Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I am blessed to be learning something new every day, whether it be by way of meeting new people or by experiencing new situations. I have learned over time that, regardless of the nature of the learning (be it happy accident, sorrowful happenstance, or any other emotion in between), I get to become stronger as a human and am better able to give to others in need. I cannot put a high enough value on that and am grateful for it each day!
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Me before SparkPeople
Next week it will be a year that I began working once a week with my personal trainer, who helped bring my total fitness to a new (read never-before-seen) level and my total weight loss to 199 lbs. It will also be my 1 year-8-and-a-half-month anniversary with SparkPeople.
There are few words that can truly express my gratitude. Without my success and progress with SparkPeople, I never would have had the courage and motivation to seek out a personal trainer. The man I found (who has been an incredible miracle in my life with his support, understanding, and encouragement) has been an amazing mentor, coach, and friend.
Ross Gilbert - My Amazing Trainer
This is how I look today. It has been an incredible transformation laced with many phenomenal experiences and more "firsts" than I can mention, but they include taking a silver medal in my first Strongman Competition, competing in my first 5K, accomplishing tasks I was told I would never be able to do, and emerging into the world of "dating" after over 5 years of widowhood. While this journey to a healthy weight and an active life are far from over, I know full well that, without SparkPeople (and the amazing fellow travelers I have met on this site), I would not be standing where I am today!
Monday, March 24, 2014
I checked the mirror this morning and found the face of a perplexed woman staring back at me. I saw that I looked a wee bit confused and had to ask myself what was causing that look. Glancing down at my body, I noted that I was not carrying myself as positively as I had 4 months ago and that my posture was slightly off center.
The scale said that I was 12 pounds up from my lowest weight thus far. Maybe that is the reason for the face in the mirror and the change in posture. I looked back at what I have and haven't been doing since my surgery in January and the correlation between that, my weight, and how I am feeling.
The biggest change of note (besides having surgery and not being able to do much for almost 5 weeks) is that I haven't blogged in a darned long time - some 2 months. Blogging is how I have always helped kept myself on track and kept myself honest. It is my form of self-examination and self-checking, as well as a means to get the advice and opinions of the people on SP whom I trust and respect. I find, as I write this, that I have the sense that I let myself fall off my own radar by not blogging and putting my thoughts into much-needed words so that I can see and process what I am doing on my journey.
I have actually felt a bit guilty for not blogging, as well. I am still learning that guilt is a destructive emotion that causes me to feed into negative behaviors, so I find that it is something I must keep a fervent eye on. I must do that to keep myself in a healthy mindset and keep moving forward.
I realize nobody's journey is static and all have their ups and downs. This has to be my wake-up call and I need to use it as such.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I have had to spend some serious time reviewing what I am doing overall to see what I can tweak to reset my brain and I think I have found it.
What I need is a new target. You see, my big goal was to surprise my family at Christmas with the New Me! That went off perfectly, but I began to seriously flounder after that with food, exercise, and depression. It took some major soul searching, but I believe I have found my new target. Chaperoning Prom!
I know that sounds crazy, but if I meet my goal, I get a new dress and shoes, and I will allow myself to have new pictures done, as well. As part of that, I will donate all my old dressy wear to Cinderella's Closet.
Monday, January 13, 2014
For me, Get Up Get Dirty (with warm-ups + activities) consisted of a total of 10 kettlebell swings, 10 body-weight squats, 10 sit-ups, and other assorted warm-ups plus 105 20lb kettlebell squats, 50 ring rows, 50 toes to bar, and 2800 m rowing.
Going to get some laundry started and kip for a bit before I head to my water aerobics class at 3 PM. If that is not enough physical activity for one day, then I need a new gauge.
I have also followed the advice of a great SparkFriend and purged the house of things that previously were not triggers...
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