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Monday, May 21, 2012

In quest of new insights -- and yes, more SparkPoints for today -- I followed the "Read a Health News" link from my SparkPoints page and found an article about a research project done by some of the people I work with!

"Gene Tests May Not Drive Patients to More Medical Care"
(http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/hea
lth_news_detail.asp?health_day=664912)
is a very high level piece about this journal article: "Association between health service use and multiplex genetic testing" (Genet Med. 2012 May 17). It's a collaboration between scientists from a couple of sites, but two of the authors are people I know.

I find this very cool. . . .

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TESENISIS1 5/21/2012 3:21PM

    Awesome!!! Always too cool when you know the people.

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Pirate Yoga!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Now *this* is inspiration!




I just bought the print at the artist's Etsy shop:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/97681279/pir
ate-yoga-super-pop-art-print-11x17-by

Everything is better with pirates!

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TESENISIS1 5/17/2012 4:03PM

    WAY TOO COOL FOR WORDS!!! Maybe we need something more like Gummy Bear Yoga??

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-LINDA_S 5/16/2012 6:10PM

    These are great!

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MSGO72 5/16/2012 2:22PM

  Cute!

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Thoughts About My New Photo

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I just added a new photo my gallery and made it my profile photo. As I'm sure many of you can relate to, I dislike seeing photos of myself right now, and would probably not have even had a photo taken if it hadn't been a special occasion: my daughter and I going to see the road show production of "The Devil's Carnival." Terrance Zdunich, the guy in the photo with us, is one of the creators, and was also a creator of and played "Graverobber" in "Repo! The Genetic Opera."



The biggest surprise for me in this photo is how round I look. Evidently some people see themselves as heavier/rounder than they actually are. I have the opposite visual problem. I always look far lighter to myself, which is why this photo came as a bit of a shock. I don't see the double chin or how round my midsection is.

Part of me would like to hide this photo, but I need to look at it to remind myself of the truth -- just as I need to step on the scale every day to remind myself of the truth.

It's funny: I strive for self-awareness, but I have almost none of it where my observations of my body are concerned. When I am working out, whether it's with weights or yoga or something else, I have a good sense of alignment and balance -- but it doesn't translate into awareness of size. That's the area where my sense of denial completely takes over.

As for my daughter: I am so grateful that she does not take after my poor eating habits and sedentary ways. She is naturally active and while she enjoys chips and cookies as much as any kid, she is far more likely to eat fruit for a snack, doesn't drink soda, and far prefers healthy, home-cooked meals to fast food. I think she's gorgeous -- and her spirit and personality are as beautiful as her face. She's loving, smart, creative, articulate, kind, and spiritual. She amazes me every day -- especially when she tells me that she feels sorry for the other kids whose mothers are nowhere near as cool as I am.

Please forgive the bragging at the end. I kind of needed it after the not-so-great feelings raised by the photo.

But we had a fun evening, and I'm glad to have the photo as a souvenier.

  
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-LINDA_S 5/18/2012 5:14PM

    I have very similar feelings when I see photos of myself. I don't usually "feel" as fat as I look. And I don't usually think I look that fat in the mirror, especially without clothes. I have my mat near the side mirrors in yoga class because my balance is terrible and I need help balancing, but it's sometimes a shock to see myself while down on the mat. Standing isn't so bad except I don't know how my upper arms got so fat. It's funny how different people have different perceptions of their bodies. I like that you look happy. the rest will come.

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QUIRKY-MAMA 5/16/2012 4:11PM

  I saw this and had two thoughts - 1) Your daughter is way too grownup, because I KNOW we aren't that old yet; and 2) You look so relaxed and young! Remember, this isn't just about the pounds, it's about being strong enough to bench press a bear and do the warrior dash and watch our kids take over the world ;).



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LEXIE63 5/16/2012 1:34PM

    I was just thinking how happy you looked in the photo. Cameras, like scales, can be mean critics sometimes. Don't let either of them bug you Honey!!!
Hugs,
Lex xxx

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JOHNMARTINMILES 5/16/2012 1:30PM

    Be glad you daughter is proud of you. So many of them aren't.

Make it a great day

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SRBSRB26 5/16/2012 1:28PM

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Bogged Down

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Well, this last week has been not-so-great for weight loss. I've lost and gained the same pound back 3 times, haven't been drinking water, haven't been exercising. Today I am simply grateful to be back down to my "5 pounds lost" point.

And I'm definitely drinking more water today.

My new grad school class started last week: Epidemiology for Health Communicators. It's fascinating, but adds several more hours of desk-type work to my schedule -- although as I wrote that, I flashed back to walking on the treadmill while reading the lectures. (It's an online class.) I can do that. I don't walk fast when I do that, but it's better than sitting on my butt!

I didn't get to yoga the last two weeks either, due to fatigue and work schedule. To make matters worse, one of my "special goals" is to stretch at least 5 minutes a day. I haven't been doing that either.

Thank goodness for trackers and log in points! They keep me coming back to SP and reminding me what my goals are and that it's a long journey but I'm not alone!

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LEXIE63 5/16/2012 1:36PM

    Is it possible to get up five minutes earlier to fit your stretches in at least? I find that I need to do something exercise-wise first thing each morning, or my whole day goes pear-shaped and I don't get any done at all.
Hugs,
Lex xxx

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First Unsolicited Weight Loss Observation/Comment

Sunday, May 06, 2012

[This happy comment occurred in a context I would not usually reference on SparkPeople, but it's hard to convey the moment without the proper detail.]

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Yesterday evening, Norm (the man I'm seeing) came over to my apartment. When he buckled the leather cuff around my right wrist, it moved cleanly and comfortably to the last hole for the first time since we've been together. His eyebrows went up. "You *have* been losing weight!"


  
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KLONG8 5/10/2012 10:31AM

    What can I say.....? A "non-scale" victory of great proportions!

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NAYPOOIE 5/7/2012 12:13PM

    Egalitaire, use your imagination.

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LUCYSUNFLOWER 5/6/2012 5:10PM

    Can't quit laughing!! Glad the leather cuffs fit better!!!

(and thanks for not posting pics!!)

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EGALITAIRE 5/6/2012 5:02PM

    The Non Scale Victories are awesome.

What was the leather cuff for?????????

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OTEN36 5/6/2012 10:20AM

    Did you do the Happy Dance then?
LOL
Very happy for you.



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CHEFMOM1199 5/6/2012 10:17AM

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WILDHONEYPIE1 5/6/2012 9:40AM

    Very nice. emoticon emoticon

And a big emoticon for you!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 5/6/2012 9:40AM

    WHoo HOooo!

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QUIRKY-MAMA 5/6/2012 9:19AM

  AWESOME.

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LEXIE63 5/6/2012 5:46AM

    LOLOLOLOLOLOL
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SBNORMAL 5/6/2012 1:41AM

  WOw!!1LOL

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