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!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I had enjoyed a real "streak" of getting up early to do 1/2 hour of yoga each morning before breakfast until this week. A bad case of bronchitis has laid me low. I can't exert myself at all without starting a coughing fit, so I'm doing what the doctor ordered. He prescribed plenty of rest, plenty of liquid, an antibiotic and cough medicine. I've been going to bed earlier and getting up later, taking several naps during the day and drinking lots of water, orange juice and hot tea.
I'm already seeing results. I'm not coughing as much and am slowly regaining my strength. I surely hope to be back to my usual exercise routine, including yoga, Jazzercise and walking by the end of this week. Logging on to Sparkpeople each day keeps me aware of the things I can do (8 glasses of water, 8 hrs. of sleep, healthy diet) instead of the things I can't do (exercise).
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.
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