Saturday, July 09, 2011
This is my 16 month anniversary here on sparkpeople. I have lost 70 pounds (and 83 from all time highest weight, recently discovered). Looking back, I have accomplished so much but what still surprises me is how amazing I feel!
From someone who has 2 bulged discs in my back, a knee replacement and needs another one, I am constantly surprised by what my body can do because I TRY.
I track my food and excercise because I dont TRY. I just DO it.
I walk because I LIKE TO. Sometimes I dont want to but I do it because I said I would.
I dont LIE to myself anymore.
I WANT something more than cookies. I want to be healthy and fit. (Sometimes, I still want cookies too but there is room in my life for that).
Every step makes it EASIER to make the next step.
I have all the SUPPORT I could ever need with sparkpeople and the friends I have made.
I GIVE encouragement because it helps and someone did it for me.
What makes me so special? NOTHING. We all started in the same boat and our level of success will depend on each day, making a choice. Each meal is a choice. Each chance to move your body is a choice. I am no different than you.
I want to lose 41 more pounds. That was my original goal. I will reasses when I get to that point.
If you want it, you can do it. That's it. Just take it day by day, ask for help and have a little faith in your self. You will be stunned with what you can do.
Just TRY, DO, GIVE.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
This is a link to my friend's blog. She has been through a lot but if you read all the way to the end, you will get the message on why SP is a good place.
Sometimes, you dont realize who you are helping when you talk about your life, your concerns, your hurt or your worry. Or your dreams, success and aspirations for that matter.
I read once that "God never wastes a hurt" . To me that means that everything you have gone through can be used to help someone else who is going through it, too. We all have pain. We all have had things happen to us or those we love. But doesnt it make it better to know that we can then turn around and help someone else who is going through it? Isnt that humanity, after all?
Spark is such a unique place for refreshing honesty. I am so grateful for all of you. Even if we havent met yet. Jan
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Yesterday after lunch, we took the dog and the boat and went to the Lake.Sorry I forgot my camera). It has been soo hot here and my A/C unit is struggling to keep up. It was 85 in my house! GAH! (A/C guy coming today)
So when we got there, I immediatly walked into the Lake. The water was perfect, not too cold and very refreshing.
While Frank and Stitchy went for a boat ride, I swam. Did a few laps and I was trying to figure out why it seemed so hard and then I realized.
I have to actually SWIM now. I used to be very floaty! In fact, I used to joke about it and make everyone laugh because I could just stand in the water (not touching the bottom)and I would float with my head and shoulders above water. If I took a deep breathe, I would bob up about 6". Great fat girl party trick.
I have to tread water now. I mean, feet and arms moving so I dont sink! I was trying to remember how long it has been since I swam and it had to be like last summer so at least 30 pounds ago and I dont know how much fat percentage but alot apparantly! Enough so that I had to swim not to sink.
That was so weird to me because it was so unexpected. I never thought about it.
It was obviously easier to swim before I lost 70 pounds. It is a strange thing that when you lose weight some things are harder, isnt it? But that is a good thing. I will swim, I will not sink. I will keep going and it will get harder to swim but it will be more proof that I am closer to a healthier body and a smaller size. I'll take it.
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
It all started with my new granddog, Cortez, coming home. He is an 8 week old bulldog but he will not be living here. He lives with his dad (my daughters boyfriend) but he came for lots of visits this weekend. He is paralyzing because when he comes in, all we can do is stop and watch him and freak out whenever he does something! IE: OMG! he just sneezed! He is the most adorable thing!! SQUEEEEEE!~ or look at him with that chew toy! He is adorable! SQUEEEE!
Then at midnight, my sister came from Los Angeles with my 20 year old neice and her boyfriend so I was up till 1 or so talking. We had a BBQ planned on saturday at my house so family came and we just visited and hung out and played some board games. Then we had an amazing dinner of Tritip, pasta salad, garlic bread and fresh corn. I gotta tell you, I am a great cook! lol. We watched the MMA fight and were in bed by 11. Not too bad. The only thing is, it has been over 100 for the last 4 days so it makes it hard to sleep when it is so muggy and doesnt cool off well at night.
We got up in the morning and Frank said we should take Stich for a walk cause it will be hot later and we will be busy. I didnt want to go but I did and sweat was pouring off me! But I was glad I did it. Then I drove my 16 year old nephew an hour away to go home. He had gone with Kady to work at a big a concert in San Jose. He was tired in a way only 16 year old boys can be! When I got back, we loaded up to go to our freinds BBQ.... .
I made sweet and sour meatballs to take cause they are kind of my specialty and always requested. There was a lot of fruit so I did great and my friends made turkey burgers (in my honor) and it surprised me how many people wanted those instead of the regular beef ones. Where did I get in trouble? A little drink called "skip and go nakeds" which I havent had in years. It is beer, vodka and lemonade and sounds terrible but it is delicious and sooo refreshing when it is hot. Yea. I had 3 in an hour and Frank looked at me and just started laughing. He goes, "Oh yea. You are lit up! " So we had lots of fun, tossing people in the pool, catching up with old freinds, meeting new people etc. I did great foodwise but alchol wise? eh. I didnt even track it cause I was thinking " lost cause" lol.Here is a picture of my neices, JC, (daughter Kelly), Jamie and Sarah. Arent they gorgeous! Poor Kady had to work so she missed it.
My sister drove us home and everyone in the car wanted in and out burgers!! OH NO!! I was proud of myself and only had 5 french fries but they are the best smelling burgers in the universe so it took iron will!
So on Monday morning, I was pretty done with parties and people and family. and Frank said we should take stitchy again. I said, I can't I have to go to the store. He goes, "get dressed. I will take you to the store after". What a slave driver!!! Again, pouring sweat. So when we got back, I just really wanted to jump in the shower but my sister was leaving that day and she was dawdling about but finally, they left and I got a shower and the house was suddenly quiet and still. Frank and I both fell asleep in our chairs for half an hour and it was soo nice and refreshing. I had another BBQ planned becuase a few family members couldnt be there for any other events and Kady was excited to have a thing so we did.
So my niece from other side of the family came with her little girl who is 5 and her boyfriend.Doesnt this just say it all?
WE had so much fun. We played Dance Battle on xbox kinect for like 4 hours. It was hilarious. My nephew and his wife came and some of the kids freinds.WE had a great dinner of slow cooked ribs, pasta salad, macaroni salad (with fat free mayo), corn, beans, garlic bread. We just played and stuff until fireworks time.
I was soo glad to go to bed and get back to a normal existance. No alcohol, no extra snacking, decent meals. I am tired! lol.. I am also glad my hubby kept me moving even when I didnt want to and I ate pretty well. But the drinking? Uh, no.
Frank is getting off work early today and I think we are going to a local lake with the kids this afternoon (still over 100 degrees today) and take Stitchy for some boat rides. Her favorite!! I will take pictures.
Sunday, July 03, 2011
He lives with his daddy, Art, but he comes to visit his Mommy(Kelly) and the rest of the family, too. He is very calm, sweet and sooo funny. I mean, there isnt much more adorable, I dont think.
Here is a link for a lot more pix of the baby, Cortez. He is soooo stinking cute I could just die! www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.20
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