Monday, April 12, 2010
There are some strong feelings out there about a particular phrase. Some people think the world of this little phrase, some people hate it. Sometimes it is five words if phrased as a question. Personally I like this phrase. What is it? "It looks like you are losing weight." As a question "Are you losing weight?". It has a million relatives-"You look thinner", "What are you doing different", "What diet are you following", or my favorite from my son last year..."you are looking not as fat"-LOL!! Some of them are tactfull, some tactless. Some are because someone has a genuine interest in you, some are because someone is wondering if you found the magic bullet and they can take the easy route too. Some ask out of pride for your accomplishment, some out of jealousy because you are accomplishing something and they are not (SlimFast is just an advertising ploy folks not the truth).
Whatever the reason for the statement or question we should all take it as what it is...a recognition of our hard work and effort. A tangible result of the effort we have put through to acheive a slimmer, more toned, fitter self. Whether tactfull or tactless, somebody noticed your work-bask in the glow.
Do we need these statements to validate our existance-NO WAY!! Should feel good when we get one-yes! Should we feel bad when we don't get an "Are you losing weight?"-No! It just means you are surrounded by a bunch of blind people, too absorbed in their own drama to notice you-LOL!!! Take pride in your efforts no matter what the people around you say or do. To those controlling, obsessive people who try to bring you down with negative statements...they can go eat rocks!! Sparkers are the best people around. We are dedicated and strong. We are committed to a way of life that makes us healthy and strong physically and mentally. We stand together during good times and bad. We fall and get back up, we run and are not weary, we walk and do not faint, we enjoy our occasional piece of cake (even if it is gluten free, made with stevia, or has no dairy), we share our successes and our failures. We laugh together, we cry together. Today as I read about another Sparker's tears over not running the race I was right there crying with her (stupid Tom's hormones-:P). We rally around those who are suffering, we send get well wishes to those who are ill. We constantly check back on those who have gone AWOL hoping that they log back in and see how much we missed them and hope they are still well.
We are of all different faiths and beliefs, yet when a member calls out for prayers on their behalf everyone answers. We come from all walks of life: young, old, in-between, dark, light and in-between. We live all over the world, America, Canada, England, Australia, Japan and more. For some of us this is relatively easy, for others very, very hard. Yet, we can all relate to each other. When NOTABOUTTHEFACE writes about "fat slap" many of us know exactly what she is talking about and laugh our fool head off. We are women and men, we are husbands and wives, singles, divorcees and widows/widowers. We live our daily lives and yet we all have this common bond that brings us together.
Sounds an aweful lot like a family to me....Bask in the glow of your accomplishments-hey, you there reading my blog, you look like you've lost a little-WAY TO GO!!!
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday was nice, my daughter had her cheerleading exhibition. We have a standing no sports on Sundays rule and try to choose leagues and such accordingly but when this started there was a chance we would get a Saturday date, when we found out we had gotten Sunday we were so far into it we decided to make a one time exception and if we get Sunday performance dates again we will have to pass. Glad we went...she had a blast and looked so proud of herself when she got her trophy for participating. Her next performances will be at a Storm (minor league) Baseball game and a July 4th parade-should be safe there. We already know that the Storm generally have things like the cheerleading, etc. on Friday night games so should be fine there. The 4th is on Sunday so she might have to miss the parade although generally speaking, in the past, when the 4th has been on Sunday the town has celebrated on Saturday, wait and see...
It has been a busy weekend and that nasty Tom brought a weight gain making me drop out of the last man out challenge I am in-drat him. Hate Tom he is so rude!! Had to happen on the Monday weigh in day-tomorrow I will probably be back down to a loss, but tomorrow doesn't count-blah!!
I was insulted via ee-mail by Russ Bogh, a local politician running for California State Senator. He called me uninformed-is it my fault his campaign is only about why I should NOT vote for his opponent?
My neighbors are ticking me off. They are actually very nice people. Elderly grandparents raising a grandson. We all have VERY small yards and most are not fenced, we fenced ours specifically so our beagle could have a place to go outside and be safe. They have to take their dog on a constitutional since they don't have a fence. The thing is there is a spot, less than 100 yards away where they could walk their dog and clean up after him. Instead they choose to DRIVE the dog less than 1/4 mile to a different spot, outside our community, where there is not a manager to yell at them for not cleaning up, so they can let their dog poop and pee and the city, or kind citizen will have to clean up after the dog. They do this 3 times a day. Put the dog in the CAR, and DRIVE it to poop. Do they NOT realize the effect they are causing by turning their car on 3 times a day to drive less than a 1/2 a mile round trip???!! Not to mention the effect of leaving their dog poo lying around?? What is the point in DRIVING your dog to a location that can be walked to?? While the grandfather is morbidly obese and probably could not walk the 100 yards to the spot within the community he should be trying to work up to it. The kid is young and healthy and has no excuse why he can't walk 5 minutes to the second location. The dog would probably like it better. Our homes are small and he doesn't have a fenced yard. His constitutional is the only exercise this pup gets. It has turned into an actual "pet" peeve (hahaha).
The rain woke me up last night and usually that makes me happy, but I really needed some great sleep-fought off a migraine all weekend-Tom's fault too. I don't get severe headaches often but when I do and I let them set in they are a terror. Went to bed feeling dizzy and off kilter, woke up with just a slight lingering headache, if it doesn't grow the whole thing should be gone tomorrow.
Stupid Tom has me all grippy and complainy. Hate him-he is always so negative...stupid Tom...
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Last night the kids went to spend the night at my mom's house. The older two do this every so often, it is fun for them and us!! This was the youngest's first time though...awww...I missed them, but the peace and quiet this morning was treasured :)!! So...I am just settling into a nice quiet, but productive morning when my mom calls...The cousins (who live walking distance from Grandma) are going to the beach and can my kids go too...Yes, they would really like that!! Except the youngest is being kind of quiet and just not herself. Youngest is probably missing Mommy more than anything. So we finally work up a plan for me to go to. We meet at a convenient mid-way point, I switch cars to theirs and off we go!! There are at least half a dozen beaches we could be going to so I just assume my mom knows where we are going. After driving around Fallbrook for 45 minutes I call my SIL and get the REAL directions and then bust up when I find out we are going to the EXACT beach where we ran the Turkey Trot last November-Oceanside beach!!! Also a beach we used to go to ALL THE TIME when we were kids!! Oh well!! Funny how you can get lost when you are not sure where you are going even if you actually do know where you are going!! We had a blast though. My son was bouncing off the walls. See, we haven't ever taken them to the beach for swimming before-last November was the first time they went to the beach at all-well, we did used to go to Sea World a lot so they had seen the ocean several times. I just never could see the fun in taking an infant to the beach-too much stuff to tote and the infant can't do anything and the parent watching the infant can't do anything-just didn't seem fun to me. Well the "baby" is 3.5 now so it was high time for a beach trip. We all had a blast so we will probably have to go several times this summer-it is only a little over an hour away if the traffic is good.
She didn't want to go in the water-I had warned son earlier about sudden drop offs and she took me a little too literally!! She still had a blast playing in the sand and building castles and burying my feet...
This one put on a good show, but the water was just too cold. She spent a good 5 minutes chasing waves and then went and played with her sister in the sand.
This one is part fish. He hardly got out of the water during the several hours we were there. Kooky kid. He had a real blast!! I told him he had to stay close to shore because I didn't want to have to dive in to save him. I knew the water would still be cold and didn't take my suit. I told him he had to wait to do any REAL swimming until I went in with him. He still had a blast. He would sit and let the waves crash into him and push him along for a ways. It was a pretty mild day as waves go so we didn't have to be to worried.
It was a great way to end the spring break!! Tomorrow is baseball, Sunday is the cheerleading expo (we are making a Sunday exception ONE time-usually we have a firm no Sunday sports rule) then Monday is back to school. Now I am tired and I have a morning run to do!! 4 miles again...I almost forgot-for the SIS challenge this week we are supposed to find a way to give back-a charity etc. I am donating clothes-going to Salvation Army tomorrow, I am also looking up Soles4Souls to donate some of the shoes I don't need anymore AND I am running a charity race on the 24th!! WooHoo!! Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
Monday, April 05, 2010
Well March was an interesting month. I set a bunch of goals and then almost immediately changed or altered most of them!!
Nutrition goal: Track and stay in range-well, didn't do such a great job there. I tracked some days and those days I did stay in range. I ate well most of the other days and had lots fewer of the bad eating days. So goal not accomplished, but progress made.
April Goal-keep a food diary and watch for patterns-stay in range six out of seven days a week.
Fitness Goal: was really complicated and intense. I had walking/running goals, strength and yoga. Almost as soon as the month started I dropped my morning walks/runs to be with my family in the a.m. and work on morning breakfast goals. The strength I was doing lasted a week and yoga only happened occasionaly. While my goals were shot to heck I still did really well because I found new things to replace the old things. In fact I have increased my fitness activities even beyond what I was doing before.
April Goal: I am keeping is super simple and allowing myself lots of flexibility-my new goal is 1400 Activity minutes for April. Anything, anywhere, anytime as long as it is fitness related.
Family Goals: We were supposed to go on a picnic-didn't happen, baseball season started, cheerleading is ongoing and life got busy, but will all those activities we have been spending lots of time together, out of the house and away from the t.v. so still good.
April Goal: Try something new each week as a family, anything-a food, an activity, whatever.
Personal Goal: Use my Sparkcalendar and keep a training journal. I have been hit and miss on this but doing much better.
April Goal: Continue with using Sparkcalendar and training journal
Weight: I lost 2 pounds last month instead of 10, but 2 is still a loss.
April Goal: I am not setting a weightloss goal. I will weigh in for challenges and such but what I lose is what I lose and we will go from there. I lost 2 pounds in one week with everything I did last week and that is such a great accomplishment that I decided I want to take it week by week and be happy with any loss.
Hope everyone has a wonderful April.
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