Sunday, June 29, 2014
Recently I was changing my shoes after a Jazzercise class and one of my fellow Jazzercisers
came up and said to me, "You are my inspiration. Would you mind if I took a picture of you?" I was overwhelmed and just gasped, "OK". I remember way back when I weighed 150 many years ago, I would not in my wildest dreams have imagined that anyone would want to use my chubby body as an example. Very gradually, by changing my lifestyle from "couch potato" to "Sparker" and Jazzerciser, I've gotten to my goal of 110 and stayed there for so long that I can almost forget I ever was as overweight as I was. But I never want to look like I once did, so I keep on logging on to Sparkpeople every day and keeping track of my food,exercise, and sleep and I weigh faithfully once a week. It has gotten to be an ingrained habit with me now and I'm so glad I found both Sparkpeople and Jazzercise! You can be someone's inspiration, too, if you just hang in there and "keep you eyes on the prize."
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
I have 4 daughters, 6 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter and 1 great grandson on the way.
This past weekend we've had a joyous family reunion to which our 4 daughters from across the country ( California, Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky) and 3 granddaughters (California, Texas and Oklahoma) came to our retirement community here in Kentucky. We had 4 wonderful days together and the climax was a big family dinner here in our two-bedroom patio home. My husband made homemade noodles and cooked a delicious roast and I made salad, green beans and a chocolate cake. It was wonderful cooking for 10 instead of for two. What made me so pleased was how health-conscious they all were. When I asked what they'd like to drink most said "water". Then they really went for the vegetables and salad and ate just small portions of the meat. Of course, their Dad's homemade noodles stole the show and they had to go back for seconds on them, because they are a rare family tradition. God has blessed us so much with a healthy, happy family and we are so grateful for
the love, joy, laughter and memories shared this weekend.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
I've got a new artificial tooth now that feels just like the old "real" one and I'm back to enjoying the fresh fruits and vegetables I hesitated to eat when I had a 'hole' in my mouth. I just got back from a women's retreat with my church and was so pleased when I got home to find I haven't gained an ounce, even though I was eating at restaurants the whole weekend and had lots of tempting snacks set before me between meals. I remembered all I've learned on Sparkpeople.
I made myself little snackpacks of nuts and dried cranberries in case of a "sinking feeling" and shared them with companions when we found ourselves stuck on the interstate coming home.
I also used my "free time" on Saturday afternoon to go on a short hike with three companions to the Smoky Mountains. It was a beautiful day and I'm sure I used more calories that way than if I'd stayed in the motel and taken a nap. All in all it was a wonderful, refreshing, inspiring weekend and I'm very grateful I had the opportunity to go.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Recently I had to have a tooth pulled. For the first 24 hours I lived on liquids and soft foods. Then
I stayed away from raw vegetables and fruits, especially the ones with seeds or strings such as strawberries or celery. I didn't want to get things caught in that "Grand Canyon" in my mouth.
It will be a while before I get a replacement for that missing tooth, so I'm just chewing on one side of my mouth and I'm finding it takes me much longer to eat a meal and I'm enjoying it less.
I'm trying to look on the bright side and tell myself that it's probably a good thing not to be tempted by things like candy and nuts that could get stuck in that hole in my mouth. Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised next time I step on the scale. I weigh only once a week, so I'll keep you posted on my progress.
Monday, January 20, 2014
My husband says if I ever drank an alcoholic drink, I'd become addicted, so I don't drink. But I have become addicted to exercise since I've discovered how good it makes me feel and I really
miss it when circumstances, like bad weather prevent me from getting my usual daily walk or snow causes Jazzercise to be cancelled. So, today was a beautiful day, so I took full advantage of it. I started the day with 30 minutes of yoga, then 60 minutes of Jazzercise, then my husband and I took a nice walk around our neighborhood. I feel like a million dollars now. However, the weather forecast says its going to be very cold the rest of the week and we'll possibly have some snow. Therefore, I'm planning ahead to get my "fix" of exercise. I can still start the day with yoga. Then I'll walk over to our community center, where they have machines that exercise your arms and legs. Then I'll do a new exercise DVD my daughter sent me for Christmas. Hopefully, I feel just as good during the bad weather as I do now. Wish me luck!
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