Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Today, I was leaving a comment for mezzoangel (if you dont read her blogs, you are missing out!) and as I was rambling, I mean writing, I realized something.
I am becoming a bit too comfortable. I have been on Spark since March, have lost about 35 pounds and I began walking a mile, 3-4 days a week (i have a knee replacement, 2 bulged discs and Im fat so I always told myself I couldnt possibly walk anywhere!).
Since I have been walking with my hubby and my dog, I barely limp anymore and I feel so much better but I am not really challenging myself anymore. I need to go farther or faster or both and I have been talking about yoga for awhile now but still havent tried it soooooooooo, I think it's time.
I also am a devoted nutrition tracker but for the last couple of weeks (lots of being away and a new hormonal medication) I have hit my calorie range but not always my other ranges like carbs, fat, and protein. Sometimes I am over, sometimes under but I used to make sure I fit those targets every day.
SO: I am going to start accuratly tracking again starting tomorrow which will include meal planning and adjusting by the end of the day so I get all my food in the appropriate amounts and am going to ramp up my excercise regime as well.
I do not want to get complacent. I have a long way to go and I am going to get there. I just need to use the tools that I have and that includes all of your support so thank you in advance.
You have all been so fantastic while cheering me on and I appreciate it more than I can say. Progress, not perfection! (just a little more progress, please!)
Sunday, July 25, 2010
So, I was camping with freinds and family this weekend. Something happened and I wanted to share it with you becuase it illustrates something about the changes in my life.
I had some small camping lights that operate on batteries. My girls (19 and 24) each had one. The green ones batteries were dead and I tried to unscrew it to add new batteries (yes, that is how organized I was, I had the right batteries!!). I handed it to my hubby and he could not twist the bottom cover off. He left it on the table to do other stuff. Later in the evening, the girls and I were sitting around and I started messing with the light. I tried really hard to twist it and the girls were laughing at me straining to open it. Kelly said, "Mom, you can't open it, just forget it. It was $2.00, who cares?". At that moment, I felt a feirce determination start in my gut and I told her, "Oh hell no, I am getting this open!!"
To their amusement, I twisted, banged, pried and tried and couldnt open it. I realized the batteries had corodded and so sealed the plastic. I poured some coke in it and kept trying. Nothing.
I was starting to get mad and was not gonna let this stupid light beat me! I tried again and again and then I felt it give. I was so excited!! I twisted it open and was dancing around the camp ground and the girls were laughing telling me how stubborn I was!
I put in new batteries, closed the lid, turned it on and ...................nothing. GAHHH! i was so mad! All of that to not even work? I opened it again, figuring I broke it when I was pounding on it, took out the batteries and saw there was some corrosion on the metal things so I poured some coke on it and cleaned it, put the batteries back in, screwed the lid on and turned it on.
It lit!! it worked!! I was so happy that I didn't let it beat me, that I didn't give up and it occured to me how much sparkpeople has to do with that. It is carrying over into all aspects of my life. This positive feeling, the girl who will not quit, the one who's light will shine, damn it!
I think it is a good analogy about not having that quit button anymore, that if I keep trying there is nothing I cant do and that includes getting a light working or getting 2 out of 3 tents back in the bags they came with including covers and poles. It includes eating healthy (without tracking all weekend). I swam, ate well, had fun, got compliments on my strength and will power, raced someone by jogging to a tree and back-that was hilarious!).
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine! If I can, you can!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Yep, Im going out of town again. This time, camping, but I am in charge of the food situation this time.
97% fat free kosher hot dogs, bbq chicken, tri tip, turkey burgers and asada taco's. My sparky sister is bringing the sides and I am doing the main dishes so I know we will be eating well and staying on track. I sent my daughter to get the snacks they would like and I got some baked chips and salsa, and some fresh fruit. There is a killer vegetable stand on the way to the lake and I will stop and get fresh corn on the cob.
I will swim, walk my dog and enjoy the time with friends and family. Food will not be an excuse or my focus, it will be an enhancement to the good time I am planning on having. I am bringing my laptop and will log my food and excercise.
So have a great week and weekend and I will check in when I get back. LOVES!!!
Monday, July 19, 2010
Ok I just heard about a desert at Claim Jumper called the "I declare". It's a custard eclair with a hot fudge sundae on top of it.. uh. yeah. Take a minute. The problem? 2700 calories!!!
But I have to say that I will be eating that one day (or at least a shared portion of it) but who the heck thinks of that stuff??? Like, what, you are eating, an eclair and suddenly you think, hmm if this was a sundae as well, that would be great?
Anyway, feel free to add your wild temptations to this blog.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Just got back from 4 days at a race with friends, food and alcohol. It was in Yreka, California which is about 50 miles north of Hell. It was over 100 degrees every day and we were outside, all day, every day. In the shade, it wasnt too bad and when the sun went down, it was really nice and cool and in fact (since we were up till past 1 am every day), I needed a sweatshirt.
Anyway, in my "summer it trying to derail me" blog, I listed some things I was going to do to stay on track so here is how I did.
I stayed hydrated with water (except for a diet pepsi and vitamin water every day), EVEN THOUGH, I wanted milkshakes, more diet pepsi, and smoothies. I stuck to the deal.
Due to all the drinking of water, I had to use the bathroom alot. So EVEN THOUGH there was a porta potty fairly close, I walked to the nice built in bathrooms instead (1/8 of a mile each way) several times a day.
EVEN THOUGH I didnt have my dog, I walked with my friend and her dog around the fairgrounds (a bit over a mile).
Once I even walked around it by myself, EVEN THOUGH it was 100 degrees and my friends kept trying to give me a ride in their golf carts, etc. I said, No thanks, EVEN THOUGH it would have been nice to ride back to the pits instead of walk in the heat. It also gave me an opportunity to say that I was doing the walk for my health and to tell a few people about SparkPeople.
EVEN THOUGH I have a lot of weight left to lose and most people haven't noticed I have lost 35 pounds, I NOTICED and felt great about the things I was doing to keep on track.
EVEN THOUGH dinner was being served, I got my buddies together and had a great healthy lunch of bbq chicken and fat free hot dogs instead without making it a big deal and everyone was really happy about it.
EVEN THOUGH there was a lot of drinking, I had 2 Captain Morgan and diet pepsi's all weekend, and was the much needed designated driver.
We ate at a Black Bear Diner every morning and EVEN THOUGH they had biscuits and gravy and lots of things I would have ordered before, I ordered the "little breakfast" and added a side of fresh fruit and was really happy with it.
There was a spa and a pool at our hotel and EVEN THOUGH the spa looked great, I chose to swim instead and did some laps.
EVEN THOUGH,I have a long way to go but I am happy I have started, happy about the progress I have made and am excited to be having this journey and will be happier still to hit my goal!
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