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I Canít Turn Back Time but maybe I can slow it down a little.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Once I proudly pulled my new driverís license out of my wallet.
Once I wore an ID around my neck to advise building security that I belonged there.
Now I carry a Medicare Card.

It all went by so fast. I never thought about what I was eating. I was grateful to corporate America for their prepackaged foods and the fast food restaurants available on every corner. With a husband, 3 kids, a zillion activities, my workouts and a demanding job, it simplified getting food on the table. Compared to the rest of America I looked pretty good, probably because I was always active.

Suddenly, I notice that the Obituaries include a lot of people from MY decade.
Suddenly, I observe that residents in the nursing home I visit with my church group are not that much older than me.

Once time stretched out before me like an endless superhighway and I was pushing the speed limit. Now, Iím meandering down a narrower country road. I donít want to be one of the wrecks broken down on the shoulder, so I better take care of this engine and all its parts.

Wherever you are on the road of life, take care of yourself. Do it now for a longer, happier road ahead.

  
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MNNICE 10/6/2012 11:10AM

    Healthy eating and exercise definitely will help slow it down. Sometimes it's downright scary knowing that too soon we'll be facing the difficulties of aging, so we focus on enjoying the simple pleasures of life as often as we can for as long as we can. I'm sure you remember the old Lady Clairol advertisement, which is my motto: "I'm not getting older, I'm getting BETTER!"

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SUZYMOBILE 10/6/2012 10:56AM

    Aw, c'mon! Surely you can't be in the Medicare generation too?

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MJZHERE 9/19/2012 8:00PM

  This is a great blog! Dh and I dusted off our Harleys because we found that country road we've been wanting to explore. Have you ever noticed, there is something special about those roads - ours is quiet, beautiful scenery, few cars to run you off the road, and the best part is we can still enjoy it. Lots of time on the road for those thoughts you could never ponder before. There is something to be said about wisdom. Theres a lot to see, a lot to learn when we slow down, just have to be healthy enough to enjoy it.

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JSMC10 9/19/2012 7:05AM

    make the most of every day and every opportunity emoticon

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I don't want to go the gym today.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I donít want to go to the gym today, but itís raining heavily so I have no choice.

I donít want to hear ďI told you so!Ē Especially when it isnít true.
I donít want to hear ďRunning will ruin your kneesĒ Especially when it isnít true.

The naysayers accustomed to seeing me run 30 to 40 min at a time while they mutter about how foolish I am, will likely not be encouraging as I work my way back with quarter mile intervals.

Maybe I should wear a sign that Iím injured because I tripped over a step while checking out a buffet. Eating hurt my knee, not running.

Rehab is hard enough. I donít need the negativity.

  
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AMBER_DAWN1 9/18/2012 11:05AM

    Hang in there!! When we are surrounded by Debbie Downers we just have to make sure our internal tape recorder is set to POSITIVE THOUGHTS and then turn up the volume!!!!

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MJZHERE 9/18/2012 10:39AM

  Wow, I am going through the negativity right now also. Never knew there would be naysayers about me losing weight, then add in an injury. Of course it doesn't help that it is my tailbone and I have lost padding there! At least mine was rollerskating and not at a buffett lol. I can consul myself with that. Here is to your continued recovery! emoticon

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MAHGRET 9/18/2012 9:42AM

    It just blows my mind that people would even comment. well I guess it doesn't, since I switched gyms to find one where people mostly keep their mouths shut.

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PHEBESS 9/18/2012 8:37AM

    I can just see the T shirts:

"I injured myself at a buffet - food hurts you"

or

"Food alert - I tripped at a buffet"


That would be priceless!

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JUDYAMK 9/18/2012 8:31AM

    I learned not to tell certain people what I am doing ,because when I do miss a work out or eat a little too much or partake of a treat they look at me with a sneer. You know you can get right back on track. Every one of us even those sneering people have a desire to accomplish something no matter how small or big. I think the people that try to intimidate , are secretly deep down harboring guilt because they want to do some thing to change whether it is their own weight ,or anything else.I know of people that want to sky dive but make unkind remarks about those that sky dive. you just keep on emoticon take no mind to them this is about YOU not them
Take Care
Judy

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3 Years on SP - My First Blog

Monday, September 17, 2012

I feel like such an oddball. I didnít have dramatic amounts of weight to lose. I never yo-yo dieted. I was always rather content with my pear shaped body and I was always active and fit.

However, by age 61 I was carrying 30 lbs more than in college (20 lbs more than after 3 pregnancies) and I just didnít want to show up for my retirement physical and have to move that big 150 lb weight on the doctorís scale. Plus, my 5K times had been getting gradually slower and I decided that I would be better off if my heart and lungs didnít have to drag that extra weight up those hills.

So what to do? I was already running 20 miles per week and drinking only water (after my morning coffee & OJ). So much for ďeasyĒ stuff Ė move more and cut out soda. Fortunately I love numbers and data, so I began tracking my food on a different website, less comprehensive than SP, and using SP for the articles and information.

I was amazed and impressed by all the stories of great success, but didnít feel comfortable joining in. I reached my goal weight (22 lbs lost), but compared to everyone else, it seemed like so whatÖ big deal. So I kept quiet. I didnít even use a ďticker.Ē

But I discovered that I love eating healthy and knowing whatís in my food. I love planning the day using the tracker and playing ďwhat if I eat this and not that?Ē I love my food scale and improving my ability to estimate weight and portions, and I still love to read about everyone elseís successes.

So as I approach 3 years of maintenance at goal weight (132-135), I joined the Maintenance Team. Maintenance difficulties are universal, no matter how much we weigh. Now I hope to find my voice. Maybe thereís someone else out there like me?

  
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SUZYMOBILE 9/23/2012 11:12AM

    Yup. emoticon

Maintenance is more involving than weight loss ever was, and calls on all the self-awareness and analytical skill you can muster.

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KANSASROSE67 9/18/2012 7:51PM

    I "only" lost 25 pounds on Spark and I don't think my story is very interesting or exciting either...but just because we don't have dramatic stories doesn't mean we didn't achieve something great! We just didn't have as far to come as some people.

Glad you're moving forward into the spotlight a bit!

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MJZHERE 9/17/2012 8:33AM

  I am glad you have "joined" in and I think you have found your voice! I felt like you with the 30 lbs to lose, but the more I was on here, the more I discovered that the weight people are trying/have lost is from every range. I also discovered it is good to be "with" a group of people who also want to be healthy, fit, and eat well. And I agree - love reading the success stories.

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JANEMARIE77 9/17/2012 8:07AM

    emoticon you are awesome

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