Sunday, December 30, 2012
I'm here! A lot has happened over the last 18 months. Bless SparkPeople for not deleting my account! I appreciate being able to look back and see where I've been... The last 18 months have been stressful. My weight continues to be an issue but I continue to put one foot in front of the other...
The biggest source of stress in my life is my marriage. I saw a counselor for six months this year and asked my dh to join me. He wouldn't go. I did a lot of work on me and what I want. The bottom line, I live a comfortable life. I have wonderful kids, a nice home, a part-time job. Basically my dh and I are roommates. I make 95% of the decisions when it comes to the kids. I like my life and am not willing to force a change right now. My children are sophomores in high school and when they graduate in June of 2015, I will re-evaluate and possibly make some very big changes.
In January of this year I did the 21-day vegan challenge. It was life changing! I felt better than I have in years! My cholesterol dropped to 178 (from 197) and I lost weight. I continued to eat vegan for several months but with 4 omnivores in the house, I finally succumbed to the smell of bbq. I slowly regained most of the 16 pounds I lost. I still continue to lean toward the vegan way of eating but I'll be honest - it's a lot of work. I find the food prep takes a lot of time and planning. I've continued to stay away from dairy for the entire year. I will again start the 21 day vegan challenge on January 1. I've expanded my resources to find recipe ideas and I'm going to jump in with both feet. I will make meat available to the family but they will need to take responsibility to cook it.
I'm looking forward to January 1. A new year and another opportunity to be successful.
I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
It's been almost 3 months since I blogged and sparked. Wow. Looking back I'm not surprised. The end of the school year is my busiest time of year at work and it's also the time of my triplets birthday. They usually get the short end of the stick with work pulling me away but this year I took 2 days off and focused my attention on giving them a great 8th grade graduation celebration and birthday party. It was worth all the time and effort. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my job that I get my priorities messed up. Oh well, that's another blog.
I continue to walk and record my steps with my pedometer and upload those steps to my healthcare provider's website (mandatory or my family has to pay more for healthcare). The majority of my days are over 10,000 steps but it has not translated to any change on the scale.
Good news, a new gym finally opened near my house and I'm happy to add weight training to my workout. I feel so good when I'm exercising regularly.
I'm done with the 17 day diet. Every time I do something that is high protein I end up with tummy problems (constipation). I've kept a few of the principals from that diet - the yogurt/kefir smoothies but for the most part am not doing much in the way of a formal eating plan.
I recently read Paul McKenna's Book - I Can Make You Thin. I've been listening to his 25 minute cd most days (I put it on my ipod). For someone who has loads and loads of stress in their life, the CD has been wonderful. It's about 20-25 minutes long and is helping me relax and visualize. It's a self-hypnosis kind of thing. It's helping me to be more "present" when it comes to food: Am I really hungry, what do I really want to eat, how does the food taste, etc. I'm working on eating when I'm hungry and stopping when I'm full. That's a tough concept for a girl who is an emotional/stress eater - hunger has nothing to do with my normal eating patterns.
Anyway, I'm here. I'm sparking. I continue on my path to good health and if my clothes would start fitting better, I'd be thrilled!
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Quick update: I weighed in this morning and I am down 4.2 pounds since starting cycle 1 on Tuesday. I am thrilled to bits!!!
This almost 48 year old body hangs on to weight like it's gold. I'm just working the program: eating loads of food (not hungry). I've deviated from the program a bit...it says to limit exercise to 17 minutes a day in cycle 1 but I've been walking lots & lots the last few months and I'm not about to cut back to only 17 minutes a day. The other thing is having both fruits prior to 2pm. I'm actually saving one fruit until I get home at 3pm and making a greek yogurt/fruit smoothie. Beyond delicious and so satisfying. I usually have a problem with snacking when I get home and the smoothie keeps me so full I don't need to snack before dinner.
WOO HOO spark friends! The scale is actually moving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Saturday, April 30, 2011
I'm a bit frustrated this morning...yesterday was dh and my 22nd wedding anniversary. Bravo to us for being together this long
I started the 17DD Tuesday. Yesterday was day 4. I was attracted to the cycle form (3 different weight loss cycles of 17 days and maintenance) of eating and also have read that some people are seeing improvements with skin conditions especially in cycle 1 (maybe due to it's gluten-free focus?). In any case, if there's something that might help my psoriasis instead of steroid creams and other drugs, I'm willing to give it a try.
This first week has been going good. I feel great, I'm sleeping well, I'm not hungry...but then came my wedding anniversary and dinner out in a very expensive restaurant where everything was ala carte. They were having a special fixed price, 3 course meal last night. It wasn't something I wanted (salad, steak/lobster, dessert) but dh was insistent and this is how we've stayed married 22 years, I caved.
I did ok. Other than the salad, nothing else was part of cycle 1 of the diet. Did I overeat? No! In fact I leftover half the dessert. I ate maybe 3oz of steak (gave the rest to dh). For our anniversary they brought over a tray of truffles and I wanted to try them (dark chocolate) and i only took a teeny bit to see what it tasted like (bravo, any other time I would've eaten 2 of the 4 truffles and considered that a victory).
When we returned home I begged dh to go for a walk with me (I don't like to walk in the dark even with the dog). We walked 1.3 miles, which when added to 2.75 miles earlier in the day put me at over 14,000 steps yesterday. Unfortunately when I got on the scale this morning it was not pretty. I'm trying to not let it bother me too much but I'm a scale addict and I'd been feeling happy with the direction it was heading the last couple of days.
I'm not re-starting cycle 1. It's one meal. I'm moving forward. While typing this blog I drank my cup of lemon water and I'm getting ready to make a yummy eggbeaters omellete with spinach, fat free feta and tomatoes.
One foot in front of the other...
Friday, April 01, 2011
When I blogged on March 6th I was trying to be positive and optimistic but deep down inside I was more than a little resentful. The insurance company is requiring me to wear the pedometer and average 5,000 steps a day. I have to plug a cable into my pedometer and upload the data to a special website. If I fail, our insurance rates increase.
After one full month...
Weekdays I wake up at 5:30am to get in a quick 30 minutes or so on the treadmill (approx. 1.5 miles). After work, if the weather's nice I walk the dog (another 1.5 miles).
In the month of March I walked a total of 362,000 steps. That's 103 miles!! My average steps per day were 10,540 and I averaged more than 10,000 steps on 23 days. I'm pretty excited about those stats!
At the 2 week mark I purchased new shoes (my feet are much happier).
The scale hasn't been moving so I decided to put some strength training into my program in hopes that maybe more muscle will burn more calories and the scale will move DOWN. I ordered a couple of DVDs and wow what a difference from the old videos...just about every combo of workout is listed on the menu so there's no stopping and re-starting. So far I made it through upper body and lower body (on different days). Ouch. I'm sore but a happy sore!
So, am I still angry or resentful NO. In fact, I'm hopeful and optimistic!
It's not a question of CAN it's a question of WILL!
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