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My Ice Bucket Challenge Video - With a Sunny Mary Twist

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Posting as requested by a dear Spark Friend - here is my video ;)

  
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DEBBYFROMMT 8/28/2014 10:50AM

    I've been nominated by a friend of mine. Hmmm, LOVE the vlog!

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JANISMKW 8/27/2014 9:30PM

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-COURT- 8/27/2014 7:06PM

    Whoa, a double bucket dump. Brrrrr!!!!!

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SONFLOWERGAMMY 8/27/2014 5:06PM

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ONMYMEDS 8/27/2014 3:08PM

    brrrrrrrr!!!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/27/2014 11:35AM

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Day 7 I Can Do It; Day 8 Help Me, Please...*

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

*"Day" blogs based on activities in Linda Spangle's 100 Day Weight Loss book.
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Day 7 I Can Do It

Today is about becoming my own cheerleader. I set up my vision board on my Start Page to focus on words of encouragement: "I Can Do Hard Things" 2x, "I Totally Matter", "I Will Eat What Fuels My Body Best", "I Am Doing This For ME" and "Love Yourself First And Everything Else Falls Into Line - Lucille Ball". And I will post at least ten sticky notes around with the phrase, "I Can Do Hard Things!" - DONE!

I "Can Do" because:

- I have set up a plan and worked it through to a big goal before - completing a marathon
- I have organizing skills
- I function well with goals, order and routine
- I am getting enough sleep

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Day 8 Help Me, Please...

I have made some progress in asking for specific kinds of support that are actually supportive to me.

My husband preportions my shredded wheat and makes sure there are only 3-4 servings in the cupboard. He hides the remainder.

I have made a Sleep Bet with my DD and a Calorie Burn Bet with my DH for the month of August. These are more like accountability challenges in that neither DD nor DH has chosen to make a bet back. I gave DD $20 in a envelope that I am to get back if I average more than 7 hours of sleep a night - if I don't she gets to donate it to the charity of her choice. I plan to use the money to buy a fun Life is Good t-shirt. BTW, I am averaging 7 hours, 50 minutes so far! :)

  
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JANISMKW 8/27/2014 9:29PM

    Thanks for sharing these "Day" blogs.
I think your sleep average is increasing, right? Progress.

I don't think I could be quite as structured as you are, but my goals have been motivating me lately as content with other struggles.

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NORMA/MAC 8/27/2014 11:40AM

    keep up the good job and good luck norma

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Bucket List Dilemma

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I am not sure why I am balking at writing a bucket list. Through my employer, I have access to an online wellness program that includes new ways to earn points each month - for August, we are to write a bucket list and accomplish one thing on it. My only life goal right now is to hike the Ice Age Trail, a 1200 mile long trail. So far I've hiked 474 miles. It has gotten harder to get out on the trail since new trail is further away, I now work full-time (including most weekends) and I don't know how my ongoing (forever!) recovery from a knee injury is going to affect or be affected by the hike. About the only thing I can do this month still hiking the IAT is to request a weekend off.

In terms of specific and measurable, hiking the IAT is my only life goal. I've got goals related to healthy living. They are "in-process", certainly not attainable by 8/31. I've got the Sleep Bet and Calorie Burn Bet for the month of August, but those aren't life goals. I would not consider building and maintaining a butterfly garden in the front yard a life goal - and I am not sure I could clean it up enough by the end of the month.

The only other life goals I've had that I can think of, I have accomplished: college, studied abroad for a semester, had kids.

Soooo, what are your thoughts on this life goal issue for me? For yourself - what are your life goals?

  
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FOCUSD 8/30/2014 9:16AM

  How about a fun goal. Working so hard you may need to find a way to enjoy a few minutes. Call an old friend? Watch a new movie?

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LOLAINSC 8/27/2014 1:28PM

    Am I missing the point of a Bucket List, do they have to be lifetime achievements? Is there a rule that says they can't be simple and realistically obtainable? I thought they just were something whose attainment would bring you a good dose of joy. Last Thanksgiving when I was visiting family for the holidays we enabled my sister to achieve an item on her Bucket List. We were playing Dominoes with some cousins and started one-upping each other with extreme trash-talk, as if we were in a vicious life and death duel. We all ended up laughing so hard that I was afraid of falling off my chair and breaking a hip. My sister checked off "Laugh with your family until tears roll down your face" from her Bucket List.
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AUNTRENEE 8/27/2014 10:43AM

    Great goals. In my opinion, our goals is our bucket list. No need to have 2 different lists.

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/27/2014 10:08AM

    Wow, that is interesting. That will certainly take some thought. What else do you want to do? (or if you can imagine, what would you do if you have a million dollars?)

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Day 5 - Magic Notebook; Day 6 - Protect My Program

Monday, August 25, 2014

Day 5 - Magic Notebook

I like the idea of the magic notebook. I see it as two things really - a journal, which I have here through Spark's Planner, for longer writing; and a quick note like on a memo on my phone or paper in my pocket when I am at work. I like the idea of for the moment writing down the name of the tempting food, maybe a description, then telling myself I am not going to eat any right now. 'Course, I could carry paper in my pocket outside of work as well - and then I could "throw away" the thought of food that is on that paper. :)

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Day 6 - Protect My Program

I really like this idea of when I am around other people and food, say "not just yet" or "I'm going to wait a little while".

What fortunate timing about seeing this reading today. In the past - and earlier today - I struggled with protecting my program, making taking care of myself a priority. Not so much that other people pushed themselves first, but that I put everybody else first. Today, while my teenaged son is still sleeping, I am putting as a priority the I-need-quiet self care activities - including working through these lessons in Spangle's 100 Day Weight Loss book.

  
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DEBBYFROMMT 8/26/2014 4:24PM

    I like saying "not just yet" or "getting to that in a little while" . Perfect for parties or dinner with the in-laws, or whoever is trying to get you to eat!

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JANISMKW 8/25/2014 9:44PM

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GOODGETNBETR 8/25/2014 4:54PM

    Like they say "Put on your own oxygen mask 1st." Hard to help anyone else when you're unconscious.
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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/25/2014 3:15PM

    Seize the day!
Good work, Mary

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ROCKPORT9 8/25/2014 2:00PM

    I am looking in to this book. It sounds good in your blogs.

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My First "Race" of the Year

Monday, August 25, 2014

Feeling underwhelmed, disappointed that my first "race" of the year was not the victorious return to running that I'd hoped. I used to run/walk intervals of 3 min/1 min. My recovery from the knee injury is going SO slow that I am still doing 35sec/60 sec intervals. And my knee is still a little stiff and achy after sitting. I so badly want to be out there running and hiking long distances. And now I am feeling the overwhelming awareness of fall coming and that there is not much time left in this running season. Ugh ugh ugh. This was supposed to be a celebration.

How to turn this around? Mary - You COMPLETED *THIS* sentimental favorite run - and found a way to make it FUN. Make that call about doing PT for your foot problem - that will likely help your knee as well. And do that knee PT!





Shelby and I - we spotted her with her name on her shirt - I said "Aw, Dave, we ALMOST caught up to Shelby" when we started a walk interval. That set Shelby off running - we played a game of almost leapfrog with her the rest of the way. Her mother thanked us for keeping her moving.




Unique race bib!

  
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RAWCOOKIE 8/27/2014 12:00PM

    I can understand your frustration - but how fantastic that you did it! What the heck is a half-marathon 5k relay? is it that some were doing a half-marathon, and some were doing 5k? how does it work?

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KABMPH 8/25/2014 7:46PM

    It is what it is. You can't force it to heal any faster than it is. You are still moving, and keeping active, even if it's not where you want to be. Keep your chin up!

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ROCKPORT9 8/25/2014 2:02PM

    Wonderful!

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DETERMINEDDE 8/25/2014 11:57AM

    Way to go, Mary!

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LOLAINSC 8/25/2014 11:27AM

    Mary, Mary, keep that sunny side up! You did it, with two major injuries/obstacles, any one of which might have stopped a less determined person altogether! You lapped everyone sitting on the couch; you did the distance just like Rocky, and they made a movie about him; you made progress which however small is still progress; finishing slow is a lot better than not starting; need I go on with anymore SparkPeople Inspirational Posters? One more: you did it because you can, for the people who can't?
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FITWITHIN 8/25/2014 11:24AM

    Congratulations on completing your race! emoticon

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AUNTRENEE 8/25/2014 11:19AM

    I don't think that I could do a race just yet. Maybe in about 20 more pounds off I might be ready. And if I train for one.

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