Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Okay, I qualified it at the beginning. I've been reading some blogs and posted and tried to be helpful and encouraging. We all have life get in the way. I truly will admit I was a whiner when I first started Spark. I set too lofty goals and I expect perfection out of myself. Ah, there is the key word "perfection". Anyway, back to the blogs. I see a lot of "I can't have this to eat, I can't have that to eat. I hear talk like when I meet my goal, I won't have to exercise any more. I binged yesterday and can't get over it. I didn't exercise for a week, two weeks, so on. I was too busy. It was my bike day but I couldn't get to it. I could have walked/run, but... anyway, you get the picture right.
I truly understand the hide under the covers depressions. I've been there. I understand letting the scale ruin your day. Been there more than once. I have made the statement also, why am I working so hard and nothing is happening. Life is full of surprises, twists and turns and it does screw you up.
You have to make YOU a priority. If you need to lose weight to improve your health, your self confidence, look better, it is all up to YOU. You have to quit making the excuses. You have to set limitations for other people that interrupt your schedule or mess with your food plan. You don't have to give up all your favorite foods. You have to learn how to moderate your intake. You don't have to eat the WHOLE pizza, or box of cookies, or plate of pasta (whatever your fav is). Mine personally is pasta and pizza. I could gorge on those forever and then go back for more. But.. I made the decision to moderate. You have to exercise. Even if it's ten minutes, just move your body. You have to quit telling yourself, well I screwed up my eating so I might as well quit. I didn't exercise yesterday so I failed. STOP DOING THAT.
Back to that word "Perfection". I am a total compulsive about perfection. My life growing up was if I couldn't do it right the first time, I won't do it at all. Did you see the word "won't" in there. That means I didn't even TRY. How can you go through life not trying. There are too many in the weight loss game thinking that if they can't be perfect every day, then they won't try or they give up. STOP DOING THAT.
This is a journey. Journeys take time. You didn't gain the weight in a day/week/month. It's not going to come off that fast. Yes it feels like it goes back on faster than it comes off, but really, it doesn't. A pound is 3500 calories, coming and going. I'm guilty. I had a spreadsheet calculating how many calories I needed to eat/burn to lose 2 lbs a week. My body told me NO.. I am not doing that. So I had to adjust my attitude to what my body was willing to do (kind of like my hair.. it does what it wants too).
Anyway back to the point:
Stop expecting perfection
Stop beating yourself up. Dust yourself off and get back on track.
Don't let the scale determine your mood. It will move eventually. If you are strength training, I promise you, it will take longer because that whole muscle weighs more than fat is true. But when that muscle gets there, baby it does start burning the fat a whole lot faster.
Stop making excuses.
Plan your food, it makes a huge difference. Believe me I don't like getting up that extra 15 minutes early to pack my hubby's and my lunch, but I do it because I know if I don't, McDonald's and Whataburger call my name. and I don't know about your finances, but it has saved us a whole ton of money. If you have that junk food in the house that you know you won't resist, measure and put it in containers or baggies with the appropriate measurement. You can add this to your nutrition counter and with it premeasured, less likely to binge.
Plan your exercise. If something comes up, find an alternative time. I work out at lunch. That's the only time I can be sure that I'll get my workout in. My body (which is my leader) refuses to get up in the morning, so I have to adjust what I can do. If I have to do something else at lunch, I find another time for my workout. I might have to move my day of rest to that day. Anyway, you get the picture.
The person in charge is YOU. Make your stand. This is for your health. This is for your self confidence. This is for YOU.
and I'm off my soapbox now. Thank you very much for your time and energy ladies and gentleman, now get out there and Move it, move it, move it.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
As I stated in my blog earlier, I didn't deprive myself of brisket and other items during the July 4th weekend. Actually had some junk food that I absolutely love and haven't had in a while (Gardettos, mmmmmmm). I didn't overindulge, tried to keep everything within an ounce or two. and that's what it's all about. Lifestyle change is not about depriving yourself. It's about making choices and moderating those choices if maybe it's not all good for you. I am not a body builder, never plan to be a body builder, so I am not going to be 100% good on the clean eating. I love pizza, I love Gardettos and all those carb loaded foods.
Anyway I digress. I've been on a plateau for 3-4 weeks. Pretty much since I returned from our trip (maybe it's all the salt water in my system). Got a little frustrating as the inches weren't moving either.. and the doctor tells me no weight lifting for two weeks (stupid doctor). Yesterday the scale moves. It was only a pound, but it moved down. Yesterday I increase my leg weights (doctor said arm weight lifting, not legs). Yesterday I finally have a workout where I'm sore following the workout. I did overdo something yesterday because I was having trouble breathing when I did cardio after work. Still trying to figure that one out. I think it was heartburn, oh bother.
oh and the second thing, got a compliment today. I just feel that nobody is noticing. So if nobody is noticing, then something isn't happening. Got the "girrllllll you're looking good". It was from a female at work, so no I won't be filing sexual harassment charges hahahahah
Just have to get in my mind. Don't let the scale ruin your day. It will come off, just moderate yourself. Oh and to end the day yesterday, I found out the calorie count of bratwurst... whoops... what can I say. My hubby said I could have it since I burned 1000 calories with my two workouts. Hey he was cooking, why fight it!!!!
Woo hoo!!! Lady at the gym told me I was getting "SLIM"... I've never been told that. Yay!!!
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
So July 1 has come and gone. It's the second half of 2010. Have you reached your goals? Have you reached half of your goals? Are your goals too lofty?
I can honestly say my goals were way too lofty. I am not one to deprive myself for a goal. If there is cake, I will eat it. I will adjust my calorie expenditure or intake somewhere along the line, but I keep seeing all these comments like you can't eat pizza any longer or cake or cookies. Well, if you have a sugar addiction, yes I can see having to cold turkey the cake and cookies, but pizza???? No it's not leaving my diet. I will moderate my intake of it. BBQ as we had plenty this past weekend. Was I going to deprive myself of brisket because I had goals? My goals can be adjusted. I do not have to be at a certain weight by a certain time. Just as long as I eat healthy and moderate my plan, the weight will come off. I haven't worked out in three days. I'm having a little bit of spasms because my body is used to it and telling me it's in withdrawal, but I'm back in the gym today. I'm not going to gain that 14 pounds back in three days (ew that would be ugly). But yes I fell off my wagon for a bit, but I knew what I was doing. I moderated my intake because I knew I couldn't get to the gym. I was lazy. But, my body needed a break. I was pushing it too hard i.e. the tendonitis in the right elbow.
Today is a new day. I have to set new goals and readjust my thought process. Yes I wanted to lose two pounds a week. Well, my 47 year old body says no, it won't do that, no matter how many hours I put in at the gym or how many calories I cut from my diet. I have to adjust it down to one pound per week, one and one half, if I am lucky. I just have to go and make workout and food choice goals now and the weight will come off. I have to make exercise plans that shake up my routine a bit, although I never really did keep it standard, it looks like my body thinks I did.
I believe everyone should go back, look at your expectations, your goals and your what actually happened and re-evaluate and set new goals. Don't lose sight of what you want, but keep going at it, maybe adjusting because your body is telling you to adjust. Or if you were kind of sticking to the plan, maybe it's time to really stick to the plan.
Come on people, let's get moving and finish our NEW goals before the year end. Yeah, this was a random rambling post.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
So even with my distorted body image, my body feeling like I've gone into hyper fat mode (feel bloated and fat), I still went to the produce store and bought fruits and veggies and cut them up and divided them for lunches last night. Then my neighbor gave me a TON.. did I say TON of squash, zucchini, some squash I don't recognize. Anyway, way more than we can handle, so I need to figure out how to freeze some of it. I got some sleep last night. I think maybe that might be affecting the weight loss too as I haven't been sleeping well. We got rain in Texas finally yay. My trees, house, grass and flowers are very thankful. That and my electricity bill as the temp dropped ten degrees.
Monday, June 28, 2010
So last week I'm complaining because the scale is not moving. I'm still a little frustrated with that because I did half-hearted measure today and the inches are not moving either. We went to the pool yesterday and I put on the ole bathing suit. Okay in my mirror, I look okay, not great, but okay. I will actually get in the pool. But I walk back to the grill area and see my reflection in the window. Oh yuck, what am I doing. All I see is dimples of cellulite, all over. No my stomach isn't flat like it was at home. WTH is going on.
Then an hour later my husband is looking at me. Babe, you're almost there, getting to Jamaica shape. Huh??? I'm 20 pounds from Jamaica shape (five years ago). Who's got the insane brain here?? I didn't say anything other than thank you honey.
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