Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I am thrilled!
Today a huge greenhouse near me had an awesome sale on large hardy mums.....$1
My dear husband called me from work with the news which was brought to him by a lady who works for him. He called me and told me hurry and go buy some mums! LOL
He knows how much I love to garden and how I love flowers.
I came home with 8 gorgeous mums! On Sat. , weather permitting, I hope to plant them and take a picture and share here.
I also picked up some native ferns for my dense shady bed on the north side of the house. It will be my cool summer retreat.
Gardening is one of the things I do just for ME and MY enjoyment- something I do that is not connected to being a daughter, sister, granddaughter, wife, mother, teacher, homeschooler, aunt, cousin, niece, support group leader, struggling learner coordinator, dyslexic tutor, friend.
The fact that my husband called me with the news BEFORE the green house closed AND told me to go spend money on flowers and plants really made my day and made me feel loved for just being me...not for any of the many tasks and things I do.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Today is my 5 month Sparkversary and I have much to celebrate!
As of today, I have lost 50 pounds!
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Here are a few things I've noticed since losing 45 lbs. and eating healthier and exercising. Some of these things I noticed at 10 lbs or 25 lbs. and put them on the Community Boards, but now I am going to make a list and put it all in one place so I can come to this list to remind myself on the hard days or if my SAD kicks in next month.
#1 I have tons more energy now!
#2 I don't HAVE to nap every day anymore. A quick 15-20 minute session of progressive relaxation sure feels great every few days. But those days of 2 hour daily naps are gone!
#3 I can reach higher up on a shelf or hook now--my belly isn't in the way!
#4 My blood pressure has stabilized at a lower 138/83 and I am off 1 med! Only a bit more to go to get it back to normal and to get off all meds.
#5 My belly doesn't rub the steering wheel anymore!
#6 I don't huff and puff walking up to the house from the creek anymore!
#7 My shirt stays clean when I eat now! Because most of my big belly is gone, I can sit closer to the table and food doesn't land on my shirt at every meal.
#8 I have WRINKLES!!!!!! My face is a lot less, shall we say, "puffy", and I found some wrinkles...but that is good news! My best friend and I used to laugh and say we look so young because we fill our faces with "natural collagen" so we don't have wrinkles. I'd rather have the wrinkles than the "natural collagen".
#9 My husband says he likes snuggling closer to ME!
#10 I can hike with my family and not have to stay behind!
#11 I have my Saturdays back! We have homeschool co-op on Fridays and it is an all day affair, plus since we live 20 minutes away from town, I use the opportunity to also run my errands and grocery shop to save on trips to town. It was always an exhausting day and I needed all day Sat. to recover...usually 2 naps and had my fibro flare up.
#12 I can crawl onto my husband's Goldwing a whole lot easier and even a gracefully now!
#13 I don't fill a chair!
#14 I can get down on the floor with my Sunday School class to do floor puzzles, games and stories now!
#15 I can get back up off the floor!
#16 I DO have something to wear to special events!
#17 I don't feel self-conscious when I walk into a room full of people!
#18 I am happier! with myself and with others and with life
#19 I am stronger! in many ways: mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually
#20 I am healthier! in many ways: mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually
#21 I am confident in my abilities!
#22 I am finding out who I AM!
#23 Healthy eating gives me energy, doesn't make my sleepy!
#24 I crave......... water? YES! WATER!!!
#25 I'm having fewer fibro flare-ups!!!!
#26 I'm a Pear again!!! size 12/14 on top, 16/18 on the bottom.
#27 I no longer lose my balance because of my big belly and butt and trip and fall hurting myself!
#28 I've rediscovered my joy!
#29 I've rediscovered my optimism!
#30 I want to join in on the fun now!
#31 When with my husband, I feel sexy instead of feeling like a wallowing walrus!
I will add to this list
Sunday, October 02, 2011
I've been on a weight loss plateau for about a month....up 2 lbs, down 1, up 3, down 2, up 1, down 1, up 2, down 3.
Here's my Top 10 of what I have learned...
#1 the number on the scale does not define me (a cliche, I know, but still...)
#2 Keep moving! Don't stop now! Keep being faithful to your workout schedule.
#3 Maybe change it up, a bit, but do NOT over-do it. Just add a few new moves that are designed to increase your metabolism.
#4 Listen to your body--again, do NOT over-do it.
#5 Track your food--every day, every meal, snack, drink
#6 Measure your food
#7 Re-read the labels. Check those calories, fat grams, carbs. What may have been ok when you were 230 lbs, may not be so healthy and good for you at 180 lbs.
#8 Don't get obsessive--allow yourself an occasional break--from whatever is filling your mind too much--exercise, food, calorie-counting.
#9 Start each day by praising God and close each day by thanking Him
#10 Keep your long-term goals in front of you and keep working on your short-term goals.
I broke through that plateau this weekend! That means a short hiking trip with my family!
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