Monday, May 17, 2010
I remember the days before I found Sparkpeople, when I used to fill any spare time I had by grabbing a quick snack, not caring what that snack might be. Now, when I have "time on my hands", I pick up my knitting and the rhythmic motion of my hands and the needles calms me, takes my mind off food and fills my creative urge. Right now I'm knitting a peach colored sweater using yarn I purchased in Ireland. I'm using large needles, so it's going really fast.
When I finish it, I'll post a picture of me wearing my new sweater.
Monday, May 10, 2010
My husband and I went to a strawberry farm today and picked beautiful red ripe strawberries for $1.50 a lb. We brought home 7 lbs of strawberries, picked in about a half hour. It was great exercise, we met lots of friendly people and we now have strawberries to eat now and to freeze for strawberry jam or strawberry ice cream or just to pop in my mouth for a snack. I froze the individual strawberries on a cookie sheet and will package them in freezer bags after they're frozen. Good exercise and good nutrition all in 30 min.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I'm so glad I entered the Sparkpeople Official After Contest. Even though I didn't win, the contest motivated me to get my husband to take a picture of me now that I've reached my goal and stayed there for three years. Using that picture as my profile means that every time I look at my Sparkpage, there's a reminder of how I want to look for the rest of my life, no matter how many years that may be. I think I'll get him to print out a copy of it to post on my refrigerator, so I'll keep focussed on healthy meals and snacks that are low fat, low salt and low calorie. It'll also remind me to keep up my 30 minutes of yoga each day and even expand it to 45 min. I've found that anything that keeps me motivated, such as rereading sections of "The Spark", tracking my meals and exercise, and chatting with my teammates is definitely worth the time it takes.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
When I started Sparkpeople, I needed to lose those last ten pounds I had tried for years to take off. Ten pounds doesn't sound like much, but I was amazed at what a difference it made in my life to get rid of them for good. I wear smaller size in everything, even shoes! The lower part of my body, where all the fat was stored now matches the upper part of my body and I can wear the same size in pants and tops. I've formed so many new habits and have practiced them for three years now. I automatically weigh and measure helpings when I cook and serve meals.
I look for ways to get more exercise into my days. I never dreamed I'd be such a different person by sticking with Sparkpeople and reaching my goal and maintaining it. It just goes to show, "You're never too old to learn."
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Today I went to a presentation on stress relief and pain management. I volunteered to be a
"guinea pig" to demonstrate one technique. I was hooked up to a computer which measured my heartbeat and relaxation. I was then shown how to breathe deeply and slowly for three minutes.
It was amazing how good I felt at the end of the three minutes. What a beautiful picture came up on the screen, with lovely colors of plants and birds and a rainbow.The screen was a solid grey when I started and the more relaxed I became, the more color came into the picture. It was a vivid illustration of how this one simple technique can change the way we think and feel. The speaker advised us to practice that slow, deep breathing every time we get in a stressful situation. It calms us down and helps us to think clearly rather than reacting with fear or anger.
I resolved to practice this several times a day, even if I don't feel stressed. Try it, you'll like it!
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