Thursday, February 16, 2012
Woohoo! It's been only a week since I bought, with hope, a pair of size 14 jeans in the same style and brand as the larger ones I gave up. Last week they zipped--barely--much like the other pair when I bought them. One week, half a pound, and lots of exercise later--they fit! LOVE those SP videos and the 8 Week Diabetic Challenge! I'm about to finish Week 2 today after I do my video with the new resistance bands I bought when I found the jeans! Maybe I'll start looking for this pair in a 12!
Edit: 6 MONTH SPARKVERSARY TODAY!!! What a way to celebrate!
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Yesterday's blog was about my excitement in partly reaching the goal of donating my too-big clothes to a women's Clothes Closet. That project came about as I determined to spend the afternoon doing serious cleaning and sorting. Wouldn't you know, the first thing I tackled was the pile of clothes in my bedroom, which meant going somewhere to donate the clothes, which is why it hadn't gotten done in the first place! SO I decided to combine it and another errand some distance away--which is why THAT hadn't gotten done--and loaded up my trunk.
Setback #1 - it occurred to me on the way that I should have called ahead to make sure this place was still offering a Clothes Closet. Answer when I got there: No, they're not. OK, no problem. The third thing I was going to do was stop at the charity's thriftshop, off my usual path, with the coupon I had, with the intention of looking for some "new" clothes to replace the old ones. So I could just take the clothes and donate them there.
Off to errand #2, the farthest away. No problem. Off to the thriftshop.
Setback #2 - where WAS that place? Oops, must have passed it. Turned around, looking at numbers, here we are.
Setback #3 - DARN! The store is still open, BUT...no donations taken after 3:30; it's now 3:45. Ah well, I can still shop. I found one top, bright red, MEDIUM - woohoo! Not enough to use my coupon, but the lady in front of me had a cart full of stuff and was happy to use it since I couldn't.
OK, it's getting close to dinner time, and my snack has long since worn off. Husband is working late, so I'm on my own, and I want steak. Aha! I just passed a grocery store. Turn around, park--and see that next door is an outlet store. Well, maybe I can find some clothes there. It won't kill me to be hungry a bit longer.
No setbacks here! Wow! I found two fitness items I wanted, resistance bands that are much better than the ones I have, and a fitness ball in just the right size at outlet prices! Woohoo! It gets better. I remembered that I bought the favorite jeans I'd just packed up at this line of outlet stores and went looking to see if MAYBE there was another pair in my current size. I found the size I'd just parted with, but not the size I was looking for, SIGH....I really liked the cut and style and fit of those jeans. But wait--persistence pays off! On the wrong rack, I spotted a pair in the next size down. OK, these are mine, I WILL be able to wear them eventually.
Now what about dinner? It's WAY past my dinner time, I'm starving, and I'm about to go into a grocery store? BAD BAD and DANGEROUS. But I really want the steak. Oh everything looks so good, I could eat everything right now, I could buy something to eat in the car on the way home...OUT, FANTASIES, OUT! NO NO NO. I've done really well today, and I'm NOT going to mess up now. I bought my meat and a bag of tostitos. I like to have half a serving with hummus as a snack. But I'm still starving and home is 30 min away. Solution: PUT THE BAG IN THE TRUNK so I can't possibly open the tostitos.
After dinner (FINALLY!), I try on the jeans. AWESOME. They fit like the other pair did when I bought them - they zip, barely, and I'm not ready to wear them out of the house yet, but it's a good thing I didn't find my current size. They wouldn't fit for long!
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.
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