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!!
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.
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.
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!!
Monday, July 07, 2014
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?
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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