Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Ok, keeping with my commitment to write at least a short blog entry every day, yesterday was a good day. I stayed within my calorie range, worked out in the morning and took a 30+ minute walk in the afternoon. I feel good.
Since the beginning of December I have completed a number of actions that should help speed me along to a more healthy and relaxed lifestyle:
1. Shed myself of all employees. Employees were a real source of stress for me. It seemed that I had to work twice as hard to ensure I could meet payroll. Now I am working just for me. I feel much more relaxed and less pressured.
2. Moved my office. With no employees, I was able to downsize and move my office to a bldg. less than a mile from by home. My 15 minute commute is less than 2 now :)
3. Bonus 2nd floor. As an exercise bonus, my new office is on the 2nd floor. Up and down the stairs 20 times a day is an exercise bonus.
4. Have a gym membership. The membership is part of my new health coverage. I have not been yet since I have always been more of a home exerciser, but will check it out this week. It will give me some variety in my exercise.
5. Re-initiated after lunch walks. When I was loosing weight, I walked almost every day after lunch. Not a big calorie burn, but one more hit.
These are just lifestyle changes that will help me be more relaxed and more fit. My mood indicator has definitely gone up.
Next on the agenda is to set my weight loss goals and rewards. 10 lbs in 6 weeks is the first goal. The reward....not sure yet. We are going on a short vacation at the end of Feb. The resort requires "gentlemen wear jackets and ladies dress appropriately"-- Maybe a new sexy outfit
Monday, January 13, 2014
Since September, I have not lost any weight and may have actually gained a few pounds. It is not that I do not know what to do. I lost 50 lbs once, and it was not difficult. I can certainly do it again. It just takes paying attention to what I eat and exercise regularly. Though I have not put on all the weight I loss, I have put enough on that my knees are starting to bother me again and I just do not feel as good about how I look.
Well, to keep me honest and doing what I want to do, I decided to keep a public blog this time and admit when I go off. Do not get me wrong. I am not doing a stringent, boot camp type program. That just is not me. If I deny myself something, then I feel deprived and unhappy. What I want to achieve is balance. If I really want something--piece of candy or glass of wine--fine. What leads to the weight gain is not the occasional indulgences--its the habitual actions.
I know I feel better if I do not have a couple of glasses of wine before dinner, but it is a habit. So this is my commitment.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Well, here I am again. I reached my goal 2 years ago, but since that time 20 lbs have come back. The first 5 lbs came quickly, then after stalling for a few months, the pounds came on with a fury. No, it did not just happen. I have a lot of excuses:
1. Remodeled kitchen - 8 months of eating out nightly and my the rec room where I exercise became our living room, dining room and kitchen disrupting my morning exercise routine.
2. Wine - I began adding back a glass or two of wine nightly, which eventually became 3 or 4. For some reason my body does not metabolize wine well and the lbs add on more than the calories would suggest.
3. Laziness - it became easier to go out for lunch than pack a healthy lunch -- a hold over from the habits formed during the remodel.
4. Hot and Cold -- the beautiful Southern California weather had strings of too hot and too cold days for my daily walk.
5. Business Travel -- this has always been a challenge since I travel regularly on business and do not always have exercise facilities or healthy food choices.
I really thought I knew how to eat healthy and exercise regularly, but is amazing how a few "wrenches" in the routine ingrains new habits.
Well, yesterday morning I could not zip up a pair of jeans that had come back from the cleaners. Of course, I had noticed that all my skirts and slacks were getting tight, but this time, I could not even get into them.
OK, there is the motivator. Before I looked at losing weight as a game. I got points for eating healthy, doing my morning exercise, taking a walk after lunch, keeping my calorie count, etc. The points translated into weight lost.
So its back in game. Going for a second win!
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Through most of my life, I was relatively slender, then:
- Married +10 lbs. (130)
- Stopped Smoking + 10 lbs. (140)
- Medication with side effect of increasing appetite +10 lbs (150)
But the real knocker was when I started my own business 8 years ago + 35 lbs and it was growing (185 when I finally took control). All my attention, 15 hours + days-- 7 days per week, revolved around the business. There was no time for exercise or healthy eating.
I am now within about 6 lbs of my "stopped smoking weight" and looking to get just a little below that (between 135 and 140) which I think would be the most healthy for me. (I really do not think I would look that good if I was as thin as as I was in my 20's.)
A strange side effect has happened. My interest in work and the business are almost nil. Evidence of this includes that I am writing this blog rather than working on a report which is due.
There have been other factors that may have impacted this conclusion (reunited with my son, grandson in my life, and death of my mother).
I am definitely not giving 110% any more. In fact, I doubt I am giving 10%, which is certainly impacting the bottom line. Work has always been my #1 priority so I am befuddled by my change in attitude.
I am really not sure what I want to do. I thought about just locking the doors and walking away; however, my responsibility for 4 great (well, sometimes great) employees and current clients with contracts really prevents me from doing that. Plus, I wonder if I would get really bored without the stress of the business--its ups and downs.
Thought maybe writing this out would clarify this for me. Is there some other direction I should be taking now? What is it? Whenever I look at setting business goals and developing strategies to make it happen, my mind drifts to menu planning and other non-productive activities and nothing gets done. I look for distractions (like writing this blog). While I want to feel the same enthusiasm and excitement I use to feel about my work, it seems stifled for now.
Was wondering if anyone else noticed their priorities began to change as they began to reach their weight goals or have I just reached burnout.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I don't know if it just my choices, but blogs and articles that I have read recently all seem to center on willpower and sacrifice to achieve weight and health goals. This really turns me off.
To me the journey should be fun and enjoyable. For me at least, the journey started the end of last August when I was weighing in at around 185 pounds. I have loss a little over 33 lbs and am about 2/3's of the way to my goal weight. So I have been at this for 8 months and expect to be at it 3 or 4 more months (and that does not count maintenance). Some Sparkers have been working toward their goal weight for 1, 2, or even 3 years. That is a very long time to spend in a deprivation mode.
My approach is so much different. I track my food intake almost every day (I only missed periods during a major family crisis.). I have made a game out of it. I know what my calorie, protein, carb, and fat amounts should be each day. So it is a like a puzzle that I need to put together with various food items to fill out the picture of a balanced diet. It is a challenge, a challenge I have fun meeting by experimenting with new recipes and planning meals. I do not sacrifice to make my daily goal. I don't make it everyday, but I do win the game most days.
Exercise is also an opportunity to have fun and enjoy. I read the paper while on my stationary bike (something I rarely had time to do before) or play active Wii games, dance and participate in other challenges. I walk during my noon time break, which gives me a chance to meditate and think through problems. I use my strength exercise time to watch TV. I am always looking for new activities that might be fun. I just ordered TurboJam, which a Spark member commented was a lot of fun and online reviews agreed.
The goal is important, but the journey to the goal should be fun. Life is too short not to enjoy every minute. Enjoy your journey and make it fun!
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