Friday, September 16, 2011
It has been a good week. Last weekend I got off track, binged some, although nothing like I used to. Not feeling well didn't help. But I got back to exercising and (mostly) eating right on Monday and kept it up through the week. I even made two Spark recipes and am eating them! And this morning the scale showed it. I'd really, really like to lose pound number 7 before I go out of town next week. I feel it will motivate me to be good (eat light--exercise every day) while I'm gone. Being in Chicago will help--in the city I walk a lot more on a daily basis than I do here.
I met April this week--that was great! But it feels as though many of my Spark friends, like me, aren't blogging as much. It's a busy time of year.
The weather was cool and rainy today. It was a nice change from what we've had, basically, since June. The dogs were happy to get outside, and it was pleasant.
I hope everyone has a serene and productive weekend!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
It has been 8 weeks since I joined Spark. No miracles happened--I have not lost 30 pounds--but I have lost between 4 and 6, depending on when I weigh myself--and they are not coming back. The greatest change is that at the age of 58 I've rediscovered exercise! As a kid growing up in Chicago I got a huge amount of exercise every day. I'm getting back to that place. Today I worked in the yard--raked, worked on a garden bed, cleared some baby pine trees from under the power lines. I was outdoors for over two hours and could tell I was getting a workout--it felt great! My challenges to myself for this week--stick to Spark dieting even though I'll be eating lunch out twice this week--and only one non-fruit sweet per day. We'll see how it goes.
Thursday, September 08, 2011
My exercise buddy has helped to save my life. I was in the hospital, unexpectedly, in the spring and came out knowing that I had to lose weight and change my diet (and of course a little more exercise wouldn't hurt). She folded me into her exercise routine and since the summer started we have been walking, doing strength training, kickboarding and now doing water aerobics together. She has been so kind, and it's so wonderful. She gets more exercise than I do, most days, but won't track what she eats. And I don't think she's losing weight. She eats mostly good food, we talk a lot about what we are eating, but she eats out a lot and just refuses to track. I gave her the Spark URL. She looked at it. Any tips for motivating her? I don't want to be a nag.
Monday, September 05, 2011
The last piece of this week's challenge is "Post a blog describing how your view on weight loss has been affected since starting SparkPeople."
What an interesting challenge! It made me think. I've been in Spark for about 8 weeks now, have just moved to Stage 3, which forced me to make the darned collage. And I put up a quote, the serenity prayer, which I love. It does take courage to change. and I will watch a movie this week.
And LAST week I stuck up a picture of the dress I wore to my brother's wedding, 17 years ago, on my refrigerator. It's a beautiful dress, size 12, and I'm going to wear it again, soon. I just tried to post a picture of it here but the file is too large.
I wouldn't have done any of those things before. So I guess one way Spark has affected my attitude toward weight loss is toconvince me that to lose weight the way I want to lose weight, 50 pounds and forever, I need to change my entire life. I don't thinking of just eating anymore. I think of eating/exercise. And I'm looking forward to the next 8 weeks, with the emphasis on motivation.
Saturday, September 03, 2011
I used to be the kind of person who would say "I like to clean." I no longer believe that myth about myself. My house is not that dirty, but it is cluttered, and the parts of it that my son lived in were, definitely, dirty and uncared for, as well as cluttered. He is living in an apartment now, learning about grownup things like how you can't just dump anything down a kitchen sink drain, and watching his pennies. He has actually started cooking big batches on weekends so he can take lunches to work and not buy fast food. I'm loving it.
So today I decided to work on cleaning floors (Spark exercise!). This involved vacuum cleaner and steam cleaner on the laminate and tile floors. A time consuming process, which took even longer because I was cleaning up clutter, throwing things away, dusting etc.etc. Finally got downstairs to my son's room. It's been unlived in for 8 months and I've decided to make it my exercise room, for now. I can plug in my computer and exercise to Spark videos. So I started vacuuming the floor, and cleaning out the odds and ends he left in his dresser drawers and I found two things.
One was a tiny bow tie, from when he was little. I have no idea why it was in his drawer. I think he wore it to my brother's wedding, as a 5 year old. Love and enjoy them while they're little, because they're not that way for very long. The second thing was, of all things, an exercise band, which I've been thinking of buying for a long time. I had forgotten my son had this, and then remembered that my father (who passed away last year) had given it to him.My dad lived the way he wanted, and eventually wound up far, far away from everyone else in his family, but my son and I visited him several times, and the last time Dad gave him the exercise band. Which caused me to meditate on how sometimes we just get what we need, even though maybe we don't know we need it at the time.
I hope you all have a good Sunday!
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