Friday, July 08, 2011
July 8 - Day 4?60 of Summer 60 Day Challenge
Today's challenge is about salt and how we can become more aware of how much we actually need versus how much we actually consume. Like many, I have made conscious efforts to reduce our sodium intake and am proud of our success thus far. Luckily for me, neither one of us was raised on a high-salt diet and we never have the shaker on the table.
Sounds good, right. Well, did you know that a study was published last year and I saw it on Canadian news that Canadians eat almost twice salt that their fellow Americans do. As I sat back in my chair and semi-gloated about our attempts to cut back the announcer went on to say that typically Canadian food (from fast food to things like healthy cereals) have a lot more salt added to them.
This made me stop and think. For one thing I've been relying on the nutritional value of Spark to track my sodium but since that is American it could be way off our reality. It is one of the realities of life that we all think a box of Kellogg's Bran Buds has the same nutritional value worldwide but apparently not. Wow! Who would have thought!?
Okay, enough of the "lecture" and on to my blog title. This weekend is our town's festival weekend which is called the Salmon Festival. This year Kiss is performing as Gene Simons "wife" was apparently born in Newfoundland and their kids have never been here. John and I are not going as it is $100 a ticket and we live close enough that if the wind is blowing in the right direction we can sit on our deck and listen to it. Talk about being cheap!!!! Ha!
Since the festival is on this weekend, the amusement rides have also arrived. While I'm not a big fan, my husband and I do get on a ride called the Scrambler once every year. We are planning on going tonight to do our "thing". While I was thinking about that, I guess I reflected upon a year ago when the rides were in town. It was then I first publicly realized I needed to lose weight. Imagine lining up for 30 minutes to get on a ride only to fall getting on the ride because you couldn't lift your leg up high enough. Other than a bashed knee and total embarrassment, it was a wake-up call. I needed to do something but what.
The what came several weeks later when one of our local vets came for a BBQ. Over a year, This friend had managed to transform her life and her body. At that point she had lost over 80 pounds and was flourishing! Over the meal we got talking and she told me a few websites to check out....one of which was Spark!!!! I joined a few weeks after that!
Oh, and as for the summer weather....it has reached our shores! Yeah! Our neighbours have an above ground pool AND are gone away for two weeks so part of our houseminding is to make sure the pool is used....their words..not mine!!!! Another yeah!
I hope this finds you all well! Thank you for your support along my journey!
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Well, it appears I do well when challenged. I'm still participating in the virtual Gros Morne Challenge as part of the Newfoundland SparkTeam and I've joined the Summer 60 Day Challenge Team as well.
I've all the kilometres walked for the Gros Morne challenge and am working on the uphill step portion. It is fun and I am thinking about doing the Newfoundland Trailway (again virtually). For those who don't know about the Trailway it is part of the Trans Canada Trailway and the section in Newfoundland runs along the abandoned railway. The train tracks were all removed about 20+ years ago so there are no trains to be found at all on our island. The trailway would take us to some pretty asture and remote parts of the island but I think it is doable.
As for the second challenge, I'm doing well. I'm combining two days into one as I was a day late starting. This way it will be much easier to keep up. Yesterday's challenge was to develop some goals and today was to make sure those goals are SMART ones (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely)
I'm having a bit of trouble with goal setting and even more so with "rewards". I used to say I want to be healthier so that is where I am going to start. With regards to that, my goals are:
To concentrate on losing 5 % of my body weight at a time.
I can keep track of this by weekly weigh-ins.
I believe this is an attainable goal especially with the changes I am making
I think 5% of my weight is a realistic initial goal
I need to lose 10.91 pounds to do this and Labour Day is when I would like to have it accomplished.
I've been doing well with eating, tracking and getting my body in motion. I'm walking for exercise and I'm getting my 8 cups of water in.
Have a great evening!
Saturday, July 02, 2011
One of the leaders of our Newfoundland SparkPeople team came up with the idea to start a "Climb Gros Morne Mountain Challenge". So far there are only two participants but that is fine because it a personal challenge with no official start and end date. Both of us started on June 30th.
I've included a map of sorts to let you all know where this mountain is. It is located in Gros Morne National park which has to be my favourite place in all Newfoundland! Now, while this mountain seems tame to some I've seen, it is a challenging climb. I climbed in for real back in the early 1990's with my then boyfriend, John, who I vowed I would marry if he got me down off that blessed thing. We went in October and it was so beautiful but we weren't really prepared for the thirst, nor the temperature changes, nor the desire to toss each other off the side when the going got tough. I can vaguely remember threatening to trip him up if I caught up with him which is probably why he stayed ahead of me for most of it!
Anyway, I digress! I have to find the exact number of kilometres and uphill steps (HOPEFULANGE has them recorded on the challenge page) but I'm making progress. It is such an attainable challenge that I feel like I can do it. Maybe next challenge will be to walk the Newfoundland trailway or the trans Canada highway. Who knows...at least I'm walking!
Here is a picture I found of some of the scenery around Gros Morne
I have pictures of my own trip somewhere....will have to dig those out for us all to have a laugh about! Those were the days! Anyway, the weather has improved......yeah.....if I didn't know better I would say the fireworks last night cleared the air. It is now 24 degress and sunny........
I'm still trying to catch up.....xo Susan
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