Saturday, July 26, 2014
It's good to be back. It's been a long time since I have kept up on any healthy habits - probably 8 or 9 months. It's amazing how long it takes to develop a new habit, and how quickly you can lose it. Skip a couple of days, and pretty soon your good habit is out the window.
I'm starting slow this time, one habit at a time. The first thing I'm working on is meds and supplements. I'm good about taking my thyroid med every morning, but terrible at things like the calcium and vitamin D my doctor wants me to take. So I typed up a daily schedule, and have been doing a good job this week. I've started taking glucosamine to see if it helps my joints. I've had to start taking Alleve daily, but I'd really like to eliminate some of the pain instead of just masking it.
Next week I'll add another small habit.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
I'm back after my longest absence ever - 162 days. What happened? I was working hard this spring, getting the house in shape for a big family reunion. Then I got sick for awhile - headaches, funky stomach, balance issues. Then a month of having family here (kids and grandkids), culminating in the big reunion weekend. Wonderful time - but exhausting! I so wish that I had not lapsed this winter on exercise. My stamina was (and is) very low, and I have gained back weight.
Today I am making a new start. I'm starting small, taking baby steps to get back on track with healthy habits. Enjoyed a nice swim. Hope to do a lot of swimming the rest of the summer, and maybe work toward a goal of swimming the entire length of the lake (2.4 miles) in one stretch. I have about six weeks, or possible seven, if the lake doesn't cool down too quickly. Can I do it?
Saturday, October 05, 2013
September was crazy. Two long road trips, followed by our church missions conference. I'm the missions secretary, so I'm heavily involved in the conference. I love it, but it always leaves me physically and emotionally exhausted. Part of the problem is that I'm an introvert, and even though I absolutely love connecting with our missionaries at the conference, the overabundance of "people time" and the corresponding lack of "alone time" takes a lot out of me.
Monday, I relaxed. Tuesday and Wednesday, I was back at work and really struggled to concentrate. Thursday and Friday i was home, fighting headaches and fatigue. Today I finally made a turn around! Went to the farmers' market and came home with radishes, beets and 30# of carrots. Yes, 30#! It was too good of a deal to turn down - we'll be eating carrots in everything for awhile! I felt energetic all day and got lots of laundry and cooking done.
So what about the rut? Well over the past month, I have done very little tracking. I'm either too busy or too lazy. I've every good intention of getting back on track in October and really working to shed some pounds, but I find I just don't want to do it. I'm feeling stubborn and cantankerous about it. Maybe it's not so much a rut as an extended tantrum!
So where do I go from here? Do I cut myself some slack after a crazy month, or give myself a swift kick in the back side and just do it? At least I didn't gain any weight in September, but it's time to start losing again.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Today is my one year SparkVersary! So how has the year gone? Well, I was recently looking at the goals I set last August 30 - to lose 40 pounds, and to have enough energy to keep up with my grandkids. At the time, I thought losing a pound a week was a reasonable goal, and to give myself a bit of grace, I set the goal at only 40 pounds instead of 52.
Here I am, one year later, with 15 pounds lost. Yes, I'm eating more fruits and veggies, less processed food, exercising more, blood pressure is down, and I'm feeling MUCH better. All those things should put a smile on my face, and they do. But...there's still that matter of only 15 out of 40 pounds lost. I was determined to put on a brave face and blog about how happy I am to have lost that much - at least I'm heading in the right direction now, and all of that.
So I got to thinking about heading in the right direction .... that implies that I was heading in the WRONG direction and had to make a CHANGE of direction. Which got me to thinking about trains. Yes, trains! I live a couple of miles from a very active railroad track. Just about everywhere I go, I have to cross the tracks. Just a few miles down from my crossing, there is a side track where trains pull over and stop to wait for a train coming the other way to pass by. I have had many opportunities to observe just how looooooong it takes a loaded freight train to slow down to a stop, and how looooooooooooooong it takes a stopped train to start up and get up to speed again. The law of Momentum states that an object in motion tends to stay in motion, and an object at rest tends to stay at rest.
Imagine that you are the engineer of a long freight train, and have realized that you are clipping along in the wrong direction! Can you just flip a switch and immediately be clipping along at the same pace in the opposite direction? Of course not! First, you have to start slowing that train down. Eventually, you will come to a full stop. Next, you have to switch gears and slowly start up again. Your engine starts to move, which gives a pull on the next car, which gives a pull on the next car, and so on and so on, until all of the cars are rolling. You pick up speed very gradually. It's a good long while before you are up to speed again.
One year ago, I knew my train was heading the wrong way. For several years, I had been steadily gaining weight. When I joined SparkPeople, I committed myself to a change. First, I had to learn how to slow down the weight gain process and bring it to a stop. Next, I had to learn how to start the process of weight loss. Neither process happened overnight. But it HAS happened! One by one, I'm getting all my cars in motion.
True, I have only lost 15 pounds. But if I had never made the change in direction, I probably would have GAINED 15 pounds over the past year. So I am quite likely 30 pounds lighter today than I would have been without SparkPeople! And that's reason to celebrate!
If you are just starting out on this journey, I want to encourage you to keep on, even if your progress seems slow. It's easy to start off with high expectations, and then get discouraged when the pounds don't come off as quickly as you think they should. Hang in there! This is a journey full of ups and downs. First, just get your train stopped, and then started again in the right direction. That's the biggest part of the battle! The momentum will come with time.
Thanks, SparkPeople! And thanks, SparkFriends, for all your encouragement and support!
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