Monday, May 09, 2011
I have been on two teams, both with challenges on them since January. I really enjoy reading about what other people are doing and enjoy the friends I have made on spark people. One of the teams, the San Antonio one has an EPIC challenge. Unfortunately, I was out of town for a day or two and life just got crazy and I forgot to sign up for May BUT, One of our leaders sent out information about sleep and how you need sleep to loose weight.
I have to admit, I really didn't think it was an issue, but I found out by accident. The last week of April I was out of town for a day and two nights. I was at a wonderful hotel in Houston for a conference. I was very busy, but somehow I managed to get 7 hours of sleep 4 nights in a row. I was careful about my eating, but did not get a chance to workout. I was sure that I would have gained that week. But a funny thing happened, I lost weight, the only thing different was the sleep! So, now I am going to try to sleep longer during the night, and go to bed earlier.
I have begun to get really tired on my journey as I keep gaining and losing the same 2 pounds. Perhaps increasing my sleep will help. It's hard though, my internal clock is set to about 5 to 6 hours a night. After that I cannot sleep. I get up and read, work, do laundry or clean. I would never have thought that sleeping would make a difference.
Saturday, May 07, 2011
Well, its funny that this was the bonus this week because I have been experimenting with substituting regular meals for veggie ones to add variety. I get in food ruts. I figure out its ok to eat X and then I fix X all the time for that meal. It gets old fast. So last Sunday we ate out after church. We went to a local chineese restaurant and I ordered steamed rice, instead of fried rice and something called a "veggie delight" which turned out to be brocolli, green peppers, red peppers, scallions, onions and mushrooms in a clear sauce. No meat. It was good. I was still hungry when we left, but being hungry is part of it. At least I knew I had made a good choice.
I have also discovered Subway's Veggie sub on honey wheat with vinegar and oil, which I had for lunch on Thursday. I really like it and I don't feel deprived after I am done eating. Plus, it really is pretty good lol!
Saturday, May 07, 2011
Our challenge this week for Fit Equals Fabulous was to blog about why we started this journey towards weight loss in the first place.
On April 30, 2010 my blood pressure soared to 126/182. I am not sure what caused it although I have learned that lack of sleep + stress + sodium intake over 500 mg at one time are all contributing factors. I spent the better part of a day in bed, holding my head praying I would not have a stroke, TIA or anything else. I could not stand, walk, hear or see clearly.Going to the hospital was not an option. We have no medical insurance. I also did not have a job at the time so there was no extra money to go. I prayed... a lot. I made it through the day and spent another half day in bed. My body was exhausted and I knew that I could not do that again.
I went to a doctor, and yes it cost me a small fortune. I have been overwieght most of my life, but what he told me that day terrified me. "You are a walking time bomb. If you don't lose the weight you will have a stroke or a heart attack before your 50th birthday."
That's when I really got started on sparkpeople. It was free, it was easy, it was motivating and inspiring. It took me nearly 6 months but I lost 20 pounds and kept it off. I have been stuck loosing and gaining the same 2 pounds since October of 2010. But, I feel better, have changed my eating habits to a degree and I have a regular exercise routine. I am getting stronger every week and I feel better. My blood pressure is down too! And that is why I am here to get healthy. I want to reach my goal, but I am getting weary. But, more important than a number on a scale is that I believe I have changed the doctor's prognosis for my 5oth.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
I have been having a hard time finding Spark time this week. More so than normal. I had training at my job with a two hour daily commute. An hour there and an hour back. It was all I could do to get all the exercising in!
All time favorite "diet" book-- Got to be The Spark! I have been able to apply the goal setting portion of the book to other areas and it is so positive! Even if you are not planning on loosing weight I think it is a powerful book about mindset, goals, attitude and making changes.
The next one is "The New Rules of Lifting for Women, Lift like a man, look like a Goddess", by Lou Schuler . Its a book about weight lifting for women. I got it during Christmas, the first book I purchased for my Nook, and since I knew absolutely nothing about weight lifting I found it interesting. I refer to it like a reference book periodically. It explained a lot of things I did not know.
The last one is my current read by Jillian Michaels. I actually purchased two books the first one is "Mastering your Metabolism" which I definitely needed. She has really done her research on this one and I know I will be rereading it just because of the details and explanations. There is a lot of endocrinology and bio chemistry in it, but Jillian makes it fun and she is matter of fact in her manner. I am still reading and learning. There is a lot about food additives as well.
I also have her book, "Making the Cut", but even she advises that the book is not for people who have 100 pounds to loose, so I think I have the wrong book. But, I am reading it too. Although, it is geared for people who are already at goal weight and really fit. It's designed for dropping weight for special occasions and getting the last 10 pounds or so off so you can be really "cut". What I am learning is that in order for muscle definition to really show, you have to be thinner and that is what this book is about... getting the last few pounds off, so you can really see muscle definition and I am not here... yet. I still like the book because it answered some questions I had about supplements like CLA and I like the way she writes.... the tone of her books, its matter of fact, informative and she pushes even in the books for you to do your best no matter what level you are and I like that!
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