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Still Here

Saturday, March 29, 2014

I am still around~~~~or should I say "I am still 'round'". But I am working on it. As Paul says in the Bible, Romans 7:15-19, (take a look at it) that describes me in this journey. My will power is nothing~~~I need to tap into God's power. That is just what I plan to do and He will carry me thru to my goal.

  
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MINDYJ1 5/19/2014 6:54PM

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111BUTTERFLY111 3/30/2014 9:38AM

    Glad to see you again!

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TERMITEMOM 3/29/2014 9:36PM

    Arlene!!! It is so wonderful to hear from you! I have missed you so much! And you are so right about tapping into God's power. He is "our very present help in trouble".

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 3/29/2014 7:33PM

    emoticon I'm glad you're still here.

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NANFACEMIRE1 3/29/2014 4:46PM

    Arlene, I have missed you so much. I wrote to you a couple of times but didn't hear back so thought you wren't getting online at all b/c of your computer problems. It is so good to hear from you. As always, I wish you success in your journey. So happy you stopped by......We have rescued a chocolate puppy that is 9 mos old. We have had him 3 weeks. I believe we are the 6th home he has had in his short life. His name is Reese's. I am getting ready to do a blog of him. Please stop by again. emoticon . It was so sad---you and Pixie gone and then Lori passing. A lot has happened.

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My Trainer!!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

When I first joined a gym they assigned a trainer to me. I told her what my capabilities were to start with. She put me on a treadmill. Help!! Don't leave me!! She really didn't even tell me how to slow it down or how to be sure it didn't go too fast. I then told her that water aerobics would be a better fit for me. She showed me some moves and that was fine. But she was so 'stick thin', almost anorexic, that it made me feel like there was no way I could ever look like that. Or if I even wanted to.
That was just a temporary trainer. So then I started the aerobics class. Now that I enjoyed, was able to keep up and found the group encouraging. The only draw back was how cold it was to get out of the pool. Brrr. I am just such a wimp!!

  
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PINKNFITCARLA 11/7/2013 9:23PM

    Ya! for going! I've never tried water aerobics, but I don't like being cold either.

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TERMITEMOM 11/7/2013 7:49PM

    This is great Arlene! Water aerobics is so good for you! You will get used to the cold.

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DOGLADY13 11/7/2013 7:26PM

    Getting in the pool is the hard part for me - on two levels. First is just getting my suit on and swimming itself. I think doing laps is tremendously tedious. Second is just getting in the water. I usually swim in the evening when the swim teams are done practicing. The water temperature is a little cooler then than it is in the morning when the retirees are doing water aerobics. So some days I just don't want to get in the pool. Once I'm in, though, I'm fine.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/7/2013 7:14PM

    yeah, getting out of the pool is always the hard part. I hate being cold!

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Least Favorite Physical Activity??

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

At my age and with my many aches and pains, I would have to say that my least favorite physical activity would be running. I see people running in the neighborhood, hear of those who have run in marathons and I think "how can they do that?" If I didn't have so much against me would I still not like running? I can't answer that but I do look back over the years and see that I have never been a runner. So I cheer on those who find that to their liking but for me it just isn't the thing to do.

  
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TERMITEMOM 11/6/2013 8:10PM

    I am just like you Arlene: arthritis in my knees prevents me from doing any kind of high impact exercise...

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KITT52 11/6/2013 7:46PM

    I want to be a runner and have ..but my right knee stops me from doing it on a regular bassis....

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DOGLADY13 11/6/2013 7:13PM

    I'm one of those runners you're talking about. I'm really frustrated that I've been sidelined by injuries, but I think I'll be getting back outside and on the roads soon. Looking forward to it.

But there are people who love to do other things that I'd just as soon poke my eyes out than do willingly. That's what makes us so interesting. Everyone is different!

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MOTHEPRO 11/6/2013 4:31PM

    It took me a long time to work my way up to running, but it is hard on the body and not for everyone. There are plenty of other ways to burn calories!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/6/2013 4:27PM

    Sometimes I wish I had taken up running when I was young. I bet it would have been such an awesome feeling of accomplishment to run a marathon! But at my age (52) and with my bad knees, I'll never be a runner either. Oh well, there are lots of others things I CAN do, so I focus on doing them to the best of my ability.

Do you enjoy walking?

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MARUKI52 11/6/2013 2:37PM

    I was never a runner at school especially since one sports day when I was entered into a sprint race and came last. That was the one and only time I seriously tried to run.

I tried running when I first joined SP but found it much too hard on my hips and knees so although the spirit is willing to try the flesh is not happy.

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DEB62BIE62 11/6/2013 2:11PM

    I'm not a runner either, but have found that walking is good for me and I enjoy it most of the time. There are times when I want to do something else, but never know what to do. Well, thanks for sharing. emoticon

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Exercise?? Who, Me??

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

I am really an expert at getting out of exercising. I use all kinds of excuses. My age, my bad knees, no time, etc.... And they truly are 'excuses' not 'reasons' as I know there are many things I could do even with my many aches and pains.
My favorite physical activity is water aerobics. However, I have not been very faithful in doing it. If only I had my own pool, preferably in the house (I hate to be cold!). But I don't so I will have to make an effort to go elsewhere for this activity. And If I can't bring myself to do that I really do need to walk more. That I could do in any number of places, even right here in my home.
And if my knees start to hurt, I can always sit down!!

  
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WETPTARMIGAN 11/6/2013 1:01PM

    You could always try working on an exercise goal or streak. A lot of people find that motivating, and pretty rewarding when they've done it! emoticon

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KITT52 11/5/2013 3:17PM

    there are a lot of chair exercises as well....

getting started is the hard part...start with 5 mimutes ...walk away the pounds is easy and most any one can do this....it's where I started....

most libraries have the DVD's ...

good luck

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MOTHEPRO 11/5/2013 2:53PM

    Try just putting on your workout clothes/shoes. Sometimes that's all the motivation I need to get started. Then I feel like I need to get my workout in before I can take off my shoes.
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DOGLADY13 11/5/2013 1:03PM

    When I was starting to make exercise a regular habit, I used the Leslie Sansone walking dvds. It was easy to adjust how much I did based on the time I had. I promised myself that I'd go at least 1 mile every day and I often went more.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/5/2013 11:19AM

    If I lived near you, we'd go to water aerobics together!

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THE_RED_BIRD 11/5/2013 11:02AM

    I can relate! I do fine during the week but weekends are another thing - I just make excuses. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

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TINA8605 11/5/2013 10:59AM

  I do the same thing...make excuses not to exercise. But once I get to where I need to be...the gym I get right in the groove!! Getting there is the hard part!


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That Unspeakable Addiction!!

Monday, November 04, 2013

We discussed what motivates me. So now we will look at what demotivates me. That one is easy to answer. I am a food addict. Just talk about some kind of food, smell it, see it, think about it and I am lost!! I read a lot and when they start describing what they are eating I start to salivate.
There are also those around me who will say "oh just forget it for today and enjoy this lovely meal". I know that is wrong and yet my weakness is stronger than my strength. But I am working on it. Trying to substitute whenever possible, something yummy and healthy for something that is yummy and not so healthy.

  
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MARTHAR3 11/5/2013 12:50AM

    I so fight that battle every day. They guys made a birthday cake for me. NO frosting at my request and with egg whites instead of whole eggs. I cut it into pieces that are allowable and figured the calories for it. Then packaged them in little ziplock bags and promptly froze them.. Not before I had two of the pieces. I can slide around most things and make the trade outs my sweets of any kind just make me go crazy and want them so bad. I have to make sure they aren't around Which is fairly easy with 2 male critters in house. but I like coconut so my cake had coconut in it... So it will be hanging out. But it is now put away so I don't eat it all right now.. emoticon

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MNNICE 11/4/2013 8:23PM

    Every day is a new day. There will be successful days and unsuccessful days -- but we will never give up!

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KITT52 11/4/2013 6:45PM

    Arlene you already know I am like you...we just must be strong each day and give our selves non food rewards when we have good days....
Like Nancy I find keeping busy does help

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DOGLADY13 11/4/2013 4:43PM

    I marvel at people who have food addiction and are able to overcome it. Good for you on your determination to live a healthy lifestyle.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/4/2013 4:43PM

    I'm a food addict too. Its a daily struggle, but we are worth the effort.

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NANFACEMIRE1 11/4/2013 2:48PM

    It is really is hard not to eat the wrong things. Keeping busy is the best way that I have found besides not keeping unhealthy foods where I can easily get to them. It is still something we have to continually deal with......and it is not EASY to always deal with it. Good luck Arlene, just do the best you can each and every day. If you have a bad day, then you get to have a Fresh Start.......always remember that. emoticon and emoticon . Together emoticon emoticon

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