Wednesday, May 19, 2010
In one of the Spark Articles I recently read it tells about a plan and it appealed to me; after all, what I was doing certainly wasn't showing any great results! Yesterday was my first day and I love the results! Basically here is how it works:
1. Use your low-end calorie allowance for how many calories you can consume. As my range is 1200-1550, that put me at 1200 calories for the day.
2. Divide your calories up between breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack (opt)
3. Plan your menu ahead of time to keep you on track. You can do one day at a time or the entire week. I do it only a day at a time, entering all my food on the tracker, that way I can add, delete -- whatever it takes to get it to come out right and there may be days that I'm just a bit low or high in one category or the other but my calorie count with be very, very close to 1200.
4. Last rule: No eating or drinking 2 hours before bedtime (this helps so you do not have to run to the bathroom all the time too) lol
It also advised not weighing in for the entire week. I can't abide by that rule as I feel absolutely LOST if I can't do my morning weigh-in. And guess what! After just one day of doing this I lost .8 -- way to go, baby!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Have you ever noticed that when you gain weight by indulging at a favorite restaurant you usually put on a pound, sometimes even more! But then on the other hand, when you are working hard to take that gain back off it seems to come off in .2's and .4's. Slow but sure!
I don't know why a person's body seems to have the tendency to put the weight on so quickly and is so reluctant to let it go again. It's kind of like it ADORES fat and once it gets ahold of it, it doesn't want to let it go!
If anyone out there knows how to make this "release" happen sooner and in a smoother fashion, let me know. Otherwise it's just drink water, eat right and be sure to get in some exercise.
Monday, May 17, 2010
I've read some of the motivational articles and sometimes feel that I'm the last runner in a marathon. These articles are supposed to get you all worked up and motivated, and don't get me wrong, the people who have taken the time to write them are doing great things! In fact, so great that I feel like there must be something wrong with me as I've been on this site for over 2 years now and I'm still not at my goal weight!
Sure, I've made progress, and I've picked up a lot of healthy habits and dropped a few that weren't so healthy, but I don't feel that I'm "outstanding" and sometimes as I am the leader on a few different teams, I wonder if I am the example they should have in front of them.
But, you know, perhaps that is EXACTLY the kind of person that needs to lead a team. I'm not perfect, I have my good days and my bad days. I go up and down on the scale. I can talk the talk, but there are times I don't seem to walk the walk. Is it a good thing that I can relate to the problems that others are facing? Sure, I have probably faced some of those same problems, and I don't always win.
Bottom line is that I'm much healthier than I was 2 years ago!
Bottom line is that I'm about 15 pounds lighter than I was 2 years ago!
Bottom line is that I haven't given up -- and I won't -- not until I step on the scale for about 6 months in a row and I'm happy with the number! Either that or when I slip easily into that dream size 8!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Hi! I'm Eve...... here's a little bit about me. Be sure to copy and paste this into a blog of your own, but backspace the info, and make it your own. Let's get better acquainted -- this little A-Z tells a lot of good stuff. If you have a different says for one of the letters, go ahead and change it -- you're in charge!
A - Age: 71
B - Bed size: King (not like I NEED it - I'm 5'2)
C - Chore you hate: Cleaning bathtubs
D - Dog's name: Amber
E - Essential start your day item: Coffee with flavored creamer
F - Favorite color: Black/White (at least in clothing)
G - Gold or Silver: Silver
H - Height: 5'2”
I - Instruments you play: My Bose is about it. lol
J - Job title: Slave to my dog
K - Kid(s): none at home - 3 otherwise
L - Living arrangements: Just me and Amber
M - Mom's name: Vera (deceased) Dad: Andy (deceased)
N - Nickname(s): The Brat (can't imagine why)
O - Obsessed with: Interior Decorating and Reading
P - Pet Peeve: sarcasm and braindead people
Q - Quote: Either Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way!
R - Right or left handed: right
S - Siblings: only 1 sister left now
T - Time? I'm always on time, never late, never early!
U- Unusual and Unpredictable -- that's me
V - Vegetable you Love: Carrots, Asparagus, actually most of them!
W - Weigh In - each and every morning!
X - X-rays you've had: back/knee/hips
Y - Yummy food you make: Italian
Z - Zoo favorite: I love all animals, fish, birds, etc. LOVE to interact with the animals, like at San Diego Zoo.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Decided I'd take my car in for an oil change, made the appointment, took a good book along to read, and arrived right on time. The sign said to allow about an hour for them to do their job. OK -- coffee looked strong and the cream was powdered, so I decided to skip that luxury.
About 45 minutes later one of the mechanics approached me and said, "I was going to rotate your tires but I noticed the two in the back are almost down to metal (whatever that means) so you really need new tires - NOW! Would you like me to price new tires for you?" I told him yes, which he had already done anyway, and back comes his answer: $520 including tax, mounting, etc. and I can do that for you right now if you like.
I decide to go for it, he said it would be another 30 minutes. So I read some more but in about 30 minutes the boss comes up to me and informs me they didn't have the tires on hand and had to run over to the store. They are very sorry it is taking so long. Well, I've been there so long now, no use leaving at this point, so I hand him my book, ask him to put it in my car, and inform him I'll take a walk while they finalize it. "How much longer?" I ask. "30 to 45 minutes" I'm told.
That's how I got my morning walk in today. My dog missed out on it, but at least I got mine in, and everyone knows my shape is more important than hers (hers is just oblong). Finally it's been 40 minutes and I head back. I sit down and just have time to glance at the newspapers headlines and they are calling my name.
As I pay the bill I jokingly say "expensive oil change." But of course, the owner doesn't seem to get the joke, he's probably thinking to himself "today is going great!" so to each his own. On the bright side these new tires have a warranty of 65,000 miles -- at my age that seems like a long, long time!
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