Thursday, October 04, 2012
No, this is not what you are thinking or expecting. I am so sorry (all of my Sparkpeople friends) that I have been absent for a very long time. I did not quit exercising as you might think. The last year has been emotionally challenging for our family on many levels. The timing of my post is perfect since we are in October and October is Breast Cancer awareness Month. Cancer of any form is sad, scary, and emotionally draining on everyone who has ever been affected by it.
Why is this topic so Important today?
Our family has dealt with a loss this past July due to Lung Cancer. Yes, this was heart-wrenching, sad, and very emotional to get through. But, let me tell you there is another side to Cancer that we often do not talk about or think about.
My Aunt smoked for many years and quit smoking seven years ago. She often tried to encourage the rest of us to quit too. Every one of us did what we usually do when an ex-smoker talks to us about quitting. We say, "someday."
Well, now here is the Blessing that was bestowed upon our family. Her loss had a very BIG impact on myself. I quit smoking 1 month and 1 day after her passing. So sometimes little miracles and blessings come from the most difficult places. The Irony is, isn't this the way it always works?
It is never easy when we are creating new habits, fighting to keep exercising, conflicted over what we ate today, or even struggling with finances or something more personal in our lives. Rewards come with hard work.
I can say this with confidence now, I quit smoking on August 2, 2012, (I smoked for 35 years)
Yes, I am eating anything and everything as if I have a bottomless pit. No, this is not great for my weight. However, on the health front, I am very proud of the lowering blood pressure, and do you want to bet my next Cholesterol check will be lower too? So, I will keep walking (I walk every other day for an hour and a half) and I will continue to fight my cravings and get a better handle on them. And then, I will get back on track with my eating goals. To many challenges at once could lead to failure and I am NOT getting on that Train!
Tackle one thing at a time and know that each of your choices are leading to a healthier living, and better life. Slow and steady you will win the race. I am proud to say that I currently am.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Not long ago, The scale would not move, no matter how much I spoke to it. It would not listen to reason, argument, or desperation. Those numbers just stared back at me silently. Almost as if I never said a word.
So, I spoke quietly and calmly at first. Then I began to get more demanding.
That scale could care less!
So, I blogged in pure frustration, "I am stuck."
Well, guess what?! I won the argument, eventually. It started on Sunday. That blessed scale moved down 1 LB. I thought I had gone to heaven! 1 LB, 1 LB!!
Then today (a total fluke, mind you!) I stood on that blessed flat scale, holding my breath and asking myself why was I weighing again only two days later?
And, I beat the scale at it's own game! I lost another 2LBS. 2 LBS! 2 LBS!!
3 LBS in less than a week!
So, here is a moment to share that the scale is NOT your friend, but it is not your enemy either. We all reach plateaus and feel frustrated, but do not despair, and PLEASE do not give up. The scale will move eventually.
Many blessings to all of my Sparkfriends and smile because you will win!!
You win when you feel less winded.
And, also when you have more energy.
Another win is when you notice your measurements have changed.
An aha moment when you actually feel "good."
Every step you take leads to a greater goal and ultimately a healthier future.
So, please don't let the scale be your be-all. It, isn't.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
I know this might seem a crazy way to do this, but....
I am looking for a walking partner in Jackson County, Oregon.
Maggie and I go for walks, but Maggie is not ready for a longer duration and her mom is!! If you are interested and live within the Rogue Valley Area of Oregon.. please send me an email. Maybe we can start out meeting at the Mall and walking there, and as the weather gets warmer, extending it to all of the beautiful Oregon trails that surround this area.
Interested? Drop me a line.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
The nutrition tracker really does help and is worth taking the time.
A nice feature on Sp that really works when you use it and then run reports to see your trends.
I just realized that I have been eating at the lowest caloric recommendation for a few weeks. Prior to that, when I was eating at the top end of my caloric recommendation, I was actually losing weight. Lately, I have not had any change on the scale. Hmmm. Might need to increase my caloric intake!
Sunday, February 06, 2011
I am not sure what to make of my progress (or lack of!) right now. The scale is not moving. I am eating within my calorie range, drinking plenty of water, and pushing myself to do some activity everyday.
Maybe it is time to take pictures of now and look back in a month?
I am struggling not to become discouraged and remind myself over and over that progress is happening (even if I can not see it right now)
Most importantly I know that I can not give up, or allow excuses to deter me.
That would be the "easy" way out and I REFUSE to go there.
I know I am not alone. I am reminding myself that this is temporary.
Maybe it is time to mix things up.
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