Tuesday, August 05, 2014
It has been almost two months since my last blog. So much going on in life. I appreciate all the well wishes from my SP friends. A close family member passed away in June and it was a shock to my family. Have been taking care of my family, especially my DH and my DDs. Exercise has taken a back seat by trying to keep life normal for my girls with their summer activities, but I am back to a consistent routine this month.
It is hard to stay on track when life takes over. For me, as I look back on the last two months, I see that I have maintained well through one of life's most difficult stresses. I have gained a few pounds but still within the upper range of my goal range. Life is a journey with peaks and valleys. Day by day and small steps will help heal the spirit and the body.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
So, I may have let go of SP for the last 18 days and although the scale has gone up a bit, I have missed out on connecting with my SP friends. I have missed my daily check-ins, my exercise tracking, and reading the blogs. Life has taken over the last couple of weeks.
To stay accountable, I maintained my exercise regimen for the most part, but have been a bit off with my eating habits. Too much salt in my diet the last few weeks. Just came back from a conference in Atlantic City with a lot of great meals. Back to basic this week, especially since it is Memorial Day weekend. Hitting the beach with my swim suit and I want to feel good.
Hope everyone is doing well. Looking forward to getting back into the groove. Onward and upward!
Sunday, April 13, 2014
My first year of maintenance has had its ups and downs, but mostly ups. So many hurdles and so many goals, but always baby steps. Setting small goals for myself – higher speed on the treadmill, more burpees in my bootcamp class, a new SP recipe for dinner. If this is a healthy lifestyle, then I am proud to say that I am healthy and I love my life. I do not deprive myself of any food, just the amount of it. And some days it is harder than others, as we all know too well. In the end, I feel good and I do not want to let this “good” go.
Yesterday was my one-year maintenance anniversary and today I celebrated my first day of my second year of maintenance with a 5K. It was almost one year ago that I ran my first 5K on the same course in 34:00. Today, I did it in 28:18! That was good enough for third place in my age group. (Although, there seemed to be less people there this year than last year. But, I’ll take it.)
These are the days when I feel the “good” that I have managed to grasp. I will not let this “good” go. I will keep on it. I will not give up. I will not let an indulgent meal set me off, because this is life. I am capable of controlling what I eat. I am in control and it feels good. It feels right. Thank you my spark friends for continuing on this journey with me. Let’s keep taking baby steps so that we never let go of feeling this “good.”
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
since I have checked in with a blog. I have been very busy, but I have been sticking with the plan. Very proud of myself for sticking to the plan these days. I have missed my maintenance team friends as I have been away from my daily check in. Felt like I was missing a part of my life each day, so I am glad to be back. Scale is staying the same, even without tracking, but I am not in favor of staying away from the tracking. I think I may just be getting better at maintaining my new lifestyle. Amazing how it just happened one day, that I have not tracked my calories in almost a week and I am still at the same weight. I have consciously watched my food, but I have stuck to my plan. Feels good!
Hope everyone has a healthy week!
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
What a way to usher in my 40th birthday . . . in Las Vegas. As many of my spark friends know, DH surprised me with a trip to Vegas last week. We had the best time together. He is my best friend and I am blessed to have him as my life partner. I was completely surprised by the trip because he had me convinced that he was throwing me a party with my friends and I just did not know the details. He got me!
So, when I went dress shopping for my "birthday party" dress three weeks ago with a gift card he gave me for Christmas, I brought him and the girls along. He selected a very flashy sequined dress for me to try on. It was a little more Sparkly than I am used to, so I found it a little interesting that he selected it. But, since he knew the kind of "party" it was going to be, I went with it, after only trying on about 15 other dresses. Of course my little girls loved it! But, the best part of the dress shopping experience, as I mentioned to many of you previously, was that I was able to zip up all the dresses and not feel self-conscious about my weight or my arms. I think this has been the best part of this whole weight-loss/maintenance experience: to finally be able to try clothes on and feel good!
This is the SPARKle dress!
That night we went to dinner at Mesa Grill, (Bobby Flay's restaurant that I have been dying to try and it was worth it), a show, and then we went dancing. It was a fabulous night with DH.
We walked the Strip each morning and I tracked 6.5 miles one day and that was without the nightly dancing. (The best way to exercise)! Thank you for the good wishes. What a way to usher in a new decade! Back to reality and back on track today. I am still saying it, "Water, water and more water."
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