Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I'm late with my blog today. Had an early meeting, a decorating appmt and take mother and me to get our hair cut. Always a necessity. But I did take Panda for her walk and I've clocked my food intake so I'm still on track. Yesterday was my ah ha moment day. I realized that you can't lose weight and keep it off without changing yourself. What a revelation!
I'm a reader and an analytical person. Not with numbers but I want to read and learn about things and analyze them to death. So I am reading anything that sounds like it goes along with this plan. This morning we had Relish Magazine in our newspaper, www.relishmag.com. It talked about the famous Senate Bean Soup that is made from Navy beans and the reason they call them Navy beans is because the Navy used so many of them. DUH!
I read more of the SPARK last night when I went to bed. It is interesting how the cornerstones of the plan have a criss cross effect in all aspect of our lives. I find I am applying things to my business and the way I do things and it works. It's like there is a record player going around in my head from one thing to another, all criss crossing each other.
I have not lost weight yet and I'm a little moody about that. But I lose weight very slowly and I must concentrate on establishing the program and the weight loss will come.
I find myself eating between 1200 to 1500 calories a day. Is this right? Also, when I run my diet analysis, my pie chart is very similar to the recommended pie chart. So I know how to eat a balanced diet.
One of my major goals is to cook dinner 5 out of 7 days a week. We were finding ourselves going out 4 or 5 times a week instead of cooking. In the Relish Mag this morning, Harry Balzer, a top food marketing researcher offers a brilliant diet plan. "It's short, and it's simple. Cook it yourself!" Doesn't that make a lot of sense. I've been browsing through the recipes and trying them out. There are so many, I can't wait to try as many as I can. Maybe I should set a goal, Okay, how about 2 Spark recipes a week! I've already had potroast last night and I'm sure I tried two others last week.
"You can't lose weight and keep it off unless you change your life. "
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I came back from Disneyworld with so much enthusiasm, I can't type fast enough to share it. I've been excited about other diet programs in the past, the most recent being the Sonoma Diet. And it is a good one and I still follow the principles. I had an 18 pound weight loss but never got to goal and last year, I slowly gained it back. Why? Because Sonoma Diet and all other diet programs out there focus only on one thing, Weight loss. YOU CANNOT LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!
Whoa, did I really say that? You cannot lose weight and keep it off without changing yourself!! It just rolled off the keyboard and it's my new mantra!!!!!!!! I believe it!! For the first time in my life, I KNOW I have to change to be thin! I understand, I get it!
Losing weight is not depriving myself of the pleasure of eating anything I want. If I want to lose weight, I have to give up some foods temporarily and then learn to eat them in moderation, for the rest of my life!
Honestly, I didn't know that when I began typing this morning that I was going to have such a profound revelation! I read my horoscope everyday and this is what it said for today:
Pisces: If the opportunity that's presented to you is not exciting enough, create your own. Ideally, it will be something in line with your long-term picture. Where do you want to be in five years?
Boy, if that doesn't go along with what Spark Guy says in the book! I've been working on setting goals and where I want to be in five years is something to look forward to. On the 8 hour drive back from DIsney (yes, we live in Florida and it is still an 8 hour drive) I formulated my first long term goal in my mind.
" I want to be a good grandmother to my four grandchildren and be able to spend time with them and travel when I want to. "
In order to be able to travel when I want to, I have to set some goals for my 25 year old business. I am an interior decorator and this type of business has been hit hard by the economy. I've seen many go under, just last week hearing about 2 interior decorators locally who have folded up. I"m not ready to give up, I still have lots of giving to do, to share my knowledge with my clients, to help people get what they want and need for their homes. I have two credit cards I use in my business. One of them has a small credit limit and I manage to keep the balance down each month and occassionally get it paid off. The other one carries an amount of debt that is impossible to pay off in one or two months. It would take a solid year of not using it and sending a hefty check each month to pay it off. I would really like to be able to pay off these two credit cards and be completely debt free by the end of this year.
I can do that. All I need to do is stay committed to running my business just as I have always done. Being creative, providing quality products and great service to my clients and being mindful of my expenses. I can do that. Thanks Spark! I'm already on the way to achieving my long term goal of being a great grandmother and being able to travel. Have a great Day!!
"You cannot lose weight and keep it off without changing yourself!"
Monday, January 11, 2010
Got back from DIsney around 5:00 this afternoon. Still cold here too! Our electric bill doubled last month! The grandsons were adorable and the baby was just precious! So much fun to have 2 babies at once. My oldest son who lives near has a 2 month old, Brandon and Ethan is 4 months old. I'll have to visit Brandon this weekend to see how he is coming along.
Yesterday was my 37th Wedding Anniversary! 37 YEARS with the same man! Unbelievable. We got married in Bangkok, Thailand on Jan 10, 1973. We were both in the Air Force and I was stationed in Panama CIty, Fl. Flew over there to get married so we could be stationed together when he returned to the states. We've had a wonderful life.
This blog hasn't much to do with the title but I have to catch up. Tomorrow, I will be back concentrating on the program. It is hard to follow a diet when you are eating out at Disney four days.
One noticeable thing, I have not had any trouble with acid-reflux and heartburn since I have been with Spark the last 2 weeks. Today, after a couple of days of not so great food, my stomach was acting up again. I don't like it. It is telling me that I shouldn't be eating fried and fatty foods and probably chocolate, too. So, tomorrow, I will get back on track and eat healthy.
I did take the book with me and my daughter-in-law has just joined Sparkpeople too. Lots of people I run into are sparking. i'm reading the book chapters again and in part 1, it is important to learn about the four cornerstones and how they interact with each other and with other area of our lives. I learned it was okay for me to drop my exercise boot camp in order to concentrate on my business and on the healthy eating part of the program. I'm ready to go to bed. Tomorrow!
Saturday, January 09, 2010
I'm at Disneyworld with family and it is supposed to stay in the 30"s today with sleet and snow possibly! Not my idea of a Dsney experience. SSOOO, I volunteered to stay home with 4 month Ethan so he would not be exposed to the cold so I am nestled in a nice condominium, 3 BR with kitchen and all amenities at Bonnet Creek. Oh, Darn! And with the baby all day. He lives in N.C. so this is only the second time I've seen him so what an opportunity f or me! There isn't much to eat here and I'm really missing my veggies and protein. We had spaghetti last night and we were munching all night looking for something satisfying to eat. I WANT A SALAD! I brought the spark book with me and I can reread it. It is amazing how eating healthy for almst 2 weeks has inspired me to want to keep it up. There is all kind of jumk here and I want a salad! With that said, I will sign out. I'm on my son't laptop and I'm not used to a laptop. Have a great spark day!
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