Thursday, December 09, 2010
Happy Thursday SparkFriends!
Wow, where does the time go? Does that expression make me an old fogey? I could use some cutting edge "youth-speak" but I don't really know what half of the words mean and I'm afraid of offending somebody! Ha! Funny, how when you work with young people you feel young yourself until you see them out in public and think to yourself "were we ever as young as that"?
Anyway, I've decided to write my blog today about what is working and perhaps, more importantly, what isn't working for me.
When I joined Spark I threw myself into it! I was constantly logging in, updating, reading, responding, running reports, etc. It all became too much too soon and I decided to follow my gut instinct and only do what I thought would work for me.
On a side note, I am a bit of an obsessive/compulsive person so this added to my growing frustration. I was finding I was spending more time on Spark than I was doing anything else!
So I gave myself permission to have a inner reality check! Although Spark encourages us to make small changes, I was trying to do everything at once! So here is my list of what I am concentrating on and what I've sort of let slip by the wayside!
Working for me:
Logging in daily
Keeping in touch with a few good Spark friends
Walking (even when I don't want to!)
Drinking 8 glasses of water each day
Making more informed meal choices
Eating at least 4 pieces of fruit/vegetables a day
Letting myself be me!
What didn't work for me:
Obsessively checking into SparkPeople
Having too many SparkFriends
Joining too many SparkTeams
Concentrating on SparkPoints instead of exercise
Being anal about what I ate
Focusing on what I didn't do as opposed to what I did accomplish
I realize my weight loss has been slow but it has been steady. I'm starting to really enjoy the way walking makes me feel. Now I've decided to up the ante and I've started my version of jogging a few steps every time I'm out for a walk. I've also started very simple strength training.
Most of all, I've discovered that I can do this! Again, thanks for reading about me and my thoughts!
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
It is a balmy 10 degrees c here in central Newfoundland this morning which might sound cold to some of you but for pete's sake we are living on an island off the east coast of Canada! This is so unseasonal but we will take it as long as we can get it! I really hope we get some snow for Christmas though and that it stays through January and February. I love the cold weather that we usually get in those months as the sun is usually out in all of her glory too.
Anyway, I digress! I figured it is high time I explained the reason behind my username in the hopes that some of you will do the same.
Remember my earlier blogs about my beloved Peaches? Well, to tell you all the truth we never actually "owned" her. She moved into the house next door to my parents (I was still living there at the time) and we met her at age two. The neighbours, the Coles, worked fulltime and so Peaches wormed her way into my Mom and Dad's heart and home! If she was at her home for any length of time (even when the owners were home) she would whine at the front door and run over to our house.
Over time, we started having sleepovers and extended stays although most nights she would go home at 8:00 p.m. when her owner came over to take her out for a walk. She would go very reluctantly and in her old age would even growl at him! We all were a bit shocked at her behaviour as the owners are really nice people but I guess we gave her constant attention which is what all little animals crave.
Her name was Peaches and the neighbours were Coles....hence the PC. My parents surname was Osmond...thus the O. I know this is going to sound like a bunch of hillbillies but when my father died and Mom moved to an old age home, my husband and I bought their house so I ended up back next door to Peaches. My married name is Hamilton.
Jokingly at the vet clinic, Peaches became known as Peaches Cole-Osmond-Hamilton as she was orginially listed under Cole until we took over the vet bills, food costs, etc. Our reasoning was, she was with us most of the time, they had a child in university and John and I had nobody to care for.
To conclude, you all know that PCOH is a testament to my love for that little bundle of fur and the 051610 stands for May 16, 2010 when she crossed the Rainbow Bridge!
This will be our very first Christmas without her and we all joke that for the first time in 17 years we get to open our own presents as she was a terror when it came to opening things!
Hopefully Maddy didn't learn that "skill" from her and that Louisa doesn't do it either.
P.S. I would really like to hear the stories behind your Spark names too!
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
I've got nothing in particular to write about today but thought that I would write a blog anyway. I am hoping to one day be able to go back over what I wrote and have a good laugh at myself.
Yesterday, I did something I've never done before and have dreamed about doing for some time. Now, don't get too excited because what I did was started jogging! Yes, that heaving, gasping image on the International satellites was me. I started my normal walk and then every so often would break out into my version of jogging. I did 7 lots of 100 steps of jogging. Not a great start but its a start!!!!
Okay, after that, I went home and baked an apricot cake....which turned out yummy.....I know this because my husband couldn't wait until it cooled down to sample it. Now, today he has gone with the rest of it to share with his classmates. (Yes, I'm married to a 45 year old school boy)
Oh, something funny did happen last night with Louisa. We have this rather heavy reindeer that comes out once a year as a Christmas decoration. It is about 18 inches long. Anyway, we took it out of hibernation last night and Lou started stalking it! When she finally got up enough nerve to get closer she immediately went and sniffed its bum! We laughed so much at her and now you all know why her pet name is "the big dumb retriever".
I hope I made some of you smile! xo Susan
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Sorry I've been out of touch lately but this week has been a wee bit hectic. I did three shifts of volunteering with the Salvation Army Kettle campaign in three back-to-back days and boy, it was tiring standing for two hours at a time.
As I've said in previous blogs, I am not religious but I do believe in spirituality. Anwyay, I guess I'm Christian in that I believe in God but I'm not a fundamentalist by any stretch of the imagination. So, it comes as no surprise that the Kettle campaign enraged me this year. Well, not so much the campaign, but the people who pass you by.
I know you are all thinking that we cannot all afford to give but please! In the five years I've noticed that the poorer the dressed the people the more they give. You can tell that these people truly understand the meaning of giving! Yes, you get the rich people stopping by and dramatically inserting a $20 or a $50 bill into the kettle (it is like they want to be noticed) but most people just slip a few coins in and wished me a Merry Christmas. Some apologize for only having a little bit of money to part with and that is fine. I thanked them for their donation just the same as I did the richer people.
Anyway, before I lose whatever Christain spirit I have left, it is best for me to change the topic! Ha! I'm home today baking that cherry cake for my husband that he has always loved but that I've never bothered to try to make. We actually mixed it up together which was kind of fun...especially when we looked and saw Lou trying to lick the butter wrapper in the garbage! Not sure how it is going to turn out (I'm not a baker!!!) but I'm sure it will be a memoralbe experience as John has learned (the hard way) not to try to steal the cherries his wife has so carefully cut up. I think he got tapped with a batter covered spatula for that one!
Oh, and we went to the Santa Claus parade yesterday. People at work laughed at me when I said John and I watch it together because I guess they figure people only go to watch if they have children. Maddy and Lou went too and Lou got silly when she saw horses for the first time. She didn't even notice Santa Claus but Maddy did and barked his little head off until Santa turned and said,, "Merry Christmas little doggie". It brought us to tears from laughter.
Okay, that is enough of my ramblings. I've been off track but will get back on the rails tomorrow on weigh-in day.
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