Monday, April 16, 2012
In my last blog, I said I did not make my final goal weight by April 15. It's no biggie, as I have only 2 pounds to go, but it got me thinking about what maintenance entails. I've read other people's accounts of trying to figure out what their calorie intake should be for maintenance, and decided to try easing my way there. So today, I took those last 2 pounds and set the goal for the end of May. My nutrition page has a new calorie range on it, so I have at least an estimate of what my daily intake should look like. Was hoping for 2000 calories, but the top of the range right now is 1770. Guess that means I need to get some more exercising into my days!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
This was my date to meet my goal of 145 pounds. Did not make it. Still 2 pounds short of goal, but I'm working on it. Right now I have my niece's wedding coming up on Cinco de Mayo, and I am in the wedding Mass. I've chosen my dress and can't gain and expect to wear it well, so I have some incentive. The 5K run and lengthy trash pickup this weekend will help, I hope. At least, I hope they will help jump start me out of the fitness slump I've been in. Thank the Deity for goals and for my trainer and for my Spark buds.
Saturday, April 07, 2012
It happens so rarely in my life that the realization I am actually "in the moment" comes as a pleasant surprise. Even when I engage in my meditation practice, I find I'm frequently battling urges to sneak a peek at the clock or let my mind go off on a list-making tangent. But yesterday afternoon, after a long week with too many short nights, I took the cat and a glass of burgundy out to the front porch rocker and basked in spring sunshine and a cool breeze on a stunningly beautiful day. My eyes rested on the stark contrast between deep blue sky that we usually think of as autumn-like and that color of green that comes only with new leaves. The birds had an entire symphony going. The cat, his fur soft under my hand, had his nose lifted to the breeze for all the scents only he could appreciate, and the wine had a peppery finish I love...something for all the senses. At some point I realized what was missing: no list-making, no thinking about chores I ought to be doing or SP or Facebook posts I should be responding to, no wondering what work e-mails or phone calls I missed answering, no stressing over taxes or bills. I simply was. And it was a most wonderful feeling that, while my senses were full, my mind was blissfully at rest, finally in the moment.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Well, it wasn't really THAT foggy, more a mist that softened everything, but it was pretty. I almost missed it because I just didn't want to go out to jog...too early, traffic, drippy humidity, blah, blah, blah. But I did lace up my shoes and head out on my 3.45 mile course in which I have a 5K measured (so I can do warm-up and cool-down walks). As if to reward me for overcoming inertia, four deer crossed the road ahead of me in the first half mile: 2 adults and 2 fawns. Seemingly unconcerned, they stopped in the woods and turned to watch me as I jogged by.
One thing I noticed was that the hills didn't seem quite as bad since I hadn't been out in awhile, and I was able to think about other things besides my labored breathing and keeping one foot in front of the other at a steady pace. I saw that neighbors on a side street have replaced a blow-up leprechaun with a blow-up bunny holding a colorful Easter egg. They have something for every season. And farther down that street is a house just like ours that's for sale at the desirable end of a cul-de-sac. At least it would be desirable if the people next door didn't use the cul-de-sac as their personal toy box. It's usually an obstacle course of children's bikes, tricycles, soccer balls, and other miscellanea, but someone must have talked to them, because there were only one bike and another toy tucked neatly at the base of the basketball goal. Farther on, I saw two shadowy geese flying over in the mist and heard others I couldn't see. All in all, it was actually a pretty nice jog, considering I don't really like jogging that much.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Well, I didn't make my original February goal of 75 pounds lost, but I was at least at 70.5. I've been reassessing where I really want to settle, and I have set that goal weight at 145 (so far I've revised it down twice to 150, then 140, and once back up to 145). The target date is April 15, tax day. When I changed my goal in SP, it was gratifying to see my daily calories go back up, now that I'm not on that "pound-a-week" train, but SP, the program plus ALL YOU WONDERFUL SPARKBUDDIES, has been veddy, veddy good to me! Looking forward to crossing the finish line.
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