Friday, November 11, 2011
Yesterday was my 6-month Sparkversary. I canít believe that I forgot, until I received a SparkGoodie from my now-friend ASHL_84. [Thank you!] But maybe thatís a good thing. Maybe it means that the Spark People healthy lifestyle has become so second nature to me that I no longer count the weeks (as in, ďIíve been on a diet for 26 weeksĒ). I donít think Iíve ever been on a weight-loss program where I reached the point where Iím no longer really aware of how long Iíve been on it... I just live it. Now thatís progress!!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
I witnessed the nicest thing today, that absolutely made my day! I was working the cash register at the Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store, and was ringing up a young mother who had a 6-month-old baby with her. She was buying some clothes for the baby, and a few shirts for herself. She was being very careful about how much money she was spending, and her purchase came to about $7.50. Before she could give me her money, the woman in line behind her handed me $20 and said, ďIíd like to pay for her things.Ē The young mother looked surprised, but smiled and said ďThank youĒ to the woman. It certainly made my day, and judging from the reactions of the other customers , it made everyone feel pretty good! It's nice to know that there are such nice people in the world.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Today I finally took the big step of giving away all of my ďfat jeans.Ē I have always hung on to a variety of sizes of jeans, since I knew that eventually I would ďneed themĒ again. Well, no more! I decided that keeping jeans that are several sizes too big is the same as admitting that youíre going to fail. If Iím living a healthy lifestyle, exercising and eating right, then thereís no reason why I should EVER need my fat clothes again. So theyíre gone! Donated to Habitat for Humanity. They may as well do someone some good (the money made from the sale of donated items is used to build Habitat houses).
So good-bye fat jeans... hello success!!
Friday, November 04, 2011
I have to admit that lately Iíve been a Spark Slacker. Iíve been logging on and tracking my food and fitness, but not as diligently as I was, and sadly, I havenít been very good about keeping up with my Spark friends either. But Iím determined to get back with the program.
The scale is proof that slacking is not a good thing. Iím actually creeping toward my goal, but considering that Iím supposed to be at my goal weight in about a week, and I have 3-1/2 lbs to go, I need to get back with the program. Up until recently I was doing a much better job of letting the Nutrition Tracker help me plan my meals. I would put in my breakfast and lunch info early in the day and then track what I planned to eat for dinner before I ate it. That way, if I was going to be over my calorie goal for the day, I could adjust my meal plan before I ate. Lately though, Iíve been tracking my food after Iíve eaten... obviously too late to do anything about the calorie count.
The only thing thatís kept me from backsliding is that Iíve been pretty faithful about walking with my Leslie Sansone DVDs. So I havenít gained back any weight, but Iíd certainly like to be losing more than an ounce or two a week! Thereís really no excuse... Iíve just been lazy!
To my wonderful Spark Friends who are always so supportive, thank you!!! Itís hard to slack for very long, when people are cheering you on. Youíre what makes SparkPeople work!!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
On Fridays I volunteer at Habitat for Humanity with a wonderful 76-year old gentleman who has a lot of pain in his knees because of arthritis (he is also rather overweight, which doesn't help). I have been telling him about Sparkpeople for a while now, and loaned him the Spark to read. After a week, he tried to give it back to me, saying that he had enjoyed reading it, and that his wife was also reading it. I insisted that they keep it as long as they liked, so that she could finish it too.
Fast forward a few months. He tells me that he never realized how important drinking 8 glasses of water a day could be, and that he has now switched from drinking soda to water, and always gets in his 8 glasses a day. He is not using the website, but he is watching the size of his portions, and has now lost 9 pounds! His doctor is thrilled, and so is he. The last time I saw his wife, she made a point of thanking me for telling them about Sparkpeople. Youíre never too old to Spark!!
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