Wednesday, March 17, 2010
MY GREATEST BIRTHDAY GIFT
Today's my birthday! I came into the world on St. Patrick's Day , a tiny, 3 lb .premature twin. I was so small my father could hold me in the palm of his hand.
Thanks to my Heavenly Father, my parents, my husband and my four daughters, I'm still here at the ripe old age of 79.
Thanks to Sparkpeople, Jazzercise, and yoga, and my family, I don't feel old at all. Since my oldest daughter told me about Sparkpeople three years ago, I've lost for good the ten pounds I never thought I'd be rid of and I've learned a whole new attitude toward food, exercise and setting goals and reaching them. My second daughter introduced me to yoga, my third daughter sends me low-calorie recipes on e-mail and my fourth daughter introduced me to Jazzercise. My husband encourages me and teams up with me to read labels, shop wisely and cook delicious meals low in fat, salt, sugar and calories.
Through the years, I've tried many diet plans. Back in the 60s I even lived on 900 calories a day and lost 40 pounds However, the pounds kept creeping back on because I couldn't live on that restricted diet the rest of my life. I have a whole shelf of diet books which I'm replacing with just one book, The Spark.
Sparkpeople has motivated me to form a new set of habits I can stick to from now on. They are:
*Drinking 8 glasses of water a day
*Logging on to Sparkpeople and recording my food and exercise
*Getting up early to do yoga before breakfast each morning
*Eating 3 nutritious meals + 2 snacks, staying within my 1200-1550 calories
*Jazzercising 3 days a week
*Walking outdoors 3 days a week
*Limiting salt to bring my blood pressure down from 145/81 to 118/70
*Sharing with my friends and family the excitement of setting new goals and learning new things.
I'm entering my photo in the Sparkpeople Official After Contest to show my greatest birthday present -- a healthy, fit body, mind and spirit -- thanks to the support and encouragement of many people.