Thursday, November 03, 2011
That was me roughly 3 years ago. My niece was getting bat mitzvah'd and I'd put on a lot of weight. Most of my west coast relatives hadn't seen me at that weight - ever. I was searching high & low for a dress that could camouflage the pounds.
I did find a nice dress - black, of course - but nothing could really camouflage the pounds. I knew I was gaining weight; I even thought I knew how much I weighed despite the fact hat I hadn't been on a scale for years.
Somehow a cut I didn't even know I had got infected, half my face blew up, couldn't wear my contacts & I had to see a doctor - which meant getting on a scale. I was right about my weight, but seeing the number in glowing red really brought it home to me. I suppose it was a blessing in disguise.
I joined SP, slowly began to use it, changed a lot of things & I think lost 1 whopping lb in the first 3 months. Then I swallowed my pride & went back to WW. Slowly, but surely, the weight began to come off. Until a couple of years ago.
Flash forward to today. I'm going to my cousin's wedding in 2 weeks. I have not one, but two dresses that fit great. Neither one is black. I probably could have easily bought another half dozen.
I'm not writing this to say how great I am - anyone following this blog knows my weight loss came to a screeching halt 2 yrs ago & basically refuses to budge. I'm writing this to share that no matter how frustrating your weight loss journey may be, it's worth it. That you could be doing everything "right" & still not have scale success - but there are other successes.
And just because I have hit a long plateau doesn't mean you will. I have plenty of buddies who didn't and achieved their weight loss goals. I have to assume I just haven't found the last piece to the puzzle yet. That ultimately I must be doing something wrong but haven't figured out what yet.
No matter what, I will never regret the time I've spent at this site & in WW meetings.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Don't worry - nothing to do with Halloween candy. Not long after we got to 4 animals, we stopped giving out candy. We turned off all the lights, went into the bedroom - ok YOU! I'm talking to you - get your mind out of the gutter! Nothing like that. Actually, if I felt better, you might've been right. Anyway, we watched the most re net "Tron" on my iPad since we don't have a tv in the bedroom.
No, earlier in the day I decided I wanted pancakes for lunch. From the clean eating favorites edition (something like that). Which I topped with chocolate nut butter, which breaks my minimal sweets during the day rule, but I'd planned to simply have cereal as my treat after dinner (which I did), so I figured I could slack a little on that rule.
Only then I craved sweets the rest of the day, even tho I seriously wasn't hungry. I had a couple of dried pineapple rings, but otherwise I just ignored the cravings because I knew they were mental, not physical cravings. I'll have the pancakes with plain nut butter the next time.
I so seriously wanted to curl up in a ball and sleep the afternoon away. Just feeling a bit eh. Only since Simba decided to pee on me on the way home from the vet, I had to wash my coat (thank God it was machine washable), wipe down his crate & my car, & wash his crate pad. No rest for the weary.
He wasn't marking, btw, I think he just really had to go & didn't want to get his crate dirty.
Then I had to squeeze in a short run on the treadmill, which I still seriously didn't want to do but did anyway. Today I've got to get to the grocery store; I guess i'll see how I'm feeling this afternoon before deciding whether or not today will be a rest day.
For righ now, it's time to relax & watch DWTS while waiting for it to warm up a bit more before our walk.
Monday, October 31, 2011
I read a blog a few days ago & it really bugged me. So be warned this is sort of a mini-rant.
First it talked about how people misusecthe term plateau. Well, that point is actually true: if you haven't lost weight for a few days or one week you are not on a plateau. According to my WW leader, if you lose weight at all you're not technically on a plateau either, but if you go up & down the same few pounds, as I have for 2 years now, I think it's safe to call it a plateau.
The irony was the blogger wasn't on a plateau, either - they had lost weight, just not very much. I'd be ecstatic with steady weight loss no matter how slow.
Now, I'm really not looking for sympathy or advice here. I've heard & done most everything. I've never given up & I've continued to try different things.
No, the part the really upset me was the implication that the real reason people plateau is they're slackers. They stop tracking or exercising or both or they slide into old habits.
I'm not saying this can't be true, but the truth is it's not true for me. I've never stopped tracking - heck, I track on vacation - and I've never stopped exercising. I'm no angel when it comes to food, but in general I believe I eat pretty healthy.
Mainly I'm writing this blog for all my spark buddies - even the one's I don't know - who are in the same boat. Because I know there are a lot of us out there & I know firsthand how frustrating it can be.
Never give up. Never forget how far you've already come. Because if all you do us maintain a new, healthier weight, you're already a winner.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
It's not supposed to snow that much today - more overnight - but it could get quite messy so I wanted to knock off my long run early. Despite the fact that the first time I checked I thought I'd been running longer & farther, it was a pretty good run. Faster pace than I've seen in quite a while - about 12 mm - no doubt due to the cold.
It was about freezing when I left & despite the fact that the temp actually increased while I was there, it definitely FELT like it got colder. My running top had hand pockets - you can fold a flap over your hands that sort of forms a mitten - I had them folded over to start, then folded them back as I warmed up, but after an hour I had to fold them back over because it was frickin' cold.
The critters today were cows (there's a farm next to the park), ducks, geese & of course the ubiquitous squirrels. As I made one loop, the geese were staring at something; on the next, there were less; and by that last loop they were gone. It was kind of weird!
The ducks have taken up residence in the "new" ponds: the rather large lakes that all this rain/snow have created. It's weird to see them swimming around in water that shouldn't even be there.
I was thinking of going for 10 miles even tho the plan called for 9; in the end I did 9 1/2. My hip is a little achy - I might ice it later but frankly right now I can't face it. You should have seen how red my legs were from the cold when I peeled off my tights!
I signed up at the health center afterwards since it's close to the park. Maybe I'll go for a swim tomorrow if the roads aren't too bad.
I refueled with a banana & my dark chocolate pretzel while I was there - the pretzel survived! I made a stop at Marshalls but no purchases. The bagel & lox when I got home really hit the spot!
Oh, and the reason behind the title: when I was discouraged when I first checked my time, 2 Journey tunes came on that brought a smile to my face: "Keep on running" & "The girl can't help it". Let's hear it for the 80s!
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