Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Today I checked out the "Secrets of Success" section of SP because I was following the "Insider" tip of the day. Was I surprised!! When I looked under the Most Popular Secrets of all times, there was mine, number two!
In case you haven't read it, here it is:
Treat It Like A Job
951 Members Were Sparked
When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.
I'm really glad that this woman inspired me so that I could spark others!! Thanks to all you who liked this secret!!
Sunday, September 09, 2012
I rode over from my house and met Feathers at the trail:
We had to cut our ride short because of the gathering storm, but it was still a hoot!!
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Last Sunday I wrote of our usual Sunday bike ride; well, today's was different. Officially the group ride was cancelled due to weather, but when I got there the sun was shining. Feathers was there and raring to go. Her real name is Wendy - she is an interesting tatooed 68 years old with feathers woven in her hair and she's training for a trip to Tahiti that includes a long bike ride. Feathers and I planned to ride a mile back and forth several times until the rain got to us, but when we'd gone a mile, she wanted to go further, so I did, too. We went 3 miles south and turned around and came back. She told me to go on to beat the rain as my bike is faster than hers. The sky got ominously black.
I ducked into a local diner and had some not too unhealthy breakfast, watching the thunderstorm come through. When there was a break in the rain, I rode the mile and a half to my daughter's house in a bit of a drizzle. DD is at church with the kids, so I'm Sparking on her computer til they get home.
Our group leader, Janet, stopped by to tell us in person that the ride was cancelled. She took a picture of Wendy and me, but it's not yet on Facebook, so I'll probably post it later.
My butt is a bit sore from yesterday's fall, so my 8 mile ride was probably all I needed anyway. The bumps hurt, so I had to get off the seat in a kind of standing position when we crossed railroad tracks and bad parts of the trail. Despite the weather and the bumps, I'm glad I rode today!!
Saturday, September 08, 2012
I was writing this brilliant blog (LOL) about how I found my inner jock, when it disappeared in front of me. Oh, well. So much has happened, I'll just stick to my usual updates of my life in the maintenance lane:
* First, I have water!! The kitchen now has a working sink, dishwasher, and ice maker. I have counters. There is still a matter of the cabinet doors, tiling the backsplash, and the counter edges, but I really can cook now. Thank heavens! Maintenance will be easier for me.
* I went in faith. My hubby dropped me off this morning at 6am and left to go see his beloved Vols play football today. He took the car. It is 5.12 miles from our running start point home and I figured I could walk it alone. Didn't want to, though, due to dogs and high grass and bad traffic. I got a ride half way home and walked mostly on sidewalk the rest of the way. I really enjoyed the 5 mile group run.
*I should confess, though, that a fast car startled me when I was crossing and I backed up on the curb, missing in my klutzy way. I scraped my elbow a bit and I bet my backside will be dark for a while. No real harm done.
* While hubby is gone for 3 days, my plan is to eat like I was at a spa. I have plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, skim milk, tuna steaks and chicken breast, brown rice and quinoa. I've never tried quinoa before, so I'll let you know what I think.
* I do have one meal out planned, though. Monday is grandparents day at my 5 year old's school. The baby and I are invited to go eat in the cafeteria. I'm hoping it will be something healthy, but if not, I'll eat a little and talk a lot!!
Hope all my SparkFriends and SparkFriends-to-be are having a great weekend!!
Friday, September 07, 2012
Just 6 days of really good eating at the bottom of my maintenance calorie range and I registered a loss of 5.6 pounds at Weight Watchers today. I went from last Saturday weighing the most I'd weighed in 2.5 years to today being my lowest weigh-in since February of this year. What a surprise!
There is a lesson here. I really don't think I should sweat these fluctuations so much. That said, it's far better to address a 2 or 3 or 5 pound gain than let it build to 10 or 15 or 25 pounds like I have many times. Still looking for the right balance.
I'm not surprised that after 3.5 years of maintaining an 80+ pound loss, given my 5 decades of living overweight, I still don't have it all together. Honestly, I'm more surprised to see how well I am doing!! But that doesn't mean I'm complacent. I still want to aim for excellent eating habits and a very small range of weight fluctuation.
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