Monday, January 28, 2013
Im watching The Biggest Loser and listening to their chef discuss breakfast - showing a recipe of some sort of egg/turkey bacon&sausage pizza that weighs in over 300 calories. My reaction, as it is always, TOO MANY CALORIES. My breakfast is always under 200 calories. Am I off base? Sometimes I don't know. I did lose 3.8 pounds this week, and a total of 19.6 since November. I wish it was coming off faster, but it is what it is, at 57 years of age. I see the weight coming off, but I'm still unhappy with my body, and wish I could speed the process along.
Ok, enough about that...had a really good workout today...
Saturday, January 26, 2013
You know it don't come easy....the fact of the matter is that every overweight person, whether obese or merely needing to lose 10 extra pounds, would sooo love there to be an easy fix. The moment someone realizes you are losing weight, it's like the heavens part and the angels sing and time stands still as they wait for you to give them what amounts to the secret of the universe. It's as if they are sure it's something magical, because no matter how much they know the truth, that diet and exercise have led you down this road to success,; deep down they are certain you have found an easy way. One that allows you you continue to eat as you wish, and not move off the couch, and still drop the pounds!
But alas, the bubble bursts when you explain your method, and further confound them by stating you aren't on a diet, but a change of your lifestyle. It's sad really, how no one wants to do anything, but wish the pounds away. As all of us know, that just won't happen. For we've all been there, with those same dreams, but until we are willing to do the hard, dirty work, the end result was the same; nothing happens, except most likely, gaining more weight, and making you more miserable!
Eating properly+burning more calories than you consume+committing to it daily, is the magic formula, the Holy Grail of weight loss.....sorry to disappoint....
But, the good news is the results are so worth having! Increased health, the ability to run and play with your children/grandchildren, sitting in a theater seat comfortable, participating in a sport or activity you had previously been unable to do because of your weight; these things are priceless! It's as if, there was an entire world locked away from you, and now it's opened up in front of you. I know that's where I'm headed, and I will be better prepared when I get there, to maintain those results.
Losing weight is hard, and maintaining that loss may be even harder, but, nothing worth having is ever easy!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
I recently revisited these two USA TODAY articles to remind myself what I can do when I remain committed and focused to my healthy habits. I forgot how far I had gotten, and I now understand that the vision has to be held in the forefront of your mind to stay the course sometimes. Like the visualization/goal setting tools SP we can learn here. I really am continually amazed that SP offers us so much information-proven facts, never gimmicks-and it's all free! Finding this site is the number 1 reason I was able to reach my goals, and the more active I am with my use of the tools here, the easier it is to remain on track!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I've been a SP member for over 6 years now and belong to a number of teams. Some of these teams use challenges as motivation to get the members losing weight and staying focused. I find these challenges are a good way to be held accountable and they make e try just a little bit harder. I am often inspired by some of the other folks stories, and they often make me realize how easy I have things by comparison. I do sometimes feel as though some folks are really resisting making the true changes that this journey requires. I learned early on, and was reminded again, in November, that you have to remove the word "TRY" from your vocabulary. Trying, isn't the same as doing. It gives you an out, and excuse, to fail. As in "well, I tried, but it didn't happen", I'll try again. I'm, always astonished that some don't buy into the cardio/strength training combination in regards to exercise. Another, worry for me, is that so many diet/exercise myths are still being accepted and espoused by far to many. The wealth of information available to us, here on SP, washes away all those false beliefs, if we just do a little research. I know we all have to find our own way, and I have, at one time or another, done some of the very same things, but going all in for these challenges can really help you if you really commit to them. The team leaders work so very hard to find ways to help us, and if we just step out of our comfort zones a little, we might be surprised at what we can accomplish; together, helping and supporting one another....just want to thank all the team leaders who work so hard to help us succeed...you guys are the best!
Monday, January 14, 2013
9 weeks begins today and I'm thrilled to say I'm moving along still focused and committed! It definitely feels easier now that it's a habit. Of course I wish it could go quicker, but patience and staying in the moment are all skills that require constant work. I've almost gained my old strength back in my weight lifts. My bench press is up to 70lbs...I should be back up to 85 in 3 weeks....I can definitely see the physical changes, as well. Ditching the loose fit shirt helps me stay inspired to work harder. I'm on the final week of my current workout that I find is a great one to really see results quickly. It has me lifting heavy/low reps followed by lighter/higher reps all in the same workout. It takes longer, but it gets you stronger and leaner at the same time.
But, as with any workout, you must change things up every 4 weeks. Knowing I was finishing this workout, I spent Saturday planning my next program and putting it in my logbook. I found one that requires 4 day-a-week lifting for the first 4 weeks, then 5 day-a-week lifts for weeks 5-8. It's all written down and ready to attack starting next Monday. By the end of this program I should see a big difference, just in time for short sleeves/shorts!
I mentioned in my last blog, how an occasional slip-up shouldn't permit you to go complexly overboard, but instead, just get right back on track. As I was on the Internet today I found a video by Hannah Curly and Olivia Ward talking about the very same thing. (they were Biggest Loser winners.) It's always good to know that other people have the same struggles as I do, and it helps accept that it's not a weakness, but simply human nature.
As I've said, one of my big problems is the negative talk I have with myself, and it's very detrimental to indulge in such a waste of energy. Its always easier to be kinder to myself when things are going well, but I must not let slip back into that bad habit in times of struggles.
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