Friday, June 20, 2014
My dearest fitbit friends, my fitbit didn't have a charge for several days to the fact I lost my charger. Argh! I looked and looked to no avail. I ended up purchasing a new one off of amazon, gotta love free two day shipping!
Anyway, this resulted in a large depletion in my daily steps. I am sure you were all thinking I was in a terrible accident or I had completely lost my fitbit yet again!No, nothing like that, just needed to wait to get it charged. Fustrating none the less. Rest assured I got my 12-15,000 steps in each day I wasn't logging. .
Oh the perils of being disorganized and having gone through some computer issues at home! Not sure where the original charger ran off to. Hopefully I will find it and it can be a backup but I have gone down this road before. I chock it up to how busy crazy my life at work is right now which leads to chaos on the homefront.
I hope you all have a blessed weekend!
Saturday, May 03, 2014
Wow, I haven't blogged in a long time. Bad me!
Okay, so after watching the scale creep up to the highest I have seem it in 5 years, I am not happy. The number that always depresses me is 166. I have been struggling with this for about 2.5 years. Nothing seems to work for me, except tracking and eating a balanced diet.
So I started tracking at the beginning of this week and today, no change! Argh! I guess I need to give it a little more time, I really didn't get enough fiber in yesterday. I could go on and on with the excuses but I won't.
Looking back at all of my recent blogs, I see a trend. I wish tracking was an easy thing for me but its not. I am not a numbers girl. I do not get excited by calculating numbers. I have been obsessive in the past( mainly with the number on the scale) but tracking is a big chore that I abhor. Unfortunately, it works!
Don't we all wish we could take a magic pill that would track what we ate for us? To Dream, the impossible Dream as Don Quixote says!
Anyway, I digress.
I will continue to track and see where that leads me.
Also, a big struggle for me is blogging. I do keep a paper journal but getting on here and blogging seems to help, but I am not always motivated to do that.
Maybe I will just blog in my paper journal. Attitude of gratitude and all that.
So my 50th birthday is looming close. I am not feeling as energetic as a lot of people I see on here hitting 50 in their stride. It is actually much harder than I had anticipated. I don't have as much energy as I did a few years ago. It seems I look at carbs and they add pounds. I do attribute this to a major change in my work responsibilities. I have been extremely busy as work and sometimes all I want to do at the end of the day is grab a beer and eat carbs, mainly chocolate. I am not a typical drinker so even an occasional beer is a big todo! And I know that is not the answer to my stress. I try to limit to one a week or less. I only cave in occasionally, like on Friday nights. Beer and a frozen pizza! haha, but see, that is part of the problem. I would never have allowed myself to eat frozen pizza 3 even 2 years ago. I am just losing it on the food front!
I really need to get my head wrapped around my nutrition. This is the biggest place I have been struggling. I think tracking and making sure I get enough fiber and stay within my calorie range will really help. My calorie range is low, 1200-1400, but its doable if I make sure to get in enough protein and stay away from the chocolate and the trigger foods ( chips my husband likes to have in the house). Thanks for reading,
Saturday, March 01, 2014
This blog will be a quick overview of the book with some personal comments.
So first off, I was very intrigued by the title of this book. If you are not familiar with Jorge, he is the Belly Fat Cure dude and totes a low sugar approach to weight loss. That is the hype. The reality is that is just another low carb diet. What I mean by that is he is really talking about carb cycling.
His premise is that carbs add to your waistline as we age so limiting carbs and eating off of the low glycemic index will get rid of your belly bulge and help you shed those unwanted pounds. By balancing your blood sugar levels, you will be able to avoid the insulin yoyos many people experience when they are overweight or prediabetic or for woman over 40.
I must say I was a little disappointed when I realized he was doing carb cycling. For me, its almost always been about tracking calories and not following any one person's plan. I decided to give it a try anyway.
It was right after Valentine's Day weekend. What did I have to lose?
So far, I have lost 3 lbs. The same 3 lbs I keep yoyoing with, but this time they seem to be sticking. In this carb cycling program, you do 2 days of slim eating ( almost no carbs) and then 5 days of what Jorge calls Happy Days where you can eat up to 500 sugar calories a day. Yes, sugar calories. He only tracks the sugar calories, not all of your calories.
Anyone familiar with eating like this knows that you are allowed fats and proteins and vegetables but almost no carbs. Unlike Atkins, you will not go into ketosis because you are allowed to have a small amount of carbs, and for women over 40, we crave carbs due to our hormone fluctuations ( that is what he says in a nutshell).
I found it pretty easy the first week and the 3 lbs came right off. But that was it for me. I plateau to this weight. It is a new set point for me and I have always struggled to get below it in the past.
It is the start of the third week for me and although this seems easier than other low carb programs, I haven't really seen the results as quickly as I had hoped. One caveat is the consistency in the way I feel. I have noticed the carb cravings are all but vanished and my weight has pretty much stayed consistent.
I think I will give it a go for another few weeks and see how sustainable I can be with this.
One note of interest. I noticed right away that bloated feeling and puffiness has gone. I feel more solid and not as flabby. It may be a combination of the low carb and exercise, but I do really like that I feel fitter and slimmer.
Ok, that's my review of this book for now. I welcome your comments and as always Keep on Sparking!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Do you want to know what makes me mad? My companies LiveWell program!
I work for a healthcare organization, one of the countries best. They have this incentive program to Live Well, but they have it all wrong.
For the past three years, when I do their health evaluation, they always tell me the same thing. I need to lose weight and I need to work on my nutrition.
Really? I, who have kept my 70 lb weight loss off for over 5 year and have learned to eat healthy, can't meet their stringent requirements? Is this really all they have for me?
Yes, I can stand to lose a few more pounds. After all, I have put on about 12 lbs and need to get back to goal, which I am working on.
But on the rest of the of it, I do my best.
The questions were how many servings of fruit do I eat a day? I usually only eat one serving of fruit because it is higher in sugar, but I eat a ton of veggies every day. Did they take that into account? No!
The next question was how many servings of vegetables do you eat a day? I said like six, and you would think this would balance out. Nope.
How many whole grains do I eat? I only eat about 1-2 because I am over 40 and I am sensitive to gluten, so I try to keep my portions down.
Still really gripes me that although the survey said I was in overall good health, they still had to give me something to work on. Really? They couldn't just say Hey, excellent job! Way to go! Keep on keeping on!
Dang insurance companies!
Anyway, now that I am off of my soap box, I can at least say I am a team player and completed the survey because it is what my manager expects me to do. But honestly, if I could speak to a real person and tell them all I have done to stay healthy and maintain my weight, I am sure I would get a prize.
Constantly fighting with the scale ( a victory I am still working on achieving but feeling so much more calm now that I have almost completed the Made to Crave bible study).
Trying out new diets ( yes, I did say DIET!) and found out the very best thing I cn do for myself is count my calories and watch my portion sizes and follow the 80/20 rule.
Searching for just the right blend of cardio, ST, and stretching ( ie yoga, etc) to keep myself nimble and active. ( I am finally admitting I need to exercise 5+ days a week strenuously to keep my weight down).
Experimenting, finding new things to do, trying new ideas. It can be exhausting but it is do-able and sustainable. You just have to want to keep the weight off. I also firmly believe you have to address the inner you as much as the outer you.
Over the last year, I have really worked on this and finally believe I deserve to be 150 lbs. I was there once, I can get there again, and yes, I do deserve to be there!
OK, at the end of the day, I am a healthy and happy 49 yr old woman, regardless of what my companies LiveWell program is trying to tell me. Just ask my spin or circuit training instructor, they'll tell you!!
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
So this particular week is usually a very challenging week for me with all of the Christmas goodies hanging around. In the past, I have put on a good 5 lbs even with the best of intentions. So far, I have stayed the course. I was on a downward trend last week but a few too many unhealthy choices have found me back at my current weight. A weight I have been maintaining for the past two years ( although it is 12 bls higher than my goal weight, at least I am maintaining at this current weight).
So what has been different this year than in years past? Tracking and daily weigh ins. Yes, that is right, tracking my food. Who woulda thunk!! Haha!
Anyway, after starting the Made to Crave biblestudy I finally have got a handle on my obsessive compulsiveness with the scale and realize it really is just feedback and has no hold over me or my self worth. I have often said this in the past but never felt it. Now I feel it and believe it. I can step on the pesky thing and guess what? If the scale is up, it doesn't completely ruin my day or my mood. I just note it and make better choices and move on. Isn't that the way it is supposed to be?
I am hopeful that in 2014 I can get back to my goal weight although it has eluded me for almost 2 full years. I have more energy right now and can feel I am on an upward swing. If I can keep tracking, I think I'll eventually get there.
I did pick up a new book at Costco this week by Jorge Cruize entitled " Happy Hormones, Slim Belly". I am planning on getting to it this next week and I will try and review it here.
I wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Years Day and as always,
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