Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Do you ever ask yourself this? Do you look in the mirror even when you are at your goal weight and say, maybe I should lose more, is it enough?
Why is the skinny body image what we strive for?
I had my be fit assessment today and I was still 2% over for "healthy" body fat!
You are kidding me I said to the gal who was doing the assessment! How much more can I lose to be in the "healthy" zone. She said that unfortunately, when we lose, we don't always lose the fat. Well 45 lbs later, I feel like I can't do a whole lot more to be in the healthy zone unless I take up weight training and I don't plan on doing that.
It really shouldn't bother me, I know this in my head but it still ticks me off! I started at 40% 2 years ago, last year it was 30 and this year it is 28.3. According to the numbers where I work, 26.3 and under is healthy body fat for women. I think this is unrealistic.
So the question becomes, is it ever enough???
For me it is enough to be healthy and happy where I am at. I will get a few points taken off for my insurance but will still fall in the range where I get the better premium but I just wonder how many people ever get all the points for being in the right zone.
I know that it probably motivates people to get healthier but numbers sometimes really put a downer on the day! Whether it is the scale or the body fat machine.
I will not let it get me down for long though because I know that sometimes what we do here is enough!
Keep on sparking!
Saturday, February 15, 2014
I love Saturday morning's. I can lay in bed and not rush to get up and just think about life and how good mine is and has been.
Valentine's day has always been a very special day in our house. When my daughters were young, we would have a special and fancy and of course romantic candlelight dinner for 4.
We broke out the fine china and the flutes and I colored the milk pink and put up decorations of felt hearts all over the kitchen and had a dinner full of love. Now my girls are off at college so my husband and I are able to celebrate with going out and just being a couple again but let me tell you, those valentine dinners for 4 were some of the best times ever.
But on to why I am writing this blog!
As I was lying awake this morning thinking, I thought about something that happened at work on Thursday. One of my MRI techs is on a committee to build an electronic board, and she was presenting the idea to a few of us to get feedback.
And of course, where does the mind go to when there is change. No, that wont work!
But then I took a step back and thought about that, why would that not work.
Well, isn't weight loss and lifestyle changes like that as well.
Don't we look at something or hear something and say, oh no, that won't work for me.
I don't like to exercise...
I don't like to sweat...
I can't walk a mile...
I don't want to restrict my eating...
I don't want to run....
I don't want to track my food and count calories...
I like to eat .....
Well isn't that tru for everyone. But in order to change, you must open your mind and say how can that work for me...
How far can I walk.... maybe not a mile at first, maybe not even around the block, but until you start, you will never know what you are capable of.
Start with small goals and work your way up.
It won't change overnight. You may never really love exercise but I can almost guarantee that you will like the way it makes you feel when you are done doing it..
It won't be easy, if someone tells you it is, don't believe them. But everything worth anything in life is also worth working for.
So today, set a small goal and just do it for one week. And when your week is over, think about what you liked about it, what could you do different to make it better for you and then continue the journey one day at a time.
You can do this but don't expect instant results, they will come if you are consistent and you do your best to stay within your calorie range and you exercise.
So today instead of saying I can't do that, Say I CAN DO THAT !
Sunday, February 02, 2014
Life is very precious- make the most of every day.
As many of you know, I lost a friend and a coworker this week. She found out 5 months ago that she had stage 4 stomach cancer and there wasn't anything they could really do for her.
Her death leaves a hole in my heart and in our department at work but we shared 10 years with this person and she made a difference to so many people that she cared for.
So reflecting on her life, I know that we don't get any do overs. Each day is the day to make healthy choices, to tell the people that are in your life how feel about them, brighten someone's day by telling them how nice they look, or what a beautiful smile they have.
Don't shy away from pictures, I want to see the person, and share the memories of that person for always. You are your own worst critic. The visitation had pictures of Ania's life being played and I am so glad to have shared that one last time. To see her as a child, as a teenager, as a young bride, as a mother, as a person that had so many friends and family and good times.
Don't wait until tomorrow, or next week or next month or next year. Whatever you want to do, start today. Call someone you miss and tell them that you miss them.
Tell the people that you love how you feel and the people that are important in your life that they have made a difference to you.
I know that so many people here have enriched my life and made a difference and I want to say Thank you! Thank you for the goodies and the kind words and warm thoughts.
Make a difference in life so that when your time comes, you can leave this world knowing that you did your best and you will have made a difference.
Have a great Sunday and an awesome week. Choose to be the best that you can be every single day.
Hugs to all!
Saturday, January 18, 2014
I noticed that I had not blogged yet this year so I decided I should write one about how I feel now that I have been able to keep my weight off for the last 6 months.
What is interesting, is that losing and maintaining are so similar.
I still have to think about what and how much I am going to eat. Which after being on spark for 19 months now, is no longer really a thought, it is more of a way of life. It is just what I do.
I encouraged my husband to just try spark and if he didn't like it, then at least he tried it. After the first few weeks of being frustrated and not sure where everything was, he was hooked.
Then I saw the spark activity tracker, and I ordered one. I thought about keeping it, but I have a fitbit that I really like, so I gave it to my husband. Again, he kind of grumbled about it and said he didn't really want to use it, but I asked him to just try it for a month and see if he liked it.
Well guess what, he loved it. One day he went out and shoveled and did all kinds of work outside and when he came in, he was annoyed because he forgot to wear his tracker.
I told him that is a sure sign of being a sparker!
When people ask me how I lost the weight, I tell them about SP. When the ask me if I gave up different kinds of food, I tell them no. Not really. Just fast food and ordering pizza out.
I still eat pizza on occasion, but now it is thin crust and usually vegetarian or only one kind of meat. The simpler the better.
When I am down working out on the treadmill and have the TV on, I see all the fast food commercials and they don't even look good. The one time of day that it bothers me is right before I go to bed at night, because I am just a little hungry then. But the thought of eating that makes my arteries cry out for mercy!
It really is easier to cook to maintain now that my husband is doing this too because it makes both of us much more aware of the ingredients going into our food.
My husband is Greek and so we cook with olive oil frequently. He use to just pour as much olive oil as he wanted on the food he was cooking or the salad he was preparing.
Now that he has to track it, he measures it and it still tastes delicious with less on it.
For those that will are close and will be switching to maintenance soon, my advice is to still track and keep up with your exercise and continue to do pretty much everything you are doing to lose the weight. One is not different than the other, you just get a few more calories each day.
It is worth the time and effort to keep up the tracking!
Thanks for being with me on this journey, I have made so many wonderful friends and even though I have never met them in person, I know that you are all special to me anyway and someday I hope to meet many of you in person!
Keep up the great work and enjoy the journey!
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