Wednesday, November 09, 2011
As a former team leader, I often wondered how & why people drifted away from Spark-after all, I was 'on fire' for nearly 2 years here. Now, my light is fading and I know how it can and does happen...never say never and always stay vigilant and true to your goals...
1) Life can and does get in the way of our goals, especially when our shortcomings come rushing back to the surface when we thought we'd overcome and beaten them-once and for all...I'm not sure for people like me who use food as an emotional crutch if there's EVER a once and for all-it's always going to be with me-recognizing and acting on that the instant it becomes an issue is crucial...
2) Routines can and do change, especially with family and careers...exercise and nutrition logging are key to getting and keeping things off...veering away for a day or two is OK, but once you hit that week or two mark, all bets are off-the slippery slope you soon find yourself is often all too familiar, yet almost impossible to climb
3) Goals can and will vary-setting mini goals is great and attainable-you can see nearly immediate results-it's those long-term ones that can get cause one to feel defeated before you take one step in their direction...listen to yourself-don't let others tell you that 'you're looking great'...why do you want to lose more? Or...won't you just have a little piece of this or that??? Staying vigilant and excited about what you're doing is key to moving forward...
4) Finally, I really don't have any/or all the answers-I look at people who have been 'successful' and know that there is so much more than what we see in black and what...it took me a little over a year to lose 100# and I kept it off successfully for over 2 years...but little by little, my motivation waned-I was restless and dissatisfied with who I was...my 'old battles' with my self-worth kept creeping into the corners and eventually I've found that I no longer even know how or where to start...BUT, it's the first step that counts, and then 2 and then 3, so, if I must climb back up that dark, slippery slope again, then so be it-I felt so in control when I was exercising and eating healthy-it WILL be me again-I HOPE...Don't YOU???!!!
Thursday, June 09, 2011
Ok, so this was the hardest week by far-I was off a schedule now that I'm on summer break, but it wasn't eating the food that was hard, but getting enough calories to do all that I've been doing..I admit that I'm not one to sit, especially once I have 2 months to accomplish all the tasks I delay while I'm teaching, but Medifast, while it supplies 100% of the nutrients that my body needs, I'm sorely lacking the energy and overall fuel needed to go the distance..
I was down 3# this week, so after last week's no loss/no gain, I was OK with that, but again, I've been burning over 2000 calories/day-not to mention what my body burns normally just to exist, and I don't like how I've felt-dizzy, weak, etc.
So, for the rest of the summer, I'll be taking a break from the strict Medifast plan since it does not allow for 'huffing', 'puffing' or 'sweating', and I don't know how not to do that with all the projects I'm undertaking...I'm an active person and I do know how to make good food choices on my own-the Medifast plan has been great for letting me see that I can be disciplined and eat the proper foods-I like the every 3 hours and will stick with that-eating 'mini-meals' throughout the day...
I'll continue to post and make adjustments as necessary with food/exercise-the main thing is I'm not 'quitting', I've just reevaluated what works for me and my lifestyle and I just can't be sedentary enough at this point in my life to make Medifast truly as effective as I know it's programmed to be...
Thursday, June 09, 2011
I've now 'officially' been on summer break 1 week and in that week I've 'accomplished much around my house-besides the 3 hour bush trimming, I've managed to undertake a 'bedroom makeover' mode that will carry me well into next week...as I reflect on this process, I liken it to life experiences...
1) Sometimes we look in the mirror and see ourselves & think-yeah, I could use a little 'sprucing' up, but what for???...
2) When I think about all the work involved in 'fixing' my home OR myself, it seems daunting & unattainable, BUT, when I begin to STOP thinking and starting DOING, it's actually not that bad....
3) You know when you paint you have to fill the nail holes, 'kill the stains' and take take to prepare the surface, but when we want to make over ourselves, we often skip the prep part, only to wonder why our 'finished' appearance is rough around the edges & not 'sticking' like we'd like???
4) Sometimes when painting we need extension brushes & ladders to reach those hard to get to places-sometimes with ourselves, it's often hard to even see those places, let alone reach to those new heights, but the reward is in seeing a well-done ceiling & knowing it took work to get there...
5) Brushing or spraying-either one can achieve good results in a finished product, so why do we always want to know how other people are achieving their goals? There's more than one way to get healthy, just like there's more than one way to get the job done when it comes to home 'makeovers'...
6) When I paint, I'm often on my hands and knees, especially when doing the trim-my least favorite part of the job-I'm always worried about staying on the trim and not getting paint on the walls or carpet and did I get enough paint to cover or am I going to have drips??? With my life journey, sometimes I gotta get down and do the tough stuff and follow those stringent guidelines if I want the results, but the good news is, you don't have to live on your hands & knees, just pace it out...
7) Painting & drying take time-you can't rush one coat to immediately put on another, but sometimes I want to 'rush' through my set of exercises or cardio and then be off to another task without giving my body time to refuel & cool & reset
8) Choosing paint color can be very time-consuming & exhausting with the vast choices available, let alone the different 'finishes' you have like satin, flat, semi-gloss, eggshell, etc. Food choices & exercises can be just as confusing sometimes-that's why I like Spark-this site outlines for you what you can do and when, but the really sweet thing is-just 'commit & do it'...as for my paint 'choices'...I went and got the $1 'oops' paint that other customers decided for one reason or another was just not their thing-what a great 'find' for me!
9) the clean up of painting was something I used to hate and put off-in fact, I'd rather throw away the brushes and rollers than clean them, but this time, not so much-I found it almost therapeutic by the time I was done rolling-it gave my arms & legs a much needed break and as I watched the diluted paint swirl down the drain, I thought about how sometimes I need to take the time to fully 'clean up' my life and let things go that aren't necessary-purge and rid myself of things & feelings that are holding me back...
10) Finally, the 'reveal' time-the rooms are freshly painted, the carpets steam cleaned, curtains are pressed, and pictures hung with care-little touches here and there that are unique and give a glimpse into the lives of those living there...just like with redecorating, we each have our uniqueness that we add to the world, we are different shapes & sizes & colors and personalities and together, we are the tapestry of this thing we call life in this world we call Earth...
May we each take some time to reflect on our uniqueness & use whatever 'putty' or filler we need to, but underneath all the trim & adornments that we all have, our underlying health makes it all worth living...Make the most of your time!!!
Friday, June 03, 2011
Today after spending 3 hours sweating it out when I 'pulled yard duty', I treated myself to a much need 'mini-makeover' complete with manicure/pedicure, eyebrow/lip wax and the ultimate hair cut, color & style!
It had been months since I'd seen a stylist & I just couldn't take the straggly, graying hair one day longer-now it's shorter and much more chic! As for the nails, the tech shook her head several times during the course of trying to remove a month's worth of cuticle & dry skin-needless to say, my pinkies look perfect in metallic purple!
So, if you've been thinking that you should wait another month or until that next 'special' occasion to pamper yourself-think again! There's no time like the present-and you're worth it!!!
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
So, I managed to stay on program now for 3 full weeks, except the scale this week didn't budge, which just goes to show you, the scale is only one tool of measurement! I'll see how this week goes since I'm now out of school, can pick up more exercise & monitor more closely to see if I need to take in more calories-the most I've had in a single day since beginning the Medifast plan was 1200 calories yesterday...
I do know I must walk more-clothes I wore last summer I can't button/and or even shimmy in to, but that's what 20# will do...I'm excited about my outdoor 'aqua' classes with fellow Sparker Susie!
I will say that I have more discipline than I thought I had when it comes to food-the draw is obviously not just taste, though-it's the cycle of once beginning, the carb hi/low cycle begins & it's touch to get off that 'wheel' of weight fluctuations & ups and downs with blood sugars & mood-one seems to perpetuate the other and with Medifast, there is none of that AND, I haven't ever been hungry-guess eating those 6 meals a day helps, even though 100 calories doesn't seem like a meal, the fiber & complete nutrient package does the trick...
On to an active week ahead-if there's no scale change, I'll have to talk with my nutritionist/counselor for help in making adjustments-I don't mind the severity & discipline as long as I know I'm achieving desired results-like many of us, we equate that with the scale, though, so I also have to change my mindset on that as well!
Until next week, I'm all about just MOVING...
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