Sunday, January 22, 2012
I was disappointed to miss my best friend's birthday party for her two sons (one is now 6 and the other 15). She had the party at my church and I'd rented the space in my name for her, but then with the snow that was not yet plowed on my hill AND feeling super queasy, I did not dare to go. I was on call for her via text to answer questions through the whole thing, though. I am very grateful that by mid-day my stomach felt pretty settled and I did not have major stomach flu! Also, the cough disappeared and rattle in chest is nearly gone! Oh and also took care of my son, who is nearly 5 yrs old and was very sick again tonight during his .
I went for a in the slippery and snowy roads right at . I ate healthy foods - , , (oatmeal), (oranges), and just a little high cacao - . I stayed right in my ranges for calories, fat, carbs, protein, and fiber! . I created an Oasis of Order on my kitchen table!
I talked with my husband a lot about his new job and our new budget and the different benefits they have.. insurance and vision coverage including new lenses! (regular, not sunglasses) and discount tickets to . The communication was good.
We will be losing a lot of the services we have recently finally qualified for, though we'd been eligible for a couple years. This is seriously frustrating to me. I was so glad to finally get some help and it's hard to lose it when the new income will mean we just barely do not qualify for such support any more. They make it very hard to rise out of poverty in the ! But they don't cover you retroactively, so I can't keep stressing about this. What's done is done. I need to be very happy that my husband has finally gotten a decent position and is happier with himself now. Unfortunately, it means he won't be around much anymore esp. when he starts the second shift regular hours (3 pm to midnight). Maybe he can be home in the morning to spend a bit of time with me or after I pick up Nicholas to spend some time with him.
Overall I am feeling pretty good about my day and my progress. OH yeah, and forgot to post this the other day, I think. A few days ago I ran into a lady I worked with this past summer and had not seen since. She NOTICED I had lost weight!! I have lost about 20 lbs since then. I had on a bulky sweatshirt that flared out at the bottom and she could still tell! What a feeling that was!!
Saturday, January 21, 2012
I did very well on my food intake Friday. Of course I was queasy and didn't feel like eating a whole lot. I did exercise in the form of shoveling snow for 45 mins. And I helped my son a lot to clean up and wait on him as he's very sick with the stomach flu. Now I'm up because he just woke up at midnight to vomit some more and I cleaned things up. (So proud of him - he managed to wake up and sit up and get it into the bucket!!!!!) So knowing he'll be really up soon - by 5 or 6 at the latest, I got out the Nutrigrain bars, a pear and some banans, graham crackers, and a cup, bowl, and plate, so he will find something he can eat when he gets up if he feels like trying to eat anything.
I have had a chest rattle and lung congestion and a cough that isn't very productive.. Still not quite over the pneumonia. Hoping to be health, planning and striving to be healthy, so I don't like these detours into unhealth. I can only control what I can control, though.. and deal with the challenges as they present.
Friday, January 20, 2012
My favorite Spark Team, "Journey to a New You" just grew by over 200 members in two days.. Very strange! So I went to the SparkTeams page to browse and see if we were featured or something. We may have been and new members said they saw our team as a recommended one to join, so that is probably it.. Maybe it didn't show for me because I'm already on it. Anyhow, while I was there, I browsed around and found a few more teams I wanted to join (and did join):
* UU's Trying to Lighten Up (because I'm a Unitarian Universalist and work at a UU church)
* Pagan Place (because I'm also a pagan)
* Pagans Balancing Weight-Loss (ditto)
* Angels Among Us (because I believe in Angels and I am "Angel". :)
* 40s and up.. Scuplting a New U - (just wanted to try this and also maybe find other older moms to connect with)
Then I was invited from the Angels Among Us (I think..?) to join "A Gathering of Goddesses" and then invited from that one to join "Babysteps Brigade" - this one seems to be about taking specific little steps to get organized in health and fitness and housekeeping - much like Flylady, but expanded, I think.
Now I'm on 23 teams, which is a bit too much. I am not sure what I'll cut, but I probably won't be very active on more than 3-5 of them. You never know.. maybe occasionally active on a few.
Here are the other teams I'm on:
* Mind-Body-Soul (recently added)
* Motivation & Positive Attitude Team (recently added)
Favorite other team:
* Done Being the Fat Girl - (I love this team, but it got very big since I first joined last year and hard to stay connected with all..)
* Sugar and Food Addiction
* Emotional Eaters
* The Secret
* Spark On!
* The ~IndyGirl Challenge
* Fun and Games
* ~~100 PLUS CLUB
* 40 somethings with 50-99 pounds to lose
* 40 somethings with 100+ pounds to lose
* Fabulous, Fun, and Forty Something
* Readers of the Spark!
* Parents of preschoolers (2 to 5 years old)
* Moms of Boys
* New Hampshire Sparkers
* Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge
How many teams are you on and how many are you regularly active in? Which are your favorites teams?
If you were me, how would you go about choosing which teams to cut? or Just leave them and not be really active? Hrm. What do you do?
Thursday, January 19, 2012
What I did right today:
Ate healthy foods and good portions until dinnertime.
Did not binge, despite overeating and eating some sugary things at night.
Ate 7 freggies.
Tracked all my food. (11 day streak.. helping me a lot to see what I'm doing)
Got a lot of SparkPoints (163)
Posted comments for Done Girl of the Day, birthday messages for the Done Girls.
Read friend's blogs and commented on some.
Updated my challenge points and did the bonus challenge of exercise.. plus some.
Ended up doing a short cardio routine (stairs up and down 5 times) and several strength training sets - more than the mini challenge, so I was able to get fitness points, too.
Looked at about 6 motivational pages for people with high weight loss.
Read Chapter 4 in "The Spark" book, which talks about passion and motivation and reminds us to focus on what we did RIGHT rather than what we didn't do or didn't do well. Hence, this post.
Things I loved Today:
Rose above depression to get up and get yucky errand done (trash run to recycling center).
Played with son with his trains, had a storytime.
Gave my son a daytime bath followed by a haircut which came out pretty good!
Didn't give up.
Didn't give in (to sugar cravings entirely.. controlled portions of late night stuff.)
Quote from Christopher Reeve - "You can do anything you think you can. Either you vegetate and look out a window, or activate and try to effect change."
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