Thursday, March 06, 2014
So I've been "away" in a matter of speaking. I've logged in every day and I've tracked my fitness minutes which have still been pretty good considering its still winter here in CT and I still walk my dog every day. That being said, since Christmas I kind of lost my Spark and took a "wayward walk" Truth be told I gained 10 lbs since then just from simply making the wrong food choices, not eating enough vegetables and not managing my portions correctly. The thing is I know exactly where I went wrong, yet I continued to do it.
This is rather cliche', but being a Catholic, yesterday was Ash Wednesday the beginning of our Lenten season when we honor God and ourselves and others usually by giving something up. I thought what better time to get back on track. I don't know why, but I tend to do much better when I am committed to someone or something other than myself. I don't know why I have such a hard time just being true to myself. So I have committed to the 40 days and 40 nights of Lent AND beyond of eat clean and exercise. Yesterday went well, I was hungry, but I usually am my first one or two days of being back on track. Yet I already feel better knowing that I am doing something good for my body and for my mind. Eating healthy and clean gives me a clearer head, a lighter step and an overall renewed sense of well being.
So here's the question.... do I turn my ticker back as a reality check or leave it where it is as a reminder of where I was and where I know I can be? I see that number every day and remember with shame and guilt that it was me alone that sabotaged my success. There is no excuse. I don't really look at it as a "failure" so much as a back step and just another major lesson along my journey that reminds me that I am human and that I have to learn how to make adjustments when I go astray. I am committed to being successful. I haven't undone all the good I have done and I have vowed I WILL NOT go back to that place I was before. I know I am not alone. I read everyone's blogs every day and I know even those who have been extremely successful have days when things just don't go the way they had planned. If I've learned that Spark friends are always there to give you the strength and motivation that you need to move forward. It's very hard for me to admit that I have gained this weight (again) but I will NOT quit. I will pick myself up yet again, remember where I came from, remember my strengths, remember the positive and keep moving forward.
Monday, December 23, 2013
It's been a very long time since I have written a blog, but I have been quite caught up in the holiday madness. Welcoming kids home from college, decorating, office parties, shopping, baking, wrapping etc..... I'm sure you all have been very busy doing much of the same. I hope to get back to sparking in the new year because I know that if it wasn't for this site I would not have been able to lose the weight and I certainly would never have been able to maintain.
So I would like to take this time to wish all of my spark friends who have helped me along on this journey a very Merry Christmas. I've missed reading all your daily status updates and your blogs. I hope you take some time to enjoy your family and friends, share the peace and love and all of the many joys that this beautiful season has to offer, and yes... eat some good food! I wish you happiness, health and peace in the New Year, and I am looking forward to getting back to Sparking soon.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Well happy birthday to my puppy! Actually, I'm not sure what day is is actual birthday as he is a rescue dog. We chose Halloween because it seems to coincide with his "monster" personality. But as anyone knows who reads my blogs I love him to death! He's a great dog and a great companion. He is very high energy, very playful and still all puppy, and I hear that I only have about five more years until he 'begins" to calm down. That being said, I have him to thank for my weight loss over this past year. if I wasn't forced to take him out to walk and run off some of his energy every day I would have found multiple excuses as to why I "didn't have time" to get out to exercise. Every day I come home from work, change my clothes and put on my sneakers and he is by the door waiting more than ready to go for out three mile walk and on weekends it's usually longer. Strangely enough, that has been the biggest contributor to my fitness and now it has become second nature. Every day I look forward to my walks that are usually through the woods or on a nature trail with my best friend, my motivator, my exercise companion and my reason for success!! Happy Birthday Gibby!! You're the best!
PS That's my daughter in the photo... she loves him too!
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