Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Bob and I leave Ft. Lauderdale Friday on a round-trip 42 day Transatlantic European cruise on Holland America's Maasdam. I couldn't be more excited. Two years ago we took a 30 transatlantic cruise. We flew to Greece to start that one, but there will be no airlines involved this time. I just love that.
We've done all the preparations. I even have most of my things in suitcases. :-) But the one thing that bothers me is that I will only have sporadic internet access throughout the trip. Access is available onboard, but it is expensive. I will have to find free wi-fi when we are in port, and I probably won't spend port time logging in the food I have eaten. I will miss checking in every day and spinning the wheel, not to mention getting all the daily info and support on Sparkpeople.
In the past I have always kept my weight under control on a cruise - in spite of all the temptations. There are so many good, healthy choices available, and I enjoy trying new things that I might not make for myself. It *is* hard to control salt intake though. I noticed that a lot of dishes, especially soups, can be quite salty.
I also take advantage of the fitness center and take walks around the promenade deck. I plan to keep a written log of my exercises but doubt that I will take the time to enter it all here when I return. It will be enough to know that I am continuing with my healthy habits.
Since I have lost 40 pounds, I actually had to buy new clothes - and that was FUN! I tried on some of my old cruise dresses and they were just too darn big. Imagine that! So, for all of you who are stuck on a plateau - keep with the program. It does work, as long as *you* do.
If I have a chance to post, I will. Otherwise I will be back on Nov. 30. So, if you are looking for me, I will be, at sea.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Four years. Four years. Seems like such a long time. If I only think about the 40 pounds I have lost, it seems like a long time for a short reward. But I don't think of it that way. I think, "Wow! I have lost 40 pounds!" There were many months when I hit a plateau and hovered around the same weight and just could not drop a pound. But I kept at it and I am glad that I did. I am not finished yet, but that 40 pounds was a goal I wanted to reach before my birthday next week. So I feel really good about that.
More important than that, is that my focus has been on better health. My total cholesterol has dropped from 266 to 128. My A1C number (glucose over time) has dropped from 7.5 to 6.0. And my blood pressure, which has always been high, is considered normal now (and I have been able to stop taking one of the two prescriptions I had been taking for blood pressure.)
What have I been doing? Nothing revolutionary: eating a healthier diet and exercising. I live in Florida in a 55+ community and have many options for exercise. I do water aerobics four days a week (most weeks), have access to a fitness center, other exercise classes, and have over 9 1/2 miles of safe, winding roads to walk. But no matter where you live, you have many opportunities for exercise too. You just have to get out there and "do it."
One key to my success has been to use the Fitness Tracker to log my exercise. I do use the Nutrition Tracker, although not as faithfully as I once did. If I find myself going off track and gaining two or three pounds I start tracking again. I also use it to check on the nutrition content of foods. I bought "The Spark People Cookbook" and absolutely love it. My husband and I are both counting carbs (not eliminating them, counting them.) That book is absolutely wonderful. I love the fact that it has the nutrition numbers for every recipe. I liked it so much that I bought three more copies and sent them to my children. I love to watch Coach Nicole's exercise videos. I learn new ways to keep moving and that inspires me to keep going.
I log in every day and spin the wheel and I do try to earn enough points to spin the bonus wheel. That keeps me reading and learning. I usually go to my Start Page and read the featured articles. I like to take the Trivia quiz and test myself, and I usually learn something new, or at least reinforce something I had learned before.
I read "The Spark" and above all, I remember the advice from "Sparkguy", to make small changes until they become a habit, and build on that. And, of course, not to give up.
Friends and family have noticed that I've lost weight. I have had to buy new clothes because the old ones were getting baggy. (Never imagined I would have *that* problem!) All of that is great. But the thing that I am most proud of is those better numbers on my lab tests. My doctor is happy and so am I.
Friday, March 30, 2012
I did not write this, but my son sent me this a link to this great article.
Sounds like a great way to keep on track and accomplish goals - and maybe even sleep better at night, knowing the next day is all planned. I think I will try it.
Monday, February 13, 2012
I finally got up the nerve to try on some old jeans that I had carefully packed into a bin labeled "Old Jeans" and stored on the top shelf in my closet. I know they are from at least 12 years ago, possibly 15. My daughter saw it one day and asked, "Why are you saving those old jeans?" I couldn't give here a good answer then. But it came to me today.
First of all, she knows how frugal I am. I call myself "Mrs. Skimpo." So she probably thought I just wanted to save some money when I someday, miraculously fit into them again. But today, when I put them on and easily zipped and buttoned them, I realized for the first time the real reason why I saved them. It wasn't just so that I could wear them again. It was just to see if I *could* wear them again.
I'm not ready for a smaller size yet. As all women know, all jeans in the same size are *not* created equal. These are a little out of style and (yay!) they are a bit baggy in the thigh. But I will wear these three pair for a while just for the shear joy of knowing that these jeans that I could not even hope to zip up, now fit. And nothing feels better and more comfortable than that.
I still have one pair left in that bin. But I never want to fit into those again. They are the largest size I ever bought and I am saving those just to remind me of my progress.
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