Saturday, February 06, 2010
A is for Age: 35
B is for Booze: lately none, but a glass of wine each week is the norm for me
C is for Career: Technical Writer in Gov't Contracting
D is for Dad's name: John
E is for Essential items to bring to a party: A healthy option to eat b/c no one else will think of you!
F is for Favorite song or music: I love so many types: Oldies, R&B, Rap, Rock, Contemporary
G is for Goof off thing to do: Facebook
H is for Hometown: Riverdale, MD...but grew up in Lanham, MD
I is for Instrument you play: Used to play piano and flute
J is for Jam or Jelly you like: Apple or Pumpkin butter
K is for Kids: 1 birthdaughter, 2 boys (10 and 7) 2 girls (twins, age 5)
L is for Living arrangement: TownHouse
M is for Mom's name: Joy
N is for Name of best friend: Shana
O is for Overnight Stay in a Hospital: tonsils/adenoids, birthing children, D&C, appendectomy, carpal tunnel surgery
P is for Phobias: Needles. Prefer not to watch during blood donation and blood draws.
Q is for Quote you like: Don't take life too seriously. We never get out of it alive!
R is for Relationship that lasted longest: My hubby, we just had our 12th wedding annivesary
S is for Siblings: 1 sister in heaven, 1 sister living, 1 brother
T is for Texas, ever been? Only to change flights at the airport
U is for Unique trait : My wonky eyebrow
V is for vegetable you love: Yams
W is for Worst traits: Ignoring things to avoid worse stress and it doesn't go away
X- is for X-rays you've had: a handful
Y is for Yummy food you make: calzones
Z is for Zodiac sign: Cancer
Friday, January 29, 2010
These last two weeks have been a bit tough work wise and health wise also. I bit my lip and kept the tears from flowing today when I was very frustrated with my doctor's office. I have to admit that I have splurged on a couple things that I never would have thought about touching...knowing better than to do that. But it is a reminder that truly enacting permanent change and rewiring yourself as you shed the lbs does take time, and sometimes you need gentle reminders. I stopped the insanity by throwing some things out today that honestly the kids would not miss, and I would be better off if they were gone. Some lingering holiday/birthday goodies and now they are gone. Whew. One song wrang through my head. One of my absolute favorites. And it is a good tune to remind me to keep the faith, and that the trials that upset or frustrate you will pass.
'Stuck In a Moment That You Can't Get Out Of' by U2
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Some of my friends had talked about a Website they used, called Sparkpeople. Just over a year ago, my youngest children had turned 4. I no longer felt that I could use the 'I'm tired/no time for me' excuse. They were fast on bikes, on foot, or scooters. I felt worry at times, when they were riding ahead of me...that they could go a little too fast and end up in a dangerous situation. I was tired of having zero energy. I was tired of my kids telling me I had a 'jiggly butt'. There were foods that had to go away. I drank too much coffee. I used flavored coffee creamer. I drank soda if I wasn't drinking coffee. I wasn't measuring my food. Things had to change!
I had lost weight before, but I knew that modifying my food was not enough. Facing my mid 30s...I knew now was the time to get in better shape FOR GOOD. Yes, before I even logged onto Sparkpeople, I was a done girl. I was ready to adopt the 'no excuses' approach to exercise. I knew that, in order to see weight loss and further motivate myself...I had to exercise daily. When I hopped on the elliptical for that first time...I huffed and puffed. I stayed on for 5-10 minutes, and then I called it done. I kept trying, and I kept extending my time on the elliptical. I would make sure the kids had a snack/drink (if needed), and I told them where to find me. They could dance around to music, or watch me, or just play with their toys.
Two of the key things I knew I had to make use of here on SP was logging my fitness and food. I had to understand how I was eating, and how to balance out my eating. I knew that if I wound up starving...I'd risk making bad choices with food. Eating 7-8 times per day has really worked for me. I'm trying foods that I would not have touched before, and making lots of healthy recipes.
A funny thing happened to me amidst this year of change. I was always listening to my iPod while exercising. One day I thought 'gee, let me go outside for a really light jog and see how I do.' Three miles later...I was hooked! I loved the caloric burn from jogging, and it was stress relieving also. I knew right away that I needed better shoes (I can't believe I ever ran any distance or worked out in what I started with! Oh the lessons you learn).
I wanted to find a local short distance race, and what better than a 5k to benefit my boys schools. In the process of waiting for that 5k, my first boyfriend ever put on his Facebook status that signups were open for the Marine Corps Marathon. I thought 'gee, signing up for a marathon would make me set a goal and commit to this running thing.' I signed up, and picked up a copy of 'Marathon: You Can Do It!' I read it diligently, and looked at milestone races that would keep me on track for the big day.
In my first year, I did a 5k, an 8k, a half marathon, a practice full marathon, and the Marine Corps Marathon. I enjoyed each and every one of them (okay I did not enjoy the hilly second half of the practice full marathon). I also inspired my husband to start running and he is planning several races for 2010. I am slowly building my race schedule too.
Joining various teams here on SP has kept me on track too. From Road Runners, to Sparky Marathoners, to BLC challenges, and 30 somethings with 25-49 lbs to lose...and let's not forget Partying Penguins! I've been able to incorporate my running minutes in with fitness challenges, and I've committed to squeezing in more of what I might still have a weakness with (like veggies). Finding friendly faces with common interests and goals, who are also great motivators and supporters, has made a difference for me.
At the start of 2009, I was 192 lbs. Today, on this 1 yr anniversary on Sparkpeople, I weighed in at 150.2 lbs this morning. I have a healthy BMI (which was my only goal in this weight loss journey), helping me to be less prone to the diseases the have or do plague some of my family (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.). I feel like, as long as I am a lifetime member of Sparkpeople...always journaling food, reading those labels, setting goals every year...then the birthdays won't mean I am afraid of living, or what that year could bring. I can be a confident 30 something, 40 something, 50 something, and so on. But it will be a lifetime commitment. I spent the first 34 yrs of my life as a bit of a chubby girl/young lady. I must keep logging in every day and taking care of me so that I can be who I need to be for myself and others.
Here is a picture of me and my sister in May 2008. I am on the left.
And here is a picture of me, in a size 8 little black dress, on my 12 wedding anniversary this month.
Thank you, Sparkpeople, for empowering me with resources and ways to connect with others so that I really could be that done girl! I have just under 10 lbs so that I am at the ideal Sparkpeople weight. I don't know how long it will take me to shed that last 10 lbs...but I'll be here, keeping on keeping on!
Friday, January 01, 2010
I'm currently making a Roasted Chickpea recipe. I read that you can also use kidney beans. I am sure you could use black beans, great northerns, etc. Whatever you can get your hands on! Just play with the cook time to be sure not to overcook. A nice, high fiber, low cal snack instead of nuts or pretzels and the like.
Another item I hope to use a lot of in the new year is quinoa. I finally got my hands on it, and have found recipes from stews to meatballs to main dishes. And it can be eaten hot or cold if it isn't in a soup/stew recipe.
I think I need to mix things up with my veggies. I am thinking that roasting them, or making a soup...especially for the colder months...would be best. Veggies are a big winner and help me stay in range and satisfied...but I can't do a lot of raw leafy stuff. It gets old.
What new foods and combos will you include in your menu to stay successful in 2010?
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