Sunday, April 14, 2013
3 Months! Whoo Hoo!
I can’t believe what all I have gained (or lost) during the last three months. I reviewed my Blog entries. And I found my first one very comical! It went like this:
What I really need to talk about this new food (What did they call it?) Oh yeah, FRUIT! If it isn't an apple, orange or strawberry I don't know it. I don't know how to prepare it. I don't know how to cook it, (does it need to be cooked?). What does it taste like and how would I use it in a meal or snack?
While looking over some flavored water (can't picture me drinking that plain stuff), I saw some weird yet cool combinations; BluePom (I guess some one colored their dog and bottled the shampoo water?!), there was a strawberry kiwi (how did they catch that little bird like thing from New Zealand and put it in a bottle?), the list goes on. I am not making this up. I truly don't know what some of these are! My 22 year old daughter laughed at me and corrected the dog and bird theory, so you don't have to worry about me trying to make these flavors at home! But then I took this new information to my local grocery store. I saw what a pom thing is, but what in the world would I do with it? How do I get in it? What could I use it for? And a kiwi, well, it looks like the egg of a kiwi bird! Do you eat that thing?
Well, I learned a lot about eating different foods, better foods instead of the snacks and the high caloric meals. Gone is the fried chicken! In with the baked chicken! Gone are the mashed potatoes with gobs of butter and gravy! In with the whole grain couscous! Gone are the white chocolate Reeses cups! In with the apple slices! And you know what? I don’t miss them!
In January, my day consisted of watching TV and sleeping. I was overweight, over fed, under worked. My extent of exercise was limited to my walks around Wal-Mart while shopping and taking groceries up two flights of stairs! Now I walk 3-4 miles several times a week! Just to walk!
But some of my biggest accomplishments are seen in the day to day tracking……..
Since January I have walked 48.5 miles! I have averaged 16.19 miles each week!
In January my measurements were:
Stress level was (4)
Sleep quality (2)
Energy Level (2)
Today My measurements are:
Hips are 49”
Sleep quality (4)
Energy level (4)
Wow! Great progress!
I also noted that I have completed 4 challenges:
Tame your Sweet Tooth
5k Your Way
Eat Up/Slim Down
I have 47 Spark Friends. I have joined 13 Spark Teams. I have been given 58 Spark Goodies. I can’t count how many I gave, but I personally don’t think it is enough anyways!
I have received trophies for Consistency for Feb and Mar, 1,000 Fitness minutes for Feb and Mar., and 500 Spark points for Jan, Feb, and Mar. I have already reached 500 fitness minutes for April.
I have 3,777 fitness minutes total. I have 10,000+ putting me at Level 11!
My streaks show:
Log in 64 out of 71 days (90%)
Exercise 90 min/wk. 13 out of 13 weeks (100%)
8 glasses of water 80 out of 90 days (90%)
5 Fruits and veggies 57 out of 71 days (80%)
And I couldn’t begin to tell you how much I have grown mentally, emotionally, spiritually, motivationally, my commitment level, just all around me!
And all of this progress is because of all of my friends and fellow Sparkers! Who would have thunk it?!?!
So to emphasize the before me and my goal me:
Me at 250 pounds:
Me in another life at 165 pounds! (this is my goal!)
Saturday, April 13, 2013
I have been reviewing my progress for my anniversary of 3 months on Spark People tomorrow. Wait to see what I have been able to find out about myself!
Thursday, April 11, 2013
I am feeling blue. I don't know if it is the weather, my thyroid, my depression or have I burned myself out! I was notified of my surgery date to day, it will be on April 24. They were able to set it up after my 5K walk on April 21. Maybe what I am feeling is the "shut-down" I do when I am stressed. I am not sure. But I have learned that I must keep on the high road and seek out the rainbows, I will see this through, I have come so far already and have lost more than I thought would be possible with all my medical stuff. I will keep on! I will succeed. If it takes me longer than I feel it should I need to accept that it is ok. LITTLE PROGRESS IS BETTER THAN NO PROGRESS!
I can do it! I will do it! I will succeed!
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
I have been thinking about what my experiences have been so far in this journey to a healthier being. I can't believe how far I have come in only a few months. It will be 3 months on April 14th. I have grown in so many ways, it is crazy!
I have said many times that this program is all about the lifestyle and becoming a healthier person. And I also say that the weight loss is only a bonus. But even in the weeks that I didn't lose, I still grew. Emotionally, mentally and spiritually. And I think that is the key to my happiness.
I talked with my niece (my exercise buddy) yesterday as we took to the park for the first time this year. Wait, it is the first time ever for me. The only other times I tried to walk this trail, once I was rushed to the hospital for emergency gall bladder surgery. And the other time
time I was trying to walk with plantar fasciitis before I was diagnosed.
Anyway, she and I talked joining into the program GeoCaching.com. We want to take my grand babies walking on some local trails so that they become more healthy too. My son and daughter-in-law live in an apartment building with no yard at all and they work such crazy schedules that getting the kids out of the house is almost impossible. And now that I am getting in better shape following my back surgery in 2010, I can finally spend time with them at the park and maybe this exploring thing might be fun for them. I am hoping.
I realized that I want to be able to hike and walk and have fun. I can't do all the things I wanted to do years ago, but I can do some awesome things now that wasn't available before.
I have also started bible studes. Two actually. One is revisiting the little study book "Growing in Christ." It is a series of promises and encouragement for beginning Christians. I re-visit this when ever I feel I need to get back to basics again. The second one is atopic that is fairly new to me and I have mever encountered before. It is called " Forty-Sixty" I think I received it years ago through the "Daily Bread" devotionals. But it is a study for "Midlife Adults Who Want to Make a Difference" I believe I am at the right place in my life for this study.
And I am going to revisit my Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) workbooks too. There is too much that I encounter on my healthy journey at Spark People that can be directly related to DBT.
So, the bottom line and what all this is telling me can be explained with the following quote:
Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you.
May your journey be as fruitful as mine has been to me! God bless you all!
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