Sunday, February 16, 2014
I am full of excuses, despite the fact that I posted some months ago a empowering quote to remind me what excuses are all about: "A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse."-Stephan Dolley Jr.
So what are some excellent excuses I have found? Hmmmm....okay I will share a few.
Excuse: (1) I was in an accident 4 years ago, and now I have arthritis and have been put on disability.
ExcuseBuster: Fact is, and I am certain of it, exercising will help that arthritis, especially if I enroll in that very affordable arthritis water therapy class just a few blocks from my house.
Excuse (2): My adoptive daughter with multiple special needs keeps me from having time.
ExcuseBuster: Because I have an adoptive daughter with multiple special needs, I actually need to find time to excercise. Excercising will give me more stamina and perhaps more patience (?) to deal with her needs.
Excuse (3): Don't have the money for exercise.
ExcuseBuster: Don't need money. There is an elliptical and recumbent bike in the upstairs extra room. Plus, we have a Wii Fit.
Excuse(4): It is too cold, icy and snowy outside.
ExcuseBuster: See excuse buster #3.
So, there really is no excuse, don;t you see. And the best time to get off my butt and exercise is early in the morning. Or now. Now would be good.
Posting and getting to it.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Ants on a log (peanut butter or almond butter on celery with either dried cherries, raisins, or a few dark chocolate chips)
Dump and heat meatless chili: 1 can of chickpeas, black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, red beans, green chilies, diced tomatoes, & rotel. Yummy!
portabella mushroom caps turned over, top with pizza sauce, spinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake and enjoy!
Microwave for 2 minutes 1/2c apple cider, 1/4 c. whole grain oats, 1/2 tsp vanilla and cinnamon. Add 1 beaten egg, 1/2 c. blueberries, 1/8 c raisins, cranberries, or cherries. Heat 1 minute more. Stir in 1/2 T. milled flax seed and 1 T. ground walnuts. So yummy!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
When I first began this SparkPeople journey, it was just for something to do while I recovered from an accident. My brother-in-law suggested it, and I appreciate that especially now! Spark Guy and my brother-in-law were my only Spark Friends, and I was ok with that really. I played around on the site, and didn't take any of it too seriously.
Now, moving ahead almost 4 years from that time, I am no longer playing around. I find this is a serious business, to change my life, my health, my outlook. Exercise and movement are the most important changes I have made. Also, I am no longer going it alone. My Spark Friends somehow instinctively know when I need a lift. I don't know how they know, but it just happens. Today, when I logged in, I had a lot of encouragement waiting for me. I am so thankful for Spark Friends who take the time to encourage me, make me smile, chuckle, or sometimes laugh out loud! to all my Spark Friends!
Friday, October 04, 2013
I put the scale away awhile ago. Since then, I have been measuring the amount of moving I can get in throughout the day, feeling satisfied with looser clothes, and getting an energy surge from taking good care of myself. I am also tracking the amount of sleep I get because I tend to short-change myself in that department a little too often....taking care of those around me instead of myself. Not that it isn't good to take care of those around me, but I indeed know that if I do not take care of me first, there is nothing left to give to anyone else. Talk about BURN OUT! So measuring a lack of burn out is another way to measure my progress. How do you measure your progress I wonder? Please share some ways you use that I haven't thought of yet! Keep on keeping on, my Spark Friends!
Thursday, September 26, 2013
I had committed to a spark streak; it only lasted 5 days. Yesterday, I had to leave dark and early for a 3 hour drive to Columbus for a seminar. I didn't get in my morning exercise because I felt I needed the extra sleep to drive more than the morning exercise. I felt like garbage all day. Should have just gotten up and gotten it done. The sleep was not at all worth it.
This actually is a good thing! I realized that in just 5 short days I had made a difference in my day by struggling my way out of bed and challenging myself to get "er done. I have begun to look forward to my early morning efforts, and this morning, even though I arrived home late, still didn't have enough sleep before I needed to roust my daughter out of bed for school, I toddled to the exercise room, and yes, I accomplished my early morning exercise. I feel fantastic! So, starting again today...early morning exercise. Plus, I added a new goal...train for a 5K. The beautiful fall weather has inspired me. Got outside today and started my first day's walk in addition to my early morning cardio. Today is shaping up to be a wonderful day.
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