Friday, August 12, 2011
I knew better. Truly. I was just not paying attention to the label, and I polished off the remaining sugar free caramel popcorn in the bag. Calorie-wise, it could have been much worse, but stomach wise, digestion-wise, and pardon-me, gas-wise, oooh there were much better choices.
Please feel free to take a page from my lesson book:
READ THE LABEL (don't assume sugar-free means eat in large quantities....
PAY ATTENTION --- I do know that sugar free goods can often cause gastrointestinal distress, but I was not paying attention, and man, did I suffer later for it.
I was away on vacation, but ended up with a wasted, painful, unpleasant day and evening, all because of my ignorance and my little friend, maltitol.
Be advised, be forewarned, be afraid. ha ha ha
I am "back to normal" now, but in the interim, that was one ugly evening.
Sunday, August 07, 2011
This morning, (in the words of my DH), I stalled. Like a motor puttering along. I could not quite decide if I was going to slip back to bed, or stay on my tight timetable and get up and go lift weights.
I hesitated. It would have been momentarily nice to slip back under my cover and hide out for a little longer. But I had a choice. I could take that option, or I could get up and go. What were the consequences?
Well, here's the thing. No one cheers for you if you go back to bed. But you get up, move around, pump some iron, you have a whole bevy of buddies cheering you on.
That, and the energy you gain from going.
and the satisfaction of the accomplishment of knowing you are on track.
So that is the choice I made. I did it. I got up, worked out and I still have some time to myself before church and the rest of the day kicks in.
What choice are you going to make for your yourself today, sparkies?
Friday, August 05, 2011
I read someone's blog recently about a cheating hubby and it put me in a dark frame of mind. While I did not get cheated on per say, I did have that sense of loss and betrayal. It's behind me now, and it happened over a year ago, and I was very vocal about the situation and how I would not tolerate that kind of thing in our marriage. I sometimes can't help but think about how it impacted me, and still does, despite time healing wounds to some extent.
I can't control how someone else acts. I can only control myself and my reaction to what happens. I look to the serenity prayer and there is wisdom in those words. God, grant me the serenity. That is not easy to come by: serenity. But, I found it. And you know where I found it? On a bike, in the middle of an interval. In a place where I was absolutely busting my rump and giving it all I had and thensome to push through. Sure, I wanted to stop but I dug in deep and pedaled on. In that moment, (yesterday), I knew I absolutely have all of the strength in me I need to do anything I want.
Operation Go Me is born.
I am celebrating myself for all of my achievements: big and small. In fact, there is no small achievement. They are all good.
I put up a new set of numbers identifying our address. They look good! The old numbers were falling down and as any fireman will tell you, if they can't find your address, they can't find you. This has been on the hubby's to do list, and while he did make an effort, they still fell down. I did my own thing today and voila! GO ME!
I mailed a letter to a sick friend. Go Me! (keeping the post office in biz one letter at a t time!)
Watched my DVR'ed Shark week specials: Go Me!
Did some Wii Country Dance: Go Me!
Sparked: Go Me
Well I think you get the picture. Do not let another person, place or thing set your self worth. That is up to you.
It's up to you to say: Go Me!
Saturday, July 30, 2011
All I have to do is lose 25 pounds.
Eight times in a row.
Then, I will be golden.
Not saying it is easy, but it does seem less daunting then saying I want to lose 200 lbs. :)
Have a great day, Sparkies!
Friday, July 29, 2011
Turning around things is easier than you think. It is easy to get so overwhelmed at times, that you get ready to throw in the towel, and think you are never going to be able to do it.
All you need to do is an about face, and take one step in the right direction. That's it. Just put one foot in front of the other (like Kris Kringle) and just go.
That's how it happens for all of us. We all struggle from time to time. The victory is not in the being perfect, it is from getting up from when you have fallen down again. There is no bed of roses waiting. It is all in the journey. The journey can be full of thorns and missteps, and do-overs, but it is all okay. Just start over and go from there.
I challenged myself this week to do something different. Something I never ever thought I could do. And I did. I waved the white flag. I surrendered and did the once unthinkable thing for me.
I asked for help.
And you know what happened? I got it.
Just what I needed. A fresh perspective.
A perspective that made me stop and say, Yeah, I can do this and I am perfectly capable of having the victory myself.
Yes, I am capable.
Yes, I have fallen, (but I have gotten back up.)
Yes, I am exercising.
Yes, I am keeping my sugar under control.
Yes, I am losing.
And I am doing it one step at a time.
If I can do it, so can you. There is room for all of us in the winners' circle.
Hope to see you there.
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