Tuesday, November 30, 2010
When I wrote my mission statement, I made sure diversity was a key factor in my mission. My friends are quite diverse, I wear what most people would consider diverse clothes, and I give back to my community in some very diverse ways. Why, then, do we often find such great comfort in doing the same olí same olí routine of both eating and moving?
For me, itís safe. I feel a sense of guarantee in the outcome.
As soon as we reach a plateau in life, the first piece of advice we often get is to spice up our diet (literally with the spices we use or remember to vary the colors of our foods to reflect the entire rainbow) or try a new exercise regime. There is something to all this talk! When I walk now, I often try to ask my walking partner to speed it up a smidge before returning back to our regular pace. Apparently, our bodies need the challenge in order to improve our level of fitness!
This week was big for me . . . I added strength training and walking to my health plan. While Iím not doing them all that well, I somehow know Iím doing something kind for this carbon-based life form that has both been wonderfully created and richly blessed. Just as my faith life requires a life-long study in the Word to make progress, the many resources of SparkPeople encourage me on to make personal improvements, which ultimately helps me better serve God. How cool it that?
Do you find creative ways to spice up activities in your life?
Monday, November 29, 2010
Now that Iíve tried my best to rationalize why Iíve already taken this weight loss journey at a snailís pace, Iíve decided to ďkick it up a notch:Ē Thanks, SP Buds! I say this with love, appreciation, and yes . . . just a wee bit of sarcasm and lots of laughter.
I've accepted the challenge to try to speed up my weight loss program by joining a SparkTeam Challenge: 2010 Winter 5% Challenge Community. The Challenge begins Dec 4, so you (and a Spark Friend) still have time to join one of the many teams if youíd like to join us. You're welcome to follow the link from my SparkPage. I look forward to meeting and learning from my new Teddy Bear Teammates. Nothing like a good challenge to help us mind our p's and q's (I used to work with newspaper plates of type for those of you who know what this expression means) while entering, what I consider, to be one of the toughest and longest seasons of temptations.
While sometimes I ask myself, ďWhat was I thinking!?!Ē . . . This may be just what I need to make sure I average a quarter pound stick of butter each week, and not the eighth of a pound stick in the newest Land of Lakes packaging. Both sticks represent progress, but I fear the motivation in losing too slowly may actually serve to be a detriment to reaching my goals. Itís time to get back with the program of living right!
Do you accept the gentle nudging of people through relationships or challenges to go that extra mile in the journey to a new and healthier you?
Sunday, November 28, 2010
I am losing weight slowly, and for me thatís primarily been an average of a quarter pound weekly (a stick of butter). Many might think that my Weight Watcher membership ($39 a month) is a waste of money. I can understand that thinking. Then I think about all the crap I used to buy in the supermarket, at the food kiosk or in the restaurant. Itís a wash that literally keeps me in the black!
Funding a weight loss plan gives me 1) in-person interaction with people who are experiencing many of the same challenges Iím experiencing, 2) a caring Weight Watcher instructor who has had me and some of my international friends aboard her sail boat; 3) a future investment in a lifetime membership that makes my future participation free; 4) access to life-long learning (a personal mission of mine); and 5) an overall an insurance policy or investment that will continue to reap rewards.
I am blessed with a wealth of resources: The resources, support, and people at SparkPeople are tremendous! Thank you! I am also supported through books (Ultra-Metabolism, You on a Diet, Your Whole Life) and through a variety of small groups: 1) weekly Weight Watchers, 2) Three-month weekly segments of a 3D group (Diet, Discipline, and Discipleship via www.3dyourwholelife.com ) at one church, and 3) A sporadically run Faithfully Fit exercise class at another church. I've given thought to checking out a Jazzercize or Zumba class, but havenít taken the leap yet.
Do you have a community of friends, family, loved ones and/or professionals that help you succeed with your goal to be healthy?
Saturday, November 27, 2010
By losing slowly over the last several years, I am thankful to have gotten such great use of my clothes throughout my 64-lb weight loss (only 36 lbs to go). The day I no longer had to shop the fat ladies shoppe, was a major milestone in my life.
We should all have a healthy love for ourselves at every stage of progress -- during all the ups and the downs. I have a confession to make: I like lose, comfortable clothes. I will, however, leave the doors of my brain open should an adequate weight loss bring me back to wearing more form-fitted or belted clothes. For now, I just canít imagine not wearing the fat clothes I so love and enjoy. Fortunately, I have already given away or tossed (due to wear) most of my 2 and 3X sizes!
I have had more fun shopping for new clothes! I find great pleasure in finding a great bargain and have had a wonderful streak of great buys. This has now become a personal challenge of mine to continue finding good buys. Until I get down to my goal weight, I wonít invest much more in new clothes. I like that my neighborhood department store (Younkerís) regularly offers an 80% off rack of clothes. About two years ago, I bought 23 items on the sale racks averaging about $6 each: including nice blazers, bath robes, and professional work clothes. Wilson Leather went out of business in our mall and I picked up a $300 blazer for only $15. I was thrilled! I often buy timeless pieces that donít quite fit, knowing that Iíll wear them later. Just this summer, my love of the Indian salwar (3-piece) suit (as shown in so many of my SparkPage photos) was met with fabulous buys Ė staying well within my ten dollar a piece range -- while visiting friends and family in India.
Now if you happen to be a fashionista who enjoys the crŤme de la crŤme of fashion, please do not take offense. We all have different areas of spending that bring us pleasure. While one friend buys a Coach purse nearly every month, another swears by her Prada sun glasses and Swarovski crystals. Iím very happy with my many gifted international outfits, ($3) Chinese purses and no-name Austrian crystals, while choosing to be more extravagant in my large original artwork collection, lead crystal (in the china cupboard), and glitzy costume jewelry.
I try to be relatively low maintenance in other areas. While I believe this, I canít believe I said it! Really now, is there such a thing as being low maintenance? Ė Perhaps not -- unless youíre attempting to survive on pennies a day! I am reminded in Luke 12:48 where Luke writes, ď. . . From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.Ē I truly am richly blessed and hope I can be directed in areas where I can be a blessing to others.
No matter how fast your weight comes off you, whether it is one stick (quarter pound) at a time or several, may you find enjoyment in discovering the new you! You have diligently made the SparkPeople Community an active part of the process . . . Thank you for allowing me to share my quirks (and ramblings) with you.
Have you made a lifestyle change that gives you a sense of pride or pleasure?
Friday, November 26, 2010
Iím a multi-media person in that when it comes to communication, I enjoy, relatively equally, visuals (17), sounds (16) and empathy (16 Ė the touchy, feely stuff). The numbers come from a test I took over 20 years ago Ė while I donít profess to have a very good memory, these self discovery numbers really made an impression on me. As a slower loser, my visual side likes to envision what a quarter pound looks like, whether it is a stick, patty or cookie (often images of our most unhealthy foods). In my case, it happens to be a stick of butter. The image of fat (body fat) and shape (stick on the hips) motivates for me. I am thrilled when I lose a quarter pound at the scales. I donít take such a loss lightly.
While I hope it doesnít take me the full seven-and-a-half years to lose 100 pounds, Iíd rather lose it all eventually than not. Iím already four and a half years into this journey to a new and healthier me, so Iíve already developed a relatively low average making the quarter-pound stick analogy a realistic one. I hope to still have weeks when I lose more than one stick at a time. I like to think that every weight loss is admirable and every weight gain can be an understandable teaching moment to help keep us on the track to eating healthy.
Iím making progress . . . WooHoo! . . . one stick at a time.
How do you look at the progress of your weight loss?
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Healthy Habits: Actively participate in SparkPeople!
For the next seven days, I am challenging myself Ė thanks to my Winter 5% Challenge leaders -- to share with you some healthy habits that have led to my success:
Healthy Habit #1: SparkPeople.com is a great network to meet friends, while joining in many new and exciting SparkTeams and Challenges.
What a thrill to meet another SparkFriend . . . and an international one at that. ZELLAZM calls Germany her home and has also enjoyed calling SW Florida her home. Her Mom and Dad are featured in the paintings in her gallery to the right.
The nearby galleries, shoppes, and pier made for a great walking tour of the area, meeting neighboring gallery owners and culminating in dinner on the deck of the Old Naples Pub:
Thank you for lifting me up! "But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ĎFriend, move up to a better place.í Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests." (Luke 14:10)
The journey Iím on is truly a work in progress. I can never think for a moment that the journey is done:
Sparkfriends are the best. While I may like to think that the ultimate journey to success is all within my hands . . . I know better. It helps to have an incredible, growing faith and many, many friends along the way Ė especially those willing to take the time to check out this blog.
I look forward to hearing about the healthy habits you incorporate. Thank you, my friend!
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