Sunday, December 11, 2011
Yep, that's the bad guy!
I really wondered WHY, since last week I had tracked food for the first time in almost a year, and stayed within my limits for all but two days, and been fairly consistent with exercise...
WHY I gained a half pound!
NOT that this was a disaster. One just wonders. Why.
It all goes back to my disastrous relationship with numbers, dating from the third grade. 2 ounces of this stuff is 120 calories, NO fat, a nice hunk of carbs and protein even. YUM! I got all excited. Wow!
And I mis-measured it. Was eating 2 oz. and calling it 1 oz. Ho ho ho, said Advent Santa with an evil cackle! Coals in YOUR weight loss stocking!
There might have been just a tiny bit of wishful thinking in there...
And this bread IS hard to measure because of its shape, you are never quite sure what you have...
So for the rest of the Winter 5% Challenge, I am sticking to batards, which are easier to measure & maybe even a bit lower in calories. And just as tasty really.
In other news, Advent proceeds. My house is a crashing disaster and this is my LAST YEAR'S Advent wreath. This year, my victory is to see my floor...
Next week, we may progress to some decorations! The really easy kind!
Happy Advent to all and may the Advent Santa come and bless your healthy living struggles!
will be here before we know it!
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Does that title strike anyone as funny?
For one thing, the idea of CATS on a TEAM?
When a common way to describe an impossible organizational task involving people is to say that it's like "herding cats?"
Well, no matter...I have joined the Winter 5% challenge and I am on the Cats Team since I do like cats.
Probably one reason I like cats is that I identify with them.
They spend most of their time lazing on the couch and they really like their food and are willing to get up early to nuzzle their owners into getting it.
BUT this is not necessarily the best example for folks wanting to lose weight...
In fact, Windows Photo Editor allows me to just "resize and save" when it comes to photos.
Could we have a "resize and save" button, dear Sparkpeople, please?
Well, enough silly blather, on to the reason for this blog...
I've had another yucky week but something must have gone right since despite 4 days of fairly pitiful non-exercise, I ended the week without a gain.
I didn't realize that when I joined the Winter 5% challenge, I was committing myself to TRACKING MY FOOD.
Not to mention MY DRINK!
And this during the very stressful month of December.
However, today I realized there is a silver lining!
I HATE tracking my food so much, that I will probably avoid food so that I do not have to track it! This has already worked to deter me from several little bites of cheese. I did indulge in one dried apricot. Who on earth wants to measure dried apricots?
Weigh-in day is Saturday. Therefore I am going to blog every Saturday, come fat or thin, and try to find some humor in this whole process! Stay tuned.
Also, for those who love Thanksgiving treats - I never shared a photo of my plate, so here it is...
I was happy that I only had 2/3 of a plate of seconds...and it's lovely that there are some frozen turkey leftovers for the weeks to come, plus some cranberry/orange relish that I made up using Splenda...so some treats are yet to come. I always think of a certain Spark friend when I eat a certain kind of sandwich...and wish I could share with her!
to all of you and thanks for bearing with me through thick and slightly thinner...
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Well, this is what I get for putting off blogging until things get better...
Things got worse...
So here is the blog, and finally I entered my weight for the first time since I hit 135 on May 24 of this year.
OK, not disastrous - it has been as high as 141 but not for long, and it has often been 138.
But it is not the weight that made this a bad week.
It was the stress, and the fact that the accumulated stress and tiredness finally did me in and completely sapped my motivation and energy.
The work load has been fairly continuous, and though not backbreaking in itself, frustrating in that the day is full of small tasks that never seem to be finished and phone calls that pop up (just when I could have headed out for a walk or run) and have to be dealt with.
OK, just life, these days with a fundraising project that won't be done for another year, plus the regular work load.
In a way I am adjusting, I am no longer resentful, I am accepting that this is how it's gonna be, and I just have to DO IT. That helps. At least I'm not fighting my own attitude.
And I am happy that the weight has not gone higher, and that before this week, I had managed to walk or run 3 miles+ for 4-5 days of the week, and even had begun to establish a sort of ST routine.
But this week - kaflooey.
The steps show it:
Last week: 3 days of steps between 5000-5500.
2 days between 9600-9900
2 days, 13700 and 16800.
This week: Only one day above 10,000 - today, @ 13,000
4 days 4000-5200
2 days 2738, 3571.
And only today did I manage a 27-minute 1.5 mile walk.
OK, there it is in black and white.
This week, it's going to change.
My doctor is very pleased with me and says I should just stay at this weight -- but I would like to center around 135, rather than 138.
And I want to learn to manage the exercise/calorie thing better, so that I don't max out and then poop out, if you know what I mean -- and I know you DO, sweet sparkies!
I have been reading everyone's journeys and it seems we are all going through some variation on this story, and we're all keeping going, as the tough tend to do. Moi aussi.
I apologize if you see the same two pounds shaking hands on my feed...but I've got to start recording it again, or I think I will never get hold of it.
to all and thanks for your comments and for hanging in there and not forgetting me. I still want an emoticon that says
WE CAN DO IT! WE CAN DO IT! WE CAN DO IT!
High fives all round! It's a new week!
Friday, November 18, 2011
OK, Sparkies, I know I promised a REAL blog (way overdue) about health/exercise/weight progress and stuff...buuuuut...it's been SO BUSY!
Producing a CD and running a fundraising campaign for 30+ people to go to Rome is time-consuming and stressful. We are making a pilgrimage right after Christmas 2012 and raising money so that all members can go.
BUT the CD is DONE! And we will be selling it all day tomorrow at Our Lady of Victory's annual bazaar. If any of you would like to buy one, they are $20 and a very good value. 19 songs, half Christmas, half Holy Week/Easter. They make lovely Christmas gifts. I will be happy to mail to you if you can cover my shipping expense. Will have to let you know how much that will be, I will estimate it next week at the post office. Send me your snail mail address by Sparkmail if you are interested!
Here is the cover:
And here is the inside track listing:
We are NOT a professional choir, although our soprano soloist is a professional. We have grown a lot in size and skill since 1998 when I began directing this choir. Back then, we had 10 women and one man in choir. We're still light on tenors...but then, that's almost a standard problem these days.
It's not a PERFECT CD
but it is expressive and we have a lovely choral sound.
At least, I think we do!
And I am really thankful that this part of the fundraising is under way.
Now I may have time to blog about my Spark journey...
Have a happy Friday and a great weekend!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
KAKIPOPUP and I finally met this last Sunday, July 17th! She drove over to State College from Indiana, PA, and we met at Wegmans for a sushi lunch before going down to the yearly Arts Festival which is held downtown and on the Penn State campus. It turned out that we have a lot of things in common, not least being that we both love sushi - so the day was off to a great start!
We parked near the campus and walked in - that spark fitness came in handy since I racked up over 20,000 steps on my pedometer on Sunday! We parked next to this very interesting house which dates from 1917 - amazing stonework!
Artists come from all over the USA to exhibit at this festival - it is a juried show - and many items are quite expensive but there are always some lovely things to see and some are even affordable. We were lucky to go on a Sunday since things were not so crowded with people.
I am going to post some photos I took on the previous days just to give you an idea of what the fest is like. We walked in on Allen Street - the location of the kids' favorite place to cool off...
Such fun to watch them getting wet!
There is also a kind of "misting" gizmo which you can walk through to cool off. This gives an idea of what the crowds were like on Saturday - the crowds we missed!
We walked up the center of the campus, along the avenue of elm trees, and just had to have some Penn State Creamery ice cream. There's a lovely rock garden and pool nearby which was the perfect place to enjoy it - and to watch a family of ducks cooling off in their fashion...
We enlisted a young photographer to take our picture so that you would believe we were there...
Kaki is very camera shy, but I fooled her into forgetting that I was taking her photo!
She has a wonderful smile! We enjoyed getting to know each other so much and we found a lot to talk about as well as to laugh about and to observe - the arts fest is a great place for people-watching.
The reggae group Earthtones played for an hour and a half, and we had a great time listening. I did a lot of dancing and Kaki enjoyed watching the kids and the people gathered around. People of all ages were dancing, which was cool - I'm afraid my pictures don't show that too well, though.
Here is the lead singer of the Earthtones - he is wonderful.
And here are the terrific young ladies who really had the reggae moves - they were hot hot hot!
Here they are again, with the guy who dances onstage and always has a wonderful costume as well as a baton that he twirls...
And there was some freelance twirling going on in the audience as well...
When the concert was over, we went back to Allen Street, near the water gizmos, and listened to a contra band called Smash the Windows, and did a little freestyle dancing of our own - fun!
And the perfect way to end the day - with Indian food! I should have taken a photo but it was a little dark in India Pavilion where we went for dinner. We shared two dishes, one of grilled lamb kebabs and the other of salmon with coconut/tamarind sauce. Yum!
It is amazing to discover how very much we have in common - I know we all sense that here on Spark - but when we actually meet, it turns out that there is even more to discover and it's all good. I felt very blessed to be able to spend time with Kaki and turn a virtual friend into a real time friend.
Spark meetups are Try it, you'll be glad you did!
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