Wednesday, October 06, 2010
I remember struggling with those last 10 pounds when I became a WW lifetime member, but I don't really remember a plateau. Maybe I have just blocked it from my mind.
About 10 years ago, I made another serious attempt to get back to my (newly revised) GW. I did well at first, then hit a year-long plateau. At about the same weight I'm at now. I got frustrated, stopped attending meetings . . . and well, we all know how that turned out. Back to my starting weight all those years ago plus some.
I have been on a plateau for a year now. And I got to thinking today just what that plateau has taught me.
Oddly enough, I think it's teaching me to be happy with myself. Yes, this is my happiness blog week apparently. It's on my mind.
Sure, I get down on myself sometimes. I get frustrated sometimes. I want to change what I see sometimes.
I never really stopped to think about what this plateau has been teaching me til today. And I realized that the happiness has outweighed the frustration. That I've learned that I can maintain my weight, with hard work and focus -- and that is a comforting thought. Because when I do get down to my GW, I know the hard work doesn't stop. It never stops. It will never be easy.
This plateau is teaching me to be happy NOW, today, not someday when _____ (you fill in the blank). It's teaching me that I am not a number -- I am so much more than a number.
I am a runner; something I never thought I would be. I am a teacher. I am a motivator (no, you don't have to be tiny to be a motivator -- nor do you have to be pollyanna. You just have to be real). I am a person who is worthwhile no matter what some scale might say.
I have a document that I downloaded some time ago that is a series of essays. I have put it in on my Kindle, and I read an essay every morning. They are motivational essays. Guess what today's essay was?
Finding happiness in life.
And I wanted to share with you the magic formula:
Your thoughts lead to your emotions which lead to your actions which produce your results.
To use that formula, ask yourself Who do you have to be (thoughts/emotions) and what do I have to do (actions) to have (results) happiness in my life?
Powerful stuff, people. This was part of a package I bought from www.eatingforenergy.ca/ . No, I don't get paid anything for passing this along. Yes, I actually think the price is a bit inflated.
But you know what? It's also something I turn to again and again. If you are interested in raw foods, I definitely think it's something to consider. I've tried a few other packages, but this is the one I use a lot. But I'm not trying to sell you anything, truly, this just happened to be what I read this morning, and it was so powerful and so in line with my thoughts, I knew I had to pass it along.
So my final thoughts on my plateau? As frustrating as it can be and is sometimes, I also think just maybe it is prepping me for the second half of my life. To live it more fully and with more happiness. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!
And if you're maintaining your GW and happy, we still want to hear from you!
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
I'm hoping to hear from people that are!
I wrote a blog some time ago wondering if I'd be happy at mine. This isn't the first time I've lost a significant amount of weight. I remember being happy for a while, but then the weight crept back on and all the struggling began again.
That isn't what I want this time.
I know that no one can be happy all the time, and I do consider myself to be a fairly happy person most of the time. Even not at GW. I have one buddy who isn't at her GW, but damn close, and she is happy most of the time. That's what I want.
The woman I hung around with at the race this weekend is at her GW. She's a lifetime member of WW (like me, only I'm not at goal) and really all I've ever heard from her is how she's not happy cause she's up a few pounds. For a year and a half. But she's at goal! And she's maintaining that goal!
And almost all the lifetime members I happen to know in my meeting don't seem particularly happy, even tho they're maintaining their weight.
This is part of the reason I stopped looking at my weight even tho I continue to go to meetings every week and still WI. This is why I don't have a scale. Because even tho I usually use the number as motivation one way or the other, the back and forth of this plateau was simply driving me crazy.
Yes, I was a bit afraid to stop watching. Yes, you can tell by your clothes. But the problem with that is you could gain 10 lbs before you actually no longer fit into your clothes -- and I certainly didn't want to do that. Thankfully, that doesn't seem to be happening.
When I went swimming yesterday, there were 2 other women there older than me. Both were wearing skirted swim suits. Both were quite thin. I kept thinking what's with the skirts?
I could understand if you're laying around a beach. My thighs are not my best feature. But you're swimming. You're working on making/keeping those thighs strong. I don't wear a skirted swimsuit for exercise swimming.
So even more than wanting to be at GW, I want to be happy. Now. With what I am. No matter what the scale says. I think that's probably one of the keys to maintaining your weight.
And if you're at GW, maintaining, and happy, we want to hear you loud & proud!
Monday, October 04, 2010
If you're a long time SP person like me, when was the last time you looked at your goals? I'm talking bout those goals you can track online here. The "other" goals.
If you're still ticking them off, great job!
I know for me, they'd kind of fallen by the wayside. In fact, I don't think I'd looked at that page in months. I certainly wasn't ticking anything off.
We think we've got it. We think we know what to do. We think we're so over having to track and check things off.
And if you're doing great, that's great and you're right.
But if you're struggling -- well, something's gotta change, right? And maybe it's time to get back to the basics.
I know for me it was way past time. Since starting my kitty litter challenge (haven't missed a day in over a week AND checking it off), I have made sure to clean up my other goals page and visit it every day.
Not only that, I've begun to track my water with my app. I usually get plenty of water, but there are times that I am low, and there I times I think I've made my goal but I don't think I actually hit it.
I know how hungry I get when I'm thirsty. So I'm tracking that again. So there is no guessing. And when I'm hungry and I don't think I ought to be, water is almost always the first thing I reach for.
Sometimes we just have to go back to school for a while. When was the last time you revisited your basics? Which basics are most important to you? Do you check off your goals regularly, or have you forgotten how to get to that page?
Sunday, October 03, 2010
One of my goals for this year was to run a 5k. Now I've run 2.
So what's next? I'd already been thinking about attempting a 10k sometime next year. I thought I even had it all picked out -- I like to plan far in advance! -- but now I'm not so sure.
There's one called the Hairy Gorilla on Halloween (there's a 10k & a marathon). It's run in a local state park. Apparently volunteers dress up, there's a graveyard -- in short, even tho I'm not really that into Halloween, it sounds like fun.
But oh yeah, I'd actually have to run it. Trail running. I think that might be a bit much for the first one. Especially considering I kept thinking to myself as I was pushing myself along that last mile yesterday: you really want to do something that's TWICE as long as this? REALLY? Where is that finish line already anyway?
So I've been looking around for something maybe in the early spring. Something maybe a bit easier. Haven't found it yet.
But a new spark buddy just started up a Bridge to 10k team, so I've joined that! It's a step in the right direction.
And I've been toying around with the idea of a half marathon by/during my 50th birthday (that is, during the year I turn 50, no actually on my birthday, which is in February so I don't think I want to be running a HM anywhere near here in the middle of winter!).
I'm still not really sure about it. Despite yesterday's race results, yes, I am still a slow runner -- a penguin & proud of it, dammit! So just the sheer time of it -- the thought of actually running (probably running & walking) for multiple hours is really daunting.
But the idea just won't go away.
I've even picked the HM. And told DH about it.
The Hershey HM. Will run for chocolate! PA is so lovely, and I've never been there in the fall, and it's a drivable distance. Of course, DH's work schedule is always so wonky, usually so busy around then . . . but hey, it's what I want for my 50th birthday (even if it's half a year after it). Hey Kate, wanna go visit your mom in the fall in a couple of years?
But who knows? So much could happen between now & then.
Probably my most immediate goal is to join a local running group sometime soon. Altho I keep saying it & keep putting it off.
Oh, I didn't get a picture (too busy rehydrating) but wanted to share the image: the woman who ran the race yesterday in a black dress with a pink ribbon pattern & gladiator sandals! I don't know how she did it. My feet would've been a mess and I would've been freezing.
So there -- you really can do anything you set your mind to, even run a race in a dress & sandals!
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Hmm, how is it I actually look better in my swimsuit than my racing getup?
Yes, it was a tad chilly this morning. Which is perfect for running. I should've went with my capris rather than these tights, but OTOH, these tights have a zippered back pocket -- the capris have a pocket, but it isn't zippered.
I have a short sleeved top on under the long sleeved top (it was about mid-40s when I left). While I didn't need the long sleeved top while running, I sure needed it afterwards. It was still breezy & cool!
I have had a number in mind for a while. I've been doing a lot of visualizing for this race. Visualizing the start under clear, cool blue skies; visualizing the course -- which I really don't remember much of, but I tried -- maybe I've got to start trying to walk it; and visualizing crossing the finish line with my number on the clock.
I even wrote out some affirmations this morning with my number.
Quite frankly, I haven't trained hard because my right leg still has some weirdness going on and I don't want to injure myself. I've still trained, just not hard and no speedwork. So I didn't really think I could achieve my number.
Running for me is still damn hard. When I'm not in a race (you'd think I'd run 100 instead of 2, right?) I definitely don't run as fast. When I got to the first mile and saw 12 minutes on the clock, I thought for sure that I wouldn't get my number. But I didn't give up.
I kept repeating all my mantras in my mind. Focus. What you believe, you achieve. Make it count. I touched my "Imagine, believe, receive" ring which I was wearing. At times I slowed down. At times I speeded up. I only walked at the one water stop (last time I didn't even stop for water).
And when I crossed the finish line? I saw my number! Truly, I couldn't believe it. I thought for sure it was lost at that first mile marker. At the start of the last mile, I was like seriously? Another mile? And I kept thinking thru most of the last mile where is the damn finish line? Am I there yet?
Yet when I crossed that finish time, the clock read 35:02. My official chip time was 34:02!
My number was 35.
My first race, on the same course, was 41:02 or some such (what is it with those last couple of seconds?).
I'm not sure I really shaved a whole 6 minutes off my time -- this time I started in the middle of the pack, not at the end. And it was about 30 degrees cooler.
But no matter the reason, I AM so pleased! And somewhat in shock, frankly.
So never forget: what you believe, you can achieve.
I did hook up with my WW buddy, altho she went to the back of the pack to start out. We found each other afterwards, too, and went to the vegetarian expo. Everyone there seemed quite impressed that we'd just run a race!
So here our my few tips:
1. Don't bob and weave at the start. I did that the first time; I've since read that it's pretty much a waste of energy.
2. It's more important to hydrate well the day before than the day of (tho of course you should still hydrate the day of). I made sure to get 10 glasses of water/herbal tea on Thursday & Friday.
3. Do the work. I may never be fast, but I take it seriously. I train. I look at training plans -- then do my own thing. Cause that's what I do. But it seems to work for me. But I don't decide a week before I'm going to run a 5k. I plan. Does that sound like something else we know?
Oh, I suppose I should say a few words about the title.
I ate really clean for the couple of days before the race. I usually eat fairly clean, but I stepped it up a notch. Last night, for instance, I had a few points left over. I was considering some rice pudding -- fairly low in points, not really that bad for you.
But then I decided no. I need really good food to fuel my race. I chose to have a big bowl of cut up banana, kiwi, and apple. Seems to have worked for me! I had an apple for dessert the night before. I just kept thinking what do you need to fuel your race?
We need to think that way when we're not racing, too! Which I know isn't easy. And it doesn't mean I don't indulge sometimes, too. I had one of the vegan cupcakes I made for DH's birthday this week -- but I both ran & swam that particular day, AND walked the dogs.
And finally, cause this is getting to be a book -- which is a perfect segue to my next topic -- my husband surprised me with a Kindle when I got home! He told me beforehand that he had a surprise for me.
You could've knocked me over with a feather. I had no idea. I'd been trying to decide whether or not to buy one before our trip to Hawaii. I prefer real books, but it will definitely save a lot of space when traveling!
I can read books on my Ipod, but it is awfully small for comfortable reading.
He doesn't make these kind of grand gestures real often, but boy, when he does, he does it big! We have pretty much always traveled for our anniversary rather than exchange gifts (it's our 25th coming up) & I figured Hawaii was a pretty good present; I definitely wasn't expecting a present at all.
So remember, what you believe, you achieve. 2 years I couldn't run half a mile, let alone a whole mile!
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