Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I admit that I have been MIA this month, but it's not for bad reasons. I've been keeping up with my Spark program, running, eating right, and making healthy choices. I've just been really busy. But it's time to update my Quarterly Review blog collection. So here goes...
Since my re-start in January of 2011:
1. I have lost 25 pounds.
2. My training for running is ahead of schedule.
3. My hair, nails, and skin are all reflecting my new year-old lifestyle (thanks Sparkpeople).
1. I'm hosting a baby shower for my oldest daughter this weekend -- her first baby, and my first grandson, due May 24!
2. Work is coming under better control for me.
3. Spring is coming early to the midwest, and my flowers are blooming like crazy in my front beds.
4. We finally finished moving Mom into her beautiful new assisted living home just down the street.
5. Last but not least...I met the most wonderful guy, and I have completely fallen in love again...this time, with my best friend.
Hope all of you out there in Sparkland are doing well. I'll do a better job of staying in touch. I promise.
Monday, January 02, 2012
Back when my kids were growing up, one of our family vacations included a tour of an upscale 18th century village. In one of the lovely homes, my youngest daughter Kim found particular amusement with a certain item of furniture...an ornate, velvet sofa, known as a "Fainting Couch." It seems that these pieces were frequently placed in the homes of proper young ladies who, when in the presence of handsome gentleman suitors, displayed their femininity by fainting backwards "in ecstasy" onto these couches, with their hands to their foreheads.
Well, the nut doesn't fall from the tree, as they say. Recently, Kim's oldest daughter Nikki (of Ruby Slipper fame...see Halloween blog) also learned of the fainting couch through a discussion at school about cultural changes among women. She proceeded to inform me that I was now going to "need a fainting couch" due to the fact that American Idol is coming on again soon, and therefore, I would be seeing my celeb crush, Steven Tyler, with increased frequency.
OMG...this kid is 5 years old!!!
Well, I decided to google the infamous fainting couch...and what I learned reminded me of how fortunate we are now as women in today's society. Not only were women expected to "faint" as a sign of feminity to impress a gentleman. They also fainted frequently due to the tightness of their corsettes, when attempting 18th century physical fitness (usually badminton, croquet, or tennis). Can you even imagine!! I just had to share this with my fellow Spark girlfriends. Just think about this the next time you're struggling to find a comfortable sports bra to wear to the gym!
Here it is, girls.
The Fainting Couch:
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Happy New Year, Sparkies! This is it...the day we've been waiting for!
And...Tomorrow is my one-year Spark Anniversary!!
I'm relaxing around home today, but mainly gathering strength and ammunion to tackle this new year with a vengeance! I reset my trackers, got all the gym clothes organized, and hit the produce aisle hard...in light of my new, healthy, 2012.
I CAN, I WILL, I BELIEVE!
And for my anniversary gift to myself...my #1 kick butt workout song...by my favorite band in all of the land:
Back in the Saddle - by Aerosmith--oh YEAH!!!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
If we never had that long, slow, ride up up that endless, steep incline...where we asked:
What would happen if we got stuck up here?
How would we get down?
Was our seatbelt fastened properly?
Does anyone really inspect these things?
Has anyone ever gotten hurt on here?
Are our kids safe?
What happens if someone throws up?
How would we ever get to enjoy that sudden rush of freefall....
If we never got scared, never made mistakes, or suffered broken hearts...if we never mourned loss, felt disappointment, or fought what we felt was a losing battle...
How would we ever truly appreciate the adrenalin rush of falling in love...of hearing those first chords of our favorite band in concert...of cuddling a soft, furry pet...or hearing the sweet words of our child saying, "I love you." How could we appreciate the true joy of Pomp and Circumstance in the background as we received our diplomas...hearing the crowd cheer as we crossed the finish line of that marathon...or feeling the satisfaction of reaching a goal at a job that we really love.
Sit tight, fasten your seatbelts, and let life take you for a ride. The "rush" waiting at the end will be worth it all...
Now, enjoy this little "ride' and listen to the words of the song :)
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Many of us are about to celebrate yet another New Years Eve. We glue our eyes to the TV in anticipation of that big, glittery ball making its way down the pole and marking the beginning of a new year. If we're with somebody special, we kiss them to symbolize that we will be together as a couple as we begin anew...and if we are celebrating as singles, we may raise our glasses of bubbly as a toast to the new love that we hope to be under the mistletoe with this time next year.
Yes, my fellow Sparkies...2012 is going to be a great year. But as we celebrate its beginning, we also toast to new resolutions for ourselves, and we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to achieve them. Some of these plans that we orchestrated so carefully on December 31 may be to reach our goal weights, run our first 5K or marathon, eat within our calorie range, or take up old, long-lost, beloved hobbies.
However, as January and February pass us by as dark, cold, gloomy days, and the ice and snow prevent us from getting to the gym, and we spend more time in front of the TV eating leftover holiday cookies, Superbowl snacks, and fast food cheeseburgers between kids' school events...those plans can slowly start to fade, just as the sun does...so early during these months.
At the same time...when we toasted 2012, we toasted a whole new YEAR...not just a few months. So, why not give our new SELVES and our precious resolutions a whole year, too!?! We know that Spring will bring beautiful new flowers and gentle rain to cleanse the earth...Summer will bring sunshine, trips to the beach, and outdoor family fun...in the Fall, we'll anticipate a great new school year, and the colorful changing leaves...and then, once again, Winter will bring the excitement of another new holiday season.
So, why not give ourselves a whole year, too, instead of giving up on better health, before we even have a chance to gain momentum? Let's all think about losing weight the healthy way, with 1 or 2 pounds a week. Then, do the math. After 52 weeks, when the holidays come again, imagine how great we're going to look when that sparkly ball drops again! And if we're planning to run a marathon, let's train the proper way so we don't hurt ourselves and end up on the couch again...waiting for another year to make that resolution, again and again.
Happy New Year to all of my Sparkfriends. Let's cheer each other on again in 2012! We can do it!
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