Saturday, January 14, 2012
Wonder how many blogs this week will start out something like this: "I'm not really much of a blogger...."
So let me begin. I'm not really much of a blogger. In fact, I'm writing this blog to support my Winter 5% Challenge team, hence the much less than intriguing title. So to make the week's challenge interesting to me, I guess I need some sort of theme. Now 11 months into SP and approaching my weight-loss goal, I think I'll take time to reflect on some lessons learned.
Lesson 1: It is NOT impossible to lose weight after menopause. For 4 years since menopause and for many more years before, I had resigned myself to being heavy, since my family tends to be heavy. I tried to convince myself I was "big-boned," but the reality is that I am not. No diet worked (and I tried almost all of them), so I decided I was going to just be fat. I shunned the camera, and if anyone insisted I be in a picture, I stood in the middle of the crowd or begged to be captured only from the waist up. As a result, I don't have a "before" picture in my weight-loss journey toolkit.
Then, toward the end of last January, after I returned from a work trip to Japan, someone posted pictures, some posed and some candid, of the group from the trip. What did me in was a candid someone took of the group standing around a workstation watching a demonstration. I happened to be standing in the back, and the photo from behind caught me unawares. When I saw it, I just about barfed because I could see the fat rolls on my back through my suit jacket. The next time I saw my weight trainer, I signed up for her winter weight loss challenge, and two weeks later I found SP (or SP found me). I poured myself into taking care of myself and relearning how to eat and admitting that I was doing virtually no cardio and....
Well, for someone who is not much of a blogger, I've gone on way too long. See you tomorrow.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
I posted these words on one of my team boards, then decided to put them into a blog.
Yesterday was one of those disasters that happen sometimes. I did REALLY well through two holiday parties, sticking to fruits, veggies, one link of turkey sausage at the breakfast party, and one tiny piece of peppermint bark for a treat. Then the evening commute was hosed by the occupy protesters (wish they would GO AWAY) in already poor conditions with heavy rain. And, of course, there were the idiots who simply can't drive in the rain and who think I'm going to be nice and let them cut in front of me when I've been waiting patiently through three or four lights. By the time I got home, I was seething, dog-tired from too little sleep, and demoralized. I plopped myself on the couch where I watched trash TV, triaged catalogs, and munched through the evening. At least it was healthier stuff (reduced-fat cheese and Triscuits), but there was too much of it and probably too much wine with it. Things are better today, though, as I've done my cardio, I have a strength training session an hour from how, and I'm on track nutritionally. Sometimes, I just need to blow off the world. What feels really good is that I can do that now without berating myself and turning my back on my successes.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
I am on a quest to declutter my house. Using Flylady techniques (www.flylady.net), I faithfully set my timer for 15 minutes and attack hot spots. Yesterday, my first hot spot was the home office, where I discovered FOUR mugs full of pens and pencils! Good grief! How many can we use at one time? I set about tossing pens that didn't write and pencils with hardened erasers, and I STILL have three mugs after I pulled out the ones tossed into the desk drawer. Then, as I wandered from room to room setting my timer for more hot spots, I found another mug full of pens/pencils at the kitchen desk and yet another in the bedroom. New rule: do NOT bring home pens from hotels, conferences, trade show exhibitions, or work. We have enough writing implements to supply a school.
Friday, November 25, 2011
I am now almost 10 months into my SP journey and down 61 pounds with another 9 to go before I decide if I want to stop and maintain or continue losing. In that time, I have reached a level of fitness I had thought not possible for me at 55, discovered weight loss is NOT impossible after menopause, gained tremendous self-confidence, and started spreading SP principles into other areas of my life (now on a decluttering quest). In addition, I met all my summer goals (go sleeveless, wear a swimsuit, tuck in my shirt, wear a belt) and successfully lost 5% during the Fall challenge.
For the Winter challenge, I want to lose weight for these reasons:
- Prevent the holiday gain
- Reach my goal. I'm close enough to do it in the next 8 weeks.
- Wear my favorite suit (very outdated, but I'll do it anyway)
- Take more stress off my arthritic knees, back, and hips
- Prove to myself that I can do it
- Run/walk my trainer's spring 5K (mostly walk with the arthritis)
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
For everyone who got their undies in a knot over the Beautiful Woman postings, please, please get a life. There is absolutely no difference between hand-typing a comment to 8 Spark buddies OR giving goodies to 8 Spark buddies OR sending mail to 8 Spark buddies and pasting some encouraging words to those buddies. I see the proliferation of message threads exhorting members to "emoticon" their mood, sleep quality, whatever, and if THOSE don't bog down the system, a few heartfelt comments to close buddies won't either.
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