Friday, January 21, 2011
Well Iíve finally gotten my butt in gear! My plan to go back to the basics is starting to work! Iíve been drinking my water and laying off all the crap I was eating and get thisÖexercising! Lol I know, I donít know whatís come over me. Whereís Leslie and what have you done to her?!!
Iíve joined two challenges now and Iím totally stoked for both of them! One of them is to exercise every day until the end of February. The goal is at least 20 minutes a day but 10 is acceptable too. And if you want to go for more, then more power to you! We are keeping each other accountable and are hoping by the end of February that exercise has become just a part of our everyday routine and something we actually enjoy!! Imagine that?!! Lol Anyone who wants to join is welcome, Iíll try to come by your page at least once a day and check up on you. Thereís a few of us already but you know thereís strength in numbers so whoís with us?!! Címon, surely you can find ten measly minutes in your day to dedicate to your health. Who doesnít have a couple minutes here and there, while theyíre watching TV or standing around at work, to get some exercise in? Do that a few times in your day and BAM, youíre done!
The other challenge is the Positivity Challenge. Itís a new team with only 20 members so far. The main goal of this team is to spread the power of positive thinking by creating at least one blog per week entirely dedicated to telling others about the blessings, rewards, and other great aspects of your life. These blogs are not limited to weight loss. You can talk about anything you want. Examples include: Getting married, running your first 5k, getting a promotion at work, staying within daily nutrition goals, an exercise streak, finding a new favorite food, etc!" Whoís with me on this one?!! Címon guys, letís put our positive pants on!! LOL
SoÖpositive #1 is going to be my 2.7 lb loss on the scale this morning! This is my first loss of more than one pound in one week sinceÖgeesh, how long has it beenÖOctober? September maybe? I donít know, but it seems like fooorrreeevvveerrr ago! Iím absolutely fine with one pound per week so this added bonus of another 1.7 lbs is AWESOME! The scale loves me again! Hehe
Positive #2 is that I have to clean my house! Do what?!! Yup, you read that right! I have an inspector coming to my house next week so that it can get appraised so I HAVE to clean! This excites me and is a positive because it needs it so bad and I need it for my sanity! Time to burn some calories while cleaning AND bring some peace to my soul. Hooya!
And finally, positive # 3 is that I resisted ordering anything at the McDonalds drive-thru yesterday! We were running close on time and my daughter needed to be fed before she went to a play date, so McDonalds was our fastest and easiest option. Yes, I couldíve ordered a grilled chicken sandwich or a salad or something, but I really wanted one of their cheeseburgers and have been craving one lately! What did I order? Nothing! I microwaved my lean quisine when I got home and was completely satisfied. Woo hoo for me!
Stay tuned next week for another episode of my positivity!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
After our early morning escapade with the ice, the kids and I stayed home and have enjoyed some quiet family time. Before we had even gotten out of the neighborhood we hit a patch of ice and went straight into our neighbors mailbox. Scared the crap out of the kids but everyone was fine, thank God! So we turned back around and just stayed home all day. Their school was cancelled anyways and I was just taking them to my parent's house for the day while I went to work. They were a bit disappointed about not going to Mama and Papa's, but they got over it as soon as I said I'd play the Wii with them! lol
In other news, I made it through a pretty challenging weekend and am perty proud of myself! I had been notified last week that Chris's uncle had taken a turn for the worse and was not doing well. I went over to see him last Sunday, mostly to be there for his wife. She was very kind to me after Chris's passing and I thought I should return the favor. I'd never seen anyone on their death bed before, so this was harder for me to handle than I thought. To see what his wife was going through reminded me so much of me and it just hurt to see. He ended passing a couple of days later and I tell you what...Chris and him were probably fishing up in heaven's wonderous lakes within minutes of being reunited! lol Maybe this is selfish, but I'm glad Chris has someone else to enjoy heaven with now. :) (Of course I hate that it's at the expense of his family.)
So this last weekend I helped his wife get ready for the funeral. I knew this was one of the hardest things for me to do so I thought I'd help out a little. We went through some old pictures and did a scrapbook-like posterboard with them. It turned out really nice and looked good there at his service.
To tell you the truth, I debated about whether or not to go to that service or not. Not only was I going to see all of Chris's family, (most of them for the 1st time after his passing), but it was at the same funeral home as Chris's was. I knew I didn't HAVE to go and I think they would've understood if I didn't. But I thought, you know, you've been through so much worse than this...this should be a piece of cake. And actually, it was. It was really nice seeing all of his family again and I was well received by everyone. Well, almost everyone that is. His sister snubbed me for God knows why, but that's ok. I think she must be very angry at herself for the lack of involvement in Chris's life before he passed and is probably misplacing that anger towards me. Or maybe I represent something that she's just not ready to deal with b/c it is too hard and painful for her. Maybe it was the leather jacket I was wearing that belonged to Chris? Who knows, but I'd be lying if I said that it didn't hurt at all. It stung...but I'm not going to let myself get too worked up over it. I was welcomed by everyone else and that's what matters! People were even hugging me and I had no idea who they were! They introduced themselves afterwards, and were Chris's aunt and cousins. One of them tearfully thanked me for taking such good care of Chris. She said that he didn't have much of that in his life until I came into it, and wanted to thank me. I said thank you, that really means alot to me... to which she replied, "No, thank YOU for loving Chris." *tear* That meant sooo much to me! I represented Chris at that service....and they ALL knew that! I was shaking like a leaf when I walked into that room, but left with my head held high. Even if it was just for a day, his family was there for me, embraced me, and called me one of their own. I know they care so much for me and I'm NOT going to let myself forget that again!
In some totally unrelated news, [but actually SP related!], a friend asked me to help keep her accountable in her new weight loss plan! This is a girl I don't really know that well, but we did go to HS together. She is friends with me on facebook and I've wanted to say something about SP to her before, but as you know, you can't just come out and say that kind of stuff to people. They have to want to know and learn about it first. So finally, she came to me!! I told her all about SP and she asked me for my cell # so she can text me when she runs into problems or questions. I quickly hit her up on it and said, absolutely! I'm so excited and quite honored she is trusting me like this!! Awesome stuff, huh?!! Soon, I hope to have a SP name for you guys so maybe you can go by and give her a big welcome. :)
Anywhooo....thanks for listening to my 3 totally unrelated topics!! Have a good evening everyone and be careful on that ice!!
Monday, January 17, 2011
Researchers discovered that laughing increases both the heart rate and calorie burn by 20%. The longer people laughed, the greater effects. Just 15 minutes of laughter a day burns 40 calories.. depending on how much you weigh, and the duration and intensity of laughter.
15 minutes of laughter will result in 1 - 4 lbs loss of weight a year
Giggling for 15 minutes a day will burn up to 5 lbs off your weight in a year
From a 'Yoga Laughter Leader' perspective - If there is a weight loss from laughing, it is due to people feeling better about themselves. If you can practice laughter, exercise and eat a healthy diet, people will lose weight and feel good in the process.
When we laugh, people forget about their stresses, and the problems they face, because we can't have fun and be stressed at the same time. When we are in a happier frame of mind, it becomes less difficult to take on exercise and adopt a healthier eating pattern.
So can a few minutes of laughter a day of hearty laughter replace your exercise equipment? Not likely, but giggles, laughter, or a combination of laughter and exercise, such as 'laughter Yoga' definitely does help burn calories and can help you in your weight loss program.
Article from www.humor-laughter.com
Friday, January 07, 2011
A year ago today, a friend and coworker suggested that I check out this really cool web site called SparkPeople.com. I played around on it for a couple of days and was soon fascinated by the wealth of knowledge at my fingertips. All completely free knowledge too! Woo hoo!
So with my friend as my new ďSpark BuddyĒ we set our goals and timelines. I set my goal weight at 150Öa weight that Iíve always set as a goal with my other diets but was never able to reach. A weight that truthfully, I didnít think Iíd be able to reach this time either. I just thought what the heck, Iíll set it at that and probably wonít be on this site six months from now anyways. Boy was I wrong!
It was so much easier than I thought! SP told me that I could eat whatever I wanted just as long as I stayed within my calorie and nutritional goals. Really?! A diet that didnít cut out a certain food group or encourage overindulgence of another? A diet that didnít make me eat only broccoli, lettuce and supplements? A diet that said I could still have my cake and eat it too? [Literally!] This was the plan for me! AWESOME!
I became educated on why my diets hadnít worked for me before and on how to make this time different. What I found was that it wasnít a diet at all. It was an accumulation of small changes that in turn, created a lifestyle change. I didnít go all fitness crazy and or start exercising so much that I burned myself out and I didnít make radical changes overnight. I made small changes and set attainable goals, allowing myself to make mistakes and picking myself right back up when I did. I started focusing on living healthy a day at a time. It was all about the baby steps. Soon I found myself with more energy and felt like my body was thriving! The fatty foods that had appealed to me before no longer tasted good and they even would upset my stomach. My body loved the way I was treating it and I was loving the way it felt.
Before I knew it, the pounds were dropping off. I reached the 15 lb loss mark and thought, ďIf that came off so easy, why not go for more!Ē Then I hit the 20 lb mark and the compliments started rolling in. My newfound confidence was soaring and I wasnít about to quit there! I soon saw my ticker at over the halfway mark and it made something inside of me say, ďIím OVER Ĺ way there, thereís no turning back now!Ē I could see the light at the end of the tunnel and the competitive side of me came out in full throttle. I wanted to finish strong and hit that goal line once and for all! And you know what? Thatís exactly what I did!! I lost a total of 40 pounds! I had also gone from a size 16 to an 8/10. I never imagined that Iíd ever wear anything smaller than a 12. What an INCREDIBLE feeling! VICTORY! Now itís just on to maintenance which I am not worried about at all. With SparkPeople by my side, Iíll be just fine!
If thereís one thing Iím sure of itís that I couldnít have done it without the encouragement and support of my Spark friends! Whenever I had a question it was answered. Whenever I had doubts or frustrations they were understood, and whenever I needed a boost of confidence, I got it! The support was never-ending and it truly made all the difference in the world!
So to my Spark Buddy, best friend and everyday motivator, THATSLOVELY101, THANK YOU for igniting that Spark in me. I owe much of my success to you! And to all of my Spark Friends, THANK YOU for always being there for me!! Iím so grateful for each and every one of you! You were exactly what I needed, when I needed it. Youíve helped me change my life in the most positive way possibleóby living a healthy lifestyle. Iím eternally grateful to you for that!
Iím now a confident person who respects herself and her body. I no longer duck from my reflection or avoid every mirror I see. I donít hide my body under baggy clothes anymore or cry at night because Iím fat. Iím happy and I love myselfÖperhaps the greatest reward of all!
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