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What Do I Want?

Thursday, December 02, 2010

One of the assignments for the Spirit Team 5% Winter Challenge was to write down all the reasons why we want to lose weight. That got me thinking and at first the ideas came slow. But then it was like the floodgates opened and I could have probably written for hours.

It hurt a lot to write down some of these things because they are embarrassing and made me feel a bit ashamed. Anyway, here is a partial list of why I want to lose weight (in no particular order):

-- I want to not feel like crying when I go shopping for clothes.
-- I want to not feel nervous that I might break a chair when I sit down.
-- I want to be able to walk up and down stairs without having my knees hurt.
-- I want to sit on the floor and get up again without looking like a fish flopping around on the floor.
-- I want to be able to get off my blood pressure and cholesterol medications.
-- I want to be able to wear a bathing suit when I go visit my son in Southern California.
-- I want to wallow in the satisfaction of having set a goal and reached it!

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TKDGIRL49 12/10/2010 5:54AM

    Wow.. can I relate...Awesome blog! emoticon

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ACROSONIC 12/3/2010 6:29PM

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Go Spirits!

In April, I had a lot of pain: arthritis in knees, etc. Couldn't get on the floor easily at all. Went to a yoga class and felt so awkard rolling to get up and down.

Joined SP at end of June, have lost almost 20 pounds and worked out daily. Only occasional knee pain now. Can get up and down off the floor easily! When I my back went bad a month ago (see my blogs) and I was off exercise for about 2 weeks, the old stiffness in my knees came back. I was so happy when I could start exercising again.

I still do yoga, and don't have to roll around awkwardly (well, only occasionally). I'm still not very flexible, but have made progress and it feels great!

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BUGGYS 12/3/2010 3:07PM

    Sounds familar...you can do it! emoticon emoticon

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SANDY3169 12/3/2010 10:05AM

    Amen to all of those listed. You can do this. ((hugs))

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DARKFLAME2009 12/3/2010 9:00AM

    great reasons! emoticon

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LIZZYP609 12/3/2010 7:26AM

    emoticon great blog!

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New Month

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Wow, hard to believe that November is gone already. But a new month means a new chance to make some positive changes. I'm very excited about the 5% winter challenge. It's my first one, so I want to be a good teammate and do my very best to lose 10 pounds.

I walked today, even though it was pouring rain... and that was before it started snowing! I used the treadmill yesterday and got to 10,000 steps. My normal goal on weekdays is 6,000 steps, but I think I'll aim for 8,000 starting with this challenge. I did over 8,000 today and there is still some time left.

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ACROSONIC 12/3/2010 6:14PM

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Go Spirits!

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BUGGYS 12/2/2010 3:01PM

    Great news on the walking...it will get easier and easier!!! emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 12/1/2010 11:51PM

    Good for you. I did a 2 mile walk today. I am not used to it and my feet are killing me- and I have new shoes! I have bad knees so walking 10,000 steps will probably be down the road for me, but I sure admire that you can do it. We are on the same Spark Spirit Team and I wanted to come in and see your blog! Keep up the good work! Connie
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MOMOF2TONI 12/1/2010 10:51PM

    I'm impressed!! Way to go!
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SPARKIE1964 12/1/2010 9:04PM

    10,000 steps is awesome! Keep walking.... emoticon

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Looking Up Today

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Things are looking much better today than yesterday. I got up pretty early for a Sunday and got a brisk 45 minute walk in. Between that and doing housework and other things I managed to walk over 10,000 steps.

I also brought my mom's treadmill home with me. She's been trying to get rid of it for a long time. I have been using the treadmill at the gym during lunchtime, but they are almost always being used and I hate to wait for other people, especially when I don't have a lot of time. We'll see how this goes. I put it in the living room, so it is definitely handy.

I also spent a lot of time today on SparkPeople checking out some of the motivational message boards, blogs and success stories. These always help me and give me some good ideas for things I can do to stay on top of my game.

  
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BUGGYS 11/29/2010 10:43AM

    I switch off between an ellptical trainer and a treadmill...didn't have room in the family room so they are now bothe upstairs in one of the kids old bedrooms...our new exercise room...have to look in there more often so I get the workouts I need! emoticon

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MOMOF2TONI 11/28/2010 8:49PM

    You go girl. (I used to have a treadmill but it was too large for my living room and made so much noise that I sold it.)
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MCSNYDER1 11/28/2010 8:37PM

    Sounds like you've had a busy, productive day! I love my treadmill, but it's downstairs. I sometimes have to make myself go down there. My living room is just too small and crowded to hold it.

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Not So Good Today

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I had a great time today visiting my parents' house. We had to leave early this morning, and although I wore my pedometer, I didn't even walk 2,000 steps today. Bummer!! We just got home a little while ago.

We also had a Thanksgiving Dinner. I ate more than I should have, but I counted everything. One important thing I've learned is that I have to own what I do (or don't do). No lying, no excuses. I went about 300 calories over my range, and not walking today really made me feel like a failure. I know it's just one day and I can get right back on track tomorrow, but I have been on a roll lately and I really don't want to lose momentum. I'll try to work harder tomorrow. I'm also going to check out some success stories and motivational articles to try to help me feel more positive.

I also don't want to tell my family (besides my husband) what I'm doing yet. I would really love it if my mom and kids noticed some improvement in me at Christmas time, so I don't want to say anything about it. I would rather they not ask me about how I'm doing with losing weight.

  
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JAMER123 11/27/2010 10:47PM

    You have the motivation and desire to keep going. You are oing to do just reat and this is a little bump in the road. One day is not going to derail you. As you said tomorrow is a new day. Best wishes to you on your journey.

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I Did OK

Thursday, November 25, 2010

My husband and I went to a really nice restaurant for Thanksgiving and you know what? After tracking everything, I still was within my range for the day. I was pretty surprised, but I'm pretty sure I didn't forget anything.

I also went for a 40 minute walk when I got home, so I got my 6,000 steps in!

All in all a pretty good day!!.

  
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ERIECANALGAL 11/26/2010 12:39AM

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MOMOF2TONI 11/26/2010 12:20AM

    Good for you!! I didn't do so well, but tomorrow's a new day. lol....

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