone to Vegas. Too sleazy for them. Anyway, I made a suede skirt for myself and had shirts with fringe, etc. and I needed a pair of boots. I found a pair at the local mall and I asked the girl next to me, "Do you think Dale Evans would have worn these?" She said, "Who's Dale Evans.?"
While we are gone tonight, I'll have another meal at eating out for dinner and again at breakfast. Always a challenge but I will peruse the menus for the healthiest choices. Panda is sitting next to me waiting for her daily walk, one of my goals this year is to take her every day! I'm adding another goal right now, spend 15 min every day on a clean up task. I am such a slob, it overwhelms me and I vow to do something about it this year. 15 min doesn't sound like much but after reading the chapter on fitness in the book, it is enough to get me in the habit. I absolutely hate to exercise. I will do anything I can to avoid it. It feels so good after I do so why put it off? I am thrilled to know that 10 min is all that I need. I can do that. Just walking Panda takes care of 10 min but I need to add another 10.
I think my aversion to exercise goes back to when I was a kid. I was never good at sports, even my sister picked me last for the softball team. When President Kennedy established the Presidential Fitness Program, I was really embarrassed when I couldn't do a sit-up. I just laid flat on the floor and my body would not move. Everyone else was sitting up and down, but not me. How embarrassing for a 13 year old. When I played field hockey, I sat on the bench. In basketball, I missed the basket. I absolutely hated gym, especially the showers. All these tiny girls would prance off naked and not be ashamed but I was mortified to have to do that. The only thing I was ever good at was an individual activity, like band, or attending an aerobics class and learning to dance. I can walk or dance or do yoga. I can swim, beautifully I might add.
Learning that 10 min is all I need I am thrilled! I can do that!
Friday, January 01, 2010
We were out of town for 2 days so I have to double up on my blog. Got the SPARK Book and have read several chapters. I just finished Focus and I want to revise my goals. Most of the 10 I posted on day 1 were already in place and the others I will be working on . Generally my goal is to lose 30 lbs and become fit and healthy, and happy.
I want to have a strong family and relationships and I want to participate daily in Spark. When I am away, which is often, I may not be able to post but I will do so every day that I can.
The one thing I really like about Spark is that this is not a diet but a lifestyle. I have said that before about diet programs but it is true for this one. We ate out at every meal for 2 days and I made good choices and stopped eating when I was full. I didn't leave the table stuffed to the gills and I didn't gain any weight over the holidays like I usually do. We went shopping and I bought lots of new clothes. They fit now but in a few months, I expect the pants to hang on me. At least I'll look nice for a while which I think is important at any weight.
The best diet I have ever been on is The Sonoma Diet. They have a website and book and I lost 18 lbs on that diet. I also said it was a lifestyle but I never reached goal and I slowly went off track to gain the weight back. When I tried to go back to it, it was just too boring. I need something new and exciting and I feel this site will fill that void for me. I love to cook and to try new recipes and have already done so. Spark is really easy to use and filling in the nutrition data is educational. Sometmes I'm surprised that when I think I've eaten too much, I'm right in range. I will do better with that this year, posting every day.
My sister lost 60 lbs on a strict medically surpervised program 3 years ago and has kept it off. Whenever she gains a few pounds, she goes back and signs in again until she loses it. This year I decided to join that program but they require supplements and shakes and things you need to buy from them. Because of some meds I take, luckily, I was turned down for the program. This has forced me to make the decision that if it is to be, it is up to me. I had found Spark a couple of years ago but did not participate much as I was still on Sonoma. I have been back since October just lurking around and now I have committed to participate. I am really looking forward to it.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Okay, third day and so far so good. I even weighed this morning and either lost 2 lbs or stayed the same. Scale changes every time you get on it. Yesterday I actually earned 35 points. I even updated my nutrition info for the day, what I ate. What was really interesting was that I stayed under 1300 calories and my nutrition levels were in range with the pie chart even though I chose to have a klondike bar after dinner last night. And I ate what I felt were good meals with veggies and even an orange. I even tried a sparkrecipe! Do I get points for that? I am a very good and creative cook and I can make marvelous things out of leftovers, like turkey. As I made turkey tetrazzini the other night, I told my husband he was really lucky he married such a good cook. And then I said, I was really lucky because he ate what I put in front of him. A win win situation. Both my sister and I are very good cooks and we always serve balanced meals, something we learned from our mother who did the same. To me it is second nature and don't all women cook for their husbands? One of my son's is a chef so he does the cooking and the other one cooks a lot as well as his wife works retail hours so I guess the rules have changed. I actually accomplished 7 out of 10 goals yesterday.
I've walked the dog twice and she knows it as she sits and stares at me, waiting for something to happen.
Now, before I can do all of that, I need to get to work. The bookkeeping is waiting.
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