Friday, September 18, 2009
All right...I've been on the sidelines long enough with this plateau of mine. Lately I've been SO jealous of all you folks REALLY SPARKING out there that I've decided to finally knuckle down and get serious about breaking through to ONEderland by Jan. 1st, 2010! This will involve ongoing loss of around 1-2 pounds a week.
I've been scheming and dreaming about this over the past few days, trying to get the right mindset before going *PUBLIC* with my announcement. I have a number of strategies in mind, mostly along the food intake approach, rather than making much of a significant change in my workouts...although that I'll continue to shake up and challenge myself along these lines as well.
Additionally I've given myself permission once I break through the 200 pound mark to decide NOT to stay under 200 if I find myself as compulsive about exercise and healthy eating as I USED to be about overeating and poor food choices, as Coach Dean did (here's his GREAT story about his journey toward developing a "live-able" approach toward health and wellness: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
My plateau HAS brought me some wonderful gifts: confidence in my food choices and ongoing daily (with rare exceptions) workouts among other things. These areas of my life are so ingrained that it becomes truly easy, like good habits come to feel. This has been a period of "incubation" and preparation and now?
I'm ready to put some OOMPH behind it and push through the 200 mark!
Recently I have been dropping a pound here and there over the summer, adding up to a whopping 5 pounds lost since June/July. Which brings me to 225. Maybe even lighter...I weighed in at 225 earlier this week at work but today at the doc's office, even though both scales are triple beams, his always weighs me in a couple pounds more, yet I weighed in at 224...! All this psyching up of myself already has some momentum building!
I'll post some of the habits I'll be changing along the way and certainly update everyone on my progress. As you know from my recent blog, *going public* is a TREMENDOUS motivator for me and I can't thank everyone out there ENOUGH for all your WONDERFUL SUPPORT!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
These pics are from as close as I can find among my highest weight days of yore. Sadly (now!) I don't think I can find any of myself when I was at my highest weight of around 450 and I was SO scale aversive that I don't have a clue how much I weighed in any of these pics.
I'm posting these for my own benefit, as my own "switch," if you will, to represent what I NEVER, EVER want to see happen again to me! These are the pics I need to think of if I EVER have thoughts of straying, skipping workouts, eating unhealthy foods!
I'm declaring to myself and the world that I'm just NEVER "going there" AGAIN!
Here's one from 1980, prior to my major inflation, but already pretty hefty:
Next these are from 1981...noticeably larger!
and here's one from "around" 1984-5...not certain of the year:
Not the greatest quality pics as they are scans of old photos, but certainly enough to serve as my own personal 2 x4 when I need it!
I went on to my highest weight in the early 1990's, resulting in a gastroplasty (stomach-stapling)which enabled me to drop from around 450 to upper 200's. Then? Back to the bad, old habits...binging on sugar and refined carbs and bouncing back up to the mid-300's by around 2004-2005.
Since then I have been losing weight the old-fashioned tried and true way, via healthy food choices such as SERIOUSLY upping my veggie intake and avoiding all sugar and refined carbs and through EXERCISE, a concept that heretofore was NEVER part of my vocabulary, let alone daily itinerary!
Hope this is helpful to some as a testimony of what we ALL are capable of doing!
I KNOW it will be helpful to ME to keep me on the right track...for the rest of my LIFE!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Overslept today and have been busy as all get-out all day long...finally get home, unload the car and it's already 11:30 pm without ANY workout! Argh!
I had intended to do BOTH treadmill & ST today...so I moped around a bit, thinking about skipping it all and just getting a good night's sleep and catching up tomorrow.
Except I just COULDN'T let it go...
So UP the stairs I go to my workout room intending to get right to work!
But, oops there's laundry that needs drying...uh-oh, cat pan needs attention...before you know it YES I've ground out 45 mins. on my 'mill and finished 2 sets of 15 reps of all my ST dumb-bell, resistance bands and wall push-up routine.
NOW I can sleep! :-)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Some of you may recall that I had my gall bladder pulled earlier this year around April...?
Well at the time my surgeon said I had a hernia that should get taken care of later this year. It was too risky for him to do both with one surgery, unfortunately.
Back then we all could see the hernia popping in and out of my belly...like Alien trying trying to hatch itself and do the two-step...lol! Didn't hurt or bother me. Just avoided ab-specific exercise.
So that brings us to TODAY! I'm all psyched up and ready to take care of business. I head out to the doc and...
The Hernia Is GONE!
We're totally baffled! The doc congratulated me on taking good care of myself and figures, since the hernia is a hole and holes don't heal, somehow muscles have grown to a point where they must be covering up the hernia and preventing it from popping. I was amazed! I mean, my abs are SUCH a long, LONG way from being a six-pack...and haven't deliberately worked them!
So I guess I can dust off that "Abs-by-Jake" thingy I got for $20 at a garage sale and see what I can do with it...! :-)
PS...A very pleasant surprise today also...SparkPeople has gathered up clips from the San Diego convention earlier today and put together a wonderful 10 min. video to give everyone a sense of what an SP convention is like. You will hear from Chris Downie (SparkGuy), Coach Nicole and Becky Hand, SparkPeople's Dietician as well as speakers from the panel of SparkPeople members and other members.
Yours truly was honored to have a few moments of fame in this ten minute video also...around the 9 min. mark. How cool is THAT?!?
It was so great to re-visit that day again...! I wanted to pass this along to others so you could get a "feel" for what it's like to attend a SparkPeople Convention:
I ALSO wanted to pass this along to remind folks that it isn't too late to consider attending the upcoming SparkPeople convention in Cincinnati on Saturday, Sept. 26th and later this year on Sunday, November 22, 2009, in Tampa, Florida.
Here are links for registering for the Cincinnati convention:
Enjoy the video!
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