Tuesday, July 05, 2011
This is hardly worthy of a 'back to Spark People' blog, but I just had to share this. I'm at work with only a small container of plain fat-free Greek yogurt, and feeling like I might have to eat it as is - but it is not my fave and the vending machine is calling - when I realize that I have a sugar-free lemonade single on hand...
Could I mix the two and create a much tastier treat for Julie? YES! YESSSSSSS!!!! Instant lemon yogurt - fat- and sugar-free!!! And I still have plenty of lemonade mix to do a small bottle of water proud.
Has anyone else tried this? Gotta say I'm pretty impressed with my own creativity!
Friday, February 11, 2011
Many of my friends and I seem to be on the same cycle. When I’m following my plan, making good choices and seeing results, many of you seem to be doing the same.
Right now, it seems many of us, including me, are teetering on the edge – not quite following our plan, doing things that aren’t furthering our goals.
We want to, we really want to be eating in range and getting in our fitness minutes , but something is causing problems in the execution!
My thoughts on this may sound like heresy, but I’m sharing them nevertheless.
I think this lethargy has to do with the extreme winter weather. It’s been ages since we’ve had a winter that has kept us shoveling snow week after week and unable to do much more than hunker down and get through it. We’re tired of it! We’re beat down a bit by it! And we sure as heck can’t change it!
I firmly believe that once the temps hit the 40’s and 50’s
and the ice is gone so we can see the sidewalks again, we are gonna hit the ground running – literally!
We are going to burst from our cocoons like butterflies,
open ourselves to the sun like blossoms waiting for Spring!
It often doesn’t take much tweaking to make a substantial difference in the results we get. Just a few less calories or a few more fitness minutes can make the difference between losing and being on a plateau – or between maintaining and gaining.
We can remember that EVERY SINGLE choice makes a difference – leaving a couple of bites on the plate, drinking an extra glass of water,
holding the mayo on that sandwich,
taking the stairs even when we don’t have to.
Let’s give ourselves these small gifts every day!
Because they truly are the gifts we deserve. Gifts that move us forward on the path, even by a few inches – streaks we can count on to lead to great successes.
Let’s start thinking small, but acting often, to make lots of good choices in little ways! Let’s start working our way toward Spring with baby steps - and when that sunshine breaks through the clouds,
our cloudy thinking will have melted away and we’ll be ready to rock this!
Spark on, Brothers and Sisters! Fan that tiny spark – I know it’s there! – into a giant burning flame. Burn up the cobwebs and winter doldrums – WE CAN DO THIS!!!!
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Here's a link to the Tiffany Monique spot that played on CBS this week. Way to go, Tiffany!
Friday, February 04, 2011
So this morning, I tentatively pulled out a new pair of jeans from the closet.
The smallest size I can ever remember wearing since junior high. When they arrived in the mail, I tried them on, and they fit just right. But now, just days later, I look at them and feel a small hard knot in my stomach.
There is NO WAY these are going to fit – no way! I look in the mirror – there I am in my bra and panties – and I see the same body as when I was wearing size 26 jeans. Disgust boils up – gross folds and bulges in all the same places, now accented with loose hanging skin.
How can that be? I’m more than 75 pounds lighter than I was then, yet I still see the old me.
But I try the new jeans anyway - what the heck, I don't have anything else to wear that fits! Pull the first leg up and – hey! So far, so good. I step into the other leg, but I know there’s no chance I can pull these up over this gut, let alone zip them!
And yet, I pull them up, zip, and they look just fine. Bless my DH’s heart; he says I look great – skinny, even! The jeans fit perfectly!
I don’t have an answer for this phenomenon. When I weighed over 250, I used to see my body as much smaller than it really was. Now I see it as larger!
Once I’m in my clothes, I feel smaller, but when I see myself without clothes, I revert back. My body shows I’ve lost nearly 30% of my beginning weight. My brain just seems stuck in the past somewhere.
Maybe my brain is kind of stretched out like my skin. Maybe it will just take some time for my brain to ‘shrink’ the visual as it does for stretched out skin to shrink. What is the guideline? After 2 years of maintenance your skin will have tightened up about as much as it can? So I’ll just give my brain some more time to adjust.
And I’ll keep on trying smaller clothes, because my BODY says I can wear them!
Here's an article on body image I just read from Coach Dean - so I'm NOT totally weird on this - other people experience it too!
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