Sunday, October 02, 2011
I've been on a weight loss plateau for about a month....up 2 lbs, down 1, up 3, down 2, up 1, down 1, up 2, down 3.
Here's my Top 10 of what I have learned...
#1 the number on the scale does not define me (a cliche, I know, but still...)
#2 Keep moving! Don't stop now! Keep being faithful to your workout schedule.
#3 Maybe change it up, a bit, but do NOT over-do it. Just add a few new moves that are designed to increase your metabolism.
#4 Listen to your body--again, do NOT over-do it.
#5 Track your food--every day, every meal, snack, drink
#6 Measure your food
#7 Re-read the labels. Check those calories, fat grams, carbs. What may have been ok when you were 230 lbs, may not be so healthy and good for you at 180 lbs.
#8 Don't get obsessive--allow yourself an occasional break--from whatever is filling your mind too much--exercise, food, calorie-counting.
#9 Start each day by praising God and close each day by thanking Him
#10 Keep your long-term goals in front of you and keep working on your short-term goals.
I broke through that plateau this weekend! That means a short hiking trip with my family!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Saturday evenings are my biggest challenge to my new healthy lifestyle.
The old, fat, lazy me liked to eat tons of popcorn with butter and cheese and drink an orange juice/sprite drink and either watch a dvd with my family or read a book. Our whole family just eats leftovers or snacks all evening long.
Many times on Saturdays, my husband and son are fishing until dark and my daughter sometimes works. Even if she isn't, she has been taught BY ME for 20 years, what Saturday night is .....a food fest.
When I don't have anyone to cook supper for, I find myself falling back into my old habits. I am so weak when I am by myself on Saturday evenings.
It irritates me to no end! I work so hard all week and do well and then....Saturday evening comes.
So, I am going to plan for next Saturday night....the guys are going fishing again. Before cleaning up lunch, I will make myself a healthy salad with a healthy protein and have it all ready and waiting.
Oh, how I need the strength of the Lord for this! Pray for me!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I had signed up for the Trick or Treat Trot 5 k walk. I was enjoying getting outside in this fall-like weather and walking. Sometimes my 20yo daughter joined me. Sometimes my 14yo son. Sometimes just Jack, our golden/black lab mix dog.
However, when I reached the 2 mile training mark, my body gave out. The fibromyalgia and hypo-thyroidism reared their ugly heads and are now threatening to keep me from doing what I need to go each day...my calling...homeschooling my son.
I had hoped the training program would be gradual enough that I could do both. However, my body does have special needs. Those needs must be obeyed or they take over.
I will not allow them to take over any more!! So I'm dropping out of the Trick or Treat Trot 5K......for now. But...I will be back!
I just need to give my body more time. After all, I've only been exercising again since May after years of not doing much and after being deathly ill this past winter.
So, for now, I will go back to my gentle walking, gentle yoga, and gardening.
I am NOT defeated.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
My observations and impressions of my new "sweat wick-away" shirt:
#1 It is SKIN tight! So, if you aren't ready to show your neighbors all your rolls and bulges yet, throw a t-shirt or jacket on over it!
#2 It was a bit itchy at first to my sensitive skin. It isn't 100% cotton. Usually when I wear a man-made fiber as I heat up, the irritations get worse, but with this shirt, they did not.
#3 Even with our 100% humidity because of fog this morning, I did NOT have sweat rolling down my back which also irritates my skin.
#4 "Wick-away" does NOT mean you'll be dry underneath. The shirt just seems to "sponge" up some of the excess dampness. So I suppose some savvy marketing person thought 'wick-away' would sell easier than 'sponge up some of the excess'.
#5 It is hard to take off a skin-tight damp shirt. So, if you are like me and like to yank off your hot sweaty clothes after working out in an attempt to cool off faster.....well, just be careful you don't rip the new shirt to shreds trying to get it over your bulges and rolls quickly.
I look forward to trying this shirt again. On a day when it is NOT 100% humidity and see how it performs differently.
Monday, September 19, 2011
I updated my weight loss ticker to reflect my true weight loss journey, which began last Nov. I was a poll worker and began having a dry and very sore throat. It was later discovered I had gotten a drug-resistant bacteria in my throat when my throat swelled nearly shut and I had to be taken to the ER. It took 4 different kinds of antibiotics and steroid mixes to find the right combo to kill the bacteria. I lost 15 lbs while my throat was swollen and I had to relearn how to swallow food. I was in bed for 7 weeks and also developed pneumonia during that time. I was then left very weak for months afterwards. It was May before I finally felt well.
I felt so much better with just that 15 lbs off, however, I began to regain some of it as my old eating habits resumed. I saw I could lose weight and I desperately needed to rebuild some strength in my muscles, so I followed a friend's advice and did an internet search for SparkPeople.
and here I am....43lbs less and 1/2 way to my goal!
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