Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I am in my third year here, and finally had to go to another measure to help myself reach my goals. I have been on nutrisystem for nearly a month and lost over 10 lbs. so far. I exercise a lot each month, but my portions of food were way out of control and this is helping me see that eating regularly during the day and small portions keeps my blood sugar up, etc. I had to change an ingrained habit, more than one, actually. I am happy to have this tool to help me. Even got a part time job to help defray the cost and am also saving to go visit my daughter in Madrid, Spain next year for a month. She has been there since graduating from college (six years!) and when will I be able to go more comfortable and with someone who knows the ares, have a comfortable place to stay, etc. than now. I don't want that regret.
SO, life changes, and I just wasn't changing as much as I needed to. I just read in someone's post that time is going to go on anyway, so why not put time into ourselves and get healthier, stronger and fit! That is my goal, and I got a super surprise last week, I tried on a pair of pants that haven't fit forever, and they fastened fine! I have so much , culling thru my clothes to donate to the local shelters for others. Clearing out spaces and finding more peace without clutter. An ongoing journey. I am so thankful for Sparks for being there for me every day, for all the teams, and the friends I have made here, and I wanted to share hope that it may take longer for some of us than others, just keep coming back and never give up. Thanks to everyone for their encouragement, and I truly believe that each of us are able to take charge of our lives, with small steps, leading to goals that in the past seemed unreachable. Group hug!
with so much love and thanks,
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I am coming up on two years and am so into being a Spark woman right now. One of the biggest things I have had found that challenged me and does to this day is not feeling selfish about taking care of myself. I got my book and just full out gave myself permission to succeed. I go in the morning to walk 5-8 miles (in my new Sketcher Shape Ups that my mom got for me! I am 55!) I read about them on this site and they are fabulous. I am logging in my food on my tracker, try to eat clean, but do not diet, keeping a journal, whatever it takes! And I thought it already was "all about me". Nope, I put others first, and I needed to kick myself into action going into my third year with Sparks and reach my goals, instead of going up and down, not thinking things through, etc. You all know what I mean. We are all emotional eaters to some extent, but we are grown, we don't have to eat foods that don't fuel us! Stretching and weights are not an option, they are necessary every day for me. I do take a day off from the workouts, and just walk and dance, have fun, but this program works. We just have to do the work and no more excuses for me. Watch out, turning 56 in March and nothing is going to stop me from being a healthy, fit, middle aged woman!
Thursday, December 31, 2009
I was so excited to get my book! I have been here for nearly two years and not met my goal, and just reading the first three chapters it showed me why.
I will meet my goal this year, taking small streaks, setting goals, short and long term and knowing that I CAN DO THIS. I am hoping to use Sparks more and focus on specific things. If you haven't sent for this book, do so. It's a whole new start for me.
Thanks to all my pals here, new ones, old ones, soon to be ones, and to all of our success. Even if it's just walking for ten minutes, go for a streak. I will keep you updated. I am a long term person with this group.
Love and joy to all of you.
Let us all shine.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Just returned after going to Maine for my father's memorial service and stayed with ma for a few days so she wouldn't be alone. My daughter was over from Spain, which was so nice for all of us after losing dad. My son was up from DC. Too bad that's one of the only times family comes together. Very emotional, didn't have access to a computer, ate too much, did walk/etc., but not like here. Seems my weight is only up three lbs., but got to get back to work. Just feel wiped out. Life is precious and I am glad to be here.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Off to Maine for dad's memorial service. Then time off for a bit. May not be near a computer, yes, going to get a laptop this year.
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