Thursday, July 10, 2014
I admit I had three days of bad eating starting July 4th at the party. Then it continued for two more, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
So, once again, I regrouped yesterday... why not Monday? Well, Monday I did eat healthy, but had many things to do. So yesterday, I looked up charts and body type and frame sizes and what is the maximum I could weigh. I am going for that right now... my maximum weight. So it turns out that I need to lose 49.5 pounds for my large frame.
I had watched this story on PBS about a female Olympic power lifter. She wanted to join the coast guard, and was a large frame, but weighed 110 pounds over their maximum allowable weight limit, which was 193 for her. So I looked up what I should weigh according to the coast guard and then I found online a couple of other charts that were more reasonable than the old insurance charts you had to go by. I discovered that ideal weight I originally was going for may be too low for my age, and now I have a more realistic picture.
I also wonder why the Coast Guard allows a higher weight than the old insurance charts for women? Maybe the answer is muscle... what do you think?
For example I know that most women wear a size 14 instead of a size 4. These are real women and not what you see gracing the fashion magazines and runways.
At my thinnest, I wore a size 10 and was skin and bones! I did not look good. 14 is the best size for me and now I wear an 18W. By the way for you who don't know about plus sizes, a 14W is larger than a 14, about a size. So if you go by that, I need to lose four sizes and since I am larger at the top, 5 sizes at the top!
I feel better about it all now after measuring myself, all over. I don't like the measurements, but I now have a realistic picture of what I truly am and what I need to do. Before, I left out this crucial step. As I do my Aqua Fit, now I can know if I am losing inches.
So there you have it. Have you taken your measurements? You probably have, but if you have not, I would recommend it!
You might be wondering why I have not had this revelation before now after being on Spark for so long. You see, my thoughts have been on getting healthy and getting off some medications. In 2012, I was concentrating on life because I had a scare that I had a stroke. It was not a stroke, thank you, Lord! It was stress, so a nervous breakdown. Anyway, I have been over all that health stuff before and you can read about it on my page.
Wish me luck as I start over!... again...
Monday, July 07, 2014
What is the prize? Health! Besides eating healthy and exercising, there are so many things we can do for ourselves for health. One is to get into social situations with people you enjoy.
I got over my vanity and purchased a swim suit to take Aqua Fit. Also some friends from church are also taking the classes. That makes it nice to know some people there. I am getting to know others as well.
I am finding out that it is so beneficial! I also walk or get on the treadmill the other days of the week.
I plan to take Aqua Fit (or water aerobics) for a long time.
This lists some benefits. www.livestrong.com/article/133611-wa
ter-aerobics-benefits/ One benefit is the calories that it burns! Another is it is good for anyone's fitness level.
Here are some ladies enjoying Aqua Fit.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Today I discovered I have been missing out on so much and it is my own fault. You see, my body image has got in the way of me living to the fullest.
Recently, spurred on by a friend at church, I purchased my first swimsuit in years! I think the last one was 20 years ago.
The reason for the new swimsuit is to take an aqua fit class or water aerobics. I bravely donned my swimsuit today and draped a towel around my neck, put on my flip flops and took the drive to the rec center.
I was greeted by the sweetest people! Guess what? Most of them are older than me and don't look any worse or better than I do!
This made me realize that this is truly it! No more vain thoughts, they only are hurting myself. No more waiting for life to happen when I lose weight. I am living life now! We only get one, so I am going for it! I hope you do too.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
The challenge on my Beauty Over 50 team this month is to quit the negative self talk and love or like who you see in the mirror.
I am working on it, and even though the month is almost at half way, I am still struggling with this challenge.
However, it has been good for me. I am realizing that some of this self image business came from my mother. Probably it is that way for many of us.
My mother was a good mother, but she was never overweight like I am. Evidently I get these genetics from my father's mother, who died young of kidney disease, called Bright's Disease and who I never met.
Anyway, I have gained a couple of pounds and even a pound shows up in a photo. So even though critical of the latest photo of myself, I put it in my photos. Before I would not have even considered including it in my photos.
So a step in the right direction.
I am working on health. I think I have been eating too many carbs on this vegetarian diet. I found a vegetarian weight loss diet on line and can eat carbs, but he has the right balance for vegetarians. Yesterday and today I am following the diet. The day before I had a brownie... though gluten free, the sugar content would be forbidden. He also says only eat one piece of fruit a day and only at breakfast or lunch. I am really appreciative of this information and looking forward to results!
I will keep you posted.
In the meantime, I am still learning to love the overweight lady in the mirror. Oh, I think I am a good friend and am well-liked... it is just this body image that I have all wrong.
Another thing, I plan to purchase a swimsuit and take water aerobics! So that will take courage for me, too.
Here's to a great summer for us all!
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