Friday, April 13, 2012
So, if you remember from a previous blog, I went a little crazy on cookies last weekend. This resulted in a supposed 5-lb weight gain on Monday morning. I've been back on my pretty strict Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet and have been pretty close to flawless this week. I can't help myself...I get curious and so I've been weighing myself every day to see if I am back at the place I was last week (when I boasted my 12 lb total weight loss).
It's been slow going but the scale IS going down. This morning, I was a bit disappointed because I'm still a little over a pound away from that all-time low that I hit last week.
I thought, "Well, it's OK. It's still a total weight loss of 10 lbs, which has been a milestone for me and that's pretty impressive. Plus, I know I'll eventually shed that extra pound if I continue to make good choices."
Then, I went to put my clothes on that I'd chosen for work. Truthfully, I chose some capri pants because I wanted to wear my tennis shoes. I have planned a BIG walk into my work day to run office errands.
Well, wouldn't you know it? Those pants slid on so easily and buttoned so comfortably and they haven't felt this comfortable and not tight in...well, a year???
It was then that I knew...the scale doesn't tell the WHOLE story. Several family members have made note that I look smaller.
Have you heard that any fitness program takes 12 weeks? After 4 weeks, you start to feel it in your own body. After 8 weeks, those closest to you begin to notice a change. And the rest of the world starts to notice after 12 weeks. Most people just give up too soon.
Well, guess what week I'm in??? You got it...Week 8. You know what that means??? In 4 weeks, NORMAL PEOPLE will notice!!! How exciting!!!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
So, you know when you first sign up for SparkPeople and they tell you to make a Vision Collage to motivate yourself? I confess...when I FIRST started, I was NOT healthy and I didn't really care about being healthy either. It was just an idea I was toying with...so I just kind of took the points and didn't really do the work of making the collage.
"I'm just not that artsy," I thought. "I know what I am working toward...in my head...why do I have to do some dumb art project?"
But, lately, I've been reading through "The Spark" and I am finally near the end of the book where it talks about goals and I'm really starting to get into it. In fact, this morning, I went through and joined a couple new SparkTeams and adjusted my team goals on ALL of my teams. It's like a light bulb finally flipped on and I just "get it" now.
And, for the first time, I had a desire to graphically represent all that I'm striving toward. So, I warn you...it's not fancy or cute or artsy...it's simply images and inspiring quotes that motivate me. But, boy do they motivate me!!! Out of the thousands of images I could have placed on this collage, these are the elite.
So, let's take a walk through this imagery, shall we?
1. This girl kind of looks like me. She is Asian and she is about the size I'd like to be someday.
2. Red Velvet Tank Top. I bought a red velvet tank top that looks almost EXACTLY like this for my honeymoon. It is so beautiful and so sexy and I've kept it for 11 years, hoping to one day wear it again someday.
3. When it comes to exercise, this is just how it is with me. I either do it or I don't. Period.
4. SparkPeople Logo - Duh.
5. Coach Nicole! With the encouraging truth that only 10 minutes can change your life.
6. Apolo Ohno - Zero Regrets guy. Come on! Is there anyone this dude DOESN'T motivate??? He's a BEAST!
7. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution - Jamie reminds me that healthy food is a life or death matter for me and for my family. And my food choices will affect my kids.
8. Robert Wadhams (ON2VICTORY) - The first SparkPeople Motivator that ever actually got through to me. His loss of over 100 lbs and counting, along with his very genuine encouragement and his overwhelming support of my health journey has already been life changing. Apolo Ohno's one thing...but here's a REAL LIFE guy that has ACTUALLY done this. That means I can do it too!
9. My favorite exercise quote of all time. I think this quote every single time I am working out. EVERY SINGLE TIME.
There you have it. You should make one of these suckers. It's actually really FUN!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Truthfully, I sat down to write a most eloquent diatribe on how I am once again suffering through the 2nd Day Sugar Withdrawal Headache, because of my huge binge on cookies on Sunday. I was going to say something really well-worded and inspirational about how staying healthy is worth it and how giving in and bingeing just means I have to go through this feeling of YUCK all over again. And then I was going to say something about the entire reason for my health journey being so I don't have to feel terrible like this...etc etc.
But, instead, the moment I sat down, chaos ensued in our house. My mother-in-law, who has been gone for two weeks got home. The girls (6 and 9) came home from swimming at the YMCA with their friend, who had so sweetly gifted them with a bunch of cute toys and candy. My 4 yr old boy spied the Ring Pop in my 9 yr old's bag and demanded it. She said "no" of course...and he, being totally exhausted and ready for bed, threw the mother of all tantrums and screamed his lungs out. At this very moment, my 6 yr old came to me and asked me to "fix" her hair. You see, she tried to put her gum behind her ear like Violet Beauregard from Willy Wonka. Are you picturing this scene???
It is at precisely this point my husband decided to DO DISHES. WTH???? The whole entire world was falling apart and everyone was screaming and it was just...uggghhh.
Anyway, yay....inspiring words...healthy journey...yippee...whatever. I just want 3 points for this blog. Let's be honest.
Monday, April 09, 2012
I'd imagine there will be SO many of these blogs on SparkPeople today. I had one HORRIBLE day yesterday, food-wise. OK, the entire weekend wasn't great.
Actually, Saturday was excellent until I bought those sugar cookie decorating kits for the kids to do on Sunday and my hubby and kids went out and left me all alone in the house. I thought, "Just one...nobody will notice." Well, one turned into 3. Three cookies. And I had also snuck two bite-sized pieces of chocolate at an Easter egg hunt earlier that day. Still...it wasn't HORRIBLE. Just a small blip in my overall magnificent success over the previous week.
Then, Easter. I told myself I'd follow South Beach and wouldn't cave in. But, then those cookies came out again...and I had one. Then, I thought I'd nibble a couple jelly beans and maybe just have a bun with a hot dog...it's just one bun! Managed to have my burger with no bun and did eat a TON of veggies, so those were about my only redeeming choices yesterday. Honestly...I lost track of how many cookies I had yesterday. THAT is bad.
Scale read 5 lbs heavier this morning. I'm sure that's not all "real" weight gain...I had a LOT of grilled food this weekend so I'm sure a lot of it is water gain and salt. But, it's very discouraging because I did SO WELL last week. It's like I sabotaged myself.
There is a bright side...I feel that I've learned a very important lesson. I can't be trusted to "just have a little" without completely falling off the wagon. At the same time, I understand that never having "just a little" will be almost impossible if this is truly a lifestyle change. So, I need to figure out a way to be able to have my bites of cake here and there and eat them too...maybe have my husband help me and only have my "cheats" when he is around to see and help monitor. It's the secret eating that gets way out of hand...and makes me feel the worst later on.
That being said, it's a new day. And today I choose correctly. Even if I did gain 5 lbs for real, which I'm sure I didn't, I wouldn't want to give up now. Why go completely backward? That would be ridiculous. Besides, I can't forget how wonderful it felt to be healthy. I'm not giving up. I'm on this road for as long as it takes.
Saturday, April 07, 2012
Well, friends...the Jewish Seder was just beautiful. Absolutely loved the story, the tradition, the food and the friends. Just one problem...
As a general rule, when a person has been eating around 1000 - 1200 calories of only veggies and lean protein, it's probably not a good idea to just dive right into a large meal consisting of 4 mandatory glasses of wine.
I was feeling just fine and completely enjoying myself (albeit, I felt a *little* warm, but that's just because I don't handle wine very well. Haha...hint). About the time that the gifelte fish came out, I was pretty buzzed.
Suddenly...and I do mean suddenly...I felt dizzy.
I was stuck in this little table with nowhere to go and my husband was blocking the way out of the table. We were with 5 people we've never met and we were in the middle of a set of blessings. But, I HAD to get away from that table.
I told my hubby, "Get up. Get up NOW." He hesitated and I swear I almost threw him to the ground! Literally tried to run to the restroom and, well, I lost it all. Body could not handle the sugar and alcohol.
I really should have had sparkling grape juice...like a little kid. But I usually can handle a few glasses of wine and these were pretty small. But I forgot about how I basically had an empty stomach and how my body was not ready for that. I felt SO guilty for, well, puking in the middle of my friend's holy dinner.
Luckily, I was able to recover fairly quickly and enjoy the rest of the meal...on the couch...which was right near a window with a cool breeze. It was SO embarrassing.
Hmmm....bright side? I only gained 0.1 lbs.
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