Tuesday, April 29, 2008
If there's one thing my dogs try to teach me, it's to stop and smell the roses. And the weeds, and the grass, and the garbage . . . well, you get the picture. In other words, don't look at the big picture!
I'd like to lose, ultimately, somewhere around 35 pounds. While I'm sure to some that seems relatively small, to me it seems big. It's about what I lost the first time I was on WW (only then I was smaller to start with, but also a heck of a lot younger).
So looking at losing 35 pounds, especially when you lose less than a pound a week, can be daunting & depressing. Which is one reason they suggest focusing on just losing 10% of your body weight at a time, which for me is about 17 lbs. Even that could take a year -- or more!
So I concentrate on the little things. The jeans that were always tight that are now comfortable. The knee fat that is noticeably less. The shrunken double chin, which actually shows me I do have a neck.
They're small, they're subtle, they're things no one else will notice . . . but I do. And they make me smile.
Is what I see in the mirror what I want to see? No. But it's better than it was just 4 months ago. And I know that if I just keep going, eventually I'll see what I want to see. No matter how long it may take.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Ever wonder why you might see a weight gain when you're just sure you've been good?
Think about whether or not you ate out just a few days before you weighed in -- it doesn't have to be the day before, it may take a few days for your body to normalize again. And the culprit may be sodium.
Sodium is sneaky. Apparently a lot of chefs load up low fat options with sodium to make them taste better. I had no idea! I mean, I knew a lot of restaurant food had a lot of sodium -- especially Chinese food -- but I had no idea that low fat entrees could be just crawling with it (sometimes).
And it's sneaky. Because unless you get a complete nutritional breakdown, you'll probably have no idea. And some not-low-fat entrees have more sodium than you should get in an entire day!
No wonder as a nation we just get fatter & fatter. It's not just sodium, of course, but my eyes were just opened to that recently. Sugar is another big one. They put sugar in the weirdest things (like crackers, for instance). So we just get used to things tasting sweeter and sweeter all the time, and begin to crave sweets because it's in everything.
I'm not saying you should never eat out. I don't eat out a lot, but I need to sometimes for my own sanity. I like to be pampered once in a while. But buyer beware!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
For those who don't know me, I don't own a scale. I don't have access to a scale anywhere. Scales make me depressed. They rarely say what I want them to say, or what I think they ought to say.
I will be visiting my mom on mother's day, as things turn out. I'm pretty sure she has a scale. I'm pretty sure that scale hasn't been calibrated since the day she bought it, years ago.
I am debating with myself whether or not I should get on it. I was weighed last month when I had to go to the doctor. I don't lose a lot in a month. Of course, I don't really know how much I do lose, but if I'm lucky, it's only a pound (how's that for everyone who laments at only losing a pound a week!).
I have not reached a decision.
I do want to know what I weigh occasionally. I hadn't been weighed in a couple of years when I went to the doctor recently. But to set up my profile here, and at other weight loss sites, I had to put in my weight, even though I didn't know it. I guestimated it. I was actually just about spot on, just a couple of pounds off.
The funny thing is when I look at myself, I don't feel like I weigh that much. It was almost 20 pounds more than what I weighed when I first joined Weigh Watchers all those years ago!
Of course, I could start attending the occasional Weight Watchers meeting. As a lifetime member, I only have to pay the meeting fee; I never have to pay a registration fee even when it's been years since I've gone. I know they calibrate their scales. And I know they're always motivational.
I went to meetings regularly a while ago, after gaining weight again, but this time the weight just wouldn't seem to come off, I was busy with work, and eventually I threw in the towel.
And I admit it: I am ashamed to go and get on the scale, being so heavy and far from my goal weight, being a lifetime member and a former leader.
Yes, I know it's ridiculous. When you're heavy is the time you need WW the most. And I also know that the leaders will be nothing but kind and encouraging. I really don't have the time or the money to attend regular meetings right now, and I actually find that SP is working great to keep me motivated.
But I also know I do need to be accountable. So I'm thinking about it.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
You are what you think.
I'm not sure that I'm completly on board with the law of attraction -- which basically says if you want something, write it down & think about it & it will appear, although in reality, it's not quite that simple.
Bad things happen to good people all the time. Babies certainly don't ask for some of the things that are done to them.
But I do believe in the power of positive thinking. So if you think you can't lose weight because you never have before, you're just shooting yourself in the foot.
So just how positive are you? Take your journal everywhere with you today. Every time you find yourself thinking about yourself, write down what you thought, and whether or not that's a positive or negative thought. At the end of the day, figure out if you have more positive than negative thoughts.
If they turn out to be more positive, good for you! Keep it up. If they're more negative, turn them around: write a positive affirmation you can tack up somewhere you'll see it every day & repeat it to yourself -- or out loud -- every day.
For instance, if you find yourself thinking you don't deserve to be at a happy weight, write down "I will find my happy weight". Tack it up on your mirror. Read it -- or say it -- every time you wash your hands and when you're getting ready in the morning.
And if you're like me, and you find yourself saying things like "Chester won't do the weaves" before even trying them, turn it around! You can become your own self-fulfilling prophecy, for good or bad.
Friday, April 25, 2008
That statement can apply to so many things in life, but in this case, I'm talking about exercise.
Let me tell you about me as a kid. I was the biggest couch potato ever. In grade school, I'd sit with a friend of mine who couldn't do gym just to get out of it.
In high school, we could choose between several different activities. I chose jogging -- because the instructors never checked up on us, so we'd go out and sit on the track and gab.
I never enjoyed team sports, outside of bowling. I am just not the least little bit coordinated. The only form of exercise I enjoyed, outside of walking, was swimming.
But over the years, I have transformed myself into someone who exercises just about every single day. It didn't happen overnight, but I have learned to enjoy exercise.
You can too. Believe me, if I could, anyone could!
Just throw out your all or nothing attitude. Don't you think you absolutely must get in at least 30 minutes of exercise at a time. It's great if you can, but every 5, 10, or 15 minute burst counts.
Sneak exercise into your day:
Park farther away than you need to to sneak in extra walking.
Every time you go to get up out of your office chair, sneak in a few exercises.
Run around with your dogs or your kids.
Get back into a sport you once enjoyed, whether you're overweight or not.
And one of my favorite ways to get in little bursts of exercise is DVDs. There's actually a whole series of 10 Minute Solutions DVDs: cardio, weight training, kickboxing, pilates -- you name it, they've got it. You can do one segment, which is 10 minutes, or you can combine them in your own order to create a custom workout.
I don't generally like to work out to exercise DVDs, because I like to exercise while watching something I've taped. But I can do it for 10 minutes. And sometimes I do combine them for a longer workout.
A great place to find cheap exercise DVDs is www.ebay.com I also found some at really good prices at Marshalls yesterday.
How will you sneak exercise in today?
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