Monday, August 04, 2008
I just found this article on SP written by Staff Writer Mike Kramer. I know that most of it is pretty common sense, but as you may know, I have been having trouble getting back on track after the wedding. I even gained 2lbs (which I have sense lost again.) I am getting worse than a yoyo with all the up and down.
Today I took a 1.2 mile walk and thought about some things as I walked. These are some things from the article that really got me to thinking:
1. DO create a plan. DONíT wait for "someday" to roll around.
hmmmm.... One day, I will wear a bikini again. I have been saying that for 15 years now. I want to lose 20 lbs. My long-term goal is by December 31. I want to lose 10lbs by my birthday (October 20) - which is also approximately the half-way point.
2. DO start small. DONíT focus on too many things at once.
Well, I've already done that. I started by tracking my food intake on most days. Then I started by adding in 8 cups of water. Next (and this is a strange thing for a vegetarian to say), I concentrated on getting enough veggies - still a battle since I am a starch-0-holic. I am now adding in exercise when I find the opportunity. In a few weeks, I will try to actually make it a routine - but I don't want to burn out before I begin.
3. DO write it down. DONíT forget to give yourself a deadline.
Doing that here - December 31 - big goal. October 20 is the half-way goal. I would like to lose 5lbs by Sept 10 and 15 by November 15.
4. DO be specific. DONíT deal in absolutes.
The goal is pretty specific. So are the steps - 8 cups of water a day. In two weeks, I will start an exercise routine. For now, I do it when I find the opportunity until I find something I like. 5 or more fruits/veggies a day.
5. DO leave room for failure. DONíT expect perfection.
I do expect that I will sometimes indulge in too much cheese or *gulp* chocolate. I understand that October is Halloween, Thanksgiving is in November and Christmas in December. I will not beat myself up too bad for having a treat.
6. DO track your progress. DONíT fool yourself into failure.
Doing this already too (on most days). I am tracking my food intake and exercise when I do it.
7. DO reward your success. DONíT beat yourself up over failure.
This one is hard for me. I tend to reward my success with food and, if I fail, I console myself with food - do we see a pattern here yet? This will have to be a goal for me, too. I don't know what to use as a motivator that is free and not illegal, immoral and fattening...
8. DO find a support system. DONíT try to do it alone.
I am trying to do this. I am on SparkPeople, but it would be nice to have someone in the flesh who is also working towards a solid goal of weight loss. While I am an introvert, I definitely work better on things like this with a buddy. I can't let them down, right?
9. DO make a commitment. DONíT ever forget that you can do it.
Yep - what more can I say?
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Ok - short blog and then it's off to bed. I despise working out - absolutely hate it. I know that's a bad attitude, but I can't help the way I feel.
Despite that, I did my SP strength training - it was after midnight, but I did it. Yay me!
Monday, July 28, 2008
I thought I was doing good! I had veggie pizza today for lunch - two slices. Yummy delicious veggie pizza.
I then used the site to track my intake and it's a whopping 600 calories for two little slices.
I'm trying so hard to get back on track. I really wish I had a buddy in the MN area to do things with.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I keep trying to get back on track with my diet, but keep getting off-track - ugh! If you read my food log, you will see that it shows yesterday I only ate 600 calories. That is not correct.
I tracked up to a point and then realized that I was so off course that I quit tracking. I was having difficulty staying on track before the wedding - but events like that (anything that throws off my schedule) totally eradicates any diet attempt that I make.
When I come back, I have a hard time getting back on track, as well. I try - I really do - but just have a hard time with it. I just can't seem to re-motivate myself.
How do you get back on track after a week (or more) of back tracking?
Monday, July 21, 2008
First - I have about 100 photos posted on my photo blog:
I couldn't get them all onto this site. That is the link directly to all the photos.
I am sorry for the delay in posting a blog. David and I were married on July 8, 2008 in a small ceremony in Chumuckla, Florida (right outside of Pensacola in the Panhandle). I have posted some pictures in the gallery. Be sure to catch them!
While it didn't come off without a few snags in the plans, it did come off perfectly! As stated in an earlier blog, I was not able to fly in until late the night before the wedding. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to help with the decorations much. Mom was thoughtful enough to save the tables for me to decorate so I didn't feel like I totally missed out though. Due to rain, we moved the ceremony to the living room, which made for a very personal, intimate ceremony closely surrounded by family and friends close enough to be family.
Our rings hold a special significance for me beyond merely that we exchanged them at our wedding. I didn't get to see the engagement ring or wedding ring until the day of the wedding. They are attached as a unit and were given to David by his mother who received them from her mother. It's an absolutely beautiful ring.
David's ring is black titanium with 2 gunmetal bands. He spent a long time selecting it so that he could find one that he really liked.
We had a butterfly release that was absolutely beautiful! We had planned on doing it after the ceremony, but did it before because of the rain. We got some absolutely stunning photos of the release. They loved the artificial flowers in Lydia's tiara and on the boutonniere on David's lapel.
As well as marrying a gentle, caring man who adores me and treats my children with love and care, I now also have two more children, Nathan and Lydia. I've been writing about them for months and many people thought they were my own. Our kids all get along great and having a blended family has been working well. We have been teaching the kids that family isn't just about blood and genetics, but about ties of the heart. Daniel and Josh frequently refer to Nathan and Lydia and their "little brother and sister."
I felt an overrun of emotions as such that I had never felt before. A deep bond of love and intimacy exists between us as I have never experienced with anyone but him. I guess that old adage "You never forget your first love" really rings true here. We were inseparable for most of 10th and 12th grade. After high school, things just didn't work out. He joined the Navy. I went to college and we both went our separate ways. We kept in touch on and off over the years, but had anyone told me that we would one day be back in each other's arms and hearts, I would have thought it impossible. My mother was there and supported our decision to get married. When David and I were dating in high school, he was "the one" and she thoroughly relished us being together again after all these years. My Grandmother and sister was also thankfully there. I hadn't seen them in ages and it was good to be with them again.
David's family is awesome. The more I get to know his brother, sisters and parents, the more welcomed I feel by them. His family possesses a rare genuineness about them. I have always valued that in people, but have discovered it's a hard quality to find. David's extended family and my extended family seem to mesh well both at the wedding and at the cookout my hosted at their house the following weekend. I really hated leaving and can't wait to move back one day in the future. Thankfully, that is in David's plans, too.
I would like to send out special thanks to my friend, Warren, for thoughtfully providing the services of professional photographer. She was a neat person to meet and a fabulous photographer. If you are in the market for a photographer in the area, I can highly recommend PJ. Visit her on FoToGuRL MySpace. Of course, I also want to genuinely thank Mom and Dad (David's parents) for their generosity in hosting our wedding.
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