Friday, August 06, 2010
Have you noticed that some days you climb on the scale and are elated -- other days you climb on and are shocked/ depressed by the number? Naturally there are times when you just know the scale is going is be lower; you ate right, you exercised, everything is cool. Other times you think it 'might' be a little lower and are suprised to see a whole pound (or even more) gone! Whew! How did I do that???
What you have to remember is that lots of things are being factored into what your scale is going to read. Your water intake is one thing. Another thing is how much sodium you consumed. Your choice of food is a very important item, and, lastly -- did you exercise? I know you've heard it all before, but when you get right down to the bottom line, all of these things are important considerations, and most of what you've heard is probably true. So all of these important facts are considered, and bingo = your personal scale reading for the day!
It's great when the scale is on a downward movement, but when it jumps up a few ounces, don't become discouraged. Many times it is impossible to track what did actually cause the slight jump up in weight, the same as it's impossible to know for sure why you lost weight when maybe you had a little slip-up. It's how life works! Try to hang onto that motivation, because over a week or so, or even a month, if you are generally yo-yoing in lower numbers, well, hey! that's the name of the game -- WE ALL WANT LOWER NUMBERS! If we have to yo-yo a bit on our way to them, it's just the way life works!
Hugs to all!
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Last night when I saw I had no plans or work planned for today, I decided to paint my guest bathroom. For some of you it might sound like a bunch of work, but for me such a prospect is cause for excitement -- decorating, even as mundane as painting a bathroom makes me feel exhilarated!
Now keep in mind that I had a color swatch with the color all chosen and all I had to do was go to the store and buy the gallon of paint. Very simple! But when I got there I decided to check out the other color options. Don't even ask why!! It's one of those unexplained mysteries of life. Actually the color I had chosen looks very bad in the light at Lowe's -- so I decided I needed something brighter, perhaps more colorful, less drab. The one I got was something with a lovely name, like Butternut Hazelnut or some such. And, as I was not at my own house last night I put the paint in my car, anticipated getting up early and having the entire job done by noon. That part went smoothly -- I got up at 6:30, eager to go. Breakfast was over and I was on my way.
However, when I opened the paint can I stared at it, aghast! The color was garish and much, much too orange looking. I had in mind more of abrownish- mustard color. Hmmmm! But the store has a 'no return' policy on custom paint and I was not about to just throw it out, so gritting my teeth, I started on the bathroom. I figured if I left the main wall with the mirror on it in the plain white it would counteract the boldness of the color. While applying it, it still looked very rash and I wondered what I might do to "fix" it. Perhaps I will try applying a faux finish on top of it, kind of tone the entire effect down.
Well, finally I was done. I cleaned up the roller and paint brush, rehung the towels and put the light switches back in place. There are still a couple of small plates to be hung that I keep in that room, and admittedly, it looks better now with the towels in place. I'll look at it again tomorrow after I get the shower curtain back up and everything in place. If it looks good, I'll take a photo and show all of you the result.
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!"
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