Thursday, August 06, 2009
I was reading in the Spark Blogs today a Blog about theme songs. I think we all need to adopt one. I am choosing I will survive by Gloria Gaynor. Yes, it is about surviving after breaking up with supposedly the love of your life. Well, I am losing a love of my life - food. Food has always been the center of my life. I would wak up thinking about food, what am I going to eat for breakfast and thoughts of food stayed with me till I went to sleep. Food was generally part of most of my conversations. Exercising in the pool each morning the 1st thing we all did was swap recipes. When I planned to go visit family members menus were always part of the discussion. I would always share a good new restaurant that I found with anyone who would listen. Food, food, food oh how I love food.
Well all of that is changing. Goodbye my love, not all food but just the bad stuff. I am giving up the ooey gooey chocolate I love so much whether in one of those hot molten lava cakes I love or a nice hot fudge sundae. I am giving up those scrumptious pizzas just loaded with all of that cheese oozing all over the place. No more pulling into fast food restaurants for a "fix". I could go on and on but you get the picture.
At first I was afraid I was petrified
Kept thinkin' I could never live without you by my side;
But then I spent so many nights
Thinkin' how you did me wrong
And I grew strong
And so you're back from outer space
I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face
I should have changed that stupid lock
I should have made you leave your key
If I'd've known for just one second you'd back to bother me
Go on now, go walk out the door
Just turn around now
('cause) you're not welcome anymore
Weren't you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye
Did I crumble
Did you think I'd lay down and die?
Oh no, not.I. I will survive
Oh as long as I know how to love I know I'll stay alive;
I've got all my life to live,
I've got all my love to give and I'll survive,
I will survive. Hey hey.
It took all the strength I had not to fall apart
Kept trying' hard to mend the pieces of my broken heart,
And I spent oh so many nights
Just feeling sorry for myself. I used to cry
But now I hold my head up high
And you see me somebody new
I'm not that chained up little person still in love with you,
And so you feel like droppin' in
And just expect me to be free,
Now I'm savin' all my lovin' for someone who's lovin' me
Go on now.. etc.
Well I will survive! I am choosing me. I am learning to eat healthy and look at food as fuel for my body. My Mother always said, " I eat food to live but you Yvonne, I am sorry to say, you live to eat food." I would always laugh because I really did not want to listen to what she was trying to tell me. I was not ready for one of her "diet speeches - AGAIN. However, I am slowly changing my ways and will soon be able to say, "not anymore Mom I have a whole new outlook on food."
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
It's not just about eating right. It's not just about exercise. There are 4 components that make up a successful weight loss plan. They are: meals, moving, muscle, and mindset.
Out of the four key elements in seeking weight loss, nutrition is the most important element in achieving the results you desire to lose weight. Spark People provides us with a Nutrition Tracker. I can not stress how important it is to use it. It gives you your own tool to provide yourself the accountability you need to stay focused on reaching your goal.
Let's Get Moving!
The secret to weight loss is in expending more calories than you consume, so that requires movement! You need to have a well-rounded program without this element. Choose something you enjoy or you will not stick with it. My favorite is pool aerobics and I absolutely love Pool Zumba. You would be surprised at the total workout you get in the water. They say that whatever exercises you do in the pool is like 1 and half to 2 times that on land. So stop poo pooing water aerobics plus it is fun!
Those who have often plateaued when trying to lose weight or have found that walking is simply not enough exercise over time. Walking is a great start for anyone at any weight but at some point you need to add more. Strength training is about reshaping your metabolism, so that the effects of aging, and thus losing weight, do not become so challenging. Increasing lean tissue muscle is the secret to creating a fat-burning machine, and that makes weight loss a whole lot easier!
It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult undertaking that will determine its successful outcome”(W. James).
We need to reprogram our attitudes. Spark People provides us with a great network of Spark Friends that are here to help. They act as our springboards for new ideas, they let us vent and then try to pick up the pieces, they help motivate us, the celebrate our victories with us as we reach our milestones. However, our attitudes have to start deep inside ourselves.
So make it your goal to seize the Momentum. And a special shout out to my Team, there is no doubt that you are all seizing the MOMENTUM! This is one psyched team and the excitement shows.
Monday, August 03, 2009
Today is a really bad day for me at work. I hate Mondays to begin with because the phone doesn't not stop ringing all day. I am a Mortgage Processor but I do have the luxury of work out of my house. I love telecommuting, best thing they ever came up with. I do it as a Contract Processor. It is extremely difficult today because I am having a major problem getting a loan to the Closing table today and it is tied to 3 different transactions. One can not close till the 1st one does.
I just returned from the Dentist. I had work done on a tooth that I broke and they tried to bond it rather than cap it. I like my teeth and I did not want a cap. I was told no solid food for the rest of the day if I want this bond to hold because of the where this tooth is positioned in my mouth. My Dentist says I give you permission to drink milkshakes or eat ice cream all day.
I wish! Well I only had some cherries for breakfast and a banana. You get the picture, I am starved. What to do, what to do. Ice cream is just calling my name. I did not cave in to the high tensions back at the office and have ice cream like I used to do because A. it always made me feel better and calms me down and B. That was what he said I could eat.
I came home and made up a huge batch of gazpacho throwing tomatoes, green pepper, celery, zucchini, onion, garlic, and cucumbers into a hug e food processor. It was delicious and now I have a big pitcher for the rest of the day. Problem solved. I stay on my food plan, get a free detox thrown in for the day (good for my liver to rest for one day), and tonight after work I will whip up a frozen banana or two and have "my ice cream" and the bond on my tooth should hold.
Yup Spark is definitely working!!!!
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