Monday, August 16, 2010
My Mom sent me the link for a short 3 minute video to remind us that it is that little extra effort, that one additional degree, that makes the difference between staying where we are or finding real power and making change in our lives. I liked it, hope you do as well!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Went to see the new Julia Roberts film Eat Love Pray (based on Elizabeth Gilbert's book) today with my daughter - LOVED IT! I had listened to the book on tape some years ago, but the performances were excellent and even better was seeing the different global locations. I love to travel and experience different cultures, and when I was in college, after taking Spanish in high school and German for my BS, I took Italian with the intention of traveling to Italy. I haven't made it there yet, but this reawakened the desire.
If you've read the book or seen the movie, what did you think?
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The importance of putting together a string of active days has been proven to me since joining SparkPeople. I have been trying to lose weight for a verrrrry long time, but stayed in the same 10 lb range. I've been trying to comfort myself that at least my body fat was slowly creeping downward. Frustrated, I set a goal to complete a half marathon, knowing the training needs would force me to be active on a more consistent basis. However, once I was MENTALLY ready to DO WHAT IT TAKES to get at least 30 lbs off, I looked for a way to make that a reality. SparkPeople was the method, and it's working! In 2 weeks I've lost 8 lbs, and I have been eating well, people! This is nothing short of a minor miracle.
So I wanted to share an example of how to visualize your fitness that has helped me. The USE-IT-OR-LOSE-IT principle is very real. I used to be very active, but after my divorce and other life changes I suffered such depression that I literally could spend days in bed. So my muscles suffered, and the fat accumulated.
When you exercise, imagine it as putting water into a container. You want to fill the container. However, as you pour a cup in, you discover a leak in the bottom of the container. When you add the water steadily, you can raise the level - but if you were to stop, your container would slowly empty out.
It's the same with your body and fitness. When you have a regular routine (it doesn't have to be EVERY day, rest is important to the process), you are adding to the level of your fitness. But if you stop, you will lose some of those abilities and accomplishments. You container will run dry. If it were a bank account, you'd eventually go bankrupt.
So being more active has been a huge part of getting these pounds off, and believe me! I DON'T WANT THEM BACK! I SURE don't want to carry the extra weight 13.1 miles on November 7!
May you reach all your fitness goals and make regular exercise part of your life.
Friday, August 06, 2010
This is only my second week on SP & so much has changed! I'm making my meals, drinking my water, upgrading my phone and computer in order to better use this site, meeting wonderful new people and learning how to earn SparkPoints. Even though back pain prevented my usual activity, the silver lining was several friends came over to help and we purged enough clutter to completely fill two trash toters!
The interesting part is even though I could have done "more," each day there came a point where I just needed to pause. Too many changes too fast can be overwhelming. So even though I am committed to improvements, it's "progress, not perfection."
I believe the reason it is "so hard" to lose weight is if it came off fast, we would not learn the lesson. By sticking to the "eat less, move more" mantra, learning new skills then practicing them, it will be more likely that I will maintain the weight loss instead of yo-yo.
So to all you turtles out there, yes, "slow & steady" not only wins the race but creates the habits necessary to stay the winner.
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