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Upcoming Vacation :-)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014



So, my husband and I are going on an 11 day cruise to Alaska in a little over a week. I've been quite excited and now I'm reaching the point of anxious. To the point that I'm having dreams about not making it to the dock in time and the ship sails without me! Lol. But, one of the things that I realized while I laid in bed trying to sleep was, I'm also approaching this vacation with a much better mental attitude than I have in the past. For example, instead of searching for where to eat on the ship, my hubby and I were scouting the fitness center, pool and activities! WHOA! WHAT? REALLY? Us, the sloths were actually planning on what we could physically do on our vacation?!? Hold on, that can't be right, can it? Yes, yes it can and it is!! Our entire mentality on life has changed thanks to the new "spark" we've created. Don't get me wrong, we totally looked at all the eating options as well! We know we are going to be indulging, it's just nice that we are balancing it with wanting to stay healthy!! Yay for us. Can't wait to leave, but I'm also sad that I won't be "sparking" every day!! I may have to go old fashioned and write everything down so I can post when I get back!!

Hope you are all having a fantastic day!

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JTREMBATH 4/30/2014 2:34PM

    Enjoy your vacation.

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Unexpected benefits of getting healthy :-)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Good day all!
So, I was just thinking about some amazing unexpected side benefits of getting healthy that I've been experiencing. First of all, let me tell you that about eight weeks ago, our (me and my hubby) idea of a relaxing weekend consisted of a case of beer and lounging around the house watching tv and playing on our computers (in separate rooms, mind you!). About two weeks ago, my husband looked at me and said "You realize that we've done more running around on the weekends over the last few weeks than we've done in YEARS!". And he was right. Without evening noticing it, we've had so much more energy that we've been venturing out on weekends and being active! In fact, yesterday, we walked the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time ever. 3.4 miles and we are not at all sore today! Yay for us, right? So, we are enjoying movement filled weekends and it all happened so quickly and without our noticing that now it seems natural to plan outings each weekend! Next weekend we are going to tackle the new pedestrian walkway on the Bay Bridge (8 miles!). Thank you Spark for igniting our flames!!

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ZINGALOO 4/28/2014 10:03PM

    That is SO great! I love that your husband stepping it up with you. It is always nicer to walk with a companion and you are challenging yourselves too! Enjoy!
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BECKY0111 4/28/2014 8:31PM

    I love this! Yay for you is right. Beer and tv is so boring. There is a beautiful world out there...

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MERRYMARY42 4/28/2014 8:00PM

    wow, fantastic and you picked a good workout for next week end, love the picture

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LILSPARKGIRL 4/28/2014 1:04PM

    What a fantastic experience!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 4/28/2014 12:47PM

    You are lucky to live so close to this amazing national monument. LOVE this bridge!

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Why this time is different!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

I was lying in bed last night thinking about all the wonderful things that make up my life. As my mind drifted, I thought to myself, wow! I feel great! Why is this time different than all the other times that I've tried to lose weight? Then I realized that there were a few things I'm doing quite differently this time around. I feel like I've had the knowledge FOREVER in my head and I've just never been able (willing?) to put in the hard work and make it happen! I've been on a million and one diets. I've tried all different gimmicks, including pills, exercise video's, gym memberships, etc. Why is this time different? Here's what I came up with: 1) I'm not labeling it a diet, 2) my husband is my work-out partner and 3) I'm completely committed to getting healthy. So, all that sounds sensible, right? Except that all of those things could have been achieved years ago. What is different this time around? I'm more educated, I'm more motivated, I'm realizing that I have to do the work, not just think about it. But, I do have to think about it! I have to be fully conscious of all my decisions. Park further away from my destination, carefully consider what I'm putting into my body, consider if the food I'm eating is for fuel and sustenance or just because I want a treat. Make conscious decisions to work out, knowing how much better I ALWAYS feel afterwards! Allow my husband to motivate me the same way he allows me to motivate him. Purchase foods that are healthy and creative. Take the time to plan the meals for the week. Take the time to cut up all those wonderful veggies so that dinner's are quick and easy throughout the busy week. Take the time to exercise, even when I'm tired, because I know that strengthening my body will help me not feel so tired! I've also decided that I will no longer consider food as GOOD or BAD. I won't label it anything other than nutritious or not nutritious. I feel like when I label it BAD, I give it much more power than it needs to have. Once I've labeled it BAD, I think I'm BAD for eating it and then it gives me permission to FAIL. Which I do not want to do!! Trying to break the habit of good vs. bad has been a struggle and my husband thinks I'm crazy, but it's just something I think I have to do to succeed. Alright, I think I've rambled enough for now!

Take care of you and keep the faith!

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CHERYLHURT 4/19/2014 7:26AM

  It's amazing what we can accomplish once we get our head around something! emoticon

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2BEHEALTHY2014 4/18/2014 1:53PM

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My First Blog :-)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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So, this is blogging. Even the word has always caused me to pause. What is blogging? Why are people doing it? What value does it add? Can I do it? What does it take to blog? I've always wondered and I'm fairly certain I've put far too much thought into it and I've definitely expected far more grandiose and complicated answers than I've gotten. Blogging is...talking in journal form. There can be a million reasons to do it, there can be a million different things to say and how to say them. So, blogging is personal? Sort of. Blogging is also public which makes it a bit different than what I'm used to. It seems it's a fine line. We blog for ourselves, we blog to cement our thoughts in written form, we blog so others might benefit from our experiences and we blog because it is therapeutic. So, this is my first blog. Can it be defined as successful? If I say so, then it is! Right?!?
I do love to talk and I love to journal. Ergo, blogging should be easy for me! LOL. We shall see. Right now I've got to think about what topics I want to pontificate about.
So, until next time...take care of you and keep the faith!
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/18/2014 6:47PM

    Welcome to SparkPeople. Jibbie49 is a great encouragement - I think she was teasing you more than anything.

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ULULANI_DOLL 4/18/2014 1:52PM

    Jibbie49, it is true! I do like to talk about myself, but I also hope that some of my observations, tips and/or tricks can help others. I know that not everything I do will work for others, but if even one thing helps one other person, I'll consider myself successful!
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JIBBIE49 4/18/2014 12:35PM

    People do it because they like to talk about themselves. That is why I don't. emoticon

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DWROBERGE 4/18/2014 2:18AM

    Keep focused for success.

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ULULANI_DOLL 4/17/2014 7:34PM

    Wow you guys!! Thanks a million :-) Love that my voice is being heard!!

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TENNESSEEWALKER 4/17/2014 6:19PM

    Congratulations on your first blog! May you post many more, and may many people post many cool comments. Keep Sparking!

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ZINGALOO 4/17/2014 5:38PM

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on your first blog! I just posted my first one the other day too!
Take care.




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