Saturday, August 16, 2008
Actually got myself up and got my car in for the long-scheduled maintenance... and I walked to the Farmer's Market from the dealership... it's only a few blocks... but on a morning like we have today, it could have been a couple of miles and I'd have been happy to walk it!
Bought some tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, salad mix lettuce and apples... yummmmm! I'll have fabulous salads this week. I also treated myself to a mini-breakfast burrito since I didn't know how long it would be until the car was done (they were busy and short-handed) and I get hungry between 9:30 and 10:30... (more yummmm!)
I (of course) ran into folks I know and like to talk to... so that took up some time while I was eating my burrito. After visiting for awhile, I headed back to the car dealer and as I was walking up, they called my name on the loudspeaker... perfect timing!
I happily drove home with a healthy car and an even healthier bag of fresh fruits and veggies. Now that I'm here, I have a batch of yogurt in the works and am planning what I'm taking to a church potluck this evening. I'm thinking of redoing the Carrot Cake recipe with yogurt and vanilla to see how it works.
It may sound like pure vanity, and probably is, but I am enjoying going out in public and having people look at me. It seemed like a guy driving a pickup truck the other day sort of started driving towards me and then corrected. I don't want too much attention (that can be annoying), but a little at the age of almost 43 is nice.
I guess it just goes to show that I have wasted a ton of time being fat. I never let myself dwell on it, but it bothered me a lot more than I was willing to admit to myself or anyone else. I was avoiding mirrors and cameras... because it allowed me to think that I wasn't as fat as I thought I was. Now I can look back and see the veils I'd pulled over my eyes.
I am not avoiding mirrors and cameras the way I was, but I haven't gone the other way either. However I like the way I look so much more than I did. I'm much happier. I feel more confident and in-control of my life. I handle stress so much more easily than I ever have. I feel less clumsy than I did before too... although my purses are still very good at knocking stuff off shelves...
I am just a few pounds from goal now and I'm amazed that I'm nearly "done" as far as losing weight goes. But soon the work of staying done will start. I am starting to embrace the idea... and it will be an interesting transition.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wow. This has been one LONG week! And it wasn't just me... just about everyone at work was tired, wanting Friday and felt it was a long week. I don't know why, but it just was...
It was also a hard week for me to get motivated, especially towards the end for exercise. I did manage something every day, though. Yesterday was walking while school supply shopping with the kids and then turning the SP strength exercises into my own circuit, doing 20 jumping jacks between each set. It helped me feel better too.
Today in my SP e-mail, I got the daily recipe for Apple Sauce Carrot Cake. I tried it with a few small tweaks but found it a little bland... thinking about it, it really needs vanilla! Why no vanilla? Weird. Next time I make it, I am going to add some vanilla and fat free yogurt for moisture. Also the baking time on the original was WACKY! It said 1 hour 10 mins... it would be a nice brick of charcoal... I baked it for 40 mins and it was fine.
Tonight I got off my butt and did a Podfitness workout that kicked my butt! Wowsers Uncle Gadget... but I got worked out for sure!
I am finding that I LOVE feeling the definition in my arms. It is fun being able to trace the muscles and know what they are. Most of the flab is gone from the tricep area too!
I've been trying to watch the Olympics as much as I can, but with having to get up for work in the morning, it's tough. The swimming, gymnastics and beach volleyball have been great to watch.
We are also having a very fortunate August weatherwise, we have really only had about 1 bad week for heat so far this whole summer and plenty of rain. The only drawback is that my tomatoes are refusing to ripen.
Oh well, no brain for big thoughts. Just a little brain telling me to go to sleep!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I am currently on lunch at work... and we have been so busy today... two clerks have not come in today and we have WIC check pick-up today and back to school shots ALL DAY with no open appointments. I also had my monitoring with the State, so they were effectively down by another pair of hands, plus a other nurse being out on vacation. So four people short when there are million things to do.
The afternoon should be better since I'm not tied up.
The real moral of this story is the importance of snacks... I didn't get a chance to eat my usual snacks and lunch arrived and I ate everything in sight! Luckily a lot of it was veggies and fruit in addition to my wrap sandwich. So I'm only at 1100 calories. Thank Gods I eat healthy!
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!
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