Thursday, August 23, 2012
Today 8/23 is nearly one year since I have gotten super serious with this weight loss thing . I say serious, because I have tried all my life to lose weight all without a plan. And all without success. For the past year I have been active on Sparkepeople tracking and interacting. I also increased my exercise amount and intensity and tracked that as well.
So after a year, while I have not gotten to my original weight loss goal of losing 100 pounds, I have made a lot of progress. I have lost 25 pounds, I have lost several clothes sizes, I feel great. I have gotten so strong from weight lifting and my blood work has improved. I have gained so much knowledge about healthy foods, weight loss strategies, exercise techniques and more from Sparkpeople. The list could go on and on!
So today I have re-evaluated my weight loss goals and am ready to begin losing weight again and to recommit to getting super serious.
By the end of November, I will have lost 30 pounds. That is 10 pounds in September, 10 pounds in October and 10 pounds November. It is reasonable to lose 10 pounds per month!
I will reach these goals by religiously tracking my food on Sparkpeople. I will increase the intensity level of my exercise and really watch my zones, trying to stay in zone 2or3.
I will not let negativity or negative people interfere with where I want to go...healthy, fit, and thinner!
I will do all I can NOT TO EAT OUT OF EMOTION ......this has been a lifelong struggle and I really need to find a way to deal with emotions other than with food.
I am going to do this and I can't wait!
Friday, August 03, 2012
A great week with no weight loss...that sounds a little weird!
Two good things happened.....
1. I went to the doctor for a check up and all of my numbers are very improved. She did have to adjust my thyroid meds though. Hoping that will jump start my weight loss. I have lost 27 pounds, but it is happening slooooowly...it's been almost a year!
When the doc saw me, she said you look like a different person....immediately followed by "why don't you get a tummy tuck". She went on to say that with changes in my body that my stomach doesn't belong to my body anymore, it just doesn't go with mt legs, arms, and back.
I have to say I agree, because I have been hitting the gym hard and have developed a lot of muscle. I still have over 100 pounds to lose though so I didn't think a tummy tuck was an option at this time? I did leave her office and immediately made an appointment for a tummy tuck consult. It would be so nice to get this hanging skin removed....hate it.
Does the skin ever reall shrink back to normal after weight loss?
2. I was taking a Zumba class today and the teacher was a sub. Not a great teacher and I couldn't get my heart rate up. So I left the class after 20, because I wanted to get the most out of my hour.
As I was headed to a treadmill on the gym floor, I noticed a group fitness class about to begin. I asked the trainer if I could join in, and did. WOW..what a great workout.
There were about 8 people in the class and after a treadmill warmup, we began weight lifting and squats. I noticed that every time I went to a particular machine, the trainer would increase the weight, but I wasn't sure why. So I asked him what are you doing. Yep, he was totally increasing the weight. I asked why....his response
BECAUSE QUITE FRANKLY YOU ARE KICKING ASS,!!,!
I have to say that really made my day and I keep repeating those words in my head.
I think it's going to be a great weekend
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
So, I have been on this weight loss journey for most of my life......at least as long as I can remember and I'm 48 years old. It has mostly been an up and down yo yo and oh so frustrating.
I was already a member of Sparkpeople, and I have always exercised with the result being gaining more and more weight. Obviously, I wasn't really doing what is necessary on Sparkpeople to experience success and as for exercise, I was going through the motions, NOT MUCH MORE! Having to lose nearly 130 pounds just seemed so overwhelming to me.
On July 4, 2012, I was at a 5k with many friends, my husband and tween daughter. They were all running. Me, I WASN'T. I was holding their stuff and that did not make me very happy at all. I thought, with all the time I put into exercise why can't I run, I should be able to RUN? Then I thought, but the problem is the weight. With so much to lose, it was just to much on my joints to run and so difficult. So, I decided to get serious with my weightloss.........
I began faithfully tracking on Sparkpeople and working out harder. I made a little progress, but then fell off the healthy wagon again. I would lose 5 or maybe 10 pounds, and then stop tracking my food and exercise. I would gain, I would lose and on and on......then in September when school started again for my daughter, I had a little more time to myself and again.....it was time to get serious! Enough already.....RIGHT!!!!!
So, I began faithfully tracking on Sparkpeople again, I hired a personal trainer, and started exploring more classes at my local health club. This has been a hard road and the number on the scale isn't moving very quickly, but it is moving.
MAYBE IT'S ABOUT MORE THAN THE NUMBER ON THE SCALE?
Here's what I'm talking about.....
1. I began to feel really good, more confident, lighter, happier, less agitated and more.
2. I was actually able to sit in a movie theatre seat and not have my hips get squeezed.
3. I started to run a little bit....sprinkled with my walking. Still not "really" running though.
4. All my clothes are very loose or DO NOT even fit at all.
Then, in March I went to the doctor for a check up.
Her student in training took my pulse. When the doctor came in she said I have to take your pulse again. Immediately, I thought...."Oh goodness, what is wrong? NOTHING WRONG, the student couldn't figure out why she was getting such a low pulse rate. My doctor re-took and proudly told me I have the heart rate of a trained athlete. YAY me. That was a great day and made me feel so good.
WAIT.....there is more
Today, I went to my health club for a health assessment update. The results were excellent.
1. My cardiovascular fitness is that of a 25 year old???? (remember, I'm 48)
2. I have lost 27 pounds...I know I already mentioned that, but I like the sound of it;)
3. My BMI has gone down substantially.
4. My flexibility has gone from poor to good
Can you tell I'm super excited. Now if I can just convince myself to keep doing the right thing, convince myself that I can do this and that I'm worth it.....and mostly take the focus off the number on the scale.
Thinking I need to set some new goals.....wondering if I can train and maybe, just maybe I CAN RUN that same July 4th - 5k this year?????
That would be awesome and certainly better than holding everyone else's stuff.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Holy Crap, HE wants to weigh me every week....don't think thats going to happen!!! No way, no how....but he says I need to be accountable with my eating. True, but I told him a boy never asks a girl how much she weighs. His resonse "I'm not a boy, I'm a grown man and I'm your trainer".
Oh gosh, how am I getting out of this one?
I don't disagree that I need to be accountable with my eating, but really, do I have to weigh myself in front of someone else. I already weigh every week and record on sparkpeople. Admittedly, the past 2 weeks, the scale is going up and down, up and down.....very frustrating. I did recently reach one of my goals...losing 30 pounds. Then promptly gained 6 of it back over spring break!
Exercise is a priority in my daily routine, but maybe I do need to really look at my food consumption?
The problem is I do well for 2-3 weeks and feel AWESOME. I lose pounds, and my clothes fit well. Then something happens.....I GET SCARED. I start to think how am I doing so well, do I deserve this, what if I really do lose a lot of weight, what if people start noticing. What will I say, how will I respond.
Maybe I have to really think about this weekly weigh in accountability. It would not be very comfortable. Maybe I have to figure out why it scares me to actually lose weight.
Hmmmm....lots to think about.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Well, Spring Break is finally over.....actually it was over about 7 days ago, but I have continued eating like a maniac as if I were still on break! Going into Spring Break, I was on a roll with tracking and exercising. In fact, I had reached a goal of losing 30 pounds and I felt sooooooooo good.
I was quite nervous as spring break grew near, because all of my family was coming to town...15 people that is and yes they all stayed with us. My family is awesome, but EVERYTHING they do is centered around food...more than likely the reason I have the bad habits I am so desperately trying to break. And their idea of exercise is changing the station with the remote.....no movement.
As the family started to arrive, I psyched myself out and said I was not going to succumb to their bad habits. Pizza everyday, cookies, candies, and cake all day, unlimited pop, etc. Well, turns out I wasn't as strong as I thought. I did well for the first day or so. Then my 85 year old dad fell and ended up in the Emergency Room with a separated shoulder. This just rocked my world, because all my life, my dad has been invincible...at least in my eyes. The stress of watching my dad in pain, combined with all the bad habits in my midst set me off into a ginormous binge that has lasted way beyond when the last guest left for home. Ughhhhhh!!!!!
So, as I look back, I wanted to reflect on the good, the bad and the freakin sugar....
Day one of company, we went to Mt Vernon and not only could I sit comfortable in the back seat of the car (middle seat), but I could actually buckle the seatbelt. That would not have happened a few months ago.
In the movie at Mt Vernon, I actually sat in the seat and my hips didn't get stuck on the arm rests....that was an amazing feeling.
Easily walked around Mt Vernon without getting tired or winded. Did have a little hard time breathing though....this time thanks to the massive amounts of pollen in the air and not my fitness level.
Since my exercise routine was totally interrupted, I actually went outside and ran on two different occasions. THIS IS A BIG ONE! I have never really run before, but on one day, I ran 10 minutes and on the second day I ran 11 minutes. I was feeling pretty proud.
My dad going to the ER was just awful. I was so worried about him and didn't quite know how to handle it. Putting my parents back on the plane when they left, just sent me over the edge. Dad was in so much pain and I wondered then and still do if they will ever be able to come back to my house again. They are quite elderly and its hard for them to move around. I sobbed the entire day....so stressful!
My mom is 82 years old and in just awful shape. It made me really understand why I need to get my act together now. I want to first of all make it to that old age and more importantly, I want to be active and healthy at that age.
Having so many people in my house ranging from age 6 months to 85 years old was just really bad as bad can be. I love them all, but that is just way to many people with way too many different needs.
The SUGAR........and how ashamed I am!
I can NOT belive how much sugar I ate in one week. All my old habits just came rushing back into my life. It was like the person I have become was just gone and the old me was back and taunting me, daring me to eat garbage....and I did. The sugary treats tasted so good at first, but then, they were just sickening and I totally hate how bloated they make me feel.
So, now today is a new day and I am ready to feel good again. During the past 10 days, I have gained 12 pounds....seems like a lot, so I'm hoping a good amount of that is water weight. Been trying to drink tons of water to flush things out and also limited the carbs.
I am so looking forward to getting back track with my eating and exercise. I have goals to meet and things I want to do.
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