Thursday, January 02, 2014
Well another year is beginning. I’ve been limiting my time on Spark and other social media sites. My home was not a home it was a building with lots of boxes. It is now a home. It was a big project and we still have lots of stuff to get rid of, but we can now entertain guests without being thoroughly embarrassed by all the boxes everywhere.
I had a bit more time the past few days and I’ve been reading lots of blogs and FB posts about resolutions or commitments/re-commitments. I liked the idea of re-commitment. The past year was really good personally, and pretty good health wise. I lost some weight feel, and much healthier. So I am re-committing to my healthy life style. I’ve had ups and downs in weight and on this journey. That doesn’t mean I failed it means I am human and I struggled with fitting my healthy lifestyle into my hectic life. So yesterday I re-committed to making my health a priority…..to learning more about it and reminding myself that the path of moderation works best for me. I don’t do well with cutting out foods then I start craving them. If they are allowed I don’t necessarily want them. I’m not committing to a number on the scale. My life plans for the year includes trying to have a child so my health is of the utmost importance not a number on the scale. Why set myself up to fail in the first place. I’ve done that too many times by having too high of a goal…basically a goal that was unattainable in the timeframe I was trying to achieve it.
I have learned so much from all of my Spark Friends. We all have different goals and challenges, but I find no matter what the challenge is or the goal we are all here for support. Spark is a GREAT place to be. It’s a place to give and get support, cheer each other on push each other when struggling, and lend an ear when others fall on hard times. It’s a place to send positive vibes and encouragement.
The New Year is yet to be written there will be struggles and conquests. We all have found this place we call Spark. Don’t forget if you are struggling, you have a place to go and vent, ask for help, and get support. It’s a place where I have found no judging. We all accept each other for who we are and look to learn from each other. We all have a tidbit of info to share. What works for us, and what doesn’t.
Thank you all for letting me be a part of your journey to learn from you. The blogs, posts, comments, and successes are so inspiring to me. I look forward to learning from you all and hopefully I can help you all too.
Happy New Year! Wishing you all Happiness, Health and Love!
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Hi....life's been full of distractions lately......
Work has been really busy and stressful. Days are long, I miss my sparking as hte best time for me to do it is on my breaks at work......When I get home at night the last thing I want to do is turn on the computer.
Hubby and I took a road trip To Carmel and Monterey for some R&R last week. Its a favorite place for both of us. Its a 5-7 hour drive so steps were not a priority and I was really behind on them.
We walked the wharf, and around the towns window shopping. So much fun. Went wine tasting, olive oil tasting, and just looking at everything.
My favorite always is the Monterey Bay Aquarium......we saw.....
sharks in the deep sea exhibit
and jelly fish. lots and lots of jelly fish
There are so many sea creatures to see and so much to learn as they always are doing new research on how to not harm our oceans and keep the ecosystem working. They have a camera in the bay but way out where it is too deep for divers to go and they find all these interesting sea creatures. It's just amazing what they look like.
We explored the Carmel highlands and we saw a beautiful sunset
We didn't see any sea otters. This is the first time there were no sea otters in the bay when we were there. We did see a huge school of dolphins.
The seventeen mile drive is beautiful. The estates in between the woods and beaches are breath taking. It's fun to imagine who must live there. I would get lost in a home that big!
All in all it was quite relaxing. We took highway 1 home so it was even longer but WAY MORE BEAUTIFUL! The beach cows always make me smile. If I was a cow I would want to live at the beach too.
I didn't track, but also didn't over indulge so came back even no loss no gain. Which to me was a HUGE victory. It means I am learning to put into practice what I have been learning. Because life will have it's distractions and how you handle them is all the counts.
When we got home, we had been talking about getting a second dog.....
The beige one is Bonnie we rescued her last October. The black one is Clyde we rescued him over the weekend. He needs to be house trained and has anxiety at night in his crate. His crate in in our room so he's not alone, but we can't have him out when we sleep until we get him potty trained. Sleep has been interupted a bit, but it is well worth it. So that is distraction number 2.
I feel good, because with the trip and work stress, and doggie distractions, I have not fell back to my old eating habits. My food has been the healthy stuff I started to cook regularly on this journey. The crock pot is my closet friend during the week. I'm grateful that my hubby will eat leftovers so I can cook a bit large batch of 2 meals and rotate them for a week night meals.
I take one day at a time. Everyday I stay on the healthy path is a victory. I will get back to my stepping. I've hit my 10K a few times just not consistently, but as long as I am aware of my health and do the best I can with all the distractions I'm on the right path.
Life will be full of distractions and that's fine by me. Bring'em!
Hope you are all well and ready for distractions. Holidays are around the corner, they always bring TONS of distractions. Plan on it incorporate every thing you have learned and beat them.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
I’ve been feeling like life has gotten in the way lately of my health plans. Then I realized that this journey is all about life. It’s about learning to balance my health with the demands of life. Yes sometimes work will be so busy that I can’t get in my extra steps or my planned dinners go astray because I got home too late to cook them. But that is part of the process. The old me would drive through and pick something up quick. Would not get up the little bit earlier in the morning because I The things I have learned and adapted over the past few months are helping me deal with life’s little curve balls or challenges.
I’ve come shy on my step goal, but have not missed my 3 planned 30min workouts a week usually ZUMBA . I’ve slacked on some of the weight training as time hasn’t permitted it, but I’m still trying to fit some in…….even if it’s isometrics at my desk.
Meals have been planned and not made. But we always have some sort of healthy choice I can grab in a pinch. Preparing salad stuff for the whole week has helped.
Side note - I wash and dry (being key) all the lettuces and store them in a few glass jars with paper toweling. The lettuce stays crisp without browning for a little over a week as long as you are not going in and out of the jar more than a few times. I put about 3-4 side salads worth of lettuce in each jar. If we need more we open more than one jar. A little tip for those who eat lots of salads…it saves on prep time
These glitches in planning of my exercise and eating will always be there. Things come up. Social events happen. To be a truly healthy person I have to learn how to deal with the glitches and not throw all the healthy part away. It’s easy to go back to old habits when stressed, tired, and overwhelmed by life’s challenges. The key is to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, have that piece of cake even, and then go right back to the healthy lifestyle you have been working so hard for.
If the weight loss or health journey doesn’t mentally prepare us for life’s glitches, challenges, and indulgences we will end up right back where we started from. Social events are the hardest. You can’t just miss them because you might eat too much. We all need to learn how to be social and stay on track. Or indulge and then get right back to eating healthy the next meal or day.
I’ve done this too many times. I’ve realized it is not either I live life or I diet. I have to figure out how to do both. I hate the word diet as in I’m on a diet. To keep me focused I have never said that this time. I have said I am working on making myself healthier. For the long haul that’s what I am doing.
I work in the garment industry and I see too many people that are stick thin and just not healthy. Skinny does not equal healthy. Please everybody, keep repeating that to yourself. Stay healthy….stay on the correct path. Many days when I see stick thin models I cringe at what we are doing and have done to women‘s body images.
I apologize for my entire industry. Women are beautiful no matter what size or shape. Our imperfections are what make us beautiful.
Stay true to yourself and stay on the healthy road of life!
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