Sunday, October 06, 2013
I think I must have been on the longest plateau ever. You all probably know too well how it goes, but this one just did not add up. I was exercising, eating the right foods, and drinking my water, but still not losing weight. Still, I had promised myself when I started this that I would not give up.
I noticed that their was a Plateau Busting Program offered with SparkCoach. So, I decided to try it and follow all the advice to a "T". When the time came that I had to step on the scale, to my delight the scale moved. For the next three times I stepped on he scale it registered that I had lost weight. So now I think I can safely say I broke through my plateau.--eight more pounds down. Yay for me!
This weekend I rewarded myself not with food but by getting my nails done. I feel good and I want to make this feeling last as long as I can. I have lots more weight to lose and I now I know I really can do it!
If you're experiencing a plateau in your weight loss, don't despair and please don't give up. The answer might be as simple as making a few tweaks in your program to get you rolling again. Whatever it is, keep going, find the answer and meet me in your skinny jeans!
Thursday, July 04, 2013
As I look forward in my calendar I can see that it will soon be a year since my first visit to SparkPeople. When I first thought of that I felt ashamed. Ashamed because it has been ten whole months and all I've only lost was 12 pounds. What have I been doing? What exactly have I accomplished? Then I thought about it. Ten months ago I was so tired and ached so bad I couldn't even stand up to exercise. I found all the sitting exercises I could and did them. Then I graduated to walking. I walked one block and prayed to get back home. I didn't push myself to do more than I could, but I didn't stop either. Ten months ago, I didn't know what portion control was. I couldn't eat just a handful of nuts. I didn't know eating too much fruit could keep you from losing weight.
My progress might be slower than most but I've accomplished much. Today, I can power walk for a mile. I've taken up Yoga and can even do Hip-Hop Abs! I found out I can eat a lot of veggies, pull back on some of the fruit that I love and add reasonable portions of protein and that seems to work for me. I'm not dragging myself out of the bed in the morning, my afternoon lulls have stopped and I feel good. And heck, I lost 12 whole pounds. Those are my blessings and I know there are more to come and I'll be sure to count each one.
So, to all of us who appear to be struggling with our weight loss, remember the journey isn't over. That's why they call it a journey and there will be many blessings along the way as long as we don't give up.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
One of my biggest time wasters is spending too much time on the computer. I work on my job sitting in front of a computer. I'm attending online classes and when I'm not on my computer taking classes I'm caught up in social networking. First, of all that's too much time sitting. Secondly, going to buy some of that time back by setting the amount of time I spend on facebook and stick to it no matter what. Then, I can use that time to exercise or prepare a healthy lunch for the next day. Yea, I think that's something worth implementing. Also, I'm going to practice standing up at my desk as much as possible, and walk around when possible. They're small changes but I think they're worth it.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
No, losing weight and getting healthy isn't the same as undergoing a trial or tragedy, but it can certainly feel like one. I've been dealing with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromayalgia for about 15 years. The fatigue was nearly crippling for me. Not that I couldn't literally walk, but I quit my job, moved from my family to a warmer climate, saw doctor after doctor all of whom always told me I needed to lose weight but could not tell me how. All the while my health was getting worse and the pounds kept piling on. I was so buried under I can'ts I really was starting to believe I couldn't. I had been active in the past and knew the right foods to eat. But, despite all my efforts it appeared nothing, and I mean nothing would work for me. Well, I'm now excited to say I'm feeling differently. Starting out with small goals, sticking to them and the tracking is really working for me. I started by just drinking the eight glasses of water every day. Then I started doing the 9-minute SparkPeople video. (Because I didn't have the energy to stand.) Amazingly that created more energy and I started walking 10 minutes per day. Now, I'm up to 30 minutes and I've added the 15-minute SparkPeople Qi Gong video which I do twice a week in the evening alternating with strength training with elastic bands or dumbells. Plus, I also do a 30-minute yoga class after work once a week. I am proud to say I have lost my first 10 pounds and I'm feeling better. I'm taking baby steps and I feel I'm getting stronger. My desire to lose weight and get healthy is no long a mere wish without a way to achieve it. It resonates deep within and puts a whole new perspective on what I believe. Yep. I'm learning to walk again. I was surprised to see the difference in this pic of me I took a few short weeks ago and one I took yesterday. Can you see it? Tired vs. Energized
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