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!
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
With the start of 2014, I have been looking for new motivation, and new challenges. Several Spark friends have put a great new team together, Camp Wannaberfit, which I think combines the best from challenge teams I enjoy. As my friend, Pam (PCKTTS) says, "The team is about 2/3 full without going public. But we are still looking for some friends (both those we know and new ones) to join us. I'm just going to post the "Welcome" post here. It does a good job of describing the challenge."
Read the description below, and if this something you might be interested in, Sparkmail me and I'll get you an invitation.
We are a group of Sparkers that decided we want to move beyond weekly weigh ins and weekly challenges built by someone else. We know that pounds are not the only way to measure success. We need the flexibility of taking Tuesday off from exercise some weeks and donít want to feel guilty about it. We know what works for us, what our time constraints are and what we enjoy doing.
We enjoy hanging out with an active team; we need the support and the fun. We are also just a bit competitive and appreciate the fact that having a team depending on us can push us to work just a little bit harder.
With those things in mind, we put together this team. Camp Wannabefit consists of several challenges in the form of camp activities. There are a variety of exercise activities for you to choose from that range from beginner to seasoned athlete in difficulty. You have several nutrition options as well. Then we threw in some of what we call Life Style activities so that you can work on everything from organizational skills, to getting that stack of books read, to doing some writing and self-reflection.
You will have the ability to build your own challenge each week or build your perfect week once and then just get it done. The activities are lead by folks with experience in their subjects. So, if, for instance you want to become a runner Ė we have a great camp counselor all lined up for you with a plan for meeting your running goals. Want to get your Ooommm on - we have yoga covered too. Cycling, Strength Training . . . yep, we have them.
Traveling this week? Cut back on your camp commitments . Need to get ready for an event? Hit it hard. Have a race this week - you wonít lose points for needing to load up on those carbs. In maintenance? Take a simple Healthy Habits challenge and then join the book club or work on some other life challenge.
Each activity has a point value Ė thatís where the challenge comes in. You will be part of a team that is counting on you to rack up those points each week. Bragging rights are a wonderful thing!!
Space is limited, but we are an ongoing challenge, so as folks move on to other things, we will fill their space with folks from our wait list.
The challenge will officially begin on Sunday, April 13th, but we will invite you to camp ahead of that date so that you can get settled in. Hope to see you there."
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Originally I said I wanted to lose 8 pounds during this BLC round and I've lost 3. The following behaviors are what I aim for daily.
1. Track all food on Spark tracker
This is a habit, so even if I go over calorie range, I track it.
2. Wear my SPAT and track exercise
Yep! Very motivating, especially if I need to take a walk or get on the treadmill to add some steps.
3. Stay within my calorie range, paying attention to sodium and calcium levels
Looking back at the last four weeks, I did this 22/28 days. Could be better!
4. 30 minutes daily exercise, whether it is cardio, ST, yoga or other stretching or balance activity
Except for two days when the bronchitis was really bad, I do get in at least 30 minutes of deliberate exercise.
5. Track my CICO every day for the duration of this challenge, aiming for a 500 calorie deficit a day.
This has been enlightening, and I'm well on my way to making it a habit. It's easy to see why I didn't lose one week - I didn't have at least a 3500 calorie deficit! My goal is one pound a week, so by the end of March I would like to lose another four pounds.
For me, paying attention to the numbers helps me be successful. I'm really close to my maintenance range and determined to get there.
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