Sunday, May 09, 2010
Mothers Day is a day I would rather ignore. There, I said it. At least I did not say I hate mother's day. That would be too harsh. My birth mother is still alive but we have not had a relationship by her choice since she kicked me out when I was 13. She did come to my high school graduation but I didn't know she was there until it was over. That is the only time I ever saw my parents in the same room. She saw the back of my dad's head and vanished. I don't know how she disappeared so fast. Dad never even knew she was there. They divorced shortly after I was born, so I don't know why they couldn't be civil for one evening so many years later.
Mother could not handle me. She always wanted a girl, but she did not want me. I was born with a mild handicap and she couldn't handle that. Dad was in the Army, so I was born clear across the country from where she grew up. She is one of those people who hates to travel. Dad went to Austria and we went back home to New Mexico. She divorced Dad and married her high school sweetheart. I was about 10 when I found out he was not my father. Even before I knew, I was always treated differently. I did not eat with the family, was not allowed to play with my siblings and Mother's favorite form of punishment was to deprive me of food. I seldom had 3 meals a day. That may have been the only way she thought she could get my attention.
I met Dad and his new family when I was 13. I was 4'6" tall and weighed 67 pounds. By the end of the summer, I was about 80 pounds, which was probably about right. I knew nothing of such things! For many years after that, I ate every time there was food around. Even recently, if there was food at work, even if I did not want it, I would take it for later. I do have food insecurity!
But thinking about Mother is not what has put me in such a bad space. My dad's second wife was wonderful for me, even though I made her life miserable when I was a teen. She is still great! Dad's widow has a good heart. We are not close, but I do care about her. When I started my senior year of college, I met someone who I call my adopted mom. Having her in my life began some of the healing I needed. She is in her 80s and not doing well, so there's some anxiety about the inevitable there. As far as moms go, I have been blessed to have 3 great women in my life. And, as I always say, the fact that my mother and I do not is actually a source of strength for me. She raised me to think everyone in the world is better than me. I have no prejudice based on race, color, gender or sexual preference. My prejudice is more related to other forms of snobbery: grasp of the English language and perceived intelligence. I am working on those! My judgmental attitude has definitely held me back! I reserve my harshest judgment for me. SP is helping me soften that back talk!
My bad mental space, however, has less to do with the fact that this is Mother's Day than with the fact that my numbers are not pleasing. I gained .2 this week after a week of eating and exercising right. The tape measure shows gains in almost every metric. I am really frustrated! I really wanted to be below 170 by now and I am 4 pounds above that. I feel like doing something drastic and, while my head knows this is diet thinking, my heart feels like punishing me because I cannot seem to be heading in the right direction!
I don't know how to approach this! These gains follow a few weeks of being very consistent and I honestly did not expect this result.
Saturday, May 08, 2010
I woke up feeling very, very, very stiff. I had hoped to do 12K steps today. I took a walk this morning for something over 5K. Just before I left the house, I turned just a little and gave myself a slight groin pull. I moved very carefully and managed not to make it worse. Coming home from the walk, I could barely make it up the stairs to the house. My knee was worse.
I stayed within my calorie range and was even able to have a Klondike bar for dessert. It was a treat, but not one I will have often at all. A neighbor gave us two,
My one day challenge team was to do something that we had been procrastinating about. It dovetailed nicely with my plan. I had already planned to rearrange the pantry because today was the Letter Carrier Food Drive. I intended to gather 16 pounds of food to signify the 16 I've lost. I've never donated that much at once before and it ended up being something over 20. Not to brag on what I did, but I was just so glad to help fight hunger. My own food insecurity could be the subject of a number of blogs!
So it was not the most productive day, but not a wasted day.
Saturday, May 08, 2010
I woke up this morning feeling really lousy in a nonspecific way. I called in sick, which I did not want to do, but I just knew had I dragged in, I would have wasted the time at work. I missed out on the overtime, but I guess that falls into the category of taking care of myself. It still feels uncomfortable and selfish.
I slept a lot and ate a lot of carbs which seems to have settled my stomach. I felt like throwing in the towel and eating whatever I wanted, telling myself I didn't care what it would do in my nutrition tracker. The internal debate as to whether or not I'd log in the food raged for a while. Ultimately, I did log it all in and was astonished to discover that I stayed within range in all categories, except for beinga smidge low in calcium! I was surprised that I logged in the food, not sure what that means. What has changed in my attitude? Maybe it's indicative of the changing relationship with food. That's another blog, for certain!
However, I cannot say the relationship is entirely changed. I commented on a blog today about emotional eating. I joined the EE team shortly after I joined SP and, somehow, in acknowledging the triggers, I lessoned the strength of those triggers. Or so I thought.
Honestly, I have to say that today was the SP version of emotional eating. While I was home today, my cellphone rang which is rare. It was a number I did not recognize and I almost didn't answer it. Good thing I did. Turns out it was someone from Kaiser calling to follow up on the referral from my doctor. I am two years behind schedule on getting the baseline colonoscopy done. It will be June 7 and I am nervous! The lady said I'll get info in the mail and told me briefly that I won't be able to eat fruit or fiber or a whole lot of other things before the test. I have to take some tablets about 2 days before and then drink some stuff after I start the fast. I can't imagine how that nutritional change will impact my week on SP. I read online that I won't be able to drive home from the test. I'll probably have to take a cab roundtrip.
I've been putting this off for two years, knowing better. There are lots of stories, both within my family, and elsewhere about people putting off tests only to find out later that they really should not have waited. I don't expect anything from this except being uncomfortable, but I do have to live my words and do what I always encourage others to do.
The burnout comes from life in general. Work is not interesting, homelife is less than ideal and my motivation with SP fluctuates. Not sure what the answer is, but I need to keep moving forward, doing what I know to be the right thing.
What did I learn today? I'm not so far down the road with emotional eating as I thought, but I have made significant progress. I need to do something to restore the energy in my life in all ways. Lastly, my commitment to my SP journey is stronger than I thought. I have to stay with it, warts and all. Today was a zero day for exercise and modestly successful in onthers. The great thing is that tomorrow is a new day unencumbered by history. As a friend of mine said once, Success must be earned every day.
Friday, May 07, 2010
I got over 7K steps today without working at it. My knee is really sore, so I skipped the stairs and used the elevator. I chafe at this because this week is just gorgeous: clear sky, light breeze and cool enough to walk at lunch. I savor every moment like this because I know summer is coming. Summer is too hot for me so I will have to start getting up EARLY and getting my time in then.
Today was supposed to be strength training and I did not follow through. I am so tired and sore that I was afraid I'd set myself back further if I did not take the day off.
Tomorrow is another 12K step day. I'm fortunate to have the hills for the days when my knee doesn't want stairs.
I'm hungry, but I have not given in to the urge to overeat this evening. I'm not sure why I had such thoughts tonight. I was ready to eat anything even though I had already had dinner.
And now I have stayed up too late AGAIN! I'm still not where I should be in any aspect of this journey! But I do like the progress I have made and am not giving my heart those old negative messages of failure that I used to. The mental silence is deafening! But I should be able to sleep better tonight than I did last night!
Thanks, SparkFriends, for your comments on my activity, Goodies, blog comments and page comments! I have not had time to respond individually, but I appreciate the smiles and votes of confidence more than I can adequately express.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
A month or so ago, on the one day challenge team, the suggestion was to create a visual representation of either pounds lost or of pound to be lost. I decided to do both. I gathered up a bunch of those paperclips that are covered in colorful plastic. I took two big ones and hooked strings of 10 to one. At that point, I had lost 10 pounds, so I put one string on the other. The week after that, I lost a pound, so I moved one clip over. And there it sat for a few weeks. Long story short, I now have 16 clips on the lost side. A little down about that, I thought it was far too slow. I have been so focused on wanting to lose 10% (old WW goal) that I lost sight of where I am. The 16 pounds lost, gone forever, means I have lost 20% of what I need to lose! Perhaps I should let go of the old goal and reward myself now for this new milestone. Hmmm.
This week has been going very well, sort of. I decided to back off on the 10K steps per day and aim for 12K on alternate days and, on the days I do what passes for strength training 5K. That has worked very well so far! Over 13K on Monday and over 12K today. I was careful not to use the stairs yesterday and moved gently. My weaker leg and knee appreciated that. My knee was still sore today so I skipped the stairs, but managed to walk anyway. I like backing off of the all or nothing thoughts I had. Telling myself to be gentle with reminders to take care is a novelty.
I know I need to do a lot more in terms of exercise and strength training. Little by little, I learn a new exercise or find I am walking faster, with less pain or have more endurance.
The scale and the tape measure are not agreeing with my self-assessment. My clothes feel looser, my body moves more easily, I almost feel as if I stand taller. Of course I want the tonnage to be gone now, of course, I want to be strong and beautiful now.
Sidebar: yesterday, I saw a blog here where the lady is a fit model. I really wanted to add her picture to my page to serve as an inspiration. Not that I want to work quite that hard, but I would like to look somewhat that fit. Perhaps inspiration is not the word because I didn't feel as if I would light the world on fire and do what she has done. Admiration is probably more accurate. I will be who I am, I will be stronger, I will be more healthy. Along with that comes the mental strength and emotional balance to see myself clearly and to value myself appropriately. No vanity, but appreciation of the total person. I'm not saying this eloquently, but I can already tell that this journey is creating a whole person inside and out.
I've been getting that crazy message about me working out more than my calories again. Last time I monkeyed with that, I started a plateau. I'm going to leave it be for a bit and see how I feel. I've been hovering at the high end of calories the last couple of days. I will probably end the day slightly over. I still feel a bit hungry, but not enough to chow down.
I don't think I aced the midterm, but I came close (I hope). There were two definitions that I did not answer precisely and that may cost me. I hope I get a chance to do some extra credit! I planned to spend my lunch hour studying and was not going to take a walk thereby risking my step goal. But I went walking first and studied while I ate lunch. It was much cooler than Sunday and that made for perfect walking. Absolutely gorgeous! I loved my walk! I walked faster and with more ease up and down the hills. I took the elevator back up and used the ride to stretch. I am starting to experience some benefits from exercise. I enjoyed the walk, I enjoyed the chance to clear my head and I loved the post-exercise feeling - sitting tall at my desk and mentally sharp.
I am sure I could blather on for a long time, but I have not been exceptionally consistent about getting 8 hours of sleep, so........Good night, Spark Friends!
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