Thursday, April 10, 2014
I've been busy so here's a blog I should've written a week ago!
I'm happy, so happy, to be back into Spark and doing the 5% Challenge. Spark keeps me honest and gives me the motivation I need to stay on track with food and exercise. I track my food everyday (ok, *almost* everyday). This helps keep panic to a minimum because I can track all my meals in the morning and relax, knowing what I will eat, that it's enough food, and that I will be within my target calorie range. I like a plan.
I track my exercise too and that I do so that I can see if I meet my weekly goal. I love putting in those 600 calories I burn everyday (ok, *almost* everyday). I like documentation of effort.
I had stopped doing both of these trackers last summer, thinking I was cured. Gained back all the weight I lost, duh. (So many of you are saying, "Duh.")
The 5% Challenge is a good thing for me because I like competition, I like being part of a team and it gets me log in everyday and poke around and get know the other team members. I plan on being a hugely successful Firecracker!
Saturday, March 01, 2014
I'm not here to pontificate or advise or admit or condone or condemn. I'm not saying that what I know is right or the only way to go. I do know what I want and I know how I've been successful in the past. I have determination, motivation and cute clothes waiting. I'm able bodied, have access to equipment, dvds, the great outdoors and a gym. I have good shoes and appropriate clothing. I have tools and gadgets and counters. I can get fresh food and I can afford to buy the best. I recognize gimmicks and fads and false promises. I understand the biology of food, nutrition, eating and exercise enough to utilize that knowledge. I have an open mind and continually seek out the latest information on nutrition and health and weight loss.
That's my disclaimer, now here's my plan:
I will eat mostly healthy food. This means very little sugar by any name they might want to give it. It means very few refined carbs. It means very little, if any, alcohol.
I will enjoy no more than 1300 calories for 6 days out of the week. On the seventh, I will enjoy one meal out. That meal out will be under 1000 calories.
I will take the time and effort to seek out and try new healthy recipes and ingredients.
I will become friends with the butcher and the grocer and the farmer.
I will exercise my body in ways that burn calories and improve my overall strength and health without putting me at risk of injury.
I will strive to burn at least 4200 calories per week during exercise.
I will strive to burn at least 2100 calories total each day of the week.
I will resist any one or any situation that tries to deter me from my goals.
I will judge my success by how I feel physically, mentally and spiritually.
I will gauge my success by measurements with a tape measure and by trying on key clothing items.
The scale will longer taunt me. It has been removed to the guest bathroom and I will avoid it.
I will take the time to listen to my body and honor its wishes and celebrate its improvements and victories.
When hubby gives me puppy dog eyes and hints about going out for food and drinks, I will stay true to my goals and ambitions and what is best for me. Then, I will encourage him to help me whip up a fancy, healthy and delicious meal at home. Which we can enjoy by candlelight.
I will refer to my endeavor as "training".
I will strive for balance between eating, exercising, resting and working.
I will be kind and supportive and responsive to others on the same path.
I will reward myself with meaningful activities or gifts.
The rewards will be tied to successfully following the plan, rather than to pounds lost.
I will admit failure, look for the lesson within it and then move on.
I will always keep training.
That's my plan.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Hello Spark People!!
Yes, I am still Sparking but in a more relaxed way. Actually, I've been so busy that my Sparking is anything but relaxed, it's a few minutes here and there and done way too hastily and sloppily and I missed last Saturday's weigh in completely! Yikes! I've never done that before.
But summer is here and things are going on. Plus, I have far too many projects going on and am being pulled in a zillion directions. I DO MISS my Spark! Plus, since I slipped away from tracking food everyday guess what happened? Ha! I know I don't have to tell you people what happened.
Anyway, I will do better both with spending some good time on Spark and with tracking my food. I need it, I want it, it does me good. And I miss you guys. I bet I've got 100 blogs to read!
I have been busy and keeping active. I went backpacking weekend before last with hubby. My pack weighed over 30 pounds! Here I am at the turn off the main trail to our camp site. It was tons of fun but I must admit I was bored by the second day. Haha, can't take the tech out of the girl in the woods.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
I am so happy our newest 5% Challenge is under way. I find I don't spend much time on Spark unless I'm part of a challenge. I do log in and track what I eat every day, yes, I still do that. But then I leave without doing much else. Very little blog reading and I love reading all your blogs! And of course, no blog writing. Well, let's get this party started again and I'm going to spend the next couple of days getting caught up on everyone's wonderful blogs and checking out our new team members.
So, my hubby hurt his knee skiing last December and hasn't been able to hike much. Well, I am tired of waiting for that stupid knee to be ALL BETTER. I have been encouraging him to take his rehab to the next level (he is not as good as doing regular exercise as I am) (plus, he's kind of a baby about his knee) and he's been working hard so this weekend we decide to test it a bit with a couple of little hikes. By little I mean 4 miles or less in length. Both hikes involved climbing but hey, he's a big boy and that's how I like to roll on a hike. I WANT it to be hard so it counts for something.
Yesterday's hike was at Lory State Park. They had a fire there in March caused by a crazy guy fiddling with making an electric gate on his nearby property. Sheesh. Burned up a lot of the lower lying vegetation and the trails were closed for awhile. Most are open again so we went on the Well Gulch trail. Supposed to be 3 miles round trip but because it's a loop trail the "one way" distance was the entire way. Shorter than we'd wanted but still a good test of "the knee" (as it's come to be known). Starts out in grass and scrub bush and follows a stream up into pines. Very nice little trail, not too many people on it. "The knee" handled it just fine.
See how green it is? Until you notice that burnt part...
That's my hubby. Knees look just fine, don't they?
Our picnic site view. The more astute of you may recognize that reservoir as being the same one in most of my hiking pictures. Well, that's cuz it's huge! And it sits between the mountains and the city. It saves us from idiots wanting electric gates and various other fire sources. There was one person water skiing on it! Brrrr. Still a bit cold for that.
This is one of the famous Northern Colorado Half and Half trees. Half burnt, half alive. Made of sturdy stuff. I like trying to see some when we're out where there's been a fire.
Today we hiked up Coyote Ridge, which is basically in the same range (The Rocky Mountains, anyone?) but just foothills really. This was a longer, harder hike and "the knee" did just fine. Yes! I think he finally realizes he can go hiking. Much joy and celebration on my part because hiking is my favorite thing to do. Woohoo.
Here's the view looking towards the bigger range from where we hiked. Those snow capped peaks in the background, well, the one on the right Is Long's Peak. It's a 14er and I've never climbed it cuz you have to start at like 2 in the morning. No thanks. But it's beautiful, no? And it's the 14er we can see from Fort Collins so it always watches over us.
And this is looking the other way, back towards town. See how flat it is? We sit on the edge of the Great American Prairie and sometimes I swear I can see Kansas from up here. Not today.
Hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day!!!
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