Just sparkin' along...

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Nothing earthshattering here. I'm back strong on my program after several days off last week. I have a boat trip coming up next week and I'm going to wear a bathing suit for the first time in a few years, tried on my old one, size 10, that fit me for about 20 minutes the last time I lost weight, and it fits comfortably. I'm happy I don't have to go buy a new suit. That hasn't been fun since I was 16. So the image of me in a swim suit has kept me on track foodwise for the past 5 days.

I am in a new groove for exercise, one I can live with and enjoy for right now. I am walking at least 30 min. a day and spending an hour either in my garden doing work or cleaning my house. I finished PT last week and am diligently doing my upper body exercises with free weights on my big exercise ball 3 x a week. Turns out that my big exercise ball is more comfy than my couch so I'm watching tv while sitting on my ball and doing my handweights.
Multi-tasking. I am adding some pilates moves courtesy of my daughter to strengthen my core and hope to see some results in the "big belly dept".

One big surprise for me when I looked at my reports a few days ago was the number of days that I didn't burn the cals needed to get the weight loss that I want. The shortfall wasn't much, but it was consistent for more than a few days. I'm looking at the cals burned daily now, last nite I was 15 cals short for the day so I grabbed DH, we went for a 20 min walk and I burned my cals. I also readjusted my target fat and protein on the nutrition tracker to make my fat target at the low end of the range and my protein higher or actually more in the middle. I'm leaving the carbs alone right now. I think the reason I've been able to stick with SP is that I am eating more carbs than I have in the past. I feel better with carbs and I'm making sure the carbs I eat are "clean", no white bread-french bread is like eating a bowl of sugar for me- and I'm limited the refined sugar to as little as possible. I'm trying to "burn the buddha belly".

Other than that, no news or excitement on the job seeking end. My creativity is stumped here. On one hand, my belief that "doing what you've always done will get you what you always got", on the other hand, "if I don't put myself out there, how will I get anywhere".
I have a list of local food producers, there are a lot in my geographic area and I think that I would like working with a smaller company-big enough to give me health ins., but small enough to need me.

My sister and I are attempting communication after a couple of years of strained relations.
My parents' rapid decline and caregiving needs have put a severe strain on us. My sister live 3,000 miles away and comes for "visits". The daily-and their needs have been daily-caretaking has been on my shoulders for 4 years now. Our relationship has been a casualty of all the events. We are attempting to express our feelings in a productive way. I don't think we'll ever be close again, but to communicate would be a relief for both of us.

That's what's happening in my neck of the woods, SparkBuddies, Oh and it's finally going to warm up to the 80s this week here. I can't wait. I know you all in the rest of the country have been suffering from the heat and I hate to complain, but July's average high was 65 so a warm August would be A-OK with me!
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    emoticon on the size 10 bathing suit! I wish I could wear a size 10 bathing suit! emoticon I'll get there one day though! emoticon Good luck with the Budda-Belly! Why is that area is always the last to go??? Have a great vacation! emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 8/6/2010 3:39:57 AM
    emoticon Aren't you going to look great in that size 10 bathing suit! You've worked really hard, so enjoy! The boat trip sounds like a nice get-away for long are you going for?

    Another emoticon for finding new ways to get your exercise in. Good luck "burning the Buddha Belly", which by the way, I don't think you have. I have an exercise ball and I should blow the dust off of it and put it to use. You've got me thinking 'cuz I DO have a Buddha doesn't seem to be making as much progress as the rest of me...

    Sibling relationships suffer when your dealing with aging parents...always some sort of disagreement on how things should be handled and who's going to do it. Sometimes I think that dynamic was always there, just the added stress brings it to the least in my experiences. Always some added drama and stress...I hope you and your sister can come to an understanding and begin communicating with each other and become closer than you are currently.

    Try to be patient with your job situation (I know, easier said than done)...your job is out there and you will find it...

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    First of all, let me say that we are ALL looking forward to seeing you in your bathing suit. Uh-huh.

    And secondly, I worked out my strength training on the ball tonight. What a co-inky-dink! I enjoy the support of the ball, too. Very comfortable.

    And no, I'm not burning enough cals, either. I've noticed and tried to make up for it with short bursts on the treadmill, although my in-home walking tapes burn more cals in less time. It's just that Leslie Sansone's overly enthusiastic whiney voice and dumb comments get on my nerves after a while (especially since I hear them over and over and over).

    Enjoy that vacation and do something you wouldn't normally do. Then come back and tell us about it!
    3765 days ago
    It's good that you're paying attention to your calories in and calories out. I'm sorry that other areas of your life are strained. I'm sending hugs and prayers that things get better.
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    It is awful when the parental thing comes knocking on the siblings door. My dad passed away after 7 weeks of being diagnosed with lung cancer. I think if he had lasted much longer, my oldest brother and I would have been one big hair ball. I was the main care giver and he wanted things his way. There was no backing me up in anything. Between stress and exhaustion, I became someone else one night and let him have it. It was ugly for sure.

    After it was all over, I truthfully didn't know if we would have a relationship again or not. But we kept communication going whether we wanted to or not, and today we are on good terms again. I try not to let my mind wander back to that time, or I get so aggravated. I have to leave it in the past.

    Good for you on that size 10 bathing suit. Woo Hoo! You rock!
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    Congratulations on all that's going so well for you with your sparking and the evident results! I am SO happy for you. Getting back on track is hard, as you know, so feel good about that. I do hope you and your sister are able to come to some type of understanding to open the lines of communication. And who knows, maybe somewhere way down the line you'll be able to cultivate a coser relationship. You and I are an awful lot a like with similar familly circumstances. It's hard to put aside hurt feelings and emotions, but so well worth it.

    Have a great time on the boat in your teeny-tiny swimsuit!
    3765 days ago
    Hiya, hon, I owe you a multitude of Ks, but in the meantime - I hear you about the bread, especially white bread, and now I never touch the stuff, If I still made bread (which I don't) I would definitely be going multigrain. On the job front: have you considered doing some temping? It might enable you to keep your hand in workwise... have some income... and still allow you more time at home. Sooner or later, someplace will offer you the 'temp' job as a permanent position, and if you like it, you can take it - if you don't, pass it by and go back to your temp agency. :-)
    3765 days ago
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