Thursday, June 13, 2013
Sorry for the unexplained sudden absence, but it has been unavoidable. A very close friend's husband passed away last week, and although it was after a long illness, it has hit us all very hard. Another friend and I have been with her as much as possible, and I've only been coming home briefly to make sure everything is ok, to walk the dogs and feed my cat.
Graham's funeral will be held tomorrow morning, so I won't be back online until his wife has had a chance to get used to not just living on her own again, but to not having to keep an eye on the time during the day so she can go to the nursing home to help feed him his meals.
I don't know when things will settle down enough to allow me to return home, but am badly in need of a good dose of Sparking. Healthy eating has not been high on our list of priorities just lately, and combined with sleepless nights and some very emotional days where so much has to be organized as soon as possible, I know I'm not the only one who is feeling tired and quite overwhelmed.
I'm also feeling bloated, and longing for some low fat, low carb, healthy food! I dread the thought of getting back on those scales, but still, I wouldn't wish to be anywhere else but by the side of a very courageous lady who has been such a wonderful friend to me and many others.
Looking forward to being back amongst you all soon, but for now, it's bye again.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
After browsing a Spark friend's page, I noticed she is a member of the Official Spark People 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program.
The name intrigued me, so I decided to check out the program, with the idea that maybe sometime in the future I too could aim for a 5km walk. Jogging/running is out of the question in my case, thanks to osteoarthritis in most joints below the waist, but I'm sure that so long as I take things slowly, I will be able to build up my endurance to walk 5km in one stretch.
The program, so far as I can see, is over three days per week, with a day in between, for 5 weeks. Day one consists of a 15 minute walk, and the final day of the program is a 5km walk. My cardiologist has told me to get back into exercising gradually, so surely I can cope with a 25 minute dog walk each morning, plus a gradual increase in exercise three afternoons each week.
After the past fortnight, I am feeling in need of something to keep my motivation levels high, and walking is something I always enjoy, no matter what the weather. As a little girl, there was always something almost magical about walking in the rain, hearing the rain bounce off my umbrella, and the effect is still just as enjoyable now I'm less than five months away from turning 60.
There is no point in trying to attempt to achieve this new walk with my two male dogs, who have to stop and sniff, and more than just occasionally, water every tree, blade of grass or fence post we encounter. This will be something just for me alone, something I can enjoy by myself, a kind of time out from the real world.
Thank you Maria You don't even have to post something on my page to motivate me to give something new a try - just a quick look at your Spark Page is enough to to it, lol.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Sorry for the unplanned absence, and believe me, it WAS unplanned. My visit to the cardiologist was ok - given meds to lower my blood pressure, have been scheduled for a cardiac stress test/ultrasound on June 7, and also a request has been sent to my own GP requesting he arrange for me to be tested for sleep apnoea as soon as possible.
Nothing was or is dramatically wrong, the reason I wasn't online all this time is because the bp meds have been making me so tired and I've been sleeping for around 14 hours per night, plus the occasional day time naps. I was warned that the first week would be a period of adjusting to having a far lower blood pressure level than my body has become accustomed to, told to expect a little dizziness (none of that, thankfully), weakness (lots of that for the first few days), and tiredness... I just wasn't expecting to be so very very tired, lol. Let's just say that after all those years of only maybe 5 hours of sleep per night, often less, I have well and truly made up my sleep debt!
I've been trying to be good so far as food is concerned, but admit to resorting to unhealthy choices almost continually the past four days. Good thing is that on Thursday of last week, I did weigh myself and thankfully hadn't gained anything. Not expecting this coming week will be as satisfactory a weigh in though. Exercise has been really limited, and on quite a few days there was next to none, again due to extreme tiredness.
Time to pick myself up, climb back on to the wagon, and get back to the healthy eating I was so enjoying, as well as gradually increasing my exercise. These past days are NOT going to make me give up. I just need to regain my focus and motivation.... and hopefully a few more hours of wakefulness in my days!
Hope everyone is ok, that tomorrow morning when I get back to catching up on all the news there will be lots to make me smile about. Stay well, and know I've been thinking of all of you and wishing you all well. Big hugs to all!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
This week has been one of ups and downs.
First, the negatives -
- a few unmotivated Spark free days
- dining out with friends on Mothers Day and then having a calorie blow-out afterwards
- two totally exercise free days where I did virtually nothing.
Next, the positives -
- I discovered how much I need to stay in touch on Spark People in order to keep my focus on healthy eating and exercise.
- The realisation that one episode of weakness does not mean I'm a failure, that it just serves as a reminder that I need to put in if I'm to achieve results.
- I learned that it IS possible to ignore those cravings and appease them by eating something far healthier, such as a crisp, juicy apple.
- I now know from personal experience that when exercise is the last thing you feel like doing, the hardest part is actually getting started. After that it's a piece of cake.
- I have been taking my dogs for far longer walks lately, weather permitting. Instead of a 20 minute walk, we've been walking for 55 - 65 minutes per day, something I never imagined my arthritic body would ever be able to cope with, let alone enjoying!
Best of all, when I weighed in today, I discovered that instead of having gained weight this week, I had actually lost another kilogram, meaning that I have only 3kg. to go till I reach my goal weight!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Just a short blog today...
My few days of only minimum Sparking has proven to me how important it is to stay connected to my Spark friends, team mates, and to take part in posting on the team boards. Why? Because they keep Spark People at the forefront of my thoughts. Because of that, the occasional vague thoughts of the unhealthy take away meals and just downright junk food are so much easier to dismiss, and those cravings are more easily satisfied by swapping the longing for a huge block of chocolate to enjoying biting into a crisp, juicy apple.
I would never have believed it had someone told me, but I've learned from experience. Maybe something to think about?
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