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May You Be Blessed Today...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

That's what a kind stranger told me today.

I had held the door open for him. Then we were both on the elevator, on our way to our respective doctor's appointments. I was lost in thought, a little bit nervous. He got out one floor before me, and on his way out, he sincerely said, "May you be blessed today."

I thought it was a beautiful moment, so I'm hoping to pass it along.

May you be blessed today.

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PROPMAN1 11/18/2014 3:32PM

  To ALL: emoticon Blessings to everyone. emoticon

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No, thank you!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

My gym is undergoing renovations, so to keep us campers happy, they've been giving out freebies almost every day.

Some days, it's tea and/or coffee, and some days it's sample-size hair-care products. Recently, there was a beautiful platter of fruit kabobs. I've gotten in the habit of checking to see what the goody of the day is, and it's a fun reward for my workout.

Today, they had baskets of granola bars, cereal bars, little packets of fruit and nuts, and chips. Chips!

Chips are my downfall, my trigger food. So naturally, I picked a bag of chips. They were Sun Chips, after all; baked, or something, so they wouldn't really count as chips. I had the bag in my hand as I happily walked to my car, and then I flipped the bag over and looked at the nutrition information.

210 Calories! Yikes. I tried to figure out how long I'd have to swim to burn that off. I'm a really slow swimmer and the math was just too hard.

I did not eat the chips. Yay me. And next time, I'll consider the "freebie" more carefully!

  
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CLEAN_MAMA 11/20/2014 11:05PM

    great job resisting temptation :) keep up the amazing job!!!

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SUNSHINE5268 11/11/2014 11:47AM

    emoticon 210 calories wowwwwwwwwwwww!!!

High five to you for being SMART enough to choose NOT to eat the chips emoticon

I am sooooooooooooo PROUD of you! hugs

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APPLEPIEDREAMS 11/6/2014 5:23PM

    Nice work skipping the chips! All those little things add up.

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LUISE2512 11/6/2014 5:05PM

    I feel with you. I never eat chips, but my downfall is chocolate.
I am waiting for the day when scientist make calorie free choc.
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OPHELIE 11/6/2014 5:00PM

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November

Monday, November 03, 2014

My favorite thing to do on Spark is to read blog entries. I know, my favorite thing should be "trying new healthy recipes" or "doing a new workout video." Those are worthwhile activities that I definitely should be doing more often.

But the blog posts are fantastic! Many of my sparkfriends post regularly, and they really inspire me. I also enjoy randomly checking out blogs written by members I haven't "met" yet. Not every click on a blog "clicks" with me, but quite often, they do.

Anyway, today I read a couple of posts that really struck a chord.

Long story short, I am 7 pounds over what I was at the end of December. Not a huge gain, but enough to make me see that I'm standing on the edge of a slippery slope. And looking back, I have to admit that I did not work as hard in 2014 as I did in 2013. Overall, I slacked off on my eating and fitness, particularly once summer rolled around.

It's been a hectic, lovely, great year and I'd like to close it out on a healthy note. So my goal is to lose this 7 in order to wrap up 2014 by breaking even. I'd still have another 10 to lose, but I will tackle this first 7 over the next two months. I know that might seem pretty slow, but for me, this is a reasonable pace.

I plan to do this by walking or swimming every day, and planning dinners so I don't resort to junk at the end of the day. I'll see where that takes me.

A special thank-you to Steph-knee and Klong8 for today's motivation. Their posts today encouraged me to be honest with myself. (I'd include the links but I think I'm doing something wrong.)

In other news, I finished the crochet cowl I've been poking around with for over 6 months, and now I need to block it. I'm currently taking another crochet class which I love.

Thank you for reading, and feel free to share your latest burst of motivation!

  
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UNSWEETMAMA 11/3/2014 4:21PM

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I think that's a great goal!

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Checking In

Monday, October 13, 2014

In my last blog, I wrote about how I wanted to make the time for some kind of creative outlet. So far so good!

I've signed up for another crochet class at the rec, and I'm in the process of finishing a cowl I started in March. I've done a little almost every day, and on the days I haven't done crochet, I have found other things to do, or at least look into. And it feels great.

I still need to get more consistent with the eating, and the working out, and I'm making progress there, but this has been a treat for my soul.

So if you get a chance, find something fun you like to do. Do it just for you!

  
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LUISE2512 11/6/2014 5:09PM

    I love crocheting too. I do lots of doilies, table cloth, borders for shells. I guess our house looks sort of old fashioned.
What is a "cowl"?

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SUNSHINE5268 11/3/2014 7:59AM

    emoticon I am sooooooooo PROUD of you with taking the class and almost being finished crochet class with the cowl.

p.s. have a great week!


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MONTREALESTMOI 10/17/2014 10:15PM

    I'm getting back into my writing. I have so many stories in my head!

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/14/2014 12:50PM

    That's great!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/14/2014 7:40AM

    My feelings exactly!

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SUNSHINE5268 10/13/2014 11:43PM

    aaaawww what a wonderful heart felt post, hugssssssss

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MCJOYFUL 10/13/2014 10:30AM

    I am so glad you found something that you enjoy!

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A tangled web

Monday, October 06, 2014

My quest for the month of October is to re-locate my creativity. So far, so good!

Yesterday, I went to a cooking class, which was quite inspiring.

Today, I replaced my lost crochet hook, and selected some yarn just to practice with. I sat down, got comfy, and got geared up to practice some crochet stitches. But for some reason, I have a heck of time starting a skein of yarn. I know you're supposed to start from the inside, but today, like many times before, I pulled out a tangled mess! I spent over 20 minutes untangling it, but eventually I got it.

The good news is, I DID untangle it, and I actually enjoyed it. It was almost like meditation, focusing on the yarn, and unraveling it. And I WILL stitch 3 rows before I go to bed. Yay!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/8/2014 12:35PM

    Great plan. I should dig out my crochet hooks. If I keep my hands busy they're less likely to reach for food.

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UNSWEETMAMA 10/6/2014 12:42PM

    I agree, some tasks are just like meditating. It's nice to get lost in the focus of doing something.
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MCJOYFUL 10/6/2014 11:57AM

    I like your quest!

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MONTREALESTMOI 10/6/2014 9:58AM

    You're inspiring me! I can sew my butt off, and have said I needed to start (and finish) some projects. You took the first steps. I really need to do the same. Good luck on your project!

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MOONGLOWSNANA 10/6/2014 12:12AM

  I was untangling thread that my bobbin messed up! I made about 20 pink ribbons on my embroidery machine until the bobbin ran out and the tangles took over when I tried to wind a new one. At least I was able to finish some before the foul up. Sometimes creativity can be so trying! Misery loves company!

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