Saturday, July 12, 2008
And just where do you get those icons? I tried copying & pasting it from someone's page, but then it wasn't transparent.
Not quite 10 from when I started going back to WW -- although I'm only half a pound away -- but from when I had to get weighed at the doctor's at the end of March. So it took 3 months, which isn't terrible.
I would love, love, love to be in the 140s by the cruise. But that would mean I'd have to lose 8 pounds in 6 weeks. While not unreasonable, it may be unreasonable for me, especially since your weight loss slows the smaller you get (not that I could be considered small yet).
I would also love to hit 150 before the cruise. That would be 10% gone -- and I originally had that as a goal for March 2009!
WW is definitely helping, considering that I lost 1 lb between the end of March and starting back at WW in the middle of May; and have lost almost 10 in the 2 months I've been going to meetings. Big difference!
Of course, I've also added in some challenging exercise DVDs, and have the carrot of a cruise dangling in front of me.
Yesterday our leader asked someone who's lost 10 lbs what they're proudest of. I'm not sure I would have been able to answer on the spot, but with time to reflect, I'd say I'm proudest of the fact that 95% of the time, I'm extremely satisfied with what I'm eating. I still eat desserts. I still eat out. I still eat pizza -- just not as often on any of the above, and sometimes in smaller portions.
I had a really good day this week: I worked chocolate into every main meal of the day. For breakfast I had a chocolate banana "pizza" (half a whole wheat pita, spread with 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp chocolate chips, and 1 banana, heated). At lunch I took my calcium supplement, Adora, which is a small chocolate. And with dinner I had chocolate covered strawberries. So maybe an ounce and a half of chocolate spread over the whole day.
We went out for breakfast, out for sushi, and I made those whoopie pies. And I still lost 2 pounds, which for me is great. And if I stay true to pattern, I'll probably gain a tiny bit next week. But that's okay, because I know as long as I keep eating healthy, I will continue downwards.
Alaska ho! Indeed.
Friday, July 11, 2008
I'm not just talking about food, either. Of course you should eat a wide variety of food -- when it comes to the healthy food, that is. But did you know that you might lose more weight if you don't eat the same number of calories every day? It's known as calorie cycling or the zigzag diet. There's a Sparkteam for it, too (look under nutrition, I think).
If you're interested and want to know what you ought to eat from day to day, check out this calculator: www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_ca
I'm not sure if this is a good way to eat all the time (probably is) or if you should only use it when trying to bust through a plateau. I already do this in a non-scientific, haphazard sort of way, by saving points so I can eat more on the weekends. At some point, I'll give this a shot. Although eating 2000 calories of healthy food will probably be a challenge for me -- at least during the summer, when I'm often just not that hungry.
I'm sure you heard the other big news this week, too, because it's all over the blogs -- people who keep a food journal lose twice as much weight, or so they say.
Just as they say that people who actually attend their weekly WW meetings supposedly lose 30% more weight (I believe this).
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I've been wearing my new jeans. I tried the size 10 first, because I was a bit worried, but they fit well. A little tight, but not too tight to wear out in public. Then I grabbed the size 12. Too loose, really. Uh oh, I thought, I'm going to have to return them.
But then I looked at the tag. Size 14! I didn't think I tried on any size 14s. But I folded them, grabbed the receipt, and got them return to take back to the store. And then it occurred to me . . . I'd grabbed my old "skinny" jeans! Which are now definitely too loose.
The moral is, if your clothes are too loose, go out and buy yourself at least a couple that fit well. You'll feel so much better about yourself.
I'm not getting cocky yet. I had my hair cut yesterday. It is still not pretty when I'm sitting down. All those rolls front and center. I am very happy with my progress, but there's a lot more progress to go.
I also did the TurboJam Total Body Blast yesterday . . . boy, that kicked butt. It's a 60 minute workout, and it wasn't easy to get through -- and that's with no weights, just using a stability ball. I wish they had a similar workout in half the time. They do have shorter workouts, but not shorter ball workouts (other than Kickin' Core, which I haven't tried yet).
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Have you heard about Dara Torres? She's a 41-yr-old mother of a toddler. And she's just qualified for her fifth olympic games. When asked how she does it, she said you have to believe in yourself -- and have a really great support system.
Sound familiar? It better. Because you have to believe you will lose the weight, and maintain that loss. If you don't, you won't; it's that simple.
More than that, you need a great support system. Thank God for Sparkpeople, because that's probably what is different for me this time. I don't have a lot of close friends, and until SP, I never had a diet buddy, either.
WW is great, but it's only once a week. SP is here for me 24/7. If I'm faltering, I can ask for help. If I feel good, I can motivate others. I can find out what other people are eating, what they're exercising to, what they're reading. I've made some great buddies here -- people I never would have met without SP -- and I have a couple of buddies I email most days for support, too.
Make sure you use SP to the fullest. Blogs aren't lame. They're a great way to vent, to think through problems, to get and give support. Sparkteams are another way to get motivation and support. The articles can educate you about nutrition, fitness, goal setting, and keep your motivation from flagging. You can track your exercise and food for free -- you can even get exercise videos right on your computer for free!
What are you waiting for? Believe. Because you can do it.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Yesterday someone did something that hurt me. I know they didn't intend to, but it hurt all the same. It raised all those feelings of I'm not good enough, nobody wants me, yadda yadda yadda.
In the very distant past, I probably would have turned to food to soothe myself. But I really don't do that anymore, and the thought never crossed my mind. My problem, however, is getting all those negative feelings out of my head.
I turned to my journal. My journal is different from this blog. It's hand written, and it's private. It's where I work out a lot of my feelings. Normally I only write about one page, and the second page is a page of lists: of what I'm grateful for, what I want, nice things I did.
Yesterday, however, I wrote a letter to the person who hurt me. I let out all my feelings. Writing is an excellent way to vent (exercise -- especially something like kickboxing -- is another). I felt a lot better after getting all the hurt out.
Most of the hurt out. I still find myself dwelling on it sometimes. I have a really hard time letting things go; I don't know why. At least, now, I am aware of it. And I try to turn those negative feelings into more positive ones when I find them creeping in.
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