Monday, March 10, 2014
Yes, we are home! We arrived late Friday night. Spent the weekend, catching up with laundry, preparing meals, and cooking them. Then grocery shopping and of course, SLEEPING! LOL!!!
Disney was a BLAST! We all had a great time, although it went so quickly. Sunday we all met at the hotel, swam with the kids, and got a good nights rest. Monday, departed Providence, and arrived at DISNEY Resorts, checked in, and settled into our Villa near 4pm. After a late LUNCH/early DINNER (LUNNER) Heather, Scott, and the kids went to the pool, slide, and had a blast. Paul and I went on the bus, to understand the Transport System. Tuesday we went to MAGIC KINGDOM all day! We arrived very early and closed the park, after the "Fireworks!" The baby, Hadley, NEVER TOOK A NAP!!!! She was awake the whole time, no breakdowns, no crying, just wide eyed and full of the devil! Watching everything!!!!'
Wednesday, I had planned a SLOW day, with a Character Breakfast first, then Aimee (our 6yr old) had her "Hair and Make up" done by her "Fairygodmother!" While Spencer and Scott enjoyed Lego World at Downtown Disney. Next door to Aimee and Heather. Paul and I went to the breakfast, all of us together, then we ALL went to Downtown Disney for all the plans, but after a few hours, Paul and I left for the resort and left the others there.
Thursday, we left early, AGAIN, for Disney Hollywood Studios. With lots to see and do there, we had a blast. It had started to rain, but we wanted to go to more parks, so we went to EPCOT and enjoyed LOTS there!
We did manage three parks, but had to miss ANIMAL KINGDOM, only because of time! It was fine though, we walked "MILES!" I logged over 20,000 steps ONE DAY! over 18000 another! and between 8000-16000 on the Other days! That is FLYING IN AND OUT, and our "slow day!" So missing one park was not that bad!
I am so glad I had my new "SPARKTRACKER!" When I arrived home and logged in, I could see LOTS OF STEPS!!! I just got my "weekly report" and have over 65,000 steps logged! Mind you, this is WITHOUT my tracker NOT USED on ONE DAY!!!! I kept alternating our shoes, and forgot to place my tracker on my sneakers! PHEW!!! No wonder I need a "little nap!" LOL!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
As I logged in to my start page, I read an interesting article. And yes, I tried to copy and paste the link, but silly me, had to "learn how to do it....about 6 times!" Yup, I am computer challenged, but hopefully I got it this time!!!!! LOL!
Health & Wellness Articles ›
51 Things Happy People Do Differently,
How to Become a Happier Person
-- By Stepfanie Romine, Certified Yoga Teacher
The article was packed with so many good ideas, and yes, I try to follow many of them in my daily life, and have for so many years. But how great it is to be reminded, confirmed, and reinforced, on lifes "LITTLE and BIG" challenges. How do you handle the stresses of your life?
Many, many, times we can NOT change things, so we have to decide .....do we give up, accept that challenge, or can we MAKE SMALL CHANGES, that can get us through "another day, hour, or minutes."
I am continuing those changes, small as they may be, slow and steady, day by day, making progress, whether the scale tells me so or not, but I AM MAKING PROGRESS. So yes, I am HAPPIER, I know I am getting HEALTHIER, and slowly, but SURELY, I will get to a "lower body weight," but if it doesn't get there, I am ACCEPTING that my body is in charge, or teasing me as my loving husband tells me, and soon, real soon, those changes will show up. For the record, they ARE showing up, on my clothes, on the "looks I get from family and friends" and on the SMILE on MY FACE, as I "feel the skinny, on the inside!"
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Okay, so our vacation is over, at least for today, and it is time to get back in tune with our normal schedule. We drove home after a good nights rest, our flights were delayed, like many others that travel during the winter months, but that was okay. Once home, it was "business as normal" with laundry, preparing meals, and clearing up with snail mail, e-mail, phone messages, etc. PHEW!
Tomorrow is another day, tentative plans are in the works for a trip to the gym and pool. The weather is always my final decision. Snow, icy roads, or a major SICKNESS, should be my ONLY reason NOT to LEAVE the house, but this gal is planning on being there! I did a lot of walking this past week, walking 6000+, or over 10,000 steps a day! I used my pedometer, but I am thinking of buying a new one. Does anyone have a favorite of theirs? What makes you "love, like, or dislike" your model? Do you feel the cost was worth it? Okay, I am open to all your comments, suggestions, and ideas! I love my SPFriends, you are always there helping, commenting, suggesting, and inspiring. Thank you ALL for being there!!!
Friday, February 07, 2014
Okay, so here I am going to my "new Lifestyle Pass" program, using the strength training weight machines, joining in classes ranging from "Senior Aerobics, Pool Walking, Pool Aquacises, and so much more!" Literally having a blast, at least twice a week, more if I can, weather permitting, and laughing my way with all the new friends I have met.
I track my foods, and recently have noticed something new....at least for me! My calorie ranges have JUMPED UP, "allowing me to ADD CALORIES" to my day, after a vigorous workout! Okay, so I thought maybe I should "eat a little more" hopefully so my body will NOT go into "starvation mode" and retain poundage....AHEM, do I or don't I?!?!?! That is an important question.
Bottom line, "Calories IN versus Calories/Energy OUT!" I have read, over and over, all about the proper ways, BUT, we have to LEARN HOW OUR BODIES work! I have not "LOST" on the numbers/scale, but I have TONED and shown changes in MY BODY, and that is the truth. I have been working this new program for only a few weeks, and will continue for as long as I can...remember, I want "LIFESTYLE CHANGES, I CAN LIVE WITH!" And when I am away, on vacation, or other schedule changes, I can still fit in other exercises....WALKING, is another favorite of mine.
I hope everyone finds the right exercise that makes them SMILE, LAUGH, and truly ENJOY! Doing what "works" for you, can make some serious changes, be it a NUMBER on the SCALE, how your clothing fits, or just knowing that you are getting healthier. Yup, that's what I want for me, so do I really need more calories? Here's what I do,... I have NO forbidden foods, if it fits "my ranges" and NOT go over on CARBS, FATS, and well into the range of PROTEIN, then I am a happy camper. Afterall, I am getting healthier, and THAT IS IMPORTANT to me!
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I have not left the planet, nor have I left SParkPeople! Heck, this is my lifestyle changes I keep talking about! Like so many of you, this winter has been crazy weather, freezing COLD, make that BELOW freezing with wind chill factors and exercise has been difficult. Not entirely so, if you are committed to keep up a schedule, and work with videos and self motivation, difficult even for me!!!!
I for one, try, and I mean really TRY to work videos by myself, and I DO! But I can not tell a lie, I am the one that wants a PLANNED SCHEDULED Class, with people that all love to laugh WITH one another. Call it my social life, call it joining in with all the giggles, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE being with people!
I mentioned that I joined, the second week in January, a "LIFESTYLE PASS" program held at a retirement community. Well, I have been going, albeit last week, the extreme COLD, blowing snow, icy roads, and a head cold to boot, kept me home....okay, so I pulled out the SPVideos and did SOMETHING several days. Today was different! I was feeling the "cabin fever" and needing to get out, so off I went! From 1pm-4pm, I managed to work in a 30+ minute FITNESS CLASS, a 25+ minute STRENGTH TRAINING CLASS, and 1+hour POOL Class! WooHoo!!!! Our certified instructor, Deb, is a hoot! She has personality PLUS, approximately my age, and truly knows her stuff. Working with people from ages 62 (the minimum age) to 94+, some with disabilities, she is so AMAZING and focused on helping us.
So here I am again, having FUN with exercise, YES FUN! Doing stuff I enjoy, even though I would NEVER had said that before, I want to encourage you ALL, to get BACK IN THE GAME!
Find something you like, change up your routine, work with a Buddy, or Two, or More, just have fun! With each day, you DO SOMETHING, "Things will happen, things will change, and soon it will become a new LIFESTYLE!"
I know a few of my SPFriends have put things on hold, and I haven't been able to tell you how much you have been missed, but you ARE! So please, get "back in the game" and see how much we can MOTIVATE and INSPIRE each other! Hugs to everyone, come on, join me in the game....
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