Sunday, November 06, 2011
Dear DVD Player,
Thank you for giving your life so that I might live a healthier life. Yesterday you sputtered a bit, and I had to accept that you had played your last DVD.
I reflect back on our last 10 months together. On January 1, I stepped on the scale and made a New Year's resolution that you helped me achieve. I knew I needed to get back to exercise and had to acknowledge all of my excuses and barriers. I knew that my best strategy was to exercise first thing in the morning. I knew that I'd have a hard time walking out in the cold winter or taking the time to travel to a gym. Indoor at-home exercise was my best option for success. But getting access to the computer and TV in our family room is like getting access to the bathroom when everyone is getting ready at the same time.
And then as I was putting holiday decorations away in our basement storage room, I saw you on the shelf. You were the small combo TV/DVD player that we used to hook up in the car on long trips so that we could keep our daughter distracted from whining "How much longer to Grandma and Grandpa's house?"
I dusted you off, placed you in our bedroom armoire, and put in a Leslie Sansone walk-at-home DVD. Every morning we began to walk one, two, or three miles with Leslie. Then I'd walk a few steps down to the bathroom shower to get ready for work.
After winning my first SparkPeople bootcamp trophy, I read that I should change up my exercise routine. I bought a new DVD--but after a month, you had become loyal to Leslie, and I couldn't get you to play or recognize a different DVD. And so we kept walking with Leslie. We probably spent 250 mornings together.
I saw the signs this week that you were walking your last miles. I couldn't get you to play anything but Leslie's second mile. Yesterday was a cool crisp morning, and I was scheduled to complete my SparkPeople 5K walk. Did you know I was talking myself out of an outdoor walk? I put in the DVD, and you sputtered your last breath. And so I went outdoors and walked four miles.
Thanks for the support. With your help, I lost more than 20 pounds, achieved my weight-loss goals, and found myself at the brink of maintenance. I hope that by taking you off that storeroom shelf I gave you some productive last days. And somehow I think you knew that I needed to move on and walk without you.
Rest in peace.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
When I got on the scale this morning, I was so happy to see "130" again. Part of me expected another number--I was hoping the 130 I reached on Friday and Saturday wasn't a mirage! So now that I'm at goal weight, I'm thinking I'll dare to do more.
About 14 years ago, I was at what I'd call my ideal weight--120. At that time, I happily got pregnant with our daughter and the last time I saw 130 was when I was putting on my pregnancy pounds. When I made up my mind to lose weight and exercise, I set 130 as what I felt like would be a reasonable and not overwhelming goal. Now I'm in the best shape I've been in about 10 years.
I've reached this goal, and I'm thinking 125 is doable and possible. I've kept up a pattern of reasonable eating and exercise for almost 10 months. I'm going for the gold now!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
My middle-school daughter is always coming home from school saying that this teacher or another gave her a piece of candy to reward her for some good behavior at school. I recall getting "star" stickers--I don't ever remember my teachers giving out candy as a reward.
A woman with an office near me keeps a candy dish out for the students near our main desk. I used to dip into that candy dish--a lot--and those bits of candy eventually helped add to my weight. Because I created a candy-dish challenge/goal for myself, I've stayed out of that dish this month. By the way, I see more employees eating the candy than students.
Which brings me to a point--why? Why do people keep using food/candy to reward behavior or to demonstrate care? Wouldn't it be better for health to try other rewards?
In St. Louis, children have to tell a joke when trick-or-treating at someone's door. It's a delightful tradition. I've decided that I won't ever put out a dish of candy--but maybe in the St. Louis spirit, I'll put out a dish of jokes on my desk. We could all use more humor in our days--and a good belly laugh is better for health than a piece of candy!
Here's a health joke for today:
A woman walked up to a little old man rocking in a chair on his porch. "I couldn't help notice how happy you look," she said. "What's your secret for a long and happy life?"
"I smoke three packs of cigarettes a day," he said. "I also drink a case of whiskey a week, eat fatty foods, and never exercise."
"That's amazing," the woman said. "How old are you?"
Sunday, October 09, 2011
You know that plan I posted last week to do the 10-pound Slimdown videos. Ditched it for now. The exercises were too rigorous to keep me motivated. I was avoiding them.
New plan: Back to basics. My goal is to achieve another month of 1000 hours of exercise. I'm back to Leslie Sansone walking videos and Coach Nicole videos. I'm just mixing it up. I'm exercising at least 10 minutes per day, following the "5K Your Way" walking plan, and bumping up the exercise time on the weekend. It's a little more flexible than the bootcamp schedules but should yield similar results.
I'm pretty vulnerable right now because my work life is pretty hectic these days. Maintaining the weight loss I've achieved is going to take some ongoing strategy. I've lost weight many a time only to put the weight back on again. I want this time to be different.
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