Saturday, May 07, 2011
I was looking through old photo's the other day and saw this one of me when I was 30! My weight was probably around 110 or less, I didn't weigh myself very often back in those days. I looked at myself in the mirror and felt totally disgusted with myself.
But as I studied how I look today I had to be logical, because that's the kind of person I am and I realize you can't look like 30 when you're 72!
Sometimes you have to let go of unattainable goals and be realistic! When my husband died of cancer in 2001 I weighed 162. He didn't mind, and it didn't seem too important to me either. We both ate pretty much what we wanted and had our little "cocktail" parties on a regular basis also.
About 3 years ago I decided it was time for a healthy lifestyle. And although I was overweight, my problems were not as bad as some peoples. I had never gotten the habit of smoking -- a plus! I had not eaten fast food for nearly more years than I can remember -- a plus! I drank maybe one diet soda per week -- a plus! And, while I had started taking medication for high blood pressure, I did not have any illnesses to contend with -- a plus!
I lost a few pounds on my own, and then I discovered SparkPeople -- a BIG PLUS!My starting weight was 157, and reading back in my journal I remembered how I struggled with losing a couple of pounds, then putting them back on. But now I find I'm horrified when my scale tells me I've gotten up to 145! So, although my progress is SLOW, it is still progress, so I'm taking credit for what I have done. The things I have not done are not relavent -- I will reach my goal. Not everyone moves at the same rate and it's important to remember that.
Look on the bright side, and smile and be thankful for finding a site like SP!
Monday, May 02, 2011
I've heard happy thoughts about plans for Mother's Day, and I've also heard the flip side. No mother -- no grandmother, kids pay no attention any longer, gas too high to go anywhere, no time, no money and of course groans about how you'll eat too much!
I lost my Mom years ago, but I cherish the memories of how I used to drive to her home in California (I lived in Las Vegas) and my sister and I would take her out for brunch somewhere along the coast. As she got older we noticed she wasn't really eating her food as much as pushing it around on her plate, and instead of worrying about putting on extra weight, we saw the weight slipping off her frail body, ounce by ounce. But the memories are bright in my mind even today, just to see the shine in her eyes at being taken to a fancy place and looking out over the spectacular California coastline scenery!
Although I stayed with my Grandmother and although she had a couple of her sons at home who had never married, I do not remember that there was any fuss on Mother's Day. For her it was probably a day just like the rest. She would cook huge, delicious meals, we would all sit down together as a family and enjoy them and then it was my job to clean up afterward. More wonderful memories. I'm sure my granddaughter would throw a temper tantrum if she had all the work to do that I had during high school years, but the funny thing is -- I volunteered my services for most of it. I loved rules and discipline.
I don't hear my daughter talk a lot about Mother's Day either, I think the normal thing is to go to a nice restaurant to eat. Times have changed in many parts of the world, and we must adapt and go on. If I tend to reminisce about some good times of the past I try to balance out the facts of today's world with the one fact that keeps me going. I'm alive and I'm fairly healthy!
Friday, April 29, 2011
Just discovered another way to add points to my daily Spark Points. Have you tried the one down toward the bottom of the list where you can take a quiz and earn 5 spark points?
I did it tonight on Snacking, and was happy to learn I'm a SMART SNACKER!
It's been proven, the more you participate the easier you seem to lose weight!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
If you had the chance to go back a day, a month, or even years -- what kinds of changes would you make in your life?
I thought about that after reading a very provoking book. There are so many things in ones life where you look back on it and realize you didn't make a wise decision, or a prudent one, perhaps financially a disaster, or even one unwise as far as your romantic life went. Would we change it if we could? Sometimes it is better to have experienced that unwise decision, regardless of the outcome. You gain knowledge from each of your bad and good experiences. If all your experiences were good ones, what would your outlook on life be? Unrealistic at best.
I know I would stay in closer communications with people from my past. I have somehow let so many of them slip through my fingers. And now, as I wonder how they are and what they are doing, I have no way of finding out.
I would live a healthy lifestyle starting at a much earlier age than what I did. I now know that it is easier to lose that 5 pounds before it becomes 25 pounds. I know that as inconvenient it may have seemed to clean my face and apply the lotion, as I age, it would have given me a little advantage in how I look to have done so.
I would have saved more money toward my retirement. We are taught that from the first paycheck we earn, we should put something away for retirement, or "for a rainy day." In our youth we scoffed at such an idea -- after all, "we" are never going to get old. We are invincible.
I would have been nicer to more people. Sarcasm may give you a moment of satisfaction, but at what cost to the person on the receiving end? Until you have walked in their shoes, you never know.
I would have allowed myself more "me" time. I can remember my doctor telling me to stop living those 26-hour days and I just laughed. Now I realize I was not invincible after all -- but again we are learning from our mistakes.
Think about it. The good thing is that it is never too late to improve ones life, and the way in which you live it. A time will come when it really IS the LAST DAY, but until that happens, there is always the present when we can improve the way we live our lives.
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