Sunday, March 03, 2013
It would have been SOOOO easy to blow it yesterday. Hubby and I spent the day in the 'big city'. So many opportunities to munch on this or even grab just a little bit of that. But knowing that I was accountable to myself #1 and reporting in to my SparkFriends kept me right on track.
In fact, when I got home and recorded what I'd eaten, it was so late that I was going to skip dinner. But my calorie count was too low and it would not allow me to run my daily report!!!!!!!!!!! And I just HAD to close out my day and get those 2 points, so I ate a piece of toast with PNB. As a result, I met all nutritional values for yesterday, and slept like a baby.
Friday, March 01, 2013
After a couple months on 'maintenance' I find myself slipping . . . not exercising as much as I need to; eyeballing rather than measuring my food.
Although I'm not gaining, I just don't feel SPARKY.
So, I am challenging myself to get back on track.
For the Month of March, my challenge is to keep myself honest and accountable.
* Weigh in & measure on the 1st
* weigh in weekly - report gain/loss
* measure and track my food
* track fitness:
minimum (repeat MINIMUM) 10 minutes daily/90 minutes per week
Aerobics 3x wk
Strength 2x wk
Core 3x wk
This really is NOT that hard. It's just sticking to it. And doing it.
I'm eager to see what amazing results I will have with these few, seemingly insignificant changes to my daily routine.
I'm ready to March forward to success!
Let's go!!!!!!!!! Woooohooooo!
Monday, February 25, 2013
A well-known speaker started off his seminar holding up a $20.00 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?"
Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this."
He proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar bill. He then asked, "Who still wants it...?"
Still the hands were up in the air. "Well," he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. "Now, who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air.
"My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We may feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.
"Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who DO LOVE you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE.
"You are special. Don't EVER forget it."
Friday, February 22, 2013
Do you believe in Coincidences? Or do you believe that everything happens for a reason?
Since I began my Spark journey last October, I've been learning so much about being mindful. It seems that most of my life has been a blurrrrrrrrrrrr . . . . passing so quickly that I seem to have been a spectator rather than a participant.
Events of the past year have definitely been directing me into new pathways. As a 60 year old, I'm finding that change isn't as easy as it was when I was in my 20's. It's pushing me outside my comfort area and requiring that I open my heart and mind to new ideas and concepts. Yeah, scary.
And as I look forward, I don't see a yellow brick road winding gracefully into the sunset. In fact, I don't know where it will lead at all. But as I lift my foot to move forward, I see the next stepping stone appear before my eyes. . . . just in time.
Just like SparkPeople happening to me just at the right time. Giving me the tools to not only make a difference in my health and weight loss efforts, helping me establish principals and discipline that interwove into other facets of my life as well.
Bad Leroy Brown and I have a morning ritual. He loves to cuddle on my lap (wrapped in his blankey) while I'm having coffee with hubby before he leaves for work. But it's not enough that I'm holding and petting Leroy. We have to make eye contact. We have to hold that connection for a few moments so that he knows that I'm REALLY looking at him. We have to really connect.
When's the last time you connected with yourself? Are you living your life or just observing it? (Slow motion or fast forward.) When's the last time you looked at yourself in the mirror and like what you saw and were proud of yourself.
If it's been a while (or perhaps it's never happened), why not take a few moments to actually connect with yourself. Today. Right now. Or commit yourself to a time when you won't be busy.
Grab a notebook and a pen. Then look at yourself in the mirror.
Not just your body, but look into your eyes, into your soul.
What do you see? Do you like it? Write it down.
If you don't like what you see, write that down too, and be as specific as you can.
Then think about those thing you do or don't like it about yourself.
Then think about what you can do to make it different.
Then set yourself up to succeed.
SparkPeople has a vast resource area of helpful articles and related sites that can help get you get started on your journey towards living your life.
I don't believe in coincidences. I truly believe that timing is everything and the fact that you're reading this is not a coincidence.
Choose today to learn to love and respect yourself if you don't already.
Be honest with yourself.
Forgive yourself for the missteps and mistakes of yesterday.
(Yes, learn from them, but stop beating yourself up.)
Be good to yourself.
You and I only have one day. . . . today.
Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is only a hope.
Let's not lose today.
Let's make it a good one!
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