Monday, January 20, 2014
… To write this blog. Today I celebrate losing a total of 60 pounds! It has taken me since August 2013 to get here … I didn't have setbacks, just plateaued a couple of times and started losing slower than the first year (I rejoined SP 7/1/2012). What has been important to me is:
1. I didn’t give up … I kept tracking, moving and participating on SP.
2. I focused on NSV – there were plenty. More stamina, more confidence, better sleep, fitting into boots I purchased 7 years ago, rings/necklaces now fitting, looking better, feeling better – just to name a few.
3. I increased my movement gradually – in 2012, I barely could walk 800 steps per day; in 2013, I averaged 3200 steps per day; 2014 – I am up to 4000 steps per day! This is amazing to me.
4. My BFF today told me as a result of watching/hearing me go on about my health, progress, and SP … has decided to create a healthier lifestyle for herself and is now on a lifestyle plan that suits her! She just lost 5 pounds!
5. I learned to let go that I wasn’t losing as fast as I wanted to … but learned to focus on where I am right now. This has put me in more awareness of staying in healthy habits. Sometimes I wonder if in the past where I lost too fast, I didn't haven’t enough time to assimilate the new reality…thereby resulting in gaining again – you know the yo-yo syndrome.
I’m also seeing in my future the ability to travel in an airplane again – to visit my friend, my son, go to meetings, conferences, etc. I thought those days were behind me.
I’ve come a long way … still have at least another 70 lbs to lose… However, I choose to focus on what is right now! And I will celebrate each of those steps I continue to take that keeps me on a healthy road. I can do this … I won’t back down (my mantra :-} ) … For the BEST OF ME IS YET TO BE!!
Thursday, August 22, 2013
“Do what you wanna, wanna do
Go where you wanna, wanna go…”
I think that old Mama & Poppa’s song sums it up perfectly for NSV and in weight loss pounds! I noticed that I catch myself saying that I only lost 51 pounds since last July.
Only losing 51 pounds means I have much more energy to go out. I don’t turn down lunches, movies, dinners, concerts or outings anymore.
Only losing 51 pounds means I can walk without a cane/walker without a second thought.
Only losing 51 pounds means that I can stand more than 5 minutes.
Only losing 51 pounds gave me the confidence to try out for Sweet Adelines (I’m in week 3 right now, 3 more to go for a final audition). I had wanted to get back to performing for a while now, but did not have the stamina, since whether it’s plays or singing on risers – there’s a lot of standing involved.
Only losing 51 pounds lets me access my inner Diva – I’m sprucing up more with make-up, pretty clothes and shoes and I just purchased a beautiful turquoise purse. My go-to color had been perennial blacks and greys.
Only losing 51 pounds has seem to release some of my wit and creativity. My BFF told me this morning, “you sound like my old Jackie.” I remember a time when I was in such a fog of ill health, I didn’t know if I even had a brain.
So losing 51 pounds has meant the start of going where I want to and doing what my heart tells me to do. Yes, there is still moderation – still things I can’t do (like workout in karate or tap dance). But I am so amazed at all the things I want to do and actually can!
I hope your day is full of your heart’s desires and that the future is SOOOO bright that you’ve got to wear shades …
Sunday, August 11, 2013
It's been a long time coming, but a change finally did come when I released a pound to hit that 50 pounds lost goal! I had been on a plateau since May 26 and I could frequently be found asking "How Long, Oh Long" will this thing keep goin' on. What did I do? I did the usual calorie change-ups but wasn't able to increase my exercise due with my knees and back hurting a lot this summer for some reason. I just focused on maintaining my tracking, keeping up what movement I could do.
I did read somewhere about allowing more pleasure in one's life - from the foods we eat to the things we do. I've been seeking out more ways to get involved musically with others. Right now I'm in the auditioning member mode for Sweet Adeline's. Don't know if I will get in, but an amazing thing did happen in that I was asked to join a local Chorale as well! See there is something to this allowing more pleasure into one's life ... the more we do this, the more attractive we become.
I wasn't even going to weigh today (Monday is my day) ... but I stepped on the scale to help me stay aware of not overeating when we went out for Mike's birthday breakfast. Surprise to me!
So, I am enjoying my 1st goal victory ... keeping in focus that I have lost 14 pounds since January. Not as fast as I would like, but I DID NOT GAIN!! My NSVs are boundless from clothes, to shoes, to having more energy and oomph to do something. I also read that a Danish study published in the July 2011 issue of "Osteoarthritis Cartilage" found that Weight loss of 50 pounds could reduce knee load by more than 100 pounds. That's good news for my achy knees (and back)!
So, my next goal is to achieve 75 pounds lost ... 25 pounds this time .... I will continue on for I know a change is coming! "Strange fascination, fascinating me ...Ah changes are taking the pace I'm going through."
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
While the discussion debates continue online whether Obesity being a disease or not, I am also having discussions with myself on whether the reason I seem to lose 3-4 pounds, and then nothing for 4 - 6 weeks is due to a set point issue. It’s been 4 weeks since I last dropped 1 pound despite my efforts with tracking, measuring, and movement. And while I’ve had some really nice NSV … I seem to be so focused on the scale and want to reach 50 lbs lost by July 2 – this would be one year since I came back to SP.
I don't think SP adheres to this (set point) theory, but my pattern has been going on and when I keep hitting these weight loss stalls - I am tempted to leave the program, and it takes a lot of will to stay the course. Yes, losing weight when older is harder to do. For me, I cannot stop or take a holiday because that will lead into the weight gain oblivion.
Set Point is this according to some fitness sites:
Most people reach a set point (aka weight plateau) when they lose around 10% -20% increments of their current weight. The idea is that if you wish to re-set your set point, you need to maintain your new weight for at least 6 months. (YIKES!) Increase your calorie intake to your maintenance number or high end of your range (for me it is about 1600 - 1700 calories) while maintaining your current level of exercise and sleeping for 8 hours a night. After 6 months of maintenance (or longer), you can encourage weight loss again by decreasing your intake or by keeping your calorie intake constant and increasing your output via physical activity. Losing weight by this method may take longer, but it is more likely to produce permanent results.
With a set point, it's like my body hunkers down into a waiting/debating contest with me, thinking "is she serious about losing this time? I think I'll just stay where I am till I know whether she really means business this time. “ Can’t blame my ego/body, as I've lost and regained enough over the years to feed a village.
So, I will continue with my tracking, weighing and movement and announce to my ego (or anyone else who cares to listen) - Darn Right I am Serious!
What do you think?
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