Tuesday, December 25, 2012
I had a nice Christmas Day with my husband, kids, mom, sister, niece and nephew. I made a big ole messy lasagne. I would love to learn the secret to making it in a way that comes out of the pan. I will try other techniques than the seat-of-your-pants method I used for this one. it used a lot of sauce and was pretty messy. People thought it tasted good though and that's the most important thing!
Hubby bought me a used Ipad for Christmas and I like it. It's an upgrade from my netbook as far as reliability goes. Not so great for blogging though since I'm a typing machine. I could probably benefit from a keyboard, but probably won't get one any time soon. Kids seemed satisfied with their gifts although son's XBox was used too. Even though our new electronics were used, they are top of the line of when they were new with huge memories so that's pretty cool. And they are operational!
I skipped my Wii workout yesterday since I was busy getting ready for today and went to a party, but managed to get 30 minutes today. The party was fun, but several of the guests were hammered by the time we arrived. Our kids aren't used to seeing drunk people. They weren't bad drunks, just loud and used foul language. We left after about 2 hours. It's nice to do social things.
I knew I'd be off the wagon with eating and all my routines with Christmas, but I am getting back on the saddle tomorrow. I even abandoned my water! I have a few things to do but I'm not going to make my fitness and health come in second place. My dad gave me some cash. I'm thinking about investing in some fitness equipment like a ball and some stretchy bands as well as a mat. I do not like to do fitness that requires me to get on the floor because it's hardwood. I have a time getting ON the floor and then OFF! That alone is a pretty strenuous activity for me! I think I'd like to get the fitness pack here on Spark that's been out of stock lately. Maybe it'll be IN stock soon.
I've meandered through my immediate thoughts enough. I hope we all have a great rest of the holiday week and live strong in 2013!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I haven't felt motivated to write a blog for a while, but that's not to say I'm not working my plan or have abandoned SparkPeople. I still log in every day. I still check my friend feed to see what my peeps are up to on their blogs and status updates. Still spinning that wheel and logging in my fitness minutes.
I'm not that great at logging food these days. I know when I have a pig-out day, I'll have some terrible numbers. Yesterday hubby and I ate at Chile's (or is it Chili's?) because we had a gift card. We had to go to the Apple Store in Jacksonville which is about 35 miles away. It's so hard to be super-good at a restaurant, especially when you can have just about anything you want money-wise! We ate chips and guac. I love guacamole. It's high in calories and fat, but the fat is good for you. Go figure. I chose a steak as my entree that came with mashed potatoes and broccoli. I hardly ever eat mashed potatoes because my kids don't like them (isn't that weird?). I chose to drink water to push my water intake. I'm doing great in that department!
When I got home, I decided not to fix a dinner since hubby and I were stuffed. The kids don't mind "fending for themselves" so I didn't feel too bad. I ended up knocking out the low-fat cookies I made. Those cookies are so good. They don't have butter in them, but they do have brown sugar and canola oil along with whole wheat flour, oatmeal, greek yogurt, and raisins. Hopefully the fiber offsets excessive calories, carbs, and fat! They are gone now, so the temptation is gone with them.
I'm still doing my Wii Fit. I love how it keeps up with fitness minutes and calories burned. I input whatever the Wii tells me I accomplish each day. I am also wearing my pedometer and logging in the piddly number of steps I am getting. I thought I would rack up some steps going to the Town Center since parking is always a bear, but I've made more steps today just knocking around the house than I did yesterday! I'm still into my NEAT moving to not be sedentary for hours on end. I think I'm getting a little stronger muscle-wise with all these calisthenics!
I have purchased just about everything I'm going to for the kids' Christmas. I need to get busy wrapping! The kids love to rip open presents. They are not into gift bags.
It's terrible what happened in Connecticut. I have seen some of the coverage on TV, but I don't watch a lot of it. I get to feeling terrible when I focus on these kinds of tragedies. I love how Saturday Night Live had some kids singing "Silent Night" in the CT victims' honor. I also liked the singing on Wendy Williams's show in their memory. I know schools all over America are thinking of ways to prevent a similar tragedy from occurring in their location. I feel we must all live boldly despite the evil in the world. If God wants me to die in a hail of gunfire, I'm prepared to go. I refuse to let fear and worry stop me from living or to stop my kids from living. I know I'm not in the majority, but I think we need more gun control in the USA. I don't think we need for our citizens to have automatic weapons. I don't think people should be able to buy guns at gun shows without background checks. I think guns and ammo should be taxed heavily and ammunition needs to be as controlled as sudafed is. Laws won't prevent every nut from going on a killing spree, but they could have an effect. No other country is as free and easy with guns as ours and no other country has as much gun violence either. Please don't respond to correct me of my views. You are welcome to your own. Trust me, my Facebook buddies and Sunday School Class have reassured me that gun laws are just fine the way they are. We don't have to agree.
Hope all of you are doing fine and accomplishing your goals.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Something that upsets my program is dispair. I feel like I'm making so many good choices and yet the scales don't move, I then get a bit blue. When I'm blue over lack of progress, I find myself not tracking, eating more non-Spark foods, skimping on water, drinking sugar-free soda and wine. I also sit in my chair too long. When you lapse a day or two, it's sometimes hard to get back to the optimal focus. I've been back and to with Spark since 2009 so I know about losing focus!
This Sunday and Monday I decided to carefully track my foods and I think that's when I felt progress!
My take-away message is that we need to stay focused even when you get frustrated. Something we can do is just go back to the basics of the program: tracking, drinking water, consuming vegetables and fruit. When we do this, we can get our weightloss re-booted again. I bet those of us who are having trouble losing weight, we are also not faithfully tracking.
I'm listening to the Spark Radio for the first time. The narrators are so positive and perky! Not sure they are my exact cup of tea. Nevertheless, I need daily motivation, and information helps me. As some of you know, I like to read books on the subject of obesity and weightloss. I'm trying to read Jorge Cruise's book The Three-Hour Diet. I always feel like he'e more of an entrepreneur than a real weightloss guru.
Are you listening to Spark Radio at all? Thoughts anyone?
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