Friday, October 23, 2009
Well, I didn't wait until November. Clothes were fitting much looser, and I decided to take a quick peek this morning. And was surprised to see the scale marker on 166! Happy dance!
Loosing weight slowly plus normal fluctuations means some changes are very slow to show up. After my discouragement two weeks ago, I decided to concentrate on keeping steady. Not letting it affect my food choices. Not letting it affect my mood. I'm in this for the long haul, not just to lose weight, but to eat sensibly and nutriously, and to exercise regularly, but not obsessively.
This weekend was the first SCA feast I've gone to since I joined SP, and I was wondering how I'd do with five courses. Turns out it's all about portion control and making choices. I'd eaten lightly for lunch (red beans & rice) eating more beans and less rice, and I'd been busy all day. I did eat the fresh bread, but no butter. Skipped on the cheese squares. Saved the fat for the bacon wrapped green beans. Oh, those were wonderful! Ate several of those! Took a small slice of the chicken & onion pie, cut a roasted chicken breast in half and took the smaller "half" plus a small serving of the "cheesy noodles", carefully eyeballed the serving size of the beef stew going for the 3 oz amount, and added extra carrots, then finished it off with a small slice of apple pie. Yes, it was delicious! And I didn't feel stuffed, like I usually do after feast. I wanted more, but I didn't take more.
October is an anniversary month in several ways. I started my first professional job here in Louisiana Oct 1, 1981. I started my current (and hopefully last) job Oct 2, 2008; the day before was when I started with the thyroid treatment. Many changes, much personal growth, and now I'm in a much better place in all ways than I was 12 months ago.
I'm looking forward to spring and my new wardrobe!
Monday, October 12, 2009
It's amazing how much emotional power we give to some numbers. I've read it over and over here in members' comments, and seen it for myself. No matter what else shows improvement, if the scale and the tape measure both don't show lower numbers, we get depressed.
A couple of weeks ago, somehow my right foot got hurt, and the ball of the big toe joint was very swollen and painful. For two weeks, I had to forego our walks. I knew this would slow down the weight loss, but I continued to eat sensibly. And then I go and get discouraged when I measured myself this weekend!
Meanwhile, I've been able to go to the next resistance level on the Total Gym, and have been able to increase the number of repetitions about every other workout. This is SOOO much more strength than I had when I started in July, and lightyears from where I was a year ago during the worst of the hyperthroid mess. My posture is much better, backaches are almost a thing of the past, and rarely as painful as they used to be, there is visible difference in looking more "toned" around my waist and ribs. I even adjusted my watch band by a notch the other day!
And yet, that tape measure... I think I'm going to wait until November to measure anything again. And keep up with working out and eating right.
Friday, October 09, 2009
Yes, it's pouring rain outside, but I'm still doing a happy dance!
On Fridays, we wear jeans to work, with a library t-shirt. During the summer months here in south Louisiana, I usually don't wear jeans at home, preferring a lighter weight fabric. And last Friday, I was traveling to an SCA event, so it's been two weeks since I wore the jeans. The size 18 jeans that I had to buy in January, and hated having to buy. They were too big! Even with a belt! I had to change into one of my older pairs, and, even fresh-washed shrunk, they fit and fastened easily!
I have been so looking forward to this day, and it's finally arrived!!
When I signed up with SparkPeople, I decided to go with the slow 1 lb a week program. I knew it would take longer, but I also knew I needed to re-learn, or sometimes learn for the first time, what good, balanced, nutritious eating habits were. One of the reasons I liked the SP program was the emphasis that it wasn't a diet but a lifestyle change. When evaluating exercise options, I looked at them long-term: what could I see myself doing in a year? In two years? In ten? It's not enough just to drop pounds now; what will I do to keep the excess from creeping back?
Yes, gym workouts would burn calories faster, as would running, but that's not who I am. My husband and I used to bike ride when we were younger (heck, we started dating via rides around town!) but we haven't ridden our bikes in 20 years, and finally admitted that we weren't likely to again. We both enjoy walking, and enjoy the walking park the town built several years ago. That we can see ourselves doing for the next 20 years.
So, it's been slow, but it's nice to see bench marks. I loved it when I finally got down to 170. I'm looking forward to reaching 160 in another month or so. And I can't wait until these size 16 jeans are too big! Hmmm, I think I still have on the shelf size 14 jeans, but after that, I might have to go shopping again...
Monday, August 03, 2009
Boy, I wanted to munch today. I was tired, had a headache, and forgot to bring my 24 almonds for snacking at work. Those cookies in the workroom kept calling to me, the chocolate candies sang sweet songs. By the time I got home, I wanted to totally blow the diet with rich fattening stuff.
But, I managed to hang on. I had a mini box of raisins at work and I ate those late afternoon. Had a balanced good supper, though I splurged with some grape Kool-Aid instead of water to drink. Still had to get some protein in, and had another glass of milk. And stayed in the middle of the range for the calories, and the low end of the range for the rest. Yeah!
Next challenge was, I didn't want to go walking. Monday's not the usual night, but I'll be traveling this weekend and needed to get another day's walk in. (How many miles do you get running through airports??) We finished up the dishes, sat for a spell and I got a few more rows knitted on the lace shawl. Then we went for the walk.
I can really see how you can let your feelings determine what you eat rather than what you really need. At least this time, I was able to stay the course.
Now I'll go knit a few more rows...the next pattern row looks easy...
Saturday, August 01, 2009
I'd hoped to see a change when I weighed myself this week, but no, nothing yet.
On the other hand, the change in the way pants are fitting is real; after two weeks on SP, I've lost 1.5 inches from my waist, 1" from my hips, 1" from my thighs, and 1/2" from my upper arm.
I've been staying within the nutrition ranges, though sometimes it's a bit hard trying to get enough carbs and protein without going over the top for the fat. Sigh. And I've been able to avoid all the snacks at work, even though I have to walk past a jar of one of my favorite cookies several times a day. And I've learned to eat yogurt, at least some flavors. I like the ones with berries.
I've gotten up to two laps around the walking park. Sadly, after measuring it, we found that one lap is only 3/4 mile, not a full mile. So, I'm up to 1.5 miles per walk. Each time we start the walk, I wonder if I'll be ready to add an extra loop, but not yet. (The path is two loops, connected by a bridge over the gully.) We walk in the evening, and I'm enjoying watching the bunnies that browse on the back side of the second loop, near the wooded area. Some are less than two feet from the path. We usually see at least two, the most we've seen is eight. They keep an eye on the walkers and runners, just in case, but don't run off. Unless you're a very young person, and then they decide it's better to leave!
Edited to add: Yes, we've measured the walking path, using our GPS set to pedestrian mode. It just confirmed what my husband found several years ago when he used a wheelie thingie to measure it (a tool used in surveying and in accident investigation) as we walked. The walking path at work is a half mile, measured with the GPS.
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