Friday, September 07, 2012
Every healthy decision you make brings you closer to being your own Superhero. You don't need to be bitten by a radioactive spider, or zapped by an alien mutation device to change. You just need your own guts and will power.
It's okay to fall off the wagon once in a while. All the cool superheroes have times when they doubt and fall into bad habits. You just have to learn from your experiences and come back to your daily super hero work. Eat right, workout, and help some other people along the way. That's it.
That's all you need.
Back in February of this year, I realized that I had totally fallen off the wagon. I looked and felt awful. I'd regained almost everything I'd lost. I was a mess. So I picked myself up and worked my butt off.
This is what I look like now.
My Mother-Daughter super hero team in cool rooftop pose.
By myself. I'm awfully proud of how I look from behind.
I can wear spandex and look hot. I am strong, flexible and feeling much healthier. And I'm trying to help others along the way. I have less than 10 pounds to go to reach my goal, but I'm feeling pretty awesome now.
Are you ready to join my league of superheroes? Share your success. Be strong and believe in yourself. You know you can do it.
P.S. Yes, it's been a long time since I've posted here, and I'm sure that most of my Spark Friends have forgotten me. If you haven't, post on my blog or my page. I'd love to reconnect.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
...stops for streetlights and stop signs when I'm biking?
...who ignores my cell phone when I'm driving? I not only don't TEXT, I don't TALK.
...who pulls over and stops when I need to make a call or program my GPS?
Am I the only one? Please, tell me that I am NOT.
Monday, October 04, 2010
A month ago, I posted to my Facebook the comment:
"I've been vegetarian for 28 years now, but I am contemplating putting fish back into my diet for health reasons. Being vegetarian is one of my moral & ethical cornerstones. If do this, it would not be done lightly. I was wondering if some of you would want to share input or advice.
I should note that I have no dire current health condition that would require the consumption of fish. The only reason I am considering this at all is because of brain research on the correlation between fish consumption and protection against alzheimers and other illnesses that cause brain decline.
From what I've read, the omega 3 acids in fish work differently from those found in flax seed. If there are vegetarian alternatives that do the same things, I would be interested."
The responses to this posting were huge. I expected to get some teasing about this from meat eaters, and I did get a little. There were the standard comments about how fish is okay but bacon is yummy. There were also comments about humans being part of the food chain, which sort of suggested that I was silly to have qualms on this issue.
But the vast majority of the comments were really thoughtful and supportive. There were vegetarians who hoped that I could find an omega 3 source that I liked, omnivores who noted that recommendations to add fish to the diet were usually aimed at those who don't eat a vegetarian diet, and links given to sustainable fishing sites should I choose to introduce fish back into my diet. Nearly everyone said that they would support whatever decision I made, many realizing that this was a HUGE moral dilemma for me.
So... What was my decision?
After thinking about things, and weighing alternatives, I elected to stay vegetarian. My reason for initially giving up fish years ago was the over fishing of the oceans. If anything, that reason is still valid today. I've always believed that it was important to live my values. And one of those is to try to live lightly on the planet I inhabit, and cause as little damage to it as possible.
Yes, I remember fish as being a yummy food. Fish is the only meat that I remember with fondness, and that I missed from my diet when it left. Yes, I acknowledge that fish is an ultra-healthy food, full of omega 3s and other useful things. But after doing research, I've read about algae supplements that might supply the right kind of omega 3 acids. The existence of a possible vegetarian source excites me, and I am willing to give it a shot.
Now, I should say that I hate supplements. I believe in having a diet of whole, real foods rather than a nutritionally vapid meal that is enriched by over priced pills, vitamins and supplements. But I'm willing to make an exception for something that is providing a nutrient I am not able to get elsewhere. We'll see if it proves helpful to my memory, and if I don't notice a difference after a few months, I can always drop it again.
So... for the moment fishes, I'm happy just to watch you swim.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
...but I got an extra bike ride in, and that will have to do. My daughter has a girl scout event that conflicts with my fencing class, and my husband has a meeting and cannot take her.
While I *love* spending time with my daughter, I also love spending time on myself, and Tuesday's are the only night I can reliably make fencing lessons. I was really looking forward to my class today.
Ah well. Maybe I can practice moves tonight in my kitchen. Advance, thrust, lunge, recover, parry, strike!
Monday, September 27, 2010
So... I was really good this week. I ate lots of veggies, held back on excessive snacking, biked all over the place (even in a nasty storm), did my fencing and I walked four miles at Renaissance Fest on Sunday. My jeans feel a little looser and most of my muffin top is gone.
So why, scale, are you UP this week? Don't you know you are giving me entirely the wrong message? Don't you know that when I came back from my weigh-in, I wanted to eat a cookie? Heck, I wanted to eat a whole box of cookies. I didn't, because I am trying to train myself out of emotional eating when I get annoying news. But I sure thought about those cookies.
I know there are all sorts of reasons why you could be up. Water retention, muscle weighing more than fat, but I'm putting this one down to orneriness and spite. So I'm not listening to you this week. I am going to look at myself in the mirror and say, "I'm looking better. I'm looking hot. No one can keep down a woman with purple hair, not even an annoying scale."
When I see you next week at this time, all I can say is that you had better be DOWN. Hear me?
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