Thursday, December 12, 2013
As I blogged a few weeks ago, I promised myself I'd start spinning classes once I dropped below 220 pounds. Well, I'm finally there! So this morning, off I went to a spinning class. And out I came, sweaty and weak-legged. Wasn't sure I could walk to the car . . . my legs felt like jello afterwards. This particular instructor did a lot of "standing climbs." If you're at all familiar with spinning, you'll understand my pain. I wasn't just sitting & pedaling all class . . . I was challenged. But that's a good thing! I accomplished my goal and I'll go back!!!
I'm fortunate to have a job that allows me to make my own hours--so that I can go in to work early & work through lunch--then take 2 hours mid-morning to do these classes at the gym, thus getting in the workouts I enjoy so much. Right now, I'm doing the following:
Monday - Strength Training Class (Les Mills Pump It Up)
Tuesday - Spinning Class
Wednesday - Kickboxing Class
Thursday - Spinning Class
Friday - Strength Training Class (Les Mills Pump It Up)
And usually I get home early enough that I have time to walk around the block a couple of times before my DH gets home, so I can get a little extra exercise in that way, too. So I've really been able to up my exercise routine lately & I'm finally seeing some results. Slowly, but surely.
Have a Happy Holiday everyone! If we keep at it, maybe we'll continue to lose--even if we splurge a little during the holiday festivities.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
When I started this weight loss journey, I was 247 lbs. I’ve lost 24 lbs to date. I do feel good about that, as I should. It’s been a slow, steady spark journey—with just the right amount of commitment and support. I love sparkpeople.com! It’s been a wonderful addition to my life, and my family lovingly calls me “sparky” when I’m at the computer all night!
But it’s now time to shake things up and get out of my comfort zone. So here’s what I’m thinking. When I get into the “two-teens” (219 and below)—and I’m close, as I am now at 223 pounds—I will start attending Spinning classes at the gym (which I used to love!). Then when I drop into the “two-ohs” (200-209), I’ll try Zumba. I've always wanted to try that, but was too self-conscious about my size. So there are two strong incentives—for two 10-lb markers.
The main reason for shaking things up with my exercise and getting out of my comfort zone is that my diet can’t be tweaked anymore. I really don’t have a problem in that area. I don't eat junk food or cheat. I already eat very low carb (nothing white), low fat, lots of lean protein, and mostly vegetables. I love my vegetables! And for the most part, I don’t drink many calories. No sodas, fruit juices—just water and skim milk. So I know that in order to continue to lose weight my exercise routine is what needs to be tweaked.
So that’s my plan. One thing I know for sure, though . . . I will continue on with my spark journey, one day at time! So until next time, "Sparky" signing off!
Saturday, October 12, 2013
As some of you know, my 96-year-old grandfather's health is failing. We are quite concerned and sad that his time has come. But we are trying our best to enjoy every minute we have left with him. I come from a very close-knit family. We all live in the same small town, and most of us work together as well (in a family business).
Both of my grandparents (ages 93 and 96) live with MY parents--across from the office where I work. I get to see them everyday & I cherish my time with them. I also help my Mom with meals when I can (as she has her hands full, as you might imagine!). So tonight I cooked one of grandfather's favorites & my kids took it over for their dinner. The six of them had a wonderful dinner (and I made extra so my Mom has another meal for later in the week).
Thought I might share my recipe with you, my friends! It's very messy to prepare, but very tasty! I hope to try a healthier, low-carb version soon, but I didn't want to mess with my Grandpa's favorite tonite.
PS My husband & I are going over to visit with my grandparents tomorrow!!!
Chicken Cordon Bleu
3-4 boneless chicken breasts
bowl of flour
bowl of 2 eggs (whisked)
bowl of Italian bread crumbs
deli ham, sliced very thin
kraft cheese singles
Carefully slice each breast in half (keep halves near each other so you can match them up after they are breaded). Coat each half in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs. In between each breaded breast half, put a layer of cheese, then ham, then cheese again--so that you have a breast-sandwich. Place each "sandwich" in a glass cooking dish, spritzed with cooking spray. Spritz the top of each with cooking spray. Bake at 375 degrees for about 25 to 35 minutes, depending on the thickness of the breasts.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I'd like to share a wonderful gift idea with you. It could even be a gift to yourself, as it is the best possible gift you could receive if you are already menopausal (or just entering that period of your life) . . . so be kind to yourself, ladies!!!
My husband, bless his heart, gave me one--for no particular reason--just because he felt bad seeing me go through these awful hot flashes. And it was the best present I've ever received!!! Here's the link:
We call it my "flashy-fan." I have it positioned in front of the TV & I can turn it on with the remote control when I feel a flash coming on. If I can catch the flash BEFORE it becomes full-force, it almost stops it in its tracks. It's wonderful!!! If you can afford to get one, I highly recommend it! It costs about $35.00.
Happy fanning, ladies! (My apologies to any fellas reading my blog)
Monday, August 12, 2013
As I continue to read through my huge stack of health magazines (my favorite pastime), I came across the following sentiments and thought I would share:
"You're Beautiful the Way You Are--No Makeover Needed!"
Think you have big flaws that need fixing?
You're the only one who sees them.
In fact, the only changes you "need" to make
Are the ones that make YOU feel better!
Today I didn't necessarily wanted to, but I "had to" get my haircut. Going to the beauty parlor--and more precisely, sitting in front of a mirror--is something I literally dread!!! The girl that cuts my hair knows this, but once in a while she stills asks "why" it bothers me so much. And then the inevitable reply, "But you have such a pretty face." (The phrase anyone overweight hates to hear!)
This is a painful question for me to answer. I am not comfortable in my own skin--and more importantly, I don't see "me" when I look at my reflection in the mirror. I see a person with a plumb, round face that doesn't fit the image of myself I have always had in my head.
My wonderful husband of 26 years--bless his heart--sees the "real me." Always has & I love him dearly for it! He doesn't see my round face--he sees "me," the person I am on the inside. And when I see his adoring glances every day, I can--at that point--feel like the me I know (in my head).
I guess what I'm saying here is that maybe I do "need" to make a change--just for "me." So that I, too, can see the "real me" when I look into a mirror--the person my husband so lovingly recognizes when he looks at me every day.
And the way to make that change is to continue on with my healthy, weight loss journey--by exercising more, fueling my body with healthy food, and reminding myself that no one else sees my (so-called) flaws but me. Hopefully, then, my poor self-image can be repaired! Thanks for listening, friends!
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