Monday, August 06, 2012
I admit I have become despondent in the past when certain SparkFriends of mine have a) stopped posting, b) removed me as a friend, and c) deleted their Spark accounts all together.
We all know how busy and hectic our own lives get at times so why do we suspect that our SparkFriends are no different? Our priorities change and we really have to stop blaming our lack of success on lack of support by virtual friends who we may never actually meet.
I'm guilty as charged with regards to that last statement and I will be the first one to admit that I kinda (ok, a whole lot of) secretly played the blame game. You know, where you go, well, I posted a blog and so and so didn't respond so I'm just a complete failure. Or is that my low self-esteem talking?
Maybe the friends you don't hear from just need some support right now or they might even need a Spark break. I have about ten or fifteen core friends who have stood by me in good times and in bad. Sometimes I feel so guilty when I read that they have commented on a blog and it has been ages since I was in touch with them. As much as I appreciate their contact, maybe I am not at that point right now where I can contact them back and they are fine with that. Now, that is what I call true friendship.
So here is a bouquet of flowers for my core friends and I think you know who you are!!!
I have other friends, who I would love to hear from more often but that is just the way life is. It doesn't mean that I don't think of them or wish them 100% success. I am not mean....I might be many things but I hope I am not mean!
Because this is MY journey I am focusing on what works for me. I might not be running marathons (although I would love to run one day!), I might not spend endless hours at the gym (I have to get back to some basic ST), and my nutritional intake might not be where some of you are.....but this is about ME.
I have to applaud each step I make in the right direction and forget all those where I slipped and tripped.
Today's goals- drink my water (done)
deep condition my hair (in the process....I'm such the fright to look at now with a shower cap on)
I ate a really healthy lunch
I have supper planned out
I am Sparking
I am taking the dogs out for a hike tonight (we walked 5km last night)
And, I lost two pounds since last week
So, remember this is YOUR journey. Nobody can do it for us (unfortunately!) and if they could I would be a skimpy size 6 now instead of a skimpy sized 20! ha! I applaud each of you on the steps that you are making on your own journey....and hey, I might even get in touch. I am so bad with that right now!
Hugs to you all. I want each of you who reads this to smile brightly and know that somewhere I am thinking about you!
Sunday, August 05, 2012
Yet another letter to you, my friend, to help you realize that you are worth the effort of making little changes to your lifestyle. In the end, it will all be so worthwhile. But, in reality, there is no "end", for a healthy lifestyle has to be, just that, a lifestyle.
Right now, you are concentrating on what you are doing wrong. Yes, you weigh more than you ever have before but you've also gained the knowledge on what you have to do to change that. You've been eating like a piggy and you know that if you continue this you will end up with a four-axe handle width arse and that look is so last year!
So, what have you done today that is good? Well, you made the oatmeal mix that was featured in the SparkPeople cookbook. Didn't you feel healthier just by making it? If you eat a bowl of that each morning you will be off to a good start. You also have a healthy supper planned out and have drank your water. Tonight you will go for a walk with the dogs and then you will go to bed happy, that for today, you made good choices.
Tomorrow can be a great day as well - it all comes down to how you plan and deal with it. Yes, you are having your first weigh in and you know it isn't going to be a good one but that one step is getting you closer to your goals.
I love you chickie!
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!
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