Saturday, February 08, 2014
It's taken me two years, but I have finally embraced the truth that my body does not process carbohydrates very well, and I can manage my RA and other autoimmune issues better if I eat wisely. It's not just about the "weight"... it's about the healing and wellness of my whole person!
The New Year has been interesting for me. I began a new eating plan on the 10th of January. After much prayer and research, I decided I HAD to do something to counteract the weight gain from the wrong medication combination last year. When I analyzed my nutrition I realized I was eating within my caloric range, but it wasn't really balanced. The carb numbers were very high. (The SP food tracker is a great way to see just how you are eating, if you are honest as you track) Two articles came to my attention(God-incidences!) about utilizing a lower carb food plan to help get your weight loss going in a more balanced direction. I've also researched the Paleo way of eating. There are parts of Paleo that make sense to me, as does the low-carb method. Both of these methods present ideas that I can put to use in my daily life and benefit from.
My weight had gone up drastically and STUCK, for months, no matter what I did. My doctor even told me to not worry about the weight gain, as all of my tests and “numbers” were the best they have been in years. (Thanks to SparkPeople!) I knew the extra weight was not good for my joints!
Weight loss is like a puzzle. It takes all of the pieces fitting together correctly to be effective. I was eating in my caloric range. I drank lots of water. I thought I was eating healthy, but I wasn't being honest with myself. I was NOT eating balanced nutrition. I was eating a lot of "healthy" processed foods. I wasn’t cooking at home at all… eating out with DH and using frozen meals/bars for meals at work every week. I was dancing down the slick road of convenience and ease. (There is nothing wrong with “healthy” convenience foods… in moderation.) My exercise/movement was limited, partially due to health issues, partly to sheer laziness.
I'm putting together a nutritional plan that works for ME, and is one I can live with for the rest of my life. Balance and moderation still seems the best way to do anything... With sensible, reasonable guidelines, I can reach my goals. Taking small steps towards increasing my moving daily will enhance the eating plan.
In the past month I have taken what I thought were the best parts of the new Atkins program, and the Paleo philosophy, and I’ve implemented them into my daily lifestyle.
I’ve adjusted my Tracker to reflect how I am eating now. The new SP Start page has been very useful in helping me focus on my new goals. I am using my SparkPeople Activity Tracker daily, and am increasing my movement literally one step at a time. I am taking advantage of Spark Teams that offer support and encouragement. My DH and I eat more at home. My sugar and gluten consumption has dropped dramatically. I am not drinking any sodas. I've not been hungry nor felt deprived. I eat three meals and allow myself planned snacks daily. Does it take more work, more thought and effort? You bet it does! Growth hurts! I am stretching beyond my comfort zone again... and it feels good.
I have lost ten pounds in the past four weeks… which is far more than I hoped for! I am aware that this is just the result of my body finally getting what it needs, and the weight will not drop as rapidly probably from now on. That won’t keep me from reaching for more success! Progress is more important than the pounds lost! The improved health AND fitness I gain as I continue my SP journey is what truly matters.
The New Year really was a new beginning for me. It doesn’t matter so much where I have come from, but where I want to go. It’s great to have a plan in place, but it is only a “plan” unless it is lived! Actions speak louder than words… Life always has problems and takes turns we don’t anticipate. I’m going to live my life in the now and accept the “present” as it is!
If you are heading in the wrong direction, you can always choose to turn around! Over and over again, if need be! It's OK!
One of the great things about SP is that it gives us the tools to explore how we can become healthier and fitter... and stay that way in every stage of our lives. SP has resources to keep us educated and informed about nutrition, fitness, mental health, etc. so we can make sound decisions for ourselves. The Spark Teams offer support for everyone!
Knowledge is power! It helps us to change and become the best we can be! We may not choose the circumstances we find ourselves in, but we can choose how to react to them! It’s not impossible to change, it’s I’m-possible to change!
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Always A Way
Changing conditions may change the path to fulfillment of your dreams, or even the nature of that fulfillment. Yet the essence of your underlying purpose remains the same.
What could have been, can still be. At its deepest level, no dream is ever rendered impossible.
There is always a way to live the life you choose. There is always a way to express your own beautiful, most authentic vision.
Dare to dream, and dare to live with the confidence that your dream will come true. When it means enough to you, there is a way for it to come about.
Plan and execute your approach. And if the plan happens to fall short, know that there is most certainly another way.
Don’t hold yourself back with limiting thoughts about how it might or might not happen. Push yourself forward with enthusiastic, positive expectations and actions, and bring the dream to life.
— Ralph Marston
Read more at http://greatday.com/motivate/111116.html#i
As long as you TRY, there is no failure! Failure is when you QUIT!
I refuse to quit!!!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Sometimes it doesn't matter how hard we try, we go backwards instead of forward...
That's the way I feel as of late... I've had a lot of stiffness, a lot of pain. And a LOT of weight gain. Cymbalta was NOT a good choice for me. The doctor tried, and at first we thought it would work. SO, off of it I came... now to deal with the damage.
Okay With What Is
When you find it difficult to move forward, that’s okay. Allow it to be what it is, and allow yourself to do what you can. (The added weight makes me hurt more, the more I hurt, the less I exercise, the more weight adds up. Cycle must stop... my ability to eat mindfully has returned. I have still bowled.)
When you feel disappointed, let it be okay. Feel the disappointment, and then you can choose to let it go and to move beyond it. ( after being off the Cymbalta a month now, the weight is not moving, and the pain is difficult... and I am eating well! ARG!)
Don’t waste your energy denying what has happened or getting yourself upset about it. Instead, put your energy to positive use by finding, and working to fulfill, the best possibilities. (I joined a 10 minute challenge. It motivated me. I ordered the Spark Solution book(it still hasn't arrived). I joined Spark Coach. I'm following my Spark plan until the book arrives.)
There’s no good reason to spend a lot of time complaining about what got you into a difficult situation. That merely keeps you stuck where you are.( I went to Rheumy doctor, told him what is going on, and he had me start a new med.)
The first step in moving forward is to stop looking backwards. Stop wishing that things had been different and start working to make things a whole lot better. (no more mention of "how and why" I got to here... )
Be okay with what is, and be positive and creative in making good things from it. Remind yourself that each situation is a starting point from which you can work to create meaningful value. (My starting point is the Spark Solution, the new med worked last night, and I am Sparking THIS day!)
— Ralph Marston
Read more at http://greatday.com/#JB6dPlI53SMyXXLQ.99
DO I "feel" better? Bet your sweet bippy I do! LOL!
Forward and onward!
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