Monday, August 17, 2009
I went on vacation and ended up with no computer to log in on. I lost all my streaks and lots of points. Oh well. I was mostly worried that I would not stay on track and gain a lot of my weight back. I was pretty good about what I ate and did a lot of walking. I was made to feel guilty when I wanted to break from the family to hit the gym. So I walked and annoyed my mother when I would not take the closest parking spot in front of the store. "Could you park any further away???" she would say. I really thought I would have gained weight. I came home braced. I ended up losing 1 pound. I'll take it. I can only imagine what would have happened if I had really tried.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I get to be a "Sparky" for the next week and a half at my part time job. YEAH!That is what we call Electricians and I am a Certified Electrician through the Union. The Union is great because I can do different things every time I work. I am also fork lift, scissor lift, and boom lift certified-among other things. I plan on earning the coveted rigging certification one day soon. But I have to admit--being an electrician is my favorite.
Being a "Sparky" today had a different meaning for me. I didn't think about it until the bossman called "Attention all Sparkies". I instantly thought about Sparkpeople. Then I thought of the impact it was having on my life. Normally, I would have just packed a lunch. This time it was different.
Wednesday, I planned my menu for the rest of the week and did a bunch of prepping and cooking. Last night, I made my lunch, figured out my calories and packed healthy snacks. I took two bottles of water-in case I lost one (I didn't). I looked at the Quickfire challenge to see what I could incorporate throughout the day. I also told myself NOT to sit in front of the couch when I got home but in front of the computer so I could log in and record my food and fitness.
I do a lot of squatting, walking, heavy lifting, and pulling heavy cable in this job. I took my pedometer and I've walked over 10 miles today. Every time I work electric I come home exhausted, rather dirty, sore and stiff, and very satisfied that I put in a hard days work-I earn my money.
I am pleased that Sparkpeople has had such an impact on me. The word Sparky has more than one meaning for me now.
P.S. I had a lot of people telling me I looked REALLY good-lost a lot of weight and looked healthier and happier. BONUS!!
Monday, July 13, 2009
I received a pedometer while volunteering at the MPI convention that is in town. It is to encourage being green and minimizing greenhouse gases by walking whenever possible. I volunteered for the Fun Run this morning and afterwards, I checked my pedometer and had walked nearly 4 miles. Awesome-no treadmill for me today. Since I still wanted to make my step class, I kept the pedometer on to see what it would tell me. It seems my step class is the equivelent of walking a little over three miles. So at 16,000 + steps, 7 + miles and 450 calories (according to the mighty pedometer) not including my cardio for step-I am done for the day and am really considering doing the Fun Run they have tomorrow morning. 5am is awfully early. It will depend on my knees I think. OH WAIT!! I still have to do my Quickfire Challenge.
Friday, July 10, 2009
I have a friend that, unbeknownst to me, decided it was time to do something about her weight. She started going to the gym and she quit drinking (as much). One day she mentioned in an email what she was doing, I praised her for doing so. I told her that I was very proud of her. I mentioned that I had been hitting the gym and watching what I ate as well. "We'll do it together!" she said. Though we belong to different gyms, I told her that we could always meet to walk. Over the last few months, we have met for lunch a few times. I watch her eat her bread-then mine, have a beer-"But it's light beer!", eat salad (dripping in dressing), fries (" I haven't had any for almost a week"-she said. I haven't had fries in almost a year) and listening to her complaining that she isn't losing weight, can't get to the gym, and that I look "great". "You know..." I would start. "Yea yea I know" she would finish. I mentioned the other day that I had clothes that didn't fit anymore-they were too big. I saw the look on her face and I immediately said "Yeah I know-WHAAA-cry me a river" She glared at me harder. It's so sad that sometimes you feel you need to play down your successes to spare other people their feelings. I would be truly happy for her if she really put in a logical effort. She is single with no kids. I'm a single mother with two. She can't get to the gym and I can get there 3 times a week? I understand baby steps-big fan of them-but you they have to be actual steps and you can't sit on that step for months and call it good. The purpose of "steps" are to keep moving. Otherwise-they are loitering and no one likes loiterers.
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