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Saturday, July 06, 2013

Yesterday, I was feeling frustrated. My husband went to the store and bought JUNK food for himself! He doesn't get it! He was once over-weight but conquered his weight loss by eating only ONCE a day! I can't do that. For one thing, I'm a diabetic and need to eat every couple of hours.

I attempted to have healthy snacks; or snacks that are better options than chips, salty crackers, coke, Klondike etc. Yesterday, he brought into our home all of these 'crap' foods that I LOVE!! Yes, I was feeling very frustrated. He thinks it's as simple as "Don't eat it"! It's not that simple. I can fight temptation for so long and then I cave. After he fell asleep, I got into his chips and ate a handful! How am I going to get and be healthy living with a saboteur.

So, I've been searching on Spark for motivation. Here's what spoke volumes to me today:

"Every time you misstep on your healthy journey, you have two choices: to keep walking backwards, which will surely take you even further away from your goals; or to accept your lack of perfection as normal and forgivable, and take not one, but two positive steps down the path that brings your closer to the future you want."

I do NOT want to walk backwards therefore I will take the latter. I will accept my imperfection and forgive myself for what I did to my body last night. I need to eat a healthy diet for me! I need to have my diabetes under control. It is a fact, for me, that I could NOT keep eating the way I was eating with my husband! Not unless, I want to die sooner than later. I've been given two opportunities to wake up and smell the coffee!! My stupidity did not cause any life long damage to my body so I will NOT push my luck!

I will keep this quote from the motivational article I read today close to heart.

Moral of this story: Sometimes you have to be your own cheerleader

  
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 4/2/2014 9:06PM

    I am making my own healthy snack and treats to eat. My hubby came home with a container of chocolate chip cookies. Store purchased treats have MSG and things in them that make us binge and crave them. By making a homemade from scratch version without artificial processed ingredients it's working for me. I made some cookies out of cashews, maple syrup, tahini and chocolate chips. Nutritionally it is much better. 1 cookie satisfies me and fills me. It takes away that nagging craving for worse crap. For me the key was substituting with healthy choices. emoticon

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ISLENAA 1/21/2014 10:36PM

    it's tough enough with all the temptation and sometimes my hubby does the same thing, but we can arm ourselves with healthy alternatives that really satisfy without the extra calories, sugar, fat, etc.

congrats on your progress, you're doing great!!! emoticon emoticon

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HAWTGRANNY2014 8/6/2013 3:54PM

    Love the quote and I have a hubby like that too except that he did not lose weight and keeps gaining and we are both diabetic too. why , when we start to take care of ourselves do they bring that crap home? I think, for my hubby is that he is afraid I will lose and then he will have to try too. I really don't know. Good luck on your journey. We can do this.

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CLESHER 7/8/2013 10:51AM

    Love the quote......

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RIGEIN24 7/7/2013 2:28PM

    That's a very wise quote, and I hope it continues to give you strength. You mentioned what he's done and said, but have you told him that it's not as simple for you? If you have and things are the same, maybe you could convince him to at least not have those foods around you. He can still have them on his own time elsewhere. Then you have your space and he has his.

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LALATIDAH 7/6/2013 3:05PM

    I know EXACTLY how you feel! My hubby has been saying for years that he needs to lose weight and wants to lose weight, but he continues to eat JUNK! We joined a gym two years ago and last year, we went as many time as we have thumbs on our hands! So, this year, in February, I made the decision that I (that's a stress on "I") was going to lose weight and get in shape. He is just beginning to come around and will join me once or twice a week at the gym, but I still can't get him to quit eating junk. I went through the cupboards and fridge and threw away everything unhealthy, but he is out and about for his job, so he eats fast food &/or buys his own junk to bring home. I just told him that I have done my part to help him, now he needs to do the rest and help himself (with my support). so, we'll see...
I hope you and your hubby can get on the same page. Good luck to you on your journey to good health! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Be KIND to yourself!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Has it really been a month since I've written in my journal or blog? Time surely does fly!

Today, while attempting to round up Sparkpoints, I came across a motivational article that really HIT me between the eyes! I borrowed a paragraph from the article to serve as reminder for myself. Perhaps, this will be helpful to you as well. Here it is:

"Don't say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to someone else.

It’s pretty amazing how we think it’s appropriate to treat ourselves in ways that we wouldn’t dream of treating a friend, or even a stranger. Whenever you find that you are verbally beating yourself up or telling yourself things are hopeless, stop and ask yourself if you’d say this to someone who came to you for help with the same problem. Recognize that what you say to yourself has the same emotional effect that it would have on another person. If you wouldn’t say this to others, don’t say it to yourself."

This is SO true! I beat myself up when I fail to meet a goal or fail to lose weight etc. I have to learn to treat myself with the same respect I have for others. Seriously! At times, I have such a low esteem of myself. Or, I don't think myself as worthy. Enough! Today, I am making the change to RESPECT and to be KIND to MYSELF!

Moral of this story: LOVE yourself because you ARE worth it!

  
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ELIZACG9 3/5/2014 12:53PM

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BLUEANGELLK 7/2/2013 7:05PM

    I was just telling a friend that I am really having troubles with this lately. Thanks for the affirmation that I need to work on liking myself.

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MCJULIEO 7/2/2013 6:04PM

    True dat!

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RITEEBEE 7/2/2013 1:44PM

    Wow, this really does speak volumes! I am constantly beating myself up, but would never say or even THINK some of the things about my friends as I do about myself.

Thanks for the great advice!!

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JUSGETTENBY42 7/2/2013 1:11PM

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CLESHER 7/2/2013 1:11PM

    Love it...so true...we all can use this advice and should take it to heart...

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Grrrr....

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

I'm frustrated today. I woke up with a painful eye issue. I've had pink eye before and I do not believe I have that. My eyelid is a little swollen and red. The eye isn't red but it is a little bit 'gooky'. I have an appointment later on in the day. I hope it isn't anything serious.

I'm frustrated because if it isn't one thing it's another! By golly, I'VE HAD ENOUGH. I guess I'd better keep smiling. Things could be a lot worse.

Moral of this story: Keep smiling!

  
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MRSRIGS1 6/15/2013 8:17PM

    Thank you all for leaving me a comment! My eye is all better now. Apparently, it was a stye but doctor gave me antibiotic drops for it to heal up quickly.

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DBELLE39 6/9/2013 8:36AM

    So sorry, hopefully you will get relief & healing very soon. Eye pain & issues are no fun.

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RITEEBEE 6/5/2013 12:31PM

    I had something that sounds similar last week, it went away on it's own in a few days, though I was worried at first my mother (who is a nurse) said it was probably a stye (pimple under the eyelid) so I just waited it out.

Good luck though, keep smiling!! You have the right attitude!!

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CLESHER 6/5/2013 12:10PM

    Love the title Grrrr..

My husband and I say that to each other all the time ...hehehe


Ouch...sounds very painful...I hope it isn't anything serious....

Keeping good thoughts and sending prayers your way....



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19-VICKI-56 6/5/2013 12:06PM

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TRAVELISMYGAME 6/4/2013 8:59PM

    Hopefully the doc was able to diagnose and give you something for it so you'll feel better quickly!

Tiffany
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THINAGIN2 6/4/2013 4:21PM

    I am sorry that you are having eye problems! I hope that it is easy to take care of and you get better quickly! Yes, let's keep smiling!
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To Record or Not to Record?

Monday, June 03, 2013

Since joining Sparkpeople, I am learning many new things. In the morning, before I start my day, I make an effort to read Blog entries. At first, I did it for the Sparkpoints however I now enjoy reading the articles. They are very informative.

Today, I read an article that has convinced me I must RECORD my calorie intake for the rest of my life! I used to ask myself 'why am I not losing weight? I don't eat much throughout the day.' After reading a blog entry this morning and verifying Sparkpeople's food data base, I understand why.

A typical food day for me would be: skipping breakfast, possibly 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch and for dinner a Carl's Jr. Charbroiled Guacamole Bacon Six Dollar Burger w/Fried zucchini and a small cheesecake dessert! I NEVER checked the calorie intake for the day however there are 1,030 calories in the burger alone! My husband and I eat out frequently therefore I was taking in way to many calories in a day.

I have now learned I will have to RECORD my food for the rest of my life. At worst, check the calorie counter before I 'woof' the food down!

Moral of this story: Keeping track of my calories has been an eye opener.

  
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ROCKYCPA 6/3/2013 9:15PM

    Good for you - each step in your journey will get you closer to your goal. Realizing how important tracking your food is is the first step!

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JAYDEE1211 6/3/2013 4:12PM

    When I first started recording my calories, I was stunned. I now try to track everyday but sometimes I know I underestimate my portion sizes. Will have to work on that! Thanks for the reminder.

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NGCHILD 6/3/2013 3:50PM

    I know, when I first started tracking daily I was SHOCKED at how many calories I was consuming. It was an eye opener!

Take care.

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IMAVISION 6/3/2013 3:16PM

    emoticon Recording my calorie intake is the only way that this gal succeeds!

God bless!

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ONUTHIN125 6/3/2013 2:53PM

    emoticon I was also shocked when I started tracking my food intake emoticon . Spark On! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AVANDREA_ 6/3/2013 12:36PM

    Its truly scary how many calories lurk in some of our favourite foods, as I found out the other day. In a weak moment I decided that I was going to indulge in not only a hamburger, but to upgrade my fries to a poutine. I knew that I would be eating out at a restaurant so I had kept my calories and fat at the low end of my nutrition scale for breakfast and lunch to allow me to enjoy something out of the ordinary. Since I had been envisioned being outside for much of the day, walking around a festival I thought that would offset the meal. I had not counted on the portion sizes or my being so hungry from eating supper almost two hours later than normal. much to my shock, when I got home and did a rough calculation I found the burger alone would have given me all my daily calories, and way too much fat. Then I added in the poutine... lets just say that I will try very hard not to do that again...

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ICANLOSEMORE 6/3/2013 11:50AM

    Those calories add up faster than any of us want. Good for you making the commitment to record what you eat. I tend to be an off and on recorder. I try to do it more than not. But, I know I eat better when I record those calories I'm taking in.

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DLBROWN93 6/3/2013 11:49AM

    Tracking has been an eye opener for me also. Since, I have been tracking I can look back on the week when I lose, gain, or remain the same and see why I do or do not lose weight.

You have to be honest when you track your food intake, or it's not helpful.

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I count MY blessings!

Sunday, June 02, 2013

I am thankful for many things in my life! I am fortunate to have many blessings! I am thankful for having a roof over my head. I am thankful for having a working car to get me back and forth. I am thankful for having good food in my tummy.

I am grateful for the many blessings I have. I have four wonderful sons who make me very proud to be their mom! I have a healthy mama, whom without her I would not be who I am. I have a supportive husband who loves me dearly. I have many friends who have had my back through the years. I'm very fortunate indeed!

Now, I can add to my list the SparkPeople program. I am thankful for it's founder and staff who make it possible for me to become a healthier me! They are truly angels! I am thankful for the folks, whom are here for various reasons BUT whose ONE reason is same as mine - to become healthier! I am thankful to all of you who write your feelings on your blogs or message boards! Many are inspiring and motivational. So many of us think we are alone but this website reminds me that we are not!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! You ARE all lifesavers!

Moral of this story: We are BLESSED in so many ways!

  
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MISTEREBROWN1 6/3/2013 12:20AM

    True dat!

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