Today's Spark Coach Activity is to reset goals. I have been reading other's blogs and had an idea burning in my head. Today, when I read the Spark Activity, it was like AHA- now is the time.
Last week was a pretty good week for me. I lost a little weight and ramped up my exercise. And I survived! I am still doing physical therapy. My hips are finally aligned and now they added chair marching to my list, I had my second therapeutic massage, I am keeping massages in my tool box. If found a new source of energy and that is not fighting through the pain. She found all those little trigger points that come with Fibromyalgia, and worked most of them out. So Wednesdays will become a standing appointment. Way better than drugs for sure!
I have a total of 150 lbs to lose, so my first long term goal is to lose 50#. I have a weight loss thermometer, showing the 50 goal, with 5 # increments. So far the thermometer shows I have made 7 lbs progress. ( Of course the Sparks ticker gives me credit for the lose of 2 lbs over and over- not exactly a reason to celebrate the same weight ).
One of my Sparklers has been using stones as a visual
I have some marbles and clear crystals that were left over from a DIY Lazy Susan project. I will find a lovely "crystal" vase and put one marble in it for every pound I lose. That would be a good visual for me, and a nice decoration for my "Sanctuary". I love it when others have such great idea and don't mind me copying them.
For every 10 pounds, I will add a clear crystal, and buy a new plant for my patio. I will also buy a plant for every week that I remain smoke free.
This is a picture from today showing that I could do some major improvements to the patio!
I got the patio dining set for $30 on Craigslist. Now I need to find a stand for the grill. Last week I planted geraniums in one planter. I am just three pounds away from being able to add a hibiscus to the other planter by the door. I want to put down a rug to anchor the dining area, but one step at a time.
Being smoke free has been a challenge - I set aside 173 days last month . I lost my streak, but still have my 173 days. I resumed smoking. It is a struggle. Today I will slap on the patches again and hopefully the cravings won't be as touch this time. Having a visual of a patio that I can sit outside, smell the flowers and listen to the birds is a great motivator.
Now if I can convince my life partner that nagging me is a stressor
. I know he thinks he is helping, but he is NOT!
Today I should get the dining room chairs. Then the next thing will be a trip to Home Depot for paint chips and samples to slap on the walls. I like clean lines and haven't decided if I want to add valances to the windows. Again, one step at a time
Yesterday I exercised in the pool for an hour in the morning. Got in the equivalent of 6,560 steps and all my stretching for the day! Today is a day of rest, and PT.
We live in an over 55, active retirement community. The pool is my favorite part! Because it is an outdoor pool, I am adding sun glasses, a hat and sunscreen to my swimming bag. Although I do think brown fat looks better than white fat- LOL. Swimming classes are Wed, and Fri, and I try to get at least 2 more one hour sessions in each week.
I warm up be walking back and forth for 15 minutes, then do some aerobic jumping jacks, etc, then stretching. My feet never quit moving. When I get out I am pleasantly exhausted. Then a quick snack or lunch and onward with the rest of my day.
What is the one thing I want to get accomplished today? To get my dining room table and chairs in place.
What do I want to accomplish this week?
Stay on program. Eat less Move More!
Post at least a 2# weight loss on Wednesday- My OFFICIAL weigh in day.
Clean floors - I only have 1200 sf so it might take a couple of days- breaking it into Zones: Livingroom/Dining Room, Kitchen,Halls and Bathrooms, Bedroom, Office and Sanctuary.
Clean pantry and make an inventory.
What is the one thing that is important to me today? Working on de-cluttering my Sanctuary. Some people call it an office, others a "Crap room- but I call it my little piece of the world.
What can I do to always remain calm? Find a quiet spot and pray!
Remember: IF YOU BITE IT, WRITE IT!