Sunday, August 10, 2008
I had a great day again today... got out and mowed the lawn and then went grocery shopping with hubby. We bought some inexpensive but decent little pedometers at Wally World... I'm fed up with the hypersensitive, non customizable ones from the dollar store.
In the afternoon we hung out with the kids and watched a movie, Meet the Robinsons, which was so amazingly cute and touching. GREAT family movie. Aravine (hubby) made us corned beef hash for dinner, which is amazingly low in fat and calories...
This evening he and I went for a brisk 3.5 mile walk and completed that in just about an hour. It was nice. I move faster by myself, but I wanted to spend time with him and it seems like we get lots of good talking done while walking like that.
We are both so happy to not be fat anymore. He was at about 175 for a long time... and started slowly losing weight over the last few years. He's down to 159 I think and he's the same height I am.
I was talking to him about the mixed emotions I have when I see people who weigh a lot just not making the choices that we have to get active and eat better. I just have a hard time seeing people make the whole weight loss thing so much harder than it needs to be... they always ask my secret... and there really is no secret... consume less than you expend and you will drop weight. I also point them here to Spark People.
I am also since I was the ultimate couch potato... I knew WHAT to do and had done it before... but I was too lazy. I admit it! I was too lazy... as late as last November I was clear on that point and even stood up in a crowd and admitted it, that I would rather knit than exercise. I don't know if that was a turning point... or just one of the pebbles that made me rethink my priorities over time to flip that switch in my head.
It takes a decision, it takes commitment, it takes consistency, it takes focus and it takes WORK. For the switch to flip in someone's head, it takes a perfect storm like happened to me.
The bottom line is that I can best show others by living my change and hope that it will help them along the path to their own healthy changes. That is what spreading the Spark is all about really. You can't preach to people, you need to just be an example of what they can do themselves.
I want to show them all the light... but really all I can do is be a candle, spread the Spark and let them find their own ultimate Spark... or not.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
We have long been planning a trip to two of our family favorite locations in Missouri. Our original day to go was supposed to be today, but things just worked out to where yesterday was a great choice.
Miss M ran Mr A to his cello lesson and cashed in the change we'd be saving for the jaunt and we got out at 12:34 and got to Onondaga Cave by about 2:40. We hung around and took the 3 pm cave tour, which took about an hour. Onondaga Cave is amazing and has some formations that are very rare, including one of the largest flowstones in the world and the amazingly beautiful lily pad room. I have been to the cave at least 5 times now and while it seems the same, it's always different too, based on the water levels and other factors. One stalagmite has even become active again this year after being dormant for 6 years. If you are in Missouri, Onondaga Cave is truly worth touring.
After the cave, we drove over to Meramec Spring Park... which is one of my favorite places on the planet. My parents hung out there in high school, so it has a family connection in that way. I have been there numerous times, and hubby was the first boyfriend who "got it". The park is a privately owned and was once an iron foundry and now hosts a rainbow trout hatchery and is just beautiful. Driving down into that valley just makes my blood pressure go down and I breathe a little easier.
The trip with my folks to the Cave & the Springs really cemented our relationship... my parents were impressed with how Mark helped me through the cave with very slick-soled shoes (it was an impromptu decision to go) and I was impressed that he understood the springs much the same as I did. We were engaged later that night.
We lived in Germany for 5 years, and after we came back we have periodically returned to the cave and the springs with the kids. The kids WANT to go and feed the fish at the Springs. They WANT to go and tour the cave AGAIN. It's sort of a family tradition.
We had a great day out as a family and I managed to walk about a mile in the cave and 1.5 miles at the Springs.
I hope everyone had as fabulous a Saturday as I did!
Friday, August 08, 2008
Really I did. She felt bad about keeping me later, but I really didn't care since I am spreading the spark!
I changed to Stage 4 today!
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