Monday, October 17, 2011
Spent my 2 month sparkversary at Bodega Bay, small coastal town North of San Francisco, where they filmed the movie The Birds! I've been there once, about 10 years ago, and have one infamous photo hanging in every relatives house from that day.............it is a good one, but I was really anxious to go back and get more. I must admit, ten years ago I used real film, not onto digital, and as a film lover, I do think you loose the small nuances of feeling/warmth/true to form texture when you go digital, but for now, I'm OK with it, because it is SO much easier!!
I woke up this morning and weighed one pound less than yesterday, so it's official, I've lost 15.2 pounds in 2 months and 1 day! That is VERY close to 2 pounds a week. I really am proud of myself, and have to admit I can't believe it's been as easy as it has. So, heres a few shots of my celebration. It was really nice to go back somewhere I haven't been in so long. Got to see the famous sites from The Birds movie this time..............thought I did last time, and now I know I was mistaken!!
Shot of the coast just north of Bodega Bay
Sis on the cliff
Got lots of pics of surfers, this was one of my favorites.
Just found out my photo program does black and white............ my first love was black and white photography.
Never have I seen anything like this before, still don't know what it is called. Only in Valley Ford, CA.!
St. Teresa of Avila Church, made famous by Ansel Adams and Hitchcock in The Birds
School from The Birds
Had such a great day with my sister. She and I have lived apart for about 14 years, so since she moved to my town 6 months ago, we have been making up for lost time!!! Go, girls go!! I love her so much, and LOVE to photograph her! Thanks for reading/looking at my blog. I love to share my photographs, it really makes me happy. Hope your week is starting well, spark, spark, SPARK!!!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Wow, can't beleive it's been two months already!!!! Well, the results are in, 14.4 pounds and 17 inches lost!! Pretty happy with those numbers, especially since I'm only really hoping for a 1 pound loss a week..............guess I'm overshooting my goals for now!! Must admit this journey hasn't been perfect so far. There has been days of poor eating, days without exercise, days without enough water, days without enough sleep. I have eaten out a few times, and even had a donut one day. But, you know, I am human, and this is the rest of my life we are talking about here. Here are some things I don't do anymore.
Drink soda (only once in the last two months, and it was diet)
Cook things in butter (I have a really good olive oil spray for cooking eggs and things that I used to use butter to cook)
Guess about how much of something I am eating, I pretty much measure EVERYTHING
Overeat at night in front of the computer screen
Eat mindlessly(think I had one bad day that I can think of these last two months)
Eat emotionally (OK, I'm not perfect at that yet, but a LOT better)
Beat myself up for not being perfect
Have bad dreams everynight(since I've started SP I've had the best dreams, interesting, but true)
See my future as a lost cause
Talk bad about myself (I usually catch myself building myself up these days)
Waste time doing nothing/overeating/over sleeping(I stay pretty busy, exercising, taking photos, cleaning, cooking, reading, sparking on SP, chatting on phone)
Blame others for my situation ( I now see why I was the way I was, how I got there, and what I need to do to change it)
See exercise as a four letter word
Things I do now:
Eat whole grain/lowfat or nonfat options whenever possible
When eating out split meal into two portions and only eat half
Measure/track/make recipes for every meal so I know exactly what I am eating
Exercise atleast 3 times a week, usually much more often
Get strenght training as often as possibly (goal 3 times a week, don't always hit goal, but I try)
Drink a minimum of 6 cups of water EVERYDAY, usually a good deal more
Attempt to eat a fruit or veggie, or both at every meal. I have my good days and bad days, but it is always a goal for me.
I have calculated how many calories in/out I need to get to where I want to be in a timely manner (1400 in/day, 200 out/day) I definitely don't stick to this everyday, but it is a goal and I am working towards it.
Weigh daily (I've heard mixed opinions on this and for me it just helps, I know for others it might not, but when I gain 2 pounds overnight, it's nice to look back and really reflect on what I might have done to cause that, or when I loose I like to also think about what I did to make that happen.)
Measure weekly (I know it says to do it once a month, but by doing this, it really helps me stay motivated. Even a half inch loss feels like success to me.)
Stay positive ( I have my days, that 's for sure, when I am just down, but overall I try to focus on the beauty of the day, each day)
Create beauty (my photography and writing has increased dramatically since I started on here, and it is a great source of joy in my life.)
Inspire others ( I talk about my journey nearly everday, to whoever will listen!)
My lists could go on and on, but for now, I will stop here and use the rest of my free time before church this morning, to go on a nice walk. Thanks for being there for me, I love you all tremendously. Have a lovely weekend.
Friday, October 14, 2011
It was a really beautiful day today. I felt really cute today!! All of my clothes are loose now. My new haircut is just right for me. I finally got my massage today (was supposed to get it a few days back). Work has been good, exercise is back on track, my eating has been on track. Losing inches, mantaining weight (hope to start losing again soon). Have plans for Halloween, doing something I've wanted to do for years.........it's a HUGE festival at the Sacramento Waldorf School, just down the hill from where I went to college. Taking my niece, sister and mom, and I can't wait to dress up!! The weather has been so incredible, I can barely stand it. Been reading incredible, inspiring things. Taking tons of great pictures and that always makes me happy. Crocheting again, which also always makes me happy. Also have found a really neat app for my phone that calls out when to run and stop to help me train for a healthier running routine. Bought the Spark cookbook and can't wait to get it. My husband said he can tell I've lost wieght and I look good!!! That really makes me happy. And the time spent with my brother and nieces has been so wonderful. He was gone to Colorado for a year and I missed him terribly, so to have him back now, and the new baby here is just a gift that keeps giving. I've also been involved in a new, very educational/inspirational church, which has been a huge source of positive feelings. Plus eveyone keeps telling me how proud they are of my motivation to get healthy. I feel like I have cheerleaders everywhere I go!! It really feels great. It is good to be living life as fully as possible. I hope you are all doing well in your recent endeavors.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Just watched this video, so wonderful, so touching, what a couple. I am so amazed that a man as young as him would be willing to stick by his finance through the ups and the downs. If you guys don't know the story, google Chris Medina, it is quite overwhelming.
Here is the song he wrote for her when she was in the hospital after the car accident:
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Well, my emotions are definitely not completely on track yet. After the unfriending last week (an old friend on facebook), I was REALLY down. I felt physically sick for about three days and didn't exercise consistantly for about 5. It has been a low energy, woe is me kind of past 5 days. I've eaten a little poorly and just haven't been on track. Well this morning is the begining of a saying good bye to the melancholia that has set up shop in my life these past few days. I am not going to be that sad little girl anymore. So what if I lost an old friend, I have lots of new friends............and they are better!!! So, ate a great breakfast, did my cardio workout, have some crocheting already planned for my downtime at work and I plan on being all around jolly today, if at all possible. I love that even if I slip up, I can still come back to my plan and get back in the saddle again. I haven't been beating myself up over this slip up either, just observing my emotions and trying to come to terms with them. It's so interesting actually dealing with my life and not running from it. I am realizing just how sensitive I am, but also how much I really care. And I like that. Love you guys, hope your mid-week is treating you fine.
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