Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Just wanna drop in the car and drive.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
My computer charger cord went out a few days back, and I was without a computer for a day or two. It was wierd. I tried to write a blog on my phone, and it just wasn't working, but I did log my food each day with an SP app for the phone, and actually lost a pound, FINALLY!!! So glad to have my computer back, I was a little lost for the first day. But the smart phones are so handy, you can almost do everything with them. I'm at work by myself today, which is nice, but I need to go get lunch and have to close up shope for a bit, I really don't like doing that, but I'm not sure going without lunch is an option for me. I usually bring my lunch, of course the one day I don't I wish I had!!! Life is funny! Well, all is well in the world, lost weight, figured out the computer problem and solved it pretty cheaply and quickly, planning some good cardio tonight, with a yummy dinner............not sure what, but I'm sure it will be good. Picked up a few books yesterday, some Madeleine L'Engle and another book about the Arthurian legend from the female point of view............plan on getting my reading groove on!!! Just picked them up yesterday and am almost a 1/4 of the way through one of the books.............admittedly it is more on a teen readers book, but still, I just couldn't put it down!!! So good! So glad to have my computer, those two days felt like two months!!! Kind of sad how tied I am to it!! Hope your week goes well. Spark on!!!
Saturday, November 05, 2011
Well, still am not losing, still mantaining, but am getting tons of inspiration and ideas from the SP cookbook, and great people on here. The weather is pretty cool here, I am liking it. Feeling excited about Thanksgiving...........a healthy Thanksgiving that is. It has always been my favorite holiday, all the family love, none of the stress. So excited to have my baby niece here to celebrate, and give thanks for this year. Finished the matching crocheted hats for my sister-in-law and my niece. Now baby, sister and mom have matching beanies! Plan another 5K this weekend. Realized last weekend how good that feels. Plus I am really enjoying racking up the fitness minutes! The SP cookbook is really amazing, I dove into it last night and got a lot of great ideas on cooking tips/tools/recipes I've never thought of before. Made some super tatsty soup night before last, am getting pretty creative with my chicken soup creations........homemade soup is so satisfying. Planning on reestablishing my connection to grains that I used to love in the past, but haven't had in awhile, quinoa, bulgar and couscous. Realizing I need to get a lot more veggies and grains into my diet. Really focusing on nutrition now, hard to realize how long it's been since I've really nourished my body in the right way. I love to eat healthy, I just get lazy so easily, especially when I'm hungry and I haven't thought ahead about what I'm going to eat. Been eating too many frozen meals lately...........I usually buy good quality frozen, like Amy's vegetarian lasagna or palak paneer, but still, it is time to really cook for myself the majority of my meals. Put on a pair of pajama bottoms last night that were skin tight a few months back, and they were practically falling off. That made me really happy, hadn't really realized that I've actually lost 16 pounds, and that although I'm not moving down as fast as I'd like, I am still moving down that scale. Had oatmeal for breakfast this morning and forgot just how satisfying and filling it actually is! Also have had greek yogurt with a teaspoon of honey in it for breakfast a few times this week, and I love sweetening my own yogurt, instead of buying it already flavored. It really is such a dramatic difference to switch from "diet" mentality to healthy lifestyle. Can't say I've fully made the transition, but I am going in the right direction. Still haven't gotten my strength training in order. I always feel good when I do it, but I will put that off before I will put cardio off, and I don't want to put either one off anymore. Been talking to a friend about juicing and the nutritional benenfits of it. Don't know exactly how that will fit into my healthy lifestyle plan, but I think is could be a good added way to get some of the veggie/fruit benefits I may not always be getting. I'm sure juicing can get pretty high calorie, but if it is mainly veggies (carrots/chard/beets/celery etc.) and just a little fruit I'm sure it will be a good addition to my days. Been in a Harry Potter mood lately, watched the first half of the 4th movie a few nights ago and can't wait to finish it. I usually get into things a few years after they are popular......this is one I'm really glad I picked up on, the movies are so well done. Been educating myself on eating better/organic, and am learining about all the great local places/farms that sell the organic produce and meats that you can't always find everywhere else. I have cut my meat intake way down, especially red meat...........only eat it maybe twice a month, and now I want to eat only organic/grass fed meats. I think this transistion will make me appreciate and feel good about the little bit of meat I do eat. Love that I'm not on a diet, people keep asking me how my diet is going and if feels so good to tell them that I'm not on a diet, I'm just making healthier choices. One thing I keep overeating is tortilla chips. My husband loves mexican food and we go out to eat it atleast twice a month, and each time I overeat on the chips and salsa and then come home and try to accurately track the calories, and each time am blown away with how many calories those crunchy little things have. Makes me want to take my scale with me everytime I eat out so that I only get 1 ounce and no more!!! It is interesting how after wieghing/measuring things for the last few months I have gained a much better idea of how much a proper portion of things really is. I see all food in calorie terms now. Funny how much of a mathematical equation eating healthy really is.
My baby sister and my niece share a birthday this week, one will be 24 the other four. I am really enjoying gift giving lately, and have had so much fun picking out the "perfect" gifts for them. I usually go to second hand stores for my gifts because you can really get a lot of wonderful things, and it doesn't break the bank!!! Plus it's so fun to hunt for treasures!
The holiday season is so wonderful in my business! So fun to ask people what they are doing for the holidays, and listen to the travel/family stories, I LOVE it!!! Part of the joy of working with the public.
So, dear ones, have a lovey/healthy weekend, I know I plan to.
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Well, this week has been remarkably better than last. I have been sleeping, eating, drinking, and exercising much smarter. I had a nice time at the Halloween festival on Monday, my niece loved it, which was the goal. Work was great yesterday, very busy, very nice.......now I can pay rent ;)!!! My husband comes home tonight, which is always good. He spends an average of 4 nights a week away from home, so the midweek home night always makes me happy. Making some soup tonight, it is definitely homemade soup weather. Finally got to eat out at a reataurant that was one of my 1st month reward spots. Went with my sister and it was much better than I had expected, not as pricey as I'd thought either. I was very impressed, and they had a large number of items that don't break the bank calorie wise. One thing my town dosn't have much of is nice places to eat out, so it is really neat to know that there is one I really like for special occasions. I'm starting to wonder if I am going to be able to log any weight loss for my 3 month sparkversary coming up. I sure hope so. I haven't gained, just haven't lost. I am a little put off, but not too discouraged. I know where I've gone wrong, just can't seem to get it quite right yet.............but I am trying diligently everyday, and this counts as a thumbs up in my book. I have found that logging my food everyday is an absolute must, not that I didn't already assume that was the case, I just got lazy last week, and guessed on a few days, and that is just not working for me. Found some really lovely shots on facebook today, thought I'd share with you.
I've always had a thing for elephants. They are remarkable creatures, so loyal and strong. I would love to see one someday in the wild.
A friend posted this with a lovely poem for Christ, I really was inspired by this shot to make today a Christ filled day.
This is my new mantra. I think it really adds to my spark journey.
Love you all, hope life is treating you well.
Oh and happy All Souls Day/ Dia De Los Muertos, I will be praying for all the souls that have passed over, to find thier way peacefully to the light.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
It's been a lovely day. Started out good, got in a nice walk before church. Had a blanced breakfast, had a great Sunday church service, didn't overeat at lunch. The weather couldn't be any better. I'm going to set up my budget plan on the spark finances site this afternoon. Excited about tomorrow! Going to the local homeless shelter in the moring to get my volunteering times established, something I've been wanting to do for a really long time. Also, of course, my long awaited fall festival in Sacramento. It's been a very nice weekend, a very nice summer, and a very nice year. I love it when a whole a year goes good!!! Hope your weekends are going well.
Some lovlies I saw in my apartment complex today
I always love it when I catch a busy insect collecting nectar, reminds me of the bounty of nature.
Just finished my first virtual 5K, and my time was 3 minutes faster than my last time............maybe I've officially kicked this little funk!!!! I'm pretty pumped right now!! I'm especially excited because about 5, 10, and 15 minutes into the walk/run I was going to give up and turn around......so glad I didn't. Think I might just finish reading the Spark tonight, think I'm ready for a good jump start to this next week.
Have fun people!!!!
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