Sunday, August 24, 2014
First of all, for those of you who are not 55 or older and thought they would take a peek to see just what in the heck I was talking about, please take no offense to my reference to age. Hopefully you will get to meaning of my title.
I am not much of one for visual ques and/or reminders. I really don't like or want sticky notes plastered all over my house. I am way too private for that. When I first joined Spark People you could earn Spark Points by developing a Visual Board of pictures and sayings or whatever that you could look at, reflect on, find motivation in, etc. I thought I might be able to handle a board that I could hang in my own little "private craft room". I just checked the Spark Point section of our Start Page and I don't see that option any more. It seems that it might possibly have been replaced by the Goal Board that you find right on the front of your Start Page.
I am always reading articles and looking for things to help me with my motivation. There is documentation and recommendations that these visual ques can be helpful. But for me I have to wonder about that.
I have been a Weight Watchers member many times in my life. One time they had these little guys that you were suppose to keep in sight to remind you of your goals. I loved this "Calorie Monster". He is just sooo cute that I took some ribbon and tied him to the handle on my refrigerator. I frequently smile when I look at him, but he does nothing to keep me from opening that door and putting food in my mouth.
When I first heard about these motivational/goal boards I gave it consideration. I looked through the magazines I had for pictures and sayings that I could cut out and put on my board, but I could not find a single thing that touched me. I couldn't figure out where I was suppose to find these things.
I thought I would consider trying a Visual Board again after doing the 21-day Fat Loser program by Steve Siebold. Visual ques were also mention by Spark Guy in a pre-review of a mini book he is working on. I have been thinking about this for a while and as I stand in the check-out lane at the grocery store you know all of those magazines are staring at you. Many of them deal with losing weight, getting in shape, being stylish. I couldn't list them all there are so many. The thing about these magazines is that they all feature people in their 20s and 30s. Believe me when I say that after 2 children and 3 abdominal surgeries in my life, my abs or any other part of my body, as a matter of fact, will never look like this - LOL:
So my question is: where on earth do you go for age appropriate pictures? All ideas will be appreciated
Friday, August 22, 2014
Yesterday was an emotionally charged day that is for sure.
I took on the task with the support of my DH of having my dad's cat euthized. At 20 years old and with the increasing issues he was having it was time. This was my mother's cat and when she passed away a few years ago my dad inherited it. I have never much liked this cat. It was not the least bit friendly. But the ending of a life is never easy no matter what and so I did indeed shed a few tears. Most likely for memories of loss from the past, those to come in the future, and for my dad as this cat was his last tie to my mom who he still misses dearly.
I am wondering if this had more impact on me subconsciously than I know. I recently completed the 21 day free program at fatloser.com that one of our Spark friends had mentioned. Loved the straight forward approach. It talks a great deal about emotions and how they effect our behaviors. I've said it before and I will say it again - I am such a slow learner. I can't help but wonder where all that information in my head goes!
As my day progressed I seemed to embrace all of the things that Spark warns us about. When I got home from the vet I spent another day in my yard/flower beds pruning things up. We have had such a rainy summer that my gardens are looking like a jungle that needed some taming. After 4 hours the heat and humidity got the best of me. My DH and I really enjoy an afternoon break on our front porch with a cold beer on days like this. I slept lousy they night before and the time got away from me so I skipped lunch. After my first beer and 2 cheese sticks I said to DH - I am so tired will you get me one more beer. Then I will get busy again.
1. DON'T SKIP MEALS
2. GET YOUR REST
So after our little break I showered and then started dinner. I had invited my dad to try and occupy some of his time and mind so he won't miss the cat so much. Having dad for dinner always involves Happy Hour. Two Rum and diet cokes later dinner was ready. Rib Eye steak, baked potato w/ light sour cream, baked cauliflower (involving light mayo and bread crumbs), and last but not least, some great wine! Our Rib Eyes are 1# steaks. I remember the day when me and my DH could each eat one. Now days we split one in half, but that is still 8 oz. of meat. Somehow I just cannot envision only eating 4 oz. My dad is not one to dawdle so after dinner he is out the door. And I collapse into my recliner.
3. ALCOHOL IS NOT YOUR FRIEND
4. IT IS ALL ABOUT PORTION CONTROL
The Sparkle continued to fad as night time TV watching approached and a craving for popcorn laden with butter and salt attacked me. Yes indeed, it was yummy.
5. TRACK YOU FOOD
On a positive note I have been trying to track my food on a more regular basis. Yes, I even went back today tracked all of the food and drink I had yesterday; except for the popcorn as by that time the calorie count was so far over that I just couldn't care anymore.
6. DO NOT BEAT YOURSELF UP OVER A SLIP UP
I think many of us have had disastrous eating days like this. If I don't lose any weight this week, I will have no one to blame but myself as I am sure I ate up all of the calories that I have sacrificed so far. I will be happy with a "maintain". I hope this blog is not too glum for you. Blogging is a good way for me to work through the things that float through my head - LOL!
The good news is that this emotional and eating slide is not long-lived. Today is a new day and I am determined to stay on track! Here's to a Sparkling weekend
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Since I was released July 10the from my doctor after my last surgery life has been a whirlwind and I have thrown all caution to the wind. Life has been packed full of activities and many of them have included food and drink at restaurants. One 10 day vacation done, a 4 day mini vacation done, and one more 10 day vacation to go.
It rained this morning - again! This summer, if you can call it that, has been filled with rain and cool temps where I live. There are times when I find this absolutely depressing. I mean, geez, we all need a little sunshine once in a while. But today I have found the rain peaceful.
My DH is currently on his own vacation with some guy friends filling their passion for golf. I seem to have mixed emotions when he goes away like this. On one hand I miss him terribly and on the other hand I savor my solitude.
This is also the time of year when I start to feel a change in the air. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there is something that tells my senses that a seasonal change is coming. I love the fall season. Not only are the colors beautiful, but there is a coziness about it for me. I don't dwell on the fact that the cold winter will soon be here. I choose to savor the richness of the season instead; warm comfort food, cuddly sweaters, a slightly less hectic schedule as we put our motorcycles to bed for the winter, a more relaxing and less urgent feeling.
These feelings and thoughts have left me Feeling Fresh today and that helps build my fortitude to move forward through another day of eating healthy.
I hope all of my Spark friends can find a peaceful, fresh feeling today too!
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Our first vacation of the summer is done. It is estimated that the attendance at Sturgis Bike Week will beat last years record of 466,000 motorcycles. It has been something on my Bucket List and I am glad we went. I don't think I have never seen so many motorcycles in one place, but this is the second time we have ridden all over the Black Hills of South Dakota and so I doubt we will ever travel that way again (but you never know).
We traveled with another couple whose company we have enjoyed, but you never really know people until you have to spend 10 days with them. As it turned out, we can say that we still enjoyed their company at the end too.
I tried to do some Sparking while gone, but, well, lets not talk about it right now! I'm getting back on track today and that is all that matters. I am wondering though, as I people watch, how I appear to others. I'm not judging, because we are all different individuals in our own rights, but it is still very interesting to watch others. The woman we traveled with is very petite by my standards and her eating habits are so atrocious I can't begin to describe them here. Let's just say that she doesn't eat. I had to really bite my tongue to keep from lecturing her about healthy eating. On the other hand, I really liked how thin she is and I admired her ability to push her plate away when she said she was full even though half of the food was still sitting on her plate (something about wasteful kept running through my head). Her DH is a big guy both in height and weight. Although in public he follows her eating patterns, you would have to wonder about it because the extra pounds he carries just don't get there from thin air.
As I mentioned above, I was not a shining example myself. I won't beat myself up too much over it all, but I am definitely disappointed in myself. Why? Because after all the lectures I give myself, all of the positive thoughts I want to keep in my head, all of the plans I make to stay on track, all of the articles and blogs I read * * * * the list could go on and on, but in the end I wonder what in the heck is wrong with me that I just can't seem to grab onto any of it! Today I read a SP article that talked about the Winning Attitudes of Maintainers and the first one was the "I believe that I can do this" attitude that always prevails. After all of my failures in recent months I am wondering if I have it in me to succeed.
Enough of the pity party. Now I have to try and figure out what I am going to eat tonight for dinner at yet another restaurant (of undetermined location yet) as some friends that we don't get to spend much time with have invited us meet up with them for diner.
I am thankful for our friends. And I am thankful for SP so I don't completely fall off the world!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Spark featured an article called "9 Ways To Walk 10,000 Steps Per Day" which I found interesting and motivation.
With all of the health issues I have had so far this year I have felt that I was taking one step forward and two back. After my last surgery I was at the lowest weight that I have seen in a long time, but my habit after each bout of illness seems to be to eat and drink all that I can to make up for lost time. The result was that I gained the 10# back that I had lost. What a waste! I have been rather disgusted with myself over this. So I kicked myself into gear and have been working towards getting that 10# back off.
One of the ways I am trying to do this is my walking more. I would tell you that on a "normal" day (and by "normal" for me I mean going about my business w/o any kind of exercise) I can count on roughly 3,000 steps. I had set a goal for myself to get in 5.000 steps a day by the time I went to Manhatten in May and I reached that goal although I was not consistent in any way, shape, or form. At least I knew the ability was there. So then I increased my goal to 7,000 steps. Again, the ability was there, but I was rarely reaching that goal, well, because where in the heck am I suppose to walk to in order to get all of those steps! It was frustrating and discouraging to me so I focused more on the 5,000 steps daily and went about my merry way. Again, the consistency was not there so that was the next thing I added into the mix. The results are that I have been consistent for the past 2 weeks now and I have reached my 7,000 step goal 11 out of 14 days.
I am pleased with that achievement, but you know our human minds are always looking for new goals to do better and thus enters the Spark article about getting 10,000 steps a day. I have known for some time that 10,000 daily steps is the requirement for "general good health", according to all of those studies out there, and that between 12,000 - 15,000 steps are recommended for weight loss. Todays Spark article about "Are You Getting Enough Exercise" would support that.
I am already doing two of the nine suggestions from the article consistantly- I have a Spark Tracker and I have buddied up with a friend to explore a different hiking trail each week. Lately I have tried to get more steps in by walking to my Curves twice weekly and on the walk home I put in 7 extra blocks. Also, my DH went to our local American Legion the other night which is a little over a mile away. He drove and I walked the long way around to get there.
Yesterday I wanted to challenge myself to get those 10,000 steps in. I was busy yesterday! In the morning I did many chores around the house which meant more moving. Then I headed out the door in the afternoon to run errands. One of my stops was at a store in our local Mall so I thought I would walk the parameter once. It is a popular place for Mall Walkers. I can't remember how much 4 times around equals, but that is the general goal and since I really wasn't there for that purpose I thought once around was good for me to add some steps. Another stop was at the grocery store. Again, I walked the parameter instead of making a mad dash to the items I needed to get. By the time I got home it was Evening News and dinner time. I had had enough for the day! I checked into Spark to upload my steps and - OMG, I didn't make it ! ! ! I was short 525 steps. I gave some thought to how on earth I was going to get those last steps in, but I gotta tell you I was pooped and my recliner won out.
Yesterday seemed like a lot of work to me and so it is clear that I am not ready yet for 10,000 steps as my goal. For now I will stick to my goal of 7.000 steps daily, being consistent, and being happy with that.
What I am wondering though is how all of you get your steps in?
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