Thursday, September 18, 2014
What have you accomplished in the years since you started?
I put myself in the driver's seat for my health. I used to whisper to me, that I would likely die from a heart attack, as some of my close friends already had. What a miserable thing to say to myself. But it was true. My BP was boiling, my heart raced at 120 BPM though I was not on an exercise program, I made horrible food choices, my cholesterol levels were wack, and my arms were tired from holding a spare tire around my middle. Thankfully, I was shocked into caring for myself when I nearly lost my DH to a heart attack! At that same time, I was working on ME, instead of trying to control those around me, so I had to dig deep and decide to just start eating healthy myself and see what happened. That whole process peaked DH's curiosity and we have really excelled with our diet and exercise. In the two and one half years of Sparking, we are now both in healthy ranges and we have normal BP, cholesterol and heart rates - my resting heart rate is now 70 BPM.
What are you currently working on?
Diet - I am working on eating only the food daily that I need for energy, cell repair and best health. My awesome SIL gave me a book which has become my new go to guide, “The Dieter’s Dictionary and Problem Solver” written by Victoria Zak and Dr. Peter Vash. It’s subtitle, “An A to Z Guide to Nutrition, Health, and Fitness”. One of the principle premises of the book is a food pyramid outlining the minimum food and groups as a baseline for what to eat for optimal health.
Exercise - Because I feel so great via a good diet, I tend to be an over exerciser. Right now, I plan on sticking to the fitness goals that I have outlined on my Spark Page.
*What challenges did you face?
Not seeing results quick enough. Spark has taught me better patience. I have come to think of my daily nutrition and exercise as “money in the bank”. That is, you can only save so much for that vacation a week ~ Right? Same is true with fitness and good health. You can only do so much each day.
*What are your proudest moments?
One of my big deals is not to push things on other people anymore. I have learned to quietly go about my daily business and not worry so much about what others think. My proudest moments are when my family and friends talk to me and about me. They see me as one of the healthiest people they know (not too shabby for a former cigarette smoking junk food addict)! They ask my advise on healthy cooking etc. - I must be careful to share only what they are asking about. It keeps ‘em coming back for more!
I LOVE our bikes and I am so happy to report, I have easily put more miles on my bike than our car this past year. I enjoy being know as "the biker lady" around our town.
Let's have our Best Challenge Yet! Woo HOO!
EL for the SUDS team
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Stayed in Calorie range - 6 of 7 days. As a result I lost 2 pounds!
Miracle considering all of the fiber I've been eating. Amazing to me the fact our bodies can change ~ for the good or bad ~ so quickly. Before Thanksgiving, I was feeling almost rock solid and just a few pounds away from my LAW - "lifetime achievement weight". Just a small tickle in the knee, added to a couple of holidays and date nights, and before you know it, here I am having to firm it and lose it all over! AGHH -
I feel so blessed for Spark, they helped me to turn it all around fast and have at my fingertips all the tools I need to stay on track. Woo HOO!
(note to self, Track your food and fitness, run and read your reports, make small changes for improvement.) It works.
Fitness Minutes - 120 minutes per day 7 0f 7 Because of rain, weeds and the garden, I'm easily getting a variety of cardio fitness daily. I have been working on MIL's yard and my own Spring cleaning, so when I feel like working, there is never a lack of fitness! I am starting to run outside a couple of times a week. I love getting out for a walk, run or bike ride. I've lived at the same address for going on nine years, and have enjoyed more time outdoors this past year than all the others put together. No wonder I never got all this work around the house done before. I was old and tired and so out of shape by the time I got the gumption to do something, my own body would tire before even getting started. Thank God, I now look forward to moving boxes, heavy cleaning, it feels so great to do more! Ironically, the more I work my body out hard, my aching back and "old" ailments are all but gone. Don't get me wrong, I still get sore, my back still aches, but it's feels good, different. I am still continuing to get stronger, Iam now able to lift and carry more weight than ever in my life!
Zero Calorie beverage 90 day challenge - 6 of 7 days were perfect. This is day 18 and I only had one day when I consumed one beverage that contained calories. Saturday night date night, victory was mine, limiting myself. I am glad that I am aiming for Excellence and not perfection! I just might make it!
Dawggies, let's Put on our dancing shoes and Rock the kennel this week!
Love to all my Sparkling Friends!
Friday, April 04, 2014
Let my guard down just a taste...
Wow! I made it back to the safety of my Spark! What an experience with dining away from home, not tracking my food and what a relief to make it back safely. I am so ready to start the Spring 5% challenge on Saturday. I have tried to side step the fact that beverages with calories is my ongoing weakness. Personally beginning today 4-4, my goal for the next 90 days is to avoid any beverages with calories. Only exception, things that make health sense, say, cucumber water and smoothies. Open to suggestions! So far I am ready to go!
Have you been keeping Spark fitness notes? I got a treadmill a little over a year and a half ago and have been tracking my 5k times. Finally looked at the notes today and got a huge shot in the arm to continue to push my fitness levels. Here are some of my notes:
2-28-13 ~ 46:20 ~ first record
3-23-13 ~ 53:10 ~ pushed too hard at first, little set back
4-5-13 ~ 43:10
4-4-14 ~ 33:54
I am very grateful to Spark for making it so easy to track my progress.
For the Spring 5% challenge I will follow the Mediterranean Diet plan (minus the red wine). My fitness plan is outlined on my Spark page. My Spark friend and teammate, Grammamary inspired me to start and Easter 5K Sunrise walk/run. Thank you Mary!
Looking forward to Rockin' the Spring Challenge in the SUDS kennel and getting to know all the Pups and Dawgs better! Only one day to wait before we take off ~ Woo HOO!
Sincerely, JDawg , EL for the SUDS team
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Today is my Birthday. Woo Hoo! Thank you Spark and to me for my hard work on health and happiness this past year.
We went to town last week and my DH bought me the Best gift ever! New bike helmets for us! Woo HOO! Mountain biking here we come (well it STILL has to warm up a bit) !!!
On our 5% winter challenge team of the dawggies, we have been focusing on improving our MOM (mind over matter) skills. Since a few of the dawggies seem to think I'm a poet........my rythmin life ~
My Birthday Wish for you
all my Spark Friends tried and true ~
It is stated, “Thoughts are things”.
Make your's positive, it will give you wings!
A lamp at you feet, to give you Mojo in kind,
please keep these three numbers in mind.
Here are the three
86, 48 & and 35
two for the stories and one to stay alive.
My Mother heard once, if you make it past 86,
you have it made. She died six days short of that time,
Don't really have to wonder what was on her mind.
My first H wished to outlive his Dad.
44 days longer were all the days he had.
Be so wary what it is you wish for,
Make your DREAMS REAL BIG, there may not be much More.
Thanks to Spark, one of my number’s is 35
Keep my waist size under it
and I have a great chance to stay alive.
No matter where we start we can all get there,
Day by Day, may you, my friend never despair,
Make your Dreams big enough to hold your all your days,
That’s my Birthday wish for you, my Spark compadres.
JDawg, off to work with Dave on a lovely smoke turkey breast birthday dinner.
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