Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Well my fellow Sparkers...we're in the midst of the holiday season with all the hustle & a bustle of decorating & baking, shopping, parties, & visiting! (and for me...packing!) This on TOP of the normal things we've gotta do! No wonder we're all feeling a bit stressed, worn, & frayed!
What's a Sparker to do???
I'm making a commitment to myself to "stay the course" & "stay strong" through it all!
I pledge to:
1. Remember why I began this journey!
2. Track my foods daily & stay in calorie range!
3. Drink my water!
4. Remain positive!
5. Make NO excuses!
6. Maintain my fitness schedule!
7. Keep my eye on the "prize"!
8. Continue to support others on their quest for good health & fitness!
9. Log on to SP daily...& keep Sparkin!
Come on, my friends! Join me in staying committed! We must keep our resolve! We can do it! One day at a time!
Monday, December 06, 2010
Many of you know that my house has been up for sale the last six months. It was removed from the market unsold in late November. Remarkably, the last people to see it requested a return visit AFTER it was off the market. They made an offer & we began negotiations...& came to terms most recently! Our house has been sold...& hubby & I will be moving to Florida! We took a condo in North Ft. Myers & will be there on January 1, 2011! What a way to begin the new year! We're very, very excited! I must tell you, my friends...we sold the house, contents & all! Many think we're a bit "nuts", but let me just say that we've been going down to Florida (& Arizona one year) for ten years now & we stay the whole month of March. What we've learned while we're away is that...we don't miss our stuff! I mean, we live WITHOUT our things! And, we have a great time! Then we return home...& we have ALL our stuff. Some things are in boxes...on shelves & in closets...in drawers & cabinets! LOTS & LOTS of stuff! Mementos from days gone by & a collection of things! LOTS of things! We just looked at one another & said WHY? And then the purge fest began...& we purged...& purged! I had a beautiful collection of carousels packed away in boxes. Well, I gave some to my granddaughter & the rest to my sister-in-law who collects them & now has them on display! They should be enjoyed...& not sitting in boxes! My granddaughter has them displayed on shelves in her room...& she LOVES them! Now, THAT is what stuff is for...to be LOVED by its' owner! Henceforth, we decided to offer the contents as part of the sale agreement! So, we're packing up a few personal belongings...& we're walking away! House gone...& most of the stuff gone! Now it's just hubby & I packing up the car... & away we go! Mind you, we've signed over a car to my youngest, so we're down to just one! Smiling...
Now many people are looking at us as if we're from another planet! I mean, how can you just get rid of all your things, they say! And my response is simply this..."It's just stuff!" Let me just share something with you, my friends. I was eighteen & hubby was nineteen when we got married in 1972. Everything we owned was packed into a car as we drove to South Dakota where he was stationed (he was in the Air Force then). That was 38+ years ago. And at the end of this month...we'll be packing the car up with our belongings & setting out to Florida to begin a new phase of our lives. Ironic, isn't it? How far we've come! Smiling...
We're embarking on a new adventure, hubby & I! We're gonna travel & simply embrace life! We're gonna walk the beaches, enjoy the sunshine, & find our joy! It's time to do what we feel in our hearts is the right thing to do! We plan to make frequent visits to Ohio to see family...especially those precious grandchildren! I do wish I could take them all with me! Smiling...
Life is all about living, my friends. Don't just settle for what is! Get out & make whatever it is you want happen! Get out & find your joy!
An adventure awaits! Rose
Saturday, November 27, 2010
I'm taking a deep breath, as I begin writing these words. I've survived the Thanksgiving holiday with barely a mar! I was so busy cooking & fussing that I ended up not overeating at all! This year, I paid particularly close attention to my habit of tasting & picking at the food while I'm cooking & baking!
Those calories surely add up fast, by golly!
The worst day, by far, has been the day after! Sighing... You see, I still had leftovers in the house! I know. I know...I should've given them ALL away! But hubby wanted to keep some, so I reluctantly obliged. Although I've avoided temptation, having them in the house has made it very difficult for me! I've stayed within range tho...except for those pesky carbs! I'm telling you, my friends...staying in range w/the carbs has been so darn difficult!
I know it's ME, MYSELF, & I who's making it so difficult...but I do LOVE my carbs!
Okay, so my purpose for writing today is to affirm my resolve & remind myself of why I began this journey!
I was diagnosed with Diabetes in February 2010. At that time, my doctor started me on an oral medication to help control my blood sugar. I weighed 230 lbs & my blood sugar was running in the 200's. I was angry & frightened! I didn't want to be a diabetic & I certainly didn't want to be on medication! I was tired all the time, had no energy, & just didn't feel well! I resolved then to be off the medication as soon as possible. I began watching what I ate & checking my blood sugar everyday. My numbers were improving with the medication & controlled diet. I began feeling better! My weight was dropping slowly & so was my blood sugar! I found SparkPeople in August 2010. By then, my weight was 219 lbs & blood sugars were almost normal, WITH the medication. I want OFF the medication....& I want to feel good again!
Since joining SparkPeople, I've lost 31 lbs! I've never felt better! I'm exercising daily now, I have more energy, & my blood sugars are normal! I plan to continue my quest...& reach my weight goal by June 2011! This equates to around 6-7 lbs per month for the next 6 months! This is very doable! Very doable, indeed!!!
Alright my fellow Sparkers! Game on!!! I'm in! Take me to the finish line, cause I'm going for it!
Catch me if you can!
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