Monday, September 06, 2010
Some people look at me at times and shake their head, and ask why I do this. Why do I continue to work out and continue to experience tendinitis? Why do I eat rabbit food all the time? Why do I never sit still when I watch TV? What's with the supplements?
Sometimes I answer. Sometimes I shrug it off because I get tired of talking to a wall. Then there are times, like holiday weekends, when I take a deep breath and answer.
This is a record player (hi-fi stereo) at my parents' house. When I was little, I would gather the records I wanted to hear, and someone would load them for me and start it. I would always ask them to pick me up at least once so I could watch the arm move and the record drop onto the turntable (I wonder how many of you are reading this and remember these things!).
Yesterday, I visited family about an hour away. When I looked at what is now just a piece of furniture I realized that several of the people that used to pick me up to look at it are no longer with us. I took this picture so I could remember them, and why I do this.
I have lost count of how many loved ones I have lost that might have lived longer, or might even still be here today, had they led healthier lives. Less salt, less sugar and any exercise at all could have made all the difference in the world.
While I still struggle with my past in the form of my sometimes See Food Diet (see food, eat it) and attempt to head off comments such as "Is THAT all you're eating???!", I gazed at my remaining family members and this beautiful old record player and realized how far I have come from the shy, chubby little girl who used to sit in that very room.
I love the Spark People community because there are so many of us changing our lives. I cannot imagine how many of you, like me, come from families that consider it rude not to eat when food is offered. You are the smallest of your siblings, and often ridiculed for it. People keep telling you to sit down, despite the fact you have been sitting in a vehicle for hours and the last place you want to be is on your butt.
My past does not have to be my present. My family medical history does not have to be my future. And my Spark friends may not be around the corner, but they're at my fingertips sharing experiences any hour of the day or night. You all make me smile. Sometimes I make you smile.
And that is why I do this.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
A lot of you have written blogs about September goals. Now sure why September prompted this, but there have been quite a few.
I was bummed at first because its close to yet another date by which I thought I would be at my goal weight. But as I read the blogs, I thought why not. The only way to fail at this is to stop trying, right? If at first you don't succeed....
When I read through past blogs and reviewed my results, I noticed the summer has not been a total loss. Here's why:
1. My best weight was only 8 pounds from where I want to be. The magic number is just within reach....
2. My waistline is a few inches smaller (always a good thing!) and my biceps are noticeable now. They just appeared out of nowhere one day. Cool!
3. Started a new workout that I love - Turbo Fire! There are no words to describe Turbo Fire. If you've seen Turbo Jam, speed it up A LOT and you've got Turbo Fire! Intense moves to old school music for those of us that have two left feet. OK, I'm sure it's more for people that prefer the convenience of working out at home vs driving to a gym, but I am thankful no one can see me when I cardio, let me tell ya!
But I digress.
MsEverlast, Pagona and Thirdxacharm, I thank you putting in writing your commitments for the month of September. I raise my glass of protein shake to you!
My goal is to lose 1 pound per week each week this month. No excuses. Yes, I travel for work. No, I am the only person in the house doing this, so except for you guys I am going it alone. My co-workers go out for lunch almost every day - and NOT to run. And if one more person tells me I look fine for "my age" well... let's not go there.
One pound/week may sound ultra conservative to some of you, but there are a lot of larger obstacles to overcome to get there. The lack of support and unhealthy surroundings for starters! But no excuses. I'm sure I'm not the first person to tackle such monsters.
With football season around the corner it's time to strap on my helmet, tie my cleats and run onto the field of fitness!!!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
OK, I need your help.
I think I am one of only 5 people on the planet who uses a computer but does not use Facebook. Maybe it's because I've never used it, but what's the big deal? Let's see:
- I can communicate with people about all my interests, whereas, SparkPeople focuses on health and fitness. But obviously we blog about whatever is on our minds (like whether or not to open a Facebook account!).
- People use Facebook to look up long lost friends. Maybe it's me, but there is usually a reason you lost touch in the first place. After the initial "Oh wow" factor you often run out of things to talk about.
- Networking opportunities? Again, is it really better than what we have here?
I figure I'm missing something, so I want to ask your opinion. I barely keep up with emails and your Friend Feeds now. Another website to login to and read? I mean really???
Saturday, August 21, 2010
There are times when I feel like a race car. I move fast, look sleek, everyone is looking at me but few can catch me. I am that good. But am I noticing what is around me at this speed?
Sometimes, I am a minivan. I carry other's load, helping them, taking care of them, and getting them through life's winding roads. It is better to give than to receive - as long as I don't lose myself in it.
Sometimes, I am an SUV. I have the ability to climb over or charge through almost any obstacle. I am unstoppable. It's an awesome feeling to tower over everything...until I reach the top and realize I am alone.
Even when I attempt to pass myself off as a crossover, which is marketed as a combination of the best traits of a sedan, minivan and SUV, I end up with the opposite - missing the advantages of all three. Not as agile as the car, not as capable much room as the minivan and not as capable as the SUV!
I have found that the best option is to transform into the vehicle that is needed at the moment. When I need to move fast, be a sports car. When I need to overcome something, be an SUV. When I want to multi-task try to be a crossover. The key is nothing when to be what.
So what kind of car are you today? Are you the right vehicle for the moment? If not, invest in a multi-car garage.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Anyone who is "going it alone" in their household can probably relate to this story.
I had a tooth pulled yesterday. In preparation, I switched my morning Shakeology shake to dinner, and made sure I had yogurt on hand. Although they said I can eat on the other side of my mouth I figured soft foods and liquids would be easier.
Anyway, dear hubby called several times from work to check up on me. Yes, very sweet. Before he left, he offered to stop at a convenience store to get me something. I didn't want to put him through any trouble, but he said he needed milk anyone, so I asked for milk also (he prefers whole; I use no more than 2%).
He then said I should eat something - meaning solid. No thanks, not hungry. I have to eat something. I finally give in to a yogurt parfait.
Unfortunately, he went to a different convenience store that doesn't sell parfaits. Rather than come home empty handed, he gets a small container of mixed berries, a chocolate glazed donut, a banana walnut muffin and a blueberry muffin. He didn't know what I wanted so just grabbed things that were soft.
Now, I'm trying to be gracious about this, but he noticed I didn't eat any of it. I reminded him I wasn't hungry (it was 11:15pm), and would eat the fruit today.
What about the other stuff?
I don't normally eat pastries.
Don't you like donuts? I know you like muffins.
Yes, but I'm on a roll now with my weight loss, and don't want to get off track.
That's why I got the muffins. Muffins are fine.
(softly) Well, not really. You'd be surprised what's lurking in baked goods.
To make a long story short I pinched off a little bit of the chocolate glazed donut, and he ate the rest. The muffins are still staring at me. So is the fruit, but I'll make good use of that. I just looked up the muffins on the Wawa website and they have 640 and 610 calories, 34 and 30 grams of fat!!!!!
I'm hoping he takes at least one muffin to work with him today. I know he means well, and he's so disappointed when I'm not happy when he tries to do nice things for me. I keep asking him to refrain from buying food but sometimes he just can't help himself, and I don't want to hurt his feelings. But I don't want to eat a frikkin 640 calorie muffin either!!!
It all comes down to he thinks my goal of getting to a flat tummy at 47 is unreasonable. I'm fine for "my age". Don't get me started on that! I know otherwise and just avoid the topic whenever possible.
After all, I know he means well.
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