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7-10-15 (Today's journal entry)
I worked so hard the first week of the summer challenge -- harder than I have ever worked to lose weight! I counted and tracked calories, exercised every day, avoided the scale and even journaled every day and lost .3 of a pound!
Tried to psych myself into being persistent (and consistent) in spite of disappointing results, but this past week has been another one of surprises (read: messing up my planned schedule) and the first four days I ate like a starving person.
I gave into temptation Wednesday before driving to Nashville and has lost .4 of a pound in spite of all the eating. (I KNOW! I was on the verge of that loss I wanted Saturday! If I had limited my calories, I'd have had a big loss this week!)
Regardless of what the scale says tomorrow, I am learning some things that I need to know -- about myself and about persistence in the struggle to change my mindset / lifestyle!
Have been more in control of myself the past couple of days. Not expecting much at tomorrow's weigh-in, but hoping for a small loss at least.
I have been in the kitchen ALL DAY! This is the first time I have even been to my computer (almost midnight). I have not exercised or tracked my food (and I have eaten ALL DAY)! Not a good day, goal-wise).
On the flip side, I am amazed that I have had the stamina to be on my feel all day with only one break! A few years ago it was 30 minutes up and an hour down! I am reaping the benefits of all the walking and mindful eating!
Still trying to get out of the 160's! I get to the high 150's, stay a few days and back up to the 160's! On the flip side, it surely beats struggling between the 170's and 160's!
I have been so discouraged I was going to drop out of the spring challenge, but the sweet, kind, insightful leaders encouraged me to stay (which is what I really wanted to do)!
Now I am looking forward to the spring challenge that starts tomorrow and hoping to contribute to the team as well as hoping to get down to the 150's and stay there! Would love to be struggling between the 150's and 140's!
So happy to be a DETERMINED DAISY!
Discouraged / Angry with Self today. Wrote a blog about it.
Finally made it out of the 160's! What JOY! More ENERGY! LESS PAIN!
Today is the first day of the Winter 5% Challenge. I am excited about it; I NEED it! I have been stuck around 163 for several weeks. I made it through Thanksgiving and Christmas pretty well (quite well, as a matter of fact ... I should give myself credit) but later some stuff happened and I had a new challenge: to keep my promise to go to God for everything, not to food! Thanking Him for slow growth (He knows I do not do change very well!) and for the renewed determination the 5% Challenge has given me. Go, DETERMINED DAISIES!
Had a little gain this week. Disappointed in myself, but determined to lose that gain and then some. I am trying out Spark Coach this morning. It is helping my motivation so far. Plan to blog about it later -- don't have time right now.
One goal met: I wanted to be out of the 170's by my 75th birthday (today) and I made it! I refuse to allow the scale to determine my attitude for the day, but I admit it made me happy this morning when I weighed 168.3!
Next samll goal: 165 pounds. (
THE JOKE IS ON ME (NOT!)
I have been loyal and disloyal to SparkPeople for longer than I want to admit. However, I am back this time with COMMITMENT!
Things have changed a lot and I am getting adjusted. The funniest thing is that years ago we were supposed to make a VISION STATEMENT ... a reminder of our goals and means of reaching them. I never completed mine, although I collected quite a few pictures and quotes which I saved in a big envelope and I even bought a poster board. I am so determined to reach my goals this time that I finished my VS two nights ago. When I was going to get my points for finishing it, I discovered it has been replaced with a Goal Board, which I really like because it comes up on my Start page! But OH, the time and effort I put into that VS! LOL! I decided to upload it to my photo file. Now the problem is that it is too big to photograph well, so I am going to upload sections of it in separate photos. It's not a total loss; It actually encourages me many times throughout the day as I glance at it. Undoubtedly, the Goal Board will do the same, so I have Double the Encouragements!
Something else that I am really excited about it my SPAT! I had been researching activity trackers before I came back to SP and could not justify spending the money on most of them. How happy I was to discover the SPAT! I put it on my shoe the first day it arrived (after I had already walked on the treadmill), but every day since then (except Sunday / Sundays are very sedentary for me / will have to wrok on that) I have walked more than 6000 steps! That is an amazing accomplishment for this old, fat, partially crippled (IS that like being a little pregnant?) woman! It's a great feeling to discover I can do more than I thought I could! Eventually, I want to raise my goal to 7000 steps, but I will lose a little more weight first.
How do the words go from that song in "Cabaret?" ...
THIS TIME I'LL MAKE IT!
The FIRST thing I started doing in the WHATEVER IT TAKES column was to get to bed earlier in order to get more sleep! I was going to write about it here, but there was a blog about sleep/weight loss that I read this morning and here are my comments that I copied and pasted:
It's probably not possible, but I think it would be interesting to study the association of WHY people don't get enough sleep, thus having more problems with weight loss. My dear mother was a lonely divorced woman, an RN who worked double shifts (this was in the days of 8-hour shifts) who never got enough sleep and overate continually, even after being diagnosed with diabetes. (Yes, she eventually became obese, not just overweight, and that was AFTER the diabetes diagnosis.) I suspect the same stresses that caused her to overeat contributed to her lack of sleep. I also think that being tired makes it more difficult to be self-controlled as well as more difficult to identify fatigue or hunger that needs to be satisfied.
The SECOND thing I did was to decide to start a dessert-free streak. The next day I discovered the 4-weekSUGAR CHALLENGE and joined that. It's bound to help me stay off the desserts and probably learn other ways to avoid sugar.
The THIRD thing is a reward. I give myself a reward of $1 each day for each successful day. Rewards have not worked for me in the past, but this one is working. I love seeing that jar with my little wad in it every time I walk into the kitchen, and I look forward to adding $1 each night. :)
The FOURTH thing I did was to start back on my 10-minutes a day / 5 days a week exercise. (I usually do more, once I get started.) I will never be able to walk enough to generate weight loss, but it is good for my cardiovascular system plus I feel so much better about myself just having exercised that little bit of self-discipline!
My weight was down only .9 of a pound this week, but it was DOWN! It continues to go down slowly. I'm still positive!
An interesting insight: Yesterday as I wrote a very private journal about my negative feelings toward a certain friend, among other things I discovered is an inner conflict I didn't know I had. I LIKE the inner me very much; I HATE my (outer) body. Mmmmm ... something to think further on!
Several things have come together serendipitously that have encouraged me to start over.
Last Sunday our minister was speaking about making God the number one priority in our lives, and among other things, he said DO WHATEVER IT TAKES! I do want God to be the prevailing priority in my life, but the rule applies to all goal seeking.
Then I watched Steve Siebold�s video on STARTING OVER, which made me realize that my backsliding doesn�t mean I have to give up. There are times when it is necessary to start over; this is one of them!
Wednesday I read NEVERORNOW�s blog that she wrote on Friday, April 27, expressing her thoughts on the NEVER QUIT pledge that is going around SparkPeople. She said that before SP, she�d have quit and gone back to all her old habits and undone all the progress she has made. (She has lost 60 pounds!) I was on the verge of doing the same thing! (Again!) Like Karen, I have been inspired repeatedly by articles, blogs, challenges, and messages on SP. However, I have been away for such a long time, it was very tempting to throw in the towel � again. If I had, I know I would never have tried to lose weight again; I was standing on the edge of a cliff! If anyone reading this is discourage, I recommend her blog!
Notes to myself:
(1) STARTING OVER
(a) Put this on my SparkPage as my new beginning, using dates to track my progress as well as my struggles.
(b) Read THE SPARK again
(c) Follow the steps in THE SPARK (I�ve been working on [read �fiddling around with�] a vision board for more than a year!)
(d)Use more recipes from THE SPARKPEOPLE COOKBOOK. (Those I have used are delicious!)
(2) DO WHATEVER IT TAKES
(a) Get to bed early enough to get a good night�s sleep!
(b) Sign in to SP every day
(c) Be open and honest with my weigh-in. (Log it weekly, even if it is a gain.)
(d) Be open and honest with my food tracker. (Allow others to see it.)
(3) NEVER QUIT!
I am signing the pledge here and now AND I�m copying it and posting it on my fridge � or pantry!
Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and
downs I pass through,
I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today,
and forgive myself for my past,
and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself,
To stop making excuses,
And stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best
Because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race
and to be a WINNER.
Signed � Barbara (Puglover1999) 5-3-12
August 2006 (I think): (On 11-4-14 I deleted most of this.)
I joined Spark People several years ago, but have not been active. However, I continue to read articles (WONDERFUL ARTICLES) that are sent to my email and have decided I have probably been ignoring the biggest help available to me (second to God's answering my prayers ... when I pray)! So ... here I am again ... still fat, but hopeful.
Changing my weight goal to 159. Maybe that will help me get out of the 160s!
11-4-14 Changing my goals:
I am learning to love and care for the body God gave me. It is the temple of the Holy Spirit!
Self-Talk Change: Changing each negative thought to a positive one.
Log-in to SP daily
Drink LOTS of water
Limit desserts to one / week st the most
Walk at least 6000 steps every day
1. Check into SP daily
2. Track nutrition
3. Track exercise
4. Read articles
5. Participate in teams
6. Repsond encouragingly to at least one other person's post daily
7. Earn at least 50 points every day
My name is Barbara ... I am a Christian ... a wife (51 happy years) ... a mother ... a grandmother ..a mother-in-law (My daughter-in-law is my daughter-in-love!) ... and a friend (Have to mention that b/c my friends are so important to me!)
I am a private person and do not connect SP to my FB page because I appreciate the anonymity of SP.
You can tell by my name that I love dogs (our last one was a pug), although we do not have one now. I just don't have the energy to deal with anohter "baby" at my age plus we are gone from home a lot, whch is not fair to a dog. But I do love them! I enjoy watching them on the Animal Planet channel. :)
I also love to read, cook, have dinner guests and/or house-guests, cross-stitch, and play word games and card games (versions of Solitaire) on my smart phone.
I will add pictures soon. This site is a bit overwhelming ... and can be very time-consuming, just like Facebook! (Except I get more out of this one for me. )
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| current weight: 158.7
Thank you for your comments. They have encouraged me to keep trying. I haven't quit but have done some backsliding. Today I am ready to take back control. Here's hoping I can do so!!
I am going to re-read The Spark and try to follow it again to see if I can get back on track. I didn't have any trouble losing the weight until I got near my goal. I am wondering if, like you, I am afraid to reach goal and to into maintenance which appears to be harder.
Because I haven't done well on the 5% Challenges I decided not to join the Daisies this time. Hopefully I will be ready for the next one and can get back onto the Daisy team.
As you have encouraged me I hope to encourage you to keep trying.
18 hours ago
Thank you so much for your wonderful comments on my blog. I am really motivated to keep getting healthy. Good luck to you too. You did it once, you can do it again.
1 day ago
"If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination.
The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying. "Here comes number seventy-one!"
Richard M. Devos
Hi, thanks for commenting on my blog, "Starting Over Is Not A Bummer." Have a healthy weekend!
3 days ago
It's great to hear from you! Thanks for letting me know you're back. I really appreciate all your kind words, and I hope you know that I do miss you when you're not around. You've always been so encouraging and helpful, so I'm thrilled you are back and yep, this is the time to stick with it and get it done! I've been struggling with stress eating, partly due to family "stuff" going on, though I know that's no excuse and I'm hoping that the 5% challenge that starts soon will be enough motivation to make me get that under control. To be honest, I'm not sure I'll ever reach my goal but as long as I don't regain back what I lost, I'm not going to beat myself up a lot over that. But....it sure would feel good to be able to say, for once in my life, "I did it".
I see from your status that you're sick...I hope you feel better soon. Take care of yourself!
11 days ago
Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my blog, "My BEFORE Pictures." Have a healthy weekend!
"Your life will be no better than the plans you make and the action you take.
You are the architect and builder of your own life, fortune, destiny."
-Alfred A. Montapert
11 days ago