Monday, November 25, 2013
I am taking part of a Biggest Loser Challenge. And the BLC is a wonderful Sparkteam, where all the 600 members are divided into smaller teams that compete in both team weight loss and individual weight loss. I canít say enough good things about this Spark team, it is usually very supportive, and it works. However, I came across an issue last week that I didnít think was fair. When I expressed my opinion in my own personal blog, not on the team page, I was reprimanded by the admin of the BLC team. I am entitled to my own opinion, and I am entitled to express that opinion on my own blog. I didnít name the individualís name, and I didnít go to her Sparkpage and attack her. I simply expressed how unhealthy I thought her methods of losing weight were. She is living on smoothies, and nothing else. And while it is giving her amazing results, such as her 40 lb weight loss in 8 weeks, I do not think it is healthy. Because eventually, she will start eating real food again, and all the weight will come back.
The purpose of all Sparkteams is to not only learn how to lose weight in a healthy way, but also how to maintain the weight loss. And I do not think the Admins should condone this weight loss method, or actively encourage it. Iím sorry if that makes me seem ďbitter,Ē as the person accused me of being, but itís the truth. I could stop eating and just drink protein shakes, and end up with big losses too. But for me, the only person I am truly competing with is myself. So using that method might help me win an online competition, but in the end when the weight returned, what satisfaction would I have? And yes, I am aware that the person in question has a lot of stress and problems in her life, but then so do I. Everyone has their own battles and struggles, no one has a perfect life. I donít think that should be used as an excuse.
I am not perfect, I have lost weight and regained it due to emotional eating. That is where I struggle, and something I am trying to work through. But I am honest, I do not take shortcuts, and I put in the exercise time. I havenít only lost 45 lbs, I have gained strength, muscle and endurance. I have dramatically lowered my blood pressure. I have dropped clothing sizes. This week I have increased my exercise time by almost 30%, and I am seeing results. So no matter how my weight loss compares to anotherís weight loss, as far as I am concerned, I have already won. Does that make me bitter? I do not think so. And I do not think anyone has the right to come to my page and reprimand me for what is my opinion. I set my Sparkpage to private as a result of all of this, but I don't think I should have to.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Every year, since I was a little girl, we have gone to see the Painted Turkeys. These turkeys, at a local turkey farm, are spared from becoming Thanksgiving dinner for another year! They are the lucky ones!
We took Ryder, as he had never seen them before. Ryder wasn't sure what to make of them. They were very curious about him, and they all came running over to him. When he barked, they all yelled "gobble, gobble gobble!" He was astonished.
They pose and puff out their feathers, as if they enjoy being admired!
It's a bit of a different Thanksgiving tradition, but one that we love.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I got the loan, and the new furnace and hot water heater are being installed on Monday and Tuesday. The bad news is that it is freezing today, with temps in the teens! My daughter is away at a dog show for the weekend, so the collies and I are holed up in my room with a space heater, trying to stay warm. With the cold weather, the last couple weeks were a challenge for us. Fortunately, we were able to shower at the gym and my mom's house. But I can't wait to have a warm house again! Getting up in the mornings was so hard, when it's this cold!
Since I promised myself I would get to the gym everyday, and put in extra time each day, I did drag myself to the gym yesterday. It was a battle, as it was snowing and I did not want to go out, but I was glad I went. So today, I will go again, and hopefully I will be rewarded for all this hard work on Wednesday when I weigh-in. Thursday is Thanksgiving, and my cousin and her family will be arriving. I haven't seen my cousin in 18 years, so I want to be as "skinny" as possible by then! Which is a good motivator!
Since it is as cold inside my house as it is outside, I might take the dogs for a long walk. They will appreciate the exercise, and getting everyone moving should help warm us up! And I will have the added exercise minutes, and calories burned, as a bonus!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Tis the season for ďGIVING THANKSĒ
Turkey day will be here before you know it, so letís carve away some of those calories now, and GIVE THANKS.
GIVE THANKS to your HEART & LUNGS with INTENTIONAL FITNESS activities.
~2 hours TOTAL of planned intentional heart raising fitness. (50 pts ONE TIME)
GIVE THANKS to your MUSCLES with a session of YOGA/STRETCHING.
~40 minutes TOTAL of yoga and/or stretching. (50 pts ONE TIME)
GIVE THANKS to YOURSELF by enjoying some time just for YOU.
~1 hour TOTAL of taking a ďtimeoutĒ just for you, (read a book, take a bath, enjoy a nap) (50 pts ONE TIME)
GIVE THANKS to YOUR BODY by eating HEALTHY FOOD.
~2 days TOTAL of recording every BLT (bite,lick or taste) (50 pts ONE TIME)
GIVE THANKS to the PERSONS who support you the most. (50 pts ONE time)
GIVE THANKS to your TEAM by sharing INSPIRATIONAL information.
~Share a TOTAL of 1 inspirational story, blog, music, or information to your team thread. (50 pts ONE TIME)
GIVE THANKS BONUS: RECORD food all 4 days AND stay in your range. (100 pts ONE TIME)
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I have posted numerous times about the Biggest Loser tv show, so it isn't a secret that I am a huge fan. (pun intended) I learned a long time ago not to get frustrated with my own weight loss when I compare it to the 7, 10 or 15 pound losses that the contestants on the show lose each week. Instead I let the contestants inspire me to put in an extra 15 minutes at the gym when I am ready to quit and go home. I think of them, and don't reach for that cookie or muffin. I don't aspire to lose the same large numbers each week, but I do share in each contestant's journey.
I have educated myself when it comes to weight loss, so I know that it is not healthy to lose those big numbers, because you are cutting too many vitamins, nutrients and protein to achieve those large losses. (unless, like the contestants of the Biggest Loser, you have 5 or 6 hours to exercise each and every day with a trainer guiding your workouts and planning your diet.) And I have learned to strive for a 2 - 3 lb loss each week, which I know is the way to find success in actually maintaining my weight loss someday. Some weeks I am even able to lose 4 or 5 pounds, but only when I have the extra time to put in at the gym. And working as many hours as I work, it doesn't happen often.
So knowing all this, I really have to bite my tongue when I see another Sparkmember posting that they have lost 7 lbs in a week, because he/she is living on smoothies, and not eating anything else. What is this person thinking? I want to ask him/her, "are you planning on never eating again?" I want to tell this person that he/she is not doing himself/herself any favors, because "while you may lose weight now, as soon as you start eating real food again, all the weight will come back." And I want to ask this person "is winning a contest really worth the damage you are doing to yourself?" And all of this just makes me sad, because I know this person will not thank me for unsolicited advice.
I then find my thoughts turning to a friend's mother-in-law, who died a couple years ago...from damage done to her heart and lungs by a popular diet drug. Her family may have been left with a huge settlement from the pharmaceutical company, but I know they would much rather have her still in their lives. But she believed the advertisements, that she could lose weight - fast and safely. And this is yet another example of how we can harm ourselves during weight loss. But I still see people buying diet drugs, looking for a fast and easy solution. And I want to tell them her story.
When I see people turning to these methods to lose weight, I wish I could tell them to stop, and just think about what they are doing, that these are just temporary weight loss methods, and they have proven to fail.
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