Sunday, January 02, 2011
I did toast the New Year but it was well before midnite! And I did use champagne to do it!
As we had driven to our home in the mountains to greet the New Year, it was a very quiet, cold, snow covered, not-party-mode type of celebration. In fact, to use the word celebration in describing my New Year's Eve sounds like I don't have a good grasp of the English language. lol
It was slow in coming, but I do realize now that if I track my food, and don't kid myself by cheating (that means eating sweets) that I can consistently lose weight because that's exactly what I did for our few days stranded (almost) in the snow-covered area we spent Thursday thru Saturday in. I started out at 145 or so, and by having NO TREATS, my weight ended up at 142.4 which isn't bad when you consider I had very little exercise. When it's 17 degrees it doesn't make you want to go out for long walks, especially on roads that are icy and very slippery.
I hope during 2011 that we all find the eating plan that works for us specifically and the exercise plan that meshes well with it. One that is do-able! Today, I enjoyed the warm (compared to 17) weather here in Phoenix and took my dog for a really long walk. And although I ate out tonight, I think everything will balance out and I'll still be happy with the number on the scale!
Happy 2011 everyone!
Monday, December 27, 2010
I tend to look back over the year as it gets closer and closer to December 31st, as I'm sure lots of other people do -- human nature! And this year as I sat looking, I realized I've been on SparkPeople for 3 years already, and as one of those "picky" people I decided to make up a chart that would show me in black and white how my progress had been going! OK, I'm sure there is a way to look into SP's records and they would have a chart or something at my fingertips if I just knew how to find it. But I'm dumb when it comes to the inner workings of a computer; so I just plodded my way to making my own chart.
I started out January of 2008 at 157 pounds and ended the year at 149. It was a loss but certainly not impressive! The following year was a yo-yo of 3 or 4 pounds all year, with a loss not fit to write home about (less than 2 pounds) and my 3rd and most recent year saw me decently slim at times, but in December it shot up and I ended up with a 1-pound loss. OK, the year's not over YET, and remember, these weights are all done on the 1st of each month. But DUH! What am I doing here? It's pretty obvious that I am cheating on my own good intentions! So this is the time for a new lifestyle. I haven't worked out all the kinks yet, actually have not even thought of all the kinks yet -- but I'm busy working it out. That will be my next blog, or the one after.......
After 3 years isn't it time I got smart?
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Like so many other people that I know, I used to sit down toward the end of December, and pen in hand, I would think of resolutions I swore I would keep in the "new year." And as I wrote each and every one of them down, my heart was in it, I was sure I would make a big effort. But. . . . just by the wording alone I was sitting myself up for failure.
1. Try to exercise more.
If I was serious I would have aimed for something like:
1. Go workout at the gym 30 minutes 4 times a week. (see the difference)
2. Lose some weight.
Duh! Pretty easy to get around that one too. So I diet like crazy for a week, isn't that about how long diets usually last? Then it all comes back on plus another 5! Keeping it off is the only solution. So . . . .
2. Take off 10 lbs. by eating healthy, then maintain that weight.
There are examples that could go on and on, you know what you put down, and you know the way you wiggle around them too, don't you? I guess that's why my New Year's Resolutions have gone by the way side. Now I concentrate on a healthy lifestyle, I know when I'm slipping and I know what I have to do to get back on track. I suppose I could write it all down, but if I am motivated and "really" want it -- lists won't help -- nor will they hinder. It will become a "habit" to eat right and to get in that daily exercise. That's what I'm aiming for, I just don't write it down. A few new good habits each and every year -- and one of these days I'll realize that I've been "tiny and in good health" for a long time!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
'Tis the Season to be Jolly, tra-la-la-la-la-la ...... this is probably the holiday that passes the most love to one another and that's as it should be. Today our Savior was born, there is lots to be thankful for and it's a good time to spread love and cheer.
When my "soon-to-be-hubby" saw all the packages I was putting under the Christmas tree for him -- he said he felt he should rush right out and buy me some more stuff. But what? He was scared, like most men are, that it would be the wrong size, the wrong color, the wrong style -- or simply the wrong gift. So I made a deal with him. I said we'd go to one of the stores that were not "too" terribly busy, I'd try on several different outfits, show them to him as I modeled them, then the ones that "I" considered a "nice" fit -- I'd hand to him. He could buy any or all of them, and I would still be suitably surprised -- 'cause I wouldn't know which ones he would decide on. Well, it sounded good to him too, so that's exactly what we did. I see LOTS of nicely wrapped packages under the tree so I'm not sure just how lucky I got, but one thing I do know: they will all fit, they'll be the right color, and just my style!
And while we're spreading around some of that Christmas Love, we went to the neighbors across the street with two homemade pies (apple and pumpkin) plus gifts. They in turn fed us sandwiches and drink, we enjoyed the desserts we had brought over -- and we all had nice warm fuzzy feelings about having wonderful neighbors!
Merry Christmas everyone
PS -- He bought them ALL!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
When my hubby had to go to the Emergency Room a week ago, and consequently have his galbladder taken out, he was discouraged when he came home and the scale read 230.6 -- which was just about what it was when I met him. All the temptations he had passed up, the exercising, just ALL OF IT -- seemed to have gone down the drain!
But I told him it was water weight, and once he was able to start moving around a bit it would start to come off fast. Of course he smiled, but I don't think he believed me. Today he got on the scale to read 218.6 -- wow! he's made it under the 220 mark, and able to fit into clothing that hasn't fit him since 2006!
Having a very sick wife and going through her subsequent death was very difficult for him, as it is for any man. Men -- unless they are natural born cooks -- simply look at the kitchen in despair, and usually settle for scrambled eggs and toast. So it was easy to see why his favorite spots were McDonalds and some of the others! Also easy to see why the scale kept going up - up - UP!
Hey! I think my guy's gonna look pretty spiffy for the wedding in 3 weeks!
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