Saturday, November 19, 2011
Well, truth be told I'm happy most days which is kind of odd since I have depression. I think that is why most people I know cannot believe that I have been suicidal in my life but I tell them I'm a really good actress. Anyway, this is not to preach about mental illness nor my acting abilities (or lack thereof!) but to share some good news.
If you've been reading my blogs you know that a) I'm been walking the Newfoundland T'Railway, b) I've been involved in the Fall 5% Challenge and c) I'm slightly crazy....snuck (a Newfoundland term for the past-tense of sneak) that one in just in case you thought this was going to be a dry blog! Oh, and please, don't tell me I shouldn't call myself crazy!!! It is not meant as a slight to my "mental illness" but an acknowledgement that once you accept that deep down we are all slightly mad life really does start to make more sense!
So, why am I happy? Isn't it obvious - I found Spark, I have made some fantastic SparkFriends, I'm changing my life for the better, I have a wonderful husband, my depression is under control, I have two hilarious dogs, I have a roof over my head, and nobody is shooting at us!
WHAT? You want more?! Well, lets see, in my virtual walk across our island I'm 3/4 the way there! I don't know the actual km check but it is over 650 under my belt. And, I finished my very first challenge and although I didn't lose the 5% I did lose 9 pounds. I think 10.5 would have been my official 5% but the point is I lost 9 pounds.
I am trying my hardest now to work on my toughest challenge - to use the nutrition tracker. I have done it faithfully for the past few days and each day I fill in that information it is that much closer to becoming a habit. I might not get my quotas in each day but at least by tracking I can see what areas I need to improve on. So far, I've saved $10 from eating breakfast at home and that money will be my spending money when I go to St. John's shopping in mid-December! That is my incentive not to eat my breakfast out.....I get to take what I would have spent and can reward myself later on with a new piece of clothing or whatever! That was my husband's idea and I think it is great!
Sure hope you are all fine! It is sunny but chilly here today - when I was out for my walk I had to wear my wool hat and mittens but it was sunny!
P.S. I just tallied my fitness minutes for the 5% Fall Challenge and I managed to get in 3902 minutes since September 24th.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I'm sneaking this quick blog in while at work this morning so if I suddenly start typing in "due dates" it is because of that....oh, yeah...I work in a library and not on a maternity ward!
I've re-examined what has been working for me and what hasn't. I've kicked to the curb certain expectations of myself (like being perfect) and I'm moving on.
Since I need a daily poke in the ribcage (well, actually a stick of dynamite up my butt most days) I have signed up for not one but two challenges. I've learned from the current Fall 5% challenge team that I like daily and/or weekly challenges. Some of the things we have been encouraged to do have been to drink our water, exercise, get sufficient sleep, thank ourselves, eat our freggies and the one I have the most trouble with....TRACK OUR FOOD!!! Alas this challenge will be over at the end of this week - so a challenge-shopping I went!
We eat out a lot! There I confessed to it and if you have ever been to my neck of the woods the choices for eating out aren't the best with regards to nutrition. We have the chicken joints, McDonalds, Subway, Don Cherry's and a few local restaurants. Now this is trouble for me for a few reasons - our money is tight and there are very few healthy choices to be found on most of these menus. There is one place that I always order a hamburger and garden salad (which is yummy I might add!) so that is where I have tried to eat. The problem is we eat there too often! You want to know how often - the staff has our order of drinks ready for us (diet pepsi and water for me) and have our names written on the napkins with smiley faces! When it is time to order we say "the usual" and nothing else! Friends and family are always amazed at the service we get.......ha!
Okay, to get to the point of this blog - I joined the Spark Healthy cooking challenge which I wrote about the other day. I cooked at home last night and have tonight's supper planned out. I even tracked my food! Yipee!
The second challenge I joined is not related to Spark but one which a fellow Sparker happened to mention on my SparkPage or one of my blogs. It is called "100 Days Challenge" and I signed up for the e-mails. Apparently there is a book to go with it but I am just going to use the online resources and I have printed off the journal for recording the daily assignments.
I need to find something that works for me! Be it stickers and small rewards! A daily incentive! I was even thinking about paying myself a small amount of money for using the nutrition tracker. As it is now I spend about $3.50 a day at Tim Hortons - maybe I could eat at home for breakfast and save part of that money? Have you figured out that I'm talking to myself here? Jeepers, $3.50 a day x 7 days a week = $24.50!!! So, I guess it is tea at home tomorrow morning!
I read an interesting article on Chatelaine's website this morning (hey, I get to do this kind of "research" as part of my job!) and it was all about whether or not we should be weighing ourselves. It said that the number on the scale is not what we should be concentrating on....surprise, surprise. But for me I need to concentrate on that number for awhile because it isn't moving! I'm going to continue to weigh in once a week (just to make sure things are moving in the right direction) while continuing to exercise, drink my water, sleep, track my food, cook at home, and did I mention track my food!
Sorry to "talk your ears off"! I hope you are all doing well! I really am going to try to catch up with you all because I miss you!
Sunday, November 13, 2011
This is going to have to be short and sweet and to the point. I need help with meals and using the nutrition tracker so I joined the Official Healthy Cooking Challenge. I am pretty confident that I have the exercise and water consumption entrenched as habits so now it is to tackle my biggest fear....the nutrition tracker. It has to be done so I'm about to do it! Wish me luck!
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