Wednesday, September 24, 2014
This has absolutely NOTHING to do with being healthy, but I had to share...
I was driving to work this morning and noticed that there was a Game and Fish truck in front of me. It was odd, but at first I didn't think anything of it. Then I noticed all kinds of flashing lights up ahead, and as I got closer to work, the Game and Fish guy pulls over, and starts flashing his lights too.
At this point, I knew there must be some kind of animal near by, but I was still shocked when I turned the corner into the parking lot and saw a Moose!
When I was a little girl we lived in Yellowstone National Park for a summer (my dad worked at the hospital), and I never managed to see a moose, though I desperately wanted too. Decades later, and one strolls up outside my office.
Cross one off the bucket list!
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
So... this blog should have been posted a couple of days ago...
As of Monday, there were 100 days left in 2014. 100 days!
I don't know where the time went.
With so little time left in the year, I wanted to kick it up a notch. Fortunately, I have some friends who were willing to finish out the year with a bang also. We're all over the country, but we decided to do a health challenge together so that we could enter 2015 feeling better about ourselves and our health.
We are all in really different places health-wise and have different goals, but we decided that we could come up with some weekly challenges that would be flexible enough to fit us all. I'm really excited.
I lost my local workout buddy, but now I have some accountability buddies to cheer me on. This week is just a baseline week - food journal, step tracking, fitness test, measurements - to see where we are starting, but we're already having a lot of fun. We're going to end the year with 100 Days of AWESOME!
Friday, September 19, 2014
So I think I've been back on this exercise thing for about three weeks now... I have finally reached the point where I don't think I'm going to die during the first five minutes of cardio. I have enough entries in my weight tracker to begin seeing a trend. I've also noticed something I really wasn't expecting...
I'm smiling a lot more.
(I would insert a picture here, but amazingly, out of the hundreds of photos I have stored for my blog, I don't have any with a smiling person in them. I think that should tell me something...)
This exercising thing has me in a much better mood. And I LIKE it!
I think I'm going to do some more.
Monday, September 15, 2014
You know, sometimes it's really hard to keep up with Spark. All of the emails from the different teams, other users, Spark itself. I have been an irregular Sparker for most of the last year and a half or so. When I get notices in my regular mail that I have Sparkmail, a lot of times I just delete them. Not that I don't care, but just that I can't find the time to sit down and go through them all.
A couple of weekends ago, I cleaned out my Sparkmail. I had emails in there that were over a year and a half old!
I'm glad that I had saved some that long though.
One of those old emails from my "At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance" Team was a jem. It talked about a couple of weight tracking websites that calculated a weighted average to produce a weight loss trend. I'd actually used one before - PhysicsDiet.com, but I'd been having trouble with that website and had abandoned it.
I was looking for some kind of replacement, and thanks to my Sparkpeeps, I have one! The email had information for WeightGrapher.com. This site seems to be maintained better, and it also connects with your Fitbit scale if you have one. I've just started using it, so my graphs don't have a lot of information yet, but so far, I'm really liking it.
I also like that yesterday it started giving me an estimate of when I'd hit my goal weight if I kept up my current progress. I'm more interested in inches than pounds, but that is a great little motivator!
Friday, September 12, 2014
Sorry I haven't been too active on the blog this week. Life getting in the way and all...
I need some help. I've been on Spark a LONG time. Over the last couple of years, a lot of the blogs I used to follow became just as inactive as I was. A few stalwarts are still out there, but I'm subscribed to very few active blogs.
Do you have any suggestions for new blogs for me to follow? Yours? A great one you love to read?
I'm thinking mostly about Spark, but if there's a great health and weight loss blog somewhere else that you love, I'd be interested in hearing about that too.
I need to freshen up my motivation.
Thanks for your help!
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