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My previous intro was a little intense. All that stuff about Steve Siebold and getting tough and taking responsibility for being fat. Yawn.
It's not that I'm disowning every word of it, but I'm feeling like if I am going to win at this weight loss thing (which is really a much larger health and wellness thing), then I am going to need to soften up the self-talk and allow for a bit more flexibility to go along with all that ferocity.
I re-sparked myself with a new set of goals in ...
My previous intro was a little intense. All that stuff about Steve Siebold and getting tough and taking responsibility for being fat. Yawn.
It's not that I'm disowning every word of it, but I'm feeling like if I am going to win at this weight loss thing (which is really a much larger health and wellness thing), then I am going to need to soften up the self-talk and allow for a bit more flexibility to go along with all that ferocity.
I re-sparked myself with a new set of goals in early October and have so far lost 8 of the 14 lbs. that I need to lose to get into the middle of my healthy BMI range. I am tall (5' 10") and have medium to large bones, so my ideal weight, according to SP, should be about 165. At 171 lbs I already feel dramatically better than I did 8 weeks ago, and I can't wait to see what it's like to be at my recommended weight. And for some reason, I feel ready to get there, and to do so without badgering myself or masochistically weighing in every single day, then annoying everyone in the house with my daily scale-driven highs and lows. Maybe it has something to do with my Dad's death this summer. I watched him yo-yo diet for many years, and always wanted to make him feel better about himself, sometimes by copying his actions even when they weren't healthy for me and he didn't really want or need the company. So here I am, missing him a lot, but also feeling ready to move on from old patterns.

Let me just say that I have been blown away by the great people I've met on this site, especially this time around, now that I am committing more of myself to the process. Thank you people, and you know who you are!!!

LP


Previous intro: Thanks to Steve Siebold at fatlosers.com (and thanks to SP member ARTSEA for the amazing referral!), I am finally taking full responsibility for being fat. I am the one who nibbled (OK, scarfed) and couch-potatoed my way to 180 lbs. (185 lbs. as of three weeks ago when I finally re-joined SP). It was not my genetics, my thyroid or my hormones or the evil restaurant industry. It was me. And it stands to reason that I am the only one who can turn this ship around.

This is my second serious go at Sparkpeople, and I believe I am finally mentally ready (and in Steve's words, mentally tough enough) to treat fitness and good nutrition as a lifestyle rather than a temporary means to an end.

I lost 28 lbs. during my first sojourn on SP. Then I managed to gain back 15 over the past year. Now I'm re-dedicating myself to the same goals I had initially: a reduction in my asthma symptoms and a reduction of my butt! Everything else looks OK (I am 5' 10", so 180 lbs. puts me just a bit above my maximum BMI), but I have struggled my whole life with what used to be called Secretarial Spread, and I am finally about as sick of it as I can possibly get.

I've spent the last 3 1/2 months working out, discovering yoga, TRX, Gravity, Power Plate, spinning and kettlebell. I feel fantastic, and have fewer little bodily complaints than I've had in years. But I was frustrated by the fact that my weight wouldn't budge, and I finally admitted to myself that I was eating a bit too much every day. So I'm back to the tried and true method of tracking every morsel of food that passes my lips. If I have learned anything from SP, it's that there really is NO substitute for tracking! I believe I have finally allowed that lesson to sink in deeply. Thanks to all the exercise I've been doing, I already feel stronger and more agile than I have in years -- now it's time to melt off those last 15 lbs. Actually it's 16, but who's counting? Oh, we are....right. Thanks people! I'm excited to hit the community boards and see where others are in their journey back to health.
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My Goals:
EMBRACE LIFE! In doing so, say goodbye to another 6 lbs., then see how I feel at my recommended mid-BMI weight of 165. Exercise five or six days a week (cardio plus strength training), melt away that persistent butt fat, and get my lungs in great shape so I can cut way back on asthma puffers and avoid coming down with these ridiculously long colds that seem to drag on all winter. Take back my own health on multiple fronts, and watch the benefits trickle down to my family!

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1,590 to 1,960 cals per day. Cardio three or four times a week, either Fitness Blender vids, spinning, kettlebell, tennis, or a run/walk of 40 to 75 min.
At least two days of strength and flexibility training per week: a combination of yoga, bodyweight exercises, Gravity training, TRX, and free weights or Nautilus.

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JANET552
4/4/2014 7:27:06 AM

The week is nearly over -- I hope it ends on a high note for you. Have a happy and healthy weekend!!



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CINDYTW
4/3/2014 10:47:43 PM

Hey, no problem! It will work out sometime! In addition to being near Kingston/Gananaque this summer, I am considering a trip to Toronto to see Fleetwood Mac in October. I have to see how much the tickets are, and see if anyone will go with me (DH hates Stevie Nicks! But he also said I was MAKING him go to Heart tonight and had a great time!) and then see if we will spend the night or go right back home as we have before. It would be the 18th of Oct. Saturday. I would like to stay over until Sunday but that depends on who I get to come with me. I would go by myself here, but not that far away!

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KANOE10
3/30/2014 11:03:00 AM

The nice thing about Spark is that people understand nuances. 3 pounds when you are maintaining may be 3 important pounds to lose.

Thanks for your thoughtful support on my blog.



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CINDYTW
3/30/2014 2:49:46 AM

Crap if you see this or my other comment...Syracuse is like an hour from me we could meet up somewhere!! Let me know!

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THINFITKINDVGAN
3/27/2014 5:12:06 AM

Lee, I think we all could do with doing exactly that. I have never seen it cut and dry and often when other's ask me to help they are withholding some part of the request.

I'm very supportive of you doing exactly this. Watch what happens when others sense this about you - your new decision. Also watch how you react to not only your new stance but also their new reaction.

We may like to complain, but we LOVE being a victim and feeling the martyr.



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