Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Okay, let's be honest and put your hand up if you eagerly clicked on the link to this blog because you are discreetly looking for any and all secrets to looking fabulous! I'm not being judgemental because I've been there too....caught in a line up at the grocery store with nothing to do put peruse the glossy magazine covers staring at you. Not only are the models usually airbrushed to unbelievable perfection but the large print jumping off the page never once says "its okay, you are fine as you are" or "be happy the way you look". NO, these article titles are far more likely to belittle you into thinking "YOU are not okay the way you look" or "You have to do this, this and this before you can ever be happy". I won't even go into the article titles that make us all think we are inadequate mothers, wives, daughters, friends, homemakers, workers, etc, etc,
So, what makes you feel fabulous or have you ever felt fabulous? I always cringed at that word - fabulous but since joining Spark I view it as reaching my potential. Be that with physical appearance or whatever. It took a 7 year old girl to point out to me this weekend that everybody can be fabulous and it doesn't have anything to do with your income, martial status, job or even your beauty.
My friend's granddaughter looked at me over the weekend and said, you know when I grow up I hope I turn out like you and my nan. We asked what she meant and she said, " I love how you are beautiful on the inside because that is what really counts". WOW! I actually got a cold shiver when she said that and my eyes welled up with tears. I couldn't speak for a minute and I asked her why she felt I was beautiful on the inside and she said because I always take the time to smile even when people don't smile back. I'm not sure about her logic but I do try to smile because you just don't know what people around you are going through. The situation will still be just as bad once the memory of the smile has faded but it just make a small difference to both of you.
So my number one trick to looking fabulous is to smile. The second one is to laugh - be it at even at yourself or with others. As long as you are not laughing at others!
Here is the rest of my list:
3. Complain less and be thankful more
4. Hug somebody - it can be yourself
5. Get some fresh air
6. Drink your water
7. Try to grab some sleep
8. Treat your body like a temple. Feed it what it needs to be strong and healthy
9. Move your body - every bit of exercise helps
10. See your flaws as beauty marks - they are what make you special!
Notice something about my list of ten? Not one idea is a fad, not one thing is going to cost you an arm and a leg and not one is impossible to for any of us to do! Not only will you look fabulous but you will look fabulous too....now, how is that for free advice!
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
It was three months ago to this day that I joined the local YMCA and then wrote such a horrible blog full of self-pity that it embarrasses me to this day.
Yes, I had the dreaded body fat analysis done and my measurements taken...the kind of stuff that shakes you to your very soul when you see those numbers on paper. I mean, it is not like it was a big shock...I knew I was obese and out of shape so why did somebody handing me a piece of paper confirming my belief cause such moments of self-doubt and ,even worse, self-pity. Thankfully all of my SparkFriends were supportive and not one of you told me to "put on your girl panties and deal with it" although some of you must have been thinking it!
So today was my three month "check up" and I was apprehensive to say the least. I know I've upped my exercise from merely walking the dogs to using some of those machines I previously thought were so intimidating. To tell you the truth it took me two days just to get comfortable walking in through the doors and scanning my card. When that first beeped I thought it meant "overweight novice alert...get ready to laugh at her"
I go faithfully several times each week and I usually "blank" out. I'm not comparing myself to anybody and I've given my self-doubts the ol' boot. Along with drinking my water I now consider my need for exercise a well-formed habit. Too bad the same can't be said for my use of the nutrition tracker but that, too, will come in time.
Anyway, I digress. Here is a comparison of my measurements before and after:
Weight 213.2 / 210.4
Bust 49 / 46 (Dolly Parton has left the house!)
Waist 43 / 42.5 (huh?)
Hips 45.5 / 44.5 (
Right Arm 13.5 / 12.75
Left Arm 12.75 / 12
Right Thigh 28 / 26.5
Left Thigh 27.75 / 26
Right Calf 16 / 16.25 (??????)
Left Calf 16 /16
Which ladies and gentleman is an overall loss of 9 inches!!!! ME?
So my message is to keep at it! I'm a work in progress so these kind of results are great motivators!!!!
Monday, October 31, 2011
Trick or Treat!
Well, when I woke up this morning and looked out my bedroom window I was sure the weather gods played the ultimate trick on us this morning...we are having a bit of a snow storm! The college wasn't closed but all of the schools are so there are very few of us in the building this morning. I view it as a time to play catch up with things that have been piling up on my desk but what I am actually doing? Checking Spark!!! Ha-ha!
I had a rough weekend with the emotions. It is such a long and very silly story but apparently I was invited out to supper on Saturday night by my cousin because it was her birthday. Then she told her brother and his wife said she wouldn't be coming if I was there.. Talk about a shot below the belt! The story gets more twisted, about a month ago, during a family gathering John supposedly made a comment (that nobody else remembers) wishing that when their daughter called our house she would let the phone ring long enough before hanging up and calling first my cell and then his.. (The daughter is 19!) I don't get angry very often but i was poisioned with the whole lot of them yesterday. There I was dressed up and ready to go out with my family to celebrate only to be told I wasn't welcome and I wasn't given a reason.
So, what did I do? Did I overeat? NO! I left the house (dressed in reflective gear) and walked my anger off. I walked 5 km before heading back home. Then yesterday I was still feeling betrayed (everybody in my family thinks I am so easy going) but they don't know how fragile I am when it comes to disagreements. I tried to contact the my cousin's wife but that got nowhere. I went for another long walk last night and asked God to take away the anger I feel. So I went home and ate not one but two fruit and nut bars. Even then I wasn't over my calories for the day because I don't eat at all when I'm stressed. AAAARRRGGGHHHH
Well, today is another day and I am determined to make the best of it. My husband was supposed to start a temporary job today but that got postponed due to the weather but at least it is something for him to do and will be an extra few dollars coming in. I am back to meal planning and recording what I am eating because it works for me in many ways. It helps me stress less about meals, I know I am eating better and overall it saves both money and time being wasted .
I read an interesting article in Chatelaine's online e-mail about the importance of eating apples everyday so I'm going to "TRY" to attach the link. I LOVE apples so it was good news for me.
I'm so sorry to gripe! I am just trying to be honest with all of you and to explain my absence over the weekend. Better days ahead I hope!
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