Thursday, May 17, 2012
Had an emotional day yesterday but decided to walk it out instead of eating. I'm not sure why I was feeling so blah (well, other than the fact that it was two years yesterday that we said good-bye to our beloved Peaches who is the dog behind my Sparkname and the date of her death - she is the dog on my current background)
Peaches taught me a lot but I loved her attitude the most. She was a rescue and she was the first dog that shared my life since high school. All she wanted in life was healthy food, a lot of exercise and somebody to cuddle with. The vet used to say all that attributed to her living to be 17+ years. When asked what kind of dog she was we would often say "an afghan hound" as she loved to be wrapped up in an afghan!!! That or we would say "a SPCA special". Oh, Peaches we have a lot of memories - most of them hilarious of course. I hope you are having fun waiting for us and I hope you have somebody at your beck and call to make your "nests" for you. Woof-woof
Yesterday was also my husband's first day of work in nearly three years! The first year he took off and the year after that he went to school so really he has only been unemployed for one year. We were lucky and I felt kind of sad that he wasn't around yesterday. Weird, to feel that way I suppose but we are both over the moon that he is back in the workforce. It is only summer employment although today they told him the job would be his if he wanted to stay beyond that time. He is trying to obtain an apprenticeship in his trade so at least he will have something to do while we wait that out.
Anyway, it was a blah kind of day but like I said I walked it out. I walked for about 100 minutes and because I don't have any junk food in the house I didn't delve into my emotional eating habit either. Woo-hoo!
Oh, and I gained two pounds....but I am not worrying about that right now as I now I am doing the right things and the weight WILL COME OFF eventually. As I learned before this journey is a lot more to me than simple weight loss!
Drum roll please.....
I am really, really enjoying the Biggest Loser Challenge! I've done the 5% Challenges twice now and, although, it is a great idea, it really isn't for me. With the 5% challenges we raced to different destinations (with fitness minutes counting as air miles) but I always felt like I wasn't doing enough. Again, the problem was with how I viewed it and not with the challenge itself....'cause I really loved my fellow Teddy Bears!!!!
Since joining the BLC, I have been walking a lot and they have different challenges which I am enjoying.The weekend challenges are my favourite as they last Friday thru Monday and this week is sort of a Freggie BINGO challenge. For example, tomorrow we each have a printed off bingo-type card and we collect points for things like "trying a new green veggie", eating one serving of white freggies", "post five facts about sodium", etc.
Oh, and on today's challenge is the one I hinted about in my blog title and I think you will all love it! You grab 2 dice. The first roll is what you have to do (out of a list of 6 things) and the second roll is the duration or amount.
I just dug out the dice and John laughed because I ended up doing 50 arm curls with cans of soup, I had to do 30 core exercises, take 30 sip of water, 50 side steps, and march in place for two minutes. I liked this so much that I am going to keep the dice out and during commercials carry this out.
Here is the basic list should you want to do it (I hope the BLC doesn`t mind me sharing!)
Roll a one = arm exercises. Do as many as the second roll indicates times 5
Roll a two = core exercise. Do as many as the second roll indicates times 5
Roll a three = leg exercise. Ditto
Roll a four = Side steps with a squat (again doing the number on the die times 5)
Roll a five = March in place for the number of minutes the second die says
Roll a six = Water. Sip as many sips of water as the second die says
Must go now and get some laundry done. Talk to you all later!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
By coincidence or fate, I was notified I was accepted into the Biggest Loser Challenge on the same day I was laid off from work. The seasonal lay off is a part of my job and to tell the truth I don't really mind it although this year is is really going to be tough on us financially.
As many of you know I only work part-time and only for eight months of the year and my husband has been out of work since finishing up college last June. But the good news he found out about ten minutes ago that he has a summer job. It only pays minimum wage which is $10 (I think) but it will help us both out.
It is a local job too which means he will be home lunch time even every day and he works from 8-5 which is really good. Funny thing is he worked at this particular place as a student back in...hmmm....1985!
I'm exhausted today and for once don't think I will going for a walk. Hmmm, did I just type that? And do I feel okay about it? Well, since getting laid off I have walked every single day and it is not like I have stopped today. I have been moving around things in our house, washing laundry, pinning it outdoors, stripping beds, making supper, washing the dogs....whew...all that with a headache brewing. So, while I really would like to go for a walk I am going to be okay with missing one because it means I view my exercise as something to look forward to and not doing it out of a twistes sense of perfectionism.
Starting on Wednesday April 25 to last night May 14 is 20 days I have walked 75 km which isn't too bad at all, is it? When I am not walking I have been spending a lot of time re-organizing, spring cleaning, playing with my dogs and spending time with my friends and family.
Weigh in is tomorrow so I am hoping to lose a wee little bit or stay the same but it is that time of the month so one never knows.
Anyway, have a good night one and all!
Friday, May 11, 2012
I wonder how many of you reading this right now clicked on the link to this blog because you really don't believe in yourself and you are hoping that somebody (me!) has the answers you have been looking for.
Well, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you are Sparking but the bad news is that believing in yourself is something that for many of us is simply unattainable. But before you give up hope please continue to read.....
Believing in ourselves is core to anything we hope to do. I fully confess that I joined Spark without ever believing that I could do it. The same belief, or lack thereof, has been both a blessing and a curse.
But here I am about 18 months into my Spark journey and I am still here! So maybe deep down I am believing in myself but I don't want to be cocky about it. But what is wrong with believing in ourselves? Why are we so afraid of failing ourselves that most of us just take a lackadaisical approach to our own well being? It is not that we don't want to "Do It" we just jump from where we are now to where we want to be without looking at the many milestones in between. As Nike says "Just Do It".
So, how I am Just Doing It? I am continuing to Spark, I am accepting my latest weight gain as one of the many milestones along my journey and am not going to let the slip up define my journey. This is my life, my journey, and I WILL enjoy the journey for what it is and will not focus so much on the destination being an end.
In the past few weeks I have ramped up my walking and am finding sneaky ways to fit a few more steps into my lifestyle. Just yesterday, a friend called and said she was going to pick me up. I made sure I was ready in plenty of time and then went outside and started walking and counting my steps. I did 750 back and forth the sidewalk and it didn't feel like I was doing anything.
I also detest walking around my town as I want to be carefree and not really be watching where I am going. So, I drive to a spot where I know it is safe, quiet and I pick spots along the way to check my pace and my mileage. Besides it gets the dogs out of the house and we all get to enjoy mother nature.
When I come home I carefully log my minutes into Spark but more importantly for me I keep a log sheet of how much I have exercised. I have this posted on my fridge so I can see that each step I take is one more that says "I Believe in Myself" and I am "Doing It"
In conclusion, I have to stop thinking that there is something wrong with believing in myself. I also have to focus my energies unto celebrating each milestone I make so one day I can look back and say "once I stopped being so self-critical, my true journey was underway"
Monday, May 07, 2012
Once again, I haven't been as active on Spark as I would like to be or think I should be so I am starting to see a pattern here in my behaviour. I think I should be doing more than I am doing instead of being happy with my involvement on a whole. It is that pursuit of perfectionism that gets me every time....so time to get rid of it.
My declaration: SPARK is a tool - how I use it is up to me . Nobody is grading us or keeping tabs on how active we are, how many SparkFriends we have, or how we use Spark. I think that is what makes SparkPeople so unique from other programs.
Anyway, I digress from my progress. I took my measurements yesterday...and it was painful! I have always known that I don't have a shape (well, I guess rectangular is a shape) but I am just the same measurement from top to bottom....48 bust, 48 waist and 48 hips. Add two legs and two arms and a head and I could be a character off of Sesame Street!
But I love myself - there I said it! I love that I have a boyish figure - well, it is boyish buried under all of those inches. But they will come off and I am still me underneath.
To get those inches off I have been walking, walking and walking. Did I mention walking? Every night we take the dogs and head across the river into the never ending forest and walk the many roads. Here is where it gets comical...and yes, you know with me it has to be comical.
I am typically dressed in yoga pants that are too short, dark socks, my Merrill hikers, some hand me down jacket, another jacket on top, a wool hat pulled down over my eyes (well, my husband says it is pulled down that far), mittens and the piece de resistance ....... carrying a GPS, and a long handled pickeroon.
Okay, for those that don't have spouses that worked in the pulp industry, a pickeroon is a long axe like tool with an extremely pointed end for "picking" at jammed wood, etc....but I use it for a) deterrent against moose, bears, and more importantly humans because there isn't anybody crazy enough out there to attack a woman clad in such attire and armed with such a tool!!!! But the other reason (which is actually the real reason) that I carry such a thing is to pick cans and bottles out of the ditch which we recycle and give the money to our animal rescue program. It sure adds up and I am ashamed by the amount of stuff we have picked up. We have such beautiful forests and yet the people who use these roads think nothing of tossing their beer cans and bottles into the ditches. I guess it does give us some exercise and it raises a bit of money but still....people are pigs which is an insult to pigs everywhere!
Since my lay off on April 25th I have walked 58 km which is 58 more km than I would have done if I stayed on my bum! Not doing so great with the eating - although I have only had one meal of junk food - KFC and had no chips or chocolate. Still finding it very hard to get my calories in each day.
So, boys and girls that is where I am. Satisfied with my exercise, dressing like a redneck fashionista, and enjoying my time off with my dogs and John.
I love you all!
Sunday, April 29, 2012
As I said in an earlier blog, I joined the Biggest Loser Challenge when it started on Wednesday, April 25th and I have been doing okay with it. Actually better than okay as I have walked every day ( ), am tracking my food , am playing with my doggies and and am spending a lot of time with my dear husband and my good friend Judy.
I am sleeping better now as well and plan to start aquafit this week - all part of my mission to knock depression to the curb where I hope it will be totally thrashed by the garbage compactor!!!!
But seriously, I do hope that the small changes I am making do help me mentally as well as physically. Yes, I know I will always have some sort of depression BUT a healthy body will surely help, right?
Today, the weather was pretty typical for Newfoundland in Spring. It was sunny, very chilly and we did have some snowflakes floating by. Mind you, that didn't stop us from walking nor did it stop Louisa from jumping into the river to swim. Brrrr.....
I am planning a pretty quiet night at home with my posse (John, Maddy and Louisa) and am hoping my day in the fresh air lulls me to sleep like a baby!
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