Sunday, November 17, 2013
I know 159.6 is still a lot for a 5'4" person to weigh, but it is the first time in a long time that I have been in the 150s. I felt like I was losing weight, but I only weigh once a week and I was thrilled to see the scale this morning. That is a 1.4 pound loss over last week. Being back on SparkPeople has really kept me motivated and this time around, I just feel like I am going to make my goal.
I have cut out most sugar and religiously read labels. I really work at not eating any processed food and have become quite proficient at healthy baking. I still have my baking flops like when I use too much wheat germ or too much pumpkin and the cookies or bread come out like glue in the middle. lol I eat them any way because I have usually used ground walnuts or pumpkin seeds and I don't want any of that good stuff to go to waste. For the most part, things turn out pretty good and I don't miss the bakery goods I used to crave. I can't even remember the last time I ate white potatoes because I eat mashed cauliflower instead. I love baked apples with cinnamon and make them up in advance to use in my oatmeal. Because my apples have cinnamon and cranberries in them, I also eat them plain for dessert. I am still gluten-free and still drink a green leafy vegetable drink in the morning. I think I can honestly say, "I have changed my lifestyle." That is something I have been working towards ever since I joined SP in 2008. I had fallen off the wagon a few times, but this time just feels different. Maybe it is because I am getting older and I care more about my health. What ever the reason, I think every pound helps me get healthier. It isn't even about how I look any more, but how I feel and at 65, I feel pretty darned good, so here's to many more healthy years that I can share with my Spark friends.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Some days it is hard to get motivated enough to get up, get going and exercise. I didn't lose any weight last week and normally, that would make me just want to add insult to misery and eat something I shouldn't or sit on my rear and watch TV. Now that I am back on SparkPeople, all I have to do is read a few blogs or visit some friends and that is enough to make me want to do better. So, you see, there is a lot to the "buddy system". Even people I don't really know can motivate me. Although I don't have as much weight to lose as some members do, I am 5'4" and it doesn't take much weight to make me look really large. So, I can really identify with those that are working on losing a lot of weight. It is just as difficult for me and I have lost the same weight over and over again. Reading about other members has lit my spark again and I stayed with my eating plan and just came back from a 45 minute workout, so, once again, THANKS to all of you motivators, Spark On!
Saturday, October 19, 2013
I recently joined the 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program and I am so glad I did. I used to love running and especially competing in races, but I am older now and have osteoarthritis and thin cartilage in my knee. It has been painful and I have not run in over a year. In fact, I didn't know if I would ever run again, but I wanted to try. This program combines walking and jogging and so far, it has been ideal. I am able to jog without too much pain and I am in my second week. For incentive, I signed up for a 5K race in December. I know I will be slow, but I can still go and enjoy the excitement of the day. I love the running community because it is so energizing. I want to participate for life! The other part is that I am losing weight again and that has gotten me reacquainted with SparkPeople. I didn't realize I missed sharing experiences and just chatting with friends. Life is good!
Monday, October 14, 2013
Well, I finally had enough "guts" to put my real weight on my SparkPage. It is higher than when I left over a year ago, but better than it was just two months ago. I am really working on my weight again and SP is a wonderful way to keep me going.
We are settled in a new home, in a new area and closer to the beach. There is no reason why I can't get out there and enjoy life. My green leafy drinks in the morning have given me lots of energy and my knee hardly hurts at all any more, so I am out walking again. Although I don't have as much room for my butterflies, I can still raise them on a smaller scale and my life is good. I guess everyone gets in a "funk" once in a while, but mine lasted over a year. I am here to tell you that I am back and to thank all of you that kept sending me messages. Thank God for SP and all the wonderful friends I have met here.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
I just did my first talk and book signing today and I was delighted. The crowd wasn't large (18 people), but four of them bought books. I was the guest, but Kathy Hall runs the classes. She is so knowledgeable about plants and butterflies. She gave me some Zebra Longwing caterpillars. I was so happy because I have been trying to coax them into the yard. We have the right plants, just hadn't seen any yet. Now that I have caterpillars, I will be able to release the butterflies from here and they will start returning here to lay eggs. So, it was a wonderful experience all the way around. Kathy lives on five acres and raises all types of butterflies. She has invited me to her home and I can't wait to go. I can't tell you how exciting it was for me to talk about my book and actually sign autographs.....wow, heady stuff!
I know this doesn't have anything to do with weight loss, but in a way, it does. The more publicity I am getting, the better I want to look and this is a motivator to keep me on track with the food I eat. It also keeps me busy so I'm not thinking of food all the time.
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