Monday, December 02, 2013
Just a quick post to keep myself accountable with my post cruise weight. Still not where I was prior to the cruise, but since I celebrated two holidays with alot of yummy food and weigh below goal, I can breathe a sigh of relief. A few more weeks and we are almost through it.
Added some intensity to my exercise routine with some HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) on the treadmill. First learned about it from my daily check in friend, Maree. So, I read an article about it and I love it! I am still a beginner, but I have added it to my daily treadmill workout three times per week. It really gets the heart rate going and I feel like I am using my time more efficiently by burning more calories in a shorter period of time.
Hope everyone is doing well with the post holiday work outs!! Best wishes to all my spark friends!
Monday, November 25, 2013
Now, that I have been home for a week and have caught up with life after vacation, I feel like I can update everyone about the trip. It was truly a fabulous vacation and I highly recommend it for those of you with young children or granchildren. The cruise provided us with the quality family time we wanted during the day and the much needed adult time we craved in the evening. Disney, as most of us know, is tops in quality of service and they did not disappoint on the cruise.
The boat is designed so that their is an adult quiet cove area in the front of the ship with a small pool, swim up bar, hot tub, and lounges for adults only. The family pools have a huge movie screen with Disney movies playing throughout the day with a water flume ride that jets around the top deck of the ship. The spa was very relaxing with its own hot tubs and various showers and steam rooms for adults to enjoy.
For the kids, there is the older teen club for 15-18, the tween club for 11-14, and the club that my girls loved, the Kids Club for 3-10 year olds. My girls went to the club every night during our 8 pm dinner so that we had a nice time with our friends every night. They absolutely loved it. My three year old was asking to go to the club everyday last week after we were home. They have so many activities with the kids and so many cool rooms, like Pixie Hollow, where Tinkerbell lives and Andy's room from Toy Story.
Finally the highlight for DH and me was seeing their faces when they met Ariel and Tinkerbell. I felt like I was a kid again. We took them to Disney World two years ago, but this cruise, our first cruise ever, seemed to have everything we all wanted and needed on vacation. Rest, relaxation, kids club, character meetings, nights out without the girls, time with our friends, and family adventures to new places in Mexico, Grand Cayman Island, and Disney 's Castaway Cay, Bahamas. It was so much fun!
Meeting Ariel. My daughters' favorite princess.
Dinner at Animator's Palate where you get to draw your own character and they create a cartoon animation with it on the TV screens. Really cool!
With our friends at dinner.
Looking forward to the next cruise. Already booked for next year!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
OMG! That is what I consumed while I was away on the Disney cruise for one week! And wine with dinner every night! And drinks on the dance floor. Good thing I ran 2 miles everyday because I probably would have gained more than 8 lbs. Yes, I said 8 lbs.! Someone told me that I should expect to gain that much. I knew I would gain some weight, but not that much! Good thing I lost more weight before I left in preparation for the this gain.
Upon reflection, I chose healthy options at most of my meals, but I usually do not eat dessert, except on my treat day and I do not consume wine and alcoholic but beverages as much as I did last week. Please do not think that I am upset about my choices. I had fun with my family and friends and I would do it all again because we had the best time. The interesting part about the whole thing is that back in July of this year, when I came back from my week away in Block Island, I really had trouble getting back on track with my food choices. These last few days have been so much easier in that regard. It is as if my body is craving the healthy food, sleep, and exercise routine that it missed last week. When I think back on the life-style change as a whole, I cannot believe that I lived each day without these healthy choices. I feel so much better now in my maintenance mode. It's this feeling that keeps me going.
It was nice to get away, not have to worry about cooking dinner each day, and drink and have fun, but my body feels so much better and healthier now that I am back in my routine. By the way, that spicy pumkin soup recipe that was featured yesterday was delicious. We had it for dinner tonight!
Friday, November 08, 2013
Tempted but the truth is discovered. . . Remember that song by Squeeze?
These are the lyrics I am thinking about as I embark upon my Caribbean adventure. It's my first day on vacation and I am in bed in my hotel room sparking and tracking. We leave on the Disney Fantasy cruise tomorrow from Port Canaveral, FL. I have been so excited for this vacation since we started planning with friends ten months ago. That is almost as long as I have been sparking, minus three months. I am at my lowest weight yet, within my goal range that I have maintained for over six months, and 1.4 lbs away from my ultimate goal.
As I reflect on my day, no exercise because of travel, (sigh), and not the best food choices because I chose to indulge. (Friday is my "treat" day, but in moderation). Not sure that I used my regular amount of moderation today. I am laying here trying to get the mind set that I will not be tempted or pressured by what others choose to eat for the rest of the week.
You know what I am talking about . . .when you go out with a friend and if you choose something healthy like a salad, they sigh and say you are making them feel bad for their choice. While I never change my order because of others, I know that the pressure will be there this week from my friends. I have never been on a cruise before but I hear that there is so much to eat. I want to make the right choices and not feel this peer pressure to eat unhealthy food. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the less healthy food and I am even willing to give myself 2-3 lbs to gain on vacation. I want to live life and enjoy it, but I want to be reasonable about my food choices too.
I have a new bathing suit and a new dress because I felt like I deserved a gift for having changed my lifestyle. And the trip is a gift to us, DH and I, for our ten-year anniversary. Hopefully, while I sit in my new dress and bathing suit, I will continue to choose healthy and opt for a treat each day. Maybe a run tomorrow morning? I think I have it in me.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
I celebrated with a piece of crumb cake from the bakery that my husband brought home this evening. It was not in my plan for today, especially since this morning I weighed in at my lowest weight yet, but I decided that I wanted to have piece of the cake. And it was worth it! B&W Bakery in Hackensack, NJ makes the best crumb cake in the tri-state area. It was delicious! And even if the scale goes up for my weigh in day tomorrow, I am happy that I had a peice of the cake.
I have learned that my treats should be worth it and I should love them. If something does not entice me for a treat, then I am not eating it. Sometimes, overindulgence rears its ugly head, but I am learning to get right back on track and not letting it continue the rest of the day.
So happy one-year Sparkversary to me! And here is to another year of healthy living!
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