Thursday, November 25, 2010
Stayed within my ranges on the holiday, that is!
My motto was, "Only One." Only 1 beer before, only 1 glass of wine with dinner, only 1 roll with only 1 pat of butter, only 1 plate of food...and that not heaped up. Most of all, only one piece of pie.
I plugged everything in under Nutrition on my Blackberry SP app. I said, "WooHoo! I did it...I'm actually a few calories under my upper limit.
We had a good time at Suz son and DIL's house. The new GD was there, of course, delighting us all with her smiles and coos . Suz daughter was also there, and her sister, Patti, and her 'other' were in attendance, too.
Conversation was great. No arguments (as have happened in the past). Suz sis and myself helped with clean-up though Ginger (the DIL) wouldn't let us do much.
I went for three separate walks during the day...one being over a mile . Exceeded my step goal on my pedometer and did 15 minutes of stretching, strength and isometrics to boot.
I was very pleased... THEN on the way home I thought, "Oh, oh...I didn't put in the deviled egg I had for an appetizer and I don't know if I logged the pumpkin pie" (I hadn't...though I did enter the whipped cream. Go figure)
I checked a few minutes ago when we got home, and I see after adding those missing items, I am 350 calories OVER for the day.
Shucks! I still think it was pretty good for an eating holiday like Thanksgiving.
I'll just eat toward the lower end of my ranges for a couple days and increase fitness. I'll have to point out this blog to my Here Comes January team (and Positive Mental Attitude, too).
I hope all of you are as pleased with your day as I am. Even if you're not, if you're Sparking and putting anything into it, you are learning a lifestyle to live with forever! That's what's so great about Spark People: more nutrition but still no deprivation (80%/20% rule), more water and sleep , and the terrific friends and teams.
Spark People, what I have learned here and the experiences I've had, have given me a new confidence. I have lost just short of 45 pounds now in 7 months. I feel taller! I have dropped 4 sizes in jeans...almost 5! Incredible!
Thank you, Spark Guy and team, thank you teams and leaders, thank you Spark Friends!
If there's ANYTHING I can do for you, please let me know!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
IL State employees get paid on the 14th and 29th. Suz was too tired (after babysitting her GD an hour away...see photo) to go out last night. Tonight we dined at a favorite restaurant (www.leonas.com).
While she had cajun style shrimp, I had my favorite garlic and Parmesan baked chicken breasts. Along with it I had broccoli agli olio (Suz did, too). Yum! This wonderful meal was preceded by Leona's famous minestrone soup (no crackers for me). I did have a couple small pieces of the bread with the whipped garlic cheese butter.
I brought home the little cupcake thingies. Maybe I'll have one with coffee in the morning.
Does anyone else think that there will be no vampires showing up at our door tomorrow?
I had this meal all planned, you see. When I indulge in my garlic meals, the odor seems to come out of everything...even the pores on my skin. I took a furlough day for Monday, we have Tuesday off to vote. I don't go back to work until Wednesday! Hopefully, it will be worn off by then.
Now, here is the COOLEST thing! We haven't been to Leona's in six months. I was laid off all summer and our dining out was limited. The manager (with a name pronounced like Zoo Hair) always remembers us. HE COMMENTED THAT I HAD LOST WEIGHT AND SAID I LOOKED GREAT!
All this because of Spark People: tracking water, watching intake, eating more frequently but wiser and less at a time, figuring in treats so I don't feel deprived, baby steps to fitness (today I did 30 minutes of stretching, strength and isometrics along with 20 minutes on the elliptical exercise bike and a mile walk), articles, blogs, recipes...and, most important the support of my terrific Spark Friends, old and new.
I hope all of you have a Spooktacular Halloween....you'll be getting all the vamps. I won't.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
No, I don't mean the teen aged ones, the ones of 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's or 80's music, your carefree and single days...
I mean the days before you discovered Spark People!
Were you like me? Did you (mostly) eat what and wherever you wanted? Did you scarf down as much food as you felt like scarfing? Eat a whole package of cookies or a whole pint of ice cream at a time? Eat bacon, sausage and lunch meat without worrying about the nitrites and fat content? If you felt like sitting around with a good book, the television or video/computer games ALL THE TIME you weren't engaged in work...did you do so? Did you feel little or no guilt? Or if you did, did you just get down on yourself and eat even more?
Do you miss those days? I have missed them...for about 2 seconds at a time.
Then I think of what I have learned here. I remember my teams and friends. I can picture my weight loss tracker and the reports that show my streaks, measurements and fitness.
I realize that I was not free during those 'old days' after all. I was a slave to my low body image, to my low energy levels. Why, when I started SparkPeople, my OA was so bad I could hardly walk half a block! I can do many times that length now.
I have met all kinds of wonderful people (starting with Chris and the coaches) and have a chance to encourage them, too!
I am becoming fit and slender. I am enjoying my leisure time more. Oh sure, I still read, I crochet and I rescue Snoods (it's a great game with several levels of difficulty. You rescue the colorful little monsters by catching them before they can be enslaved by aliens who are invading their planet), but much of my leisure time is spent right here...with you.
I wish you all the success and enjoyment I have found here. I wish you lifelong success. As I ended my contest winning Toastmasters speech on what I have learned from Life and A Course in Miracles, "I wish you peace. I wish you Love, for that is what you are."
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Waiting for payday is hard. So is waiting for red lights, waiting in queues at the checkout, waiting for a baby to be born (especially if it's yours!), waiting for a package to arrive, waiting for a doctor dentist appointment...
There is one thing for which we do not have to wait: to get healthy and fit! Oh, maybe for the TOTAL effect of our journey to be accomplished, but we do not have to wait to begin!
All the help, all the tools, all the guidance from experts, all the inspiration, motivation and support we need are RIGHT HERE on our computers on the marvelous site called SparkPeople.com!
It's so simple really, once you are a bit more familiar with the site: track food, water and fitness (move just a bit more at first...), join teams to make friends, get support and help others, too...do a blog now and then and/or a huddle comment. Follow those friends (the ones that seem to want to be followed) to give them the encouragement they need...Ah! there is where the greatest help we get comes from!
I really believe that it is important to give back...to friends, family, our place of employment, our place of worship, our community...even our country. As part of a hymn that you may have sung in church says, "For it is in giving that we receive..." A Course in Miracles teaches the same thing...
So to all those on Spark People...even to those I don't know yet, I wish you the joy, the friendship, the inspiration and the success on your journey to fitness and health that I have found here! May you rejoice in it...and spread it around.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
This was posted in the ladies room at work. I wanted to share it with you...I did as it says. There is no author listed:
I Thanked the Lord for You Today,
for hands that give so much,
for your kind and thoughtful spirit
and your gentle, caring touch.
I thanked the Lord for you today,
for your angel heart of gold,
for your words of guidance and support,
for arms so quick to hold.
I thanked the Lord for you today
in every thought and prayer
and asked the Lord to bless you
and to keep you in His care.
Three hours of OT today. Very tired. Will track and hit the sheets. I'll catch up on mail, birthday wishes to those that have them and friend feed...later.
Love and gentle
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