Monday, December 08, 2014
As part of our last weekend challenge for The Biggest Loser round 26, we are asked to look back and reflect on our successes over the last 12 weeks.
For anyone reading this that may not be a part of the Biggest Loser challenge community, check it out. It is a wonderful community of individuals who come together for 12 weeks to set goals, and to challenge and motivate each other to be as successful as we can be. We break into "teams" and have weekly challenges to compete in. It is a lot of fun and makes this journey a little easier. As round 26 wraps up, the community will open up for new members sometime the middle-ish of December and have teams set up for round 27 to start in January.
Round 26 was a little rough for me. As many of you know, I had been diagnosed as pre-diabetic awhile back, and had been fighting as hard as I could to not slip into the diabetic range. I was told back in July that my numbers, despite everything that I had done, had slipped farther up the scale, and I was now considered diabetic. It was during this time that we made a major move from west Tennessee to the coast of South Carolina. I was able to delay the start of "official" treatment for diabetes until I got to SC. Which was stupid on my part, because I was only delaying the inevitable, and making things worse in the long run. To make a long story short here, I started the new diabetic meds here in SC in the middle of this Biggest Loser round. I won't go into detail, but they made me horribly ill for over a month. It took a bit to get the dosage/timing correct, and I think that we are finally on the right track with where we are today. I started seeing a nutritionist, who has been a Godsend, in helping me navigate my way through meal planning, and carb counting. She has been wonderful and gives me better choices, and better solutions when it comes to eating. I love her dearly. The worst part of this whole "ordeal" was not the being sick part because of the meds, as horrendous as that was, but it was a mental thing for me. I was devastated. I thought that I was working so hard, and that I was going to beat becoming diabetic. I have learned that lifestyle does play a part in maintaining healthy blood sugar numbers, but sometimes genetics and age just can't be overcome that easily. I know that I did do what I could, I ate (for the most part) healthy and exercised daily, and it wasn't necessarily my "fault" that I was diabetic. It truly was/is a grieving process at the time of diagnosis, and it takes time to adapt and accept the new normal that is now my life. I am in a good place mentally now, and I am so thankful and grateful for the many friends I have made through Biggest Loser. Some were motivating, some were comforting, and some were strong enough to tell me that it was time to get up, and do what I had to do. Thank you!
So, with everything that happened over this last round, I can honestly say that I didn't have the best round in terms of success. I have lost weight...slowly...but I have lost, and I am getting stronger and stronger each day. I have finally wrapped my head around the whole lifestyle journey. It is not a journey to a destination. It is a journey with no end. It is our walk, day by day, to a place of better health. We will walk this journey until our time on earth is up. We must have the mindset though, that the journey not be tedious and something that we are "made to do". We can enjoy the journey, learn new things, make friends, laugh, support each other, motivate each other. There is a strength that comes in numbers, just like going to war. You can go it alone, and hope and pray that you can be successful and overcome, or you can take an army of fellow fighters along with you. That is what the Biggest Loser community, and especially my team means to me. And as most of you know, everything is always more fun when you take a girlfriend along!
For Biggest Loser 27, I look forward to continuing to lose weight, and gaining more ground in my fight to lower my A1c (blood sugar numbers). I will continue to improve my fitness tests, shaving off minutes and adding more weight/reps to my workouts. I will continue to meal plan in advance, logging my nutrition, and staying within my ranges. There is no magic pill, no extreme diet, and no wishful thinking that is going to get the job done for me. I am walking my journey, one step at a time, one day at a time, one meal at a time, and one workout at a time. I will remind myself that each goal that I make is not the final destination, but merely a place of recognition of a job well done, and then keep walking...
For those of you that may not be familiar with Biggest Loser, I urge you to check it out. It is a 12 week commitment. A gift to yourself that lasts 12 short weeks (they really do fly by) that will challenge you, motivate you and encourage you every day.
I look forward to a new year, and another new start of Biggest Loser.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Last night, I turned on the tv to watch the first half of The Voice finale. I popped some popcorn, poured me a glass of tea and snuggled down to watch the final three contestants battle for their lives....or at least their music careers.
Part way through the show, Usher was mentoring to his last remaining contestant. As he was giving him advice on his singing career, I had an out of body experience.........kinda.
This is what Usher said to Josh in my version of the conversation-
"You can't get go so wrapped up in the end, the grand finale, that you forget that the journey IS the destination."
......wait,...what? I rewound the show and played it again.
"You can't get so wrapped up in the end, the grand finale, that you forget that the journey IS the destination."
I had to really think about that for a minute because it was like Usher was talking to me! I mulled it over, and thought hard as to why Usher's message to Josh before he took center stage was affecting ME so much.
I swear I heard the light bulb click on. I am not sure what a 2X4 to the head sounds like, but I am pretty sure I heard that too. I get it.
This journey of a healthy lifestyle IS the destination. There is no grand finale... no finish line... no second place. There is no such place as "done" when DOING a healthy lifestyle. The DOING is the done.
"THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION".
Usher was trying to convey to Josh that the music career that he was chasing...was the music career he was already doing.
It is so easy to get wrapped up in the pursuit of a magic number, or an imaginary finish line, that we forget that we are doing it.
The healthy lifestyle that we are striving for is the healthy lifestyle we are living day in and day out by the choices that we make, in nutrition and exercise.
I will be the first to admit that I still have setbacks, and that I am in no way perfect, but I am doing it. One choice at a time, one day at a time...I am doing it. I am in it, a fight for my life, and I am doing it.
"The journey IS the destination!"
Saturday, May 10, 2014
One of the requirements for this weekend's challenge is to post a blog with our action plan for recovery when we get off track. Negotiating this new, healthy lifestyle is just like everything else in life. I don't have all the answers, and no magic rule book appeared out of thin air the moment I decided to embark on this journey. It is a journey of trial and error. A journey of positives and negatives. It is a journey that depends on planning ahead. Some things you can get by with flying by the seat of your pants. But not this journey.
I have learned that in pre-planning, I dictate my choices. The chaos of life, and unplanned circumstances don't get to choose what I will eat for the day or when I will find the time to exercise.....That all sounds so good, right? But the truth is, life does sometimes get in the way. We are thrown for a loop, or we have a bad day, and "forget" our healthy meal plans so painstakingly put together in advance. Our hormones fluctuate, and we eat things we shouldn't eat...by the handfuls. Or spoonfuls.
In pre-planning our meals, and our exercise for the day, or week, we can be more prepared for the days and the weeks. So, it only stands to reason to have a plan for those times when we do stumble.
My stumble recovery plan is simple.
I have gotten in the (bad) habit of staying stumbled. If I eat a bad meal, then I throw away the whole rest of the day. And because I blew a whole day, that wrecks my whole week, and I will do better...starting Monday. And then Monday rolls around, and I have a bad meal, and I have already blown a meal, then another day, and then another week, and then I will do better.... next month. It is a vicious circle of self-pity and self-hatred, and shame, and well, just about any negative word you can think of will fit in the blank here.
My stumble recovery plan is simple because all I have to do is to stop the circle. If I have a bad meal, it is just that. One meal. It doesn't have to wreck my whole day, or week, or month. If I plan ahead, I can actually undo the damage of a bad meal the same day by adjusting my sails, and not letting the winds of self destruction rock my boat off course. If I regress into former bad eating habits, I need to regroup quickly. The faster I regroup, the faster I recover.
See, it is simple~ REGRESS. REGROUP.RECOVER.
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