Monday, February 28, 2011
My WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
I was going to change the M to a W, as in “weight,” but Mass works for me.
SparkPeople is, of course, my number one weapon. The nutrition tracker, informative articles, SparkTeam challenges, motivational blogs and supportive members all work towards success if you take the time to use the tools available.
Steve Siebold’s Fat Loser program has become my one-two punch. I’m finding it’s the perfect combination with SparkPeople for me right now.
My dear SparkFriend “Tublady” recommended it some weeks ago in a blog titled “Can you handle some tough love?” Tisha is one of my “Sheros” and if you haven’t been blessed to know her yet then I suggest you get over there and check her out. She’s a 69 year old great-grandmother who joined SP in May of last year and has lost more than 150 pounds!!!! Yes, you read that right. She is also one of those Sparkers whom you look at and wonder “How can she be so motivated to exercise like she does?” I look at her routine and marvel at her tenacity and then just shake my head in awe of her progress. Well, she only had to mention the fat loser program once and I was all over it. True, we don’t agree with every thing Steve says but 99% ain’t bad!!! I’m not even sure if his words would have rung true with me before joining SparkPeople but they sure do make sense now. His program is free and online with twenty-one 8-18, minute videos with 3 daily homework questions. Very simple to do and very enlightening. I’m on Day 16, and have had questions answered that I didn’t even know I had. I’ve also learned what makes winners like Tisha tick and it’s some thing we all can benefit from in every aspect of our lives. This is not just about losing weight.
If you are interested in adding another weapon to your arsenal or just want a personal coach to cheer you on in your journey to a happier, healthier and more fit lifestyle, here’s the link.
I Googled Steve before even clicking on TUBLADY’s link because my life used to be fear and scarcity-based. Now it’s based in abundance. What a concept I’m learning to make decisions with logical thinking and motivate myself with emotion. The trick is to never mix the two. You may not like what he has to say but its spot on and blends beautifully with SparkPeoples philosophy. I’m so glad I can say I am a fat loser!!!!
Monday, February 21, 2011
Well, not as Sparkling as I was the first several months. I guess it goes with the territory. For months now I've been the only one still huddling at the Spark Class Team for the week I joined. There are several team members who blog regularly but out of the 11,786 members who signed up for SparkPeople that week there’s very few of us left Sparkin’ along on this journey. Our leader left in mid October to live her life in the real world and has since come back but no one stops by any more. She was a wonderful leader and I admired her for trying to keep our class motivated and posting. She was/is way farther along in her program than any of us were/are and with little or no participation from the eleven-plus thousand other team members I don’t blame her one bit for concentrating on her self. Spark Team Leaders are a rare breed and need their team member’s support and gratitude as well. I am active on other teams that have leaders that should have National Holidays named after them… like St. Carolyn & St. Sheila’s Day…. amazing woman who lead by example. Not always successful and the first to ask for help on their journeys but supportive and motivating day in and day out. I look to both ladies for different reasons. Like a compass they lead the way I haven’t traveled yet… turning to call back occasionally with warnings about pot holes and mole hills with lots of They live full lives outside of SparkPeople too that involves the well being of many others. And they do it joyfully. I applaud them both and all the other people who have stepped up and made SparkPeople a priority in their lives. I am most appreciative because without them I would not still be here. And still here I am after 8 months
2010 was awesome. I thought 2011 was going to be awesome to infinity just like so many other SP members. We huddled and blogged about it. Our current statuses are filled with motivating quotes and affirmations’ stating that we are staying strong and hanging tough or back and re-committed to our healthy lifestyle and goals. And yet I’ve noticed that several of my SparkFriends have closed their accounts and are gone. I pray that they are still finding their way outside of SparkPeople and know that some do return
Thank God my eight month journey has been successful and my life has changed dramatically for the best because my life depended on it. Some days were easy-peasy, others damn difficult. From mid June to the end of August I lost 27 pounds and left 300-ville behind FOREVER!!!! I lost 5 pounds in September, 1.7 in October, 9.6 in November, and 6.2 in December… all months filled with holidays I welcomed 2011, with great anticipation… renaming my blog from “Food is My Frenemy” to “2011 & Loving Myself More Than Food =]” With just a few more pounds to go (4.2) I was motivated and excited to reach my 50 pound loss and be able to proudly display that 50 pound loss icon on my SparkPage. I was soooooooooo Sparked. But by the end of January… after losing and gaining and then losing them again I was a little disappointed with only a 1.3 pound loss. No worries if I stick to my program it’s going to happen I kept telling myself. Well, here I am 21 days into February and down a mere half a pound. Clearly I’ve hit that dreaded plateau I’ve heard my Spark sisters and brothers grumble about. And grumbling I am grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
What I haven’t done is quit…. another little side effect of 8 months of Sparking. And to my amazement I have no desire too!!! I can’t quit because old habits have given way to new ones. I don’t even think about not drinking 12-15 glasses of water a day. I don’t turn to sweets to sooth that crybaby inside. I don’t dish up extra portions to drown the disappointments. Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't exercise, I give myself reasons why I can. And I don't plan on deleting my Spark account no matter what. I do bitch a lot to my funny Valentine about how I don’t get it when the scale laughs at my attempts to manipulate the numbers but he signed up for those “diet-tribes” I launch into every morning after getting off that stupid scale. Thanks AGAIN sweetie. I know this too shall pass and I will get to post that envied 50 POUNDS LOST award because, like my sig says on all my forum posts….
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. NEVER QUIT =]
Eight months ago I was Sparked and now the fire burns deeply. My life has changed forever. I will never be the same. Good riddance to all the old bad habits!!! Eight months down, the rest of my life to go. Being a mother I can’t help but equate 9 months with new birth so we’ll see what the next month brings. And how sweetly appropriate that Spring will be the start of it
“Listen, can you hear it? Spring's sweet cantata. The strains of grass pushing through the snow. The song of buds swelling on the vine. The tender timpani of a baby robin's heart. Spring.”~ Diane Froloy & Andrew Schneider
Monday, February 14, 2011
I have so many sweet Valentines. With four married children that have given us five amazing grandchildren the initial count is an easy thirteen, not to mention “our” beloved mother *Cha-Ching* number 14!!! But my number ONE, Valentine will always be the sweetest of all because he is “perfectly imperfect.” My precious husband of 30 years… my knight in shinning armor.
Well maybe not so shinny any more. He’s getting a little dented around the edges from all the years of dedication and loyal service to his adoring subjects. Still affectionately known as Mr. Can-Fix-Anything, he regularly mounts his mighty steed and rushes to help family on a regular basis since they all have chosen to set up residence within a few miles of his castle. How lucky are we!!! He truly is my better half, with the patience of Job… and it is with him that my heart beats hardest. He is my rock and sounding board and has always loved me unconditionally. Actually, that’s how he got most of those dents… the poor guy.
His primary focus and greatest joy is family. Half of which he inherited when marrying me. I was widowed at 27, with two babies to raise. Five years passed quickly as I was busy, busy, busy. Too busy to even think about romance. And then one day he walked into my life… all professional and in control. So reserved and serious; looking a little sad and lost. My very first thought was, “I could make this guy smile.” And smile he did. It was a whirlwind courtship. We met in March, started dating in August and were married by December. My boys were 9 and 6 by then. He had full custody of his 5 year old daughter so our blending made the package complete. We were an instant family. He was my hero. Eighteen months later we completed the circle of love and added a daughter of our own. Boy did we have our hands full now. He worked three jobs to support us…. four kids are expensive!!! And having been single for so long it was quit an adjustment for both of us but we became a team to be reckoned with and always had each other’s back. Oh yes, we were blessed but not without the normal trials and tribulations that life can throw at you. We learned to laugh… a lot… and trust each other completely with all our secrets. We grew to feel safe in the knowledge that our commitment to one another was absolute. He calms me down, I turn him on. The perfect yin and yang... we are complementary opposites and even after many hardships and lots of struggles we find comfort in the fact that our marriage will always be a work in progress with a lifetime contract that we gladly renew every anniversary. Like Zig Ziglar says, “Many marriages would be better if the husband and wife clearly understood that they're on the same side.” A truism I remind myself of often even to this day.
Not only are we marriage partners, parents and grandparents but we are business partners as well which adds another dynamic to the equation. Yep, he wears a lot of hats, and wears them all well. It has been through his eyes that I have learned that I really do deserve to be happy and I am worth loving. I am truly blessed to be his wife and my greatest wish would be to spend another 30 years married to my number one sweetheart. God willing I look forward to celebrating many, many more Valentine Days together. Thank you Michael for everything. I love you!
Monday, February 07, 2011
Kid's Ideas About LOVE
Kids, aged 5 to 10, were asked questions about what they thought of love and marriage. Here's what they said…..
"If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don't want to do it. It takes too long." Glenn, age 7
"Love is like an avalanche where you have to run for your life." John, age 9
"I think you're supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn't supposed to be so painful." Manuel, age 8
"No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with how you smell. That's why perfume and deodorant are so popular." Mae, age 9
"Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too." Greg, age 8
"Once I'm done with kindergarten, I'm going to find me a wife." Tom, age 5
"On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date." Mike, 10
"One of the people has freckles, and so he finds somebody else who has freckles too." Andrew, age 6
"My mother says to look for a man who is kind. That's what I'll do. I'll find somebody who's kinda tall and handsome." Carolyn, age 8
"It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I'm just a kid. I don't need that kind of trouble." Kenny, age 7
"When somebody's been dating for a while, the boy might propose to the girl. He says to her, 'I'll take you for a whole life, or at least until we have kids and get divorced.'" Anita, 9
"I'm not rushing into being in love. I'm finding fourth grade hard enough." Regina, age 10
"Most men are brainless, so you might have to try more than once to find a live one." Angie, age 10
"A man and a woman promise to go through sickness and illness and diseases together." Marlon, age 10
"[Being] single is better . . . for the simple reason that I wouldn't want to change no diapers. Of course, if I did get married, I'd figure something out. I'd just phone my mother and have her come over for some coffee and diaper-changing." Kirsten, age 10
"Love is foolish...but I still might try it sometime." Floyd, age 9
"Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me." Dave, age 8
My personal favorite…
"One of you should know how to write a check. Because, even if you have tons of love, there is still going to be a lot of bills." Ava, age 8
HAPPY HEALTHY HEART MONTH SPARKFRIENDS
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