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.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
You know, when I was slimmer, and when I was younger, and when I was more fit...
Well, those days, are not gone forever. The younger part, I don't care about. (Except for the hindsight part, ya know... "If I knew then, what I know now".
Well, I can't get any younger, but I can get slimmer, I can become more fit, and Ultimately, I can become More HEALTHY!
Am I certain? Oh YES!!
Because, it's ALREADY HAPPENING. And I think I owe it all to SparkPeople.
Why you ask? Because, I could only motivate myself SO far.
And I could never maintain the weight I had lost in the past.
Even Weight Watchers could NOT help me, because they didn't teach Maintenance, when I had lost all of the weight on my own before. No one sold a recipe for Success the way Spark does. There is so much information, and inspiration, and encouragement, that no matter where I turn for help on my journey, the answers are here. Whether I find them in a video of encouragement from another Sparker, a Spark Coach, or a Spark Journey I am following, or and Article, or an Exercise Video .
Previously, I looked to the thin folks around me, and took notice.
My only observations of thin people before, were that,
1. Yes, they ate A LOT less than I did
2. They often exercised A LOT more than I did
3. Those who never exercised, really didn't eat AS MUCH AS I DID
What's the Point I'm getting at?
I BELIEVE, without a doubt,
1. That I can be motivated just by checking in and tracking stuff
2. And I can be motivated by joining a Spark Challenge (esp 5% Challenge)
3. That SparkCoach helps even more, so it bumps up my success rate
4. Team Leaders&Team Mates are Daily Coaches who pump up Spirits
5. I feel like exercising every day. This is a RESULT of ALL OF
A) 1 & 2
B) 3 & 4
C) All of the Above
If you guessed, C. All of the Above, YOU GUESSED IT RIGHT !!
So That's the Recipe for my Success.
Good Luck to Any and All who stop by and read.
I'm on a Spark Journey of my own. Follow me on the Road to Success,
In fact, don't just Follow, JOIN ME, and we can do it Together!!
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Off for my big loop walk around the lake. Takes 1.5 hours, or 1 hour 15. We'll see how fast I do it this time.
What it usually means, is that last tip of the scale, and I always try to walk it after a very light breakie, and hit the scale.
As I said before, it's been SO much fun to participate on this challenge, and yes, I am excited for the next one. Met so many wonderful people here.
Now that I am better at tracking nutrition and fitness, my next improvement will be to add a tiny blog daily, and then to RESPOND, to all of the wonder SPARKERPEOPLE, who take notice. I love checking in on everyone else, and I know I am short on time, and have a long work day, but.......
hey, I just finished working nearly 18 months of 7 days a week, so I do feel like I have a LOT OF time on my hands.
They say "Want something done? Ask a busy person"
So with that in mind I look forward to the new challenge of participating on the 5% Summer Challenge and WHOO HOO, being asked to participate as an assistant Team Leader, as an EL. I have to go back to my instruciton page to tell you what that acronym stands for, as I do not recall!! Tee Hee~~
Next, we will go off to hear our son play at an outdoor event, for Sustainable Farming. I love outdoor music, and summer gatherings!! A free will offering of cucumber and flowers to all who attend. Ode to Spring!!!
Have a GREAT DAY everyone.
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