Monday, April 01, 2013
For my action step today I'm supposed to pick 1-3 new goals off a list. So here are two that I just decided today and 2 that I was already going to do.
1. I am joining WW to meet people face-to-face (Spark is still better)
2. I am starting the #riseandshine challenge for April.
(Having a healthy breakfast and exercising first thing in the day.)
3. I am trying a new recipe each week.
4. I am going to learn about adding Strength Training to my routines.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Recently seen and borrowed from CINDHOLM's SparkBlog:
A. Are you at all artistic? Years ago and every now and then it crops up, but Artists create great messes difficult to contain and I am trying to learn how to better contain, organize, and un-mess myself, so being artistic is difficult.
B. What are your favorite burger toppings? onions, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, ketchup, and mustard, sometimes relish if the pickles aren't there
C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? silver, I don't look special unless you look really hard or am layered on thickly.
D. Diamond or pearls? Diamonds and pearls.. I like them both equally, sometimes together
E. What exotic pet would you like to have? I'd have a guinea pig if my allergies would let me. They are the perfect size for a lap pet.
F. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? I think it was "How to train your dragon"
G.What is the worst gift you have ever received? A Free Catalog to Hickory Farms (They were a sibling trying to save gift money for a toy they wanted)
H. What habit would you like to be able to break? over-sleeping
I. If you could be invisible for one day, what would you do? I would go someplace where I am not allowed or sneak into several gyms and cause reports of ghosts everywhere while I try out their equipment
J. What do you like about your job? that it is volunteer so I get a great deal of say over what I do, when, and for how long
K. Did you ever learn to knit?no, I've tried to crochet though
L. Would your friends describe you as 'ladylike'? no, maybe if they don't know me very well
M. What is your middle name? Louise
N. Are you a night owl or an early bird? Night Owl, but trying to change
O. Do you like okra? Yes, in chicken gumbo primarily
P. When was the last time you cleaned out your purse? sometime last week
Q. What is one of your favorite quotes. Make a M.A.D.D.I.N. which means, "Make a Difference. Do It Now"
R. What do you have on the outside of your refrigerator? Magnets, coupons, Metal Dry-Erase Calendar, magnetic pen container and random dry erase markers with magnets on them.
S. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? enveloping everyone in the warm fuzzies and upping their self-esteem five notches
T. Do you prefer a truck or car? Actually my favorite was a van we had for a short period of time, because we were going to outfit it with carpet and take a mini DVD player with us and hang out between appointments, instead of being in the waiting room all the time. Other than that, I have to say I like the car, because of fuel efficiency.
U. What is under your bed? a medical cusion that makes it hard for me to make the bed, a couple of blankets, some pillows, and an eyeglass holder
V. Did you wear a veil when you got married? no, not married yet, have the veil in a box though
W. Can you whistle? no
X. Do you know what a Xenopus is? no, had to look it up - used to have african dwarf frogs, which are related, but not anymore
Y. Do you eat yogurt? Only occasionally, I like both regular and Greek yogurt
Z. Do you enjoy zombie movies? NO, but I watch them with my SO sometimes because he does
Feel free to cut and paste an add your own answers! There was a similar statement on CINDHOLM's blog saying people were free to use the quiz.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
This was the SparkCoach visualization exercise for February 1st:
Picture five things you want in your life, whether they are people, goals, experiences or things. How will reaching your small goals today help you achieve those dreams, too?
The five things I want in my life right now are:
1. My family
Roger, Mickey, Parents I want them all in my life right now and I want to devote enough time to them to make them feel appreciated and let them know I love them.
2. My medical team
My counselor, med provider, primary care physician.. I want to be consistent enough with my appointments and treatment that they know their opinion and instructions are appreciated and followed.. so they know they make a difference in my life
I want to spend a significant amount of time in exercise. Recently I reduced my tv time to under 1 hour per day (although sometimes I bank days and spend it on the weekends) but I haven't upped my actual activity comparably. I want to grow the time I exercise to be an hour or two a day. Right now I spend 3 days a week exercising 10 minutes a day.
(Sorry about the interruption.. I'm home now and can finish)
4. Social Time
I want to spend time focusing on friends. Online this has been growing, but offline, not so much. The only constant I have is my Bible Study and I let every little thing get in the way of that. I need to be consistent with that as well so they know I value their friendship and getting together with each other. Online I am working on being consistent with a few groups, some better than others.
5. Nutrition (aka Cooking Time)
I want to spend more time in food prep and actually preparing food rather than just popping something in the microwave, as I do most days.
or How will achieving your small goals today help you achieve these goals?
1. I need to schedule more time at the end of the day to give Roger and Mickey time, and when I come home from things to touch bases. Right now I don't have more time scheduled for them and I need to. My parents I see several times a week and I think that's okay for parental contact being as old as I am. Achieving my small goals today will hopefully give me more years to spend with them however, so at the end of the day, its a win win.
2. I am pretty good about keeping my appointments, but I want to try for 100% unless I'm physically throwing up or something. I'm also not very compliant with my asthma meds, which would help my exercise-induced asthma attacks happen less often. I want to actually put the advise they give me into effect in a timely manner rather than stretching it out as I am wont to do, because I want them to know that I value their time.
3. Increasing my exercise goals will increase my results.. either for weight loss.. less muscle lost, or muscle toning.. all of which are good things. I am applying for an accountability partner in the hopes of stricter adherence to my exercise plans and to accelerate the rate at which I change and lengthen my sessions . The more I devote to exercise, the easier the weight loss will be.
4. I want to have lots of friends. I never again want to be at the point where I only have one friend and that friend is online a million miles away. I want friends online and I want friends that are there in person as well. I can't do life here on this planet alone and I am a very social creature. That's what being face to face with the Almighty and my own flaws and imperfections have taught me. I need friends to be able to get up in the morning and work on all my goals and health. I need to get serious about the Bible Study again and quit making excuses not to go. If it looks like I'm losing my only friend outside of the Bible Study in person, then I need to start going to support or interest groups again to develop more friends and acquaintances.
Being consistant with my small goals will help me 1.)stay positive, which is more attractive in a friend than being pessimistic or miserable 2.)healthy and vibrant, also more attractive than being sedentary and having a lot of health problems 3.) give me something to talk about other than the weather.
5.)Preparing more meals myself will give me the confidence to continue to do so later in life, it will be cheaper in the long run than all the processed microwavable foods I eat (as long as I eat them before I spoil) and may prevent me from developing certain diseases. It will help me make sure I get the nutrients I need and control calories, as I will be able to control what foods get added in what proportions to the dishes I make. My small goals don't really help me do this right now, but it would help my overall picture to make them part of my small goals.
Friday, March 01, 2013
So the first goal that I want to work on is the one that drew me to the site initially, which is I want to lose 134 pounds. But that goal is at least a little over one to two years away.
I'm a visual learner, so I liked this goal sheet, available at www.sparkpeople.com/system/goal_work
The goal I am trying to accomplish is a healthy BMI of 22 or 116 lbs.
This goal is: Achievable, Important to Me, Concrete and Specific, Able to be Truly Finished, and A Challenge
My picture of what the long term goal will look or feel like is a picture I found on the net of a runner with barbells in both hands.
The point is: I will be more attractive again, I may put off full-blown diabetes, as I change my diet to support the goal I may eat more of the foods I love rather than so much frozen, processed food, I will feel better and I will have more energy. (I guess that's five)
My goal deadline is: December 25th, 2014
Starting is February 26th, 2013.
Milestone 1 (30#)'s deadline is August 9th, 2013
Milestone 2 (60#)'s deadline is November 20, 2013
Milestone 3 (90#)'s deadline is April 3, 2014
Milestone 4 (120#)'s deadline is August 16, 2014
Five habits I can start to build that will move me closer to my first Milestone is:
1. Cardio five times a week
2. Flexibility three times a week
3.Drink 8 c of water each day
4. Take vitamins each day-Potassium with each meal and snack
5. Be in bed at least 8 hours per night
To celebrate Milestone 1, I'm getting myself an iPod Shuffle
To celebrate Milestone 2, I'm getting workout clothes again from Goodwill
To celebrate Milestone 3, I'm taking a mini-vacation in my home. I'll keep my exercise routine and tracking in spark, but the rest of the time, (for 3-5 days) I am staying home, playing nothing but video games (since SparkPeople has eclipsed my playing time)
To celebrate Milestone 4, I'm getting a new wardrobe from Goodwill stores
To celebrate reaching my GOAL!, I am getting a custom costume made and attending an anime convention.
To keep myself motivated between milestones, I've divided my weight loss up into 5 pound increments. Each milestone I can buy something for between $5-10. Up until now its been video games (with less time to play them though, that becomes a little less appealing) I might start putting it in an envelope for hair and makeup from Avon.
People from the SparkTeams Butterfly People and Positive Blogges know about my positive and negative "Attitude" mugs that I've just put in place. For days I've given everything my all (put a lot of effort in the day) I put an almond (representing one dollar) into a cup that says "Attitude is Everything" for each day. Days I give a lackluster performance or "rest on my laurels" as some might say, I take an almond from the "Attitude" mug and put it in a black mug of the same size. I have the opportunity to earn back that almond the next day.
At the end of the month I do a tally. The number of almonds in the Attitude mug are put against the number of almonds in the negative mug (So in a sense lazy days count against the total twice, once when they are taken out of the attitude mug, and once when they cancel out an attitude mug almond at the end of the month, if there are any in the negative mug at the end of the month)If I end up with positive almonds left, then that is spending money toward my iTunes playlist. If I end up with only negative almonds, that money has to be put in an envelope-given to my parents to hold- to donate to the Salvation Army around Christmas.
Today is technically March 1st, and I started the system on the 26th, because I felt that even with following SparkCoach, that I was getting lazy in my weight loss efforts.
So far I've had 3 good days, so that is 3 positive almonds and 3 dollars I can spend in the iTunes store. I wonder what two songs I'll pick. I think "She's Got the Look" by Roxette and "Alive" by Avalon
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