Sunday, June 26, 2011
SO the Celebration of life for Frank's dad was yesterday and it was a great day. Lots of laughs and memories and yea, a few tears but not too bad. Lots of our old friends came. These were the group of guys we knew when Frank was in his teens and have stayed in touch. They were the heavy hitters, baby. The coolest guys I ever knew and they may be grey or a bit heavier, they are still so funny and it was awesome hanging with them and talking for hours.
And here is one with Frank, Kelly, Kady and his mom.
It went great and so many people came. It was a good day and I feel like we can all move on now.
There was lots of food and I think I ate my weight in Nacho's yesterday. I woke up feeling horrible today and within an hour, puked my guys out. Sorry if that is TMI but I am trying to save you from my same fate. A few Nachos= ok. 200 pounds of Nachos: Not so much.
We will go home later today and get back to work and regular life. MY MIL is gonna be fine. She is supported by lots of family up here and we will spend more time with her, too. She is pretty active so she will come and visit us, too. She likes to camp and fish and be with people so I think she is going to do just great.
Have a great sunday and if you are thinking of someone today, dont wait. Give them a call or drop them an email.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
70 pounds lost TODAY! WOoohooo Wednesday and super happy, booty shake dance! Man, this was a long time coming and it feels fantastic!
Next goal: 2 pounds until I am out of the 220's.
That will mean leaving behind the 290's, 280's, 270's, 260's, 250's, 240's, 230's and then the 220's!
This means I only have about 10 pounds until I weigh less than my hubby which has been a goal since I started.
I tend to focus on 5 pounds at a time. I dont know if you remember when I wrote the blog about my visualization? I visualize a desert highway with a mountain behind me and one in front of me. I see myself walking down this road and every mile marker is 5 pounds. I am alot farther from where I started now and alot closer to where I am going.
My originial goal was to lose 111 pounds. I will reasses when I get there, the main thing is, I am getting there.
The point I was to make is that EVERYONE can do THIS! I am not special, I do not have super powers. So many people in my "real" life tell me how great I am doing and that they need to lose weight but then they go on Jenny Craig or try super excercise situations or get B12 shots and it frustrates me.
ALL YOU NEED IS SPARK! The support and information is the key. The tracking is critical, especially in the beginning.
You also need something you cannot get anywhere: You need commitment. You better really want it, peeps, or it aint gonna happen no matter what you do.
You have to want it enough that you will try every day, even when you fail.
You have to want it enough to quit lying to yourself.
You have to want it enough that going for a walk becomes something you look forward to and not a punishment.
You have to want it enough that you will stick to it, that you wont give up, to understand you deserve to have a healthy body that can allow you to live a full, healthy,happy life.
When I started 15 months ago, I decided I would lose 111 pounds in a year. Alot of people did it! I read their stories and was inspired. I have not been able to do it in that time frame although if I had wanted to, I could have worked harder and done it.
Instead as time went on, I adjusted my goal and found a pace that I could live with. Sometimes I have been frustrated by how slowly I have lost, especially since January, but the important thing is I have kept going. I will never quit.
This 70 pound goal is not a stopping point. It is just a place to pause for a minute and look back up that road, to all the 5 pounds markers that are behind me. I will look back, then turn around and keep walking toward the next mountain.
I still have a ways to go but It's cool though. I like to walk now.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Have you been friends with someone for awhile that ALWAYS brings you up? Just always knows the right things to say? You notice that they comment on others blogs and are encouraging and really motivating? Did you know that you can nominate them to be a sparkpeople motivator? You may have used that little nomination button on their page or maybe you have never noticed it. It is a very easy way to bring recognition to someone who is worthy and then that would allow someone else to discover this awesome person to help them on their way as well.
Give someone some props today!!
I was thinking how nice it would be if we could have some sort of "like" button, similar to facebook, to let someone know you read their comment on your page or blog but maybe you just didn't have time to respond. Or maybe some other quicker way to respond to them. I find myself short on time sometimes and although I read every single comment and every single spark goodie, sometimes it is hard to be able to respond to everyone.
I WANT to, I really do, because the comments mean sooo much to me. They encourage me, make me laugh, give me advice and make me think. Comments are really the lifeline and what makes SP work but I think the process could be streamlined.
I am sure you have commented on someone's page or blog and you wonder if they ever read it or why they didnt respond. Would it make you feel better to know that they did and they liked it or loved it or it made them "lol". I know I would love it.
Some of the more popular blogs (over 500 responses! Really??) How would someone find time to respond to everyone?
If you agree, lets start requesting this to SP or "like" this blog so we can get some attention for the improvement that I think would be very beneficial.
You guys have a great day and make someone else's day brighter.
Monday, June 20, 2011
So much happened over 10 days, I cannot show you everything so here are just a few highlights.
We went to the mountains above Vernal, Utah and stayed with our friends at their cabin. There were about 12 of us for most days with a few leaving and a few new friends coming until we ended at the dwarf car races down in town.
This is my view every morning off the back of the cabin:
The adorable bedroom we stayed in:
The cute living room/ bar:
Getting ready to go riding with my crew:
My view from the Razor:
Taking a break:
Some awesome young bucks. There were 6 of them!
Gorgeous views of the Green River farrrrrrrrr below:
Gorgeous views from the Mountain (10,000 feet!)
Friends on the ride:
Just one of hundreds of fish we caught:
My sister, Becky. (aka TEXWIFE)
And finally, me.
This pretty much captures what the last 10 days were like, except I didnt take pix of all the delicious meals we had.
This week is a busy week of getting back to roofing, and prepping for Frank's dad's celebration of life. We will be with his family all weekend but I am taking my laptop cause I will definatly need a break.
Oh yea, I am gonna make 3 kinds of cake pops in homage to Jim. He loved them so that is what I am providing for the service. (Lord, help me during the baking).
Monday, June 20, 2011
I have been gone nearly 2 weeks and I got on the scale this morning to see how I did and I gained 2 lbs. I am so upset. I can't beleive it! It has taken me sooo long to lose that much weight and now to be up 2 pounds! I am thinking about quitting. I can't do this anymore. It is a waste of time and I am never going to make it. I am tired of trying. I mean, just because I had some drinks and some chips and ate bacon everyday, I should not have gained that much!
Are you thinking that I have lost my mind? That this doesn't sound like me? Well you are right. It sounds like some of you when you get back from being away.
Doesnt it sound ridiculous?
Now, the facts are I did gain 2 pounds (but I figured anything under 5 was acceptable). I did eat bacon every day but I kept a mental track as the day went on and I was lucky to be able to track on SP most days. I had some drinks (a few every couple of days and more than a few on one day! wink, wink). I walked every few days and I did walk back up that same mountain from last October and did it easier and faster. I did nowhere near the fitness minutes I do at home.
But really, besides eating a pretty big (for me) breakfast each day, my new lifestyle is just that: A lifestyle and one I can obviously maintain fairly easily. I was gone for almost 2 weeks and 4 of those days were traveling and we all know about on the road eating. My sister and I joked we ate our way across Nevada! But we ate apples and 100 calorie packs of snacks and were quite happy with that.
I am not writing this to brag about myself but to encourage you that no matter what the circumstances, you CAN maintain. If I really had made an effort, I could have come back with a weight loss, I am sure of it.
Although my picture suggests I am a super-hero, I am here to tell you that I am not. I am just like you, someone who wants to lose weight and be healthy and live my life to the best of my abilities. I am also here to tell you that WE can do it, we WILL do it, and 2 pounds is no problem at all. That just proves I had a pretty damn good time, had some treats and enjoyed my vacation.
Those 2 pounds are already gone in my mind and remember, I am still working on getting to my 70 pounds down. 3 to go and then I will go onto the next goal.
Do me a favor today:
Get off your own back and get on someone else's who needs you. Together, we can. (why does that sound so familiar?? lol). Have a great day and I will blog later with some pix.
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