Tuesday, April 20, 2010
... or tales of clothing that actually fits.
I put on my favourite skirt this morning. It's a cute A-line brown plaid that hits right about mid calf. For the past year, I have been wearing it at about knee length. I had it slid up so that the waist was right under "the girls". Turns out that it fits again. I have the waist of the skirt now sitting on my waist!
The scale may not have moved this week, my clothing has! Looks like it's time to go shopping! However, since I plan to not be at the next size down for long, I will be only shopping clearance, re-sale, Goodwill, Sally's Boutique (That's Salvation Army to those not in the know). I will pay no more than $10 for any piece of "in between" clothing.
It's the small things we have to enjoy, my SparkFriends.
May all your skirts get longer!
Friday, April 09, 2010
I know, we all talk about willpower. I keep thinking of the concept of "Won't Power"
~ eat that brownie
~ sit down in front of TV instead of working out/ walking/ Wii-ing
~ let the bad/mean comments get me down
~ allow the "just this once" disease ruin a weeks worth of hard work
~ have fried food
~ drink soda, diet or regular
~ forget to drink my water
~ stop Sparking
~ ever shop at Layne Bryants again
~ forget about Me and My health
And the biggest Won't of all:
I Won't go back to being the overeating, overweight, less-healthy, ignoring of vegetables, not exercizing, lazy person that I was before joining SparkPeople
Saturday, March 27, 2010
One of the things I am working on, beyond eating healthy and working out more, is de-cluttering my world. If you’ve ever watched the shows on TV, you now know that it’s more than just “stuff”. It’s emotions, attachments, hopes and dreams. Past, present and future all wrapped up in a big cluttered mess.
I read something today that gave me a huge “AHA!!” moment:
A Zen parable tells of a wanderer on a lonely road who came upon a torrential river that had washed out the bridge. So he built a solid and heavy raft, which carried him safely across to the other back. “This is a good raft,” he thought. “If there’s another river ahead, I can use it.” And he carried it for the rest of his life. How often do we hang onto things that served us well at one point in our lives but are no longer relevant or useful? Clutter is something that no longer serves you.
The memories that go along with the ugly out of date handbag that my grandma gave me are still there. I took a picture if I need to remember more. The handbag is in the Goodwill pile. The college sweatshirt that is torn and paint stained is now retired to the recycle bin (I couldn’t bear to use it as a rag, but no one else should have to look at it).
Another thing talked about in the article is the philosophy of SHED:
SEPARATE the treasures – identify the gems that are worth hanging on to.
HEAVE the trash – eliminate what’s weighing you down.
EMBRACE your identity – connect to who you are without all your stuff.
DRIVE yourself forward – explore the direction that connects your genuine self.
The ironic thing is that this advice came out of the January, 2009 House and Beautiful article. Do I really need to keep a magazine for over a year? No. I pulled out the article and recycled the rest.
Now, crank up the stereo and get back to SHEDDing!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sunday afternoon I headed to the airport full of dread. 3 days, little internet connection, no kitchen, lack of control of food prep. I knew I wasn't going to be logging all my food. It's just too hard to figure when your not prepping your own meals.
I ate smart. skipped the (white or sour dough) bread, skip the muffin, skip the cookies. I ate bacon, eggs, as much fruit as I could find. Extra veggies, fish with a little butter sauce, skip the chicken in cream sauce, salads when I could (WHY do they have to put nuts on everything!!, I am mildly allergic)
WOOHOO! 2.5 lbs gone on a weekend where I was traveling, hotels, conference, restaurants. All my friends kept offering me a bite of their fried... whatever, cookies, ice cream, cheesy creamy yummy foods. I kept smiling and saying "No thank you."
One of my friends finally asked me how I was being so strong. I just had to tell her that I when I look at that cookie she offered me for the third time... "I've been working very hard at getting healthy. I just don't think that cookie will taste good enough to see it's calories back on my a$$."
She stopped for a second. Looked at the cookie. Put it down on the plate and just started laughing.
I could hear all of my conference-buddies at the bar laughing it up when I was in the fitness center, walking on the treadmill, doing my upper body exercises, stretching and yoga. And on the next morning when some of them were hungover and not loving life so much, I was smiling and feeling great.
I did it! I conquered the beast! I was able to keep the Spark going when not attached to the internet. Today I am standing a little taller, 15 lbs. lighter than I was on Jan. 10th, stronger and filled with a sense of pride. I CAN DO THIS!!
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