Sunday, February 03, 2013
Ha! It is February already and I am finally looking at 2013! Where does the time fly?
I want to discuss a conversation I had with a friend recently. We were out to eat at a Mexican resturant and catching up with each other's busy life. She has always been single(no kids) and I am finally an empty nester( 2 kids in college). We are both in our mid 50's. Ok that's all the background you need......
We started talking about our jobs. We both talked about looking for a change. Me because I am afraid healthcare reform will have a huge influence on my type of work and she because she is bored and unchallenged. As we talked about it, she ended our conversation with: at our age what's the use changing?
We started talking about what we had been up to and I asked her if she had taken a vacation or done anything fun this past year. She told me she didn't have anyone to travel with. I suggested joining a tour group and she said: what's the use in spending all the money to vacation with strangers.
We talked about our weight. I said I was planning for some big changes this year! I told her about new healthy recipes, yoga, being more active and taking a hiking vacation. Her response again was what's the use in denying yourself what you really want at our age? Now that made me really think....what we really want.
I really want:
To lose 40 lbs
To be more active and adventurous
To live longer and healthier so my husband and I can enjoy retirement when it comes
To dream still. Have destinations I want to see, strangers I want to meet, food I want to taste
To continue to be a role model for my kids even though they are adults
To set goals and achieve them "at our age"
To stay in love with life and appreciate each day as a gift
To be so filled with gratitude for the little things that I am blown away with the big things
To give back to others even if it is just a smile
To be spontaneous and have an open mind
To love a new challenge to learn, grow, and meet goals
To know that I am a child of God and keep His love flowing through me to others
We may have 2 totally different attitudes entering this phase of our lives, but I was grateful for our night......it really made me think. Neither of us is right or wrong it's just all about :What's the use? I choose to live it fully!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
I want my body back, I REALLY do. I have been a Sparkler now for 1 year as a very passive participant. I have made great friends and learned some great ideas, exercises and recipes. But, having competed in sports before, I know that you are not a winner until you Truly feel the desire to win. Last week as I was working out I actually screamed at the top of my lungs: I WANT MY BODY BACK! At least I was alone and no one thought I was crazy. But, I could feel a transition, a challenge, a spiritual journey. I desired to win! It felt wonderful to recognize and experience that feeling again. I took the opportunity to jot it on paper, mapping the journey to lock in more commitment. I try to create that feeling before I get out of the bed in the morning, reminding myself what I will choose to do that day to commit to that desire. I remind myself all the reasons that I want that athletic leaner body:
For God- He gave me a perfect temple and I have not kept it up
For Family- be healthy and active together for a long time
For Health- lower cholesterol and blood pressure, nourish naturally
For My Job- I can contribute more when I feel my best
For Fun- enjoy all the outdoor activities, sports and yoga that I LOVE
For Style- feel comfortable and enjoy clothes again
For Others- be an example of what is possible
Most of all For MYSELF so that I feel like I am on my true journey of life not encumbered by weight, fatigue and other limiting factors.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Tomorrow is my one year Sparkversary. What a year it has been for me. When I stumbled on this website, I was disgusted that I had let myself get 40 pounds overweight and have no will power to do anything about it. I was dedicated for 2 days and worked out until I had to crawl up and down stairs. Then I would do nothing for a week. Then, you guessed it, I would torture myself again to the point of pain..... ahh the cycle. And food? I would eat no carbs and rebound with weight gain. I would eat no fat and rebound ....eat no sugar and rebound....now it sounds like basketball and that is what my stomach was looking like too!
With Sparkpeople, i rediscovered how much I liked to exercise the right way. I rediscovered my passion for yoga and combined that with a reasonable elliptical and weight workout. Sometimes I am a bit sore but not to the point of agony! I love looking forward to exercise and thinking of it as "my" time. I have developed a pretty consistent workout routine through the year.
With the food part, I did not do as well. I lost 20 pounds at one point and then did the worst thing I could do. I had not developed enough of a habit to abandon the food tracker, but I did just that. And once I wasn't logging the food, I also lost portion control logic! I found myself cutting out breakfast again because I was too busy to eat! I stopped planning ahead so I had no food to take with me to work. I gained back 10 pounds. But, by looking back I can see where my mistakes were. Next year I will log my food daily and be mindful of proper portions. I will make the commitment to plan ahead and NEVER skip breakfast. I will continue to incorporate vegetables and fruits into my daily intake.
So, did I fail? Hmmm Isn't it interesting we look at things as pass or fail. Maybe that could be another thing to work on next year....not grading myself! I have to think of it as a life long journey to becoming the best me possible and taking care of the only body I will ever have. I want to remain active and healthy for as long as possible. I want to be an example for others. I want to respect the temple God gave me and look at this journey as a thank you to Him.
Speaking of thankful, I am so thankful for finding this wonderful site. It has educated me and encouraged me to push myself and set goals. I met wonderful people that encourage and support me along the way. I am looking forward to setting new goals for next year! I am looking forward to discovering more about life! Namaste my dear Sparklers.
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