Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I don't know if anyone else has posted about this, but I found a great way to flavor my water. I put frozen fruit into a coffee/thermal travel mug and fill with water. The water stays nice and cold, and the fruit thaws slowly. It adds a nice amount of flavor with nothing artificial added. As a bonus... I get to eat the fruit later.
I started this because the artificial sweeteners used in most of those water flavors (Mio, crystal light, etc...) were giving me raging headaches and triggering migraines. I wanted to keep drinking water, but I needed to find a way to make it more fun.
This has been a huge help for me as I transition away from anything with caffeine. (So long Starbucks... it was good while it lasted.) So far I've just done strawberries, and I'm trying peaches today!
Sunday, January 19, 2014
I started the C25K app last week. Two things became apparent - I am so out of the good shape I was in last year, and I need better shoes. I made it the 60 seconds I needed to jog, but more than that might have caused bad things to happen - like a puddle beneath me. On the shoes, I could feel the strain in my legs. I also ended up pulling a muscle in my back at some point last week. I don't think it's related to the C25K work, but I need to let that heal before I push myself any harder.
This week will be about the treadmill and elliptical and building up my breathing so I can attack the C25K again in February.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
It's been a long time since I was on SP. I went through some really tough challenges. Most of them were (some still are) deeply private, so I avoided public forums where I felt tempted to share. I didn't want to hurt anyone involved. The problem was that I lost lifelines that helped me care for myself, like this one.
I now have a new job, life has settled into a new norm, and all other manner of living is good. I'm still down from my highest point, so I'm holding that as a victory given my crazy 4 months prior.
I downloaded a C25K program on my iPod today, and a coworker is going to take me to the gym today. (There's one in the office!) Today will be a good day!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Dear Spark People,
I've noticed, when I log on in the morning, that you have all these bright shining faces smiling at me in the Top Stories section of the start page. Every morning I am forced to see all this "happiness." Why does it irritate me? It's not because they are smiling - it's because they are so freaking skinny.
Models have a job of looking pretty for the camera. They have time to work out and think about what they eat. Maybe they waitress on the side - I don't know. What I do know is that a model is most likely not doing the following... all at the same time:
1. trying to fit 60 hours of work into a 40 hour week
2. trying to find enough time left over for relationships and family
3. fixing meals for multiple people (more often containing someone with an allergy)
4. go to school part-time to show the importance of education to their kids in addition to improving her life
5. avoiding temptations at work like the birthday party ... or just because it's Friday
6. in the little time and energy that remains - carve out space for herself
If one of your models is doing this, please let us know. It's super annoying to see her smiling at me when I'm pretty sure she can eliminate half of the list mentioned above.
Better yet... why don't you start using some of your real-life inspiration stories as models. You have a built in fan base right here of women who are beautiful in so many ways. Sure, they may not fit in a single digit dress, but they have so much depth. They have found out how gluten affects their diet. They have discovered how past hurts have affected their weight... and then done something about it. They have modeled exercise for their children so they won't have to go through the exact same struggles. They have put themselves through school without surviving on gummy bears, ramen noodles, and Mt. Dew.
These are the real models I want to see smiling at me. The ones who take life by the horns and say, "You are mine now buddy." So what if she wears a size 12 or 20? So what if her hair is grey? That woman is far more real to me than then women I see now. (For that matter, where are the men? I know there are plenty of men on this site.)
If you need somewhere to start... I'll be waiting my my phone and computer.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Like much of the country today, Boston is experiencing above seasonal temperatures. Today it's supposed to be around 94, but the heat index is supposed to get to about 104. Um... no. I don't mess with heat.
I take medications daily, and one of the side effects is a sensitivity to heat. Since in live in Boston, I've never really cared about that. Today I'll have to be careful. This means not taking my normal lunch walk. Bummer. No, seriously, it's a bummer. I love going out and just working off the first part of the day. It's just that heat exhaustion could be a real problem, and that's way worse than dealing with work. :)
I'm going to stay in and do some homework for class. Maybe I'll walk out to pick up some nibbles for later, but that's probably the extent of my walking unless it happens to cool down to something reasonable this evening.
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