Thursday, October 04, 2012
Wow, I'm a little amazed with todays events. Three clients came in today with information about cheap/free exercise options that are available to me that I didn't even know about. The first one told me that she has a little gym in her apartment complex and she uses it regularly and invited me to come over whenever I wanted to work out with her, very sweet. The next lady told me about the pool!! Yeah, I can't beleive I didn't know about this before, but there is a local pool with year round lap swim for a very small fee. And the last was a client that teaches weekly aerobics classes including yoga, wieght training and cardio in 1.5 hour sessions. I am really excited. I was afraid that over the winter, with all the rain, my outside exercise routine would fall apart and I'd be a little lost without good fitness options. But it looks like my fears were for nothing. I can't afford a gym membership right now, but after today, looks like I won't need one. I am so pleasantly surprised and excited about all the new options presented today. If I team these options with a few good workout videos, I should be just fine. Now I really have no excuses to not keep the spark burning throughout the winter months. I feel very blessed.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
When I was jog/walking tonight, I was really pushing it on the last few blocks before I got home. I passed a man, that I initially didn't notice, but I had to glance over after he said to me, "That's the way you do it! Go! Just do it!" Haaaa, that is the second time, since I've joined SP that a random person on the street has made a positive comment about my exercising.......I don't really know how to take it, except to smile and keep on pushing hard! It really made me happy that some random person took a second to encourage me, pretty cool. I remember last year when I was pushing hard on my bike ride one day and the lady said, "Look at you, go, go, GO!" I love this town!
I am in the losing game again. After last weeks potato/cheese/bacon soup I made for Grandpa, I'd gained a few pounds back. I really couldn't resist eating it, and it was obviously far higher in calories than I anticipated. So now I'm a few ounces from being at my original 6 pound loss. Which is good. It always feels good to see the scale going in the right direction. I've cut my night snacks down to apples and carrots for now, which seems to be going well. I've also stuck to a midafternoon snack of a handful of peanuts. It seems to do the trick, and doesn't break the bank calorie wise. Baby steps. I've also been able to get ST in nearly every other night, even if it's only 10 minutes.....it still feels good to work on my strength building activities. And everyday after an ST night, I feel it in the muscles I was working, so I guess I'm doing something right.
The pants I bought two weeks ago that fit pretty snug, were about to fall off today. I think it is because I'd worn them a bit yesterday, but I've done that in the past with pants and they are still as tight as can be. So I take that as a good sign. I have seen little glimpses of change in the shape of my stomache at a side glance, and also the celluclite on my legs seems to be a little bit smoother. I dont know if it's in my head or not..............but I'm taking it as a sign of progress.
I have bottles that are exactly 36 ounces, so I fill them up twice a day, gauranteeing my 8 cups of water. I always feel better when I am making sure I get my water needs met. Also, I know this is a strange topic, but my elimination processes seems to be regulating, which always is a good sign to me that things are moving more smoothly in my body.
I've been eating LOTS of fruit and veggies. It really is so great when I focus on that. I really feel better, and the full flavor of fresh produce beats anything that comes out of a box anytime. The local grocery store has been carrying a lot of end of the season produce. I've picked up some unbelievable heirloom tomatoes and very sweet bell peppers there this last week from local farms. I really love living in an agricultural haven.
This Saturday is the Hoes Down celebration. Last year was the first time I was able to go, and I had such a wonderful time. I'm really looking forward to it again this year. I might even work up enough courage to do some Contra dancing. Don't know if you have ever seen it, but it's wonderful to watch and looks sooo fun to do. I'm trying to talk everyone I know into going with me, I don't have any definite affirmatives yet, we'll see as the week winds down if I get any takers. It is really a wonderful festival, held in the heart of Capay Valley. Lots of fresh organic goodies, wines, jams, and loads of handmade goods of every kind. I am getting excited just thinking of it. I don't have much money to spend, but just seeing all the goodness is inpsiring.
The debates got me into a bit of a funk, I really don't like politics. I try to ignore it most of the time, but during election time it is hard. It doesn't help that I work with the public and everyone wants to talk about it. I try to stay out of it, because it really causes nothing but problems. But, I do have my opinions, I am still human, last I checked, and I just want a good future, like everyone else.
Well, hopefully a little ST will take my mind off of the rumbling political debates. I hope you all have a great second half of your week. I plan on pushing hard.....maybe I'll get another random compliment!
Monday, October 01, 2012
Well, started my day off with a jog.......it didn't feel good, at all, and I only jogged about half of the 1.3 mile route. I really had the intention of doing the whole thing, but alas, I had to walk half of it. BUT something really interesting happened when I got home. Since I started early, I had finished the jog/walk, breakfast and morning chores all by 9:00, which on my Sunday(Monday) is practically unheard of. It isn't rare (without sparking) for me to sleep until 11:00 or later, and lounge most of the rest of the day. Which is actually OK with me, if I've had a really hard week, since it is my only day off to do that. But today, at 9:00 in the morning, with my days meals already planned and prepped, I decided to go online to look for hiking trails in my county. My brother told me of a site he uses, and that supposedly there is a nearby trail that leads to a waterfall!! Yeah, a waterfall, that is about like seeing a unicorn for this desert rat girl............I'm still getting used to living around natural water, and it's already been 6 years up here. So, I went to the closest hike, which was the waterfall one. But once I got there, it was soooo hot, and it was a 6 mile hike, there and back. So I decided to go up the road a bit to see if I could find something along the creek that I wanted to walk around. I ended up at Camp Haswell, a lovely little stop on the road that I found a few years back and haven't been to since.
View of a spot in the creek where it widens.....must come back for swim sometime
This is the inside of the lone building on site.......kinda spooky. This shot is getting me in the mood for Halloween.
As I was walking I began to smell the fresh, unmistakable aroma of mint. I had to harvest a bit.......which I used in my lunch when I got home!
Another ode to the spooky month........I call it Skull Rock.
One of the few signs of fall. Most of the plants down by the creek were actually budding!
Sweet little deer I saw while I was exploring.
Such a lovely day, it was warmer than expected for October, and oh, so lovely out there.
Was soooo hungry when I got home, after nearly 4 hours out there, so I made my new fave, thai chicken, but instead of the called for basil, I used the wild mint I found...........super good.
Then when I got home, I STILL had energy. So I started getting things ready for dinner. I had a whole chicken and cut it up myself, which was much cheaper than buying the pieces already cut up. I made enough chicken/veggie soup for this weeks lunches. I turned the wings of the chicken into spicy wings, for a nice snack, or lunch with fruit and salad. I LOVE hot wings, but I can eat way too many, so I figured if I just did those two, it would be good.......no way to binge if I only have two! I BBQ'd the breasts for dinner, and made it with ranch green beans, and garlic brown/wild rice. I have enough chicken left over from what we didn't eat to make chicken salad, and I boiled some eggs for a quick egg salad later this weak.
Amongst all the hiking, photo taking and cooking I did today, I managed to do my laundery and actually clean the kitchen........which shouldn't be a pat on the back moment, but often after I cook a lot, I just let the dished sit for hours, before I finally get around to them, or get my husband to do them. And, as I sit here and type this, I am planning some strength training tonight. I'm in love with the SP workout generator, and really enjoy doing the exercises it's suggests according to what areas of my body I want to work out. Today it is definitely arms, and core..........my arms are getting unruly. They need some serious TLC.
So, that was my day. Even though I'm as broke as I've ever been, and have no idea how I'm going to make ends meet, as usual......... I decided to have a good day, to make the best of what I do have, and I did. I used less that a quarter of a tank on gas during my adventure, and didn't spend any other money today. I'm learning how to do more with less. How to buy the right ingredients that can be used in many ways, and how to spice things up, and change it around, without using packaged, low quality food. I'm learning, and it's exciting. With each day that I choose to say yes to quality food, water and exercise, yes to new recipes, and new exercises, I am saying yes to the life I want, and not the life I've dealt with all these years. I knew I had it in me to live a quality life with energy and spark.............it just took finding this wonderful site and all you wonderful people to teach me exactly how to do it. Love you guys so much. Hope your week is filled with new and inspiring wonders.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Besides better health, more energy, great recipes and many great ideas on how to deal with lifes ups and downs without sabotaging our bodies with overeating, and lethargy, there is something priceless about this community..........and that is us! The wonderful people on here make life so much better. Something so great about having contact with so many people that care about themselves and about helping others to learn to care for themselves is just amazing. I am so much happier with my sparkfriends in my life. Love you guys!!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
I read the most interesting articles on here just now. It was a three parter on the topic of finding the right weight for you. The first article was scientific, dealing with BMI and hip-to-waist ratios. It went into many things like body type, and also how different people burn and store calories differently. It spoke on the differences between societal beauty norms versus our own true personal idea of beauty. But what hit me the hardest was at the end of the last article. It asked, if we lived in a place with no scales, not BMI indexes charts, no media marketing based on cetain body types/shapes how would we determine what weight was ideal for us? In this place the clothes we wear are unisex and do not emphasize any certain body parts. This made me really think. I have to admit, even at the size I am now, I do have certain clothes I wear when I want to feel "sexy". Clothes that show a little cleavage or certain cuts in shirts and dresses that accentuate the positives, and I don't think anything is necessarily wrong with this. But what I did realize is this thinking is not the real reason I want to loose weight. I do not want to look "sexy" or "hot", that is not, and has not ever been my goal, atleast no my main goal. I realized, finally, that the real reason I was to loose weight is because I want to be able to do more things. I want to be able to go on longer hikes, I want to be able to jog atleast 1 whole mile without stopping. I want to be able to do summer activities in a bathing suite/shorts without wondering who is staring at the cellulite on my legs.
Someday I want to go ziplining, now I don't know what the weight limits are, but I imagine I'm pushing the limits, and really, and don't know how comfortable I would be strapped into that little harness, even if it would hold me. I want to live my life to it's fullest, and I feel like I truly can't in many ways. I have watched my brothers be active in so many areas their whole lives. They are both runners/bikers and do amazing things like snowboard, white water rafting, hiking, long distance biking among a variety of other things. I always feel left out when they do many of these things because I am just too large and in many ways get too tired to keep up. I went hiking with the younger brother a few weeks ago and I know he could have gone much futher and faster, but had to lag behind so that he didn't leave me in the dust. I don't want to be the slow, uncoordinated, fat, lazy sister anymore. I want to keep up with my siblings. I am the oldest, but I'm only two years older than the older of my two brothers, six years older than the next and eight years older than my little sister. That is not a huge age gap, but so often I feel a lot older because I'm not as mobile. I actually ache sometimes just from a days work. I get tired easy, my ankles, feet, knees and back hurt, and I am overall just way too inactive and out of shape for my age. I want more out of life, not to be sexy, or look sexy, whatever that is, but to be capable of having a truly active lifestyle. I want to be up for whatever the road holds and not feel like I have to hang behind because I can't keep up.
So, to answer the question, in this world with no scales and no revealing fashion styles to gain attention, I would determine my perfect weight based on what I was capable of doing, and overall how strong I was.I guess this was a big AHAAA moment for me. I never really pinpointed what my exact goal for losing weight was. I mean, even at my wieght now, I sill look in the mirror and think I am really beautiful! Not in a conceited way, I just really love myself and know all the struggles I've seen in life, and am really proud of the woman I am becoming. So, outer appearance alone is not really enough to drive me to the success I truly want. Which is success of having a body that has enough energy and is capable of doing all of the things I want to do in life.........which are far too great to number here. I don't ever see myself wanting to climb Mt. Everest or anything that challenging, but...........honestly, why not? I mean, the sky is the limit, and that is the true goal for my weight loss journey. It's not a number on the scale, or a certain clothes size, it's really a capabilites motivation. When I loose weight, and get stronger, I will be able to do more, and that, my friends, I've learned today, is my true goal!
I am really excited by this blog because this is truly a brand new revelation, and it is the deepest, truest desire I have for wanting a healthy body/lifestyle. I hope you all find your true motivation, it's a really great feeling!!
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