Friday, July 20, 2012
Have you been thinking about your weight loss as being a “drop in the bucket” compared to what you still have to lose? As you’ve been shedding a few pounds have you had doubts about whether it was making any difference to your body? I had an experience today that might help you to look at it in a little different way. I’ll get to that in a minute, but for right now I want to challenge you to find something around your house that is close to the number of pounds you’ve shed so far. It doesn’t matter if it is just a few or if it’s quite a few…just find something close to those pounds. For me, that is about 64 pounds (I hope it’s a few more this Sunday when I weigh in). I bet you can figure something out. A gallon of milk or water is about 8 pounds; a bag of flour is 5 pounds unless you buy it in bulk. Maybe a laundry basket full of wet laundry is 25 or more pounds. Okay, now I want to pick up your item and carry it around the house with you for a little while…you don’t have to do it for long, but take it with you to the bathroom or around the kitchen for as long as you’re able. Is it heavy and awkward to hang onto? Hard to handle and makes your back or knees hurt?
In some cases, you might not be able to pick it up! That’s what happened to me at the store today. Richard asked me to “pick up” some salt for the water softener. Actually he didn’t expect me to literally pick it up, but I tried. It was only 40 pounds, not the 64 I’ve shed, but I could NOT DO IT! I got it upright and almost had it up, but just couldn’t manage and decided we didn’t need it that badly yet. He can get it the next time we’re there, but a little light bulb went off for me. Before I ditched those 64 pounds I was hauling at least as much as 1 ½ bags of water softener salt around with me with every step I took. The same is true for you, wherever you are in your weight loss journey! Every ounce, every pound, every 10 pounds, whatever we have accomplished is so important to all of us. Wow…I could never hope to walk up the back steps to the house carrying that much weight, yet I was asking my body to do it with every step I took, not to mention what my heart still has to do each day. No wonder my back aches sometimes!
Our team has a great Sizzling Summer Challenge going on right now and it’s not too late to join if you haven’t already! But, even if you don’t, remember that it doesn’t matter if you aren’t the biggest loser or even the littlest loser in or out of the team challenge. What matters is that we work on giving our bodies a rest by shedding what pounds we can. Let’s all try to give our hearts and backs and muscles a gift of fewer pounds to haul around. I’m willing to keep working on it if you will all be there to help me along the way, and in turn, I promise to be there for you, too. Together we can do it, I just know we can!!
Saturday, July 07, 2012
Since I walked the 5K yesterday (70 minutes in case you missed my blog), and today would be a day of rest, I haven't been worrying too much about exercise today. In fact, I haven't thought about it at all until now when I was doing some Sparking. I think that's interesting in itself, as nothing hurts...my feet and legs are fine, nothing happened to my body to make me think walking that far in the heat was a bad idea, and I feel a little like something is missing from my routine and schedule. No...I'm still pretty positive I won't be training for a 10K--at least not now during the hottest part of the summer with a lot of summer weather left, and honestly I don't plan on ever walking that far at one time. It's so boring!
So what do I do? Going to a gym isn't an option for me. There is no pool anywhere near where we live. I could ride my bike some, but again, the weather isn't great for that as it has been way too windy. I will probably do more indoor exercise for awhile and pump up my stability ball. (Funny the way we call them stability balls when we're so unstable on them--at least I am.) I can use my little peddler and dance in my kitchen, too.
If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be open to hear them. Since I don't really like exercise (also known as the E word) at all, it has to be something really good to interest me! LOL!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I've been on a plateau for several months. Actually, it wasn't a plateau so much as it was a go-nowhere situation. I'd gain and lose the same 3 pounds or so and wasn't making any real progress. Finally, I think I have my head screwed back on the right way, and I've given a lot of thought to what was going on.
I was making excuses. Maybe not verbally and maybe I didn't even acknowledge it to myself, but I did...I know I did. Here's the list of some of my excuses. I'm sure it isn't complete, as it is only when the little light bulb turns on at some point during the day that I get one of those little aha moments.
Here's my current list of excuses. They are in no particular order and they are for both exercise and food choices (or non-choices, as the case may be)!
Too tired to cook
Not enough money to buy XXX
I've done pretty well so far, why bother with more?
My legs (sometimes my feet) hurt
My schedule got messed up
Company came unexpectedly
Went to a buffet
Went to a party
It tastes so good
I've always been fat
Didn't feel good
I'm upset with or about XXX
Can't stop with just one
Got too hungry
Muscle weighs more than fat (might be true if I had any muscle)
Measuring cups are dirty (I know...that one is really, really weak)
Wonder if any of you have excuses, too. Now that I have acknowledged some of my excuses, I think I will be able to move forward and quit making more excuses for myself. I'll probably add to the list as I become aware of them. I'm counting on my SparkFriends to not let me use these silly excuses! I need you to give me a boost in the behind now and then! I know I can count on you!
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