Saturday, November 15, 2014
Last August, I made a personal decision to not only get healthy, but to get stronger and have more stamina. I decided that I have choices about what I how I participate in this again process. I enjoyed all the younger years. Now, it is time to be the best this body and mind will allow in my remaining years.
My commitment was very real. Funny how having death knock at your door gets your attention. I am proud of the hard work that I have put into that decision. On the physical front, going to the gym and working with a Personal Trainer for 10 weeks has paid off. I am not only thinner, I am stronger and have more stamina. Yes, my balance is even better. (Special thanks to Evelyn's TNT for playing a part in that.) My Plantar Fasciitis that plagued me is much better.
Foodwise, I have maintained my low carb Intuitive Eating (IE). I have learned a lot about my eating behaviors. The good news is that I really hate to feel full. It's hard to binge without feeling crummy, so that's a good thing that I hope to use in the future.
I can't talk about what is working without mentioning how much sharing my experiences and participating fully on Spark People has benefitted me. I thrive on the challenges and sharing of our personal struggles. I take my commitments very seriously.
i recognize that this is a process and I believe that the joy is in the journey, so I'm going to work at enjoying that process. I also know of the importance of tweaking what is working and what is not continually. While there is a lot that is working and I feel that I have the 'secret' to losing weight for me: low carb IE eating, NO sugar, walking/exercise daily, there are sneaky little pitfalls and devils on my shoulder that put stumbling blocks in the way.
I know that I am vulnerable for a binge and falling off my plan at any time. It is important that I remember that and don't get too cocky. I have realized that nighttime is my absolute weakest time. I guess I have had years of 'feeding' my emotions, pampering poor Carol after her bad or good day, and escaping into food, or as it became total overeat. I have to be totally honest with myself and say that I like to overeat. That is shocking to me.
Obviously, that means I have to be very watchful of nighttime eating. i now have protein bars as an evening snack. It usually fulfills that habit and need. I am focusing on the IE part of eating and being aware of my hunger level. My hope is that it becomes such a habit of just being satisfied and hating that full feeling that I leave overeating behind.
Another way that I must continue to work is exercising. Committing to exercising every day is important to me. I do have to build in rest days, but those rest days still mean doing TNT, yoga, floor weights or even a 10 min walk........something. When I don't feel well or life utterly gets in the way of that plan, it is okay. I don't beat myself up about it. I also am working on letting go of the days that I drift off plan. The key thing is to get back on. To pick up the mantle of my commitment and go forward.
As far as doing things out of my comfort zone goes, all of the above!! Just kidding, actually it is all becoming very comfortable. I am choosing for my BLC requirement to be totally out of my comfort zone by eating IE and having NO SUGAR during my trip home for Thanksgiving. I will be with my family and lots of temptations, but I am armed with my own commitment to myself and my Spark friends who are joining me.
The journey continues. The tweaking continues. Life is very good.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Spark People has provided many resources for healthy living. I can find my path to good health going off into many directions. It is up to me which way I go and how dedicated I am to the journey.
There are also many opportunities for me to put action to my quest, such as the One for All and All for One team and being on the beautiful Azure Destinations island in BLC26. After being ill this past summer in dealing with thyroid issues and Plantar Fasciitis, I have found myself feeling the need to focus on my own health with a renewed zeal and importance.
There are many things that we cannot control about life, especially in the aging process. Caring for my StepMom in her final days made me realize how important it is for me to be as strong as possible. My goals at this point in my life are different than when I was younger. First of all, it is NOT all about losing weight.
Now, my goals are to be stronger, have more stamina, work on balance, and get my body in the best shape as I can to face whatever life has in store for me. It is about quality of life. I want to remain an active Grammy, someone who can interact with the grandkids without restrictions.
To meet these goals, I have already taken action. I am proud of my decision to seek a Personal Trainer and workout at the gym 4 times a week. Since August 1, I have been increasing my exercise program, as far as time and added weights. Walking is my main cardio and I am now meeting my goal of 10,000+ steps daily. I am adding more floor exercises, with the help of my PT and BLC.
The most positive and motivating actions I have taken are my interactions on my One for All team via our Walk Across America and rising to the demands of BLC. The online commitment and interaction with others who share my goals, is essential to my success.
This is my path, my goals:
~ Be stronger, more flexible, more 'balanced'
~ Have more stamina
~ To eat intuitively without overeating
~ To find my natural weight
These are the actions that I am taking to follow my path:
~ 10,000 steps 6 of 7 days
~ Work out at the gym 4 days a week
~ Increase my floor exercises with weights and keep increasing
~ Make healthy low carb food choices
~ IE, listening to my hunger and stopping when just satisfied
~ No overeating
~ Sugar very rarely
~ No nighttime eating
I am committed to evaluating my progress along the way and tweaking what is working and what is not. I am excited about this path I am taking to being the best ME I can be. I am honored to have each of you by my side.
We will prevail.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
I couldn't be happier! I am meeting my goals.
I feel better, I am increasing my stamina, and am more flexible. Besides that, I lost 4 lbs!
This is the real test coming up: Week 2!
~ Exercising 60 mins 6/7 days
~ Making healthy food choices
What needs tweaking?
~ Need to do weights and floor exercises more often in the week
~ Watch quantity of food and pay attention to hunger; STOP eating when satisfied
~ Vital to continue no nighttime snacking
What do I need to remind myself of?
~ This is NOT a race! Be consistent.
~ Participation and accountability are crucial.
Now, that I know the secret to success can I do what is required? Yes, plain and simple.
How are you doing in your journey, my Spark friends? I'm by your side cheering you on!
Monday, May 05, 2014
Well, this may be the quickest BLC blog assignment ever. We are supposed to write about our reactions to our fitness test. The test was made up of some basic fitness feats to measure, such as push ups, crunches, (both to be done in 1 min), time a 1 mile walk and complete a 3 minute step exercise.
First of all, I customized, I confess. It was just 2 years ago that I had open heart surgery and although I could do perfect pushups before (yeah, right), I cannot do them now. I did chair planks. Still a challenge for me, so don't scoff. Crunches are a breeze, been doing those. The 3 minute step exercise sure got my heart racing. My 1 mile walk took 19 minutes, not great, but that will improve by the end of the 3 months of the BLC.
Actually, that is the purpose: IMPROVEMENT. It is a good way to measure where I am now and where I will be later. Sure hoping the ending blog will have good news. My overall goal for the BLC is to improve my stamina and strength. Looks like I am on my way.
I am holding my head high and allowing myself to customize any exercise to my capabilities. I hope I can be an inspiration to others who are not athletes and are trying and giving of their best. I did that in BLC23 and I did well. I WILL IMPROVE. I will be breathing easier and longer!!!
Good luck to all my teamies on their personal challenges. Be yourself. Know your limitations, but always push yourself forward. WE CAN DO THIS!!!
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
First of all, I AM PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE TENACIOUS JUNGLE TIGERS TEAM with this BLC25. I can tell already that the combined personalities, dedication to our common goals, and commitment to participate and give of 100% is going to propel us to VICTORY!!
Spark People has provided the resources to make my goals come true. Being active at SP is vital to my success. I am also on another team that gives me great pleasure, the One for All and All for One team. We are beginning a cyber Walk Across America that will fit perfectly into my goals. This team provides the intimacy of a smaller group, but also great encouragement and support.
I believe it is important for me to be specific as to what I want to accomplish and how I am going to achieve my goals. I will examine what is working and what is not along the way. This is a journey, my Spark friends, not a race. It is important to take time to smell the roses along this road to good health and to make lasting changes.
WHAT I WANT TO ACHIEVE IN THIS 12 WEEKS:
I want to be stronger in body, no limitations in walking when travelling or exercising. To have more arm strength.
~ Flexibility. Because I am aging (almost 69), it is vital that I work my parts....lol
~ To feel good overall
No indigestion from overeating, no headaches and achiness from not moving. Not to have that 'stuffed' feeling that leads to laziness and depression.
~ To drink more water!
~ To be rid of the diet coke habit
~ To overcome nighttime eating
~ Overcome stress eating
~ To lose 12 lbs and stand taller and straighter
You notice that losing weight is last, instead of first. When losing weight is my primary goal, I tend to think of the effort as a diet, instead of a lifestyle change.
HOW I AM GOING TO ACHIEVE MY GOALS:
~ Do my weight exercise 3 X week for stamina and strength.
~ Do yoga exercise for flexibility
~ Over time by making health food choices and exercising, I will naturally feel better
~ Drink 8 glasses of water daily
~ NO DIET COKE.
~ NO eating after dinner, except for a piece of fruit
~ Cardio 6 X week for 60 mins. 10,000+ steps per day
~ Eat intuitively: LISTEN TO MY HUNGER AND STOP EATING WHEN SATISFIED
~ Find other ways to cope!!! Exercise. Post, post, post. PARTICIPATE, SHARE AND SUPPORT ON TEAMS.
I truly believe that you get back what you put out in the wonderful world of ours. I strive to put out positive energy. I strive to listen to my friends and family and to support in every way I can. I commit to this program, my goals, and actions to achieve them.
I hope that each of you, my Spark friends, are with me in this journey to good health. I believe you are because we are here together. I wish you only the best in your personal journeys.
Yes, we are ONE FOR ALL AND ALL FOR ONE!
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