Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I just wrote in my journal, something I haven't done since September. I was in the mood to reflect (I think that the impending new year does that to me) on a few things. One of my big goals for tonight was to come up with some New Year's Resolutions. I don't even remember what mine were for 2009, but I think they probably had something to do with losing weight. A Spark Buddy had a great idea of having a motto for the year (thanks Pinkcoconut!). I decided that my motto for 2010 would be a question - "Will this make me happy?" I will ask myself this question whenever I am facing a decision or a task.
Need to write a paper but want to lie on the couch? "Will sitting here and procrastinating make me happy?" No? Then write the damn paper.
Feel like eating an entire container of General Tso's Chicken? "Will eating this fat and salt-laden food really make me happy?" Yes? Eat it. No? Make a giant salad.
Want to buy a new ridiculously-priced purse? "Will spending this money on this possession really make me happy?" Yes? Pony up the money. No? Keep the money and use the cute cheap little wallet from my trip to China (which is a panda bear eating some bamboo - all beads and super cute).
So there's my 2010 motto. "Will this make me happy?" The challenge will be thinking not only in the short-term, but in the long-term as well. I may be happy *right now* sitting on the couch and skipping my gym session, but I won't be happy two months from now when I am struggling to button my pants. I may be happy *right now* checking out Facebook instead of writing my paper, but I won't be happy on Sunday when my honey has a day off and instead of spending time with him, I'm writing a paper I should have done yesterday.
I think that my motto covers a lot. It's only one sentence to remember, though, so I am confident that I will be able to use it throughout the year. It might really annoy my honey, but I think I am going to post my motto around the house in places where I'll have to use it a lot - the fridge, the TV remote, the computer, the cabinet where we keep the occasional sleeve of Hob Nobs, Hit, or Petit Ecolier (those European cookies are my weakness!)... I am sure I'll think of a bunch of places to put my motto. No tattoo, though.
Did I meet all my goals today?
Water - YES
Gym - well, sort of. I didn't make it to the actual gym, but I *did* do a Pilates video from Spark and some other lower body stuff. Enough to get my 12,000 minutes in for 2009!
Laundry - YES
Bills - YES
So for tomorrow:
LOTS of water
Keep my eating in control during lunch with my BFF
Enjoy my New Year's bubbly responsibly (i.e. NOT drinking enough so that I feel like hell on Friday)
Vacuum the living room
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
There are still a couple days left of this year, but I am in a reflecting mood. This year has been such a wonderful year, and I'm pretty sure I owe a lot of it to Spark People.
This year I turned 30 - the first time I really thought about turning 30, I hadn't discovered Spark People yet. I thought "well here's another year of me being semi-happy... guess I'm going to be fat and lazy forever." Jan 1 2009 - Day 1 of Sparking. In that time, I discovered that I *don't* have to live the rest of my life as fat and lazy. I discovered that I truly enjoy going to the gym, running, and being active. I love eating whole foods and fresh foods. I discovered the joyous feeling of wearing a single-digit pant size (which I don't remember doing - EVER). Fit friends are super fun! Trying to stay within my calorie goal is like a game for me (most of the time). How delicious can I make my lunch without going over my calories for the day?
Today was another good day - I didn't go crazy with my eating (although I did eat a half PB&J that I probably could have done without), and I made it to the gym for 1.5 hours and got some great working out in this evening. I drank lots of water (I still have a little to drink tonight) and I *finally* got a chain for two pendants my mom got for me MONTHS ago - a beautiful silver and turquoise one from San Antonio, and a cartouche with my initials from Egypt. Wahoo!
Off to make some hot tea and plan out tomorrow. It's shopping day! Wahoo!
- drink at least 4 Siggs full of water
- get some gym time in
- do some laundry
- Pay the bills
Monday, December 28, 2009
Some days just feel so wonderful. Got a ton of stuff done today - phone calls made, appointments scheduled, prescriptions dropped off, Christmas stuff put away, swimming session, healthy eating... wahoo! I have some cornbread in the oven right now - YUM. I think I'm going to put in into the nutrition tracker to see what the calorie count looks like.
To add to my day, I went to the Champion outlet with some X-mas $$$ and got two sports bras and a pair of sweatpants for under $40! Yippee!
So I am planning on building on today to make the rest of the week as successful. I am close to my goal of 12,000 fitness minutes in 2009.
Corn bread is done - time to start dinner.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Christmas was really nice. Spent the Eve with my mom, my brother and my aunt and uncle. Had too much brie and too much wine, but we had a really nice night. Santa brought me a new stock pot! Wahoo! Christmas Day was spent at my fiance's parents' house with their family. We had a really nice time. Again, too much brie and wine, but a nice day. We had brunch - *after* a "small" breakfast of pancakes and sausage and rum cake at my dad's. HOLY MOLY. So there were two days of just absolutely ridiculous eating, with absolutely NO self-control. But I had a really nice time.
I am slowly easing back into my normal lifestyle - after taking another day off from the gym yesterday, I went this morning and had a great workout. Ate a bit too much today, but not nearly as bad as the last few days. I think I discovered what used to happen to me - I thought that since I already ate like a total hog and didn't work out, it wasn't worth it to try to get back into a routine. One day turned into two, two into three and four, into a week... well, you get the picture. My Holiday Eating Season lasted WAY past Christmas and New Years!
But not this year. This year, I am armed with Spark Friends and Spark Knowledge. I know that three days of eating like a pig will not make me gain 30 pounds back. I know that picking myself up and heading out to the gym, drinking all my water, and tossing food into the trash will get me back on track. In fact, I am ready to throw some food away tomorrow - we stocked up on fresh fruit and other good foods today - no real need to have tons of cheese and creamed chipped beef on hand. However, I *did* discover that marscarpone (sp) cheese and cherry jelly on a Hob Nob is a DELICIOUS snack. I might keep the marscarpone around for a while yet.
- drink at least 8 glasses of water
- go swimming
- put away Christmas decorations
- cross some phone calls off my to-do list
Thursday, December 24, 2009
On the twelfth day of Christmas, Spark gave to me:
Twelve months of tracking
Eleven thousand fitness minutes
Ten (times three!) pounds lost
Nine glasses of water a day
Eight 5Ks run
Seven days a week of goal-meeting
Six trophies for points
Five log-in points!
Four support teams
Three healthy meals a day
Two treats a week
And a healthy and happy new me!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my wonderful Spark Buddies! Couldn't have done it without you!
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