Monday, January 07, 2008
Well, due to circumstances that I haven't controlled, I now have 15 pounds to lose to reach goal. I have little by little allowed my weight to get back to 160 pounds. I've stayed around 157 for about 2 months now, but in the past week I've had a horrible time with eating at night. I never eat anything unhealthy, but I just eat way too much after dinner. So today has been a brand new start with my food. I've recommitted to the stricter ways I was adhering to while I was in the losing phase. I've also decided on a new weigh in schedule of every morning. I've never lapsed even once on my exercise and in fact had a really good week with additional cardio sessions, I know there were some other factors affecting my weight (bowl movement, TOM, increased water intake) but it's time for me to get to my goal so I need to make further adjustments.
This is a lesson for when I finally get to goal and try to maintain. It doesn't matter what you eat, if it exceeds your calories than you will gain weight.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Last night I watched (well I haven't finished watching yet) the E Hollywood Fad Diets show. I was really annoyed and disappointed that SP would advertise this program on their site for us to watch. The problem is that too many people, even SP members are still attempting to lose weight through some of these extreme diets. It's very disturbing to me that people don't realize that the nutrition recommendations that Spark gives are the only way to lose weight. Even if you don't follow the your plan given by SP, if you use the daily guide to make sure you eat the right amounts of carbs, protein, fats, than you will be eating healthy and properly. You absolutely cannot hope to lose weight through any DIET! A diet that is structured to eliminate one food group, cannot be sustained for the rest of our lives. And in order to get and stay healthy you absolutely, positively, must take the approach that this is FOREVER! If we allow ourselves to think there is an ending point to how we are eating now, than we will GAIN THE WEIGHT BACK! It will not happen overnight, but it will happen.
So, listening to the people who were touting the various crazy diets, and books, was infuriating to me! It is just another way to victimize overweight people. Even if the each diet was followed by an experte explaining why it wasn't the right way to diet, I guarantee that people stopped listening beyond the example person's speech about why this diet was so wonderful and how much weight they've lost in 21 days or whatever. Desperate people are just looking for something they can do to get the weight off now. (We were all desperate when we began.) It was depressing to see this show and realize how people would buy into the fads not understanding that the point was to show how wrong they were. Like I said before, people join SP but still try these things, in fact there are people on here who use this site and still pay the likes of The Biggest Loser trainers, to get their workouts, or nutrition plans. I ask, WHY? Everything you need is right here on this site. I admit that after some time I needed to do my own research about lifting weights, and I would like to see SP add programs for people who have moved beyond the bands, balls, and dumbbells phase. But, even if I only stuck to the workouts here, I would still have lost the weight.
So, I hope that everyone on this site will understand that they are the ones who can do this. The program is good, and sound and can be sustained forever. We can all reach the point where you no longer think about what you eat, it's a new healthy way of eating, and you like it. We can all get to the point where we enjoy our exercise and look forward to doing it. Honest, I know, I'm there and it's a really good place to be.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
turn your wishes into goals. You get practical results when you apply "what if" to your own life. Your desire to see it through grows as your idealistic vision takes hold.
Success doesn't happen without a vision and hard work. When you have both, they sprout from a passion that's rooted in idealistic thinking.
In the end, the grander the vision, the greater your accomplishments!
My vision from the start was to have a body that would allow me to do whatever I wanted to do. One that was healthy and could battle against time to allow me to enjoy my days on this earth! I'm there, but I still have some work to do...
Saturday, January 05, 2008
I've been indoors so much mainly doing spinning class (which I love) and had not realized how nice it feels to get outside and run! I went to one of our parks today and thought I was going to walk for an hour (I've gotten away from doing any real exercise on the weekends-giving myself a break). Well I felt so good and even though it was cold, I had my UA cold gear on with a soft-shell jacket, along with my iPod and I just kept going. I ran for 50 minutes and then walked for an additional 16. I love listening to my music and just going with the beat.
So, I've also been on SP a lot over the past week and have begun to catch up on reading my e-mails. I've found a lot of good information including this:
Memory can be used for good or for evil. If you use your past as a source of learning, it's worth remembering. If, however, all you do is mull over your mistakes and punish yourself for your failures, it's a waste of time. Rehashing failure can paralyze you in mortal fear of making another mistake, which, of course, just makes the feeling worse and practically guarantees future letdowns. The key to making meaningful changes is to pay more attention to the future than to the past. Have you ever noticed that the best athletes also have the shortest and most selective memories? Instead of dwelling on a missed shot or a flawed dive, they concentrate on making corrections and getting the next one right. It's as if the failed attempt never happened. It's forgotten and they don't fear trying again. If you mess up, even in an epic, life-altering way, work hard to leave it behind and concentrate on the possibilities yet to come.
"Tomorrow is much brighter when it's not smeared with a fixation on yesterday."
I understand the need to move past all the junk in our past. I know that I'm still struggling with being able to forgive myself for all the years I wasted being obese. I know that we should treasure each day, and make the most of it, and I feel as if I just squandered so much time being fat and out of shape. So, now I try to remind myself that it doesn't matter about the past, only what lies ahead and as long as I make the most of each of those days ahead, than I will make up for any past squanderances. When I read this quote I realized that I'm not the only person who does this to herself and that knowledge makes it easier for me to see that it's not a character flaw, but instead simply human nature. So today I choose to be proud of myself for what I've accomplished today and over the past 2 years!
Friday, January 04, 2008
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What a cool thing to find in my e-mail this morning! I take this as a great compliment and thank those of you who feel I've inspired you in some way.
From the beginning of this journey it was all about me. I felt like that was the only way I was going to succeed-focus on me. When you are a mom of 5 and have been married for 31 years you sort of lose focus of yourself. You become "Mom" or "wife" and lose "Diane", but by being a bit selfish for the first time in my life, I've been able to do what I set out to do. And although I'm not quite at my goal, I can say that I feel very blessed to be able to share my experience and hopefully help other people. I will never forget the feeling of helplessness and dispair I felt at 299 pounds. I do hope that at some point I won't feel the need to define myself by that, but if one person can find their way by using me as an example of what's possible, than I've gained so much more than a new body from all this!
Today was an awesome day at the gym(they are all mostly awesome anyway)! I tweeked my lifting program a bit today, and can feel that amazing feeling in my muscles as I sit here and type! There really are very few things in life that give me that much enjoyment and feelings of utopia! Then after the weight lifting, my spin class was really great. The instructor did a few things differently (I think she's trying to get herself back in pre-holiday shape) and it was a really awesome workout. I thanked her after class and told her how good it was and she was really glad to hear that.
So, the rest of my day will be gravy because I had such a wonderful start. Anytime I feel like not going to the gym, I just draw on the memory of how I feel right now, and know that I just need to get in the car and get to the gym and I can feel this way again!!!
Hope we all have a wonderful weekend (I know I will as my son and his new wife are coming home from their honeymoon and will have plenty of pictures and stories to share)! I will have to take down all those Xmas decorations, but I'm ready for a fresh and uncluttered look around here!
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