I would like to lose 6 pounds before my yearly physical exam MD visit on Sep 14th. I have seen the same number on the scale for 2 weeks in a row w/o going over calories and with 30 minutes of exercise a day. So, I have a plan ... my 30 day plateau buster.
1. Try the Jillian Michaels (?) workout on exercise TV ( I did one last night and WOW)
2. Swim on Friday mornings
3. Up my 3 x week strength training
4. Keep to the low end of my daily calories
5. Stay consistent and positive even if the scale doesn't move
One thing that has definitely changed since I started SparkPeople almost 2 months ago is that my basic activity level has improved. On strength days I do my strength workout (which I HATE) as soon as I get up - I probably would "forget to do it" otherwise ...lol) When I am sitting at the computer or watching TV, I now get up and walk around the house - doing little chores like picking up or dusting, etc. instead of just sitting. When I am at work, I don't email people to ask a question as much, I get up and to to their area. When I have to go to the other building, I walk the most circuitous route I can and 2 x a day I walk around both buildings as quickly as I can (usually takes around 15 minutes). I have even told my supervisor what I am doing and have her approval. I use the time in lieu of the 15 minute break we all get 2 x day. When I get home, I get on the treadmill for 30 minutes and have just started doing a little bit of interval training on the treadmill to increase the activity level. I can say with enthusiasm "I am no longer a couch potato!)
My daughter and her family have come to a decision. They have decided to take the job, have my daughter rent a room for the 3 days a week she will be out of town, give it 6 months to see how she likes it and decide what to do about moving at that time. I thank God for their decision and for the ability I had to sit back and not interfere. I thank all my SP friends for the support and encouragement you gave me yesterday while this dilemma was working its way out. I didn't even think of turning to food one time. I ate the way I've been learning to eat and I didn't think anything of it. Food is essential for nutrition but not for emotional support!
My daughter has been looking for a career change for several years. She has gained certification and become physically fit to prepare for this new career. She has now been offered a position and was really excited about it until she found that there is a residency requirement and she has to live in the city where the job is. Her DH and her children don't want to move. She is so torn. She has dreamed of this position for years and has worked hard to be able to do it. Now she feels she can't accept the position. We talked by phone yesterday and my heart ached. I wanted to tell her to pursue her dreams and not to let anything stop her, but she is a mother and a wife and has to do what she feels is best. I listened, I supported and I loved. I told her she could call me whenever she needed while she makes this decision and I would do anything I could to help in any way she wants. And I will pray that the right decision will come for her and her family.