Friday, March 08, 2013
Anything else to share with my team:
Finished my 1st week of work at my new job. Time flies as there's lots to do. We had a sad week. DD & I had a stray kitty who seemed to have adopted us. It was hanging out on our porch; we were feeding it and took it to the vet because it seemed to have eye problems. Turned out the poor kitty was blind. That meant we were probably going to have to keep her (already have 2 rescued cats and wasn't looking to add more but..) After testing we found out that she had leukemia so we had to put her to sleep. It was sooo sad! DD & I were just sobbing. At least she had a good week and was cared for at the end (we stayed with her while they put her to sleep.)
Saturday, March 02, 2013
It's almost a year since I wrote my last blog here on SP. It's been a tough year but things are turning around. Now I need to get back to the gym and work towards my personal goals. The 5% challenge will be helpful in that regard!
So the theme is: "What new habit you wish to develop?" I want to commit to doing some form of exercise everyday. Some days I'll do 10 minutes but at least 3 times a week I will work really hard and give it my all.
Monday, March 26, 2012
So we're into week #2 of the Spring 5% Challenge. Some are happy with their results and others are bummed by that number on the scale.
Isn't it amazing how a number can absolutely ruin a perfectly wonderful day if we let it? Others go so far as to throw up their hands and actually give up, quit, throw in the towel!! Over a number. It has that much power. Or rather, we GIVE it that much power!
I've been on many weight loss journeys through the years both on my own or at WW. This time I decided to do SP and, with the help of a drink called Slim, I've lost a LOT of weight. But this time I decided NOT to give the scale any power. This time I decided that I would keep going EVEN IF THE NUMBER ON THE SCALE WENT UP! This meant that I was in it for the long run, for the long haul, til the end!
Many times the scale doesn't reflect our hard work. We start eating right and working out and the number goes up! What????? That's not supposed to happen. But it does. Muscles can retain water, did you know that? I'm sure you know that eating too much sodium will have the same effect as well as TOM for us ladies. Sometimes the number is up for no reason at all.
That is why it is absolutely CRUCIAL to find other ways to chart your progress instead of having everything rest on that scale. The Teddies have and will hear from me ad nauseum, about concentrating on your NSVs (non-scale victories) because we're more than our number! How about the sizes you've lost? the inches you've lost? how much stronger you are? the medications you no longer have to take? Don't those things matter as much, IF NOT MORE, than the number?
Lastly, I always get nervous when I see someone setting a goal of losing 2 lbs a week or losing a certain amount of weight by a certain date because how much we lose and how fast we lose it is OUTSIDE OF OUR CONTROL! That's right. The body will drop the pounds when it wants to drop the pounds. Sometimes you'll lose 2 lbs, sometimes 0.2! You've tracked your food, you've done your exercise and you're puzzled. But that's just the way it is.
I STRONGLY urge you, implore you, beg you, set other goals not involving the scale. Don't set a "lose x amount of pounds by x date" goal. Because the scale won't cooperate. I would hate it if you quit like I've seen some of my closest friends here on SP do, because of a number.
And I've gained about 10 lbs but I'm just more determined to get back to my lowest weight, however long it takes! As long as you don't quit, you will reach your goals!
Friday, March 16, 2012
And so it's about to begin again. This will be my 4th 5% challenge, my 3rd as ML (motivation leader) of the awesome Teddy Bear team. Last spring I was really getting off track and had regained about 12 lbs when THETURTLEBEAR invited me to do the Summer 5%. That completely got me back heading in the right direction.
The past couple of weeks I haven't been able to exercise and ate more than usual so my weight is up a bit. My goals for the Spring 5% are to get as close to my lowest weight as possible and to rack up those fitness minutes concentrating on ST and interval training. I will be focusing on a lower carb regime by eating a variety of foods, and am slowly moving to a plant based diet, adding more grains, legumes, and veggies.
Being the ML means that I have to set an example for the Teddy Bears. How can I be motivational if I'm slacking off? This is a good way to keep me on the right path. We have a wonderful team and I'm looking forward to getting to know the new members. I'm available to give advice, encouragement, support, and to cheer everyone on towards their goals.
It is a lose 5% of your weight challenge but I'm going to continue to extol the virtues of giving credit for NSVs or non-scale victories. It's so important to stay committed, no matter what the scale says. Just don't give up and you'll reach your goals. Even if we don't lose 5%, we'll make friends and make progress.
Spring 5% Challenge, here I come!
Friday, February 03, 2012
poster & playbill cover
DD found out that a local theater was having auditions for their upcoming season last June. This is a professional equity theater, one of the top regional theaters in south Florida. She got a call-back which was pretty exciting and then, about 2 weeks later, had the final audition where there were 8 girls vying for 3 roles. After several hours it came down to the final 2, DD & another girl, and they were both told they got the parts (the 3rd part was just 1 page.) Much crying happy tears, jumping up & down. Disbelief, excitement.
Rehearsals started in mid-December. It was a difficult time because we had discovered that DD had an eating disorder for which she had been in treatment for just a month when rehearsals started. Fitting in treatment & eating meals was a challenge and DD showed how strong she is by dealing with everything in a professional and mature way.
The 3 girls in front of their cast photos for the show
Opening night was really exciting. I probably would have been really nervous except that I used up all my nervousness during the rehearsal period.
In front of their dressing room with their names on the door
The play was fantastic and DD was terrific. It was a role where she had to show a lot of different emotions and even had to do an epileptic fit at the end which had many people in tears because it was so authentic. She did 32 performances in 3 1/2 weeks (I saw 12 & listened to 15)! The show got rave reviews (a half page in the Wall Street Journal!) online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052
ultiline and she got excellent reviews such as "she was like a veteran of the stage", she was "luminous," etc. The show broke box office records and sold out most performances. DD knows she could do a play for a year and that this is definitely what she wants to do with her life. I always thought she was talented and it was amazing to see her grow from performance to performance. I think she will have a great career ahead of her.
Publicity photo that appeared in American Theater Magazine & other publications. DD is in the middle. The other 2 actors are really mother & daughter and it is their rabbit!
DD is on left. From 1st scene of play.
Mother & daughters. DD is in the background.
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