Friday, July 26, 2013
The good news: my weight has stayed the same for such a long time.
The bad news: my weight has stayed the same for such a long time.
So I need to ask myself why and the answer is simple. My exercise has remained consistent so that helps to control my weight but my eating all summer.....not so much. Too many picnics, parties, weddings and birthdays. Too much fast food, convenience foods and foods on the run.
I'm in the BLC22 challenge and if I'm going to have some results to be happy with, what do I need to do? Really simple, get back to healthy, mindful eating, get those freggies in, concentrate on grilled, lean protein, keep within my calorie range, cut down on empty calories and start eating good, healthy, God made foods. Can I do these things?
Saturday, June 08, 2013
After losing my focus for almost six months and gaining back 14 pounds, I am back and ready to kick this fat to the curb. I am excited to be a part of the BLC22 challenge along with the support of my many SP friends on my other teams and I think I can do it so...
My goals for the BLC22 are as follows:
Lose 10 pounds during the challenge
Planning on getting either to goal or close to goal-rethinking my goal weight after these 12 weeks-may be raising it
more fruits & veggies
logging food everyday
very little sugar/flour
8 glasses of water
workout at least 60 minutes 5xweek
posting to my boards daily
Wish me luck!! I'm on a mission.
Monday, November 12, 2012
I have been about 12 pounds from goal for so long and after making a serious commitment to finally get the last of this off, I was fired up and ready to go. I started out on a challenge last Monday with thoughts that I could actually be at my goal by Christmas. I was truly so stoked but wait there was something else. I was enthused, excited and thinking about the goal but there was something else. I was also a little sad and confused???? Ok, what is that funny thought in my head? Could I really be feeling a sad feeling in not being overweight anymore? Hmmm, so I decided it's time to look at this. There is something in me that likes being in the "sorority" of weight losers. I like to be in a group and this is such a good and supportive group I've been in. I have fought the battle since I was a teenager. In fact I almost made my goal in 2000 but then something derailed me and I stayed about 20 pounds from goal for several years until a medical issue brought me up another 30 pounds. So then I started again and ultimately found SP to bring me to within 12 pounds of my goal and that is where I've sat since June. Down 2, up 2 so I have to ask if I'm sabotaging myself on purpose and I'm thinking yes.
As I said I like my group of dieting buddies. We've talked diets, recipes, lamented over our slow losses, compared our workouts and yet as I've gotten closer to goal, I've been excluded a little. I get the "do you really need to lose weight?" and "oh, you lost .5, how nice, I lost 5 pounds". I've even been asked if maybe I'm a little bit obsessive since I'm not that much overweight anymore.
I know this seems silly but this is something I need to explore in order to "let" myself release this last of weight. I want to be at my goal and learn how to maintain my healthy body so now I need to get that little part in me that is holding me back on board too. After all my efforts, I deserve to look good and feel good. I'm by nature kind of a team player but not the competitive type. I feel bad when I'm successful and others are struggling. See this is all such a jumble of emotions that I'm hoping that in writing them and reading them maybe I can figure out what makes me sabotage my efforts. I still could have the rest of my weight off in 2012 and make 2013 my first year ever of maintenance if I can get to the understanding of all this.
As so many have said, weight loss is about so much more than the pounds. It is about growing into the person I know I am. I am slowly becoming that person. I'm looking in the mirror and seeing the fruits of my efforts. People have told me how much better I look and say I don't look or act 60. I can try on clothes at the store and they look pretty good. I truly feel better than I've felt in a long time, energy to run after my 4 grandkids, exercise every day, do my housework. See I see all the benefits of my weight loss. Now I want to enjoy the benefit of saying I'm at GOAL! I wonder what I'll do with all the time I've spent worrying about the "diet"? Don't get me wrong. I will always exercise and eat right but I want to see what it feels like to not be overweight. Any insights or advice, anyone?
Saturday, April 21, 2012
I was reading a person's request for help under "panic button" about hating what she was eating as the south beach "detox". Everyone went "crazy" over the word detox saying how unnecessary/dumb it was and it got me thinking so here are my thoughts:
In this case I think the word "detox" might be being misunderstood. As a sugar junkie, I discovered that the more sugar I ate the more I wanted. I went on a diet that said NO sugar or white flour many years ago and it changed my life. I discovered that the answer to craving sugar/white flour for me isn't eating a little but eating none because one cookie leads to 20 and let's not even talk about ice cream! And I am on a roller coaster, sugar buzz, then tired so more sugar, then buzz again, then another crash...you get the picture.
So I find I have to totally take it out of my diet, in my word I "detox" from it. After about a week of unpleasantness (headache, tiredness), I feel so much better and the cravings go away and I am left feeling great. Then I only add in the good grains and more fruit and I feel so much better and stay off the "bad stuff i.e. sugar, white flour and empty calories and get the carbs from fruit, yogurt, whole grain carbs that have higher fiber and veggies and then add lean meat and a little healthy oil or nuts. And as soon as I "slip up" and eat sugar, my body reminds me of why it isn't good for me.
So I just believe in eating to take care of myself and for maximum health but everything in moderation but for me I do better just cutting out all the crap and eating more natural and clean I actually follow the 17 day diet which "lets" me eat yogurt, 2 fruits daily and some whole grains if I wish but first I had to get off i.e. detox from the sugar and let my body know that "good stuff" was on its way. I log my food every day and run the nutritional reports and try really hard to meet all my goals for nutrition and my fitness. I just think that we shouldn't overreact with the word "detox". If it means taking all the bad stuff out of my diet, I'm all for it and It's not just about weight, it's about taking care of your body and giving it everything it needs and my recent bloodwork showed that my body likes that too with improved cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar.
If you want to call it detoxing you can, I prefer to call it eating the foods that God made, not man so I'm not eating those crazy ingredients that no one can pronounce or that shouldn't be in anything that is meant to human consumption. By the way I am NOT perfect at this. My motto is "progress not perfection"....
Saturday, April 14, 2012
What a week I've had, busy, busy, busy.... Mostly all good things including the birth of my beautiful grandson but just so many things going on, first little grandson ended up in the NICU for breathing problems so daily hospital visits and daily exercise, meetings every day, grandkids, housework and who knows what else. But here is the kicker. Hopefully I'm not alone in this. Busy = mindless eating. I've always admired my thin friends who say they are "too busy to eat" but it makes no sense to me because for me busy equates to eating fast, eating while I'm doing something else i.e. driving, emailing, tv watching, whatever but never being "too busy to eat". And the funny part is that as I eat so quickly I don't even taste what I'm eating. And my diet is usually sidetracked because of this.
So what do I need to learn? Slow down and enjoy and experience what I'm eating. Don't let busy-ness keep me from making good decisions about what to eat. Yep, this is a learning journey and no matter how long I'm at this, I keep learning something.
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