Thursday, June 12, 2008
I am feeling much better today. I also feel like I am getting my mojo back a little bit in terms of fitness. Yesterday I took a spinning class for the first time in months, followed by a cool abs class.
I've decided to focus on not only losing these last pesky 5 pounds but also to really concentrate on training the abs and upper arms (triceps), since the those are my trouble spots. I want a nice strong core and for my arms to be defined (see Kelly Ripa's pic in my photo gallery).
As for Spark, I am slowly getting into the swing of things again. Changing the color on my page seemed to help. I'm also thinking about maybe starting a team. That would be fun! I've also made a couple of streaks appear on the page. I think that will be a good motivator too. Now if only I could get on a water streak!!
P.S. Anyone have a clue as to how to use the new Spark feature of copying a meal to another day? It's not showing up for me...
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I can't pinpoint exactly what is wrong with me, but I've been struggling, so much so that I have all but given up. I may be sad, bored or just tired. Or any combination of them.
I am going over my calories every day. By a lot. Last Friday I stuck a spoon into a pint of B&J Half Baked frozen yogurt and before I knew it I had eaten 1/2 of it. Exercise lately is a chore. In fact, I am thinking about skipping the gym today. It's very tempting to stay inside where there is air conditioning rather than schlepp to the gym in 99-degree heat. I am not posting much or checking in with my teams. I sort of skim through the articles that come to me by e-mail or just delete them.
OK, so I went for my big reward trip to Israel but it was not 100% deserved. I still haven't met my goal. I still have some work to do. And I definitely have to make sure that I am building healthy habits for life. That is to say, I will never be completely DONE.
Today I decided to change the color on my SparkPage. It's a small change, but anything to liven things up...
One significant thing I've learned since I have been on Spark is that when my brain is not on the right track -- when I am sad, bored, stressed, or otherwise troubled -- my healthy lifestyle suffers.
I believe that this process is about 85 percent mental. When I am feeling great, it is almost effortless. I am motivated to go to the gym. I am careful about what I eat. I enjoy being and feeling healthy. I've also learned that exercise will always make me feel better, no matter what else is going on and how much I did not want to work out in the first place.
So to get myself back on track I've decided to focus on my brain ... and maybe the hot body will follow! How do I retrain my brain? It won't be easy, but here is my plan:
- To counteract negative thoughts/feelings with positive ones.
- End the day by thinking about positive things that happened or just being thankful.
- Appreciate my family, friends and all the good things in my life.
- Seek support from my Spark friends.
- Respect and believe in myself. I can do this!
- Never, ever, ever give up!
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Ok, I am not at goal yet -- tossing around the same 5 pounds-- but I've lost almost 60 pounds. So why, oh why, do I still have a muffin top??? At this point, it's more of a mini muffin, but still...
I hate it! I want it to go away! It's a constant reminder that I still have some work to do, which could be a good thing. A built in kick in the a$$! I hope that when I finally do reach goal that it will be the end of the muffin top.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Ben and Jerry, why do you tempt me so? I am a married woman, for goodness sake!!
Seriously, I went out and bought 2 pints today! Both are "lowfat." (Are they really? I'm not sure what's lowfat anymore (see yesterday's blog post).
"Lighten up," they say!
So here I sit with my Strawberry Banana fro yo (150 calories, 1/2 cup) and Half Baked fro yo (180 calories, 1/2 cup).
Note the cute little disclaimer on the cartons:
"Remember: Friends don't let friends overdo dessert. Exercise your options responsibly."
Monday, June 02, 2008
This morning my Hungry Girl e-mail had a link to an interesting news story. I'll post the link at the end of this blog. It was an investigative report that tested sample meals from the "diet" menus of restaurants we've all been to: Chili's, Cheesecake Factory, Macaroni Grill, Taco Bell, Applebees...
The intent was to see how the actual calories and fat grams in the meals compared with the numbers advertised on the menus. The results??? The numbers on the menus were waaaaaay off. For example, Macaroni Grill's "skinny chicken" clocked in at 1022 calories and 49 grams of fat, NOT 500 calories and 6 grams of fat. The results from the other restaurants were not much better.
Wow! Is it safe to go out to eat at all? This just reinforces my resolve to stay IN to eat for the sake of my waistline. If the diet entrees are this bad, can you imagine how many calories there are in the regular menu items? I don't even want to think about it.
And really, are the products we buy at the grocery stores any better? Can we trust what the labels say? I'm not so sure.
Here is an interesting tidbit that I picked up from the news story: Taco Bell, in its defense statement, said that federal regulations allow them to be off by as much as 20 percent!!
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