Wednesday, August 27, 2014
My DH loves to tease, and my addiction to spark people and the changes I have made are fair game. Here in Orlando we have "Magical dining month" every September, with great restaurant deals - 3 or 4 course dinners for $33. We have made reservations for one each week. My husband has told me that he fears that the black helicopter with the Spark emblem on the side will come down and stop us from eating! He also warns me about the "SparkPolice" frequently. While I know he is teasing, and do not let it bother me, I do believe in the SparkPolice.
The SparkPolice is that little voice telling me that if I really want more potatoes, go ahead, but I have to write it down.. And won't I be sorry then!!! The little voice that says "you can do one more minute on the elliptical". And says it several times, until I have completed 35 minutes! The SparkPolice are watching over my shoulder to be sure I don't cut my walk short, or stop at the ice cream drive through. They keep me from posting exercise I didn't do, and make me post what I ate.
Hmmm... do you think the SparkPolice are my conscience? No, because other than lying to myself, I wouldn't be harming anyone else. So what is the SparkPolice? I think it is my healthy new self telling my old couch potato self to keep on with this healthy lifestyle. To keep modeling behaviors that lead to even better health. Whatever you call them, I can live with them. In fact, I don't want to live without them!!!
Monday, August 18, 2014
Come one, come all - to lose 5% of your weight in 8 weeks!!
There are many teams to choose from, all located in the Team Forum:
Any Team is Great!
Champions in the Kitchen
Firecrackers (I'm a Firecracker!!!)
The Awesome A Team
Walkers, Runners, Joggers & Gadgeters
Choose your team, it's first come-first served though so get your name posted for the team of your choice.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
OK, if you are a newbie - or maybe even been around a while - you might be asking "What are NSVs, and are they contagious???" An NSV is a non-scale victory. Something special that happens that makes you realize that even if the scale isn't moving much, you are making progress.
One of my first NSVs was the day I tried on a pair of size 14 capris - AND THEY FIT!! I was shopping alone, but I told all the people anywhere close to the fitting room, and I actually cried! It had been years since I had size 14 on my body.
Since then there have been many - sometimes it's just how a particular outfit looks that didn't always flatter. Sometimes its being able to do something physical. When I first started to use the elliptical, I was lucky to be able to do 10 minutes. Now I routinely use it for 35 minutes. I just recently decided to branch out and use the rowing machine. OK, I did 5 minutes. But I have increased it a minute or 2 at a time, and this morning did 10 minutes.
And when I tried yoga, I could barely get into the child's pose and my belly was in the way! Now it is a comfortable resting pose as it should be.
The day I saw a photograph of me and my 3 BFFs and realized that I was no longer the fat girl was a real bell ringer!
Today I had one I have been longing for. I have not been able to decrease the size of my waist. It has been 40 inches for a couple of years now. I even have one my goals on my goal board to lose 1 inch in my waist by September 1. Well, I don't know if I will make that, but today my waist was 1/2 inch smaller. I know that is not a lot, but it is a huge impact in my head - which is where weight loss really happens, right? I no longer have a 40 inch waist!!! YEAH!! Of course the real goal is to get in under 35, but I know that will take a lot more weight loss. But right now... Well I am a happy camper!
What are your NSVs? Can you fit in a seat that was too tight (like in a theme park?) or bend down and tie your shoes? Perhaps you started in a better place and your NSV is getting into that dress you wanted to wear. I know you have them. And they are important to notice and to mark, because that scale... well, if you had too much salt or too much water it won't always tell the truth. It will pop up and down and make you crazy if you let it. But your NSVs? They are honest and real achievements. Go for it!
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
I was married at 18 years old, and my first husband was very materialistic. Whatever anyone else had, he wanted, only bigger and better! We both had good jobs, we had not debt except our house, but he was not a happy person. If his friend got a boat, he needed a bigger one. A pool? Same thing. I used to tell him that we can have ANYTHING we want, just not EVERYTHING we want.
That lesson has carried me through some hard times and some great times. I realize that for anything you want, you have to be willing to not have something else. it's all priorities.
As a Sparker, it means that if I want to be fit, I have to be willing to get my butt out of the chair and outside or to the gym. If I want to lose weight, I have to sacrifice some things I might want to eat or drink.
When I was young and impatient, I would have expected (and been able) to lose 2 or 3 pounds per week. Now I realize that if I do that, I am on a diet, and that means at some point I will go OFF the diet, and probably regain what I have lost. At my ripe age, I realize that slow is still progress and my priority is the long term. I want to lose weight, but I am also wanting to learn to eat in a manner that I can continue with all my life. So no food is truly off limits, but I need to prioritize whether the calories are worth it.
There it is... That word again - Prioritize. If you can figure out what is really important, and set that as a goal, your decisions are easy... It's whatever YOU decide is the priority.
You CAN have ANYTHING you want!!!
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Today I had a lovely walk. I had a hard night sleeping, so got out a little later than normal, which meant it was pretty warm out - OK, HOT! I always like seeing the squirrels and birds. We have a beautiful Black Ibis that hangs around in our development, and seeing him is always a treat. I met a new friend - Charlie, a black lab who was orphaned as a result of Hurricane Charlie here in Florida 10 years ago. She was as playful as a puppy, but had a little grey hair around the muzzle. Talking with her owner, I mentioned a dog attack that had happened recently to another lab, and we started talking about the area. He did not know about my friend, Miss Piggy, a lovely pink pig I see most mornings. He did warn me about the wild boars in the area. As I was greeting Miss Piggy a few minutes later, I heard the distinctive grunts/snarls of wild boars. I cut my walk a little short and high tailed it for home. Think I need to get that pepper spray and carry it with me!!! I can never tell my DH, because he already hates that I leave the development for my walks. But there is so much more to see and I really enjoy it. I just need to be sure I can defend myself!
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