Saturday, October 12, 2013
I realized something recently that has been a big plus in my most recent attempt to lose weight and get more healthy. Thought I'd share it in case anyone is just starting out on, or near the beginning of, their journey.
I often read blogs of successful Sparkers and notice that they number their entries--Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 ... etc. Usually when I'm reading one of those blogs, the writer has made big progress and is up in the 200's and 300's of days--a place that's always felt nearly impossible for me. How can ANYONE stick to ANYTHING for that long?, I always wondered.
This time, when I restarted for the umpteenth time the day after my 55th birthday, I decided to do the same thing.
It's been more helpful than I anticipated.
You know how lots of us get about 2 weeks into a lifestyle change/diet/new eating plan and feel like we've been trying F-O-R-E-V-E-R and we're just not making any progress? Myself, I've very often quit at just about that point.
Well, think about that. We're trying to undo probably years of poor habits, and it may FEEL like forever--but it's only been two weeks!
So this time, when I started feeling that way, I just looked at my blog (outside of SP) and said, hmmm, even though it feels like I've been doing this forever and I'm not getting anywhere, it's REALLY only been 13 days. So that's NOT forever--I haven't really given myself a fair shot yet.
So I'm gonna keep going.
I kept doing my blog entries, keeping track of what I was eating, and walking. Before I knew it, I was writing this: "Day 28: I'VE LOST 10 LBS IN 28 DAYS!" Whoo hoo! If I had stopped at my usual 14 days, I'd probably only have lost that same dang 5 lbs that I've lost about 47 times in my life--which therefore don't really mean anything to me anymore.
By Day 39, I wrote "Still 'Blasting and Waiting for More Weight Loss" ... seeing the number of days that I'd stayed focused grow got to be more and more motivating, and it somehow gave me patience to keep going. I realized I was doing something I usually find very difficult.
I made more blog entries, noting the number of days on each one, and watched the number of days I'd been at it going UP and my weight going down. Next thing I knew, it was "Day 50: 15 Lbs Down".
I'm still counting the number of days I've been working on the new me--one day at a time; one decision at a time; one foot in front of the other.
And today, to my great surprise and pleasure, I was able to write this entry: "Day 68 - Made it Into the 'Teens!"
Can you believe that? Just because I didn't quit at my usual Day 14-ish, I was able to get from 240 lbs on August 5, 2013, to 219.5 lbs on October 12, 2013. And even though it seems like I've been doing this forever, it's really been just 68 short days!
THAT BLOWS MY MIND!!!
I'm not sure I explained this real well. All I can say is, if you're just starting out, and like me you have a tendency to peter out around the 2-week mark, do yourself a favor this time and count the days somewhere--like here on a SparkPeople blog--and do it often.
You might find it helps you as much as it has me.
UPDATE: I just wrote this in response to HEALTHY4ME's comment on this blog entry. I thought I'd add it to this post because it helped me explain better what I was trying to say when I originally wrote this post:
"Hi! I saw your questions on my blog post "Count Your Days". Very important for me--do NOT "start over" every time you do something you didn't plan. That's more like a Spark Streak. I've never gotten far in those, just for that reason--you need to be kind of "perfect", or your number never gets very high. That makes me feel like a failure over and over again.
Rather, this time I wanted to just remind myself that I've "only" been working on better habits for, say, 60 days--so it's ok that I haven't lost 100 pounds yet, lol! See what I mean?
If you go read my blog, you'll see that I've had a few breaks over my 68 days where I didn't do as well as I'd planned, and even one day when I ate cupcakes ALL DAY LONG! But that was just one day among 67 others--so getting right back on the wagon the next morning helped me to keep moving forward in the RIGHT direction even after that stumble.
My blog is adventureswithnutribullet.blogspot.com. Check it out--it might help."
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
It occurred to me recently, as I look through photos of me on Facebook, that no matter where I go--to the zoo; on a hike; to work; to a funeral; to the gym; out to dinner; whereEVER--I wear the same freakin' thing: these big, black, stretchy pants. EVERYWHERE.
My closet is packed full of them. And when I get done with these knit ones, I can move on to the 20 or so pairs of polyester, kind-of-stretchy ones. And after those, I can move into the 10 or so pairs of non-stretchy black pants.
That's just SAD.
My body is kind of unusual in that most of my weight seems to be packed into my legs--at least, that's where all the most visibly ugly fat is. I haven't dared wear a skirt in years (except to Dad's funeral, because he would have liked seeing me in a dress rather than pants).
So I eventually got to a point where my legs were so big that I just couldn't bear to have anything that didn't stretch wrapped around them. And now I can't imagine wearing anything else.
So one thing I'm DEFINITELY going to do as part of my celebration once I get to where I want to be--or at least real close--is BURN ALL THESE BIG BLACK PANTS!!!
Anybody else in this same kind of clothing rut?
Monday, September 02, 2013
For the longest time I was despairing. I have started, made progress, and then abandoned better eating habits and exercise SO many times.
My highest weight has been 241; I remember being 200 at my father's funeral on 4/27/11 (because I fit into a Size 14W dress to speak that day). A few weeks ago I realized I was right back to 241.
Every time I lose more than the initial 5 lbs that I lose EVERY time I start/restart, I seem to get cocky, start feeling "thin", think it's going to be easy to lose the rest, and then let everything go to hell in a handbasket.
As of today, though, I have lost 13 lbs in 30 days! And it hit me tonight, when I got back from my walk--I'm actually starting to feel HOPEFUL again!!
So many times it has seemed just impossible to stick with anything, and I'd make excuses about how stressful my work is, or how unhappy something might be making me, etc, etc.
But for some reason I decided AGAIN a month ago that I just can't spend the rest of my life like this, feeling so many years older than I am, letting life just pass me by while I sit on the couch complaining that my knees hurt or my back hurts or my feet hurt.
I'm very thankful for whatever hit me that night while I listened to the NutriBullet infomercial for the umpteenth time. I felt like maybe this would be my last chance to make a real effort to get healthier. (Oh, yeah--and for the first time in my life, I found out my cholesterol was high--over 260. That was another wake-up-and-try-again call.)
Anyway, this was a 3-day holiday weekend--a time when I usually make excuses to do things like go to our area's annual "Fair" and pig out on fried dough dripping in butter and cinnamon and mini-donuts and bloomin' onions with horseradish dip.
Instead, this weekend I did one hike, 2 long walks, and I turned down pumpkin pie AND ice cream.
I'm feeling SO much better. Please, Lord, help me keep it going this time!
Saturday, August 31, 2013
I'm excited because the #1 thing I wanted to do with my time this holiday weekend was to go on my first hike in 25-30 years.
And I did it!! :-)
I was very sweaty and my DH had to keep stopping so I could catch up, but so what? We were OUT there instead of in front of the TV.
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