Monday, January 24, 2011
With thanks to TRIGRAMPS and others:
The names I go by:
Three places I've lived in the past:
San Antonio, Texas
Ft. Lewis, Washington
Three sports I have played:
Three things I love to watch:
Three places I have visited:
Three people I love:
My other sister
My other sister
(and my other sister - don't want her to be left out!)
Three things I love to eat:
Fruits and Veggies
Three things I am looking forward to:
Being able to afford a gym membership
A REAL vacation...eventually
Three songs that I like:
Sweet Freedom - Michael McDonald
I Can Only Imagine - Chris Tomlin
Keep the Fire - Kenny Loggins
Life - Becca Shea (oops that's four, oh well....
Ooooo, so hard to pick!!!
So, there are a few new things about me. How about you?
Sunday, January 23, 2011
It's been quite a couple of weeks. I am finally training myself to get enough sleep (at least 7 to 8 hours a night). In the past two weeks I only missed on night and that was close. I've been back to tracking my food...mostly staying near the top of my range, but the holiday weight has come off, even with the minimal exercise I've been doing.
Faced a tough situation this eek, and I think I made it through with flying colors. A year ago, I would have beat myself up and got on a binge and who knows what else, but I've gained so much from Spark...much more so than just how to treat my body better, but also to respect and treat myself better. A dear old friend made some hurtful assumptions and accusations toward me in an e-mail that had me reeling for a day or two. I even cried and for a short moment, I almost bought into her misrepresentations. Then, I took a step back and looked at the situation, and although there were hurtful things said, I did not take them too much to heart. I did not beat myself up or eat like there was no tomorrow or attempt to sooth the emotional hurt in any destructive way at all. I thought the situation through, confronted her in a kind and concerned way today, and at least as far as I can control, I think I got the air cleared between us. I would never have had the guts or the where with all to do that a year ago. What was a misunderstanding and a hurt would have permanently destroyed our friendship and sent me into a self-destructive tailspin, but not today. Today, I know that I am so much more than what other people may think I am or may want me to be....and I love me for that!
I have also got the start of a plan for my fitness going. Tomorrow I do day one of my training plan to get myself ready for the B210K. I will be packing up the workout gear and heading to the fitness center on my way home from work. I get a good bench mark in the 1/2 hr to 45 mins of how much ground I may have lost. I am signed up for a 10K on Apr 16th, and I know with focus, that I can do this. It's on that same tough course as my fall 5K from last year...the one they call "challenging"...with the one mile hill from hell to start the course. After that, I'll do a couple more races during the spring/summer and I have already signed up for the Chicago half-marathon on Sept 11th. I was hoping to do a charity run with TNT but it requires that you can accumulate $750. worth of donations and I'[m not quite sure at this point that I can gather that much support. I will probably already be "hitting up" some family and friends to help raise funds for a mission trip within the next 12 months, so funds being tight all the way around, I am still deciding if I will try for the Team in Training too.
For the first time in quite a few weeks, I feel like I have my focus back. I know that I have alot of work to do in the next few weeks...and then again this summer to be ready for the half, but now that I have a plan in place that I think I can realistically stick with, I know that I can do it!
Thanks Spark friends for keeping me trudging along and believing in me. You all have inspired me so, to not settle but to keep shooting for the best me possible. HERE I GO!!!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
It seems like an eternity since I've had a day off work that wasn't packed from start to finish with chores and errands and things to do to try to get caught up. In fact, even today I was out the door by 7:30 to go to a ladies house to pick up a pant suit that she can no longer wear and a couple of blouses. From there, I went to the church where they were having a monthly ladies brunch type event with a speaker. I've been meaning to go to one of these, but it's at our churches main campus which is at least a half hour to forty minutes north of the house. Since it was going to be a lower key day though, I figured that I could make the trip and then since I would be out that way, I would exchange a Christmas gift at a store up there and stop at Trader Joes for more of their wonder peanut flour.
The speaker, today, was a man by the name of Dave Bauer. He is the owner of a business called Integrated Fitness Solutions, and he was speaking on the body-mind-spirit triangle as it relates to practical exercise tips for our bodies, the emotional aspect of why we eat what we eat, and what it means to live and eat healthy from a Christian perspective. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor and Personal Trainer with multiple accreditations, and he combines these skills in his business to help people achieve there physical, as well as mental and spiritual health goals. He and his team have personal training sessions and boot camps, and he also does one on one type of consultations.
Throughout his talk, he hit on what our resting and base matabolism rates should be as well as our calorie needs and what our fat carb and protein breakdowns should be. Much of this, of course, I had a good grip on already from the year I've spsent here on Spark, although he does recommend a lower percentage of calories from carbs and a higher percent from protein than what the nutrition planner guidlines recommend. I've been adjusting that recently anyway...trying to get the proteins to the higher end while keeping the carbs on the lower side. (That's tough to do while still keeping the fats in line). He discussed the super foods and what should be staples in our diets, and serveral times in the morning referred back to Spark People. He even asked if anyone in the audience had heard or used Sparkpeople, and of course, my hand SHOT up. He aske dme what Spark had done for me, and I was more than happy to let this wonderful group of ladies know that for FREE, Spark has helped me to lose 40+ lbs...has kept me at or below my goal weight....has made me mindful of everything that I put into my body and what I can expect of my body in terms of eating and fitness and health to a MUCH greater extent. It has been the cause of my body shrinking, but tremendous growth in sooo many other areas of my life, in fitness, self-confidence, the ability to set and achieve goals, organization. For me, Spark definitely helps balance the body-mind-spirit triangle. I got so excited talking to a couple of the ladies, I totally forgot about the other errands that I had planned to do on that trip. I was in too big a hurry to get home and e-mail them with the Spark links.
I only hope that they get as much out of this marvelous program as I have....it is soooo cool to see a professional in the field of healthy living "spreading the spark"....even when he doesn't need to, but just because he, too, recognizes the value it has added to so many lives!
Monday, December 27, 2010
This was a wonderful Christmas. My sisters actually came to church this year, and although our worship at my church is a little louder than they are used to at their Cathoic church, they did listen to and heard the sermon message and for me, that was aboout the best present ever! We finally got the family on board with limiting the money spent on gifts this year. Well, at least improved. We had set a $25 per person limit, so I got one sister the perfume set she wanted and the other a nice pair of sky gloves....some smart shopping, coupns and rebates kept me within a couple of dollars of the limits plus, I made each ones favorite candy. It took a couple of attempts to get the habanero peanut brittle right for the younger one, but both were happily surprised and pleased, so the time, effort and energy were well spsent. I even managed to stay away from both candies after the obligatory SMALL taste to make sure that they were right.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve eve, I did lighting for the services at church (after work), so Christmas day we stayed in jammies and watched movies and didn't really make the big traditional meal. I set out a veggies tray first thing in the morning with salsa and a lowfat hummus dip and then we just had nibbles throughout the day. That made it easier for me to have small tastes of the croissant, nut breads etc and then fill up on other healthier options. Of course, by the time I added a small glass of egg nog, a piece of pecan pie and a little ice cream, by the end of the day, I was over where I should have been in calories, but NO WHERE near where I would "normally" have been.
Yesterday was church in the morning, then my sisters and I went to one of our favority restaurants for their seasonal "gingerbread milkshake". I know that that also threw me over for calories, but I watched it the rest of the day. We went to see The Voyage of the Dawn Treader-3D. It was at a theater that I hadn't been to in a couple decades. They have completely changed and now they have large office type chairs and serve food and drinks. My older sis had to have popcorn, but I let them keep it down by them and only had a couple of handfuls with my diet coke which I was able to portion out and put on the table in front of me. Seeing the amount that I was eating really helped me to keep my portion to a reasonable amount.
This week we are supposed to have a nice warm up for Thursday and Friday. Maybe even going into the forties for Friday. I'm anxious to get outside for a run Thurday...a friend from church got my MP3 going again and my little sis got me a fuel belt for Christmas, so I am anxious to see how all my "gear" and fuel etc work together and that the belt fits properly.
New Year's and New Year's Eve I work, and of course the family will get together. It shouldn't be as dangerous nutritionally though and this week, I will put together a plan that I can shoot for in 2011 to continue to improve on the fitness and get a better balance on my eating habits.
I hope you all had as marevelous a Christmas as we did and that you are blessed beyond compare this coming New Year!
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