Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Today the temp is going to reach 70! We may break records for the month of January. I went to my spinning class this morning and I just love the class this particular instructor runs. I burned more calories in her 50 minute class than I did yesterday for the same amount of time. If I hadn't stayed and did my own spin after class yesterday, I wouldn't have burned enough calories! But, after class I decided it was too nice to run back indoors. So, I went for a jog/walk in the park for 36 minutes. I was beautiful and I was glad I got out in the bright sunshine and warm weather.
I'm trying to up my cardio to at least an hour or more each day. I think it will help me get back on track. I'll try it for a week and then back down again and possibly trade days between running and spinning or maybe even use some of the other cardio machines at the gym depending on the weather. I am not a real fan of the ellipitical or the stair climber machines, but if I want to kick-start my cardio I'll force myself to use them.
I've done much better with food. In fact I stuck to my self-imposed limit of night-time snacking last night. I seem to have the right mind-set again-the one that doesn't "allow" me to have "just one" of things(like dry Special K or Cheerios for snacks). I seemed to have fallen victim to my own successes as I felt I look good now and so I'd have the extra helpings of pretzels, along with an apple with peanut butter, and maybe even a hundred cal snack each night...it all adds up folks, and it's best to keep the snacks at no more than 200 calories!
Lesson learned for now...stay tuned.
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!
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