Thursday, October 04, 2007
Someone asked me how I celebrated yesterday. The vacation trip coming up is actually my celebration, but I happened to be invited to a friend's for tea yesterday. I haven't been depriving myself during the SP program, so I had a piece and a half of cake at df's, thinking I would compensate somewhere on the day's calories for it. I don't often do that, because I don't crave sweets anymore, and I prefer to use my calories for things that are going to satisfy me and keep me satisfied.
Afterwards eating the cake, I felt a little woozy - and that has continued through today. I had been thinking it might be the sugar, but I just realized that it could have been that the cream in the cake had turned. It was unseasonably warm yesterday, and df had left the cake on the balcony for awhile while she took her ddog on an emergency run to the vet.
Great way to celebrate - with a minor case of food poisoning! NOT! Just a friendly reminder not to reward yourself for weight loss goals with food!
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Teresa on one of my teams said that watching my ticker was like watching a suspense movie and I agree! I couldn't wait to my next Monday weigh-in day to check so I got on the scale this morning, feeling a little bit like a kid sneaking a look at the Christmas tree and presents before Mom and Dad said it was OK. And then actually unwrapping that "58" on the scale - ALLELUIA, wooohoooo, and happy puppy dance!!!!!
But even better was going clothes shopping yesterday - fun, but also exhausting because I didn't really know what size to choose. To say nothing of all the walking I did from store to store. I was delighted to find that, although most 38s (US 8) are about right, in some cases I need a 36 (US 6). That's down from 12s and 14s back in February.
Not only am I lighter, I'm also compacter due to the strength training. Even the arm flab and the "thunder thighs" are slowly melting. This Spark program really brings great results! And the support of all you Sparkers has been so uplifting, with your good advice, encouraging words and prayers.
Now what? Time to set some new goals - on the fitness end, increasing my cardio workout intensity, getting to bed earlier and getting more sleep. It's a German holiday today, so I'm going to take some time to pray and think on those things and make a list for the month and months ahead.
Thanks again for sharing the Spark!
Monday, October 01, 2007
This is going to be a weeklong celebration, I think! Two reasons to celebrate yesterday: Mom and Dad's 57th wedding anniversary, and the German women's national soccer team winning the world championship. (I'm not a big fan, but I enjoy watching the big games while doing my ironing! And athletes sure know how to rejoice when they win - see my new avatar!)
Two more Spark reasons to celebrate today - 200 days of my exercise streak, and I met and surpassed my September cardio challenge of 1300 minutes! One pound to go to my goal weight. I may not make that by October 3 but I WILL get there! Thanks to SP and everyone who has encouraged me along the way, especially during those plateaus! And to the Lord for his sustaining power!
My "reward" will be my one-week vacation to Switzerland from the 7th to the 13th. The trip has been planned for over a year, but it's amazing that the timing coincides so well. And I plan to buy a Polar heart monitor so I can better track my cardio exercise.
I'm going to keep going on the 30 minutes of daily exercise - who knows, I may be able to make it a year!
P.S. I'll probably reach 10,000 Spark points sometime this week, too!
Friday, September 28, 2007
Tonight there was a celebration for one of my groups at the language school who just completed a one-year program preparing them to be "foreign language correspondents." All of them (and we teachers too!) have worked really hard this past year, so, after their final presentation this afternoon, we all went out to dinner. They did a good job and were ready to party!
It was a nice evening and I'm happy to say that I was able to make a good menu choice - the vegetable platter. I said no to the bread :) Still, I probably went over my calorie range because some of the veggies were likely sauteed in butter, and because it was a rather large portion. Afterwards, on the way home, I was feeling uncomfortably full and I realized that my impulse was to eat something else to ease that discomfort - something sweet, maybe? There may have also been a little of the emotional eating thing going on too - end of the year, saying goodbye to another group of students, thoughts about what comes next for these young people and wondering how my schedule will look beginning next week and into the fall.
If that's been my reaction in the past to that uncomfortably full feeling, no wonder I gained weight over the years! I'm glad I recognized this tonight so that I can make right choices in the future. And I'm thankful that I was able to satisfy that urge by having some sugarless gum, and not a bowl of chocolate ice cream! Trusting that the Holy Spirit will continue nudge me in the right direction.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Only three pounds to go to goal but they seem like HUGE ones, even compared with the first ten that I lost before joining SP. I'm actually feeling pretty good at the weight I'm at, and friends have been telling me they think I don't need to lose any more. But I still want to see how it feels to be the weight I was --- hmm --- 20 years ago? More importantly, I have some chubby spots that I'd like to see gone. They may just need a whole lot of toning exercise and it will probably take awhile to see results. But losing those last three pounds will hopefully help - if I lose them from the right places!
Tomorrow is weigh-in day. And then there were two?
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