Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Just want to thank all my Spark pals who take the time to visit my Spark Page, send a goodie, visit my Blog. Appreciate all comments left for me.
Words cannot express how grateful I am to have your support and encouragement on this journey towards a healthier me.
There is such joy in receiving a notice from Sparks that someone has been visiting me or sent a goodie.
Keep them coming.... and I will continue to do the same for you.
Live life to the fullest !
Saturday, August 15, 2009
It's been just one year since I've joined Simply for Life. I'm sure alot of people are wondering why I had to go to a weight loss clinic to lose weight, especially when I have all that Sparks has to offer at my finger tips for free.
Believe you me, I've asked myself the same question many times, especially when I write the cheque every month to pay for this.
1. The accountability for me is totally necessary, I need to have someone weigh me and keep tally of what I am doing.
2. The journalling that is required every day, this journal must accompany me on my visit to my consultant, this is what she looks over when I'm there.
3. The wealth of help I've received from my consultant. She can pinpoint or give advise or just a suggestion to give me the extra push I need.
4. She is only an e-mail away and she's right on the ball helping me.
5. The 15 minute (or lots of time much longer) one on one appointment I have with her every week. When I'm struggling she'll fit me into her schedule through the week and has been known to sit with me for 30 minutes even when others are waiting to see her.
I have "dieted" for most of my life... I started to Weight Watchers in my late teens, and have been on every "diet" that's out there. This is the one that has helped me the most in learning how to eat properly.
The support and information that I receive from Sparks has also been invaluable to me. I work my Simply for Life program hand in hand with Sparks People. So without all of you I know this wouldn't have been the success that it has been.
So I must thank all of my Spark friends.... you all know who you are, the ones that ask every week how did I make out on Saturday, sit by the computer patiently awaiting for me to post my results. The ones that give me the extra push or goodie or comment to know that I am loved.
Friday, August 07, 2009
I've been having fun with the scale the last few weeks.
I always get weighed at home for my weekly challenge on Lemon team by what my home scale says every Friday morning before I eat my breakfast, and the only place I record this weigh-in is on this team.... so anyone reading this from my team will see quite a difference in the weigh-ins I'm going to talk about on this blog. It also shows the fluctuations that happen in a person's body, which is the reason why we shouldn't be jumping on the scale every day, never mind 2 or 3 times a day......
Now for my Sparks tracker and any other challenge I always use my official weigh-in with my weight consultant Saturday morning at 11:30 am after my breakfast and morning snack and about 2 or 3 glasses of water. I've been weighing in with her, will be 1 year next Saturday.
Now the other week I missed my Sat. weighin on the 18th of July and got in there on Tues 21st of July to show a 5 lb gain.... now this was a surprise cause there had been no binge eating, no junk food eating, the only thing I do know was I had added a bit extra starch to my program, so I went back to my detox program, which is what I used the first 3 weeks of my program to detox my body of starches/sugars.... so from Tueday to Friday I followed this... weighed in on Friday 24th July, and STS.... which was amazing... my body was really acting strange and crazy and I couldn't figure any of this out....so she wanted to see me again on the Tues. 28th of July and once again... another gain, this time 2.5 lbs.... That's a total of 7.5 lbs in 2.5 weeks
So I dilegently kept following the detox program and went in on Saturday Augugst 1 and the scale went down 5 lbs, finally. I kept working my program and went in today Fri, Aug. 7th a day short of a week's weigh in and had another 3 lbs lost....
So now I have the 7.5 lbs back off and another .5 lbs gone.....
I don't know how easy/hard any of this was to any of you to follow... but the only point I wanted to make in writing this blog is how far I have come in my weight loss journey.
In the past, with any kind of gain, I would have thrown in the towel, totally discouraged and defeated and gave up. However I kept on going, why? cause I believe in myself and what I am doing... I know that I am eating healthier than I ever have and I had to believe that there was something strange going on with my body and I just had to have patience and it would all work itself out.
So for those of you who have been struggling with the scale, with it not being your friend, ask yourself the right questions.... are you really eating healthy, are you really drinking your water, are you really working out.... and if you really are doing all you are supposed to be doing, then eventually the scale will show the right numbers.
Have patience and hang in there..... always trust the process.... it really works !
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Today… I wish you a day of ordinary miracles
A fresh pot of coffee you didn’t make yourself.
An unexpected phone call from an old friend.
Green stoplights on your way to work or shop.
I wish you a day of little things to rejoice in…
The fastest line at the grocery store.
A good sing along song on the radio.
Your keys right where you look.
A rainbow ahead of you.
I wish you a day of happiness and perfection,
little bite-size pieces of perfection
that give you the funny feeling
that the Lord is smiling on you,
holding you so gently because
you are someone special and rare.
© Author Unknown
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Looking over what I've accomplished so far this summer, (based on the summer challenge I've been on with a Spark Team) I have to say that I haven't accomplished what I set out to do.
However I must remain positive in all that I do, so here are my positive thoughts with regards to my challenge.
I always challenge myself to lose weight. I started with Sparks at 295 lbs and am now in the 220's so this in itself is positive.
I always challenge myself to be active. With osteoarthritis in both knees and tendency to get tendonitis in my heels and arches I am very challenged at times with being active. However my activity level has increased, I now workout at a local hotel using their weight machines, recumbent bike, swimming pool. I can go for much longer walks and have my own workout regime in my home, which includes my Wii Fit, stretchy bands, dumbbells, and anything else I can find that will work my body.
I always challenge myself to eat healthy, and my "diet" is very healthy. I do not eat anything "white", all grains, veggies, fruits, fish and chicken, low fat dairy products.
So now reflecting back on what I challenged myself to I can give myself a pat on the back for a job well done.
Now what I do need to do to finish the challenge off with a big bang..... watch my healthy portions..... don't stray to treats too often..... my treat day has always been Saturday and I need to make sure I limit it to Saturday.
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