Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I am one of 10 children....#8 in line and youngest girl. When young, I was always slender. When I graduated from college, I was 115 pounds. Marriage, working, raising two beautiful daughters...I forgot self. Little by little my weight increased. Off and on I would lose a little weight, but I was never consistent with a weight loss plan. It seems like every time a decade came around 30, 40, 50...I would think "I must get in shape." When my daughters married, I hated that I was as big as I was in the pictures. My highest weight was 234.
I have tried quite a few diets. I have never gone for the severe fad diets. I tried to follow reasonable plans - First Place, South Beach, etc. I have seen people find success with Weight Watchers. I found inspiration in Chantel Hobbs. But I would eventually get back to old habits. I think there are a lot of great plans out there. The trick is finding the one that works for you - that you can stick with. I didn't have the time or money to join a class. I didn't like the diets that gave you a specific menu to follow. I didn't find the right plan for me that gave me the guidance and motivation to stay with it.
So what is different now? I had minor knee surgery in October 2012. During subsequent doctor visits my blood pressure was always high (upper number in the 160s). The nurse said I was consistently showing high blood pressure and needed to consult a doctor. Visions of my father with high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and borderline diabetes flashed before my eyes. I didn't want to go there. I was about to turn 60...a big decade mark. This time I HAD to get hold of myself.
I can't even remember what made me stumble on SparkPeople, but I am so glad I did. I have found my "plan." I joined in January 2013. I decided to buy the coach sessions for one year to get me through and I have found it to be great for me. I get a lot of advise and motivation. On January 2, 2013, I started this journey, weighing in at 228.
Today is March 27, 2013. I now weigh 203 pounds - 25 pounds down. I am a high school art teacher. I have been having the school nurse monitor my blood pressure. My last reading was 120/70. Whoo hooo. Sparkpeople gave me a goal to lost 50 lbs. by June 20th. I divided that up into monthly mini goals and I have been reaching those. When I get to that mark...178...I will still be too heavy. I will reset my goal. My eventual goal is to be around 135-140...around October.
So, how am I doing it? I started out with small steps...learning to track my food and drinking 8 glasses of water. I am learning to make better food choices. I started adding exercise little by little. I have a morning routine now where I log in to SparkPeople and go through my coaching session. I track my breakfast and lunch and do a short 10-15 min. exercise video. I do additional exercise in the evening. I feel so motivated. Even when I hit a plateau or the few times I have gone a little over on my calorie intake, I don't want to quit. I am going to make it this time!
Friday, February 22, 2013
Someone posted this on Facebook - taking the twelve steps of overcoming alcohol or drug addiction and putting them in the framework of overcoming food addiction.
1 - Admit you are powerless over food - that your life has become unmanageable.
2 - Believe that a power greater than yourself can restore you to sanity.
3 - Decide to turn your will and life over to the care of God as you understand Him.
4 - Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of yourself.
5 - Admit to God, to yourself, and to another human being the exact nature of your wrongs.
6 - Be entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7 - Humbly ask Him to remove your shortcomings.
8 - Make a list of persons you have harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all.
9 - Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10 - Continue to take personal inventory, and when you are wrong, promptly admit it.
11 - Seek, through prayer and meditation, to improve your conscious contact with God as you understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for you and the power to carry that out.
12 - Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, try to carry the message to food addicts, and to practice these principles in all your affairs.
Friday, February 15, 2013
A SETBACK is when you slip up, get busy, or become distracted from your goals. A FAILURE is when you decide your health isn't worth the effort.
ACTION is worry's worst enemy.
Direction, not intention, determines the destination.
Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the FEARFUL it is threatening because it means that things may get worse; To the HOPEFUL it is encouraging because things may get better; To the CONFIDENT it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better. - King Whitney, Jr.
Borrowed from 111Butterfly111's sparkpage:
"Better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backwards." - Chinese proverb
Thanks, Kathryn1955 for this one:
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
By Marianne Williamson
ABILITY is what you're capable of doing.
MOTIVATION determines what you do.
ATTITUDE determines how well you do it.
- Lou Holtz
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