Sunday, January 01, 2012
Good Morning Spark Friends!
My, it's been a busy few days..okay...month! I have not been able to keep up with Spark as much as I'd like, but I think things will be returning to a quieter pace with the new year. I have really enjoyed looking at the blogs and pictures many of you have posted! So nice to see all of your healthy resolutions and achievements!
I have to say, I did NOT stick to my "no goodie plan"!! I have eaten lots of cookies and the dark chocolate "turtles" my Dad gave me for Christmas! My husband has offered to hide the cookies from me, and I'm planning to take him up on the offer! I think I got thrown off because I got word on Tuesday that my Aunt, who has been in a nursing home for 7 1/2 years with severe dementia and other health issues, was declining rapidly...she died Tuesday evening. I think worry for my father, plus all the visitation, funeral etc...contributed to my "reward" eating of goodies. I am grateful that my Aunt was able to die peacefully and without pain. It feels like a blessing to have her finally at peace, we've almost lost her several times over the past few years...It's hard to see my father in pain and grieving the loss of his big sister...plus the strain of him being the point person in all of the arrangements..
There are some great positives I'm taking with me into the new year. I have eaten smaller portions at my meals, even the delicious rib eye steak dinner we made last night! I believe eating rich foods at times can totally fit within my lifestyle, with moderation. I've planned healthy snacks, and eaten them (in addition to the goodies, unfortunately!). Another thing I'm taking as a positive into this new year is that I see how much stronger I am!!! My endurance for Higher Intensity workouts has dramatically improved this past year. I used to just struggle with the modifications, now I can do the advanced options for many of my exercises. I push myself, but not to the point of injury. I love the feeling of pushing through a difficult spot in my workout my telling myself I'm strong, and I'm not a quitter!!!
I am feeling extremely thankful this year. I am thankful for my life, my health, my relationships...and that includes my Spark ones! I'm wishing you all the best you possible in 2012!!! Let's stay on this journey!!! We will do it!