SIGALKG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SIGALKG SIGALKG's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581498 I realize that I LOVE exercise. Yesterday I asked myself which I would prefer, to be very slim but not exercise at all and not be physically strong, or to be vital, healthy and strong, enjoy using my body and be overweight, and I chose the second. So of course that explains why that's what I am! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 02:44:05 EST Had a bad day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561406 Today I overrate but I'm not going to let that bring me down. Tomorrow is another day. Good night! Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:21:52 EST Is there such a thing as too much exercise ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559831 I've been exercising for the past 4 days and today I gave myself a day off. But I'm bored and wanted to go to the gym. But I stopped myself thinking I don't want to overdo it. Should let my body rest. But I'm wondering if that's true. After all our bodies were meant to be worked day in day out, right? Sun, 8 Dec 2013 14:58:19 EST 5 kilos less by March 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554955 Just set myself a new goal. Five kilos less by March 15. That should be an attainable goal. It's under a pound a week. Under 2 kilos a month. On the other hand I can't seem to lose more than a kilo at all. Oh, well. <BR> On March 16 I have a retreat where I'll be meeting some people who haven't seen me in months. I want them to say hey you've lost weight! <BR> So now I'm 83 and I want to be 78 by March 15! Yay! Mon, 2 Dec 2013 10:27:08 EST What's your favorite exercise song? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551138 Hey guys thanks for commenting on the blog. It's wonderful to come back and find your words. <BR> So how about it: what's your favorite song to exercise by? <BR> For me I'm going back to some of the oldies. Yesterday I enjoyed Steam by Peter Gabriel <BR> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 00:14:07 EST I've been trying to lose weight for so long! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550355 So long! And I do my best for a while. Maybe lose a kilo. Then I slip back into my old habits. It's not that I eat so badly but I guess that there are too many days that I exceed my calorie quota by 200-300 calories and then I see no change and I get discouraged. Well, I'm not giving up but I have to admit that I don't really believe anymore that I will ever lose weight. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 00:04:36 EST Read WILD by Cheryl Strayed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533162 Wow. What a book. So inspiring what one woman alone can do. And made me want to go hiking. To walk thru the wilderness. Maybe I'll do it someday. Tue, 5 Nov 2013 17:53:30 EST Back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532151 For a week now I've been back on track as never before. Counting everything I eat. Doing lots of exercise. Good for me! Mon, 4 Nov 2013 17:00:48 EST Dancing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510470 Last night I danced at my sister's wedding. All the songs from the eighties that we loved so much. Dancing is such a FUN way to burn calories. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 07:00:01 EST Recommitting to being vegetarian http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505807 Last week I realized that when I order meat in a restaurant (I hardly ever make it at home) I am falling into the trap of nostalgia for the way meat used to taste for me. I remember meat being delicious and although I believe that I should not be eating it, for health reasons, ethical reasons, and environmental reasons, sometimes something on the menu just sounds too good to resist and I order it. And invariably I am disappointed and sometimes disgusted by what I find myself eating. At the ve... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 09:13:53 EST Haven't been weighing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501611 But today I did and was surprised and pleased that I am not showing any weight gain. Yay! Tue, 1 Oct 2013 16:39:33 EST It's finally getting cool in the evenings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497839 Today I took a walk outside for the first time in months. Such a pleasure to walk in the open air rather than the gym when the weather gets a little cooler. And the GPS tracker on the sparkpeople app is very helpful. I knew what kind of workout I was getting and how much I had walked. 5 k today. Yay. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:11:04 EST My cat came back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493828 Since I shared with you guys that my cat was missing I'm happy to say now that HE CAME BACK! Unbelievable. After two whole weeks away he waltzed in on Yom Kippur day. We were so happy! Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:49:17 EST Jerusalem today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482525 Did I tell you guys I live in Israel? Today I am going to tour the old city at night. It's very interesting and mystical at night right before Yom Kippur. <BR> I had my swim today and the walking tour will be some added exercise so that should be fun. <BR> Thanks for the encouragement. <BR> Have a great day! Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:49:08 EST Request for link on nutrients for vegetarians http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481392 This is the link to the article I mentioned on my last log entry. Hope it helps. <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutr<BR>ition_articles.asp?id=1530 <BR> <BR> And btw, my cat hasn't come back so far. Very sad. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 08:33:52 EST Vegan? Vegetarian? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479104 I just read an article on spark people about all the nutrients that you lose if you're vegan or vegetarian. Maybe it's a good thing that once every four or five days I just crave meat. I've never gone more than three weeks without it. Sat, 7 Sep 2013 23:53:29 EST Starting over... Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479103 Here in Israel it's been all about the long Rosh HaShana weekend and food has been a highlight throughout. I haven't over eaten radically but I did stop watching what I ate. Now it's Sunday, the beginning of our work week, and I'm getting back on the wagon, so to speak. Good luck to everybody who is recovering from this long weekend. Great to get back to a regular work week for a while. <BR> Sat, 7 Sep 2013 23:51:58 EST Wow! And thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476594 I wrote my last blog three days ago and never went back to see if anyone responded. Thank you so much for your responses. Haven't gotten back on the wagon yet but I'm not binging or anything like that. <BR> I'm sad today because my cat has disappeared. I have a husband and two children but that cat was so dear to me. A relationship with a cat is so tactile and sensual. I remember how he used to stretch and purr when I touched him and I can't believe he's gone. It's as though, if my mind can ... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 09:45:47 EST Feeling kind of discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473396 My attitude toward losing weight fluctuates more than my weight. I'll get on a program, like eating vegan, and I'll start to see results and feel really good about myself. Then gradually I revert back to my old ways, although I still don't eat much animal products at all, and I start to feel the button of my jeans pressing into my stomach when I drive. I hate that. I really want o lose weight but I don't want to go crazy doing it and I want something that will work long term, something I can ... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:59:23 EST Squats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470806 This week I started to do squats. Turns out they are really hard to do. But as hard as they were I found out that the real pain starts after you cool down. The first day I cold barely walk down stairs. The second day getting up off the sofa was excruciating. On the third day I still felt pain when I walked. Went to bed feeling pain in my legs and back. Then on the fourth day I woke up feeling great with no pain. Miraculous. I'm surprised and elated by the miracle of how the body repairs itsel... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:50:17 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469780 I'm grateful for the existence of sparkpeople. I haven't lost much weight but I'm not gaining any either and my overall outlook, well being and body image have improved since being a part of this community. <BR> I've started working with weights more lately and I am optimistic that this will have an even better effect on how it feels to live in this body. <BR> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:25:51 EST