Monday, April 25, 2011
Spark Community Team members have certain tasks to perform, one of them welcoming new Sparkers on the Introductions message board. My standard statement to newbies is that the trackers are my best friends here on SP --- apart from my human Spark buddies, of course! I go on to say that, if you use the trackers consistently and stay within your ranges, consuming and burning the number of calories Spark suggests, you'll see results.
But I've been on-and-off again with tracking myself and still somehow expecting the pounds to disappear. It's clear that I need to listen to my own advice.
And I have been this past week. I finally lost a pound that wasn't one of the "yoyo" pounds. (Actually it may be a little more, but I have an old, analog scale in kilos that doesn't measure smaller increments. When the needle is between two numbers, I call it a pound.)
If you look at my nutrition tracker, you see that I only went over my calories on two days, one by only 10 and one by 200. (OK, I baked a carrot cake for Easter!) I was pretty much within my ranges on all the other components as well. I got in the number of cardio minutes and burned the number of calories Spark suggests on the fitness tracker. I did my 3x3 strength training challenge.
So. It really isn't rocket science. It's not magic either. It's hard work. But it pays off.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Just in case you haven't heard from my other blog posts, message board posts, or status updates, today is my 4th Sparkiversary! Somehow this year it seems particularly significant.
Maybe that's because it's been a particularly rough year and I managed to survive it. Thank you Lord for being faithful even when I've stumbled along trying to do things my way.
Maybe it's because I've realized more than ever that the Spark plan works and that the community is the bestest.
Maybe it's because I have the week off and needed something to celebrate to keep from getting bored!
Anyway, thanks Spark friends for being here and for celebrating with me today! Here on SP, I sent goodies to some of my Class Team members, am in the process of earning 100 points to meet the One Day Challenge, hung some new wallpaper on my Spark page and updated my bio. Onward to year 5!
In real life (whatever that is!) I had lunch with a friend at the Chinese buffet here in town - and behaved myself admirably, thank you very much. This afternoon I washed Louise (my car) because she really needed it, was covered with spring pollen, and I'm taking some friends to church tomorrow and didn't want to be embarassed. Then this evening, I went for a nice, long Nordic walk in the woods near my home. Yep, it's spring and I'm glad!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
A new friend of mine (thanks, Sabrina) who I met at the conference in Prague took these pictures in the Metro. Thought you might enjoy seeing them: They must have struck me as being funny because I'm working on a course in Intercultural Communication. You know the old saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words." Somehow, the people who put up these signs must have been thinking - "a picture AND a thousand words (in Czech) is even better."
Yep...and summer's coming!
Oh! I see a word with "respekt" in it. I know that word!
On the train here in Germany, I know I've had the same expression as the girl in the pic. Often. Too often.
This one could have been referring to me with my big suitcase, backpack and handbag. At least I didn't have the guitar with me this trip.
Tomorrow's my 4th Sparkiversary. I'm home all week, so will be updating my page and stuff in honor of the day, maybe take a nice long hike somewhere after (healthy) lunch with a friend. Now where was that Spark article about how to manage at buffets!?
By the way, my black eyes healed up just fine. One was gone within a day or two. By Friday when the picture-taking started getting into full swing at the conference, it was just a shadow. The mark where the cyst was removed is still healing, but my glasses pretty much covered it in the photos.
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