Thursday, February 10, 2011
T'is a cool one here this morning. A balmy -15 c. with a slight wind and lots of blue skies. A beautiful day all around. I know what some of you southern belles are thinking.....brrrrr...but if you dress for it, anyday can be enjoyed in the great outdoors.
A few days ago, I wrote about walking outdoors and somebody responded that I was only enjoying it because I live in a rural area as opposed to an urban one. While it is true that I do live in a town of about 13,000 I choose not to walk in the slush and icy sidewalks by driving to a great walking area. BUT, if I had to walk in the slush (I was a student once and nobody knows the joys of walking in winter than students) I would dress appropriately. In fact, I would get a funky pair of rubberized boots to keep the damp out and the warmth in.
Anyway, I digress from my blog title! One of my brand new SparkFriends (thanks for adding me REDWEASEL61) wrote an interesting blog about putting off things that bring you joy. The part that really got to me was when she wrote "I got to thinking....about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night"!!!
Stop and think about it! How many of us, put off things that we really enjoy until the moment is perfect. We do it all the time! We are going to start exercising when the weather turns nice, we are going to eat better when we get some seasonal produce, we are going to take that trip when we lose weight, we are going to write that letter one of those days.........
On the television show, What Not to Wear they often preach the need to "dress the body you have now and not the one you want". I've started to do this. I've bought a few (emphasis on a few) new pieces and they fit me now. I didn't buy them too big or too small! I'm wearing them now to work. Just yesterday I had somebody compliment me when I was out walking the dogs about how much happier I seem . I really don't think it was about the weight....wearing a puffy down coat cannot do much justice to anybody's figure! According to her, I "radiate peace and happiness".....wow...who knew! Ha! Regardless of the truth, it made me smile and feel so much better about myself.
So, today if you are bogged down with your lifestyle journey step back and think of an award you can give yourself today. You might not have reached a definite goal but you are still part of the journey. Don't get down.....get inspired! Do something outside of your schedule that you enjoy. Make flexibility part of your life. If an opportunity comes your way don't say "I can't" but rather "I think I will" .
Have a good day.....
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
I've got a couple of Spark related questions and I'm hoping you, as my SparkFriends, will rush to answer for me.
For starters, I know I wrote yesterday's blog in jest but, please, how do you know where to take your waist and hip measurements. For your waist is it above or below your belly button. And for hips, does it include the flabby overhang of my lower belly (sorry for the visual!) or should I be measuring lower.
Secondly, how do I send a group e-mail to all of my SparkFriends? I did it once before but for the life of me I can't seem to find where.
Thirdly, my calorie range is between 1300 and 1650 a day. Should this change depending on if I exercise? I exercised yesterday and on Saturday for close to 2 hours and was starved afterwards. Today I've only exercised for 40 minutes and have the same number of calories. I know there is a spot on the fitness tracker/fitness goals to indicate the calories you want to burn but how do I pick a number? Some days I exercise more than others.
Finally, I want to know how I can possibly thank all of you for your support, encouragement and kindness. It really means a lot especially now that my weight seems to have hit a standstill!
Monday, February 07, 2011
As most of you know, I often have a very warped sense of humourand because you know that I don't have too many qualms about sharing the following which I wrote earlier today.
Taking you own body measurements:
1.Find a good measuring tape and by “good” I mean stretched out of shape so that it will be highly inaccurate. That way you can always blame the materials and not your body shape!
2.Pour yourself a good stiff drink in an unbreakable glass and use as little ice as possible. This is in case you feel like flinging the glass and the ice could be considered deadly weapons to those around you.
3.Close your blinds and lock the doors as you don’t want neighbours wondering where you are going to stick that tape measure.
4.Strip down to your prettiest undies and bra. Socks are optional but only if you can stand to look at yourself wearing nothing but underwear and socks…..sort of reminds one of trying on a swimsuit wearing kneehighs!
5.Stand in front of a full-length mirror. Repeat the words “I love myself no matter what the measuring tape says” until you start to believe it or until the alcohol makes your judgment fuzzy.
6.Start at the boobs. Wrap the measuring tape around your back and over your nips. Make sure your bra is substantial enough that you don’t paper cut yourself but not thick enough to throw your measurements totally out of whack.
7.Have another swig and refill your glass if needed….what the heck…refill it anyway!
8.Find your belly button. If this requires you to use a magnifying glass and duct tape to contain the overhang, just skip this step as it is a useless starting point!
9.Look at your torso and find the smallest part…..no, the mole just above your belly button doesn’t count as the smallest part! Actually to find you natural waist the experts tell you to tie a piece of string around your waist, bend over and wherever the string ends up is your waist. I did this and the string ended up on the floor due to my inability to tie a proper knot! Whew, never knew my waist could be THAT small!
10.Now for hips…take the liquor bottle and take a big swig. Look at yourself side on and note where your rearend sticks out the most. Wrap your tape around to the front of your body (mine got lost in the fat folds), hold your gas, and record what you see. I was lucky….I couldn’t see anything over my stomach and we all know “nothing” equals zero so I recorded zero for my hips.
This whole thing was the result of taking my measurements yesterday and laughing so hard while trying to see the measuring tape! I told you before that it doesn't take much to make me laugh at myself but for some reason I found this to be really funny. Good thing I can laugh because the scale actually went up and so did some of my measurements. I'm praying that it is muscle!!!!
Take care and have a great Monday evening!
Sunday, February 06, 2011
I've decided to blog about something today that really irks me and that is complaining. I know we all do it at times but some people seem to thrive on it. You know the ones, they wake up complaining and go to bed complaining and it is often about the most trivial stuff that they have no control over.
The funny thing about complaining is the more we do it the more negative we become and the more we look for things to complain about. It is so addictive and because of that it is a very hard habit to break.
There are times of course when we are entitled to complain but for the most part we, as humans, just complain because we can. Do you think there are any other species that complains? I don't know because I'm not a psychologist. What I do know is that when you complain or are around people who complain, it is not healthy in the long term.
Today we are getting another bit of snow. My friends on Facebook are full of complaints. I want to scream at them "this is winter, in the Northern Hemisphere, we are living on an island in the north atlantic....what do you want from Mother Nature?"These would be the same friends who grumble about global warning.
Oops, see...I'm complaining about something over which I have no control....the opinions of those around me. What did I do, but post on Facebook for them to all put on their snowpants and mittens and go outdoors to release their inner child. I think I got sworn on for posting that!
My experience with depression has taught me many things and most of them have been quite eye-opening. For example, if we can't change something we either have to a) let it tear us apart, b) embrace it or c) accept it. That is how I've started to view things.
Because it is snowing today I have the above three choices. I could let it tear me apart and the only thing that would accomplish would be to frustrate me and raise my anxiety. I'm not sure if I fully embrace it either but I did get out and walk my 2.5 km with my dogs regardless. Yes, I might have whined a little about the snow blowing in my face or the mess we all made in the front porch when we arrived home but it was fun to be out and it counted as exercise!!!
So, I've decided to accept winter. There are going to be days that I don't want to get dressed up in layers to walk the dogs. There are going to be days that I don't want to shovel for the umpteenth time. There are going to be days that you long to be outdoors dressed in nothing but a t-shirt and shorts but the reality is that is not going to happened for months!
You see, real complainers are going to complain just because they can. My late grandmother used to say about somebody in her community, "they're the type to complain about heaven too"!
Anyway, please don't complain to me if you don't like my blog....complain to somebody who can do something about it....nobody so either embrace me or accept me 'cause I'm not taking it back!
Friday, February 04, 2011
Happy Weekend one and all!
Remember how energized I was yesterday? Well, keep that memory because I'm not so energized nor motivated today! But isn't that how life really is? If everyday was a good day we would never appreciate them because we wouldn't know what a bad day is.
Now, don't get me wrong there is nothing all that bad about today except for what I just ate. Hubster and I usually meet for pizza lunch time on Fridays when he arrives back in town. I know it is kind of a silly thing and not that romantic when you stop and think about it but we do enjoy it.
Anyway, today I wasn't the least bit hungry but I said I would go with him and just have a diet Coke.....which isn't that great in itself. But then, greedy guts (another fine Newfoundland expression) smelled the freshly baked garlic fingers and ordered them for herself! Ate all but two....now, I wish I could stick my fingers down my throat! Sorry for the gross thought!
On the good side of things, however, my clothes is fitting a wee bit better than it has been although the scale is stuck on 204.4 pounds and has been for several weeks. I know eating like I did today is not helping matters but it is not something I do all the time. I'm walking everyday and easing my way through the C25K program so muscles are probably being formed..please say it is muscle gain....please!
There are four or five of us women at work who are working through the C25K program so we try to keep each other motivated. We all meet for a "break" at 10:30 during which we all encourage each other to eat two pieces of fruit. We even swap somedays.....just like kindergarten! I'm hoping that once Spring rolls around we can get together in the evenings to try outdoor runs but that is so far off it is not even on the horizon yet.
Well, I must go and get busy with the housework so I have it all done today. I'm sure that must burn some calories....maybe 1/16th of the garlic fingers I inhaled!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
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