Monday, July 07, 2014
In previous years, I have come so close to my goal and never made it. I am less than seven pounds from my goal and I really want to get there this time. I am really working hard to ignore the things that tripped me up in the past; my clothes are fitting better and I am even wearing a smaller size, I am feeling more energetic and really enjoy the health benefits of exercising.
Now, I just have to stay away from people that are telling me I look great and don't have to lose any more weight. What they don't understand is that I am trying to get as healthy as I can. That means, getting into the healthy BMI rating (I'm still overweight). I guess they think they are flattering me, and that is nice, but flattery is not my goal. I try to explain that I would like a life without medication, but I live in a retirement community and sometimes, their medication is all my neighbors talk about. I don't want to make anyone feel bad, so I just don't discuss it. I will keep doing what I am doing because it makes me feel good and I know I am adding years to my life. So, my plan is to stay on track and not get sabotaged this time.
Thursday, June 05, 2014
I have been raising butterflies for over four years now, but I never had a Giant Swallowtail or a Zebra Longwing lay eggs until this year. Instead of citrus, I thought I would try planting a Hercules club and sure enough, I only had the potted plant out on the patio for two days and I thought I had seen a Giant Swallowtail in the yard, but I wasn't sure. When I looked at my plants, I was thrilled to see several eggs. Well, those eggs hatched and the six caterpillars turned into chrysalises. My first Giant Swallowtail just flew off into the sunset. But, not before I got pictures and dragged my neighbors over to see it. The host plant for the Zebra Longwing is the Purple Passion Vine. Although I have been growing them for years, it was not until this year that I actually had a Zebra Longwing lay eggs. I couldn't believe it! I was weeding and she left eggs right in front of me. I am proud to say that I have raised the Florida State Butterfly from eggs. I have waited a long time, but it was worth the wait.
Zebra Longwing Eggs
Hard to see, but tiny Longwing Caterpillar
Larger Zebra Longwing Caterpillar
Zebra Longwing Butterfly
Giant Swallowtail Eggs
Tiny Giant Swallowtail
Baby Giant Swallowtails
Giant Swallowtail Chrysalises
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Well, I did notice that my pants were starting to get a little loose, but I really didn't pay attention because the scale has been moving pretty slowly. I'm not complaining about that though because it is moving in the right direction. I don't want to jinx myself, so I'm just keeping on working my program. I set a goal for myself to do 1800 exercise minutes this month and that would average an hour a day. That seemed like a challenge to me because I usually take a break on Sunday, but it seemed attainable, if I pushed myself. I haven't posted my minutes from yesterday yet, but I think I am right on target.
I also started doing bicycle crunches every day and I think that is what is giving me my results in inches lost around my waist. Today, after my shower, I looked in the mirror and saw some abs trying to break through. I know it sounds stupid, but I went running through the house trying to find Vince to show him my stomach. I'm not in good enough shape to post a picture yet, but I at least feel like I am on my way.
I have been using several Spark tools, logging my food and fitness minutes and doing virtual races. My Spark friends have also kept me motivated and I LOVE the new Camp WannabeFit. This time, I know I am going to reach both my health and fitness goals!
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
I was reading a post that Jen had written and it was about how she prepared for a party in a very healthy way. The food sounded so delicious. It just proved to me that you can eat healthy and still entertain, make dishes that taste good and look good too.
I wasn't as creative and didn't have to do a lot of different items, but I started small with one thing. It was warm and I wanted something light for dinner, so I made what I love. I like to make things that don't require a lot of preparation and usually can be done in one pan, bowl or plate. When I finished this - Vince thought it looked so pretty, he took a picture. Basically, it is Romaine lettuce, pickles, olives, tuna, sliced ham, cucumbers, cheese, tomatoes, avocadoes, spinach dip and hummus. I don't eat dairy, so I didn't eat the cheese. He used crackers and I used lettuce leaves, but together, we had an easy, fun, healthy meal. I was proud of how it turned out and we even had left-overs for the next day.
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