Sunday, May 08, 2011
Today was the annual craft fair for my husband's school. Every year, the saturday before Mother's Day, people come from all over the state and even from the mainland to attend this event. We raise a lot of money for financial aid on this day.
Last year I saw some photos that were taken on Craft Fair day and I was horrified at how big I looked. And I looked 10 years older. It was awful. I vowed to be much much smaller this year.
Then on March 15 I wrote a blog about "those" pants that we all have and desire to wear once again. I set a date to be able to get into them by today, May 7. I didn't plan to actually wear them, just be able to pull them up and button them. So this morning I put them on, buttoned them, wore them around the house for awhile to see if they just might be comfortable and decided to wear them - all day! I'm so excited about this I can hardly see straight.
That's Joe and I. I was proud of him today. He's the headmaster of this school and it's amazing to me the job he has there and how well he does it.
Something else about the day, people were coming up to me all day long to compliment my weight loss. That made my heart feel so good I wanted to cry. Everyone was noticing!! That's the motivation I needed to not ever gain this weight back. Maintenance, here I come!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
I'm home from my last day of clinicals for my Nurse Assistant class. We've been working at a nursing facility in town. My heart aches for these people. So many of them had vibrant, fully functional lives until age and illness made them dependent on others for the most basic of care. My empathy for them is intense. Many of them are my mom's age and some of them are even just a few years older than I. It truly made me appreciate my health and renews my resolve to take care of myself to the best of my ability through the years.
But this experience has also made me very grateful for SparkPeople. My weight has fluctuated most of my life. Something about being a part of this community has brought me to a place I've not seen in years. I'm only a couple of pounds from my goal weight. Truth be told, if I never lost another pound I'd be just fine. I feel better than I've felt in years. I'm wearing clothes that I buried in the back of my closet with only a glimmer of hope I'd ever wear them again. And people are noticing. Everyone's noticing! But most important, the "kids" I attend college with are getting inspired! They're snacking on bell peppers and proudly telling me about it! They're asking me for my thoughts on health and nutrition! This makes me think of ways to give back. To spread the Spark.
I decided to buy copies of "The Spark" to have on hand. As I see an opportunity, I'm going to give a copy to anyone who seems really interested in knowing about this community and getting on track to a healthier life.
But mostly, I just want to express my gratitude to SparkPeople, its founder, the wonderful people on staff, and the community as a whole.
Friday, April 01, 2011
When I set my goals around my 50th birthday, one of them was to do a half marathon sometime during this next year. My first choice is the Surf City Marathon on superbowl sunday next February. I may still be able to do it but if my school schedule is intense I would have to pass. So, I'm thinking of doing the Maui half marathon in september. It's convenient for me, I can actually train on the course (not the safest place to run but I could do it early in the morning), and I can use it as my first HM and then do one on the mainland.
I'm a California girl in my heart. I grew up in Orange County. For me, it's still home. And I still have family and friends there who I go visit often. I wanted to run my first half marathon in California but at the same time I don't want to miss out on fulfilling this goal. So as it stands right now I'm probably going to do the Maui half but I'll keep my eyes open for a half in Southern California that fits in with one of my visits home.
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