Sunday, June 01, 2014
Yesterday was the last day of the 5% Spring Challenge. I managed to eliminate a few lbs but nowhere close to my goal of 12 lbs. I'm keeping that goal for the 5% Summer Challenge. Though it may not have been a roaring success, at least as I hoped, but it was successful because I have learned some things.
The most important thing I learned is that I was quite naive in making slight adjustments to my 5% Winter Challenge plan, thinking it would be enough to accommodate for my extended work schedule, which is also less structured since I spend most days on the road, and a few as a combination of being in the community and being in the office. So what needs to be re-evaluated?
1. How do I fit in 45 to 90 minutes of exercise on 12+ hour workdays?
2. How do I get exercise throughout the day when I'm spending 4 to 6 hours (or more) confined to a 38 ft x 8 1/2 ft x 12 1/2 ft RV?
3. How do I get back to my 3 smaller meals and 3 snacks in these long, confined workdays?
4. How do I accomplish all my check-ins on the Challenge team AND my other 3 primary teams?
5. What foods will work while I'm on the road?
6. What veggies/fruits will I be able to bring with me, since I have food allergies - i.e. raw greens?
Over the interim time between Spring & Summer Challenges will have me thinking about how to meet my goals and what my plan will be.
Thank you to our 5% Spring Challenge leaders and especially to my CT team leaders for the gargantuan job you do for us. Thank you to my CT teammates who inspired, motivated, supported, empathized, and encouraged me. I will do better to offer the same to you.
If anyone is interested in joining the Summer Challenge, just visit www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
1. Time spent with Katie cat this morning before I head out to another busy day.
2. John's patience with my limited time to spend with him because of my extended workdays.
3. Discovered one of the car tires was about to blow-out before it happened.
4. The honest service clerk at the car dealer who suggested I go elsewhere for lower cost tires.
5. The ability to adjust so I can accomplish my goals.
6, Getting to enjoy this day with Laurie's friend Mary and going to one of my favorite places in New England - Dunbar Tea Room.
7. G-d, Who keeps me safe and blesses me each day.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
...and not talking about days off from work. :)
Yesterday was a holiday for me...in most senses of the word. Though I did manage to get my exercise done, I didn't do much else. I relaxed - played on SP, played on Pogo.com, did some reading, and watched a couple of shows I recorded on Sunday while I was in Boston.
This morning I awoke thinking that I didn't do much to move forward with my purging my apartment. Those guilt feelings began to rear their ugly heads...but as I did my resistance band workout earlier today, I decided that it is okay to take a day off here and there. Recovery is important - physical, psychological, and spiritual. As I review yesterday, I realize I made healthy food choices, got my exercise done, played a bit with Katie (my cat, for those who don't know), and enjoyed her company...and mine.
Giving myself a for letting go of the guilt.
1. Katie, who has followed me from place to place as I sit to get things done.
2. Learning about me.
3. Letting go of guilt.
4. The ability to make changes in my life.
5. A wonderful 3 day weekend
6. My 5 senses work and help me to enjoy my life.
8. Gratitude fills my life, my heart, my spirit
9. G-d, Who gives me so much unearned love
Monday, May 26, 2014
So many articles on SP deal with ways to measure your success while using the tools available on the site. Those of us who are active on SP probably read a lot of these articles, nod our heads, post on our team boards, and intend to adopt these "other ways." Do we really? I'd like to say I have but until yesterday, success has always depended on those little numbers on the scale. Occasionally, I realize that I've succeeded because clothes are now fitting better, my refrigerator has healthier foods, I plan, exercise, eat right - all ways to admit success. Yet, that nasty little number that tells me how much I weigh, well, it's still right up at the top of the list...Well, until this morning as I reflect on a beautiful day spent wiht John yesterday.
We went to Boston at least once if not twice a month for theater, walking from downtown Boston to Cambridge or Brookline, surrounding towns. For those not familiar with the area, walking from downtown Boston's South Station to Harvard is about a 40 to 50 minute walk in good weather. Suddenly, as I gained lbs. and fell several times, injuring my knees, I could no longer do that kind of walking. Thus, many Sundays John will go on his own. Occasionally, if the play or concert is something in which I'd be really interested (like yesterday's "Into the Woods"), I'll join him. We set off at 7:45 AM, to be able to park for free on the street. Yea! Found a space! It meant walking to the other end of Boston. John's intent was to drop me off, then park. I told him I'd be able to walk - with both fingers & toes crossed that I COULD.
I did! We walked a lot...traversing the city from one end to the other, with a few stops for breakfast, church, lunch & theater. Not only did I do it, not only did I feel a sense of accomplishment - I really enjoyed the walk and though John slowed his pace for me, he kept telling me to slow down. The true measure, however, is this morning. Most times, the morning after finds leg cramps as I get up to walk to the shower or kitchen. Not today. Nope. I just want to keep going. And so...
It's true. What you read on SP is true. There really ARE other measurements of success. Losing nearly 32 lbs. and exercising a minimum of 45 minutes a day because of my 5% Challenges, both Winter and Spring.
Join me...Check out www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=63123# for how the challenge works. Not only will you be more likely to commit to your healthy lifestyle, you'll travel that journey with some pretty cool folks at the 5% Challenge!
1. Katie, who was so happy to see me arrive home last night.
2. Despite the tire pressure light blinking, I didn't have a flat tire when I got back to my car last night. Thank you.
3. Enjoyed a beautiful day with John, walking through Boston, enjoying good & healthy foods (mostly), a lovely church service, and a terrific production of "Into the Woods," my favorite musical.
4. The rain went away and we had a lovely, cool day for walking the city.
5. G-d, Who provides all of my blessings - these and those unlisted.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
I can't believe my last blog was on April 22nd. Geesh! Time somehow flies so much faster now that I am older. Since my 5% Spring Challenge has spurred me to eat healthy, exercise everyday, and check in, maybe this week's LTGL Challenge of blogging each day will get me back in the habit. Decided to do a quick summary:
1. On May 10th, 2014, I officially outlived both my parents. It was a momentous occasion for me to have surpassed their ages...and scary. I continue to surpass them...obviously.
2. My 5% Spring Challenge weight elimination has not been as great as it was in winter (I think it's 4 lbs down this challenge). That's okay. It is moving in the right direction and though I thought I was prepared for the change in my work schedule, I was not. Instead of eliminating weight, I've spent time reviewing my plan to tweak it so it works better as I begin the 5% Summer Challenge. So, for me...I consider it successful.
3. I continue to purge items from home and will probably be able to call for the first pick-up of donations later this week. John has tried to throw me off track by commenting that he cannot believe the emotional mush I am can detach from things that have been a part of my life and my parents' & grandparents' lives. I have to struggle to not give in to his comments. Things continue to go.
4. Though I thought I had found an apartment, my boss helped me realize I was just settling for the first one I saw. I have passed on it and hope to find something in the next month or two. I've also changed my mind and have decided I want a 2 bedroom so that I can have an office/study/library in one.
5. Learning to say the word "no." Thus, I have my first 3 day weekend since Christmas! Woohoo!
1. Katie, who plays my shadow when I am finally home.
2. My boss, who took time from a busy schedule, to help me think through apartment hunting.
3. John, who makes sure I am entertained through theater & concerts despite the responsibilities of work, purging my belongings, and life in general.
4. I'm back on the Hope Bus and so not in the office so much. Woohoo!
5. To have had our Spark family/friend Marla in my life, though she is now our team's angel. Though the pain of her loss was great, she was truly a blessing in our lives.
6. G-d, Who gives me clear vision to see the many blessings and much gratitude I have.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
(Sung to the tune of "Where oh, where-e-e-e is love?"
I have no idea where time goes. Well, if I sit and thought about it I probably do. Of course, the Hope Bus is back on the road so it is getting crazier with my work schedule and in an earlier time frame.
Mornings: I exercise at least 40 minutes (well, that's the plan anyway); play a game of Trivial Pursuit & do a crossword puzzle online to stimulate my brain cells; feed Katie; cook breakfast for me; check in at SP; shower & dress; meditate/pray; put my lunch together; try to watch the news & weather - more for the weather so I can plan on how to attract visitors to the Hope Bus.
Afternoons: I'd like to write Mondays through Fridays at work, but for me it extends to Saturdays and some Sundays as well (like this Saturday from 8:45 AM to at least 3:30 PM), especially with the Hope Bus on the road. Most days to 6 PM (even on office days since we are open from 10 AM to 6 PM). The drive home is about 45 minutes, so it takes 15 minutes to get to my car at work...Let's call it an hour.
Evenings: Home by 7 PM some nights. Feed Katie; change clothes; pack my tote bag for the next workday, based on whether it's the office, a health/wellness event, or the Hope Bus; cook - I'll say PREPARE - dinner; wash, dry & store the dishes; wash items that are being donated; bag items for recycle or trash; exercise a bit more if it's not too late; watch some of things that I've recorded on TV during the day to relax; prepare for bed/sleep.
Now the question is how to reinvent my day's activities to allow time to spend with John & friends. That will be my personal challenge to me this week. Review these activities/responsibilities and shake them up a bit.
STRESS BUSTING CHALLENGE:
Week 1 goals:
1. Deep breathing exercise for 5 minutes everyday. DONE
2. Declutter one shelf of my pantry - washing, wrapping & packing things for donation pick-up. NOT ONLY DONE - DID 2 SHELVES
3. Once home from work, I will not check work emails until the next morning. DONE.
Week 2 goals:
1. Identify 2 of the stress reducing suggestions in a Spark article.
2. Put these 2 into action.
3. Reflect & report on the reflection of how practicing these 2 suggestions has affected my stress level.
My overall hopes for the challenge are to:
1. Gather new tools to help deal with the stress.
2. Be reminded of the tools already in my "shed" that I can use to defuse stressful situations.
3. By reducing stress using these, I will feel healthier.
5% SPRING CHALLENGE:
1. Stay within nutrition guidelines suggested by SP. MISSED TWO DAYS.
2. Exercise a minimum of 40 minutes/day. MISSED TWO DAYS (DIFFERENT DAYS)
3. Participate in threads at team page. MISSED 3 DAYS AT SOME; 4 DAYS AT OTHER.
1. Wash, wrap, pack items from pantry (dishes, pans, etc.) for donation to BBBSRI. DONE.
2014 *SPARK* RESTART PLAN:
1. Tracked / analyzed nutrition daily since Jan. 1. DONE
2. Exercised at least 40 minutes for 5 days.
3. My goal is to blog 3 times each week to start. Not done for 10 days. Blog #1 for this week.
5. Visited my 4 teams for 3 days; 4 days for one.
1. Katie, who has decided to be my fitness coach - meowing with my 10 min. cardio routine.
2. The Hope Bus is on the road, even if it means I have to re-evaluate my plan to a healthy lifestyle & a successful 5% Spring Challenge.
3. Some quiet time on the Hope Bus today.
4. Spent Easter with family.
5. A new baby cousin in Italy.
6. Despite the craziness of readjusting to long work hours on the Hope Bus, I have eliminated a 1/2 lb. each of the two weeks of the challenge - leading to a 1 lb. elimination.
7. G-d Who blesses me with moments of laughter (mostly via Katie) in a stressful day.
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