Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I bless the day I first found SparkPeople, guess it was back in December 2007. It has helped me in so many ways, not the least of which happens to be losing ~25 pounds. I have learned an enormous amount of facts about food, exercise and general well-being!
I have more friends (although they are "virtual") than I've had in my entire life. Some of them I have gotten so close to we have exchanged personal email addresses. Friendship is a wonderful thing when you are on a journey -- a journey that is going to have it's share of slipping and sliding and sometimes, falling completely off the road. There is always a hand extended from one of those friends to help pull you out of the ditch and get you back on track!
And with all the Teams that are on Spark you are sure to find several that are just the right fit for you. If not -- make your own Team. I've always loved being a "Leader" so it was natural for me to create teams that fit my interests in life. And through them I've met so many really amazing people.
The recipes were the first thing that caught my interest. I've made up a whole cookbook of just Spark recipes. I try them, and if I like them, they go in my book. It's a notebook so more pages can be added easily -- and it's a joy to know that all of them are going to enhance my health.
Who wouldn't love the trackers that are offered on this wonderful site. At a glance you can see just where you made good or bad choices, as you look over the entries you have made for the day as you track your food. Sodium is a sneaky little character, and it's surprising how quickly those grams can add up. Sugar, salt and fat -- it's what we all crave, and what we have to be so careful of in our food plans (did you notice, I don't like the word "diet").
Challenges are fun! Even if it is filling in a city from A-Z, or a food/drink or a serious challenge of losing a certain amount of pounds within a time frame. Exercise your mind, it's a good way to keep Al at bay (that's short for Alzheimer's). This wonderful site is full of goodies for all ages, whether you be male or female. And if you happen to enjoy writing you can blog, each and every day if you like. That's another place the "friends" come in -- they read them and make comments.
SparkPeople really is
Sunday, October 21, 2012
This is a photo that was taken when I had it layed out on the floor in the living room, trying to get it pinned into place on the fleece blanket I was using as the backing. I now have it complete and it is quilted and has a hem. So it is finally complete. I thought by taking the photo with it on the floor it would show all 49 squares that it took to make this Queen-Sized quilt.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
= Hey! You're discouraged, you "thought" you ate the right food, you DID exercise and yet after a week -- the scale has gone up, not down!?!?!?
These are some of the Determined emoticons and you can see why. Maybe you didn't do quite as well as you had hoped. Sometimes those extraordinary weight losses happen in magazines, but when you get right down to it, that's exactly what they are -- EXTRAordinary. It doesn't happen every day to everyone! I can think back to days when the scale insisted on sticking to the same boring numer, day after day! It was enough to make to stomp your foot and say "Why do I even try?"
But you know what? Just when you think all is lost -- the scale moves down a whopping 1 or 2 pounds all in one big leap!
The truth of the matter is you should be just as proud of yourself when the scale IS moving as when it stays in one place. Now that may not be true is the scale keeps moving UP! YOU know what you ate, and no matter how you try to white wash it -- those desserts come back to haunt you. Or was it pizza, BB-Ribs, you know what I mean. When it comes to that I can easily remember the advice of an older brother "A Little of That Goes a LONG Way!" I was a kid back then, so it wasn't advice about food -- but if the shoe fits, wear it!
Let's all try the DETERMINED forget about being DISCOURAGED!
Friday, October 12, 2012
It's a beautiful fall day, and soon our hot summer will just be a memory!
Life is full of changes, just like the weather -- there are 4-seasons. It must signify that change is a good thing. Perhaps each "season" of our lives is there for a reason. When we are young our life is filled with learning. Some of us yearn for it, others detest it; but regardless of how you approached your 'learning' years, what you did manage to soak up has benefitted you.
I guess the next season in life is the "experiencing and productive" years. We are learning what life is all about in the big world. We are learning to love and be responsible adults. For some of us it doesn't go too well -- others seem to breeze through it like they had a horseshoe in their back pocket! You get your first job, the first ring of the ladder that you will continue to climb.
You fall in love, get married, perhaps have children. For some it is the fairy tale of "forever after" -- others experience the heartbreak and bitterness of divorce. They say every experience is not wasted if you learn from it. Looking back on some of the things I have experienced I'd say, yes, I may have learned from them -- but I wish I could have just skipped that lesson.
I don't believe that anyone just jumps from young to old -- there are those wonderful years in between where you no longer have a job that uses up your time, the children have moved out of the house, and you are pretty much left to do as you please. For some it is a time of lonliness, others cherish the time as a time of freedom. If money is not an issue we can travel and indulge in our hobbies. In short life is good! It can also be a time of sadness as we begin to experience the first pangs of sadness over the loss of a loved one. First it is usually parents, then friends.
When you are young, you seldom think of death -- you are immortal -- nothing can hurt you! But as you age you begin to notice friends who are the same age as you, or even younger, have fallen prey to cancer, to heart attacks, or they die in accidents.
Our final season, of course, is our last few years -- I hope when my time comes it is quick -- perhaps with a heart attack. Here today -- gone tomorrow! It would be a shock for my loved ones; but for me, selfishly I would like to avoid the suffering I've seen friends go through.
I don't mean to be morbid or cause worry to anyone with this blog. It is just the seasons of life that we all go through. Birth to Death. Look at it as the cycles of life. Like they always say, there are only two things certain in life: Death and Taxes!
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