Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Yesterday could have been my last. I was only half a mile from a major three car collision, saw tons of dust and stuff swirling, and realized there were three totalled vehicles right in front of me. I was the second car to stop. In the car nearest me, I saw a still driver in a smoking car and someone struggling with something in the backseat. Thinking it was probably a child, I ran to help. The driver, a young mom, was only stunned. The young woman who'd also stopped to help handed out the baby to mom who was able to get out by then. Cars continued to stream by, so I took the little boy by the hand and got them to the side of the road. Neighbors and other drivers helped by blocking the road, making 911 calls and getting people out of cars until the Fire and Rescue crews began to pour in. My little group seemed more shaken, scraped, and bruised than anything worse. I gave the mother my phone to call her parents and held the little boy while his mom held his little sister. We looked at the fire trucks and the helicopter. He'd just gotten to sit in a fire truck the week before. I have no grandchildren, and it's been a very long time since I've held a little warm body with face buried in my shoulder. All three were given neck braces and taken by ambulance to the area's major hospital with a pediatric trauma unit. Eventually, I was free to go, praying all the way for them. It wasn't until some time later last night that I realized had I finished my shopping just moments sooner, I might have been in that crash. It was amazing, given the carelessness of the responsible driver, and the condition of all three vehicles, that there were no fatalities.
Live each day to the fullest, friends.
Friday, February 03, 2012
Woohoo! TGIF! This has been a long full week. I've barely had time to turn the computer on, so I'll start with THANKS to all my faithful supportive Sparkfriends. THANKS for all the goodies, comments, and mail. Your constant encouragement means so much and keeps me going. This week has been tough. I knew eating well would be difficult, and it was. After the Fla presidential primary, I was so tired, I knew I'd be vulnerable, and I was. I did the first serious mindless eating I've done in months, not, mind you, to the extent I might have in the past, but still NOT what I've made a habit of with SP. Today I am back on track, looking for a new Challenge to start, and back in touch with my friends.
I suspect that some of what caused me to briefly and partially revert to old ways was a little angst over having reached my halfway mark. I like what I see in the mirror, I AM NOT OBESE ANYMORE!!!! and I'm a little uncertain of my ability to do more than I've managed in other successful weight-loss attempts.
I looked at the goals collage I did in October, made a celebratory one this morning, and am reminding myself of all the tools I have for success. It's scary to know that I still have as much weight to lose as I've already lost and that my past track record says here is where I've failed to keep going. Friends, thanks to you and SP, that is NOT going to happen this time.
Friday, January 27, 2012
My kitten thinks workouts on the floor are lots of fun!
So now that I've completed the January Jumpstart Workout Challenge, what's next? My specific short-term goals are:
To keep doing those videos till I can really do them! I can do a LOT more than I could when I started, not needing to modify very much at all anymore, but there are still some things I can't do yet. Becoming able to do them is another progress indicator.
To lose that next pound by the end of the month to reach my new halfway mark! I'd originally set a target weight a little higher until I figured out I needed to lose 5 more to get into "normal" and out of "overweight."
To lose that next pound by the end of the month to get out of Obese and into Overweight range! Seems a funny thing to celebrate--I can't wait to be Overweight!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I am jumping up and down for joy, might even be able to do that literally nowadays! SABLENESS has completed, YES, FINISHED the January Jumpstart Challenge! THANK YOU, ROXYZMOM, for inviting me to this team; I wouldn't have thought of it myself.
So how was it? Well, before committing to the challenge, I tried out the first video. I couldn't do it all, but was able to adjust so that I was at least doing something aimed in the right direction. So I signed on. My December had been pretty good, considering all the holiday events and tempations, but my weight loss had slowed to a trickle. I figured this Challenge could only help--if I didn't injure myself overdoing or trying to do something I really can't do yet. OK, I'm off!
First week: HA HA HA! LOL over all the things I can't do: "You want me to do WHAT?" So I modified my way through the first week. At least I was moving. That Pilates one was a killer. Raise this body that way? HOOHOOHAHA!
Second week: ADD TWO EXTRA VIDEOS? And here I was patting myself on the back for surviving one of those things a day. SIGH...OK...I can do this. I picked the two I found to be the easiest for me--but I did them.
Third week: Hm. These things aren't too bad. And, the scale is moving again, thanks be. I went through my closets and drawers and was amazed at what fit and what was now hanging on me. I have a nice pile to go to Religious Community Services, including some favorite shirts. One has seen me through a number of different weights, but it's time to let go of it; I'm NEVER going to wear that size again. No more Xs, 18s in my wardrobe! And, it looks like a lot of the summer clothes I hoped to fit into will likely be too big by then.
Fourth week: Those videos are mostly doable, and I am HOOKED! I love those things! I'll be using them as a regular part of my fitness now. :-) I did my very first Hip Plank today; granted, not spectacular, but my body was up off the floor briefly. I'll see how that feels tomorrow, ha ha.
I've dropped a few more pounds, but what I notice most is how the arms of my shirts fit. No more sausages. I think there's some muscle in there!!! My new tight jeans that I bought to replace my now baggy ones aren't as tight as they were. They feel like the baggy ones did after my beginnings with SP last August.
From husband looking at sideview: "There's less of you!"
To husband: "That's the idea!"
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