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!