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Is pizza fast food since there's no drive up?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

So yesterday I decided I am giving up complaining and unhealthy fast food for Lent. Let me tackle each one separately.

Complaining - I've always been an optimistic and happy person. For those that know me they would probably question that statement lately and it would really hurt the vision I have of myself for them to question it. See, I have been told a lot in my lifetime that I have a great attitude and I'm always happy. So, I believe it and I know it to be true. However, I don't believe it is true anymore. Yep, I said it. I don't have a great attitude and I'm not visibly happy anymore. A lot of it stems from getting laid off a couple years ago. It shook me to the core because I just didn't see it coming and I was the person who didn't worry about it (long story). Anyway, welcome to the real world, right? So now I've become a little more cynical and frustrated in my current environment. Enough said...so I've decided I need to stop complaining. I don't like being a complainer and most people would agree that they don't like complainers. I can handle not being liked (ah, it's great to be a grown-up) but I don't want to be disliked because I complain. Also, where does complaining get me...NOWHERE...taking action will get me somewhere! So, I'm giving up the complaining and I'm going to see if it changes my happiness quotient. I think it will but I'll let you know.

Fast Food - Ah, the easiness of stopping at a drive-thru on the way home from work at 8 p.m. when it's too late to cook and I'm too tired. That is one of the biggest downfalls I have when it comes to making healthy choices when life gets busy. So, I'm giving up UNHEALTHY fast food. I have to be reasonable and I can certainly still have a salad from a fast food place (if it's healthy, of course) or I can definitely stop at Subway on those crazy busy days. But, for a short time, I'm going to add a little inconvenience to my life to make myself think a little more and be accountable to myself a little more.

There you go, that's what I'm giving up for the 45 or so days. I'll let you know how it goes!

So last night I knew I was going to get home later than I would like to be able to cook a nutritious meal so I asked a couple people at work if they thought pizza was considered unhealthy fast food? There isn't a drive up! What do you think and what do you think I had for dinner?

  
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KEAMOM1510 4/20/2011 7:47AM

    That is hysterical!! I love the title of this blog! How's this challenge going anyway? Did you make it?

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WEZZYCHEESY 3/12/2011 11:43PM

    sorry but there are some pizza places that has drive up windows too, we have one here in cortland. but i agree with spud, like any fast place there is some not s healthy choices but there some good choices too.

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SPUD1226 3/10/2011 1:17PM

    I think pizza can be healthy: cheese, sauce, crust. It's the greasy toppings. I like pineapple and canadian bacon and the chicken toppings that have become popular. Some of the fast food salads aren't the healthiest either. Also, like everything moderation is good.
I know what you mean about the complaining, I need to watch myself on that.
Good Luck on your goals

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Motivation

Thursday, November 18, 2010

What motivates you? Is it the weight loss on the scale or how you feel? Does the weight loss keep you motivated or does how you feel keep you motivated?

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I've been reading a lot of articles on motivation to really identify what motivates me and how to keep my motivation level high. Right now, it's high but it's been there before and then I've floundered only to gain weight and have to fight to get my motivation back.

Here is what I've discovered:
1. If I focus on the scale, my motivation is short lived.
2. I lose my motivation when life gets busy.
3. I blame all the external forces in my life for ruining my motivation.
4. I need to see results to feel motivated.
5. I am motivated to take action only when I feel like it.

So, I have a character flaw. I'm sure there are the people out there (who I envy) who don't face these challenge but that is the reality of me. I am a carefree (much more so before having kids!), life-loving (more so since having kids!), WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) kind of person. I would much rather be having fun than working (seriously, am I alone here?). Life is short, we better enjoy it, right?

BUT, that's all great but that's not the reality of life. I must work, I must be responsible, I must do this and that and this and that......AND I really want to be healthier and lose weight.

So here is what I resolve to do:
1. I will use the scale for what it is...a cold piece of metal that tells me at a specific time what I weigh - it will not get any more power than that. emoticon
2. I will remain in control when life gets busy...it really isn't hard to make good decisions even when I'm busy - it's just an excuse! emoticon
3 I will take responsibility for making the choices I make and not blame anyone else...people aren't really trying to ruin my day or make me fat! emoticon
4. I will focus on HOW I feel instead of focusing on only results! emoticon
5. I will challenge myself to JUST DO IT by making good food choices, exercising, saying no to seconds, etc. even when I don't feel like it! emoticon

So, how do you stay motivated?

  
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PAULSNANASUE 11/21/2010 9:32PM

    Good for you. You've just done the hard part.

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TAMTAMM 11/19/2010 9:43PM

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CATEECHER 11/19/2010 8:44PM

    Thank you for posting this!! I too struggle with motivation and right now am a little on the down side. I'm excited for the new challenge to start but I'm also getting wrapped up in the fall/winter weather and holidays and baking and making stew and I need to stop and reevaluate again!! Your blog helped me to rethink and wrap my mind around what I'm doing here!! Welcome to the new Gold/Silver team.

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KEAMOM1510 11/19/2010 6:44AM

    Sounds like you figured it out! I hope it works for you. I'm glad you're back!!

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HONORINGGOD 11/18/2010 11:07PM

    lotta praying emoticon

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NONNATAMMY 11/18/2010 10:26PM

    I like your goals. I think having goals will help you most of the time.Seeing improvements motivates me. I must admit the scale is not a great motivator but those lower sizes do. Measuring does too. I run with two friends. We're going to races and improving our time. That really motives me. All the great"looking good" comment motivate me too. Plus, Spark friends. We can do this because we want to do it!!! emoticon

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July Goals - Week 2 Progress

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Here we are...half way through July. Wow, my daughter just told me tonight that it was 5 months until December. Well not quite but soon enough. She was thinking of Christmas and I was thinking of my 40th birthday. How am I going to feel when I turn 40? I know my husband had a little trouble with it (his life was half over, he said). Well, I'm just starting! When you've had a weight problem for most of your life it sometimes feels like you weren't living life. Well, I'm starting to live mine now! If it's half over, I don't want to waste anymore time! By the way, I'm an optimist and I believe 40 is the new 20 so I have at least 60 years left on this great Earth before I meet my maker!

So here is my week 2 progress for my July goals:

1. Take lunch to work 3 days each week! - Check! It would have been 4 but I was invited to lunch by my boss and his boss so although normally I would have been happy to go...I have goals to meet and I was not very thrilled - Mexican by the way...no good for me! No chips, didn't touch even one but I'm still sure my meal was not very good for me. emoticon

2. Get in a cardio workout a minimum of 2 times each week for a minimum of 30 minutes! - I exceeded my goal and worked out 4 times - woohoo! I started running to get ready for another 5K and I did Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred twice (I love it!). emoticon emoticon

3. Go for a bike ride with my family once per week! - So I didn't do this. It was too busy during the week and the weekend just flew by with my kids playing outside (me running and doing The Shred) and going to a movie together on Sunday. emoticon The main motivation to take a bike ride was to spend time together and the movie accomplished that. Ya, I know, it's not interacting but it's still something we'll remember for awhile. P.S. It's only Monday this week and we already went for a bike ride / walk as a family tonight after dinner!

4. Plan breakfasts and lunches for the work week! - This one is pretty easy if I just get the right stuff from the grocery store. All I need is yogurt emoticon, fruit emoticon emoticon emoticon, Fiber One Muffins and bars and I can find breakfast. Lunch is usually one day of leftovers from dinner and then a sandwich or frozen meal. That's that, easy peasy!

So I logged a loss of 2.2 pounds last week emoticon and I'm hoping I can do well again this week. On Thursday I'm heading out of town so I will probably have a slight set back next week. But I'm okay with that, really! Life is to be lived and sometimes I won't be able to run when I want or eat perfectly - this weekend will be about spending time with family and going with the flow!

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SUNNYBR 7/29/2010 11:27AM

    Lisa you are doing so great, I love your healthy attitude. So positive.
Your daughter cracks me up! Thinking of Christmas already! I remember when I did that as a child.

40 is so young - don't be worried. I turned 51 this month and I still feel like a 20 year old. As long as I keep moving I feel great. Love your blogs.

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NONNATAMMY 7/25/2010 10:11PM

    You're doing great! Way to go!!

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DRASADAF 7/20/2010 2:52PM

    wow nice plans ...keep it up..........

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CRUISE2011 7/20/2010 9:58AM

    5 months to Christmas!! Wow!! Great goals - what a terrific way to fit in the family time. 40 was tough for me (basically just the birthday not the whole year - I stayed at home all day and refused to get dressed!)

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SEEAMANDARUN 7/20/2010 9:23AM

    Fantastic Goals and a Super Fantastic attitude! Love it!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 7/20/2010 12:08AM

    Nice blog. I wish you the best in reaching all of your goals.
HUGS
Pam

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New Clothes!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

So I decided that I had to go clothes shopping at lunch. It was a lunch hour race and I won!
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The clothes I've been wearing have been looking a little like I'm hiding myself rather than showing my progress. I was feeling great about my weight loss progress (slow but steady with a few blips here and there - hey, that's life!) but this morning when I went to put something on, after I posted a 2.2 lb weight loss, I didn't feel good about my clothes. So during my lunch hour (turned into 1 hour and 45 minutes emoticon ) I found out that I have went down 2, YES 2 sizes. WooHoo! What a great feeling! Now I can actually see the progress in my new clothes. I didn't buy a lot, just 3 pairs of capris and 2 shirts but I am so excited to wear them tomorrow to work - not all at once, don't be silly but one pair of capris and one of the shirts. I can actually see my shape again!

So what has made the difference? I started running again last week AND I started doing Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I think I will be buying new clothes for this fall too!

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DRURY23 7/20/2010 8:19PM

    YIPPEE!!!! I'm so happy for you!! Isn't it an amazing feeling when you buy smaller clothes?? I just did the same thing last week and I know I was smiling from ear to ear when I walked out of the store!

Keep up the great work!!!!!!

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CRUISE2011 7/19/2010 10:30AM

    2 whole sizes!! Amazing! That's the type of motivation that really pays off!! Congrats!!

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RHONDAMIGA 7/16/2010 4:42PM

    whoo hooo! You are A W E some! (now, to figure out why I did not receive this post in my email today. hmmmm)

And 1 hour 45 min for lunch... that would be a bonus to do more often. giggles.

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CERIUSLY 7/16/2010 11:35AM

    Two sizes! That's awesome! I finally bought some new capris last week because my other ones needed a pin to keep them up. I too am looking forward to Fall shopping.

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SEEAMANDARUN 7/16/2010 9:12AM

    It's so great when you see all your hard work pay off. Congrats! You earned it!

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KEAMOM1510 7/16/2010 6:39AM

    Yipee for you!!! That's wonderful. I wish I could have gone with you!!! Although, can you imagine the two of us running through the store trying things on??? Scary ~shiver~

You're back on track and doing an amazing job. You'll be at your goal in no time!

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NONNATAMMY 7/16/2010 12:10AM

    You're doing great! It feels good, doesn't it?! Keep it up! emoticon

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 7/15/2010 11:14PM

    Congrats on the progress....and a long lunch is always nice!

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WEZZYCHEESY 7/15/2010 10:55PM

    great job, keep it up emoticon

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SHARKAR02 7/15/2010 10:46PM

    OH YEAH!!!! Congrats!

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JENNYBETHIN 7/15/2010 10:21PM

    Yay! You strut those capris and keep running!

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July Goals - Week 1 Progress

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

So my last blog I decided to set some goals for July to get me back on the right track. Well, let's see how I did...

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1. Take lunch to work 3 days each week! - Yep, I did it! - 3 days total - saved calories and money! emoticon

2. Get in a cardio workout a minimum of 2 times each week for a minimum of 30 minutes! - Did this too, in fact I worked out for 90 minutes and burned about 950 calories - that felt great!

3. Go for a bike ride with my family once per week! - Yep, did this too. It was with my son (DD didn't want to go, that was unusual, so DH stayed home with her). My son and I had so much fun and it will be a day we'll remember forever (well, me for sure!). emoticon

4. Plan breakfasts and lunches for the work week! - Yep, did this too! One day, I didn't plan the night before but I still searched around and planned what to walk out the door with that morning so I call that planning and not searching for something to eat in the vending machine when I got to work or stopping at the convenience store!

Now, I still posted a 0.6 lb gain last Thursday in my Biggest Loser Challenge (Go Silver Stars!!!) but that's okay because I had some overeating demons emoticon that I needed to overcome before I would expect a loss. I hope to see the scale move in the right direction this week. If it doesn't, I will just keep on keepin' on because I will succeed!!!

I also figured out my reward for meeting my July goals....workout clothes! Seriously, I put on my running capris on Saturday to go running - they are the same ones (I have two pairs, mind you) that I've been wearing since I started training for my first 5K (back in March) - and they are crazy big. I'm still not skinny but really my butt isn't even visible in them. I must look like I'm wearing parachute pants when I'm out running in them. emoticon

Here's to another successful week!



  
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SEEAMANDARUN 7/13/2010 9:58AM

    You're doing great!!! Those are some great accomplishments!

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KEAMOM1510 7/13/2010 6:43AM

    You are on the right track!!! Way to go! Great goals.

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DRASADAF 7/13/2010 2:25AM

    try again and again till u succeed

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