Friday, February 07, 2014
I wrote this in 2010 and it is still true today. I still have to learn how not to be on a diet roller-coaster. "I joined Spark! at the end of 2009. Sometimes the "Bad" days overshadow the "Good" days. Bad days have consisted of: lack of motivation, personal issues, health issues and .....life in general, gets in the way of my plans. I will have to say my good days far exceed the bad days, but one bad day and I forget all those good days I had and will have.
How do I defeat these bad days? One way is my SparkFriends pulled me through! I log in everyday without fail. I don't always want to but I do. I take my medications every morning weather I want to or not because it helps me. I need my dose of Spark, as with medication, because it makes me feel better. I continue to track my nutrition and fitness activity without fail, reading articles, SparkTeam threads, and Blogs, By being consistent with this ritual I have always been able to get back on track.
I have had many bad days in a row for the past month, some worse than others, but a bad day none the less. SparkPeople helps keeps things in perspective and the light at the end of the tunnel is still visible. When I am with my SparkFriends I am back in the "Zone" of healthy thoughts and healthier living.
Thanks to SparkPeople and SparkFriends, many more good days are ahead. "
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I have jumped onto the SparkWagon and fell off the wagon more than a few times over the past 4 years. The fall starts with an innocent food on the "do not eat" list. Huge slice of pizza, frozen yogurt, fried chicken, Carls Jr. $6.00 Burger....etc. Before long, matter of a few shot weeks, all the foods that were on the" no-no" list are reintroduced back into the diet. Then all the hard work to lose weight and eating clean are left behind. But not forgotten because I was healthy for that period.
My problem is many of the foods I should eat I just do not like. Not a big vegetable fan. Almost have a hard time looking a lettuce leaf in the face. I have a tendency to eat the same foods everyday and that last for months. Once I burn out on a particular food my choices are more limited. My staples I never seem to lack the taste for are eggs, 100% egg whites, split pea soup, hamburger, potatoes, chicken, and turkey. When I cook I start with an onion and build a meal around it.
My relationship with food needs work. I do not eat just to eat. I eat to "fill-the-pit". If I eat very low calorie foods and hit satiety I am happy with that. However I do pay attention to the calories my body needs for the day and if I am short calories at the end of the day I will find a healthy higher calorie food to compensate. I try to shy away from foods I really like because I will have a tendency to overeat. But if the "really like" foods are on my plate I try to find other low calorie filler foods to satisfy the satiety.
However my motivation to lose weight and be more healthy keeps the SparkWagon in sight. Currently I am back on the SparkWagon with a good grip...at least with one hand and working on getting the other hand with the same grip.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Back on the diet-wagon but hard to hold on. Have not been able to do strenuous weight exercises or upper body aerobics due to a shoulder injury. But prior to shoulder injury other health obstacles started in Feb. when I hurt my lower back and could hardly get around for 3 weeks. Then on the cusp of healing in Mar. I caught a bad cold that wiped me out for 3 weeks. I have managed to drop 21 lbs. since Jan 1st. despite not being able to get in some aggressive exercise. Lately, my exercise consist of getting ready for Spring gardening. The grass is growing so fast it needs mowing once or twice a week. I guess that will teach me to fertilize!
I am excited for May it is my annual Run For The Wall 6000+ mile motorcycle road-trip . Riding burns 2.8 Cal/Min. I will burn at least 480 Cal/day that equates to 8 hrs moving time in the saddle. Takes about 14 hours and 700 miles to acquire those GOLDEN 480 Cal. I generally lose around 8 to 10 lbs by the time my trip is completed.
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
A group of us from the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) did the Polar Bear Run yesterday in Portland, Oregon. This is attended by bikers from all over Oregon and Washington. This is an annual event, 29th annual. Some people jump into icy waters, we ride motorcycles. I will have to say I forgot to take my "smart-pills" when I decided to take this motorcycle trip on New Years Day. (Both groups need smart-pills). It was 25 degrees when I left the house for "Breakfast at Valerie's" restaurant in Vancouver, Washington. We were meeting there at 8:00 AM. Found my buddy Santa Ed, by himself, already chowing down. I looked at my watch and it was 7:45. He said the time was changed to 9:00 AM. So instead of watching him eat I ordered breakfast. After a while we were joined by 12 others. WE turned off Hwy I-5 Washington onto WA-503, S. when we came upon black-ice. We turned around at this point after a group of bikers stopped us. They had 2 bikes go down on the ice. I am glad they stopped us because picking up a 900 lb motorcycle on ice would have been a big job.
Our fearless leader, Santa Ed, headed us back and decided to take us on the scenic route, instead of I-5, on old Hwy 99 heading South to La Center, WA. After about 3 minutes on hwy 99 I think most of us would have rather been on the corner with the black-ice. Since we could not turn around, safely, we were committed and proceeded onward. Wish we could have taken a picture but could not stop for fear of not getting enough traction to restart. Finally got to La Center, WA. and told a few bench-racing type stories, with big smiles, that we made it without incident. Thought we had it made with clear sailing as we headed for I-5 from La Center, but mother nature had more snow in our path, but once again we all made it to the I-5 Fwy. Clear roads all the way to Oregon City, end of Run, and had Pizza, and stuff, at Jimmy O's Pizzeria.
By the time I got home I had logged-in more than 185 miles for the day. It had warmed-up to a toasty 41 degrees by 5:30 PM. Most of the ride however was in mid-20's temps. My thanks to Santa Ed for an exciting trip. Good leaders gets the pack through. I will admit that I did have fun!!! Will I do it again???? I may take my smart-pills next year.
One last comment: Oregon valleys are like Arizona compared to Washington. Cold but no ice or snow!! It is amazing just a few miles from home across the Columbia River, it was like entering Winter Wonderland. It was beautiful.
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