Wednesday, February 09, 2011
I had a good day yesterday, and followed several of the suggestions from sparkfriends regarding the birthday song and call that I knew would not come. I really appreciate your warmth and kindness. Have a wonderful day.
Monday, February 07, 2011
I was born on my grandmother's birthday and named after her.
I'm bracing myself to NOT be blue tomorrow. Not for the typical reason of passing years. I've lived enough for five people, and don't want to be younger than I am. So that's not the issue.
Having lost my dear cousin (the 9th person in 4 years), who was like a sister to me, last July, I've just begun to get back on my feet. Still have a way to go, but the blanket of sadness that was my constant companion has dissipated.
Each birthday, bright and early in the morning, the phone would ring. My cousin would sing me happy birthday. It was the gift that kept on giving, as I'd replay it and smile. As teens, we had a singing group. She still has (had) a lovely voice.
Tomorrow morning, the phone will not ring. There will be no birthday song. I miss her so very much.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
In a recent blog, I listed some of the benefits of being on SP for two years this week. And thinking of those goals, I also looked at others I've achieved during this month of January, 2011. Of course, not all were done in this month, but cumulatively resulted in finality during January. Some of these are...
-No TV. For the past two months, I've not watched and feel an incredible peace from its absence. Did this once before for 7 years. Hate TV. I think this may be the grand finale.
-Less sugar. So much less that I am amazed that I don't want it or crave it. This is a true landmark for me, for over a month now.
-Grief relief. After four years of deaths of 9 friends/family members, including my dear cousin last July, I'd been in a state of total paralysis from functioning. Not to say that I am productively functioning the way I should, but at least I don't feel the heaviness of constant sadness any longer. That frees so much energy up for other things.
-A Job fiasco. I tried to get what I thought was a little, menial job and started last week. However, it was a totally different job than interviewed for, and one I could not stick with for a variety of reasons. While this looks like a failure on the surface, it actually isn't. I showed myself that I am able to suit up, and show up. It also motivated me toward the next issue.
-Getting more serious about planning the renewal of my own business. While this may take a while longer, I am closer to getting re-started again.
-Done sport shopping. No longer interested in internet or real-time shopping.
Wishing all a wonderful weekend.
Friday, January 28, 2011
It is my 2-year Sparkversary, and I've become aware of several things that I've gotten a bit misdirected on. It doesn't feel like I've fallen off the proverbial wagon, but just that my healthy two-year track has begun to start making the beginning of what can easily be a U-turn. Yikes! Rather than let that happen, I thought I'd blog about each issue that I need a direction correction on. Each one will begin with this paragraph and lead into the topic of the day.
There is a SP article on this topic,and each time I read it, I smile. I am "addicted" to some very healthy foods. What's wrong with that, right?
Well, this is where that "all or none" aspect of my personality comes into play, as it does with everything in life. As we've heard over and over - MODERATION is the important aspect in all things.
Okay, I've blogged many times and sung the same song about how I had a lifelong metabolism that allowed me to eat whatever in any quantity with no weight gain. Four years or so ago, that changed. Yes, life changes.
But somewhere along the line, with all of the healthier behaviors I've developed, my brain still can't seem to wrap itself around the concept of eating moderation when it comes to things like zucchini, eggplant, berries, watermelon, avocado, etc.
This blog is to remind myself that this is one of my Year 3 goals - moderation when eating healthy food.
Wishing all a fun day.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
There's nothing dramatic to write about during this week's historic landmark of two years since starting SP.
-Kept the original weight loss off (approx. 30 lbs).
-Lost the 8 that I'd gained from grief eating.
-Maintained good eating habits (despite several falls off the wagon).
-Maintained regular exercise routines.
-Made new precious friends.
-Maintained a healthy consciousness.
-Stuck with the plan by sticking to the daily log-in.
-Forced myself, during hard times of not wanting to, to stay the course.
-Not let this forever plateau get me down permanently.
-Realized that my body thinks it has its own goal weight and that may be a fact.
-Returned to my normal size of 12 on the bottom, although still larger on top.
-Realized I still have about 20 lbs to go, but am not going to kill myself. This is my own race.
Wishing all a great day.
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