Sunday, October 30, 2011
I put a sticky note on my Spark calendar to write a blog when I reached 254.5 pounds. That’s my half way mark to goal and I figured a good time to Spark. But I’m not really half way because I have no idea when I’ll reach my goal and I’ll tell you why.
When I joined Sparkpeople the guide lines for setting up nutrition goals and a tracker required a starting weight and a goal weight. The starting weight was easy… painful to admit in public but easy… the scale said “326” so I entered it. The goal weight? Not so easy. Initially I wasn’t even sure I’d lose weight. So I checked the insurance guidelines for my height at 5’ 8”, honestly I think I’ve shrunk or my DH is growing because every time I braid his ponytail I have to reach even higher so I really must have my height checked the next time I go to the doctors. According to the life insurance underwriters the standard weight for a female my height is 155 pounds. On my wedding day in 1980 I weighed 151 pounds. I had just finished up a 9 month protein sparing fast and had lost 125 pounds. At that time I was half the age I am today, wildly in love, working two part time jobs and raising three children ages 6, 7, and 10. Frankly, 151 was too thin for me. Eighteen months later after having another baby at 35, I weighed 175 pounds and felt that that was the perfect weight for me…. and I was happy. Still not sure what the healthy weight for a 5’ something 64 year old woman was I thought hey, “143” would be the perfect amount to lose since I’d been using that special number online for over a decade. It’s an old pager code; remember pagers and beepers? It means “I Love You!” So one simple subtraction problem later I came up with a goal weight of 183 pounds. Close enough to 175, under 200, well into “Onederland” and maybe just “lucky” enough that I may reach it some day. So 326 minus 143 equals 183. I’m 254.6 today…. half way to goal.
Just the loss of 71.5 pounds is well worth a blog or two but more importantly than my weight are all the “NSG” I’ve realized. Maybe you’ve seen other Sparklers refer to that abbreviation and wondered what it stands for? I did, many months ago, but continued on my SparkAdventure hell bent on moving the numbers on the scale. Until one day when I realized how great I felt and how much more I was able to do and how completely my life had changed for the better. At the time I wasn’t even near being half way to goal but decided that there really are many, many “None Scale Goals” that earmark successes worth celebrating along our path as we continue the journey of living healthy.
Sparkpeople is a process that takes time and effort. The tools are available, the motivation is every where and the support is endless. Although I spin the wheel daily, enter every thing that crosses my lips and participate in team exercise challenges I no longer concentrate on how many points I can earn a day or measure my progress against others who exercise more, lose faster, or blog better.
Instead my journey has evolved to measuring my progress by beating my personal best and living life to the fullest. Granted some days are easier than others… I’m far from perfect but have enjoyed many successes and for one reason and one reason only. I have not quit. Oh, I’ve had my finger hovered above the post button more than once ready to declare that “I’m taking a SparkBreak.” I’ve had bags of candy in my shopping cart, second servings on my plate and tears in my eyes when the scale moves in the wrong direction. It’s scary how easy it would be to give up, gain weight and feel like crap again. But I’m half way to goal now and those 16 months it took to get here have been wonderful. The next eight months are enticing me to see what I can accomplish come my 65th birthday and second SparkVersary. Yep, I’m half way to goal and nothing is going to stop me now…. Not even me.
And especially NOT these............
Thanks to all my Sparkfriends who have celebrated with me this weekend. Stay strong and don’t let those Treats Trick you into making poor choices this Halloween.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Need support? Always remember you can "Lean on me"
Monday, September 19, 2011
This was sent to me by a friend... I hope you enjoy it
Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.
I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.
How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word ‘refrigeration’ mean nothing to you?
How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched ' Jeopardy' on television?
I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, 'How about going to lunch in a half hour?' She would gas up and stammer, 'I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain.' And my personal favorite: 'It's Monday.' She died a few years ago. We never did have that lunch together.
Because we cram so much into our lives, we tend to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!
We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet... We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.
Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to us gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 'I'm going to,' 'I plan on,' and 'someday, when things are settled down a bit.'
When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord..
My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process the other day; I stopped the car and bought a scoop. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.
Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to... not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?
Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butter fly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask, 'How are you?' Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow.' And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say 'Hi?
When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift....Thrown away..... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.
May I have this dance Sparkfriends………
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