Monday, March 29, 2010
I am committed to strength training three times a week. I go to a class at church twice a week, and once a week I lead a moms' group.
Tonight we did this: 10 min. stretch, 10 min. surge training (cardio intervals), squats with hand weight thrusts, leg raises, knee-up crunches, lunges, planks, mountain climbers, punch-outs on belly, more surges, more stretching.
Sometimes I can imagine myself as a gymnast or a ballet dancer or a track athlete (I have never been any of those) and sometimes I feel strong and exhilarated. Tonight it was just an effort. I'm usually my own cheerleader, but tonight I had the literal thought, "I don't like this very much."
Thanks be to God. I surprised myself by answering back immediately: "YOU DON'T NEED TO LIKE IT. YOU JUST NEED TO KEEP COMING AND KEEP DOING IT. IT WILL GET YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO BE."
Somehow that took the pressure off. When it didn't matter so much if I wasn't gung-ho, my negativity eased a bit. I guess Beck would say that was my inner rebellious adolescent. At any rate, the sullen teen has calmed somewhat. Big deal. This kid isn't getting out of it, fussing or not!!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Routine is what helps me. On two days I have a strength training class. On a third day I started a moms' workout group at church. We meet once a week to work out with hand weights doing lunges, planks, body walk-outs, squats, and such. I need this structure to make sure I get those sessions in each week.
Cardio is easier for me to work in, though at least 3 days a week DH and I take a 3-mile walk. If the weather is bad, we do a 3-mile route in the nearby mall. We worked out the path years ago, so we can walk fast and chat a bit without having to keep deciding where we're headed next.
I've also given up my cute shoes on most days; I go ahead and put on sneakers so I'm ready for a jog or sprint or stair surge just about any time. I feel a bit clunky sometimes, but getting thin is more important to me right now. A fringe benefit is that I have felt available to join in games and athletics, since my attire is more compatible. I'm having more fun being active!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
PudleCrazy has some delightful & fascinating blog posts about the baby chicks from her class. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3034892 ---see also posts from nearby dates . . .
This little one reminds me of my newly emerging way of life. I've been chipping away at my own shell. Working on food issues has somehow helped me begin to get clarity on other things.
Thanks to PudleCrazy for this wonderful photo!
Like this chick I feel a bit wobbly and tentative, yet I am alert and lively, ready to see what lies ahead.
I love spring!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I fully believe that denying yourself things you love is bad business. You can have anything you want, you just can't have everything you want! - from TraciWright79 comment on JLitt62 blog 2/25
. . . Savor every bite and know that if you just simply love this [specific food] you can make more. We can teach ourselves to relax and not overeat by assuring ourselves we are allowed to have it again and again until we are satisfied. All we need to do is fit it in and count it. - from BigLittleWoman comment 3/5 on Freelady blog 3/5
If I bite it, I write it. - from RaylinStephens on tips forum 2/28
That's the great thing about blogging! Better on the Net than on my hips. Doesn't rhyme, but you get the idea. - from JLITT62 blog 3/1
It is curious that we want to hurry up and get to that goal weight. Reaching that goal weight will be a confidence booster but it isn't the END. Do we all think that once we've lost the weight that maintaining it will be less work? Oh contrare. A healthy lifestyle is not temporary and we will never be DONE working the program. Similar to our relationships, education and our religion it is a forever project. If we stop, we lose ground and we damage what we worked for. That might sound discouraging to some but I find it comforting. My weight and health are just like other areas in my life that I pay attention to. You have to work at what is important to you but you CAN enjoy the process. It is all good. - from BigLittleWoman blog 3/1
That brings my total to 63 pounds lost. I have lost a 2nd grader. It has been hard work and it has not been easy at times . . . But here is the kicker, I have learned to love this lifestyle. I really do not feel like I am tortured or deprived at all. I have made baby step changes all along until I am where I am today. - from The_Jules blog 3/04/10
So the world may have taken its best shot at me yesterday and I may have stumbled, but I still faced it and won! The score is turning in my favor! - from The_Jules1 blog 3/3/10
It is wonderful to know my body is getting used to this healthy living and is sending me signals. Even more impressive is that I am listening to these signals, This week may not end with great results on the scale, but I am seeing incredible results in my daily living. I am finding new ways to cope with my hardships and simple boredom. Right now, that is greater than any number on the scale. - from BMWebster blog 3/04/10
So I was sitting here thinking about Life & how wonderful life is. I was thinking that the only thing I have not conquered in my life is my Weight! So I have decided that I am going to KNOCK DOWN my Walls of Sweets & KNOCK DOWN my Walls of Weight Gain! I don't care if I have to JUMP over the Wall, Go around The Wall or Tear this Wall DOWN Brick By Brick but in 2010 These Walls are coming down!!! - from Cassandra_Wynn blog 3/3/10
Friday, March 26, 2010
Here's the first minute from a talk I gave last night at the local Biggest Loser challenge program at my church:
You guys have had so much great instruction for 10 weeks, but here's a weight loss tip you might not have heard before! It's from a lady named Janette Barber. She says when she buys a package of Oreos, she lets herself eat four, and she throws the rest away. But first she sprays the leftover Oreos with Raid so she won't be tempted to dig them out of the garbage later and eat them. But Janette says you have to be careful . . . Raid doesn't really taste as bad as you think!
But seriously, in my weight-loss journey I am so conscious of the grace and mercy that God has shown me. He has used so many people to guide and encourage me! In the last 15 months I have lost 51 pounds. I still need to lose 20 pounds just to reach a healthy Body Mass Index, but I'm excited about my progress so far, and I appreciate this opportunity to share some thoughts with you.
I had been fat for many years. I was like a lady I heard of whose friend came over to the house and needed to wash her hands. The tiny daughter of the house followed her to the bathroom and pointed to the scale. "Don't step on that!" she said. "It makes you cry."
I stepped on the scale and I cried. And I lost some weight---over the years I lost 35 pounds 3 different times. But I always gained it back. You KNOW the reason--I did not make permanent lifestyle changes. I did not change my habits.
I prayed about my problem, but I was not ready to change. I guess my prayers were like the guy who drove through downtown Rochester and prayed, "O Lord, if it's Your will for me to stop for donuts, let there be a parking space available!" And sure enough, the seventh time he drove around the block, there it was!
But God had mercy on me in my stubbornness, and He kept providing influences to get through to me. Reader's Digest had an article that recommended making just one change each week. "I can do that!" I thought. And I started drinking more water. My husband had always encouraged me to cook more whole grains and cut back on pop, and I started doing that. Tiny steps, but I was moving forward . . .
[ My heartiest thanks to you dear friends who prayed for me. The group was exceedingly attentive, and responded so warmly when I was done (14 minutes--gasp!). I wasn't very nervous up there and was able to deliver with zing as I had practiced. BigLittleWoman encouraged me that in the moment, passion for my topic would take over, and she was right. Thanks be to God!]
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