Sunday, May 01, 2011
I think everyone can relate to approaching a weight loss plan with some apprehension and doubt, being surprised to step on the scale and seeing a loss, hearing the quiet (or not-so-quiet) voice in the back of our heads saying that we will probably not be able to achieve what we have set out to do. Even though I have been losing consistently since January, I still had the sabotaging thoughts: "Yeah, I'm doing good now, but I'm sure I'll mess it up;" "It's too much to lose;" "I can't do it because ____."
Over the past month, I have had major changes in my appetite; that panicky feeling that comes with cravings is gone. My appetite seems to have regulated itself. I track diligently and plan my foods every day (and will continue to do so), but I find I naturally eat within my calorie range. I don't worry about going over my calories here and there any more, and am done punishing myself for overeating by eating even more. The way I have been eating has been satisfying and sustainable; I even have chocolate almost every day, and find the 1 ounce of dark chocolate to be plenty.
Luckily, I have always enjoyed exercise, and I have been exercising regularly despite having arthritis and a really bad right knee. Boxing has been awesome--major calorie burn with almost no impact on my knee. I miss lower-body strength training, but have been getting great results with Pilates. I walk and dance whenever I can. And my upper body has been getting lots of attention with the free weights, and I can see some definition. I have dumped the black-and-white thinking I had about exercise and have learned to adjust my program to what will be easy on my joints.
I was doing yoga the other day, and as I was relaxing into a stretch, I realized that the changes I have made are permanent. It was the moment when I didn't just THINK I would reach my goal weight, but that I KNEW I would reach it. It was simply a fact. Yes, 136 pounds is a lot to lose, but learning to enjoy the journey has made this a fun adventure, not a diet. I'll see you at the finish line!
Thursday, April 07, 2011
I've lost a little over 20 pounds so far, and have had some major shape changes over the past few weeks. Yesterday, I pulled on a pair of size 18 jeans and they fit (snuggly--but they fit!)! When I started the SparkDiet in January, I was wearing a tight size 22, and now those pants are almost falling off!
Also, today one of my coworkers commented on how good my abs look--I can see visible changes too!
I haven't had major changes on the scale over the past month, but my body composition is changing drastically. Goes to show that the scale doesn't tell all.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
I have had a fairly consistent pattern of losing: -4 lbs one week, +1 lbs the next week, -3 lbs the next week, + 0.5 lb the next week...up and down and up and down. I have learned to expect that if I have a big loss one week, I will probably have a "gain" the following week. Last week I had a 4 lbs loss, this week I had a 1 lb "gain".
But, over the course of a month, I lose an average of 7-8 lbs and several inches off of my body. I put "gain" in quotation marks because I know I haven't gained any body fat when I am following my program correctly. So I have learned to think of my weekly weigh-ins as mini-measurements, with the total loss over the entire month as the real measurement (just like measuring inches). When I did WeightWatchers, I had a similar pattern of losing, and I dreaded weighing in because the receptionist would have this tight-lipped frown when handing my weigh-in sheet back to me. WeightWatchers is a great program, but I appreciate the neutrality of entering my weight on SparkPeople. I like that we don't get positive or negative feedback when we enter our weekly weight.
I have finally learned not to let the scale drive me crazy!
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
I have been on hiatus from my boxing gym for about a year. When I injured my knee a little over a year ago, I started to put on weight because I couldn't work out like before. I cancelled my membership because I needed to rehabilitate my knee. Then, when I was physically capable of resuming boxing workouts, I had gained about 40 pounds and I was too embarrassed to go back to the gym, even though I missed boxing terribly. I decided enough is enough, and that nothing would get me back into top shape faster than going back to my boxing gym. I returned last week.
So here's what happened when I walked back in the gym last Monday:
Everyone turned and stared at me, their eyes wide. People were pointing and chuckling, whispering to each other, "Wow, she's gotten so FAT!" My coach came up to me, a look of disgust on his face, and he asked why I bothered coming back since I'm so fat. And then he threw his head back with an evil laugh: "BWAH HAHAHAHA!"
Yes, that is exactly how it went in my head.
And then, in real life, I walked into the gym and my boxing coach walked over to me with a big smile on his face. "Hey, how've you been? How's your knee?" We chatted and caught up, and I asked him if he was going to go easy on me since I was just getting back. He laughed heartily. I made it through class and it felt great to punch things again! I plan on going 3 times a week, for a 30-60 minute boxing class followed by a kettlebell and strength training circuit. Last week 1 torched 1,500 calories each workout! My knee is still too bad to return to kicking, but I can really get good at punching at this rate.
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