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Day Thirty-five - Be My Best "ME" Possible - 2/5/10

Friday, February 05, 2010

Today is starting out slow, and that's okay. I've really been burning it at both ends and yesterday it caught up with me. Got a migraine...haven't had one of those in months. For you that suffer, you know, the can't eat, can't hold anything down, can't stop shaking, can't stand noise and sound type. It was all i could do to drive home and fall into bed.

I'm working the next three days and serving at church Sunday (6 hrs - I do the stage lighting), so my goal is to do what I can, track my food and exercise and Spark when I can, but to take care of me. Get my quiet time and not "should" myself to death. So, if you don't hear much from me for the next few days, I'm okay and I love you all dearly, but I really need to slow up my pace a little.
I may even have to drop out of the Feb. challenge...my competitive side says no, but I'm already doing all the Sparking I can and now this weekend we are supposed to not only track what we DO eat, but also, what we DO NOT eat....let's face it...trying to track what I DO NOT EAT could take days in itself.

We'll see, but for now, I'm going to finish packing my lunch for work and take a couple of minutes of quiet time before I leave.

Have a wonderful day everyone - and a FANTASTIC Super Bowl week-end.

  
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PAM1864 2/6/2010 2:02AM

    How's your migraine today. Hope today you bounced back fit and fine. Take medicine & rest and enjoy your weekend.

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WINNINGSPARK 2/5/2010 8:23PM

    Hope you get some rest and that migraine goes back to wherever it came from. Take care of yourself - we'll be here when you get back.
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LOSINWEIGHTJEN 2/5/2010 8:06PM

    You enjoy the SuperBowl weekend too! And don't worry. You need to recover! Relax.
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BE_STRONG 2/5/2010 7:52PM

    We can be our own worst enemy. Why do focus on what we should have done instead of what we did do? I'm really trying hard to re-program my own self-talk so I can be more positive. You have stuck with things this long. Keep focused on all the positive changes you have made.

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NELLIEC 2/5/2010 6:55PM

    Gotta watch out for those shoulds!

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LISANANCY 2/5/2010 3:44PM

    Try to have some fun. We really are to have fun, too! emoticon

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LKEITHO 2/5/2010 3:15PM

    I hope you are able to get some time for yourself and unwind over the weekend. I agree with you about your challenge - if I tried to track everything I didn't eat it would be a nightmare. Not to mention that in writing it down I would be tempted again and might have to change it to the "eaten" list!

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DONNAGRACE1164 2/5/2010 2:00PM

    I hope you feel better soon! I get really bad headaches too... (migraine-ish...) - But maybe taking the time to "Spark" will give you some relaxation time... You're busy but sitting at the computer, reading health articles, etc - tracking your food, taking time to stretch and strength-building exercises -can sometimes relax you... so take those few minutes for yourself... You can do it!! emoticon

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AHEALTHIERME9 2/5/2010 1:20PM

    I know you have a lot to tend to... BUT I'M NOT LETTING YOU DROP OUT OF THE FEBRUARY CHALLENGE!

Now, you can do this... you can get it all done.

Right now, though, you need to tend to your migraine and actually "do" for you. The tracking won't be a big deal, so don't let it overwhelm you. You can still stay in the February contest... it's not all or nothing. Remember, this journey is not about perfection, so don't tell yourself you're falling short, because you truly are not.

So... get some rest, tend to your migraine... I hope it passes real soon... I'll keep you in my prayers... Sometimes when we don't feel well, our perception changes.

You might see things in a whole different light tomorrow. For now, just feel better, my friend. And by the way, you are doing fabulously and you inspire me... so don't give up. Never ever quit.

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Day Thirty-four - More Changes - 2/4/10

Thursday, February 04, 2010

As time rolls by, and I continue with my program, I am having to take a good hard look at my goals and my plans to achieve them. O, if I only had 30 or 40 hours in the day, bur that is something I have no control over. Nor can I control the fact that I need to work to keep food in my belly and the heat on. I also have obligations to my sister, my church, my friends, my animals, all of which are the important things in life that make it worth living and make me want to be the "best me possible".

This means that I take a good hard look at my priorities, how I schedule my activities, and just where I can make adjustments. I know that I am not far enough along to neglect tracking of my food and fitness...and I never thought that fitness would require so much time, but my personal goal of running a 5K by Oct 1st is a non-negotiable (barring any injury). My quiet time and meditation and bible study is another hour - non-negotiable. So, my FB time is down to no more than 10-15 mins a day - cut out the apps and use it for socializing. Double up when cookng, it is an activity I enjoy and it saves my sister and I a lot of money and calories, but freezing extra portions is a great option and will help on the days that are too tightly scheduled.

Still trying to get on the up and at 'em bandwagon...missed it two days in a row now and I know that it's because by the time I get to bed I am still trying to catch up with reading and my bible study, so that is going to have to move up in the day and bed will have to be FOR SLEEP. If I can successfully make that adjustment, I should be able to get going earlier and move most of my workouts to earlier in the day.

At least that's the plan for now...it's going to take some adjustments, but if I can stick to it, life should be in better control within a couple of weeks. Wish me luck - and hold me to it! By the end of the month, I'm hoping to have this healthy living lifestyle in a more natural groove of life!

  
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MIMIKK7 2/5/2010 9:35AM

    I think you are doing great! Sounds like you have got alot on your platter and that you need to reassess your priorities and some 'me time.' I have difficulty finding time to get a blog done daily but I try at least weekly. We all have the same difficulties at some time or another but the bottom line is we are in this together. I know you will do just fine with your adjustments in your schedule and life will flow better for you!
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PAM1864 2/5/2010 7:43AM

    You are doing emoticon
I still can't find time to write blogs everyday that's why I write once every week. As we always say that grass is greener on the other side, same way we feel others are better off than us. But when we read all our friends blogs we come to know everyone has their own different kinds of difficulties and worries. You still find time after your days hardwork to write to us, that's really great dear. Keep up the good work.
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AHEALTHIERME9 2/4/2010 9:08PM

    Let me tell you that I think you are doing great. And I admire you for doing all that you do... It sounds like a lot.

When I first started SP, I was reading so much and learning how everything worked and entering foods not listed in the foods list and getting acquainted with all the fun and the SparkCommunity. And, yes, it was time-consuming.

I've been here for six months now and I definitely am more efficient at doing what used to take me much longer to do...

I agree with LisaNancy... Put yourself first so that you can then have the energy and clarity of mind to tackle matters that need your attention. As you become more and more proficient at managing your time on SP while still taking care of you as you have been doing, you will find that you are taking care of everything that you need to. Make yourself a list and tackle one thing at a time -- remember, with no stress and viewing it as a challenge.

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LISANANCY 2/4/2010 3:39PM

    You first, set up the appointment for "you" time, everything else will fall into place. All my life I did for others first, they probably don't remember what I did, but I do and now I pay the price for not taking care of "ME" emoticon

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NELLIEC 2/4/2010 3:25PM

    Yep, those priorities have to be assessed!!!

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Day Thirty-three - New Month New Lessons To Learn - 2/3/10

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

February is underway. My second month on Spark People. There is still so much to explore and learn, and one of those lessons, I believe, begins today. Life does not always go as planned, infact, it very rarely does.

Take today, for instance. I am trying very hard to make progress on this up and at 'em challenge. You know, getting up in the morning without hitting snooze. This may prove to be my toughest challenge...who's kidding who...it IS my toughest challenge. I have been even known to set the alarm for BEFORE I have to get up so that I CAN hit the snooze. How crazy is that? So far, the longest streak I have been able to put together is one day. We have some room for improvement here. I thought today would be the day. Our animals thought differently. I even have been trying to get to bed a little earlier which has helped to some degree, at least I wasn't as tired when they woke me up at 2:30 this am. All this renewed strength and energy did not make it any easier falling back to sleep, so.......I'll start my up and at 'em streak again tomorrow.

This has however, thrown me behind schedule today. Not that it's anything too urgent since I don't have to go to work today. I was just hoping to have a second very productive day in a row. Here comes my life lesson takeaway for the day. Life is seldom going to go as planned, and that's okay. Sometimes all the things I think SHOULD get done are probably not essential and I need to quit "should-ing" myself to death.

So, on I go with my day, thanks for listening. I guess I just needed to get all that out, a little "vent therapy" so to speak.

On a lighter note, since I was on streak breaking roll today, I figured why not hop on the scale in the middle of the week - another streak starts again tomorrow. I guess since last week's dismal 1/2 lb loss got me frustrated, I was hoping.......well, like I said, on a lighter note, the scale DID in fact finally catch up with me. I lost 1.5 lbs and another percent of body fat.
I know I shouldn't have gotten on the scale, but I can't help being glad I did. I needed that little bit of good news....it's a good reminder that even if ALL areas of my program aren't at 100%, I'm still making progress.

Thanks for listening - You all are GREAT!

  
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SPARKIE1964 2/4/2010 11:44AM

    You go girl! One day at a time. Don't look back...Just stay focused on your road ahead.

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    emoticonHang in there, tomorrow is a new day! emoticon
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SWEETTYPIZE 2/3/2010 3:37PM

    I think the scale is my enamy i lost 11 lbs its been 39 days even tho i new to this site, i havent lost any more for 2 weeks i have been excersizing like crazy and i feel toner but everytime i hop on that scale i get a little bummed so for now on im just going to do measurements and hopefully that d### scale will give me a break

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LISANANCY 2/3/2010 3:26PM

    You know this thing about the scale has two sides to the discussion. One does say that daily weighing is good for you. Some say weekly, and still others just go by the way the clothes fit. I find that daily weighing is something that gauges my day. After such a long streak of not losing anything, I look at the demon number and I can smile and continue with my effort or I can get mad as H**l and fight harder. Don't worry about the peak. Also, are you getting enough sleep? Do you allow enough time. Can you go to bed earlier. Not watch tv before bed, use a dark room. Sleep is important, not the extra snooze but real sleep. When you are up, you are up. emoticon

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Day Thirty-Two - A New Month Begins 2/2/10

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

I know, technically February started yesterday, but for some of my closest friends and me, the new month begins today. Yes, today begins our second month of Sparking, and what a difference a month makes.

If you had told me one month ago that I would be dedicating two, three or four hours a day to trying to learn and behave in a more healthy way, I would have told you that you had lost your mind. Sure, the site looked interesting and I could use to stand a few pounds and I have been in better physical shape, but WHAT, seriously dedicate my days to making a real and lasting change? Nah, I don't think so.

Curiousity got the best of me, though, and little by little, step by step, one day at a ime, I was won over. Just like we are taught. Lesson number one, when looking at your goals, look at the smaller steps that you need to take to achieve them. Work on those smaller goals and they will add up to accomplish what at first seemed so overwhelming.

But, I'd done this before, I'd lost weight and kept it off...I even led a Weight Watchers group for a time. Enter lesson number two, it isn't only about losing the weight, or even exercising, but about a healthy lifestyle, physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Many of the streak I am trying to continue have little or nothing to do with losing weight. They have to do with living my life in a way that is consistent with my values and beliefs. Teaching me to be comfortable in my own skin. Cultivating a sense of confidence and security in myself that had been missing for a long time. Okay, maybe the time investment is worth it.

Speaking of time, I am a busy woman, and this does require a considerable amount of my time. Here's my BIG takeaway lesson number three. I AM WORTH IT! It's a difficult lesson for many of us, especially for women, but we need to invest in ourselves. Sure that does require balance because we can't neglect all else in our lives, but by investing in ourselves, we actually have more to give. We have more confidence, fearlessness, energy, wisdom, knowledge, serenity, strength and endurance.

This benefits not only us, but everyone we come in contact with. Here comes the kicker.........
lesson number four! By giving away what I've been given, I receive even more. Kind of like a flow of electricity. Spark people turned on the power, and by letting that flow out of me and into other people, there is room for more energy and motivation to flow in and on and on and on.

I don't know how this all works like it does just yet, and I know I have a lot more learning to do. But that will come. I will learn to accept my limitations, slips and imperfections, hidden strengths and talents and the depths of my drive and determination. The bank of information to fuel my growth into a happier, healthier individual seems nearly limitless. So, I will continue to visit and make my daily withdrawls AND deposits and watch as my figures decline, but my account grows with interest.

Thank you Chris, and all my Spark Friends and Buddies for joining with me on this journey - I look forward to a long and prosperous season with you all.

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AHEALTHIERME9 2/3/2010 9:32AM

    BRAVISSIMA!!!! LOOK AT YOU!!!!

ABSOLUTELY THE BEST BLOG I'VE READ TODAY!!!

You are growing, my dear... You are growing...

I completely agree with everything you wrote, and I especially like this part:

"Sure that does require balance because we can't neglect all else in our lives, but by investing in ourselves, we actually have more to give. We have more confidence, fearlessness, energy, wisdom, knowledge, serenity, strength and endurance."

WELL SAID!!!

And then this: "By giving away what I've been given, I receive even more. Kind of like a flow of electricity. Spark people turned on the power, and by letting that flow out of me and into other people, there is room for more energy and motivation to flow in and on and on and on. "

I notice that when I cheer others on, my motivation increases, the sense of cohesive team effort increases, my awareness of community increases, the fun in this journey increases! It's such an amazing dynamic, isn't it?

Thank you for articulating so perfectly some wonderful Spark lessons! WOOHOO!!!


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LISANANCY 2/2/2010 3:45PM

    This whole healthy lifestyle thing works with magic and love. How lucky we are to have friends that stand by us and teach us. We learn from each other, from the newbie to the most successful. That's the magic, we add the love. emoticon

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NELLIEC 2/2/2010 1:40PM

    My daughter made the comment that it is good I have been on SparkPeople for a while and have built up my strength so I would do better during and after my surgery. I agree with her!!! It has made a big difference!

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MITURN 2/2/2010 11:41AM

    Wonderful blog!

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Day Thirty-one - 2/1/10

Monday, February 01, 2010

One last day, and off to a rough start. I planned on being up early and getting stuff done before work, but the animals had different ideas. Two dogs fighting over a bully stick and more interested in what was going on with the "wildlife" outside than in sleeping, and two cats, one just wanting some cuddle time making the other jealous and wanting to sleep no where else but on my face. It was not a good night's rest.

So, my two day sreak of not hitting snooze came to an abrupt halt this morning. will try again tomorrow. This may prove to be my most difficult habit to change so far.

Got to get ready for work, pack lunch and hopefully this evening will be a bigger success. Monday evenings are my intense workout nights - anxious to see how I end the day...hopefully better than I started. emoticon

  
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WINNINGSPARK 2/1/2010 6:30PM

    One time when my dogs pulled a similar routine with me, the next day they were of course wanting to sleep all day long and I just happened to be home so every time I saw them sleeping I woke them up to play or do something. It was extremely immature of me and I enjoyed it thoroughly. They of course learned nothing of the lesson and thought I was rather strange that day....lol! I enjoyed a full nights sleep that night. Another way is to call home every half hour and awaken them....lol! So, hope that your workout tonight goes well for you and that the dogs sleep through the night without you having to resort to such barbaric training methods. And as for cats - my experience is....good luck with that.
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LISANANCY 2/1/2010 5:06PM

    Hey, this is not that bad. You are in control. So you just start again. The trick is in starting again QUICKLY. emoticon

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NELLIEC 2/1/2010 4:29PM

    Well, the dogs fighting you can't do much about, but as much as I love my cats, they do not sleep in my bedroom. (There wouldn't be enough space for me!)

I hope that the rest of the day is better and that you get better sleep!

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BOVEY63 2/1/2010 12:21PM

    Hope the animals give you a break tonight and you can get a good night's sleep.
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EKKING 2/1/2010 12:14PM

    My parents cat used to wake me at 3 am to get breakfast when I cat-sat for them. Yuck. Sorry for your unrestful sleep. Get in a great workout tonight and you should sleep like a dream tonight!

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