Wednesday, March 20, 2013
I have been thinking a lot about long term maintenance lately. I am technically 3 years in, but really, I myself count it as 5.
Why 5? Well, that is when things "clicked" for me and I changed my attitude and mind set for good...for life. My Sparkpage was titled "Enough is enough" back then...and it was.
What made that time different than all of the other times before. Maybe it was maturity. Maybe it was coming to terms with past life issues. Maybe it was wanting a healthy future for my kids...the kids were new to the picture, it wasn't just about me this time...it was about them. But those are MY reasons...
Which brings me to the thought that maybe that is what it's really about. Good reasons to finally kick it into healthy gear.
For example: It's not about getting into a dress for an event - that is superficial. It is not about being 10 pounds lighter for a reunion - again, superficial. It is not about being as thin as you were in highschool, or before you got married - again, all superficial. Call me crazy, but I have NEVER read a blog about someone losing 40 pounds JUST for a high school reunion and then keeping it off for years later. Heck, if anyone has, then please, please, speak up.
What it is really is about is being healthy...and if being thin comes as a bonus to that, then so be it!
Maybe that is what changed in my head.
Now fast forward to year 3 of maintenance. For the fist year, I tracked nutrition religiously. The second year, sporadically - on and off as needed. Entering year 3 - I have not tracked food in a while, I exercise sporadically, I watch things because I learned my limitations based on YEARS of active observation on my part. I learned how my body works. I learned the cycles of holidays. I learned the attitudes of myself and others around celebration and how to spin it to my advantage. I don't deny myself anything. I keep my healthy water drinking habit up like it's a life or death thing. This is my way, others have theirs, but this...this is mine.
By year 3, you really should know how things are. You know better. However, it doesn't mean that you will not get derailed and HAVE to go back to the basics from time to time. Knowing when to go back to the basics is the key. I still go back to the basics when I need to.
It also doesn't mean that life won't throw you a curve ball in the form of a tragedy or injury, and you won't have to deal with it. Oh, you will because this is life. How you handle that with all of your past knowledge will be what sets you apart from the rest. Forks in the road will come up, and you will have to choose...kinda like using "the Force" in Star Wars.
I introduced the kids to the old phrase "Practice Makes Perfect". It's a phrase not used to much today - I have rarely heard it from a teacher in the last 5 years....maybe it's because society knows that nothing is "perfect" and it's too much pressure for a kid. BullSh!t is what I say. Practice makes perfect for you. If it's 80%, then great, that is your perfect...but damn it, practice to your fullest potential.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
You and I have been together,
Since I ever could remember.
You been patted, squished
Been the torment of my youth.
You have never truly gone away,
And maybe that is why today
I barely tend to think of you
As really something, not that new.
You have come and gone through pregnancies
Hanging out inside my jeans.
Whether then size 16 or now a 6,
You always seem to get your kicks
By hanging out and staying there
Tucked inside my underwear.
Iím 40 now and over you.
There is really nothing I can do
Because gravity now is not a friend
My boobs, my butt have joined the sag,
Looking like a crumpled bag.
Youíre not that important after all
Forgot about you when Motherhood called.
The kids they really do not care
That you are ever present there.
Iím amazed that you were so important
To me so long ago.
It seems that with age Iím all the wiser
To go along with the flow.
If I could take back anything
It would be the time I lost
Worrying about something dumb
Really wasnít worth the cost.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
This is a very very very informal poll... I am just curious.
Please answer the following if you are using Sparkcoach:
a) I am more motivated now than ever before: Yes or no
b) Has this made the difference?
c) Is guilt (ie, I am paying for it so I have to use it) a factor in your success? or does it not matter (like in any other paid online diet plan - WW, eDiets, Jenny C)
d) If you have used other programs (as I mentioned above) - what makes this one different from the others? and is it better? OR is it YOU that has a different mentality this time around???
Seriously, I am just curious... Food for thought...
Monday, March 11, 2013
Sometimes life is a gamble... I am learning this a little late, especially since I am usually on the safer side of the fence: don't disrupt the order of things, don't run with scissors... you know... that kind of being.
But sometimes, life throws you are curveball and things NEED to change and you HAVE TO take a chance on something new, and the only thing that is really holding you back, well...is you.
Eww....how sad is that to think of!
But that is how it is sometimes, and I'd rather rip off the bandaid and realize it now before life goes on without me!
Another EWW!!! What a horrible thought!!! But let's face it, sometimes that happens to people.
Well, today I took a chance and threw a resume into cyberspace.
That alone was weird to do...who the heck knows if I will get a call, but really, there is no time like the present when it comes to certain things, and this, is probably one of those times.
Why not??? What is it going to hurt? Absolutely nothing.
What is weird is that I have no nerves about it - and usually, I am a bundle of nerves lately! We shall see....
Weird that I am not holding my breath either... life's curveballs have had that affect on me since the last 2 months have come to pass...
Anyway, we shall see... we . shall . see...
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