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A New Day with new possibilities!

Monday, December 03, 2012

Yep...Yesterday was a wash! My nap wrung me out, if that makes any sense. Didn't eat much, didn't move much at all, and worst of all, I didn't sleep 'cause I napped too long. Yesterday is done with and I am looking forward to a bright and shiny new day!

I have pondered my difficulty of eating with in my calorie range(or even hitting the lowest end). I looked at my weight goal, I looked at my exercises, looked at my motivation. I set my weight loss goal too far in the future for me which which even with exercising gave me a lot of calories to play with. When I first started SP, my goals were a lot simpler (not easier necessarily, but simpler). I experimented with a couple of different goals (10 pounds at time or 10% of my weight...etc.) Both were good.

Since I am working on smaller goals, I have decided to set monthly Healthy goals from first of the month to first of the month. In setting my first goal with a goal date of January 1st, it dropped my calories down to what for me, is a much easier range. So between my new calorie range and a commitment to at least 10 minutes a day moving(but shooting for 30) I should see a wee bit of a difference.

Speaking of when I first started SP, I was reading some of my first blog posts. WOW~ I was SPARKED! My second goal to reach by Jan 1 is to find, ignite, and burn with that Sparkling energy. I can do it! I have already started actually as I feel more like the Spark person that I was, jeeze! Almost 6 years ago come January!

So now, I am off to work on my bedroom. I am feeling overwhelmed with my living room, so I am moving on to my sanctuary. Not as much to do and I need to feel at least one more full sense of accomplishment before I head back to work tomorrow. First I need to put clothes in the dryer and throw another load in the wash.

Have a spectacular day!
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KITT52 12/3/2012 8:37PM

    a new day , have a good one

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HEYRED221 12/3/2012 5:05PM

    Happy Monday emoticon

Carolyn

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TMCK-40 12/3/2012 4:18PM

  Stay strong!

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TOGEMON 12/3/2012 4:15PM

    I'm glad the calorie range thing is sorted out... I'm under mine too every now and then, and I very rarely go over, so I can see where meeting it can be hard!

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Well okay then...

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Apparently my body had other plans for me today. I had a late breakfast, tidied up my kitchen, spoke with my best friend for a while, got my trash bags and a couple of boxes to weed through. Then I sat down to work and promptly dozed off! *shakes head* Both my fur baby and I had a nice long nap. Well, heck...slept through lunch, have yet to exercise, have no get up and get. Good thing I don't have to work tomorrow. Something tells me I am going to be up late.

Sometime before dinner, I will get up and move my tush. Maybe I'll walk in place and lift my little weights while watching my favorite version of "Little Women" on TCM!

  
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3016DEBRA 12/2/2012 10:24PM

  Chelsea said it best! Glad you had a relaxing day emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 12/2/2012 9:20PM

    I have learned that our bodies are very wise. You needed the rest and got it. Good for you! emoticon
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Enjoying a peaceful morning

Sunday, December 02, 2012

It is such a beautiful morning! It's quiet, peaceful, and filled with promise. I am looking forward to see what it has in store for me.

I didn't hit the low end of my calorie range again yesterday. Sometimes I feel as if I'm eating so much as it is, but my stars! I have to laugh at the fact I am not eating enough! Who would have thunk it!?

I got my exercise in! *Yay Me!* It wasn't "Walk Away the Pounds," but I walked in place for 15 minutes while watching a movie.

The motivational quote I found is "You don't have to go fast, you just have to go." I love this! It reminds me of the immortal words of Nike: "Just do it!" It doesn't say "Do it as fast or as long as you can or don't do it all..." it says "Just do it!" This isn't an all or nothing message, but get of your tush and do SOMETHING healthy message! *LOL*

So today my goals are:

Eat at least the minimum calories in my range.

Move at least another 15 minutes

Rethink my goals and set them down in writing

Continue to work on my living room

Oh! I have added another food I can't have in the house...not that I ever mentioned my original one! The first one is Nutella! I can eat it by the spoonful (especially with peanut butter!) I don't know what it is about it, but I cannot have it anywhere near me. There is a Spark recipe for a home made version that is so much healthier I'd like to try.

The second thing I can't keep in the house is nuts. I bought a small can of mixed nuts a couple of weeks ago and found myself noshing on them until they were gone, without my even realizing it. The smart thing for me to do would have been to get some snack bags and divided them up into single servings and putting them in the cupboard. Take one down and when it was gone, that was it. I will try this again one day and see if I can do better.

Well, I better go have breakfast and jump into my day. Gosh I love feeling this good and content.

Bright Blessings,
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CAGMUAHFO2 12/2/2012 5:27PM

    Glad your are having a wonderful morning!!

I rarely ever meet my ranges either. I feel so yucky when I eat the amount I'm supposed to. I'm looking up recipes for smoothies and stuff like that so I can reach my limits and not feel so over stuffed.

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Love the quote!! I'm going to print that one out to add to my list that I have on my wall.



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INNER_PEACE 12/2/2012 2:36PM

    Nuts and Nutella are both delicious! I have a hard time with gnawing on cashews all the time. I like Nutella on top of a banana, and just slicing off pieces of banana with a fork. :)

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AWESOMECHELZ 12/2/2012 1:06PM

    I really like your hopeful blog this morning and this thought too--"You don't have to go fast, you just have to go." Yay! That gives me hope too. emoticon Continue to enjoy your day and I will too. emoticon
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New Month...What a great opportunity~

Saturday, December 01, 2012

I am so excited! Maybe it is the residual energy of the full moon, maybe it is because today is the first day of the last month of the year. I seem to have had a ginormous "SPARK" moment as I was drifting to sleep last night.

I want to end this year on a high note! I don't want to slink into the New Year with my head hanging because I allowed myself to get carried away during the Holidays. I do not plan to make "Lose weight" a resolution for next year! (Not that I make resolutions, I prefer to set goals) Anyway...I am going to print up and keep the quote I mentioned on Thursday where I can see it...on my fridge, at my computer at work and laminate a copy I can carry with me as I journey through the holidays.

I will set daily goals this month, living in the here and now. I know I have a long term goal: To get healthy and fit! But I am working really hard to live in the here and now. So I will go day by day.

I will be blogging much more often as an act of accountability. I will weigh myself once a month on the first day of the month. I will participate more in my teams and be more encouraging to my my friends and teammates. I will accept more challenges.

Today's goals:

1. Meet my calorie range

2. Do a session of Walk away the pounds

3. Find a new motivational quote and meditate & comment on it in my blog.

As for what I'm working on this weekend, I am moving forward. Working on the living room and spending lots of time with my kitty.

Life is good and This is going to be a spectacular December!

This is my Spark! I have copies of this all over to remind me!



Bright blessings and Warm Fuzzies!
Ame

  
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AWESOMECHELZ 12/2/2012 1:47AM

    I love your blog! Very hopeful and I am thinking the same thing. December is a new month for new beginnings for me too AND I also want to start the new year with positive energy. Plus every Sunday is a new beginning of sorts too for me to keep the flame alive. emoticon
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TOGEMON 12/1/2012 2:26PM

    The start of each new month is exciting for me too... something about getting a fresh start :) I love your goal of "not slinking into the New Year" :D

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INNER_PEACE 12/1/2012 1:21PM

    Great goals. I've still yet to put my goals down on actual paper to hang them up. Thanks for the reminder. :)

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Baby Steps...must remember baby steps!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Well, I did it again! *Grins* Jumped in, got some of the kitchen done...saw something shiny and went in that direction. I know I don't have ADD or ADHD, but I AM easily distracted. Which explains why I don't finish everything I start. On the upside, I started in on some personal studies I let slip while I was dealing with the thyroid issue and the depression issue...both of which have been resolved. I feel even better and more like my "normal" self than I remember being before I was ill. It is so wonderful to be excited about life again!

All I have to do now on the kitchen is wipe down the counters, sweep and mop. My next project is my living room, which looks like I just moved in. I am going to through all the boxes. Toss what is useless, donate what I can and save only that which I truly love or need.

I did well on my calories yesterday, not so much the exercising. Although I did get movement in while bending, stretching and dancing while cleaning. I am certain I didn't burn many calories, but I was NOT stuck in my chair all day, so I count it a small victory.

I took breaks, but did find myself drawn to be online once in a while, which is of course never just for "a couple of minutes!"

So, baby steps for today:

*Finish kitchen

*Start on living room. Go through 2 boxes before lunch

*Dance when the urge hits (having songs with strong drum beats help with that...gotta move when the drums start)

*Study lesson for 30 quiet minutes

*Remember to set timer for 15 minutes and move on to something else for 15 minutes. Then I can go back to my original activity for 15 minutes. 15 minutes of focused time moves quickly and I get more done.

*IGNORE ANYTHING SHINY!

Time for a little fur baby time, then I am off to be the best I can be today! Yay me!

Bright blessings for a wonderful Friday!
Ame the determined! emoticon

  
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DOTTIEJANE1 11/30/2012 5:13PM

    Sounds like you have a plan . i have got most of mine done ,still have my bedroom to get put in order , then tackle my desk drawers again . Distraction comes to us all ,but am doing better. Have a great weekend .

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TOGEMON 11/30/2012 3:38PM

    I get distracted easily too... usually because I see something that I need to do. The problem is that I never finish what I originally was doing ^^;

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