Monday, December 09, 2013
Hi to all of my Spark friends! It has been a while.
My home life has somewhat normalized now, and I will be Sparking regularly again - truth is - I missed my buddies.
I missed the laughter, the motivation, and the camaraderie of my Spark friends. I have been doing some quick lurking in the shadows here and there, but that is not quite the same as real interaction with all of you wonderful people.
Now for more honesty - I have gained a few of my pounds back - but they are not staying! THEY ARE NOT STAYING!!!! So I am resetting my tracker and redoing my goal, once again. This weight management thing is no joke!
At my age, and some of you are right with me - it seems to take constant effort just to maintain the little tone we worked very hard for in the first place. There is little wiggle room when it comes to fitness, you have to move it to lose it and I definitely have to keep moving it to keep it off! For me, a little slackness means a little slackness in tone! yuk!
OK, got to go hit the treadmill, this sh%t has got to go!
See you all around the pages of Spark! Thanks for not writing me off yet!
Monday, October 21, 2013
I am still in the overweight BMI index, and I feel I look a little overweight as well, but I am not unhappy!
I have been maintaining my weight fairly well, give or take a few pounds that come and go like the wind. My health is good and I can move - I am very blessed that way!
I WOULD like to get to my original goal of 150 which would be a normal BMI , so I feel that now is the time to up my game (again) and make it happen. I have reset my goal and will begin using the trackers again - they are vital for me in dropping the pounds.
The past few months I have been eating healthily, with occasional treats in moderation. And most importantly, I have been exercising religiously! I have been enjoying my life with my new roomies and going places and doing things - keeping moving and laughing!
Last Saturday we went to my niece's wedding - had a fun time - good wholesome food - including a half piece of cake - and we danced the night away! (And unlike my sisters - I never got tired of all the exercise on the dance floor!) My home workouts are to thank for that! AND - I had to endure the many, many comments on my weight loss! What a terrible thing!!! This has spurred me on to want to continue in my effort to reach my weight goal.
Saturday we went to our State Fair, and my fitbit went crazy - we walked way over 20,000 steps, ate a little, pet a few animals, rode a few rides and marveled over the creative genius that our fellow residents possess in the arts and crafts displays. Our next adventure is going to be the Renaissance Faire - and yes, we will be in full costume - I will have photos!
SO, while my weight loss has been stalled , so to speak, I have certainly not been idle. I have been moving a lot, Work has been insanely busy - of this I am truly thankful. And I have been LIVING my life, enjoying all that is has to offer to me.
Monday, October 07, 2013
It has been a little over a month since my new roomies have moved in with me, and turned my life upside down and inside out! My time has not been my own for some time as job demands have been very high and spending time with the girls has been a priority over most everything else after work.
An average day is as follows:
4am get busy working in the sewing room to get a jump on the days work.
6 - 6:30am Zeriah wakes up and soon I fix breakfast for us both.
7:30 _ Get ready for work
8:00 Drive to work - set up for the day - then open at 9am
5:00pm Close the shop (when I can) and go home
5:30-6:30 Prepare dinner and eat
6:30-8pm Family time - paint, play, take a walk
8pm Zeriah goes to bed, Katie and I work out
- Strength training 4 days per week
-Walking 4 days per week (with intervals)
- Cardio 5 days per week - we vary programs
9- 9:30 or until bedtime we read, do paper work and relax with a little tv before going to bed.
(Honestly - I don't know how working mothers of several children manage to get everything done! I have deep respect for them!)
While my days are very full now, I am still keeping to a healthy food plan - we all are. Also, my working out continues to improve. I have raised to the third level on the Total Gym, and my walking is faster and more efficient. The cardio workouts are a breeze!
While I have yet to meet my original goal weight of 150 lbs, I have made some health improvements. My blood pressure is great, my cholesterol is fine, and my doctor is very happy. I can move good, I have no pain, and I sleep soundly all night, every night!
So, my redefined goals are as follows:
- Continue to eat as healthy as possible and within calorie range
- Exercise consistently and mix it up to keep it fresh and fun
- Stay active throughout the day, not just when exercising - do not sit around so much
- Pay less attention to the scale, weigh less often, and mostly rely on how clothes fit, how I feel and how my workouts go to gauge progress
- Be happy and laugh everyday! A good laugh burns calories, I'm sure!
A note: These two young ladies have not only disturbed my peace and quiet - they have enriched my life unmeasurably!
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Have you ever really paid attention to the small children, I mean really watched their movements and actions? They do everything perfectly!
When they breathe, you see their little bellies go in and out, not their chests - they breathe deeply, like we are supposed to.
When Zeriah does anything, she is in motion. She moves while talking, reading, and of course playing is like a marathon all the time! She moves while eating even! She never stops until it is time to sleep - then she is very still. She sleeps soundly around 10 hours each night.
And she laughs all the time, big belly laughs - as if she knows everyone's secrets and thinks we are all very silly.
She eats good foods in small servings several times a day, never overeats, and drinks her water and some milk and juice - never any soda.
When her mother and I exercise, she joins in - she doesn't care what she looks like, may not be in perfect form, but she moves! And she loves it!
So, take a lesson from the youngsters - move a lot, laugh a lot, sleep soundly and breathe deeply! And do not take anything too seriously!!!
If we would just be more like her......
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