Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Well, look out SparkWorld as CHLOE453 (Kelly) and I (Susan) have decided to join forces and be each other's supportive cheerleader. Although thousands of miles are between us, we are vowing to touch base as often as possible throughout the day either through Spark or regular e-mail.
Because we all face different challenges, she has told me what she is going to focus on this first week and I have done the same. My first goals are short and sweet. Drink 8 glasses of water each day, exercise for at least 10 minutes a day, and to eat a healthy breakfast.
The first two are achieveable (or at least I think they are!) but the last one is the one I have difficulty with. I used to eat a Tim Hortons Wheat and Honey bagel with peanut butter every morning....costly in so many ways...nutritionally and financially. Then I switched to a McDonald's orange cranberry muffin...I'm afraid to even look up the nutritional values of that. So, breakfast will be my battle right now.
Today, I had ate a bowl of President's Choice Blue Menu (Canadian brand) Multi-grain Os. Here is the comparison side by side of the nutritional content (I got uo enough nerve to look it up). The muffin is first and the cereal second
Calories 360 vs. 110
Fat 8 vs. 0.4
Saturated Fat 1 vs. 0
Cholessterol Both 0
Sodium 330 vs. 120
Carbohydrate 66 vs. 25
Fibre 2 vs. 7
Protein 6 vs. 2
And, to the cereal I added a cup of skim milk so I did a lot better with that than I did the muffin. Need to add some fruit and some nuts tomorrow to make it more filling.
If you are reading this would you do me a favour? Would you drop by CHLOE453's page and wish her well and tell her that I sent you. She will be thrilled with the support.
We are going to do this...one little supportive comment, one little daily adjustment at a time. YEAH!!!!
P.S. I did well on the other two goals as well. I walked 2.75 km with the dogs this afternoon and have my 8 glasses of water drank!
Monday, July 30, 2012
Secretly, I think my dogs are kind of relieved they were not born to us.......adoption made it all the more happier!
Monday, July 23, 2012
Along the many side paths of my Spark journey I have stopped loving myself. Dang it, I`ve even stopped liking myself and that is just awful. I think, deep down inside, I view my ``steps off the beaten pathway`` to be quite the negative thing as opposed to what they really are and that is ``taking the road less travelled``.
I mean, really, would I really want to just go from Point A to Point B without seeing all of the far more interesting places along the way (where is my flippin` question mark gone) Yes, in two years of Spark (eek!|) I have seen many sides of myself that I had thought were long gone. I felt the pride of joining a gym and for going to it, I felt the pride of walking all of those kilometres, I felt the pride of making choices and for seeing how they made me feel.
So, did I really stop loving myself (again, that blasted question mark has disappeared!) I prefer to think that I am taking some unexpected side trips with unplanned detours. I know I will get back to the beaten path but right now I am still experimenting with establishing small changes that I can carry with me and not burden me down.
And, one of these days when I reach my weight loss goal I will be able to look back and say `this journey was about so much more than weigh loss for me` and I just as proud of reaching my destination as I am of the many sidetrips I took along the way!
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