Sunday, July 28, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!
... as posted by Mother Nature with a challenge to copy and post. Thank you Mother Nature!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
I am not a natural blogger, but I wanted to complete this assignment so I'm treating it like an interview. If your reading it, thank you and I hope it helps motivate you to try the Spark Solution.
• What made you decide to try The Spark Solution Program?
I joined SparkPeople almost three years ago. I'm not sure what changed after the first year, but I stopped losing weight and recently regained all the weight I had lost. So trying a mapped out, specific program seemed like a good idea to get back on track. I had considered Spark Coaching in the past, but hadn't tried it so the offer of free coaching was also appealing (although I have still not tried it yet, not sure why).
• Have you seen or felt any results in this first week?
I hurt myself last November and have not worked out faithfully since, so this was also an opportunity to get back in the routine of working out everyday, which feels magnificent!!! I have thus far eaten more food than I usually do and lost over 2 lbs. and that feels fantastic!!! I'm not shedding tears of joy yet, but I'm almost ready to.
• What do you like the most about the program?
I am most excited that it seems to be working!!! I like that I can just follow the instructions and that those instructions put together both the food and activity parts for me, along with lots of thinking points. The book is laid out pretty well and easy to follow, which I appreciate.
• What was your favorite meal from this week?
I have enjoyed a couple of the breakfasts, the scramble on day one and the wrap on day three. My husband and I both enjoyed having the Baked Mac & Cheese last night... Just wish I was more fond of cooking! There have been a couple of days that I've had to adapt the plan to deal with all the leftovers, that was a bit of a surprise. This much variety is way beyond my normal eating habits!
• Which Insider Tip motivated you the most this week?
I'm pretty naturally motivated, so I'm not sure. Today's tip was something I used to do and had let slip, but will be starting again. Helping my plate in the kitchen instead of at the table would lessen the urge for seconds.
• What is your goal is for next week?
My goal for next week is to continue to stick as closely to the plan as I can and continue my weight loss! I would be delighted to weigh at least 5 lbs. less at the end of two weeks. That all by itself would be a huge motivation to continue to follow this plan into the future! Another extremely motivating factor (goal) is how much better I feel when I workout regularly! It's been important to me for years, but sometimes my focus slips... good to have it back!
I'm not the best at expressing my emotions, but I am VERY excited about my results this week and hope that what I've written will encourage others to at least check out the Spark Solutions at www.sparkpeople.com/sparksolution
Best of luck on your journey, have a GREAT week. I know I will!
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Yesterday I took another class at the local nursery. This one was on making light bulb terrariums and I promised my new SparkFriend Canice www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=CA
NICE that I would try to describe the process. You need an incandescent light bulb (don't worry if it's frosted), a small screwdriver, a pair of needle nosed pliers, some sugar or salt (about a tablespoon), about 2 tablespoons of horticultural sand, some moss or other VERY tiny plants.
Step 1 - Use the screwdriver to loosen the little metal tab on the bulb and the pliers to remove it.
Step 2 - Use the screwdriver to carefully break out the glass plug... this was scary but no one broke their light bulb or cut themselves.
Step 3 - Using the pliers, remove the wire & glass from the inside of the bulb. The glass is fragile and was pretty easy to break out and remove.
Step 4 - Pour salt or sugar into the bulb and swirl/shake it around. It will remove the frosting from the interior of the bulb... like magic!!!
Step 5 - Put the sad in the bulb then add moss and plants (I just used moss) and other decorations like small glass ornaments or shells. I bought a glass ladybug.
Step 6 - Spray about 10 squirts of water inside, enough to dampen everything.
Step 7 - We used circle clamps for stands, but you can use any small item you like, and some tacky material to adhere your terrarium to it's stand. Our instructor called the tacky stuff it "rhino snot." She also suggested that we do a Google search on other ways to mount or hang our project.
It should last for about 3 months, then you can rinse it out and use it again.
Now the tricky part... to upload a picture that this program will accept...
Exciting... It worked!
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Monday, October 22, 2012
As I let folks know that I was going to be out of touch for a couple days I felt a little guilty about ducking out in the middle of a challenge, but motivated to stay on plan even if I couldn't post... that didn't turn out so well. I managed to eat pretty sensibly and take a couple of VERY short walks with my dogs. I spend several hours shopping on Saturday. Redding has many of the larger stores we don't have here.
It was great to get away for the weekend and visit my step-daughter in Redding and the trip there and back were breath-taking and I took pictures to share... (and which I tried to upload right here) Unfortunately, between Spark's limitations and my camera, my files are too large to share. Sorry! This is the best I could do :/
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