Friday, September 19, 2014
So I think I've been back on this exercise thing for about three weeks now... I have finally reached the point where I don't think I'm going to die during the first five minutes of cardio. I have enough entries in my weight tracker to begin seeing a trend. I've also noticed something I really wasn't expecting...
I'm smiling a lot more.
(I would insert a picture here, but amazingly, out of the hundreds of photos I have stored for my blog, I don't have any with a smiling person in them. I think that should tell me something...)
This exercising thing has me in a much better mood. And I LIKE it!
I think I'm going to do some more.
Monday, September 15, 2014
You know, sometimes it's really hard to keep up with Spark. All of the emails from the different teams, other users, Spark itself. I have been an irregular Sparker for most of the last year and a half or so. When I get notices in my regular mail that I have Sparkmail, a lot of times I just delete them. Not that I don't care, but just that I can't find the time to sit down and go through them all.
A couple of weekends ago, I cleaned out my Sparkmail. I had emails in there that were over a year and a half old!
I'm glad that I had saved some that long though.
One of those old emails from my "At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance" Team was a jem. It talked about a couple of weight tracking websites that calculated a weighted average to produce a weight loss trend. I'd actually used one before - PhysicsDiet.com, but I'd been having trouble with that website and had abandoned it.
I was looking for some kind of replacement, and thanks to my Sparkpeeps, I have one! The email had information for WeightGrapher.com. This site seems to be maintained better, and it also connects with your Fitbit scale if you have one. I've just started using it, so my graphs don't have a lot of information yet, but so far, I'm really liking it.
I also like that yesterday it started giving me an estimate of when I'd hit my goal weight if I kept up my current progress. I'm more interested in inches than pounds, but that is a great little motivator!
Friday, September 12, 2014
Sorry I haven't been too active on the blog this week. Life getting in the way and all...
I need some help. I've been on Spark a LONG time. Over the last couple of years, a lot of the blogs I used to follow became just as inactive as I was. A few stalwarts are still out there, but I'm subscribed to very few active blogs.
Do you have any suggestions for new blogs for me to follow? Yours? A great one you love to read?
I'm thinking mostly about Spark, but if there's a great health and weight loss blog somewhere else that you love, I'd be interested in hearing about that too.
I need to freshen up my motivation.
Thanks for your help!
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
I belong to a weight loss support group. It's run by my local hospital, and the leaders of the group rotate. There is a registered dietician, a nurse, a licensed counselor, and an exercise physiologist. I've been showing up, on and off, for eight years. And during those eight years, as new people come and go, we have some of the same conversations over, and over, and over again.
Last weekend, I had an experience that reminded me of one of those topics. On Sunday, I was really craving some pancakes. My doc has me on limited carbs, so I'd been avoiding them, but sometimes if a craving lasts several days, I give in. After church, I called Perkins, and ordered some pancakes to take home (along with some doctor approved protein).
I was at the checkout, when out of the corner of my eye, I saw them... gigantic, golden, beautiful, pumpkin muffins!
(Pause for a moment, and listen to the chorus of angels singing... )
Without even thinking, I had them throw one in my bag.
So here's the question I have for all of you, dear readers. Is that OK?
At support group we have these great debates over snacks and cheat foods. There are some that are of the opinion that if you are on this healthy path, you need to commit to it entirely. If it is on the doctor's no-no list, then that is it. For some, there is a discussion of "trigger foods," for others, it's about the self-discipline of a healthy life, for others, there is even a moral undertone to their decisions.
A second group has a very different view. They feel that cutting out treats completely is illogical. That it neglects our basic humanity. That a life completely without sugar or fried snacks (or whatever it is that doesn't "belong" on your food plan) is a way of cutting you off from the basic pleasures of life. They feel that this is unsustainable. Unrealistic. Wrong.
I am of two minds on the issue. On the one hand, I haven't had fast food since 2008. If there's a drive-through, I don't even buy water there. It was something that was a staple of my life at 300 lbs., and I've left it behind.
On the other hand, what is a birthday without cake and ice cream? Christmas without cookies? Autumn without pumpkin... EVERYTHING?
I had my 600 calorie pumpkin muffin, and while I enjoyed it at the time, to be honest, I'm kind of regretting it now. That unplanned goodie is about exactly the number of calories I went over my range for the day, and since then, I've been craving sugary stuff like CRAZY. I don't know that the pay off, in this particular instance, was worth it.
Do you have a philosophy on treats and cheats? How do you handle cravings, holidays, and special occasions? The halloween candy is already in the stores. Maybe we can help each other through the holiday season.
Monday, September 08, 2014
Having a gym buddy can be awesome. Research says that people who work out with a friend are more consistent with their workouts. Their buddies help push them, and can help with things like proper form on exercises.
For me, it makes the time go faster. Working out with a fitter friend pushes me. I go a little faster, a little longer. I maybe try something I wouldn't have otherwise.
It can also be a crutch.
Lately, if my workout buddy can't go to the gym at a time when I can go, I have found myself skipping my workout all together. Like, "Oh bummer! I guess if J has to go to the airport today, the gym must be closed!"
And my gym is open 24 hours...
Yesterday, J and I did manage to workout together, but she has decided to make a change to her schedule during the work week that means there won't be ANY more Monday to Friday times that we can get together. When she told me, I actually had a slight moment of panic. "What will I do?!"
Then I laughed at myself, and remembered,
Believe it or not, my health is MY OWN responsibility.
And I guess it's time that I started acting like it.
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