Monday, July 26, 2010
Yes! I really do believe in treats! And having said that, let me add that a "treat" is not necessarily a Snickers bar, but as delicious as those are, sometimes there are better, and more satisfying, treats that you can chose for yourself!
You step on the scale some morning and realize that you have lost 10, 20 or 30 pounds! YOU DESERVE A TREAT! Maybe for you guys it could be a new pair of tennis shoes, or a new shirt, or some hot-shot thingamajig for your computer; but regardless, it's something you want! I didn't say NEED here, I said WANT. And for you gals, how about a pedicure, new hair style, a pair of jeans or slacks? We all have our eye on something! Maybe you are just sooooo close to your goal that it's time for a really, really special treat! How about a cruise? Or a week-end all alone for the two of you. No kids, no pets, no worries. OK, you might come back a pound heavier, but I'll bet you will be raring to go!
If life is going to be full of restrictions and you never get to splurge or do anything fun, would it be worth it just so you could be slim? Yes, you probably would be quite healthy; but life is meant to be enjoyed. It's why most businesses are closed at least one day each week -- it's why employees have a day or two off from work. It's to keep people motivated, dependable, and healthy. There is more to your body than just numbers on a scale, there is also the brain where all this good stuff stems from. Give yourself a break every now and then. It's not like committing "diet suicide" I'm just talking about a little treat. Keep your spirits up and the pounds will take care of themselves.
Here's to a "Happy" Healthy Lifestyle!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I was elated the other day when I stepped on the scale and saw the reading of 141.6! Starting out ages ago I was at a high of 162, so I had inched past my 20 pound loss and was on a roll. I stepped on the scale this morning and I was a little dismayed to see "145."
It didn't get there all by itself, folks. It's completely MY FAULT. I've been busy concentrating on helping my fiancee clean out various and sundry portions of his home, something he had failed to do when his wife passed away.Sometimes, tired and depressed we grabbed whatever was handy to eat -- and when have you EVER seen what was handy be the healthy choice???
Then some of the more pleasant times was when I was taken to meet one of his sons for the first time......Mexican food, and while it is definitely a favorite of mine, for me it comes with a guarantee of a half to a one pound gain! I didn't order a margarita (probably LOTS of sugar in that) and had a light beer, but even so the scale jumped from 143.6 up to 145! So, all you Sparkers; while you are out there having fun, pay attention to what goes in your mouth, cause it will darn sure end up stuck somewhere on your body!!!
I guess the moral of the story is: "You are what you eat!"
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sometimes everything just seems to go right! My progress since joining SparkPeople seemed to go at a very slow snail's pace, steady, dependable but oh, so slow! Now, suddenly, I don't know what's changed in my life, but I see pounds dropping away and it's leaving me breathless and feeling oh, so good!
It seems just last month I was complaining as my scale was inching toward 148, and it took hard work and a very restrictive watch on every bite I ate to get it to inch it's way back down into the more comfortable 144 - 145 range that I was used to seeing. A couple of times I would even dip into the 143 range........ but now! I stepped on the scale Sunday morning and did a double take: 141.6 and I couldn't take my eyes off those numbers! Whatever I'm doing it must be right, and I am most definitely on a roll.
I've signed up for a cruise in October and figure by then I'll be in the 130's! This is really, really what we all aim for.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Our temperatures have been running way, way above 100! So is it any wonder that I'm trying to think of something COOL? As it happens, I have always yearned to go to the East Coast of the good old USA and see the fall color as the trees turn from green to beautiful hues of gold/red/rust/orange! And this year my dream will finally come true.
Browsing through various cruises and tours that offer spectacular displays of the fall color, I (and my fiancee) finally decided on one that will touch on Canada Nova Scotia and the New England States. I can hardly wait to experience the fun of another cruise, take pictures of the wonderful memories I'm creating and also the luxury of travel on a cruise. You know, little things like the bed turned down each night with a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate laying on the pillow, plus the exquisite gourmet dishes the chef will offer at each and every meal -- all without me having to even enter the kitchen! And of course, there will be the walks around the deck and hitting the gym each and every day -- otherwise I'll return home round as a pumpkin.
So now when I see the temperatures soaring, I get out my itinerary and scan the cool places I'll soon be visiting -- makes me cooler just to be thinking of October.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
How do you react when you learn that someone you loved very much has deceived you, or found he/she didn't trust you, or did something they knew would upset you -- but did it anyway? Do you face them and have it out right then and there? Do you sulk and pout for a bit and perhaps say nothing, just kind of hold it in and put yourself in a bad mood? Do you think of a way to get even? Or do you try to analyze just what this is all about and try to get to the bottom of it?
Regardless which of the ways you decide to handle it; and perhaps you do not react in the same way each time -- did you ever once stop to think how your reaction was going to affect your day or perhaps your week? If you sulk and pout you may end up feeling in a lousy mood, slightly depressed, for a week for at least several days. Do you know what that will do to your motivation and to your energy level? If you go to the person upsetting you and face it, have it out right then and there, you may feel messed up for a day -- but then you'll bounce back and be more or less back to normal. Analyzing something of this nature usually does you very little good, because analyze all you want to, it's not going to tell you WHY the person did what they did. A one on one is the only way to learn something like that.
I recently went through a situation like this, and as it happened in the evening I pouted and brooded over it for the evening, and even the next day was hard for me; it seemed to hang over my head like a black cloud. I did not have the chance to speak to the person who actually activated this feeling, but I was able to talk to another of the people who were affected. It didn't make me feel a lot better initially, but the more time I have, the feelings have begun to clear up and I find I am able to kind of shrug it off as something that happens once in awhile. It does not matter if you deserve it, or if you were innocently attacked -- it happens. Live with it, put it in it's place in the back of your mind, but don't dwell on it and let it rule your life. That's giving the other person way too much power!
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