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Time to Reevaluate My Goals?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

When I restarted SP at the beginning of the year, I set my goal weight at 145 lbs. It was and is a mostly arbitrary number; my real goal is to be back in a size 4--my size as a senior in high school. I was wearing that size (though not quite at that weight) five years ago when epilepsy disrupted my flow, so I know it is a reasonable goal.

So now I'm comfortably in a size 8 bottom and small/extra small top and 12 lbs from that 145 number I threw out there. 145 lbs will leave me with a BMI that is still technically overweight, but I think it's laughable to consider someone in a 4 to be so!

And so now I am preparing to tweak my goals if needed. I may consider myself done a little higher than 145, or i may need to shed a little more. It's all about being flexible!

  
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ALOHAEV1 6/2/2013 9:21AM

    It's not the number on the scale, we need to stop obsessing about it (so does every stinkin' industry). It's how fit you are with lean muscle. You look awesome, now go get some cruise stuff!

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GLORIAMAJDI 5/30/2013 9:09PM

    Heather, you looked terrific! I agree with you, how can someone in a size 4 be considered overweight? Obviously BMI is just a guide but doesn't necessarily apply to everyone. I think that we all have a happy weight where that we can live with and eat well and it sounds like you are getting close to that. I think that your flexibility will help you get to that point and and help you stay there!

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TINIERTINA 5/30/2013 2:15PM

    I had sort of the opposite problem from you ... for about 45 years of my life, if not longer ... I used to claim I had a large, really large frame - and underneath the 150 or 180 or 200 or 220 pounds at whatever time was a really large skeleton. My body isn't really about having muscles, so let's run with that, OK? Endo-ecto in the house.

When the few would disagree (well, usually, they were a**holes in other respects much of the time or had an agenda) I would get livid with anger at them, holding grudges, whatever ...

I found out this go-round, I actually have a medium size frame. Still feel under my happy weight and wish I were flexible (in all respects).

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WORDWOMAN7 5/30/2013 11:22AM

    It's good to be flexible; you're right.

But it sounds like you're doing GREAT work! I hope that you get to your goal soon.

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The Frustrating Side of Getting Smaller

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Since January 2013 I have gotten rid of 30 lbs and dropped from a size 14 pant to an 8. I'm now wearing small and extra small tops (and as someone who had a breast reduction, that's a BIG deal!!). I'm getting really close to the goals I have set. And that where my frustration sets in--not with myself, or others, but with science.

According to SP, my BMR is 1787. That's a lot less than it was in January, obviously. The downside of that, though, is that it's getting much harder to create a caloric deficit. The same is true of exercise. 90 minutes on the elliptical doesn't burn what it used to.SO where weight melted off in the beginning, now it's getting much harder, even though healthy habits are more ingrained in me than they were then.

Don't get me wrong, I am NOT complaining about where I am or the progress I've made, but I'm feeling a little like Tantalus right now: everything is just a little out of reach. I'm off for the summer now, so I'm hoping to have a little more control over my time and my food intake. getting to the gym won't be super simple since my daughter is home with me, but at least I'll be home enough to fit in some wii Zumba or Pilates.

So...off to the gym!

  
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PATSYB7 5/29/2013 5:01AM

    Keep up your healthy life style and you'll continue to lose, albeit slowly. The health benefits you've gained are worth it!
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Love My Kids

Friday, May 17, 2013

Tonight my 2013 seniors are graduating. I have taught 11 years, over 75 classes, and at least 1,500 kids, but this group is my favorite, especially the 40 or so I had in college English this year. We accomplished a lot academically, but had a blast, too, and they will always be linked to me in our win of the 2012 magazine drive. That is a BIG DEAL at my school!!

This morning at graduation practice, I had a group of girls come up to me to tell me how great I looked. It started with, "Mama Adkins, you're tiny!!" (Very few teachers get the 'Mama' distinction; I truly see it as an honor.) One said her date said I looked hot at prom, but didn't want to say that since I was sitting with my husband. HA! They were so encouraging, and their compliments gave me so much motivation to make it these last 14 lbs.

I always say I'm excited to see what they do next, but today they were excited to see what I do next, and that means the world to me.

Here's my husband and me at prom, May 2013.

  
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EWL978 5/17/2013 2:25PM

    Wonderful picture and let me tell you that even though my kids grew up long ago (or should I say they're no longer teens) I would have been very happy to have you teach them and they would have loved it also. I could tell....there aren't enough teachers that gather that respect from their class. You are very fortunate!!

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1 year, 8 months

Monday, April 15, 2013

That's how long I made it between seizures. Just when I think I've seen the last of the grand mals, I'll have one and have to start the count over. Of course, I'll most likely never be over them. My type of epilepsy is generalized, not caused by injury, etc. At least this time I didn't bite my tongue!

One interesting this this time is that my husband was still awake playing on his phone (all four of my seizures have been in my sleep--apparently I don't transition well into sleep cycles), and switched to his camera and recorded it. Since I'm asleep and the convulsions force me into unconsciousness anyway, I've never known really what the big deal was. It was scary to watch, but also kind of funny when I attacked my husband near the end. Hey, sometimes you've just gotta laugh...

Yesterday I was famished all day. I could not stop eating. I don't know if this was connected to the seizure or not. I do know that I exert a lot of energy during the convulsions (3 minutes of total muscle contraction), and I'm always really tired that whole day,so it would follow that I'd be hungry. I decided to cut myself some slack and not track, though I did choose grilled chicken and steamed veggies for dinner. But back at it today.

It's frustrating, but not the end of the world. I know I'm much better off than most people with epilepsy.

  
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PATSYB7 4/16/2013 5:57AM

    Love your positive attitude!
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Sorry you've got to live with epilepsy.
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Keep Sparking!
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GO BLUE!!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

My family bleeds BLUE, as in Michigan Blue. We've been in Tennessee for a couple of centuries, but my husband became a fan in 1989 and I followed along easily when we started dating in 1998 (their 1998 Rose Bowl/National Championship win was my first game to watch). We even had their fight song played as we left the church at our wedding. So needless to say, we're having a lot of fun watching the NCAA tournament this year!

Last night was especially exciting, as the guys came back from a 14 point deficit to tie it on a Trey Burke (National Player of the Year and Cutie Patootie) 3 with 9 seconds left. We all--including our six year old daughter--went nuts on that play, and my husband picked me up and danced around the room with me wrapped around him. As into the game as I was, the first thought was, "when was the last time Kyle picked me up...and with no struggle, either?" I'm pretty sure we wouldn't have--couldn't have--done that 26 lbs ago. Made the win just that much sweeter.

On to the elite eight...GO BLUE!!!

  
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NANCYPAT1 3/30/2013 12:26PM

    I am also a MI fan - dare not say that here in WV but I AM. So nice that the victory was spiced up by the joy of dancing around the room with hubby lifting you up. What a great story.

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