Monday, June 28, 2010
Although I'm not claiming to be qualified to advise or instruct anyone on attaining a healthy lifestyle; over my 2+ years of being on Spark, I have picked up numerous hints and tips on what to do and what not to do. Hence, when a dear friend recently joined SparkPeople I found myself in the role of Mentor to them. When I get to spend time with him and supervise the foods he is eating he does really well -- off on his own he doesn't do so good. It's going to be a slow, but steady, progress. The good thing, which will be encouraging to him, is that in the beginning he will lose weight more rapidly. It is lovely that it just works out that way, after all, the more you have to lose the more rapidly (in the beginning) it comes off. Once you get closer and closer to your goal, things slow down, you have to work harder.
My friend, and I won't divulge his identity at this time, started his journey at 230 pounds. He lost 2 or 3 pounds, then we didn't see each other for a couple of days and his weight shot back up to 232.6 (rather discouraging to him), but last week we were both on the straight and narrow and he was very proud to step on the scale this morning and see a reading of 225.8 (and he should have been proud because it is a significant improvement).
For the sake of identity, I'll call my friend "Georgie Porgie" and I'll give you an update on a weekly basis! As for me, I'm trying to set a good example, so my own weight, while still being a regular yo-yo is in lower numbers, so I'm feeling quite good about myself also!
to all...Eat Right -- Exercise = GOAL MET!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
It's Happy Days at my house ever since I found a place to get away from the heat of Phoenix during the summer. As nice as it is during our winter months, when the temps climb to well over 100 it is just plain HOT! My dog doesn't like it because the air and the sidewalks are too hot, so there are no walks -- I don't like it because I just can't seem to function in weather that hot, even though there isn't much humidity.
Now I have a place to go during the summer months, or even at Christmas or other times of the year (if I want a change of season). Although it's not a stick built home, but a manufactured home, it's quite spacious, and there is a Master Bdrm, Kitchen/ Dining Area, Spare Bedroom, Office, Living Room AND a Den, plus 2 full baths, master has a jacuzzi! And there is even a laundry room -- it's everything I want or need and the floors are laminate (easy care) and the bedrooms and other living spaces have brand new carpet -- even had all the walls retextured and put in new appliances. It feels like new! Outside the yard is very large, about 1/2 acre and is completely fenced so it's wonderful for my dog and for planting flowers. I already have several grape vines, apple trees, pear and cherry trees -- it's just so much fun. Of course it keeps me busy filling bird feeders and making up the sweet syrup for the hummers, but what a relaxing thing to do in the morning; sit on the back deck and observe all the birds and wild life as I enjoy my morning cup of coffee.
I have no problem getting in my 7500 steps (my goal per day) when I am in weather cool enough to go for a walk anytime we please. Perhaps my weight will take a big plunge with all this healthy living while up here all summer. And I am close enough to my permanent residence to drive down and maintain the yard periodically, do my doctor appointments and that sort of thing.
I'm in 7th Heaven! Wish everyone could be so happy!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I came across this quotation this morning as I was browsing my emails and I simply love it -- it sums up everything a person needs to be happy in one short little sentence:
" There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is." - Albert Einstein, physicist
OK, I'll admit if that says it all in just one sentence, why does it seem like I have the need to ramble on and on in my blogs. But seriously, isn't "talking" a form of exercise? I have one of the most flexible mouths in Arizona! lol
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Do you want to live in the present? Forget the past -- and the future is still to come, no use worrying about that. Live TODAY, it's a true gift and that's why it's called the PRESENT!
I lived in the moment for a few days when I was visiting friends. They are not into the 'healthy lifestyle' and I decided it was best to not be too strict with myself and make everyone uncomfortable, so I tried to make the best of it and not make too many 'wrong choices' for me; but also give myself enough latitude so they didn't find me a complete stick-in-the-mud.
Normally biscuits and gravy is not, and never has been, an option for me. It upsets my stomach and makes me head for the bathroom -- FAST! But one early morning the "man of the house" announced he was making biscuits and gravy for breakfast, and seemed quite proud of the fact. I merely smiled and said it sounded great to me! After all -- I was near a bathroom, I didn't think it would kill me, just once! And it did taste good. Biggest surprise was that I was not affected by it. Hmmmm! A guardian angel???
We ate out, we had more beef than I've eaten in a MONTH -- and yet somehow, someway, when I came home and stepped on the scale I found I had LOST a bit over a pound and a half! Go figure!! Maybe it was the mountain air and the fact that I got in a lot of walking! I'm certainly not complaining.
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