Saturday, April 19, 2014
Bryan Park, is starting to come alive, with the beginning of Spring.
Although clouds kept the temperature down, Ashley and I went walking through the Azalea gardens.
We both volunteer there, trying to bring this once beautiful jewel, back to at least a respectable place.
The redbuds are almost past, but the dogwoods are in their glory.
A few early Azaleas are blooming, and the buds are full, on many that should be out in the next week or two.
Ashley and I have had many good times, here and it would not be Spring, without enjoying our walks.
Here is my daughter, my buddy, Ashley.
Allergies are making for puffy eyes and runny noses, but they wont keep us away.
We will return, in a week or so and continue to enjoy what nature has to offer.
Mother daughter time and a workout! Can't beat it!
Friday, April 11, 2014
Blog number 3 on Non Scale Victories.
There are so many things that make a difference and that we can be proud of, while not letting a number on the scale define who we are.
This blog, is about physical ways in which I have improved.
There have been some health issues, in the mix, but changes are happening all the time and I will concentrate on the good ones!
Clearer skin...so much better and smooth. I am really liking it.
No more under-eye circles ...looking awake and alive!
More youthful appearance ..I was looking washed out and frumpy, back in January, but now I shine!
Brighter eyes... with the exception of this week, with allergies acting up, my eyes are much clearer and the white is actually white!
Whiter teeth...thinking this is from multiple dental trips, but whatever the reason, it's a good thing.
Flatter stomach ...bloating has been such a problem, the past year and especially the past three months. Progress is finally being made after giving up 90% of my gluten, working out more and making sure I drink my water.
Leaner appearance...this is coming from my exterior gardening, which had a late start this year. I will work on making lean a year round thing.
Clothes fitting better..thank goodness my jeans are "behaving" now!
Stronger, shinier hair .. a new cut and a few at home spa nights and my hair looks 20 years younger.
More defined muscle tone...ah, I love strength training and my arms start to show tone after the very first session! Why not keep going? I love this pretty quick lift.
Friends say you look younger. They wonder, is it the new hair? Is it her smile? Is it all that water she is always drinking, that smooths out the wrinkles? Is it her positive upbeat attitude, that shines through? Well, I say, all of the above and then some!
(It helps to be a kid at heart, too)
SO there you have it. I may be stuck on the scale, but I am making big strides and I feel and look so much better than I did a couple months ago.
I am also getting all sorts of testing done, to take care of the health issues, I am having.
A matter of doing what you can with what you have, taking care of business and being proud about all the improvements, along the way!
I can be the best at this weight that is possible and I will!
too! Enjoy ALL your progress!
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Continuing with my Non-scale victories, I will list ways that I have improved, this week, when it comes to sport, exercise and play!
I am loving this part as I feel so much more alive and my confidence is soaring!
Sport, Exercise, and Play......
You started exercising ..well not started, but increased dramatically
You became more consistent with exercise
You can go longer, harder, faster
You can lift heavier things
You hit new “personal bests” in the gym or at your sport
You recover more effectively from exercise or sport
You have the confidence to try something new
You’re more coordinated
Your balance is better
Your throws and catches are more accurate
You feel more playful
You’re outside more
I am having so much fun, working out, whether it is gardening, walking, climbing stairs, lifting weights, running in place, dancing, yoga, or pilates, I can't seem to get enough!
My energy is increasing with each workout.
I am breathing better, my arms are getting more toned and I am standing taller.
It may not show on the scales, but it is showing on me, in confidence, increased endurance and firming up. As I continue it will only get better!
Have any of you got NSVs in this category? They sure a fun! Come join me!
Older photo, but the river is always fun and I look about the same.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
March came in with a tired feeling. Winter staying longer than normal for Virginia and I'm thinking, for much of us.
A few health issues lingered along , perhaps from unhealthy choices and other factors, combined, but blood work was done and since I haven't heard back, I will take it, that I'm doing OK.
Well, mid month brought the tease of Spring and since I have been trying really hard to do right, I am reveling in my non-scale victories!
These are divided, into different groups, but today I will pick ENERGY. For with ENERGY the rest will follow.
Your energy levels are consistently high
No more mid-day slump
More energy to play with your kids(mine are grown but we still play.)
More energy to exercise
More energy to socialize
You no longer need to eat every 2 hours
You no longer get cranky if you don’t
You can go hours between meals and still feel okay
You no longer need sugar or caffeine to prop up your energy
I can say that all of these have improved and I feel like myself, again!
Was it the few warm days? Sunshine? (Vitamin D)
A virus that left?
Cutting out Gluten?
Encouragement from Sparkfriends?
All of the above. so much for helping me through my down time.
Now let's go out and have some fun!
Ashley and I had a wonderful time at the Southern Womens show.
We both had outstanding BP readings, had plenty of energy and fun, I had a massage and got to see "Johnny" He doesn't look thrilled, with me being there. Maybe he needs some energy.
What Energy NSV do you have to share? Celebrate, if any of these these have improved, while you are on your healthy journey.
Monday, March 17, 2014
May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks,
May your heart be as light as a song,
May each day bring you bright, happy hours,
That stay with you all the year long.
May good luck be your friend
In whatever you do.
And may trouble be always
A stranger to you.
Lucky stars above you,
Sunshine on your way,
Many friends to love you,
Joy in work and play
Laughter to outweigh each care,
In your heart a song
And gladness waiting everywhere
This is one of my favorites and I hope you like it too.
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