Saturday, November 27, 2010
By losing slowly over the last several years, I am thankful to have gotten such great use of my clothes throughout my 64-lb weight loss (only 36 lbs to go). The day I no longer had to shop the fat ladies shoppe, was a major milestone in my life.
We should all have a healthy love for ourselves at every stage of progress -- during all the ups and the downs. I have a confession to make: I like lose, comfortable clothes. I will, however, leave the doors of my brain open should an adequate weight loss bring me back to wearing more form-fitted or belted clothes. For now, I just canít imagine not wearing the fat clothes I so love and enjoy. Fortunately, I have already given away or tossed (due to wear) most of my 2 and 3X sizes!
I have had more fun shopping for new clothes! I find great pleasure in finding a great bargain and have had a wonderful streak of great buys. This has now become a personal challenge of mine to continue finding good buys. Until I get down to my goal weight, I wonít invest much more in new clothes. I like that my neighborhood department store (Younkerís) regularly offers an 80% off rack of clothes. About two years ago, I bought 23 items on the sale racks averaging about $6 each: including nice blazers, bath robes, and professional work clothes. Wilson Leather went out of business in our mall and I picked up a $300 blazer for only $15. I was thrilled! I often buy timeless pieces that donít quite fit, knowing that Iíll wear them later. Just this summer, my love of the Indian salwar (3-piece) suit (as shown in so many of my SparkPage photos) was met with fabulous buys Ė staying well within my ten dollar a piece range -- while visiting friends and family in India.
Now if you happen to be a fashionista who enjoys the crŤme de la crŤme of fashion, please do not take offense. We all have different areas of spending that bring us pleasure. While one friend buys a Coach purse nearly every month, another swears by her Prada sun glasses and Swarovski crystals. Iím very happy with my many gifted international outfits, ($3) Chinese purses and no-name Austrian crystals, while choosing to be more extravagant in my large original artwork collection, lead crystal (in the china cupboard), and glitzy costume jewelry.
I try to be relatively low maintenance in other areas. While I believe this, I canít believe I said it! Really now, is there such a thing as being low maintenance? Ė Perhaps not -- unless youíre attempting to survive on pennies a day! I am reminded in Luke 12:48 where Luke writes, ď. . . From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.Ē I truly am richly blessed and hope I can be directed in areas where I can be a blessing to others.
No matter how fast your weight comes off you, whether it is one stick (quarter pound) at a time or several, may you find enjoyment in discovering the new you! You have diligently made the SparkPeople Community an active part of the process . . . Thank you for allowing me to share my quirks (and ramblings) with you.
Have you made a lifestyle change that gives you a sense of pride or pleasure?
Friday, November 26, 2010
Iím a multi-media person in that when it comes to communication, I enjoy, relatively equally, visuals (17), sounds (16) and empathy (16 Ė the touchy, feely stuff). The numbers come from a test I took over 20 years ago Ė while I donít profess to have a very good memory, these self discovery numbers really made an impression on me. As a slower loser, my visual side likes to envision what a quarter pound looks like, whether it is a stick, patty or cookie (often images of our most unhealthy foods). In my case, it happens to be a stick of butter. The image of fat (body fat) and shape (stick on the hips) motivates for me. I am thrilled when I lose a quarter pound at the scales. I donít take such a loss lightly.
While I hope it doesnít take me the full seven-and-a-half years to lose 100 pounds, Iíd rather lose it all eventually than not. Iím already four and a half years into this journey to a new and healthier me, so Iíve already developed a relatively low average making the quarter-pound stick analogy a realistic one. I hope to still have weeks when I lose more than one stick at a time. I like to think that every weight loss is admirable and every weight gain can be an understandable teaching moment to help keep us on the track to eating healthy.
Iím making progress . . . WooHoo! . . . one stick at a time.
How do you look at the progress of your weight loss?
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Healthy Habits: Actively participate in SparkPeople!
For the next seven days, I am challenging myself Ė thanks to my Winter 5% Challenge leaders -- to share with you some healthy habits that have led to my success:
Healthy Habit #1: SparkPeople.com is a great network to meet friends, while joining in many new and exciting SparkTeams and Challenges.
What a thrill to meet another SparkFriend . . . and an international one at that. ZELLAZM calls Germany her home and has also enjoyed calling SW Florida her home. Her Mom and Dad are featured in the paintings in her gallery to the right.
The nearby galleries, shoppes, and pier made for a great walking tour of the area, meeting neighboring gallery owners and culminating in dinner on the deck of the Old Naples Pub:
Thank you for lifting me up! "But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ĎFriend, move up to a better place.í Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests." (Luke 14:10)
The journey Iím on is truly a work in progress. I can never think for a moment that the journey is done:
Sparkfriends are the best. While I may like to think that the ultimate journey to success is all within my hands . . . I know better. It helps to have an incredible, growing faith and many, many friends along the way Ė especially those willing to take the time to check out this blog.
I look forward to hearing about the healthy habits you incorporate. Thank you, my friend!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Today, I am thankful for so many things . . . for the cool on a hot day, for the warmth on a cool day, for the abundance of food we have at our fingertips, and for the many great people I have met within in the communities of people I have come to both enjoy and love. My list of thankfulness is endless and best extolled by the King of Siam in the King and I: "Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera."
Thank you for the wonderful encouragement and support you have shown me!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
While I have my personal version of The Slowest Loser going -- now that I'm over four years into the weight loss process -- I like that Iíve made a commitment to losing weight over the long haul, taking as many as five or ten years to ultimately reach my one hundred pound goal.
I like to think that occasionally, I simply choose to go into maintenance mode to verify that maintenance is something I can handle throughout my life. From the University of Hard Knocks, I know this will be challenging, as I still continue to have a relatively unhealthy love for food. Learning how to control that love will be essential.
In striving to remain positive, I hope to journal further by developing a few reasons why losing slowly has been beneficial to me.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
While traveling can be stressful or anxiety producing in its own right (packing at the last minute, restlessness the night before, etc), I try to make room for at least 90 minutes between major connections for quality walking time, making sure I work in 10-minute units before taking a shopping, rest, or food break.
Iím fortunate in that I have the means to do what most would consider a waste of a day to travel. I recognize that many working people do not have that option in a society where every day of vacation is precious. But at the same time, the travel cost savings go up big time and I am often able to dovetail while making great progress on the current prayer shawl I am knitting.
7:15 am: Walk about five icy blocks to the nearest bus stop. Thanks, SparkPeople, for strength training exercises that improve my core balance!
7:30 am: City bus to neighboring city with transfer to college for breakfast.
10:30 am: Bus where four hours, one wicked ice storm and two wonderful DVDís later, I arrived at the airport only 15 minutes later than planned.
2:45 Ė 7:10 pm: Walk and shop at the airport where I enjoyed a McDonaldís cone (150 calories), Subway sandwich (310 calories), and am now the happy owner of three lovely pieces of jewelry (seemingly priceless).
7:15 pm: A much-needed one-hour nap on the plane before the beverage cart came around. Then I happily anticipated trying the new and temporarily free WiFi on Delta. Good thing I didnít depend on it for my entire addiction to getting lots of SparkPeople points, as the speed was only fair, and after about 90 minutes and a second login, I lost my connection due to a ďfullĒ internet while in a Facebook chat with a long-time Napali friend I hadnít heard from in some time -- fortunately we had nearly completed our conversation.
11:30 pm: Arrived at my warm destination where my partner was ready for my call while recently arriving in the cell phone lot.
1:00 pm: Said night, night to a long day. While I missed my normal bedtime (am in Week Four of the SparkPeople Sleep Challenge), thanks to the luxury of retirement and a less scheduled life, I truly enjoyed the lap of luxury in that I slept a whopping 10.5 hours with only one ten-minute awake time at about 8 am. Apparently I needed the rest and while I typically only remember dreaming once a year, if Iím lucky, I must has gotten some quality REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, as I woke up today to a wonderful dream where I found my application to travel to Asia approved by the Graduate Council at UW-Superior (my place of retirement). What a lovely dream! Even after breakfast and starting the coffee maker, I fell asleep for another hour --now where that additional sleep time came from is beyond me.
Television, Internet, 15 minutes in the sun, and being a lounge lizard in my Sri Lankan caftan and new jewelry is a wonderful day of pure rest and relaxation. Thanks to my SparkPeople friends for making observation to passing yet one more SparkPeople Fitness Minutes milestone. Life is beautiful and as an American, I am truly privileged and blessed with more than I need.
May you be richly blessed this week. How to you handle travel days?
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