Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I have been noticing that since I am smaller, I feel more comfortable being physically closer to other people. The other night, there were three people on the couch (not family). There is room for four, but I never, ever would have taken that space a year ago. On that night, I WANTED to sit in the middle of that couch, mostly just because I could. And there was plenty of room.
And when my vocal ensemble is singing together, I have actually been suggesting that we stand closer to each other, something I never, ever would have suggested a year ago.
I'm likin' it!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I have managed to maintain this weight for about three months now. It's good that I can maintain, although I certainly do not feel stable; I still binge occasionally. I have stopped logging my food on the weekends lately. Sometimes it seems to give me license to overeat, but other times I actually make good choices anyway, and it surprises me.
I have managed to be faithful with my walking and strength training, even adding yoga once or twice per week to the mix. I am getting about 350-400 minutes of exercise per week, which seems pretty good to me. Summer is coming and cardio will increase when I start walking to work and home again.
I have been participating in a bible study that has five homework lessons each week. In addition to getting my strength training and yoga in the mornings and evenings, I have also managed to get my lessons done each week. A year ago, I was getting up around 6:45 am or so. When I started making school lunches for the kids, I got up earlier and when I started adding yoga and bible study, I started getting up even earlier, currently at 6:10 am. I have never been a morning person, so this is pretty amazing.
In summary, it seems the discipline that I used to manage my food has overflowed into fitness and other activities. I seem to have more time and energy and less procrastination.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Thanks to all the Spark people that voted me a motivator. I am honored and humbled. So often, I feel like I come here to whine and complain, always about the same old things. But isn't it funny, just when I do it, I feel better and more focused. And there are always my Spark friends coming forward, supporting and encouraging me.
I have purposely decided to make my my food and fitness log public, and I am pretty good about keeping it updated and honest. I think that it is important to know that everyone has good eating days and other eating days. I know that I browse the food logs of other people to see how their choices are working for them.
So you will see those days where I eat candy and nuts, and probably too much of them all in the same day. But you will also see days where my food choices are healthy and tasty. I measure and weigh my food almost all the time. I am finally getting the hang of estimating an ounce of cheese, but other foods still challenge me. So my scale is on my counter at all times.
Again thanks everyone, and I hope that I can continue to motivate and encourage you. You have certainly done it for me.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I found these words today that are meaningful to me. Maybe they will inspire you.
"Wisdom is to do now what you will be satisfied with later. This means that if you know doing something will be very beneficial later, you do it now even if you don't want to. The opposite is also true: a person who lacks wisdom will base his or her actions on what feels good right now instead of looking at the long-term picture.
For example, say you want to eat a snack, but you aren't hungry. You say to yourself, "Well, I know I shouldn't eat this, but ... ." And then you decide to keep eating even though you are full. Your actions followed your feelings instead of wisdom, and it's a decision that may lead to results you're not happy with later. Clearly, wisdom requires using self-control to choose to do what is better. A wise person looks at the end results instead of focusing only on his or her immediate circumstances.
In short, wisdom is to do now what you will be satisfied with later."
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Today I bought a new pair of tights at the discount store. They were NOT the largest ones that they sold! And they did not cost $15 like in the past! WooHoo! And they're cute, too, patterned....but brown. (DS asked why they have to match what I'm wearing, couldn't they just be bright pink? I saw the bright pink ones there and they had 'em in my size. I thought about it... but decided they had to match ... LOL ...)
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