Saturday, February 27, 2010
I sat down to drink my Green Tea and check my e-mail yesterday evening and I discovered an e-mail from SparkPeople saying I had been named a "SparkPeople Motivator" The first thing I did was call my Hubby and tell him to post it for our friends on FaceBook.
It is such an honor, and I thank all of you who voted for me. I do feel like I didn't "earn it" because of all the support, encouragement, and compassion I have received here, right from day one. My CurvesFriends and SparkFriends deserve the credit for keeping me 'On Track' But I do try to "Pay it forward" and it is my prayer that my Journey will inspire and encourage others.
If you are reading my Page or my Blogs, please know that my story is not unique. You can be a success story, too. It may take longer than you want it to, and it may not be as easy as you wish it were. But it can be done. Using the Friendship, Compassion, Support, and Tools here on SparkPeople you can do what I have done---What I am continuing to do each day.
Getting to my Goal Weight will not be the end of this Journey. I will still need you all to help me maintain the Happy Healthy Life that I am discovering. There will always be the possibility of falling back into old habits and old relationships with food and the Couch.
But with you all at my side I know that the next 52 years of my life will be even better than the last 52 have been.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Last February, if my husband had come home and found my car at home and me somewhere else, his first question would have been "What is wrong with the car, and when do I need to come pick you up?" Yesterday when he came home and the car was in the driveway but there was no sign of me, he just waited until I came in, then he asked "How far did you walk today?"
Last February when I needed grocerys, I drove my son to Wal-Mart, gave him the money and a grocery list, then sat in the car reading a book until he came back with the grocerys. Today, I drove him to the store, gave him the money and grocery list as usual. BUT, while he was shopping I walked around the block (1 mile) and got back to the car just as he was putting the sacks in the trunk.
I work about a mile from home (I had the same job last February). When I left work this evening there was about 45 minutes of daylight left. It was the first time in DAYS that the sun was out and the temperature was over 40. I left the car at work and walked the long way around the neighborhood and got home just after dark. I told DH that I would need a ride over to work later this evening because I "Forgot" to bring the car home with me. All he could do was laugh and shake his head.
If you are reading this and thinking 'I am glad for her, but I could never do that' you are mistaken. I started out walking for 5--10 minutes because it hurt so much to walk further than that. I started gradually and I increased VERY slowly. With the Tools, support, and compassion on SparkPeople and from my Friends at Curves my life has changed completely, and so can yours.
The scale did not have a major part in measuring my success at first. Make no mistake, I was Ecstatic that the pounds were coming off. But success was measured by events such as going to Wal-Mart and buying my own grocerys, walking to the corner without being completely out of breath, and my DH telling me that I didn't keep him awake with my snoring the night before. If you are just starting out, mark down the "Little Victorys" that have nothing to do with the scales. You might be surprised at how much progress you are making.
February 2011 is going to be here before you know it. How different will your life be then, if you start walking for 10 minutes a day, or going to the gym today? It may be a long Journey, but you will never be alone as you travel the road to your Goals.
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Today is Sunday and usually if I do any exercise, it is just a short walk. But today I wanted to do some extra exercise for several reasons.
Number 1 was that today is Super Bowl Sunday No offense to all the fans out there but watching several hours of any Sport is not great fun to me. (I am Happy for the Saints!) So getting out of the house for a walk and going to the gym at the Community Center seemed like a good idea for this afternoon.
My Second reason was that one of my Curves Teams on SparkPeople was the #6 Team on Spark last month for the number of SparkPoints and Fitness Minutes we had earned. They challenged all of us members to do an extra 10--20 minutes of exercise each day to push our Team into the Top Five SparkPeople Teams. I am going to do my part.
This has nothing to do with why I went for a walk today, really, and it is kind of selfish, but I found out that my Curves is going to do another Biggest Loser Contest this year (I am not sure when, exactly) and I have decided that I am going to enter it and actually try to win even though I won last year. I am a little worried that it might be upsetting to some people if I win again, but it will be my LAST chance to win. By next year at this time I plan to be at my Goal Weight and there would be NO CHANCE that I would even want to enter the contest, much less lose enough weight to win.
I started playing on the Computer and didn't get to the Community Center before they closed. But I did go for my walk. I walked for 50 minutes at Target, then I went to Wal-Mart and walked for another 50 minutes, and bought an apple. I sat in the car and ate the apple and drank a bottle of water, then talked myself into going to Homeland and walking for another 32 minutes. The stores are all within 4 miles of my house and it was way too cold to walk outside. By breaking it up into three walks I didn't feel as conspicuous as I would have if I'd walked for over 2 hours in one store. I am glad I got in my 6 mile walk today, even though now my Legs are not speaking to me
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