Monday, September 22, 2014
Having just finished an incredible week in Branson, Missouri, with a group of RV Sparkers, this is a good time to consider what I want to do for BLC 26, and the rest of 2014.
My expectations are to resume the habits I know work for me that I've let slide, specifically tracking all of my food and staying in calorie range. I also need to plan my meals ahead, a week at a time, because I make less impulsive choices when I plan. I will continue to make exercise a priority but focusing on nutrition will lead to the 5 pound loss I want to see.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Weeks 8 of 8
Record a blog telling us what a Challenge means to you. Iím going to assume that this question addresses group or team challenges, and not ones we set for ourselves away from Spark.
For the last week of a challenge I joined 7 weeks ago, we need to write a blog describing what a challenge means to us. This is my third year with Spark People, and I can truly say that team challenges, no matter what team Iíve joined, have helped me become better informed about my health and better able to keep my weight in check.
In my first year I lost a lot of weight, and reached my goal in my second year. Since then Iíve regained 10 pounds, and seem to juggle gaining and losing the same 2-3 pounds. Itís frustrating, but then I remember that I still am 40 pounds lighter than when I started this whole journey. I am not at my maintenance weight, which was set by my doctor, and do need to lose that last 10 pounds. That said, Iím still working on it, and challenges keep me from quitting.
Challenges have helped me develop healthy habits like strength training 2-3x per week, drinking 8 glasses of water a day, tracking my food and exercise, and eating much ďcleaner.Ē I get regular cardio most days, and miss it if I donít. I eat breakfast every morning, something I did not do for more years than I want to share!
Challenges have also helped me gain and give support. I value the friendships developed on Spark, and will certainly continue to seek out group challenges.
Friday, March 21, 2014
The Hogwarts team offers some interesting challenges and I particularly like the Arts and Charms class; we tackle a different project every week. These projects have the additional benefit of keeping my hands too busy to snack!
While I sew and can knit a basic scarf, I have never crocheted before. I did not expect to have such a tough time! I watched the videos, looked at online demos and referred to a book I have. I even dropped in on our local Chat and Stitch club where a patient woman, old enough to be my mother, spent 90 minutes teaching me to do a few basic stitches. I could tell she thought I was hopeless!
When I reported my sad progress in team threads, several people offered support and helpful suggestions. I couldn't give up now!
Last night and tonight I started all over again, until I finally produced something barely adequate. The pictures below show a couple of false starts and the final bracelet.
As frustrating as this experience was, it was a good lesson for this retired teacher. No one is good at everything, and everybody helps. Simple lessons I used to teach my students and a necessary reminder for me.
So thanks to the special Hogwartians for the encouragement, and to the other teams I've been neglecting this week, now you know why!
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