Saturday, December 28, 2013
I haven't blogged since early May. Lots has happened in that time. Let's recap.
Got married in June in Key West. (yes you were missed Lizzie!)
After the wedding we jumped straight into "for sickness and for worse". My husband had to have a stent put in his heart. We were no sooner home from the hospital when my step mama called and asked me to come as my dad was having a heart attack. Three days at their house, and home to find my husband was once again back in the hospital with his heart.
Thus my summer became a round robin of hospitals, staying at my parents' home and eating horrid hospital food, gaining weight - make no mistake.
Finally got everybody under control (oh - did I mention that my step mom fell and she was in a wheel chair all summer, after breaking a wrist, ribs and a knee?) Then I had foot surgery - to take care of a bunion - no emergency, but well needed. Two weeks in a cast, four weeks in a boot. About half way through the boot part of that program, I caught sight of myself. Fat, fat, fat. Not happy about it. I knew that SP wasn't working as I needed it to, or I wasn't using it as I needed it to.
So I joined Weight Watchers. Except, that I miss SP, so I would sneak back to track things and spin the wheel. Every Saturday I go to my WW meeting to weigh in and I am better at tracking my food on WW than I was on SP, perhaps because there are points involved, perhaps because I pay for it, not sure. What I do know is that since Oct. 19 I have lost 30 pounds! I am 20 pounds from my goal weight.
And I feel good. Really good. I don't snore anymore, I sleep better, I just feel good. But I miss my peeps here on SP. So I am going to use both sites, why not? Nothing to lose have lots of support right?
Keep fighting the good fight my peeps! We can do this using all the tools we have at hand! Happy New Year to all!
Monday, May 27, 2013
Not ever again.
No more training for:
5ks, 10ks, whatever kind of race....
Nope....done. Hate it, hate the exercise. Never going to do it again.
The morning walks I take with my fiancé count?
The hula hooping I do counts?
The paddle boarding counts?
The bike riding at the metro park counts?
But those things are fun! And so I have a light bulb moment...wait for it.....
(you knew that was coming didn't you...lol) When I (emphasis on I) exercise it needs to be fun and not a chore. FUN! By jove what a concept! I have spend years exercising for a "reason", a race, a competition, weight loss....but have not lost weight nor had fun really...it's been about pushing myself, challenging myself, competing against myself and others....guess what?? NOT FUN...oh sure I loved the feeling at the end of a great workout, but the workouts themselves weren't really fun.
How did I figure this out? You would think it would be common sense....however today I was chatting on the phone and was bemoaning the fact that I had done no exercise. My fiancé said, "um, honey...we walked this morning, you hula hooped to that show and you rode your bike for ten miles....what counts as exercise if none of those do?" Hmmm....he is pretty smart!
So, no more. I am only going to do fun things....lucky for me that I love lots of things that fall under that exercise category!
Saturday, May 18, 2013
I have puppies. Six puppies that are seven weeks old. I also have dogs. Three dogs that are grown up. That makes nine dogs in my very small house. (and the 55 pound male is trying to sit in my lap while I type this!)
The puppies will not stay with us - thank goodness! They start going to their very carefully screened homes on Thursday. I will not be sad to see them go - they are a lot of work, no matter how cute they are....they are sweet though.
At any rate - the puppies got me a paddle board for Mother's Day. Wasn't that sweet? How did they know? How did they get to the store? lol
Anyway I put the paddle board in the lake and off I went for a test paddle. Understand please that I have not been on a real paddle board except for once - in Cabo, in the ocean. The ocean, by the way, which is home to many many monsters...I did not do well as I was quite frightened of whatever monsters might be lurking, hungry, waiting to eat me!
The lake, however, is a different story. I grew up in lakes, swimming, boating, sailing, playing. I raised my kids by the lake. The lake holds no monsters for me. Also, the paddle board that I got was much wider than the one in Cabo, thus much more stable. Up I went on the board and off I went on my first paddle.
If there was a paddle board icon it would go here
I didn't go real far, maybe only ten minutes out so ten minutes back. I live in Michigan - the lakes are NOT warm yet...it was a long winter. I did not fall in, but did not want to push it. I went back a couple days later when my schedule cleared for a moment. I went for a longer paddle - so much fun!
I woke the next moring...sore - you know that good sore - when you have done a good work out and are pleased to know it. I wondered for a moment until it hit me - THE PADDLE BOARD IS A WORKOUT! well....duh!
But first and foremost - it is FUN!
Woo Hoo........my only question now is - when can I retire and move to where it is warm year round??
Thursday, April 11, 2013
We have all heard it before. Put yourself first, make an appointment at the gym and keep it, treat yourself like you would treat a good friend.
Yes Yes, I have heard it all before. But by golly just the other day a
went off in my head. DO IT! Hello! Anybody in there listening??
I joined a new gym a few weeks before Easter. Was doing great. Then I was felled by a horrid sore throat and a head that ached every time I moved it. No gym for me. Then just when I was feeling better.....
My sweet baby Jade had her pups......um.....they are like children and cannot be left alone when they are first born. My fiancée had to work, I had the week off....I stayed home with them...so ....again....no gym time.
They are two weeks old today. Cute as buttons, eyes opened yesterday and they all hover right around 2 pounds. They can be left alone because Baby Jade won't roll on them accidentally - they are big enough to squirm out from under her.
People are wild to come see them. Of course they are - I am wild to get home and sit in the whelping box and snuggle them. So people have been asking when they can come. One friend asked to come the other day at 6:00. Instead of me saying, "no I have a spin class", I kissed the spin class goodbye and told her yes. It was fine, she brought her niece, it was a lovely visit, but it made me realize something. This was a friend who had taken the whole day off work to go to the dentist AT 2:00 in the afternoon. So she could go to lunch with her sister who ALSO took the whole day off for an afternoon dentist appointment, followed by massages for both of them.
Don't get me wrong. I take days off work to fly to Atlanta to see my brother, to lay around my house in my jammies, whatever. What struck me was that this friend did not say to me, "hey what would be a good time to come?" She just asked to come at 6:00. I am perfectly sure if I had said, "Why don't you come at 4:30 or after 7:00 as I have a spin class - she would have. But I didn't.
So my solemn vow to myself is to be selfish - to tell people they cannot come see the puppies between 5:30 and 7:00 because I have a date with myself at the gym, spinning, or lifting or whatever else I might be doing at the gym - did notice a boxing class going on today...um ...yep ...gonna try that! AND I AM NOT GOING TO FEEL BAD ABOUT IT!
And as I was thinking about this during my spin class, as the light bulb was going off...I realized how many of YOU do this. GSartor for sure tells me, "Yep I'll over just as soon as I finish at the gym" She has made incredible progress and should post her before and after pic - seriously!
So a great big thank you to my spark peeps - you all inspire me!
Thursday, March 21, 2013
In my last blog I wrote about being in a rut. About things having to change.
And boy have they!
My gym isn't doing it for me. My fiancée has been urging me to join a gym closer to the house. After my last blog about changes needing to be made, I went and looked at the gym closer to the house. He went with. Whipped out HIS credit card and signed ME up for two years. (Much cheaper that way)
Now instead of NOT going to the gym - which is right across the street from my work - because of being tired at the end of the work day and stressed about the doggies needing to get out of their crates, I simply go home.
Doggies out, work clothes changed, relax a little bit - change into gym clothes and go to the gym which is literally about two minutes from my house.
Oh so nice! But - the best part and this is the alone in love part......they have classes that are included in my membership......
SPINNING! I have wanted for years to take a spin class. Some of you know how much I like to ride my bike...I have never taken a spin class and now there is one offered five days a week! Last Monday was my first class.
Monday: Just trying to figure out the positions. The instructor calls them out over top of loud pumping music (Kid Rock anyone??)
Wednesday: Think I have the positions figured out but MAN is it hard, I am sitting down when I should be standing or hovering....
Thursday (today): Did every move (stand, hover and sit) without sitting down once when I wasn't supposed too! WOO HOO.
For me spinning is like this: I am in a group of people. However, I am not trying to be coordinated enough to figure out which way to move - like in Zumba (shudder - see my blog Zumba Hater). I am alone....nobody else rides my bike, just me. I compete against myself. Can I stand up the whole time the instructor wants us to? Can I do those crazy saddle lunges for this WHOLE song?
this! Each night I try to do a little better. I compete against myself alone. Nobody crosses the finish line before me. It's just me, by myself, alone and in love with spinning. Spinning and winning!
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