I think one of the things I've learned from spark is to be able to go with the flow a little bit more and not get down as easily. It reminds me of the saying when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. I don't let tough situations send me into emotioal eating and I don't find comfort in food very often. Once in a while that creeps in but for the most part it just doesn't seem inviting anymore.
I think about painting my own picture and making my day what I want it to be. I put on my status today "I'm going to have a great day!" and I just made up my mind to do just that. I was able to overcome a stressful situation at the beginning of my day and make the rest of it very happy regardless of what was going on around me.
I am enjoying working out. I took a lunch break today and did 30 mins on the elliptical and then went back to my office for a very healthy salad. Ice water just tasted wonderful with that. Lettuce, avocado, sliced turkey, walnuts, dried cranberries, and basalmic vinagrette. Yum-o!
Kept a smile on my face when I realized half way home that I left my gym bag with my makeup at the office. So what...I'll go in a little early tomorrow and do my makeup in the bathroom.
Spark habits are spreading sunshine in my life and making me happier!
There is someone at my office that says yakity schmakity all the time. She cracks me up. She also says craptacular. That always makes me laugh.
I did the spark your body bootcamp video tonight and that was a 5 min ab workout with the ball. Part of the challenge for tonight was to blog about that. If you haven't checked out this team, you can find the link on my spark page. I liked this workout tonight because I am resting my sore knees and it gave me another option of some workout that I could get in.
I took a client out to lunch today and stayed within my calorie range. I had salmon and root vegetables. What I really wanted to do was say skip that healthy stuff and bring me the 5 nut brownie!!! But I didn't. I drank my water, ate my fish and veggies and left without the brownie. Do I get brownie points for that???? LOL
I don't know if my body is fighting something off or I have stress burnout or what but I laid down when I got home and fell sound asleep for almost an hour. I don't feel really well and have a headache and slightly upset stomach. So no cardio. I'm going to get in bed and read chapter 4 of The Spark and plan my workout for lunchtime tomorrow. I prefer working out at the gym in my office building to trying to drag myself in the evening!
Dinner tonight was Kashi Go Lean cereal with milk and 1/2 banana and that mild stuff isn't even feeling well in there. :(
I went to an all day Excel training class today for level 2 - 2007. It was nice to have a break from the office. I learned alot and think I will enjoy putting that to use going forward. I like to learn new things.
I finished chapter 3 in The Spark today. I happily walked to lunch instead of driving. Nice break out in the sun and breeze to Panera where I had my favorite fuji chicken apple salad and whole grain baguette. Dressing on the side and used about 40% of what they gave me. It was interesting because I was standing by all the wonderful baked goods they have reading a menu checking to see if there was nutritional information when one of the workers grabbed a big huge cinnamon roll and started moving it with tongs and saying "eat me, you know you want to eat me". I just burst out laughing and said no I don't! I got away from there fast before I broke down.
I sat by the window in the sun and read The Spark and ate my salad and drank my water. The changes that SP makes in our life, right?! I didn't go to the gym tonight which is unusual for me. I did do my SP bootcamp video, 200 situps, 40 pushups and my stretching so I wasn't a total slacker.
I'm starting a 12 week stress management program on 1/25 at the office through our wellness program. If you didn't read my post yesterday on reflections on stress then do...you'll see why I think I need the stress management class! Finding balance....almost like finding Nemo in the big blue ocean sometimes.
Thanks to all my spark friends for their love and support and encouragement. I couldn't do it without y'all! I can say Y'all, cuz I live in Texas!
I had a stressful day today. I did a small amount of emo eating but not much. My DH and I were talking about the stresses that we have faced in the last 16 months:
reconciled after a three year separation
moved to a temp house for 30 days
bought and moved into a new house
lost his brother to brain cancer
I started at a new job
so did he
I got promoted and changed my job functions and who I reported to
he got promoted and now has more duties and a bigger staff
our son turned 18
In less than 3 weeks one of daughters will turn 16 and get her license
our youngest started highschool
did i mention we have three kids in highschool?????
our son had shoulder surgery and missed the entire football season
And through that all I am down 60 lbs. Thank God for Spark people this last four months. It has really made a difference! I finished chapter 2 of The Spark. I'm reading one chapter a day right now.
I see each day as a new opportunity and I don't kill myself over the 1.5 biscuits with real butter and honey that I had tonight. That probably undid my 35 mins on the elliptical from earlier but tomorrow's another day. I'm moving slowly in the right direction and making progress and friends along the way. I'm grateful tonight that I've learned new ways to cope and I don't feed my face to hide any pain.
Thanks spark people for making me healthier and happier!
I went to a spiritual retreat this weekend. It's been a long time since I've done something like that. I joined a group of 40 people who are meeting once a quarter for two years and this was our first class.
I've got a couple of books to read as an assignment but I wanted to tell you about one called "Ten poems to change your life" by Roger Housden. It starts out with a transformative poem called The Journey and it made me think of what we are all trying to do here on SP - especially for those who do it with negative people around them when they start. I got it at Barnes and Noble but I'm sure you could order it anywhere.
I thought that since I've lost 60 lbs and am inching closer to my physical goals, that it was high time I work on my spiritual and emotional sides as well. I've been pretty much running on fumes for a while and I need to take care of that side of my life as well so that I am balanced.
I did take those two days off from working out but ate pretty healthy during the retreat. I got in 1.5 hours today of cardio, wieghts, core, and stretching so I'm working on catching up. I'm behind on my fitness minutes this month so I'm chasing my goal from behind.
Good news - I did find my missing pedometer. I had left it at the gym in the cup holder on a bike. I asked at the front desk if they had one turned in and there it was in the drawer waiting for me to remember!
I'm not weighing for a few days now. I did have 3 cookies at that retreat and some white bread which I normally don't eat. I'm in a good place mentally and I don't want to wreck that if the number on the scale isn't what I think it should be. I'm pressing on and plan on having a great workout week!
Hope everyone is well and that your week is all that it can be!