Saturday, October 20, 2012
Hi Sparkies! It's been two months since I posted a blog. *hanging head in shame*. It is gorgeous in north central PA right now. Unbelievable colors of fall. I'm so thankful for the beauty where we live. The fog in the mountain valleys, with flaming orange and red all around. . .purple hills in the distance. . . just lovely. DH and I went hiking last weekend at World's End State Park. So much natural beauty I just want to hold on to it forever.
Well gotta tell you I am still reading and sparking; just crazy busy now that teaching has started. No good excuses. . .hugs to you all. I'm teaching 16 credits of Spanish, taking 4 credits of advanced French, and staying on track with exercise (2000-2500 calories burned a week). I am biking maybe 25 miles a week and swimming at least 4000 meters (80 laps twice a week). Yes I finally got up my nerve to go to the college pool. . . it's so nice. . .had to get over the random student of mine seeing me in a swimsuit. . .I take off my glasses, put on a swim cap and goggles, and then since I can't see them I'm good!) I am also walking the dog a few miles a week (not too many) and doing an occasional Spark DVD workout with my BFF Coach Nicole. So there's my little accountability check. I'm loving the exercise and the fitness that comes with it. It's truly a new life for me.
The diet? Well hmm. I knew I would have trouble when school started. I need to cut back a it; I haven't lost more than 2 lbs in 2 months, but as I'm within normal range and want to lose slowly I'm kinda OK with that. 145 would be awesome. . .but that's still 12 lbs away. Seems harder now! At least I'm not gaining. It's hard to believe that last Jan 1 I was . . . gulp. . . almost 40 lbs heavier. Yay Sparkpeople! Thank you Lord! I think I may have to track my food and exercise forever to keep on track.
Time to grade Spanish paragraphs (bleh) and then make Pernil (mmmm!) for a big dinner tomorrow after church for 10 well-loved visiting family members. Well, 2 sons, a DIL, a girlfriend, my DDIL's parents and brother and his girlfriend, hubby and me--oh--and my beautiful unborn granddaughter, who has 4 weeks to go! All are camping at Worlds End State Park or visiting on college break :) :).
Besos y abrazos a todos!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Almost the semester. . . I'm at work on and off this week; first day of classes is next Monday. My little caboose (well, he's 21) comes home for a week between his summer job cleaning dorm rooms (poetic justice!) and his semester start. When the semester begins, of course the garden harvest needs serious attention! Our apples and concord grapes are ripe. Sauce? Pie? Jelly? Juice? Wine? I love good apples. We also have rutabagas. . . but most of our other crops are a bust due to rodents and bad rainfall. Oh well there are always farm stands!
DH and I are hoping to get another big bike ride in before the semester begins. We have a 34 mile leg (round trip) to do to finish the upper section of the Pine Creek Rail Trail (Rattlesnake Rock to Darling Run, near Wellsboro). We are planning for Saturday. It takes about an hour+ to drive to our starting point, so it's a commitment. One of the most beautiful places ever, though, I think. Canyon walls, a river-carved gorge, lush greenery. Rattlesnakes, apparently. If you are near north central PA, you should try it! There's also canoeing and kayaking when the water level permits.
So I am loving biking and loving this new life of fitness. I think I will have much more energy with my classes this semester. I'll probably take an advanced French class in addition to teaching my Spanish overload. . .yeah, we'll see. Sparking and taking care of yourself takes time! One of my colleagues and I have decided to go to the college gym together once a week--yay! I am intimidated by gyms, as they are full of students who look like they know what they are doing, and I certainly don't. But if I have a friend to go with me--big yay!
Sparkies, I would just like to say keep up all the great work! This is a new life and it is wonderful. We will not go back. I'm reading about maintenance and realizing that is going to be a challenge (not quite there yet but preparing for it). But we can do this, with God's help. Love and hugs to all of you.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Woke up at 2:30 AM and couldn't sleep the rest of the night. . .don't know why, except I wasn't in my own bed, but it got me real tired. So. . . after attending my niece's bridal shower today and driving the 3 hours home, I felt exhausted and shaky. My solution. . . chocolate. Lots of it. And salted almonds. Haven't messed up like this YET since I started sparkpeople. Well I am determined to chalk it up to overtiredness and not be defeated--back on the right path tomorrow! DH and I are biking tomorrow to celebrate both of our last day of vacation (Pine Creek Rail Trail in the PA Grand Canyon area). I will not gain this weight back. I will not. I am keeping on; it is doable and a new life.
Best to y'all!
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The summer is winding down and the school year starts next week, so I am trying to get some good biking in. Beautiful paths: the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail in Lewisburg PA (18 miles)--did it today. Gorgeous farmland and a very picturesque town. Susquehanna River Rail Trail in Williamsport (18 miles)--another beauty. Pine Creek Rail Trail in the Endless Mountains area of north central PA is long and lovely--we do around 20 miles when we go. I also do a lovely 12.5 hilly loop in the countryside near my house.
On vacation in the Poconos last week my hubby and I did two bike rides, one 25 miles and one 17 miles, on the Lehigh Gorge Trail, which runs from Jim Thorpe up past White Haven on the Lehigh River. Unbelievably beautiful. We also rode quite a bit around our cabin and lake. I also swam across the lake and back several times a day with my sisters, so from 1/3 of a mile to 1 1/3 miles swimming a day. Add family walks, campfires, talking, noodling around with the kids, nieces, and nephews, and delicious food for a perfect week. I brought 100 ears of farmstand corn, which all got eaten! Such a great family reunion!
I pretty much ate whatever, without tracking, and still lost a pound. Yay! Must've been all the exercise, plus I have learned moderation, thanks to Sparkpeople.
I like to think my body is thirty but alas it is not. Biking 20 miles feels GREAT at the time, but I I am pretty tired all the rest of the day. Recovery time is much slower than when I was younger. Will this get better? Anyone know?
A little problem: school starts next week (I teach college) and my clothes do not fit. No, really. I have lost 35 lbs. I'm not ready to buy a new wardrobe as I still want to lose 18-20 lbs more. Guess I better look for a good consignment shop. The Salvation Army just isn't cutting it for professional wear.
So, Sparkies, have a great week. I am so thankful for this big CHANGE in me. I just hope I can keep the pounds off. I think I read somewhere that if you can keep the weight off for 3 years you have it licked. Woo hoo!
Thursday, August 02, 2012
So I am SO excited! Today I weighed in at 162.8, which means for my height (over 5'8") I am at the high end of a healthy BMI! 24.7 !! This is not something that I EVER dreamed possible; I was edging into the obese category a few months ago.
My first big goal was to be within a healthy BMI range by my 31st anniversary, on Aug 8. And I made it! OK, OK, i know I am always a couple of lbs more at the doctor's, because at home I weigh myself wearing nothing, first thing in the morning. But I don't care! I am going to get down to the middle of healthy normal, about 20 more lbs. I know it will come off more slowly when school starts, and I can't devote massive amounts of time to exercise, but I think it will come off. I will stick to the nutrition plan, and get in at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.
Next goal: get off my cholesterol meds. Dr's visit is Sept 6 and he better let me try. I have made radical lifestyle changes and am tired of the brain fog and other possible side effects. If I can lose 5 more lbs by then I don't see why he wouldn't let me try.
Final goal: my wedding weight (which I maintained until after my third baby) of 140-145 by Jan 1, 2013. That'll keep me focused during the holidays!
I have never really been that athletic, but have learned to love it. Now I WANT to do it! I think running is out, maybe forever, which is a bummer, but my foot just has too many orthopedic issues. At least I am back to walking and can do the cardio jumps with Coach Nicole OK. I adore biking and swimming. I am biking maybe 40 miles a week right now, hills too.
So: I know this is long, but I have to say thanks: Thank you God for giving me generally good health and the strength to do this, because "in Him we live and move and have our being." Thank you God for directing me to the Sparkpeople program. Thank you Sparkpeople and Sparkguy for starting the website. I never knew it existed until a few months ago. I could not have done it without the food tracker and fitness program. I have learned that it really IS about the calories. I thought I knew what I should do; boy was I wrong. I have learned a TON. Knowledge is power. Thank you Coach Nicole because you are AWESOME and the only fitness instructor I could ever follow. SO encouraging and kind, and not annoying like most. Finally thank you sparkfriends for cheering me on--you know who you are! You are a HUGE encouragement to me! Couldn't do it without you, and I'd love to meet someday!
OK, I'm not totally there yet. But this is a new lifestyle for me and I'm loving it! I'll be a Sparklifer!
Please excuse the celebratory navel gazing. :) *little happy dance*
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