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Goal: Blog Daily this Week, Day 4

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

emoticonIt's another hot hot day here, but I got myself up and going very early for me and was thrilled to see a new day dawn. emoticon Then I read a bit and listened to the news while I organized my kitchen. emoticonAfter prayer and some study I actually got myself out the door. I should have gone much earlier before the world began to heat up. emoticon Pokey me took my own sweet time getting out, but once out I really moved...for me, at least. emoticonI'm not the fastest walker, but the walk to the park and the friendly greetings to and from others working in their gardens, emoticonwalking their dogs, or out walking like me got those feel good chemicals circulating in this little brain of mine. emoticon The park was filled with children from various day cares and summer programs. emoticon There were moms with their little ones and their were older folks sitting in the shade and some younger ones playing tennis. emoticon I hopped on the trail and walked about two miles. So glad I brought water along. By the time I was on my way home it had gotten a little hotter than my multiple sclerosis likes me to move about in. emoticon When I opened my front door to the pleasantly air conditioned house, I eagerly downed even more water. It tasted sooooo good! emoticon I was tired, but so refreshed and pretty proud of myself. emoticon I know it doesn't sound like a lot, but for me it was. I may yet get on the treadmill emoticonto walk a bit later and I've been on my stability ball emoticon and will do more of that as I have a minute here and there. But, mostly, this afternoon I'm going to organize another area of my house. There is much to do to make room for my daughter's family of five to move in next month. emoticon I think I'll even take some time to look at more condos on the market. We really need to be on our way out of here so the kids can have the place pretty much to themselves. Every day holds so much promise, emoticon so many opportunities. When I think of the wasted days and hours of my life I get a little sad. emoticon But even those times had meaning in the great whole scheme of things. emoticon I'm so thankful that today I can move about. I will enjoy this day fully. emoticon I pray you will all enjoy your day completely as well. Blessings! emoticon

  
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LORIAPO 7/15/2010 1:00PM

    I do not have ms, but I can identify with you & your feelings about what you had to say at the end of your blog.
I sounds like you are very strong & fighting the good fight to keep going & be active & productive.
I pray you have a very successful day.
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Lori

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 7/15/2010 12:35PM

    I'm tired just reading about what you've done already today! But it does sound like a very pleasant day. I hope it continues to be a great day!

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ANA_BLOGGER 7/15/2010 11:43AM

    What a wonderful sounding day!
And that walk seemed emoticon to me! :)
Keep up the great work, and i'm glad ur getting ur water in! It's important in all this heat!

~Ana

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 7/15/2010 1:32AM

    You are doing such a good job exercising. Keep it UP !!! emoticon

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Goal: Blog Daily this Week, Day 3

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

So yesterday I walked. emoticon It was almost 80*F when I walked to mail something to my mom. emoticon It was nearly 90*F when I tried out a new path to my nearby park -- very steep and no tree cover where it was rerouted. emoticon No railing for me to pull myself up on or help me with balance on the way down, but I made it all the way up and back - not a long walk, but hard for me with the MS acting up a bit more in this heat. emoticon Then I walked on the treadmill and added a few short jog intervals for good measure. emoticon I was really good about keeping my calories in check and hit all my goal ranges for calories, carbs, fat, protein, and fiber. emoticon I downed all the water I was supposed to drink. emoticon So, why didn't the scale move down like I expected it would? emoticon Since I've battled with hypothyroid issues since my chemo days, I wonder if it is time for another adjustment??? emoticon I have a physical scheduled for next week. emoticon It should be interesting. If this weight keeps being stuck I'll have to look elsewhere for an answer. It can be discouraging when I do all the right things and still don't lose weight. emoticon emoticon I know I could drop weight if I cut way back on calories - starvation mode. emoticonThere was a time when I only 'ate' tea and coffee for an extended period. But, all the best info says this is bad. emoticon That's the way I used to get rid of unwanted pounds, but no more. I will continue tracking and doing the right things and hopefully, results will follow. emoticon I have seen some non weight related benefits. Hooray! emoticon I'll keep watching for those - i.e. more energy emoticon, better sleep emoticon, better attitude emoticon. I just keep reminding myself that those things are important, too! Have a great day everyone. emoticon

  
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 7/14/2010 12:20AM

    Your doing great !!! Keep on doing it, it takes time to see the scale move. emoticon

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ANA_BLOGGER 7/13/2010 11:28AM

    Ooo yea', starving ourselves is bad! emoticon
And often times doesn't work because our bodies retain the fat because it thinks it's going into starvation mode! No good for our weight loss efforts. Besides we lose all our lovely muscles *yuck* emoticon
Also, don't worry about the scale. It's just a little tool that can help us out but in no way should be the cause for anxiety. Do you measure yourself? That is a GREAT way to see our progress! Inches don't lie..Scales do! emoticon emoticon

Enjoy your day! And keep doing what your doing! If you are following your plan then you won't see negative results! If I were you I would kick that scale to the back of the room!
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Goal: Blog Daily this Week, Day 2

Monday, July 12, 2010

The good news is that I didn't gain weight over the weekend that included a dinner out at Macaroni Grill with my husband on Friday, emoticona lunch reception on Saturday, a jazz concert in a cocktail lounge that night, emoticon and a dinner party at a country club with 16 friends on Sunday. emoticon The even better news is that I lost a few ounces in the process. emoticon I actually made some pretty healthy choices while away from home and even got in some extra exercise. emoticon Since we almost never eat out this was a very unusual weekend for us. The extra exercise came in the form of an unplanned evening walk when we parked at the wrong place for the jazz concert at the Snowbird Resort. emoticon We ended up walking more than a mile uphill to get to the right building and there were lots of stairs to navigate along the way through the maze of buildings and trail systems. emoticon The return to the car was all downhill which was a good thing because I was really tired. I was sure that the glass of white wine and the cup of coffee with Kaluha would do me in, but the evening was kind. Sunday night I was sure that the orange roughy tostada emoticonfollowed by gelato and berries emoticon would be killer, but once again all turned out fine. We did go walking after that meal as we revisited a couple of the condo sites we are considering. It seems that each time I was afraid I would get myself into trouble emoticon there was some extra walking and the menu choices really weren't too bad. I ended up ordering Chicken Marsala at the Macaroni Grill on Friday and only ate half. The rest is still in my fridge which may be lunch and snack for today.
What did this weekend prove? emoticon Well, it proved that I can be social, have fun with food and friends, and still come home a winner! emoticon

  
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MEADSBAY 7/12/2010 11:03PM

    Yes- and it proved you have a very active social life- I'm jealous!
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LKWQUILTER 7/12/2010 12:04PM

    You certainly did GREAT!!! It takes time to learn all the tricks but it can be done.

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Goal: Blog daily this week - Day 1

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Since I've been not doing so well in the losing weight department, emoticonI decided to make a new goal for this week. Simply, I plan to blog each day. emoticon My hope is that somehow this will help me keep my other healthy goals in mind more of the time. emoticon I am using the 31 Days to Less Stress calendar and so far have met almost all of those daily requirements. emoticon I've also kept calories in check and stayed pretty well on track with nutrition guidelines this past week. emoticon I suspect that where I've fallen down is in the exercise department. emoticon I've put in the time, but not the intensity. emoticon So, today I'll work on beefing up the intensity and see what happens. emoticon Meanwhile, the dreaded scale is calling my name and I must go see what the damage has been since last week. emoticon So many things are going in the right direction that I know the scale will reward me soon. emoticon Have an awesome day everyone! emoticon

  
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SARAHTAIT 7/12/2010 8:55AM

    I'm not doing so well in the blogging department either....guess I should do like you and set a goal to do better. I have read that it helps to put things down in writing so hopefully it will help you keep your thoughts together and get you headed in the right direction like you mention. I know you can do this!!
Hugs,
Sarah

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ANNE-ELIZ 7/11/2010 10:30PM

    While I'm sure the scale will tell you something good, no matter what happens there, you're already doing great! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 7/11/2010 2:57PM

    One day at a time, my friend.
I bet blogging will help- it gets you to think about what went well (and not) each day.
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 7/11/2010 1:12PM

    Keep it up !!! emoticon

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GOLDEN_CLASSIC 7/11/2010 6:30AM

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 7/11/2010 6:09AM

    Keep at it, it will happen. Blogging, and reading other people's blogs, helps me immensely! Hope it does the same for you!

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31 Days to Less Stress has begun...

Friday, July 02, 2010

So I came across a great tool in Spark yesterday emoticonthat I printed off and am so encouraged already. Day one said to reach out to friends. emoticonI'm terrible about calling people. I just put it off and put it off and put it off before. So, when I realized I had called an old friend recently and set a lunch date for today I realized maybe I'm actually on track with this challenge. emoticon I called another old friend yesterday as well and we are getting together for lunch next week. We had such a nice phone visit. It really did something positive for my day. emoticon Since that was so successful I looked to the encouragement for today - break a sweat, it said. emoticon I could just go outside since it's supposed to be about 98*F here today. emoticon But, that's not the gist of the challenge so I must climb back on the stability ball, use the weights and put in some time on the tread mill. emoticon I am excited to check off the items for each day to see how I feel by August 1st. emoticon I don't know if I'll get the massage on the 6th. emoticon I do have a physical exam scheduled for the 19th (calendar suggest this on 18th so will swap some dates here and there). emoticon It was so encouraging to see that I have many of the daily suggestions already plugged into my month. emoticon It is great to think that many of my Spark friends will be on the same track as we go day by day to get through these "31 Days to Less Stress" together. emoticon Good luck everyone. We are worth it! emoticon

  
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ANNE-ELIZ 7/2/2010 11:22PM

    I downloaded it and then didn't print it out... Well, I can't start any earlier... emoticon

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MEADSBAY 7/2/2010 10:22PM

    I saw that calendar- what a great idea!
Have fun!
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LKWQUILTER 7/2/2010 4:34PM

    Good luck and let us know how it works out for you. ((HUGS))

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FITMARY 7/2/2010 12:50PM

    I loved that calendar too! Good luck with your goals!

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