Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Wow - 4 years of Sparking.
Giving a big SHOUT OUT TO ALL YOU SPARKFRIENDS OUT THERE!!! You all ROCK!!!!!!
4 years of this:
19,056 Fitness Minutes
23,228 hits on my Sparkpage (that one blows my mind!)
4 Years of logging nutrition, blogging, reading, learning, encouraging, relearning, exercising, falling, dusting myself off, getting back to basics, learning, reading, tracking, etc. etc. etc.
4 Years of being consistently active on Spark. Sure, I have taken tracking breaks here and there...but they were just that...mini-vacations from the lifestyle journey I am on.
I have been thinking of what has become a solid part of my life over these 4 years, and here they are:
I drink 9 glasses of water a day - in fact, I have the same water bottle I started with 4 years ago...it's a part of me and my kids know not to touch it - it's MINE!
I track my nutrition 90% of the time - yup, second nature by now and I know exactly what the calorie count of a meal is by how my body feels. Kinda cool huh?
at 10am - I eat 10 almonds and I miss them if I don't!
I eat one pineapple every week...buy it, cut it up, fridge it, ready to eat.
I never gave up bacon on Sundays...because I track my food, I never deny myself - all things in moderation!
I do not exercise regularly - I go in cycles depending on my life. In fact, on my reports, I see distinct patterns for each season and time of the year...very interesting!
I do NOT beat myself up when I don't exercise - I am VERY active and I rarely sit down...when I am not actively exercising ( ideally, 3 times a week, for a half hour) - I pay attention to my nutrition by tracking it. Simple as that.
I accept "bad eating" days as part of life...these too shall pass, and life is meant to be enjoyed!!! So birthdays, celebrations, holidays, PMS - come and get me! I will enjoy you in moderation and when you are over, you are over and I AM BACK to my normal the next day.
Day ones - I have had a BUNCH of them...and I get back to my Fast Break step each and every time.
I remember that getting back on track is HARD...and all those "Days ones" and "Week ones" are HARD because it's "here we go again!" ..again! But I accept that as part of my life and I pick up the pieces and don't dwell on the past. What's done...is done.
As you can see...things become a habit if you do it long enough. It's making the good habits out-weigh the bad. It's making the bad habits a "once in a while" and the good habits the "every day"....like ying & yang - one cannot live without the other.
Over the last 4 years I have read...a lot! I have read blogs about every different scenario under the sun : from losing weight for a special event........... to using a specific product to lose weight......... to guilt about not getting one's exercise in......to people tracking nutrition but tracking donuts and heavy creamers on their nutrition trackers as their breakfast (I kid you not) and never once changing over to a healthier alternative......to people who are 120 pounds and want to become 100 pounds (that blows my mind - to each his/her own)......to people preaching about this & that.......to people insulting one another........even to Spark Success stories and Motivators that are completely out of date. There are THOUSANDS of other scenarios and stories, but these stick out in my head the most.
My heart breaks for people I friend and never hear from again....and for others who cannot find their way in other ways.....so much struggling which makes me wonder why something finally clicked for me after so many years of my own weightloss attempts.
It makes me think about my overall philosophy on weightloss that I have now and why maybe I have had such success...aside from getting such great support from my awesome SparkFriends and my Maintenance buddy Jenni (Oakborn)....
I never sought out to be "thin by this date" - I just wanted to be healthier than I started because I wanted to be able to run and play with my kids without getting winded.
I wanted to stop feeling like crud - and I had an underlying feeling that changing my diet would be a solution to the problem. After reading and getting Sparkpoints for it, I realized I was SO uneducated about SO many things in regard to nutrition.
I think that being involved in a community has helped me tremendously...I have a voice here, and sometimes, I even get heard! LoL
I am VERY realistic about life! I read about people running this race and that race, and while it's inspiring and it does get me motivated - I have no real desire to over-push my body because, let's face it, can I really keep that up when I am 60 years old?? Some will be able to, and that is admirable, but I know myself too well. What is the phrase: "Know thyself."
I keep my eye on the horizon and at the bigger picture because every day in a new day, with no mistakes in it.
Here is my future goal: When I am 60 years old, I want to be doing exactly what I am doing today: maintaining my weightloss through nutrition, being active, and exercising in accordance with my life at the moment.
It is not a glamorous goal-filled future.
It is boring.
It is simple.
It is life.
And now... on to another year!
Monday, January 23, 2012
Oy! having such a hard time today for some reason!
I know I have to make a list and prioritize, but even with that I just cannot focus on more than one thing at a time today!
Very frustrating and very rare that I am this distracted....I was hoping getting it out would help me focus my attention back to the billion tasks at hand, but as of right now...it's really isn't.
Ick...I hate this.
Well, we had some heck of a weekend...Saturday was work, then a birthday party (traveling on icy road a long ways to get to it too) and then, we got a call from our friends down the road from our house that they were having a last minute get together at 7pm....kids included! From the birthday party, we left at 6pm, got to the other party after dropping off my nephew at 7pm and then, the kids got a second wind and we staying until 11pm!! It was an unexpected fun day and night that was totally out of the norm for us to do...a good thing!
Yesterday was football day....Hubby is a huge NY fan, so he invited people over to watch the game...but the time slot & all the action kept the kids up until 10:30pm!!! Ugh...they are going to be GROUCHY today...hopefully not at school, but after school I am not looking forward to it! Maybe they will be OK. Either way, they are going to bed at 8:30 tonight!
Tonight I have scouts...we are meeting at a school and not my house to talk about "Positive attitude" and the School System. Hubby is a teacher, so I am hoping he takes the reigns on this one. But even so, I have to prep for this a little bit. Afterwards, we are going to get the kids a slice of pizza across the street as a treat.
We also have another scout thing on Friday - the pinewood derby race...or as I like to call it, Hell night. I don't care how organized we make this thing each year...it still has its headaches with 48 families coming together all at once. This year, we get to go to a completely different location too!!!! So you KNOW people are going to screw this one up - BIG TIME. And my kids haven't even done one lick of making or painting their cars or stands. It's going to be a long week....or probably a short one because you know how it goes...when things HAVE to get done, time runs out fast...but if you have NOTHING to do...time just drags along. Murphy's law! LoL
Maybe my subconscious is wanting to just go back to sleep and hide until next week.
On an upside - I have my workout gear on and I am planning on getting in 10 minutes of treadmill time with each wash load I switch out!
Wish me luck that I get my focus back before school let's out! LoL And if it doesn't....tomorrow is a new day!!!
Friday, January 20, 2012
Just got another 10 points for the team!
I think I liked this part of the challenge the best....might I suggest that they start off the next one as such!
I hope everyone had fun reading my blogs - I sure had fun reading yours and getting to know everyone a little bit better. It's been a long time since I did a challenge like this...wait, hold on...this is my first real challenge since being on Spark for almost 4 years! LoL It sure does keep one on ones toes!
Enjoy the non-salt challenge...as for me, I'm one who needs salt because I don't eat too many processed things like canned soups & stuff, so I will do my best nonetheless to avoid the heavy overprocessed stuff...which means chips on football Sunday! AAAAAHHHHHH!! Forgot about that stuff.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
So in my state of breathing through stress yesterday...of thinking and compartmentalizing that issues at hand & how to deal with them logically instead of emotionally (ooo, that's some good psychobabble there, huh?!? LOL) ... all I really wanted was...oh, SOMETHING!! First thought: glass of wine... next thought food....next thought...STOP!!!
Ahhhh!!!! NOoooooo - you can't do that!!! for SO many reasons!!!
The #1 reason - eating is NOT the answer to stress....took a long time to learn, so why, oh why, are you thinking of that?!
#2 - THIS TOO SHALL PASS...it always does, especially if you decide and TALK ABOUT IT with whoever you need to talk to - whether it be a co-worker, a family member, a girlfriend, texting a bff long distance, blogging on Spark, beeotching on FB...WHATEVER - just TALK it OUT! even if it's just to remind yourself to BREATHE!
#3 - after all is said and done and said and decided and said and done again...some things are AOK to have when your head is on straight.....and when you log it. Which brings me to THE DARK CHOCOLATE
Let's just say this...this one small piece of Belgian Dark Chocolate truffle...O. M. G.....Like I died and went to heaven!
You know those commercials that have the piece of chocolate and the silk cloth all wrapped around a lady savoring each bite of the chocolate - well, that might as well have been me! ROFL it was that darned good.
Maybe it's because I don't have really good chocolate like that all the time....it really was a nice treat....very different from Hershey's Dark...or Lindt truffles...my usual guilty pleasure manufacturers. It was actually calming....like I felt every chemical reaction that they say dark chocolate gives you! It felt very weird...and very cool!!
Maybe it was satisfying that SOMETHING I had when the stress started....but when I handled it on my own terms and came back less emotional and more in tune with having the piece of chocolate, (again, on my own terms instead of the stress's terms)...maybe that is what made is so good.
Well....whatever it was...this one little piece of dark chocolate was da bomb!!!! and SO not guilty when you only have one piece...and SO healthy to have too.
BTW - Thanks for all the feedback the last couple of days on my blogs...I appreciate it. I'll be seeing you guys later tonight!
Have a great day!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Actually...this is more of a reminder.
Inhale pink........exhale blue.
Inhale deep through the nose - filling every bit of lung with air.....exhale slowly - being conscious of each long breath.
Inhale pink.......exhale blue.
Sure...it's important to do when you are exercising...it brings oxygen all throughout the body's cells, aiding in the exchange of the good, the bad & the ugly in our blood streams.....but it also helps when you are hit smack up side the temple with stress.
Ahhhh.....stress. My olde friend....how I have missed ye.
Can't run and do a few laps on the treadmill all the time to get it out of your system, so it's time to breathe....and to remember that THIS TOO SHALL PASS.
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