Saturday, January 21, 2012
Well, its only day 3 of this journey, although I have walked this path before. And, I seemingly remember how really simple it is. Pay attention to what you put in your mouth, get your butt up off the chair and away from the computer, drink water throughout the day and pay attention!
So, I've started paying attention. Paying attention to things that I never considered before when trying to change my lifestyle. You see I am a great cook, no really! I absolutely love to cook for my husband, my kids, my grandkids, the mail lady, the meter reader...I'll cook for anyone! And if you weren't sure if you liked me before, you will love me after you've eaten at my house! Well....you get the idea here.
So, today's task was to start going through many of the recipes that I have saved over the years. Have I mentioned that I am a dynamite cook? The goal was to sort through and decide which ones would be a giant step backward to prepare. Wow! What an eye opener! Some of those delicious recipes had 700-850 calories a serving!!! Delicious yes, but its crazy to have anything that rich or high in fat or calories. I placed a large trash can next to the kitchen table and started throwing away the the ones that had topped the "enemies of my health" list.
I've been carefully planning each of our meals. Funny, how it really doesn't take that much time, its just a matter of focus. I had totally lost mine. Mindlessly eating when I was hungry, when I was bored, when it was a customary time to eat, when we would meet friends, whenever....
Today is a good day. This morning when I got on the scale, it was definitely down. It was down significantly. It is a lot in just three days. I know it won't last, but it is encouraging to see the scale moving downward.
I still am hoping for a buddy to do this with. My best friend is not at the place she needs to be mentally to do this. My sisters aren't there either. Not sure if I'll get a buddy or not. Then again, maybe that's okay. This is something that I have to do. No other person can make the changes or the choices for me. Maybe not having an accountability partner right now is a good thing. Maybe I just need to get up on my own two feet and do this thing without relying or depending on any one else.
Sunday, March 06, 2011
That's right! I've achieved 21% of my goal so far. I've lost 18.4 pounds and have 87.6 pounds to go. It would seem that 87.6 is a bit overwhelming, and perhaps it is. So, today I want to focus on the 21% or 18.4 pounds lost since December 1, 2010. In fact, it is nearly cause for celebration!
Let's be honest, I've lost 18 pounds before, and in fact, more. So what's different now? The difference is that I have dieted all my adult life with a roller coaster of very moderate (even disappointing) levels of success. I've never reached my goal weight and never even came close. The result has always been the same...get bored with the diet, get lazy with the exercise, gain the weight back, get depressed and gain even more. And so goes my life...in the past.
Today, I am more than 3 months into a healthy lifestyle and cannot imagine going back to my old ways. Why would I? We eat delicious meals, full of colorful and flavorful vegetables, lean and guilt-free meats and find that I don't miss the loaded baked potatoes or creamy macaroni and cheese...okay, truth be known, I do sometimes think of a thick, savory, juicy grilled del monico steak. Then I think of the lovely marbling in that steak, which is just a beautiful way of saying "fat-infused" meat. No thank you!
For over a year I've walked, often using the WIO, and found that I was getting really tired of it. It had lost its spark for me. So, I gave a lot of thought to what I needed and wanted. Should I join a gym? We live in rural WV and the nearest gym is 25 minutes away...no way I'd never stick with it. I needed something that I could do at home. We don't have room for a weight bench and I'm not very interested in that anyway...so what to do???
Started researching online and came up with some ideas. I went to Dick's and bought a jump rope and a weighted hula hoop, a foam exercise roller, a yoga mat and a 4-way resistance band. Cool!
When I was a kid, I spent countless hours jumping rope and attempting to hula hoop (I never was very good at that), but it was fun to try! I also knew I needed to do some resistance training as I've sorely overlooked this aspect of fitness. So, now I have some new toys to play with or should I say new tools to work with...no, no...I like the idea of toys...life is full of work and very little play, until now.
My first two days of attempting the weighted hula hoop was a hoot. I dropped that thing so many times that the sides of my knees were black and blue from trying to keep it from hitting the ground. But, for every time it hit the ground (which was often), I bent over at the waist and picked it up...more exercise, right? I had to laugh when I thought to myself that I sort of had the female version of ED...just couldn't keep it up. Sorry! Just had to share that thought.
By the third day, I had it going 150 revolutions before losing it and yesterday I managed 194 revolutions. I'm improving every day. Can't wait until I just lose count and keep it going until I choose to stop! My bruises are better, not gone, but better. My heart rates soars, my head drips sweat and I have a ball doing it. Yesterday, when I finished, I had to wipe up the floor because there were sweat drops spattered about! Good Lord, who would have thought that would ever happen?
I haven't started the jump rope yet. But, its in my arsenal to use in the future. My husband's stationary bike has been calling my name too. I try to ride it 20 minutes in the morning at 20-22 miles an hour and again in the evening at the same pace. It gives me a good, quick heart-rate burst and then I go on about my activity.
Life has changed and changed dramatically. I cannot believe that I let myself become so sedentary! A body at rest really does tend to stay at rest!!
Now, however, I move and move often. I have achieved 21% of my total goal in 3 months and I'm proud of that and motivated by it. If I continue at this pace, I will reach my goal weight by this time next year. At my heaviest last year, I weighed 252 pounds **embarrassed**. Today, I weigh 223. At goal...136. I am focused on that goal and will continue with this amazing life-style change which will bring it about in due time. I certainly didn't get to be 252 pounds in a month or two and I know that I must be patient and continue to drive myself in order to see this through.
Thanks to all my friends here at SP and my friends at Bodybugg who keep me encouraged and help me to stay focused and committed.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
Much has happened these last couple of months, major-life changing events, in fact.
My Dad, who was once my hero, has made a conscious effort to banish us from his life. I'll never understand how you can grow so cold to your own flesh and blood, but he has. It was very hurtful, but in reality, its his decision and there's nothing we can do about it. So, we let him have his way, we leave him alone and make no effort to contact him. Its hurtful, but survivable.
Of greater importance, and with much greater impact on my life, came the news that my dear husband has stage 4 cancer. Yeah, that was a huge blow. It would seem natural to ask how this could happen to someone so wonderful. But, we don't ask. We just trust the Lord to know what is best. We trust him to guide us and to care for us and to sustain us through this battle.
There are so many thoughts that go through your head when you hear this kind of news. An impending doom seems to enshroud you, your heart feels as though it will never recover, and you feel as though you will never again be happy. But, praise be to God, these feelings are temporary, or at least intermittent.
With every storm, one must look for and perhaps even search tirelessly for the silver lining. There is almost always one to be found. Beauty does rise from the ashes in time.
One positive thing that has come from this is that I've come to realize that I need to do everything I can to take care of myself so that I will have the strength to do the things that I must. I've let myself go for so long. I've been obese almost my entire adult life. His illness has shown me that I have to take my health very seriously.
I researched and purchased a Bodybugg Version 3. It has allowed me to take all that I have learned about weight management and healthy living and apply it scientifically. There is no guesswork. Calories consumed minus calories burned must equal a deficit or I won't lose weight. No mystery, no guesswork. If I work the program and upload my data throughout the day and analyze my calorie consumption vs my calorie burn, then I work out until I've met my calorie burn goal and have walked at least 10,000 steps. That's it. Nothing mysterious about it, just pure science.
I've finally found a system that works for me. I've lost over 8 pounds since December 1, right on track with my plan. I'm never hungry. I sometimes have to push myself to meet my calorie burn or my step goal. That's okay though. Anything as important as my health and my life is worth a little extra effort. Don't you think?
Sometimes I think we get too comfortable. Everything bumps along just fine and we don't really see the danger that lurks in our own lives clearly. The danger is real, I'm staring it in the face and I refuse to back down, not now not ever.
I have no control over my husband's cancer, I wish I did. But, I do have control over my obesity and my health. I have changed the way I cook. We eat almost entirely clean and whole foods. We've traded beef for turkey, fresh fish, legumes, etc. Don't get me wrong, its an adjustment. It takes longer to cook unprocessed foods but the result is SO worth it. Delicious, nutritious, wholesome foods. You have to go to the store more often because fresh fruits, veggies, fish, etc don't keep well. Yes, its a challenge at times, but so is being morbidly obese.
Yes, at times it is a challenge, but I am worth it! In 5 weeks I have released 8.4 pounds. It is a victory, it is inspiring, and it is keeping me motivated to exercise my butt off...literally.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
After returning from vacation and jumping back into normal life with both feet, the scale is moving. I gained 10 pounds over 3 weeks while on vacation. Eeegads!!!
I'm back to being able to prepare our meals and eat when necessary. In the days since we returned the scale is dropping. Praise the Lord! As of this morning, I had lost all but 3 of the 10 pounds that I had gained. I knew it was temporary weight, but I also know that temporary weight can become permanent weight when one does not act.
I'm feeling the momentum of this rapid loss and sharpening my focus on living as healthy as I can.
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