Sunday, August 17, 2014
Day 662 SparkPeople Login
Day 78 lunch/salad streak
Day 10 running streak
I enter everything I consume in the Spark Food Tracker and all my exercise in the Spark Fitness Tracker. I figured out that I have a slow metabolism. I need to consume 1200 calories per day to lose weight - including running. To maintain, I can't go over 1300 calories per day. That is hard to do! As I studied my daily food intake, I decided to eat a salad every day for lunch, and "save" my calories for dinner, since it is my favorite meal of the day. There are a lot of different, healthy salads that I eat - from Power greens mixed with other raw veggies, zucchini or eggplant with tomatoes, to grilled chicken, Greek - and the list goes on. The streak really comes into play when I go out for lunch and on vacation. At this point, all restaurants seem to have salads on the menu. Sometimes I get a plain garden salad, other times I add tuna or salmon to it. Most of the time I do not use salad dressing, if I do it is minimal. Since the list of salads is endless, I haven't gotten bored. And, I love the crunch of eating raw veggies! Since I am on a nice, long streak, I keep going - I don't want to blow my streak! This streak keeps me in my suggested calorie range.
A couple of weeks ago, I started thinking about running again. I stopped after the Delaware Half Marathon in June. I packed my running gear and started running during my last vacation.
That first run felt so good, I decided to run again the next day. And then the next. I know that consistency is key and so I decided to make it a running streak.
Today I completed my 10th day of running in a row! I am not running for speed, just enjoying the run. I find myself waking up before the sun rises, ready to go out the door. I have more energy and feel so much more positive throughout the day.
My Spark Login streak is so important too. My first part of the day is spent being inspired by all of you!
These streaks work! Pick one thing you want to make a habit.
If you want to know more about them, here is how to start...
Monday, August 11, 2014
The past few months I have felt like I was in a rut. I finished my two running goals in May - the Philly Broad Street 10 miler and the Delaware Half Marathon, then abruptly stopped. I had toyed with training for a Marathon, even laminated a plan but just let it go. I thought maybe I needed to try something new, maybe I was getting bored. So...my hubby and I took Salsa lessons. We both enjoyed the 8 lessons, and decided we were going to be too busy in the summer and would resume lessons in the Fall.
Around that time, different family members began to dump their problems and stresses on me. I used to be able to handle it all so positively, but it wasn't happening this time. I felt like I was getting pulled further and further down. I was constantly internalizing and worrying about everyone.
Fast forward to my latest four day vacation by boat to St Michaels, MD. It was me, my hubby and Roxy. The boat ride was 3 hours each way. The weather was awesome, and I began to relax.
I have been carrying around the July subscription of Prevention Magazine for a month. After we docked at the marina and finished setting everything up, I sat on the boat and read it. One article really struck a cord with me.
As I read the article, it all started to click. I have not "healed" from almost losing my son last year. I am so sensitive now to any type of crisis. And, then I read one line that pulled it all together. "The simple truth is that I won't be truly healed until" -- my son is. Anorexia can be a lifelong battle. He still has his ups and downs. And, the minute I see any small sign of it I feel an immediate pit in my stomach. I am constantly "on guard".
Tips for healing included breathing (gotta love that yoga), finding a positive place which promotes feeling "safe" *which is key*, keeping your eyes "up" - looking upward makes it easier to feel positive = repeat daily.
And what a great place to begin...
Sailing to our destination through the Bay Bridge:
This is Kent Narrows. We had to sail between the markers (75 feet width) for quite a while. We passed other boats going the other way. My hubby was proud that he got through!
We made it!
St Michael's Harbor...
Hubby, Roxy and I dining outside...
I thought this was cool - outside water wall made from beer taps (this is upside down - can't get the picture to flip - sorry)...
Main Street - lots of cute shops and where I ran...
Roxy loved it...
Night time at St Michaels...
I kept reminding myself to "look up". This is the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay - I loved the clouds...
I have always loved the water. My family used to rent a house on the Chesapeake Bay when I was growing up. My dad always had a boat; mainly sailboats. About 12 years ago, I went on a school retreat with one of my sons on the Chesapeake Bay. As I sat and looked out, all the memories came back and I talked my husband into moving on the water. This is my "safe haven". It is so calm, laid back and peaceful. Just the sound of the waves is relaxing.
I thought about all of this after I read the article. I have been eating my oatmeal every morning, salad at lunch, walking the dog - but I know it is not enough. I used to get facials, manicures, pedicures all the time. I realized I had been letting it all go - I lost my "ME" time - I quickly made an appointment and enjoyed a facial while I was there. Ahhhh!
I was happy I packed my running gear. Everyday I got up and ran. It wasn't pretty, but I did it. And I told my husband I have to continue when I get home - and I did. Today was "day 4". And it felt great!
I have also talked my husband into going to a "Healing Resort". Lots of hiking, meditation, healthy eating - and, of course, a spa.
I know last year took a toll on him too, he gained quite a bit of weight.
So, Sparkbuddies, I am on my way back!!
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Trying really hard to stay positive...
My brother is at Sloane Kettering today. His red blood count is so high that they have to take blood from him every week and a half so he doesn't get a blood clot. They thought it was leukemia but he had no symptoms. Last night he tells me his son - my Godson - is in rehab and got arrested for stealing at Bestbuy .
I told my younger son and he said "look mom, our immediate family is doing great - it's not us".
Well, it is us. It is our family. After last year I know what my brother is going through -/ almost. My brother is sick with some kind of cancer on top of his son acting irresponsibly with prescription drug medication and other stuff.
I told my hubby I feel like the earth is off its axel. I not only have family out of whack, I have Sparkfriends off balance with family members - here in the US and in Canada, the US and Israel.
Where is the balance? How do I handle this???
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I just returned from a 3 day boat trip to the Baltimore Harbor. My oldest son and his dog ended up coming with us.
3 adults and 2 dogs ... wasn't sure how this was going to go on a 30 foot boat!!
We live on the Elk River in Maryland and traveled down the Chesapeake Bay Saturday morning. The water was very smooth and the temperature was perfect.
Sailing into Baltimore...
My son, taking it in...
My husband, the Captain, happy that we made it...
Docked and ready to go...
We walked everywhere, if you have never been to the Baltimore Harbor, I highly recommend it. It houses my favorite aquarium, gorgeous stores, and a lot of fine restaurants. We also talked to Fells Point three times. The doggies loved walking there at night.
We also toured Ft McHenry - the inspiration for Francis Scott Key's "Star Spangled Banner" due to the war in September, 1812. The fort was restored in 1836 and is in mint condition.
The dogs were very well behaved during the trip. We had to keep them on the boat in air conditioning during the day - it was very hot. They slept really well at night. We figured out the sleeping arrangements and it wasn't half as bad as I thought it would be.
Here are the two doggies on the boat one night after a long walk...
Here is one more of Roxy in Baltimore. She is such a great dog!!
I did really good with my food choices, and kept my salad/lunch streak going. I tracked all of my food. I did indulge in Merlot at night, but still stayed in my calorie range. It was nice to finally get away, time to de-stress!
Later this week my husband and I are planning to sail to Annapolis or St Michaels - weather permitting. My son has already been informed it is a "romantic weekend trip". He got the hint!!
I hope you have a fabulous week!!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Mike was told he isn't a candidate for the trial drug. He went for a second opinion and was told he probably will not live another year.
Please keep him in your prayers.
My son is pretty upset. I am really worried that he is headed in a downward spiral. I don't have the energy or strong nerves for a repeat of last year. I feel all the tenseness and stress throughout my body.
My husband and I planned a three day boat trip and now my son invited himself -and his dog - to come along with us. We are worried about him so we are going with it, hopefully he will open up and talk. It's not a big boat, we are going to be crammed at night, and with 2 dogs! - I just keep thinking God has a plan!!
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