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Food tracking (part 9 I think!)

Monday, August 15, 2011

I have been on my journey for nearly 2 years now and I know several things about myself that ONLY this journey could have taught me:


It is about how I feel and not about how I look.

One good choice almost always leads to the second.

Lying to myself is stupid because, DUH, I know the truth too! (that is code for if you have 50 grams of something, say it is 50 grams and not say 30!!)

And most important, if I don't put in the work that is a choice that I make and I will not offer an excuse. Every choice is mine alone to make, good or bad.



So, with what I have learned I know I need to get back into the good habits of logging my food. So, that is my promise to myself. I am not happy with how I feel after the few extra pounds from vacation. The choice is mine alone, do I eat well and exercise or do I go back to not feeling good about myself?

Feeling good about myself is a gift I did not have for most of life. Now I do. I won't get on the scale because that is just depressing. If it takes a month or a year to get off the few extra pounds well so be it.

Feeling good about yourself is a gift, and that gift is priceless!




  
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MAYTE1975 10/2/2011 3:45AM

    Hope everything is back on track.
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MAMACAT2_3 9/23/2011 7:27PM

    I'm stopping by your page to see how you 're doing?? You've been quiet on here lately, were you able to get back into the groove of tracking your food? Hope all is well in your world!

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MICRAELIE 8/25/2011 8:53AM

    Thanks for sharing your lessons learned. It helps me so much to see these important -- and TRUE -- statements written down. And the three lessons you shared I agree are key to our new lives.

It is about how I feel and not about how I look. -- Yes, yes, yes. I need to love myself and be good to myself and that alone is an accomplishment.

One good choice almost always leads to the second. -- I love the simplicity and truth of this. This line was actually a lightbulb moment for me. It makes me feel very positive that my positive thoughts and actions can be self-perpetuating -- not must my negative ones.

And most important, if I don't put in the work that is a choice that I make and I will not offer an excuse. Every choice is mine alone to make, good or bad. -- Okay, I'm going to spout some platitudes: The truth hurts sometimes, but also sets us free.

Way to go, and thanks so much for sharing. I, and all your SparkFriends, support you and your journey.

Best,
Michele>


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MICRAELIE 8/25/2011 8:52AM

    Thanks for sharing your lessons learned. It helps me so much to see these important -- and TRUE -- statements written down. And the three lessons you shared I agree are key to our new lives.

It is about how I feel and not about how I look. -- Yes, yes, yes. I need to love myself and be good to myself and that alone is an accomplishment.

One good choice almost always leads to the second. -- I love the simplicity and truth of this. This line was actually a lightbulb moment for me. It makes me feel very positive that my positive thoughts and actions can be self-perpetuating -- not must my negative ones.

And most important, if I don't put in the work that is a choice that I make and I will not offer an excuse. Every choice is mine alone to make, good or bad. -- Okay, I'm going to spout some platitudes: The truth hurts sometimes, but also sets us free.

Way to go, and thanks so much for sharing. I, and all your SparkFriends, support you and your journey.

Best,
Michele>


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COMPUCATHY 8/24/2011 11:37PM

    Yeah...I know what you are talking about...and I agree. It really is a gift. We've had a taste of the sweet life...and it's a life of healthy living. When we get away from it, we miss it and long to have it back. And it's very attainable...we just have to make good choices that lead us back to where we want to be! We can do it! Keep up the good work! Spark on! emoticon

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JUSTA123 8/16/2011 6:46PM

    I so agree with you, the way I feel is so awesome I can't allow myself to revert to the old ways, I may stray but I will return to the path I have chosen! emoticon

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HEALTHY1JESS 8/15/2011 2:51PM

    I completely agree! Sometimes I want to cheat on what I log, but I also really like seeing the logical, math side of this challenge of a healthy lifestyle. It seems like such an emotional process at times, and then sometimes it seems totally straightforward. 50 grams is 50 grams. You are so right. Thank you for verbalizing what I've been processing, too!

You CAN do this! I love your insights and SPARKling positive attitude! You can choose to feel great!!!

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SHELLEY140 8/15/2011 1:10PM

    emoticonGreat blog Terri! Such words of advice....if I don't track it, I think that somehow it 'doesn't count'....if only that were the case, none of us would be here! ~hugs~ to you for holding yourself accountable and feeling GREAT! :)


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LILLYPILLY24 8/15/2011 12:11PM

    All you've written here is so true - well put, and good for you owning your choices and moving on.

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Buffet price (part 2) lifestyle choice made!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Yesterday I blogged about the cost, for me, of a buffet on my up coming vacation. Not the actual cost of the food, but what it would cost to my lifestyle.

I gave it alot of thought all day. Did I, a self proclaimed fruggle person, want to spend $20 a day to work out at the gym, when two days of that can pay for an entire month of gym at home?

Here is what I decided. The fact that I have a plan is huge for me. THIS is the lifestyle that I want to live. I know that health and my weight all come down to two choices, what I eat and how I move.

For food, I am going to do what I always do, just be mindful and make better choices. Stay away from the high calorie foods opting for more vegetables and fish choices. And for me, knowing that I can't drink like I did when I was in my 20's.

For movement, I am not going to pay the ridiculous fee of $20 per day to use the elliptical!!! But what I am going to do, room dancing. It came to me when I got out of the shower today and was doing my normal dancing around the room while I got dressed. I can do 30 minutes of aerobic dancing for free and know that I am living a happy healthy lifestyle while spending time with my family on vacation.

Gosh I love the fact that things are now so clear for me. For all the years I thought that I had to be "ON" a diet or "OFF" a diet I was so wrong. I can live my life. I can enjoy my life and all I have to think about are the two choices I have each and every day. AM I going to make a better choice on foods and AM I going to make the choice to move?

Three days till vacation and for the first time in 46 years, have a plan!!!

  
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MEADSBAY 12/21/2011 8:54AM

    Excellent idea!
I bet you had a blast, and between the dancing around the room and extra walking, and did fine. Our bodies LIKE a change!
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EMIM05 8/9/2011 10:27PM

    good idea. I am like you and don't like to waste money if there is not value in it. and room dancing seems like the perfect idea. plus you'll get tons of walking in. hope you had a fun vacation :D

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COMPUCATHY 8/9/2011 9:23PM

    That is 100% awesome! I trust you had a wonderful vaca! Plans make life a pleasure...and you had them! Go you! I love your idea of doing the free dancing in the room. Perfect! I have taken to marching in place and doing some dancing when I am at work and no one is around. I'm at my standing desk and I can add some movement while I type and work on things. We can live a more active lifestyle and get the movement we need. Gym workouts are nice, too...but the lifestyle workouts...they're great! WTG! You rock! Keep up the good work! Thanks for your encouragement! Spark on! I'm so proud of you! emoticon

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JUSTA123 8/1/2011 7:47AM

    emoticon I know you are going to have a great vacation! Great that you have a plan! Have a terrific time!

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TARAHA 7/29/2011 1:33AM

    Awesome plan! I wish I could embrace the lifestyle change as well as you have. Thanks for inspiring me. And have a fantastic vacation!

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HEALTHY1JESS 7/28/2011 10:18PM

    WOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
I'm so proud of you! This is a huge realization! We are never "on" or "off" a diet! We just make the best choices we can and enjoy our choices and their benefits! :-)

Way to go!

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GOLIGHTLY344 7/28/2011 2:12PM

    Have a wonderful vacation!

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RENZRYD 7/28/2011 1:49PM

    Awesome!

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DEBSGETTINFIT 7/28/2011 12:37PM

    I really like your thinking. I know I have been weighing joining a club or just making my self work out at home. I decided to work out at home and use the $$ to get new dvd and or weights etc.

Thanks for the blog to remind me.

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IMIN2GENES 7/28/2011 12:24PM

    Sounds like a great plan! Way to go!! Enjoy your vacation AND your lifestyle! I love your solution to moving. I'll have to remember that one.
Chris
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LILLYPILLY24 7/28/2011 11:36AM

    And it's a GREAT plan! Oh, I'm sure you will enjoy your vacation when you've got such a wonderful outlook and good choices before you.

Great blog!

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The price of a Vegas Buffet!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I am headed to Vegas next week on vacation and I really want to go to the Buffet at the Bellagio. To be honest I have not checked the cost.

What I did look into was the fitness center at the hotel we are staying at. I was almost blown over that it was $20 per day. Ummm, silly me thought it would be free.

I am self described as fruggle, and at times have been called cheap! It is not that I am so cheap, to be honest I LOVE to spend money. What I hate is to do is to waste money. What I buy has to have value or I won't buy it.

Back to the price of my Vegas Buffet. The value to me of the buffet is $20/day. I can sit at a slot machine and not give it a second thought to play $20. But this is the first time I am going on a real vacation since I started my journey to a happy healthy life.

Some of the things I have learned in my almost two years of my journey; it is all about the choices. I choose to have pancakes with no butter and sugar free syrup when I go out to breakfast instead of hash browns, bacon and eggs with an extra order of toast.

Another lesson is that when I over do something there needs to be accountability and a plan to stay on track. The fact that I am making my plan to stay on track, even with the buffets and the alcohol for me is huge.

So, I am going to finish thinking about it for the rest of the day, but I think that $20 just might be a value for me.

After all, since there really is not end to this journey, isn't it really all about the lessons we learn along the way that make each day more clear?

  
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EMIM05 8/9/2011 10:24PM

    Hi, I used to live in las vegas and if you plan on doing a lot of site seeing or walking you really won't need that gym membership but you will need a good pair of shoes and a water bottle. The buffets always have a huge salad and soup section too which really helps. I used to fill up mostly on the salad and brothy soups. My favorite buffet was as Texas casino or something like that because they had a little bit of everything and made fresh veggie fajitas to order.

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HEALTHY1JESS 7/28/2011 10:14PM

    I hope you have the best time! My hubby and I made a quick two-day vaca at the beach for our anniversary this past weekend, and you are so right that accountability and planning are essential to a great, enjoyable, healthy vacation.

I can't wait to hear all about your trip! Have a GREAT time! :-)

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HOLLISTERGUY1 7/27/2011 3:46PM

    Unless you are planning to do a "Biggest Loser" style workout at the fitness center, it's probably unlikely that you'll burn off the extra calories you'll consume while in Vegas.

I would save the fitness center money for something nice (gift for the BF?), and put in some extra time walking around the city for your exercise. When you get home, you can get back into your normal workout routine.

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There really isn't a finish line?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

When I started this journey it started like every other diet that I had ever started. I started strong and plotted my weight loss and how good I was going to look when I was thin.

Then I had my epiphany! It really was not about how I looked it was about how I felt. One day I realized I am the same person I was when I was obese. I still wanted to eat when I had a bad day. I still enjoyed drinking with friends. I still knew that all the change would have to come from inside me. (I have been lax over the last week, but I still get up every morning to track my food, but my tracker is my plan for the day but I do make choices daily to have more or less than what I planned. But with no plan, there is no direction!)

So my point about the finish line. There isn't one. There never will be a finish line. I have to get up every day and know that life is all about the choices I make. Right or wrong, they are my choices. I am the one who is in charge of the direction of my life. I alone make the decisions.

My choice today was to get on the elliptical first this morning (I always log my work out as a 30 minute mile so that I can keep track of time not calories). My choice today is to let go of yesterday. My choice for today is to realize there is no finish line and my journey will be for life.

My choice is to be happy!

  
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TRI-TRI-AGAIN 7/30/2011 10:05AM

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JUSTA123 7/25/2011 9:33AM

    truly an epiphany , we will never reach the end, but at least we'll know it's our choices that get us where we're going! emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 7/24/2011 8:54PM

    Thanks for sharing! That's a great attitude to have and such a true statement. It's all our own choice. I'm choosing happy too!
Chris


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MZ.KITTY 7/24/2011 2:30PM

  Thank you for sharing your insight. This is just what I needed to hear today!

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MICRAELIE 7/23/2011 11:01PM

    Fantastic insight, so important to remember. Thank you for sharing that with us.

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VICD25 7/23/2011 6:18PM

    Great insight!

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KJ4444 7/23/2011 2:02PM

    Well said! I choose happy also! I love your blog! emoticon

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Accepting Change

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Yikes, I told the new girl who cut my hair, Not short. We discussed it for about 5 minutes where I repeated the phrase "not short' at least eight times.

When I was in the chair and she began to cut, I began to get concerned. I tired at that point to just realized I only had control of what I had control over and this was out of my hands. When she kept asking me if I was okay (probably the look of fear and panic she sensed) I tired to remain calm and not indicate that I was feeling dizzy that maybe she should call 911 because my hair was so FREAKING short! emoticon

Then when I got home and just cried when I saw just how really short it was Mark (Hollisterguy1) came into the bathroom and told me he liked it. Every time I looked in the mirror I felt this sense of loss and mostly because I repeated myself over and over NOT SHORT and she didn't listen to my request.

This morning I woke up, needless to say with my hair still short and then I realized how much I have changed over the past few years and that change is good.

So for me, it is time to embrace my new look, find something wonderful about it and make lemonade!

It will be a wonderful Wednesday!

Terri =)

  
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JLAWYER9164 7/15/2011 4:58PM

    I love this post!! Same thing happened to me last weekend. For 2 years I've been growing my hair out, and with one full swoop, the hairdresser took 5 inches off the back of my hair!!
I cried too, I was mourning the loss of my locks, yet, now, I'm feel a lot cooler, and I think I'm actually liking not having to spend so much time fixing it. Change is good!!

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JUSTA123 7/14/2011 8:25AM

    I'm positive your hair looks great! you will get used to it and it's the one thing we don't mind if it comes ack ! Have a good day my friend! emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 7/13/2011 10:03AM

    I'm sure you look great! It always grows back... I love your attitude! Rock that look girl! You know you can!
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TARAHA 7/13/2011 9:49AM

    I am sure you look great! And you have a great attitude about it. Would love to see a picture of the new doo!

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