Sunday, August 25, 2013
The end of BLC 22 is upon us and it is time for me to look back and reflect. This challenge was a bit of a struggle for me. Started it off with almost 3 weeks of vacation and a injured Achilles that did not want to heal. My food was not the greatest, my attitude was bad and my movement left a lot to be desired. What this challenge did do however, was help me to get past all my negative feelings with the help of some really great team mates.
My goal for between the rounds is to continue in a more positive way on my journey. You can't always control what life gives you, but you can control how you meet each challenge and what you do to make each experience as positive as it can be.
In order to accomplish my goal, I have written on the calendar a plan for my exercise and I will continue to track all my food and be mindful of what is going into my mouth. I have been starting each day looking at the positive things in my life, accepting the challenges and working hard on keeping my focus.
Saturday, June 08, 2013
I have decided to try a new approach for BLC22. As I learn more about myself and my journey towards living a healthy lifestyle, I have decided to take a different approach to "my plan". "Diets" do not work for me...I can be somewhat stubborn and if I think that I can't have something, or am told that I can't, then out comes that child in me that stomps its feet and has a hissy fit.
For this challenge, I am committed to recording EVERYTHING that passes my lips and to be very mindful of what I am choosing and why. My goal is to work towards at least 30% of my daily calories to be from vegetables and I will choose whole foods whenever possible.
I will push myself to find new and enjoyable ways to move my body and to build my strength and will do some form of healthy movement on a daily basis.
Sunday, February 03, 2013
I joined Spark in January 2007. I had been on more diets than I can count. When I joined it was with a new plan.....forget the dieting, I wanted....I needed....to learn healthy.
I can say that I have finally got my food to a place that it feels comfortable. The last 6 months of 2012 was very hard for me...I turned to food a great deal. What I learned however looking back is while I did gain weight and did make a few unhealthy choices...for the most part my choices were healthy and I gained far less weight than I have ever gained before while moving through a difficult time. When it comes to food choices, I feel I have actually learned healthy.
Exercise is where I struggle. I love to walk, hike and swim. I never have to push myself to do any of these activities and walking is something that I do daily. I would love to swim more but unfortunately that is something that is limited to the summer, as basically is hiking. However, putting a DVD in and doing an actual workout....well that is a push. I have succeeded in doing some sort of what I call "extra" workout (lifting weights, yoga, sculpt or cardio dvd) for a maximum of 3 months but I have yet to make it something that I do "willingly" on a regular basis. I always have to push myself....and I am finding that push very difficult these days.
I want to make it a habit, I know I need to make it a habit, and yet it is a constant battle. I am feeling that perhaps I need to look harder at finding things that I truly love to do so that I can let go of the battle and just enjoy.
The one thing that I am proud of is the fact that I haven't given up. I am still searching, I am still determined to live as healthy a life as I am able, and I am proud of all that I have learned so far. My weight might not be where I want it to be but I am a much healthier person than I was back in January 2007.
Monday, November 05, 2012
Being the "numbers" person on our team has made me much more aware of who is participating and who isn't. This has actually been really difficult for me and is one of the reasons that I was considering not signing back up for co-capt for next round.
I do realize that sometimes it is really difficult. As others have said...life often interferes with our plans. However, for me, what I am trying to do is make changes in the way I live and treat my body. Those changes are lifestyle changes and they are forever. I am not on a diet and trying to exercise so that I will lose weight, I am working on changing my lifestyle and eating habits to become healthier and hopefully give myself the chance to live longer and do more as I age. Because of these reasons, participating in challenges and helping my team has become an added benefit. I move my body every day. When I can I do more, when I can't I still do some. Don�t have time to get to the gym before, during or after work? Does that mean that there isn't 30 minutes that you can take out of your day to do SOMETHING for you and your body? Rushing here and rushing there, some have incredibly busy lives but really, we NEED to carve out a few minutes for ourselves every day. I completely understand, if you are sick, sick, sick, then you might miss a challenge, you might not be able to participate in moving your body. But all of the other reasons are they really valid? Can we really explain to our bodies why we are not paying better attention to them?
Since this challenge started my life has not been easy. I have gone for quick walks around hospitals, counter top pushups in hospital washrooms, lunges beside hospital beds, wall push ups in door ways of buildings (when no one was looking) crunches while seated on a chair and hand weights while sitting and watching TV when I did get some down time. I am not saying this because I am trying to pat myself on the back (although I am very proud of what I have learned and how far I have come) but rather to show that WE CAN move our bodies in terrible or busy situations, perhaps not as well as we should, but still move them, if we make the decision to do it. AND in the process we can also support our team, the one that we joined that let us know from the beginning that participation was an expectation....not perfection....just participation.
Monday, October 01, 2012
Small baby arms squeezing me tight
A hug from my Dad
The strength to get through the hard stuff
My ability to speak up when it is important
A child running towards me yelling "Nana"!!
A walk in the park
Hiking in the woods
The support of my freinds
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