Thursday, September 26, 2013
Thursday evening is my night out with Black_Unicorn. I get away from the family for a little girl time! Very important when you are the only girl in a house with three other boys. Tonight we went to a local park to go geocaching. We'd been out there and missed a few of them and ran out time on a few. We found every cache we went after tonight. One had me climb about 10-12 feet in the air, one had us trekking through burning weed, one had us tip-toeing through spoiling crabby apples, and one BLACK_UNICORN found, BUT ALL of them were well work it. Geocaching gets me up, get in extra steps hiking, and tends to take me to beautiful places, I'd ordinarily miss out on.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
So a few days ago on a hunt for motivational/inspirational quotes, I ran across this one:
"Attitude: It can be your best friend or your worst enemy."
Today has been a perfect example of this. Allergies or a cold, I'm not sure, but I've been battling the sniffles all week. My little spud is battling the same thing causing him to loose sleep which means I loose sleep. So I wake up this morning feeling tired, stuffed up and just unmotivated for anything. I drug myself into the shower and forced myself to make a sandwich for lunch. I knew that today was my running day (C25K Week 1 1/2, but that's another story). Luckily, my gym clothes were already in a bag in the car or that might have pushed over the edge to just give it up for the day. As noon inched closer and closer, I was dreading going to my parent's house, ignoring them to run on the treadmill. I knew full well my mom would have a delicious dinner on the table just to tempt me. I hit the wall when my co-worker when to pick up his lunch and brought back a raised chocolated iced donut for me because he knows they are my favorite. Great! Now, I don't want to run AND I have a high fat, zero nutrient treat right in front of me. It's rude to say, "No, I don't want that!" especially when I actually do. Immediately, my mind went into strategy and planning mode and off I went to SparkPeople to see how many calories were in that bad boy. I determined that I could eat half of it save the other half for tomorrow. Still eat the sandwich I had for lunch and cut out my almonds this afternoon. Still in my ranges. Figuring this out gave me a little boost of motivation and the fact that I was eating part of this delicious treat really motivated me to run. I was now looking forward to it. After my run was complete and endorphins were surging through me, my motivation and mood skyrocketed! It's amazing how my attitude was holding me back, ruining my day and when I changed my way of thinking, they day got soo much better.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Today would have been my sister's 48th birthday. Two years ago, she passed away due to complications caused by colon cancer. My sister was a real inspiration to me. She seemed to do everything with a level head and if she put that level head to doing something, she'd make a plan, and get it done. (She ALWAYS needed to make a plan.) For as long as I can remember (since there is 18 years age difference), my sister was always obese. She knew it wasn't healthy, but she never wanted to give up her flavor of life. One of the things, I admired most about her was that despite her size, she was always comfortable being herself (and she was a great.) When I first started my Spark Journey and had a little bit of success towards my goal, the tables turned and I inspired her. She told herself (we later read in one of her journals, shame on us) that she was inspired by my weight loss and wanted to set a good example for me. The next year or so, even though she wasn't open about it, she began her own healthy life challenge. She started eating better and she was loosing quite a bit of weight. She lost enough weight that she was comfortable to visit the doctors office. Knowing they would tell her to loose weight, she never wanted to go to the doctor. This eventually let to her finding out that some of her complications were caused by stage 4 colon cancer that had already spread significantly. Her cancer wasn't cureable, but it was treatable and they said they would treat it as long as she still wanted to. She got the diagnosis 3 years ago on her birthday (sucky present huh?) and we had just less than a year before the cancer took her. The way I prefer to look at it though is this. Had I not made the commitment to get healthy, had I not inspired her, how quickly would the cancer have taken her if untreated and undiagnosed? Or family would have been blindsided by a sudden death I fear. Instead we had a whole year to cherish. I know my sister would have been so happy and excited to hear the news my husband and I were expecting our first, I know she would have been forgiving of me gaining all the weight I'd lost back through the course of a high risk pregnancy and then adjusting to life with a little one, but I also know she'd want me to get back on track and finish what I'd set out to do. So today Gail! This ones for you!!
Monday, September 23, 2013
I'm in a very pleasant mood this evening and upon reflecting I can't pin-point the highlight of my day. It seems there were just a lot of little decisions and happenings that have added up to this pleasant mood. Certainly makes me realize how important all those little things are. I feel so motivated tonight, like I have the ball rolling and I can't wait to take on tomorrow. Now for my next healthy choice: a good nights sleep. Good Night all!
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Took my little ones to our town's "Fall Fest." The kids had a blast decorating pumpkins, playing pumpkin bowling and the trebuchet (basically a catapult) that chucked pumpkins was a big hit! My littlest who's just a year fell in love with the corn dig. He's at the point when sensor things are big. After the even which was in the morning, we treated ourselves to Subway. After dinner, I did a little grocery shopping for some of the missing items I need for some of the Spark recipes that I'm going to try this week. It's always a struggle trying to find things you haven't purchased before, but I'm super excited to try things out!!
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