Sunday, April 08, 2012
I'm inspired by one of my Twilight Challenge teammates - Fathin - who does a 1 minute exercise as soon as she gets up. I started today and I chose a 1 minute wall squat. In and of itself, a one minute wall squat may not seem like much, but if I did that everyday for a year that is 365 minutes of wall squats. Don't you think my lower body would be stronger for doing that? So now my streak quest - can I do 365 days in a row with a one minute wall squat?
My daughter and I are trying a few new foods this week:
1. Pomelo - basically it tasted to us like a sweeter grapefruit. We mixed it with fresh blackberries for a quick fruit salad.
2. Cinnamon Raisin ezekial english muffins - Liked - will be this more frequently. I've been eating them plain as part of my breakfast, and she's been putting almond butter on them after toasting. These are in the freezer section which is good for people who are single or don't eat bread often.
3. I also got the same brand cereal and I have enjoyed this. It says on the box you can cook it, but I've eaten it uncooked with milk and chopped dried cranberries. I like the crunch factor. I also liked the fact that there is no added sugar and it has protein.
Two things we bought but haven't tried yet - butternut squash pasta sauce, and a new kind of fiber bar. I was trying hard to find something that had no added sugar, and that I could keep in my purse for whenever I found myself somewhere that I needed a healthy snack and couldn't get one.
I tried Mejool Dates for the first time. They are like sugar. I used one as a spread on my almond butter sandwich instead of the sugar free jam that I normally use. I've seen a bunch of shake recipes that have dates in them so these are now in my pantry for that reason. I wouldn't eat them often since they have so many grams of sugar but on occasion I would think of these as a treat.
I had a streak of 133 weeks with at least 90 minutes of fitness. After taking a week off and breaking that streak, I set a new one to track at least 150 minutes of fitness. I just finished my first week of that and I'm setting a goal to see if I can carry that through 52 weeks to get a solid year.
Yesterday was an exceptionally sad day - I attended a funeral for a six week old baby girl. The parents/family were just devastated. I ate well all day but then went out for Mexican food with my daughter. I jumped off the sugar cliff and swam around in the deep end with two margaritas, sopapillas, and then easter chocolate at home. In the end all the calories were not worth it, and it didn't make the sadness go away. Today I've been back on track and eating well. I plan on exercising in a little while and will be working to plan out some meals for later this week. I've got a big salad in the fridge for tomorrow. If you're the type to pray, please lift up this family. I cannot imagine how they can have the strength to rebound from this loss for a long time.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Based on a comment from a poster I changed the title of this blog. Gross was indeed an offensive word. The more I look at it the less I can describe all the feelings I have. What would you call it?
Okay this picture is making the rounds on Pinterest. I thought long and hard about posting it or commenting about it. I can only imagine what the young woman is thinking or feeling now that her backside is being pinned on social media. In the end I decided to write about it hoping that it would encourage someone who might be in denial about their state of health or lack thereof.
In May I will have been on my healthy lifestyle journey for 4 years. In August it will be 3 years on SparkPeople. It was a rude awakening that prompted me to focus and lose weight. I was asked by 4 people at my office to join a Biggest Loser competition. That and a fire drill that had me sucking wind after walking up three flights of stairs helped me see how far into obesity I had traveled. Now I thank God routinely that those 4 people were brave enough to reach out to me and become part of the catalyst that helped me pull out of the pit.
So in the end I hope that someone looks at this picture and then at themselves and decides that this is the moment that they will no longer live in denial. Food is an addiction for many with serious health consequences just like smoking, drugs, and alcohol. It's difficult to break the grasp that it holds over us but we can do it.
Seriously, how could anyone wear this out of the house? I made a comment to a friend recently that if we all had eyes in the back of our head we would throw out half the clothes in our closet.
So here's the flip side to that picture:
So where are you? Are you in denial about your weight, your health, your food addictions? Are you losing hope, or momentum, or motivation? Hopefully you will have a rude awakening right this moment and realize that you need help. Obesity doesn't have to be your legacy. You do not have to accept having anything less than a healthy, active lifestyle.
Start with one choice, and make one step in a better, healthier direction. It doesn't have to be an all or nothing proposition. Reach out to someone and ask for help. Make a healthy choice for your very next meal. Pick up a glass of water instead of soda. Walk for 10 minutes.
I used to joke around about wanting a do over button, but then I realized I have one of those. It's called a new day. Yesterday is over and done with and I don't have to carry that baggage forward unless I choose to bring it with me.
Have courage to make the changes you need to make. Reach out to someone on a spark team and ask for help. Exchange your fears and doubts for courage and faith. Those things are all choices that we have the power to make. Don't give up your options and accept failure, defeat, pessimism, and gloom as your options. Demand more from yourself.
Girl or guy --- choose your today and plan for a successful tomorrow. YOUR choice - no one makes you stand in the buffet line in shorts that are about 5 sizes to small. We do that to ourselves and the madness can stop.
Sunday, April 01, 2012
On the first of the month I'm pondering my goals for the month. My mantra for the month is going to be "put up or shut up" and here's why:
I made a vow to myself when I started as a regular blogger on The Daily Spark that I would be honest and not ask people to do anything I wasn't asking of myself. I can't expect people to do what I say if I do not walk the talk. So what am I doing this month?
1. I started a 4 week break the sugar challenge with my Twilight Challenge team on Spark People. Today was day one and my goal is to be aware of where sugar is getting into my diet and find alternatives that I can cope with. If I checked everything right, I've had 7 grams of sugar/sucralose today. I didn't realize that my protein powder has sucralose in it, and my dried peanut butter that I use in my shake has sugar in it. I also found sugar in my whole wheat bread. I'm reporting in daily on my team message board, and right now I have one teammate who is checking in with me. Anybody know of a good sugar free protein powder?
2. I started the Spring Into Shape Challenge also checking in with several Twilight Challenge team members. I did the Cardio Kick Boxing video for the day (10 minutes) and I added in 22 minutes of my own cardio. Day one goal met.
3. I'm trying to find new ways this month to incorporate movement into my daily life. I rode my bike to church and back today for roughly a 3 mile round trip. Fortunately I go to a very laid back church and showing up in jeans riding a bike is no big deal! I also walked to and from the restaurant where the ladies had their once a month luncheon for a total of a little more than half a mile round trip. That worked out to be my 22 minutes of cardio. (biking and walking)
4. I don't like to go out to eat very often because I just find it difficult to manage calories. I ordered spinach enchiladas and asked the server to pack up half of my meal in a to go box before he brought it out. I carried that home and gave it to my daughter. She and I have spent most of the last month eating vegetarian.
I'm planning on 5k number 5 later this month and am looking at The Trill of the Grill 5k on April 21st. This would be a new race for me. I'm keeping my monthly goal of 1,500 fitness minutes. In March I took a full week off from working out. It was an unplanned rest but I was trying to listen to my body and felt like I needed some recovery time.
So the vegetarian thing - wasn't planning on that at all. My youngest daughter saw a film at high school about how meat gets into our food system. Just her describing it was enough to gross me out and she wanted to make the switch. When we do have meat which is about once a week, we're trying to buy organic, local from Whole Foods. I like that store because I feel like they do the research for me. It's more expensive per pound, but since we are only eating it once a week it seems worth it.
Over the weekend I had a great opportunity to Put up or Shut up because my daughter and I traveled to a band competition. I took the time to pack an ice chest with food for the two of us - I was grateful for that when we were there. The snacks available to the girls on Friday was chips, and oreos. Breakfast options were honey buns and sugary fiber bars. I sat on my bunk with plain greek yogurt and fresh fruit that I had packed and was grateful that I didn't have either not eating or unhealthy eating. On Friday night my daughter and I had apples, and a fruit/nut mix trail mix that I put together. It also felt good to help support her in her healthy eating because she is really trying to learn how to do that in an environment where it isn't always easy.
Here's my stuff packed to go - took my foam roller called The Grid by TP Therapy - needed that after a night of sleeping on a bunk bed that I think was older than me!
The fun thing was that Rachael's band won their competition. They beat out 5 other bands in their division.
My husband and son bought a juicer while I was out of town. I may be trying to figure out a new base for some vegetable soup with that or juicing a few veggies to go into a shake that I might not necessarily want to eat plain. Anyone use a juicer and have some good recipes?
Here are a couple of posters that I found on Pinterest that I'm going to focus on this month:
We are setting up a new workout area in our house and I'm looking forward to the new space. What is your favorite piece of workout equipment that you have at home?
Share your April goals with me!
Friday, March 30, 2012
One might think I forgot how to blog. But alas, I am fine just busy like crazy this month.
I found this picture on Pinterest and loved it. You can check out my Pinterest page here:
So what's been up in March? I ran two 5k's and the second one was my best time so far since my shoulder surgery last May. I ran some last night and had my best pace on my first mile so far.
I've been hitting the gym for more weights this month but my chaotic schedule and my lack of foresight to prepare for it have caused my fitness minutes overall to be down.
My youngest daughter and I have spent most of the month being new vegetarians. This has been a little more time consuming as I'm not eating the same things that I used to and am researching more recipes and trying new things.
When I'm short on writing time, I write my blogs for The Daily Spark first. You can find all of my articles on my Pinterest page on one board. My latest one seems to have struck a cord with a lot of people and that makes me happy.
Worried about my BFF's brother who had surgery yesterday and is coming face to face with the "c" word. Hoping it's not aggressive, hasn't spread, was all removed with surgery, and doesn't have to have extensive chemo or radiation.
Happy to be traveling later today with my youngest daughter's youth worship band as they go to a competition. This has consumed much of my time the last couple of weeks with extra band rehearsal's, researching and tracking down the right kind of pick up for her acoustic guitar, and today packing.
The thing about telling other people you're eating vegetarian when traveling or being with another group is they equate that to feeding you cheese pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, etc. So I spent time grocery shopping and prepping stuff to take in our own cooler so we have some healthy options even though we are only going to be gone a day and a half.
My oldest daughter is sick and I'm ready for her to be better. Her BFF has strep throat and a bunch of the kids she is around have had these terrible colds that just seem to linger. We're starting to steam roll into the end of the school year and her graduation. Hoping to hear soon that she is in the dorm we wanted for college in the fall, trying to find a dress for prom, trying to get things down on a calendar so we don't go insane at the last minute with all things revolving around graduation.
Car issues and expenses with two out of three cars this month.
Busy with work, family, and fitness seems to be the theme this month. So no worries, I'm fine - just trying to fit it all in!
Here's one more pic that I like.
Forgot one other big event this month was taking my youngest and three of her good friends to the midnight premier of the Hunger Games. I actually saw John Carter and sat in the lobby and read till 2:30 in the morning waiting for them to get out. They totally loved that.
So what's up with you? How's your spark journey going in the midst of your busy life?
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Okay spark peeps - I'm tired and not wanting to post in two places tonight, so if you'd like to see my race pictures please visit my blogspot here:
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