Monday, March 12, 2012
There are more than 10 million registered Sparkpeople world wide. 11,739 registered the same week I did which makes me part of the team “SP Class of June 20-26, 2010.” There’s only a hand full of us from that week that are still blogging regularly and just a couple of us that huddle every day. There’s no telling how many others are still Sparking or who have restarted or how many times they have. I do know that in two days, on March 14, 2012, there will be 100 days until my 2nd SparkVersary, my 65th birthday, and the first day of summer. So I’ve decided to make every day count towards those special days and see just exactly what I can accomplish in the next…
I’ve had wonderful success since joining SP and until this February was losing weight monthly. Some time in January of this year my hip began giving me problems. I had retired my cane but had to get her out again and reduce my exercise program substantially. Pain is very debilitating, both physically and mentally, especially when you’ve been feeling and doing so much better and all of a sudden you’ve lost control over what you can and can not do. I’ve watched many of my Sparkfriends struggle with illness and medical issues that raise their ugly heads just as they have found a clear path to healthy living….
Some times it’s not a health issue… finances, family problems, spiritual conflicts, old habits that are sparked by emotional issues like anniversaries of sad or painful events can wreck havoc with our resolve to get healthy. Some times we are our own speed bump.
Never the less, these challenges are all a part of life. Some days are a breeze and we blow through them unstoppable, filled with a sense of purpose and determination. Some of those days get strung together and we look back and think “WoW, who was that girl???” Other days we stumble along and wonder, “What is wrong with me???” There’s nothing WRONG with us. We are human, physical beings learning and growing as we venture daily through the school of hard knocks. This is when we pick ourselves up and March on!!
I believe, for me, that attitude is foremost in how we exit and enter each period of our lives. We can not expect to be perfect or without flaws. We are bodies in motion…. works in progress. There will be challenges, physically, mentally and emotionally. Some days will be better than others so grasp the good days with both hands and ENJOY. Because these too shall pass, as do the tough times.… remembering
“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” ~Khalil Gibran
We all have our own set of keys… Do not put your keys to success in someone else's pocket; keep them in your own.
For me, Winston Churchill said it best….
“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Life is not the enemy….
“We do not live an equal life, but one of contrasts and patchwork; now a little joy, then a sorrow, now a sin, then a generous or brave action” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is the challenge. I’m ready!!!!!! Are YOU?
BRING IT SPRING
Friday, February 17, 2012
An ode to getting older
Remember the saying….. "When I am old I will wear purple."
Disclaimer Oh, what the heck an occasional cigar won't kill ya
On the other hand how about…. "When I am old I will eat purple."
From the Archives of Toxicology & www.disabled-world.com... The Power of Purple
Diseases such as Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's can be fought with the power of purple fruit and veggies, according to a recent study. Research from the University of Manchester in the UK has found that a contributing factor too many serious diseases is poorly-bound iron, which causes dangerous toxins called hydroxyl radicals to be produced. These can, in turn, react with the components of living systems. These toxins, however, can be protected against by consuming nutrients called 'iron chelators' which bind the iron tightly. Iron chelators are found in green tea and brightly colored fruit and vegetables, with purple fruit reported to be the most effective.
So, which fruit and vegetables fit into the purple category? You may be hard pressed to think of more than a couple off the top of your head, but actually the list is pretty extensive, and includes blackcurrants, blackberries, blueberries, plums, eggplant, beetroot, elderberries, grapes, pomegranates, prunes, figs and raisins – and then you have purple variations of common produce such as purple potatoes, purple asparagus, purple cabbage and purple carrots.
The study is the first to link the presence of poorly-bound iron with so many diseases, and highlights the important role it plays in helping other supplements fight disease.
I got my Medicare card in the mail yesterday and I thought OMG I’m OLD!!!! Which made me giggle because I’ve never had a problem with my age. In fact I’m like those little kids, when asked how old they are, and they answer, “Almost 10!!!!” When they’ve just had their 9th birthday. I never hesitate to add that half year mark once Christmas comes and until this June I’ll answer proudly, “Almost 65!!!!,” if asked.
I’ve worked hard to reach this age. I wear every grey hair and wrinkle as a badge of courage because like Bette Davis said, “Getting old is not for sissies.” I know there’s plenty of woman out there who freak at turning 30, frown at facing 40, flirt with cosmetic surgery at 50, but then realize by 60 that… this ain’t bad at all.
With that being said I’d like to introduce you to some role models for a future you may be dreading. Just remember the alternative next time you think you don’t want to grow old and get over it, its 2012…. bring on the Glam-mas!!!!
Advance Style, a blog for woman from 80 to 100 years old who are living large and loving it.
I want to be just like these lovely ladies and I only have 15 years to get my GLAM on
RIP Zelda Kaplan, 95. She is featured in the video... Died Wednesday 2/15/12 at the Joanna Mastroianni Fall 2012 fashion show during Fashion Week, in New York. This picture was taken just before she was seated, only minutes before she left for that great catwalk in the sky.
And for the men in the audience
Thursday, January 26, 2012
New Year, same goals... healthy living and a happy heart.
BRING IT.... 2012
Clichés for sure but those are my mantras for a successful 2012… oh, those and getting back to my ticker weight =] One more pound and I’m back on track. Yep, I enjoyed the holidays with all their “once-a-year” indulgencies. Single serving Trick-Or-Treat-treats…’lil devils. Didn’t have them in the house but the grandkids were more than willing to share. The my personal favorite… Thanksgiving, and it was delish!!! Didn’t send enough leftovers home with the guests so it was the feast that kept on giving and giving and giving. Before I knew it was time for Christmas cookies, candy, fruitcake, gingerbread, our wedding anniversary with lots of treats and finally New Year’s Eve/Day celebrations all traditionally delivered on a platter with fancy toothpicks and rolled up in some sort of sweet or savory blankets. Once the tree came down I thought it was over… NOOOOOOOOO here comes DD with treats from her hubby’s side that she forgot to give us and since DH and I were de-toxing from months of chocolate, that tin seduced us within seconds. By then the scale was up four solid pounds and it was time to put the desserts away and get SparkSerious again. It took less time to take three of the four pounds off than it did to put it on and with one more pound to lose my weight tracker will make me an honest woman once again. I’m actually proud of myself because I didn’t let the holidays or weight gain derail my journey. In the past I would have continued over eating until I put the 73 pounds I’ve lost back on and then some. Not any more. I’m healthier and wiser thanks to Sparkpeople and all my SparkFriends. I’ve watched and learned from others success and failures. We are all the same and yet so different. One man’s meat IS truly another wo-mans poison. Finding what works for YOU is a huge part of the process and mixing it up when we get stalled keeps us moving forward.
What's the trick???
I started out doing this for my family. I wanted to be around to watch my grandkids grow up and be fit enough to help my mom. I wanted to participate more in daily routines and get off my heart medications and not be in so much pain. I never thought I’d feel as good as I do or be able to do all the things I’m doing today. It’s my own little miracle and I thank God every day for giving me the strength to stay focus and my dear husband for his unconditional support and appreciation. Now I do it for me because I deserve to feel good and enjoy my life.
Nineteen months and counting… I’m very excited to see what I can accomplish in the next five months when I’ll celebrate my 65th birthday and second SparkVersary. I know my limits... but I’ll never stop trying to exceed them as I gently remind myself to.....
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Bidding 2011 a fond farewell for it was an awesome year of growth for me personally. Yes, the year was far from perfect. The world is in turmoil, as it has always been. The media makes sure we hear about it even if the facts are skewed… hey, they have to pay for those $500.00 suits they wear on air and give those bonuses to the 1% who really do need another vacation home as millions struggle to put food on their tables. We suffered financially along with so many in 2011. In fact we haven’t had a paycheck since June. If you have any experience with being self-employed there are years that you have no time and lots of money and some with lots of time and no money. Living off our savings, 401K and our equity line makes for more than a few sleepless nights but then what are those lifelines for if not to grab onto when needed. I know from experience that this too shall pass and life will go on. And if you have your health… you have everything.
In the past I’d have eaten my way through the stress… but not this year. I faced my stuff instead of stuffing my face and ended the year in better shape than I started it. Normally I’d be up a few, if not several, pounds by years end. This year I’m tickled to have lost another 30 pounds!!! That’s a half a pound a week. I’ve gone from a size 5X to XL, loss more inches than I’ve kept track of and have a renewed sense of self-worth. Life is good and worth living again. I’ve always been a positive, happy person. My bane of existence is pain. I’ve had arthritis since my twenties and the extra weight didn’t help my knees or hips. My back hurt, my neck, my wrists… my FEET!!! Every thing hurt. Pain is very debilitating both physically and emotionally. And when you start having more bad days than good the future looks a bit bleak. And if you fall into the habit of letting the bad days over shadow the good ones that zest for life is diminished. So what do you do in your mid sixties to reignite that Spark?
Well, I joined SP and made a lifestyle change. I know diets are temporary. I’d lost 125 pounds in 9 months when I was 33. And I kept if off through 2 pregnancies and for about a decade. Then the pounds came back because life is stressful and food is comforting. And when you don’t feel worthy you stop loving yourself. When you stop loving yourself you stop taking care of yourself. I didn’t know how to love myself more than food until I made my health and well being a priority. Yes, it takes time and effort to make changes and turn ones life around. For me portion control is the key, water is the fountain of youth and exercise empowers me. So I track my food to watch my calories but I eat every thing. Nothing is taboo. And with that attitude I’m living in the moment… not looking forward to “cheat days” or the weekend or once I reach goal. I eat to live not live to eat. I’ve become a picky eater too so I make sure my calories are satisfying and fall within range of my needs. I drink a minimum of 15 glasses of water a day and when it comes to exercise I K.I.S.S…. “Keep It Simple SWEETHEART.” I have more stamina now that I’ve lost over 70 pounds but my knees and hips are still shot so I don’t run 5Ks or use a treadmill or even break a huge sweat when I exercise. I do strength training three times a week and I walk all year and swim in the summer… but I also do all my own housework and yard work and clean for my mom and actually go shopping now instead of ordering online. I play at the park with my grandkids and we are camping again. I don’t beat myself up for not being able to do what others can. Nor do I choose to do nothing because I am limited. I’m gentle and kind and forgiving when I want to lose myself in a box of See’s candy because I’m human and I make poor choices. But not to the extent that I use to. If I over eat or don’t exercise I start again right that moment… not tomorrow, not next week or next month.
Sparkpeople motivated me to change my life and as my healthy life style becomes a habit the future looks bright!! I’m excited to continue this journey into 2012. I CAN do this the rest of my life… one day at a time…. so
BRING IT… 2012
Happy HAPPY New Year Sparkfriends
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