Saturday, March 19, 2011
Overall, not a bad week despite being out of town for a few days. For eating out constantly, I made a conscious effort to not get carried away, especially with breakfast and lunch. I also got a good workout in at the hotel gym, despite the antiquated equipment. Hey, it doesn't take anything fancy for some pushups and wall squats, and the stair climber might have been squealing but it held up! :)
I did have an incident recently of someone close to me being less than encouraging. I don't think this person meant to be discouraging, but it made me feel pretty small, like all my hard work has not only been unnoticed, but downright unsuccessful from this person's perspective. I would be lying if I said I don't want others to see a difference in how I look, but I need to remember that this is up to ME and for ME...I can only hope that extrinsic positives will follow, but I can't rely on others to make me feel good about my accomplishments. I have to be OK knowing that I'm changing for the better irregardless.
"If you want to accomplish anything in life, you can't just sit back and hope it will happen. You've got to make it happen."
-- Chuck Norris.
"If you believe in yourself, things are possible."
-- Shannon Macmillan.
"For every person who doubts you, tells you you will fail, try twice as hard to prove them wrong."
"People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success."
-- Norman Vincent Peale
"The biggest mistake you can make is continually fearing you will make one."
"Square your shoulders to the world, be not the kind to quit; It's not the load that weighs you down but the way you carry it."
"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you."
-- African proverb
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thank you, MRSRAM, for reminding me of my one year Sparkversary this week! It was actually on March 9th. I feel bad for forgetting....However can I make it up to myself? Send myself flowers? Take myself out for a delicious (but, of course, HEALTHY) dinner? Write myself a poem or letter begging myself for forgiveness? Buy myself some bling to ease my guilt?
OK, here is what I'm seriously gonna do for myself: Get back onto nutritional tracking this weekend as I've been pretty lax this week....Guess what- So has my eating! Correlation? Yep, I think so...Even when I know I'm not being 'good', tracking helps me pull out of bad choices a whole lot faster. Time to get back to it, self!
I'm also going to reflect on this past year. I really am so glad I found this website. Even though I strayed for a few months at the end of last year, this site, along with reading The Spark, has been a very big part of my healthier lifestyle. I'm well on my way to establishing some good habits, and still working on getting my footing with others. The big difference is I now feel like I have the TOOLS necessary to make changes that I can live with long-term. The motivation from SparkFriends and others here has been a key to me finding who I want to be and how I can best get there.
A goal for a new Spark Year- Spread the Spark to others. I have shared with a few people here and there, but I want to let others know, with confidence, what Spark People can help them accomplish. It is truly a journey, not a destination...But I am a whole lot closer to where I want to be than I was on March 08, 2010!
p.s.- Thank You Spark Guy (Chris Downie) for sharing your insights and your story. Thank you for creating and maintaining this AMAZING website and offering it to the world for FREE!!!
Friday, March 04, 2011
It's time for another blog but it's also time for bed. Bed needs to win out on this one b/c I have been sorely lacking on sleep this week. An hour lost here, an hour lost there...By end of a busy week, I'm dragging! We had state testing in our school this week and it just makes for an unusual schedule as far as my seeing kids for therapy is concerned. Glad it's over, though! I am excited to see that my tracker is ever so SLOWLY edging toward 152, which is 'half-way' toward my goal. I definitely picked the right icon when I picked a turtle! My weight loss is definitely SLOW...It hasn't always been steady, but I'm doing better since jumping back into SP in January. Sometimes I do get impatient, but I know that, especially for my body, SLOW is the way to go. The weather is improving around here, so I'm looking forward to getting back outside for some running this week. SLOW is a good way to describe my running pace as well, but I'm fine with it. Good night, Spark Land. Here's to a fantastic weekend- I hope it goes by SLOWLY, but I doubt that will be the case! :)
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