Wednesday, May 04, 2011
This has been making the rounds. It’s a good way to learn more about each other!
A. Age: 51, 52 on June 4
B. Bed size: King (which is weird since I’ve been single for 15 years!)
C. Chore you dislike: housework in general
D. Dogs: allergic so none for me
E. Essential start to your day: synthroid pill (had my thyroid removed so have to take this 1 hour before I eat)
F. Favorite color: purple & turquoise
G. Gold or silver: both
H. Height: 5'1" (probably under that!)
I. Instruments you play(ed): piano but really horribly
J. Job title: Community Counselor
K. Kids: 1, an absolutely fabulous 16 year old daughter
L. Life: is too short to take it seriously
M. Mom's name: Wileen (that’s will lean, not why lean)
N. Nicknames: Schna (my DD calls me this at times), Mel
O. Overnight hospital stays: thyroidectomy, tonsillectomy
P. Pet peeves: bad grammar, lack of manners, people who don’t signal, people who text and drive
Q. Quote from a movie: " Do, or do not. There is no 'try'." From “The Empire Strikes Back”
R. Righty or lefty: Righty
S. Siblings: One slightly younger brother (2 years younger), one really younger sister (35 years younger)
T. Time you wake up: between 7 & 8:30
U. Underwear: hi-cut
V. Vegetables you don't like: none so far
W. What makes you run late: my DD taking too long to get ready
X. X-rays you've had: Dental, foot, chest
Y. Yummy food I make: many things; meatloaf, oven fried chicken, baked stuffed potatoes…
Z. Zoo favorite: close zoos & have animals stay in their own environments
Monday, May 02, 2011
My motivational SparkFriend CORKYTHEMOM always writes very inspiring and thought-provoking things. Recently she wrote "the only difference between try & triumph is a little umph!" I thought that was really great and it got me thinking about the word try.
To me there is doing or not doing. I feel that "trying" is another word for "not doing." Hope no one is offended by this; it's just how I feel. People say that they will "try" to do this program, they will "try" to exercise, they will "try" to eat right. I say, just DO it! This is not about being perfect, just sticking with it most of the time. It doesn't mean that we won't go backwards at times, eat too much, eat the wrong things, blow off the exercise. But we can DO this. We can make this a permanent new healthy lifestyle.
So, I am not "trying" to live more healthfully; I'm doing it. I'm choosing to eat fruits & vegetables instead of junk food, choosing to go to the gym instead of lazing on the couch, choosing to stay within my calorie range. I've made so much progress in my 4 months with SP and am much happier. I am determined to reach my goals and maintain my new lifestyle. I will be here for my friends as they are here for me, working towards reaching our goals & then maintaining them. Let's all DO this, together!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Not that long ago my DD came into my room & laid down on my bed (I'm a fortunate mom whose teenager still likes to talk to me & cuddle!) "What's that?" she asked. Well, to my horror, she had just spied the box of Devil Dogs I had hidden under my bench. She told me that she didn't eat those so I didn't have to keep them in my bedroom. What she didn't know was that I was hiding them so that she wouldn't see me eating them! That's right, I was a secret eater. I'd come home & stash the unhealthy food in a cabinet with my china (meaning a cabinet my DD never opened.) That was a big wake up call (plus not being able to fit into any of my clothes!) What was I doing? I vowed to stop the closet eating. If I wanted a Devil Dog I'd eat it in the kitchen; no more hiding food.
Next week will be my 4 month Sparkversary and what a difference in my eating habits! No more Devil Dogs or chips or cakes & cookies. I'm not depriving myself; I just don't want them. Tracking all my food has made me conscious of what I put in my body. I guess it helps that I like fruits & vegetables. It also helps to have a daughter who is very health conscious and wants to cut out all processed foods, which we are working towards.
What do I snack on now? I have a new favorite and highly recommend it! I mix one cup of plain Greek yogurt with 1/2 T of honey, 1 T of wheat germ or 1/8 cup of granola, sprinkle in some cinnamon and add whatever fruit I feel like eating such as 1/4 cup of blueberries & 1/2 cup of strawberries. Today I think I'll have some mango. This is so delicious, nutritious, and satisfying! Greek yogurt is more expensive because it takes 3x the amount of milk to make it but it's worth it. It's double the protein of regular yogurt so it keeps you full longer. You can also get Greek yogurt with the fruit already added but I really enjoy mixing up my own. My daughter loves this too and had it for dinner.
I think it's really important to take pleasure in what you're eating. I don't believe in forcing myself to eat foods I don't like although I will try anything at least once. There are lots of new foods I plan on trying, such as kale, and will add to my diet if I like them. I'm always looking for new recipes so that I can add healthy foods in new ways. Eating healthfully doesn't have to be a chore!
So who needs Devil Dogs?
Friday, April 22, 2011
I've been enjoying reading my friends' entries so here's a little about me:
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Yes, my father named me after his favorite ballet dancer, Melissa Hayden. If it had been up to my mother I would be called Baby Coyne because she couldn’t make a decision!
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
I cry all the time for happy things and sad! My daughter calls me a cold-hearted b**** as a joke. I cried on 4/21 when I reached 4 of my SP goals in one day!
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
No, it is horrible!
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
I don’t buy prepackaged meats. I like Boar’s Head maple glazed chicken.
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Yes. I’m blessed with a 16 year old daughter who is lovely in every way (okay, maybe she needs to clean up after herself!) We’re best friends.
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Definitely. I’m a loyal friend.
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
I’m very sarcastic.
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Nope. Had lots of sore throats as a child so they were removed when I was about 6. Can you believe that parents weren’t allowed to stay with their kids at that time?
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Don’t think so. Don’t see the point. I love rappelling though!
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
I love Kashi cereals like Go Lean Berry Crumble or Heart to Heart with Blueberry clusters.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
I know I’m strong! I survived an abusive relationship and am stronger than ever.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
I like ice cream with lots of stuff in it like Phish Food.
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Their eyes & their teeth.
15. RED OR PINK?
Pink for sure.
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
I procrastinate too much.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My best friend Richard; my grandparents; Courtney, my sister from another life.
18. WHAT IS THE PAUL MCKENNA TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
Huh? Don’t know what that is.
19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
A banana & a container of Chobani lemon Greek yogurt.
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Nothing but I love classical music, especially opera. Or Broadway music.
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Some purple shade.
23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
The air after a rainstorm, gardenias and orange blossoms.
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
My mother who I speak to about 5 times a day.
25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
The Olympics. Am glued to the set for the whole 2 weeks.
27. HAIR COLOR?
28. EYE COLOR?
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
Mostly contacts, ortho-k’s that are for distance & reading, not bifocals. Glasses at times.
30. FAVORITE FOOD?
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Hate scary movies. Love Happy Endings, in movies & in life.
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
“The Kids are All Right”
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Summer, hate the cold!
35. HUGS OR KISSES?
36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Crème brule berry pie (restaurant closed so I haven’t had it in years but it was amazing!)
37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
“What the Night Knows” by Dean Koontz and “Cinch!” by Cynthia Sass.
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
Don’t use one.
42. FAVORITE SOUND?
My daughter saying “I love you mama.”
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
Studied to be an opera singer.
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
New York City
47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
Pinky-beige with turquoise bands.
49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?
Yes, it’s interesting.
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