Thursday, February 17, 2011
I've been at a basic standstill with my weightloss for what seems like months. I know I need to add more strength training and quit the mini Snickers Bars throughout the day - but besides that I've been eating well and exercising often (enough).
I was thinking the other day that I may be waiting too long to start my metabolism going. I eat breakfast every day but it's usually 2.5-3 hours after I wake up. I wonder if by eating earlier, it may help get the weightloss going again. Thing is, I have thyroid meds that need to be taken first thing in the morning and then wait an hour to eat. I always use this as my reason why I wait until I'm at work to eat. Also, I don't want to get up any earlier than I am to do something (eat) when my job doesn't care if I eat at my desk.
I'm going to see if eating a little "snack" on my way to work (about an hour after I wake up) will help. I am generally a cereal eater for breakfast so that won't work as I'm driving. So, I thought a snack may do. Yesterday I had a cheese stick, this morning some almonds. I thought protein would be good. Usually once a week I have hard boiled eggs instead of cereal - maybe I'll have one every couple days on my way to work.
I'm going to have to figure out how to incorporate the additional calories into my day, though. (Duh, Britt, stop with the chocolate :) ). I guess it's all about trying to figure out new ways to improve - hopefully this will turn out good.
How soon do you eat after you wake up?
Friday, February 11, 2011
For most of January I was in a holding pattern at about 161. Some times plus a pound or two but that's OK because of water. Then I saw the scale at 158. YAY, a great feeling. I love being in the 150s, it helps me mentally because I don't ever remember being here before. I don't remember being in the 160s either but something about the 150s just makes me really happy.
Then a week or so later (last weekend) I see 154.5, 155.5, 155. YAY!! I even waited until mid week to change my weight on Spark by like Wednesday it was still 155 so I changed it.
Bonnie calls me on Wednesday morning (she starts work later than I) and said the scale says she's 7 pounds less than Saturday (she wanted to go on a Pizza Hut diet because she had some the night before and it showed a lot less). When I went home I stepped on the scale and it said 149. Then I did something, it errored, I waited and stepped on it again and it was 169. I had Bonnie try it, too. Hers was like 164. (for months she was in the low 150s)
We put a new battery in it yesterday. Still in the 160s. This morning 164. Got dressed, went to hang up my towel and stepped on it again just to see if it was me or the scale being crazy. 162. So I think we need a new scale.
I'm bummed that I'll have to lose the last of my weight with a scale that is calibrated differently. Will I even be in the 150s anymore? Was I ever in the 150s because how long has my scale been wacky?
This past week or two I have felt so much better about myself and I whole heartidly admit it was because of the number on the scale. I felt smaller, more confident, just good. When I would be running, I felt almost petite with small hips and a flat stomach (although, I'm no where near a flat stomach). I added paper clips to my chain. I was loving the thought that I'm only 15 pounds away from my goal. I even thought that pretty soon I wouldn't be needing to add the 50 pound weight on the doctor's scale! That was one thing I was looking forward to. We have a scale in our work gym. While I used to get ready (when I used that gym and not LA Fitness) I could look at the scale see the visual of the marks on the doctor's scale. I couldn't wait to not have to move that weight over. I am even going to make my yearly doctor's appt in about 6 weeks with hopes of that being the case.
Logically I know my weight is what it is. I didn't gain 10 pounds in a week. I also know that I can't give this much power or even mind space to a number on the scale. I know that if I'm not in the 150s now, I will be eventually. I know there's other indicators of my success.
Unfortunately, feelings don't always go along with logic!
Hopefully, this too shall pass!
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Three years ago today Bonnie stumbled upon SparkPeople and we signed up. That weekend, I remember walking around Wal-Mart buying Tupperware (to pack work meals in) and a food scale. I'm guessing Bonnie probably wanted the food scale because she loves "gadgets"; I made sure we bought the cheapest one because I thought we probably werenít going to use it. In other words, I had little faith in myself and my ability to make a change.
Over the next few days, I looked around SparkPeople a little. I was a little overwhelmed at first as well as not sure what I was ready for, so I stuck to a couple of areas. The Food Tracker, the SparkPoints area and, most importantly, the Success Stories. I read a lot of them and thought - these are real people, just like me, and they did it. Something about them seemed more real than seeing ads on TV for weight loss or an article in a magazine. Maybe because they were Spark success stories and I could see how they did it plus read a lot more of their stories on SparkPages - I donít know but they seemed more real. Anyway, something clicked with me while reading them and I thought - I'm just as special, good, worthy (insert adjective here) as those people, if they can do it, so can I. I also secretly wanted to be a Spark Success Story (who wouldn't?)!!
I also vividly remember sitting at my desk in those days after I joined Spark saying to myself - donít make any goals/promises that you're not going to be able to do for the rest of your life. I figured the only way I was going to lose weight and hopefully keep it off was to be reasonable with myself. I never said that I would never eat any certain foods again or that I had to exercise every day. I knew I had no desire to exercise every day for the rest of my life, that's for sure, I don't think I realized I was giving myself a great gift with that one promise. The gift of allowing myself to live life how I wanted and thought best, not by how I thought I was supposed to.
After a small learning curve, I started to excel. I ventured to different parts of Spark and got involved in its great community. I found when I responded to message board posts with people who ask for help, I helped myself. I was eating better, exercising more, being kinder to myself, and starting to gain confidence. I started believing I could really stick to the healthy habits I had started building. I also bought a better food scale!
I wrote a blog on my first Anniversary about the things I had learned up to that point. (Talk about a confidence booster, Spark made it into an article!!!) They are still things I go back to from time to time as a good reminder when things don't seem to be going how I had hoped. Since then, I've learned a few more things -
- Having a support system is essential. If you can't find it at home (which I have) find it at Spark.
- Compliments are still hard to handle. Since I plan on accomplishing a lot this year, I'd better work on this :)
- Negative self-talk is more detrimental than any amount of pizza and wings combined. When we treat ourselves with words we wouldn't dare to say to someone else, we become our worst enemy. Who feeds an enemy well? Who pushes an enemy to take care of himself? Not many people?
- Having a plan and executing it is an awesome feeling.
- I have never regretted exercising. I may not want to do it, I may skip it. But not one time did I finish exercising and say "why the heck did I just do that." It's always the opposite - I feel stronger and healthier after every time.
- It all comes down to believing I'm worth the effort. Believing I am valuable.
My three years have been far from perfect, I'm quite OK with that. I'm still doing what I can to be healthier and thinner. I was ironing pants this morning and thought - these are a size 10!!! I was a 16W when I started. That is exciting. A friend and I went to lunch today she noticed my rings for the first time. I thought - one has been resized, the other is being held on by the other one. That is exciting. As I was typing today I was thinking - my fingers have thinned out a lot! Little things like these really make life so much better. Small reminders, big smiles.
I am proud to say three years later I still am using Spark. I packed my gym bag this morning to go after work. I decided to have lower caloried cereal for breakfast because I was going out to lunch. I measured my chicken and potatoes tonight. I logged my food. I responded to board posts. All healthy habits that have become an integral part of my life.
So on my Sparkversary-
I thank Bonnie for finding the site. I needed it more than she did (in more than just weight).
I thank Spark for the wonderful resources and also for helping me see my potential in life.
I thank my SparkFriends for their support.
I thank myself for taking the time and energy needed to be where I am today and more importantly for realizing I am valuable.
I look forward to the year ahead.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Can be a world of difference in one's psyche.
I have gained about 4 pounds (maybe 5) over the past few weeks and it feels like 20. I'm sure anyone looking at me can't tell but for me it's like I'm back in size 16W pants. (OK, maybe size 14). I LOVED being in the 150s and I'm not right now.
I learned a long time ago not to expect perfection. I'm OK when I have a higher calorie day realizing that it's what I do the majority of the time that really matters. Well, I think I've taken this to an extreme lately. I know I can change it around, I know that staying in calorie range is not that hard (when I decide to track calories which has been awhile) but the overall feeling of being way too lax is an icky feeling.
OK, enough whining. Four pounds is nothing, really.
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