Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Because I won one today...I don't even remember signing up for such a challenge!
Today was a day of lost and found.
Lulu and I went out for a walk this morning at 6. Since I didn't have to work this morning (working tonight) we went for a long walk. Somewhere between four and five miles. At the end of it we stopped at the farmers market so Lulu could get love and I could get blueberries and onions and (bad Ann) an Apple handpie. Then we continued to walk home, arriving about 7:40. I went into the office so my SparkTracker could sync with the computer, and looked down and my tracker was GONE!
I had tripped over crappy sidewalk on the walk (and hand planted with resulting scrapes), so I thought "Ah, that's where I lost it..." so I went back there and looked, but no tracker. I came back home, took Lulu to the groomer, and then did a bunch of errands. I also ordered a new tracker. On to work at noon.
When I got home from work, I took Lulu out for a potty walk. As I was coming back and turned to go up my steps, my tracker was sitting there at the top of the steps! I don't know if it was there all along, or if someone found it in the yard and just put it there, but boy am I happy, particularly since it showed I did 10, 264 steps before 7:40 this morning!
This is the second time I've lost and found the tracker. Somehow I don't think my luck will hold again.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Today I read Sparkguy's blog where he talks about his new 10 minutes a day streak. It's the consistency that is important. Doing 10 minutes a day isn't impossible for anyone, and it doesn't mean you can't do more, it just means you need to do SOMETHING. And then I stole this from GABY1948's blog:
So what did I take from today's SP reading?
1. Do something,
2. Do it consistently
3. Do it forever.
Pretty simple. I did it before, but eventually forgot about the forever part. Time to try again.
Friday, July 11, 2014
I was reading some of my old blogs andrealize that I haven't been very good about consistently writing about what's happening or not happening in my life.
When I lost weight in 2010-11, I thought that regaining it was never going to happen because I was doing the weight loss thing on my own, and really for myself. Yet after reaching my goal weight for a nanosecond, I started to gain it back. I'm now about 60 pounds above where I'd like to be.
But, there are some good things happening. I have been walking with the dog regularly, and now that she's not a puppy, she has become a pretty good walking companion. I have reached my walking goal of 11,000 steps (with the SparkTracker) for almost two weeks. Yesterday I tracked everything that went into my mouth...and I stayed within my calorie range.
I am a bit crazy at work, trying to get ready for fall in the next two weeks, because on July 28th I am going to India! One of my colleagues in the College of Education is Indian, and last summer she and a couple of other colleagues went to India for her daughter's wedding. After they came back and were talking about it, I said that I would love to go to India sometime. Voila! My Indian colleague is leading a short term study abroad class to India this summer! I expressed interest, and when it turned out that they were a person short of the class "making", I said that I would go. We will be gone for a little over two weeks, and plan to visit Delhi, Amritsar, Hyderabad, Jaipur, and Agra. Yes, we'll see the Taj Mahal...
So, I'd better get back to work so I can leave for the trip with a clean conscience and an empty desk!
Monday, March 24, 2014
For anyone who doesn't know me, I lost over 100 pounds between August 2009 and June 2011. And then I gradually put half of it back on, reaching 205 lbs. last month. Finally, the wake up call I needed! That, combined with terrible arthritis in my hands, led me to eating much more healthy and eating small meals every 3 or so hours. (See previous blog.) I also happened to see a show on my local PBS station (during their fund drive) that talked about an anti-inflammatory diet. The women who developed it is JJ Virgin, and the diet is called the Virgin diet. You can look it up through Google.
Anyway, it is an elimination diet...for three weeks, you don't eat wheat, dairy, eggs, sugar, corn, soy, or peanuts. So I'm eating hummus (homemade...most of the store ones have soybean oil), coconut oil on my gluten free toast (actually really good!) fruits, veggies, and chicken and fish. And since I'm eating every three hours, I'm not getting hungry! And during this time, you see how your inflammation responds. If you cheat, you have to start over.
I cheated with cheese on Saturday, so I had to start over yesterday, but even with the cheat, my hands already feel much better. I wake up in the morning and they aren't like claws! Amazing. I bet the food that is causing the problem is sugar, but I'm going to make that the LAST food I add back in.
Anyway, on Wednesday I weighed myself, and I was at 201. This morning (Monday) I weighed myself again and I'm at 198.4! I know that is losing fast, but I am eating about 250 calories every 3 hours which adds up to about 1800 calories, when SP recommends for me a diet of 1550 calories. I do need to drink a little more water though.
Also, the mindful eating is going pretty well except that when I eat, the dog is sitting there looking so woeful that she takes my attention away from the food. Guess I have to lock her outside!
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