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It was impossible to resist the gym today!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Admittedly, I've been sliding down the slippery slope the past two weeks when it comes to doing the things I know I should. I started out the month of December SO strong and did an excellent job through all of my holiday parties, until the last one. And that's when my sliding began.

One of my favorite quotes is, "Falling isn't failing -- the refusal to pick yourself up is failing." I've gradually been finding my way back and of course I absolutely RESOLVED to end the madness and get back to business.

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I wasn't sure about the gym hours today. They were open for a few hours on Thanksgiving, so I was thinking they would probably be open today. So I called at 6:00 this morning:

"Happy New Year. Planet Fitness. Yes! We are open and WE NEED YOU. Come on over and keep me company!"

What an awesome greeting! There was no way I could not go. Afterall, someone was there on a holiday so people like me could be there as well. So off I went to the gym this morning for 45 minutes of cardio...and it felt AMAZING!!! Not only was the guy at the desk incredibly motivating on the telephone, there were bananas and oranges on the counter!

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I'm tracking. I'm drinking water. I'm exercising. I have my warrior game face on. And now I'm heading to my mom's for a pork & sauerkraut dinner and I'm taking my measuring cups! I will enjoy the meal without guilt!

Let's rock this thing!

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DSSECRETS 1/3/2013 8:49AM

    What an awesome start to the new year. Let's keep it up! It makes us feel so good! --Darren

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WEBEZE 1/2/2013 1:39AM

    Off to a great start. Dinner sounds wonderful. Not something I can have that often since kraut is so high in sodium, but it is one of my favorite.
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1CRAZYDOG 1/1/2013 9:34PM

  awesome! Happy healthy New Year! hUGS

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GOLDENRODGIRL 1/1/2013 9:11PM

    Good for you!

And now I'm craving pork and sauerkraut!

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LADYJNAR 1/1/2013 8:47PM

    You are an inspiration! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 1/1/2013 4:22PM

    There ya go! Winning another battle, Bella! Great job!
Stay strong!
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SLENDERELLA61 1/1/2013 12:58PM

    Your year is off to a great start! 2013 will be our healthiest ever!! -Marsha

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A Healthy Breakfast Doesn't Have to be Boring!

Saturday, December 29, 2012





1 c. of gingerbread coffee
1 T. half & half
1 slice of whole wheat potato bread, toasted
ICBINB spray
1/4 c. egg substitute
1/3 c. fresh steamed spinach
1/8 c. chopped onion
1/4 c. diced baby bella mushroom
1 slice Kraft 2% American cheese
108g clementine
1 c. 8th Continent Light Vanilla Soy Milk

  
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MIRAGE727 12/29/2012 8:33PM

    Yummo! Bella you are so rockin' it!
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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 12/29/2012 7:04PM

    Looks delish! Good for you!!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/29/2012 3:45PM

    Beautiful! Nutrition plus!!

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JACKIE542 12/29/2012 3:33PM

    Yummy, I am going to have to try this.

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GOLDENRODGIRL 12/29/2012 9:10AM

    Ooh, that looks good!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/29/2012 9:00AM

  Yumm-o! Love the flavor of ginger, and it's so good for you too.

HUGS and wishing you a Happy New Year filled with blessings and abundance.

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PYNETREE 12/29/2012 8:35AM

    Sounds yummy. Thanks !

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ANDY_54 12/29/2012 7:13AM

    Will try this recipe, I'm doing something close to it already and it's very satisfying (plus good for you). Thanks for posting!

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CAROL6X 12/29/2012 6:59AM

    Great Recipe, thank you for sharing!

Carol

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Another Holiday Party is Another Chance to SUCCEED!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Last week I attended the first of many holiday parties. I made a plan, I stuck to my plan, and I felt like a champion. I can't begin to describe the feeling of accomplishment. I felt like it was a true testament that I had arrived with embracing a healthy lifestyle. I didn't feel deprived--I felt like a super warrior! I focused on visiting with people and enjoying the conversations and smiles.

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Now I'm facing three consecutive days of parties. It's a little more daunting than a single party, but my plan is to compartmentalize, plan, and stick to my plan. Part of the plan is having a backup plan in case I slip. The old me would have seized the moment and surrendered if I slipped, giving myself a perfect reason to eat myself into oblivion, and then of course, berrate myself for days. The new improved version of me has a plan, indeed!

First of all, my plan is to drink 60 oz. of water, this morning. That's right. I know that's a lot of water, and I'm going to be running to the ladies room all afternoon, but no big fat hairy deal! I'll also be sipping on water at the party.

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Second, I'm eating half of a banana with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter about a half hour before I leave for the party. This strategy helped me last week as well. Bananas satisfy me. that's my normal snack before I work out. I'm a Diabetic and count carbs, so that means I have 30 grams of carbs to spend at the party. As far as the menu, all I know is it's a Mexican themed meal, so I'm not sure there will be a lot of options for me. When I arrive, I'm going to inquire to see if I can order a salad and I'll pay for it. Normally, I find businesses are more than willing to accommodate special requests. If by chance I can't get a salad, no problemo, I'll stop and pick one up on my way back to the office.

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Last week I completely passed on the dessert. It didn't present a problem for me at all (not even the cheesecake)! Today I'll be doing the same. I have a party tomorrow night, and another one on Saturday and I think the dessert offerings will be MUCH more decadent at those two parties, so I will allow myself to have 2 bites at either one or the other. My doctor told me a long time ago that being Diabetic doesn't mean never having dessert. It means if you're having dessert, skip the pasta/rice/potato.

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I'm wearing a newer pair of pants today--pants that actually fit. They're not stretchy and forgiving, and they definitely showcase the fact that I'm smaller than I used to be. Did you ever notice how you're more inclined to overeat when you're wearing loose fitting clothes?

That's my plan. I'm not fretting about tomorrow and Saturday because I've put my parties in their own little respective boxes. I have my plan. I'm strong and focused. I still remember how AMAZING I felt last week after leaving that party. It was almost euphoric! I crave that feeling more than anything I could possibly eat or drink. I am totally rocking this new healthy lifestyle and I feel a responsibility and pride in being a role model for others. So many friends and coworkers would love to have an ounce of my enthusiasm, willpower, and dedication to exercise. I know there will be times when I slip and I have a plan for that too. Immediately get back up and begin again. In order to truly succeed at this, we have to be ready for any situation, including those that don't go the way we plan.

These three parties are merely three more opportunities to ROCK IT!!!!

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SMARTIN77 12/16/2012 3:40PM

    Your plans and tips are very helpful. I deal w/ pre-diabetes and insulin resistance due to PCOS...so these strategies would work for me, too. I am so proud of your accomplishments. Keep up the good work! And enjoy your holiday season!
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LAHUDSONCHEF 12/13/2012 11:30AM

    Good plan! I plan that when I have a party, I know I'm going to want certain things (especially if I'm in on the party setup, and haven't eaten all day!)...so, I eat lightly the rest of the day, get in my exercise and don't beat myself up.

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HFAYE81 12/13/2012 11:13AM

    Awesome plan!!! You totally CAN do it! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/13/2012 10:49AM

  You are awesome! You've got your plans for each party mapped out and backup plans. Way to go! There surely is nothing that tastes as good as being healthy feels!

Yeehaw on the slacks. That's quite a reward, isn't it! Every once-in-awhile I watch WHAT NOT TO WEAR and boy . . . I was gulty of a LOT of the fashion faux pas in an effort to hide my weight. I love Stacey Louden. Her advice is dress the body you're in with style that shows you care about yourself. That's the first step for sure . . . caring about yourself! Self-esteem . . . top of the list.

Enjoy your holiday parties! HUGS

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DEBBYFROMMT 12/13/2012 9:37AM

    EXCELLENT plan! I may use some of your strategies for upcoming events!

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Working Out is a MINDSET

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I've always been one of those people who repeated the mantra, "I don't want to go to the gym." What I really meant was: I don't want to exercise; I don't want to sweat; I don't want to push myself; I don't want to have to physically work for this. I've never considered myself a lazy person EXCEPT when it came to working out.

Somehow, I've managed to recreate myself when it comes to exercise. There's no magic potion, no secret, no gimmick. I simply acknowledged my life would be shorter if I didn't start exercising and taking care of myself.

I've been exercising since June and I've changed my lifestyle in a way I never thought possible. There's still a little voice in a far off corner somewhere saying, "I don't what to go to the gym," but the voice is muffled now, the words barely recognizable. Instead of listening to that voice, my conscience now SCREAMS "I AM GOING TO THE GYM!" It's no longer a question of IF, it's a question of WHEN, and since I literally schedule my gym time on my calendar, it's not even a question of WHEN . It's just something I do now, regularly, as much as I can. I don't stress if I miss a day, or even two sometimes, but I won't allow myself to miss more than that unless I'm unable (sick). I've found working out when I'm not feeling well is a lost cause for me. I benefit more by listening to my body, taking care of myself, and hitting it again when I'm feeling well. The longest time I've gone without a workout since June is 4 days. That's amazing and a huge achievement for me.

This morning I was walking down the hall and one of my co-workers said, "how much have you lost now?" I danced around the question because I'm convinced it's not about the pounds. The huge difference in my body is a result of my dedication to working out. Sure, eating healthy is equally important and I've improved a great deal with that too, but my body has undergone drastic changes since June because of the exercise.

Don't allow your head to get in the way of your goals. It truly is a mindset. Don't accept anything but the best for yourself. If you have restrictions due to health, talk to your doctor and find ways to work around it. Exercising is life altering and life lengthening. It's one of the best gifts you can give yourself. The benefits are countless. Start slowly, even 10 minutes a day. As soon as you start feeling the almost immediate benefits, you'll gradually increase your time and your intensity. Shake it up, alter your routine, use the resources on SP for ideas. Find activities you enjoy like walking, biking, hiking, skiing, skating, swimming ... and just start moving.

You'll be surprised by what you can accomplish. Don't wait until tomorrow, or Sunday, or after the holidays. There's no better time than TODAY! YOU are so worth it!

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NUTRON3 12/13/2012 8:10AM

    Yea!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/12/2012 7:17PM

    Beautifully said and absolutely right. Some things are just more important than a whiny "I don't wanna" voice should be able to overcome.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/12/2012 1:54PM

    You are so right! Exercise is a great mindset. Do it and you learn to love it!!

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MIRAGE727 12/12/2012 1:24PM

    Bella, you are so in the lifestyle! I'm so excited for you!
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HFAYE81 12/12/2012 11:34AM

    Words to live by!!! I always feel a little uncomfortable when coworkers say "how much have you lost now?" but at the same time its nice to have your hard work acknowledged.
You are definitely in the right mindset. When I have the "don't wannas" I just make myself do it...just like I make myself go to work or make myself go to the dentist...and I have NEVER regretted it. I have yet to say "I regret working out."
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DEBBYFROMMT 12/12/2012 10:01AM

    You definately are the poster child for SparkPeople! I want to see current pictures please!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/12/2012 9:54AM

  Oh the fights my Negative Nelly voice and I have had over the years! I too have learned to out-talk her and **I** win!

Fantastic blog . . . it IS definitely a state of mind.

HUGS

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The Taste of SWEET Success!

Friday, December 07, 2012

On Dec. 4, I asked myself what it would take to feel good about the month of December as it relates to my healthful journey. Not just good ... really GREAT kind of good.

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The answer, to me, was obvious. I want to celebrate Christmas this year knowing I won't have to backtrack in January to assess the damage that was done between Thanksgiving and New Year's and begin rebuilding myself. I want to enter January feeling stronger, healthier, lighter, and even more determined. That's when I came up with this Streaking to Christmas idea (see my 12/5 blog post for more info).

Today was the first of many holiday gatherings that I will be attending. I don't want to send my regrets to events because it's the people who really make the event, not the food. I have all of the necessary tools in my tool box to survive the celebrations. The most important tools are determination and willpower. I have those and I want good health for myself and those I love. What better way to inspire others than to walk the walk! I may have a little extra if you need to borrow some!

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I offered to bring the vegetable platter today because I knew that would help me stay on track. I brought a wonderful assortment of celery, carrots, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and orange, yellow, green and red bell peppers, as well as hummus and some light ranch dip. The tables were overflowing with food ... a hoagie platter, mac and cheese, pasta salad, cocktail franks in sweet 'n sour sauce, hot sausage, fruit, and an abundance of cheesecakes, brownies, cookies, and assorted cakes.

My strategy: about 30 minutes before the party, I ate half of a banana. I consumed 40 oz of water this morning, along with another bottle of water at
the party, and I reminded myself this is day 4 of my Streak. I am not breaking my streak--it just isn't going to happen!

I totally rocked that party!

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I don't feel disappointed or deprived and better yet, I don't feel disgusted with myself. I feel like I can almost taste the success of my day 4. I'm not sure I have ever felt this proud of myself when it comes to feeling like a true champion. It's just one battle, but if you win enough battles, you win the war! My mindset is solid and I'm focused on my goals.

Ain't no stoppin' me now. Bella's got her groove back!!!!!

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LADYJNAR 12/11/2012 10:04PM

    emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing your inspirational attitude with us. emoticon

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NUTRON3 12/8/2012 5:45AM

    Love it!

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WEBEZE 12/8/2012 2:24AM

    Awesome. Having a plan helps me to stay on track. If I know what I am going to do before being faced with the choice it is so much easier to make. Life goes on and we can still enjoy without going overboard.
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DEBBYFROMMT 12/8/2012 12:30AM

    Wow, you really are the poster child for SparkPeople!

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CSAGIRL 12/7/2012 5:41PM

    Yay, Bella! emoticon emoticon

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CORNERKICK 12/7/2012 5:03PM

  Woo hoo...Congrats!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/7/2012 4:32PM

    You won the battle and you are winning this war!! Fan - amazing - tastic!! Weigh to go!!!

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MIRAGE727 12/7/2012 4:04PM

    You own the lifestyle! Others will envy the strength you have. Fell good about yourself, Bella! You are rockin' right!
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FUN2BAROUND 12/7/2012 3:47PM

    I REALLY needed this just now! Having to make cookies last night and having so little willpower - and being down another pound this am - I sure don't want to be regretting my cookie party tonight. Wish they would just have a get together without having the cookie exchange! Oh well, one day then I'll be back to work tomorrow.
I'm impressed with your determination - thanks for sharing!
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Victory over Cookies!!!
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JLLOVETT 12/7/2012 3:41PM

    You go girl!!!!! The only one who can stop us is...US - no way!!!

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WALLINMW 12/7/2012 3:38PM

  Great blog. Stay motivated. You will get there, one pound at a time.

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