Monday, September 08, 2014
SUMMER 5% CHALLENGE.
I am glad to be part of the Summer 5% Challenge. I know that these challenges keep me "on track" toward building a happier, healthier life.
I am reading a book right now called, "The Diet Fix: Why Diets Don't Work" by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff. The book reinforces what I am learning from sparkpeople.
One line I like: "The more weight you want to permanently lose, the more of your life you're going to have to permanently change." THIS IS A LIFESTYLE!!!
Another idea from the book I really like is about "what to do when things aren't going to plan?" Dr. Freedhoff suggests asking yourself two questions, "What can I do RIGHT NOW that I can be proud of?" and "What can I do RIGHT NOW that can help a little bit?"
There's a lot in my life right now not-going-according-to-my-plan. It's "Serenity Prayer" time. But with the help of sparkpeople I can make good choices that will build a healthy, happy life.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I just finished my seventh (!) 5% Challenge -- up 10 pounds!!!!
I am struggling...not making the best choices... BUT I'm not giving up.
I decided to look back at my "ups and downs" -- because, while I still have a lot to lose, I have lost over 40 pounds.
I started sparkpeople in January 2013 (OK -- my sister set up an account for me a year or so before, but in January 2013 I REALLY started. I weighed 254.
Winter into Spring 2013 5% Challenge
Spring into Summer 2013 5% Challenge
Sumer 2013 5% Challenge
Fall 2013 5% Challenge
Winter 2014 5% Challenge
Spring 2014 5% Challenge
Summer 2014 5% Challenge
So... In terms of weight, I'm pretty much where I was a year ago. BUT I look better in my clothes, have learned how to do the weights at the Y, did a 10K with 15 minute miles, almost hardly ever never binge on a whole bag of chips or package of cookies. I DO want to lose more weight, so I have to "up my game." More exercise. Better food choices.
The spark continues.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
I will turn 55 on September 4...three weeks from today...if you include today AND my birthday that's 22 days. I have decided to CHALLENGE myself to not-eat-after supper between now and then.
The whole eating-eating-eating after supper (especially between 9:00-11:00 pm) is a HUGE problem for me. I know I'm not hungry. It's just a very bad habit. Sit down on the couch and EAT.
So. 22 days.
I spent a very brief time in "onederland" and I liked it. I probably can't get back there by my birthday, but I can get headed in the right direction.
I'm doing the August 31 Challenge to walk a mile every day. I already have 21 miles down (on August 14 -- woohoo!).
I just need to get this eating thing under control
Sunday, July 27, 2014
I did many things today that I enjoyed...a class on Centering Prayer in the morning, reading an interesting article while I ate my salad w/ grilled chicken at lunch, getting some things done at work, listening to James Taylor on a re-run of "Prairie Home Companion, supper with my husband, some quiet prayer time at the end of the day. The thing that made me happiest was probably GOING TO BED EARLY.
A hard day. Work was "work." Lots of chores at home. "Fussing" with my husband. My right leg hurting. BUT. I watched a rerun of an old tv show, "The Bold Ones: The New Doctors" from 1973. I love medical shows -- the old ones (Marcus Welby, Medical Center) and the new ones (ER, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Night Shift). AND I marched in place and did stretches while I watched tv. It felt good to move.
I FINALLY went to a store that specializes in running/walking shoes. This has been on my "to do" list for months. I walked on a treadmill and they analyzed my gait, etc., etc. They also measured my feet (of course!) and put me in a size 12 D (wide) woman's shoe (I had been wearing a 10 EE man's shoe). Anyway -- I hope this investment in a good shoe will bear fruit in much walking. I DID take a lonnnnggg walk tonight -- longer than I planned because I got lost! I found my way home, but it was a bit of a dangerous route (two-lane road, no sidewalk). Next time: I map out my route IN THE DAYLIGHT.
This is kind of a "double edged sword." My happiness today was stopping at a new restaurant in our neighborhood. It's a small Chinese place, owned by a married coupe with a 15 year old daughter (who also works there). I am so happy to see small, family owned businesses start. I hope they can survive and thrive! Of course, I have to learn how to eat HEALTHY at a Chinese restaurant: MEASURE THOSE PORTIONS!!!
The thing I did today that made me most happy was working with someone from the Diocese who is helping me get all my records "up to date" (record keeping is a part of my job that I REALLY struggle with!). It required working on several different computer screens at once and toggling back and forth and it was HARD. Lots of data. But I did it and I learned new things and the woman from the Diocese was very nice and patient. It was humbling to admit I didn't know what I was doing and ask for the help. But in the long run, asking for help made me HAPPY.
There are some really hard things going on at work. We had a LONNNNGGGG exhausting meeting about them. One thing I did that made me happy was talking to a friend about the situation. The other thing: I walked, I stretched, I watched some tv.
I called a friend and cried on her shoulder. Well, I cried, anyway. Sometimes on a bad day, that's as close to happiness as you can get. I am very grateful for my friend.
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