Thursday, January 19, 2012
Wow - when I looked at my blogs, I see that I hadn't added anything for over a year! So, I guess it's really no surprise that I haven't really focused on maintaining my weight loss as diligently as I should have. I haven't been on SparkPeople consistently over the past year, and I have re-gained 12 of the 25 pounds I lost.
I am not fitting into my goal clothes very well at all, and I have lost my motivation to exercise and eat healthy meals. I am also not wanting to have any pictures taken of myself again, so I know that I'm definitely slipping back into old ways.
Well, this stops NOW!! I see that my two year Sparkiversary is one week away, and I want to be back on track by then. I know that it's going to seem like I'm starting all over again, and that's OK. This time I'm starting a little lighter, and am definitely more in shape than I was two years ago. Hopefully it will be easier to get back into the swing of things. I don't want to wait until I'm back up to the weight I was when I first began before I find my motivation.
Today is the day to begin!!
Monday, November 29, 2010
I can't believe that I haven't blogged since July. I also can't believe that I said that I didn't want to see 140 again, and yet, here it is. I know that I have been trying to fool myself, thinking that I'm doing enough to maintain my weight since I hit goal, but really, my brain isn't that stupid. For every extra little bit of sauce I had on my dessert, I knew I was adding calories. For the popcorn with extra butter yesterday, I knew that there were extra calories there, too. And the gravy, and the wine, and the ........ All these "and the's" are adding up, and so my goal size pants are starting to get tight!!
Well, as of today, this is coming to an abrupt HALT!!!! I WILL track my calories every day again, I WILL drink all my water, I WILL get some extra exercise into my day! I have worked way too hard to slip back into my old fooling myself ways - or perhaps more accurately, my ignoring myself ways. I'm so much smarter than that, and I am so happy with myself being down so much over the last year.
I am going to go to my tracker, and put in my new goal weight, and I'm going to stick with the system again. No more thinking I'm ok to do it on my own once I get to goal weight. SP has helped me get there once, and they will help me get there again.
Here's to starting fresh!!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Last weekend, I participated in the Weekend to End Women's Cancers Walk in Calgary!
It was fabulous, and I am so glad that I was able to be part of it! We had gorgeous weather (I'm sure not going to complain - about 27 degrees each day, couldn't have asked for better). The areas that we walked through were great, and seemed to make the kilometers go quickly! We walked by one area where Calgary's first "rich people" built their homes, and although they are old, they are still very impressive. We also walked by the Bow and the Elbow Rivers, and through Stanley Park and West Glenmore Park. What gorgeous areas. Shaelyn and I are going to have to go there sometime, and walk by the river. We walked by Mount Royal University, the University of Calgary, and McMahon Stadium. We walked under the Centre Street Bridge, and down so many city streets, that I can't remember where all we were!
On the sidewalks, people had written words of thanks and encouragement to the walkers. Some of the comments were really touching, and they sure provided motivation along the way. Other people had tubs of water sitting in ice, with signs for the walkers to help themselves, and still others provided hoses for water, and sprinklers for misting ourselves off! There were lemonade stands, and some families had their children and even their dogs decked out in pink!! It was quite entertaining at times, and there were so many people sitting on their steps or in their yards saying "Thank you for walking".
All along the route were the wonderful volunteers, too! There were people in vans and on motorcycles who made the loop continually, honking, waving, and shouting out! Every major intersection had at least a volunteer and an officer there to stop traffic and let you cross safely. We were even ushered across the streets quite often under umbrellas to shelter us from the sun!
Every five kilometers was a "grab and go" or a rest stop. They had Powerade, Dasani water, bagels, carrots, apples and bananas there for you to refuel on. They also had medics at almost every stop, for people to treat their aches and pains! And of course, the "porta potties" were at each location. You knew you were well hydrated when you had to use them every five kilometers!
There were 1,114 people participating in the Walk on Saturday morning. $2.7 Million was raised for the Calgary Walk alone this year. We took off from Currie Barracks at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, and I arrived back there at 3:00 p.m. As I was in the middle of the group when we left, and I was one of the first 50 to arrive back at camp that afternoon, I was pretty happy with how well I did! We walked 32 kilometers the first day, so taking into consideration time used for breaks and lunch, I calculate that I was walking about 6 kilometers an hour! Not too shabby for an old broad.
On Sunday, we only had to walk 28 kilometers, so I left Currie Barracks at 7:40 a.m., and arrived back at 1:35 p.m. I spent a little more time at the rest stops, and took longer for lunch than on Saturday, so I calculate that I walked pretty close to the same speed that day too, maybe just a little slower. The first five kilometers on Sunday were pretty tough, though. I had some muscles that were complaining quite loudly when I started off, and I had gotten a couple of blisters Saturday that needed to be taken care of Sunday morning when I got to camp, so I was hurting when I left camp. They started feeling better after a while, thank goodness! But I tell you, the last five kilometers seemed to take forever!!
All in all, I was very happy with how I did! I walked away (pun intended), from the Weekend with only two blisters, and a real sense of accomplishment!! I also met a lot of really nice people along the way. Everyone was so friendly, and seemed to be having so much fun! The people who volunteered were fabulous, and the organizers did a great job!! This is something I will definitely participate in again.
Thank you to my Spark Friends who sent "best wishes" and "good luck" messages, as well as Goodies to me. You're a great bunch of gals to have as friends, and I sure do appreciate you all!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
This is the first blog I've done in over a month. It's not that I haven't wanted to write something, it's just that I haven't known what to write.
I have been on my journey with SparkPeople for seven months now, and I reached my goal only one week after I had originally planned. So, for the past couple of months, I have been maintaining that weight. A couple of weeks ago, I readjusted my goal weight down by six pounds, so that I would have a cushion to gain a little now and then!! I think that was a mistake!
Somehow, I've gotten it in my head that this "buffer" is a green light to gain weight. I haven't even managed to get to my new goal, and I'm starting to gain! I know that what I'm eating is the culprit, as I am still getting more than my quota of exercise in each week. But the foods that I'm eating are not the healthy, nutritional ones I had gotten used to, they are the comfort foods I love, but that don't love me (except for my love handles!). And by eating those foods, I've been feeling like crap the last few days.
So, I'm going to adjust my goal weight back to what it was, and just try to maintain for a few months. After I've gotten good at this, I'll put my goal weight back down again, and see what happens.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Today is my birthday!! It's not a milestone birthday, but in a way, it kind of is (to me anyway). For the first time, I actually feel younger on my birthday!
I know that this feeling has a ton to do with how I've changed my life in the past year. However, there are a few more things that I plan to do before next year!
By the time I turn 50:
I want to have totally run (not run/walk) a 5k, and possibly a 10k race.
I want to have maintained my goal weight (which I am now below!)
I want to skydive (at least once). I tried once, but chickened out in the plane!
I want to spend more time doing things I like (read a book, listen to music), rather than things I think I need to do (housework, yardwork).
I want to be able to go hiking with my daughter, and spend more quality time with her participating, instead of just watching! (I actually got out on the soccer field before her game, and had her take shots on goal - with me in goal!).
I want to spend more time with my husband, and get him to come walking with me in the evening. We both work too much, and go different directions too often - it's time to start getting to know him better again!
I want to laugh more often, instead of taking everything so seriously.
I want to still be Sparkin' with all my Spark Friends!!!
Just a few of the I wants, that will become "I have" by the time I'm 50!
Have a happy day everyone - I know I will!!
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