Tuesday, January 15, 2013
It's rare that I get down. But it does happen. For the past few days, I have not been at my best. And I really appreciate the goodies, support and encouragement of my SparkFriends. You guys ROCK!!!
I think I know the reason . . . last Friday was the 10 year anniversary of the wreck that nearly killed me but did take the life of the very dear man I had been married to for only 5 weeks.
After that horrible experience, I gave up. I knew I would never be able to allow myself to be vulnerable to such hurt again. I threw myself into my work and buried my heart under a rock and lived there for about 5 years.
But I am thankful that God has a way of turning our mourning into joy. For had it not been for that horrible experience and the dramatic changes and healing that took place afterwards, I would not be the person I am today.
Today, I have so many things to be thankful for; so many things that fill my heart with joy.
For one, today, is the 4th anniversary of my first date (face to face) with my sweetheart, who is now my playmate, soul mate and dear hubby.
"I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go" Solomon 3:4
One more thing that bring joy to my life is my sweet little Buddy "Bad Leroy Brown". I shared part of my yogurt with him this morning . . . . because he will be getting the 'spa' treatment a little later.
Leroy, was that good?
Monday, January 14, 2013
The scales are moving again!
Thank you for your comments and suggestions on yesterday's blog.
Decided to have a quiet day today, but it ended up busier than I anticipated. Divided some plants and shared them with a neighbor. Spent the afternoon chit chatting with her. Funny, I met her through our neighborhood watch group on Facebook. She and I are at opposite ends of the scale (conservative/liberal) and have crossed swords on more than one occasion . . . but as I told her today, if we were all of the same opinion, then most of us would be unnecessary.
It's been sunny but cold today so I made Chef Meg's Creamy Tomato soup for dinner. Yummm.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Once again, SparkCoach comes through, right on time, with the very thing I need to do to wrap everything together in a nice healthy bundle called "My Life".
I'm still totally jazzed about my journey to better health and shedding the extra pounds. The daily fitness and nutrition goals are a reward in themselves.
But there is an area that I feel guilty about. Specifically, taking the time to defrag, meditate, de-stress, or whatever ya want to call it.
Part of my daily "other goals" is to do fatigue/stress checks during the day. That has helped me to become more aware of it. When my body feels fatigued, I can sit down and grab a book or a quick 'power nap'.
But, the defrag, de-stress, meditate part has me stumped. I don't know how to do this part of it.
I just can't seem to get into the meditation thing. . . . clearing or opening my mind.
I can't seem to figure out how to 'put it on the shelf' and 'reboot' my mental computer.
Right now I feel like I need to put a firehose in one ear and blow the clutter out the other.
Any ideas? Have you found something that works for you?
If so, please post a reply . . . . or send it by SparkMail.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
I'm quickly approaching the end of the 90 day SparkCoach program. Today's assignment was to blog about how I've Spread the Spark.
I have Sparked a number of friends and acquaintances. One of my Spyder riding buddies YZ-WMN is the Spark I'm proudest of . . . from the beginning, she's been going strong, sticking with the program and is still losing.
It's a lot of fun having motivators, accountability buddies, and someone to commiserate and compare notes with. The more the merrier and I highly recommend it.
Another Sparky opportunity was my follow-up visit at the Dr's office after I had been with SP only a month. The Dr, his PA and MA were astounded by my progress and they actually asked to be Sparked! My Dr said he had a lot of patients he wanted to pass the info along to, and the MA said she was going to use Spark for her own fitness/weightloss program.
Sharing likes, challenges, updates, etc., on Facebook has generated a lot of Sparking opportunities as well.
I've been an Arbonne Consultant for around 18 years and absolutely love their botanically derived health and beauty aids (no animal products or harmful chemicals). A couple of years ago, Arbonne introduced a nutritional weight loss program using pea protein (rather than lactose or soy).
Since I've done so much research along these lines, I've partnered with another Arbonne friend towards introducing a weight loss/nutrition program using the Arbonne products and SparkPeople. It's a perfect combination.
Today is the big meeting where it will be introduced, so I'm really excited about that. (If you're interested in more info, let me know. I can hook you up to receive a good discount.)
Those are only some of the ways I've spread the Spark.
When you have a positive personal experience with something that works, it's only natural to want to share it with everyone ya know. At least it is for me.
How do you like to spread the Spark?
Friday, January 11, 2013
After about 3 months on SP, consistently losing 1 to 2 pounds a week, I hit a speed bump. Slowed me right down. Well, it actually brought me to a screeching halt.
For 3 weeks, the scale continued to bounce all around the same weight number. I kept asking myself 'nothing has changed in my program, so why have I stopped losing?'
Among the gems of advice offered by successful SparkFriends was to 'change it up' and 'keep your body guessing' and 'eat at the high end of the caloric range.'
So, I did. I began to incorporate those changes.
I began eating more calories. .. .. and yes, that really messed with my head .... eat more and lose?
At the same time, I reviewed the 'over time' nutritional reports for the past 3 months. I was amazed to see the drastic ups and downs so graphically displayed.
A couple more things I changed: I began increasing my fiber intake as the reports revealed that my fiber intake was consistently low.
And I changed up my fitness routine. Not necessarily working out more, just differently. (Actually for 5 days of this week, I've been heavy cleaning, moving furniture, and painting several hours a day!)
It wasn't until just this morning I found that I have dropped below my lowest-to-date weight. Just a half a pound. It's not much, but at least it's moving again.. . . the right direction.
So, I'll be curious what I'll find when I weigh in next week.
My energy and motivation levels have been high, stress level low.
I'm staying with the plan. Life is good.
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