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Love your body

Thursday, January 15, 2009

It's so hard, isn't it? Yet it's at the core of developing a healthy body. Love yourself, and you feel worthy. If you feel worthy, you'll take care of yourself.

The hard part is to love yourself even if you're overweight. I was not loving myself at 168 lbs. I hated the way I looked, I hated clothes shopping (and I love clothes), I hated the way I felt. It's a catch-22.

Now, at 148, I am not slim by any stretch of the imagination. Not at 5'1". Yet I am amazed at the changes my hard work has brought about. I like what I see (until I see a photo!). I like my strong shoulders, I like my waist, I like the cut of my obliques, I like that you can see my collarbones, I like my shapely back.

I also can imagine how great I will look with 20 more pounds gone, however long that may take. It helps keep me going when I might want to take the easy way out. I know I will never be perfect; there will always be things I don't like; but the truth is I am a perfect me.

If you're just started out and you're not seeing results, ask yourself -- and be brutally honest with yourself -- if you're really doing your best. If you aren't, continue to make small changes -- just one at a time. If you are doing your best, stick with it (and maybe get a physical to rule out any health problems). You WILL see results eventually, and those results will help you to keep going until you see even better results.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 1/15/2009 7:39PM

    That is a positive outlook - good for you! For me, the weight loss is a bonus to this healthy lifestyle (although that's why I started it); the self-discovery along the way is amazing! Way to go JLITT62 - good post!

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STARTSPARKING 1/15/2009 10:48AM

    "I know I will never be perfect; there will always be things I don't like; but the truth is I am a perfect me. " Oh, I LOVE that! I will never be 100% satisfied with my body because I'll always find a few sags here and there even after I reach my goal weight. I know I will never wear a bikini. Nevertheless, I'm already feeling much more confident about my physique. I know I have been working hard to be leaner and stronger.

The problem I have currently is that now that I have lost most of my excess weight, I really don't LOOK overweight anymore... especially compared to what I USED to look like. Therefore, I'm getting a bit too comfortable because I look "good enough". The problem is that's when I start slacking off with my food choices. We both know what happens then... Also, it's not just about looks because the main issue is health. I still need to do everything I can to bring my cholesterol under control and keep diabetes and hypertension at bay.

Thanks for another brilliant blog post, my friend.

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AUSSIECAZ 1/15/2009 7:45AM

    Great post!!! emoticon

Patience and a positive outlook goes a long way!

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JUDITH1654 1/15/2009 7:42AM

    Amen to that! It IS all about consistency and being patient with ourselves, isnt' it? Good for you!!!!

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Do you have OCDD?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

After my small rant about the biggest loser yesterday, I thought I'd turn the spotlight on myself.

OCDD: obssessive-compulsive diet disorder. Sometimes I do think I suffer from this. It worries me, because I'm firmly convinced I've made lifestyle changes and don't diet . . . but am I kidding myself?

I spend a lot of time planning meals, cooking meals, and exercising. I have become borderline obssessed with getting my 10,000 steps in a day. I sit here pondering how early I have to start working out on Friday to get a reasonable amount of steps in, since I need to leave around 10 am and will be sitting most of the day. I'd like to get 10,000 steps in Friday so I can give myself a break over the weekend, when DH isn't working and the temps are supposed to be in the teens (just how I managed to go up on what looks to be the coldest week of the year is beyond me).

I alawys feel I have a good handle on things before going away until those last couple of days, and then everything just seems to pile up despite my having started on everything early, or so I thought. I am in the list-making stage now. Have to make sure I get everything done, and am making lists to keep me on track.

Do I give myself a break and buy a sub this week or eat some frozen dinners? Of course not. I continue to make my own food. Because next week I'm at the mercy of my husband. He only has a few things he cooks, and they aren't low fat. They could be, but he still doesn't quite grasp just how much oil he uses when he makes pepper steak.

I also know that I have had a handle on things in the past . . . cooking my own meals, a house I can actually let someone into without cleaning for an hour first . . . and let it all slip away. Again and again.

In my head I know that not exercising for a week and even eating out for a week won't cause me to gain back 20 pounds. I know I'll go back to my healthy habits when I come back. I know that I'll do the best I can. It's been almost half a year since I was away from home, actually. I can't help but get scared when things are taken out of my control, though. There's that control freak again.

I hope that I have created a sustainable lifestyle. I suppose if I haven't, I just have to figure out how to change it so that it IS sustainable.

This morning I was filling the water pitcher, while all these sorts of thoughts were just running around in my head. And then I thought "STOP!". Concentrate on filling this water pitcher -- because that's what you're doing now. Just stay in the moment. Do the best with every moment we're given; that's all any of us can do.

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ASTARB1 1/14/2009 8:32AM

    I've wondered myself if I have OCDD!

I've come to the conclusion that if one is going to be obsessive about something, their health is not such a bad idea.

I also realize that if I have a laissez faire attitude about my weight, I end up overweight and unhappy.

Great insights!

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Who's the biggest loser?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I have never watched the show, and the reason I've never watched it is I think -- from what I've read -- that it's an unreasonable way to lose weight.

How many people have 6 hours a day to devote to exercise? Most people can't even mange 30 minutes!

How many people would be successful losing weight when taken away from the stresses of day-to-day living, with all their food prepared for them? It's not a magic bullet, but it's certainly easier if I don't have to deal with the stresses of my life, cook my own food, clean my house, run my errands and so on.

Did you watch Oprah yesterday? That's not the first biggest loser contestant to gain back weight. The reason I think it's so hard for them to maintain their weight loss is because it's such an unrealistic way to lose weight. It's just not a lifestyle that is sustainable for a normal person, and that's really the key.

Of course following regular people struggling with their weight, going about their normal daily business isn't very dramatic. It doesn't make for good tv. But that's real.

Sparkpeople has really nailed the truth about weight loss: lots of support, baby steps, and lots of hard work -- but not so much that you can't sustain that level of activity and eating.

One thing I did like about yesterday's Oprah, one thing that is a bitter pill for me -- and many of us -- to swallow is the fact that for vast majority of us, weight loss isn't something we conquer. We have to work it every single day, even once we get to our goal weight.

I became a leader and didn't go to regular weekly meetings when I became a lifetime WW member. I've struggled for years, gone back to meetings on several occasions over the years, tracked my food sometimes, and always exercised. But it wasn't until I started going back to weekly meetings that I began to truly lose weight. It may just have been that the time was right, but I know one thing for sure now: I need weekly meetings. Not going to my weekly meetings, like not making my own granola, is a sign that I'm in trouble. We all need to recognize those signs.

I know now that my weight will probably always be a struggle for me, even if I'm at goal weight. I'm not a "normal" person, whatever that may be. The first step to changing is accepting yourself.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 1/13/2009 10:23PM

    I love my weekly meetings - you're right I'm in trouble without them. It is a lifestyle after all - not a temporary fix.

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JUDITH1654 1/13/2009 10:10PM

    I agree with you. SP has a much more realistic approach and you're right - it's a constant struggle, realizing it's a lifestyle change - not a diet. Thanks for sharing!

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INGODSLOVE 1/13/2009 1:17PM

    Thank you for your insight!

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The granola diet

Monday, January 12, 2009

Gotcha again. No, it's not some weird fad diet. But it's about my diet success.

It's simple: when I make my own granola, I'm usually on program. I used to make my own granola on a regular basis quite a few years ago. Somewhere along the way I stopped. I didn't start buying granola, either, I stopped eating so much yogurt.

Now I am making my own granola again. I'm not real fond of just yogurt and berries, but put on a quarter cup of granola -- which is actually quite a lot -- and I'm totally satisfied. And being the sweets person I am, I put some chocolate chips in there, too. Maybe a teaspoon or less.

Because I'm working hard to cut back on sweets -- always! -- I often have yogurt with granola for dessert nowadays. It's a sweet, but it's good for you -- a total win-win.

In fact, I recently found out that you can make yogurt in a crockpot! I was all set to try that this weekend, only then we made the plans for me to go up to Albany, and I don't want it to go to waste so I'll wait til I get back. If you want to try it out (and report to me), the instructions are at: crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/10/you

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 1/12/2009 7:47PM

    I'm not courageous enough to try to make my own yogurt but the home made granola sounds really good. Do you have the recipe on line? It sounds interesting.

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MTER67 1/12/2009 3:58PM

    I wonder how that tastes? Once you try it, let me know how it goes. I used to eat vanilla yogurt for dessert with a little bit of granola or museli or whatever cereal we had on top. Then I got away from dessert--I would have tea or cocoa in the evenings and that was enough. Then my husband came home and has been making fudge (he loves to bake and make treats!), so I have been eating a couple cubes of fudge at night after the kids go to bed. So far, it hasn't hurt me and I'm not eating much, but I have to watch myself because once I let a litte fudge in, who knows what's next!

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JUDITH1654 1/12/2009 9:06AM

    That sounds great! I'll have to look it up (when I am not running late for work, like I am now) and give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

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Fitness against the odds

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Next week I'll be going up to Albany to check out the house my husband looked at. It's going to be challenging. It's forecast to be about 5 when I get there.

My husband has no exercise equipment whatsoever. His apartment complex does have a small fitness room, but quite frankly, I don't think I want to don a down coat just to go workout in front of other people. When I was there last summer, his internet connection was iffy, and I often couldn't get the SP videos to play.

Walking, one of my exercise mainstays, will be difficult. There's snow. Right now the forecast is for some bitterly cold weather. I'm addicted to getting in my 10,000 steps, though, so I will try -- although most likely I'll give myself a couple of days off.

I do plan to try to bring a couple of exercise DVDs with me. I'm also trying to pack light, so it's a struggle trying to fit everything in. Oh, and no stability ball, so I guess I can't do my bootcamp videos, either. I will bring my resistance bands. I travel everywhere with them. They're light, they're small, they're easy to pack.

I don't particularly like exercising in front of people who aren't also exercising, so that's a challenge, too. There isn't a whole lot of room in my husband's apartment.

I know that less than a week of less exercise won't derail me . . . still, I'll try to get in a reasonable amount. I'll report back when I get back. Stay tuned . . . did she exercise, or did she use the cold as an excuse to become a great big slug?

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JLITT62 1/11/2009 5:52PM

    Actually, I think I've already come up with the solution -- the great thing about blogging is that sometimes things just spill out of you!

I remember being annoyed when I got my Zumba DVDs that they were in this chintzy carboard packagining instead of a regular DVD jacket. Now I'm glad! It's perfect -- you don't need equipment (other than a DVD player, which he has -- and besides, he's got like 3 computers up there anyway), it's small & it's portable.

I forgot to mention I won't be bringing any sneakers -- but I workout in bare feet anyway (altho it may be a bit cold). I'll be wearing boots, & bringing some merrel clog-thingies that are pretty warm & have good traction.

Sadly, no Wii here. Altho I really want one! Someday.

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MTER67 1/11/2009 5:03PM

    Didn't you say once you got your husband a Wii? I thought so, but I can't remember for sure--maybe you can knock him out boxing, which always gets my heart pumping. You could walk around a warm shopping mall, or set up a mini-circuit workout around his apartment and jog b/t sets as you go from room to room. Where there is a will, there's a way and we all know you have a very strong will to do this! I am looking forward to hearing what you come up with.

Stay warm! It is in the 50's here, which I think will kill me. I can't even imagine how cold Albany's gonna be! Have fun and hope the house is great!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 1/11/2009 12:35PM

    Have fun in Albany! Stay warm and enjoy yourself. I'm sure you'll find lots to do. Hope you find the house is acceptable when you check it out. Good luck!

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