Saturday, December 20, 2008
Six months ago I began paying attention to that new box on my sparkpage (new to me anyway)...keeping a record of my "streaks". Hmmmm I like that. I had not trouble with the logging in part...except one night in a motel and then I found access to a computer there...and a treadmill! As of today, I have kept the streaks going for a full half a year without missing a single day of exercise. I was totally motivated by that streak keeper! I did miss a day of recording but I know that the exercise days match the log in days, BUT I have not missed ONE day! Granted, not all exercise is created equal, but I have been up early, up late, out in the rain, in the cold and heat...now on machines in my guest room...but I AM MOVING and being faithful about it. 183 days of 30 minutes every day.! Now to make it a full year without missing a day. I am half way there already! AND, I AM PROUD OF ME!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
For some time now I have been trying to achieve this comment on my exercise tracker each week: "You've gone over your weekly calories burned goal by a significant amount."
I am really pleased to be getting that done and hope it bears fruit...better health, vanishing lbs. better blood sugars.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Diet? I don't.
To "diet" implies a short term restricted meal plan to lose lbs. I have LIVE with what ever choices I make. SO, I have adopted what I suppose you could call mindful eating. It began when I was diagnosed with diabetes about 11 years ago. I have learned what foods send my blood sugar soaring and what I can eat without upsetting things. I have decided to REALLY want whatever I eat...so, for example, I still eat chocolate but now I am very selective about WHAT chocolate...I only want what I REALLY like, and how much...unlike my pre diabetic days when anything that crossed my path was fair game. Now I CHOOSE my calories. I decide if I Really want to invest in whatever it is that is calling to me. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. I am really proud of myself when I choose to skip something I think I would like....like a cookie or a biscuit. Have you ever noticed how some things look really good but they just aren't that great when you eat it? Now I ask myself, will it be worth it? I am getting better at not eating all the rolls in the basket at a restaurant...now I often skip them altogether....I have learned that some are what I call "whipped air" and are all fluff and calorie and not that much taste.
To say I "Diet" would not be accurate, but I do take care to monitor my food choices, to be mindful of what I eat both at meals and in between. It does work...sometimes rapidly like when I first started, and sometimes more slowly like now.
My Dr suggested up-ing my exercise if I couldn't get the lbs to move..so I did and finally things began to happen. Now I am working on the next five pounds...one way by more walking...and by Mindful eating.
Five pounds? Gone soon.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
I am tentatively optimistic...and even excited that I THINK the scale has FINALLY budged below that obstinate 175 figure. Walking twice a day may be what got things going...and for the last few days, really really really watching the details of what I eat. I WANT that five pounds (back) off. My ultimate goal is more like 25 lbs, but one at a time or whatever...it has to go. It is ridiculous that I have been on SP about a year and a half and first lost, then gained and maintained, finally relost ...and then just sat there. I have clothing I could wear if I could get things going. But for now, five pounds would make me very happy. So, we shall see if the first one stays off, and better yet, if it invites its friends to leave too!
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Someone asked me how I stay on track...which by the time I got to answering was asking me how I stay motivated. I really had to think about this. My answer to her really is my overall motivation...and I still need to examine what works to "stay on track" at a daily level.
I have been on SP for a good while now...about a yr and a half. I actually did budge a few pounds, then gained five and couldn't shake it. THAT is finally back off. Several things work here...I am diabetic and in the beginning of this adventure, my sugars just kept climbing...I NEEDED that to stop. It has. Then, last September, someone suggested a mile a day walking challenge...so I finally got moving again. (long story about that, too) Then I had a scare with my heart...thought I had had a heart attack...appears to have been angina. THAT took from Mid Sept to mid Nov. to get taken care of and THAT was a huge motivator to get me more active and more diet conscious.
Another personal factor is that we have no health insurance. I MUST get and stay healthy.
Since I have been on SP I have found motivation in some of the challenges offered. Also, since the SP site began the "streak" thing, I find I am determined to log in (no problem there) and to WALK daily and record it. The walking is mostly for my heart, of course, but maintaining the streak is fun. I missed recording one day though I had walked and had logged in..but it broke the streak and that continues to aggravate me.
I will gladly partner with others for mutual encouragement...and perhaps we can challenge one another somehow. I want to get and stay healthy and I want to get and keep my blood sugars under control.
Years ago, my first success with weight loss was through Weight Watchers..I got to goal and became a free lifetime member. THERE it was not the diet but the process of having our leader lady, Barbara, checking on you and speaking to you about how you were doing. I was highly motivated by HER. Later efforts with WW were not as successful with other leaders. I learned from that, that having someone else keeping an eye on your efforts and progress is good stimulus.
With the start of the new service year....I would like to get things MOVING again on the scale. I want to get the next five pounds OFF again...and keep them off. I think it is ridiculous that others on here lose hundreds of pounds and I can't get 25 off!!
Now, how about you?
THANK YOU for the question that brought on this long epistle..but you got me thinking about this...and that is good.
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