Tuesday, May 10, 2011
5/10/11- Whew! My 2nd semester of grad school was a doozy, but I got thru it. I'm now beginning my 3rd semester which will run thru the beginning of August. During our second semester in the Community Counseling Program we began seeing "real" clients. (Of course we have a lot of supervision.) I'm really enjoying my new career choice. For the first time I feel like I'm doing the work G-d made me to do. What an awesome feeling!
I'm still looking for a part-time job as well as an internship site to work at starting in September. My finances are still worse than "tight." However, I'm feeling so much better about where I'm at in life that I'm also feeling more positive about my ability to take care of my needs.
I'm in the process of eliminating a huge stressor from my home situation, and just doing that has raised my spirits. I've also gotten better acquainted with the other students in my program, which helps me feel less alone and more like I belong to the group.
So, I'm at a place where I'm refocusing on weight loss. I had gained 5 lbs back and have already lost one of those. The goal I've set is to lose 26 lbs by the time Fall Semester 2011 starts in late September. That gives me about 4 1/2 months yet. Sounds very doable even though I'm a slow loser. I will really have to focus on eating the right foods in the right amount and boosting my exercise in order to do it.
This Summer Semester is pretty much a continuation of last Semester, which I've gotten pretty well adjusted to now. Our first class is Research and Statistics, though, which I HATE and have avoided taking before, but I have a couple of classmates who have offered to help me if I need it. So, I just have to get through the 5 weeks by keeping up with reading and doing my best on each week's assignment, and then it'll be over with!
I've also gotten a new doctor who I think will be very helpful with my health issues. She is my former doctor's wife! (It's a small world after all!) She is more directive than he is, which I could probably use. Besides the physical issues, I'm in the process of getting a mental health provider to review my medications and for some therapy.
I know that I will have some difficult terrain and bumps in the road still. I just want to keep working at getting my life closer in alignment with my true self and healthier in all aspects. I wish the same for everyone else here on Sparkpeople. This is an awesome site!
Saturday, January 08, 2011
The past few months were especially stressful for me as I went through my first semester of grad school. So, even though I'd just begun working at losing weight, I thought it best to just try to maintain.
But I'm happy to say, I actually lost weight during this time! Not a lot, but enough to feel like I made a little progress.
My health problems have improved during the past 6 months also, so I'm hoping to start a regular walking schedule to help me keep losing, even if it happens slowly.
Oh, and I was finally able to buy a battery for my scale and it still works - so I'll be weighing on a more regular basis.
This is so encouraging to me! Well, I'll let you know how I do during this next four month semester. I'm looking forward to reporting more progress!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
I had decided to weigh myself every other Tue on my school's weight room scale. But after getting caught in a downpour on my way there, I found the door locked. I could have checked with somebody. I SHOULD have checked with somebody. But I reasoned that because I needed to study more before my class, I didn't have time.
So, it's been two weeks since I last weighed and I don't know what my current weight is. I think I didn't really want to know. I have mixed feelings about having that knowledge. If I thought I had been doing really well on my food plan and getting good, frequent exercise, maybe I would have been more excited to find out my weight. But I've been struggling with stressful situations and so haven't been doing as well as I would like. The pants I wore yesterday seemer tighter than last time, and I just noticed that the zipper had pulled its stitching out right at the biggest part of my tummy - did that just happen, or was it that way before?
I love to find out when I've lost weight, but then I find it harder to keep the momentum going. So, maybe my original plan to weigh about once a month may have been a good idea. I don't know.
Monday, October 18, 2010
I was trying to be clever with my title, but I just wanted to share (if anybody is reading this) about some thoughts I had this morning.
I really got off my eating and activity plan over the weekend, and although I haven't analyzed why, I'm ready to get back on board today. I was thinking, I'm ready for another "push." I remembered how, when I was in sales, we would have a "push" of intense sales activity to meet certain goals. I did pretty good for the first few weeks on SP, then a slower time, then another pretty good phase, then a slower time, and now I'm ready to push again. I was thinking that this pattern can work just fine and for many of us in long-term "transition" of weight loss, it may actually be our pattern. It's just important not too get too off-track during the slower periods so that we either stay the same weight or lose a little, then we "push" again.
When I think about it, this actually how I do anything requiring effort on my part, including housework. I don't seem to apply myself for a long period of time to anything unless I'm lost in creativity or in my thoughts. So I do a bit, then relax or play a bit, then do a little bit more, then relax or play. It works for me to alternate rather than put in a concentrated effort for a longer period of time and relax or play for a longer period of time. So it's no wonder that I find I'm working on my weight loss and improving my health in the same manner.
Instead of beating myself up about the time I'm "relaxing,"I think I just need to incorporate it into my plan. I'll see how long I'm usually in a "push" then how long I'm usually relaxing my effort and just plan on doing it that way, as long as I am careful to maintain my current weight or just slow down my weight loss and not gain anything. I have a lot of weight to lose, and this might just be the key to this long-term process for me, besides allowing me to adjust to the various changes in lifestyle needed in order to maintain my goals once I reach them.
I'm just trying to work it all out, just like everybody else. If my ideas resonate with somebody, that's great. But since we are all unique, I don't expect that one method will work for everbody. That's one reason I love SP, that we can exchange ideas of what works for us and that we can incorporate the methods of others that work for us and individualize our own methods. I've been trying different methods since I was a chubby pre-teen and to me, SP is one of the absolute best ways to accomplish our goals of all kinds, especially health goals.
Thanks to all who are brave enough to post their photos, their thoughts, their favorite quotes, their activity, their successes, their "learning opportunities," their pleas for help, and their support of others!
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