Saturday, October 23, 2010
I hope you are all having a great weekend! The sun is shining here today after the thunder and lightning of yesterday. That was really weird for an October day in Newfoundland!
I bought myself an exercise DVD yesterday and I ordered one from Spark. The one I found here in Walmart is Leslie Sansome "Walk Away the Pounds For Your Week". I used it this morning much to the amusement of Maddy and Louie who did their best to distract me with their respective toys! I could almost read their minds, "look, Mommy is making a fool out of herself walking around the living room in her pj's".
Anyway, I've just realized that I can take this DVD with me this coming week when I am going to be in St. John's. As you can tell, I'm not very technological so coming to this realization was a breakthrough! Ha. I'm taking my laptop too so I can log into Spark everyday and do my best to avoid fatty restaurant food.
In case you are wonderng, I'm taking my Mom out to see a heart specialist. We have to drive about 5 hours each way and she has to stay there for a few days. I've got my fingers crossed that this is only a precautinary appointment but one never knows.
Okay, now that I've babbled on enough, could somebody tell me how to log in your exercise DVD workouts? I just put in in as 1 mile of walking in 20 minutes but I'm not sure.
Anyway, have yourselves a great weekend! I'm feeling much better thanks to everybody about my decision regarding Moto!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Hi! I've been reflecting on my exercise patterns of late and it seems I am doing mostly walking. I want to add some strength training too but I am interested in a really good exercise DVD for rainy days and for when I need a real calorie burner. Any ideas?
I did buy Leslie Sansome's Walking off the Pounds earlier today and will try that out but I'm open to any suggestions any of you might have.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
As most of you know, I am a dog lover AND a volunteer with our local humane society! Good for me, you say, but a bad combination!
I got involved with another rescue the other day in which we were finally able to get our hands on a little Yorkie who has been bred to within inches of her life. Of course I took her home with me and so far we've discovered she has terrible anxiety, infected gums, an infected eye and needs to be spayed. The vet figures she will need at least 12 teeth pulled.
Over the past few days, we've watched her transformation from a scared little bundle who hid out in our bedroom to a confidant little mI iss who gives both Maddy and Louie runs for their money. She played with a toy today for the first time and her ears are perky now. Her stubby tail has begun to wag and she loves to cuddle once she relaxes enough.
In short, I'm falling in love all over again and I don't know what to do. My husband took a lot of convincing to keep Louie but now admits it was the best thing to be done. I'm not even sure I want another dog. I mean, how do I spread my love among three dogs? I want to give them lots of one-on-one and I try to walk them 2-3 km a day, plus feedings, drives in car, etc. Then there are the vet bills! The food bills!
Oh, but how do I justify the actual cost of keeping her with how much it will mean to her to have a good life? How can I even think about giving her up? How can I think about keeping her?
If anyone has some advice, I'd really appreciate it!
Monday, October 18, 2010
I was inspired to write today's blog by one of my spark friends, Tempest272002!
I've been doing a lot of thinking lately as I'm viewing my Spark journey as a lifestyle makeover and not just one for my physical body. Like alot of you, I was never big as a child or as a teenager. In fact, I was fairly active and loved doing things outdoors. I was never one to have an exercise routine but would work off calories by shovelling snow, raking leaves, mowing lawns, walking and riding my bike.
Things started changing in my life during a major depressive episode about 20 years ago. I didn't want to do anything and thus quickly got caught up in the endless circle I've been living ever since. It started with the mindset that "I'm too depressed to exercise" but that quickly changed to "I'm too fat to exercise" . Everybody told me that I would feel better if I moved my body a bit everyday but after a few futile attempts at walking which left me sweating and tired I soon gave up.
Now, with the right medication and the right attitude I'm finally in a place mentally that I can deal with my physical issues. I now longer feel sorry for myself for being fat. I used to think, I know I'm fat but the effort to change that is simply too much for me to bother with at the moment.
The first thing for me to admit was "I'm technically obese" at 222 pounds and standing at 5.6. I could no longer enjoy a simple stroll without breaking out in sweat in places I never knew sweat before.
The second thing to admit was "this is it. There is no second change and this is not a dress rehearsal...this if my life". I always thought I'd get myself in shape one of those days but never did much about it.
The third thing for me to admit was " I am in control". I cannot blame my weight on anybody or anything. Yes, the depression doesn't help but I can't use it as an excuse. I used to say "the anti-depressants were making me fat" when I knew full well that most anti-depressants will only cause minimal weight gain in some people.
Over the summer we adopted our second dog and her energy was contagious! I did my best to persuade my husband to walk both of our dogs and sometimes I would go along and scuff my feet in an attempt to say "I tried".
This September, my husband returned to college which means he is gone from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At first, I tried to get the dogs out in the garden but I soon realized they really enjoyed their walks/runs in the woods. Before I knew it, I was taking them and would walk further and further each time. I didn't see it as exercising but rather spending time with the dogs and getting them out.
Now, about 6 weeks after joining Spark, if I don't get them out in the afternoons for a long walk, I'm the one who really misses it. I feel a sense of contentment I've never felt before and it is true...exercise does help you mentally, but only if you let it!
Although, I'm still in the moth stage of my journey, I can feel my wings developing underneath my cocoon of body fat. I'm changing one day at a time and I feel good!
Again, thanks for reading! I hope you are all having a wonderful day!
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