Thursday, May 12, 2011
Thursday is my usual water aerobics day at the Y. I am in the Olympic size pool for over 60 minutes.
The routine is about 40 minutes of strenuous cardio which includes strength moves with foam bar bells; about 20 minutes of warm ups, stretches, and cool downs.
So I feel I've had a full body workout with the whole thing. The instructor is wonderful and professional.
This week I also tried a class of kettlebells . I thought I would have sore muscles, but I did fine with that. I may get some kettle bells later to use at home.
Other days DH and I walk on the track. We take our workouts seriously and rarely miss our 6 day routines.
By the way, in case you missed it...I celebrated the loss of one-pound this week, and am on the home stretch with one-and-one-half pounds to the goal line.
Friday, May 06, 2011
Some days my favorite omelet breakfast looks more like a big dish of scrambled eggs hash, but this morning my omelet looked just perfect to me! So wow!.. I wanted to share a picture of it with someone. And since my favorite someones are my SparkFriends, here it is:
I make my omelet with one-half cup egg substitute (like egg beaters), 1/4 cup fat free cheddar cheese, and veggies-- sautéed frozen onion and three peppers blend and a handful of baby spinach thrown in and wilted with the blend. (I used one teaspoon of olive oil in a small skillet, to get my healthy oil in) seasoned with pepper and salt and make it like a regular omelet. I like to sprinkle hot sauce on it before I dig in.
On my serving plate, I sliced 1/2 banana and sprinkled with cinnamon-Splenda blend I make my self. My bread of choice is almost always Ezekiel bread from the health food store. It's cheaper than at the grocers. (I am also preferring unsweetened Almond Milk these days.)
If you like my Route 66 cup, we bought a couple of them at the Owl Café in "Owlbuquerque", N.M. some years back, where they served us our coffee in them. I loved them, because I was nostalgic about traveling Route 66 many times before progress got in the way.
As I have admitted before, I am not your gourmet cook but when I do fix something wonderful, I want to share it with someone.
Consider it done.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
I am into trying on all my smallest clothes now from a previous weight loss, and most of them are fitting! But a few still fit a little snug about my hips. (The last pounds to go are on my hips!) Hmm, I'll just have to work much harder to reach my goal! And then I thought, almost said it out loud,
"I'm glad I'm not at goal yet!"
Not exactly what you'd expect someone to say or even think, but I did......because, as long as I am not there yet, that means I will carefully count every calorie that enters my mouth; I will keep track of my fitness minutes; I'll eat mostly healthy foods and constantly focus on making good choices; I'll search for delicious looking recipes to cook or bake. (I admit cooking is not really my long suit).
I'm making wonderful Spark Friends in this great community of Sparkers. I blog when the spirit moves me, like right now. There's messaging, encouraging words and maybe an insight or two, assisted by my (ahem!) age and experience. In other words:
" I'M HAVING FUN!"
Well, yes, it's my intention to continue doing these things even after I've reached goal---but I can see where it will be easier to slack off on my commitment and momentum to maintain or reach other goals. I might even get a bit proud or haughty , God forbid, about my achievements. Being human, we all have our frailties.
So I'm reminding myself, or others who sometimes feel stressful about finally reaching that elusive goal, "Let's just keep having fun doing all the things that are keeping us healthy and happy to be alive!"
Friday, April 29, 2011
I went to this "shindig" at the Convention Center in Hot Springs last night, called Ladies Night Out. It was a fun event with lots of different booths, fashion shows, and tons of prizes. No, sadly, I didn't win anything.
The MC asked the huge audience of ladies (I'd guess around a thousand people) some fun questions including how old? There were a few ladies older. YAY! How long married? There were numbers of 25+ years married, several 50+ years married, and naturally, the higher it went the fewer ladies responded.
The shocker was that out of all those lovely ladies, I had been married the longest---64 years! No one was even close! After the nice applause, the MC asked what my secret was for such a long marriage. Only one word came to my mind. I shouted it out,
It's said in the Good Book, " Love covers a multitude of sins". A profound secret...but a broad subject for discussion meant for another day. I'd really like to know what you think about it.
Anyway, you might say I won the best prize of all...
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Why is a half pound so fabulously fantastic?
Because my dear Spark Friends, those concrete ounces don't chip off easily. It's frustrating when you faithfully stay within calorie range and work out 5-6 days each week...then you step on the scale, and it decides to stay the same or worse, snickers as it goes up a notch or two.
Well, the thing is not really human, but I talk to it like it is. I inform it in no uncertain terms, " I am the one in control here". Then I can slap it upside it's plastic face when I slip easily into my formerly tight jeans.
Oh, Joy! Only three pounds to GOAL!
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