Wednesday, August 21, 2013
1. Walking. When I first came to SparkPeople, I weighed 199 and was only able to walk a short distance without back pain. I stopped often, every 5 minutes to stretch my back just trying to get 15 minutes of walking in, Now, I'm able to complete a 5K without stopping at all in 50 minutes and have even begun incorporated jogging intervals. I love my morning walks/jogs in the fall and winter.
2. Sleeping. I had terrible insomnia when I first got here, unable to go to sleep for hours each night. I took the Official Better Sleep Challenge and now sleep at least 7 hours pretty consistently, falling asleep within minutes of hitting the pillow.
3. Just being out of bed. When I first got here, I laid in bed all day and night watching movies. Now, I'm active and out of bed. Except for my planned fitness, I'm still pretty sedentary, sitting at my computer all day but I no longer find it necessary to stay in bed.
4. Grocery Shopping. I love the produce section and the wide array of colors, textures, and tastes of the fruits and veggies (freggies). Before, I shopped in the aisles, buying junk food and highly proceessed foods.
5. Cooking by scratch. I love to cook by scratch now. I make SparkRecipes often. It used to be high calorie, high sodium, and high fat dinners as convenient as I could find frozen included.
6. Walk the puppies. This is way fun! My little chihuahuas are my walking buddies. They run by themselves trying to keep up with me. Poor puppies never got any exercise because I didn't.
7. Exercising, I remember getting a Special K workout video and couldn't get past the warm up without being out of breath and hurting. I ended up giving it away. This morning I worked out 47 minutes straight!
My life has gotten easier and more fun since becoming healthy and I know I'll have more ways the healthier I become!
Thursday, August 15, 2013
I've been maintaining @143 lbs for 9 months.
i am not yet as low as i'd like to be.
and i am sort've stuck at the 56 lb weight loss level.
BUT--even though this is a plateau, i'll take it until i get to goal. emoticon
(plateaus are how you see them.)
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Well, not really! Gluttony is one of the 7 deadly sins you hear about, It's not fruit of the Spirit as in Galations 5:22, 23.
Last night, I lost control with the potato chips (again ) and I'm paying for it on the scales this morning. I went from 138 lbs to 144.8 lbs overnight! I can fluctuate this much with water weight, so I should know better. But I wasn't thinking of the sodium. Yeah, I noticed the cheesy, salty, greasiness of the chip and I...........loved it. Forgot about ME for a minute. The real ME, the ME that wants to eat healthy, the Me that wants to exercise, and the ME that likes to drink water. I followed the lust of the flesh, and just went for it But, there's always consequences to every action we take, whether to binge on potato chips or eat some yummy! rice cakes for the crunch, I should have went for the rice cakes. Now, I'm suffering the consequences for my behavior: bloating and weight gain.
It's time to repent, to turn it around, to get back up, and forgive myself. All is not lost! Yes, I missteped. I'm not perfect, but I misstep a whole lot less now than I used to. What can I do differently today? What are 2 steps I can take in the right direction for a healthier ME? I definitely need to OD on water and I can choose to eat healthy today, no potato chips, no trigger foods.
Friday, July 12, 2013
I don't know why this resonates with me so much. I think because I've never really considered it. I've never really considered myself worth it. But why not? I am a child of the King. That makes me a princess and princesses are worth it. I am worth it!
God formed me and fashioned me in my mother's womb. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. The Bible says that His works are MARVELOUS. I am worth it!
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
OK, so it didn't go as planned. That's alright. Even the best intentions don't work out the way we had hoped. All is not lost. Today's a new day and you've been given another chance to try. "Trying" is the most important thing. Don't ever give up. Stop demanding perfection from yourself. I know you learned that early on, but consider the source. Was your Mom perfect? Of course not and you didn't expect her to be. Is Tito perfect? No, and you wouldn't want him to be. Why do ask more from yourself? Stop already. You don't like it when others expect and demand perfection. Quit doing that to yourself.
Look at all you've accomplished in the short 14 months you've been on Spark. You've accomplished quite a bit. First off, you're still here! What an accomplishment! You never doubted yourself. When you put your mind to something, you get it done. I'm so proud of you! Your determination is untouchable! You're 54 pound lighter. Now that is nothing to shake you're finger at! You went from obese to normal in 6 months. Sure, your weight loss has slowed down quite a bit but there are extenuating circumstances. You started out focusing only on your physical health, but then extended that focus to your mental health. It's not your fault that the psyche meds cause weight gain. I'm proud of you for sticking to it despite the weight gain once so far already. You stuck to it and lost that and more. You continued to go through medication adjustments to take care of yourself and gained some. With your untouchable determination, I know you aren't going to let that stand in your way of reaching your goals. You haven't yet and you're not going to either. I know you. I know you better than you know yourself! Nothing can stop you. You're unstoppable!
Look at you! You're sober! WOW! Not everyone can say that. You know who I'm talking about. What's more is you have a genuine desire to be. You started off not drinking because of the empty calorie content of alcohol. Now you're doing it for your physical and mental health. Good for you! Every one is so proud of you! I'm your biggest fan, next to you of course. I know how proud you are of yourself, and that's a great thing. You're even, already, bringing others along for the ride. They are sober too. You are affecting those around you in a positive way. I know that's got to feel good. Kuddos to you! Just as your healthy journey on Spark has influenced those around you, so has your sobriety. God says, "Well done, my good and faithful servant"! Who can ask for more than that? God loves you so much and so do I!!! You are some awesome woman and I mean that from the bottom of my heart! Don't you forget it!
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