Sunday, February 26, 2012
Ever have one of those days or even weeks where you feel so inadequate? This weekend has been difficult for me because someone questioned my integrity and ethics. I am 55 years old and I cannot remember a time when my integrity and/or ethics were questioned. I'm the one who won't run a yellow light! I've never even received a traffic ticket!! I worked for the Justice Department...passing all the integrity/ethics questions with flying colors!! To read "her" words was so hard for me.
I was going through a pile of papers, cards, etc. earlier and stopped to read several of the cards. They were to me. They were from family and friends and some business acquaintances. WOW...talk about lifting my spirits! Their words were so encouraging and loving. It made me "snap" out of my sadness and reply to "her" with loving words to express my thoughts about what "she" said to me. Yes, I feel better.
You know, in the past, I would've reached for my "comfort" foods to wallow in my sadness, but this time, I chose to reach for the "comforting" words of people who really know me. I'm actually very proud of my choice not to indulge in past practices. I think getting reconnected to SparkPeople has helped me make this better choice!
If you're ever feeling sad or blue, pull out some of those old greeting cards that people sent to you and read them...they are sure to lift your mood!
Friday, February 24, 2012
When we think of getting OUT of our "comfort" zone, we often think that we will be doing something that is uncomfortable to us. While that is true, it's also my opinion that giving up something that is comfortable is taking myself out of that "comfort" zone. Make sense?
Getting back to SparkPeople, getting back to healthy choices, walking away from unhealthy foods, and exercising more may not seem like a huge shift or being uncomfortable, but it really is...at least for me.
It's interesting that when I make up my mind to do something, I always end up dodging huge boulders, taking detours, etc. because I get faced with obstacles that try to deter me. Case in point: yesterday, my husband brought home donuts!! And not just any donuts! They were the small, powdered sugar kind...you know...the ones you can eat four of and not even realize you've eaten any at all, except for the powdered sugar all over your shirt!! Yes, I know you know what I'm talking about!! :)
It was hard for me to ignore those donuts that sat on my counter all day long! It was OUT of my "comfort" zone, if you know what I mean! But, I didn't eat the first one I'm proud to say! This morning, I put that bag of donuts out of my sight! "Out of sight, out of mind!"
Guess I need to reevaluate where my comfort "zone" is these days to stay on track and to be successful!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Oh my....where to begin?? I cannot believe that the last time I posted on a blog was in August 2009! It doesn't seem like it's been 2 1/2 years ago! I believe time is moving at warp speed now!
I remember when I was a kid and the days, weeks, months, and years seem to move at a snail's pace. There was always something to look forward to and, at least to me, it seemed that the time would sometimes stand still. Nowadays, I have trouble holding on to today!
A lot has happened over the last 2 1/2 years, but nothing so substantial that it should have taken me away from Spark People and all my friends on here. I guess the biggest difference was becoming aware of and attached to Facebook! It's been fun and I do enjoy reconnecting with past friends and making new friends. But....it didn't help me in my journey to lose weight! Yep...I remember that when I was connected to Spark People regularly, I was always aware of my exercise, food, and goals.
Although I remained on a good plan and am healthier, I'm not where I want to be. I help coach others in their weight loss journey, yet I'm feeling like I left "me" behind. So, it's time to reconnect to Spark People, to old friends, make new friends, maintain my food/exercise logs, and help inspire myself and others to reach their goals.
We all need someone!
Friday, August 14, 2009
My husband and I (along with our daughter, April, and her husband, Chris) flew out to Anaheim, CA, last week. We were going to attend a health and nutrition conference, but went a few days early to see some of the sights.
The first day, Thursday, we drove along the coast line and seeing all the beaches. We stopped at a state park, walked down to the beach, and took tons of pictures! It was gorgeous!! We ate lunch at a famous restaurant called "Schooner or Later"...made famous by the Food Network Channel!!
On Friday, my husband had a heart attack! Thankfully, my daughter had an IPhone and we were able to locate the closest hospital. Larry was admitted for a series of tests. He was transferred on Sunday to another hospital for an angioplasty. The cardiologist found one main artery 99% blocked and inserted TWO stints....end-to-end. He saved Larry's life!!
Larry was discharged on Monday, just in time to see our daughter receive her 3rd place award in the IsaBody Challenge, a national weight loss challenge! She received $1,000, in addition to the all-expense paid trip to Anaheim! April has lost 83 pounds since January 2009!! She looks fabulous, but still has some to lose. She will be re-entering the IsaBody 2010 Challenge....and so will my husband and I! This is going to be the year of MAJOR CHANGES in our lives. We have done well over the past year, but there is more work to be done!
We are back home in Georgia now....and are so thankful to be here! I thank God every day for blessing us with a good hospital and doctor in California! What a scary time, but He took care of everything!!
Here is a picture of Larry and me at the Schooner or Later Restaurant.
Here is our daughter April receiving her BIG CHECK on stage!! (She got a regular check, too!!)
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