Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The benefit to falling off the wagon is that some times, you need to fall a little, to see how far you've come.
Long story short... I started SP 1/10/10, Set goals, logged food and activities, blogged and followed all the rules. And then I reached "THE" goal. I had done it... I lost 30lbs just in time for my 25th High School Reunion, July 31st.
And then, I lost my spark. I stopped logging food, stopped measuring, worked out sporatically and didn't keep track. I gained back a couple of pounds. But I did one thing right. I kept coming back.
Last week, I decided to re-dedicate myself. I joined a gym on a short term basis ($25 for 30 days, just to make sure I LIKE the gym). I went in whole heartedly. Love the classes. Found some more support. And I am back on track.
One of the great classes I found is Group Power. It is an 60 minute barbell based weight lifting program, set to music, with a little core workout thrown in at the end just for funsies.
I have even started talking up SparkPeople to my GP Instructor. Hopefully, she will share with some others and bring some more peeps over to the Spark Family!
What it all comes down to... Fall down seven times, get up eight. Or as they say in Galaxy Quest... "Never give up, Never surrender"
Friday, October 15, 2010
Now, that doesn't seem like a good thing to most. And many people wouldn't be happy with being overweight. I am.
The fact is... yesterday my Wii Fit said "That's obese!" when I stepped on the evil machine. Today... "That's overweight!"
It's a sign. I'm going in the right direction. I'm doing the right things. Granted some of that weight loss this week is due to the fact that I feel like crud warmed over and haven't felt like eating...
I'm waiting for the day when "That's normal!" happens. Until then, I'm happy being just Overweight!!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Hello... My name is Gretchen... and I am a chocoholic.
I have learned that I cannot exist with out chocolate. I have tried. I go without for fairly long periods at a time and then... complete collapse, full on blow out, 2 days of calories in a single sitting.
I have learned that I can (SERIOUSLY... I CAN!!) have small amounts of chocolate every day. Yep, I mean in EVERY day. I bought a Costco bag of dark chocolate squares almost 6 months ago. I still have over half of the bag. I have 2 containers of Trader Joe's mini peanut butter cups in the cabinet, 3 months, not even 1/3rd gone on the first container.
No, the cabinet is not locked. No, I don't have a giant troll sitting in front of the door blocking it. I live by myself, so there is no one to stop me, but me. I know better than to sit down with a king size snickers bar. If I buy it, I will eat it.
What is the key? When I have chocolate, I have GOOD chocolate. I enjoy it, thoroughly. Have you ever really paid attention to what you are eating? I have heard it and thought it was a myth.
Try it some time. Take a small bite of something. Savour it. Chew slowly. Get all the tastes flowing through your mouth. Try it again with the second bite. Not as great, not as enjoyable, not as much impact.
So now. I sit, pull out my favourite piece of chocolate, eat it in small bits, and enjoy it. The little fun size bars work great for this. PORTION CONTROL IS YOUR FRIEND!!!
I love chocolate, but I love me more. I make allowances for it. I will work out a little more or eat a little less, but I will not deny myself.
Be well and enjoy life!!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
This afternoon I am going to the local fire station for their Red Cross blood drive. I brought this up with the people I work with. Not a single one is willing to donate. The list of excuses is ridiculous.
Guess what... I am afraid of needles. The site of blood sickens me. I HATE being poked and prodded.
Just think about it... the person that receives your donation could be your friend, your relative, your child.
If you haven't donated blood ever, here is a link with some good information...
As someone who has had severe anemia issues, I used to get rejected 2 out of every 3 times I tried to donate... but I tried. Unless you have a condition that means you CAN'T donate, you should try.
If you are just pumping excuses instead of donating, consider it, the life you save may be your own!!
Oh yeah, and don't forget, you also get to have juice and cookies, guilt free, afterword!
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
How often have we all tried so hard and lost weight for a particular occasion just to get there, and then gain it all back?? Was it a Reunion, Wedding, Trip, bathing suit, cruise??? And 3 months later, how did it feel when you were back in your "fat clothes"???
I WILL NOT LET THAT HAPPEN AGAIN!!
My goal was to lose 30 lbs. for my 25th High School Reunion. I did it! I look great. I feel great. I even Sparked a couple of my classmates. I realized when shopping for my dress (size 16) that I am only 1 size away from where I was for my 'Senior Night Out' dress in '85 (size 14). Yes, I'm one of those people who has been overweight my whole life.
Time to refocus. What is my ultimate goal??? Is it to enjoy one night? No. My ultimate goal is to be healthy. That means losing 30-40 more pounds. That means being more active. That means changing for life. That means not giving up my health for one fun night.
Next mini goal: Thanksgiving with my friends in Detroit, where I will get to go to the Patriots/Lions game. 16 weeks away, I'm thinking I can manage 12 lbs. If I make it to 16, I will be ecstatic!!
Be healthy, be well, and Spark On!!
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