Sunday, December 16, 2012
Had a leisurely start to the morning. I started the new SparkCoach motivation challenge today. I think I'm going to like it as it appears to give more ideas for fine tuning and individualizing the program.
Today was a fitness challenge to MOVE IT! find ways to keep it moving. One of the things I've started doing is taking more opportunities to walk through the house, as well as moving my laptop so I can stand (rather than sit) while I'm Sparking, answering emails, etc. and do more stretching, lunges, squats, etc.
For fitness today I did yoga and hit the elliptical.
At the times I was hungry, I drank more water, and for a munchy, rather than a full serving of tortilla chips, I took 2 out of the bag, put the bag away, and savored each one as I ate it. It worked!
Hubby's daughter & her husband came by and we had a very nice visit. Sounds like they're going to be shouldering the stress of Christmas this year. We've decided to avoid it and have another relaxing, joyful holiday at home.
Hubby is grilling chicken breast and brussel sprouts for dinner and I'm finishing up Sparking for the day.
All in all, a very nice Sunday. *yawn*
Saturday, December 15, 2012
I've been doing SparkCoach/SparkDiet program for a couple of months and really enjoy it. I have a few weeks left on my current subscription and decided to try out one of their new SparkCoach programs today.
A couple weeks ago, one of the sessions discussed the importance of working my own program, 'owning' it, making it work in MY life. After all, my goal is to carry what I've been learning here on into my healthy 'happily ever after'.
To me, it's important that it works for me. Otherwise I'll get bored and end up not doing it. (Don't even ask how many health club memberships I paid for and never used before I figured that out!)
Rather than being driven by a program which will become a prison sentence that I have to serve out doing a certain amount of time every day, it is important that the fitness and nutrition components compliment my life and not become that ball and chain.
So, for the past couple of weeks, I have been experimenting with different routines and recipes. Mixing it up a lot.
In reviewing my nutrition & fitness reports, I notice that although I've never exceeded my caloric allowance for each day, my intake has gone up to mid-range rather than staying at or below it. And my workout intensity probably hasn't been high enough. (Partly due to not wanting to bounce around after the biopsy!)
As a result, my weight loss numbers have slowed a bit. I reckon this is all part of the learning process. Finding out what works and what doesn't.
Dropping the pounds is still a high priority, but it's not so much about losing weight anymore. I just really like being able to move feeling great!
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Had an appointment with my chiropractor and massage today. The chiropractor teaches anatomy and physiology at the university and is a second generation bone cruncher. The massage therapist is a 70 year old Japanese man who inflicts Chinese torture. Those are his words, not mine -- and I tend to agree with him.
These two gentlemen have seen me through some really bad times over the past dozen years or so. When I was told that I would never regain full use of my right arm/shoulder, I knew exactly who to call on . . . and together, the 3 of us made 'em eat their words.
They are both thrilled at my progress in this journey of regaining my health.
All in all, it was a long day but a good one. I packed a lunch and stayed on plan. Got in some aerobic walking at a much higher pace than usual due to the rain.
Time to call it a day so I can get rested up as I may be painting tomorrow.
*yawn* Good night
Thursday, December 13, 2012
10 week Progress report:
Since my SP journey began on 10/1/12,
I have reduced by 8 1/2 inches and 16.7 pounds
All of my reports show I have improved dramatically (energy, self esteem, sleep, stress).
My fitness and activity levels have improved significantly as well.
All in all, I am ecstatic! I am feeling and moving better than I have in YEARS!!!!
My target for the rest of the year are:
Nutrition: Target lower numbers in calorie range
(except Fat @ mid range)
Fitness: Aerobic, ST & Yoga/stretch 3x wk
Specifically targeting Core 2x wk
Goal #1: 155 pounds
Long range: Arrive my 'happy weight' &
Establish nutrition/fitness requirements for maintenance
The picture below may not seem like much to you, but to me, what it represents is nothing short of a miracle.
Focus on the small rack of firewood in the foreground (not the ladder in the background that I'll be using to paint the living room this weekend.) Yesterday, I loaded a wheelbarrow full of wood from the wood pile in the backyard, hauled it across the back and side yards, and stacked the wood outside our front door. Then, this morning I loaded that wood bag and carried it into the house and placed it in that rack all by myself. Three years ago, I was not able to lift a stick of wood. This, my SparkFriends, is a miracle!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The sun came out today and although it was brisk outdoors, I decided my workout would be something beneficial in more ways than one.
During the past week or so, one of hubby's workmates gave us 25 or 30 of those huge black lawn bags full of leaves from their yard.
For the past 4 years, I have been unable to help with much of anything to help with the outdoor project. I was so out of shape and my shoulder so messed up that I was not allowed to pick up a rock during the pond 'remodel'. Physical therapy didn't help me a bit, but my chiropractor and his massage therapist (a 70 year old Japanese man who does Chinese torture!) have worked wonders on me. Those two together with this SparkPeople program, have put me back in the game!
So, I loaded 2 or 3 bags in our big wheelbarrow and moved them to the back side of the yard then dumped and spread the leaves around my fairy garden (still under construction) and the deep woods area we put in this summer.
Then I loaded the wheelbarrow with firewood and brought it in for the night.
For that hour, I worked harder and sweated more than I have with any of the workouts I've done.
Yes, I am tired, but I feel great. And what an accomplishment for me!
Hubby will not believe it! How fun!!!
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