Monday, February 18, 2013
I thought I would get into the spirit of doing a blog. It has been a while. I saw this on a Sparkfriends page so I am stealing the idea.
Where is my cell phone?
Sitting in my purse.
divorced, happily single
Past my shoulders, dyed my natural dark brown.
Lives 2 miles away and is 86.
Lives 2 miles away with my Mom and is 88.
Your favorite thing?
Your dream last night?
I can't remember the last time I remember a dream.
Coffee. My Kuerig K-cups are a life saver.
What room are you in?
My family room, where I have a L-desk set up with all of my electronic gadgets.
Gardening, travel, and reading.
Dying in a painful way.
Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Retired and alternating between my yard and traveling.
Where were you last night?
Something that you aren't?
Wish list item?
Go to Tahiti.
Last thing you did?
What are you wearing?
Jammies. This is Presidents' Day and I am off from work.
None right now. When I retire I hope to get another Welsh Corgi.
Linda, Kathey, cyber buddies.
Pretty darn good. If I could fix my sciatic nerve issue, I would be wonderful.
Good. Looking forward to rain tonight (plants need it) and having a lens implant in my right eye tomorrow.
My oldest son, who is on his way to the middle east on a deployment.
Something you're not wearing?
I am with the other ladies, no bikini, no more, no how.
Your favorite store?
Your favorite color?
When is the last time you cried?
I am not very emotional. A few tears when my youngest went off to college last year.
Favorite place to eat?
Outside by my water feature.
Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
A beach, as long as it is warm and the water and sand are pristine.
Saturday, July 07, 2012
I have just returned from 18 days of travel. Travel has always been challenging when it comes to healthy eating and getting a proper amount of exercise.
Since starting my most recent weight loss journey I have traveled quite a bit. This has been good and bad. The good news is I have learned to BALANCE having fun on my trips AND still eating in a way that does not totally sabotaging my ability to keep my weight under control.
The bad news is I still have a few pounds to reach my ideal weight GOAL!
With my new learned skills, instead of returning home defeated, because I gained back a few pounds; I will take control and drop the added pounds and take a few more off before the next distraction.
My travels took me to the beach in San Diego, sightseeing in Chicago and a Wedding in South Bend, Indiana. During the trip I enjoyed wine and beer, M and M's while watching fireworks with my granddaughter, and all of the goodies at the wedding. But I made sure and drank plenty of water, walked stairs and cutback my food intake on days where food was not a part of the fun. All in all I did a pretty decent job of balancing my foods. I did gain a few pounds, but have confidence that I will get those back off in the next couple of weeks and will get the remaining weight off some time soon, hopefully before I get inspired to take another trip!
My Sister and me in Chicago!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
The title of my blog might sound like I am going in the wrong direction. Growing in one sense could be getting larger. But, the growing I am doing is finding peace in who I am and what I am capable of.
The biggest discover is that I don't have to hit every goal to be a success. Even though I wanted to be at my goal weight by December 11th, which did not happen, I still am feeling healthy, alive and I know I will get to my goal weight in good time.
My prior weight loss efforts have always been that I set a goal to lose X by a certain date and I would do it. I would then go on with my life and slowly but surely the weight would creep back on (plus more ). I have been a habitual yo-yo dieter since 18.
This time I am experiencing and earning every pound lost. Even though I might have 3 weeks of the same number on the scale, this has not discouraged me. I am finding out how to maintain as I continue to progressively drop weight.
I did not go on any fanatically exercise program. I have mixed it up all over the place. I enjoy finding ways in my normal day to get moving. One strategy is parking way, away from a store. Even if I have to push 50 pounds of goods back, it is all worth it. I have only spent $80 on videos this time around. Before I would have tried to buy anything that I thought might boost my chances of getting the most weight off in a week.
I have not bought a lot of any one particular food. I also switch this up. Early on I prepared lots of SparkPeople menus. Once I got bored with cooking, I switched to easy to prepare foods. The simpler the better. Spending the better part of a year figuring out what to eat to keep the pounds coming off has made me very aware of the calories in most items.
So, whatever life brings, I am determined to not lose sight of the fact that food is nourishment and not to lose sight of of how easy it is to stuff food in for the wrong reasons.
I am excited about Spring, my newly planted roses are putting out leaves and I can't wait to enjoy each color. Observing nature is slowly replacing my focus on food. (even aphids!)
The following is a picture of one of my newly planted rose bushes as it is leafing out and growing!
Sunday, November 06, 2011
I have been a faithful SPARKee for over six months. During this time I have only written a few blogs. I have enjoyed reading so many great blogs. I feel it is time to express where I am in my journey.
My original goal was to be 140 pounds when I took a cruise in December. I know that this is not going to happen. But, I am very excited that this is not making me unhappy. I have come a long way by losing over 40 pounds and I am feeling good about myself. I will reach 140, but it will be on a timeline that works for me.
My realization came as I was going through my closet starting to figure out my wardrobe, since the ship leaves in 5 weeks! I do not fit in to many of the clothes that I was able to wear the last time I was 140 about 5 years ago.
I discovered that this really doesn't matter. I am excited to be alive and feel good about where I am in my journey. I will find and take clothes that fit me and support my body image. The size on the label is irrelevant.
The other revelation is that my refrigerator has become one of my best friends. Before I would dread the refrigerator because it was a symbol of calories and my life long weight struggle. Now I am seeing it as a friend that I go to, to find foods that make me feel good about myself. I enjoy my coconut milk, non fat greek yogurt, spinach and any berry or melon I can keep in stock.
I will go on my vacation wearing a smile and what ever size fits my new body image. I will eat plenty on the cruise, but will look for better choices. I will eat lobster, shrimp and other small portions of any meat I want. I will drink a glass of wine and enjoy it. I will use the stairs and the walking track each day. I will return with a tan and the motivation to continue to be as healthy as I can be. It is all in my control. (My joints really like my wanting to be as light as possible!)
This picture is of me and a good friend enjoying life!
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