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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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