Saturday, December 04, 2010
Hey Sparkers - if you've been reading my posts, you know I'm in Illinois due to my MIL's unexpected passing. We are dealing with tough emotions, so I'm using the skills I've learned here on SP to keep me on track. So here goes with food and exercising blogging.
I leaned from LOSINGJESS a long time ago about photo blogging my food.
We are in a hotel that has an all you can eat breakfast buffet so I knew I needed to feel accountable to someone about what I ate. I had a piece of whole wheat toast with egg and 1/2 slice of cheese. One serving of oatmeal with dried cranberries, fresh blueberries, a small amount of crushed walnuts and about 1/2 T brown sugar, and black coffee.
Snack time...stuff I took back from the breakfast bar. Total Whole Grain cereal, banana, skim milk with one sweet and low.
After we left the hotel we went to MIL's apartment and spent several hours going through her stuff and packing. We packed two boxes that we shipped home of things we wanted to keep. We have to go back tomorrow and continue this process.
I had no control over where the family wanted to eat for a late lunch. I ordered a spicy black bean burger with pepper jack cheese on a whole wheat bun. The pineapple/jalepeno salsa was good. I ate about 1/2 the sweet potato chips and again had black coffee.
Snack time..still more stuff from the breakfast bar. An apple, 80 cal yogurt and hot green tea.
I used the fitness center at the hotel and did 50 mins of weights after a 5 min warmup on the elliptical.
Since I'm still sick, I opted not to go out in the dropping temps to hang out at grandpa's house. The family left me alone in the quiet of the hotel room which was something I needed.
I did 30 minutes of YOGA and texted/talked to some family and friends. It was nice to do the stretching and try new poses all in private! I'm learning to love YOGA and how it makes my body feel, but I am a long way from some of these poses. I bought this magazine at the airport when we flew in...
I'm having the campbell's vegetable beef soup for dinner and have had 5 cups of water throughout the afternoon. I'll get in my last 3 before bedtime.
My late evening snack with be the yogurt and strawberries. Our hotel room has a small kitchen so DH stopped at the store earlier and got us some healthy options. If I do get really hungry later, I have three different kinds of fiber bars including a TLC Cherry Dark chocolate which will be my form of a desert for 120 calories if I need it.
I did take a nap today, and am keeping up with my mucinex and vitamins. The head cold kept me from doing some yoga poses because the drainage is just too much. But I am feeling better.
So now I'm chillin in my sparkly houseshoes and blogging on SP. My daughter teases me when I wear these and says that I'm slowly changing into a sparkly vampire after all. :)~
Thanks for helping keep me accountable to the healthy lifestyle that I am chosing. One good note about that...last time I saw this part of the family I weighed 256...now I weigh 169. I forget sometimes about the transformation I've been in because I get tied up in the fact that I haven't reached that elusive 156 I'm aiming for. Today I appreciated all the weight I have lost. One day I hope to see Spark Guy Chris and tell him Thank You in person!
Friday, December 03, 2010
Thanks for all the moral support from everyone lately. It's been a difficult week - sick, MIL passing away unexpectedly, travel, etc. Certainly one of those times where falling off the wagon would be the easy way to go.
I continue to be grateful for all I've learned on SP that helps me make better choices even in extremely difficult situations. So here's how I'm attempting to stay on track.
1. Log into SP! You always get support from your teammates and friends and that helps.
2. Drag your gym stuff with you everywhere you go. I packed tennis shoes, and workout wear in my suitcase before anything else.
3. Pack emergency food... we didn't leave enough room for breakfast this morning before our 6:30 flight. My fiber bars and instant oatmeal came in handy for the fam. I got a cup of hot water and two straws and mixed up my instant oatmeal for a warm and satisfying breakfast on the plane.
4. When all else fails..do the best you can. We found ourselves out in the middle of freaking no where for a very late lunch with the following food options...McDonalds, Burger king, and Dairy Queen. We choose mcDonalds, and I had 6 chicken nuggets, the apple/walnut/yogurt side, and a bottle of water.
5. Talk to your fitness buddy - I got up at 4:15 - flew from DFW to Atlanta to Midway. Drove from Chicago to Champagne, did the viewing at the funeral home, had a difficult dinner with family (they ordered pizza) and then got back to the hotel exhausted. Yes I did sleep on both planes. MY BFF called me and after her long day didn't want to go to the gym. I told her I would go if she did and after my day, I didn't think she really had any excuse. We agree to text each other from respective gyms.
6. I hauled my tired butt down to the fitness center at the hotel and here's what I did...
4 mile run on the treadmill, followed by 15 mins of stretching and yoga to cool down.
So thanks again to Susie who encourages me always to be my best, and to all my friends here who support me. She made it to the gym and had an excellent workout as well.
I was listening to one of my fav songs on my running list when I hit four miles - I made it by Rudolf. So today wasn't perfect, but I did make it better in a difficult situation. And the view from my window....
Yep...it's snowing. Have a great weekend sparkers.
Oh wait...number 7 - use laughter when life is tough. I told my youngest daughter that I was going to give myself a new nickname... The Party. You know instead of The Situation - the guy that was on Jersey shore. She started laughing... I said she even the airport thinks so - look what they put on my suitcase...
She burst out laughing. Acutally the Hot Bag tag was just because we were rushed and they were trying to make sure our bags got on the plane. But she still thought I was really funny. So she called me The Party for hours today.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I think everyday can have some kind of miracle in it. The picture above is of me and Lexi Colmenero. She let me borrow her beautiful hair clip! Lexi was born very premature and weighed less than 2 lbs. In this picture she is over a year old. She was so tiny that her foot fit across two of her dad's fingers. Now she is crawling and moving around and growing. We all enjoyed holding her on Thanksgiving. She is a living miracle.
This is just a fun picture in case Coach Denise who is also Team Edward drops by!
I am sick and took advice and slept alot today. Good for me that I work from home and have the ability to control my schedule. I had intentionally built in a couple work from home days since my mom had been visiting and flew home yesterday. I thought I might need a couple of catch up, work in my pj's days and that proved to be accurate for the wrong reason. I did get in about 4 hours of work, but rested as well.
This evening I'm sitting in bed reading some old issues of Success Magazine. I love that magazine and find it truly inspirational everytime I read one. Here are a few quotes and thoughts that I took note of tonight:
1. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. Og Mandino
2. All obstacles have one thing in common: you. The only thing standing between you and what you want is all that chatter in your head. Mel Robbins
3. Create a legacy everyday. Live fully, authentically, and spontaneously with nothing being held back.
4. What is now proved waas once only imagined. William Blake
One of the challenges for my team this week is to create your own personal mantra, and then next week will be followed up with sharing positive motivational quotes so I've been doing a little research. I have two mantras right now that I am trying to focus on...one is borrowed:
This is from the Susan G. Komen foundation and I love it. I bought a key chain with this on it, and a tshirt (which one of my daughters immediately confiscated as her own).
My other mantra is Live UP! I had a dream about that recently which I thought was interesting. I must have really been pondering this mantra thing if I started dreaming about it. In my dream my saying was Live UP! and it meant that I was focusing each day on living in a positive direction instead of a negative one. I was challenging myself to do better, and be better, and to have a positive influence in the world.
So all of this is percolating in my head as I try and determine how to cross the finish line with the last 10 lbs or so I want to lose. How do I get those thighs to look toned and not flabby? How do I get closer to the six pack abs instead of the kangaroo look? We all have to push ourselves beyond our comfort zone to reach the goals that we have for our life. If it were easy, then everyone would be able to do it and there would be no effort required.
Getting to your goals requires effort, focus, determination, and a dream. What is your dream? What do you need to focus on, and put the effort into in order to achieve it? Start tomorrow and tell me what you are going to do for one day to get closer to your goals.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Well I had a weird binge on bad food last night. I don't usually do that - really can't remember the last time I did. So I thought I would review what has been building up to that so I don't let it happen again.
My mom is here from out of town and she wanted me to drive her to Bailey which is about an hour from here. She wanted to try and find her dad and brother's grave sites. We walked around in the chilly wind for about an hour once we found the cemetary but never found the headstones. I did find two different sets of two stones that couldn't be read. There is a historical association over the cemetary so I told her I would contact them and see if they could tell me where they were buried and I would go back and take pictures.
We also found where her school used to be. The town is small - 263 people now live there according to the town sign. We also took pictures of where her house used to be and the church she went to at that time.
Needless to say that was an emotional day. She is 78 now and I think she thinks of things as this may be the last time I can ever do this. We did some Christmas shopping for my children so she could get their Christmas presents before she goes back home.
I took her to church this morning. I told her before we left that she couldn't introduce herself as "the old grouchy woman" to anyone. She's been doing that since she got here. She argued back and said she was old and grouchy and had earned the right to call herself that. I asked her if I should aspire to be that way in 30 years? She didn't answer.
We've got food in the house I don't normally buy. I think the stress and availability just got to me last night. I downed about 1/2 a package of chocolate chip cookie dough and some random other stuff. She likes to have sweets and I bought stuff that she wanted at the store that isn't in my normal routine. So I went to bed last night feeling almost like I wanted to puke. I thought..man I don't even want to eat tomorrow.
Today I got up and realized that not eating is not a normal, healthy way to deal with it. I logged onto spark and did a few point things. I texed by BFF who quite bluntly told me today was a new day so get over it and get back on track. I made a healthy breakfast with egg beaters, spinach, steak and fat free cheese. I also had a fruit side that was fresh pear, banana, topped with some mandarin oranges. Lunch was half a sweet potato and a large salad. While mom napped I went to the gym and did my weight routine and spent 15 minutes in the sauna. I have increased my water today as well.
When I got home from the gym I made an awesome shake: 1/2 c water, 1/2 cranberry juice, greek raspberry flavored yogurt, fresh raspberries, frozen peaches, cinnamon, ginger, and flax seeds.
So overall I feel better. My mom is going home tomorrow, and as much as I don't like seeing her go - it will allow me to get back to the normal routine here at the house. I'll throw away anything left that I don't normally keep. I've read my Oxygen magazine, made some fitness plans, and feel like I am better than I was yesterday.
I changed my background on Twitter and posted a new "tweet" today about how I am crafting my future. I don't think you have to stay on some path that you don't want to be on and that I'm not destined in 30 years to be a sad, old, grouchy, physcially challenged individual. I am going to set some challenging goals for 2011 and keep on moving in the direction I do want to go....fun, optimistic, physcially fit, seeking new challenges and accomplishing my goals.
I'm ending with this picture. It's me from the back yesterday. I think of it as me looking off into the distance deciding which way I want to go. It's also me almost 90 pounds down wearing a pair of jeans I got from my daughter, and a black cardigan that we bought together and share. If I hadn't worked so hard for the last two years...I wouldn't have attained that goal. I know I can move foward and not be taken down by one weird weekend.
Thanks for listenting sparkers who read this.
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