Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Been continuing to push myself on the treadmill lately, aiming to vary my speed between 4 - 6 mph and attempting to cover more ground in the same amount of time, i.e. bumping up my overall speed.
The graph of my speed on the treadmill is no longer flat-lined as it has been for the most part all these years. Now I'm getting SPIKEY! Woo Hoo! :-)
Had a nice boost today, dropping another pants size from 42 to 40...another Woo Hoo! I'll be SO thrilled when I hit 38!
Wrapping up my first week of "no nuts"...we'll see how it goes...
Keep on SPARKING everyone! :-)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Yesterday was such a special kayaking outing with ORIGAMIFREAK and her local kayaking club, which I'm about to join...! Joined up with everyone on Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes of upstate New York, not too far from Geneva. The weather was spectacular, clear blue sunny skies & mid/upper-60's.
We first had lessons in recovering if one has fallen out of their kayak and our teachers were amazing in their abilities to roll over in their kayaks, staying right in their seats. I was beside one who was so quick I had looked away, heard a splash and she was already upright and soaking wet from her rollover!
Then we kayaked down the lake and back for a round trip of about 8 miles. The return was against the tide which, whew!, was quite the challenge! I learned how much more effort it takes to paddle a short kayak (10 footer) than a longer one. However one of the kayak club members was kind enough to loan me an extra one of his, which I truly appreciated!
Kayaking really engages quite a wide range of muscles...they all told me ALL about it today...lol!
Today was clean up the garden day...bagged up our blighted tomato plants... :-( And cleared out other stuff, getting the gardens ready for next spring. Still have some red peppers, cauliflower and summer squash coming....hoping the frost will leave them alone! Then I got my handsaw and started lopping off LOTS of lower branches on our trees which were either dead or in the way. We are INUNDATED with maple saplings everywhere so hacked them down too. Working the saw (no power saw for me!) was a great upper body workout! It was another beautiful day today and great to be out and enjoying it while sprucing up the property as well!
My first strategy in striving toward ONEderland:
Striking out the nuts!
I'm nutty for NUTS!! And I have developed a bad habit of keeping a big jar of them in the car with me for munching on my way back and forth to work. Yes, I *know* nuts are good for you, but not when one overdoes them like *I* do...!
So I'm pulling the plug altogether on nuts for now and may attempt to re-introduce them later in a more controlled manner.
Hope everyone out there had as fulfilling and SPARKING a weekend as I did!
Now let's get a super week under way tomorrow! :-)
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!
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