Saturday, January 14, 2012
I know I've seen losing weight as a challenge: I've seen exercising most days of the week a challenge; drinking 8 glasses of water is a challenge I still have not conquered. But now I've been given a real challenge.
The Winter 5% Challenge now requires us to blog every day. Why is that a challenge? I never write unless I have something to say. I don't have something to say every day.
But today I do. Since I complained last week about the evil scale elves that stole my pound-loss last week, I must report that they liked me again today and gave it back, plus one. This is only the second time since I began sparking that I have lost 2 lbs. in one week. I'm smiling today as I shovel snow because I'm now 1 lb under my original goal set in August.
And tomorrow you'll understand when you're reading motivational sayings or some such thing as my blog. Believe me, I won't feel slighted if you don't feel moved to leave comments.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Largely due to the 5% Challenges and the friendships and comraderie on SP, I'm really enjoying this. I'm not normally a web social network type of person (I have a very neglected Facebook account, and Twitter--I just never saw the point), so when I first joined SP in August, I expected to just use the trackers, profit from the neat exercise videos and generally use the site as a convenient aid. I have done that. But for a while I've known how much more it is to me than that. And today was a prime example.
Today our Winter 5% Challenge had us on the last leg of exercising to get to Cairo, Egypt--yeah, it takes a lot of exercise "miles" to get that far, but as a team we were closing in on it--and we wanted to get there first. I can't help it; I'm competitive--I wanted my team to beat out the others.
When I got up this morning, I was hoping someone had landed us in Cairo, but no, we still had some miles to go--so I started in exercising, then stopped after 30 minutes and posted it, hoping others were doing the same thing. Well, only one other person had posted since I'd last looked, so I started in again determined to go as long as I needed to in order to land that plane in Cairo if no one else did. 40 more minutes was all it took. Elation! What did I win?....well, nothing actually. And I had no idea whether another team had beaten us to Cairo--not really. But I just felt good helping my team to get there. We'd all contributed a lot of exercise minutes to get that far, and if I was the only one with the time free to put some more minutes in this morning, I wanted to do it. It wasn't really about the exercise or losing a lb. It was team spirit--believe me, I am by no means the first one on my team to continue exercising just to bring our plane in-- and well, OK, bragging rights are nice too for our team (but only for a minute--cause it really isn't entirely about that either) if we actually did get in first.
IT WAS JUST FUN!
I can't explain it. Just join the next 5% challenge--you'll see. Who says we can't have fun while we do this!
Saturday, January 07, 2012
3,500 calories = lb, so reduce intake by 500 cal a day -- blah-ah!
Exercise at least 60 minutes a day to lose lbs. -- #@!&%
Don't believe a word of it! Gain or loss, it's all accomplished by mischievous little elves! They liked me yesterday morning; I was down 2 lbs., looking forward to my weigh-in report today. After all, I'd earned my fabulous 2-lb loss report. All week I busted out close to 2 hours a day of exercise--and ate within my range. So last night after helping a friend with her 6-hr catering job, preparing food, serving each table in a large church dining hall, busing the tables afterward, I finally ate a piece of chicken, a roll, some punch and a brownie!
The elves said, "Ah-ha! We've got her!" And I'm up a lb. today for my weigh-in.
Not complaining ...I'm just saying... I wish those elves would just go on back up to the north pole where they're needed.
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
It's a first for me. Visiting my family at anytime involves eating, eating and more eating, but during the holidays, it's also celebratory eating (even my birthday is added to the mix) that usually adds 7-10 lbs to my eager fat cells. This year I achieved my goal of not starting the new year on a "diet" to lose the additional lbs.
Thank you! Thank you SP Friends, SP Teams, SP Challenges--you kept me on track and exercising. My family's eyebrows stayed raised: "There she goes--exercising again. Go, Mom!" And it worked. I'm claiming victory!
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Joining the team "Fit & Organized" got me thinking: I had already begun decluttering my home of all the "too-sentimental-to-throw-out" and "you-never-know-I-may-use-it-one-day" stuff. But there are other areas in my life that I need to declutter, such as:
I have a mind of my own. I do not have to go along with what others are doing, just to be sociable. Today after church my daughter-in-law suggested brunch at a restaurant. I said, "No, I'm not hungry; I had fruit this morning"-- but no one else had, so we went to a restaurant. Over everyone's protestations, I ordered only coffee, and I offered to feed the 2-year old so her parents and my daughter could enjoy their meals.
I just commented on another SP Friend's blog today, who was saying she felt overwhelmed by feeling she needed to respond to everyone who encouraged her on SP--I told her that I was sure no one was watching to be sure everyone responded to their comments. They had too many other priorities to feel slighted by something so trivial. But I have spent a lot of time responding to "thank people" as well-- probably unnecessarily, too. I'm going to declutter that thinking-- for me that time will be put to better use giving some comments that might actually help inspire Sparkers to stay with their plan or congratulate them on a goal reached. I know I have been much encouraged by many in those ways. In a few days I will be back to work; my time will be limited. I will use it wisely, with no guilt.
More decluttered thoughts involving "shoulds":
I do not HAVE TO "invite" someone who has invited me (to dinner, to a party, etc).
I do not HAVE TO join, let alone take the helm, of committees or organizations that I no longer want to participate in.
I do not HAVE TO do ANYTHING that I even suspect is not in my best interest.
I will ask myself. "Do I really want to do this?" or "Will I really benefit from this?"
This does not make me selfish; it frees me to take care of the things that are really important to me. One of the things I really do want to make time for is to volunteer in a soup kitchen this year.
I can do this!
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