Monday, March 10, 2014
Coming in for the finish - What a thrill!
Standing behind our house in Florida, sweat, swollen knee and a medal!
My second race in two years - I entered a 5K on Sunday because I had been able to finish a 5K in December and wanted to see if I could improve my time. Although I am still very slow, I was delighted to find that I had finished three minutes faster than my December race and that was good enough to place second in my age group. I can't tell you how thrilled I was! I really thought my running days were over, but between speed walking and jogging, I am slowly improving. My knee is still swollen, but it is no longer causing me any pain and I firmly believe that I will be able to continue competing in races without hurting myself. Winning that medal really motivated me to lose more weight and train on a regular schedule (two things I haven't been doing very well lately.) You just never know what your future has in store for you. I live in a retirement community and getting out to enter races has really rejuvenated me. I am healthier, happier and ready to take on some new races to keep myself feeling young again. Look out world, this old lady isn't ready to give up yet!
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
I can hardly believe that four years ago, I knew little to nothing about butterflies. sure, I thought they were pretty, but that was about as far as it went. I retired after more than 30 years of working for AT&T. Once I was retired, I had time to pursue other interests. I didn't even know I was interested in butterflies until we moved to Florida and I had time to plant some flowers in the yard. I'm an avid reader and when I saw a few butterflies in the yard, I wanted to know how to increase their population. I did a lot of reading and internet research to find out as much as I could. After gathering my own eggs, getting cages for the caterpillars and spending many hours watching the different personalities emerge from the different species of butterfly caterpillars, I started taking notes. I was getting weary from reading all the Latin names for plants and butterflies, so when I wrote my book, I decided to use layman's terms instead of Latin. I am quite proud of myself for learning how to care for one of God's creations and add a little more beauty to the earth.
TODAY, I released my 1000th butterfly! Not too bad for a retired woman working out of her home.
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!
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