Sunday, December 08, 2013
One of my daughters got braces on her teeth in September, and we've had to change some of our eating habits to accommodate the "no nuts, no popcorn, no crunchy foods" mandate from her orthodontist!
So I've found that I can't make most of the Christmas candies (almond roca, anyone?) that I used to make. Thus making this holiday season lower in fat & calories AND much more stress-free! Hallelujah!
Instead of scurrying around totally frazzled & stressed-out trying to get a gazillion things made in the kitchen, I have just been kicking back & enjoying our Christmas tree (decorated over Thanksgiving) and listening to Christmas music on the various tv specials...and (gasp!), I've even had time to READ in the evenings.
The presents were bought before my daughters' birthday in November, and wrapped shortly thereafter. The tree is decorated. The house is merry. The kids are enjoying craft projects here & there. And I am relaxed & happy. Amazing--mom's always had to suffer to make Christmas special for everyone else!
So thanks, Mr. Orthodontist--those braces really ARE beautiful! ;)
Saturday, October 05, 2013
It's been a wild ride for me...for a lot of years. 7 years ago I dedicated myself to losing the weight I'd gained after taking evil post-partum anti-depressants. At my high, I was 190 lbs, and wearing a size 3X. That's REALLY huge for someone only 5'3" tall.
It took 18 months, but I lost 72 lbs and LOVED being a size 4! Through vigilant dedication, I maintained that loss for about 3 years...give or take. I ate nothing but healthy mostly-vegetarian food. And I exercised daily.
Then last fall I had a severely herniated disk in my back that required surgery. And after surgery I was told in no uncertain terms by my surgeon--NO EXERCISE for at least 6-8 weeks...and bed rest for the first 10 days. It sucked. I was recovering and couldn't do squat.
So I started enjoying some Doritos again. Maybe a cookie or two. And lo & behold, I gained 25 lbs in 2 months. Go figure. But surprise. Blah, blah, blah.
At first I panicked and tried to diet again. It just wasn't working. Then after too many weeks of beating myself up I just went out & bought a new pair of jeans. Size 10. Boo hoo.
And now, a year later, I honestly don't care anymore. I am back to a regular exercise routine. I use my treadmill daily & my exercise bike daily & I lift weights 2-3 times a week in addition to that. My stretches are different post-op, my workouts aren't always very intense to protect my newly-fragile spine. But I do it--everyday, 7 days a week.
And I am HAPPY! Yes, I am 25 lbs heavier than I was...but still 45 lbs lighter than my top end. Is that a cop out? Maybe. However, my most recent physical showed my blood pressure is low, my blood sugar is healthy, my cholesterol is a-o-k...really, I'm in great physical shape. When I mentioned my weight--my doctor laughed! She said "you're in a perfect, healthy range...nothing to worry about."
I'm still not sure if I should thank her or feel gypped. Maybe it would've been better to hear a lecture--would've that've helped me jump start weight loss again!??
Here's the bottom line...I read all these postings about "healthy eating" & how if you eat "clean" (I had no idea food could be dirty!) you'll never crave junk food again. You'll learn to eat good foods & only eat when you're hungry. Wow--kudos to those 3 women who've pulled that off. Congrats...you have my undying respect. And those women are obviously NOT food addicts. They don't eat emotionally. Good for them.
However, I AM a food addict--I realize after over 20 years of trying to diet & be thin all the time...and then diving into Cheetos & Doritos when I was having a hard day, or a good day, or a tired day, or an angry day, or a sad day, or a celebrating day....well, enough said.
I spent ALL THOSE YEARS eating salads & fruits & super-healthy gourmet stuff. And it never once satisfied me like Doritos. Or made me feel happy & full & content. Is that a food sickness?!? Am I defective?!? Maybe so.
And yet--I don't care. I am SOOOOOO happy with who I am right now inside that the outside doesn't matter. I have clothes that fit nicely (never try squeeze your fat ass into too-tight clothes--ya' just look chunkier!)...and I have healthy kids. A happy marriage. My body is still moving & that's a real blessing.
My daily exercise staves off depression--no drugs needed. My family life makes me so content that I am awed daily by my luck. And best of all, my self-esteem & self-confidence is through the roof! Finally, at the ripe age of 39, I feel like I KNOW who I am...and I really like her. I'm a good person. And I don't need to hide behind fancy clothes, or gobs of makeup, or any of the things society tells women they need to be successful.
I am HEALTHY--inside & out...and maybe someday the rollercoaster will zip down again & I'll be back in those size 4 jeans...and until then I'm just gonna enjoy the ride (and the Doritos!)...and know that life goes on regardless of my waistline. And no one really cares if I'm fat or skinny--as long as I'm nice, and helpful, and confident and contributing.....
Nothing is healthier or more attractive than self-confidence & liking your own skin. No matter it's size. :)
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
It's such a silly thing to be excited about, but I am! Today I reached 100,000 SparkPoints! It only took me 5 years, 9 months to do so.
Some other numbers that make me happy....I've logged on to SP for 820 straight days! And I've exercised DAILY for 261 straight weeks (that's 5 years worth!)!!! I've logged 126,577 Fitness Minutes to date....WOW!
Amazing! In a world where numbers on the scale fluctuate, and can cause happiness or unhappiness, it's nice to know some numbers are more positive!
So is that big shiny jeweled gold crown avatar worth getting excited over?!? Yep--you betcha! :)
Monday, May 27, 2013
So many funny things happen every day that remind me I'm no longer a 20-something college grad, enjoying single life in a big city...although I still think of myself as young, life seems intent on reminding me that I'm 39, married with kids, living in smaller-town-America, and B-O-R-I-N-G!
For example - I enjoy coffee. I limit myself to one large mug in the morning, so I don't get too over-caffeinated during the day. I'm also a stay-at-home-mom...which means we don't have an extra dime to spare. I run a tight ship--and our finances are in great shape, because we don't spend money on "frivolous non-necessities" like coffeehouse lattes, or fast-food, or movies at the theater, etc.
I make my own coffee, and I have even been know to re-brew grounds to save a penny or two. (Hey, you load coffee with enough sugar, chocolate, creamer, etc, and it doesn't matter how cheap it is to begin with!) :)
So a friend gave me a Starbucks gift card as a thank you for lending her some baby clothes. Wow! What a rare & special treat! I promptly logged online, as the card instructed, to register my "rewards"--knowing full well that I'll probably never waste money on reloading the darn thing.
But surprise surprise--the rewards card gave me a FREE drink for my birthday last week! WOO HOO! A double bonus! Not only a gift card with money to burn....but a free drink on top of it all! WOW!
So here's the "Getting Old" part of this blog.....I wanted to head to Starbucks today to treat myself to something, and I realized I have NO IDEA WHAT TO ORDER! 15 years ago, I would've been able to stride into any coffeeshop & rattle off the proper espresso lingo...but NOW?!?
Ridiculously enough, I had to do research on the Starbucks website, so I can go today & not embarrass myself! I now know the difference between Tall, Grande & Venti. I now remember some of the Non-Fat Mocha No Whip lingo.....and it totally makes me chuckle.
I guess things really do change in life! There are so many more important things in my daily world than overpriced coffee beverages.....that I am happy to live in the dark. And for today, at least, I've been enlightened enough to treat myself. As long as it's FREE............. ;)
Monday, April 22, 2013
I read an SP Blog posting this morning that said a great 500-calorie treadmill workout was super-simple...just start around 4MPH, kick it up to 6MPH & then 7MPH, and then cool down at 3MPH.
SERIOUSLY!?!? How TALL are the people doing that workout??? I am short--only 5'3" to 5'4" with a 30" inseam--and if I run flat-out, I can kick my treadmill up to 3.8MPH & still keep pace. I've never managed to go any faster on my treadmill.
And since I had back surgery to remove a severely-herniated disc in October, I can't run at all (doctor's orders!). On a good day, I walk as fast as I can--at around 3MPH. Some days I feel really achy, and I can't go faster than 2.6 to 2.8MPH.
So it goes. I like to think of myself as the TORTOISE though...not the Hare. I get up & walk on my treadmill every single day--7 days a week--365 days a year! Even with a permanently damaged & handicapped spine, and permanent nerve pain in my right leg, I still exercise. EVERY SINGLE DAY.
So forgive me, if I don't do wind-sprints on my treadmill. I am doing it--and that's what counts. My muscles feel stretched, my joints feel loose, and I feel physically (& mentally!) ready to face my day!
I'll just stick with the slow & steady....and enjoy my low blood pressure, my low cholesterol, my maintained weight loss (5+ years now!)....and the "Hares" can just run on by. I'll still be plugging away on my treadmill every single morning. :)
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