Friday, June 08, 2012
This has been quite a journey, filled with false starts, madness and finally truth. Over the course of the last two years I did everything wrong until I actually learned the secret to success, and I'm happy to share it.
When I first began on spark people, I was diligent with my tracking for the first few months, I read countless articles and learned much, results definitely followed and I lost 30 lbs. I was still shy of my elusive goal of 125 toned pounds but I had lost. The problem was, I was using this as a "diet", so after the weight loss, I went back to old habits. It started with cheats and treats, always easily justified to myself, until I managed to "treat" myself back up above my starting weight. By December of 2011, I reached 172 lbs. and I was miserable, I blamed it on menopause, I had stopped stepping on the scale and physically I felt like a slug. During "round 1" as I call it, I had gotten a used treadmill but quickly tired of it, I tracked well but mostly subsisted on a variety of prepackaged "diet" foods, in retrospect, most of them containing almost all carbs. At one point I even did the unthinkable, I went looking for the quick fix...I ordered HCG and participated in that insanity for 9 days, starving through an unhealthy 500 calories a day. It did take off 9 lbs but I felt like I would pass out every time I stood up. So I ate and felt better and a light bulb somehow went off. My body told me it was hungry for fat and protein and I listened and felt better.
And so on December 27th 2011, round 2 began, it was time to listen to my body and not starve it, it was time to give it what it needed, a healthy calorie intake and the activity these floppy muscles had craved for years. I joined a gym and heeded my daughters advice that anything can become a habit after 21 days :)
Since that date I've listened to my body in all things, I cut the diet meal junket and started eating properly, whole, healthy foods that I prepare. I realized that most of my diet was starch and refined sugars, so I cut them, my carbs now come from an array of healthy fruits, veggies and whole grains. Working out everyday, my body started to crave more protein, healthy protein, and that's what I give it. I still track but I don't concentrate on my calorie intake so much anymore, it's more about the balance of carbs, proteins and fats.
I finally have lost my flappy wing arms and am delighting in the fact that my 50 year old body is actually totally toned for the first time in my life! Again, I listened to what my body wanted, I found early in that I so don't enjoy "stationary" equipment like the treadmill but I love the weight machines so I alternate between upper body and lower body and I do mat work for my abs. I take my dogs on a trail hike every morning and bought a new bicycle and love trail rides along the lake.
I weigh 122lbs today and am wearing a size 4, and you know what, those numbers actually mean nothing to me now, it's how my body feels that means everything! I'm sleeping better than I ever have, I've stopped having constant hot flashes and I have more energy than I've had in years, I just feel so good!
So, here's the secret, listen to your body, stop dieting and start eating whole, healthy, unprocessed foods and find an exercise routine that you can stick to because you enjoy it. Your body will thank you in so many ways. I read on here a million times that it's all about lifestyle choices that you can sustain and guess what... It's all about lifestyle choices you can sustain! If only I had realized that two years ago!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Holy Hannah!!! I'm down 15 lbs. YAY!!
That is half way to the 30 lbs. that I want to lose. It is just a baby step however in this new lifestyle change :)
I'm on the treadmill twice a day, I actually now own dumbells in different weights and I'm usin' em!! I'm eating good, nutritious food and I don't feel even a little bit restricted. Last night we celebrated valentines day early and I enjoyed my salmon and my red wine. It's all about moderation. It really IS true that just a few changes can give big results.
This has been a gift to myself to start my 49th year, by the time I'm 50 I'll be the weight I want to be and I'll be healthier than I have been in years....
Thanks Spark People!!!!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
I'm soooo excited!! A wee while back, I read a message board posting from someone who has a treadmill and couldn't get motivated. I lamented in my reply that she was so lucky to have a treadmill, I couldn't afford one at this time. That got me thinking and I checked Kijiji (Canada's version of Craig's list).
I found a treadmill, a free spirit in good condition that was going for $150!! I picked it up last week and couldn't be happier!!!
I'm on it twice a day and I have my own routine worked out, I watch tv to pass the time while I'm on it and I decrease the speed a bit and work my arms during the commercials. Without exaggeration, my body has begun to change in one week! I actually ran as opposed to walking briskly this morning for the first time and while I just kept it up for 5 minutes, am on my way!!!
The weight is coming off, but I'm more thrilled with the way that my clothes are fitting and the fact that I am getting active every day :) For the first time in a long time, I'm really motivated!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
This is truly a "learning journey" learning mostly how to care for myself because I am worth it.
The fact that I am 8 lbs. down is wonderful but it's not the best benefit. I'm sleeping better, my clothes fit better, I'm proud of my new beginning and I'm learning about myself.
I've found out that I love the feel of a hot beverage in my hand, the coffee was adding to my menopausal sleep difficulties. I've started drinking hot water and lemon and that has really filled the bill, the warm cup in my hand is satisfying and the water goes to my dialy intake to get me to my 8 glasses.
I've learned that I don't like looking at a tiny portion of food, it's just not satisfying for me soooo...
-A wee portion of instant oatmeal is pathetic looking, it appears to be about three teaspoons, I add 8 large sliced strawberries to it and it looks like a full bowl. It's tastier, more satisfying AND it gets me another delicious serving of fruit to add to my daily total.
-A sandwich on hollywood bread also looks tiny, so I've changed it up, my favorite is eggs with 14 grape tomatoes halved. I mix this with one 1/2 tablespoon of low fat mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon of honey mustard. I then toast the hollywood bread and serve the egg salad OPEN FACED on the two slices, voila! I have a full plate of food that is very satisfying!
-Filling my dinner plate with a variety of steamed veggies, makes my dinner look pretty and my plate looks full :) Silly things really but it adds to the satisfaction of my meals.
Tracking food has taught me that I'm not getting enough fiber in my diet so my choices have changed in many ways to help me reach that goal!
I hate "working out" I found a really fun dance/aerobic tape that switches things up and I'm actually enjoying it three days a week.
Finally stopping the excuses and taking the dogs for a long walk in the trails every day has helped me reconnect with nature in such an enjoyable way and it helps increase my weekly cardio total. I will eventually get on board with weights but I've at least made a good start and I am proud of that.
Every day is an excuse to find another little thing that helps make this journey easier and I'm going to endeavour to find as many as I can.
This IS doable!!!!
Sunday, January 09, 2011
Well, when I wake up tomorrow morning, it will be a week since I started this journey and I'm elated.
I've moved every single day! I always make excuses when it's time to take the dogs to our provincial park but I've gone every day this week. 7 km. of off-leash nature trails have been a treat in themselves and I've really enjoyed my time in the great outdoors. I've also started doing the one excersise that I am good at, sit-ups as well as three times a 20 minute fitness video.
I've tracked my daily food intake and it's been an eye-opener and a stunner. I've learned that it is possible to be more than satisfied with healthful calories in a daily menu. I don't eat cheese so I've been making my own and I've added every single morsel that I've eaten to my tracking.
I overcame a huge stumbling block at one of my favorite "eat" places. I love going to the movies but usually it's just as much for the food as it is for the movie. Yesterday, I saw "The King's Speech" and enjoyed it. Normally I would have had a large New York fries and a coke to go along with it, but yesterday, I had a bag of raw carrots with me to munch on and some almonds for sweetness and didn't miss the other stuff at all :) That was an accomplishment.
I've realized from tracking that I'm not getting nearly enough fiber so I've made a concentrated effort to really work on that and while I'm still a tad shy of the daily recommended it's gone way up. I've also become friends with fresh fruit again this week and it was a pleasure to re-make their acquaintance!
Sleeping has been a problem of late because of the whole "welcome to menopause" thing, by tracking however, I was amazed at how much coffee I actually drink so I made a change there too...
I'm now still drinking a coffee first thing in the morning (and always will!) but after that I've been having hot water and lemon :) Turns out, I love the feel of a warm cup in my hand and the hot water and lemon fills that bill AND adds to my water intake for the day. I'm sleeping better... It's a win/win!!
Bottom line, I've lost 5 lbs. and I feel energized and excited!! Looking very forward to week 2 :)
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