Tuesday, June 25, 2013
“Nothing in the world is softer and weaker than water. But for attacking the hard, the unyielding, nothing can surpass it. There is nothing like it.”
"There’s so much wisdom to be found in this analogy: Stay in your soft mode. Hang back when you’re about to show how hard you can be. Try patience rather than attempting to rigidly control. Trust your innately gentle self." ~ Wayne Dyer
Southern Alberta is still being 'cleaned up' from the awful storm. Where I live isn't TOO bad ~ but some places are just awful. Calgary (you may have heard of the Calgary Stampede) is simply awful. Downtown has been closed for a number of days. Other places have been totally evacuated. It makes me so sad because nobody loves water more than I do. But, it's food for thought that things that a person loves can, also, turn on them.
This is a photo of where we were the weekend before last. So sad.
Anyway ~ about food. I found out yesterday that following the Spark Solutions 'food' plan is simply not for me. I ate the breakfast, had the lunch for dinner and ate some fruit with milk for lunch. I did stay within my allotted number of calories so I am happy about that. I even lowered my calorie intake by 150 calories since I've lost some weight. I will follow the food plan whenever I can ~ as in 3 meals and 2 snacks ~ but there are lots of things that don't make sense FOR ME. The dinners are large and I have a very picky child who won't eat most of them so there would always be left-overs, for instance. I will do what I can with Spark Solutions and for the rest, I will simply follow Spark People.
I will read the book every day and follow along with the other suggestions, however. Like exercise. Yesterday, I did an aerobic routine with Coach Nicole for 20 mins ~ and even though it was 'easy', my legs and feet hurt really bad later in the evening. Argh! But, then, I read in the Spark Solutions book that you shouldn't do cardio 2 days in a row ~ and I had swam for 75 mins. on Sunday. So, I learned something. Which can't be a bad thing. Today, I will do some strength training.
I am doing well and believe that following the Spark Solutions book (as well as possible) has helped me get back on track. Along with my amazing Spark People friends.
I hope everyone else is working well with their programs, as well. Have a wonderful Tuesday ~ and stay 'soft' like water. And, don't forget to drink 8 glasses of it every day, too!
Monday, June 24, 2013
"The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." ~ Lao Tzu
I have started the 'Spark Solution' challenge today.
I am not following the food plan 100% since I do know what I'm doing and have been on SP for awhile. I will follow it as closely as I can but with changes. For instance, I have to have 2 cups of coffee in the morning and NOT with skim milk. Can you say YUCK?! So, I will count my coffee as I have been. I have no oranges today ~ I thought I did but my son took the last one APPARENTLY. So, I will eat the calorie equivalent in strawberries. Etc. I am, also, eating breakfast and snacks, as suggested.
I will read the plan for each day and follow the exercise and do the things outlined in the book. I still plan on swimming as often as possible, so that will be my exercise for a particular day and I won't be doing the 'suggested' exercise. Other days, I will follow the plan as outlined in Spark Solutions.
I am really hoping that this gets me back on track and ready to tackle the rest of my weight loss. I plan on making it my priority ~ so some good results ought to be obtained.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
“Wisdom is knowing I am nothing, Love is knowing I am everything, and between the two my life moves.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
And that has absolutely nothing to do with what I'm blogging about ~ but I love stuff like that.
I had an appointment with my addictions counselor today. It was a great appointment. Rich has been my counselor for about 5 years and I absolutely love him. We are kinda 'friends' as well as being in a counseling relationship. We don't see each other outside of his office but he has even commented that we are 'more' than just patient/counselor. We discuss 'other' things sometimes and we know each other pretty good. I have 'son' type feelings for him. Anyway, we discussed my 'abandonment' issues ~ I have HUGE abandonment problems. Other than that, things are going well for me. I told him about my using Kratom at our last appointment, which is an herb-type natural remedy for many things, including pain, depression, drug withdrawal and it gives you energy. I really. really like it. Rich has looked into it since our last appointment and he sees nothing wrong with it ~ so I can continue on it. It really helps me with all of these things and I really like it. Has anyone else ever tried it?
I am having a problem with my diet, as well. We had an exercise on Spark Coach a couple of days ago, in which we were supposed to 'listen to our body' and eat accordingly. I thought that might create a bit of a problem and I was right. This is, actually, an on-going problem that I have and I need to figure out what to do about it.
I get up between 9 and 10 in the morning and go to bed between midnight and 2. My body does not want anything besides coffee until noon. In fact, it doesn't really want to eat until about 3 in the afternoon but I do make myself eat something for lunch ~ at least a sandwich or something with protein. Mid-afternoon I will have some other small thing. Supper is a good, regular size supper. (I doubt I will ever get used to the word 'dinner' for the evening meal lol) And, I do eat something around 9 because I don't get to bed until so late. Which is all fine and dandy. But, some evenings, I want to eat and eat and eat. So ~ I have to find some 'good' and low-calorie things to eat in the evening. I've tried doing the 'normal' thing with having something small with my breakfast coffee and a larger lunch ~ but it all works out the same. In the evenings, I am hungry. So ~ I've got to come up with a solution to this. I guess I will do some reading here, at SP, and hopefully, I will find an answer. That is my biggest diet 'issue' right now ~ but it's a BIG one. :) I doubt if I'm going to lose any more weight until I figure it out. :(
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
I didn't intend to just upload a picture on my last blog ~ and then leave. But, my son and I decided to go to Calgary for a 'short impromptu vacation' ~ so we just grabbed the rest of the family, packed some 'stuff' and got in the car. Calgary is about 3 hours from where we live so it was a fun trip. The boys swam and we ate and just relaxed and enjoyed life. Those kinds of things are such fun. :) Next time, I will join them for swimming since Sunday they had the pool to themselves. I didn't get any sleep the first night because I forgot my sleep medication so I was too tired to really do much, except relax. But, it was nice, anyway. :)
One year, on Christmas day, we decided to go to Nashville. We ate Christmas dinner early ~ left all the presents, food, Christmas tree, etc. and got in the car and drove for a week. LOL We celebrated New Year's Eve in the Opryland Hotel. That was during the 5 year period of my life that I liked country music and was the editor of a country music magazine. Before that I couldn't stand it ~ and I can't stand it now ~ but I lost my mind for awhile. LOL
Anyway ~ I'm doing better, after a short rest. It's time to settle down and really get my priorities straight. My food and exercise is taking a top 5 spot in my life again. My health and well-being is important if I'm going to be happy and peaceful ~ which are things that are becoming more important all the time.
I won't be able to be on here all the time, like I once was ~ but blogging and 'talking' to friends is, also, important so I will be here as often as I can. Facebook is the one thing that has to 'go'. I totally waste valuable time on there that needs to be used for more important things. Like SparkPeople, or meditation, or swimming ~ or almost 'anything' is more important. hehe
Anyone who knows me, knows that I listen to my 'gurus' a LOT, and Wayne Dyer is one of the best. I really love this saying of his ~ and do try to look at things in a new and positive way. :)
Time to make a healthy, on-program, dinner now ~ so enjoy your evening. I sure intend to.
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