Exercising is definitely getting easier and so I am kicking it up a notch. I get the incline up on the old treadmill and go for it. Today I lost another pound so I am thrilled as I am 1 away from the 150 mark, which is an intermediate goal for me. I have been eating healthy at the low end of my calorie range and really working hard on the treadmill and doing the 20 minute resistance band workout 3 days a week. Its a nice workout that I enjoy. Anyway when I hit those intermediate goals (every 5 lbs.) I'd like to reward myself but need some ideas what to choose ???
One thing I am not good at is rewarding myself. My pants are getting looser but I still am not dropping a size yet to get any new clothing item. I don't have a lot of money to spend, and Spark Coach says not to use food as a reward -- and I tend to agree with that philosophy. So I just don't know. I am opening this up for suggestions if anyone has any I maybe could see if there's anything that would be motivating. I know some of you have been at this a while and I thought this is an area where I could learn from you.
"Pap" (DH) and Kelly and Max (who hates the water)
Had a good time at church this morning and then home for some family time! Kelly and the girls (granddaughters Hailey and Anna) came for a swim in the pool. We enjoyed just chatting and as it was so hot we had to get in the water which was 86 degrees! It was almost like taking a bath. You won't catch me in my bathing suit in a photo yet -- so I only have a couple of shots here of the pool and the kids.
After they left I got on the old treadmill and did 45 minutes of cardio and then made Chicken Teriyaki for dinner (without rice or noodles) and had some broccoli and tomatoes with it. Yum! After dinner settled I got back on the treadmill and did another 15 minutes! I am going for the burn! I also did Coach Nicole's 20 min. resistance band video. So I had a full day and hopefully will get a good night's sleep tonite. The exercise is getting a little easier now.
I am quite pleased that I was able to complete the Lose 4 lbs. by the 4th (of July) challenge for the Partnership Accountability to the Finish Line team. I actually had to really scramble to complete the challenge and actually lose 4 lbs. by the 4th -- because I was like the rabbit in the Tortoise & the Hare -- I got out there and lost the 4 lbs. and then went on vacation and gained 2 of them back -- not very smart! When I came home I had to lose 2 lbs. all over again. I was really discouraged with myself -- but I decided I was not going to let myself down. I got busy and got on that old treadmill and stayed on it for 3 days working like crazy to lose those 2 lbs. all over again. So now -- I am starting fresh -- but feel good that I didn't let myself off the hook for that challenge! So, now I am considering another challenge! They really help to motivate me to be accountable.
FYI if you read my last blog you know I posted my July personal goals. I have lost 1 of the 5 lbs. so that is cool, cleaned those 2 refrigerators (I just had to get that yucky task behind me), and worked on the cookbook today taking a couple of photos...so things are progressing. I also started looking online for something that I can do. If anyone has any ideas of how I could do something at home that would earn some money, please let me know. It also needs to be something I would actually like to do. I know, I am picky...we get that way when we get older. I like to think I am wiser now but I'm really not sure about that. I am motivated and work hard at whatever I put my mind to, and I am creative as well. Those are my street creds!
Later guys, hope you are sparkin' along and setting and reaching your own personal smart goals!
Well Here Goes....What's so scary? Posting my July Goals! If I post them -- what happens if I don't make them happen? People will know and I will look foolish. Oh well, this is an attempt to motivate myself to get going on some ordinary type things. I visited a couple of Spark Pages this morning that have motivated me toward this insanity. One girl was posting her own July Goals and another gentleman shared a quote from South Pacific that really motivated me! "If you don't have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?" I think that was Bloody Mary. Well said -- funny the things that motivate us.
At any rate, here are the my July goals:
1) Lose 5 lbs.
2) Clean 2 refrigerators (don't laugh - I hate to do this)
3) Find a part time job
4) Clean out and sell some stuff on ebay (I still love ebay)
5) Paint an old table
6) Add photos to my cookbook
Well, that's it. I will let you know at the end of July what I actually accomplished. This way I am holding myself accountable. Gulp! I have really been working out hard since returning from my trip of wanton unhealthy diet debauchery. I have been eating healthy and hopefully I can lose the 5 lbs. Even if it is only 4 lbs. -- I will be really pleased. At my age a pound a week is good. Since I did the trip I am short on funds so need to get out and get some -- after all Christmas is coming and grandma has bills to pay. Living on a fixed income is the pits. As for the table. I bought an old antique wooden card table and I need to paint it dark red (my favorite color) to use as a game table. I may even decoupage something on the top -- we'll see. As for adding the photos to the cookbook, it is time consuming as you actually have to cook the items to take their picture. So it will be a process. Goal is to do 1 per day!
All for now, I wish you great success in your healthy lifestyle journey and stop by to let me know how you are progressing!