Saturday, December 19, 2009
Dear Fellow Sparkies,
I am praying for all of us, that we will proceed through the next two weeks by taking steps to make sure we don't sabatoge our weight loss efforts! I, for one, have been on several plans through the last 23 years that I've been overweight and know how very hard it is to get back on track after falling off. IF, you do get off track, I encourage you to get right back on. That has always been hard for me in the past, but now I focus on my goal and my health and it helps me.
I think it was on SP that I read about how we act if we get a traffic ticket, we don't continue to speed afterwards. We change our behavior. In the same way it doesn't make sense to have the attitude that, "well I blew it, so I might as well just eat what I want." You can see where that makes no logic at all!
I encourage you to menu plan and even have an emergency snack bag. I noticed that as I'm busier I've run into trouble being overly hungry and unprepared with a quick snack. I'm loading up with fresh fruit and veggies that I will clean and package for a quick snack. That actually combats not only the need for a quick low cal snack, but also I have trouble getting all of my fruits and veggies in.
Merry Christmas to all you in Spark Land! Make it the best ever by making wise choices!
Friday, December 18, 2009
As I sat in my comfortable chair by the fire this morning it hit me that in one week it will be Christmas. Even though my two daughter's families won't be with us this year, all three of my sons (and one expecting daughter in law) will be! I am so thankful for that.
I am thinking I need to make a to do list and plan the meals for the next 10 days. I haven't made any treats of any kind and to be honest, I'm afraid to! I am going to have to make some things. I was trying to think of the traditional treats that my kids like that I DON'T like. Uh, that came up as a big, "there are none."
I need to make some calls to encourage some friends who are having big challenges with their adult kids.
At this stage I'm usually in hyper mode trying to get everything done before Christmas. I haven't been that way this year. My thoughts each morning are more about what kind of exercise will I do and when will I do it? I am glad about that change, but realize there are some expectations my family has on me and I need to get busy to fulfill those.
I will pray that the Lord will give me the strength to bypass the temptations that will be all around me for Christmas. I have to remember how satisfying it is to chose to not partake. The rewards are great when you get on the scale the next day or two.
My goal is to lose a total of 102. I'm almost at 40 pounds lost since April '08 and I want to reach that goal by next Christmas. It will take continued focus, meaningful choices in food and exercise.
The benefits of the weight I've lost and the increased fitness activity are more energy, need less sleep, stronger body and I look better overall. I'm trying to get up the nerve to post a picture!
I have never liked having my picture taken, but it may be a motivating factor to continue to lose.
Hope to do that in the next month.
Have a great sparkie day everyone! I love my sparkie friends and this great family called Spark People that has made a huge difference in my life!!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I have been yo-yo-ing with one pound for about 2 weeks! Up one day, down in two, up the next, you get the idea. I'm very frustrated by this as I'm within my eating plan and my exercise is very good. There should be a weight loss!!
Yesterday a friend from church, same age as I am lost her 3 year battle with cancer, it was expected, but it made me sad. I am happy for her to be in heaven with no pain, sitting at Jesus' feet, but I will miss her. I think about her grandchildren who are very small. They will hardly remember her.
All of that made me think about how very self centered I am. I keep obsessing about my pound!! Today I am going to stop thinking about it so much and instead, make every effort as I can to be a blessing to others. Can I lighten someone's load with an action? a kind word, a smile, a joke, a prayer?
When I consider how selfish I am it shames me! I pray that my eyes could be turned to others today, especially in this season when so many are hurting.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
For months my husband and I have been planning on having all of our 5 children and their spouses home for Christmas, all but our teenager are spread all over the USA. At Thanksgiving we found out that our daughter, son in law, and new granddaughter can't get leave from the Air Force as my son in law is in special training. We were very sad about that, but kept saying that our other daughter, son in law and 15 month old granddaughter were still coming from Dallas along with our two sons and one daughter in law from VA and WA. Last night my daughter told me that because of some unforseen financial challenges they will not be able to come either! I'm so incredibly sad today. We hardly ever can all get together and this was a chance for my kids to meet their nieces. I am sorry to vent, it's just so hard.
The one bright spot was that after the difficult visit with my daughter, I thought those thoughts I've had on countless occasions, "What should I eat to make me feel better?" I recognized the thought and told myself that food was not the answer. Instead I went to bed before I changed my mind. For me, that is a victory. I've been working hard at unplugging the emotional tie to eating and am glad that when I had a big challenge I was able to do that.
I hope you all have a successful sparky day!
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