Thursday, December 18, 2014
So far, so good navigating those treacherous holiday party waters...able to weather it pretty well! Helps to make sure to bring a healthy dish to pass. Mine was an apple / raisin / walnut salad with yogurt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Somebody made what they called "OMG Bars" a chocolatey-peanut buttery confection. Others were raving about them and proclaiming that I just HAD to try it, "just a taste."
Not gonna happen: "I know Pandora's Box when I see it and I just don't DARE to go there!" :-)
Payoff: checked in with my PCP today, bloodwork, blood pressure, everything is 100% A-OK. I shared with him my zero-grain, zero-sugar, 14-hour daily fast (no food from 10 pm until noon the next day), maximum freggie approach to food and he was impressed and said: "I wish more of my patients were so disciplined."
Now there's a word I don't think I would have ever used to describe myself and it prompted a bit of double take in my thoughts...but yep, guess it fits after all! At least in some ways.
The perfectionist in me could detract and list a zillion additional things I would be doing if I was TRULY disciplined. But today? No detractions: Disciplined it is!
My weight isn't "quite" where I would like...up to 211 from my low of 207. But I'm vigilant and sticking with what I know works. A few stumbles, but speedy uptakes make a big difference between a stumble or falling off a cliff...lol!
I have a favorite elliptical that I use every Weds. when all I have is 30 mins. to spare for a workout. It's the Octane 3700 with random resistance set at a middle of the road level 10. I always try to PUSH myself to make the most of those 30 mins. and while I don't use the purported caloric burn as a real number (as in wow! looka those calories I burned), I DO use it as a number to assess the intensity of my workout. 430 has always been my top number to beat...this has been the case for MONTHS. Finally I blew it away this week and topped out @ 450! WAY cool to set a new high.
Hoping everyone is having a SUPER holiday season filled with SPARK and successful navigations through all of those decadent foods. The pay-offs are SO worth it! :-)
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Recently at work, probably a carry over from Thanksgivoween candy mark-downs, some anonymous *questionably* well-meaning person at work brought in two GIGUNDO bags of candy corn and plopped 'em on the kitchen table for all to snarf.
I studiously avoided those bags for a couple of days...it's a sorry commentary on my tastes, but I have a weakness for candy corn. It's like a mainline sugar fix!
Finally I'd had it. I was working late one evening. No one was around.
I tossed the remainder of the bags into the trash.
There! Who needs those things anyway?!?
So this week rolls along and one morning what do I see?
Two more bags of candy corn on the kitchen table again! Sheesh! Bad enough to torment myself, but I've seen others with extra baggage they can ill-afford, snarfing 'em down too...!
Tonight after cutting up an apple for my late afternoon snack I went to toss out the core and lo & behold, what do I see?
Two bags of candy corn...already sitting in the trash!
Nice to know there are some kindred, albeit anonymous, spirits around my workplace! What a smile that brought to my face!
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Today was our 1st significant snowfall of the year and we got off work early...woo hoo, off to the fitness center!
BUT: at the same time I am ready to leave work I get a surprise phone call from a bike club member who just got a free membership at the same fitness center...who is already there, and in the pool.
I had planned to head for the weight machines and spin bike as I usually do, but hey, I next to NEVER use the pool...never enough time. Now for a change I had the time.
Plus, I avoid the pool for reasons mentioned in my last blog...loose skin. So I resolved to GO! Mix it up, swimming's a great alternative exercise. It's one of my earliest childhood passions as I mention on my SparkPage...long overdue to reconnect with the water!
But most importantly I need to learn to be more at ease in my own skin, however loose it may be, reframing my skin as the markings of my victories, perfect, just as it is.
And most of all, enjoy the company of a good friend while lapping the pool along the glass patio wall taking in the snowfall outdoors! The pool seeming a guilty pleasure next to all that snow piling up. Especially the hot tub!
After arriving home I got the secondary pleasure of putting on the mp3 player while shoveling the snow to the tunes and taking in the beauty of the snowfall...a wet, sticky but fluffy white coating every limb, twig to be found to a storybook picture perfect.
All of this brings me to a point I like to make every Thanksgiving, as we celebrate our gratitude: how can this possibly jibe with the free-for-all of Black Friday...which has been renamed and reclaimed by some very smart Canadians (are ALL Canadians so sharp?!?!) as
Buy Nothing Day!
Whatever one needs to feel fulfilled, gratified, to have meaning and fullness in our lives...it is NOT going to be found out there on a shelf...it ALSO surely can't be found through food.
It's all about seeking, creating experiences that enrich us, that bring us together, that moves our hearts and souls.
Proctor & Gamble, General Mills, Apple, Samsung, The Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch...none of them or their counterparts had a shred of ANY connection to the special time I had today.
It doesn't take much to be happy:
PS...with all the Thanksgiving prep I'm sending apologies for not catching up with all of your supportive feedback on yesterday's blog...you guys all ROCK the SPARK and make this place so special for me and yourselves. Thank you, thank you! Gratitude overflowing!
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
This past Saturday I had delivered Thanksgiving food baskets to several of my clients so I had a 1/2 day of comp time banked when we rolled into a sunny, 60+ degree day on Monday...and AGAIN, a blessed "hooky" day comes along! :-)
First stop: the local state park which is practically in my back yard:
En route I decide to challenge myself as I have always regarded Pigeon Hill as "too much" of a hill to tackle...so BAM! I nail it, and realized that it isn't anywhere near as challenging as the ALTERNATE route which I normally take up 79 to Stillwater...lol. Lately I've been wanting to challenge my hill climbing abilities...to keep what I developed in the Catskill Mountains alive and well!
At Chenango Valley State Park I catch up with my neighbor and bike club members who are getting ready to head out on a mountain bike ride. I tell 'em I'm not ready to be wooed into mountain biking just yet...gimme the pavement! So I strike out for Port Crane and Crocker Hill Road...which I haven't ridden in years...and the last and only time I rode Crocker Hill it turned out to be a "walk"...ugh! Well I figure it's time to nail it as a "no-walk" hill! Which it was...and here was the view I found at the top:
It's so sweet to challenge oneself, to push and nail it! If ALL of my challenges could be so readily overcome...
I was extraordinarily impressed with the inner work this young man had accomplished in dealing with the self-image struggle of loose skin. We work so hard to lose this weight that it can be easy to succumb to a wail of "it's not FAIR!" But this fellow has done a wonderful job of accepting himself as he is and not allowing loose skin to detract from his accomplishments. As I pedal along I sometimes look down at my thighs and see the skin bouncing a flapping along like the jowls of a bloodhound. I'm not cursing those thighs any longer. I'm celebrating that I've lost those pounds they used to pack and without that weight, celebrating what I can accomplish.
Here is his very brave video, From Obese to Beast:
And HERE is my Thanksgiving wishes for everyone!
As we approach our Thanksgiving celebrations, keep your eye on the prize, the things that matter: our health and wellness, our connections to people who matter and savoring activities that make us fully alive! Pie & stufling ain't got NOTHING on THAT!
Keep the SPARK!
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