Thursday, September 05, 2013
So often, I blog negative things. Something negative happened, some sort of catalyst for change. I'm doing that again right now, it just occurred to me that that is something I should reflect on as a possible area to explore in my efforts to achieve a sustained healthy happy lifestyle. A running thesis that. The catalyst today is chocolate cupcakes and why I can't eat just one. I must eat them ALL! All of them until they are gone, and very few other things in between, cupcakes for all meals.
So I am having a bad day. It is back to school, my kids have all these things. Blah blah, I hate structure, schedules, routines and paperwork. I don't really hate those things, I am just bad at them, and try to rationalize that with dislike. So there is stress, cupcakes are not a medicine for stress. That is totally quotable.
I started this year with a New Years resolution of weight loss. To my credit I have lost weight each month, but I am starting to slack. I forgive myself for June, which is cake month in this family. I also forgive myself July which had a lot of road tripping vacations. August I forgive because I had company every weekend and being a hostess takes everything I have. I am like 100% introverted so having people in my den is very disorienting.
I could continue to lose just a pound or two a month. There is nothing wrong with that way, but I really do want to lose faster than that. I am so much better at this when I am tracking.
Back to sparking. Typing this blog is really about me giving me momentum, a stream of consciousness approach to self-motivation. I will now get a meal plan for the rest of the week ready. Write a grocery list and do the dishes. The whole house is a disaster. These kids are gremlins.
Spark People really does work. I mean, I have lost more weight in the last 2 or 3 years than I have gained. My yoyos are shrinking in size and duration. My self esteem, or body image has improved, and I am much kinder to myself.
Enough procrastinating reflection, time for ACTION :)
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
I was trying to wait to blog until I was in a mood more reflective of the great success I had in January but February is slipping away and the mood is not improving. Thank goodness Spring is just around the corner.
I lost 11.8 pounds last month! Yay!
15.7% of my goal
5.3% of my body weight
The first month is usually the best. My goal sheet worked for half of January, then I lost it and quit making sure I did everything, everyday. I HAVE logged my calories truthfully everyday - that is a first for me. Anytime I have pursued weight-loss I have not tracked every day for a month long stretch. Ever. I am pleased with that.
I have the same amount of determination to complete my goals. I don't have that heightened enthusiasm as that first week. Still going strong though.
Looking forward to spring. I am excited to see how many of the bulbs I planted come up. I am excited to garden, it is our first year. My husband is a little crazy, he is going overboard. I don't think he realizes how much work it is. We were talking though, if we won the lottery both of us would want to buy a big farm and grow a variety of organic produce. I sometimes think I would love to sell produce and jams at a farmer's market. It seems like such a satisfying life, very connected to the earth. Concrete.
I digress because I am trying to think of something worthy of writing about in regards to healthy life styles and weight loss but am coming up blank. I will say, reading the message boards, other people's blogs and the articles on SP has been very inspiring and has helped keep my on track when I would rather eat chips or cake.
I read a neat mantra somewhere, "you never regret eating too little the next day"
Sunday, January 06, 2013
Hey guess what?! I am taking control of my diet and exercise program again.
I have only kept off five of the pounds I lost last year. I am not dwelling on that. The nice thing about New Year's resolutions is that they provide a clean slate. So with that in mind I wanted to write a little about what I am doing.
There are five things each day that I think are reasonable for me to do.
1. Drink 64 oz. of water
2. Log the calories I eat
3. Log even a small amount of exercise
4. Take my multivitamin
I have a chart to check off those five things each day. I am at the end of day 5 and have been successful at that. My calorie range is provided by Spark based on my desire to lose 75lbs. by New Years Eve this year. One setback has been a visit to the ER because I passed out while doing a workout tape. Good news, I'm healthy. Bad news no strenuous exercise until I get a stress test and see the doc. Great news? This incident did NOT get me off track!
One new element of my plan is that I am only weighing and measuring myself on the first of the month. My friend who is doing really well with her weight-loss and lifestyle only weighs in on the first too. It really helps to not dwell on the weight when it is a long term program. I think in the past I tend to obsess over the scale, I would weigh myself at least 10 times a day. So far I have been doing OK with that, although I did cheat yesterday and got on the scale.... :) I won't do it again though, because I am only cheating myself.
Update on our life too, we have our house and are mostly comfortably settled! Yay, that is where I have been these last few months. It was A LOT of work to get established, but now I really feel I have the time and desire to take good care of myself.
0 pounds lost.
0 inches down
Monday, June 25, 2012
It is really late, and I am so frustrated with myself! I lost those three pounds, and hit a new low - then promptly gained them back!
The buts are:
1.I have been living out of boxes for 3+ weeks and haven't been making great food choices. They aren't really choices, more like the drive-thru of shame.
2.I'm stressed out by this whole grown-up buy a house crap!
3. School is out, and the oldest is on-again off-again sick.
But but but!
Well, I can't make any more poor choices tonight, my belly uncomfortably full of chips and pop and a sandwich, but I can start RIGHT NOW making good choices - I am guzzling the water. Of course all that crappy food has so much sodium I need to flush it out. And I am going to swim tomorrow, that always help me.
I will also go stock-up, in a small way on some healthy groceries.
The catalyst for me today was talking to a friend who is going through a really hard time right now, much harder than anything I can complain about and she is taking control, hitting the gym and is so much happier for it. I am always impressed by her determination to overcome incredible odds. She will be my new muse for a re-launch.
My next blog is going to be an ecstatic treatise on how I took control and everything is going my way!
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