Tuesday, December 20, 2011
While having two blogs within days of each other be voted as "Most Popular" is quite the honour it is a tad overwhelming so I'm begging you all "please, enough already"
On a more serious note, I have a such good news to share! But, of course, in my usual way I am going to make you read all of this dribble/drabble until you reach the big reveal.
As some of my longer-term SparkFriends know my husband and I have been living on my part-time, seasonal salary since September. Money has been tight and although we don't have any children we do have two wonderful dogs who we care for with all of our hearts. Unfortunately, these two furballs are frequent visitors to the vet but we would rather do without than to have them uncomfortable or suffer in any way.
So yesterday, I arrived home to find Maddy (our little Pom) refusing to get up to even great me. He was retching and gagging and I knew something wasn't right. Bawling my eyes out, I called the vet, was told to come on and called my husband to tell him that we had another unexpected expense. John (husband) tells me to stay put and he would come home to get us so I called my mom and told her. She is on a fixed income too but offered to help....bless that woman.
I'm just putting on my coat when the phone rings and it was an animal rescue group located three hours away. Since I am on the board of directors for our local humane society I thought "more bad news". But it wasn't......turns out I had bought a ticket as part of their fundraiser just last week and I WON!!!
I won ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!! The tears started flowing down my face and I could barely get my words out to thank them!
Oh, and it turns out Maddy has somehow scratched his tracheal (spelling?) tube and had a very sore throat. It cost less than $100 for the visit and medication.....and my doggy will be back to "normal" in a few days!
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Happy Sunday to you all! I've been mulling over this blog idea for the past couple of days and thought it was now or never to get it down on "paper"..err, the computer screen!
So by now a lot of you know one of my recent blogs was voted "most popular" and while that is flattering it can be overwhelming. Somehow something you write elevates you to this magical level and people are crawling out of the woodwork to ask you advice.
Since it is Sunday here is my confession and I'm not even a Roman Catholic! I don't have all the answers! This is a journey for me just the same as it is for all of you. I might know what works but that doesn't mean I'm always perfect. Okay, let's correct that last bit - I am not, nor have I ever been perfect! Spark is a lifestyle makeover for me and the weight is the last to be transformed. I am still struggling with the weight and expect to for some time unless I put what I have learned into action. Brings to mind that expression about the mind being willing but the body not so much!
Okay, so here it is! LIFE is not a dress rehearsal....WE are given one chance and if we don't start making some changes now life is going to continue on as it always has. . Unless you believe in reincarnation this is the lifetime you have to change the body and mind you have. NOW is the time to act.
Second of all, the Spark philosophy is pretty simple when you think about it. It is nothing anybody with have a grain of common sense couldn't come up with...sorry SparkGuy....but we, as humans, have somehow lost our common sense when it comes to nutrition and exercise! It is like the more advanced we get the more we forget the simple, yet effective stuff that served our ancestors for years ! Granted, without Chris Downie, we wouldn't have all of the wonderful resources at our fingertips but you have to admit it is a a pretty basic idea. Eat right, exercise, and live long and proud! Who knew?
So, if it is so easy, why do so many of us struggle? I personally think that we have far too many choices and conveniences in our lives. Duh, could it be that simple? I mean once you have a remote control for something do you ever go back to using the manual method? Once you have tasted ingredients that you can't pronounce and are lured towards do you ever go back to a simple apple?
I struggle with this everyday! We hear all the time we are what we eat
but since I am not a cannibal I have had to put my thinking cap on and figure out how to get back to basics.
Ahem - so here is my slightly twisted way of looking at what I eat. Starting just recently I began to think of the very things that make up the foods we eat as soldiers. Okay, they might be funny looking soldiers but in my mind they are still soldiers because they are fighting the fight within me. I have my foods (and the imaginary soldiers) called the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The Good I can eat without compromise, the Bad, I eat sometimes but the Ugly stuff I am trying to keep out of my battle.
Here is what I envision my soldiers to look like
These good "soldiers" will help me in so many ways! They will help keep my mind alert and my body more able to fight off germs and more serious diseases. So every time I eat, I ask myself "how many good soldiers" are in this and how many "bad soldiers". If there are truly ugly, evil ones I try to take a pass. Again, you might not be able to avoid troubles but you don't want to lay out the welcome mat to them either!
To conclude "my lecture" it all comes down to common sense yet we often try to make this much harder than it really needs to be. Feed your body the stuff it needs to be healthy and keep moving......yes, Virginia it really can be that simple!
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Woke up this morning to see the ground covered in the white fluffy stuff and had to smile! Picture this - me still clad in my pjs standing in our bedroom door saying "come on, who has to go do their pee" and the only response I got was from my husband! So, I went to each dog and whispered in their ears and they stumbled out across our living room and out the patio door. Maddy, with his head still down, went down the steps, did his business and retraced his steps (I'm not even sure his eyes ever opened!) and fell back to sleep on his bed. Lou, at least had her head up and eyes opened saw the snow and turned back! When I insisted she go out, she grabbed a mouthful of snow, ate it, and just sat there looking at me and proceeded to get very sleepy in front of me! So it seems the sleep fairy got us all last night - I went to bed really early on the pretence of reading (ha!) and drifted off with no effort!
In my opinion there are few things as good as a good sleep! I used to struggle with sleep - the doctor gave me the equivalent of horse tranquilizers just to knock me out at times but that is another thing that Spark has blessed me with.
When I think of all the things Spark has given me I get overwhelmed with gratitude! Joining Spark was the single best thing I have ever done for myself.
- I have FREE access to all this fantastic motivational, nutritional and exercise material!
- I have made some of the best SparkFriends and joined some great teams
- I have discovered that a healthy lifestyle doesn't include the word D-I-E-T!
- I have rediscovered my love of walking
- I have learned how to read nutrition labels
- I have come to love water
- I have been able to help my depression by blogging
- I have been able to give up one of my medications
- I have become more aware of how my body works and what my body needs to function
- I have been sleeping like a baby
- I have started to change the shape of my body
- I have become a better person; yes, I think that is fair to say
So, here is another one of my zany ideas! When you are struggling to find the perfect gift this year or want something extra to tuck into a Christmas card, why not mention Spark and how much Spark has improved YOUR life. Talk about the perfect gift - one size fits all as I'm sure you would be hard pressed to find somebody in your life that couldn't do with a little Spark!
A few family members have noticed that I have been "changing" and they can't seem to quite put their finger on it so I am going to tell them my "secret". If each of us recommends Spark to just two people and one of those joins, just look at the impact WE can have on those around us.
Give the gift of Spark this Christmas season and you will have given the perfect gift!
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Yep, that would be me that I'm writing about. I did something so stupid yesterday that I am almost ashamed to tell you all about it.
First of all, I am not a typical Newfoundland woman who feels the need to scrub her house from top to bottom both in the fall and in the spring. But I did get in the mood yesterday to wash the walls in our bathroom so armed with a bucket, jug of Mr. Clean, and a ladder off I went. All was going well and I was making great progress when I decided in a moment of total stupidity to step off of the ladder and to try to stand on the narrow rim of our bathtub. So there I was straddling the bathtub and reaching to scrub above the window when my feet went out from underneath me and down into the tub I went. I landed on my back and managed to hit my head, my two knees and my two elbows. Oh, and I also managed to rip the curtain and curtain rod right off the wall.
As I lay there (basically too stunned to move) I actually said out loud to the mocking walls "well, stunned arse has done it now but at least the walls are clean". I cannot tell you all how silly I feel nor how fortunate I am. I know I am sore but I really could have broken something!
Today was supposed to be my first weight training day by myself but I decided not to go as I have a few bruises and am a bit tender. To tell you all the truth, all I wanted to do today was nap...AND not because of my sore muscles but because of my S.A.D. I used my light therapy this morning and because I knew how low I was feeling I begged my husband not to allow me to go to bed this afternoon. Instead we went to the local golf course (closed due to wet conditions...never mind the fact that it is December!) and walked 6 km with the dogs.
As I'm writing this I am sitting beside my Christmas tree which is all lit up and I have a hot cup of tea poured up to enjoy.
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