Sunday, October 06, 2013
My mother and I share similar histories of gaining weight. Both of us were slim from childhood to young adults. And, we both gained weight after we got married and we both gained weight after we quit smoking but she also gained weight from bearing 5 children, which I didnít.
In August 1998, my mother was dying from lung cancer and she was losing weight. She jokingly said to me that sheíd always wanted to lose weight but this wasnít exactly the way she had been thinking. But, then she also said that she didnít want me to lose my weight the same way.
When I was a teen, I ate whatever I wanted as a teen but given that we lived in an area that didnít have public transit and given that our family only had one car and 3 teenage girls vying for it, I found it was just easier to walk everywhere so I did.
My weight gain started when I got married. My marriage start weight was 130.
We each had a car and so we didnít walk everywhere anymore. And, we both loved food so we ate whatever, whenever and however much we wanted. Within the first 5 years we were married, I gained 50 pounds. And, then in 1988, I quit smoking and gained another 50 pounds. And, then just randomly over the years between 1984 and 1998, I gained a further 30 pounds so in 1998 when my mum said that she didnít want me to lose weight with a terminal illness the way she did, I weighed 260 pounds.
The way that my mum persuaded me to do this was by offering to pay for me to go to Weight Watchers. So, I agreed and I went. At the end of the first week after I had followed the plan perfectly, my second weigh-in was a shock because I had actually GAINED 4 pounds! And, I stayed there for SIX WEEKS! Now, a lot of people would have given up at this point but my mum was very encouraging and told me it would come and to just stay with it. Unfortunately, the first week I actually lost on the scale was because my mum had died in November 2008 and I just couldnít eat. I quickly found out that I canít eat when Iím upset/ stressed/crying, et cetera.
However, that said, between 1998 and 2003, I lost 70 pounds in total and I was probably happier more of the time than sad.
To be continued...
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Yesterday morning, I went grocery shopping with my MIL and then the plan was to come home, eat lunch, have a nap, sit on the deck and enjoy the sunshine while reading and then get ready to meet up with DH's family for dinner before the Canadian National Sprint Car Races. Ever heard about best-laid plans?
First of all, I got an email from my BIL just before I went for my nap saying that he was sick and didn't think he could come. Bummer. He said he had the chills and shakes so I told him to take care of himself and I'd see if I could get a couple of nephews to take the tickets. However, not only were he and his GF supposed to come with us but he was supposed to drive DH's cousin in from Toronto as well. So, he said the cousin could borrow his car if he still wanted to go and he would try to get hold of him.
In the meantime, I went for a short nap because I really was tired but it was hard to sleep thinking of all this. I had been looking forward to seeing all of them and I hadn't made a backup plan. After I got up from my nap, I texted Mark (the cousin) telling him that Tavis (the BIL) was sick and couldn't come but that Mark could borrow his car if he still wanted to come or he could catch the train and DH would pick him up at the station and that's eventually what happened because Mark didn't exactly know how to get to our area driving.
After talking to Mark, I decided to go outside and sit on the deck and enjoy the sun for awhile and read because who knows how many more nice days we were going to get. But, our neighbour was running a wood chipper and it was extremely loud and annoying so I ended up going inside because it was just too annoying. I told DH that just once I'd like to get a neighbour who was quiet on the weekends. Our last neighbour had a dog who barked all the time when we were outside. It's enough to drive someone crazy!
In the meantime, I had 2 extra tickets that I had paid $45 each for and I wanted someone to use them. DH was at the McMaster University football game with my niece and nephew, their parents and my dad so I texted him to ask him to ask if anyone with him wanted to come to the races with us that night but no one did so then I called and texted my other local sister and her eldest son to see if he and his younger brother wanted to come with us? I got a call back saying that Alexander (the older brother) would come but his brother didn't think it was a good idea because they wouldn't get home until midnight and he thought that was too late for him (he's 12 - I thought this was pretty mature of him). But, I was happy that at least one of the two tickets was going to be used.
In the meantime, DH had come home from the game and was racing around trying to figure out what he was going to wear to the races and packing warm clothing and a blanket for others and him to use if what they wore wasn't warm enough.
And, our dinner plans had to been changed because DH was picking Mark up at the train station at 5:45 and then his mum at 6:20 and then me around 6:30 and then we had to go get Alexander and then head to the races because they started at 7:30. So, we decided we would just get something from the concession stand for dinner (not the healthiest option but if we wanted to get there on time, there really wasn't another option).
However, I actually decided to eat my rice and cucumber/nectarine salad while DH was gone picking up his family so I wasn't even that hungry at the race although, I did buy some caramel coated popcorn and had that at intermission. Oh well, I did stay in my calories for the day but not by much.
The races were good but I was freezing. It was around 55 but with a wind coming from my left (my left side was on the aisle) so I was cold. I was wearing jeans with tights on underneath plus a t-shirt, two fleece hoodies and a hat.
My friend, Mike actually builds engines for sprint cars and that's why we were there and for the final race, two of his cars had qualified in the previous races and were in the top 10 for the last race, which involved 30 cars doing 35 laps of an oval 3/8th mile dirt track. So that was pretty good.
Sprint cars weigh about 1200 pounds, have about 170 horsepower and go about 140 mph and it's way cool!
Unfortunately, first one of Mike's cars ran into the wall and then the second one had a spectacular crash with another car that ran into it. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
Monday, August 26, 2013
1. What is my goal for between rounds?
My goal is to maintain my weight loss and to continue to exercise more days than not. And, of course, I will continue to track my food and fitness.
2. Identify at least one thing you did right in the last 12 weeks.
Overall, I've been consistent with my exercise. I've only missed 7 days of exercise since June 5th.
3. What is one thing you want to improve/change?
I'd like to be more consistent with my food. When I'm on holidays, I tend to eat out more and don't always make the wisest choices.
4. What is the plan for reaching your goal between rounds?
I will track every bite and every sip that I take. I will continue to exercise more days than not.
5. Take one action toward your plan for between rounds.
I have gotten rid of all the junk food we've had in the house over the summer and have replaced some of it with nectarines, plums, cantaloupe, watermelon, raspberries and strawberries. If I want salty, I will have nuts or popcorn.
I know I can do this.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
While comfortably seated, close off your left nostril with your left thumb. Inhale and exhale through your right nostril for 3 to 5 minutes.
Research shows that right-nostril breathing can elevate blood pressure, which can make us feel a grand dose of natural invigoration.
On the flip side, doing left-nostril breathing lowers blood pressure and can produce a calming effect.
From Fitness Magazine, July/August 2013 issue and Erica Wehrwein, Ph.D., an assistant professor of physiology at Michigan State University.
Monday, July 22, 2013
When I say that I tend not to eat as healthily during the summer, I was kind of meaning that when eating out, I might get a hamburger and fries instead of a salad for example. I rarely do that but that's an example. Or, I might indulge in dessert for a treat. It's those kinds of things that I need to get better control of.
I recently read in my Eat Clean cookbook the following and it really resonated with me:
"Think of it this way: If you have a lot of weight to lose, you need to be stricter with your food choices until you have met your goals. The cheese (or whatever) isn't going anywhere. It will still be available to you three months, six months or even a year from now. If you have already met your weight-loss goals, you can be a little less strict with yourself -- although this isn't permission to get crazy with the Cheez Whiz. I do eat cheese myself but I eat it rarely and sparingly."
Good advice, isn't it? Or, as Roni would say, how bad do you want it?
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