Tuesday, May 10, 2011
I love the resources here at SparkPeople. After blogging, yesterday, about my future challenges with maintenance, todayís Exercise Tip of the Day began with the following news:
Keep the Weight Off with Daily Weigh-Ins
ďSometimes the hardest part of weight loss is keeping it off. It can be daunting to know that within two years, most dieters regain two-thirds of what they lost! But researchers at Brown University Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island studied 291 people (mostly women) who had lost at least 10% of their body weight (an average of 44 pounds) in the previous two years. Participants were given scales (and encouraged to use them daily), as well as different levels of support (either a monthly email, an internet chat group, or face-to-face meetings).Ē
Except for days where I know my sodium intake will influence my weight, I often hop on the scale. I believe I have good relationship with my scale. Thanks to my tracking, I pretty much know by my calorie or sodium intake when the scales might be temporarily out of whack. So Iím glad SparkPeople is using the scale at maintenance as our friend to help us stay the course.
I am determined this time, to rid myself of some of my worries and fears regarding my ability to ďkeep it off,Ē and look ahead. How we approach any situation begins with where our mindset (thinking) is. We cannot live in stinkiní thinkiní if we expect to maintain success and right relationships!
I was once a Brownie, and yet itís the Boy Scout motto that I remember regularly, ďBe Prepared.Ē This has been ingrained into my mindset, so much so that I tend to over-pack for just about every event, just in case. Even though Iím down to my last 11.4 lbs to lose, I want to be prepared with a strategy for that time when maintenance arrives. The advice offered yesterday was right on. SparkPeople is here for us at every stage of our weight loss.
This morning, after my prayer time with church leaders, I walked along the Caloosahatchee River (not too far from where it flows into the Gulf of Mexico). Here, you will find that the Australian Pine rules the waterfront with an occasional mangrove tree.
Iím blessed to see a Father and Son relationship nurtured within Godís beautiful nature. I managed to get all my workout in hopes that the Teddy Bears in Tasmania today. My body is telling me to slow down.
Hope youíre reaching your goals today!
Monday, May 09, 2011
Maartjebol, you have done incredibly well in reaching your goal and I applaud you. You inspire me beyond the words I have written here today. You deserve great honor and recognition for your weight loss journey to lose 100 pounds. You are developing a mindset to make this a way of life you can maintain. I can identify with your story ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4217362 ) because it sounds so much like my own story. I am now only 11.4 lbs away from my goal to lose 100 lbs. At first, I just wanted to respond to your blog . . . and then I realized, I blabbered on and on so that it may as well become my personal blog.
I confess, Iím a bit worried about what will happen when I reach that goal. I am in a bit of amazement -- and yes, occasionally a bit too prideful. When I see my reflection, 90% of the time, I still donít recognize that person in the mirror. Thatís not me! I have yet to really identify with this new person . . . are you still Evelyn? Is taking ownership of this new creation in God the missing element in my thinking?
This identity problem may be my new biggest challenge while transitioning from a mentality of losing to one of maintaining. There are moments when I fear that I may not do it well, that I may fail, that I may even give in to an old lifestyle that Iíve found such great comfort in. I tell other people to accept, own, and even enjoy these life moments . . . yet it seems a whole lot easier to offer advice to others and yet find a way to not take your own advice.
I have a message in my head that plays over and over again that says the journey begins at maintenance, while my brain remains in disagreement with this mentality. I expect this journey to be a continuous one . . . part of a life-long learning experience. Losing it WAS not ďeasy.Ē Perhaps my brain will begin to let go of the long and diligent journey that it took to get here . . . a sign of my age where brain farts (a collapse in memory) become a little more commonplace. This may be necessary in order for me to be able to begin to concentrate more on that transition into the maintenance stage of my life.
Martjebolís mindset may be just the secret to help maintain the focus you need to keep it off this time. Sometimes itís hard to admit that we canít do it alone and that it takes the help and support of even just a few friends, to encourage us to stay the course.
I too, canít say enough about the wonderful support of so many great SparkPeople! Thank you, thank you, thank you! This accolade of thanks goes out to my Spark Friends (and I just called one of my favorite people today!) and the three teams who have inspired me the most: The Teddy Bears through these wonderful 5% Challenges that have an incredible influence on the need to Ďmove it!í, Christians with 100 lbs to Lose through the challenge of making daily meditation on the word of God an active part of my lifeís journey, and the inspiring Spark Peeps. Youíre there when we do well, when we think we have messed up, and when we simply need an attitude adjustment.
This morning, I heard Maria Menounos (correspondent for the Today Show and Access Hollywood) tell us how important it is to ďsurround yourself with positive people.Ē Negative influences can suck the energy out of you and you need to keep a safe distance from them. While we may never eliminate all negative influences, may we learn how to be proactive in helping transition through them. I like to think there is a butterfly in each and every one of us and in every stage of life we go through.
Hereís a butterfly I met the other day that allowed me to capture itís beauty.
A friend of mine sent me a birthday present when she saw my favorite colors in a beautiful skirt. She can shop for me anytime!
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; (20) you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
I hope you find that butterfly from within yourself. Do you find inspiration through your SparkFriends?
Sunday, May 08, 2011
I was so relaxed after my Tai Chi routine today, I fell into a much needed 40 winks. With company, we chatted until 1 am last night. Today we caught an early worship service, walked the waterfront, enjoyed dinner before the big Motherís Day rush (without a reservation), and allowed my company to get an early start on a two-hr drive home before beginning yet another busy work week. Oh how I donít miss having to work the proverbial nine-to-five job.
Enjoying nature along my walks brings me great pleasure. I also enjoy gazing into a pond with lily pads like this one here.
Then to see our very own Yucca plant in full bloom was also a delight!
Now I have another great time slot to get in one more walk today so I can read some blogs later this evening. I hope my Teddy Bears team mates are workin' it well! May you enjoy fitness opportunities wherever you find joy!
Saturday, May 07, 2011
Here's a gorgeous caterpillar getting ready to go through the cycle of life and become a beautiful butterfly. I have so much fun taking pictures when nature is this awesome! We are so blessed.
Having a perfectly delightful day with family! I walked, and walked, and walked (more than 120 minutes) because Teddy Bears Rock!
Hope you're having a rockin' day, too!
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Happy Cinco de Mayo today! Iíd like to aim for consistency by taking my 5% Spring Challenge goals and making them weekly:
1) Shed at least one-half pound at every weekly weigh-in
2) Exceed 30 minutes in daily cardio and strength training
3) Track food and fitness daily in SparkPeople (SP) while weekly networking with my fellow Weight Watchers
4) Average six or more servings of fruits and veggies daily
5) Drink an average of at least 10 cups of water daily
6) Sleep 7-9 hours a night five days a week.
7) Satisfy meeting all seven SP recommended levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium twice weekly. Meet four or more of these goals six times a week.
8) Spend at least 15 minutes daily in the study of Godís word.
9) Treat myself to something fun at least three times a week (connect with a friend with dinner out (stay in calorie range), hike in nature, movie, theatre, etc). This goal will be best documented through photography and blogs.
10) Complete the knitting of skein of yarn in a prayer shawl.
Finding beauty in a single flower in the park is one thing that qualifies as a "fun thing" that I enjoyed yesterday.
Hope your goals are all in place for today and Mother's Day Weekend.
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