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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My beau's sisters came in from Denver yesterday, so I expect a busy weekend. Their lack of a car and home right downtown allow them to be much more active naturally than I feel I can be in my corner of Michigan. Driving to work is a necessity due to the absence of public traffic and safe bike paths, and I don't think my beloved road bike (which is gathering dust so far, eep) is up to dealing with some of the potholed, traffic-demon infested roads around here.

The older of his two younger sisters lost 30 lbs since Christmas and she looks amazing. I am going to have to pin her down to figure out how she did it, though it appears to be entirely through altering her eating habits. To each their own strategy, though having some kind of success would be much welcome. I feel like I'm yo-yoing over losing 5 lbs, regaining, and not seeing much progress. I am disappointed and dissatisfied with how it's going, though that will not stop me from getting into the gym.

Misplacing my 'regular' bathing suit has affected me. The slightly larger one I used to wear regularly is now too large, at least up top (I'd sure prefer if it were a bit bigger down below, targeting the problem areas of tummy/butt/thighs) and I keep fearing if I get too vigorous, I'm going to have a bit of a malfunction. That's what hair elastics to adjust the halter straps are for.

But needless to say, I'm having a blast being back in the pool. Only regret is the time (6:50-7:40) is so late in the summer evening and I want to be home, chilling out or socializing with people I get to see but rarely! There's no excuse though.

And better yet, dinner is made for me in the crockpot, just waiting. I fear it's a bit overdone, as it stayed in longer than it was supposed to, but...

  
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ASTALANYA 6/14/2012 3:22PM

    Nope, she's not effortless. As far as I know this is the lightest she's been in 10 years, and she apparently may have done it by severely restricting certain foods and then constantly "shocking" her body by changing up what she eats. e.g., no gluten some days, no this some days, no that some days.

I'm not so good with that, except not being a heavy meatasaur (I like me plenty of fish though).

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RHEYNKLAW 6/14/2012 2:40PM

    I hope she isn't one of those people who loses weight seemingly effortlessly -- I want to punch those people.

Re: the bathing suit issue, when I "sport" swim, I almost always wear a sports bra underneath because I am prone to popping out, so see if that works for you, at least until you find your first-string suit.

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ASTALANYA 6/14/2012 11:46AM

    I still need to hunt around for where the other one went. But as long as the jeans start fitting looser and shirts a little blousier, I'll be a very happy girl! :)

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FLEURGARDEN 6/13/2012 12:26PM

    Enjoy your swim and your visit with the beau's sisters. It's hard to stay on track when company is in town.

How awesome that your back-up suit is too large now. Okay, maybe not in the places you'd like it to be too large, but that shows you're making some progress even if the scale isn't showing it.

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Walk the Walk

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

One of the Michigan Sparkers put together a diabetes team walk. I've long admired fundraising for a good cause and particularly charitable walks/runs. Assistance for the Kidney Cancer Foundation certainly aided my father and the next generation of cancer patients after him, so obligation and participation rather run in the blood.

I haven't done a walk in my adult years despite ample opportunity. Vancouver in particular hosts at least fifty over the summer. I considered opting in to the Leukemia Ride in Las Vegas, a cycling event which covers a century (100 miles) for two or three days. The heat and the arduous training regimen threw me off.

But really, a 5K walk in a facility literally in spitting distance of my house left few arguments. Too hot? September in Michigan should be better than August! Too far away? I pass the venue daily. Too hard to raise money? I set up my hopes of raising $100, and work allows postings for such events. I don't think they do matching, but better than nothing! A bit of scrounging around Facebook or Google+ could net me a few extra dollars, if people feel inclined. Too long? I walk 2 miles at lunch and that's nothing!

A group of great people invited me and without you, my dear Sparkers, I would probably have another tick in the 'I should have done that *sigh*' column. Instead of "I wish," it's an "I will," and in September, an "I did!"

Oh yeah!

  
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FLEURGARDEN 6/6/2012 1:30PM

    Looks like I need to get my fundraising butt in gear!

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ASTALANYA 6/6/2012 1:06PM

    Thank youuu!

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TEGOCHU 6/6/2012 12:53PM

    That's awesome! Congrats!

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RHEYNKLAW 6/6/2012 12:31PM

    Yay! Fun times!

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ASTALANYA 6/6/2012 11:49AM

    I got my first donation and I am *stoked*!

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FLEURGARDEN 6/6/2012 11:35AM

    Glad you'll be walking with us. I'm looking forward to it. emoticon


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Still Lazy

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Aside from conscious decisions to eat somewhat healthy and evening walks, I've bombed out this week on being healthy. My motivation for going to the gym is at an all-time low. Maybe because I cannot find my bathing suit?

I should really just wander in and jump on the bike while reading my Kindle. It's certainly lazy. How about lifting a few weights? See, this is all so easy and yet I feel it's an insurmountable molehill even though six weeks straight of working out was/is under my belt. Something else wants my attention, though I don't know what it is.

  
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ASTALANYA 6/6/2012 10:58AM

    Why yes, I *am* signed up for the diabetes walk... ;) You better be too, lady!

Thank you for all the support.

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RHEYNKLAW 6/6/2012 1:06AM

    WORST.

...Not you, that rut. You probably needed the week, so thank yourself for allowing it, now get your ass up and out, girl! emoticon

Are you going to do the Diabetes walk in September?

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TEGOCHU 6/5/2012 12:38PM

    Sometimes you just have those weeks or days where the motivation just isn't there.. alot of the time it's just about putting on your workout clothes and going anyways! Ever thought of going with a buddy to make the experience more fun? :)

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ASTALANYA 6/5/2012 11:50AM

    I'm in the Royal Oak area. :) So definitely within 20 miles of you, I bet. :D

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FLEURGARDEN 6/5/2012 11:46AM

    Don't make me come over there and drag you to the pool by by your ear... :-)

Okay, I don't know exactly where you live, but based on prior posts I figure you're within twenty miles of me.

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KIMPY225 6/5/2012 9:15AM

    I know the feeling. There are so many "I should have ____" and "I wish I ____"
Good luck & hopefully you find what you are looking for!

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Unmotivated

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I have a confession: I haven't been to the YMCA all week.

My exercise totals have included bopping around a pool (not included in the totals), lifting a few weights, walking at lunch and in the evening. At least I'm doing something. But I feel rather guilty about not getting to the pool and not in the least guilty about skipping out on an exercise class or four.

I'm apparently still on Memorial Day vacation! At least I'm eating mostly fruit and veggies today.

  


Achilles Heel: Strawberry Vanilla Wafers

Monday, May 21, 2012

I should have known better.

Playing Diablo III all weekend with my beau and our friends does not exactly lend itself well to excellent eating habits. The fridge and the cabinets are barren of fruits and vegetables. I, however, managed to sneak in a trip to Windsor to raid Costco and Real Canadian Superstore for the most coveted of all junk food -- ketchup chips. Along the way I stopped in the cookie aisle, snatching a few sweet treats they do not sell in the US.

When it comes to US cookies, I eat them sparingly as I find them much too sweet. But then there were strawberry vanilla wafers, $.99 in a package, and not good for me. I won't even talk about the box of Dare coconut wafers (like Nilla Wafer cookies) that were eaten in a few hours. *gulp*

The wafers were wrapped in plastic which exploded open when I tried to get just two. A block of wafers fell in my lap, and though I gave several to the beau, I munched on several more. Then it dawned on me, all I'd eaten all day were those cookies and some Indian for early dinner.

Let's just say this weekend was a bust, and this week has to be a blast.

And in future... restrict them cookies, please. -_-

  
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TEGOCHU 5/21/2012 6:03PM

    Omg, ketchup chips are my crack! (Especially Lays) I can't believe they haven't caught on in the states! Good thing you're close enough to Canada to run up and grab some! Or maybe not.. lol

I think we all have those weekends sometimes, just gotta pick up where you left off earlier in the week! I know how addicting Diablo is though, my boyfriend's been playing it constantly lol

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 5/21/2012 10:26AM

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