Friday, February 01, 2008
Y is for ....
At work, I had a V-8 and a piece of string cheese. I'm not afraid to come home and have some bread, it fits into my Sparks plan, pretty cool huh? I also got hungry at work for something sweet and I had one of those cherry cordial chocolate covered cherries. Mm...like the 25 cent size. I've noticed that I'm eating less on my own. That is so cool.
I bought those 5 oz solo cups and that is what I'm using to measure my portion control. Cool! Really cool.
Well, I went through Stage 2 and wanted to stay there, cause I don't think that I have it yet, but atlas, I hit the wrong button, and there i am, in stage 3. Well, this is what I did. Here is the things that~~My Major Motivation Points
Personal Appearance: I want to:
•Keep my thighs from rubbing
Health & Fitness: I want to:
•Have more energy
Friends, Family and Social Life: I want to:
•Across the board, I want to be active with others
Everyday Signs and Situations: I want to:
•Be a more confident public speaker
Youza, let's talk about tushes. Mine, by my feel of it, is becoming more defined. Now, will I get wolf whistles, probably not, the fellow who did that is no longer in my life. I had a new hair style this last fall. The perm went away, the perm on perm, went away like a clown look, and I've been having some bad hair days learning how to deal with this new one. In general, though, I like it. People told me that i could not wear my hair longer. Well, I guess I am.
The life guard started me on a few laps and a beginning underwater breath to get my brain and body coordinated, and to let it know that I'm going to exercise. And he has me focusing on a few laps where I stretch and, while I sleep good~~sleeping is not an issue~~I have slept deeper. Interesting. I also can feel it in my upper and lower lungs, it's stretching them as well. I'm also ready to get out of the water and ready to go back to the water sooner. This is exciting.
I've been at the pool each day, and I've done on ly a few laps, but with more intensity. I'm feeling it today and think that I should not go, but I won't be able to be there for the next two days. Atlas, so I better go today! I can breathe deeper!
Friday, January 25, 2008
Welcome to my Sparkspage. This is a lifestyle change, and you might see some ot the other lifestyle changes that I am trying to make. And the way that I am doing this is to do this: I am returning to the stages, right now I'm in Stage 2. I like rereading my books, always get something more from them the second time through, and the samee is happening with the stages.
X is for kisses!
Eating, exercising right, and good for me!
Today got all out of order. I asked for Tuesday's off so that I can get some order in my life. Today they honored it, who knows what will happen. I learned that I have a hearing loss last year and it has put a bummer in my spirit because there is a lot that I don't know about living with it, although, I have lived with it for a while. So, I found a resource and am beginning the process, then I had lunch with someone special and then I went to a museum in town that I had never been to before. For lunch I ate lasagna. Then this evening I went to dancing lessons. Now, I have to get a load of laundry done. More importantly, I discovered in a conversation where I was not hearing and where the conversation started going awry. Then the resource started and helped me get another resource. I have a lot to learn so that I can help others communicate with me. I had planned to swim but that didn't happen. oh well, tomorrow, I can go early before work.
Look outside, it's full moon, enjoy it. it's beautiful.
This morning, I wanted to quit Sparks~~then I got a 20 on the wheel. I shouldn't have spent the $ on the museum, but the memories that I have. It was awesome!
on a better note, I've got the sparks diet memorized so can use it when preparing food.
Cleaned the refrig tonight, and realize that I bought some stuff that I didn't use or plan right to use. Need to change that, I dont' need the waste.
I spoke to the life guard and asked him what I was doing wrong, because I'm exercising quite a bit and not seeing results. He asked why i was swimming and it was to lose weight and he said that would come. Then I said for flexibility and to swim better. Well, it seems, I've been doing some great floating, after all what do you do with a little apple shaped body bobbin in the water and my hands can paddle. I thought I looked like an olympic swimmer, lol. Anyway, he gave me laps to concentrate on, 1 of breast, crawl, back, and side. And he also showed me how to start the routine. By holding my breath underwater while stroking as long as I could. He also showed me where I was doing the strokes wrong. I came out winded, and he reasured me that it was a good thing. That it would improve my metabolism. Sounds ok to me, I was tired. He also said to focus on my stretching and not worry about speed. Seems that he could tell that I'm holding on to lots of stress. That's ok, I'm ready for this.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
W is for Water, Welcome, Workout
Spreading the Sparks. Sparks says to tell others about your goals, so here is mine. To stretch daily: consistent exercising. Anyway, I stretched today ending at 5:25 am. All I have to do is to set my alarm for 10 minutes, get on my mat, and do some exercises.
I am going to stretch for 10 minutes between now and 10:am Tuesday, January 8th..
Promises kept to myself = (a candle for me) ii
I stretched last evening after my granddaugher went to bed. I was able to sit on the floor and just move.
Today, I want to stay within my calorie range.
Mixed vegetables for breakfast....mm
One load of laundry
Walked for 10 minutes at 4:30 am
Yes, I took three naps
Got 100 points on Sparks
Two loads of laundry washed and dried
Two sink full of dishes washed and put away. Using the cheap dishwashing stuff from Walgreen and I don't mind changing the water often.
Salmon sandwich for lunch.
I'm out of milk.
Got on the floor for three stretching exercises. Sparks has really got a nice selection of stretching exercises.
Noticed that I chew my food more thoroughly.
Concerned that I'm not sending out job applications.
Drank one bottle of water.
Who says breakfast has to be boring? Apple, walnuts and raisins....mmmmm.
All set to go to work, then couldn't find my keys......called in sick. First time in over a year, I've done that. Need to get organized today!
reakfast--two slices of bread, milk, fruit, need protein yet. Went dancing lessons last night. I could handle the first hour of being with guys in a non-threatening situation before I left, didn't stay for the second part.
Thursday, went to a membership drive at my Y. They are in some sort of financial difficulty....not sure what, the leader would only say we should move forward. There were problems with the billing system over a year ago and my account never seemed to be right. This past year, I paid in full ahead of time and hung on to the receipt. Anyway. will I get involved?
The quietness of my apartment.....that is where I need to make the changes. Am working on it. Am I?
I took a potato to work today and I nuked it, and then sliced it and put ketchup and pepper on it. There was no butter available and it would have made it messy. There was no sour cream available and I didn't have any at home to bring. Well, so, it was good.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
V is for Victory, Vice, Venting
Big batch cooking, freezing, is helpful. I still wasted some food this week cause I didn't get it into the freezer fast enough!
1. I want to weigh 174 or less. 2. I swam a total of 50 miles in 2006 and 2007. I want to swim 50 miles in 2008. I want to walk for 30 minutes a day. I want to do floor exercises for 10 minutes a day.
2007=Year of the Exercise--Get that in order first!
Sunday, put in my signature line that I would be exercising for 30 minutes and stretching. I did the stretching, didn't do the exercising. So why sweat it? I'll reduce it to just the stretching for now. It worked though~~the contract for success~~I wrote out that I would not get on Sparks for anything other than collecting my daily points if I did not do one of the two. And I gave myself a time limit. It worked. I finally stretched.
avocados--spelled it wrong elsewhere
Monday--5ish am. Stretched! Hard getting the alarm set for 10 minutes and staying down for the entire 10 minutes. Got down, and did some of the exercises.
Like the stretching that I'm doing.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
U is for useful!
If' I'm going to be useful, I need to be more flexible, and that involves taking exercising seriously. Is this the beginning of a new phase or like the flock of people who are entering the diet mode in January?
--Saturday evening.....I feel upbeat and am ready to change. Only yesterday I had that feeling and nothing happened. Today started the same, only at work, my eating got out of whack and I had a bananna and one of those little bars. Decided that I needed to do something different. So, I sat down with myself after I clocked out and before I left work and I made a list of what I wanted to change, and at the time, I ate one of those kettle donuts and a cup of hot chocolate. I know, not the best--yet it was all that I had the money for with me. It was enough to put myself into a relaxed mode and when I came home, I slept.....only for 5 hours....what was that all about? So I got up and got my points for Sparks, and then from the list that i made at work, I started laundry, one load and watched a sparks video without the sound. I need to arrange some things here, meaning my apartment is out of control and I had to find room in the middle to put a mat down.
So I need to clean a spot and think of what I can take for tomorrow, I just put some chicken on,
I set the alarm for 10 minutes and vacummed, and have one load of laundry in. Someone has the dryer in use, so that will throw me off. Now for 10 minutes, I want to dust. Will let you know how that goes.
Monday pm--will spend a quiet New Year's with family. Heading out in a few minutes though, and almost had a panic attack. Want to eat better, right? But brought groceries home and didn't have time to cook it, will come tomorrow. Looked at the Nutrition tracker and made some adjustments. wasn't ready to buy all of the variety of food, I got a good deal on a bag of apples anyway,
But almost panicked because I was hungry and didn't have time to cook it. Might have considered raiding their refrig. Then looked closer into my freezer, and tada there was 2 oz of meat in a baggie, so I nuked it, and grabbed two tangerines, and 2 slices of bread, yeah, bread.......look at the tracker, there are subsitutions.
Oh, and I grabbed my frozen bags of caltiflower and will take it along, and nibble on it this evening. I hope that this continues.
The nutrition tracker is really a cool thing. Hey, take care! Happy New Years!
Didn't have time to spend with the 10 minutes of dusting, did stop at an office supply store and got a new calendar, though.
Tuesday~~well, folks, this is boring to read, sorry........I am working on the lifestyle change. So, the washer is being competed with other residents with dirty laundry, and I usually lose, so why try that one. I can focus on something else. I have my chicken and meatloaf baking in the oven. I have been nibbling on breakfast for a while. Got my carb in, and then my apple, thought about nuking it, and said, nah!
Thursday--well, today a full blown cold hit, ok, that explains the tiredness. So, ok, back off, why make changes now. Maintain. I was drinking hot water with some lemon juice in it at work, done that for several days. My exercising is off, been colder.
At some point I need to deal with these excuses.
On a better note, it was so cold out that I automatically buttoned my coat, only I bought this coat because it fit through the shoulders but never buttoned, never. And this week I buttoned it and walked out the door and then as I was walking to work, it dawned on me that I had met one of my goals, and I wasn't even aware of it. My coat buttoned, and not stretching it, so the buttons pop off. Wow, I'm getting smaller--losing inches!
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