Friday, January 31, 2014
Part of my goal to live more fit is to pay attention to my mental fitness as well. I am definitely the worrier in my family - the planner, the what if-er, the pusher (get the homework done, clean up your room, don't forget to take the dog to the groomers!) I have a career I love, but it is very challenging, and sometimes difficult to leave behind. I am not satisfied on being SO focused constantly on the to-do list. I find myself going through entire days without expressing something positive to my kids, and that isn't making either of us happy. It didn't used to be this way - as they have progressed in school and inch closer to college, I am overly aware of every grade, assignment, set back. It just makes me a very boring, stressful mom. I am really tired of that-they are too.
So, on top of this reality that I want to change, I stepped on the scale this morning to a 4lb gain. Yeah, I was in Las Vegas (on business) for a week, and ate more than my quota - but not MUCH more - and I walked over 14,000 steps most days. But, I drank too much wine, and truth be told, my worst day eating was the day I got home, exhausted and just DONE, and ate too much while I unwound. I tracked every day except that one. Pbbbllt.
Hmmmm.....how can I be positive about THAT?
So I said to myself, "Self, at least you checked into Spark Everyday. You look pretty good in the clothes that you have on, which are size 18, not the size 24 you once wore. You are going to go in to work early and have your special K with berries cereal (new fave). " Get over it.
After that pep talk, I was browsing on Netflix and ran into LifeHack TedTalks.. I clicked on a talk by Jane McGonigal and was immediately inspired to act more positively. 20 minutes, definitely worth the watch:
That was followed up by Shawn Achor, "The Happy Secret to Better Work".
So now, I am inspired. I've looked at baby animals, snapped 20 times, sent a thank you... (Watch Jane's talk). And I am thankful for an absolutely positive boss who is a joy to work with, the delicious bowl of cereal I just ate, and the cheap, awesome entertainment value of Netflix. (Watch Shawn)
I feel inspired! Happy Friday everyone!
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Yesterday morning I stepped on the scale and saw a 224.2 and rejoiced, because, as I remembered, it was a 1.5 lb loss. Unfortunately, went I went to log my weight, I realized I did not remember my prior weight correctly, and it was a .5 loss.
I thought about it on and off yesterday, and decided to be okay with that, because it is still a loss. When I started tracking in 2012, I went great guns on weight loss. Usually 1.5-2lbs per week. Since I restarted tracking 20 days ago, I've lost 2.5 pounds, definitely not the same pace, but still, the right direction. I realize I am not as strict with my calories as I was before. Part of that was because I really had a fear of eating beyond the calorie range, to the point that I was stressed about it. I thought about food all the time. Now, I do think about food, I feel in control, but I am not 'scared' or as fanatic about it. It's just part of my day...track, try to make good choices, don't go overboard. I feel more peaceful, so I am taking that as a NSV.
I do want to change one thing...I enjoy walking, but haven't been as diligent about it as I could be. So I am going to strive for those 10,000 steps each day. That's my main form of exercise. I am not a 'gym' person, and the walking helps me settle.
I did have a nightmare last night...I dreamt I ate a bag of potato chips! I haven't eaten a single potato chip since Sept 2012. That is the one food I feel like would really throw me backwards. I was eating a 2/3 a bag a day before I started sparking. (first time I admitted that). It was practically the only food I ate some days. I can't go back there. Not sure if the dream was warning me, or reminding me that I have done a great job. I think I will take the latter!
Have a great, sparky week!
Sunday, January 12, 2014
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”
Remember to put the glass down.
- I wish I could pass along where this originated from, but it was a shared message with no author attributed.
Saturday, January 04, 2014
When I first started Spark in 2012, I thought I discovered that boredom was my trigger to eat, and it still is. But in the last 3-4 months, I've also realized that under a certain type of stress, I also go off track.
I started Spark under during a very difficult time for me personally, but it was the type of stress that lead to a self focus that got me more active and healthy. And then that situation resolved itself. I had lost almost 40 lbs, and was still looking to lose more. I felt lighter and lost the lazy, sitting on the couch feeling. Then some health issues with my parents brought on a whole different type of stress, and it got me. It was easier to grab something to eat when I was on the way there than eat healthy. I stopped walking as much, because I couldn't find the time, and frankly, when I did have time, I would rather sit and read and drink a glass of wine. I stopped checking in and tracking. But in the last few weeks, I've adjusted to my new reality. I don't run out to the my parent's every time there is a change, and I've started achieving a balance again.
Fortunately, some of what I learned on spark stuck with me. I did gain... 15 lbs. I stopped when I realized I would have to 'rebuy" pants a size larger, and that was not going to happen. I didn't gain more because I was always conscious that I was snacking, and somehow stopped before I just gave up, or overate. I stayed away from the one food that I know would have put me over the edge, potato chips. My biggest problem wasn't the volume, but the type, of foods.
I re-entered the Sparkuverse and lost a pound this week. I am not starting over - I don't subscribe to the "trying to lose again". This is just taking care of myself. Some stretches are going to be more challenging then others. I lasted through a tough one, it didn't kill me, and this stretch looks smooth and downhill...for today!
Monday, June 17, 2013
Today I logged in for the first time in 3 weeks. Lots of reasons, but the main ones were time and motivation. I have kept within 5 lbs of the lowest weight I have been, which I am happy about. But end of school activities (I have an official High Schooler now!), work and home have been so packed that I am to tired to even think about turning on the computer when I get home. Yesterday, my youngest son (And biggest cheerleader) asked if I lost weight this week, and I realized I hadn't even weighed in. I have started getting a bit lazier about eating choices. Today, I figured I better get back to it.
My original goal, to get under 200 lbs, is still top of the list. It is only 12 lbs away and I would have been there by now if I remained committed. To do that, I need to get back to exercising EVERY day instead of every other day and give up the daily glass or 2 of wine I have been indulging in. So that is the goal this week. 10 minutes of activity daily, no wine Mon-Fri
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