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217 12/14/12 9:02 P
It sounds like you have taken a lot of great steps! Keep up the good work!
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177 12/13/12 8:12 P
Britomart, thank you for your reply.
My primary care doc probably would tell me to lose *more* weight than I'm planning to, especially if she goes by the BMI charts, which I believe are quite useless. I've never been skinny, I know I never will be, nor do I want to be. Losing another 10 or so pounds (for a 25 - 30 pound total loss) will put me at a comfortable weight that I believe I can maintain without a lot of stress. I know the decreased stress on my joints (and other benefits) is worth the effort.
I suspect I had the fibro lurking 32 years ago, and was diagnosed probably 20 years ago, but the osteo-arthur (love that!) hadn't reared it's nasty head yet. That was also before 2 c/sections and several other surgeries during the ensuing years. Change over time? Indeed.
So, yes, I think my goal weight is reasonable for me. I'm getting back on track, logging food, walking more, eating consciously. AND staying reasonable. We are having our family holiday feast on Sunday, and while I will not get totally crazy, I probably won't worry about counting calories that day. It's good to be able to relax around food. Finally.
Now I need to survive my foray into the visit to the family next week.
For many people the weight they were 32 years ago is no longer a reasonable goal. If you haven't discussed your goal weight with an intelligent and realistic health care provider, you might want to before you get the number glued to your soul. For some, yeah, they can stay the same weight all their adult lives, but they are the minority. Just as a point of comparison...did you have the fibro and osteo-arthur when you were 32 years younger? WE CHANGE, a LOT, over time.
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177 12/5/12 7:09 P
Thank you, I appreciate the responses and the encouragement. I probably do need to exercise more, although that can be problematic because of health issues of fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. Honestly, I'm just now beginning to maybe have enough energy to do more walking again. Unfortunately, exercise exhausts me, rather than energizes me. It's a weird fibro thing. So when I start out tired, I get more tired, and that isn't helpful. I did manage to accumulate 5000 steps yesterday, between work and walking my dog. A new personal best. If it stops raining, I will take my dog for a walk today, too.
I need the reminder that this is a small blip in the big picture, and as one wise Spark member said, One Choice at a Time. I wish I could remember who said that. It's a very useful mantra. When I can choose to NOT eat something I don't need, it is a small victory at that moment.
My goal weight is a number in my head, the weight I was when I got married in 1980. I think it's a weight I can be comfortable with and maintain. I might decide to lose more after I get there, I don't know yet. I've not had any body fat testing, as the thought makes me cringe and want to run away screaming in panic. Just not ready yet...
This is the first time ever in my life that I've been successful at losing weight, I mean really losing the pounds, not bouncing up and down the same 5 pounds. Even on Weight Watchers (several rounds of membership there. sigh.) I didn't lose weight well. I suspect that being gluten free for about 4 years now has helped make the weight loss possible. Also age and wisdom, perhaps...
Again, thank you all for your encouragement. It really does help to be part of this community.
After an illness or injury, you have to cut yourself a little slack, but not so much that you backslide. You are close to your goal! You got this far, which means you can go all the way because you already know what you need to do.
But you may need to step it up to get through this plateau. If you have been walking, try another form of cardio like swimming or running. If you don't do much strength training, try incorporating some free weights or a toning DVD into your routine or sign up for a bootcamp, circuit training or CrossFit class.
When I struggle to see results on the scale, I make sure to set some other health-related goals to help keep me motivated when I hit a plateau. The most rewarding so far was the first 5k race I completed after having my first baby. Crossing that finish line after two months of building up my endurance and mileage felt better than all my successful weigh-ins combined. And if you set the right kind of goal, you may find that you reach your weight-loss goal on the way to accomplishing another fitness goal.
I wouldn't give anything between 1 and 3 pounds on either side of the scale much significance. It would be slight dehydration, extra salt, build up of glycogen scores. You were sick for almost 2 1/2 months. The fact that you didn't really gain -- and I'm talking a real gain, like 4 or 5 pounds and that's debatable as well depending on your exercise routine -- any weight despite your challenges is reason to celebrate, not be depressed. Maintenance is hard and you've basically done that in the face of obstacles.
From your tracker, it looks like you are less than 10 pounds away from your goal weight. Those last few pounds are always the hardest and slowest to go. You mentioned that you were sick. Has your doctor cleared you to resume your exercise? How did you arrive at your goal weight? Is it realistic for you? Have you had your body fat tested? To me is way more significant than the number on the scale. You could be the "right" weight, but still have too much body fat.
You mentioned a pedometer. Is this your primary form of exercise? If that's the case, it could be time to shake things up. Once your body adapts to a specific exercise, it becomes more efficient and you burn fewer calories. You have to log more steps or increase your pace. Also, are you doing any strength training? It helps preserve bone mass as we age and reverses natural muscle loss. Since muscle tissue burns calories even at rest, it's a great boost for your overall metabolism.
Don't be a slave to the scale. There is way more to being fit and healthy than that abstract number. Celebrate the successes you have had and just keep pushing forward. Consistency and patience will get you there.
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2,042 12/5/12 11:38 A
You took the step to log the gain, now let go of it. You are ready to take the small steps toward getting back on track. Being sick for a long period does not help but do not push yourself beyond what you can do. Set small goals and take the steps to achieve those goals. You will be back on track in no time and start to see those numbers going down again. Hang in there, you can do it.
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20,623 12/5/12 11:19 A
You can't beat yourself up because you regained some weight. That is something that has happened to every single member of Spark at one time or another. Even though you've been with SP for a while, I'm going to tell you what I tell all new members and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.
Take baby steps literally and figuratively. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.
How to get your motivation back ? Start with some simple goals first. example, if you haven't been eating your veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you haven't been exercising, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. If you haven't been drinking your water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals. Then you set new ones.
And that's how good health starts. It's not all or nothing. It's a few simple changes that lead to other changes.
You're going to do just fine ! Slowly ease back into your routine !
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177 12/5/12 10:38 A
I finally got honest with myself and logged a weight gain. It's painful to see that in print. It's easier to not log the gain, and tell myself I'll wait until the news is better and then log my weight, But honesty and reality is more important, I think. Really, it's a bit more than a pound, but I've been plateaued for about 6 weeks, and I need to see the scale go down, not up. This is just depressing. I'm determined to log every morsel that I eat, use the pedometer to be sure I meet my daily goal, and I hope I can do this. It's so easy to get discouraged. I'm feeling better after being sick most of September and October and part of November. GOTTA GET BACK ON TRACK!!! Somehow. --Beth.
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