Sunday, December 07, 2014
I began my health journey 5 years ago with a 100 excess pound obesity weight and a myriad of health issues with blood sugar and high blood pressure. Upon reaching my goal weight those problems have disappeared. Over the past years my tests were spot on low..even as close as last summer. I have continued a life of successful habits of eating and exercise.
So I went to the doctor and discovered a slightly elevated blood pressure. What is this? I was not happy at all. tts not fair surfaced immediately.
My doctor wisely pointed out that stress and lack of sleep can be harmful,,no matter if you are at goal weight, eating healthy and are exercising.
1. I decided that my body has gotten too used to my level of exercise. I finally learned how to do intensity workouts. I feel much better. I am sleeping better,
2. I am cutting back on foods and aiming for a few pounds lower weight.
3. I am doing yoga twice a week and working into mini meditations and deep breathing to relieve stress.
The good news is that it is working and I am back in the normal range. Hooray!
I read that a successful self talk tool is to talk to yourself using the You language verses the I language ie You can do this vs I can do this.
It is helping me to talk to my body and say, " You and I are in this together and I will heal you."
I am also giving myself Spark Goodies to celebrate the daily changes and to make obeservations on my progress.
I end with my favorite quote which is so helpful in the winter of our lives by Camus.
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer."
Thursday, November 27, 2014
I celebrated Thanksgiving early last night due to work conditions with my kids. This is my 5th year of losing and keeping 100 pounds off and going through the holidays. In the past years my Thanksgiving meals h ave been varied. I have eaten a very lean protein and vegetable meal while losing, have also been in Hawaii and had seafood, cooked Indian food or prime rib.
This year everyone decided they wanted the standard American food. So it was a hectic day of me researching tips on the best recipes, prepping, cooking, and going to the store three times. This continued right up to dinner.
So normally when I am prepared for a meal, I have my healthy options also ready to use for me no matter what the others are eating. This meal got away from me, so I did not have as many options as I could have had.
Here is the good news. I totally enjoyed my meal and felt in control.(despite needing a few more healthy vegetables) I was able to take small bites of foods that really needed small bites and focused on the healthier elements. I felt happy and was not worried that it was not my normal optimum healthy meal. This is TinaJane's resiliency.
Desert included Mr. Haagen Dazs, my old trigger nemesis. Lately I have been using this as a tool. When I feel uncomfortable about cutting back on foods, I ask mysef this question. Do you remember what it feels like to be addicted to ice cream? Yes, Are you free of that addiction? Yes. Then I can feel the calm positive celebration of knowing that I have cured this addiction. This could be Beck's self celebration..but it calms me and makes me feel in control when addictive urges resurface.
I really was happy to watch others indulge and felt no need to.
So post Thanksgiving is a good scale day. I am in my range and can feel the joy of gratitude for a healthy life.
I am thankful for all of my Spark Friends and hope all of you have a wonderful day of gratitude.
Monday, November 10, 2014
I am celebrating a return of serenity in my life. My friend Morticia, reminded me of the Serenity Prayer. Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. My mom had the entire prayer posted on her bathroom mirror and I saw it frequently.
In these past two months, I have learned to accept that I cannot control another person's health and that there will be miles separating me from my mom. I have let go of guilt.
So thanks to all of my Spark Friends. Your blogs and comments have supported me. I can feel my energy of happiness returning.
The good news is that I am still maintaining my weight loss as I enter year 4. I continue to exercise and eat healthy.
I like this quote: "For each mile that keeps us apart, there is a warm thought that keeps us together."
Saturday, September 06, 2014
I like this quote. " A decision about what to weigh is a decision on how to live." In other words, if you are committed to staying at your goal weight, you have to adopt the life that goes with it. This means that you not only have to live in a way that matches your goals at the moment, but you also have to accept that you will be doing this for the rest of your life.
I am content with this life I have chosen of maintenance.
In Refuse to Regain the author offers clues about reaching what she calls Senior Level of Maintenance. This is when you realize that you are more comfortable with your food choices and are a lot better at managing your weight than before.
Here are clues to this new level;
You rarely miss your old way of eating.
( I do not miss the bingeing on unhealthy foods that I used to do.)
You enjoy and prefer your new eating habits.
(I have healthy foods that I do love to eat)
You no longer feel controlled by food.
(I do feel much more control over my food choices and that food is no longer my enemy.)
You are comfortable with eating many of the same types of food repeatedly.
(This is very true.)
You are not particularly interested in Sugar Foods or Refined Carbs.
( I have lost much of the desire for these foods..but not totally!)
When you do occasionally eat these foods, you are not compelled to overeat and are able to return to your plan the next day.
( I have stopped bingeing. Once in awhile I might eat to being too full but it is on a healthy food.)
When you choose to eat foods that are off your plan, you generally find them less enjoyable.
( Here I deviate..I usually enjoy the foods I choose to indulge in.)
You know intuitively the foods and amounts that will keep you from gaining weight.
( I do know what foods and amounts will be keep me maintaining.)
You are acutely aware of unhealthy diet habits of those around you.
(This is an odd clue. I have noticed that I am very aware of healthy fit people and admire them for staying toned and thin.)
You feel free.
(A big yes here. I feel the freedom of being thin and managing addiction.)
The final comment is helpful. " When you are a senior maintainer, it does not mean that you will never have a difficult day, but it does mean that you have found peace with the way you think about food, physical activity, and priorities."
I have found my peace.
I am dealing with family health issues. I am still maintaining and am glad that I have found peace in my weight, when other areas of my life are not peaceful.
Thanks to all of my Spark Friends for being here.
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