Tuesday, January 03, 2012
This is not my work, but something I received in a card recently. After sharing one stanza of it with lots of friends, I decided to post the whole thing. What stanza speaks to you?
Strong women are those who know the road ahead will be strewn with obstacles, but they still choose to walk it because it's the right one for them.
Strong women are those who make mistakes, who admit to them, learn from those failures, and then use that knowledge.
Strong women are easily hurt, but they still extend their hearts and hands, knowing the risk and accepting the pain when it comes.
Strong women are sometimes beat down by life, but they still stand back up and step forward again.
Strong women are afraid. They face fear and move ahead to the future, as uncertain as it can be.
Strong women are not those who succeed the first time. They're the ones who fail time and again, but still keep trying until they succeed.
Strong women face the daily trials of life, sometimes with a tear, but always with their heads held high as the new day dawns.
--Brenda Hager, Occasion Gallerie from Blue Mountain Arts
Friday, December 30, 2011
It's Dec 30th, and I've done two good things for myself this week. Thanks to an invitation from ROXY'SMOM, I joined my first ever fitness challenge, and I joined a new team, thanks to SASSY_CAT, who by the way is new this month to SP and could use some welcoming.
I'm on Day 3 of the January Jumpstart Workout Challenge. After looking into it and trying out the first video, I decided why not and jumped in. I find myself wondering sometimes if SABLENESS is really the one I know, the one who would NEVER do such a radical thing as join a fitness challenge. This is another area of SP, like those trick-question quizzes, where I get to practice not being perfect. ( I know, duh, some of us are programmed that way.) I'm really really pleased with what I'm able to do with the videos, and I just do the best I can with the ones that are still beyond me at this point.
While looking at SASSY_CAT's page and teams, it dawned on me that one of my first teams was for 50s+ needing to lose 50+. Guess what, friends! That no longer describes me! I set myself a goal in August of losing 53 lbs in 50 weeks--Triple Threat Team. I purposefully did not set what I think my true healthy weight might be, another 10 lbs after that, because 53 looked a lot more do-able than 63. Frankly, it's been so long since I weighed anything in the vicinity that I really don't know how I'll feel about my weight when I reach 150. I may find it's a perfectly healthy weight for me, or I may decide to lose another 10. I'll just have to see when I get there.
PS: I just discovered I will need to reach 145 to get out of the overweight BMI range. OK, I'm resetting my tracker now. I can do another 5 lbs. And I'm still on the right team!
Monday, December 26, 2011
A Happy Day After Christmas, Sparkfriends.
After a very full couple of days, I was totally exhausted--but determined to stay on track. I went to bed at 9:30 last night, slept like a log until about 6:30 when I began the 10 min stretching routine I start every day with. I stretched my fingers and toes, rotated my ankles, stretched my back from side to side, did some flexing, and was well into my routine when...I woke up! I had only dreamed that I had done most of my stretches! At that point, I decided my body needed more rest and went back to sleep for another hour before waking up again and doing my stretches for real!
My husband wanted to know, "Does that count as fitness minutes? You have virtual everything else (referring to goodies)." No, friends, sorry to say, virtual workouts don't count!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Woohoo, woohoo! I was quite surprised to see that my scale read 179 this morning! It was moving so slowly at the beginning of the month that I didn't think I'd lose the 5 lbs I hoped for in Dec. This success makes me more determined than ever to be in charge of my eating on Christmas Day.
The last time my scale had occasion to display those numbers was over 5 years ago. :-) This number is a big deal for me.
It marks another decade of lbs.
It means only 5 lbs to go to leave behind Obese Category 1 and move into merely Overweight.
I'll have only 3.5 lbs to go and I'll be half way to my goal.
I'm only 1 lb from the massage and facial groupon I've been saving for reaching 25 lbs down.
And it means I'm well ahead of schedule for my target date of 53 lbs off by Aug 16th, my one year Sparkversary.
I LOVE SPARKPEOPLE!
PS: I've added 3 new pics taken this week!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I am amazed, I truly am. I've just completed my 4th month of SP and have lost 23 of the 53 lbs I've set as my goal, several half pounds of that in December, probably the most challenging month for all of us. I'm still just blown away that I recently went through a reception with nothing but a glass of water in my hand, focusing on friends and conversation instead of food and choosing to use my calories for a really good meal out afterward.
I've had a LOT of practice eating out this month and have discovered it isn't that hard to enjoy myself, not feel deprived, and stay within my calorie range. I'm finding that as I've been eating smaller servings and healthier foods, I simply don't want as much as I used to. It's easy to say no to a glass of wine if I plan to have some of a dessert, or make one small glass of wine last a long time, no refills.
One of the many things I love about SP is that no foods are always off limits. There are a few things I choose not to eat at all because they have a long history of being trigger foods, the sort that once I start, I don't stop. But I'm not missing them because my healthy choices usually keep me full and satisfied. This weekend was an exception. I found myself craving rich food; I'd been low on fat and protein for a few days. I indulged in some tasty oers d'oevres, cheese-filled this and that, and for once skipped the veggie tray. But that was that. It wasn't the prelude to a binge, I didn't feel guilty at all, and I was quite surprised to find that when I tracked it all, I was still within my calorie range. That's a choice I can make occasionally.
I think my current job singing in a professional choir is helping, too. I have to plan my meals carefully for long Sundays; I keep a Kashi bar and a small can of low sodium V8 in my bag so I don't arrive home starving and ready to eat anything in sight. The intense and very focused rehearsals are done standing, with supported breathing, and I'm sure I've burned up bundles of calories on countless trips up and down the many stairs between choir room and sanctuary. With two rehearsal nights and two Sunday services, I definately count it in my fitness minutes.
This IS December. I'm eating healthy, exercising daily, and losing weight? Have I got the right person? the right month? or is this somebody new who is successfully following a plan with lots of friends cheering her on? You know, I like this new person. She and I are going to make it to our goal, maybe even ahead of schedule. If I can do it in December, the rest of the year is a piece of...uh...cucumber?
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