Saturday, November 01, 2008
Well it's a brand new month and on BLAHC we have been asked to set our goals for the month of November. I am getting excited now about setting new goals because I'm actually reaching and surpassing my goals every month.
Being an overweight person for the majority of my life this is now an amazing journey I am going on.
I can remember being in grade 6 and we needed to have a medical for school for our grade 7 class, but the worst part of it was we had to stand up in class and tell what we weighed. I can remember standing and saying 160 lbs, how embarrassing that was for me, and now I'm thinking why would anyone want to do that to a young person. Is it any wonder why I covered my hurt with food for so many years? I can totally understand about keeping weight on to hide our feelings. Whenever we aren't picked for a team, or as a friend, or for a dance, or whatever in our school years what better way to cover our feelings than with food.
Miss J, had us go to a link today, and read a woman's sparkpage, that was just wonderful and it is encouraging.
How have I lost for 11 weeks in a row?
It's very simple (wish I'd wisened up years sooner):
1. weigh/measure and log everything that goes into your mouth. Make sure you follow a food plan that consists of healthy foods..... low fat dairy, good fats, no white breads, pasta, or rice, good proteins, (I eat lots of chicken breast and fish) and veggies (at least 4 cups per day, no canned veggies) and fruits. I eat 3 meals and 3 snacks each day !
2. Drink 8 -10 glasses of per day, I aim for 10.
3. Workout, I aim for 30 minutes each day, some days it is 3 x 10 min, some days I can do the 30 minutes at one time. Eventually I will increase my workout minutes per day. The best form for me is walking, it doesn't cost you anything, except a good pair of shoes.
4. Being accountable, I weigh-in once a week (no scale at home, this is not good) and I am accountable to all my Spark friends. They are behind me 100% and they help keep me motivated and inspired !
5. Not feeling deprived, now it is a choice I make whether I have a slice of pizza, and I chose not to and it makes me feel wonderful knowing that I am in charge of my choices.
Even though I've been on Sparks since August/07 it wasn't until August/08 that I got serious about my weight loss journey, and since August 16/08 weighing in at 292.5 lbs, I have lost 11 weeks in a row for a total of 31 lbs, now at 261.5 lbs, I am right around the corner from the 250's and aiming to be close to the 240's by the end of November.
Monday, October 13, 2008
We have been doing a challenge with weigh-in and measurements.
Weigh-in is done every week, my day is Saturday, so on Sept. 13 my weight was 276 lbs. October 11 was 269.5, a loss of 6.5 lbs.
Measurements is done once a month, on Sept. 15 I measured, and did my measurements this morning - Oct. 13.
Total loss, chest - 1", waist - 2 ", and hips - 4". Which is a total of 7".
I thought I loved the scale, but I'm beginning to embrace the measuring tape even more !
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Why in our lives are there always those negative people, my mom has always been that way with me.
I phoned her tonight and gave her my update on weight-loss, I hadn't talked with her last weekend, phoned her a few times but didn't get hold of her (she has quite a lot of friends in the building she lives in and always social time going on ha,ha) So got hold of her tonight. And I told her "mom I lost 2.5 lbs last week" She said "Oh that is so good", and I said "and this week was 1/2 a lb" She goes "Oh No"
I told her right away, it was a good thing and then explained to her it's been 8 weeks of losing and I've not strayed from my program. But she kept saying, I hope you stick with it. Yes Mom, I will stick with it, I love this program.
As I said, why do we have negative people in our lives?
Friday, October 10, 2008
Last Saturday after my weigh-in I was feeling so very proud of myself and decided to treat myself to a bouquet of flowers.
The main reason was going from the 290's into the 260's, for me it was quite an accomplishment. So I visited the local store which had a flower counter, unfortunately there was nobody on the desk, after a short wait I started to leave and one of the workers asked another one to page someone to the flower counter, so I said to them okay, if someone is coming I'll go back and wait, within a minute someone came and said to the young girl that had paged her "is it important" and the young girl asked me what I wanted.
Now let me tell you, all I saw was RED ! I turned around and left the counter and this was my comment and I didn't care who heard me "no I don't need anything, since you don't have anyone to service your flower desk what I needed today was not important, good-bye" and I left the store. I was steaming mad and also hurt because I had my heart set on my reward, with my new lifestyle changes it wasn't going to be a "food" treat.
Then I thought, maybe the flower shop about 5 miles down the road was open (this was a Saturday afternoon) and I took the time to go there and yes ! they were open. I ordered a Bouquet of flowers done in beautiful fall colours, and while I waited I let the girl know how upset I was with them. I also told her why it was important to me, and she said "I thought you'd lost quite a bit of weight" which of course made me happy !
Anyhow, why did I get mad! To me, how I'm treated is of utmost importance, I am someone who counts and whether I wanted one flower or 500 hundred flowers I certainly deserve to be treated properly and I was important !
Well today I got a phone call at work and it was someone from the store who had heard about my treatment in their store. Let me tell you, that is the advantage of living in a small community, word of mouth works wonders. Someone from their store had heard the tale in Tim Horton's LOL !
She asked me to tell her exactly what happened and I repeated my tale and also mentioned that I did tell anyone who wanted to hear the story what had happened. She said if she'd have been treated that way she would have done exactly what I did.
She wanted to know if anyone in the store had tried to stop me, and I said no, I know for a fact at least 3 workers heard me and there were about 4 girls on the cash who probably witnessed it also. She asked me if I knew the person, and I said I could point them out, she wanted to know if it was a small blonde girl named Pam, I told her no, I know Pam and she'd never treat me that way. Apparently Pam was working the flowershop desk that day but must have been on lunch break (this was between 1:30 and 2pm)
She apologized and told me next time I came by their store to go to the flowershop and she would make sure that there was a beautiful bouqet of flowers ! I thanked her for both the flowers and the apology !
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