Friday, March 04, 2011
Haven't blogged for awhile. Can't think of anything worth saying. But saw Michelle's (MVISGAK) list like this, so here's mine. It was kinda fun!
A to Z SURVEY
A. Age: 50 (shhhhh!!)
B. Bed size: Queen
C. Chore you dislike: cleaning the shower
D. Dogs: Don't have one right now; I like collies, corgis, and cute little fluffy ones.
E. Essential start to your day: a sweaty workout, and breakfast
F. Favorite color: RED!!!
G. Gold or silver: White gold
H. Height: 5’ 3”
I. Instruments you play(ed): Alto sax, and I can pick out notes on the piano
J. Job title: Customer Service Rep
K. Kids: daughter, 27 and son, 24
L. Live: north central Indiana
M. Mom's name: Carolyn
N. Nicknames: Becky, Bec
O. Overnight hospital stays: Hmm…tonsils when I was little, and when I had the kids
P. Pet peeves: people who think they are "entitled", spitting, dining table chairs that aren't pushed into the table after a meal
Q. Quote from a movie: "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."
R. Righty or Lefty: Righty
S. Siblings: 2 Sisters
T. Time you wake up: 5:25 a.m., M-F -- definitely later on the weekends
U. Underwear: Victoria's Secret, always!!
V. Vegetables you don't like: Asparagus, green peppers
W. What makes you run late: Stopping to do "one more thing" before I go out to the car.
X. X-rays you've had: Teeth and foot
Y. Yummy food you make: lots of big calorie stuff, and not much lately! Homemade mac and cheese, lasagne, white chicken chili, carrot cake, and lots of kinds of cookies!
Z. Zoo animal favorites: giraffes
Have a great weekend everybody!
Friday, February 04, 2011
I've been maintaining for 6 months now. I had hoped it would be becoming second nature by now. In some ways it is, but in other ways it is just as scary. I've been having kind of an ongoing discussion with a spark friend who has also reached the maintenance level. Some days we have more questions than answers. Since the first of the year, I've been up a couple and down a couple of pounds over and over. Have upped the fitness minutes, but that hasn't seemed to have the effect it did when I was battling to get the last few pounds off last July.
Here's an excerpt from my note a few minutes ago:
"I've been thinking of blogging this, but not sure how I want to go at it yet. Don't want it to come off whiny when so many people struggle just to lose at all. Don't want to seem that way to you, either. Just last week I tell you I'm determined, and now I'm waffling. I'm in uncharted territory here--never maintained a weight loss this long before, and I still have questions. I guess from here on out it's really an experiment in life. So, here goes:
#1 I want to feel fit and healthy.
#2 I want to stay in all these clothes I've bought. :)
#3 I'd like to stay b/t 135 and 138, unless I could ever go lower EASILY.
So on to my dilemma:
#1 I have gotten to where I like working out, but I don't want to have to kill myself. Today, I am a little sore in the arms and shoulders, but I would have been regardless, since I had to do that (shoveling) for work yesterday. The shape I'm now in allows me to do that job much more easily. However, my glutes are rather sore today too, and I see that as a result of more walking/running than usual this week, esp. this morning. And I was uncontrollably hungry last night. If that's from extra workout minutes, no thank you. (Not sure how to tell, though) .
#2 Nobody knows what the scale says unless I tell them. It's my own vanity that wants to keep under 140. But on the other hand, would I be I deluding myself that 140 is okay? Is accepting that a license to start creeping upwards? Other than going to a bod pod somewhere, is the fit of my clothes the only way to determine if I'm building muscle and not losing control? I guess that should be enough, but somehow this is all scary. I've come too far to lose any ground now.
#3 Am I over-analyzing all this? Do I just need to relax? If I relax, I could lose my grip. Am I just a big control freak?"
So now, Sparkies, esp. maintainers, I'm asking you. How do you know you're where you're supposed to be? How do you tell if you're building a little muscle, or if you are starting to lose control? Do you "fight" to stay in the range you selected for yourself? And how much leeway do you give yourself before you start fighting? I thought after 6 months I'd be over the questions. I think I may be getting more confused.
Friday, January 07, 2011
with my soul. Woo hoo! Seven days, 1 week into the new year, and 11 days since my pep talk blog. Haven't quite made it back into range yet, due to New Year's family event, but I'm real close. I've had a great eating and working-out week. So a few more days, and I'll be back mid-range. I've been reading lots of friends' blogs, and it looks like many of us are finding our focus and getting back to business. If that's you, then GREAT JOB! Woo hoo you! And Woo hoo me!
If that's not you, then I implore you to stick with it, find your focus, and get back on the train. You'll be so glad you did, and you'll feel so much better. If you have the post-holiday blues, then I encourage you to be diligent and try harder. If you must be blue, be bright blue. By being bright blue, I think you can work yourself out of the funk quicker and be on your way to achieving your goals. I read something in a blog yesterday about the pity party being cancelled. I love that! I'm especially whiny about winter weather, so I need to cancel that pity party, too.
So my friends, have a great weekend. Do whatever it is that makes you happy and makes it well with your soul. I'm going to dinner theatre this evening, cleaning house tomorrow, and rooting for the Colts tomorrow night. Woo hoo! Go Colts!
Monday, December 27, 2010
It's been almost a month since I composed a blog--didn't have anything to say, I guess. But now I feel the need.
It would be easy to stay in bed and not workout this week. It would be easy to keep mindlessly munching on leftovers from our Christmas celebrations. It would be easy to let all our hard work fly out the window.
But all those things would make life harder in the long run. If we don't get back on plan, we'll get out of breath when we try to go up and down the stairs. If we don't get back to the plan, our smaller clothes won't continue to fit.
So this week, choose your hard. You know, "Losing weight is hard. Being fat is hard. Choose your hard." I'm choosing to get back to my "new normal", and work off my holiday indulgences. I'm journaling all my food, and planning it in advance. We needed to have our Christmas fun, and now it's time to get back to the plan, Stan, back to our new normal, our real life. No whining, no excuses. Just do it.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Dang it! There are snowflakes flying by my windows at work this afternoon. Though I'm ready for the Christmas season to be upon us (I LOVE Christmas!), I am NOT ready for snow. For everyone, but especially on a livestock farm, snow just makes everything harder. I'd be perfectly happy to have about an inch on Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning, and forget it the rest of the winter. Now that I've done my bellyaching, let's move on.
Got your tree decorated yet? Do you do the whole house, or just a tree? I decorate most of the house. I just love it to be twinkling, sparkly, and festive. I have a few pretties to put out in my bathroom, and maybe a porch tree, but other than that, I'm done with the decorating. After 29 years of keeping house, I have many favorite decorations that I put away carefully each year so I can continue to enjoy them. The ceramic nativity set my Grandma made gets new tissue every couple of years, so the pieces don't bump together on the way up and down the stairs for storage. The tree skirt my MIL made gets tucked into the cedar chest to protect the felt from moths. Other items have special methods of storage, too, so that someday they can be passed to our kids or even grandkids. I love that tradition.
Speaking of traditions, I need to come up with some new ones that don't necessarily revolve around food. For 20 years when the kids were growing up, we made homemade donuts on Christmas Morning. We only did this once a year, but I moved away from it when they were adults--it was alot of work! We have fond memories of the grandparents dropping in to see what Santa brought and eating a couple donuts--everybody liked the "holes" the best, but if you've ever fried donuts, you know the holes are a pain to cook! My husband, the Grinch, even got into the cooking, then I'd do the glazing. He's a great guy, but Christmas just isn't his thing. He did like cooking the donuts, though. I'm sure whenever we become Grandparents we'll come up with something special to do with the little ones. Just have to be patient, I guess.
Well, happy decorating, everybody. Hope you're catching Christmas Fever!
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