Monday, January 13, 2014
A couple weeks ago, I fell forward in my office (big klutz) and although I thought I was healing apparently I really tweaked my hip, which keeps stiffening up if I sit for more than a few minutes. Getting old is really NOT for sissies. I just turned 67. So I need to workout, but it hurts. I decided that walking would be best and I live only a mile for the Pacific Ocean... So I took my dogs and went to the beach. North Little River Beach to be more specific...
It was NOT a lovely day... foggy, cold... but I'm used to that.
I made it down the stairs that were clearly not made for old ladies with sore hips, even my little dogs had a hard time with the angle. However, my Fitbit didn't notice the elevation change at all.
Which way to go...
We picked the Near Beach Trail since I wanted to walk near the surf.
I haven't visited this beach for many, many years. Probably around 40 years, so I was pretty surprised to find...
I had no idea that it was snowy plover nesting season, nor that large sections of the dunes are closed for restoration. This was the maze that led to the beach...
I love the beach and I am thankful for all the work that is being done to restore and preserve it. Eventually, I met some snowy plovers... By now I was getting tired and decided to try to find my way back. But alas, I was lost. We walked quit a long way before I realized that I had missed the entrance to the maze. Since we had walked beyond the restoration postings we went cross country over the dunes to find our way back (it was a little scary) and my little dogs were running out of gas. I had to carry Buttercup for awhile, but we made it!
By the time we got back to the car all four of us were pretty tired, but all the stiffness was gone from my hip and I plan to do it again today Although I will try to skip the getting lost part and will try to enjoy the ocean more. After I returned I found out we were having record breaking waves for this area and I missed them due to the fog!!!
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
1-1-14 This morning I joined a team that I hope will help me break my sugar addiction. Of course I didn't run across it till after I started this day off with about 7 cookies. I also weighted myself this morning and was encouraged to see that I am down to 196.2, which is not good, but is better than the 199 I was at just before Christmas. I have found that when I log my food I become obsessed with it, so I quit. Right now I'm trying to use what I have learned on this site regarding healthy eating and to measure and watch my portion sizes. So far that seems to be working for me. Soon the Christmas sugar will be out of the house and I will have less temptations with it. My next big hurtle is to get back into regular workouts... starting today... and figuring out how to make this posting private.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!
... as posted by Mother Nature with a challenge to copy and post. Thank you Mother Nature!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
I am not a natural blogger, but I wanted to complete this assignment so I'm treating it like an interview. If your reading it, thank you and I hope it helps motivate you to try the Spark Solution.
• What made you decide to try The Spark Solution Program?
I joined SparkPeople almost three years ago. I'm not sure what changed after the first year, but I stopped losing weight and recently regained all the weight I had lost. So trying a mapped out, specific program seemed like a good idea to get back on track. I had considered Spark Coaching in the past, but hadn't tried it so the offer of free coaching was also appealing (although I have still not tried it yet, not sure why).
• Have you seen or felt any results in this first week?
I hurt myself last November and have not worked out faithfully since, so this was also an opportunity to get back in the routine of working out everyday, which feels magnificent!!! I have thus far eaten more food than I usually do and lost over 2 lbs. and that feels fantastic!!! I'm not shedding tears of joy yet, but I'm almost ready to.
• What do you like the most about the program?
I am most excited that it seems to be working!!! I like that I can just follow the instructions and that those instructions put together both the food and activity parts for me, along with lots of thinking points. The book is laid out pretty well and easy to follow, which I appreciate.
• What was your favorite meal from this week?
I have enjoyed a couple of the breakfasts, the scramble on day one and the wrap on day three. My husband and I both enjoyed having the Baked Mac & Cheese last night... Just wish I was more fond of cooking! There have been a couple of days that I've had to adapt the plan to deal with all the leftovers, that was a bit of a surprise. This much variety is way beyond my normal eating habits!
• Which Insider Tip motivated you the most this week?
I'm pretty naturally motivated, so I'm not sure. Today's tip was something I used to do and had let slip, but will be starting again. Helping my plate in the kitchen instead of at the table would lessen the urge for seconds.
• What is your goal is for next week?
My goal for next week is to continue to stick as closely to the plan as I can and continue my weight loss! I would be delighted to weigh at least 5 lbs. less at the end of two weeks. That all by itself would be a huge motivation to continue to follow this plan into the future! Another extremely motivating factor (goal) is how much better I feel when I workout regularly! It's been important to me for years, but sometimes my focus slips... good to have it back!
I'm not the best at expressing my emotions, but I am VERY excited about my results this week and hope that what I've written will encourage others to at least check out the Spark Solutions at www.sparkpeople.com/sparksolution
Best of luck on your journey, have a GREAT week. I know I will!
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