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Climbed that "hump" again .......

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Did OK with eating - with one notable exception..........decided to try one special sweet treat (ice cream brick with dark chocolate)........I figure I'll continue to push the workouts the next day or so, and I don't anticipate significant eating challenges before Saturday.............one thing I *did* notice, though - somehow, it didn't really taste as spectacular as I would have perceived it to be before I started this journey again.........I suspect my general choices of low-fat yogurt as "dessert-type" snacks have had their impact on my palate.........

And you know something? I'm OK with that! It actually feels liberating to not have chocolates or sweet treats bind me or hold me back.........yahoo!

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Enjnoyed the free evening (due to meeting cancellation)..........since I prepared ahead of time, there's less for me to deal with next month - yahoo again!

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Am still feeling a bit unsettled in general, attitude-wise.........there are a few reasons for this, and I suspect I'll have to deal with this for some time - while I HATE the term "new normal", this almost sounds appropriate to use - I'm not happy about these kinds of changes I'm facing - this could impact my continued progress on the health journey........will need to cross the ol' fingers on this, I guess.......

(There should be a "crossed fingers" emoticon, and I'd put one here if there was - SP folks, are ya hearing this?)

And now, a special note: One thing I have done from time to time to try to clear my perspective in things (and life in general) is view a recent DailySpark video; I'm not one to recommend things so strongly, but this is a very significant exception - it's called "An Inspiring, Simple Life Told 140 Characters At A Time". It's so poignant and sad, but at the same time very, *very* enlightening (with a bit of humor added to the mix as well) . Watching this has always provided me with helpful "food for thought" each time; I can only hope that my own life may serve as such an inspiration to at least one other person when my time comes........Rest in peace, Amanda....... emoticon

I hope you all have a great Thursday!

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GORDON66 7/10/2014 8:28AM

  I'm glad your day was great!!!

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LEANJEAN6 7/10/2014 8:13AM

    doin' good girl!-Lynda

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EDLEAR 7/10/2014 7:14AM

    Congrats on the ice cream treat not being such a treat as it might have been in the past ! (And I never thought that I would say that to anyone, ever!)
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MAVERICKDR 7/10/2014 7:00AM

    Celebrating your success with you.
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Wednesday again........

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I'm both relieved (event cancelled - and I'm good with that), and also irritated (sigh........once again, saw evidence of *FOOD SABOTAGE BY FAMILY MEMBER*!!!!!).........WT_?

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Am still plugging right along - passed up snacks at a meeting last night.........now I need to deal with a particular item that stared me down last night (no, I did *not* indulge).........

Enjoy your "hump day", Sparkies!

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/9/2014 3:04PM

    you have awesome motivation emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/9/2014 8:35AM

    Good restraint. Good for you!

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GORDON66 7/9/2014 8:21AM

  Stay strong my friend! emoticon

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AAAGGGHHHH! :( :( :(

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

MORE, yes, MORE hassles wrt the PM gig (this time it's "time management", a concern of mine for many years).......I REALLY gotta get the $#!@@ outta there! This situation will now impact commuting home and cause me to curtail any evening activities (yes, that volunteer gig may have to fall by the wayside) !

You see, I'm a *HUGE* believer in controlling stress by any means necessary and in any area of life where control can be had..........I DESPISE having to "cut things close", time-wise, to get from one place to another........on several occasions unfortunate traffic or other situations have caused me to go very, VERY far out of my way to get home or to other destinations (the last situation occurred on Thursday -yep - that's right.......JUST BEFORE THE $#!@# HOLIDAY!) ..... needless to say, by the time I got home didn't want to do ANYTHING (cook, mild housework, *speak to people*, ANYTHING)........I am NOT willing to compromise my goals or beliefs by over-extending myself to my detriment, while corporate America benefits - why the $#!@#, as an example, should I rush to an after-work event and not have the energy to attend due to commuting stress????????

NO!
NO!
NO!

E N O U G H !

Soooooo - the big question here: is this how much extra stuff should I quit? Obviously, the paid gigs cannot be sacrificed.........

Sigh....I'll miss those visits with the kitties (for a short time).........

I HATE it when the fates step in and try to force me to resume my couch potato ways, but I fear that this may be necessary now, and going forward.....I may just have to accept this "free clue".......

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Oh - and one last thing: the NEXT person who says "you should be happy you have a job" NEEDS TO RUN FOR THE PROVERBIAL HILLS! That kind of talk is actually saying that you should SETTLE for C**P and accept that things will NOT get better! This country (and world, too, I guess) does NOT need to hear that kind of talk!

  
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SHANKEYDOO 7/8/2014 11:26AM

    Where there is a will, there is a way! I know you'll get this figured out. One thing that has helped me in a situation similar to yours was to sit down with a pad and paper, write out all of my obligations, volunteer duties, family time, friend time, etc. After it was all out of my head and on paper, I began placing the items in order of priority. I made sure to write down the approximate time it would take for each "event", and then from there, created a schedule that I could SEE. This allowed me to keep my life in "check", and to make sure I wasn't overloading myself.

It worked for me, but everyone is different. Maybe give it a try if it sounds like it might help?

I hope things settle down for you.
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SLIMMERJESSE 7/8/2014 9:14AM

    You don't have to give up things forever. Just temporarily. I know it's a bummer.

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GORDON66 7/8/2014 8:31AM

  Commuting can be difficult, and it doesn't matter if you're in your car or taking public transportation. I'm sorry you're having so many issues.

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Sunday......

Monday, July 07, 2014

Got through the unpleasantries as best I could - there will be a *LOT* of ongoing work to be done wrt this issue, but it has begun in earnest (to some degree, anyhow, as a start)..........

Nice weather - got a nice outdoor walk in (in addition to the extended morning routine, and the additional issue, which *did* actually involve some "elbow grease" and a lot of sweat as a result)........in light of this last - sigh - *plateau* I may delay my weigh-in schedule by another week, or maybe two..........I just don't want to psychologically set myself up for failure, as plateaus often do.........

Heres to a great new week - enjoy yours, Sparkies!

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SHANKEYDOO 7/7/2014 8:16PM

    "This, too, shall pass!" Hang in there!

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GORDON66 7/7/2014 8:38AM

  Have a wonderful week!!!

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MYTURNNOW2013 7/7/2014 8:23AM

    Stress does seem to cause our bodies to hold on to things, like pounds it really has lost and doesn't want to let us see it yet. Here's to a brighter day ahead!



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LEANJEAN6 7/7/2014 6:30AM

    sounds good------The weight will move soon!!----Hugs-Lynda

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EDLEAR 7/7/2014 6:24AM

    Good job - I have a terrible time with delaying unpleasantries. I tend to put them off and fret. Not healthy. I'm glad that you addressed your issue. emoticon
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JSTETSER 7/7/2014 6:18AM

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You have a great week too!

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Recovery day......

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Eating was not stellar (more sweets than intended), but a major meal (repast :( ) was essentially full-on veggie; while it wasn't in the plan, I felt good knowing that I was capable of having a meatless meal from time to time (it wasn't bad, either, which helped)........now I won't say that I'm about to "convert" to the vegetarian "cause", but I can say confidently that I'm "all good" with getting more veggies in the eating plan - just need the time and opportunities to do so.......

Have a very unpleasant task to deal with today - hopefully I'll survive.......

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Enjoy your Sunday!

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GORDON66 7/6/2014 11:04AM

  Eating properly takes a lot of work and planning. I would say between 85 and 90 percent of my meals are vegetarian, and I have found being creative to be very important.

Take care and have a wonderful Sunday!!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/6/2014 9:26AM

    Hope it goes well for you.

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MYTURNNOW2013 7/6/2014 9:25AM

    Sending strong positive vibes to turn that unpleasant task into a healthy challenge for you today.

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