Saturday, December 03, 2011
I think I've gotten hooked on exercise the way I used to be when I was about 25 years younger. I couldn't wait to get out this morning in the cold, and I hate the cold. My walking partner was late calling, so after having my cereal, I warmed up and did some yoga while waiting, then couldn't take it any longer and just forwarded my calls to my cell phone and got in 2 1/2 miles running before we began our 3 mile walk.
It felt great! And I am so proud of the effort all my team members put in. It's so much more fun to pull together to reach a goal. Our lbs. are going to start melting away. They have no choice!
Friday, December 02, 2011
Today is "Ready, set..." day. We have all done this before. How will this time be different? I woke up thinking about this today.
It's going to be different because in planning and tracking my meals--monitoring myself better, noticing how I feel after I overindulge, have just enough, or eat too little, I know better how to handle myself even during a holiday season.
It's going to be different because having seen that I just plateau when I do my normal exercise routine, I know I have to add some minutes most days--and take NO days off, but certainly have less strenuous days.
That last one was the biggest surprise revelation for me. Since Thanksgiving Day during the lull between challenges, my goal has been just to maintain. At first I was so into the "attack the fat" mode and so scared that the extra dressing & mac & cheese would usurp my progress, I was still exercising like mad, and managed to lose almost another lb. Then I fell into an "I'm good, I got this" frame of mind, and ate a bit more--still tracking but coming in at the upper limits--and even had some days off from the exercise. I would go hard one day and then be so sore I'd just say,"Got to rest up" the next day. Well, guess what happened, those few extra 100 calories or so and those "rest up" days got together and put that lb back on. I waited to see if it would go away, and lowered the calorie intake a bit, but still skipped some exercise days--Nope my weight is in maintenance mode; that regained lb is just content hanging in there.
So that's fine for now and for the experience, but beginning tomorrow, it won't be fine--IT'S ON! And I know what to do. And so do you. Lower those calories, increase the exercise, and hide the scale until weigh-in day. Nothing to it but to do it! LET'S DO IT!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
In a featured blog today, Coach Nancy voiced so well my weight-loss problem, which makes me realize how common it is. My SPfriend Mayte from Spain describes herself as a "living yo-yo." All my life I've taken it off in the Spring, and put it back on in the Winter. The older I get, however, the harder it has become to get it ALL off in the Spring, so I've gradually added on a few lbs each year.
With the Fall Challenge I vowed to take off the 5% and not put a lb. of it back on before the Winter Challenge began (even though that period fell right on the Thanksgiving eat-til-you-pop Day). Although I had a couple of "freak-out" days when my weight fluctuated--up, of course--I managed to hold on to that scale number. Coach Nancy warns us to stop that mania by having some "flex" lbs. Normally, I wouldn't even have been weighing so often, but I was on a serious mission. Well, I consider that the Fall 5% was Day 1.
For the Winter 5% Challenge, somehow, I will slowly get a few more lbs off past my goal so that I have some "flex" lbs, and I will begin struggling with the hard facts of maintenance--which hopefully will replace the Winter gain/Spring diet ritual of the past. Coach Nancy quotes a spokeswoman of the National Weight Control Registry as saying that the secret to maintaining your weight is "long-term maintenance of behavior." The Winter 5% Challenge will give me a platform, held up by lots of supportive SparkBuddies, to learn to make this behavior a new way of life--to begin Day 2 of the rest of my life.
Friday, November 25, 2011
The car was stopping fine, so I kept putting off checking out the grinding sound I heard whenever I applied the brakes. Today I had to finally stop pretending I didn't hear it getting louder and louder (the mechanic said they were so worn, metal was grinding against metal).
But I need that money for Christmas presents!
Oh well, I've got to be safe on the road. Front and rear, pads and rotors.
And , well, to be honest, I've already spent a bit much on presents. So what did I do in the shopping plaza while they repaired my brakes? I stood in line for 1 1/2 hours to buy 1 little pair of size 2T jeans for my granddaughter (that with a coupon I got for FREE) and talked to a nice young lady with a TON of personal problems standing in line behind me. She really needed a shoulder today. My waiting time was well spent.
And the car drives so nicely.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
May we all be thankful for our bounty. May you spend the day in a way that gives you pleasure and peace.
I can't resist passing along this hilarious poem I happened upon on another Sparker's site. Don't let this be you!
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