Friday, June 21, 2013
Spark Coach has asked that I write about why I really want to lose the last 15 pounds! So here goes: I have always been the tallest girl in my class -- not something I enjoyed. I towered over the boys and all my girlfriends. As I got older it wasn't as bad but I always felt self conscious. One thing that I did have going for me is that I was thin -- so thin in fact, that I had to eat to try to gain weight. I was the proverbial bean pole. That added to my self consciousness even more. I would hunch over and try to seem smaller and that just gave me poor posture. At age 25 I finally had achieved an average healthy weight. I loved it -- feeling like everybody else and looking nice in my clothes. I felt healthy and had energy to burn. As I got older I married, had children and went through the biological changes that brought with it. Each time I managed to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I walked a lot to do it, but I managed. Somehow over the years I lost that healthy weight range through focusing on my job and not taking care of my body. Being tall, my friends would say. "Oh with your height you can carry the weight. You don't need to lose any." But I felt like crud and walking a mile I was out of breath -- ridiculous! I was out of shape and I knew it. When I retired I began to sit around and do almost nothing physically and now I knew I was in trouble. I just don't ascribe to the tenet that it's just a part of age. No, it's just a part of not living a healthy lifestyle and taking care of myself!
Since I have been on Spark People I have lost 9 lbs. and will continue to lose that last 15 pounds that some people would say I don't need to lose at all. Those people are in fact at least 50 pounds overweight and want to feel better about being overweight I suppose. At any rate, I feel better already, my skin and nails have improved and who knows what else might improve that I can't even see? I know when I feel sluggish and out of breath, when my joints ache worse and when my sleep patterns improve. I want to be able to continue to play tennis with my granddaughters and take hikes with the family! Those times make it all worth it! I will not give up my weight loss goal until I reach the finish line! Why run the race if you are going to stop before the finish line? That would be self defeat for sure. Even when we pass the finish line this is a lifestyle and maintenance may be less intense but the lifestyle changes are the real goal -- the real prize if you will. One thing I will be working on next is how to exercise more doing activities that I truly enjoy because I am in this for the long haul!
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Well, I am going to weigh in the morning and I am kind of dreading it. I am afraid it won't go down. I always get to the point where I don't believe it will move down any more and then when I don't expect it to drop it finally does. At any rate, Spark Coach has assigned me to write about what I can do better for my program.
So, in all honesty various things come to mind. But what is really important and doable at this point in my journey? Well, one thing I am having trouble with is my dinner portion with certain kinds of meals. You know that old nemesis, portion control! Tonite I made Sheila's Chicken Curry (I uploaded it if you are interested.) It is a low cal yet tasty meal. It is supposed to serve 4, and you serve it over brown rice (1 cup of the rice.) The rice is no problem. but when I am looking at the pan I made the Chicken Curry in, it is difficult to tell just how much is one serving. So, I think I may have been going over the mark with my portions at dinner. I am going to have to solve that one. It is easy if you fix a piece of meat. We can figure 3 or 4 ounces fairly easily -- but things that we fix in a pot or pan are a bit tougher and I tend to kind of err on the high side. Hopefully, this wasn't too much to my detriment because I tend to try to save calories for the end of the day when I have the munchies at night. That does help me.
Second, I tend NOT to do my strength training. That is not helping me. I need the additional calorie burn and I need to tone up -- which I really want to do. I'm not sure why I don't do this. So I resolve tomorrow to begin my resistance bands again - upper body and lower body. This may help to get the old metabolism going better and help me to look better.
That's all that really comes to mind right now. I am very consistent with cardio and so maybe taking a closer look at portion control at the dinner hour and figuring out a way to measure when I do meals that are not individual pieces of meat.
I'm sure there are a million other kinds of things but these are doable for me at the moment.
I am open to suggestions from anyone reading this -- I really do welcome them -- so please feel free to comment away. That's what this program is all about -- helping each other to find what works! If you found something that helped you please share it.
Thanks once again for all your comments in the past, your support, your encouragement and suggestions. Keep them coming and make it a great day tomorrow!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Today was lots of fun. We had my daughter and granddaughters over and my two granddaughters are here for the night. The girls swam in the pool, we had a healthy dinner, played games, watched a movie and in general had a wonderful family day. We laughed, joked, and shared experiences together. That's the best kind of day ever and I was healthy enough to enjoy it! My husband worked, but joined us later in the day. These are the kinds of days we reap by living a healthy lifestyle.
Hug your kids and grandkids and enjoy those special days together. That's what it is truly all about. Maintain your health to allow yourself to enjoy each precious day!
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