Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Did I happen to mention that I kept up?
So, I was in downtown Toronto today for a meeting. The office where the meeting was held is about a five block (long blocks) walk from the train station.
Walking to the meeting, I was by myself.
Walking from the meeting, now, that was another story.....
I have never really kept up. My brothers used to walk me to school and I remember having to run to keep up with them, they saw no need to slow down....
Later, I still had problems. Because of my short stature and my correspondingly short legs. Because of my excess weight. Because the other people seemed to be walking a gazillion miles an hour..... Even when I was getting exercise with treadmilling, I could not keep up!
Then came Sparkpeople and my handy dandy fitbit. All of a sudden I realized that I would get more SparkPoints by treadmilling faster. And the handy dandy fitbit is incredibly accurate in measuring mileage and steps. So I gradually built up my mph on the treadmill....
Back to today. I walked to the train station with two female colleagues.
Both were a decade or two younger.
Both were significantly taller than me...heck, just about everyone is significantly taller than me...
Neither was overweight.
AND I KEPT UP!
Technical note--I was wearing my ridiculously expensive MBT boots, so had the power of that technology behind me (or should I say under me). One colleague was in flats and another in low heels.
But, I was carrying a heavy briefcase with computer inside, and they weren't, so that kind of leveled the playing field.
It was easy to keep up. In fact, I had to slow down a bit a few times (imagine Ode to Joy in the background) so the colleague in heels could keep up. HA! SHE COULDN'T KEEP UP WITH ME!
Isn't that something?
Thanks Sparkpeople, fitbit, and MBT's!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Actually, I have no idea what that means, but it sounds cool.
So, in travelling around these Sparkpages, I could not help but run across MOSTMOM1. It started with the guinea pigs, which I had as pets for years. They are sooooo stupid and soooo cute. Any creature that thinks lettuce is the best food ever has got to be not so smart.
But I digress. It became evident (how could it not become evident) that MOSTMOM1 was really into hooping. I watched the vlogs and read the blogs. I thought, that looks like an incredible amount of fun! I I had a hoop when I was a girl and was able to keep it up! (I'm not on the most athletic side). I have three days after my cardio when I don't do weights and why don't I hoop?
So I did my research. And found that you pretty much had to order a hoop online here in Canada, another great idea had not quite made it to the land of ice and snow yet. But, to my joy, Amazon.ca had lots of hoops for sale. 3 pound, 4 pounds, 5 pounds, contoured or not, falling apart at the seams according to on-line reviewers...
Looking at the wwww (wonderful world wide web) I learned the right size and weight for my pixie stature. And, again joy, Amazon.ca had one that shipped in pieces, had gotten good reviews, with FREE SUPERSAVER SHIPPING! Whoo-hoo!
So, credit card used, order placed, and good old reliable Amazon .ca (they are actually a really reliable site) had the thing at my door in two days.
So I put it together and watched the DVD of these young, beautiful women with indescribably lovely midsections demonstrating hooping. Self-esteem appreciably diminished, I took up the hoop. It is HUGE!. Theoretically, the larger it is the easier to keep up. My first attempt was truly laughable. I could not keep it up and was out of breath in about 2 minutes. And I do an hour on the treadmill each day. Whassup?
My admiration of MOSTMOM1 increased googleplexly. Hooping is not easy.
But, I did not give up. I am hooping for about 3 minutes each time now, no or little dropping, and my waist hurts. I think this is the Zen of hooping. What is fun is also darn good exercise.
Tomorrow is a hoop-after-cardio day. I embrace the anticipation and the actual experience.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
So, I have been reading a lot about the above.
For 13+ months, I have been one of the 5%, maintaining a loss of just more than 100 pounds. What a lot of work1 Could I fall of the 5% wagon? You betcha! Sparkpeople, fitbit, other tools keep me sane and more or less at goal. What I write from now on reflects my thoughts, I am not an expert except for what I have learned on my own journey....
Just plain hunger--well, that is pretty easy to figure out, and to deal with for me. I get the stomach growls, or sometimes when I have gone too far below my goal, I get the sweats and shakes. I rarely get the stomach growls, as I plan my eating very carefully time-wise and my body has adjusted. Sweats are more spontaneous (recently twice when I have been lifting weights) and can be asssited by a piece of fruit, something with natural sugar. No big deal.
Now cravings, for me these are desires to eat specific foods, those that I usually eat anyway. Chicken or steak? Cauliflower or carrots? Pear or apple? These are petty much managable as well, as if I can't deal with the craving right away I can tell myself tomorrow, and am satisfied.
Now, binging......I have learned a lot about binging from SP and am so grateful. I am an emotional binge eater. I remember as a girl sneaking chocolate covered graham crackers into my bedroom to eat and it went downhill from there. Binging is, for me, insanity (no slurs intended to anyone). When I want to binge, I can keep it away for a day or two but in the end I succumb to keep the top of my head from blowing off. It is a matter of pressure and release, related to speficic social situations, specific emotions, and specific foods. So far, I have found that it is better to binge and then use the calm days that follow to work the extra weight off (usually no more than a pound or two). Also, binge foods are absolute poison from a nutrition perspective (Frosting out of the can, anyone? Peanut butter? Hot chocolate mix?) and I would never eat them in a planned eating day, although I have a hot chocolate drink every day--that's a drink, not the powder!
So what have I learned? I've got an eating disorder, an addiction, and in a lot of ways am very fortunate that I never got above 212 pounds.
That I will probably need specific therapy to address the binging.
That I have found a way (kind of) to cope.
And again, SP is the tops with challenges and streaks. I would be in worst shape for sure without the Spark!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
This happened on Monday.
So, I was in a big hurry to get out of the house on Monday morning. I had to travel to one of our offices a bit far away, the weather was poor, and, I had changed my lunch bag.
So, in my hurry and confusion, I forget to pack one of my essential snacks, my two chocolate sandwich cookies. I have been eating two chocolate sandwich cookies since I started my health journey in May 2009 and I rely on them for chocolate, sugar, yumminess, and so on.
What to do?
First, as I headed home, I switched the order of my snacks. I like to start with those cookies for sure. As I was heading off to grocery shopping after work, and I always save one snack for the ride home from the store, I thought let me see what I can find. Worst case, I can buy another package of cookies, even thought I did not really need one this week.
You may be saying big deal, but at one point this lack of acceptable snacks would have led to unhealthy eating or maybe even a binge.
So, there I am grocery shopping, and I saw the candy bars. I had been with a few colleagues during the day doing some quality review work, and one had eaten a kit-kat. So I went and picked up a kit-kat. I looked at the calories and it was about 40 calories more than the cookies. I figured I could live with that, and bought it.
And ate it on the way home. And you know what, it was okay but not fantastic. The cookies taste better to me.
This is a lot of detail about a kit-kat, but it means a few things to me:
That I could overcome the "disaster" of failing to pack a well-loved snack.
That I could problem-solve what to do about it without going into a panic and binging.
That I don't like chocolate bars that much any more.
All of this does not mean that I definitely will not go and and as soon as I shut down this computer find something to binge on. But I think I will play a bit of guitar instead. What it does mean is that sometimes, as I go through my journey of health, I can achieve a degree of healthy relationship with food that I never thought possible.
How do you handle forgetting to pack your regular food when you head off for work?
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Would you believe it? I have won the Pedometer Challenge at my place of employment!
I am 63 years old, and with the exception of the past 13 months or so have been overweight (usually obese) my whole darned life.
Our typical demographic here is young, healthy females.
I am involved in the wellness initiative at work, for my own good, to spread the Spark (and the word on health) and as part of a certification program I am the lead hand on.
So we had a pedometer challenge--no big deal, you track your steps for a week. Thanks to my handy fitbit, no problem with that.
I was amused and bemused when I read the e-mail from HR last night that I was the winner. Most steps of all the participants. And I even got to choose my prize (some nice toiletries).
What does all this mean?
I can do it. I have been exercising for years, and certainly continued when I was on WW, but with the help of the fitbit and Sparkpeople I have ramped up my exercise big time. I am on a number of steps for the day team goals and take this seriously.
One is never too old to get fit.
I actually enjoy moving and find it reduces my stress.
The next generation coming up is of some concern to me. I remember, way back in the day when I was at University, my group used to laugh ourselves silly at the "phys ed" girls. Well, we were the idiots, and I wonder if young people are not placing enough emphasis on working out? I thought that this was big for young people?
I cannot beigin to express what this means to me--not the award, but the changes I see as I up the exercise and continue with healthy eating. I've dropped a few pounds as well.
Thank you Sparkpeople, and all the posters and contributors here, this site rocks and keeps me moving!
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