Wednesday, January 01, 2014
I've regained 19 pounds over the past year after loosing 75. It's time for me to relearn (or rather practice) what I have learned.
The motivation article today was timely. I had, like so many of us, said I'd address the weight gain as of January 1/14.
What happened? Well, sometime in mid November I stopped weighing myself . This is a behaviour which had helped keep off the 75 pounds I had lost 1.5 years ago!!
Overall, I have a pretty valid excuse...except that doesn't make me feel any better, or avoid episodes like this from recurring in the future!
For the past year I have been off work due to illness. By July of '13, I developed exercise intolerance and so was unable to follow my routine, a routine which made me feel in control and the lack of it left me feeling 'down'. I started regaining and loosing the same three pounds. I heard but didn't acknowledge the alarm.
The icing on this not so sweet cake was that by November, although getting better, my MD suggested I not add the stress of going back to work given my age.. I'm near retirement.. and my slow recuperation together with my vulnerability to stress caused in part by a difficult to treat sleep disorder.
This really rocked my boat!! Yet I realized the truth of his position and my husband, who has been through a lot this past year with me, agreed with him .
My reaction was to eat. A part of me knew what was happening and the other just observed from afar.. aware as I was eating, "..you are not savouring nor enjoying the flavour," and .." you're eating too quickly". I feel sad about this I knew what to do... I was vulnerable and gave up on disciplined eating and took my eye off my goal!
The long and short of it is that I am back to loose the weight! Now i need to back up accountability with action!
It's so nice to be able to 'talk ' about this with other Sparkpeople!! Thanks for listening!
Monday, February 25, 2013
Well my Sparkfriends.. it has happened! Since Christmas I have gained back 8.2 pounds.. I post this blog to keep me accountable. I clearly said at some point that for me it was essential to get on that every AM. You guessed it! I haven't been doing it regularly. And while I've been exercising faithfully, it hasn't been enough to balance my consumption! Nice way of putting it, eh?
To be fair to me, I haven't been well since October and have been home on sick leave, so I have spent a good deal of time lying or sitting down. Still , I knew that I should be watching more carefully and it's just so hard to be at home with all the food around !!
How do people keep it off when they are at home all day for whatever reason? Any ideas?? I see retired friends out for lunches with lots of time to socialize ( which to me means eating).. but perhaps they are able to balance it all with increased activity?
All I know is it is far easier to keep weight off when you are at work, away from the kitchen, and involved in activities which divert you from eating!
How do all you folks at home keep the weight in check?
Lots of to my s
PS: Obviously I will be on line more than I have been, I have "work" to do!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Today, May 15th, is my One Year Anniversary with Spark people.com! It has been an interesting and challenging journey and I especially want to say to all my s who have written on my blogs and or given me feedback during this past year!
Originally, I set my goal for a loss of 70 pounds, which would have moved me from my start of 211 to 141. Since reaching that , I have reset my goal in terms of a healthy BMI of 23 point something. Today, I'm aiming for a weight of about 136 pounds, with the aim of never going above 140 longer term.
I find I am in a different stage now in terms of trying to be a bit more balanced with living life. I feel very fit, but the psychology of maintaining a healthy weight is as yet unknown to me and a bit scary! Let me explain... Like any one of us who have worked so hard to "get here" , I don't want to regain any weight or loose my current level of fitness. At the same time I am fully aware that the eating monster is alive and well within me! My need to always be alert to it can be very tiring. So if any of you reading this have any ideas about how to manage this next stage I'd really appreciate hearing from you!
I will keep you posted. If you have reached your goal and maintained it for some time, I'd like to know how you did it. There are days, more frequently now than in my earlier part of this journey, where I just want to hang my hat up, so to speak, and go on holiday!
I thought I would be "over the top" today.. but instead, I feel a bit subdued and quiet... knowing that the journey is never really to end. Any thoughts dear readers?
Monday, April 23, 2012
I love gardening! Over the years I have developed several garden beds, 10 or so. Our yard is now at the point where there is very little grass left to mow!
This spring as the garden is consuming my time, I'm thinking that I will not be able to keep up with this forever . I'm 61 years old and in good health, to SPeople! However, I'd like to have time to actually sit in my garden and enjoy it, rather than just maintain it.
We are having a new driveway put in tomorrow and so I need to go out now (and it's awful weather here today, Temp almost at freezing and snow on the way) and move all the plants on the edge.. that should be good for calorie consumption !!
We have a saying in Canada, which is proving true, March arrives in like a lamb but April goes out like a lion, or something to that effect. Do you have a similar saying given where you are, are you into gardening and what do you do about changing your garden to one that requires less maintenance? Any and all ideas are welcome!!
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