Tuesday, October 04, 2011
OK, so I've had The Spark book for over a month now, and even though I had the tools in my hand, I just couldn't put it together until now!! I finally did the math to figure out what I have to do to loss a steady 2 pounds/week. And I figured it out!!!! Since 3500 calories burned/not eaten=1 pound lost, and 2200 calories (with regular exercise) is what it takes to maintain my weight, I did the math and figured if I eat 1400 calories/day and burn 200 calories per day, I am good to go, that will equal a two pound loss per week. And so far I've been burning a lot more than 200 calories, but also usually eating a little more than 1400, so I've been kind of at a stall, but I also realized for how many calories I've been burning, I don't think I've been eating enough, thus putting me in starvation mode, thus sabotaging my weight loss. Anyhow, this was a big revelation to me!! And if I eat a little more it would be pretty easy to exercise a bit more, and if I really have a bad week I still should be able to loss a pound if I am steady at the usual 1400/day in 1400/week out. Wow, funny how those numbers match, I just realized that!!! I should be able to remember this! So cool, now I just have to put it into practice!!!!
Monday, October 03, 2011
I woke up crying this morning, didn't want my husband to go to work, thought he was going to have an accident on the road (he is a truck driver). Don't remember any bad dreams, have never done that before, kind of strange. So I got up, made breakfast, went to my mom's, had some coffee, talked her ear off and went on a historic stroll through my town. Still feel a little out of sorts, but much better than when I woke up. Here is what I saw:
These sidewalk plaques are all over the old town
Opera house, 1895
One of the structural wonders
Another lil gem
Brightest house in town
Street lined with lavendar
Side view of local "mansion"
Front view of "mansion"
I was raised in a small mining town in the Mojave desert, so even though I have lived in Northern California for about 6 years, I am still blown away by the beauty. It is fun to take a stroll in my own town, and see things that take my breath away everytime I see them.
Saturday, October 01, 2011
My Michaelmas/Fall festival today was wonderful, quite a lot better than I'd expected. I have been hearing of this festival for the past few years, but have never been, until today. I was there 3.5 hours and didn't even see half of it! Many people were camping, and I see that would probably be a great way to go for next year. Great food, great music, fun contra dancing, lots of great kids activities, workshops, wonderful homemade goods, perfect weather good company...........yep, it was a great day. Plus, counting 3 hours at work before the festival, I was on my feet for nearly 7 hours today, that must account for some calories burned, and I stayed in my calories, while eating super yummmm/healthy goodies. (Butternut/goat cheese/carmelized onion pizza on organic soudough crust, oooowwweeeee!!!)
So many pumpkins!!!
Baby pomegranate, so pretty and small.
Pumpkins, and my sis
View on Full Belly Farm
Sweet cheeks (my niece) climbing the hay castle
She "drove" that tractor like it was her job!!!
Very fun day, never watched contra dancing before today, it was so neato!!! I will definitely try it next time I get a chance. Kind of like line dancing with an old European twist, very cool.
Hope your weekend is going well!!!
Friday, September 30, 2011
I've been trying to focus on non weight things that give me motivation to move forward on this healthy path, especially when I am fighting the scale. And today I have been bombarded with the realization that my brain is really working better since I started on here!! I don't know if that sounds like a tangible thing to be able to measure, brain power? But wow, I am really thinking more, reading more, discussing things in greater detail, remembering everything, and following through on my daily tasks with feeling and meaning that just wasn't there a few months ago. I was discussing literature classics with two advanced placement high school students today, and I was following every book they were talking about. I mean, these are books I have only read once, and not since high school! (Metamorphosis, Ivan Illych, David Copperfield, Crime and Punishment, Tale of Two Cities, The Stranger, Lord of the Flies, 1984 and I'm sure there was a few more.) I remembered reading them, and remembered what they were about and really haven't discussed these books since testing on them back in the late 90's. I am really impressed with my ability for recall today, and not just today, recently. It's like my brain is ravenous, I just can't get enough of educational netflix movies, books, history, art, it's like all of the passions I once had and let fall to the wayside are really coming to life again. It almost feels like waking up from a coma!!! Anyway, that is my exciting new revelation for the day. Hope you are all having your own amazing realizations about just how awesome you are!
Friday, September 30, 2011
Today is Michaelmas, the celebration of Archangel Michael slaying the dragon (in Christain streams Lucifer). This is a HUGE celebration in Waldorf school, and I went to school to be a Waldorf teacher, thus celebrating this for a few years. Just thought I'd share this celebration day with you all. I am going to a harvest festival this weekend as part of the celebration. Hope you are all enjoying this lovely begining to fall.
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