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Friday, May 02, 2014

I really liked SparkPeople when I started. I still do, but I used to blog all the time. I don't so much now............. REALLY?!? A year! OVER a year ago and the last one was advertising a RED Friday t-shirt I was selling. Ah well. Life gets in the way and time moves on. WHATever. No more excuses. Here's my story. (just updated on my page)

With the new Spark layout (05012014) I thought perhaps I should update my page as well.

I've been with SP for 5 years. That's a long time to hang out somewhere where the people are great and the mood is positive and the theme is healthy/weight-loss...........
.only to be heavier than when I started.

Yep. My original goal was 100 pounds. That's a hefty goal. Even broken down to manageable segments, that usually takes years. It takes motivation and hard work. Well, I'm here to tell you. That's not who I am. I have yet to find the right motivation and I'm even less likely to be interested in hard work.

I work hard. At my job, I get everything done, sometimes to the point where I have nothing to do. But I sit at a desk 90% of the time and somehow don't use the tools SP has given me to move while there. And I don't purposefully get up and move. That's going to change.

I word hard. With my family, I provide a home, food, conversation, encouragement. But there are things I can work on there as well. Our children are "grown". 24 and 21 are grown, right? Then why are they always coming back to live here? Well, because of the economy and because of choices they've made. But we must have done something right that they know they can return and be welcomed. They know the door is always open. I can work harder at accepting them for exactly who they are, where they are, and keeping my opinions more to myself.

I work hard. Hubby and I have been married for 33 years this month. Wow. That's hard work. We were raised in the age where you worked through problems. You talked, or maybe yelled, but you stuck it out and made it work. And it works. Marriage is supposed to be 50-50. NO! Marriage should be 60-60!!! You should always give more than you expect to get. Hubby is much better at this than I. I can do better. I don't like cleaning, but I can do better. I don't like clearing clutter, but it really has to be done. I can do better at a lot of things and I must change my attitude.

I work hard. I love scrapbooking. There, I've said it. It truly is my creative outlet and I'm good at it. I don't scrap like many of the successful designers out there, nor do I want to. I'm on one creative team, where my work is valued. But truthfully, I do it for me. I design. I do. I create freebies for people to snag and use on their layouts. I love it when someone says thank you, but I don't need it. For every one person who does, I know that there are many others who do not, but are using my papers, embellies and wordarts. That gives me satisfaction.

I work hard. My grandkids are the light of my life. Whoever said that grandchildren were our reward for not killing our children, was right! Kolten is 4. What a gem. He's so smart. He's fun to be with and play with, but it's hard for me. I can't run, I can't jump, my endurance is very low. Caddie is a jewel. Living with us due to circumstances with her mother's military career, we are now 50+, temporary parents of a toddler! O.M.G. Talk about work. Lifting, changing diapers, "running", catching, not catching, following, playing. Did I mention my endurance level? By Thursday, we're toast. And I can't get down on the floor and play with her.

And therein lies my epiphany. I work hard at things that I have to, but I haven't made healthy eating and exercise a "have to". That changes today. May 01, 2014. (actually yesterday)

goal [gohl] noun 1. the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.
Synonyms, target, purpose, objective, intent, intention.

NOT what is, but what is strived for. In order to reach a goal, one requires objectives.

ob·jec·tive [uhb-jek-tiv] noun 1. something that one's efforts or actions are intended to attain or accomplish;

It doesn't mean it's going to happen. It's a road map to head in the direction of the goal, the result, the achievement, the end.

Coming from a SPED background, goals and objectives are familiar to me. Some students complete their objects and achieve their goals and some students continue working on their objectives, inching closer and closer to the goal forever. Sometimes one objective is met and must be reevaluated and changed in order to meet the goal.

May 01, 2014. Objectives for Carla L Cooper to reach the goal of healthier life and weight loss.

I will:
-march 10 minutes every morning before work
(because it gets me motivated to move.....more than "walking" and I can do it "in place" if necessary)
-march 10 minutes at 0930...morning buses
-march 10 minutes at 1042...morning break
-march 10 minutes at 1130...morning buses
-march 10 minutes at 1230...afternoon buses
-march 10 minutes at KTMS (all of these have to do with my work schedule)
-march 10 minutes at 1515...immediately after work
-make time for quiet reflection/meditation exercise at least 10 minutes per day

I will:
-declutter 10 minutes per day
-toss/donate/organize at least one grocery bag of "stuff" per day
-make at least one healthy eating choice per day
-purchase and choose healthy snacks 4 out of 5 times
-drink ALL 8 glasses of water daily

I will NOT:
-be on the computer at home between 0800-1800, weekdays (yes, I do get up earlier and dinner is at 6)
-be on the computer between 0930-1130 and 1530-1800 weekends
-choose unhealthy snacks at work.....biggie problem for me.....4 out of 5 times

So, the point is, these are my objectives to attempt to meet a goal. They may not ALL happen every, single day. They are guidelines for what should happen every day.

THIS is my new (old) mantra........

JUST FOR TODAY, I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all my problems at once. I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things I can correct, and accept those I cannot.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I will not speak ill of others. I'll improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking. Just for today, I'll refrain from improving anybody except myself.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will do something positive to improve my health. If I'm a smoker, I'll quit. If I'm overweight, I'll eat healthily -- if only for today. And just for today, I'll get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it's only around the block.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.
To one and all, a happy, healthy New Year!
Love, ABBY
January 1, 2003

So, JUST FOR TODAY. Here I am.
Love and Blessings.
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