Friday, June 22, 2012
Most of the time I like my life to be neat and orderly, and that includes the things around me. But tonight as I was reading other people's blogs, reading articles and thinking back over my time here on SparkPeople, I realize that being a success at a Healthy Lifestyle is not about PERFECTION! It's about discipline, consistency, baby steps, failing some days and succeeding on others -- it's about learning how to make the right choices, planning your life so you can carve out the time for exercise, and actually modifying your personality as you go along, and becoming a better person.
Why do you suppose we become a better person as we travel the road to a Healthy Lifestyle? I think one of the reasons is that we read the experiences other people go through to get to their goals. Many of them have bigger obstacles than we could ever imagine! I believe we learn to become more compassionate toward the problems and hardships of other people, perhaps try to walk that mile in their shoes for a change. I believe we learn to be more forgiving for the small missteps we make as we travel the road to our goals. OK, you didn't lose 4 pounds this month, and that was your goal. It doesn't make us a bad person and it doesn't make us a failure. We need to pat ourselves on the back the for 3 pounds we did lose, and give ourselves a reward for the fact that we LOST weight and didn't GAIN! It's a big step!
I believe after we have been members for 6 months, a year, 2 years or more -- we see things a lot differently than we did the day we first discovered this great site! Confidence is something we can help other people with. When you leave encouraging words on a blog written by a new friend, you are helping to build their confidence. When you give a spark goodie to one of the other members on one of your teams, it's giving your support and nudging their confidence.
Why do you suppose SparkPeople is such a big success and so many people are finding that at last they are shedding the weight they have tried to lose for years? Maybe because we are not only learning the tricks of the trade when it comes to Healthy Living, but because we are reaching out and giving our support and knowledge to others.
Spark On! There is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. watch for those happy numbers!
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Had a lot of fun over the past several days celebrating, seeing old friends and enjoying life! First celebration, although it was pizza, I ate until I was full, had a glass of wine, which I enjoyed ----- and paid the price of a .6 gain. Two days later had lunch with an old friend, thought I was ordering sensibly (I went by the nutritional values listed on the restaurant's website) -- and paid the price of a .6 gain. Then last night we went all out and had spaghetti (for company) complete with garlic bread and even dessert ---- and again I paid the price with another .6 gain!!! Agghhh!
Of course it's easy to see why this happened. I don't have to scratching my head and wonder "what happened?" When you don't eat right, combined with not getting enough exercise, it's the normal outcome to start putting on those pounds you worked so hard to lose. It may not seem fair, but it's a fact of life. It's also the reasons so many diets fail. "DIET" means a food plan, different from what you normally consume that enables you to lose weight. And if that's the plan you use for losing weight it's bound to fail. Not many people can maintain a food plan (diet) that differs greatly from what they normally consume. And eventually you go back to your "old" way of eating. That's why DIET should not be one of your Healthy Lifestyle words. Use food plan when referring to your streamlined mode of eating. Banish, or severely limit the portion of foods that cause the weight gain. Sure, it could include cheesecake, pizza, fast food, rich sauces, ice cream -- but you are choosing between life and death here. And if you don't try to cheat "yourself" you can still enjoy many of these items -- you just can't stuff you body with them until you feel nearly sick from it. Moderation is the key!
And if and when (I say "when" because you WILL) you do go on a little binge -- make sure it is a short one! If you eat one meal that was definitely a mistake, don't multiply that mistake by doing the same or worse the next meal. Stop right there! One meal is a better mistake than One Day, the same as ONE DAY of mistakes is better than ONE WEEK! If you go too long before getting back to your Healthy Lifestyle it is too easy to give up and just say "what's the use?"
To make sure you don't get bogged down - give yourself a PEP talk, every day!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Two years ago today, my husband and I met for the first time. We had talked briefly on the phone a couple of times, and sent countless emails back and forth. But June 13, 2010 was our first face-to-face meeting!
For me it was just another date, in fact, by this time I would have just as soon stayed home with a good book -- I'd been doing this for YEARS! And I'd almost decided to buy another Scotty, do a little more volunteering at the Library or somewhere, and forget the dating scene.
For George, it was all new and exciting. As a fairly new widow, he was looking forward into the exciting world of dating! and this was his first dinner date with someone. Not preturbed by the unacceptable females he had met thus far, he was looking forward to the evening! Nothing could curb his excitement!
The evening was a success, and George knew he wanted to spend as much time as possible with this entrancing lady! So the days that followed were spent getting to know her and her dog. He wasn't looking for a girlfrend with a dog, but she had one, so that's how it was.
The summer passed along with lots of times, with the arrival of fall, George made sure the love of his life knew just how much he cared by taking her on a cruise to Nova Scotia/Canada/East Coast to see the autumn leaves!
By winter time Eve was decorating his and they were planning a for a day that would be special to them both 1-11-11, or 5ones.
So, yes, about 7 months to the day after they met, they married. So today is the 2-year anniv. of that meeting. That makes today a very special day, and a good day to celebrate!
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Did you ever read an article about how margarine is made? Originally it was not even made for human consumption, but was a way industry was trying to fatten up hogs! When that didn't work out as planned, it was decided to add coloring to it, and feed it to humans. Ya, we'll eat anything! Actually when you see what goes into the making of margarine, you will see it is just a thin line to cross before it is PLASTIC!
While I realize that BUTTER is high in calories and FAT, it's still better than putting margarine into your body. The secret here is moderation. The only time I like to really pile on the butter is when I'm having pancakes or a waffle. And I use only a smidjin of syrup, so I figure it all balances itself out in the long run.
After all BUTTER is made by Mother Nature, it doesn't even have any sugar added to it. So before you spread any more plastic on your toast, think again!
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