Monday, January 31, 2011
I am now the leader of a SparkTeam. Itís called Ghost Adventures Crew and Paranormal Investigations. Iíve spent a couple of days redoing the team page and sending emails to the team members and now I can only sit back and wait for things to happen.
I have a wonderful Co-Leader, VAMPIREQUEEN1. Sheís full of ideas and help and while I am extremely busy in other realms, she is willing to help out, even though she is probably busier than I.
Another team member has volunteered to do challenges, tracking and, I think, birthdays. After we get it all ironed out, Iíll make the announcement.
Still another team member is willing to help and as soon as I get it all ironed out, Iíll be making that announcement as well.
So what are we trying to do with this team? First we would like it to be a fun place where people can go and participate in discussions of the episodes of the Ghost Adventures Crew, Zak, Nick, and Aaron. I am one that doesnít believe everything I see and hear on the show, but it is fun to watch and see if I can see something they are seeing.
Iíve also started a thread for games. There is one game in there now, called Ghostly Words. Itís a thread where you can go and post your favorite gadget, favorite haunted site, favorite ghost investigator, or any word that goes with the theme of Ghost Adventures or any other paranormal things.
We currently have a weekly challenge where you can pick one, several, or all of the items and try to challenge yourself to a better you. We stayed away from the challenges such as; DRINK 8 GLASSES OF WATER, EAT 3 VEGGIES, EAT 2 FRUITS, COMPLETE THE FOOD AND EXERCISE TRACKERS, DO 30 MINUTES OF EXERCISE Ė all on a daily basis. We all belong to other teams that are developed for those body, mind, and heart building types of challenges and they are great teams. This one is more into the relaxing fun of watching paranormal things. Itís a hobby and interest team and weíre after having fun. So one of our challenges is to sing everything we say for the day, or say yes to everything Ė be positive, keep your sentences to 5 words or less when speaking, donít say um or ah when speaking. These are all character building challenges that can be fun. You can at least laugh at our silly-but-understandable challenges and, quite frankly, Iíd like to find out if anyone can do some of our challenges.
This is an invitation for all of you to check out our SPTeamPage and hang around with us. Something, or someone, may just ooze out of the closet and sit down to watch an episode of Ghost Adventures Crew with you, or take on a challenge with you. After all, we only grow and change with challenges and why not have fun along the way?
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Today I reached my all time low, again! I am now 215 pounds, down from 250 at the start and headed down to 190 and below. I asked the doctor if he thought I could make it to 150 and he looked at me like I had lost my head - guess not!
Okay, I'm going for 180, but if I can go lower, I'm going there. It depends on what I look like at 180. I have been told by the doctor that I have a huge bone structure. I guess there is about 3 of my mother's bones to a single bone from me. Interesting and I guess I won't get down to the 119 my mother got before she passed, but that was never one of my hopes as she was skin and bones.
So, am I happy about where I am? Absolutely! Am I staying here at 215? Absolutely NOT! I am at a point where I want - really want - to see what I look like and feel like at 180. So I'm chugging down my very own set of rails and I can see my destination of 198 off in the distance. I'm going there! When I get there, I'm going to set my sights for the next mini destination . Since I'm at the top of the hill and my little train is going down, I can see everything out there in the distance. I can send out the crews to fix the broken bridge up ahead and by the time I get there, I'll be able to just speed by it without having to stop.
I'm running again! WooHoo!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
I've finally learned how to drink water! That might sound strange, but in my life, I've never downed enough water and looking back, I wonder how I survived. My liver must look like the Mojave Desert in Summer - all cracked and dried out.
But since joining SparkPeople, I have tried hard to drink the 8 glasses they highly suggest drinking, along with several other sources of good health practices, including my doctor.
Trying to do it and doing it are two different things, as everyone understands that story. But I've finally done it and it was so simple I don't know why it didn't fall in much earlier in my journey. All I did was drink 2 cups for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus, two breaks. I drink 1 cup at a time. It seems to be easier for my mind to accept. If I stack them up in a larger bottle, I am overwhelmed with it and won't drink it. Which is quite irritating and frustrating to me when I realize it's been sitting right beside me the entire time and I've reached around it, over it, and occasionally tried to reach through it, but still not put any of it inside my parched body. I have never felt thirsty, which is an enigma to my doctor and me now that I understand the process.
Anyway, for all you suffering the problems of not being able to drink your 8 cups of water every day, try this little and simple trick to you mind and give your body what it needs and wants but can't seem to communicate it to your brain. Make your system happy and, at the same time, make yourself happy, too. You're body will thank you in more ways than weight loss.
I wish all in SparkPeople grand success in reaching all your goals and dreams, health, wealth, and happiness.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I am so FRUSTRATED! My doctor has me running for awhile to get my blood sugar levels down by losing weight. I have no problem with that. I was happily strolling along at 226 and I want to be less so I'll run for awhile. I made it down to 216 which is 1 pound short of my all time lowest point since graduating high school (I think). I had dreams of making my goal by my wedding anniversary this year, May 21.
Since Dec 23, 2010, I have been reducing my calorie intake as doctor ordered and doing more exercise. I walk a mile every day, including Sundays and holidays. I exercise for 10 minutes after every meal, which includes the 28-day Workout Bootcamp. I did a burst of exercise yesterday afternoon for 30 minutes (Palates). I was sure I would weigh less this morning. Yesterday I had weighed in at 219! How in the world? My DH suggested that I was building muscle which would cause a gain and was actually good. Not in my book. Not until I know the blood sugar levels are lower and I'm on the right track. Right now the goal is LOSE WEIGHT, not gain it for any reason.
So I was on 1200 calorie "diet" watching my carbs and trying to stay within the 30 carbs per meal limit I had originally learned and lost from 250 to 215 in the first place. Weigh in this morning = 218! GRRR! And that was after I had cut several hundred (that's right) calories off my original 1200. Yesterday, around 750 calories for the day, without looking back. My stats look kinda good from a certain perspective, everything is below mins. It's a little scary, though. I was looking back to the calorie counting 101 to make sure I wasn't using more calories than required for actually continuing to live. My goal was to lose as much weight as possible in a month, not kill myself. I could kill myself a lot easier by just sitting down, not do the exercises, no walking, no activity at all except to make it back to the kitchen and eat all the sugary gooie things I could find! (You know a few years ago, that was a tempting thought! Now it's disgusting! Thanks SparkPeople!)
Thanks to the doctor giving me pills to take, for the first time in my life, that kill the appetite, I have been able to cut the calories by several hundred for a few days. But the weight was creeping up. I felt like Rocky when I first went from 228 down 216 and now I feel so deflated. Is my body revolting and doing its own thing regardless of what I am trying to do. Doctor says take these pills and cut your calories and boost your exercise for a month, which is done next Wednesday morning. I've got one pill left and 7 days to lose 10 pounds, at the least, but I was hoping to make it more. Do I feel like Rocky anymore? Not unless I missed the part where he deflated down to a puddle of tears in the snow at the bottom of those granite steps.
I refuse to give up! I'm done in, right now, but I'm a winner and I will not give up! So there is nothing to do right now but get back up, dust myself off, and start all over again, running this time. So I'm frustrated, that's not the end of it! I'll overcome that later today when I know I've done everything I can, minus using a butcher knife to a few specific places of my body. UGLY THOUGHT! So, it's change the attitude and do whatever it takes (that is sane) to get to my goal, which right now is 215! I'll worry about the next step when I get there.
I guess I should be happy that I lost a pound yesterday and stop letting the whole goal get in my way. So I'll refocus my sights on 217 for tomorrow morning, then 216 for Saturday, and 215 for Sunday, and - hey! I could make 212 by Wednesday morning! That would be perfect because the doctor's scales are two pounds heavier than mine anyway which would put me at 214, one pound less than wanted. Okay, no need to get ahead of myself and set myself up for defeat! I'll focus on one pound loss for the next few days and give it my all. That's the best anyone can do. First step - stop crying! Second step - go eat breakfast!
Okay, new focus, new attitude, I'm going to win! I told you I was a winner. Guess I just needed to see it in front of my eyes! I wouldn't mind a little rooting from my friends along the way as I rush by. It sure would spur me on!
Have a grand one everyone! I'm going to have a super day today!
Saturday, January 08, 2011
The other day I wrote about my Ah Day and since have decided it was a Spark Day! This morning I had another Spark Day!
I don't usually, correction, I never put my weight out there publicly but I guess now I have this feeling that it's important that others know I'm losing weight because of SparkPeople. Sure my doctor is pushing me and since I like this doctor and feel he is really good at what he's doing, I follow his instructions instead of wandering off to find another doctor. (Don't you hate having to find a new doctor? One thing against moving long distances.)
Back to the main subject - today I weighed in at 217! I have to say it, the lowest I've been in nearly three years is 215 so I only have 3 more pounds to beat that! After that, every pound I lose will be the lowest I've been in decades! Wow! I can do this!
Another SparkSurprise! I'm actually not in fear of failure! At the beginning, it was, "I don't know, I'm not sure I can do that." But now it's a positive, "I can do this?" I am so excited that I can hardly sit still, which is another point! The more I do this, the longer I'm with SparkPeople, the more I want to move! Goodbye sedintary life!
It seems to get easier - well at least until I run into another obsticle, but I've got friends that will show me how to get past that obsticle and I've got the strength to do it now so a pat on my back - even if it's my own, but ask me about SparkPeople and I've got a lot to say! (It's all "Great!" to quote a famous tiger.)
Have a grand one, SparkPeople!
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