Sunday, July 20, 2014
July 22nd marks my four year anniversary on Sparkpeople. When I joined SP initially I lost almost 80 lbs in about 14 1/2 months. To make a very long story short, I burned out bad and gained it all back last year. I tried a few times to get back on track and then just quit trying.
The end of April I was in a very minor car accident where I totaled my car. No one was hurt, I just felt stupid and embarrassed more than anything. The following Saturday, I woke up and decided that I just didn't want to live like that anymore. I kept thinking about when I was taking better care of myself (by exercising and learning to eat better). I was a lot happier, had more energy and was a lot more confident. It was at this point I decided to start over.
I started all over the beginning of May, and in the past 11 weeks or so I have lost 20.5 lbs. I recognized the areas where I messed up and set myself up for failure so-to-speak. Now I feel that my mindset is different. This time it feels smoother and easier and less pressure. There are days where I still mess up, but I am working on not beating myself up and rather use those instances as opportunities to learn what I need to work on/focus on.
I feel happier and I feel like I have more energy. I enjoy getting outside. I have taken up jogging again, which I missed dearly. That is starting off very slow, but it is going well. I got a new pair of sneakers and have joined a training group where I live. I am really excited about that. I have a dream of completing a full marathon one day, hopefully before I turn 40 by the grace of God.
My job has been really stressful lately, and I feel like my exercise is helping me to deal with that. I joined the Stress Busting Challenge group to help overcome stress. I feel like I tend to get stressed easily and I am a sensitive person. I also tend to be hard on myself.
I hope everyone has a great week! Thanks for reading my blog. God bless you bunches!
Saturday, May 18, 2013
I had a great week this week. It's the first time in quite a while that I made healthy eating choices and exercised consistently. It feels like I'm starting over, but it feels good. I weighed this morning, and lost 5 lbs this week!!! I knew I was eating A LOT of calories before I started over Sunday, and I'm sure that part of that is sodium/extra water weight. But still. It's the first time in probably going on two months that I've lost weight.
I'm going great drinking water, and keeping track of my calories. I really need to work on getting a solid 8 hours of sleep each night. I'm happy to say that I haven't eaten (grazed mindlessly) after supper/dinner. With my eating habits I've been working on spacing out my calories throughout the day, and especially having a late afternoon snack, so that I'll have energy for my workout after work and not "eat like I'm going to the chair" by the time I eat supper.
It is good to see progress, and not feel like I'm controlled by cravings or emotional eating. That feels good. I've been reading the Spark Solution too, and that's helping me to stay encouraged and motivated.
I have a list of goals and things I want to work on and achieve, but I'm trying not to look at all of those goals or try to do them all at once - I just don't want to burnout. Right now, my focus is on drinking water, tracking my calories, getting plenty of sleep, and exercise consistently. I need to sit down and plan my rewards for every goal and weight loss milestone I reach. That will most likely involve horseback riding.
I will say that I ran into an annoying/frustrating situation Thursday evening. I planned what to eat for supper, and basically the nutrition guide for the entrée I got was misleading, so I went over my calories that day. But I'm happy because I didn't intentionally go over my calories, and I didn't get all depressed and stuff and eat everything in the house because of it.
I have learned this week to keep taking small steps. Focus on a few goals and build your momentum from there. It really pays off to approach your healthy lifestyle change in such a manner. That's why I like SP so much.
Until next week folks - stay encouraged and happy. Don't give up or beat yourself up. We can do this. We are doing it. Keep sparking and shining.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Today I weighed myself. I probably had not weighed in over a month. I have gained 31 lbs since my lowest weight in October! Ouch! But being scared of the scale won't help me get back on track. So after I weighed I took my measurements too and started all of my goals and tracking all over.
I think my struggles built up over time and sort-of "snowballed" by a few various factors. I have learned the hard way that there are things worse than plateaus. Looking back, I can see certain things I did and did not do that ended up blowing up in my face, so-to-speak. When problems arise, I try to find or figure out the root of the problem. For me, I think that the root of my weight-loss problems were two-fold. Somehow, somewhere along the way, I lost the joy of taking better care of myself. I lost the joy and the adventure of losing weight on the path to a healthier lifestyle. I want to get that joy back, but I don't want to keep looking to the past. I just want to start where I'm at and look forward and find new joy.
The other problem is that I felt like I gave up on myself and on my dreams/goals of losing weight. Being overweight most of my life, to lose most of that extra weight and then regain some of it has been hard. Perhaps I need to challenge the way I view or think of myself as the overweight one.
Furthermore, I had signed up for and was training for a full marathon, and about 4 months into my training I decided to not do the full and just do the half marathon instead. I felt like I was making the right decision. Indeed, I'm glad I just did the HM instead because the full marathon probably would've made my knees fall off (it had some challenging hilly parts in it, even for just the half marathon course). On the other hand, choosing to not do the full marathon really really got me down. I do not know if anyone except God knows how much that decision affected me and made me sad.
So now I feel like I am in a pit that I cannot dig myself out of - I feel like only God can get me out of it. I got the new SP book, and joined SparkCoach, and as I stated earlier, started over all of my goals. I am trusting in God to help me and take care of me in this.
There is a verse in the Bible that says, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." I believe He has given me this desire to be healthy and lose weight, and that He will help me in it.
I would encourage anyone wanting to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle to just take it one step at a time. No matter what happens, don't give up on yourself, and don't beat yourself up whenever you slip up or make a mistake. Whether you're struggling or doing well, stay connected.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Good morning everyone,
I have finally stumbled upon my first plateau, and I have to say this experience stinks. I have weighed the same (within a .6 lb range) for the last two weeks. It's really a bummer, but I am trying really hard to stay positive.
I found some great articles on this website (it's a series of three articles) about what to do when you hit a plateau. Taking to heart what I have read, I am working on changing up what I'm doing.
First of all, I am making sure that I am getting a good night's sleep every night this week.
Second, I am adhering to my nutrition tracker more carefully by remaining within my calorie ranges. It seems that I don't eat quite enough carbs, and push the limit on my fat grams. I would like to eat more protein as well.
With my diet, I really want to work on eating a better breakfast, and eating healthy snacks between meals. That way, I don't feel like a hungred by the time I get to dinner. I want to focus on eating more vegetables and fruits. And I think I need to work on distributing my calories more evenly between my meals also.
Third, I am going to mix up my exercise. I had no idea that I was supposed to mix up my routine every 6-8 weeks. I've been doing the same thing for the past three months! I have worked out 3 times a week doing cardio and strength training each time.
With that being said, now I'm going to still do cardio three times a week, but do my strength training in between those days. With my cardio I am going to try some different things. I want to incorporate the step-master, and also try swimming. These are both things I haven't done in awhile (I haven't swam in years!). I am also going to get the new Xbox 360/Kinect Game Yourshape: Fitness Evolved 2. I really liked the first one. I still like using the elliptical, so when I use that I want to push myself harder (in a good way) and have a more intense workout.
Fourth, I have started to read The Spark. I am figuring reading this book will be another great way to give my weight loss journey a boost.
I must stop weighing myself every single day!!! I've been doing that since Saturday, and I know good and well that leads to nothing good. I have to stick with just weighing myself once a week.
To end on a positive note, I will say that I'm on a Sparkstreak. I've drunk at least 8 cups of water per day for the last two weeks. In addition, my hip hasn't hurt for three whole days now, which makes me happy and is very exciting. I've also dropped off 4 points from my BMI since joining Sparkpeople.
I must break this plateau!!! I've made good progress but I still have a way to go, and I cannot remain where I'm at. Thank God for my encouraging, supportive husband as well as my great Sparkfriends!!!
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