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We Fall Down, But We Get Up!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I'm back at it again, but this time with a particular goal and date. I am going on a cruise in July and I don't want to be wearing a moo-moo near the water. I have purposed it in my mind to lose 35 lbs...the right way. I'm tired of fad diets. Also, I have identified the roadblocks that have derailed my efforts before and have put provisions in place.
First of all, I am going to stay away from the daily and weekly weigh-ins. When the number on the scale does not jive with what I have in mind, I give up. Which is really stupid when I think about it, because giving up will definitely not help me reach any of my goals.
Secondly, I have accepted the fact that life happens and when it does I should not look at it as losing the war on weightloss, but simply a minor casualty. I must bandage it up and get back into battle.
Thirdly, I have realized that this is a lifestyle change, so I must view it as a marathon and not a sprint. And although my good efforts and changes over the past 3 weeks seem more like 3 months, and I think I should see 3 months worth of progress, in reality it is still just 3 weeks. Change takes time.
And finally, when my husband decides he wants to make buffalo or fried wings for dinner and it is not time for my cheat day.........NO PROBLEM....I've got a stash of the healthy stuff in the freezer. I simply defrost and enjoy. BAM!



Ohhh the temptations are coming strong!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

It's so easy during this time of the year to be side tracked with holiday temptations. But you have to preface it in your mind that you have made a plan and will need to stick to it at all costs. Yesterday at our faculty meeting there were beautiful sugar cookies, hot cider, hot chocolate and candy canes. Now, I could not resist, simply for the fact that it was free. However, I gave them to my children. I was really challenged today when I school board came in with 200 Publix cupcakes! I don't care for cream, but this particular brand works for me. Again, though, I resisted temptation. I've got to keep my eye on the prize. Now, I'm not saying that I will go through the entire holiday season w/o taking part in some holiday treats; however, I will limit it to ONE day...CHRISTmas and thank Him for His strength to continue to stick with the plan.


Something to be proud of...

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Yeah! I stuck to the plan all week long and my day off is tomorrow. I really feel like I've earned it. I didn't deviate, nor did I create excuses. I did not hit that snooze button once; I even had a couple days when I worked out twice. And there were at least two times when I could have told myself that exercising was not practical under the circumstances, but I didn't. I made other arrangements as to not alter my scheduled workouts. Even more, when I walked into my office and there was a plate of homemade sugar cookies, I had the courage to avoid that pitfall. Boy do I love sugar cookies, especially this time of the year. But I kept my eye on the bigger prize. I feel great about this week's accomplishments.

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DDAHUNSI 12/11/2011 10:55AM

    Thanks for your post! Much success to you in your endeavors as well.

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BROCCOLIROSE 12/8/2011 7:11PM

    Awesome! It sounds like you had a really fantastic week! Doesn't it just feel good to do that for yourself! No matter how much we interact and work on being part of this huge SparkPeople group it really comes down to just 1 thing...we are in this for the long haul and no one can do it for us...we need to do this ourselves! Good for you! Have a wonderful day off!

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Going at it with little support

Monday, December 05, 2011

When I met my husband I was on a fantastic weight loss journey. I was down to around 174 pounds from around 202-204. I was feeling good about myself. I was fitting into a size 14 and even an occasional 12; well on my way to the size 10 I wanted to be.

My husband's one of those old school men who likes a "little meat on the bones." He specializes in comfort food, and is an excellent cook, so I ballooned my way back up to the 190's quickly. During my pregnancy with my son, I shot up to 230 lbs. He didn't nurse well so I'd only lost 20 lbs by the time I went back to work in 6 weeks. But my husband never complained about my weight because his image of the ideal woman was between a size 14 and 18. With that, all efforts to do some form of calorie restriction were derailed. There was no malicious intent on his part, just a different way of thinking; the thought that I should not have to deny myself of the food I want. I began to think that perhaps he was right and if he didn't mind the weight then I will just be who I am---overweight. Soon I realized that I was uncomfortable with that, especially when none of the clothes in my closet fit comfortably. Tight clothes made me more aware of my weight almost every minute of the day.

Whenever I first begin a change in eating habits I am extremely weak minded. Any type of suggestion of comfort foods will derail my efforts. After I have given in to temptation, I feel like all is lost so I may as well go back to all my bad nutritional habits. It never fails that whenever I begin a new change, hubby will make oatmeal raisin nut cookies, or buffalo wings or suggest some "ungodly, and very desirable" treat. As I type right now he is upstairs baking cookies. I am trying to avoid the temptation by blogging on SP.com in the basement of my home. However, when I saw it coming (taking cookies out of the refrigerator and turning on the stove) I went in the bathroom to brush, floss, and gargle....and I keep thinking to myself "I need to get back down to my happy size" minus 10 more. Yield not to temptation!

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DDAHUNSI 12/8/2011 6:23PM

    Thanks ladies for the words of encouragement. It's all about making sound choices and picking back up when we fall off the wagon. I will definitely think about that red light analogy YDavis.

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CHEESKY 12/5/2011 8:26PM

    Oh, the temptations we have to resist as "dieters." emoticon

It sounds like your husband only wants to show his love for you through food. I do the same thing to others. It's a hard habit to break. But an even harder one to turn away.

Stay strong and good luck! emoticon

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YDAVIS23 12/5/2011 8:22PM

    Thanks for posting on my first blog entry! I hear you - this journey is about us - and our comfort - not the wonderful people who love us unconditionally!
I keep thinking of an analogy I read a few weeks ago: "if you're driving and you run the red light, you wouldn't spend the rest of the day running a red light, so why, after eating the first X (cookie, pizza etc) do we keep eating like we are powerless?" It has brought me back on track a couple of times.
I wish you luck balancing love for yourself with love for those around you!

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Back in Action

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to realize the crash course you have been on. I believe I was really close to that. I am a teacher and received my free pictures back from the oh so dreaded "picture day". When I saw how round my face was and how many chins I had, I immediately threw those pictures in the bottom draw along with last year's pics. I can't remember liking class pictures since the 2007-2008 school year.

I fell into a sort of depression about how my looks have been changing since I have entered my 40's. The weight is harder to get off and the dedication is harder to stick with. I realize that I don't like the way I am looking, and it is up to me to do something about it. When I am not pleased with my body it effects me in other areas of my life. I can't have that! I have been creating excuses as to why I am eating so much of what is unhealthy for my body, and why I am not exercising consistently.

I've created a new plan to start and stick with consistently for at least 30 days; one in which I am praying I can stick to and build upon. I'm done with the fad diets; the diets where I torture myself to lose a bunch of pounds, look good short term, and then put back on. This new plan doesn't promise a quick loss of pounds; but helps me to develop good habits and a healthy outlook.

I thank you SP family for your support and welcome any advice you can give me to shed these 40 unwanted pounds. Here is my starting plan so far. Successful people, please tell me what you think.

4-5 hours of cardio a week
Eat only when I am hungry and before I am famished
Drink water as my main beverage (64-80 oz daily)
Portion control-adhere to serving sizes when they are available
Reduce refined sugar-use for an occasional treat (perhaps once a month)
Reduce fried foods-again use for an occasional treat (perhaps once a month)
Journal daily-record food intake and workouts (and feelings)
Log into SP.com daily

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DDAHUNSI 12/8/2011 6:17PM

    Thanks X5X52000. I do try very hard to have small snacks in between meals. So if all goes as planned I am eating something every 2 1/2-3 hours.

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X5X52000 12/5/2011 7:14PM

    Everything sounds good except eating when hungry. If you wait to eat when you are hungry your metabolism will go into starvation mode and slow down. you should eat small meals while keeping whatever calories you need for the day.

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