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Secret to my success - maintenance

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I went to weigh in last night @ WW. I've been so busy in August that this is the first time I've been able to go. I reached my goal in March and made Lifetimer in May. With WW you have to weigh in at least once a month and can be 2 lbs. +/- your goal or you have to pay for that meeting/weigh in. I'm happy to report I was spot on my goal. I've either been a little below or right on, I've not gone over goal. So that's pretty good for maintenance. The receptionist commented on how well I've been doing and I said "thanks, the running really helps"! I didn't want to tell her that I've been a lapsed P+ tracker!

Maintenance is a tricky thing and I'll be the first to admit that I've been pretty sloppy with recording my food lately. I'm doing the "in my head" thing now, which is a little scary because my head can forget a lot that I've eaten! I owe most of my maintenance success to exercise. I can remember my leader telling us (and quoting statistics which I forget) that the people that loose the weight and have the most success keeping it off are the ones that exercise!

I know that accountability (the desire to keep my Lifetime status) and exercise are the Secrets to my Success!!

  
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ONECATSHORT97 8/26/2011 9:25AM

    What a great job at maintaining! I do find that a little scary and feel more comfortable in the "losing mode" although I've not been so successful at that lately. (Am still below WW's goal though not my own) Enjoy your success and keep up the running. Guess I need to ratchet up my activity. Thanks for the reminder that I can't become too complacent.

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Resentment + Exercise + Kids = Bad Mommy

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

One of the main reasons I finally reached my weight loss goal and am constantly working on my "stay fit" goal is my children. I have 3 girls (10, 13, 15) and I want to be fit for them and also be a good role model. My husband comes from a family of "large" women. His mother was quite tall (and overweight) and his 2 sisters are both 6 feet + (one overweight, one very skinny). I'm not exactly petite and have always struggled with my weight. My 2 older girls are both 5'9"+. According to the charts, the 15 year old is borderline overweight and the other 2 are o.k. The 13 year old (just turned) already wears a size 11 shoe. Needless to say, they're big girls. It's funny to see my 10 year old taller than my Mom and the other 2 just tower over her!

Anyway, the reason for my rambling above is last night I found myself resenting my 10 year old interfering with "MY" exercise. Now I'm sure a lot of you face the same challenges I do - full time job, 3 children, husband that works odd (& a lot) of hours, etc. This makes it hard to find time to exercise. Running has been my choice of exercise since I finished a program in June. There's only so much "prime" running time because of the heat, working, etc. I usually try to get my girls to come with me to either run, walk or ride bikes (while I run). Most of the time they complain & whine (but end up coming) and then glad they did. Some times I just leave them! Last night my 10 year old really wanted to come with me and was very excited about riding bikes (she's just recently become confident on her bike). I decided I would ride bikes instead of run. After getting the bikes loaded, etc. and getting to the trail, we ended up riding only about 30-35 min. She stopped to chit chatted and got a little nervous because there were a lot of people out, so she slowed down. Anyway, I started getting frustrated with her and then resented that she was prohibiting me from getting in a "work out". I broke a sweat, my legs were feeling it, why couldn't I just enjoy an evening out with my daughter. Last thing I want to do is make her not want to exercise.

Sorry for the rant, but it bothered me that I couldn't keep this in perspective. I'll have to keep this in mind next time and lighten up and enjoy the moment!!

  
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VOLLEYSOFT 8/23/2011 1:31PM

    I understand your pain! lol I have 5 "blessings" and I wouldn't change it for the world. For me, it seems the problem comes because I don't know how to reconcile "me' time with being a mom...also, life gets sou busy and out of control at times and it seems to attack my excersize/diet first! BUT....I've got my armor on....!!!!

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Recognition Part II

Monday, August 22, 2011

I blogged last week about recognition (or being recognized while running on the trail and being complimented) being a motivator for me.

Well I decided to get up Saturday morning to run (I'll spare you further whining about the heat & humidity) and my husband said he would go too. He decided to wake up DD #2 (13 year old) and make her run with us (she was not happy about it!). He also told her to bring her basketball (really nice & new courts @ the park). She'll be starting a BB camp today and trying out for the 8th Grade team in October (she was on the 7th Grade team). The 8th Grade coach is tough! She said by now the girls should "love" basketball and not just play for a jersey (kind of a "popular" thing here in MS to be on a team - even girls).

Anyway, I digress. The coach is big on conditioning and defense. So I'm jogging along and I pass her on the trail walking her dog, so I say hello and go on by. I meet up with DD and asked if she saw Coach and she says yes, and guess what, "I was running!", and then when we saw her leaving we were playing basketball. DD made a comment that she was glad she came because the coach saw her. So I guess recognition can be a motivator for her too! Hey, whatever works!

  


Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

We got Netflix back in June and since we don't have cable, I've been "catching up" on some shows that are on cable. I seem to have an obsession with weight loss shows. I watched the first season of Heavy & Ruby and last night I watched Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Short synopsis - this Australian guy who is (was) overweight and has a disease (can't remember the name) because of it and has to take mega medications, comes to America and makes a documentary on "juicing" or "rebooting". The film guy (Joe) lost a lot of weight and is off all his meds, as is another guy featured in the documentary (from Iowa).

It was very interesting and informative. I don't think juicing would be for me, but one thing that did stick in my mind was a lot of the statistics on American's eating and the obesity rate. One couple from Arkansas stuck in mind (btw, I live in Georgia and this film did not make Southerners look good!). This couple owned a gun shop and both the man & wife were obese. When Joe asked the husband (while he was cleaning his gun) what he thought was the biggest threat to Americans and could kill a lot of people, the guy said our "border security". Joe said, no, it was a health issue and then the guy said "smoking" and he said he and his wife quit, and Joe said no, it was obesity. The guy kind of closed off then (looked kinda mad), but he did admit that he and his wife mostly ate out, etc. I found it interesting that he was ready to defend our borders, but wasn't willing to change his eating habits and was insulted by it (that was my take).

I would recommend watching this. While none of this should be surprising, some of the statistics were pretty astonishing. I certainly don't claim to eat "clean" and I struggle daily to motivate myself to exercise, it certainly made me glad to know that I've made a conscious effort for me and my family to not be one of these statistics. We could do better, but we're aware and working on it! We're a work in progress!!

  
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BLACKROSE_222 8/17/2011 1:54PM

    Very interesting thought, isn't it. Thanks for sharing.

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Recognition!?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I've been struggling with my running since mid-July. I know I've complained about the heat and humidity and trying to find a good time to run (excuses I know). My last 5K on 7/30 was less than stellar, but I finished and I wasn't last (far from it in fact!) with my time of 38:15. Last Friday & Saturday I went to the greenway trail (flater & shadier) in the evening around 8:15 and guess what?! The days are getting shorter and it was pitch dark on the trail @ 8:30 -even though it was till 90+ degrees. I ended up running in the dark on Saturday, but my husband and 2 of my daughters were there on their bikes, so it wasn't too scary (except for all the weird night noises and bugs and frogs).

Anyway, the last couple of days the heat has broken a little bit and it's been less humid. I went to my old hilly trail on Monday about 7:30. There were a lot more people there because it was still daylight and it was a nice evening. I just started my run and I passed 2 ladies that I know who were walking. The one lady commented - "so this is why you look so great" (I have lost 42 lbs. with Weight Watchers and of course the walking/running helped). I smiled and said thanks and jogged on by. I then felt obligated to keep running (since I knew I would pass them again). I couldn't stop and walk because they might see me, right? Anyway, that was my motivation to run the whole time (even the dreaded "second time around hill") and not walk as I have been doing the past couple of weeks (see above - heat & humidity).

So now I figure that recognition is my motivation. I'm going to get on the trail earlier tonight and hope I see someone I know!

  
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COACHMOMMY 8/17/2011 11:44AM

    Thank Emily - I try to run 2-3 times a week. I find if I go a couple of days without running, I loose stamina. I still struggle with "running" the entire 3.1 miles - some days I still have to walk a little. It was easier back in June when it wasn't so hot & humid so my excessive whining on this subject is not without merit!

I started a running program (Couch to 5K at my local park back in April). I mentioned before, I would have quit if I hadn't paid because it was really hard. I couldn't run for 2 minutes straight and I was an avid walker! I still don't really "like it", but I have such a sense of accomplishment when I complete a run (and boy do I sweat!). I'm looking foward to cooler weather and am going to sign up for a bunch of 5K's in the fall to keep me motivated (and of course hope I see someone I know!).

Keep it up - you're doing great. Just remember how far you've come!

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EMILYULM1 8/17/2011 11:29AM

    Good for you. I am so inspired by you and your ability to run 'the entire thing'. I have been trying to run since I started SP in April, and I have been somewhat successful, but I still cannot complete a 5k with running alone. It's like my lungs give out and I just can't get the air in. Not sure if that is related to a history of asthma/smoking. But it is sure frustrating. How many days a week do you run 5k? Maybe I am not doing it often enough to build up any stamina. Thanks for blogging, and I hope you pass people you know from now on.

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