Sunday, November 17, 2013
It's not like I ever really left, but life got in the way the last few months and I stopped following friend feed and stopped tracking. But all has been good. Busy, but overall good. I am 6 months into maintenance and every day is about choices. So far the choices I am making are paying off and I've stayed within my 5 lb range and my clothes fit just as I think I want them to. But I need something to keep me inspired. I tried using new apps for tracking, but nothing had that SP feel that I found so helpful. Today I realized I need a new challenge. When I started SP my first challenge was the Bootcamp Workout Challenge and I loved it. I've also really gotten a lot out of the 5% Challenges. In the last week I've set goals again here on SP regarding fitness minutes, but I need a new challenge. I like the accountability - in fact, I thrive on it.
On the home-front, things are also good. We've been busy being active - we did our 3rd 5K yesterday and had a great time. And DH and I've recently broached the subject of getting a new dog. But we are tentative, maybe a bit scared. Auggie was the dream dog - so easily trained and such the best buddy. Maybe by winter break we'll be ready to go looking in a more serious way.
Alright, beautiful SP friends, have a wonderful week! I hope all's well, and if anyone has any ideas for challenges, I'd love to hear from you.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Maintenance has meant that I still have to move it, move it if I don't want my clothes to be tight.
Splurging once in awhile does not mean I will gain everything back over nite.
While I don't count calories, I still have to employ all the good habits I learned thru SP.
Giving away all of my old clothes ensures that I won't put the weight back on. No way am I going out shopping for any size larger than I am wearing now.
Good health means a lifetime of good habits.
The new school year has started and I have more energy than ever, I enjoy getting dressed in the morning, and things are all good. I barely get computer time, though, with my schedule. We are still without a dog, and our house is a bit quiet. Maybe it's not such a bad thing - we are out and about more than we've ever been and living life to it's fullest. And smiling comes pretty easy.
So I check in when I can - my SP friends are in my thoughts every day and I hope everyone is happy, healthy, and moving it!
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Well, my dear SP friends, I am going to take a break for a little bit. I'm happy where I am weight wise, have some toning to do, and am more serious than ever about staying fit and healthy. But I need a break from SP. I'm still here if you need me (I get all of the email notifications), but DH and I need some time away from the computer for awhile.
I have so many people here to thank for being here with me the past 16 months. For motivating me, for inspiring me, and for lifting me up. At work, people treat weight loss like something that should happen overnite, and I am always referring them to SP and reminding them that it's not about "dieting," and that losing weight takes work - get up off the couch. Move. Eat better, not less. There are now 3 of us that walk the stairs around campus at recess, and the track at lunch. I am going to be heading the S2H Wellness Program in the Fall, which really excites me because I've been pushing for something like this since September.
This last week has been especially hard in a different way. On Tuesday we had to put our dog to sleep. Not having children, our dog was our son, and truly my husband's sidekick. We got Auggie a month after DH retired and the two were together 24/7 - with the exception of a few date nites, and 3 summer vacations - Auggie went everywhere with us, including road trips. He loved crawling into our laps, and as we read to him, or told him stories, he would tilt his head and look at us so intently. He was so dang smart, and always anticipated that we would sneak him some of his favorite words into our stories. argh. I could go on forever with stories about him. He was a creature of habit, just like DH and I, and each day has left us a wreck as we don't know what to do with ourselves now. We couldn't even stay in bed this morning because Sunday mornings and reading the paper in bed won't be the same for awhile. We miss him. And hugs to JAXMOMMY as our boys are hopefully together this week. She had the most amazing idea of planting something in the honor, knowing that "We all share the same sun that will allow our memory plants to bloom and grow as our love did for our boys." Wow. Talk about such a moving and powerful thought and act.
So I need a break for awhile. Hugs to you all. Keep doing what you are doing so well!
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Today's SP Coach Challenge is to think about "What can I do now that I couldn't do before?" As some of you may know, 25 years ago I was a zoo keeper, lean and mean and could tackle the best of the rhinos (haha!). When I made the career move to teaching, I also made my move to morning stops at the local drive thru's 5 days a week (where they knew my order by heart). I went from 140 lbs to nearly 230 lbs in a matter of a few years. I barely got off the couch and considered Farmville a form of exercise.
In the past 14 months here with SP I have gotten closer to being back at that 140 and am able to climb stairs without getting out of breath, ride a bike, and simply MOVE. I laugh a lot more, I move freely about my classroom (one sure fire way to get in more steps on my Fitbit!), and I can't wait to see how I fit in a plane seat one day. I look forward to weekends - not to sit on the couch and read a book, but to get out with DH and do something new and fun. I ache from working out. I am hungry for fruits and veggies (that's so not the old me!). And did I mention that I laugh?!
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Honestly....finding balance. I am either working or working out. It gives me very little time to check in on SP (unless it is the weekend), and I need to be sure to give quality time and attention to DH and the animals. On that note, I am turning off the computer and getting down on the floor with the dog. Goodnite all......
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