Saturday, October 06, 2012
So I panicked today as a realized I had this quilting class to attend. I signed up for this class back in May or June, but it slipped my mind until my calendar reminder popped. I should not have ignored those e-mails from the Quilt Shop that I thought were merely advertisements of store happenings. They were, indeed, supply lists and information.
My point . . . because there is a point . . . is that the class is a "Mystery Quilt" class. You don't know what the quilt will look like. We don't have a design . . . we get a stack of fabric and you get instructions a month at a time over the next several months. I have no idea what it's supposed to look like, and I just have to follow the instructions and cut things the way they tell us to in the instructions. In six months or so, we will have all the pieces and will somehow put them together.
So it made me think about this weight loss journey. We work on this one day at a time, one month at a time, and it is so gradual. And the end result is a mystery! But if we follow the instructions, day in and day out, you should reach your goals.
And the mystery . . . what will I look like? How will I feel? What will my health be like? How will I maintain this?
Hmmm . . . something to think about for sure!
Friday, September 28, 2012
This weekís RTC for Biggest Loser is a tough one for me, because in reality, I donít find that exercise is helping me at all. Let me re-phrase that . . . I think that it would help if I could some answers and get past the pain.
Now most people would say . . . sheís kidding herself. She just doesnít get it . . . but I promise you that I do. At some point over the last year, I developed some muscular pain that is so far ďundiagnosed.Ē For me personally, on a day I feel great I will exercise and pay for it the next two days. Itís not the regular pain that you should feel with exercise. My best description is that it is ďflu-like.Ē And it is not limited to the body part that was exercised. It is something I have to be very careful to balance. When I exercise, it has to be in very small doses. If I do a little exercise, my symptoms are shorter. If I do a lot of exercise, the symptoms are on a larger scale, more intense and last much longer. My recent trip to New York City, which was on a Saturday and included hours and hours of walking did not come without punishment. I paid for it with flu-like symptoms the next two days . . . achy, headache, all over pain for two solid days. This was followed by lighter pain on Tuesday and Wednesday. But were I to exercise again during that time, those symptoms would only hang on longer.
So itís been discouraging. This is still something that Iím pursuing with my doctor . . . and to be honest, Iíve taken a bit of a break of pushing the pursuit just out of frustration and to take care of some other things. Is it fibromyalgia? Arthritis? MS? What are we talking about here?
The hard thing is that I need to try to come up with a schedule that doesnít take me out of the game for a day or two . . . and thatís been tough. It definitely holds my weight loss numbers back, so I wonít give it up completely. I just have to balance it better, that that is tough with a full time and part time job. You tend to have to fit the exercise in where you can.
So this week I will try to do things a bit differently. I am going to try to find some segments of time to space things out in the hope it wonít take me out of the game. Iím going to attempt to push through some of the pain, and if I feel it is getting worse, I will take a break. I also have decided to document what Iím doing and the results on a pain level to see if I can pinpoint some trends.
Quite a challenge . . . more daunting then the actual exercise itself, thatís for sure. The reality is that right now it's more of a hindrance than a help, so perhaps a better balance would help. Worth a try.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Where are you?
I'm here . . . I've just been so ridiculously busy. My crazy trip to New york this past weekend . . . stalking all things "You've Got Mail, Upper West Side" left me tired and behind. In fact . . . here is a picture of the restaurant where Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan filmed the scene where NY152 and "shopgirl" go to meet for the first time, and he discovers that she is Kathleen Kelly. This restaurant is adorable and it has not changed. We had lunch there and it was amazing.
So . . . this week I am making a commitment to really try to post more often. Not that it will help my weight loss . . . I've only lost one pound in the last two weeks . . . that's a 1/2 pound per week. Really?
Whatever! I'll take it.
So, where am I? I'm here. I'm sticking with my plan each and every day. I'm not eating over my calories . . . and today will mark 128 days of successful eating, and a 35 pound loss!
So, yes. I'll take it.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
My Spark story began over three years ago. I became a member on July 22, 2009. It's hard to believe, but I actually remember the precise moment when I found SparkPeople. I was at my wits end disgusted with how successful I felt I was with life, and yet how unsuccessful I was with weight loss. I was married, had two beautiful children, had been with my company for just over 28 years, had a successful part-time job being super creative. And yet I was an overweight child, overweight teen, overweight bride, overweight mom . . . and over the years the weight had just kept piling up.
I was miserable. I was sitting right here at this computer cabinet, although it was about eight feet away in another corner of the room, and I was facing east as I found it, where today I am facing north. I spent several months being very successful.
I cannot pinpoint why I left. I think that life had a way of ganging up on me. In the time since joining Spark, I've had sibling loss times two. With that came failure at the scale, and failure at being healthy. And somehow, it felt like failure at Spark. And so I did not go back to Spark. When I made the decision to go back and do something, I chose Weight Watchers for that avenue.
Here is some reality . . . they may have a great program, but their website and sense of community are no where near SparkPeople.
If I had to list the top three things that SparkPeople has given me, it would be the tools for success, the continuous learning and education of healthy ways, and the incredible sense of community and spirit of it's members.
I came back to SparkPeople only recently to be a part of the Biggest Loser Challenge and the Rockin' Red team. Being back is like home. But this time, I hope to stay.
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