Monday, June 18, 2012
I have been gone for a while and have been trying on my own to lose the weight. Well, I have not been entirely successful at it. Actually, I have not lost anything at all. OK, I lost a few pounds here and there, but they did not stay off. What I learned during my absence is that the one thing that has held consistently true for me with weight loss, is that when I track I am more accountable and successful.
I have learned a few very valuable lessons also. For me, the focus has moved from wanting to be skinny to wanting to be healthy. Some may feel that they are the same thing, but I disagree. Many have proven that you can get skinny through various methods which are very damaging to your body. There are some who are willing to pay that price, but I am not. The whole point of losing weight for me is so that I can enjoy life, not spend the rest of my years feeling horrible because I chose to sacrifice my health for image. Worse, yet, once the weight is gone, I don't want to gain it back once again.
To prevent that from happening, I have decided that small changes which I can live with is the answer. So, here are my mini goals for this week:
1~ 10 minutes (or more) of activity a day. Anyone can do that, right?
2~ No High Fructose Corn Syrup! In an effort to start cleaning up my eating habits, I am going to phase out sugar. Step 1 is no High Fructose Corn Syrup and yes, I do realize this will remove pretty much all packaged foods from my diet, but that is ok because I have been doing my homework and eventually all sugars except for honey will be eliminated, or at least that is the plan.
3~ Water! They say drink half your weight in ounces, right? Well, I am about to drown myself on a daily basis because I know from experience that this is the one single change which will get me on the road to feeling better the quickest.
Each week I will choose three more mini goals which will help in my effort to get healthy! It feels good to be back!
Thursday, October 06, 2011
This blog has been in the sidelines for a while and I am finally taking the time to share.
Where do I begin? Well, first of all, I am rather disgusted with myself for letting it happen. I didn't even realize that it had gone that far until I decided to force myself into a little reality check a few days ago. If you have not already guessed it, let me tell you. At this time I have gained 100% of my weight back. Not just the weight from my last attempt, but ALL of my weight. That's right, ALL 75 pounds of it!
There are so many excuses I could throw out there:
Not enough time
There's always tomorrow
The list is endless. But, the truth is, I just let life get to me.
So, back to my huge reality check the other day:
There I was standing over the scale (evil little things aren't they?) looking at the number and at first I was just shocked. I thought to myself that it just could not be. I have strayed, but I have been more active than in the past even if not near as much as I should. Sure, I don't log my food or count my calories but I drink mostly water, eat records amounts of fruits and vegetables, and I have pretty much cut out all fried foods. How is it possible that I have gained every ounce that I worked so hard for about a year to lose?
Let me tell you how it is possible. I lost the confidence I had.
Sure, I could blame the fact that I lost my job. But, that job was not the reason I lost the weight.
OK, I could blame the fact that the budget was real tight and it was difficult to buy healthy foods. Again, it has been proven many times over that it is just as economical if not more so to buy healthy food.
Well, then, let's blame the fact that no one in my immediate family has no interest in eating healthy food and it is just easier to "go with the flow". Wait a minute! They have not changed at all, I didn't let that get in my way last time either!
Well, darnit! I guess I just have no excuse!
That number I saw brought out an anger in me that I have not felt in a long time. Anger directed towards myself and towards life. How in the world could I let circumstances and surroundings dictate MY life? I'm going to come out and say it, I WAS PISSED! (Dear Lord, please forgive my language, Amen) I have to say though, that anger struck me so hard I saw a Spark!
So, here goes. I went to the gym this morning for the first time in quite some time and I discovered that not all is lost. First of all, I was able to do a mile on the treadmill. Even though it took me a while, I did it. I was not able to even do 10 minutes in the beginning, so I have not completely reverted back to the person I was before. Oh, and they are now open 24 hours, so I really can't cry that I don't have the time!
Also, I did keep some of the good habits.
I drink mostly water these days. That is a habit that stuck!
I still eat lots of fruits and veggies. Yay Me!
I eat breakfast every single day. That is something I did not do before, so I am pretty happy about that too.
Tomorrow my alarm is set to go back and do it again. I am reconnecting with my SparkFriends and followers on Facebook so we can kick all the excuses to the curb together. By the way, if you are interested in following me on Facebook, you can follow this link:
Today truly is last first day I will have because I am fueling this Spark into a full blown inferno! Watch out world, Diana is no longer settling for standing at the sidelines, I am in the game!
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Several years ago I made the commitment to not drink or consume anything with Aspartame in it due to hours and hours of research. At the time it made sense to switch my sweetening needs to Splenda (Sucralose). Hey, it's made from sugar so it is natural, right? I really wish I would have done my research before making that decision.
Shortly after I noticed small changes in my breathing which I (and my doctor) attributed to allergies and asthma flair ups. I also started developing sores/rashes/ on my hands, arms, and legs. My Dr has told me that these are an allergic reaction and to use Cortizone 10 on them regularly to clear it up.
Well, for about 3-4 years I have had these all over my hands, arms, and legs:
They actually are not too awful bad right now, but there are times where they are bleeding and quite painful.
I have also noticed that I have had a lot of moodiness and uncontrollable emotions. Now, there are some things going on in my personal life which would explain that; however, let me just quote one of the many articles I have found in my research on Splenda:
"The alleged symptoms associated with sucralose are gastrointestinal problems (bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea), skin irritations (rash, hives, redness, itching, swelling), wheezing, cough, runny nose, chest pains, palpitations, anxiety, anger, moods swings, depression, and itchy eyes. The only way to be sure of the safety of sucralose is to have long-term studies on humans done. " This is the article:
Other articles on the subject:
Every article or information I found reflected basically the same info. So I started looking at all the sweeteners we use when we think we are doing the right thing. (Saccharin, Aspartame. Agave Nectar, Sucralose, Sugar, Stevia) You know what I found out....... POISON!!!! I know there are many of you who will disagree, but I also know that I have most of the symptoms which are listed as side effects for Sucralose!
1- Gastrointestinal problems (bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea) ~ I have a big problem with bloating and gas. Have not been able to figure it out. I eat greek yogurt daily and have basically cut junk food. I figured it was my age creeping up on me.
2- Skin irritations (rash, hives, redness, itching, swelling)~ You saw the pictures of my hands and arms, but my legs have huge red, scaly blotches that come and go also. They hurt and itch like crazy.
3- Wheezing, cough, runny nose~ yep.... all three of these. Can't seem to get rid of them.
4- Chest pains, palpitations~ Yep- so much so that I spent a day in the hospital not too long ago because I was sure I was having a heart attack! They could find nothing wrong with me.
5- Anxiety, anger, moods swings, depression~ Yep on all counts.
6- Itchy eyes~ I assumed it was allergies bothering me
I do realize that all of these can be written off as other environmental factors. I lead a stressful life due to circumstances beyond my control right now, so that alone can create many of these symptoms. However, a lot of these appeared long before the situation which is creating the stress existed. I also am not claiming that I am in anyway an expert, but reading the information which I came upon was enough for me to say "NO" to artificial sweeteners.
The only sweeteners which I will use from here on out are:
1: Raw Honey
2: Raw, unprocessed Sugar
I have thrown out all the artificial stuff and am determined to taper off the sweets all together. Sugar also is not good for you, but raw sugar is at least natural and should be ok if not abused. Again, I am not claiming to be an expert, so do your own research to reach your own conclusions, but for me, this makes sense!
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