Sunday, September 29, 2013
Tomorrow I find out when I am having my knee surgery. The suspense is killing me, lol! I have been waiting a year for this, I just want it over with and move on. Most of you who have followed me on my Spark journey, know that I have had ongoing injuries for the last 4 years. it has been a rollercoaster emotionally, mentally and most of all physically!
I had a good thing going in my gym pool, treading water, for quite a while. I was able to do cardio and strength training at the same time! In January I tore a tendon in my shoulder, coupled with the tearing my knee, treading and swimming have been out of the question. I tried walking with a crutch, but my knee was too unstable. So, for the last few months, I have only done what is absolutely necessary, for work and raising my kids.
Although, my shoulder has not been fixed, my hope is that after I heal from my knee surgery I can get back into the pool and tread. It does not just benefit me physically but it also does wonders emotionally and mentally.
It almost feels like Christmas Eve, knowing that tomorrow the suspense will be overand I can begin to prepare for surgery and be one step closer to getting my lif:e back! I want to thank all of my Spark friends for being such a huge support system, being so far away from family, you have no idea how important you are to me! Thank you all!
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
They say that when it rains, it pours.... I have YEARS of anecdotal proof of that!
I have been limited in my exercise since I found Spark People nearly 3 years ago; it's ok, I learned to adapt and adjusted my pre-injury workout into the pool and made a lot of progress. I was able to returned to work which set SP on the back burner (I am ashamed to say) because I was soooo spent trying to deal with the day to day of my pain, being a mom and pushing myself beyond my limits at work.
Just when I realized that I had done it again...put MYSELF on the same burner with SP, I sat down, made a plan on how I was going to do it ALL just how I needed (and wanted) to! I even joined the Spark Coach program so that I would be more than just emotionally invested in my program! Anyway to keep myself accountable...I have decided to do it. This was not a whim, I mulled over why and how I would do it before I jumped back onto my Health Wagon! I came back and reconnected with my Spark Friends in December warming up to my Premiere in 2013
As soon as the New Year hit....so did the flu! It was ok, I rested when I needed to...pushed the fluids and took walks as soon as my fever broke. I never quite hit my nutritional goals because I really didn't want to push my luck so just as I had gotten over it and planned my trip to the gym. My bag was packed, had the kids taken care of so that I could go straight from work to the gym (I even made it an appt. on my phone calendar!) and then B-O-O-M!!! I was on my way to my car for a break about halfway thru my workday and what happens....DOWN I go! My knee gave way and the next thing I knew I was on my way to the ER!
The best laid plans
Anyway, so I have been up all night and day since it is impossible to find a spot that is comfortable for any length of time and I have been thinking....and thinking....and SPARKING!
I have made notes of recipes that my teens can make in the crockpot, drinking LOTS of water so that I make sure that I get up and move at least once an hour and have been reading inspiring blogs all day.
I may not be able to work my program the way that I intended but I realized that I have to do what I can and not take the easy way out by doing NOTHING.
As much as I enjoy a good Party, I am tired of the Pity Parties...there is so much that I have to be grateful for and Spark People and my Sparked Friends are a large part of that!!
I may be down for the moment but I am not out (as the Theme from Rocky plays in my Head ) SP is more than just diet and exercise, it is a FAMILY sharing a lifestyle, offering motivation and support and love. I knew this before but my time on the couch has not only reaffirmed that but has opened my eyes to a whole lot more!
Now, I can also say that I am also grateful for my on the couch....it was not wasted!
Thank you all
Sunday, January 06, 2013
Making a fresh start for the year...
Making new goals each week!
I am de-cluttering my life (not just belongings but thoughts as well)
I am going to focus on gratitude and focus on the things I can change, not wallow about things that are out of my control!
It is the start of a brand new week in a brand new Year...
Saturday, April 16, 2011
OMG...I cannot believe how stressed out I was this week.
It's not like I was dealing with life or death situations BUT I was wound so tight I thought my head was gonna pop off!
I totally abused my body by not getting my "good" workouts in, ya know the ones that get the endorphins surging. No, they were mediocre at best! I shoveled more sugar into my body this week than I have in 2011!!!
The same girl who bought more than a dozen boxes of Girl Scout cookies (and never ate one) literally only ate oreos and milk (non~fat milk, like it makes a difference!) for 3 days straight! One day I had doughnuts and another twinkies for a change of pace. I had sugary sodas and sobbed through a Godiva bar.
It was nuts, I ate once a day and it was always junk....I had a taste for nothing else. The more stressed I felt the more I craved SUGAR!
I had been doing sooooo well up until this week. I gained two pounds but I am not gonna beat myself up for it, today was the least stressful day and although I started the day off with doughnuts and choco milk, by lunch time I was able to start to relax, no more crying jags, no more feeling hopeless....there was a light at the end of the tunnel and wouldn't you know it, in that light was some greek yogurt and fresh berries!
I got the lingering frustration out at the little league game where I screamed myself hoarse! I was able to resist the snack bar and the ice cream that celebrated our victory!
I took my with me and was perfectly content! Although I was disappointed to find that I would be without my pool for the next week, I took advantage of the nice night and walked around the outside of the mall. Better than nothing right? It was too late to walk IN the mall but I got a workout in AND I was not tempted to buy anything LOL So it all worked out.
At least I am able to re~evaluate this past hell week and identify that I turn to sweets when under a lot of stress. If I am going to make changes, I have to know my triggers, right?
Sooooo, good bye , farewell , adios
Hello , welcome back ... I am back on track!
Here is to a wonderful, active weekend...
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