June 2012 - Camp Glisson
So much for the back story. I'm in this to improve my quality of life and hopefully to look a little better. I'm changing things up a little. Forget not using the scale. By ignoring it, I'm not making the kind of progress I need to make....that is , NO PROGRESS.
So, BACK TO monthly WEIGH-INS TO KEEP ME ACCOUNTABLE!!
(I'm leaving the rest of my 'whys' / history below, in case you're suffering from insomnia, or in case it might open the door to dialogue between us.)
Back in the Spark world again, and I realize how much I have missed this supportive community. My life is still a little crazy. I work in Social Services and travel throughout the state quite a bit. Both daughters live in town and they have their own sweet families so I'm able to play with my grandbabies some - 3 so far, with another due in September. I'm in a long term relationship with a wonderful man who is my best friend and cheerleader! I have a lot to live for, but without making significant changes in my lifestyle and making better choices, my health will suffer.
After being absent for a couple of years, I have added a few pounds. This is the place I really need to be connected with to ensure my focus on health and getting rid of fat becomes a reality. This lifestyle change is really needed. Turning 60 this past October made me realize that I really don't need to play around at this any more.
My previous fitness program was intense and provided virtually no weight loss results. I have realized that counting calories may work for some, but not for me. I heard someone recently say that "weight loss is not a math equation, it is a science experiment!" There are many factors that affect weight, and I think hormones play a huge part. So, I promise to quit doing the same thing and expecting different results.
My new plan is to follow the SANE method based on "The Calorie Myth" by Jonathan Bailor. This is a Science based program that is based on the research of thousands of scientific studies. I plan to follow these 5 steps:
1 - Eat SANE foods (10 servings of non-starchy veggies per day, high quality lean proteins, whole food fats, and low-fructose fruits).
2 - Gradually, safely and sustainably exercise as many of my muscle fibers as possible for 10 - 20 mins once per week and to do interval exercises once per week.
3 - Get 8 hours of sleep per night.
4. Stay hydrated
5 - Do something to restore myself - like yoga, dance, stretching, walking, etc. each day.
Okay, that's it for now. My goal weight is 152 lbs. A sort of random number, but when I weighed that I felt good. I wanted to get back to my original weight, but 7# 6 oz. is not possible!
6,000 steps per day through March 2016; Move to 8K per day in April; 10K in May.
Complete eccentric exercise 1 x per week.
Eat healthy, sane food every day.
Celebrate life in a thoughtful, healthy way.
1) Remember how I felt that snowy day! Confident, capable, alive.
2) Set at least one long-term goal for myself by 3/17/16. Increasing my steps is good for the short term, but I need to make sure I have a big goal in addition to losing weight.
I live in Northwest GA - a beautiful community.
The best part of my life is being a Mom to 2 beautiful daughters and Gabby to 5 beautiful grands.
SEC Football is the greatest, and there is NO team that can compare with my UGA Bulldogs - GO DAWGS!
| Pounds lost: 0.0
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For Lent I decided to give up my New Year's Resolutions.
I really think my life would be a lot better if my fitness app would just lower its standards.
If I could have a superpower, it would be the ability to watch people exercise, and then absorb their health benefits through osmosis.
For more uncontrolled hilarity, I hope you'll join me for Happy Hour later! Hope you Friday is filled with some fun!
118 days ago
It's Wonderful ~ Woman ~ Wednesday!
â™Ą `*â€˘.Â¸ â™Ą `*â€˘.Â¸ â™Ą `*â€˘.Â¸ â™Ą `*â€˘.Â¸â™Ą `*â€˘.Â¸
`*â€˘.Â¸ `*â€˘.Â¸To the Wonderful Woman`*â€˘.Â¸`*â€˘.Â¸
`*â€˘.Â¸ `*â€˘.Â¸reading this message right now `*â€˘.Â¸
`*â€˘.Â¸ `*â€˘.Â¸â™Ą* One new perception, *â™Ą`*â€˘.Â¸ `*â€˘.Â¸
`*â€˘.Â¸ `*â€˘.Â¸â™Ą* One fresh thought,*â™Ą`*â€˘.Â¸ `*â€˘.Â¸
*â€˘.Â¸ `*â€˘.Â¸â™Ą* One act of surrender,*â™Ą`*â€˘.Â¸ `*â€˘.Â¸
`*â€˘.Â¸ `*â€˘.Â¸â™Ą* One change of heart,`*â€˘.Â¸ `*â€˘.Â¸â™Ą*
`*â€˘.Â¸ `*â€˘.Â¸â™Ą* One leap of faith, *â™Ą`*â€˘.Â¸ `*â€˘.Â¸
`*â€˘.Â¸ `*â€˘.Â¸â™Ą* Can change your life forever.*â™Ą`*â€˘.Â¸ `*â€˘.Â¸
`*â€˘.Â¸ `*â€˘.Â¸â™Ą* The Power of One begins with you. `*â€˘.Â¸
119 days ago
It's Friday, and time for . . .
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Iâ€™ve finally reached the age where all I do is exercise caution.
I do 5 sit ups first thing every morning. May not sound like much, but thereâ€™s only so many times you can hit the snooze button.
My exercise routine consists of doing diddly squats.
I hope you'll join me later today for Friday Happy Hour. Have a fun Friday!
125 days ago
If your motivation is waning, or has left the building, why continue to wait for some previously determined moment or event? Now is when you really need that â€śpick me upâ€ť that only YOU know how to give!
If youâ€™re constantly on the lookout for occasions to celebrate, youâ€™ll realize that there are plenty of them. Learn to celebrate the smallest of things: paying your bills, balancing your checkbook, getting dressed and out the door when you didnâ€™t need to, or taking that first step.
To celebrate, pick something you have been wanting to do, or you think is fun to do. It doesn't have to be about something related to your weight loss. When youâ€™re always ready to celebrate, itâ€™s much easier to be upbeat because youâ€™re aware of even the seemingly insignificant, but deeply beautiful, little occurrences in life.
Happy Thursday! Celebrate something today, and feel your mood soar!
126 days ago
This week we posed the question â€śIs it possible to stay positive and happy in our stressed out world?â€ť, and got tips for gaining control, and staying on the positive course every day on lifeâ€™s highway. I got some good ideas, and reinforcement of my positive side while doing this, and I hope you did too as well.
Since today is the beginning of the weekend, and this is the last message for this week, I found this idea particularly pertinent!
Pretend Itâ€™s A Snow Day
This is a good one to plan . . . or not, meaning totally spontaneous . . . on the weekend, or your day off. Think about all of the fun and creative things you do when you are snowed in. Most of us look at it as a day just to kick back and enjoy. Itâ€™s totally unplanned and out of our control. The familyâ€™s together, and stuck in the house, so why not make the best of it? Or if you live alone, just revel in the solitude and happiness of giving yourself this luxurious gift. Whatever the case donâ€™t fall back into the routine of your daily life, but look at it as a way to enjoy an unexpected gift of renewal. Watch a movie, play cards, play some board games, read an entire book - do something relaxing or fun.
If you live somewhere that doesnâ€™t get snow, plan a snow day, or when youâ€™re feeling less than your usual self, just decide when you wake up that itâ€™s a â€śsnow dayâ€ť - one just for you to do what you want, without all of the guilt that we usually feel for so called â€śgoofing offâ€ť. I promise, youâ€™ll be surprised at the results!
Thanks so much for joining me this week on this road trip. Iâ€™ve thoroughly enjoyed the pleasure of your company, and our little chats.
â€śLife is a highway, Iâ€™m gonna ride it all day longâ€ť
â€śNo matter what happens Iâ€™m gonna stay positive and strongâ€ť . . .
Have a splendid weekend!
131 days ago