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A small victory

Saturday, October 13, 2012

I've been avoiding the scale. CHICKEN. Not working out like I should, food fest (good choices, but excess calories are still excess). My belly is pooching out again. I use my Wii Balance board as my scale. And I got this little slice of good news...


Not sure whether to believe the scale as usually I weigh myself in my PJs and today I had sweatshirt, jeans & belt. I set the clothing adjust; it said I lost 3 lbs. Another trial when the house is warmer will make me feel more comfortable with celebrating the loss. I'm happy enough about the balance test for today.

Incidentally - When I move firewood, I usually file it under "Moving Heavy Boxes" Thoughts Sparkers? Can you think of a more appropriate entry?

  
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MISSIFISH 10/16/2012 10:51AM

    Congrats! I wonder if my center of balance is totally balanced. I think not. I tend to top over a lot.

I've missed you - sorry I've been losering it up big time. Every semester, I think I have things figured out, and every semester, I spread myself too thin.

I'm measuring myself in microns now - wish this translated to body size. :)

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/15/2012 5:05PM

    Go girl!!

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ANIMAL_L0VER 10/15/2012 12:43PM

    I agree that you should use "moving boxes" to represent "moving firewood". they're similar and all that heavy lifting is a hard workout on your arms and legs.

Celebrate the small victories! Keep it up!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 10/14/2012 10:36PM

    Small victories add up! Be proud!

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ANDY_54 10/14/2012 8:06AM

    The balance is awesome, not sure about the wood, but heavy boxes sound about right. Hm, need to look into Wii Fit, it's something I've thought about, just haven't taken the steps.

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CINERICIA 10/14/2012 7:55AM

    Well done. Balance is difficult to achieve. And not just on the Wii balance board. I'm guessing that Bigpawsup is right...you've been doing more for yourself than you know. It's just coming so naturally that you don't think about it. That's balance in its own right.

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TRENTDREAMER 10/13/2012 10:21PM

    "Incidentally - When I move firewood, I usually file it under "Moving Heavy Boxes" Thoughts Sparkers? Can you think of a more appropriate entry? "
* Not sure what other options are on the list, but I would feel comfortable using that in lieu of the more precise "moving firewood"

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ROXYZMOM 10/13/2012 9:42PM

    Good for you! I will never be considered "balanced"!

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GINGERHAWK 10/13/2012 9:13PM

    Yay for you - nice job!

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/13/2012 8:04PM

    firewood = heavy boxes emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 10/13/2012 8:03PM

    Sounds appropriate to me. Don't you wish our lives were as perfectly balanced?

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OVERWORKEDJANET 10/13/2012 7:33PM

    Good for you. Isn't it great to be perfectly balanced? LOL!

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/13/2012 7:10PM

    emoticon moving firewood id good exercise i will shortly be helping the husband with moving 40 pound bags of pelletts it a lot of work staying warm

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FITFOODIE806 10/13/2012 6:49PM

    Nice!

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BIGPAWSUP 10/13/2012 5:47PM

    I'd go with heavy boxes. Moving firewood is hard work.

You are eating right and probably doing more than you think about. You very possibly could have lost weight. Feel good and run with it. Just get back on track and you'll KNOW you are losing.

the balance is great and shouldn't have anything to do with weight or clothes. It should be measuring the % distribution of the weight between feet. Being balanced it awesome because it means you are working your muscles evenly. Also that your posture is very good.

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I wish this happened when I was on the stationary cycle

Monday, October 08, 2012

www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=yEH4Yu
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ZANNBEE 10/18/2012 9:23AM

    I loved that. So great.

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CHRIS3874 10/12/2012 10:40PM

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/12/2012 7:34PM

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OVERWORKEDJANET 10/11/2012 8:27PM

    I enjoyed that!

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ANIMAL_L0VER 10/9/2012 12:56PM

    Ha! Awesome.

I just got done reading all your blogs from the last month, and I have to say you have a great way of putting things. I loved your cookie blog (so true) and you're right that we need to make time for ourselves to work out instead of putting all the little tasks ahead of US. I'm sorry you did not get the job, but I'm glad that things are going well for you overall. You will find your groove in no time, I have complete faith. Hugs!

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FUN2BAROUND 10/9/2012 7:21AM

    HA! This would make it a little easier to keep the legs pumping!
Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 10/8/2012 9:23PM

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FITFORMYFAMILY 10/8/2012 9:23PM

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LESLIELENORE 10/8/2012 7:42PM

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ROXYZMOM 10/8/2012 4:47PM

    That was awesome! Too funny! Thanks!!

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DISKATDREAMER 10/8/2012 3:40PM

    I guess that's one way to get us motivated to exercise. I've always told my husband he needs to hook up the tv so that the only way it will run is by riding a stationary bike. That would make me exercise more exspecially this time of year. Thank you for sharing.

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LADYTWIST1 10/8/2012 2:35PM

  That was so funny, that I had tears streaming down my face.

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moments of lunacy and clarity

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Chocolate craving in the supermarket. Buy a chocolate chocolate chip muffin. Eat the top. Peel off the wrapper and chuck the rest in the woods on the way home.

  
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HIKINGFIT 10/18/2012 6:41AM

    what an awesome random act of kindness!

(searching frantically thru the woods looking for that other piece...)

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JO28352 10/8/2012 2:37PM

    Awesome willpower! And I'm sure the local wildlife appreciate it too. emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 10/6/2012 7:25AM

    It's my favorite part.

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YDAVIS23 10/5/2012 5:52AM

    Eating the muffin top to avoid the muffin top. Love it!

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AUTUMNBRZ 10/4/2012 7:35PM

    omg lol

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FITFORMYFAMILY 10/4/2012 7:15PM

    That's pretty good! Once I start, I find it EXTREMELY difficult to stop unless I'm actually at the point of starting to feel sick. You probably made some wild creature happy in the process, too. emoticon

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CINERICIA 10/4/2012 3:51PM

    Nice compromise. Much better than having half a muffin calling you from your kitchen cabinet all day long. Hope it was delish.

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TERRIJ7 10/4/2012 3:43PM

    Good girl!

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IRONBLOSSOM 10/4/2012 12:53PM

    Nice! Hey, we can't be perfect all the time, right? Plus, some raccoon or something is going to get a nice treat! emoticon

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MISSIFISH 10/4/2012 10:19AM

    VERY IMPRESSIVE!!! I still struggle with leaving sweets behind. I feel so sorry for them, and I just have to eat them all up.

I aspire to be able to chuck a muffin in the woods someday, because most of the time, once I start, I'm a finisher. I'm pretty good at total avoidance, just don't let me have a taste!!!

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BIGPAWSUP 10/4/2012 9:28AM

    Love it!!!

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GINGERHAWK 10/4/2012 9:09AM

    Nice - now that's great control! Sometimes you have to give into a craving, the fact that you can do that in moderation is awesome! emoticon

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/4/2012 12:28AM

    lol -- great! (The top is the best part anyway!)

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KALANTHA 10/4/2012 12:20AM

    Better than eating the whole thing and you satisfied your craving. emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 10/3/2012 8:49PM

    I do that kind of thing too.

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DOGLADY13 10/3/2012 8:26PM

    I buy a candy bar, break it in half, throw one half away and eat the other half.

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Didnt get the job

Monday, October 01, 2012

(Boogers.) Sad.

  
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LENLEN3 10/2/2012 11:18AM

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CKMATHERLY 10/2/2012 10:02AM

    That sucks! I'm sure there is something bigger and better waiting for you!

Love the flowers on your background. They my favorite.

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CINERICIA 10/2/2012 7:37AM

    I'm sorry. It hurts in the short run, but in the long run it means you're available when something bigger and better comes along.

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AUTUMNBRZ 10/2/2012 6:27AM

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KALANTHA 10/1/2012 10:23PM

    Sorry about that.

But that can only mean one thing . . . there's something better waiting for you down the line.

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DOGLADY13 10/1/2012 9:15PM

    -scowling face- -shaking fist at the sky- Curses!

What a disappointment.



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DOGLADY13 10/1/2012 9:15PM

    -scowling face- -shaking fist at the sky- Curses!

What a disappointment.



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JENNNY135 10/1/2012 9:01PM

    So sorry. Hate when that happens.

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FITFOODIE806 10/1/2012 8:58PM

    I'm sorry.

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JJAQUES41 10/1/2012 8:27PM

    Just a little stone in the lake, let it cause just a small ripple then move on. A better opportunity that causes a bigger ripple will arrive and put things in motion.

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BIGPAWSUP 10/1/2012 8:01PM

    You'll find one even better!

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JUDYAMK 10/1/2012 8:01PM

    Hang in there one is waiting for you. You just haven't found it yet it will happen soon.When my place of employment moved I was devastated I worked there 16 years. I was a mess I found 2 other jobs but I hated them.Then I found the job I love & have been there 22 years next month it will be 23. I know how you feel, you will get one.
Judy

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KNYAGENYA 10/1/2012 7:57PM

    A better job is waiting for you.

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DEE1221 10/1/2012 7:52PM

    Hang in there!! Something better will come along!

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FITWITHIN 10/1/2012 7:51PM

    I'm sorry yo hear that about the job. My daughter have been trying to fine something else and not having any luck.

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You know its wrong, but...

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I have been holding off on posting you on this. I feel guilty and ashamed. But there are so many wonderful SparkFriends that I know are curious about how this work thing is going for me.

The bad news is: poorly.

Not the work part. That's great! The kids are nice & cooperative. My colleague is cool and any bumps in the road have been ordinary, expected and overcome easily. It has been a good experience for my bruised ego.

But the food and exercise part has been a travesty. I'm a mess. My calories were cut to 1200 by the Spark 'puter. I am trying to eat healthy, but I'm so damned hungry all the freakin' time. I upped my veggies, clamped down on fats, looked for healthy choices, packed healthy snacks and its still not enough food. The numbers say I have enough protein which was the first hunger trigger I noticed when I first started Sparking. (If I got enough protein, I was able to keep myself in line the rest of the calorie way.) Just because you know what you are doing wrong, doesnt mean its any easier to fix it.

Exercise plans have gone out the window. I have exercised after work exactly ONCE, despite good intentions, bringing clothes and planning. I "one more thing" myself out of my exercise time. "Oh, let me just grade this one last orphan paper." "Let me organize my desk so that I can find that tomorrow." "Let me get ahead on my photocopying while I can." "Where the heck is that computer file saved?" The next thing you know its 3pm, my drop-dead-go-get-the-Child time. Plus my legs are so tired from standing, my back aches and I have a headache. The one time I did manage to run (Parent Night, when I was there from 7am to 8:30 pm) it was so hard I managed the 10 minutes and then quit. I think it might have been a low blood sugar thing. This was after I spent 2 hours grading tests. "Finish this, and then you can run. Promise, we'll burn off this cortisol!" I did decompress a little on the run, but it wasnt enough to get the exercise benefits.

Oh and my plan to do something in the middle of the day. Toast. I have students almost all the time making up work. Sigh.

Last time I weighted myself, I was up a pound. I didnt weigh in yesterday or today...I'm afraid for this week and will put off the bad news. My depression, anxiety and insomnia are back with a vengeance now that they dont have my endorphin warriors keeping them in line.

So yeah, there we have it. Not the most optimistic blog. I know exactly what I'm doing wrong, but its still happening.

  
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FUN2BAROUND 10/9/2012 7:32AM

    Just a resource for you. Check out "The Smarter Science of Slim". There is a book by Jonathan Bailor...BUT also a free podcast on iTunes. I've not bought the book but plan to. Anyway, the prove through science based research from multiple sources that "a calorie is not a calorie"'; the quality of the food you eat is the most important thing. It is a very logical approach to dieting and explains why low calorie diets don't really work. The podcasts are entertaining and I usually listen to them while I'm in the car.
Begin with #1 - it explains "SANE" food. There is also a website by the same name.
1200 calories sure isn't much when you are working and a Mom.
Hang in there!
p.s. I am trying to "eat SANE" but this is a big birthday month in our family, so I'm fighting with the starchy carbs!!

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/1/2012 12:41PM

    These things happen. Congratulations for blogging about it (I know it's hard to admit).

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Now, you need to find some "me" time, since I would bargain that this has gone out the window too. I find that if I make time for me, then the rest follows (exercise, good eating). Your number one priority has to be YOU!

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LESLIELENORE 9/30/2012 11:12PM

    emoticon emoticon Yeah, what they said!

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DOGLADY13 9/30/2012 11:12PM

    I'm struggling with finding balance in exercise again. I've been getting out more than you have, but the 4 or 5 times a week, at least 30 minutes usually more workouts are becoming a distant memory in the last two weeks.

The summer is over.

I have settled in to the new position.

I still have to get the other work done.

It's HARD to work out. I am working toward at least getting the mindset of "you brush your teeth every day, you can get out and at least walk every day." When I was out on medical leave, I made myself get outside for 30 minutes every day. This was in January in New England.

So yeah... I've had the negative dialogue going on, too.

I've also been thinking of Chris Downie and the just change one thing and the just 10 minutes of exercise thing.

Tomorrow is October 1. Want to join me in Getting Outside for at least 15 minutes every day this month even if it's only for a walk?

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GRANDMACOO 9/30/2012 5:06PM

    I agree with everyone else here - STOP beating yourself up! I do not work out after work; I am too dog tired! So, if I plan on getting any exercise in, it has to be in the morning. I get up at 4a.m. because it is the only way I can get it done before getting ready for work - I drive almost an hour each way, so have to finish exercising by 6a.m. at the latest. But, I don't have any children at home, either, so give it some time and you should find what works for you. Try different things to see what will fit into your lifestyle.
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HORSESX4 9/30/2012 3:22PM

    You are a very strong person. You have given me support when I felt like giving up. Just logging in to see that you like my status means so much to me. I will now give yoU the support.

STOP BEATING YOURSELF UP. GET YOUR BUNS UP PUT YOUR BIG GIRL RUNNING SHOES ON AND GET OUT THE THAT IS A SPAKS FRIEND ORDER........................... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINERICIA 9/30/2012 12:50PM

    Forgive yourself and move forward. The past is the past and cannot be changed. But now you've learned a bunch of things that aren't working for you; it's a starting point to find out what will work. You're in an entirely new situation with new challenges and new obstacles. It will take some time to navigate. And a pound? Pish. A pound is nothing in the grand scheme of things.

I know you will find a way to make this work. Because you're that kind of gal. One good choice at a time.

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BIGPAWSUP 9/30/2012 12:35PM

    Ok, stop using yourself as a whipping post. You are beating yourself up over things that are done and over. Take a few deep breathes and try to relax. You really can get back on track. I know you can. Just get you head back together, one small step at a time.

Kitty

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ZIGGY122 9/30/2012 12:30PM

    OMG! girl stop beating yourself up... would you insult your best friend this way... of course not... be kind...do an act of kindness by starting with yourself emoticon emoticon

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