Wednesday, November 07, 2012
I really like to read anything about weightloss issues and ran across this book in the local library. Frances Kuffel is a woman in her 40s who rose to fame after writing her first memoir, Passing For Thin, that she wrote after losing over 100 pounds. I haven't read Passing for Thin, but hope I can locate a copy one of these days. In Angry Fat Girls, she has gained back a lot of her weight and is obese again. The other fat girls in the book are women she corresponds with on the internet via blogs, forums, and instant messaging. They all have lost and gained tremendous amounts of weight.
These women are veterans of 12-step obesity groups. I have never tried one of these groups and didn't know anything about them. It was interesting to read about abstinance as it pertains to eating and striving to live a life free of sugar and flour. These women seem to need this strict lifestyle to overcome their eating addicitons.
In my own experience, I never self-identified as a binge eater, and the bingeing these women describe was a little boggling: 1000s of calories consumed in one sitting, eating in the middle of the night, scarfing down large quantities of fast food in the car in parking lots, and eating whole cakes.
Reading this book made me pretty thoughtful about my own eating issues. It also made me wonder if I could ever lose a lot of weight myself. I have eaten way too much at a sitting in my life, just not as a lifestyle. I have knocked out a pint of ice cream (it's been many years since I did that though) all by myself. I have ordered food at a drive-through window and scarfed it down in the car even if I wasn't that hungry, just craving. So I could relate to those women to a degree.
If you like to read books on fat issues and are a woman, you might like to read this not-warm-and-fuzzy book. It will give you a lot to think about as Kuffel covers many dimensions of being obese, losing weight, and gaining it back.
Have you read any good or provocative books on this subject?
Monday, November 05, 2012
I became the administrator for the "Over 50 with 50-99 pounds to lose" group. If you are a member, holla! I like this group because it is a large group with many active members and new members joining all the time. In the past I tried to be an administrator to smaller groups, but when the members are an inactive few, it is not very rewarding. Not sure what I will try to do with the group, but if you have ideas, please contact me.
I looked at the challenges, and I joined the one that said I'd make 7 posts a week. That will be a lot of team posting as I usually respond to people's blogs as my way of communicating with people. I feel like people put a lot into blogging and really appreciate it when people read and leave a note. But posting is more of a group thing so it will be fun to see what is on the group's minds.
If you are in this group, please try to huddle every day. It would be cool if 100 members huddled every day or even every week.
Sunday, November 04, 2012
Still on my prgram. I decided that I started October at 239 and ended at 233, so it wasn't much of a plateau after all. I hope I can get to 229 by Thanksgiving though. I continue to do what is right to make it happen.
I have a few neighborhood walks I make during the week. One is about 25 minutes and another is closer to an hour. It's beautiful so I don't mind getting out and feel proud when I finish (also sweaty and beat). I also do Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds in my living room. I'd like to find the perfect DVD for strength training for my age and fitness level. I read that strength training is good for firing up the metabolism. Bring it on!
I am trying to eat more vegetables, especially those that are in season, especially those that aren't super-starchy. I made the baked kale chips a few times last week and it's not the greatest snack, but easy to make and the flavor/texture grows on you. I ate a big salad of mostly greens at Ruby Tuesday today. I love a leafy salad! I made a stir fry yesterday with brown rice and shrimp. I like getting the variety of veggies in a dish like that: cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, snow peas, celery, onion, yummy! I'm going to roast a chicken over vegetables this week and the veggies will be potato, carrot, onion, parsnip, and celery. Roasted veggies are really good! I might even make them for Thanksgiving! My family loves zucchini. I keep making it because it's easy and a favorite even though it's really not in season.
Still getting in a lot of water. I pledge only 6 cups but usually get more. Some days it's hard to get even 6 though. Saw a suggestion to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. This is a habit I've tried to foster, but for some reason I still don't do it. Let's all do our best and we WILL release these pounds!
Thursday, November 01, 2012
It is sunny and cool here in the Deep South. Last night I resolved to go on a walk today, and I have accomplished it. I went for an hour! It isn't so bad when you have your headphones on and are rocking away while walking away the pounds.
My kids went to a halloween festival at our church. It is a big neighborhood event, but really it's too big to be much fun. So they didn't get much candy. I went out and scammed on the after-Halloween sales and bought them some of their favorites and put it at their place at the table. It's a lot of bounty. I'll try to leave it alone. There are some Almond Joy treats that only I like, so I'll eat that. Next year, I think I'll throw a Halloween party for them and their friends. They can wear costumes and have a good time.
I went to my interview. I don't know if I'll get it or not, but I'm glad I was selected for an interview. I don't know how it would be to teach at an alternative school with kids that are 2 years behind schedule and experiencing learning problems. I got an email about the Skype interview. They say my internet connection is too slow to do the job. I wonder if that means I won't get an interview after all. I would gladly upgrade my internet if I could get that job! I need to see about that.
One great thing about the interview, I put on a pair of pants that I bought in the summer. They were too tight, but I kept them hoping I could wear them eventually. THEY FIT!!! They fit without being too tight too! I felt pretty confident with the way I looked at the interview. I tried on mymy other pants I keep around to try on now and then to see how my weightloss is going, and I could get them on, zipped and buttoned! They are still a little too tight to wear all the time though so I keep on working on it. I have those pants in 3-4 colors and if I get a job, I can wear these pants to work--WHEN I get a few more pounds off. There will come a day that even these pants are too loose! It can happen if I never give up this new lifestyle.
One of my other Spark Friends wrote a good blog about how even if we lose only a quarter-pound each week, it's still 12 pounds a year and that is still progress. It's a marathon, not a sprint. Keep on sparking, y'all!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
I'm pretty excited today to report a pound down and a new all-time low since July! When people say it will happen slowly, they are not kidding because I have been losing at a snail's pace this month.
Yesterday, I ate the delicious fudge and some chicken for lunch (trying to avoid bread, pasta, and grains). I made some fish fillets from the freezer and accompanied them with brussels sprouts (I ate most of these as they are not popular with the family), orange slices, zucchini rounds, and mac n cheese. Also cheesy biscuits. I made a big meal because my son is playing soccer and has 2 practices on Tuesdays. I feel like he comes home hungry, but he was not hungry enough to do justice to the bicuits. They are still sitting on the counter today. Maybe they will eat them when they come home from school. I need another idea for preparing brussels sprouts if anyone has a way they like.
I also did Leslie Sansone yesterday. It is a pretty easy workout for those of us that aren't really into working out. It will get you moving for sure.
I got on the scales this morning and was glad to see a pound down! Yea! I proceeded to do my Leslie video, but I was not able to finish the whole thing--still sore from yesterday and feeling hungry. I was thinking about going on a trail after my interview this afternoon, but it will be pretty late, so I need to fly home to my kids.
I need to stop by Michaels to buy some yarn. I have taken up knitting (!). I haven't done a knitting project in a long time. Usually I lounge with the laptop on and I surf the net or play games of an evening. I am knitting instead. ONce I get my hands clean to knit and get it all spread out, I don't want to soil anything while knitting with greasy paws or falling crumbs.
I've also made a pledge to forego eating after-supper snacks. Now I just have herbal tea of an evening and NOT a carby snack even if it is just graham crackers, Greek yogurt, or a frozen fruit bar. Also I had gotten into the habit of saving calories to indulge these evening treats, but now I'm either not going to eat those calories or eat them sooner. I hope I can lose another pound before too long!
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