Saturday, November 22, 2014
Noticed I hadn't posted a blog in a while....
Totally got off course when we all got sick, one after another over 3 weeks - that took my attention away from weight loss and I didn't even remember to think about doing what I set out to do a month ago.
It's so easy to just shrug it off and say, "Oh, well, I guess I'll just give up because I'm so far behind"...
I'm not going to say that.
There's still seven (I think - maybe only 6?) weeks left in the year. I'm setting a REALLY small goal of one pound per week.
One pound! That can't!! be too hard!
I started reading a book I've had on my 'want to read' list for a while now, called "Faithfully Fit".
It's kind of a 6 week daily weight-loss devotional - it's not a diet but you're allowed to "diet" any way you choose while you read through. There are questions to ponder and journal about.
Mostly it's about WHY you're and what's missing in your life that you're trying to fill with .
The first week is about Surrender...I haven't peeked ahead yet so I don't know where it's leading (I can guess).
Trying to remember how I used to be - confident, positive, outgoing, happy - forcing myself to "act as if" (I don't remember where I picked up that phrase - some book - act as if you're positive or happy or confident and it will come back to you, so you don't have to act any more).
Also trying to get organized (again). I was doing really good last year, decluttering and getting rid of stuff but kind of stopped. Our local thrift store now offers pickup - you put your name on their list and they call every 5 or 6 weeks and see if you have stuff to pick up - just put it at the front door and it's taken away. Can't really get easier than that! So I'm busy filling some boxes for the next time they come around.
Got hubby to give up some "old" boots - he hasn't worn them because they're too tight in the toes - but he wouldn't get rid of them either because they're so new. They've been sitting at the bottom of the coat rack for almost a year. I said some other person would be delighted to have new boots for the winter and he agreed they could go - now to work on the rest of the mudroom.
Gradually deep cleaning my kitchen - have to do the pantry this week and then I'll be mostly done. Enough for now, anyway, finish in the spring.
Living room next - scary how many dustballs are under the couch, there might be something living (or undead) under there.......
We don't have as much snow as Buffalo, but we have as much as we usually have by the middle of February - it's not even December yet....I really hope we get a long break from having any more - it gets unmanageable if we have to start shoveling it up and over the 8 ft tall hedge that runs alongside our driveway. Even the snowblower can't toss it that high. Don't really want to PAY someone to come and take it away in a (our neighbour had to do that one year - there was too much snow and nowhere to put it).
Need to get back into a routine of with Leslie - need to write myself a reminder and stick it somewhere that I can see it
So.... now you're all caught up on my exciting (not) life
Friday, September 26, 2014
If anyone is interested in going through the book "The Best Yes" by Lysa TerKeurst as a group here on SP, let me know (or join the team I set up)
The online study started this week but the online small groups are full - we could have our own small group if anyone is interested.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Can you hear the sleigh bells??
Well, a bit more than 13 weeks - 13 and a half - but 13 full weeks
I've set myself a high goal to lose 30 pounds by Christmas - roughly 10 pounds per month.
I know I can do it - I've done it before....and re-gained it before....twice.
My plan is to do what worked before:
Be conscious of increasing my activity without setting inflexible thou-shalt-do lists
Drink more water
Not get all caught up in counting every calorie but be mindful of what I'm eating by using the DOT method for eating and activity - it's visual and it's simple and it worked
My hubby is holding me accountable. I will have to put up with his nagging.
I hate being nagged, that alone will keep me on course.
I'm doing the Fall 5% Challenge so that will keep me somewhat on track here on SP.
Now I just need to make a poster or something to stick on my fridge to remind me so I don't forget.
All I want for Christmas is to deflate some fat cells
EDIT AGAIN - One of the things I don't do very well is set goals - I realized that having this huge "I have to lose 30 pounds by Christmas" goal isn't a good place to start - so 13 weeks is about 2.5 pounds per week. So that's my little goal.
And steps - my steps goal is to go from 2500 steps per day (SPD) to 10,000 SPD in the next 13 weeks (increasing 500 SPD each week, if that makes sense)
All I have to worry about this week is...this week!
EDIT: the Dot method is just a visual way to track how you're doing at a glance on a calendar
Get a blank monthly calendar and three colours of dot stickers: red, green & yellow (or just make your own dots with pencil crayons/markers, or colour the days in on the calendar as you go...whatever works)
At the end of the day ask yourself - Did what I do today contribute to my health? --- green dot goes on the calendar
Or did what I do today keep me in the same place (weight wise or activity wise) --- yellow dot on the calendar
Or did what I do today set me back in my journey ---red dot
More than one red dot per week and you have a trend that's going in the wrong direction - time to take another look at what you're doing
Also works on a moment by moment basis -
at meal time - is what I'm about to eat going to give me a green dot or a yellow dot or a red dot
Is my activity level so far today heading toward green, yellow or red?
Is my emotional state putting me in the red, yellow or green
It can be used in so many ways - and it's easy to remember & do a quick self-check
Not my idea - got it from Linda Spangle's startyourdiet dot com website - they offer a free online version of the calendar
Sunday, August 17, 2014
I joined the Summer 5% team 8 weeks ago and then life took a couple of left turns and I basically fell overboard entirely.
Between losing our internet for 2 and a half weeks (and not able to connect to my fitbit or my teams), my vasculitis surfacing again, DS's ongoing drama (which affects the whole house) and a week of staycation I'm down exactly.....drumroll.... half a pound.
I know I could have done better but I'm not going to beat myself up over it.
The vasculitis did take me by surprise - it's been almost 2 years since a flare-up, I thought I was over it. I don't know why it came back so I don't know what I can do to avoid it. That combined with MS makes it hard to sleep, move, or think. So I guess the fact that I didn't eat myself into oblivion due to stress is a big improvement.
Tomorrow I start again - and I'll probably strike an iceberg and sink again - but I'm not quitting. This weight has had control for too long. If it takes 5 years, I'm losing it.
I could moan and groan about how I've only lost 14 pounds since I joined SP a year and a half ago but I choose instead to remember what I've learned:
- at least half a dozen ways to exercise in my own living room without fear of falling or having to work out self-consciously in front of other people
-to eat breakfast every day, without fail - 2 eggs scrambled, no toast - it's just automatic now
-that I don't have to run an hour every day, I can do 20 minutes of strength training and accomplish just as much
-that I can exercise in a chair even when I'm too dizzy to stand up
-I can say no to chocolate ice cream and not feel like I'm depriving myself of anything
-I can say yes to chocolate ice cream and have a "normal" portion without going overboad and pigging out
-there is life without potato chips
-salad for lunch every day can be a little boring but it turns into a challenge to find new treats to add to it - an awesome trail mix that I got last week adds a great crunch to a bowl of greens
-I can't do this alone. When I'm not on SP I don't do as well. Some things are better with friends, but friends are essential for Sparking.
So, yeah, the last 8 weeks was a disaster of Titanic proportions but I'm still swimming.
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