Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Well, d'oh, you're probably saying to yourself if you're over 40. Yeah, it gets harder. But that wasn't what I was thinking about today.
When I was younger and heavy, it was all about how I looked. I'd venture to say it's the same for most 20 & 30-somethings, unless they have health problems.
But now it's truly different. My top two reasons for wanting to lose weight is to be healthy and to have more energy. I won't kid you, of course I want to look good too. But it is no longer at the top of my list.
I was musing about this today because today is agility day. It's almost non-stop from the moment I get up at 5:30 am until we get back home from classes at 10:30 am. And it's hot. Yesterday it was 105! Just 10 pounds ago, even when it wasn't hot, I'd come home from agility and just veg out pretty much the rest of the day. I was wiped out after two classes.
While I'm still tired after two classes, especially in the heat, I usually do get a second wind. I get something accomplished with the rest of the my day. I'll be doing a Turbo Jam DVD after I digest my lunch.
Maybe this is actually why I couldn't lose weight for the last decade. Because it was mostly about how I looked. Now it's more about how I feel. Or maybe it's just the fact that I swallowed my shame and reached out for support, both here and at Weight Watchers.
I wish I could convince the younguns' that it isn't all about how we look, because eventually, no matter how hard we try, those looks will fade. But it's probably a journey everyone has to make in their own way and their own time.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sometimes I just seem to get on a roll with a theme. Are you happy? That is probably the most important thing when it comes to losing weight. If you hate yourself, if you hate what you're doing for exercise, if you hate what you're eating, then this will never be a lifestyle change for you.
I'm not saying you'll never be frustrated or discouraged; we all are sometimes. If we are never frustrated, how would we know when we're happy? But you've got to be happy with what you're doing most of the time.
As I said in a recent blog, the realization came to me that I am happy with what I'm eating 95% of the time. Really happy. Part of that comes from just being very mindful: thinking about whether I'm truly hungry (and eating if I am, whether I'm out of points or over calories); thinking about what I truly want to eat; and eating mindfully when I do (no reading, no tv).
I enjoy exercising, most of the time, too. Sure, I'd much rather have my butt stuck in a chair reading, listening to music, or knitting -- or maybe even painting. But I don't have the energy to do the things I love if I don't exercise. I like the way I feel when I exercise. And I most definitely like what exercise does for my body.
I don't worry about the numbers too much. That includes calories, exercise minutes, whether or not I'm in my target heart range, the number on the scale, or the number on my jeans. I don't have to be in any particular range to know I'm burning calories. I don't worry about if I exercise x minutes I can x amount of food. I just know that if I'm active for about an hour a day, and mindful of what I eat, the weight will come off. Probably the only numbers I really pay attention to are the numer of glasses of water I'm drinking and how many fruits & veggies I'm eating.
If you're not happy, choose another journey. I don't mean give up on weight loss, but change your strategy. Find the journey makes you happy, and the weight will come off.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I do believe that there isn't one way to lose weight. What works for one person may not work for another. There are many different journeys available to us.
I also believe that we can take wrong turns on our journeys, sometimes, and it may feel right . . . but ultimately be wrong. As I've mentioned, cutting out whole food groups is rarely a good idea, unless, of course, you have a medical problem.
Becoming obssessed with calories, or exercise minutes, is just not a way to live your life to the fullest.
But it's okay to try different paths. Just ask yourself a few questions:
1. Is this something I can do for the rest of my life?
2. Do I feel satisfied with my plan?
3. Do I still have time for the things that bring me pleasure?
4. Does my plan make me feel good & energized?
5. Is my plan working for me?
Of course the journey won't always be easy. There will be hills to climb, there will be straighaways that seem to go on forever, there will be things blocking your way.
But if you're on the right path, you'll know it. And if you're not, there are other paths available to you. Learn to be flexible.
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).
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