Friday, January 13, 2012
When I was newly married and expecting our first child, my husband and I picked up a gem of a book titled something like "How to Keep Your Family Together and Still Have Fun!" It was a goldmine of ideas for fun things to do together that cost little or nothing. It inspired us to make a list of our own, and we never totally exhausted it. We went to parks, went on history tours on trolleys, attended concerts at churches, played boardgames, read aloud together--the list goes on and on and on.
I think of that book when I'm looking for creative ways to work on fitness with a limited budget. I'm realizing I have good tools already. Walking, of course, is free, requires only supportive shoes. I start most days with a 10 min stretch in bed routine suggested by a massage therapist. I go to a free gentle yoga session once a month. In warmer weather, I have a generous neighbor who shares her pool and has a great water workout. The few pieces of equipment I have came almost entirely from yard sales and thrift shops. My inventory includes:
Set of resistance bands, a treat to myself for losing that first 10 lbs
3 sets of handweights in 2, 3.5, and 5 lb weights, all from second-hand sources
A great exercise bike from a yard sale; when I bought it, I didn't want to spend much in case I didn't use it
A glider for balance, legs, glutes that is presently collecting dust under a bed; need to get that out
A real bike, used, with a woman-friendly seat and a basket for nearby errands; this was a gift
The Bean, bought by husband, something like a ball
An abs roller - ouch! Also bought and not used by husband
That's a pretty good collection of stuff that cost me relatively little. I didn't realize I had so much till I made this list. I think my February Challenge will be simply putting to daily use the things I already have!
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!
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