Wednesday, November 23, 2011
There are so many things to be thankful for! My life is very blessed, and I am grateful to be alive.
Thank you, to my SparkFriends, for your support and encouragement!
Thank you to my Dear Hubby, who loves me no matter what...
Thank You to God... for EVERYTHING!
Life is worth living. If I think it isn't, I'm listening to a lie...
Monday, November 21, 2011
Thanksgiving won't be a problem for me. DH and I are going to eat at a nearby buffet for our main meal. I have a game plan. Going to make use of the SparkApp and the camera on my Droid. That will keep me accountable.
Tomorrow and Wednesday are also already planned. Being the FLYin' SHE I am, I've had the routine of meal planning down pat for awhile. Following the plan was a different story this past year. Now I am on track again, thanks to SP, and have good meal plans to rotate so I won't get bored. The recipe calculator has been a great tool.
The weeks leading up to Christmas will be interesting. Clients at the salon show their love by bringing food. Luckily, my clients are aware that I am trying to make wise decisions, and will not give me food as a gift. I can avoid the kitchen area(where all gifts end up, if they are edible) of the salon if I feel tempted. The point is for me to go THROUGH the season in charge of my life and my eating. I am responsible for my own happiness. I will just "BE". I will understand not everyone shares my perspective, and will be tolerant of others.
By the first of December, I should have my goals for the month written down and strategy in place to accomplish them.
This holiday season I want to enjoy the "reason for the season"!
It t'ain't all about the food!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Each day as I explore SP, I find new information, I find more support, and I feel more challenged.
Today I found out there is a SparkClass that corresponds to when you join SP... how I missed it I don't know, except that perhaps I didn't need it at the time I joined?
I have really enjoyed looking around the SP site, but it has been a bit jumbled for me. I've been sort of feeling my way around with no spot to have as a center to return to. A homebase, I guess you'd call it.
I have found wonderful SparkTeams that have similar interests. The members all have diferent "time frames" as to when they became part of SP. This allows lots of different perspectives. It creates a beautiful tapestry of success and comraderie... not to mention a vast supply of wisdom, encouragment, and support. The SparkClass is narrowed to people who joined within the same "time frame", so we are all on similar paths in our journey. It gives me a place to touch base that will be consistant. I can see how others are making progress over the same amount of time as I am. I have someplace to be accountable to every day, whether I get to cover a lot of SP ground or not that day.
I think it will give me a sense of stability, too. I am on a journey that is going to take a lifetime...
And I am going to finish it well!
Also today, I walked 2 miles!!! I completed one Leslie Sansone's 2 mile walks. I learned I CAN DO IT! I CAN aim for a goal and take babysteps and reach it
Knowledge is power!
Saturday, November 19, 2011
My BIL was in town visiting his daughters and wanted to see DH and I. His favorite restaurant is Olive Garden. We agreed to meet them all for supper tonight. This could have been a minefield for me, but it wasn't!
I had saved an SP article about eating out, and OG was mentioned. I re-read the article, and chose what I wanted to eat. I tracked it all before I left the house...
I arrived at the restaurant prepared.
There were 12 of us, and BIL, DH and I had our own waitress. Guess this was because we were the oldest people at the table...LOL! She was very pleasant, and I asked for my small plain salad with low fat Italian dressing on the side. A bowl of pasta fazoli soup was my next course. My entree was the linguini alla marinara, of which I ate half. The breadsticks didn't even appeal to me. Because I knew what I wanted to start with, I knew I could have a glass of blush wine with my entree. I also had a full glass of water. I ate slowly, enjoyed my meal, and fully enjoyed the company! Not a soul made a remark about my food! I left with a full heart and a satisfied stomach...LOL! What a nice experience
Six months ago I'd have had the whole enchilada... full salad, breadsticks(with a side of alfredo to dip with), whatever alfredo entree struck my fancy, and a killer dessert. I'd have waddled out to the car...
I made wise choices! I was NOT deprived in the least bit! I still enjoyed my meal, but I focused on my family, not the food.
Tonight I give thanks for one small step in the right direction and for one giant leap of Faith that I can continue to be mindful of my eating and my surroundings.
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