Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Finally, at long last, the scale is moving down again! I still haven't figured out what caused me to overeat purposefully for all of those months, but it was obviously an emotional reaction. Rather than focusing on the negative, though, I choose to focus on the positive. I've controlled my intake over the last two weeks and eaten within my calorie range on most of the days. With the new tracker that adds calories to my range based on my activity, I just need to aim for the lower end to see results. As I continue this trend, I should be back to my original loss of 50 pounds in about a month. Most importantly: I didn't quit!!! I kept tracking even when my totals were embarrassing, and I never quit believing that a lifestyle change was possible.
God bless my Sparkfriends for their continual support and inspitation. Spark on, Dudes!
Thursday, August 22, 2013
I've been a good girl - - fairly consistent the last two weeks, stayed within my calorie range, and chopped plenty of firewood. (I even got a blister; I was so proud!) However, the scale hasn't budged. Am I discouraged? No, I am not! I feel great! I switched my tracking to allow it to modify itself based on my workouts. I think I just need to aim a bit lower than my recommended calorie range, so I can see a bit of weight loss in the next two weeks. I'll keep you posted. :)
Friday, August 02, 2013
I've finally drug myself back onto the eating healthier and being more active wagon. Yee hah! I even stayed within my calorie range (averaged over the past 7 days). That even included a three day mini vacation and eating at a fabulous buffet every night. I'm pretty proud just because that showed planning and commitment: packing fruit and healthy snacks asks banking calories so I could really enjoy the prime rib, salmon, and tasty deserts!
However, over the past months, actually since Phil was in the hospital in March, I struggled with weird (for me) binges. In the past I gained all my weight with pedestrian overeating, a diet rich in fats and salt. On the day I took him to the emergency room, I didn't eat a thing until he got checked in to the VA hospital at 9:30 that night. I stopped at Safeway on my way home, bought a box of cookies from the bakery and ate all of them before going to bed. I made healthy fast food choices over the next week such as Subway and Panda Express, but continued binging on cookies every night. After he was released, I continued with the sugar, and he joined in. As the spring progressed and the school year school year drew to its ever-stressful conclusion, I added binging on alcohol into the mix and that behavior continued through the 4th of July. I continued sparking, drinking plenty of water, and eating pretty well during the day, but all bets were off in the evening. I has few good days sprinkled here and there throughout the spring and early summer, but most were pittiful attempts. I've been working hard to regain healthier habits through July and finally had a whole week that was successful. Big questions remain: why did I binge, what triggered that behavior, what are the warning signs, how will I avoid that repetitive behavior in the future?
Sparkhugs to my Sparkbrothers and Sparksisters!
Monday, April 29, 2013
The wedding went great! I was able to control my voice and keep it from cracking with emotion, and we got through the formalities all right. Here's part of the script I used, which talks about the difference between the days, weeks, and months before the wedding and the wedding itself.
A moment ago, I referred to this ceremony as a formalization of their vows, and that, really, is all it is. When I spoke with Sarah regarding her wedding ceremony, she emphasized that she wanted something short, so they could enjoy food, drink, dancing, family, and friends: the things that they really care about. Robert Fulgum, author of “All You Ever Needed to Know, You Learned in Kindergarten” and a Unitarian minister might agree, as he has this to say about the wedding ceremony: “You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of ‘yes,’ to this moment of ‘yes,’ indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, ‘You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant them all, every word.’”
So, I think Robert Fulgum would agree that the ceremony isn’t the main event; it’s just a prelude to the party and the remainder of Bryan and Sarah’s life together.
Friday, April 19, 2013
It's Friday! Whoo hoo! To follow up on my last blog: I raked about half of the yard over spring vacation before the rains came, and I've been fairly successful at increasing my workout time every couple of days. However, I still haven't gotten back on my stationary bike; my aerobic workouts have been a combination of walking and chopping wood. :) I love having something completed to show for my efforts.
I'm still struggling with eating within my calorie range. On the days where I do hit the mark, though, I shout it from the mountain tops! Sadly, those days are still few and far between.
At the request of one of my best friends, I recently received my ordination from an online agency to perform marriage ceremonies in the state of Idaho. As someone who has never been married and who doesn't enjoy formal social situations, I'm enjoying the irony. I will be performing my first wedding ceremony next week, "sealing the deal" between my friend's daughter and her wonderful fiance: Sarah and Brian. I'm really looking forward to the reception after my official duties are done. ;) Please, there's no need to refer to me as Reverend Karen! ;)
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