Wednesday, March 30, 2011
This month I have been working on a special challenge to think about and write how finding SP has changed my luck. I have written about the site and program, find great friends and not for the next thing I think has changed my luck......TEAMS
I think like many when I first joined you are given the option ot join teams, and like many I chose a few, but as time has gone on I have seen that having too many just divides your time and focus too much. Each of us will find the magic number different. For me it needs to be small. Right now I belong to 6 teams, one is a special team for leaders only, one is for readers of the Spark, one was for the 28 day challenge, the last three are the ones I real care about most although my time in each of them is different. I joined one on my first day and was surprised at how I liked being there. Now I was not totally new to the interent and sharing on line, although limited just because that is me. I loved the people in the People pver 50 trying to lose over 100 lb team, they were like me, older and having to deal with weight loss and exercise. I met some super ladies there who to this day I still call special friends. My next team was the 50 Pound Challenge team and they are my home team. I love this team for so many reasons and am actually a co-leader there and that is very dear to my heart. Yes I am so Lucky for the day I heard about this team, it was made up in the being of team mates for my other team, people I knew and thought why not who doesnt need motivation and a great challenge. Yes it has changed my luck forever, it has given me a new outlook on this program and made me work since although I might not make the 50 lb loss in 6 mnths, I am out there working at it and getting so much strength and motivation from this special group of people. My other team is the Slow and Steady....LOL they are just like me again learning the value of being consistant and steady in what we do, yeah not fast movers most of the time, but still getting the job done. I love my turtle team!
So There it is, I am very lucky to have found such good teams with great teammates that make this journey all the more rewarding for me.
Now think about it and know the more you are involved in SP community and teams the better your progress will be, but dont overdo it on teams, start slow and build and find the magic number that works for you. And you will be lucky too and find that special group that really moves into action to getting healthier and fitter and yes smaller too.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
You know a number of my friends are working on Lent and giving up something. One person is giving up all junk food and I do admire her for all the effort she is putting into it. Another is trying a couple day fruit fast and I think she is daring to try. What all this brings me to is that I remember Lent as a kid and having to give up good stuff, not liver or vegetables, more like candy or desserts. This has be thinking that I do need to make some changes, I feel stagnant in my eating. Yes I am eating with both my calorie and nutrient ranges, but I need to mix it up a little. So even though I and still a little sick with some tummy uch!, I have decided for 3 days to remove starches from my diet, I am a bread addict so I am not going to eat bread, crackers, chips and until Wed evening no pasta. I go through yesterday great, I did wonder how much I would miss my sandwich with lunch, but no problem. Had some lovely lentil with a little wild rice and lots of vegggie soup, and a nice salad. I am eating lots of veggie and fruit and realize they are much better for me, then filling in the calories with starchy foods. I am making sure through this that I am eating within my nutrient range and being careful to overdo on fruits all those carbs, although good I need to watch the sugar.
I am feeling fine and really glad I tried this for a couple days. Thursday we are off to the races in So CA so I will not be able to keep this going. Yet we have made plans to not have to eat out the whole trip. Earlier this month we went to Vegas for the Nasar race there and stayed at a time share so had a kitchen, really helped. But at the races the food choices are poor. So we made a took sandwiches, veggies and fruit, also some trailmix I created and can control. We did well. This time we are staying at a motel but with refrig nd microwave. I am going to making a couple easy to heat dinners, sandwich making stuff, we will pick up some fruit and salad fixings there. I have the trailmix left and of course some not so ok snacks for hubby who when he drives long distances seems to need to snack much more than I need it. LOL
March is fast coming to a close and although I have not had any real weight loss with the frist trip I am glad to be staying the same. After this weekend I will have a few days to really hit it again and plan to try this program to lessen my starches for the remainer of the month. Yes I hope for weight loss, but more to just learn more about what I can do with my eating and what I really need to be eating. So we will see in about 9 days how I do. I will let you all know when I have my monthly weight in the the 50 challenge team. Will be doing measurments then too.
Smiles and always remember how important you are and never forget to make time for YOU!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Well, I have just crossed my 2 years, not my official SP anniversary, but 2 years of really working with SP and all it has to offer.
For me this is more of a real anniversary to look back and see. Ok in the last 2 years I have lost 95 lbs! 18 inches for all over my body and I am wearing size 20 jeans and XL tops. Now here is the big change I wear jeans oh and a belt! This is really new to me started last year it now seems normal. I canít wait to get down, to size 18 and hope that will happen in the next couple months. My biggest obstacle in the last year is the surgery I had in July; I have been limited in exercising for a number of months and to this day have to be care with abdominal exercises, too many surgeries since 2002. Ok so itís a challenge. And for me my belly is my one big problem, I hate it and so want it down, now that is not to say that the 10 inches I have lost is not something. Yes I can see the difference at funny times. Ok I am greedy I want more but as we all know you canít get it off the spots you want. I do believe in patience and know that in time it will happen. I have made great strides in learning to confront my eating patterns and made some real changes. See I am a bread addict, and I have a very hard time resisting fresh baked bread, so going to the store is always a challenge. The other day I would have loved some nice fresh baked focciacia bread, I want not really hungry but it was there, I looked to the bakery and then just turned on the heels and checked out. Wooohooo me!!!! It is always going to be challenge. I have broken away from cheese and do well there, but at times I do crave it. I have learned to really like the lower fat cheese, and use fat free in most recipes especially ones that need baking. I get the taste without the fat. Yeah not the same but close enough. Bread too, learn to eat the thinner bagels and breads, you know really itís not that bad. Especially as I see the inches and pounds drop.
Of course when I first started working on my weight in 2002, pre spark days, I did not like exercise, but I learned to walk and really like it. I got away from it for a couple years. Once I joined Spark I knew I would have to exercise and it was not easy to start again, but I did slowly, and then came summer and the pool yipeeee! Unfortunately I broke my wrist the Aug and could not do pool time, so what next, winter coming of boy, sound Richard and Sweating and the Leslie and walking, both super. Fast forward to today, I love my walking and do it with gusto!! I also on those days I canít get out walk with Leslie and am doing a 4 mile workout that included strength too. I do sweat and have to work but know that is all good.
I sure would have liked to have lost more weight in the last 2 years but of late I have thought about it and realized I have been learning, and what is that??? To maintain which I will need for the rest of my life which now seems to being going to last longer! Maintenance is another challenge we will all have and while I am not losing I am not gain much either, or a plateau, this is not a fun time at all for most people, but I just canít let this stop me. I want to more forward it is the only way to go really. I refuse to go back to that unhealthy person. So need to learn that each time frame has something to learn from and grow stronger and that is what I try to do each day. Itís not that I donít have down times but they donít last too long, because I wonít let them last.
So on to year 3 and what that will bring I have no idea with this one exceptionÖ..I will be moving forward with SparkPeople!!!!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
So for our 50 Challenge Team we are writing about SP and how it has changed our "luck", so time to write about friends
All of us know that one important component in our success is our interaction with the SP Community. There are those out there who can go it alone and do just fine, but for the majority we need people and getting and giving them encouragement from and for them. I have had great 'Luck" in finding some super and real friends here. There are a handful that I have known since nearly the beginning of my journey. Many years ago I was asked how I could call people I had only meet on the interent 'friend', now this was an interesting question, but I knew the answer right away. It is simple you can learn a lot about people and of course there is a factor of trust that they are being themselves, when these factors are all together you know if you have found a real friend. I have many interent friends who are as real to me as if they were my next dorr neighbor! Their friendship which comes with all that inspire in me and encouragement I am given is so real that it helps keep me on this journey. One of these friends has written that she has never ever keep to a routine this long even when recently she had been on a long plateau, but she knows this is the best away to regain her health. Dawn is a of so special and unique person, she has lost lots of weight but still has a way to go, yet she spreads smiles and brightness and a very postiive attitude each day in so many ways, she is infectious in her positive attitude. Life has not alway been kind to her, but she never quits. Dawn is a true friend and I am blessed and luck for each day I know her. Then there is Di, there are times I think we were seperated at birth, she seems to be a real part of my life and has been there and shares that, and helps me to see that I just need to keep digging and will find that path to better health. She like me and so many others struggles each day with what it sends and yet she keeps knowing that this is the right journey. She is my friend and yes I am very lucky to have her in my life. Tammy is a young one who just makes me smile with being a mother of 4 busy active girls, she is learning to take time for her and look at her bloom, her joy is contagious really, to be that young again. A special friend who is so much more. Are there others oh yeah!!!!! I could write for hours really. Each on of my Special SP friends is a joy to me and I do count myself very lucky to have them in my life. These friends live all over the US and so many on the east coast, my dream is to one day meet each and everyone of you, to give you the big hugs that I share online in person. To have that cup of tea and just talk and learn a little more about you. To all those I hug I want you to know that finding SP and the community was a stoke of luck, but finding YOU was the best part of it all.
I am one lucky lady to have so many dear friends and that is both a blessing and joy.
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