Friday, December 17, 2010
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL! - YOU ARE IT! And you are ALL winners!
As I sit here looking back on this year and forward to the next couple of weeks and the upcoming year, so many things are drastically different than a year ago, I can scarcely believe it.
A year ago today, I was complaining with my sister about how badly I hurt, how much weight I had gained and how I had no energy. I was 177 lbs or more and couldn't walk up stairs without getting winded and had to take them both feet on one step at a time, pulling myself along. I'm still taking things one step at a time, just not the stairs.
Just about that time, I got the best gift I think I've ever received...I found Spark! I am soooo grateful for Spark people and all of you, my spark friends. Even just these past couple weeks, as life has gotten more crazy than normal, you have helped me learn that the learning isn't through. Holiday seasons will come and go, as will winter, EVERY YEAR - and they are just one more thing that I will learn to deal with, in a healthier way. No, not perfectly, but better than I have in the past. I was getting pretty down because my fitness is not where I want it and I was seeing a slow climb on the numbers on the scale....still below goal, but almost tempted to thrown in the towel, as I have so many times before. Then my dear friends, you all let me know that I am not alone...this is not uncommon, and best of all, that once again, it is just a part of the journey.
I WILL finish this year at or just below goal.
My schedule WILL return to "normal".
I WILL continue to learn new ways to make my life healthier-even in winter.
Spring WILL return.
Spark WILL be here - for me and you....and for that I am most grateful
Thursday, December 16, 2010
This has been a tough couple of weeks. Some days I barely have tije to log in and spins the points wheel...I've even skipped the trivia a few days not to mention staying in touch with all my spark friends and teams. I'm not doing too bad with the 7-8 hours sleep goal. I've actually only missed it 4 days so far which is not bad for me. That has made it significantly easier to stick with the no snooze goal, which I've hit all but three days. Fitness however is abismal. It is all I can do some days to get in 10-15 minutes and I'm only hitting the 30 minutes twice a week. I'm still holding in there at goal weight, but just barely. I've been seeing my weight climb by tenths of a pound gradually all month, so now I'm trying to find time to track again - everyday....and that's tough.
I had the day off today, spent it wrapping and writing cards and cooking some staples to get me through this next week or so. I just need to hang in there till the holidays are over and life gets back to something that more closely resembles "normal".
On top of all the other stuff that I face daily and with the upcoming holidays, I am having one technical problem after another, first with the computer, which I got worked out....then with the USB not connecting the phone and computer, which I'm still dealing with....and most recently, my MP3 died (mid-workout) - YUCK!!! workout without music?!?!?! especially the dreadmill?!?!?! Sorry, just not happening.
Oh well, almost 9PM and time to hit the hay! Gonna get 8 hours tonight - I'm pretty sure that getting this sleep is the only thing that has kept me saane this past couple weeks....need to stay that way.
Keep sparking everyone!
Monday, December 06, 2010
I've learned so much since joining Spark. I've set some goals and met some goals and set more goals. Some of them I've met, and some I'm still working on. Some of them are easier than others. The thing I seem to be learning these days is that as wonderful as it is to meet a goal, the beauty of the experience is to be found in the journey.
Losing the weight was not always fun, and many inches, feet and miles of the C25K were downright "painful". Both goals have been met and the maintenance of them is another goal altogether. I wouldn't trade the experiences for anything. I learned so much along the way, about food, and fitness, and....myself.
This months goals are to get 7-8 hours of sleep everynight, get up in the morning without hitting the snooze and to get 30 minutes of fitness in everyday. I wouldn't call the first week a rousing success. I would call it a great experience. Staying focus on these three goals is teaching me alot about what is necessary to take of myself. It's is requiring a different look at my life and some shifting of priorities. I may not achieve (okay, based on this past week - will not) this month, but I'll be further along in the journey, and I'll learn some important lessons along the way. It's not about perfection, but the willingness to be persistent and keep moving forward.
..........Got 8 hours sleep last night! The first time in a LONG time....boy, it sure feels good! Going to try to go for it again tonight. Who knows, maybe it's the start of a streak - LOL!
Friday, December 03, 2010
Well, this December challenge is turning into more of a challenge than even I anticipated. I thought Tuesday was tough, but Thursday I never even had a chance to get on Spark to check in or glance at e-mails. Today is only slightly better, but at least I may be able to get 7+hours sleep tonight and a workout in the morning before work.
My sis' car is down and so on top of the already busy schedule, I am hauling her around. She has a something or other at her church this afternoon, so that is giving me the opportunity to make a napolitos salad, some mock chicken fajitas w/lots of peppers and onions and then after I pick her up, I'll run her up to Costco...stop at Trader Joe's for more peanut flour (to make my pnut butter) and when we get home I'll do some instant spanish rice for with the fajitas and salad for dinner.
The "shoulds" say that fitness is on the list for tonight, but as hard as I've been pushing it, sleep is probably more important, as the rest of the weekend is going to be pretty full. We are expecting 4 to 8" of snow tonight/tomorrow and I still need to get the snow blower working....of course, shoveling IS good exercise!
Hoping next week eases up, but it doesn't look promising....
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Things seemed to be going okay with my goals, and then Tuesday happened....first I had to be at work at 7AM, so only had time for 15 mins fitness in the morning. Then had a meeting an hour away after work that didn't get out till after 9PM. Got home shortly after 10 and had to be back up today at 5AM (5:15 actually). That only gave me 6hrs 15 mins sleep (45 mins short of my minimun,) I was so tired this morning, that I got zero fitness in and struggled through 15 minutes after dinner. The only real positive was that I didn't hit snooze on any day yet!
Can't let this get past me already.....work tomorrow at 7Am so up at 5 (or earlier if I can) - it's 9PM now, so no more sparking today....off to bed. I'll be home in the mid afternoon, so I'll have time to get some cooking done before lighting practice tomorrow night. I'll have to hit the hay as soon as I walk in the door tomorrow night to make my minimum sleep for Thurs/Fri, and have the energy to work out on Friday. Then Saturday is another short day at work (6 hrs), but Sunday I do lighting at church so it's another early morning and that will take up almost 6 hours of Sunday.
Sorry to cut this short, but I don't think any hours are going to be added to the days, so, better make the best use of what I've got.
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