Monday, September 27, 2010
I'm finishing up 3 challenges and starting 2 new ones! As I've been thinking about my past year, give/take a bit on Spark I really have changed my whole lifestyle. I think in different terms. Now, when I eat... I think about having to track that on my Spark Tracker... not that that always keeps from eating something I shouldn't but at least I do think about it more.
One of the challenges I am finishing up asked us for several things over the past 7 weeks - we tracked our freggies, water, strength training, fitness minutes - you name it! We've tracked it and I just love it. It just makes you more aware of what you have going on in your life and more accountable. This week's challenge was to BLOG about your past year or so at Spark, come up with new Ideas for upcoming challenges, try out a new recipe and clean out your frig or pantry.
Well, I decided to tackle the frig first! So here's a pic of my clean frig, stocked with mostly good stuff!
I also posted a new recipe and so far, haven't come up with a new challenge idea...but working on that!
My new challenges are with the Done Girls WIN (Winter is Near) Challenge and Determined Daisy's (lose 5% challenge). I'm so into both of them and know that both of them will challenge me in different ways!
October 1st starts our Bootcamp Accountability month - they always have wonderful challenges and goals! I loved last months challenges - they went by the Days of the Week. Example: Thirsty Thursdays (drinking lots of water!). October is new challenges that have to do with being on a train - starting with the caboose & making your way up 10 cars. I'm looking forward to that also!
I stepped into a couple of leadership roles this past month or so, so that's been challenging also. I hope that I can do justice to the positions I've accepted.
I really want to be more consistant with my workouts and diet. I seem to yo yo back and forth. I'll do really well for a few days, then have a bad day or so, then back to doing well. That's why I think these challenges will be great for me, will keep me accountable and really really step up my weight loss and healthy lifestyle!
*note* don't look at the date on the picture - I put new batteries in my camera and didn't reset the date - silly me!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I just wanted to blog today about my father, mother & family.
I'm so thankful that I still have both my parents and I also still have 1 Grandma. My Dad has always provided for us - when we were children and even as adults. As a little girl I did resent the times my Dad was working - he was an over the road trucker - so he was gone alot but I now realize that he was doing it for us!
My Mom really kept the family together now that I look back on it. She was the one who took us to piano lesson, cheerleading practices, volleyball games/practices, early morning band, you name it she made sure we got there! We were never denied a chance to be in something, belong to something, be a part of something just because we couldn't get there.
I am sad now because they are having so many health problems. My Dad just had major back surgery this past Friday. It seems to have been very successful so far. He told me Saturday that he can feel his legs & feet now and haven't been able to in years. Isn't that amazing - that he has had this pain for all these years and still has been a great father, husband and grandfather! He also states that his hips are no longer hurting. He hasn't been able to stand up straight in many many years and we are hoping that he will be able to once the incision has healed. I luckily was able to be there all day while he was in surgery and to help with him afterwards and the next couple days at home.
I am also sad because I believe my Mom has the beginning stages of Alzheimers. My Grandmother (her mother) had this also. I was very fortunate to have my Mom go with me and my daughters on vacation this year to Washington DC. She drove us a bit crazy because of her memory problems but I also feel like this might be one of the last times we will be able to do something like this together. One of my charitable causes is the Alzheimer's Assocation. I am going to do the Memory Walk this Saturday. If you are interested in donating for this, please Spark Mail me and I can send you a link to donate.
I'm really glad that my children are close with their Grandparents and that they are still able to enjoy being with them and doing things with them.
So in closing - I'm just really thankful for my parents and all that they have done for me and I appreciate them so very much!
Monday, September 06, 2010
I just want to just say Happy Labor Day to everyone! Did you know?!?
The first observance of Labor Day is believed to have been a parade on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, probably organized by Peter J. McGuire, a Carpenters and Joiners Union secretary.
By 1893, more than half the states were observing a "Labor Day" on one day or another, and a bill to establish a federal holiday was passed by Congress in 1894. President Grover Cleveland signed the bill soon afterward, designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day.
Who Are We Celebrating on Labor Day?
Number of people age 16 or older in the nation's labor force. Among the nation's workers are 80.0 million men and 69.1 million women. These men and women represent 66 percent of the civilian adult population.
So let's Celebrate this weekend - but let's do it in a healthy, positive way! Be sure & stay on track & keep up your fitness minutes & food trackers!
Here's a couple of great Spark Blogs you might want to check out before heading out for that Labor Day BBQ!
Your Labor Day Cookout Survival Guide
Healthy Labor Day Cookout Recipes that Will Please a Crowd
I've already chosen a couple of those recipes - sound yummy!
Please have a safe, happy & healthy weekend!
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