Friday, April 29, 2011
My daughter and I were looking at an ad for Taco Bell about their promoted "Drive-Thru Diet." The woman featured said she lost 54 pounds in 2 years. The fine print said this was achieved with a 1250-calorie diet. Does this sound right to you?
The calculator site I used said a woman age 35 who is 5 feet tall and weighs 110 pounds needs 1720 calories a day to maintain without exercise. At 500 calories less---the 1250 calories claimed by the ad---she'd have a 3500-calorie deficit in 7 days which should add up to a pound lost most weeks.
Seems like even a petite woman eating 1250 calories would lose a pound per week. We all know that doesn't always work, but TWICE as slow doesn't seem right. Hmmm . . .
Monday, April 25, 2011
No, I'm not doing an Ironman competition. But I watched a documentary about a businessman/dad who does these, plus doing a "triple" ---an extreme competition where it's three Ironmans in a row on consecutive days.
To train, this guy works out from 4 to 7 a.m. each day before work. He swims 90 minutes at lunchtime every day. Then he goes home for evening family time.
After setting a record swimming the length of Lake Tahoe twice, 44 miles in 26 hours, he reflected, "I realized that I just lived my dream; I accomplished the thing I set out to do. All those hours of training, all that sacrifice, came down to this."
Hmmm . . . I guess I'll try to get in a couple of cardio sessions this week before I start complaining or wimping out!
P.S. At the end, his wife tells the camera, "You realize this is just a steppingstone to a larger goal . . . "
Thursday, April 21, 2011
When you track your weight, do you click "See Report" ?
For so long, I didn't. I lived in my old neighborhood of avoidance & denial---now it's been razed for new construction.
Today that graph gives me a slender red thread of hope, a little strand of science to hold on to when emotions buffet.
I have officially lost 35 pounds. My response to this today is nervousness and self-doubt. I have lost that much four times in ten years, only to regain.
I shall fight fear with fact and with faith. Actually, in both instances, my FAITH is inFACTS, in solidly grounded truth.
Visible fact: the red line of my goal graph and the blue line of my weight loss look like twin lanes of a country road. The report SAYS I am ON TRACK to get to a healthy weight early in 2012. So I refuse to entertain the teasing tension. The fact is, I'm doing okay. Stick to the facts.
Invisible fact: the Omnipotent One, the merciful Creator, has promised to come to my aid when I call to Him. His command is, Do not fear. Each issue of my life is safe in His keeping, whether glad or painful or steep. A number is just a number, a measurement in God's orderly universe. Stick to the facts.
So I keep going back to click the button and look at that thin red line. I may feel bogged down, but I'm doing okay.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
My neighbor telephoned to explain that no one heard the doorbell when we stopped by their house. She said, "When I looked out the window, I saw your daughter walking away from the porch, but I didn't get outside in time to talk to her."
Hee hee!! It wasn't my daughter! It was I! I was the one walking away from their porch! Can you believe it?! Someone mistook ME for a healthy-BMI person! Yes, it was through the window; yes, it was from a distance. But it tells me I'm getting there. I'm getting closer.
Spark support, straight talk from the Beck Diet Solution, and the Scripture's truth of who I am as a beloved child of God . . . all this has helped me stand tall and walk with confidence. Working out has given me a youthful stride.
I'm actually 5 pounds away from getting out of the obese category, but I'm already breaking free in my head!
Today my neighbor did not see me as a fat person. I'm starting to seize that vision myself!!
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