Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Well, what can I say??? Last year, I was going very strong and doing really well - I got to Level 11! I lost 7 lbs and was working out almost every day. But then, things happened (sickness, depression, vacations, stress of life) and, frankly, I just gave up.
Recently, some women in my church started a Bible Study called "Made To Crave" by Lysa TerKeurst, which has brought my issues with food to to forefront of my mind. I am in that place again where I really want to make a change. I have all the tools to do it, physically and intellectually, I just need the motivation and, more than that, the stick-to-it mentality.
I am a full-time working mom of 3 little ones (ages 3, 6 and 9) and I am TIRED all the time. I have a total of 108 pounds to lose and I am overwhelmed by that!
But I'm so sick of being a terrible example for my kids in the health department and I don't want to feel gross anymore.
I know SparkPeople works. I've succeeded on it before. And I intend to do so again.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
So...now that I have given away most of my work...I still have 8 days of work left and not much to do. Good news...got all my SparkPoints today. Bad news...I have a guilty conscience so I feel bad for doing nothing and getting paid.
Guess I'll go ask around for some work.
P.S. WHY is it so HOT??? I was going to walk this morning, but found that it was 87 degrees at 6:30am. Are you kidding me? GROSS!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
So, I didn't have the greatest weekend, health-wise. But it was a WONDERFUL weekend filled with fun and family and love. So I am really not complaining and I definitely don't feel guilty about it. Moving on...that was then, this is now.
Yesterday was really a banner day for our household. A little bit after lunch, I was offered a new job (that interview I had last week). I was THRILLED to accept the offer...it is $1,000 more per month than I make now (which we BADLY needed) and MUCH better health insurance. I cannot tell you how hard it was for me to not scream for joy when I hit "Send" on my Resignation Letter to my Supervisor and HR. I felt so free.
Then, I got home and opened up a letter from the University to find that my husband has received $1,000 scholarship. AWESOME!
And, as if that weren't enough...he then received a voicemail and it was The Hilton wanting to interview him for a job. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? I am gonna go ahead and say that yesterday was a GOOD DAY. And I really can't help but thank God...we could never have imagined such blessing! It has been SO difficult for us for SO long...quite honestly, we were beginning to just lose hope. What a great and wonderful God we serve, who periodically decides to just POUR our blessings on our lives. I just can't understand that kind of love.
This morning, I woke up at 6am and my 8 yr old and I went on a walk on the Trail. I don't know why this idea never occurred to me before, but it's a perfect time in the day to walk (before the stifling heat rolls in) and it's a great time of connecting for my daughter and I (she's always complaining that I don't spend time alone with her). Plus, we can work out together! Bonus. She and I both have issues with weight piling on pretty quickly...and since she quit gymnastics last year, I can see her filling out a bit and it worries me. I mean, I NEVER EVER say anything to her...but I do worry.
So, all in all, it's like I have a new lease on life. Wow. Big week. Big week!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
OK, so yesterday I went hiking with the family and we hiked for at LEAST 2.5 hours and it was some rugged terrain at times. All of us were thoroughly exhausted by the end of the day. My 3 yr old is such a champ for hanging in there all day! Poor little guy! It must have felt like 5 hours for his tiny, little legs! At any rate, I figure we burned about 1,800 calories according to my SparkPeople calculator.
Well, today is another story. I've kind of been relying on the caffeine to get me through and we are going to the 12:05am showing of Harry Potter tonight, so I would BET that I'll need more caffeine later. I am currently 400 calories away from hitting my calorie threshhold and I have yet to eat dinner. I suppose I could eat something very light and, therefore, give myself a LITTLE wiggle room for the movie tonight. Also, I MIGHT be able to get out for a walk on the trail after work. We'll see. The weather is pretty awesome today. No humidity, not too hot.
I don't know if it would be enough to completely combat movie popcorn and soda, which I'm sorry...I AM going to have tonight (it's the last Harry Potter movie at midnight, for crying out loud!) but it will at least help.
So...can my extra activity from yesterday "carry over" to today??? Things like that confuse me. In my head, it's black and white...you start over every day...each individual day you have to have less calories consumed than burned and that's that. But is there any leeway whatsoever between days? Anyone know?
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
So, thanks to an old high school friend who unexpectedly reached out to me on FB, I have returned to SparkPeople. I've been lazy and haven't taken care of myself and that is just enough of that. So...moving on.
It is morning. I feel sick from the coffee I drank (it bothers my tummy). So, I had a pear and a granola bar. Hope that and a lot of water will settle things down a bit. It doesn't help that I'm nervous as heck because I have a job interview at 2pm today. Listen, it's not my "dream career" or even in the right field...but I figure, I can be a writer ANYWHERE....I simply have to WRITE. If there is talent and hard work, someone is bound to recognize that someday...regardless of my "day job". I've just come to the point where I feel it's not worth slaving for 45 hours a week to bring home $12,000/yr for a family of 5 and miss precious time with my family to work for a company that could decide to stab me in the back and one day ship my job to the Philipinnes with no notice whatsoever. It's just wrong. I need money (SO much more money!) And I need security. And, well, back to the University I go (*fingers crossed*).
Looking forward to this new journey. Seriously glad to be back.
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