Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I had a FANTASTIC day today. Kept my calories in check, shovelled the lane, walked the granddog, wrote over 1000 words for my book about my brother, and checked several other things off my to do list. I was quite proud of myself. I have decided to earn a mini vacation once a month (go visit a friend or relative) by not going over my calorie goals more than once a week and by exercising at least 3o minutes a day for at least 6/7 days. I other words, if I do good for six days a week, I get to be a little silly on the seventh. And if I do this for 4 weeks in a row, I get a mini holiday! Valentine's is coming. I wonder if a certain someone would like some company...
I have my rewards list started.
I took the granddog for a walk.
I did not track down my smaller clothes, but I got the lane shovelled. Yay me!
Sunday, January 12, 2014
I became a member eons ago. I love the tools, the resources, the encouragement. Thanks to the site, I have lost about 20 lbs. Not sure because I haven't been on a scale in almost a year. Probably a good thing. I used to weigh myself every day. Sometimes more often.
The last time I went to the doctor, all my tests and bloodwork came back with happy results. Mammogram: clear
Pap test: clear
Iron levels: acceptable
Cholesterol levels: acceptable
Blood Pressure: normal
Weight: down again
This is the first time in over a decade that one or more of these has not been a cause for concern. I was thrilled! I have control over my health again!
This is the first holiday season that I have not gained weight. Another 'Yay, Me!"
I have not lost the 5o pounds that I set out to lose eons ago, but progress has been made. I'm back in the mode again, determined to continue this trend.
I am still a happy vegetarian, it's easy to make healthy food choices and most of the time I do. I love to walk. If it is within a 5 mile round trip of home, I usually chose to walk rather than drive or take a bus. Both of these habits have become entrenched in my life. Habits for the better. Habits for the better me.
This time around, I will add strength and flexibility to my regular activity. I am conscious of my decreasing flexibility and I want more strength in my upper body. I went tree top trekking a few years ago and could no hold myself on a tree rope. I want to take my grandkids to do this fun activity with my grandkids next summer. I want to play Jane to my grandsons' Tarzans. Cosmetically I want to lose some bulk on my waistline.
I want to find a SparkFriend as close as possible to my home and goals to commiserate with. I have a cyber Scrabble Friend. I have a cyber Romantic Interest (shhhhh... Don't tell my mother!). A cyber health partner should be an easy challenge. I have not taken advantage of the Spark Community and this may be part of my less than assertive life makeover. Here is where I can try harder and not break much of a sweat.
Right now, though, I want to set up some free or low cost rewards to go along with my baby step goals, which I also have to establish. I'm going to ask the Spark Community for some ideas about the rewards. The goals I have to figure out for myself. One of thme will include blogging and reading blogs. Yep, the Community stuff again!
Sunday, February 10, 2013
My niece is getting married in September and I am using this date for my fitness/health/weight loss goal. I want to look hot in a red dress. I've started searching magazines and the internet for inspiration and I think I've got it narrowed down. I am imagining a tomato red lace sheath with not quite elbow length sleeves and a scoop neckline. The lace must be cotton and stretchy for dancing comfort. I will wear a red slip underneath rather than have it lined. I am toying with the idea of having a solid coat to go over top. A hat may be part of the plan, too, but not a facinator.
I may be have to be kind to my summer high heeled sandals. They are strappy, sexy and comfortable to dance in. Recognize a theme happening here? Yep, this old girl likes to boogie!
I need to find a photo of my fantasy dress to post on my bathroom mirror. Added incentive...
Thursday, February 07, 2013
i have had my bathroom scales for more than twenty years. This is a relationship that has lasted longer than any of my marriages. I had a basement flood and my poor scales were a casualty. I am grieving. I got on those scales EVERY DAY! And now they're gone. Well, not gone. They should be gone but I haven't the heart to pitch them yet and the ground is frozen so a proper burial is out of the question. Next week--I will throw them out next week. Can I get SparkPoints for that?
A new set is out of my budget; I could barely squeeze in my gym membership.
Now there is a set of fancy scales at the gym. But I have to get on them fully dressed. After breakfast. After my requisite morning coffee. They register 4 pounds more than my dearly departed fatometer. I'm trying to convince myself that this is a baseline, an entry point into my rekindled fitness program but it's just not the same. I've been through worse. I will adjust. It will just take time.
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