Friday, November 21, 2008
Today is day one........I logged on.........I took the first step to get back on track.
Tomorrow is a new day. I plan to go to the gym or the track (if it is warm enough). Either way, I will get some exercise in.......That will be day two.
When I fell off the wagon, I fell hard and haven't been able to get back up, but this is about to change. I always tell my son, sometimes you just have to MAKE yourself do what you want to do, EVEN WHEN YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE IT. Now it is time to practice what I preach. LOL! :)
My goals from now to the Sunday after Turkey Day:
1. Log on every day
2. Exercise (any kind) 4 times (every other day).
That will be enough for now. Each week, or two, I will add another goal, until I am back on track and running full force to my health and weight loss goals again.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
I am writing to you about a subject very dear to my heart. My son is a freshman in high school, and has been diving with his junior high for the past 2 years. After the state championships last April, the OSSAA (Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association) voted to remove diving as a sanctioned sport in Oklahoma High Schools.
This decision will deny my son, as well as many other young athletes in Oklahoma, the opportunity to represent his High School in the sport he loves. It will also deprive him of the chance to earn "All-American", which is highly looked upon when colleges begin recruiting.
My son, as well as many others, have been active in diving from a very young age. Some have been nationally ranked, and even competed internationally. Many are very serious athletes, and have always desired to represent their schools, just like all other athletes, in the sport that they love and excel in.
Please take a minute to connect to the following link and show your support for these talented young athletes by signing a petition requesting that the OSSAA continue to offer diving as a sanctioned event in the Oklahoma High Schools.
Our children thank you for your support.
Oklahoma Diving Association
Sooner Diving Club
Saturday, May 10, 2008
As of today, I have lost 15 pounds. I can not even begin to tell you how good that makes me feel, especially after the really difficult diet and exercise day I had 3 days ago. I had really blown it that one day, but to come back and lose 2 pounds this week...It is just the motivation I needed.
This has been the easiest, and most successful (without medication) diet that I have ever done. I can truly see myself doing this for the rest of my life, because I do not feel deprived at all. I have learned that it's okay to enjoy birthday cake at a party, or ice cream every once in a while, or even CHOCOLATE...YUM! I just have to determine what is worth it and what is not. I can choose lower calorie. lower fat options and enjoy them just as much. I have learned to cook healthier, and have enjoyed finding spark recipes and sharing some of my own.
Finally, I have formed some invaluable friendships. I never knew how much easier it could be with the support of a community that is traveling the same journey. Sparkpeople is an amazing site, that is helping to make this lifestyle change so much easier.
Thank you God for leading me to this site.
Thank you Spark Guy for your hard work and dedication in funding and creating this site.
Thanks you to all my Spark Friends (or sparkly friends, as my 13 year old son calls you.)
And best of luck to everyone as you travel this journey.
Remember, you are not alone.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I have noticed a small but growing movement when it comes to the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing, China. It seems that due to China's problem of their totalitarian control over Tibet it has raised an issue of possibly the United States boycotting either the opening ceremonies or the Olympics themselves.
Although it is widely known that China is a human rights abuser it is ludicrous that right now we are becoming alarmed over the abuse of their citizens. It is very interesting to me that American companies do business with the Chinese on a daily basis but in that case we bury our heads in the sand because our level of indignation is not higher than our love for the almighty dollar.
Our government fares no better when it comes to hypocrisy. If we need China as an ally in a certain situation we have no problem with "turning the other cheek" and look away when it comes to their abuses. Of course if they oppose us on an issue, then we certainly bring up all the injustices that their government commits.
Boycotting any part of the Olympics does nothing to punish the host country. Boycotting any part of the Olympics only punishes the hard working athletes that somehow against all odds, climbed to the pinnacle of their sport. Knowing what some of these athletes have to give up to get to the Olympic stage makes a boycott a self defeating purpose. When an athlete triumphs over every obstacle and makes an "Olympic Team" it is a triumph of the human spirit. Many of these athletes have one shot at the Olympics. They have given up normal childhoods to prepare their bodies and minds for the rigors of international competition at the highest levels. When an athlete steps onto that playing field, court, track, pool, diving board or wherever their "Field of Dreams" is played there is no greater sporting honor.
As they step into the field of competition, they understand that their nemesis is not the athlete competing against them or the countries they represent. I have seen my son at an international dive competition at 11 years old competing against Chinese kids his age. Do you know what these American and Chinese kids found out about each other during this dive meet? They had more in common with each other than they had differences. These athletes are all part of a giant fraternity/sorority. The competition is fierce, the stakes are high, and as humans striving to be the best they can, they all realize when they get there that the Olympics itself, is bigger than the sum of its parts.
Boycotting the Olympics goes against everything the Olympics stands for. The original prize was an olive wreath placed on the victors head. The olive branch represents hope and peace. This a hope that stands proud, even when you look around and see hopelessness, and a peace that cries out over the midst of disagreement and strife. There may never have been a prouder Olympic moment for our country than the 1936 Olympics. Jesse Owens, a black track athlete competed for the United States in the Olympics held in Berlin, Germany. These particular Olympics were being used as a stage for Adolph Hitler to showcase his athletes and their Arian supremacy. Four gold medals later, Hitler was forced to walk away from the Olympics with a stinging defeat for his country and his pride.
Shakespeare said "All the world's a stage, and men and women are merely players". Shakespeare was right but if the players don't get on the stage their message won't be noticed.
Let's not punish all our athletes by taking away the glory of their personal achievements just to try to make a political point. This is the same China we do millions of dollars of business with a day. This is the same China that crushed the revolt in Tiananmen Square. What line have they crossed that now our country must stand up and protest? Actually no line has been crossed, some people just think this is a good way to protest because it doesn't cost them anything personally. They don't care how many athletes they hurt!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
WOW! I am so excited. I woke up yesterday, stepped on the scale, and I am down a total of 11 pounds.
I had been a little worried that I wouldn't' have any weight loss (and maybe a gain) because I have had a couple of days where I didn't stay with in my diet range, and a few days where finding time to exercise was next to impossible. I didn't let those days get me down. I got back up and treated each new day as a day to start over and be successful.
The loss has been slow, but I am in it for the long haul. No matter how long it takes, I am going to become a healthier person. Actually, I already am.
I still have a long way to go to reach my goal weight, but every pound lost is a success, and one step closer to the prize.
Thanks everyone for all your encouragement, and best of luck to you all.
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