Sunday, July 20, 2014
After a smooth flight from St. Louis to San Diego, I headed to the beach with my sister and bil for a sand sculpture competition. We saw some incredible sculptures and I made my 6,000+ steps including lots of sand walking. It's great to spend time with Dianne, Denny and my nephew Doug. A good day!
Friday, July 18, 2014
As some may know, my sister had a stroke in May that left her unable to speak or swallow. About 1900 miles separate us ~ she lives in CA and I am in MO. Since she was in the hospital and then rehab, I felt I'd wait to see her till she got home. She's amazingly determined to get back to where she was before her stroke....and she's definitely on her way! She's been home for several weeks now, with a feeding tube, and receiving therapy at home. I am SO very proud of her. She is now able to speak and is even getting some inflection back to her voice. Her swallowing is improving little by little. Just got great news a few days ago ~ she is able to swallow soft foods and is not using her feeding tube at this time! Next week, she'll have a swallow test that will determine if she can have the tube removed. She has the most difficulty with water ~ I guess because of the consistency ~ so has to use a teaspoon. Wow!
I'm California bound tomorrow! So excited to spend some time with my sister and brother-in-law. My nephew lives a few hours away from them and he's coming down for the weekend, too. It'll be great to see him.
I hope to get some walks in while I'm there ~ they live just 4 miles from the ocean ~ so I know some will be done on the beach! How's that for incentive to walk! My focus will be on spending time with my sister though, so that will be my guide to how my days are spent. I'm hoping to get some good seafood while I'm there for sure! Not sure how much I'll be able to check in to Spark ~ hopefully every day.
Have a happy, healthy weekend!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
So I learned something about myself. I still need to go overboard with my planning! (reference to my last blog) I did so much better when I planned my meals, AND wrote down my daily plan for fitness. That is such a helpful tool for me. I also realize how much more I enjoy a meal I actually make rather than just grabbing a can of something and some chips! Not healthy and doesn't satisfy me either. The fast-food I've had recently left me with the same result. The flavor wasn't as good and had me craving more food. When will I learn?
I'm so happy to be back in touch with my Spark friends, and have been friended by some newbies as well. Here's hoping we can help one another on this lifelong journey to good health.
Commit and carry through once more!
Monday, July 07, 2014
My spark friend, SAPHRAEL's blog today sparked my thoughts today. I'm not going to go overboard with meal planning. I just won't do it if I try to do a whole week, and I usually don't stick to it anyway because my mood for certain foods change. I do better when I have a meal plan for a few days and with writing my fitness in my planner for the week with having the flexibility to change my mind on the type of exercise, but still actually doing some sort of fitness.
I've decided to see how I do with some planning, but without tracking. I tracked for so long and hope I can manage to lose without it. If not, I'll add it in again.
Today, I'm working on cleaning out my fridge of expired dressings and other condiments I rarely use. I'm also rearranging my pantry so I can get to things more easily, and so I actually know what I have in there! I should mow again, but it's too hot and humid. I'll see about later this evening.
Overall, I had a good week last week, and am looking forward to having a happy, healthy week this week, too!
I lost 2 pounds! Certainly happy about that!
I feel so much better already as I'm not stuffing myself with unhealthy foods. I really do enjoy my water workouts, and will get a few in this week. Not much going on till Thursday and Friday evenings, and Saturday lunch, so no excuses for not working out and cooking for myself.
Here's to a healthier US! Commit and carry through!
Saturday, July 05, 2014
As I was browsing through some Spark articles I came across a tip that may help me. I thought I'd share in case it may be helpful to you, too.
Know your pitfalls.
"We all have food weaknesses. That food that you can't resist. The food you can't stop eating once you started. The food you have trouble saying no to, even if you're not hungry. The food you think about even when it's not in the vicinity. Maybe you'll never shake the grip this food has you on, but the first step is recognizing it. Take a minute to think about your food weaknesses. Once you know what they are, you can take extra measures to prevent overeating these particular foods, whether you avoid repeated exposure to this food or plan the rest of your day's intake planning to enjoy a bit of this favorite food.
ACTION TIP: Make a list of your food weaknesses and the places you encounter them. Come up with solutions to avoid those encounters, like not venturing down the snack food aisle in the grocery store or choosing a different route to bypass the co-worker who always offers free doughnuts. Stick with your plan of avoidance until you build up the strength to face that food without giving up your control."
I already have a few foods swirling in my head! How 'bout you?
On another note, I had a great Independence Day yesterday! I ran a few errands in the morning and ended up stopping at a bbq place to pick up lunch/dinner. My plan was to buy a meal, divide it in half, eat half for lunch and half for dinner. It was definitely a little way to trick myself into not feeling deprived of some yummy holiday food and it worked! I took a 50 minute walk after lunch, and another to meet friends to watch fireworks since I had to park 20 minutes away from my destination :) I brought a cooler with 3 bottles of water, some cherries, and pretzels. Although I made the pretzels dipped in almond bark with red and blue sprinkles, I didn't over-do my portion. I made them to share as a festive treat and they were a hit! So were the cherries! Overall, I had a good day with my nutrition and fitness for a holiday!
Check out this beautiful setting where I met up with friends for the Riverfest ~ great music and fireworks. It's on the Missouri River in St. Charles, MO. We had a festive time!
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