Saturday, November 05, 2011
It seems I always sabotage myself -- or rather my husband does. I was so proud and happy with everything on Friday because I had lost a whole pound after being at the higher weight for several days!
But when dinner time rolled around and I suggested ham and cheese sandwiches for us -- hubby said he wanted PIZZA. I gave in..... and of course he didn't stand over me and threaten me to eat my half, did he? No -- I did that all by myself. I knew going in that the scale would be back up the pound -- and it was!
Why do I do this? Why does anyone do it? I see it on a daily basis as I check into my various Teams and see one or more members tell me what they ate the day before and "how they shouldn't have." But, what's done is done, and it's just me that will have to get that pound back off again -- not my hubby, not my friends, I am the one that is totally responsible. No use pouting, just bite the bullet and try to do better today. I guess you could look at it as your treat for the week, or for the month (or however often you allow yourself a treat). You DO allow a treat now and then, don't you?
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Not long ago DH took me on a 2 week+ vacation throughout New Mexico and then touched into the corner of Colorado before heading home. I went through some of the photo's he had posted on our website, and chose a few that I especially liked and will explain below the photo where they were taken. If interested, our website can be viewed at: delange.org
This photo was taken in the Carlsbad Caverns. It was one of our first stops, so I'm showing these first.
Also taken in the Caverns, this particular formation was entitled "Devils Spring."
This one in the Caverns looked like the perfect setting for Halloween -- good thing we got there the beginning of October, it would have been spooky!
OK, last one for the Caverns -- there were many different color variations, but I found it was rather difficult to capture the picture the way my eyes saw it.
Next stop on our trip was Roswell, NM -- I told you we'd been abducted by the aliens, and here is the proof.
I threw myself on their mercy and begged them to let us go. They didn't budge, so I began telling them about "Spark People" and how they should endeavor to live a healthy lifestyle. Don't know why but shortly afterward they let us go.
One Sunday we took a drive through one of the National Forests and stopped to take a photo of what we had been driving through. Sorry we didn't get some of the shots we saw as we were driving along. Many times the roads had no pull-overs.
Looking back down at the White Sands National Monument, this shot was taken at Sunspot, which was where we went on our Sunday drive. Beautiful country here and in the next shot you will see a close-up of some of the white sands drifts where the formations seemed endless -- on and on just dazzling white!
Our last stop was at Mesa Verde and this particular photo is of Cliff Palace. We actually took the tour that hiked right down to it. It's hard to believe the life of the people back thousands of years ago as they made their homes in these cliff dwellings.
Hope you enjoyed the little tour! Didn't want to put in too many as sometimes these can get boring.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
When you make the decision to attain a Healthy Lifestyle, or when you make that decision to get to a healthier weight, you know you can't reach your goal in just a day. It took time to get where you are today, and it will also take time to reach your goal.
All the hard work in the world isn't going to help if you end up just wearing yourself out, so that when you reach that magic number on the scale, or slide into that "dream size" you have in mind for yourself -- you are worn out, just totally exhausted and it's the end of the end. You've seen it happen before, when a person defeated all odds of winning, maintained the straight and narrow, never allowing temptations to get the better of them. You may think that a person who had reached their goals that way deserved a big pat on the back.
Perhaps you would be right. But to my way of thinking, if you bound yourself too tightly with rules and restrictions, even when you hit that magic number that you were striving for -- you didn't really win. The price was too high and you gave up too much. It's not human nature to "never" indulge, and do you really want to see a certain number on the scale, or wear a certain dress size -- at the cost of never again eating another bite of some of your favorite foods?
Even in the Bible it speaks of moderation in all things. So don't go crazy and drink an entire 6-pak of beer (if beer is your thing), and if you're absolutely gone on pizza, especially meat lovers, or piled high with pepperoni -- don't say you will never let another morsel pass your lips. Ice cream is your weakness? You don't have to eat a gallon to find satisfaction. MODERATION is the key here. It is the little things that count..... by that I mean give yourself little treats now and then as you are on the road to success. Don't eat an entire pizza, be happy with a piece, or even a few bites -- to go along with a bowl of soup or your salad. Whatever food it is that brings a smile to your face should not be banished from your menu for the rest of your life. Where is the joy in that -- but instead of pigging out and going off the deep end, savor the taste with one or two bites. You probably won't believe it, but eventually you will reach the point where you can so "no" to some of the very same food that you think you'd die for. It no longer has such a drastic hold on you.
There was a time when I could not pass a candy dish filled with chocolate covered raisins. My obsession for them lasted for years; but strangely enough they no longer hold any power over me. I may stop once in awhile and pop one in my mouth -- most of the time wondering as I do it what the big attraction was. You know when things like this happen to you that you are well on your way to a truly healthy lifestyle.
I don't know if I will ever reach that magic number, but I do know that a lot of things have changed in my life. Most of the things that seem to have made a difference are little things in themselves -- but they add up in a big way!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The photo you see of me if not my usual way of posing. In fact, lots of things about the past year of my life have been different -- and that's OK, because change is good.
Before I got married this last time I had never hiked (per sie), had never checked out archaeological sites, and seldom gazed up at the stars and tried to remember the names of the various constellations. But these are interests of my new husband, so I'm trying to learn about them, and be interested also. After all, many of our trips revolve around these things, so if I want to enjoy my vacations, I need to enjoy the subjects.
Birthdays are a good time to meditate over how your life has gone, where you are now, and what you see in the future. I'm no exception to that rule, and while my time with SP has certainly been long enough for me to have gained my goal over and over again, I am still at least 10 pounds away from it. I don't tell myself I'm a failure over this 10 pound discrepancy and most of the time I'm not "too" upset about it. I do realize that if I had the gumpsion to double my exercise routine or even perhaps never allow myself any of the little temptations that come into my life (you know, "that one small brownie") then perhaps I would have made my goal long ago.
Over the course of 3 years with SP I have certainly made numerous changes in my life, and I've learned sooooo much from reading motivational blogs, health articles and just plain reading anything and everything that I came across. I've even gotten so interested in the Healthy Lifestyle that I've started watching "The Biggest Loser" on TV. Hard to relate to someone like that, as although I'm only 5'2, my heaviest weight ever was 162, hardly joined the ranks of the people I was watching on TV. And when I see what their trainers put them through, I shudder -- I could never withstand such rigors of training. That's another good reason not to let myself get out of hand.
I now hover around 143 to 146. Not perfect, although I do feel quite healthy and good for having just turned 73 years old. I know that each year of my life that goes by now will have a bigger impact on me. Between the ages of 25 and 30 I don't remember much of any change in my body at all -- except that I was through having children. I remember when I hit 40 I had a hysterectomy and not too long after that had to start taking estrogen (and with each new pill it seems one's weight goes up a little). Back in those days the scale had creeped all the way up to 119 - Wow! lol Then one day I reached 50 years old and my weight was at a very heavy 124 (to my mind) -- I was going to see a dietician!
The BIG turn came after that, my husband and I decided to start our own business. We did not mind the hard work, what I did mind was eating every meal in a restaurant! My weight crept up steadily until I was at 150 pounds without really noticing what had happened. It was very fast, I'll tell you that. That carried on for a couple of years, and it was time for my DH to retire. We moved to Sedona and lived the good life. The good life involved going out with friends, drinking, eating -- and the weight nudged up just a little to settle at around 152 to 157 with no change of clothing size.
There were times when I would catch sight of myself in a photo and realize the "petite little thing of yesteryear" was gone forever! And I would try to watch what I ate, and be more active. I'd lose a little - gain it back. Nothing unusual there. To me it was a "diet" not a change in lifestyle, and certainly not healthy living!
Lots of changes have happened in my life, but one of the best changes was joining Spark People! While I have not yet reached my goal, I still believe I will, and I do feel that I am a very healthy woman at age 73, with many, many more years to enjoy!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
I've never had any trouble sleeping, and I LOVE to sleep. Especially during the winter months it feels cozy to snuggle down in bed early in the morning for some extra ZZZZ's. But for some reason I found myself sleeping late nearly every morning this summer. I'm not talking about staying in bed until noon or anything, maybe just 7:30 or so. But even by 7:30 in AZ it has reached the point where it is uncomfortably HOT out. There were a few mornings I would drag myself out of bed around 6:00 and my dog and I could enjoy a refreshing walk.
It wasn't until the end of this last vacation that I started to wake up a bit earlier in the a.m.
Now I find myself wide awake and ready to get up at 6:30, and even in Phoenix, where we are still seeing temps very close to 100 -- it's cool and refreshing at 6:30. The sun hasn't had a chance to really "blast" us yet at that hour. My dog has started looking forward to these early morning walks, and strangely enough, I have too!
For three days my scale stubbornly clung to the same old number, but finally now, on the fourth day of two walks per day it slipped down .2 -- I know that's not much, but it's a start. I'm happy with it, and if this keeps up I could be down a pound by the end of the week.
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