Saturday, September 27, 2014
Hi friends! I've been MIA from here for way too long and my life has changed in so many ways. Most importantly, my mother passed away on July 15th, after living with my husband and I for 9 years --- to the day, I might add! The next day my father-in-law passed away and we got the call about that on the way home from making funeral arrangements for my mother!! To say it wasn't a good summer would be such an understatement!! I have been "comforting" myself with comfort food and have gained around 5 lbs. back!! It doesn't sound like much, but I know how hard it's going to be to lose those pounds back!! My back and hips have been bothering me and I'm also using that as an excuse not to ride my bike like I should be, and then when I do --- I overdo it and can hardly walk the next day!! I need help and I'm really ashamed of myself to ask for it after I feel like I abandoned my old SparkFriends. Please forgive me! I promise, I'll help you, if you help me. I'm back!!
Monday, April 01, 2013
Ok, my body is not just funny -- it's hilarious! Yesterday I ate 40 calories OVER the high end of my calorie range and lost another pound! I'm not complaining. In fact, I love this!
But seriously, I know this is just my body's way of telling me it's bored with me doing the same thing all the time. Same workout, same amount of food = plateau. And I also am not dumb enough to think the good fortune will last. It's really my body's way of rewarding me for figuring out I needed to kick start my weight loss! And I'll take it, believe me, I'll take it!
Sunday, March 31, 2013
I decided this morning when I was riding my exercise bike, that my body is funny! Now, it doesn't LOOK quite as funny as it used to, but it still likes to play tricks on me, so that's why it's funny!
I've been on a plateau for a while. I even joined Spark Coach's Plateau Buster a few weeks ago. My weight has been slowly creeping it's way back up. Friday I did everything right -- or so I thought --- to lose a pound or two. Ate great, within my ranges of everything. Rode my bike like crazy for 47 minutes and walked all over the place, doing what I do best -- shopping for my granddaughters! And did I get rewarded for all this activity? HE_ _ NO! I stayed at exactly the same weight I'd been at for three days.
Yesterday my daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters came down and had requested their favorite -- pizza -- for dinner. I decided yesterday was gonna be my "splurge day." Hey, my daughter weighs about 100 pounds with a brick in each pocket and eats pizza, ice cream, etc. So I cleaned house yesterday morning, showered and dutifully ordered a couple of pizzas and some cheesy bread. I had two pieces of pizza -- period. None of the cheesy bread, and none of the cake Melissa and the girls had baked and brought with them. I was within my range of calories - barely --and did not workout, so I was afraid to weigh myself this morning.
So, here's where the title of this rambling blog comes in -- I could almost hear my body laughing at me this AM as I weighed myself and had lost 1.1 lb.!!!!
What the !@##????
The post script to this is, if I think I've had an AHA moment and try this again today, I will gain that little ole pound back and then some tomorrow!!
But I WILL have the last laugh and eventually I WILL get down to my goal weight! Keep on Sparkin', Marsha!! Keep on Sparkin'!!
Friday, January 04, 2013
I was getting groceries out of my car today and my neighbor and her girl scout daughter cornered me with the annual girl scout cookie order form. As I was saying to the mom, "I shouldn't even be ordering these." She said, "Why not? You've already lost about 100 pounds in the last year, haven't you?" (Actually, 40 pounds, but who am I to split hairs!?)
Was it wrong to grab her and kiss her?
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
This morning, for my eighth birthday in a row, my mother didn't realize it was my birthday. Yes, it's sad, but I'm not dwelling on it. I'm not mad, I'm not disappointed, it's what I've come to expect. You see, she had a massive hemorrhagic stroke in March of 2005 and shortly after that, she started a downhill decline with vascular dementia. The sad part of this story is that it could have been prevented. Her doctor knew she had high blood pressure, her doctor knew she thought she couldn't afford blood pressure medicine, her doctor let her treat her high blood pressure with garlic pills. Her doctor could have gotten her samples, her doctor could have gotten her a discount card, her doctor could have shown her that blood pressure pills -- the older ones that have been around for a while and are now generic -- don't cost any more than the useless garlic pills she was taking!! Bitter? Me? Is is obvious? Oh, by the way, this was her doctor in her hometown at the time, not the excellent one she goes to now! In my meaner moods, I'm so tempted to call her old doctor and let him know that she's STILL alive, in spite of him!
After watching and living with my mother's downhill decline for the last 7 1/2 years, I've decided that this is NOT gonna happen to me, if I have anything to do with it. And I do!! Last August I joined SparkPeople and turned my life around! You really wouldn't think losing 40 pounds would be enough to do that, but it did. I was taking TWO blood pressure pills a day and my fasting blood sugar was around 130-140. Yes, like my mother I have type 2 diabetes. So, what I am getting at in this wordy blog is that I have done all this for myself (and those who I do not want to have to take care of me!). My blood pressure is now around 118/70 with no pills and my fasting blood sugar is hovering around 100. I went from being obese to being normal on the BMI chart. I'm 62 -- today -- and I'm not vain -- I'm healthy!!
Thanks to SparkPeople and to my SparkFriends! And a VERY Happy Birthday to me!
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