Thursday, March 10, 2011
Today Sparks sent this info in one of the emails:
"Question: How do I know if I've reached a plateau? What can I do to jump start my weight loss again?
Expert Answer: If you've been exercising and cutting calories for several weeks, and you're no longer seeing the same results that you experienced in the beginning, then you've probably hit a plateau. This occurs when your progress comes to a standstill, and can be described as not making any "gains" (such as improving your fitness level or losing weight), but not necessarily moving backwards (losing endurance or gaining weight). "
The rest of the article directs us to more info re: plateaus.
HOWEVER, it struck me that "no longer seeing the same results that you experienced in the beginning" suggests a plateau...but I am seeing EXACTLY the same results....VERY very VERY slow weight loss. Thus, according to the above comment, I am NOT on a plateau...this is just slow going. And I AM seeing gains...slowly..but steadily.
I have been on Sparks for years now. Some folks have done astonishing things in that time. This year, I actually got so frustrated/aggravated, I reset my tracker...higher than when I started! That was an awful feeling. I also have concluded that since I wasn't really losing successfully, I needed to keep changing things till something happened more effectively.
I AM much much much more healthy than when I started. I feel the difference in so many ways. BUT, my blood sugars HbA1c has barely dipped...the pounds cling resisting my efforts to peel them off..though they are going s-l-o-w-l-y. My clothing is fitting differently..but the tape measure belies my success.
When I stepped on the scale this morning, I didn't even realize it was registering another little loss...but one I have been aiming for and wanting for a long time. Official weigh in is Monday..so will wait to see if it is a true loss. Last week's hope was dashed on Monday.
BUT, the conclusion of the matter, all things having been heard...I am NOT on a plateau....just on a very slow moving effort (that seems herculean at times!) I am not discouraged though at times it is frustrating indeed. I know there are so many ways to measure progress.
Best of all, though, is I FEEL GOOD, I am IMPROVING my HEALTH and I know I am saving and protecting my life.
Monday, February 28, 2011
I usually have an abundance of patience for a lot of different things.
I have to admit, though, it is hard to be patient with this slow weight loss effort. I know other things are better ways to judge progress. I am not discouraged as I can definitely see progress in other ways. BUT!!! It sure would be nice to get some results on the scale and with the measuring tape.
Today was weigh in. No change..again. I am not perfect at staying in the calorie range but I surely should be getting better loss. A nurse/friend reminded me recently that it is harder for diabetics to lose weight. Whew...I have to agree...though I have never lost weight easily..ever. My MIL can try ANY fad diet that comes along and lose weight on it (she can't keep it off permanently though). I can work like crazy at the same diet, and have no success. I don't even bother trying them anymore (haven't for yrs now).
I don't think lower calorie intake is the answer...I aim for 12-1500 a day and that is a healthy range that should get results. I have boosted my activity/exercise levels...and will do so even more soon when the mowing season starts. Last yr I mowed OR worked out..this year will mow AND workout, I guess. Something has to work!!
I LOVE hearing others are losing steadily each week. Some of the numbers amaze me! I really admire the effort some people go to for health and fitness. I am astonished as what some have accomplished.
So, what's the matter with me? Is it just the diabetes? Maybe. Seems like this journey is taking an awfully long time, though. I am fighting to bring down my blood sugars....working at working out more intensely...and that does take time to build up...I don't like being sore. I keep pushing forward, but I admit, slowly. Even though my clothing is fitting differently, I have yet to drop a size..and the measurements pretty much don't show the changes...how can that be?
Ahhh well, it is gray and raining...with thunder rumbling. Guess I will go get my exercise done. I will be pleased with my hr + spent with Leslie as we walk five miles together with the rain drumming on the porch roof outside.
See you all later!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Last Thursday night, we had a whopper of a storm come through. Today, Saturday...it is just beautiful outside, and calling for outside activites. SO...storm clean up, yard work and firewood are the order of the day.
My first job was cleaning the clogged culvert...it was blocked by some good size sticks and lots of leaves:
This is the other side of the driveway...the water that had gotten through/across had really flowed hard through here:
The now open culvert:
And the results of some of my raking and cleaning efforts (large pile is what came out of the drainage ditch)
Then on to help with the wood cutting. An old dead tree lost a large limb during the storm. DH decided to cut that up and another dead tree nearby. Here is what we started with.
And then the results of our efforts:
Following all that, I tackled a stick pickup in the yard:
and then added even more:
THEN...I decided to clean up the flower beds in the garden...this is the mess I began with. I forgot to take an "after" photo! By then DH, DS and DGS had all joined me. We left the garden together to go plant a rose bush for my daughter-in-law.
All in all, I spent hours outside with lots of bending and stretching, raking and lifting logs...all of which is good exercise! Yea!!!
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