LOGOULD   93,081
SparkPoints
80,000-99,999 SparkPoints
 
 
LOGOULD's Recent Blog Entries

Day Fifty-two - Plowing Through - 2/22/10

Monday, February 22, 2010

Today is day number six of my ten day run...work everyday, with no day off to regroup, plus all the other stuff that I have piled into my life. Surprisingly though, I'm not as crazed as I thought I would be. Last week, I felt more prepared. I had planned in advance and was ahead of the game in a lot of areas, but now, I'm at the point where that is not the case. There simply has been no down time to regroup, but I'm plowing through.

It's ten thirty, so I've got to hit the bed soon, but I needed to take the time when I got home from my women's group at 8:30 to record the last of my food that I couldn't do on my phone app...and to get in a good cardio session, since there will be even less time tomorrow. All the nutrition tracking has definately paid off. I am thinking ahead and making wise choices so that even tonight, I was able to have a small slice of pound cake with the girls and stay easily within my limits. That was GREAT! Getting to share a treat with friends and know that I'm not blowing my plan....not that I want to do that everyday.

Still feel a little like I should be doing more communication with friends and reading and studying, and I know my sister is feeling a little neglected because I don't have time to sit and socialize and watch T.V., but there just is no where else to take the time from and eating, sleeping and exercising are not an option if I'm going to stay on track.

The week-end will be here soon and I'll have some down time and time to catch up, but for now, I'm just concentrate on doing what I'm doing. I'm not pulling my hair out and that's progress.

I'm still making progress on the fitness too...I'm sure that will start slowing up, and I need to start doing more on the weight training, but I've been really concentrating on the walk/run thing. Got four and a half miles in tonight. Three of it (5K) in under 45 mins! A new personal best. I think if I can get my 5K time to under 40 mins consistently, I'm going to go for the run in May. Don't have to decide tonight though....need to sleep. emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BE_STRONG 2/23/2010 5:57AM

    Wow 5K in under 45 minutes. Remember at this point you are still walking for quite a bit of time. I'm sure you will get it under the 40 minutes. Plus on race day you will be so full of adrenalin that it will push you through. You can do it and what a better place to do your first race than with a group that loves you and supports you no matter what. You go girl! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRINTJES 2/23/2010 3:37AM

  Congratulations! It sounds like you're doing incredibly well. I hope I can run a mile in your shoes!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WINNINGSPARK 2/23/2010 12:02AM

    You're doing fantastic. That is so cool that you refuse to take your time away from what is important to you to be able to stay on track. That is so healthy to put yourself first like that. Congrats on all your fitness progress and on thinking ahead with food and on managing all the stress of no time off. That is hard when you just have to trudge right on through but you're doing it and lookin' good! Keep it up!
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Day Fifty-One - Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is - 2/21/10

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Today was good, no, great, just in a weird kind of way. Actually, for as hectic as it was, it was darned fantastic, but I'm just letting my fears distort things.

Hear goes, closed at work last night and then had to be back extra early for a meeting before church...I don't do well with less than six hours sleep, but I did it and didn't even hit the snooze. I did sit on the edge of my bed for a while contemplating reseting the alarm, but I didn't really have the time, so I managed to get up and going. emoticon emoticon

So at this metting, they announced that they are going to do some Biggest Loser challenge, and a couple of people asked if I was going to join because I was doing so well losing weight...and the people who said this don't know that I am doing the Spark program. So I told them and explained why I would rather just stick with something that has been so wonderful for me. Afterwards a couple of other ladies came up to me and said they thought they would rather try Spark people than this challenge at work, so I got them referred, explaining that they didn't have to choose and that Spark could actually benefit them whether they joined the challenge at work or not. I really did feel good to have people notice the weight loss, but it felt even better to be able to help people find a way to get healthy and achieve their goals, I couldn't stop talking about all the benefits of the program and how much it has done for me.. These two ladies kept asking, "and really...all this is FREE!!!" It is kind of unbelievable. emoticon

Then I had church which is ALWAYS GREAT, but today they made an announcement about an upcoming spring celebration. There are a couple of activities I'll be attending which I love and go to every year, but one announcement in particular caught my ear and I haven't been the same all day. Apparently they are also going to have a 5K/10K run. Now, I'm trying to prepare for doing a 5K this fall, but this is on May 8th. My mind is telling me that if I'm going to fall on my face with this challenge I might rather do it with my church family, or maybe not. Am I fooling myself even thinking that I could be close to ready?????
So, that's the quandry. Do I do this or not. Am I running the risk of total failure or worse yet hurting myself and not being able to do the run this fall??? emoticon

But, on a "lighter note", I had to take a bathroom break at work and I noticed this morning that my jeans were fitting a bit more loosely, so I figured, what the heck, can I pull them down without unbuttoning them? YES! YES! YES! Another pair bite the dust! People must really have been wondering when I walked out of the bathroom with that grin on my face! emoticon

Now, I'm home, trying to catch up, which is NOT going to happen today, but at least I can make a dent and look forward to this weekend...after this week, next weeks schedule is a piece of cake, and maybe by then I can decide if I'll be able to keep up and ramp up the cardio and running training enough to sign up for the May 8th run...... emoticon

Too much thinking....think it's time for bed emoticon

Nothing I need to decide tonight...maybe it will come to me in a dream.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LDSMALL 2/22/2010 8:34AM

    You can do it! Walk some, run some, just get out there and enjoy it!!! Congrats on the jeans - I love when that happens!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PAM1864 2/22/2010 1:36AM

    Ofcourse, you can sign up for the race.
You are doing emoticon and there is two more months to practise 5k run.
You go buddy. emoticon

Great job spreading the spark. emoticon

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOPEFUL2DAY! 2/21/2010 11:43PM

    You could always sign up for the race and do half, unless you feel like you are doing well and then finish it.
Great job!

Report Inappropriate Comment


Day Fifty - WooHoo, Look At Me Now! - 2/20/10

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Gotcha, you thought you were going to get to see new pictures, didn't you? Well, not so fast, they'll be coming. in another dozen pounds or so. No, this is a picture of how far I've come in the last seven weeks. So many days, I look at the scale (not as many as I used to) or the tape measure, or how "little" fitness I've gotten in and it's easy to get back into that old habit of saying "Why bother?" "Is it really worth all this?"

So, today is about celebrating how far I've come. On Jan. 2 I joined Sparke People, and still, to this day don't know how I found it or why I decided NOW was the time to get this weight off. I do know that Spark People has been a precious gift and I am very grateful. Even more so after this mornings review. I joined at 177 lbs, barely able to walk one mile in twenty minutes and very little energy and less self-esteem and self-respect. Life was not totally out of control, but it was not a happy existence.

Over the last seven weeks, I've learned to set realistic goals, take the action that I needed to achieve them (turning action into habit) and then actually attain those goals. I've learned to prioritze my day, giving time and effort first to me, so that I have something to give back, and then to the things that are most important to me. This is so much better than my previous method of fighting one fire after another. I've learned to reach out and accept help when I need it, and in doing so, am better able to extend my hand to someone else in their time of need. I've learned (or at least I'm learning) to not beat myself up for not being perfect all the time. Who was I trying to fool anyway. Now, I just seek to be the "best ME possible" every minute of everyday. Sometimes I am and sometimes I'm not, but I keep working at it. I've learned volumes on nutrition and fitness and motivation and health and the list goes on and on. I've made lots of wonderful friends and my life is infinately richer that the day this New Year began.

So, LOOK AT ME KNOW, my head is held high and there is a smile on my face and a spring in my step. I move forward, most of the time, with drive and a purpose, and a a quite quicker pace than I did on Jan 1st. My posture is better and I look and feel more rested. I do have a couple of blisters on my feet, but I think that's a fair trade.

And, oh yeah, I'm fifteen and a half pounds lighter and carry around 4% less body fat!!!

So, I think I deserve more than the pat on the back I'll give myself when I'm doing my stretching and fitness this morning. I'd love to be able to blog about it today, but this is crazy work schedule from hell week, and I won't have more than a hour or so to celebrate my success untill next week-end. Sufice it to say, I've already spoken to my little sis. You know, the one that brings over the Panzotti's, and she is coming over next week-end so I can take a get away day....no phone, no computer, no nothing (okay, maybe my MP3) and I'm heading off to Starved Rock State Park. It's gorgeous there any time of year, and I'm treating myself to a lot of quiet time and a nice long HIKE, follwed by dinner at their restaurant. They have the most astounding steamed fish and veggie dinner....if you are ever in the FAR west suburbs of Chicago,come check it out. I'm so excited! I really think that all the motivation I'll need to see me through this next week or so!

emoticonFOR ME!

Oh, one more thing, "Why bother? Is it worth all this?" Because I am worth it! Yes, I am worth all this and more!!!"

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SPARKIE1964 2/21/2010 9:46PM

    I can feel the beat of your mojo girl....WAY TO GO...

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BE_STRONG 2/21/2010 9:32PM

    How awesome! You have such a great attitude and belief in yourself. You will accomplish all of your goals and then a few more you haven't even thought of yet.

emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WINNINGSPARK 2/20/2010 5:05PM

    That is so wonderful. Not only do you see the actual evidence but you see the many added benefits. I am enjoying this journey with you. Let's keep it up. Wait 'til they see us in another 50 days!!!!
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 2/20/2010 5:10:14 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
LKEITHO 2/20/2010 3:44PM

    Fantastic job! You have come so far in such a short time! Congratulations!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LDSMALL 2/20/2010 2:58PM

    YOU ARE SO WORTH IT!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PAM1864 2/20/2010 12:26PM

    emoticon emoticonloss

emoticon emoticon

Keep it Up. I am sure you look great. emoticon

Let's emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
M0M2THREE 2/20/2010 11:18AM

    YOU GO GIRL!!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRANDMAAMIE 2/20/2010 11:10AM

    emoticonLOOK AT YOU!!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Day Fifty - WooHoo, Look At Me Now! - 2/20/10

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Gotcha, you thought you were going to get to see new pictures, didn't you? Well, not so fast, they'll be coming. in another dozen pounds or so. No, this is a picture of how far I've come in the last seven weeks. So many days, I look at the scale (not as many as I used to) or the tape measure, or how "little" fitness I've gotten in and it's easy to get back into that old habit of saying "Why bother?" "Is it really worth all this?"

So, today is about celebrating how far I've come. On Jan. 2 I joined Sparke People, and still, to this day don't know how I found it or why I decided NOW was the time to get this weight off. I do know that Spark People has been a precious gift and I am very grateful. Even more so after this mornings review. I joined at 177 lbs, barely able to walk one mile in twenty minutes and very little energy and less self-esteem and self-respect. Life was not totally out of control, but it was not a happy existence.

Over the last seven weeks, I've learned to set realistic goals, take the action that I needed to achieve them (turning action into habit) and then actually attain those goals. I've learned to prioritze my day, giving time and effort first to me, so that I have something to give back, and then to the things that are most important to me. This is so much better than my previous method of fighting one fire after another. I've learned to reach out and accept help when I need it, and in doing so, am better able to extend my hand to someone else in their time of need. I've learned (or at least I'm learning) to not beat myself up for not being perfect all the time. Who was I trying to fool anyway. Now, I just seek to be the "best ME possible" every minute of everyday. Sometimes I am and sometimes I'm not, but I keep working at it. I've learned volumes on nutrition and fitness and motivation and health and the list goes on and on. I've made lots of wonderful friends and my life is infinately richer that the day this New Year began.

So, LOOK AT ME KNOW, my head is held high and there is a smile on my face and a spring in my step. I move forward, most of the time, with drive and a purpose, and a a quite quicker pace than I did on Jan 1st. My posture is better and I look and feel more rested. I do have a couple of blisters on my feet, but I think that's a fair trade.

And, oh yeah, I'm fifteen and a half pounds lighter and carry around 4% less body fat!!!

So, I think I deserve more than the pat on the back I'll give myself when I'm doing my stretching and fitness this morning. I'd love to be able to blog about it today, but this is crazy work schedule from hell week, and I won't have more than a hour or so to celebrate my success untill next week-end. Sufice it to say, I've already spoken to my little sis. You know, the one that brings over the Panzotti's, and she is coming over next week-end so I can take a get away day....no phone, no computer, no nothing (okay, maybe my MP3) and I'm heading off to Starved Rock State Park. It's gorgeous there any time of year, and I'm treating myself to a lot of quiet time and a nice long HIKE, follwed by dinner at their restaurant. They have the most astounding steamed fish and veggie dinner....if you are ever in the FAR west suburbs of Chicago,come check it out. I'm so excited! I really think that all the motivation I'll need to see me through this next week or so!

emoticonFOR ME!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TEAPOT57 2/20/2010 11:45AM

    Wow you go girl you should be proud of yourself . So tell me what you did to get those pounds off .When I start back up working out I need some ideas how I can make my scale go down .
I also love Sparks but I just haven't been able to get the pounds off and keep them off . I go up and down like a Yo Yo. I would love to know your work out routine. I'm just glad over these past six to eight weeks I haven't been working out my weight has not gone up it's stayed about the same.

You keep up the good work I am very proud of you. That hike sounds like a pretty good work out and the place sounds like it is a beautiful place. Even the restaurant the food sounds like it very healthy and tasty to eat. You should take a camera a long and get some pictures.
By the way have we exchanged names. I don't remember yours.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Lorraine

Report Inappropriate Comment


Day Forty-Nine - Was today real? - 2/19/10

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Well, broke a streak today. I even went to bed early yesterday so I could be up extra early and get my wrok out in before work, but that alarm went off, and then it went off again, and then it went off again....and, what can I say, the sleep just felt WAY too good! I did get up (finally) before it was absolutely necessary, had a little extra quiet time and meditation and a relaxing breakfast and made my lunch and went to work.

The day at work went well, although I found out that I have to work some extra hours Sunday afternoon...but that's okay....after next week, I have a couple of weeks that will be light on the hours, so the extra hours this week will come in handy.

Got home around 4:45 and made dinner and caught up on e-mails. I really like Lent, my sister will only eat fish on Friday, (and I LOVE FISH), so we had one of the best dinners I've had in a while. I think I actually liked it better than my corned beef the other day. WOW, my tastebuds are really changing! Then had a little time to relax and straighten up while dinner digested and had a really good workout. Not the best I've ever had, but given that I'm in the middle of one of my breakneck busy streaks, it was very good....and I am very grateful. I love a good "make you drippy sweaty" workout. (Wait, was that ME saying that?)

So, now it's 11PM. Kind of late, but I don't have to be up at the crack of dawn. I work tomorrow night till ten, but there's plenty of time to make dinner for work, get in another great workout and have a couple extra meals ready.

Sunday is a meeting at work at 6am followed by church, then lunch, then work till 7or8PM and back to work Mon - Fri of next week.......

Ah, but I'll remember today and how it all stayed in balance and if I don't get as much done as I would like to .... well, I'll know I was the best me possible and I'll be grateful for that.

HOLD ME TO IT!!!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TEAPOT57 2/20/2010 11:52AM

    Okay what do you do for work to have those crazy hours? I would love to just have a job. I pray I will in the next few weeks my unemployment runs out. You are remarkable.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BE_STRONG 2/20/2010 9:12AM

    Wow! You got to sleep late and you still got your exercise in. Way to keep the focus. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LDSMALL 2/20/2010 8:08AM

    Being the best you possible!! That is more than alot of people can say!! Great job!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PAM1864 2/20/2010 2:05AM

    You had a great day today. My week started today.
Busy day ahead. emoticon for me.

Have a great weekend.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WINNINGSPARK 2/20/2010 12:19AM

    I'm being the best possible me with you. I'm sleeping in tomorrow on Saturday but I'll start that snooze free streak with you again on Sunday. We'll be up and at 'em together and gettin 'er done.
emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 2/20/2010 12:20:42 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 Last Page