Wednesday, January 08, 2014
This lady is not on Spark People, but she's motivated herself to start the journey toward health. Just the way she talks and acts changes tremendously from first to last
Thursday, December 12, 2013
My favorite thing, besides the "rolling for your team flag," is the marquee of your goals that roll past, and 5 spark points if you review them. I like the way I was guided through the process of adding my own personal goals, besides borrowing some from Spark People.
I'm really good at looking at the goals with my eyes and not listening and taking them to heart. For example: the shortest term goal I have is to walk a 10K by the end of the year. This was derailed by 2 weeks of being sick and another week of freezing, icy roads and sidewalks. I've been walking with my friend Leslie Sansone, but that's definitely not the same thing as stretching out on real sidewalks.
So... here I'm renewing that goal. It's definitely possible at my fitness level. I could probably do it tomorrow, but then I'd have to rest for a day. I'd like to walk 10K without it being really difficult.
Oh, yeah... there's that not pigging out on cookies thing too.... we'll see how that goes.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
We're home now, in Texas. Grieving over the upcoming move because I love this house we live in, and I love the church here. It's going to be sad to leave. Whenever I start feeling sad, though, I remember the tall forest we'll be living in after the move, and the scurry of birds flying into the bird feeders we filled while we were there. Outdoor living is going to be wonderful there, and I do like the house with its two complete kitchens.
Now, however, we have to shed ourselves of the impulse purchases we no longer need, the sale items that are just being stored somewhere, and many other things that just have no place in our lives any more.
There's such a direct analogy to the extra pounds I'm carrying... the impulse eating, and the eating for no other reason than boredom, which is now compromising my blood pressure, my cholestrol, and my knees. In the work I do to sort and toss, maybe I'll be shedding some weight at the same time. That's my plan, anyway. This morning I'm unsure and tentative about my ability to do that, given the emotional upheaval I'll be going through as well.
My coping mechanism will be exercise. I really do love it, and taking a walk helps me to sort through emotional stuff as well. Thanks to my friends here for the support that flows freely from all the Spark People world.
Monday, November 11, 2013
In the new house; no computer. Thumb-pecking on my Kindle is pretty laborious.
Challenge for today: Plan tomorrow's meals.
Mini Wheats w/banana & 2% milk
One bread Turkey sandwich with salad greens, milk, grapefruit
FOLLOW-UP! I did not follow the above menu, which is why I don't like to make them. What I did eat was fine and still in the program... just different. I don't think I'll ever be a good set-the-menu-ahead-and-then- follow-it-exactly person. I just love spontaneity too well. My daughter, on the other hand, has for years known exactly what she would cook for the following week. I really admire that, but if I try to impose it on myself... the rebellious dragon within rears its ugly head. On the other hand, I can cook for a week without following any recipe at all, and she can not. She's almost totally recipe driven.
Interesting, isn't it! Both of us are good cooks, and have things our families love to eat. I really think the difference may be that my husband does our grocery shopping and does not like specific ingredients that he has to look for. I tend to cook basic meals using herbs and spices and traditional cooking skills. My daughter does an admirable job of doing all their grocery shopping, staying on budget and using coupons.
I am home now; we have NOT moved to Missouri yet. Now comes the hard task of getting this house ready to sell and weeding through the unnecessary items we've accumulated the last 28 years in this house. Meanwhile, my DH and I have to finish working on the report he still has to do.
76° here yesterday. (It was 71° in Missouri). Had a great and short walk, trying to make sure I don't jump into too much exercise too soon after recovering from a cold and travel.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
I've been sick for 10 days now. No fever; it's not the flu, just a terribly wracking painful cough that is keeping me from sleeping at night. Ever since I reached the coughing stage of this cold, I've been forced to get up at some time during the night, wrap myself in a nice warm fleece bathrobe, and sleep the rest of the night in my comfy "reading" chair.
Because of this, I've only exercised a few times, not knowing if I'm hurting myself or not.
My coaching sessions, which are mainly automated computer responses, tell me "you're having a challenge with exercise right now," going on to say [my words...] "get over your bad self." There's no category in the coaching sessions for "You're sick.... you need to get your rest."
Consequently, I've been a little frustrated, because last month I met my goal of 1050 minutes of exercise, and some of it was chest heaving, sweating hard stuff.
This morning's coaching request was "List three accomplishments." Here they are:
1. Got the gold medal in my Senior Slimming teams monthly weight loss challenge. I didn't lose much, but I guess I did better than the other entries.
2. Have exercised at least every other day since I was sick, mostly with Leslie Sansone's Walking away the pounds, or in a simple yoga routine. (The weather here has been cold and rainy, so not conducive to taking sick body outdoors)
3. Eaten extremely well: all health-giving food and food appropriate for getting well. Except for the cough drops, nothing artificial or processed.
This is my own "atta girl" for myself. Today's the first day of feeling almost human, so I'm confident I'll get back on the exercise trail as soon as I can.
P.S. In case you think it was the exercise that made me sick... with me, getting sick is almost always a result of no enough rest, and that's the causation this time as well. First illness in about 2 years, so I'm not beating myself up too much. It's just a reminder of how important it is for me to get enough sleep.
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