Thursday, January 17, 2008
Ok, today was the day I met with my spin friend from the gym and helped her start a weight training program. I had posted the other day how I was feeling apprehensive about doing this. The main reason was that I feel it's such a big responsibility. I know how badly people want to lose weight, I can see the emotions they feel (and remember how I felt myself) and I don't want to let them down, or lead them on. I just feel like so many people, industry, etc. are just exploiting all of us with weight issues. It's bad enough that there are businesses built from our anghst, but the fact that medical doctors are involved and pushing gastric bypass and the like as a solution, just shows how bad the situation has become. When I read ads or hear doctors extolling the value of gbp it makes me angry. Unless you are 500 pounds and totally homebound, there is no reason to have this risky proceedure. Let me qualify this comment(I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings and I'm sure there are some who have had this and found success): it's like the situation with doctors receiving "gifts" from drug companies for prescribing their drugs; doctors are no longer most concerned with our health, but instead with their bottom line. Gbp has become a thriving cash cow for the medical community and they have many convinced that it's their only hope of losing weight...BS!!
But, I digress, my session with my friend went very well, and I felt so very good when she thanked me when we were done. I could see how much it meant to have someone get her started in the right direction and that felt amazing. Being able to take what I've learned and give someone hope of duplicating my success makes my journey all the more meaningful.
I think she's going to be able to do this. I know it will take even more discipline from her than it took of me (she's got two young children to care for) but I think she is committed and just needed a little direction!
As for me I had an awesome day of working out and then came home and cleaned my house, did some laundry and other chores and now am sitting here catching up with SP business. Today was cardio and I made sure I burned my 500 calories during spinning(had to stay an extra 20 minutes)and I also did ab work while I waited for my friend to get to the gym. I feel as if I've accomplished a great deal today!
I'm really glad that this site is getting some media attention. It's so sad that people are spending their hard-earned money at WW or BLC to do all the same things that SP does. I know it was incredible for me to find this site, because I wasn't willing to pay someone my money to do something that I knew I was totally capable of doing for myself. This site, however, gave me the final pieces to this puzzle and I've been able to sustain my program with the help I get here!
It's cool because my son's girlfriend has no joined the SP program because she heard that's what I've been doing. She has a wedding she wants to shape up for and was going to go to WW but my son told her about what I've done, so she's now doing SP!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Ok, here's the dilemma with getting fit...people want to know how you got that way. It's not enough to tell them, now I have two ladies who want me to show them! Two problems with this: 1. I don't want to show them something wrong, or that would cause them to hurt themselves. 2. I don't want anything to interfere with my own workouts.
Fortunately, they both seem to only workout on Tuesday & Thursday, so it's not on my lifting days. Unfortunately, I lift at least 3 times a week, and watch my nutrition daily, that gives them 2 strikes already if they want to look like me. But, I'll copy my workout and show them how to lift properly and see how that goes...
My workouts this week have been totally awesome! I've amped up (or kept up) the cardio to no less than 60 minutes and shooting for 500 calories burned. So I've been staying after spinning and finishing my ride until I reach that goal. My strength program has been switched up again, going back to free weights after a 2 week machine only workout. It really is amazing how tweaking the exercises you do can make you feel the difference. I really like that feeling!
I'm trying to add some more protein post-workouts in order to help my muscles repair themselves...that's a tough thing to do and keep the calories in check...
Dolly Parton has a song out called Better Get to Livin...while I'm not a big fan of hers, the song essentially says that people need to quit their whinning and moaning and make the changes that are necessary in order to make themselves happy; stop blaming others for your bad lot in life and change the bad things, because life's too short...then I come across today's Healthy Reflection and here's what I read: We all have goals--some immediate, some far off in the distance. By working hard and focusing on what you want to get out of life, you increase the probability of achieving all of your dreams. In the end there are no guarantees, so make the most of each day by celebrating and cherishing the moment instead of looking forward.
My point is that it's certainly a lesson we all need to learn and it's worth repeating no matter what format we in which we hear it!
Monday, January 14, 2008
This Life is a gift.
I am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be. I sometime despair over my body, the wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging butt, but I don't agonize over those things for long.
As I've lost weight, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.
I will dance with myself to the radio and sing along to any song, anywhere.
I am so blessed to have laughed enough laughs that they will be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed.
As you get thinner, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.
Many of us use our "limitations" as a stop sign for reaching our goals. While knowing our limits can safeguard us against injury and embarrassment, too often we use them as avoidance methods in our lives. What is holding us back from reaching our goals? How can we push beyond our comfort zone in a healthy way? Many dieters experience such limitations in on their weight loss journeys. Our bodies and minds are capable of overcoming much more than we could ever imagine if we just try. Today set new goals that may push you a little. Overcoming your personal hang ups and fears may be one of the most rewarding choices you'll ever make!
These are the thoughts that have helped me get back on track in a big way! I had a really awesome week with both food, and exercise and it gives me such a boost to know that even now, after 2 years I'm able to jolt my body back to losing weight. I dropped 3.6 pounds this past week. Yes, I know my tracker still says 150, and though it may seem like I'm lying or cheating, I refuse to change it, but instead vow to get back to, and beyond it. I had gradually crept up to 160 pounds over the past 3 months, but, I never gave up on my workouts, and now I'm back to tracking every morsel that goes in my mouth and making sure I know exactly how much of it I eat.
Here's to a better week this week.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Like Martha Graham, who said that "The body is a sacred garment. It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor," Jenny Craig seems to know a thing or two about caring for your body and your self. In the Garden of Eden, eating was modeled as one of life's most pleasurable experiences. But then Eve took a bite out of that apple (so much for the low calorie, low fat, high fiber theory), and women (and men) have been at war with food ever since. Both of these quotes reflect this fact. Are your weight issues really a symptom of something else--boredom, depression, regret, or rejection? At the root of many issues is our self-loathing at worst, our self-indifference at best. Food is not the enemy. We are. Break the cycle of dieting and replace it with loving yourself enough to make good choices about your diet. Examine your eating habits this week. Are you honoring your body with your food choices? How can you love yourself back to a healthy relationship with eating? Take steps towards defeating the natural compulsion or craving that might take you down a path of regretful eating. Remember the sacredness of your own skin. This is today's healthy reflection on SP. How, ironic that these are some of the things I've posted during the past few weeks; lessons I've learned along the way. I even had a discussion with a girl at my gym who was desperately looking for answers, about this very thing. I explained that her husband's negative attitude should have no bearing on her. She needed to do this for herself. She had to believe she was important enough and worth the effort...so to see it in black and white here on the site, was really cool. This is one of the most important things I've accomplished throughout the past two years. My husband, probably the greatest guy on earth, but whenever he would get angry about something, he would throw hurtful insults at me. Saying things like, you're lazy and you don't do anything (which really wasn't untrue), so after I had been on this for a few months we had a disagreement and he began with those words, I actually laughed at him and said, you'll have to find a different fight, because you can't even affect me with those words anymore, because I know it's not true. That's when I knew I had turned the corner and saw myself as a good, worthwhile person. Now, my days are filled with activities and I'm happier than I've ever been in my life!
So, another week gone by. I'm proud of myself for not just lying around today. I got up at 6:30 and took the remaining Xmas decorations down (yeah, I know way late! I just couldn't get motivated!!) then got changed and went to my sister's for lunch and dinner...usually I just hang out and don't do any cardio on Sunday, but today, as I promised I went for a walk. I took my sister's dog and we were out for an hour, throwing a ball, and walking, then playing frisbee for 15 minutes when we got back. It felt good. I am a bit sore tonight from hefting boxes around again...but I'm take some Motrin and be ready for my workout tomorrow.
I'm once again miffed at the media. This time it's People magazine. Although I'm glad they ran an article about successful weight loss, I wish they would find people who didn't do a "diet". While some of the things they said were good, again there was a lot of bad information and of course, reliance on some money grubbing program. Why is it that if we pay someone we feel we'll succeed, but in reality, we can all do this alone? However, I guess I'm feeding this maching, because, afterall, I bought a copy of magazine to see how they did it!!!
A bit of a newflash for me-I put in an application for a job at my gym. This is quite something as I've not been actively looking to work, nor would I want to have a job that could potentially interfere with my fitness schedule, but I've been thinking about earning a little spending money to finance my personal maintaince(nails, hair, gym membership, workout clothes and shoes). So, I'll keep you posted...ps I will not work weekends, so I hope that doesn't keep me from getting hired...
Friday, January 11, 2008
Why can't the answer to the question I'm most asked be "with this magic wand" and of course that would answer the question "how did you do it"? That's the secret to my body transformation. I'm not being flip, really. I honestly wish I could tell all the people who want to lose weight that it's that easy. This morning after conversations with a few women in my spin class, I felt so bad. The reason was that they all want to lose weight, they come to the gym regularly, one even has been working with one of the gym's trainers (since September) and they're just spinning their wheels. Really, it breaks my heart because I know the desperation they feel. If I only had an easy solution for them, I would give it to them in a minute!
But let's be honest, there is no quick fix, easy solution. Even the people who feel so incapable they chose surgery, aren't going to find that path at all easy. Why is it that we all know what we have to do to lose weight, but some of us still aren't able to get it done? If I could find that answer, I would use it to solve the world's obesity problem - free of charge - because I know what the obese/overweight feel and we shouldn't be victimized anymore by those trying to benifit from our weight issues.
Unfortunately, I don't have a secret, or any magic, but I will tell you this, we all are capable of doing this. I'm not special because I've lost 143 pounds, I'm just an ordinary person who had enough, and decided to empower myself instead of being a victim to food anymore. Why now, I'm not sure, but at age 52, I realize that I was running out of tomorrows in which I could "start" (we all have said that to ourselves; tomorrow I'll start this diet). So as I sit here today, I want to do anything in my power to help anyone who feels that desperation. I told the one girl in spinning about Spark and told her to go directly home and sign up. She was in tears about the lack of support she receives from her husband! I really hope she found her way here, because there is so much support here and she could really use the people on here.
Now, for my day: I did my strength workout this morning for 90 minutes. I found that I was beginning to feel rushed by allowing 1 hour and I wanted to add some other exercises to my workout. So, today was one of the best workouts I've had in a while. As for spinning, due to the knee situation, I didn't do anymore than the 52 minutes of the class, and would have liked to burn a few more calories, but I was mindful of how my knee was feeling, and didn't want to cause any further injury. My calorie burn was only 365 today, but for the week I've done well enough that it is enough. I'm taking down Xmas decorations tomorrow and will go to the park or just outside and run (walk if the knee isn't feeling right). I know this has been a good week and I'm excited by all the positive things I've done this week. I had only one night when I overate my calorie allotment with Special K cereal...so that's a good thing.
Here's a little article I found while looking for healthy low-cal foods to eat at a Japanese restaraunt (we're going out tonight):
If we ate 100 fewer calories each day,
instead of gaining a pound at the end
of a year, maybe we’d lose a pound.
Small factors that we’re not even aware
of add 100, 200, 400 calories. My studies
examine when that happens and
when it doesn’t.
A lot of diets aren’t successful or lead
to yo-yo dieting because they’re based
on cognitive control. People say, “A
moment on the lips, forever on the
hips,” or “I shouldn’t eat that chocolate
cake.” But why is it that people who
have so much control over other parts
of their lives are overweight? It takes
so much cognitive effort, it becomes a
I know that at different times in my
life I decided that I would get back into
the shape I was in when I was 21. Twothirds
of your life goes on hold because
you’re always focused on that goal.
And most of us can’t closely monitor
what we eat or make 200 decisions a
day to eat or not eat something.
It’s much easier to let the environment
do the work for you. We
can’t control whether there’s a
McDonald’s on the corner, but we can
control whether we have potato chips
sitting on the counter or ice cream in
the freezer or cookies in the cookie jar.
That doesn’t mean that we can’t
have those foods in the house. But we
can put them someplace else. We can
control our portion size. Instead of eating
family style, we can leave the food
on the stove, so if you want seconds or
thirds, you have to get up every time to
In our lab, as well as in our house,
we’ve gotten rid of our small, fat
glasses. We only have tall, skinny
glasses. It’s okay to save money with
bulk buying and large packages, if you
repack the food in smaller bags. That
way, the environment makes the decision
for us. Relying on our mental
resistance is a whole lot less effective
than changing our environment.
if people expect a bad taste,
that’s what registers. We gave people energy bars
with absolutely no soy in them. We
asked them what they thought of the
taste when the wrapper said “contains
10 grams of protein.” And they’d say,
“Not bad…kind of chocolatey…good
But when the label [on the exact
same food] said “contains 10 grams of
soy protein,” they’d say “Oh geez, I
can’t get the taste out of my
mouth…this is terrible…doesn’t
even taste like chocolate.” If people
imagine they’re going to taste
something, they’re going to look
How can we help people eat
healthier foods? You can’t just tell them that they
shouldn’t eat chips or candy or
meat. You have to convince them
that there’s an alternative.
If you’re trying to convince somebody
to eat, say, an apple instead of
candy for a snack, you can either
emphasize that the apple is similar
to candy, that it’s sweet, it tastes
good, or you can emphasize the differences—
it’s healthy, it’s got fiber,
We find that the more similar the
two foods are, the more you want to
emphasize the different traits. So you
could say, “Why don’t you eat a granola
bar instead of a candy bar? It’s got
oatmeal, it’s going to last you longer,
won’t spoil your dinner.” If you have, say, an apple
instead of a candy bar, the differences
are apparent to begin with. So there
you want to start with advertising the
similarities. You want to say, “An
apple is really sweet, it’s refreshing, it’s
fun to eat, it’s got the same crunch as a
candy bar.” You want people to see it
as an analogous substitute.
If dietitians are trying to get people
to eat more fruits and vegetables, they
need to stress the commonalities, not
just that they’re healthy foods. That
just accentuates the differences.
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