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Sing me a song of a lass who is gone, say could that lass be I

Friday, September 23, 2016

Full disclosure: I am not Scottish. Anyone who has ever watched the TV series "Outlander" knows that this is how the theme song starts.

I was very late to jump on the Outlander bandwagon. I don't watch much TV. Had no interest in Outlander until one day a co-worker took an afternoon off to see the cast in New York. She explained the show to me. This was as Season 2 was starting. My interest sparked, I watched the first episode (my cable service provides Starz on Demand).

After that I was hooked. While the rest of the world was watching Season 2, I was watching Season 1. While the rest of the world experiences "Droughtlander", I have been watching Season 2. But that's not all. I was definitely confused about some things, so I started reading the books while simultaneously listening to the books on audio. After ripping almost 100 CDs to Itunes (36 of which I had to rip twice because I ripped to the wrong format), this has been keeping me very busy. I am now halfway through the third book, Voyager (by Diana Gabaldon), which is the basis for the upcoming Season 3. I will probably take a break from this series when I am done with Voyager. At least for a few months.

So what does all this have to do with Sparkpeople and weight loss? More than you would think. I think it has helped and hurt at the same time. Earlier this year I was introduced to OA podcasts and drew a lot of inspiration from them. Now that I am binging on Outlander, I have all but stopped listening to them, and that is not necessarily a good thing. I did listen to a couple recently and drew inspiration.

I feel like I have been drifting and have lost focus. That's why I wonder if I am the lass who is gone. I've lost about 15 pounds since the start of 2016, but it was all in the first four months. In the last five months I have been bouncing back and forth, losing and regaining the same 3 to 4 pounds. I had to lower the weight on some of my strength training exercises because I couldn't handle the higher amounts. I had to back out of a half marathon two weeks ago because I was simply not prepared (not to mention that it was extremely hot).

I have found for the past few years that I do not do well on my challenges during the summer. This year was no different. I was so disengaged in the three challenges I participated in.

BLC32 began a few weeks ago, and the 5% Challenge starts tomorrow. I am truly hoping to be more engaged this time.

I have also drifted terribly as far what I think are my two biggest eating problems: binging and staying away from sugar. The last few days I have tried to take control. I realize that quite simply, I obsess about food. I think about food and restaurants way too much. And my latest focus is to try to get away from that. That's where maybe reading all things Outlander may help a little. As for sugar, I forgot how good it feels to be pretty much sugar free.

I did discover and made a paleo type banana muffin. No flour or oil, and only a small amount of sugar (which I am going to cut down on next time and maybe cut out completely eventually). I made them twice this week. That is a victory because I tend to talk about doing this stuff without actually doing it. There are chocolate chips in the muffins, but that's ok.

Anyway, this lass is hoping to come back. See you around!!

And for another shameless plug, the theme song (title of this blog) is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard.
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  • PROVERBS31JULIA
    I've never seen any of the Outlander shows and you said it was a pretty song! It is!!

    here are two versions - with lyrics (thankfully - else I'd have no idea what they were singing. Women's voices are the worst for me to understand, higher pitched and all.).

    http://www.youtube.co
    m/watch?v=mUBRbJPJtio The shorter song, less than 2 minutes.

    http://www.youtube.
    com/watch?v=-zQoQ1ckFxI The longer song


    (later, like 2 or 3 days later... I thought I had sent this earlier?).
    933 days ago
  • ISABELLE84
    You'll get there! Don't lose your focus.I think that if the OA podcast helped you than you should try it again. Reading is a wonderful activity and it feeds the brain and the soul but sometimes, you got to let it go so you can focus on what's really important.
    As for the books, well, read them, they are wonderful. I don't like the tv serie though, the Claire they drew feels all wrong. Anyhow!
    Keep sparking!
    1190 days ago
  • DAWNWATERWOMAN
    Remember, there is always a home for you with the Lovely Limes. You can never be TOO lost.... best of wishes to you my friend.
    1212 days ago
  • VTORIA3
    emoticon on your weight loss earlier this year emoticon emoticon We sparkers know just how much effort and action that takes. You are experimenting with paleo....I don't do that food plan but I know many have had great success with it.

    I felt uncomfortable reading about how things have been going with the weight losses and gains of the same few pounds, the periodic binge eating. I thought you were writing my story, as it is the same. You are re-focused, and your motivation and sense of hope inspires me today as we start the Fall Challenge. Best wishes to us......let's make this an emoticon challenge and really push ourselves to be our best. emoticon

    I'm at the gate, ready for pushoff. ahem.....guess I gotta get my self laced up and head out of the house for a walk.

    Enjoy your weekend. emoticon
    1213 days ago
  • BARBARAROSE54
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    1213 days ago
  • LIVEDAILY
    A dear friend tried years ago to get me to read the books, but I wasn't interested. Then this year, for my birthday, she gave me a copy of Outlander, which, once I started, couldn't put down. I promptly ordered all of the other books, and devoured them one after the other. I got Outlander out the other day, because I plan on rereading the series. I usually snack while reading, but I never did while reading these books! Want to keep my hands clean while reading these!!

    One of the things I love about SP, is how it allows us to discover and realize things about ourselves that we either never really knew or were too afraid to find out. Discovery of oneself is a major accomplishment!! Congrats to you, and wishing you much progress in your learning and growing!!
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    1213 days ago
  • NAVYMOM133
    I read the books back in when they were released too, and was totally hooked. I don't have Starz but signed up in time for Season 1 and loved it (then promptly canceled after the season ended!). Beautiful song and great casting!
    I agree with CG, it's Autumn now and a refreshing time for change! Here's to the Champions in the Kitchen and our progress this Fall 5% Challenge season!!
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    1213 days ago
  • CHARMING_GIRL
    I read Outlander back in the early 1990s. My mom was raving on how wonderful it was to her friends. I was like high school and she didn't know I took her book and read the first three books. The 4th wasn't published then. My mom and I have been rereading the series and she gave me the first session of the show and I have access to the second season. Have fun with the series and the audiobooks.

    As for your health plan, you have identified the some of the issues, now how are you going to tackle it? Make a plan with short simple goals, even week long goals if needed. We all have roadblocks ahead of us, the wonderful thing about SP is it's always here to help and there are many people here to motivate and support and cheer you on. emoticon emoticon

    Just focus on what you can do for today, then reflect on it. If it didn't work out, what can you do to make it happen tomorrow? emoticon
    1213 days ago
  • MNABOY
    Your efforts will yield results
    1213 days ago
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