Thursday, December 26, 2013
Well, it's the day after Christmas. To combat my usual "down" feelings that happen after a major holiday, I've given Spark goodies and made myself useful while I care for my granddaughter. Neither she nor I had many Christmas treats, too much sickness :(
Both of us have had the head cold/creeping crud that makes one feel AWFUL. I think I could take it if it was just me but when she is sick . . . that makes everything worse!!
On the plus side, I've ridden my stationary bike and walked. I only hope I can keep my eating in line!! I guess that's the challenge we all have at this time of the year. Well, it's good to be able to put this out there and not feel like I'm alone!
I hope this note isn't too much of a downer. I guess we're going to watch another tv show and make it through this yuckiness! In the meantime, here's hoping you have a nice holiday (if you're off) or that you don't have to work for too long (if you're working).
All the best!
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Hi. My name is Riisa. I probably haven't been "sparking" properly (only fitness) for a few months. Today I posted this message on the "30Somethings with 100+ to lose" although I'm sure that I'm not a 30something (LOL). I know, I've got issues. I work too much and my husband has no job. My daughter moved back home with my granddaughter and that's the joy of my life (besides teaching Spanish and watching "Walking Dead" with my husband). Here's the message I posted today:
"My job and my life (my daughter/granddaughter have moved home) are overwhelming. Because I'm off today (and sick), I decided to just TRY and track my food along with my fitness. I always, always (in some capacity) work out. (that's actually part of the problem, but that's a story for another day).
However, I finally looked at my Sparkmail and saw this "challenge" from Teresa (Severina418) and thought "well . . . maybe . . . ". Then I started reading. Sherry Wilson's "remarks" (?not sure if this is the right term?) then INSPIRED me.
"I do the best I can from now on (my life is mine) I want to be a healthy . . .I am a positive thoghtful person who cares about others and my family . . . "
How AMAZING are these phrases!! How fantastic that I was sick TODAY and saw it JUST now! Even if I "can't get to it" -- my tracking (and yes, my teaching with 5 different preparations has caused 12-14 hour days and LOTS of stress), I WILL BY Christmas begin the tracking faithfully. I only have one more day before I have time off (what a lucky person am I).
I have been caught up in "poor me" syndrome (never mind that there ARE valid reasons) for a while now. I believe that, thanks to Teresa and Sherry, I'll give it another shot!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you both! Thank you Sparkpeople, you've been one of many blessings in 2013!
What I want to add to this is, Idk how long I've been gone. I THOUGHT I'd posted more. I THOUGHT I'd been paying better attention (to Spark and Spark friends). This is one of the reasons I was successful earlier this year. But, thanks to Sherry Wilson's positive statement and Teresa's motivating email, I'm back!!
I hope I start talking more through blogging/email here. I apologize if I've ignored anyone! In the meantime, I wish you all the best and "ten mucho cuidado" (take good care)!!
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Well, the original title of todayís blog was going to be ďIt is what it isĒ. I felt like, losing one half pound is all Iím destined to do. **BIG SIGH** Then something changed and Iím hopeful again.
Iíve got a confession to make: Iím a hot mess.
I mean, Iíve been WONDERFUL with working out Ė thatís what I do and I do it well (not bragginí just sayiní). Iím off for the summer and, despite doing quite a lot of keeping of a certain 3 year old (who now lives with us, as I may have mentioned), I work out between 6 and 7 hours per week PLUS we go places/do things (Elia and I). I think thatís pretty good for a woman with fake knees!! My swimming is coming right along. I feel stronger when I walk, with less back pain, and I can ride my stationary bike for a good 20 minutes (longer if I need to).
But Iím not eating right. Iím not doing my best to stay in control AND MY NUTRITION TRACKER looks PERFECT. So yep, Iíve been lying!! THIS MIGHT BE WHY THE SCALE HASNíT MOVED!!
After I came home from Texas, I just KNEW there would be a difference!! I had eaten well. I had walked and swam daily. I had NOT snacked in the evening and NOT overworked out. So what happened? I lost one half a pound (again Ė no Iím not even to a 10 lb loss yet), maybe a little less. My body just didnít budge and my foods were healthy and varied, rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. I felt like I was starving until I focused on the veggies. They (and the fruit) saved me. I was honest that week on my tracker. I WILL SEE MY DR ON TUES to know if there is an issue or if this is how it will work from now on.
I was pretty disappointed. Then, I got mad.
Sure, I still worked out, cuz thatís what I do. But I just started eating MORE of my healthy foods (like the light spaghetti cheese I make or having extra starches Ė cauliflower mashed potatoes or Iíd make a tiny meal out of chips before supper). In my world, ice cream is an entire food group! So Iíve been eating LOTS of that. But still, I thought I was ďgoodĒ (due to working out) even though Iím eating very ďbadĒ. (yeah, I know ďall or nothiní ď thinking doesnít help either!).
But today I got hopeful. No, not because I felt good either. But because the over sodium of last nightís popcorn/chip fest (or is it the weather change?) made me feel AWFUL. Without meaning too, I ate less. We went to the store and I came home STARVING. I remembered Iíd gotten some kale. Now I DO NOT LIKE kale. Iíve been trying to eat it all summer. Iíve boiled and cooked with spices. Iíve really tried and I really hate it! But a friend had told me about tossing it in light olive oil and adding a little sea salt. Then, upon baking them, the kale becomes ďcrispsĒ. OH MY YES!! I thought upon eating it. It was tasty and I feel successful.
Then I remembered one of the reasons I started Spark: to be healthy and strong enough to run with/after my granddaughter, Elia. And I have ALL SUMMER!! Wow, I did something right.
And I remembered that weíve eaten healthy all summer, I just need to watch my portions. And I can eat light or less ice cream. And I can do this, EVEN IF ITíS one half pound per week every week for the next two years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So Iím hopeful again. Iím going back to the kitchen. Tonight is chicken night, so I like to make little red potato salad with that and maybe a little more kale . . .
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Well Tuesday morning in the wee hours, I arrived in Indianapolis. My husband met me and we drove home. It was sometime after 3am when we got here. I wasn't quite the wreck I thought I would be, despite not being able to sleep until sometime after 4.
Idk if I've lost more than a half pound (I'll know that tomorrow when I weigh). I ate probably about 1350 as an average of calories daily when I was there. Frankly, yellow squash saved me! My mother, ever the traditionalist, told me the answer to "all your weight" is just to quit eating! Glad I only fell for that for one whole day!! At any rate, I felt I ate more whole foods, more fresh vegetables in Texas, than I have in a long time!!
I HAVE gone to the doctor before Texas and I'll know about THAT (that is to say, why my weight is so stalled) in another week or so. I still have to have my thyroid xrayed (?) or something like that.
At any rate, I made it through Texas without major psychological damage or (hopefully)weight gain. As a matter of a fact, it was an ok experience overall (even the midnight and early morning flights). I feel like I'm at the edge of a breakthrough. I hope it comes through soon though. I didn't breakthrough on patience (LOL).
Well y'all, thanks for listening! Until next time please remember "ten mucho cuidado" means "take good care". All the best!
Friday, July 05, 2013
Well, after a crazily long day (I stopped counting at 20 hours) and a good sleep, I'm here!! So special thanks to all the kind messages on my last blog. I appreciated it and needed (used the spiritual help)!My Mother is in good spirits and we've had a nice time. My sisters have left town (with their families) and Mother and I are on our own!!
The thing is, sometimes her computer works, sometimes MY computer works and sometimes NEITHER work. So, as long as I can keep my "streaks" of food tracking and fitness tracking going, I feel successful!!! I hope to "talk" to y'all again soon but if not, KEEP SPARKING!
All the best!
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