Thursday, February 20, 2014
Walking is now a pleasure, as my inner thighs no longer touch! Apparently, all the spinning classes I've been doing has toned up my inner thighs, and now that awful, "flabby" tissue/loose skin that had always rubbed together when I walked, no longer meets!! (It's still there, but not as pronounced).
It kinda caught me by surprise one day. I was walking into Walmart & something just felt different. Couldn't exactly put my finger on it even. I felt a little lighter on my feet. I had just weighed myself that morning, so I knew I hadn't lost any weight. Thought maybe I was walking with my legs pointed out or something. Just couldn't figure out what was different. So I thought maybe it was something with my gait? So I paid particular attention to my legs & how they were moving.
Then I noticed it . . . my upper-most, inner thigh-flab area was not touching anymore (we all know that area, don't we?)! I must have been grinning from ear-to-ear!! You see, I'm still wearing "those" comfortable loose, elastic-waist-type pants, so I've been so used to skin-touching-skin for many, many years.
What a wonderful, fantastic, marvelous, exciting, you-name-it, NSV!!! Really a big one for me! I've always been embarrassed by my big legs & for them to be shrinking down to a more normal size is monumental for me. Talk about incentive . . .
I credit spinning class & the toning it's doing for this NSV. It's a keeper!!!
Monday, February 03, 2014
As some you know, my favorite "me time" is reading, health magazines mostly. I came across these words of wisdom in one of my many, many magazines. It's kinda where I'm at right now & no doubt you've all been there as some point or another in your life, so I thought I'd share with my sparkfriends.
Especially after a setback,
It's easy to think that other people are getting ahead
While we're falling behind, and might never "catch up."
But dreams don't have deadlines
And the best things in life don't happen overnight.
They take time.
And in time, they will happen for you.
Give yourself time.
I had been at a plateau for such a long time, I was getting discouraged. And then the past week and a half, I've been so swamped at work (with audits, meetings, end-of-the-year reports, a seminar) stress took over & all my good habits went out the window. Well, I guess I broke the plateau--but in the wrong direction! The scale starting inching upwards again! Definite setback mode!!!
We need to remember this when those inevitable setbacks occur. Whether it be a plateau, overindulging at a party, breaking a streak, or falling back into old habits, they are bound to happen eventually. Sometimes they just can't be avoided, although we can try to minimize the damage. Maybe the secret is not to not dwell on it, but simply pick ourselves up & continue on our journey. 'nough said!
Follow your dreams, my friends!
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.
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