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Accept Where you are on your Journey - Maintaining is Good

Sunday, September 07, 2014

I think it's really important for me to accept where I am at right now, and just wallow in all that I have accomplished. And, as I do this, I remember that I lost 20 pounds in the week prior and throughout the 5% Spring Challenge, and now, this Summer 2014 5% Challenge was one of simply maintaining. But you know, just staying at the same weight, with a mild fluctuation, that just in and of itself, IS GOOD!!
So just keep on maintaining, and find your happy medium, with your new meal preparation and exercise routine, and let things fall into place through their natural rhythm.
This is also what I am setting out to do. I had an extremely hectic spring and summer, not to mention having worked 7 days a week, prior to that for nearly 18 months.
So what I find next, is that taking in the moment, and accepting where I am at, is part of the journey too. I am actually thrilled, I have a Team to keep in contact with, and challenge ourselves weekly to loose a pound. And to push ourselves to Live the Good Life, ( LTGL) through our weekly mini challenges. I definitely would not have soaked in the tub, in lavender scented epsom salts, if not for being asked to take some "Me Time" each day. It seemed such a decadent thing to do, but, how relaxing, and did I ever sleep well afterwards.
I love the fact that we take 2-4 weeks between the seasonal 5% Challenges, as it sure helps to regroup, and cement our new exercise and eating habits. Then as we look forward to the date our next challenge begins, we also get to sit back, and relax a bit and take it all in.
P.S. Just edited last paragraph for 3 typos!!

  
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CAROLISCIOUS 9/14/2014 5:56PM

    I may just have to hit the tub tonight. I bought some lavender drops and I've never used them. You make it sound so wonderful...and Sunday nights are a challenge for me.



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CHERIRIDDELL 9/8/2014 12:18AM

    Maintenance is an achievement !

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THEFIERYHEART 9/7/2014 10:14PM

    Lavender and epsom salt baths are the best after a long week! I'm about to go take one now...keep it up!

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/7/2014 10:04PM

    It sure is good to maintain!

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MSGRANNYMAE 9/7/2014 6:38PM

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SANDICANE 9/7/2014 8:20AM

    Sounds wonderful! You seem to be feeling more settled and that's so nice to hear. I'm feeling more settled too.

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RUNNING-TURTLE 9/7/2014 7:58AM

    emoticon Can't wait to start the fall challenge with you. Glad you are maintaining and finding the balance you need. You have come a long way.

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TERI-RIFIC 9/7/2014 7:02AM

    emoticon emoticon maintaining and finding balance is wonderful. I think you have the key to it- it's not a race to a finish line-it's making the most of each day and enjoying the journey.

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BUTTONPOPPER1 9/7/2014 3:30AM

    What a good time for you! You have accomplished so much, and you certainly deserve that "Me Time" you describe here, which makes me want to go soak in a lavender-scented bath as well. That sounds so relaxing. It's wonderful that you've worked so hard and succeeded so well at the challenges. Congratulations!

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I DID IT AGAIN - I ran 3.5 MILES - Where did that even come from?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

They say Go Big or Go Home. Well I am going Big, and I love to be at home, because it seems otherwise, I am always working. So here's to getting up and out the door no matter what.
Yesterday was 4 hours at my client's house without A.C. I knew I was shredding pounds there. Once I got home and showered, I pushed myself to go take a walk. I hydrated like never before. I was't thirsty per se, but my body craved water. Once I was walking, I just felt like running. And so I DID. 3.5 MILES
I swear I don't know where this is coming from, as I have read of others running, and always blogged, this won't happen for me. I cannot run, I am not interested, I cannot pick up my feet and go more than a few hundred yards, and I also have a slight bursitis in my hip which causes me to sometimes trip.
OK, well, I DIT IT... again. And WHERE DID THAT EVEN COME FROM?
A few weeks ago I shocked myself when I went out for my second walk of the day (in the rain), and my body just wanted me to run. Now of course I say run, but it's slow. It's definitely faster than when I just jog/walk though, and I can't say why. But it's the momentum. And Iama balanced when I am doing.
Just so glad it's happening. If I did not have SparkPeople, and my 5% weight loss Team SUDS, and the community, and the SparkFriends I have made here, who I keep track of, and who check in on me, I clearly would not have developed this kind of momentum, or determination, to get the pound I put on over holiday, off. Plus have this blind determination now, to Spark as hard as I can until the family Wedding. Thank you for being a part of my journey, and helping me to succeed with your support.
Off to walk DD's poodles, and then head out to work.
Have a great day all.

  
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KNIGHTS6 8/15/2014 4:05AM

    well done you xx emoticon

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 8/14/2014 7:59PM

    Congratulations!!!

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SANDICANE 8/12/2014 5:49PM

    We don't know where that run came from, but it certainly was fabulous that you were able to do it!

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DIANEDOESSMILES 7/26/2014 1:31AM

    emoticon emoticon Carrol !!

When I was young,,, I used to also get those spurts at first,,,, and b4 I KNEW IT,, I was RUNNING ALL THE TIME !! often 3 to 5 miles a day,, with the GREATEST OF EASE !! I WISH I had been able to do both gymnastics AND TRACK !! Had I of done track,, I would of trained harder,, for it came SOOOOO EASILY to me,, and I WOULD of done LONG Distance,, it STILL appeals to me,,,, but of course with the neuropathy I no longer have the capacity to run or even jog at all.

SO YOU GO GIRL !! Do so for the BTH OF us !! I LOVE the SWISH SWISH of my long hair,, going back and forth down my back,,, it just feels so GREAT !! ANd when it's all sweaty and nasty,, I HAVE EARNED THAT !! ANd I LOVED IT !! So Plz do some steps for me.

Today I got a NEW Cast,, STILL A KNEE ONE !! SIGH !! I had forgetten my surg was very serious,, ,so of COUrSe it's another long one,, to keep it from ANY STRESS,, and HOPE it'll work,,, I am at week 6 now,,, of being in them,,, 3 of them so far. that's OK !! I can do it.

HAPPY DAY MY FRIEND !

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KANOE10 7/25/2014 9:20AM

    That is so exciting that you are running! Your energy and enthusiasm are inspiring..to say nothing of the fact that you are getting in excellent shape.

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RUNNING-TURTLE 7/25/2014 7:38AM

    emoticon For me I often want to run, but a lot of times my body says no way. So I am working on it. Have a great weekend.

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/25/2014 12:04AM

    That is great.I so wish I could still run.I do get out there every day putting one crutch before the other and people say to me "Why don't you take a wheelchair "and I say "While I can walk I will , cause being lazy won't keep me strong !"

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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/24/2014 10:46PM

    That is very good news! Your joy and positive attitude are contagious! Thank you for this inspiring blog!

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KELLIEBEAN 7/24/2014 9:35PM

    That is so cool. Congratulations!

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    You are emoticon !!!!! emoticon

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BURGUNDYBABE 7/24/2014 2:09PM

    Awesome job! And it doesn't matter if you think it is slow-if you feel like you are running, you are running! emoticon

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POLYANNA2 7/24/2014 11:44AM

    You are amazing!!! You have inspired me to go for it the very next time I want to "break out" while walking. I hope my knees will be forgiving...lol
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IAM_HIS 7/24/2014 10:30AM

    Wow, I never thought anyone other than my Spark Friends read what a I, not to mention get an inspiration from what is written. Thank you for letting me know. Your blog is a great inspiration and I am so glad I knew about it, so I could read it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy I Did It Thursday!!

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COOP9002 7/24/2014 10:10AM

    Awesome job!!!

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Back in the Game

Saturday, July 19, 2014

What a wonderful time I had with my family. Every single day was amazing. I only left the cottage twice, DH even bought all the groceries. All I did was relax and visit with my family who all dropped in every day, even slept over. So much fun. Even arrived by boat and took us all on a cruise on the lake. I think what felt best, was how much time we spent together, reminiscent of when our Mom was alive, and we all met up at her home. When she passed away after her second bout with cancer 6 years ago, we somehow managed to isolate from one another, even though there are so many of us. We never knew how to deal with our loss. I discovered dailygriefshare.org to be most helpful.
Although I didn't keep my calories under control, and gained weight, I know tomorrow is a new day and even though I really only have 3 weeks left till the family wedding, I am going to get as far as I can. So I am getting my head right back into the game and I will stick to my program. I know that I am in this for the long hall, and I have to learn to stay the course, and trust my program, and once I do that, I won't be sabotaging my best efforts again.
I have worked really hard, and I am really proud of how far I've come. The challenge for me now, is to make sure I have a plan in place, that I rely on, no matter what I am faced with. A week away from home, or lots of shared, big meals, that tempt. I noticed I still ate quickly, and that is something that I need to change as well. Awareness is the beginning.
So tomorrow, my head is right back in the game.

  
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SLIMMINGSHAY 7/20/2014 10:01PM

    vacation time sounds like it was well enjoyed but now you know it's time to move forward again with your success in this journey. Good luck!

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KRYSTALLA 7/20/2014 3:12PM

    Glad you had a good time, and that you have a plan to get back on track.

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KANOE10 7/20/2014 9:45AM

    Family is so important. That sounds like a great visit. Now that you are back in the game, those pounds will come off quickly. Having a plan in place will help you stay on track.
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LISACHOSECHANGE 7/20/2014 9:36AM

    when we are having fun it is hard to keep track. Back on the horse it is and you will lose it in no tiime

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TERI-RIFIC 7/20/2014 5:57AM

    Sounds like a wonderful time. Family is so important. You know you have to get back on track and you can do it!

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KALISWALKER 7/20/2014 3:05AM

    Sounds like a great vacation! I know you will be back on track quickly.

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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/20/2014 1:03AM

    It sounds like you had such a happy vacation and a fulfilling time together with your family. Your description of handling the sad loss of your mother was moving. You seem very balanced and realistic about calories, weight, and your long-term progress. I hope this coming week is a good one for you!

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/20/2014 12:21AM

    I am so glad you enjoyed it was a vacation the weight will likely come right off when you get back to routine !

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at "the Cottage" and loving every minute

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

We might hit 71 degrees today with this amazingly windy and cool Polar Vortex in July!! But since I love the Wind of the Mid West, and we have none in New England, I am glad I am back home to enjoy my family and this weather!!!!!
I am also heading out for my walk/jog now, and we have a nature trail, at the end of the Beach Road, which wasn't here, when I was a kid. Being back at "the Cottage" has been so good for the soul. Reminiscing with old neighbours about my Grandparents, and our shared youth here at the Lake. been 40 years since my Grandfather remarried, and sold the place, after Grandma passed away. But I am here every day in my mind. Those memories are so wonderful. The first thing my Father did was walk directly to the water, to see the view. We're only 5 doors down from the origional family cottage, so the view is exactly the same , as the lake curves and each cottage is back 20 feet from the next. Lake ST Clair, links the Detroit River to Lake Huron, and the Detroit River begins at the end of Lake Erie. Well, once we got indoors, at he Cottage, the first thing I did was put a large glass,(my Grandma had pink, depression glass), this I placed on the center of the kitchen table, and filled it with spoons for coffee, cereal, or a Vernors Float. Just like my Grandma had to remind me of those days.
This is the first time we have visited back home, and rented a place instead of staying with family. Great! Everyone is visiting us here, and next all come, both DH family and mine, for a big BBQ. Going to invite cousins too.
The meals are so interesting, everyone is making dishes I haven't tried, and I am loving it. I am tempted, and indulging, and keeping an eye, and making an effort to keep the calories in check. We'll see how I fair, Saturday's weigh in.
Have a great day everyone, and keep Sparking!!

  
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MSGRANNYMAE 7/19/2014 10:20PM

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KANOE10 7/16/2014 11:56AM

    Sounds like a great visit. What a good idea to have your own cottage for your family! Enjoy your nature trail.

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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/16/2014 7:09AM

    i love the beautiful, peaceful details here--your father walking down to the water to see the view, your grandmother's pink depression glass, the curve of the lake. It's easy to see how much you love your family and your memories of this special place, and how you're having the very best kind of vacation!

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/16/2014 12:44AM

    Sounds fabulous.When I was a kid I was to Lake St. Clair

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IRON_RESOLVE 7/15/2014 10:05PM

    Thanks for your notes ladies. Carol, I inboxed you about that Timmies, maybe we are closer than we think!!!

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HOLLYM48 7/15/2014 2:27PM

    Sounds like a little slice of heaven! Glad you are enjoying your time!

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/15/2014 1:29PM

    How wonderful!! Sounds like it is a wonderful time for you AND your family. What a great way to rejuvenate the body and soul!! emoticon

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ZORINIA 7/15/2014 12:53PM

    That sounds so awesome! We are going on vacation in 2.5 weeks and I can't wait! It's going to be wonderful to get away and spend my days playing with my kids outside, and spending time with my parents and my husband! The cottage sounds like such a lovely place! Thanks for sharing!
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POLYANNA2 7/15/2014 12:50PM

    Nothing like time at a cottage on a lake. You enjoy every second of it. You are getting into my territory now. Just a little bit closer and I'd have to get you out to a Timmies for a face-to-face.
I'm sure with all the exercise you're getting in the great outdoors that the scale will not harsh your mellow!
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RUNNING-TURTLE 7/15/2014 12:26PM

    emoticon Sounds like fun. Have a great time.

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AALLEY2 7/15/2014 11:52AM

    emoticon sounds great! We had a reunion last weekend. I hope you do better than me when it comes to portion control! Enjoy your nature trail, I am loving the polar vortex too! emoticon

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ALRIGHT, ALREADY !!!! Blogging Thru to SlimCity

Monday, July 07, 2014

OK ALL
I just finished with cycling up and down 2 pounds for the last 4 weeks
I got off track in becoming anxious with responsibilities of Life, and a family wedding coming up, and on an on. But i figured, this is how life goes. Something will always "Come Up", that I will need to deal with, whether it's having company, dinner out, a mini crisis, or a full blown one. All of which I have experienced in the past 4 weeks.
So, I have let anxiety rule, but just a little bit, and overeating creep in, but just a little bit.
Now, I've got a grip!! And down goes the number on my scale!
Staring my Triggers, straight in the face, Here GOES SOMETHING, (and not Nothing)

Do YOU know what your Triggers are?
Anxiety? Nagging Responsibilities? Deadlines for work or home projects?
Boredom?
Heat? Humidity? Rain?
Well, whatever it is, and it can be more than one of the above, just grab the Bull by the Horns NOW, and Wrestle it TO THE GROUND.

Here GOES SOMETHING, my 3.8 mile walk!!! Before Sunset!
Then sweep the deck, before all of these twigs and leaves, make even more tea stains on the newly stained deck.
TOMORROW I BLOG again. I am not letting my story slip away. I'm going to Blog it right through to SlimCity. Because FatSitty, is where you sit and remain fat, I have the opposite in mind. Move IT to LOSE IT !!!
I have a "Ton" of mini projects to complete, before we host a Garden Party for the family in town for the Wedding.
So tomorrow I will ride my bike 17.2 miles in the morning. Then Take my Elder Lady to the Dr's. Then make Doggy appointment for nail trims for the poodles. Then come home and Garden. Probably have to sweep the deck by then again!!
Besides, all of this will help get those two pounds off plus one more, to bring me a 30 Pound Weight Loss, FINALLY!!! And Under 160 FINALLY
Alright, up and At'em, here goes.

  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/10/2014 10:19AM

    YOU can do it!!

ONE day at a time is getting you closer to your goals!

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KANOE10 7/8/2014 8:43AM

    You can do it. Keep blogging to reach SlimCity. Your plans sound excellent!


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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/8/2014 3:59AM

    Wow, you are a whirlwind of energy! I liked this blog, and I admire your positive attitude. You are so full of LIFE! Thanks for making me feel recharged.

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/7/2014 11:49PM

    Awesome plan you go girl !

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LISACHOSECHANGE 7/7/2014 9:35PM

    i am a stress eater. Way to go on lriding your bike so much.

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KALISWALKER 7/7/2014 7:38PM

    I know how you feel, it tough cycling up and down 2 pounds. Keep blogging and see if it helps you identify your behaviors that are keeping you there. Also it helps you stick to your plan.

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HOLLYM48 7/7/2014 7:08PM

    Way to go. Great plan in place and you can do it! Keep on fighting to be the best that you can be. One day at a time! emoticon

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