Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The best thing about this BLC round is that I have thoroughly enjoyed being in this supportive group. I need that because I am insecure about my computer skills and had a terrible time finding out what to do and how to do the tasks. This has been a very trying year for me in my personal life, and I would have been back to my original high weight were it not for the support of others. My husband is always supportive, but honestly, it takes more than one person. I did not lose weight, but I know I will when things settle down a bit. I sure hope this will happen in the coming months. My health is my first concern over all; when I get that in order I will be able to focus on losing pounds.
Big NSV- my demanding Pilates instructor praised me on my improvement! And then a class member told me the same thing!
My plan for the BLC break:
Make sure to keep my kitchen stocked with the tastiest, healthiest foods I can buy.
Maintain my new habits that I have achieved thanks to months of Sparking- I no longer drink tons of diet soda, and I have been limiting processed foods. I have experiemented with new foods I did not buy before, like Italian parsley, kale, couscous, and quinoa.
Practice lowering my daily caloric intake for my upcoming vacation! Somehow I think driving hours and hours in a car do not equate one hour+ of gym workouts. I will be hiking during my vacation, but that does not seem to burn anywhere near the calories of my cardio and strenth blast workouts. I will miss one of my beloved Pilates classes too. I am pledging to practice pilates moves in my lodge, but I have to prepare and practice or I am sure this will not get done because I tend to get very tired and sleepy after long drives.
Wishing you all success, and thank you again for the support you gave.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
It is very important to me to be ready for times when I consume excess calories. The more the excess, the more I have to have a clear plan. The days from May 2-17 were and are full of meals outside the home and the Mothers Day holiday. I ate between 2500-3000 calories on the average each day and to top that off I had less time to exercise than usual. So, I have gained between 1 and 1 ˝ lbs since last week's WI.
First, I will remind myself that I CAN do this based on my recent track record. I have given up consuming a liter or more of diet soda every single day. I have been willing to break out of my usual exercise routines to branch out into new areas. I started Stott Pilates and hope to join a Zumba class this Friday! The timing was fortuitous, I qualify for a senior discount. Otherwise taking a class would be out of the question. I am one who benefits from an actual class; I tend to underperform when using dvds, etc.
Next, I have to reflect on what has been my undoing for almost seven decades- when I start a binge I give up and continue that binge. That resulted in my gaining back anything I worked hard to lose and then some. That demon still lurks and I have to fight it down hourly.
Thirdly, I have to make sure I purge my kitchen of unhealthy foods and make conscious purchases of groceries. Fruit and certain vegetables help me feel full and help me get over my almost constant “fake hunger”. Sweet potato, mango, and watermelon are the most helpful. I am saving to my Favorites recipes for coming warmer weather. I like to minimize use of my range and oven, and do the opposite in the winter.
NEXT, THE MOST VALUABLE TOOL FOR ME:
I have a calendar with big spaces devoted to food and exercise. I highlight each date I know I will be eating away from home. May is the most highlighted month of the year so far! When I am at home and tempted to eat over my plan, all I have to do is study that calendar to see how unwise that would be. I must note here that I love “social eating”, that is enjoying food with friends and loved ones. I like to be able to do that without a guilty conscience or feelings of dread of scale consequences. I bank such days by sticking to the healthiest plan I can think of on normal days and avoiding eating out on non-social days. It is a huge task timewise to do all this but I totally need to because yes, I am a lifelong food addict and need to treat myself like an addict. People like my husband never have to do such things, but thank goodness he understands when I tell him I need to!
Saturday, October 26, 2013
My biggest NSV happened today! Things got off to a poor start when I set off for the gym. I couldn't find my running top (today is 5K day on the treadmill!) so I had to put on a very, very tight one. I did not look forward to sucking my gut in while jogging for 5K. Then, when I started jogging the cord to my mp3 player got snagged on a clip and that was the end of my music. Two things I need to do my best- music and mint gum. I had neither because in a rush to do errands before the gym I forgot to take my gum too! Anyway, I managed to complete the distance. First, let me explain that over 90% of the people using my gym are regulars like me. I have seen the same people for years. I joined when it opened about 40 years ago. I do not look at people or say anything because I am always self-concious of my weight. They are nice people, but they talk to everyone but me because I must telegraph my extreme self-conciousness. Today, a handsome, buff regular initiated a nice conversation with me! When he started talking I looked behind me to see who he was talking to, but there was no one there and he was looking right at me! I felt like 2 million bucks and I sang all the way home. What amazing joy, I feel light-headed! It has got to be because I look more confident and approachable lately.
Do any of you watch “Super Fun Night”? I think Rebel Wilson is very pretty and she does an excellent portrayal of the feelings overweight women endure. I can identify with every one of the feelings of the character she portrays, although I certainly lack her sense of humor.
I still have a long, hard job ahead, but every positive event is a huge help to keep me going.
Monday, October 21, 2013
My closet is fun when I get into it now and then (usually when I am confident about losing pounds, which sadly isn't often!). Like a department store, it is full of quite an array of sizes (all in my favorite colors and styles). I tried on what attracted my attention. Some fit well, some are a tad too tight and trying them on gives me incentive to lose a few pounds. Others are way small; they will only fit when I reach my lowest goal weight. I have my eye on a very pretty purple skirt and top that would be perfect for December parties if I just shave off 3-4 pounds by then. It fits now except the waistband of the skirt is dangerously tight, so tight the button might pop if I eat something. I also have beautiful long-sleeved running shirts that show a bit of spare tire now; it would be so cool to wear them on the treadmill when I present a better silhouette. For now, it is tee shirts only but trying on the running shirts makes me feel good. Ever notice that when they say small, medium, large, and extra large on running clothes they are much stricter than other types of clothing? Even the caps sold in running stores are smaller than others! (I miss my Camo team; can't get on the page for some unknown reason. But I am “posting” on my computer document offline. I am computer hopeless!)
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Yep, that is me. My husband is trying to coax me into a nice autumn jog with him 1-2 times a week, but he has been going alone. Running on the pavement is so much harder for me, and worse is that my husband has a much longer stride than mine so I tire out quickly. My knees hurt a lot more and for a longer period after running outside too. I might try to run with him this weekend. If I can go even 1 mile without walking, I will be happy as a start. I used to run 10 miles outside one day a week when I was between the ages of 30-40, that seems like so long ago.
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