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In the Zone!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I'm beginning to achieve that "in the zone" feeling when I'm working out. It's a great feeling, somewhat hard to describe.

It's that point just beyond any point I've reached previously, where my body is working hard, but not too hard. It's a journey to a place where I feel closer to my dreams, my goals, and the healthy life I've always wanted to live.

I know good things are happening physically when I'm there, my heart is getting stronger, my body is stronger, my head is where it should be. I feel safe there. It's my Camelot!

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GOOSIEMOON 7/19/2012 8:45AM

    Yay for you! emoticon

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NASFKAB 7/18/2012 12:03AM

  great job

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KSCRAP363 7/17/2012 1:44PM

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JOHNMARTINMILES 7/17/2012 10:45AM

    The Zone. What a great place to be, where everything just falls neatly into place.

make it a great day!

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WALLINMW 7/17/2012 10:41AM

  Love working in the zone. Way to go! Stay encouraged; slow but steady wins every time!

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Buy One Dinner ... Get One Free!

Friday, July 13, 2012

I'm celebrating a non-scale victory tonight and wanted to share!

Last night I enjoyed dinner on the patio of a local restaurant with my DD. She had an interview in Harrisburg, PA (just under 2 hours from here) at what she believes is her #1 pick for an employer upon graduation in early August. It was warm, but there was an occasional breeze. I enjoyed a glass of pinot grigio (and 4 glasses of iced water) along with my dinner: blackened salmon, mashed potatoes, and fresh grilled green beans and a fresh bread stick dipped in herbed olive oil. I ate approximately half of what was on my plate and brought the rest home.

Tonight I enjoyed the other half of that dinner ... immensely!

I'm heading to the gym tonight, so I'll have to eat something more since my dinner only equaled 16g of carbohydrates, but I never like to eat heavy before going to the gym. Tonight was without the pinot grigio, of course, and without the breadstick. I'm not really sure how to count the "blackened" salmon as opposed to regular salmon.

It was pretty cool to get a "free" dinner tonight that was healthy, delicious, and high in protein. Just another non-scale victory!!!
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MIRAGE727 7/14/2012 2:51PM

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THAT's the way we eat! Stay strong, Bella!
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I'd just search on "blackened" salmon. We're talking herbs and spices in any case, and the damage is minimal. When I do ask for blackened, I always tell them to go light. Too many chefs get carried away with that and overkill. As a boy raised in N'awlins, we know less is more!
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KSCRAP363 7/14/2012 2:20PM

    Good job! Thanks for sharing!

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NASFKAB 7/14/2012 5:26AM

  great saving half your dinner

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GOOSIEMOON 7/13/2012 5:56PM

    What a great way to look at it!

Congratulations on your wonderful attitude!

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Tendonitis

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Last night I didn't exercise. I was having some pain beginning behind my right ankle and wrapping around my heel, about 2-3" up from the bottom of my heel. Sure felt like tendonitis to me. How do I know that? Because I suffered through Achilles tendonitis in the past and let it go before seeking treatment. That put me out of commission for quite some time.

So last night, I stayed home, took some Ibuprofen and iced/elevated my foot. It really helped and actually felt so much better today.

I figure I've gone from 0 to 150mph in just 5 weeks time. In addition to being diabetic, I'm 49 years old (not old by any means, but not the picture of youth I once was)! So I'm going to baby this injury for SURE!

Tonight I returned to the gym, but skipped the treadmill. I cut back the elliptical from 20 minutes to 10 minutes,, then did 25 mins. of strength training, followed by 12.5 minutes on a Expresso bike (2.4 miles). It was a decent workout.

I've had problems in the past by overdoing it, and this time, I'm going to listen to my body and adjust my exercise to accommodate the pain. I will take off a night or two per week if I have to and on those nights, I can work my arms and my core. It won't be an excuse to throw in the towel. We're supposed to mix up our routine anyway.

I will be careful ... but I will not give up. The naysayers would love nothing more ... I'm just going to show them how it's done!

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MIRAGE727 7/12/2012 1:12PM

    WOW! It took me 6 months after I joined SP and a 5 day stay in the hospital to learn to LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!
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Good job! Take it easy and wishing you a speedy recovery. Stay strong!
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KSCRAP363 7/12/2012 8:13AM

    Slow and steady wins the race! Hang in there!!! emoticon

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BEACONSPARKLE 7/12/2012 7:53AM

    Good for you to listen to your body! Skipping gym 1 day is a good pay off for getting better and not hurting yourself. It is so much shorter time than if you really get hurt and have to take months off!


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NASFKAB 7/12/2012 12:18AM

  take it slowly

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/11/2012 11:17PM

    You are the spark people poster child!! Good for you for listening to your body. I say that but I am the worst when it comes to listening to your body. I will take a lesson from you!

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This is Week #5 at the Gym

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I signed up for the 8-week program at the Y in early June and this week marks my 5th week of working out. It's a love/hate relationship. I hate getting off my butt to go, but I love it the moment I start my warm up on the treadmill. At the beginning, my mindset was, "I don't want to go, but if I can just drag myself there 3-4 times per week, I will develop a new good habit for myself. My mindset now is quite different ... I'm going because once I start moving, I feel great, and it's doing wonderful things for me!

My health is already improving. That alone is reason enough to exercise. Not to mention, I feel better, look better, stand taller, have better control of my blood sugar, and I'm feeling slight differences in my body. It's a habit now. Last week I exercised 6 out of 7 days. When others tell me I'm obsessed, I reply that I'm committed.

One person in particular made a rather sharp comment when I joined the Y. She said, "Oh, you'll go 2 or 3 times and that will be that." I wonder what she thinks every time I post a check-in on my Facebook page that announces I'm at the Y. I do it just for her. No, wait ... I am doing this JUST FOR ME!!!

Rock on, Sparkies!
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BEACONSPARKLE 7/10/2012 1:17PM

    I can SO relate to that "its not the BEING there part, but the GOING there part that is difficult" mind set!
You are such a champ for keeping to this for this long and as you can see, it is really paying off :)!

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/10/2012 12:34PM

    Great! Yes you are doing it just for you!

And EVERYONE has a love/hate relationship with exercise. The best thing for me is to put on my workout clothes and just go before my brain has a chance to figure out what I'm doing and start arguing with me.

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/10/2012 8:21AM

    Good for you!!! I have the same love/hate relationship with my gym!! Keep on keeping on!

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MIRAGE727 7/10/2012 8:12AM

    I'm lovin' it! Stay strong, Bella!
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Dining Alone :)

Sunday, July 08, 2012

I was craving alone time last night, so it was just me and Aldo for the afternoon and evening. While shopping at farmers' market and the grocery store, I planned a healthy meal -- it's so easy to not fuss for myself when I'm alone.

I made broiled cod with fresh herbs, tri-color pasta (regular, spinach & red beet), fresh green beans and a salad made with Boston bib lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and green onion and an olive oil & white balsamic dressing. It was beautiful -- and quite tasty.

I used a placemat and made the table pretty -- almost took a picture -- and put my water in a wine glass with lemon. It may sound silly, but I really enjoyed that meal! I even played music ... LOL

I'm not opposed to one day having a companion, but after my divorce, I really had to the take charge and do what I needed to do to provide for my daughter and myself. I've worked hard and am very proud of our accomplishments. I had a long term relationship with a man I thought I would grow old with -- and after 8 years, that ended badly and left me gathering the shattered pieces of my heart. I'm not opposed to meeting someone, someday (no rush...lol) but they will have to be pretty spectacular because I'm some pretty darn good company for myself, and so is Aldo!

Sometimes I think I'm odd for being so content with my life ... but I really am! LOL



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NASFKAB 7/9/2012 12:18AM

  thoughtful blog

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MIRAGE727 7/8/2012 4:40PM

    That's not odd at all. THAT's commitment and inspiring! It just added to the perfection that you listened to music!
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I feel so good when I see you doing everything you should and staying with it! I'm excited because I know you are on your way closer to your dreams, your goals, and a happier lifestyle! Stay strong, Bella!
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KSCRAP363 7/8/2012 3:51PM

    Aldo looks like the perfect dinner date!!!

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/8/2012 1:00PM

    I can see it! I'm married and I do better keeping on track when I can eat alone. Make sense? When I don't have to accomodate someone else, I can eat the way I want!

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GOOSIEMOON 7/8/2012 11:06AM

    Sounds like a great meal and that you enjoyed yourself. Good for you!

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FATHINSN 7/8/2012 10:56AM

    It's good to know that you're content with life, not everyone can feel like that and still searching :D

Perhaps it's not yet time for you to meet another guy in your life, it's time for yourself and daughter.

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AZMOMXTWO 7/8/2012 10:52AM

  sounds like it was awesome I love my alone time I call it me time and when my boys are bust I get to enjoy a meal alone so I fet to eat what I want to eat. I feel that we all deserve this time and we should just take it.

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